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Placement for Abused Children

Under California law, child abuse or neglect includes physical injury inflicted by other than accidental means upon a child by another person, sexual abuse, neglect, wilful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment, unlawful corporal punishment or injury and is against the law (State, 2004). Neglect means the negligent treatment or the mistreatment of a child by a person responsible for the child's welfare; severe neglect means the negligent failure of a person having the care of custody of a child to protect the child from severe malnutrition or medically diagnosed non-organic failure to thrive, or wilfully allowing the child or the health of a child to be placed in a situation in which their health is endangered, by failing to provide either adequate food, clothing, shelter, or medical care. General neglect means negligent failure of a person having custody of care of a child to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care, or supervision, but where no physical injury has occurred.

Willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment of a child means a situation where someone causes or permits any child to suffer, or inflicts thereon, unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or permits the person or health of a child for whom they have custody or care to be endangered (State, 2004). Sexual abuse means sexual assault or sexual exploitation. Sexual assault includes rape, statutory rape, rape in concert, incest, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts upon a child, oral copulation, sexual penetration, or child molestation. Sexual exploitation refers to depicting a minor engaged in obscene acts, selling or distributing such material, employing a minor to take part in such acts, allowing minors to participate in such acts, and developing, printing or distributing prints and films of such acts.

Children who are abused and neglected in the home are often victimized again when California's social welfare system comes to their resc...

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