Child abuse is a crippling and all-too-common occurrence in communities around the world, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families is doing something about it.
At https://www.childwelfare.gov, the Child Welfare Information Gateway provides information for every avenue of preventing, managing, and eliminating child abuse. Whether visitors need to report a problem or are seeking help for a problem of their own, there is no limit to the information available on the website.
Professionals may find insightful the Family-Centered Practice topic, which provides a base knowledge of the philosophy of family practice and state and local practice models that “embrace family participation and engagement.” Other helpful sections include quick links to research and statistics on impact and state-specific resources.
Understanding how neglect is a type of child abuse can be critical to halting this behavior. An overview of neglect is available as well as tips on identifying neglect and the impact it has on child development and its potential social and economic consequences.
And if the only way to protect a child from abuse in the home is through adoption, a robust section covering an agency’s role in adoption to parental guidance and every step in between and going forward is available on the left-hand toolbar.