Child abuse and neglect has been in an all time high in the'state where Christine Johnson lives. Not only is it prevalent amongst civilian, but also within the military population. The children affected were from all races and all ages. Sometimes there were infants, a few hours old, found in the trashcans in alleys, on in a trash bags side the highway, or sometimes left at the police station, health department or the hospital. Most parents were teen mothe's. These mothe's were living at home with their parent(s). Even though some of the teen moms lived at home, majority lived in public housing communities. With these factors in mind, there were other siblings already in the home, with the mother receiving food stamps, TANF check, Medicaid, daycare and the complete benefit package that single and married parents receive. Having been a former recipient of services, Christine understood the complete system. The family?s rent was based on household income and the number of family members. The format of this manual provides a complete program of training where everyone involved is held accountable for their training and for their attendance of the workshops. All barriers were removed to ensure that the parents could attend and carried the'system in their communities. ii This manual gives supplies needed and resources for continued education in this area of child abuse and neglect. The development of this manual was created to inspire young parents to become social workers, case managers, or to become involved in their community in preventing child abuse and neglect. In viewing the prevention of child abuse and neglect, the family in this model is considered as unit captured holistically. The parent(s), siblings, the'system and the community all make up the'social system. The'system referred to here is the federal and state agencies(laws) Housing Urban Development (HUD) and Department of Social Services(DSS). These systems aid in making laws governing the program for the welfare department. The branch of Child Protection enforces the guidelines and rules that are set by the'state, local and federal agencies focusing on the well-being of the children. With proper training and follow-up, child abuse and neglect situations can be decreased tremendously throughout the world.
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June 15, 2006
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