False Abuse Allegations

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More of this Feature
Part 1: Why False Allegations Occur
Part 2: Checklist for Parents
Part 3: Internet Resources

Part 1: Why False Allegations Occur

by Rita Laws, Ph.D.
© 2002, Reprinted by permission

The first version of this checklist appeared in the book: "Adopting and Advocating for the Special Needs Child," by L. Anne Babb and Rita Laws (Greenwood Press). This list is not complete, but meant to be a starting point.

"The best interests of a child" is a phrase that has been defined by the federal government as "safety first." Too many children in America are not safe. Child abuse is real. Real child abuse is under-reported. Child abuse is a deadly evil.

Child abuse is also sometimes mis-reported. In fact, one-third to half of all reports may end up as unfounded.

Being accused of child abuse when you are innocent is a nightmare that many cannot comprehend who have not lived it. False abuse allegation is a life-shattering catastrophe. And it happens to foster and adoptive parents all the time.

Why? Because many of the kids they care for have emotional, mental and behavioral problems. Some of them will use false abuse accusations as a weapon or a tool to get their way. A few are just trying to get attention. Since some of them have been abused in the past by former caregivers, the details of their accusations can sound very convincing.



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Guest - 4 weeks ago
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ihave huge problem with where myson is with reopen closed cased naia morgan kirk morgan #1
Amanda - 6 months ago
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This is my greatest fear. We consider adoption but then we get scared and just have a hard time potentially risking our family. We would love to provide a good home for children to show them how a child should be loved and cared for but how can I put my children and husband in a position they must always be on guard for? The child deserves better but Steve is the best example of how things are not correctly handled. #2
Steve - 1 year ago
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I was accused of abuse while we were foster parents. The foster child claimed that i abused him in the way he was abused by a family member. The state never came to the house to see if i had abused this child the way he said but, they believed him over me. There was no proof but, they said i did anyway. My wife and i want to adop and i looks like the state is going to give us a hard time so we can't adopt. This truly sucks. How can the state get away with this without seeing the site of the said abuse? #3
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