Broken Three Times: A Story of Child Abuse in America

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Oxford University Press, Mar 1, 2016 - Social Science - 256 pages
Broken Three Times is a story about child abuse in America. It begins with snapshots from a mother's abusive childhood, then fast-forwards to her family's first involvement with Connecticut protective services when her children are eleven and ten. After a brief investigation, the family's case is closed, and despite their many needs, they are not provided links to any ongoing supportive services. Over the next five years we see the children pass through nearly twenty placements, while their mother continually relapses on crack and moves from one violent relationship to the next. Each chapter of the book provides a launching point for discussing state-of-the-art policy, practice, and scientific updates relevant for understanding risk, promoting resilience, and improving the child welfare system. This book will provide readers with some information about innovations and recent improvements in the system, concrete steps to take to enhance practice, ongoing gaps in our knowledge, and a deepening appreciation of the value of incorporating broad perspectives into this work--from neurobiology to social policy.
 

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Contents

1 1975The Snoopy Snow Cone Machine
1
2 2000The First Investigation
7
3 2001The Second Investigation
13
4 After the Childrens First Placement
25
5 The Childrens Second Placement
37
6 Living with the Olsens
45
7 Five Placements in Five Weeks
59
8 Looking for a Home without a Dog that Bites
71
10 Without a Family
89
11 No More Goody Two Shoes
99
12 Turning Eighteen
111
13 Epilogue
119
 Lessons Learned
123
References
129
Index
139
Copyright

9 An Inch from Death
79

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Joan Kaufman, PhD, received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Yale University where she was on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry from 1998-2015. She is currently Director of Research at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and has joint faculty appointments in Psychiatry and the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins.

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