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This expanded and updated Second Edition of Legal Issues in Child Abuse and Neglect Practice offers a state-of-the-art exploration of what role the law can play in bettering the lives of victimized children. While all who work with abused children share the same goals, there often exists a gap in communication between legal and helping professionals that reduces efficacy of cooperative efforts. This new edition continues to provide vital information to non-lawyers on how the legal system in the United States works in child abuse cases.

Prevalence and Effects of Child Maltreatment
Prevalence and effects of child maltreatment

Child abuse is a scourge on children that inflicts incalculable suffering. What's more, child abuse is ugly. It makes us wince and avert our eyes. During the past 35 years, however, society has stopped closing its eyes to the reality of child abuse. Citizens from all walks of life—politicians, professionals, parents—have said, “We've got to do something about this. Our kids deserve better.” They're right, of course. Kids deserve love, support, encouragement, and friendship, not apathy, violence, ridicule, and abuse.

As I said, during the past 35 years, society has come to take child abuse seriously. But have we eliminated abuse? Hardly. If the efforts of the past three decades had succeeded completely, you could ...

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