Suffer the Children: Developing Effective Church Policies on Child Maltreatment by Victor Veith

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Imagine living in 28 places by the time you’re 16 — moving, on average, at least twice a year. Now imagine that this awful cycle began when you were only 5 years old, too young to make sense of the instability — 

  • Physical and sexual abuse. Children who are maltreated by their parents must be protected from further harm. This was not the case for Michelle. One foster mother beat her with a belt on her arms, legs, back and buttocks and encouraged a foster sibling to be physically aggressive toward her, saying Michelle “needed it.” Michelle disclosed that another foster mother choked her, but the state failed to properly investigate her allegations.