With schools and daycares closed across the state, there have been fewer calls to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Abuse and Neglect Hotline. Many fear that it’s not because child abuse and neglect aren’t occurring, but that incidences are not being reported because school is out.
Not only does the economic pressure of Covid 19 put children at greater risk of abuse because of the stress it puts on families, children stuck in close quarters with an already abusive family member may be subjected to increased incidences of abuse.
Child services typically rely on school officials to report allegations of abuse, more so than police or medical providers. With schools closed since March, and social distancing measures in place, many are concerned that young children and teens may not be able to get the help they need.
Unfortunately, child abuse and neglect are not only a problem during Covid-19, abuse and neglect are pervasive in the U.S. From neglect, where kids aren’t getting enough food or are living in unsafe conditions, to physical and sexual abuse, the incidences of child abuse and neglect are on the rise.
Various strategies have been employed to prevent abuse including better data collection and analysis to allow for multiagency coordination to identify the risks and act to prevent neglect and abuse. Many public health approaches act to ensure families get the support and services they need and that child welfare workers have improved training. Although some gains have been made, the problem of child neglect and abuse continue.
Allegations of child abuse or neglect can have life changing serious consequences. If DCFS has initiated action against you to take away your children or restrict your visitation with them, we can protect your rights and interests as a parent.
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Child neglect and abuse cases often land in family court, where the best interests of the child are considered first and foremost, which may lead to changes in custody and support. We handle cases involving allegations of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, excessive discipline and any other DCFS investigation. It is important for parents, relatives and guardians to secure experienced legal help to ensure that the interests of the children and the family are protected when neglect and abuse issues come to light. Contact the Libertyville Law Offices of Ronald L Bell & Associates for immediate assistance today at 847-495-6000.