Working with Amish Families on Child Abuse and Neglect
May 18, 2019
Understanding Amish values and customs helps us support families and communities to keep their children safe. In this piece, we provide background on various aspects of Amish life as well as specific suggestions regarding child abuse and neglect.
Rapid population growth has prompted Amish families to move outside their usual hometowns in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana as they seek land to maintain their ideal way of life‒crop farming. With the Amish now living in at least 31 U.S. states, four Canadian provinces, Bolivia and Argentina (Amish Population Profile, 2018), people who work in medicine, social services, and mental health are coming into contact with Amish families for the first time.
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