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 Politics of Child Abuse and Neglect
The politics of child abuse and neglect

“They couldn't be more alone. They are no one's natural constituency.”

—Bob Herbert, New York Times

In our post–9-11 world, terrorism for those living in the United States is a very real and immediate threat. Yet for the vast majority of us, even this closer proximity to the reality of terrorism is not nearly as imminent and personally threatening as domestic violence is for children. Children can't come together to determine a strategy for mutual defense. Children can't benefit from red, yellow, or green alert levels. Their terrorists strike without warning, largely without media coverage and—worse—without causing an outraged national response.

Of course, those few children who wind up in the media spotlight of a Bob Herbert column or a television news human-interest story ...

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