Foster parents; Mandatory reporters. Heroes?
Occasionally, we read a article that prompts a response as this one did. Published in the Journal Gazzette, Fort Wayne, Indiana we find an article. Let us read portions of this article and then examine it; (not quoted in aggregate for obvious reasons).
See abuse. Be a hero to a child.
As citizens, though, our job is not to confirm abuse. It is to report suspected child sexual abuse. We are not the experts. The police, Child Protective Services and the forensic interviewers at the Dr. Bill Lewis Center for Children are the experts. They will do the job of asking the questions.
You can remain anonymous. State law requires the Department of Child Services to protect the identity of those reporting abuse or neglect allegations. DCS keeps the name and contact information of all report sources confidential. Link to article.
Children are our most precious gift from God, so should we protect them, by all means we need to protect our little ones from harm, but from whom is the harm coming?
- Question; have you ever seen the traumatic results of a child being removed from a non abusive home, a home where suspected child abuse was not taking place. Police cars complete with lights, five soical workers, family ripped apart, children traumatized.
- You see child abuse is in the eye of the beholder. If you are a parent then saying no, while lightly slapping a child’s hand for adding candy bars to your grocery cart is not child abuse, to a single, unqualified social worker who has never had children in her own life it would be most assuredly be child abuse. Placing a hand over a teens sassing cussing mouth, child abuse. Those lights will be in front of your home.
We are, of course, not talking about physical/sexual abuse, are we? We are talking about suspected abuse, and duties of mandatory reporters. Has your child ever skinned his knee, needed stitches for a fall, required a broken bone to be set? Accidents are no longer accidents but child abuse in the eyes of Child Protective Services. How many parents hesitate to take their child to an emergency room for minor incidents, if you do not then minor incidents become medical neglect? Is it that bad? Yes, it is.
If the emergency room, doctor suspects that you were in any way responsible for the fall, no matter the circumstances he/she will call CPS. The alternative, if it turns out this incident was child abuse it will come back on this mandatory reporter.
- Now let us examine the first quote from this article; the police, CPS and the forensic interviewers are the experts. The police are the experts, we agree with that statement, however, it is not the police that investigate suspected child abuse.
It is inexperienced social workers who are designated as investigators acting in this capacity; these workers are inexperienced and establish child abuse behind every door, around every corner.
We have always said “it is a conflict of interest to allow any investigative personnel and/or team financial gain from finding individuals guilty of child abuse”. Who gets possession of the children in the event the parents are found guilty of child abuse?
Who will gain Title lV funds to care for these children after they are removed? Is that not “conflict of interest”.
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