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Child Protection in America: Past, Present, and Future by John E. B. Myers

By John E. B. Myers

Baby abuse and forget are intractable difficulties exacting a negative toll on little ones and rending the very cloth of our society. What will be performed to lessen the affliction? If there have been uncomplicated recommendations to abuse and forget they might were stumbled on some time past. There are not any effortless solutions, yet during this shiny historical past of kid safeguard in the US, John E.B. Myers introduces practical guidelines that would lessen maltreatment and develop the process that protects our children.

prior to it's attainable to layout attainable advancements in trendy approach, it will be important to appreciate the way it developed. The sweeping, superbly written account of kid security in the United States strains its development from colonial days to the present--from the increase and slow disappearance of orphanages, the expansion of foster care, the start of geared up baby security in 1874, and the increase of personal societies to avoid cruelty, to the twentieth-century transition to government-operated baby protection.

Myers is going directly to describe the primary motives of kid maltreatment, together with intergenerational transmission of violence, poverty, substance abuse, cultural violence, over the top corporal punishment, sexual deviance, evolution, psychological ailment, and household violence. as soon as the reasons of maltreatment are transparent, it truly is attainable to create suggestions. many of the proposals defined were in play for greater than a century, whereas others are new. rules to strive against poverty, extend nurse domestic traveling courses, raise entry to day care, improve a feeling of neighborhood, outlaw corporal punishment, reconsider our angle towards alcohol, and reduce the toxicity in pop culture are rooted in a deep figuring out of the cycle of violence and problem conventional methods of thinking.

Since it is going to by no means be attainable to avoid all maltreatment, it's serious to bolster the present baby safeguard method. possible reforms reminiscent of facing the lingering results of racism within the baby welfare, remodeling investment mechanisms, refocusing management, making a much less opposed method, strengthening foster care, and reinventing the juvenile court docket aspect to flaws in our approach yet show that growth is possible.

This provocative ebook will problem all these considering kid's welfare to maneuver towards actual options that may make lifestyles greater for America's such a lot susceptible children.

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Later that morning, Officer McDougal carried Mary Ellen into Judge Lawrence’s courtroom bundled in the carriage blanket. 5 Mary Ellen one year following her rescue. Photograph provided by and reproduced with permission of the George Sim Johnston Archives of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. covered with cuts and bruises, including a fresh gash on her face where Mrs. Connolly cut her with scissors. Etta Wheeler recalled, “The child was sobbing bitterly when brought in but there was a touch of the ludicrous with it all.

This practice is intensely vicious. Its effect upon the health, resulting from exposure, and denial of repose, is the least of the evils it entails. ”34 With the advent of motion pictures, child protection workers expanded their concerns. Children now acted in dangerous scenes, had their eyes damaged by harsh artificial lighting, learned unwholesome lessons, and missed school. Medical Neglect Parents have a legal duty to provide their children food, clothing, and shelter. Additionally, parents must provide necessary medical care, and when they fail to do so, the state may step in.

63 Most children in Hart’s study did well. Hart concluded, “Our examination shows, with reference to 24 child protection in amer ica the children under thirteen years old, that nine-tenths remain, four-fifths are doing well, and all incorrigibles are cared for by the society. ”64 Francis White described a study of two groups of orphan train children placed in Kansas. The first group arrived in 1867 and was made up mostly of teenage boys. The second group arrived in 1884 and consisted primarily of young girls and boys.

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