Publications concerned with child maltreatment, including definitions, signs and symptoms, statistics and prevalence, types of child abuse and neglect, risk and protective factors, the impact on society and child fatalities.


  1. Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect (2019)

Author(s):    Child Welfare Information Gateway

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Presents State laws that define the conduct, acts, and omissions that constitute child abuse or neglect that must be reported to child protective agencies. The types of maltreatment defined include physical abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.

   2. Child Protection in Families Experiencing Domestic Violence (2018)


Author(s):    Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Bureau

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Research shows that children exposed to domestic violence are at increased risk of being abused or neglected. This manual discusses the intersection of child maltreatment and domestic violence with a focus on child protection practice.

   3. Child Maltreatment (2018)

​​Author(s):    Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Bureau

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Key findings in the new Child Maltreatment report show the following: 

a. The number and rate of victims fluctuated during the past 5 years. The national rounded number of victims

     increased 2.7% from 2013 (656,000) to 2017 (674,000).

b. The percentage of child abuse and neglect victims with the caregiver misuse risk factor increased from        

    10.6% to 12.1% form 2015-2017.

c. Child Maltreatment 2018 includes information on reports made to child protective services (CPS) agencies,

    the demographics of the children involved, the types of maltreatment, CPS responses, the number of     

    fatalities, child and caregiver risk factors, perpetrators of abuse and neglect, and available services.

Powerful Books

Codependent No More by Melody Beattie


How to stop worrying about other's actions

In Sheep's Clothing by George K. Simon


Explains the psychology of manipulative people

The Boy who was Raised as a Dog by Bruce D. Perry


Explains lasting effects trauma has on a child

The Body Keeps Score by  Bessel van der Kolk


How to heal trauma

Getting Past your Past by Francine Shapiro


Teaches powerful EMDR techniques

The Verbally Abusive Relationship by Patricia Evans


Explains what verbal abuse is, why it's prevalent, and how to deal with it

Impactful Poems
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Checklist for Coping

 Amber DeAnn's checklist of self help items kids can do to entertain and educate themselves 
during the lockdown. Most are free, some may need to be purchased online. 

Checklist for what to do to take care of you and avoid angry parents:

  1. Watch comedy on TV, read children’s comedy or humor/comic books, especially cartoons and movies by Robin Williams, or Sesame Street type shows, watch funny animal videos on and YouTube clean comedy like and Ytube 

  2. Do your creative ventures — art, comedy, play musical instrument if you have one, sing, dance, draw, draw mandalas ( share your creative expressions with parents when it is safe to do so). Do talk about  your creativity with your friends via phone, online, text anyway you can 

  3. For inspiration watch America’s got talent, UpliftTV,, YouTube videos 

  4. Write or draw how you feel but don’t share it with anyone 

  5. Play with pets, toys, move like a robot or fairy or one of your favorite film heroes

  6. Watch comedy movies for kids and the clean ones for adults 

  7. Talk with your creativity with your friends via phone, online, text anyway you can 

  8. Pretend you are an actor — and become a fairy, dancer, superhero, robot 

  9. Read poetry out loud in your room, write your own poetry, or prose

  10. Be outside as much as possible — go for walks with the dog, walk with parent walking the dog, play basketball or touch football or jump rope, or skip, whatever moves the body. 

  11. Calming technique —  pat your head and say “It’s going to be ok. I’m ok. rub your tummy - either by stroking or in clockwise circles. Watch videos from this dynamic healer—

12. Read spiritual books like

  • "you are a badass: how to stop doubting your greatness and start  living an awesome life" by Jen Sincero

  •  "The Emotionally Absent Mother" by Jasmin Lee Cori

  • I can’t make this up "life lessons" by Kevin Hart 

  • "The 5 Personality Patterns: your guide to understanding yourself and others and developing emotional maturity"   by Steven Kessler 

  • Release your Magical Child by Amber DeAnn, (this is a nonfiction story about my journey through mental trauma and PTSD to find my inner child and higher self). If it is too expensive on Amazon, I can sell it to you and ship for $5

It is extremely important for all  of you to play and do the things that you like to do. This will help you cope with all the turmoil in your family and society right now. With fun in your hearts and play in your minds, you will survive whatever happens. 

— Amber DeAnn, child abuse survivor, life coach