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.

A Brief History of Child Custody Issues Related to Abuse and Neglect
A brief history of child custody issues related to abuse and neglect

Children who came to America as indentured servants without parents were an important part of the story of the colonies' settlement. Although most children who emigrated to New England did so as part of a family, more than half of all persons arriving in the southern colonies were indentured servants and, according to historian Richard B. Morris, most of these were less than 19 years old. The average age was from 14 to 16, and the youngest was six.1 Many were orphans or poor, thus their indentures were involuntary.

Involuntary apprenticeship was another source of immigrant child labor. In 1617 the Virginia Company asked London's lord mayor to send poor children to settle ...

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