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Study: 1 in 50 U.S. babies abused, neglected in 2006

This recent study reported at CNN.com is one that makes you sit up and pay attention–can there really be more than 91,000 infant victims of abuse and neglect in one year’s time in the U.S.?

“It is a particularly vulnerable group,” said study co-author Rebecca Leeb, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We were struck by the fact there was a clustering of maltreatment with the very, very early age group.”

The first thing you might ask after reading an article like this is, what can we do about this problem? Fortunately for Central Texans, there is an innovative program that works to prevent such abuse and neglect from happening.

The Hospital Visitation to the Parents of Newborns, under our Education (Early Childhood) focus area, is one of United Way Capital Area’s newly funded programs that works to provide support during the newborn period that in many at-risk cases is lacking or non-existent.

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