5 Reasons Child Welfare Social Work Matters by Gilda Goldental-Stoecker

  1. Neglect is the failure of adults to meet children’s physical, emotional, mental, educational, or social needs. (Dinitto & McNeece, 2008)

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  1. Children’s developmental needs include health, education, emotional and behavioral development, identity, family and social relationships, social presentation, and self care skills. Children who do not have all of these resources and supports may need intervention in order to be successful and lead fulfilling lives. (Week 9 Power Point)

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  1. To raise healthy children, parents must provide basic care for their children’s physical needs and medical care and dental care, ensure safety for their child, show emotional warmth to their children, stimulate their children’s cognitive development, provide guidance and boundaries for their children, and have stability at home for their children. (Week 9 Power Point)

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  1. Family and environmental factors may affect the child’s welfare. These can include family history and functioning (including genetic and psycho-social factors), wider family, housing, employment, income, the family’s social integration, and community resources. (Week 9 Power Point)

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  1. In the United States, 13 million children live in poverty. Children of color are at a higher risk of living in poverty, and while neglect and maltreatment can happen in any household, it is statistically more likely to occur in poverty-stricken families. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008)

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