No one should want a child to suffer. The role the government plays in keeping kids safe is complicated. Let’s discuss child abuse…
The law defines child abuse and neglect as the “physical or mental injury, sexual abuse, negligent treatment, or maltreatment of a child … by a person who is responsible for the child’s welfare under circumstances which indicate that the child’s health or welfare is harmed or threatened.” There are clarifications that state the harm must be “serious.” What is determined as “serious harm?”
Three-quarters of child welfare investigations involve neglect rather than physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Many struggles that are common among poor families are officially defined as child maltreatment. This can include not having enough food, having inadequate or unsafe housing, lacking medical care, or leaving a child alone while you are away.
If you are a parent that has legal concerns for your family, please contact the Martin Law Group. We help reasonable people redefine family. We our offering free consultations for the month of September.