The perfect storm for child abuse

What happens when you have a family that is financially strapped and unable to meet the basic necessities of a child? Since the recession hit, there is an uptick of reported child abuse cases.

Reuters reports on what doctors at Boston’s Children’s Hospital see:

“We’re finding that it is directly attributable to what is happening economically,” she said. “Many of the hospitals around here report an increase of 20 to 30 percent of requests for consultation regarding suspected child maltreatment.”

Many cases bear the imprint of economic troubles, like a 9-year-old diabetic boy hospitalized after his mother, a single parent, could no longer afford insurance co-payments needed to treat his disease. She left him home alone for long stretches on days when he required medical attention.

“She had difficulty with the bare bone things that would keep this child healthy,” said Scobie.

Add to the mix overwhelmed social service agencies and we have the perfect storm for prolonged child abuse.

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2 responses to “The perfect storm for child abuse

  1. RecessionDaily

    It hurts to read this, as it should. I also remember the children who have murdered by their parents because they were laid off during the recession.

    I appreciate this site for highlighting these stories.

  2. Thank you for your comment. These stories are heartbreaking for sure. Hoping to inspire positive civic action, even if it is in the little things. We heart your site as well. There needs to be more “upside” out there. Keep it up!

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