Childhood Denied: Ending the Nightmare of Child Abuse and Neglect is an exposé of how America ignores and often discards its most vulnerable children. Delving into the political, legal, and social factors of children at risk for abuse and neglect, it chronicles the plight of abused children across the nation and provides a “report card” for each U.S. state. With a practical, journalistic, and social scientific approach, this fervent book emboldens child welfare professionals, government representatives, lawmakers, child attorneys, law enforcers, and the general public to respond more effectively and consistently to the needs of children at risk.

Features and Benefits

Explores viable solutions to mitigate child abuse, such as legislative changes; quality of child protection services and foster care; training and education within the judicial system; and developing national standards; Draws a clear distinction between questionable parenting practices and situations where children's lives and health are consistently in jeopardy; Employs a strong call to action and inspires readers to help end the cycle of abuse and neglect by addressing the core of the problem; Created in collaboration with First Star - an organization that offers a nonpartisan, multidisciplinary approach - and provides a catalyst for change

Intended Audience

This inspiring book is a must-have for child welfare professionals, policymakers, attorneys, law enforcers as well as anyone devoted to helping children at risk. It is also an excellent supplement for courses in social work, government, politics, and law.

Keepers of the Plan
Keepers of the plan

Child abuse and neglect are like dancing with a bear.1 The trouble is, we've been doing far too much sitting down. The bear takes over and then we're surprised at how bad things have gotten. Too little has been done at the federal and state levels to get a grip on this bear and to make it follow our lead.

Why are conditions so bad? What keeps us from protecting the most vulnerable among us? Blair Sadler, president and CEO of Children's Hospital and Health Center of San Diego, applauded the excellent studies on child abuse conducted in recent years, but observed that “they have not served as an effective catalyst to galvanize a nationally coordinated action agenda.”2 What he terms a national call to action was the ...

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