Children who have been removed by the State are not in care because they are orphans or their biological parents have passed away due to a terminal illness or in an accident. The children have been removed for their safety, health and well being. Many of them have been abused in utero due to illicit drug and/or alcohol abuse and domestic violence. The trauma suffered by the child can be as damaging and compared to PTSD some combat soldiers returning from war experience. The longer a child remains in an abusive environment, damage caused can impact on the child for life. New born babies removed at birth, can experience severe withdrawal symptoms until weaned off illicit drugs and alcohol they were exposed to in utero. Statistics show the majority of children removed by the State are from homes where there is a history of third and fourth generational abuse and neglect.