Fifty children died from abuse and neglect in Missouri in 2007, ranking the state fifth in such deaths nationwide, according to the Every Child Matters Educational Fund. Child abuse is a societal problem with so many causes and responses that entire agencies, professions and organizations have been created to address it. Their efforts are valiant but they are overwhelmed and understaffed. Funding is scarce, and turnover is chronic. The system is imperfect. Some children slip through the cracks. We, the general public, would be naïve – even irresponsible – to rely solely on the professionals to prevent child abuse. We are all responsible for the well-being of Missouri’s children.
LETTER: Advocates can help prevent child abuse in Missouri
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