May 19, 2009
Over the years we have seen many drastic changes in family homes. Divorces and
child abuse has driven families apart. Many children are no longer living with their birth
families; they are being taken into foster homes. Although divorce is traumatic to children they
usually bounce back. However, child abuse posses a tremendous problem in the world, one that
is much more difficult to bounce back from.
The most important factor in dealing with child abuse is keeping the child protected
from further harm. To provide this, the child can be put under the protection of Child Protective
Services (CPS) and may be placed into foster care, where the child will be well-cared for and,
in most cases, free from such harm.
After the child is transferred to a different home, to a new family, the child will start a
new life. In the process of a new start, the licensed foster family will introduce any sort of
distraction that could create new memories to replace the old ones. Distractions can be from any
kind of sport or clubs that he or she would like to join, that can keep them active in a new start.
This is helpful to replace old negative memories and could keep the child from isolating
themselves and make no effort in progressing towards a healthier mindset.
The last and most important step to help the child that has been abused, is slowly talking
out every traumatizing event with a trusting person, which in this case can be a psychologist. The
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry agrees with this idea when they say
“Through treatment the abused child begins to regain a sense of self-confidence and trust.” If
this treatment is not given the child’s negative memories can bring them down to make no effort
to move on with their lives.
Child abuse is a world-wide problem. It’s a conflict that can’t be fixed but can be can be...