Legally Kidnapped

Shattering Your Child Welfare Delusions Since 2007

Saturday, August 18, 2007

If you have ever been visited by a Child Protective Worker, chances are your being visited by a very young, newly graduated, bachelor’s level social worker with no life experience or kids of their own. Many child protective workers are very new to the field of social work and although they go into it with nothing but the best of intentions, the stressful nature of the job will soon take its effect. Often, DCF or CPS or whatever it’s called in your state will send out interns who haven’t even graduated yet to assess what can be considered very serious situations.

These inexperienced workers are sent out to collect information speak to children and families and look for various signs of abuse or neglect. As a result, mistakes are made. Children who are not in any imminent threat of harm are removed and put into the foster care system, and children who are in serious danger are left there often times resulting in the death of a child. In the event of the death of a child, there is usually a public outcry against Child Protective. “More should have been done to protect that child!” The workers then have to step up their efforts to protect children. This results in more parents being investigated and more mistakes being made.

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