Child Neglect, by Taofik Bankole made with Acrylic and Textile on Canvas
Children are deserving of love and care. There needs to be a collective effort on our part in ensuring that children around us receive the best care and show of love.
What Is Child Neglect?
Child neglect is one of the most common forms of child mistreatment. It can affect a child’s physical and mental health and can lead to long-term consequences. Most adults, particularly parents, can’t fathom the idea of neglecting a child. Sadly, though, thousands of cases of child neglect exist in the United States.
According to the Children’s Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services, in 2018, approximately 678,000 children in the country were deemed victims of abuse or neglect, with about 60.8% of those suffering from neglect.1 Even worse, the bureau estimated that 1,770 children died in 2018 from abuse or neglect.
The Federal Child Abuse Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA) defines neglect legally as “any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker that presents an imminent risk of serious harm to the child.”