In Los Angeles County, the number of children taken from their families has increased in recent months. The cause of this massive “child-grab” is the result of social workers who fear public attention if a child suffers abuse after being left in his home. These panics on the part of social services agencies only serve to harm families and children since they confuse broken homes with child protection. Children are more likely to suffer abuse or neglect while in state “protective custody.” Even if there were no other harm (and there is often much more), the emotional trauma and separation anxiety children experience when separated from parents should be enough to show that “child grab” measures harm more children than they protect.
“With DCFS workers terrified of landing on the front page if they leave any child home and something goes wrong, the most vulnerable children in Los Angeles County have fallen victim to a foster-care panic,” said NCCPR Executive Director Richard Wexler.
* * *“Those who falsely equate child removal with child safely may be pleased by these data; but their joy will come at the expense of the very children they say they want to protect,” Wexler said. “Foster-care panics make all children less safe.” * * *“[N]ationwide, the only child welfare systems that really have improved safety are those that reformed to emphasize family preservation”
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