Special Needs

A disproportionate number of cases of severe abuse and neglect involve children who have special needs. Some of the cases involve well-meaning couples adopt large numbers of special needs children and then find themselves unable to properly care for all of them. Sometimes special needs children are left in unsanitary conditions and not given the care they need. Some are kept in cagesostensibly for their own protection, and others are given insufficient food and become malnourished. When special needs children are homeschooled, their care rests solely in their parents’ hands. When those parents do not properly exercise their responsibilities, the results can be disastrous.

Each of the following cases in the HIC database involved children with special needs: