- Poverty and Child Abuse
Does Poverty Cause Child Abuse?
Coming from a poor family in the South Bronx during the 1960's, I can tell you first hand that I was never abused, but often times neglected because my parents were working their hrearts out somewhere in NYC trying to give their children a better life in a poversihed neighborhood. There is a big difference between neglect and abuse. My parents were always too tired to do things with us outside the home, but my sisters and I always knew our parents loved us and that they were tired from working all the time. But we were always dressed decent, always had food on the table and medical treatment when needed. I say we were neglected to the point of always being alone and doing our own cooking during the week. We did our own hair and kept our hygiene up. Our parents barely had time to have a decent conversation with us and we were left to make decisins on our own most of the i\time. I think this is the greatest of the neglect because as children we made a lot of wrong and sometimes not good decision. We literally shaped our own lives....which is not a good thing, we were children and we needed direction and guidance that we did not get because our parents were always working or too tired. We need our parents to ask us what do you want to be when you grow up, show us how to achieve that goal, keep us in tune with our education, etc and these are the things I am talking about when I say neglect. I think if my parents had more time to spend with us while we were growing up, that I would have been in college at the correct age of 18 years old, not had children in my ealry twenties, got married and formulated my career to my interest. In other words, with the proper attention from my parents, i think i would not be a case manager, I would be the Founder of my own Non Profit that targets an age group that has no services available to them at that time or at this time.
Exec. Dir., National Assn. of Counsel for Children
Child welfare systems must learn to evaluate child safety objectively, basing their decisions to take protective custody on identifiable, imminent risks of actual harm. In the absence of that objectively determined, imminent risk, we have no right to judge others, their "behavior" or the "enclave" where they live. As long as we continue to think that we know better, we'll continue to jam group homes and residential programs with young people of color. Rich or poor, all families and their children should be equal before the law and on equal footing when a child welfare worker knocks on their door.
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