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Twenty-one years ago, a little girl named Ashley disappeared into the center of a political controversy. Though the public never knew the 8-year-old’s name, she became a symbol when a gay man sought to adopt her. Part one of a five-part series.
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Witnessing abuse carries the same risk of harm to children's mental health and learning as if the children had been abused directly, new research shows.
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A recent study finds preemies had 1.6 times the risk of being readmitted to the hospital within their first year for injuries from physical abuse and neglect.
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Why does Indiana have so many cases of child abuse and neglect? Only six states had more in 2016, and they all had much higher populations.
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A new reporting project will examine child abuse deaths and near-deaths over a five-year span to gain a better understanding of how poverty contributes to child abuse across Alabama.
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In states such as New Mexico, many kids are put into treatment foster care who should never be there. The programs, run by private companies, vary widely in quality and safety from state to state.
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Fewer Arizona children are being removed from their families and the backlog of uninvestigated child abuse reports is down dramatically. But advocates warn that recent progress to overhaul Arizona’s child welfare system could easily be reversed.
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The Arizona Department of Child Safety received more than 9,000 reports regarding child safety from Pima County residents during fiscal year 2016. About 2,100 of those reports resulted in children being removed from homes.
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When it comes to preventing child abuse and neglect, and addressing family dysfunction, few issues are as critical as addiction.
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More collaboration could help Arizona families avoid crises and keep children out of foster care, local service providers say.

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