In February 2016, Ethan Okula, a 10 year-old child in foster care for three years, died from a bowel obstruction after numerous adults neglected to drive him to the hospital emergency room or call 911. In many ways, this tragedy is no surprise; Ethan embodied many known risk factors for child neglect and abuse as described by columnist Mike Newall of the Philadelphia Inquirer on July 18, 2016.
By Karen A. Roberto, PhD (Member, APA Committee on Aging) Mrs. A was in her early 70s and lived independently until she was severely injured in a car accident. Unable to live alone upon her release from the hospital she stayed with her daughter who settled her in an extra room in her cold basement. […]
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and APA is proud to raise awareness about what all of us can do to prevent child abuse and neglect. The first of our efforts this month is to shed light on the damaging effects abuse can have on children, long into their adulthood. In the newest issue […]