Do you think CPS is over rated?
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Johnny - posted on 07/11/2009
I am a social worker in Canada and I no longer work in what we call Family Services exactly because of these sorts of problems. The case loads are overwhelming, people sometimes make false claims out of vengeance or ignorance, too often the medical system uses us to try to solve disputes with patients over treatment, and meanwhile, children in desperate need of care fall through the cracks. As a social worker, you should be able to properly monitor all the children in your care, but with 50-60 files, you are unable to get out and check on things more than once every month or two. Definitely not enough to make sure that child is being well-cared for at home or in foster care. Because of this, too many children suffer. Not to mention the frustration social workers feel being called in to investigate a case of abuse, where it turns out that after you turn that family's life upside down looking into it, that they are excellent parents and the claim was falsely filed for some nefarious reason. It is unbelievably unfair to the family and takes us away from important work. The medical system using, "if you don't follow our advice we'll call in child protection as a threat" is also very counter-productive and there are few circumstances where child protection would actually consider acting in these circumstances. The doctors are using it to increase their own power over the family, and it really causes problems for the social workers. I love children, but with the massive underfunding of the system, it is impossible to do a good enough job for them, and that is why so many who work in it are burnt out and hard to deal with.
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Jennifer - posted on 07/11/2009
I do feel that CPS is necessary but unfortunately it's easy to abuse the system.....for example I think a lot of complaints are from ex spouses trying to get back at each other by getting the kids taken from the other parent...unfortunately this ties up CPS with useless claims and other serious abuse cases go unnoticed. Also how are they to know what's going on if nothing is being reported which I suspect is usually the case in true abuse situations. And then you do have the occasional evil brat who will call the cops him/herself to get back at a parent for disciplining them. So I guess to answer your question I do think CPS is important but unfortunately they have a lot of crap to deal with.
Libby - posted on 07/11/2009
Is CPS over rated? ABSOLUTELY!
My nephew's mom had her two older children taken away, and yet when she had my nephew she was allowed to keep him and the state claimed it was "supervised custody". I asked his case worker several times how often does she visit their home, and she skipped around the answer. She said as often as a case like that requires. I asked her how much does this case require? She said it's case by case. I said "HOW OFTEN DO YOU SEE MY NEPHEW???" The answer....once a month!
My nephew passed away 2 1/2 years. She was in a car accident and the doctors weren't sure why he had such severe injuries (brain damage). Until they saw he had old blood on his brain. Her other two children were taken away b/c at that time her one son had a broken collar bone. Yet, they let her keep a helpless little baby. UNBELIEVABLE! At that time she told them my brother in law must've hurt her kid. And do you think they ever came to our home to check our children considering he lived with us?!?! It was all just a big joke. Now my nephew, my brother in law's only child, is gone. He died 2 weeks before his 1st birthday.
LISA - posted on 07/11/2009
i think it is ridiculous to take children for being spanked... I think they should spend more time taking them away from these sexually abusive and physically abusive parents then they should from people who whomp a diaper or butt and don't even leave a mark
Mel - posted on 07/09/2009
oh absolutely to the first question. it is so over rated. we were threatened with CPS from the hospital because THEY didnt know how to treat our daughters condition and refused to come in. we had to seek medical advice from another country because the docs in australia are so stupid. we were hurt and disgusted someone could imply they could take our daughter away from us. the people who need to be reported never are
Kate - posted on 07/09/2009
In the US lately, you constantly have to be afraid that if you choose ANY alternative lifestyle (no vax, homeschool, etc.) that someone will call on you. Meanwhile plenty of kids whose parents are actually neglecting/abusing them are skipped over. It's very sad.
Jessica - posted on 07/09/2009
In the UKour social services is SERIOUSLY fucked up! You get kids taken off their parents for false claims and then you get kids like baby P who was so abused that he had a broken spine for 8 months before he died and they did nothing! We also have a well known case where social workers made home visits to this one family but didn't pick up on the fact that the 3 kids were starving to death. When the little girl died the coroner said he had never seen such sever malnutrition outside of developing third world countries! I think the whole system is messed up as none of the workers involved in either case were fired or even reprimanded for these gross mistakes!
If CPS is anything like Department of Child Protection in Australia they are so understaffed that they wont even bother looking at someone who complains about spankings. They have far more important cases to look at that involve genuine abuse and neglect - and dont even have enough staff to follow these up adequately half the time! It might make you think about how you utilise smacking but not IF you actually use smacking as a disciplinary tool.
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