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Child abuse should be stopped early on its tracks

They have no choice… Light their way when the darkness surrounds them. Let it shine all around them…" This song illustrates why we need a Child Abuse Prevention Month and the ultimate solution to the problem.

Children have no voice and are totally dependent on adults to meet their needs for food, shelter, safety, love, trust, hope, and learning how to care for themselves. They need safe relationships, loving support, and people around them who inspire self-confidence and faith in their world. Child Abuse Prevention month is devoted to celebrating everything we can do to transform our community into a place that cares about — and actively supports — families and children.

Yes, abuse statistics are staggering! Child abuse and neglect happens when people find themselves in stressful situations and don't know how to cope. Economic stressors, job loss, poverty, addiction, fewer resources to support families, and the stress and isolation that accompany these are causing us to lose too many children to conditions and situations that are entirely preventable.

We can all make a difference by ensuring that all parents in our community have our support, access to quality child care, mental health and substance abuse programs, affordable housing and health services, and parenting education resources.

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This was totally affirmed for me several years ago when I attended a meeting where, among other topics, discipline and guidance of children were discussed.

The speaker said that hitting, slapping, poking, put downs, shaming, and screaming were not acceptable discipline techniques. A woman turned towards me and whispered, "What else is there? Prevent problems before they start with information.

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For example, many young children are traumatized by being exposed to TV shows and movies that are filled with graphic violence or scary content. Use common sense when deciding what children will watch on TV. Be available to talk to children about their concerns and feelings. Speak out against child neglect as well.

  1. Members of the team represent the disciplines of medicine, nursing, psychology, and social work.
  2. In Vermont, the State funds seminars on family violence and substance abuse treatment options for judges and other members of the legal system.
  3. Many courts have also disregarded sentencing guidelines and imprisoned pregnant drug users for terms long enough to ensure their infants were born drug free Garrity-Rokous, 1994. While the organizational roles and titles will vary, a CPS agency is the part of a State's child welfare system responsible for investigating and processing child abuse and neglect cases.
  4. Does the client have a lawyer representing him? A recent study shows that neither is likely to occur.

Child neglect is, "Ignoring a child's needs and refusing to provide for them. Neglected children may not be able to talk about their experiences as clearly as a child who has been abused, but decisions they make about themselves and their lives are similar, such as "I am not important" or "I don't deserve help.

Become and help others become aware of personal "hot buttons.

  1. Also you'll find a list of resources for children in need of foster parents in NC.
  2. The South Carolina State Supreme Court was the first to rule that a viable fetus could be considered a "person" under child abuse laws. It may also help the client if the counselor participates in developing a service plan for the family.
  3. University of Chicago Press. Reporting may advance a client's recovery by providing an appropriate limit-setting example, increasing the parent's sense of responsibility for harmful behavior, and giving the family an opportunity to change.

Some situations, such as eating, sleeping, listening, moving, or using the toilet are within a child's control, as they should be. Adults cannot MAKE a child do these actions, but that doesn't stop the angry feelings that crop up at times when expectations differ from reality. Help identify these signs early while they can be stopped and diffused.

Separate emotions and work towards a peaceful solution. Look at situations realistically. For instance, have children learned to only obey only when an adult gets mad because they know adults don't mean it until then?

If so, follow through with stated consequences immediately.

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Children will "play the odds" when they know the odds are in their favor. Use skill and a plan.

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Find ways to take a break when needed. Who is available to call when the burden is too heavy? Is a list of friends handy?

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Or a hotline number for a community program? If physically leaving is impossible, then stop, breathe, and count to ten or whatever number is needed to get a grip.

Leave the room if necessary while making sure the child is safe from harm. Lilian Katz, an expert on children's development, is speaking to parents and professionals about supporting healthy development in children at the Extension auditorium on April 13.

Call 333-3252, option 2 to register or 800-325-5516, option 2. Email me at areinhrt illinois. Together we can work as a community to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Our kids are counting on us!