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CPP Eligibility Factor - Abusive Adult Residing in Home of the Child

Clarification of Eligibility
An abusive adult residing in the home of the child (22-28-106 (1) (a.5) (III) C.R.S.).

Abuse can be:
  • Emotional (includes verbal abuse)
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Neglectful
  • Occurring in the past and/or in a present situation
  • Directed at child or from exposure to domestic violence

The adult residing in the home may be:

  • A parent/grandparent
  • A guardian
  • A family member
Significance of Factor in regards to School Readiness Child abuse and neglect is linked to many short term and long term negative outcomes, including language deficits, reduced cognitive functioning, attention
deficit disorders, lower grades, lower standardized test scores, lower rates of grade promotion and greater participation in high-risk behaviors.

Abused children are also at risk for shortfalls in physical health, including failure to thrive, depression, mental health problems, and mortality. They often show a diminished capacity for empathy and trust.

Children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to have trouble in school and score lower on assessments of verbal, motor, and cognitive skills. They are more likely to exhibit aggressive and antisocial behavior.
How It May Be Documented
  • Medical report
  • School personnel, social services, or agency referral
  • Parent report/interview
  • Court or police report

Research References:

Chalk, R., Gibbons, A., & Scarupa, H. (May 2002). The multiple dimensions of child abuse and neglect: New insights into an old problem. Child Trends Research Brief. Retrieved June 26, 2009, from

Child Information Gateway. (April 2008). Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect. Retrieved June 26, 2009, from

Dubowitz, H., Papas, M.A., Black, M.M., & Starr, R. H. Jr. (2002). Child neglect: Outcomes in high-risk urban preschoolers. Pediatrics 2002, 109, 1100-1107. Retrieved June 2, 2011 from

English, D. (Spring 1998). The extent and consequences of child maltreatment. The Future of Children, 8(1). Retrieved June 2, 2011 from

Fantuzzo, J.W. & Mohr, W.K. (Winter 1999). Prevalence and effects of child exposure to domestic violence. The Future of Children, 9 (3). Retrieved June 2, 2011 from

Additional Resources for Families and Staff:

Child Abuse and Neglect: Warning Signs of Abuse and How to Report It

Child Help National Child Abuse Hotline,

Section 4: Working with an Abused Child

Recognizing Child Abuse: What Parents Should Know

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