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So what can we do to help children who are dealing with adult responsibilities at home? "I think that it's really important for school administrators and friends of kids to look out for signs," Lisa says.

Lisa says there are a few telltale signs. "If the kids are tired. If they're exhausted. If they're having the inability to focus," she says.

It's especially important for other adults to ask questions, Lisa says. "They try and hide their problems because they're so afraid that they'll be taken away by child protective services," Lisa says. "And what's worse than even being taken away from their parents is they'll be separated from their siblings. And that's a huge fear because no matter how bad the situation is at home, they'd rather keep their family intact."
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FROM: Childhood Interrupted
Published on October 20, 2006

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