Child abuse and neglect include any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious hard.

Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children and Families

Offers resources on child abuse and neglect, including definitions, identification of signs and symptoms, statistics and data, risk and protective factors, characteristics of perpetrators, impact on individuals and society, fatalities, prevention, and much more.

Prevent Child Abuse America

Offers ways to get involved in the prevention of child abuse, information on public policy and research related to child abuse, statistics and facts, expert advice, and parenting tips.

Maryland Department of Human Services:  Child Protective Services

Offers definitions of child abuse and neglect, signs of neglect and abuse, information for mandated reporters, and information for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect.

Joyful Heart Foundation

Offers definitions of child abuse and neglect, signs of child abuse and neglect, statistics, national hotlines for reporting abuse and neglect, and information on the effects of child abuse and neglect.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Offers definitions of child abuse and neglect and information for recognizing the signs and symptoms.

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