Don't underestimate the power of You! You can help change a child's life. There are nearly a half million children in foster care in the United States (5,000 at any given time in San Diego). Discover the many ways in which you can help by reviewing this Change a Lifetime menu (childwelfare.gov).
WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE?
Child abuse is often – and mistakenly - associated exclusively with physical abuse. Child abuse can take many forms including: sexual abuse; emotional abuse; neglect; and abandonment.
Whatever form the abuse takes, the impact on the child is significant and long lasting. The effects can range from the inability to develop healthy relationships and coping skills to deviant behavior, drug abuse, depression and suicide. Child abuse impairs a child's physical and emotional health and development and puts the child at risk for problems that will impact his or her future and ability to become a productive member of society. Consider the following statistics:
Tips for Parents Feeling Overwhelmed:
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Take a Deep Breath
Call a Friend or Family Member
Join a Parent Support Group
In Crisis Call the County Hotline at 1-800-344-6000
The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) (42 U.S.C.A. §5106g), as amended by the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003, defines child abuse and neglect as, at minimum:
Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.
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