Chapter 6 Early Childhood : The Social World

Darlene is 5 years old, and for the past 6 months she has been left at home alone while her mother works during the day. Neighbors in the apartment building look in on Darlene during the day. Recently an investigator from Children's Protective Services paid Darlene's mother a visit.

Is this situation one in which Darlene's mother could be sanctioned for child abuse and neglect?

What factors does the investigator need to take into account when examining this case?

Please write a paragraph or two about this and submit your work to your instructor. You can visit the following Web site to do your research:

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