Each year over 200,000 children in the United States are abused or neglected by their parents. While many of these children are very young and come from poor families, children of every age and income bracket are victimized. In the early 1960s the federal government took some affirmative action by amending the Social Security Act to provide funds for the states in order to establish comprehensive child welfare services for children receiving substandard care. Until recently the states had done little to help these children. Each state now has laws offering protection and services to abused and neglected children. New York's child protection system is one of the most extensive programs in the nation. The New York child protection statutes include within their coverage both abused and maltreated children. These laws include provisions for identifying the abused child, for providing the abused child and his family with social services and, where necessary, for removing the abused child from the home. This Note will discuss the background, goals and effectiveness of New York's child protection system.
Iris Ann Albstein,
Note: Child Abuse and Maltreatment: The Development of New York's Child Protection Laws,
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