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.

Foster Care Today
Foster care today

“When I moved into Group Home C, I was 12. They promised me that this would be my home until I turned 18. I had been in so many other places before. ‘C’ was the first place that I really settled down. After I lived there three years, they decided to change it into a program where you only stayed for one year. I couldn't believe that they could do that!”1

—A foster child

On a cloudy Friday in spring 2006, the melting snowpack from northern California's massive mountains had caused flood warnings on rivers near the state capital Sacramento.

But California lawmakers that day heard a different kind of flood alert as William Bell, president of Casey Family Programs, spoke to the state assembly's select committee on foster care.

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