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Childhood Denied

Childhood Denied
Ending the Nightmare of Child Abuse and Neglect

© 2009 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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.
Foreword: These Are Our Kids as Well as Theirs (By Peter Samuelson and Sherry Quirk)
Foreword (By Robert C. Fellmeth)
Foreword (By Charles D. Gill)
1. Keepers of the Plan
2. The Best Interests of the Child
3. Lost in the System: Confidentiality and Secrecy
4. A Brief History of Child Custody Issues Related to Abuse and Neglect
5. Silenced by the Law
6. Foster Care Today
7. Caseworker and Police Challenges--Who You Gonna Call?
8. The Politics of Child Abuse and Neglect
About the Authors

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