Child Abuse & Neglect
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Betsy Keefer Smalley, LSW, researcher and foster parent trainer with the Institute for Human Services in Ohio, leads this pre-service course for individuals who want to become foster parents. Child Abuse and Neglect focuses on understanding child physical abuse and neglect, and developing empathy for birth parents. Also covered are how to distinguish between abuse and common, accidental childhood injuries as well as reporting to authorities. Supplemental handouts round out the course. Caution: contains graphic images.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand the causes and risk factors of child maltreatment
  • develop empathy for the birth parents
  • distinguish between common, accidental childhood injuries and abuse
  • identify child physical abuse and neglect
  • know when and how to report abuse to authorities


A lot of the things they went over you may not of thought was abuse because they would of over looked just thinking it was an accident. It was a huge eye opener on a lot of things . We've gotten a lot out of this course
Heather F.

While viewing the slides on abuse broke my heart, it educated us on the various levels of abuse children experience
Felix C.

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An introduction to child maltreatment covering:

  • CAPTA definitions of abuse and neglect

  • characteristics of maltreatment

  • symptoms of abuse

  • reporting child maltreatment

(4 credit hours, $20.00 per person)