In New York, there are several types of child abuse and neglect charges. Abuse charges refer to any injury inflicted on a child, whether the injury was intentional or otherwise. Neglect is considered a substantial failure of a parent or guardian to provide for a child’s basic needs, including: appropriate guardianship, physical needs including food and shelter, medical attention, proper education, and emotional attention. The Rockland County family law lawyers at Miller Zeiderman LLP are well versed in all areas of abuse and neglect charges.
Matters of abuse and neglect are community issues. The state offers several programs and incentives to help stop abuse and neglect before it begins, such as the Healthy Families Visiting Program and the Concerned Citizen’s Guide. According to the Office of Child and Family Services, education is the most important step toward abuse and neglect prevention.