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It is very clear that children in every country experience abuse and neglect. The descriptions of the child welfare systems in different countries in this book illustrate several common themes: the lack of clear definitions, ambiguous policies, laws not being implemented, limited data on the extent and nature of the problem, and inadequate resources for addressing child maltreatment. Challenges facing Argentina are remarkably similar to those in the United States. At the same time, there are also striking differences in approaches and resources. The field of child protection is relatively young and in many areas optimal policies and practice remain uncertain. A goal of this book is to promote dialogue across borders to learn from each other and advance this multifaceted field, and to better serve children and families.

Howard Dubowitz, MD, MS, is a professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Child Protection and Director of the Center for Families in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America.

Joav Merrick, MD, DMSc, is a professor of child health and human development affiliated with Kentucky Children's Hospital, University of Kentucky, Lexington, United States; the medical director of the Division for Mental Retardation, Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem; and the founder and director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Israel.


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