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NCJ Number: 51894 Find in a Library
Title: CEDAR HOUSE - A TREATMENT FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT PROBLEMS
Journal: CRIME PREVENTION REVIEW  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:(OCTOBER 1978)  Pages:28-33
Author(s): C LOWRY; B KENDIG
Corporate Author: California Office of the Attorney General Crime Prevention Unit
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: California Office of the Attorney General Crime Prevention Unit
Los Angeles, CA 90010
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE OPERATION OF CEDAR HOUSE IN LONG BEACH, CALIF., TO TREAT AND PREVENT CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT IS DESCRIBED.
Abstract: PLANNING INVOLVED IN THE EARLY DEVELOPMENT OF CEDAR HOUSE EVOLVED FROM ONE GOAL, TO PENETRATE THE ISOLATION OF ABUSIVE FAMILIES. IT WAS BELIEVED THAT PARENTS OF BATTERED CHILDREN TENDED TO FEEL ISOLATED FROM THOSE AROUND THEM AND COULD NOT REACH OUT FOR HELP. GROUP MEETINGS AT THE HOUSE TAKE PLACE AROUND A DINING ROOM TABLE, WITH COFFEE, JUICE, AND SNACKS AVAILABLE. OUTREACH IS A MAJOR TECHNIQUE EMPLOYED TO DECREASE ISOLATION THROUGH VISITS TO HOMES. IT IS ASSUMED THAT PARENTS DO NOT REALLY WANT TO HURT THEIR CHILDREN; THUS, WHEN A CHILD IS HURT, THE PARENTS ARE ALSO HURT. THE APPROACH OF THE HOUSE IS SUPPORTIVE RATHER THAN CONFRONTIVE. IT IS RECOGNIZED THAT MOST CHILDREN WHO ARE REMOVED FROM THEIR HOME ENVIRONMENT FOR REASONS OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT LATER RETURN TO THEIR PARENTS. WORK IS UNDERWAY TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE COURT SYSTEM. IN SEEKING ANSWERS TO THE PROBLEM OF CHILD ABUSE, PARENTS BECOME PART OF THE HOUSE TEAM. BASIC COMPONENTS OF COUNSELING (GROUP THERAPY, INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING, MARITAL COUNSELING, AND AN EXPERIMENTAL CLASS TEACHING PARENTS TO DO PLAY THERAPY WITH THEIR OWN CHILDREN) ARE UTILIZED. THE PROGRAM OF CEDAR HOUSE HAS A CONTRACT TO SERVE AT LEAST 30 FAMILIES, AND THE STAFF INCLUDES TWO SOCIAL WORKERS, A PSYCHOLOGIST, THREE PARAPROFESSIONALS, A SECRETARY, AND A NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS. CEDAR HOUSE PARTICIPATES IN THE GREATER LONG BEACH CHILD TRAUMA COUNCIL, AN ORGANIZATION WHICH AGENCIES AND INTERESTED PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY ATTEND VOLUNTARILY. BETWEEN JANUARY 1975 AND EARLY JULY 1978 THE PROGRAM SERVED 116 FAMILIES (172 ADULTS AND 234 CHILDREN). CEDAR HOUSE DEALS WITH HIGH-RISK FAMILIES IN ALL CASES. (DEP)
Index Term(s): California; Child abuse; Family counseling; Juvenile dependency and neglect
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