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.

Caseworker and Police Challenges—Who You Gonna Call?
Caseworker and police challenges—Who you gonna call?

Caseworkers are involved at every level of decision making. They link families with needed services, and they can, when their job is done right, provide children with a sense of continuity, a person who cares, something “often lacking in their foster care experience.”1

Yet, despite the critical nature of their job, caseworkers often carry huge caseloads, are burdened by exhaustive paperwork, function with minimal training and are supervised by people with not much more preparation. They make life-altering decisions on behalf of children, yet children in foster care and foster parents find themselves left with little support in so many states and around the world. They must learn to work within the political climates of their organizations—often at odds with serving children—and adapt ...

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