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  •  The law in SC-the state where this happened-is ... (16+ / 0-)

    The law in SC-the state where this happened-is that children UNDER 9-also described as 8 and under--must be supervised at all times. There was no crime committed by Debra Harrell. She had very few options and chose the safest and healthiest one she had. The government should provide support services for families in need or leave them alone to do what they can to survive.

    •  I'm just defending the Social Workers. (2+ / 0-)
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      Penny GC, middleagedhousewife

      They don't set policy. They don't control state funding for support services. Hopefully, for everybody's sake, that "under 9" statute is in fact the one in play here. In which case, they won't be able to substantiate neglect and they'll be no more CPS involvement. That's ideal. Either way, CPS can help direct her to any available resources (if they exist, and I hope they do, and if they don't they should).

      I'm not blaming the mother or anything like that, honestly, sorry for leaving that impression. I just have a personal stake in preventing people from demonizing CPS.

      "I wish you luck on not hating your parents for mixing up such an unthinkable person." --The frickin´ HP--

      by McWaffle on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 02:27:07 PM PDT

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      •  We see the world from two different sides. (5+ / 0-)
        I just have a personal stake in preventing people from demonizing CPS.
        I've threatened and promised to write that diary on what I experienced, as a child, at the hands of CPS.

        Let this old diary suffice for now.

        The Murder of Nancy Schaefer & CPS

        -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

        by gerrilea on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 02:51:57 PM PDT

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        •  I'm very sorry to hear about your history. (4+ / 0-)

          I can only say that my wife and her coworkers are compassionate people that handle each case with respect for families and love for children. I suppose I can't speak for the whole of Social Work, but know that it's not all bad guys.

          "I wish you luck on not hating your parents for mixing up such an unthinkable person." --The frickin´ HP--

          by McWaffle on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 02:58:02 PM PDT

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      •  but the social workers do have a duty to excercise (4+ / 0-)
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        peglyn, kbman, RainDog2, BMScott

        proper discretion and common sense.  Too often, they see their job as one in which substantiating neglect is the whole point.  It is not.  In the instant case, there was no harm to the child, and a five minute interview with the child would have shown that.  Lives get ruined by bureaucratic adherence to policy without discretion.

        Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.

        by StrayCat on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 05:24:09 PM PDT

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