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Child Neglect

Nature of the Beast

Adina Ciment | Posted 06.06.2016 | Parents
Adina Ciment

I lost my 18 month old daughter in Disney World. No, this isn't some urban legend that you read about. She wasn't kidnapped, drugged, and discovered ...

What's behind children being cast as witches in Nigeria

The Conversation Africa | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Utibe Effiong, University of Michigan The rescue of a two-year-old Nigerian child has attracted extensive social and online media coverage across th...

A Reagan-Type Marriage

May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. | Posted 04.04.2016 | Healthy Living
May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

I only know from hearsay what the family was really like and how it affected their children. I am using the example of a particular type of marriage configuration touted and idealized by the press as one which can leave children at a disadvantage and vulnerable.

What Happens to a U.S. State When It Perpetuates Child Neglect? So Far, Nothing

Darcey Merritt | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Darcey Merritt

The long-term adverse consequences of Michigan's having knowingly deprived children of clean, lead-free water are overwhelming and will linger in a host of ways well into the future generations of those children now exposed.

Lifting the Burdens From Struggling Families

Deborah De Santis | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

When families confronting a host of challenges such as mental illness, severe medical conditions or substance use find themselves without a decent home, child welfare agencies often feel they have no choice but to place the children in foster care.

Time in With Dr. Tim: Helping Girls Overcome the Emotional Scars of Trauma

Dr. Tim Goldsmith | Posted 12.09.2015 | Parents
Dr. Tim Goldsmith

You can't force treatment on a child who has shut down. Counselors must take a step back and find creative and unique ways to engage.

Short Lives, Long Waits For Justice: The Huge Backlog of Child Abuse Deaths

New England Center for Investigative Reporting | LaurenWeber | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics

The following story was reported by Jenifer McKim of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and published here in collaboration with The H...

Texas Couple Behind Bars After Toddler Dies From Oven Burns

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 11.24.2015 | Crime

A Texas mother and her boyfriend are behind bars after police say the woman's toddler was baked to death inside an oven after being left home alone wi...

When An 8 Year Old Kills

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 11.23.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

A child died, and that is tragic. But an 8-year-old child is being charged in juvenile court with her murder. And that is outrageous. Because not every tragedy is a crime, and not every actor is a criminal.

From Abused and Homeless to Ph.D.

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

"Oh, my God. Are you serious?" That's a reaction I often get when people hear how I accidentally discovered, at the age of twenty, that I was adopted.

Kids Found Living Inside A Shipping Crate In An Underground Cave

Associated Press | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 12.28.2015 | Crime

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A 24-year-old mother is in custody Saturday after her two young children were found barefoot, dirty and living in a wooden sh...

Justice For Josiah

Jessica Denis | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Jessica Denis

A 3-year-old has lost his life, a mother has lost her son and a family has lost their star. The child lost his life at the hands of one person; that one person who was always supposed to protect his son. On September 5, 2015 near Memphis, TN, 3-year-old Josiah was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Drunk Florida Mom Had Kid Blow Into Breathalyzer To Start Car: Cops

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 08.13.2015 | Crime

A Florida woman is accused of having her 4-year-old son blow into a Breathalyzer to start her car while she was inebriated. Police in Apopka responded...

Malnourished Teen Weighing 47 Pounds Found In Cockroach-Infested Home

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 07.09.2015 | Crime

Police searching a home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for drugs found a 15-year-old boy weighing just 47 pounds lying on a cot and covered in cockroaches...

Tackling Childhood Trauma in DC Schools

Judith Sandalow | Posted 06.23.2016 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Think about a time when you were a child and heard a strange sound in the middle of the night. Your heart probably started beating faster. Every little noise was amplified because of a heightened sense of hearing. You got tunnel vision.

How Legal Abortion Helps American Families

David A. Grimes | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
David A. Grimes

The net effect of abortion is helping to ensure that every child born will be wanted, loved, and well cared for. This is a goal for American families around which there should be broad agreement.

Child Abusers Shouldn't Be Able to Run Out the Clock

Ariel Zwang | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

Kathy's counselor helped her realize that the trauma of her childhood sexual abuse had resurfaced because she was now bringing her own child into the world. With therapy, Kathy was able to come to terms with the abuse and finally begin to heal.

Parents Arrested After 3 Little Girls Found Living In Garbage Filled Home

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 04.20.2015 | Crime

A Florida couple was arrested Friday police discovered their children living in filth, among bugs and human feces. Police say a tip led them to the...

Why We Need to Talk to Strangers

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Minding your own business (or calling the cops) is fine, knocking on a stranger's door or helping someone else's kid off the jungle gym is creepy. What has become of us?

Free-Range Mom Blamed For Child Neglect Says Her Life Has Been 'Torn Apart'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents

Danielle Meitiv often lets her two kids, Rafi, 10 and Dvora, 6, play outside without her supervision. They are even allowed to walk home from the neig...

Child Neglect: It Can Happen In Your Own Backyard -- Recognize It and Take Action!

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D. | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

Many children die each year from child neglect. The media normally reports on child abuse fatalities so child abuse is clearer in the public's mind. Child neglect is extremely dangerous too.

How Institutional Neglect Affects Kids' Brains

Posted 01.27.2015 | Parents

BY KATHRYN DOYLE Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:28pm EST (Reuters Health) – Kids who were raised in a Romanian institution for abandoned children have small...

Every Child Deserves a Fair Chance

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As a nation it's time to close our hypocrisy gap in the treatment of our children and value and protect our children -- all of them. We need to examine with urgency how we treat our children and the gap between what we say and what we do.

Relisha's Brothers, Part II: Endangered By Secrecy

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 03.06.2015 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

Secrecy in child welfare throws its dark curtain over yet another low-income family of color. This time, it is Relisha Rudd's brothers whose fate is being decided behind the closed doors of the family court.

Relisha's Brothers, Part I: At Risk of Poverty

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 03.02.2015 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

The tragedy is familiar to many by now. Eight-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared in March from the DC General emergency family homeless shelter. Allegedly in the care of a janitor at the shelter, Relisha hasn't been seen since.