Child Endangerment Essay

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Is it necessary to remove a child from their home? Unit 5: Reading Week - Midterm Essay Louissy Burns-Taylor CJ102-07: Criminology I Professor Elycia Daniel November 16, 2010 Is it necessary to remove a child from their home? A recent policy was implemented by Anytown’s Department of Job and Family Services regarding the issue of child endangerment. Any household that has one or more documented offense of domestic violence, child abuse, or drug or alcohol related offenses committed by the mother, father, guardian, and/or caregiver, will result in the removal of any child or children from the home. The child will be placed in the care of the state, or foster care services, until documentation can prove that the offender has…show more content…
Furthermore, the impact falls mainly on the child himself; whether it be positive and/or negative, on those involved in the above situation. A family violence report which recently came out stated that "Family violence, including child physical and sexual abuse, child neglect and maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and elder abuse, takes place in homes across the country every day. Exposure to such violence has a devastating impact on both children and adults in those households and communities, whether they are direct victims of abuse or witnesses to it. Children exposed to such violence at an early age are likely to become either perpetrators of abuse or victims of violence in adulthood" (Family Violence, 2010). Prior to this report the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), a detailed report which is comprised of gathered data about crimes using an ongoing, nationally representative sample of households in the United States, found that "between 1993 and 1998, the average number of victims of intimate partner violence who lived with children under the age of 12 was 459,590" (Rennison & Welchans, 2000). The research at hand is astounding. Many are exposing the child to certain situations which are not
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