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.

The Best Interests of the Child
The best interests of the child

Suppose your wealthy Uncle Max shows up from Palm Beach and, while he is visiting, decides you're doing a lousy job of raising your son. Uncle Max, on the other hand, has the time and money to give little Lawrence a better upbringing than you can—his own room in a grand home, a fine wardrobe, a car when he turns 16, primo dental and health care. And he has more than just material things to offer—he'll give Lawrence all the care, attention, and support he needs, plus an education at elite private schools and great career connections. So Uncle Max goes to court to seek custody of Lawrence.

“It's in the best interests of the child,” he and his attorney argue. They go on ...

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