Healthy Children is the only parenting website that is supported by over 67,000 physicians. It was created by the American Academy of Pediatrics in order to present physical, mental, social and well-being information regarding child health. The information comes from leading child health experts and is supported by scientific research.
The New Jersey Child Welfare Data Hub was created through collaboration between the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and the Child Welfare and Well-Being Research Unit at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. The hub was created to provide a means of disseminating pertinent data regarding the welfare and well-being of children in New Jersey.
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.
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.
This section introduces some of the most common triggers of child abuse and neglect. This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are many triggers of child abuse and neglect, they often share common sources that are indicative of past trauma. These triggers can stem from the child themselves (prematurity, developmental issues, etc.); they can come from a parent (history of abuse); and/or they can come from environmental characteristics (domestic violence, substance use, etc.). These triggers may coincide with the various stages of life that you and your child will progress through.
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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.
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In 2017, over 74,000 cases of child abuse and neglect were reported in New Jersey. Of these cases, around 75% were neglect cases, 18% were abuse cases and about 9% were sexual assault cases. The resources in this section are meant to aid physicians to recognize the indicators of an abused or neglected child.
Depression, stress and/or anxiety can be possible indicators that a child has been abused or neglected. Being able to detect and act upon these indicators increases the likelihood of better health outcomes later in life as well as protecting a child who has been abused or neglected from further harm.
A violent home environment will have an adverse effect on the social, physical and/or cognitive development of the child. The increased stress put on the parent will also increase the likelihood of child abuse and neglect to occur. Below are some resources on possible indicators of domestic violence and child abuse as well as how to start the conversation.