Below are qualities in parents that have been shown to help keep children safe:
Resilience: Most simply, this means that when you hit tough times, you are able to bounce back and keep moving forward.
Social Connections: Research shows that it’s easier to handle parenting challenges when you have positive relationships with family, friends and others.
Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development: There’s no such thing as a perfect parent, but when you have a basic understanding of … Read More
It was August 2, 2010, 10:30 p.m. It was hot and my two children were dirty and sweaty from playing outside.
I was running their bath when the doorbell rang. My 10-year-old son ran to the door, then quickly ran back to the bathroom. “Mommy! Mommy! Child protective services is at the door.”
“That isn’t even funny to joke about,” I said. “No, Mom, really, they are,” he said. My heart pounded.
As … Read More
When my daughter and her husband were accused of child abuse, we felt lost in darkness. But light came on social media from other families who shared advice and encouragement, while the attorneys and medical professionals who helped were the brightest lights. Here, Seattle-based lawyer Heather Kirkwood, who represents parents pro bono in medical cases, suggests steps parents can take.
Q: What can parents do to prove they haven’t abused their child?
Kirkwood: Get the best lawyer … Read More