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Easy Overview of Sex Offender Registration

Easy Overview of Sex Offender Registration

To American parents, living in the vicinity of convicted sex offenders is dangerous to the safety and security of their children. Considering that the overwhelming majority of stranger child abduction occurs within a quarter mile of the child’s home, the fear of living near sex offenders is understandable. However, sex offender registration aids in the prevention of abduction and abuse of children.
The evolution of sex offender registration laws has led many questioning the necessity of such strict and limiting laws. Since many sex offenders victimize individuals that they know and are close with, the laws restricting the sex offender in arbitrary neighborhoods are questionable in effectiveness.
Since the sex offender that victimizes strangers is rare, the efficacy of such laws has not been proven. That is, mandatory sex offender registration has not shown any evidence of making society safer to live in. However, in more than one case, sex offenders were murdered in hate when their information was posted publicly on the internet.
A question we should ask ourselves, then, is whether the peace of mind that mandatory sex offender registration offers parents is worth the time, money, and safety of rehabilitating sex offenders that it requires.

What You Must Know About Child Protective Services

What You Must Know About Child Protective Services

Many states in the country have a governmental agency that assists families and their children with issues of child abuse or neglect. Also known as the Department of Children & Family Services in some states, Child Protective Services offers assistance with programs such as Medicaid, child support, and foster care.
Each State defines the terms and activities that its Child Protection Services agency bases its function on. For example, State statutes will define child maltreatment and terms such as abuse and neglect to determine how it will respond to child abuse or child neglect reports. States also define guidelines such as timeframes for response, conflict-of-interest cases, and confidentiality restrictions. This level of control by the State leads to different child protection services provided by each State agency.
Child Protective Services was created in 1974 with the passage of the “Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act”, a Federal Act that provided funding for Federal and State child abuse services and research. As a part of the State’s Department of Social Services, Child Protective Services provides a number of different services related to the abuse and neglect of American children. This includes:
Providing services to families with children in their homes
Investigating reports of child abuse or neglect, including physical or mental injury, sexual abuse         
Placing children in foster care or in adoptive homes         
Offering services to foster youth to become mentally healthy, successful adults.
The program offers its child protection services if they determine that children are at risk for abuse. 

Domestic Child Abduction At A Glance

Domestic Child Abduction At A GlanceChild abduction in the United States is a crime that has implications that extend beyond the initial fear and worry when a child is found missing. Children who are abducted and removed from their familiar environments are never the same again, as the experience often scars them both emotionally and psychologically. The seriousness of this crime was realized as a result of a number of high profile cases occurring in the late 70s and early 80s. 

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

According to the Department of Justice, there are approximately 800,000 missing children cases. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has aided in the recovery of abducted children since its inception and continues to assist missing and exploited children through its many initiatives, programs, and organizations.
Aiming to keep children safe and in their homes, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children utilizes the help from the public and law enforcement agencies to continue their mission: to prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist child victims and their families.