Child Neglect in the United States

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Child Neglect
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Bruce Maag is a psychology graduate who has worked in the fields of business and psychology through the years. In 2001, Bruce Maag founded the Ohio-based company International Phoenix Group Treatment Foster Care, a center that is dedicated to serving children and youth who have experienced abuse or neglect.

Child neglect is defined by the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) as “the failure by the caregiver to provide needed, age-appropriate care although…able to do so…” In the United States, neglect is the most common form of child maltreatment, with over hundreds of thousands of reported cases each year. In 2005, NCANDS reported almost 900,000 cases.

Neglect takes four forms: physical, educational, medical, and psychological. Signs of neglect are often observed by third parties, such as relatives, neighbors, or school personnel, who are close to the victim. In cases of suspected neglected, concerned persons may report it to their respective local social services for prompt action.

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