University of Delaware Library

Our Forgotten Children:
Resources on Child Abuse and Neglect

The University of Delaware Library presented an exhibition of books highlighting its resources in the area of child abuse and neglect. The Exhibition was held in the Information Room on the first floor of the Morris Library from February 1, 2000 until May 16, 2000. Our Forgotten Children: Resources on Child Abuse and Neglect was curated by Deborah Derry, Library Analyst, Bibliographic Control Department, Morris Library.

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Not many topics arouse the emotions or provoke displays of public outrage more than the stories of abused or neglected children. Yet, societal views about the rights of children vary considerably throughout the world. Indeed, until the end of the nineteenth century, there were no laws in England or the United States protecting children, who were seen only as the property of their families. Fathers had the legal right to treat or mistreat their children as they wished. Charles Dickens, one of the best-known literary figures of the nineteenth century, used his writing skills as a social protest against the widespread abuse of children in England. Dickens's novel Oliver Twist, as well as several later works, were concerned with abandoned and abused children. His campaigns for the rights and protection of children, in speeches and novels, had tremendous influence on the public.

In America, a national effort to help protect children from maltreatment resulted from the 1874 New York City case of eight year old Mary Ellen Wilson, an abused child who had to be rescued by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals because there were no resources devoted to handling child cruelty cases. In 1875, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (SPCC) was organized. The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), an association of public and private non-profit agencies, was created in 1920 and continues to advocate on behalf of children today.

We now have a vast array of services available to children and families in crisis. At the same time, however, reports of family violence and disintegration have increased. Much has been written about this issue, from many perspectives. This exhibition shows a few of the hundreds of current resources in the collections of the University of Delaware Library. The exhibition includes books on prevention and treatment, personal accounts, books written for young people, and resources--both printed and on-line--for families, service providers, and the general public.


Directory of Human Services for Delaware prepared by the Division of State Service Centers through its Information and Referral Service. Dover, Del.: Dept. of Health and Social Services, State of Delaware, 1998.

Jodee Kulp.
Families at Risk: a guide to understanding and protecting children and care providers involved in out-of-home or adoptive care. Minneapolis: Better Endings New Beginnings, 1994.

Susan Downs.
Child Welfare and Family Services: policies and practice. White Plains, N.Y.: Longman Publishers USA, c1996.

A Guide to References and Resources in Child Abuse and Neglect. Elk Grove Village, Ill.: Section on Child Abuse and Neglect, American Academy of Pediatrics, c1998.


David Bisson & Evang'eline de Schonen.
The Boy Behind the Door. London: Mandarin Paperbacks, c1995.

Ann Kimble Loux.
The Limits of Hope: An Adoptive Mother's Story. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, c1997.

Ellen Prescott.
Mondays are Yellow, Sundays are Grey. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, c1994.

Darcy Henton.
Boys Don't Cry: the struggle for justice and healing in Canada's biggest sex abuse scandal . Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, c1995.

Mindy B. Loiselle.
Shining Through: pulling it together after sexual abuse. Brandon, Vt. : Safer Society Press, c1997.

STOP! : Just for Kids: for kids with sexual touching problems. Brandon, Vt.: Safer Society Press, c1997.


Bill Gillham.
The Facts about Child Physical Abuse. London; New York: Cassell, 1994.

Family Violence against Children: a challenge for society. Berlin, New York: W. de Gruyter, 1996.

Debra Whitcomb.
When the Victim is a Child. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, 1992.

Marlene Webber.
As If Kids Mattered: what's wrong in the world of child protection and adoption. Toronto: Key Porter Books, c1998.

Clifford K.Dorne.
Child Maltreatment: a primer in history, public policy, and research. Guilderland, N.Y.: Harrow and Heston, 1997.

Cynthia Crosson Tower.
Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, c1999.

Richard Wexler.
Wounded Innocents: the real victims of the war against child abuse. Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, c1995.

Stan Grossfeld.
Lost Futures: our forgotten children. New York: Aperture, c1997.


Vernon R. Wiehe.
The Brother/Sister Hurt: recognizing the effects of sibling abuse. Brandon, VT: Safer Society Press, c1996.

Caroline Archer.
First Steps in Parenting the Child who Hurts: tiddlers and toddlers. London , Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1999.

Karen L. Michaelis.
Reporting Child Abuse a guide to mandatory requirements for school personnel. Newbury Park, CA: Corwin Press, 1993.

Ross A. Thompson.
Preventing Child Maltreatment through Social Support: a critical analysis. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, c1995.

N. Dickon Repucci.
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect through Parent Education. Baltimore, Md.: Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c1997.

Bobbi Kendig.
Cedar House: a model child abuse treatment program. New York: Haworth Maltreatment and Trauma Press, 1998.

Marvin Rosen.
Treating Children in Out-of-Home Placements. New York : Haworth Press, c1998.

Jackie Craissati.
Child Sexual Abusers: a community treatment approach. Hove, East Sussex, UK: Psychology Press, c1998.

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