Over 74,000 investigations of child abuse and neglect took place in New Jersey in 2017 as reported by the U.S, Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. Every county in the state had reports and investigations of child abuse and neglect. According to Advocates for Children of New Jerseys’ Kids Count 2018, Cape May and Cumberland Counties were ranked the lowest in safety and well-being.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events experienced before the age of 18. They have been linked to poor health outcomes in adulthood, including chronic disease and early death. There is a growing body of research showing that toxic stress caused by ACEs can profoundly alter child and adolescent development, including brain architecture.
NEW GUIDEBOOK! The guidebook contains resources for pediatricians and pediatric clinicians regarding reporting, identifying at-risk children and families, and evaluating a suspected abused child.
NJAAP Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Intervention Guidance for Pediatricians and Pediatric Clinicians in New Jersey
The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University created a 3-step guide to the science of Early Childhood Development. Follow the link for some great resources and videos.