Soc 331 Week 5 Final Paper

Nearly five children die every day in America from abuse and neglect, and in 2010, an

estimated 1,560 children died from abuse and neglect in the United States.” (Alliance, 2012)

Children who are being abused and taken from their families, put into foster care systems and/or

even adopted out to other families, these children are far more likely to turn to the streets and

drugs as a result of their circumstances. Although Child Protection Services (CPS) has changed

from the early 1800’s one problem still remains in effect and that is trying to prevent juvenile

delinquency through this service, because numerous mistreated children make the jump from

innocence to delinquency and find themselves in the juvenile justice system, other systems of

care, or in extreme cases they find themselves in adult criminal court. “As child abuse and/ or

neglect increases the risk of arrest as a juvenile by 55% and the risk of committing a violent

crime by 96%.” (Bilchik & Nash, Fall 2008)
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