How to keep kids out of danger by helping families cope early [DallasNews.com]

 

Almost daily, Texans read news headlines about another case of inadequate foster care, Child Protective Services workers fleeing their jobs, children at grave risk of abuse ignored by our child welfare system, and, consequently, preventable child abuse deaths. What doesn't make headlines is the number of Texas children who are being saved.

We flawed humans often assume our personal experiences are valid reality, and we unconsciously project that experience onto others. For many who've had nurturing parents, it's difficult to imagine a mother or father who doesn't innately know how to care for a child. But the latest research shows that for parents who were abused, neglected or abandoned themselves, these skills don't come naturally.



[For more of this story, written by Madeline McClure, go to http://www.dallasnews.com/opin...-families-cope-early]

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