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NCJ Number: 127119 Find in a Library
Title: Wounded Innocents: The Real Victims of the War Against Child Abuse
Author(s): R Wexler
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 369
Sponsoring Agency: Prometheus Books
Amherst, NY 14228-2197
Publication Number: ISBN 0-87975-602-0
Sale Source: Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive
Amherst, NY 14228-2197
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book documents the abuse perpetrated against children through State instruments that purport to protect children from parental abuse and neglect.
Abstract: Cases are reported where children have been summarily removed from their homes, families have been shattered because of false reports of abuse, and children have been thrust into chaotic and abusive foster care programs for no other reason than that their parents are poor. In some cases, children severely abused in the home have been ignored as the child protection system has used its scarce resources to pursue trivial or unfounded cases. To help reform the child protection system that abuses children, this book recommends the elimination of financial incentives that encourage foster care while discouraging permanent homes for children. It also proposes reducing the types of maltreatment that professionals are required to report to child-protective authorities. Other recommendations are that all mandated reporters be required to take a course in the reporting law, "educational neglect" be removed from the jurisdiction of child protection services, and a mechanism be established for screening reports so as to eliminate cases that are clearly false or do not constitute maltreatment under the law. Chapter notes and a subject index
Main Term(s): Juvenile court jurisdiction
Index Term(s): Child protection services; Foster homes
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