ERIC Number: EJ805175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
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Babies at Double Jeopardy: Medically Fragile Infants and Child Neglect
Fullar, Suzanne A.
Zero to Three, v28 n6 p25-32 Jul 2008
Medically fragile infants, those born prematurely or with other complex medical or genetic problems, are at risk of long-term health and developmental problems. When a medically fragile infant comes home to a family with significant social problems such as domestic violence, mental illness, or substance abuse, the infant is at double jeopardy--at risk of both child neglect and poor developmental outcome. To be effective, early intervention services must address the needs of the family as well as those of the infant. When neglect occurs, collaboration among medical, early intervention, child welfare, and judicial systems is critical to ensure that these infants reach their full potential.
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Infants, Child Health, Family Problems, Agency Cooperation, Child Development
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