This section is for Adults helping your own child who has been abused (including parents, grandparents and other relatives). Every person seeking help from Justice for Children MUST complete the Intake Form to the right (yellow button). If the child in need is not related to you, we may still be able to help.
Neglect is failure to provide for the basic age-appropriate needs of a child, resulting in serious impairment of the child’s health or development.It may involve a parent or caretaker failing to provide adequate food, clothing and shelter, to protect a child from physical and emotional harm, to ensure adequate supervision and access to appropriate medical care or treatment. Neglect may be “benign”, in which a parent or caretaker chooses to ignore the child’s needs instead of taking responsibility for them.
Benign neglect may result from inadequate parenting skills, depression, or illness and in such cases is likely to affect all children in the household. Alternatively, neglect can be intentional, as when a parent or caretaker deliberately withholds food and adequate clothing, or puts a child out of the house. This kind of neglect does not necessarily involve all of the children in the household, but may be directed at only a specific child (or children).
- • Difficulty walking/sitting
- • Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
- • Pain, swelling, or itching in genital area
- • Bruises, bleeding, or lacerations in external genitalia, vaginal or anal areas
- • Painful urination
- • Vaginal/penile discharge
- • Venereal disease
- • Poor sphincter tone
- • Pregnancy
- • Semen about genitals or on undergarments
- • Swollen or red cervix, vulva, perineum or anus
- • Simulation of sexual activity with younger or same age children
- • Excessive masturbation
- • Seductive behavior or sexual acting out towards adults, promiscuity, etc
- • Knowledge of sexual matters inappropriate to age or developmental level
- • Lack of trust, particularly with significant others
- • Poor peer relationships, social withdrawal
- • Sudden drop in academic performance
- • Unwillingness to undress for physical education class
- • Inability to concentrate
- • Arriving to school early/leaving late
- • Depression, guilt, shame
- • Suicidal thoughts
- • Behavioral extremes (overly aggressive or compliant)
- • Behavioral regression (infantile behavior in older children)
- • Nightmares/won’t sleep alone
- • Over/under-eating
Every person seeking help from Justice for Children MUST ccomplete the Intake Form on the right. If the child in need is not related to you, we may still be able to help.