Have read many articles on why Poverty, in itself, should not be considered abuse. So being a curious sort, thought I would do a word search on “poverty” in the State Statute summary, Child Abuse & Neglect, Definitions. (See other State Statute Summaries)However, I only found 2 states, within these summaries, that even mention poverty… ie Washington and Wisconsin.
So all of you who have made the statement:
“Poverty should NOT be considered abuse”I challenge you to do something about it in your state!!
- Are you a Parent or do you know of a Parent that has been allegedly accused of Neglect, based on Poverty?? Take the Parent Survey NOW.>>> Go to the State's Survey Home Page.
As a guide, use the sentences below to get these thoughts in your state statutes, if you truly believe.
“…Poverty, homelessness, or exposure to domestic violence that is perpetrated against someone other than the child does not constitute negligent treatment or maltreatment in and of itself….”
“…‘Neglect’ means failure, refusal, or inability on the part of a caregiver, for reasons other than poverty, to provide necessary care, food, clothing, medical or dental care, or shelter so as to seriously endanger the physical health of the child…”
“..The term ‘abuse’ includes emotional damage for which the child’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian has neglected, refused, or been unable for reasons other than poverty to obtain the necessary treatment or to take steps to ameliorate the symptoms…”
“..It is not considered neglect when the failure to provide a child with necessary care, food, clothing, shelter, medical, or dental care is due to poverty…”
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