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.

Lost in the System: Confidentiality and Secrecy
Lost in the system: Confidentiality and secrecy

Can we at least agree that the overall state of America's child welfare system is appalling, unnecessarily shoddy, and unworthy of any nation, let alone one of the wealthiest? How can we, 300 million people who almost all love children and wish them the best, have allowed this Hades of awfulness to be perpetrated in our names and on our watch? I hear you say, “Yes, but some places do a great job.” Absolutely true, and how crazy is that? Can you imagine a national for-profit company lasting very long if some of its branches did a great job while the others paid no attention to best practices and kept losing, spoiling, and destroying the merchandise? Is it really necessary ...

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