Arguing a Position Paper

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Darrel Harris
English Composition I
Arguing a Position Paper
February 18, 2009

Protecting our Children

Over the past two decades, child abuse cases have soared in Nebraska. And

though many adults abhor the actions of the offenders in these cases. Many of them go

Virtually unpunished, or receive a slap on the hand. The State of Nebraska has several

Laws on the books to protect our children from predators, in and outside of the home

Unfornately, the sentence that are imposed does little to deter the violent and sometimes

Deadly actions of caregivers, relatives, and even parents. The DHHS, has formed a

division to deal the escalating problem of child abuse in the State. The Division of

Children and Family Services merges the former Offices of Protection and Safety and

Economic and Family Support. The division is responsible to govern in the areas of child

abuse, faster care, adoption, domestic violence, they also offer families support through

the Employment First, ADC, Medicaid eligibility, child support enforcement, and food

stamps.
Despite the fact that these services are readily available children are still falling through cracks that are in the system. Nebraska has attempted to address the issue of child abuse and neglect, and is having mixed results. Parent’s and caregiver’s are under a tremendous amount of pressure today. Many parents and caregivers lack the coping skills to deal with a crying infant and some resort to physical abuse. State government has a responsibility along with law enforcement and the juvenile court system to stand in the gap and protect society’s most valuable resource, our children. The Omaha World Herald reports on criminal cases involving child abuse in a February 18 article “a Plattsmouth man was sentenced between 18 months to 3 years in prison for inflicting numerous bite marks, puncture wounds and cigarette burns on his 4-month old daughter. Prosecutors said that...
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