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Child Negligence Cases Linked to Addiction

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Child neglect makes up 66 percent of Child Protective Services (CPS) cases. More than 85 percent of the kids in foster care, in the state of Arizona, are there due to child neglect.

According to a top researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “As many as two-thirds of all people in treatment for drug abuse report that they were physically, sexually, or emotionally abused during childhood, research shows. However, the role of child abuse – physical trauma, rape and sexual abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, and witnessing or being threatened with violence or other abuse – in the pathway to drug abuse needs closer examination.”

Such a statement is not pointing fingers at parents. Rather, many children suffer abuse outside the protective circle of the family. More importantly, by taking a closer examination of the problem, a solution can be found. Past child neglect raises a red flag that needs to be addressed.

Addiction Makes Parents Unable to Care for Children

There are a number of factors impacting child neglect. These include mental illness and poverty. In some cases, parents must work but don’t have enough money for childcare. As a result, kids are left unattended. Addiction is one of the most frequent causes.

The good news is that it is far easier to help parents get the treatment they need for addiction in order to regain custody of their children than it is to stabilize situations of poverty and mental disorders.

Get Help for Child Neglect Today

Parents are often encouraged to enroll in treatment and prove that they are stable enough to provide for their children. It is important that they are able to take care of their child’s needs including food, shelter, clothing and medical care. They’re on the right path when they:

  • Check in with a social worker. Parents are assigned a social worker when their child is placed in foster care. The state requires parents to get better in order to regain custody. This is to ensure that they are capable of successfully caring for their child.
  • Successfully complete rehab. An inpatient residential treatment program is the first step for addicted parents. Here they can get the medical care and psychotherapeutic treatment they need. Beginning this process of creating sustainable change in their lives will benefit their children.
  • Pass every drug test. Drug tests are administered randomly to ensure that addicted parents remain on track. Passing them proves that parents are taking strides in recovery.
  • Get a job. Finding gainful employment and learning to live within a budget is crucial when caring for a child. When parents pay rent and stock their groceries it shows that they are making positive choices in order to care for their child. It is also good to keep a job for a period of time because it shows initiative and persistence as well.
  • Find a suitable residence. Being able to provide a home that is clean and safe for children is a huge concern for state officials. There may be rules that dictate how many kids can share a bedroom based on age and gender, and those rules must be followed.

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