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1 Final Project – Child Abuse Lakeisha Jordan Walden University
2 Final Project – Child homelessness Generally, a homeless person is an individual who lacks basic human needs, such as food, shelter, and family support. When you think of homelessness, children would probably be the last thing you imagine. Homelessness is a rising factor among children and families and can have devastating impacts on a child growing up. According to Hart-Shegos, (1999), “Homeless children begin to demonstrate significant developmental delays after 18 months of age, which are believed to influence later behavioral and emotional problems” (p. 4). Youth who become homeless are more likely to experience some form of abuse or neglect, they are also likely to do poorly in school. Social workers can help with programs for prevention to address the underlying problems before they escalate. That can be done by assisting families, schools, and even the adults that are caring for children. Social workers can also help by introducing early intervention programs that would keep youth off the streets. Article Review After reviewing the articles for my final project, I was educated on the impact homelessness had from infancy to school age. It is a hard reality to accept that there are children around the world who are experiencing this daily, especially when you are a mother. The articles gave more insight on how the effects of homelessness can affect children physically, mentally, and emotionally. According to Hart-Shegos, (1999), “By the time homeless children reach school age, their homelessness affects their social, physical, and academic lives” (p. 4). The article, “Effects of Homelessness and Child Maltreatment on the Likelihood of Engaging in Property and Violent Crime During Adulthood” revealed that children who are homeless are a very vulnerable population and may have been victimized prior. This article states that “Both homelessness and child maltreatment are linked to later criminal behavior” (p. 2).
3 The article “Supporting Homeless Children and Youth through Proactive and Positive Behavior Management and Intervention Practices” explained the importance of the need for behavioral interventions, and the importance of teachers who encounter students who are experiencing homelessness. “Teachers can have a strong impact on the success of homeless children by cultivating a nurturing and caring relationship in the classroom” (Thistle-Elliott, 2014, p. 14). Researching articles helps a social worker understand homelessness and what interventions effective and which ones are in need of advocating.

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