IN COMMUNITIES OF ALL SIZES and shapes, parents face multiple challenges that may inhibit their ability to effectively raise and support their children. For example, the U.S. adolescent birth rate (43 for every 1,000 females aged 15-19 in 2002, results in teens who are often unprepared to take on the tasks of parenthood. The increasing incidence of parental substance abuse, child abuse and neglect (often related to substance abuse), parental AIDS, incarceration divorce, and desertion have resulted in substantially higher rates of children being raised by grandparents.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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It May Just Save a Child's Life!!