Child Abuse


It was a typical day at work, or so I thought. I was the opening shift at the before-after school program that I work at. We were expecting a new child to start this morning, a kindergartner, Sean. Around 7:45 Sean and his mother walk in and introduce themselves. I notice that Sean has a mulberry looking birthmark on the left side of the face. I was having the normal get to know you conversation with his mother when she said something I wasn't expecting. She said, " I want to be up front with you. Last night I got angry with Sean and hit him in the face." I was completely taken by surprise, I had just met this woman and she's telling me she hits her son. She tried to justify it as ...

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Child Protective Services said the report was not submitted within 24 hours, so they couldn't do anything. We had another case that we reported just two weeks ago to Child Protective Services. Another five- year old was involved. The teacher noticed a bite mark on his cheek. She asked him what happened, and he responded "my dad bit me." The teacher asked him if his dad was mad when he bit him and he said he was very mad. We reported this to CPS, but were told they couldn't do anything because the skin was not broken. These instances really make me question the system we rely on to protect our children. The question is are we doing enough to protect our children? I feel that not enough is being done to protect our children. I gave, in my opinion two very mild cases of suspected abuse. There are so many severe cases of abuse that the authorities know about, but they aren't doing anything to save the children.
CPS put out kind of a mission statement in reference to their effort to ...

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in the United States. Of these 3 million children who were reported to CPS 1,036,000 of the cases were substantiated as victims of child maltreatment. This figure represents about 16 out of every 1,000 children. According to the 1994 survey, physical abuse represented 21% of confirmed cases, sexual abuse 11%, neglect 49%, emotional maltreatment 3%, and other forms of maltreatment 16%. An estimated 1,271 children died due to and neglect in 1994. Based on that statistic more than three children die each day as a result of or neglect. The most horrifying statistic is that approximately 45% of these deaths occurred to children known to child protective service agencies as current or ...

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