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The outcome of a ravaging issue called child neglect is a disturbed eleven year old girl with the mind of a thirty year old woman and an insecure future It is a worldwide curse that will plague our children forever if it persists to take over our family values Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons is an emotionally moving novel of child neglect in the South Ellen tells her story of a dreadful life leading to another of self-acceptance and solace Shes born into a life of child neglect from her father She experiences all types of child neglect including abandonment supervisional physical emotional medical and educational As we have observed through Ellens story child neglect robs a childs basic necessities needed for development of physical intellectual and emotional growth while emotionally torturing and destroying their ability to love and to be loved Child neglect is the most common form of child maltreatment in the United States Researchers have indicated that child neglect is strongly correlated with poverty single-parent caretakers unemployment and multifaceted family problems Cowen Child neglect is a social problem stemming from child abuse Abandonment is a minute part of child neglect that occurs when parents leave their child without arranging for appropriate substitute supervision Cowen Supervisional neglect is when children are left for hours or days at a time In physical neglect which is the majority of child neglect cases eating sleeping bathing and household cleaning are little to none Emotional neglect includes spousal abuse in the childs presence allowing a child to abuse drugs or alcohol and constantly belittling and withholding affection National Exchange Medical neglect is an unwilling unable or unmotivated parent who doesnt seek medical attention for their children Cowen A child who should be in school and is not classifies as educational neglectAccording to the Websters dictionary neglect is defined as to ignore or disregard to fail to care for or attend to sufficiently or properly to fail
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