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Child Neglect

Social Interaction in Early Life Affects Wiring to the Frontal Lobes

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 11.13.2012 | Science
Dr. Douglas Fields

A study published in tomorrow's issue of Science shows that social interaction during a critical period of early life has irreversible effects on maturation of connections to the frontal lobes of the brain, disrupting social interactions and cognitive ability into adulthood.

Look Back Anniversary Is a Time to Call for New Direction

Christine James-Brown | Posted 09.18.2012 | DC
Christine James-Brown

As we recognize the 16th anniversary of the "look back" eligibility requirement for federal foster care assistance, the time has come to urge Congress to change direction. It's time for all us to join together and stand up for all children.

WATCH: Adults Egg On Young Boys Violently Fighting

Posted 06.29.2012 | Los Angeles

A shocking video showing two young boys violently fighting was posted on Facebook Wednesday. During the fight, a crowd of kids and at least two adults...

David Lohr

Georgia Mom Left Starving Toddler Covered In Feces While She Went Drinking, Police Say | David Lohr | Posted 06.28.2012 | Crime

Police in Georgia charged a 21-year-old mother with cruelty to children on Friday after discovering her toddler covered in feces, hungry and locked in...

Girl, 12, Forced To Shave Head, Wear Diaper In Public For Bad Grades

Posted 05.09.2012 | Crime

Authorities in Fridley, Minnesota have arrested a couple for allegedly making the woman's 12-year-old daughter shave her head and run up and down the ...

Who's the Bully? 'Childism' Says It's Not the Schoolyard Thug, It's Parents, Schools, American Culture

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 06.16.2012 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

How did it happen that a nation that was once a leader in protecting children now is more interested in keeping dysfunctional families together -- even when that generally produces more abuse?

Mom Allegedly Drops Kid Off At McDonald's, Passes Out On Pills In Car

Posted 03.12.2012 | Crime

A Florida woman was found passed out on pain pills in her car while her son played inside a Deltona McDonald's, sheriff's deputies told the News-Journ...

Someone Estimated The Costs Of Childhood Abuse And Neglect

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 03.02.2012 | Business

The evidence is mounting on the devastating affects of childhood abuse and neglect. In a newly released report the Centers for Disease Control and...

You Know What These Moms Did. Do You Know WHY They Did It?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.07.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

While the particulars were different, one thread was the same: each of these women, who were quickly labeled "bad mothers," turned out instead to be reminders of the burdens and obstacles faced by so many mothers.

Changing the Narrative of Child Welfare

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 02.29.2012 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

The nuclear secret of child welfare is that most of the children in foster care should not be there.

When Good Parents Leave Their Baby Home Alone

Jacoba Urist | Posted 01.30.2012 | Parents
Jacoba Urist

At a party last week, a couple told us a "funny" parenting story. They were staying in Paris, and decided to leave their 1-year-old asleep in his Pack 'n Play, and get a drink at a place nearby. No need for a babysitter.

Family Matters

Oren Wunderman | Posted 01.29.2012 | Miami
Oren Wunderman

If you're having trouble caring for yourself or your family this season, reach out to a trusted loved one, friend or professional. Show your children that there is strength, not weakness, in seeking help.

Locked in A Closet For Bad Grades

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 01.09.2012 | Education

A 32-year-old woman has been charged with one misdemeanor count of child abuse for locking her daughter in a closet for 6 hours because she earned bad...

Animal-Hoarding Berwyn Mom Indicted On 11 Felony Charges

Posted 12.07.2011 | Chicago

The mother of 14-year-old Matthew Degner, a mentally disabled boy who died in his Berwyn home amid more than 200 animals, was indicted on 11 felony co...

When Kids Are Left in Cars: Blame the Brain

Kent Greenfield | Posted 11.29.2011 | Parents
Kent Greenfield

I have never forgotten my child in the back of the car, or at school, or at a friend's house. But I understand how it could happen, and I bet most parents can, too.

The Numbers Game: Making Sense of the Latest Research on Youth in Foster Care

Michael Piraino | Posted 11.29.2011 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Should we be hopeful? Or should we despair? I have been moving between these two emotions as I read the flurry of new research released in the past few weeks.

New York Parents Face Child Neglect Charges For Minor Drug Arrests

The New York Times | Posted 10.18.2011 | Black Voices

The police found about 10 grams of marijuana, or about a third of an ounce, when they searched Penelope Harris's apartment in the Bronx last year. The...

Death Toll Mounts

Christine James-Brown | Posted 09.26.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

It seems week after week news of other child fatalities permeates the media. Coverage of high-profile cases illustrate our collective inability to keep children -- and even those who protect them -- safe.

Home Alone: Is Your Child Ready?

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D. | Posted 09.13.2011 | Women
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

You hear stories in the news, a child home alone died in a fire -- or -- two children, ages, 6 and 8 were placed in protective custody after a neighbo...

A Nation of Caylee Anthonys

Pat LaMarche | Posted 09.10.2011 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Imagine if for every hour someone spoke on air about Caylee, one minute had been devoted to the rest of the kids who will die senselessly because of inadequate funding for healthcare, housing and human resources.

Halle Berry Accuses Gabriel Aubry Of Child Neglect | 6/28/2011 12:45 PM PDT by TMZ Staff   | Posted 08.29.2011 | Divorce

Halle Berry went to family court this morning, complaining her baby daddy, Gabriel Aubry, violated the custody agreement they struck over Nahla, and t...

Roger Moore Speaks Out For Disabled Kids -- How You Can Help

Posted 08.04.2011 | Impact

Sir Roger Moore, better known for playing secret agent James Bond, has a very public message. As a UNICEF member for almost 20 years, Moore has been ...

Fulfilling Our Fundamental Obligation

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Piraino

The time has come for us to honor our society's most fundamental obligation and to ensure the right of every child to be safe, treated with dignity, and to learn and to grow in the embrace of a family.

Signs of Hope Emerge From Tragedy

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Piraino

I take as a sign of hope the outpouring of support from people asking how they can become volunteers for other abused and neglected children.

A Call to End 'The National Media Blackout on Child Abuse'

Teresa Huizar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

I encourage not just the national media but the general public as well, to become more educated on what must be done to help end the national tragedy of child maltreatment deaths in our country.