Child Abuse Can Be Responsible For Injury To The Brain & Delayed Development

Child Abuse Can Be Responsible For Injury To The Brain & Delayed Development

It is not just physical abuse that can affect and damage developing brains in children. According to recent findings, emotional abuse and neglect can also have an impact on how a child’s brain develops, leaving them more likely to have learning and emotional disabilities, as they grow older. Early Childhood Affects On The Brain A neurologist from the University of California, Los Angles recently released brain scans of two 2-year old children who both came from very different home environments. One child came from a loving home while the Continue reading

Lawsuit Filed Against Babysitting Facility Where Toddler Was Abused

A civil lawsuit was recently filed against the operator of a babysitting facility in the Chicagoland after law enforcement officials determined that abuse from a caregiver caused the child’s death. The lawsuit claims that the operator of the babysitting facility was negligent in failing to provide proper supervision of staff and failing to provide timely medical care for the injured child. After an exhaustive investigation by the medical examiners office, forensic evidence established that the 20-month-old girl was hit with great force Continue reading

Help For Abused Children Is Out There– You Just Need To Know Where To Look

As a parent, I really cringe when I hear about a child being abused by anyone.  Unfortunately, children remain prime targets for physical, mental and sexual abuse perpetrated in diverse settings.  In order for us to help child abuse victims, we first must acknowledge its existence and then begin to understand how and where it occurs.  1) ChildHelp http://www.childhelp.org This non-profit helps victims of child abuse and neglect. It is an international agency which fosters children to work through their abuse and neglect. 2) Continue reading

Reporting Child Abuse: Not Just The Right Thing To Do– But Also The Law

In many situations, a child may be unable or unwilling to report their own abuse or neglect.  Therefore, it is important that the network of adults in a child’s life are vigilant advocates, giving abused children a voice.  A child may not report abuse because they cannot talk, do not understand what is happening, are afraid, or have no one to talk to. That is why there are mandated reporters, people and professions who have a legal requirement to report child abuse or neglect to the State.  Many times, these people are in the best position Continue reading

Researchers Provide Hope For Children Suffering From Traumatic Brain Injuries

Almost 500,000 children suffer from traumatic brain injuries every year in the United States.  These injuries are among the leading causes of death or long-term neurologic impairments in the young.  About 18% of all traumatic brain related emergency room visits involve children ages zero to four years old.     Traumatic brain injuries are the result of trauma or a blow to the head.  Depending on the extent of the damage and the area affected, these injuries can vary greatly.  Consequencescan include changes affecting thinking, learning, Continue reading

Preventing Institutional Child Abuse By Carefully Selecting A Facility

Children, like the elderly, are a vulnerable group that requires oversight, protection, and regulations to protect them.  (See “Children in Day Care Are Susceptible to Many of the Same Problems Our Elderly Nursing Home Patients Encounter”) Choosing a Child Care Provider When choosing a child care facility, there are a number of factors to keep in mind.  It is important to find a high-quality facility, where you feel your children are receiving the best care and attention.  (Trust Your Instinct When Placing a Child in Daycare with Continue reading

$10 Million Settlement For Child Abused By Foster Parent Demonstrates Lapses In Oversight System

A significant settlement in a foster care abuse lawsuit demonstrated the defects in regulatory system meant to protect vulnerable children and infants.  The lawsuit was brought on behalf of a 5-year-old boy who was placed into the foster care system after his birth mother was deemed unfit to care for the baby by her family. From the time the boy was placed in the custody of his foster mother, he was repeatedly physically abused by the woman.  An ancillary criminal trial of the foster mother demonstrated that repeated episodes of physical Continue reading