The purpose of this research paper was to examine the history of child protective services and the changes made to better help families and protect children. This research will illustrate how efforts have been made to improve child protection. The research will illustrate eras of child protection until today’s foster care regulations and benefits. Research also indicates that child maltreatment continues to be a social issue that needs addressed and improved.
History of Child Protective Services
Introduction This paper explores the history of child protection services. Child protection emerged in 1874 from the rescue of a beaten and neglected 9-year-old girl, Mary Ellen Wilson. This initiated the second era of child protection services. There are three eras of child protection that extends from colonial times to today’s foster care regulations and benefits. Children remain the most vulnerable members of society to be exploited both physically and mentally. Thousands of children in America are reported being abused and neglected every day. In 2011, there were 676,569 children reported victims of child abuse and neglect in 51 states (Children’s Bureau).
Historical Background Prior to 1875 Before organized child protection in …show more content…
Medical Professionals became educated on child abuse that had remained silent and existed without training for all the years prior. According to Myers, this trend culminated in the 1962 publication of the blockbuster article The Battered Child Syndrome by pediatrician Henry Kempe and his colleagues. He played a leading role in bringing child abuse to national attention during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Many physical injuries to children were inflicted by parents or caregivers. This remained a very important role to help our children of abuse and neglect and plays in today’s child