I have worked with abused and neglected children and their parents for over thirty years. Because of this experience, I am keenly aware of children who have three disadvantages which deny them opportunities to become competent citizens and predispose them to crime and welfare dependency. One disadvantage is well known; it is socioeconomic. The second is not as well known; it is personality damage that distorts a child's values and relationships with other people. The third disadvantage may surprise you: many of the interventions intended to help these children actually harm them.
I have been a member of several of the many respected organizations and commissions that have forecast, described, and deplored the decline in the health, education, welfare, and safety of children in the United States in recent decades. This experience has made me aware of our society's lack of genuine commitment to protect and nurture all of its children.
I decided to write this book because the magnitude of child abuse and neglect in the United States far exceeds the ability of professionals to repair the resulting damage to affected children. I am convinced that society itself must assert that every child is entitled to competent parenting and act before children are damaged and placed on the pathways to crime and welfare dependency.
I have struggled with ideas about how we might promote and
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Publication information: Book title: Licensing Parents:Can We Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect?. Contributors: Jack C. Westman - Author. Publisher: Insight Books. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1994. Page number: xi.