Family Services

Shauna - posted on 02/01/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I saw this on a day time talk show it was a poll they were taking.

Should family services randomly select familes to monitor?

What do you think?

Is it possible abuse and neglect would go down if people knew there is a chance they are being watched?

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Becky - posted on 02/01/2011

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I agree that it won't do anything to decrease the incidence of abuse and neglect. When I worked for Children's Services, our mandate was to take the least intrusive course of action possible. So, when the child wasn't at immediate risk, that would mean either voluntary or court ordered support and supervision to the family while the children remained in the home. Often this was enough, but pretty much equally as often, we ended up going further and having to remove the children because the support and supervision weren't stopping the problem. So, if court ordered supervision doesn't stop the abuse, then how is random check-ins going to?

Lady Heather - posted on 02/01/2011

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Oh hell no. That is just plain creepy. How would they even do that? Set up cameras in our homes? Spy through the window? If it's just a "come into our office for a chat and questioning once in a while" thing then there's really no point. People lie. Kids cover for them. Meanwhile good families are being investigated with dollars that could be helping kids in bad situations.

Sal - posted on 02/01/2011

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i forgot to add by watching random families over a persiod of time they might be able to establish what triggers abuse or situations where abuse seemed unlikely but happened all the same and then make better programs for the future and over all get a better outcome for kids in the future

Sal - posted on 02/01/2011

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very 2 minded here, no they shouldn't they should focus on families in need, the resourses are pretty streched as it is, but having said that child abuse isn;t always reoprted and just because you are a good church going family in a good neighbourhood with plenty of cash and education does't mean your children are not as risk, and i think if your not doing anything wrong who cares who watches you.

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No they shouldn't. It is an invasion of privacy and I will sue anyone who does it to us.
Abuse is going to happen no matter if someone is watching or not. you can watch us whenever you want for however long but we won't, have, and will never abuse anyone much less our kids. However, an abuser WILL abuse no matter you watch them or not.

Bonnie - posted on 02/01/2011

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No I don't think they should randomly select families to monitor. No I don't think abuse and neglect would go down. If people are set in their ways, they are set in their ways. Not only that, but parents could try their hardest to change for this purpose, but I think they would still slip here and there.

Becky - posted on 02/01/2011

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No. They don't have the resources to be doing this. Having workers do that would take away from working with families where there was actual abuse and neglect. Plus, what would that look like? Randomly stopping by the kids' schools to talk to them and popping into the families' homes unannounced for visits? That's what CPS does when they investigate.
And, investigations and CPS involvement are embarasing and traumatic for families. Why put them through that when there is no reason to?!

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I don't like the idea of being randomly watched in any aspect of my life. It's gonna sound all "Big Brother is watching" but....I don't want any agency, government or otherwise, watching me, monitoring me or following me....for any reason. Unless I'm in danger. Then come to me and tell me so we're on the same page. Otherwise, Big Brother can keep his nose out of my life.



I don't think abuse and neglect would go down if people knew there was a chance they were being watched. I think it would only serve to make people more distrustful than they already are. I don't think it would change the behavior though. And when you say "watched", are we talking about random visits by social workers to people's homes? Two guys sitting in a car outside people's houses literally watching? Surveillance? All of it creeps me out lol

Jenn - posted on 02/01/2011

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This is totally not feasible. They are already so behind on actual reported cases - they just don't have the financial or people resources to do something like that.

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