Child abuse help needs to be preventative, not reactive
Adrian Peterson's child abuse charge brings quite a few issues to light. Most comments one hears are about the impact this allegation has on the Vikings and the state of Minnesota in relation to the Vikings.
The real issue here is where does America take a stand on child abuse? According to Childhelp, a national nonprofit that helps victims of child abuse and neglect, four children die every day as a result of child abuse, and 70 percent of these children are younger than 4. Childhelp also states the victims who are lucky enough to survive are more likely to abuse their own children, and as adults, they are more likely to have psychological disorders.
Yet, according to Child Welfare Information Gateway, social workers employed in child protection at the county have excessive caseloads, often double or triple the amount that is recommended.
So it comes down to money. How much money are we saving the country by shorting county case managers? According to Prevent Child Abuse America, we are losing $220 million every day related to investigations, health/mental health care, foster case, special education, etc.
We need to stop reacting to child abuse and start providing preventive care. Give the counties more money so they care hire the staff they need to serve families appropriately. We are the voice for our children.