Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Judge Hatchett: Child abuse amplified by drug abuse

Television's Judge Glenda Hatchett said the more we talk about child abuse, the better off we are. She visited Wayne State University yesterday to discuss child abuse and its effect on the community. Phyllis Ivory Vroom, Dean of the Wayne State University college of social work, called child abuse an “immense social issue," saying 30,000 Michigan children are victims of mistreatment each year, and 20,000 are in foster care. Vroom also said “children of color" are more likely to be in the child protection system and less likely than white children to be reunited with parents. Hatchett, who not “in her wildest dreams" envisioned becoming a judge, said “these are not just numbers, these are children." .

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