At times it can be irritating when parents have control over every single thing you do. Some parents have so much control over their child’s life, that the child is visibly afraid of their parents. These can be because of abusive situations, or neglect, which can result in the child being taken from their parents’ custody. Therefore, children should be able to make their own legal choices by the time they reach middle school age, in order to better their lives if their parents are unable to.
"Child welfare can be measured in many ways. Some of the factors commonly considered are whether children have enough to eat and a safe place to live, receive adequate health care and education, and are free from poverty, abuse, and exploitation" (Child Welfare).
"Over the course of the 1900s, child welfare experts attacked the then-traditional view that children are the legal property of their parents. People began to view children as separate individuals with identities, needs, and even rights apart from those of their parents. The government adopted legislation to protect children from abuse and neglect" (Child Welfare).
Score! A burnt pepperoni and half a charred crust. Tomorrow's breakfast (Ramos, 13)!
Neglect, a factor in Child Welfare, from her mother, caused Macy to act out and lead an unstable life. Alma and Macy also came across multiple attempts of sexual abuse, because of the shady neighborhood they live in. At times, Macy has to steal for a simple meal.
Making sure children are given the personal choice to a better childhood is the next step to not only eliminating negative child to parent relationships, but also poverty and abuse.
"On November 20, 1989, world leaders came together in the United Nations General Assembly to adopt the Convention on the Rights of the Child" (UNICEF).
"The government adopted legislation to protect children from abuse and neglect. New laws supported compulsory education and regulated child labor. In addition, states and communities created child protective services and similar agencies to safeguard children’s interests" (Child Welfare).
Many traditionalists believe children's rights "would impose greater restrictions on adult authority in some circumstances"(Dailey).
Because Macy's parents don't have jobs, and her father is in jail, they often have to worry about the price of everyday items, and at times have to steal for amenities. “THAT was a pack of Bubble Yum. My mother looked at me and nodded her head in the direction of the gum. Take it, she mouthed. I looked away like I didn’t know what she meant. But I knew ” (Ramos, 124).
"Consulting with children is critical to ensure that child survival, development and protection measures are adequate and appropriate" (UNICEF).
"Experts, policy makers, and youth organizations are becoming increasingly aware that involving young people in decision-making processes enhances their development, resilience, and ability to protect themselves from abuse and exploitation" (UNICEF).
"Under the Convention, children are rights holders rather than objects of charity" (UNICEF).
Furthermore, "By shifting the focus from adult authority to children's broader interests, our framework opens up the possibility for a new conceptual ordering of the laws governing children" (Dailey). This makes letting children give their input improve our society and make a stand to their rights.
However, children's rights "calls on law to be more attuned to children's diverse interests within the family, school, and other arenas" (Dailey).
"The state should be particularly sensitive to equality when children are involved because so much is at stake for children in terms of both their present well-being and their future lives" (Dailey).