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Child Abuse & Neglect

The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), (42 U.S.C.A. §5106g), as amended and reauthorized by the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010, defines child abuse and neglect as, at minimum: “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.” Most Federal and State child protection laws primarily refer to cases of harm to a child caused by parents or other caregivers; they generally do not include harm caused by other people, such as acquaintances or strangers. Some State laws also include a child’s witnessing of domestic violence as a form of abuse or neglect.

Child Abuse & Neglect

Physical abuse is non-accidental physical injury (ranging from minor bruises to severe fractures or death) as a result of punching, beating, kicking, biting, shaking, throwing, stabbing, choking, hitting (with a hand, stick, strap, or other object), burning, or otherwise harming a child, that is inflicted by a parent, caregiver, or other person who has responsibility for the child. Such injury is considered abuse regardless of whether the caregiver intended to hurt the child. Physical discipline, such as spanking or paddling, is not considered abuse as long as it is reasonable and causes no bodily injury to the child. Neglect is the failure of a parent, guardian, or other caregiver to provide for a child’s basic needs. Neglect may be physical, medical, educational, or emotional. For example, physical neglect pertains to failure to provide necessary food or shelter, or lack of appropriate supervision.

Medical neglect includes failure to provide necessary medical or mental health treatment. Educational neglect includes failure to educate a child or attend to special education needs and emotional neglect includes inattention to a child’s emotional needs, failure to provide psychological care, or permitting the child to use alcohol or other drugs. Other major forms of child abuse include: sexual and emotional abuse, abandonment, and substance abuse. Sexual abuse are activities by a parent or caregiver such as fondling a child’s genitals, penetration, incest, rape, sodomy, indecent exposure, and exploitation through prostitution or the production of pornographic materials (APA, 2018).

Emotional abuse (or psychological abuse) is a pattern of behavior that impairs a child’s emotional development or sense of self-worth. This may include constant criticism, threats, or rejection, as well as withholding love, support, or guidance (When Is It Emotional Abuse, 2016). With abandonment a child is considered to be abandoned when the parent’s identity or whereabouts are unknown, the child has been left alone in circumstances where the child suffers serious harm, or the parent has failed to maintain contact with the child or provide reasonable support for a specified period of time. Substance abuse is an element of the definition of child abuse or neglect in many States. Circumstances that are considered abuse or neglect in some States include the following: Prenatal exposure of a child to harm due to the mother’s use of an illegal drug or other substance, manufacture of methamphetamine in the presence of a child, selling, distributing, or giving illegal drugs or alcohol to a child, use of a controlled substance by a caregiver that impairs the caregiver’s ability to adequately care for the child (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2016).

Sexual abuse is unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent. Most victims and perpetrators know each other. Immediate reactions to sexual abuse include shock, fear or disbelief. Long-term symptoms include anxiety, fear or post-traumatic stress disorder. While efforts to treat sex offenders remain unpromising, psychological interventions for survivors, especially group therapy appears effective (APA, 2018).

Strategies for treating the abused child are varied and are used as appropriate to the child’s presenting problems. Recommended treatment approaches include cognitive-behavioral strategies graduated exposure to aspects of the abusive experience relaxation training education regarding abuse process and effects of abuse skills training supportive strategies teaching self-protective strategies behavioral strategies, parent training, clarification of responsibility, blame and offender’s behavior. Treatment should be abuse-focused (i.e., help the child adjust to the experience of having been abused), treatment should include an educational component, treatment should address the child’s relationships with other family members and the community, treatment should be directed to both offending and non-offending caregivers as well as toward the child. We have many therapists trained in trauma-based therapy, which may include individual therapy, family therapy, creative art therapy, sand tray therapy, and more.

List of Citations

  • The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) 2010. (2018). Retrieved from HERE.
  • Sexual Abuse. (2018). Retrieved from HERE.
  • When Is It Emotional Abuse? (2016, September 26). Retrieved from HERE.
  • Parental Drug Use as Child Abuse, 2016). Retrieved from HERE.

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My kids love Jennifer she has helped so much. My kids feel very comfortable with her. Maria also was very professional and nice to get back with us. I live in Katy and the drive is so worth it. Thanks Mosaic Counseling.
Diana Ball
Diana Ball
17:32 07 Jul 18
Maria is my therapist and she has helped me with a lot. I would recommend her and her staff too. Always helpful and respectful !!
Susiee Guerrero
Susiee Guerrero
22:10 21 Jun 18
Mosaic Tree Counseling is exactly the ideal place for You, your children or family members to be involved in. Therapy is rarely offered in your home, which Mosaic Tree Counseling provides. This allows your children to be in an environment that they feel comfortable, especially opening up their feelings or emotions to someone they might not be able to open up to emotionally. I'm am a pediatric nurse and I'm in the same situation alot of us go through in life, Divorce,Death, Changes in our Pre teen, teens life, social media!!! I'm finally having a peaceful household due to our wonderful therapist Candice Scurry!!! The difference is with Mosaic Tree Counseling is that they truly are here to help us and our family's. Candice Scurry goes above and beyond in making sure I have tools and resources to work with as well. The progression in my household is AMAZING!!!!!!!
Shanna Bledsoe
Shanna Bledsoe
18:57 26 Apr 18
I am very pleased with one of your employees named Juanita. I am in Houston TX. She has been very clear professional when trying to get any information about finding someone who is in my insurance plan. I really hope that this nice experience continues as I am going to further my life with Misaic Tree . Thanks again so far❤️
Sabrina Michel
Sabrina Michel
14:27 26 Apr 18
I would like to express how much I value the services my daughter, and I are receiving from Mosaic Tree Counseling. I love the professionalism, they are compassionate, understading,and dedicated to helping ppl. I would recommend them to anyone. Special thanks to Jennifer Mouille ❤️💋
Kelvitte Smith
Kelvitte Smith
15:11 12 Jul 18
I have seen Maria and Jennifer. They are great. I would recommend them to anyone.
Cynthia Clark
Cynthia Clark
20:55 22 Aug 18
I usually don't leave reviews, but I can't keep Mosaic Tree Counseling to myself if it could help others. Maria has worked with me on my issues. My quality of life and happiness I feel now is unbelievable. I never waited long in the waiting area and was never a problem to get scheduled when I needed it. If you are dealing with any kind of problem, these guys are the best. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends.
Jennifer Budge
Jennifer Budge
18:53 07 Sep 18
Love the staff and facility! They are always so patient, helpful, and caring. Especially Jennifer, she is a great human being with a tender heart and passion for this job. I can't say anything enough good things about her and I would recommend her to anyone and everyone.
V C
V C
03:54 26 Oct 18
I've worked here lightly before, and observed the staff and operation. The clients were of all kinds of people and I was very impressed how they appreciated coming in for therapy. Good place for children, also.
Frank Peters
Frank Peters
06:31 27 Oct 18
Love the staff and facility! They are always so patient, helpful, and caring. Especially Jennifer, she is a great human being with a tender heart and passion for this job. I can't say enough good things about her and I would recommend her to anyone and everyone.
V C
V C
03:18 27 Oct 18
This place is run with the utmost kindness & professionalism. The rooms there feel relaxed. I was lucky to talk to her for an hour, as well as another counselor there. Both were right on. They listened for a long time. They were on my side. We ended sessions talking about solutions. The whole experience was excellent.
Shawn Lambright
Shawn Lambright
20:41 07 Mar 19
Love the staff and have received such great help here!
Annabelle Hanak
Annabelle Hanak
18:41 03 Apr 19
I started my sessions at Mosaic as individual sessions with Jennifer. Eventually, to my complete and utter surprise, we were able to get my honey to tag along for some couples therapy AND his own personal sessions. Her guidance and love has not only transformed our relationship but has really helped us individually address our own personal demons. We are forever grateful to have found her! She has become a true confidant in our life. We cant recommend Mosaic enough! everyone here is lovely.
lauren mcclaflin
lauren mcclaflin
20:26 05 Apr 19
I want to thank Maria for all the time and attention she has given me and my husband. We had been struggling to have a healthy marriage for the past couple of years. Maria has truly changed the way me and my husband communicate and has truly made our marriage better than ever with couple's therapy. She truly listens to us and all of our concerns about our relationship. We are now more in love than ever and have ceased all the fighting that was wearing our relationship out. Thank you Maria and Mosaic Tree Counseling for saving our marriage! I highly recommend Maria for marriage counseling and couples therapy!
Paul Lynch
Paul Lynch
17:17 06 Apr 19
Although my first experience was rather sub-par, the owner Maria immediately reached out to me regarding the concerns I had and addressed them swiftly. She is a wonderful women with a heart of gold. I can honestly say, working with her makes me feel open and comfortable and I am ready to see how my future sessions with her turn out!
Daisy Cole
Daisy Cole
13:54 08 Jul 19
Maria is phenomenal at her profession. She is very friendly and professional. She really cares about her clients. The office staff is also very friendly and professional. I highly recommend Mosaic Tree Counseling.
Kimberly Perricone
Kimberly Perricone
19:55 11 Jul 19
I can’t say enough good things about Jennifer Mouille at a Mosaic Tree! Our family sees her for both individual and family therapy and she has helped us understand each other better and communicate our needs in healthy ways. We are a foster family with a teenage foster daughter and Jennifer is very skilled at helping our daughter begin to face past traumas and work to overcome her pain and anger. She also helps us, the parents, understand how to support and encourage our daughter. Though talk therapy is a big part of what she does, she’s also given us strategies and “homework” for when we leave her office.
Christina Waggoner
Christina Waggoner
16:38 01 Sep 19
I have been seeing my therapist Jennifer Mouville for almost a year now and she is one of the best. Thank you so much for helping me on this journey. I have so much more confidence and peace from our sessions. Thank you Mosaic Tree counseling.
Jhessye Moore-Thomas
Jhessye Moore-Thomas
17:25 30 Oct 19
The staff here is very hospitable and professional. I was nervous about starting counseling services in general but Jennifer instantly reassured me that Mosaic Tree is a safe place. It’s almost been a year now and I’m so glad I chose to come here.
Vicious vic
Vicious vic
08:54 07 Jan 20
The staff here are very friendly and helpful. They are beyond caring when it comes to my family members that come here.
A G
A G
16:12 22 Jan 20
WOW Amazing therapy and marriage counseling. I have been blessed to be able to get to know Jennifer . She has really helped me in so many ways in this journey . Rather it be for marriage or just individual counseling, I have now been hooked on the feeling of actually getting real help . As a male I admit I was skeptical of even starting treatment . I’ve only been going now 2 months and it has been a life changing experience for me . I will continue to go here for many years and receive the support, sujestions , gratitude , hospitality and all around love at this place . Take the time and give this group a try , you will not be disappointed what so ever . Very productive, professional and straight to the point of help is what you will receive . Thank you so much Jennifer and the Mosaic Tree Counseling !
Mister Guerro
Mister Guerro
15:16 03 Feb 20
My daughter was in a very dark place several months ago. Mosaic Tree was recommended to me by my insurance company and her school counselor. It was the best decision we made. Sometimes we need a professional to help us through. Mosiac brought out my daughter's best qualities and made her believe in herself. I highly recommend them.
Jackie Zavala
Jackie Zavala
20:07 11 Mar 20