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Child maltreatment is defined as intentional harm to or avoidable endangerment of anyone less than 18 years of age Thus child maltreatment includes both abuse-deliberate action that is harmful to a childs well being-and neglect-failure to appropriately meet a childs basic needs An 18-year-old mother that is using drugs during pregnancy is guilty of child abuse and neglect A baby does not have the option of saying Mommy I dont feel like getting high today It is a mothers responsibility to love and nurture a child while it is in her womb A mother that endangers the well-being and life of her child as well as themselves should not be allowed to parent that child after it is born On the other side of the coin how can a mother that has used abused drugs throughout her pregnancy take care of a baby if she is going to be high all the time She will not all of a sudden get a conscience after the child is born and decide to become a good loving nurturing parent It did not happen during the nine months of pregnancy it wouldnt happen after the child is born Also with the child being born deformed and mentally handicapped there is way this mother is capable of providing adequate care The mother will more than likely suffer a lot of guilt at seeing what she has done to her baby A special needs baby will need a lot of care which will also put a lot of emotional strain on the mother which will lead to increased drug use I think the right thing to do would be to have responsible relatives look after the baby until the mother can enter some type of substance abuse treatment which can often take years Some experts feel that drug treatments will succeed is tremendously increased if mothers are allowed to keep their children Society and the experts are divided on this
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