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

Clarification of Eligibility Factor

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

Abuse, past or present, may be:

  • Emotional (includes verbal abuse)
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Neglectful
  • Directed at a child or from exposure to domestic violence

The adult residing in the home may be:

  • A parent
  • A grandparent
  • A guardian
  • A friend or family member

How it may be Documented:

  • Medical record points to an abusive adult in the home
  • School personnel, social services, or agency referral
  • Family reports abuse in the home as documented from family interview or application
  • Department of Human Services (DHS), school district or other agency reports
  • Police/Court documentation of abusive adult in the home

Significance of Factor in Regards to School Readiness 

Child abuse and neglect are 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.

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