Overlooked and Unheard: Abuse of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Their Experience With CPS and Foster Care.
Special Issue: Adoption and Foster Care.
Lomas, Gabriel I. Johnson, Harold A.
Western Connecticut State University.
Published: October 2012
The Family Journal
Vol. 20, No. 4 , p. 376-383
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Children with hearing loss are considered a low-incidence disability population, yet abuse among this population is up to 4 times that of children who are typically developing. The needs among this population are significant, but resources in communities across the nation are few. The authors discuss barriers to disclosure, school-based concerns, and problems with the current child welfare system. A case study offers readers insight into the experience of children with hearing loss in the system. Finally, specific recommendations for marriage and family counselors are offered to improve the foster care experience of children with hearing loss. (Author abstract)
foster care; foster children; counselors role; counseling; case studies; intervention strategies; deafness; children with disabilities; child welfare services