CHILD ABUSE that makes us question and ask ourselves….”Why does this happen?” “It’s not fair!” “They did not deserve this.” And when we learn that a death was involved, we forever say and wish for them, “May they Rest In Peace within the Arms of the Angels.”
They didn’t think their voices could matter to anyone else. After all, these children endured years of abuse – hit with ball bats, burned with irons, starved and forced to drink urine – and still kept the family secrets. In essence, the three boys and two girls were beaten until they bled. Some were held under water or put inside a running clothes dryer. They were hit with hammers, duct-taped to beds, dangled over a banister and dropped. Tell anyone, the parents warned, and your brothers and sisters will get it worse.
- A four year old was terrorized, tortured and tormented for 10 days in a shed behind her home by her mom’s boyfriend. The mother was away during this time for training with the army reserves. When her boyfriend was arrested, he kept a smirk on his face and mocked officers by saying “What are ya’ll gonna do? Tie me down and cut me up?” The four year old girl died three days after being admitted to the hospital.
- A twenty-six year old father was charged in a horrific child abuse case. The father was accused abusing his child when he had an urge to squeeze the baby tightly, which resulted in her face turning red and eyes becoming bloodshot and several rib fractures. He also had an urge and pushed his index finger all the way down the child’s throat.
All of these cases are real but yet I have not yet scratched the surface of all the cases that are out there. Especially, the ones that are currently going on at this moment. Child abuse goes on everyday all around us. Rather we want to believe it or not, its out there and it happens. Human Trafficking is also real if not more real and goes on every day that we live.
I am sure by now you are reading this and probably are upset and wondering what you can do to stop the cycle of abuse. There is something that we can all do to help. I am talking about coming together and working for a common cause rather it be in our counties, states, or our own countries, you have the power to make a difference. “Do You For Others.” We have learned that true greatness comes from serving others. When you use your talents and gifts to give, miracles happen. When we ALL “do you for others,” the world is radically changed. If you do not remember anything else I have said yet, remember this. We’re better together. By the same token, there is nothing more powerful than a group of people that come together for a common mission. And it makes things more fun!
In 2015, an estimated 1,670 children died from abuse and neglect in the United States. As a matter of fact, in 2015, Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country served more than 311,000 child victims of abuse, providing victim advocacy and support to these children and their families uniquely.
Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S annually. An estimated 683,000 children (unique incidents) were victims of abuse and neglect in 2015, the most recent year for which there is national data.
CPS protects more than 3 million children. Approximately 3.4 million children received an investigation or alternative response from child protective services agencies. 2.3 million children received prevention services.
The youngest children were most vulnerable to maltreatment. Children in the first year of their life had the highest rate of victimization of 24.2 per 1,000 children in the national population of the same age.
Neglect is the most common form of maltreatment. Of the children who experienced maltreatment or abuse, three-quarters suffered neglect; 17.2% suffered physical abuse; and 8.4% suffered sexual abuse. (Some children are polyvictimized—they have suffered more than one form of maltreatment.)
Usually, Foster parents choose to foster for a variety of reasons. In fact, the main goal for most foster parents is to make a difference in the life of a child. As a matter of fact, Foster parents struggle at times to understand another parent’s choices, style of parenting, and overall way of living. Furthermore, Foster Parents may have concerns about what will happen; in the event, if the child that is placed with them goes home. In some circumstances, foster parents might feel that the child’s parent is not trying hard enough, and, in extreme cases, does not deserve to raise his or her children.
Did you know that there are 400,000 American children who are in the foster care system. In fact, they have been taken away when their families are in crisis and can’t take care of them. Who are these children? Where do they live? These statistics will help you better understand their world. There are 402,378 children living in the foster care system. In fact, 101,840 foster children are up for adoption in the U.S. This means that 1 in 184 children in the U.S. are in the foster care system. The average wait time for adoption is 34 months. The average length of stay in foster care is 20 months.
- 415,129 children were in foster care on September 30th, 2014, a 4% increase from 2012.
- 264,746 children entered care – that translates to a child entering care every two minutes in the United States.
- 238,230 children exited foster care.
- 107,918 children waiting to be adopted on September 30th, 2014.
- 60,898 children waiting to be adopted whose parental rights (for all living parents) were terminated.
- 50,644 children adopted with public child welfare agency involvement.
- 51% Reunification with Parent(s) or Primary Caretaker(s)
- 21% Adoption
- 9% Emancipation
- 9% Guardianship
- 7% Living with other Relative(s)
- 2% Transfer to Another Agency
- 0% (1,138) Runaway
- 0% (326) Death
In conclusion, by now you have learned something and have realized that this is something that is all around us. The stats here are from within the USA alone. There is a way that you can help. You can get with your local Department of Human Services or with Child Protective Services within your own county to see what you can do to help or even maybe become a licensed Foster Parent. In fact, you can visit the website below to get a better understanding as to how you can support case workers, educate the public, guide children in building connections, and lots more. To sum up, there are many parents and families that would love and do anything to have children. After all, children who are abused and neglected each day in America is sad. Lets do all we can do to help THE CHILDREN. They are OUR FUTURE.