KARA has been reporting and speaking on critical issues
impacting abused and neglected children for many years.
The INVISIBLE CHILDREN Campus project
can address these issues in your community.
WHAT IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS?
Polio, smallpox & measles were public health emergencies – policies & programs were created to end these crisis.
Today 37% of American children are reported to child protective services by the time they are 18.
In 2016, 3.5 million children were investigated (or the subject of CP response). Almost 700,000 children are abused annually & tens of million Americans suffer from the traumas of child abuse.
Untreated trauma leads to dangerous lifestyle, chronic illness and early death – impacting taxes, schools, public safety and health.
The vast majority of youth in the Juvenile Justice System came through child protective services & almost all criminal justice inmates experienced the juvenile justice system. Prison recidivism has reached as high as 80% in the U.S.
80% of youth aging out of foster care lead dysfunctional lives. Our communities suffer along with them as the health of a neighborhood depends on the well-being of the people living there.
HOW DO WE SOLVE A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS?
FIRST, A conversation.
A conversation about identifying and understanding the issues is a first step to discovering the policies & tools to interrupt generational child abuse and heal troubled children and families.
Once policy makers recognize the depth and scope of the problem, it becomes possible to divert resources and attention from policies and programs that don’t work to policies and programs that do work.
Until then, cities will suffer levels of violence, school failure, racial inequities and all the sadness and failure trauma survivors bring to the communities they live in.
Kids At Risk Action invites you to start the conversation in your community with KARA’s INVISIBLE CHILDREN Campus program.
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Much of the information for this article came from Jack Westman’s book Dealing with Child Abuse and Neglect as Public Health Problems