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Child Maltreatment

Ruby Bacon

Child maltreatment is a growing problem within our society today, but not only is it a
national problem but a state problem as well. Every day there is a story in the news about how a
child passed away, was removed from the home or was in danger because it was in harms way of
sexual or physical abuse, there was violence in the home or the parents had a substance abuse
problem and the child was found with drugs in the system or they were living in unsanitary
The CDC states that child maltreatment includes all types of abuse and neglect of a child
under the age of 18 by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy,
coach, teacher). There are four types of abuse, which are physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional
abuse and neglect (Center for Disease Control , 2014). All four of these types of abuse are
detrimental to a child’s development as they grow into an adult and even though one may show
physical signs of abuse they all have underlying affects on a child’s mental and emotional health
if they are able to make it their teenage years.
If a child is able to survive an act of abuse or if DCFS removes them from the home, they
may have a chance at having a somewhat normal life, if they do not know what normal is. A
child can go two ways after an act of abuse, they can become people pleasers, making sure to not
cause trouble and always be known as the good kid or they can become the statistic, they turn to
criminal behaviors, act out, turn to substance abuse to numb the pain and sometimes act out the
sexual acts that were done to them on to other victims. The victim now becomes the perpetrator
because they do not know any different.
“A child has the ability to cope, and even thrive following a negative experience is often
referred to as resilience”, (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2013). Resilience is not a child’s

language delays and even a risk for personality disorders (Child Welfare Information Gateway. 2014). or there is abuse in the home. drug use. their parents had substance abuse problems. These children now become a part of the cycle of abuse that they should not have been a part of. 2013). 66% of those children removed. The long term effects of abuse and neglect are even worse. Some physical consequences of maltreatment are obesity. 2013). the child now has learned what is healthy behavior to them because it is all that they know. traumatic brain injury and impaired brain development. depression. . The psychological effects are fear. isolation and the inability to trust people. At the end of the fiscal year. Then there are the other clients who are not ready to change or leave the drug culture and they end up losing their parental rights to the foster parents or family members taking care of their children.2 inherited trait but a result from a mixture of risk and protective factors that cause a child’s positive and negative reaction to adverse experiences (Child Welfare Information Gateway. 2. lower IQ scores. A child has to learn to be resilient in order to cope with the abuse that is being acted upon them when they are supposed to be protected from these types of actions by their parents and caregivers. 2. diabetes. Neglect was found in 43% of the homes they were removed from. I work in substance abuse with Utah County and we get a lot of DCFS Drug Court clients that come through the residential program. Because they have been affected by neglect or some form of abuse because their parents are addicted to drugs. In Utah alone. relationship issues. low selfesteem.051 children entered foster care between the year 2014-2015.768 children were in states custody (Child and Family Services. Some clients make it and graduate from Family Drug Court and get reunified with their children.

which are the children of today. relationship problems and any other problems they may have with life. As I go forward with my career. . positive influences and guidance to help build trust with adults again.3 I used to think that because the children were still young. I hope to one day make a difference by looking for the warning signs and speaking up to the authorities when I see a child hurting because that is my civil duty. I hope to help the children in need that are affected by their parents poor choices of substance abuse problems. counseling. 124 billion dollars to be exact. to help protect the future of tomorrow. they were not affected by the choices that their parents made but reading these articles and statistics made me realize that the children are not as resistant as I thought they were and that it costs the nation a lot of money. The children need just as much help as the parents do. I do know that there are many programs to help these children especially through DCFS and Department of Justice Children’s division. They need to learn coping skills when the stresses and flashbacks come back to them so they can learn to turn the negative into a positive situation.

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