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something needs to be done
One thing a person can do: advocate for a child in foster care: http://www.casaforchildren.org
Have there been comparisons between the effects of continental Western European healthcare and social systems and of the American counterparts on the well-being of kids?
Allowing the quality of the healthcare to be dependent on the wealth of the parents isn’t probably going to be very beneficial for poor children and perhaps even those from those of middle-classes.
Friendly greetings from continental Europe.
Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son
I have a huge problem with this. Abuse is defined as neglect, neglect is defined so broadly as to include almost anything, and then the solution is a national surveillance system?
By this standard, my parents neglected me after my sister was killed and they were unable to provide “affection”, and so child services could have been called to potentially fix the problem by having some government agency step in to ask a lot of questions…
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, particularly when “national” solutions to individual problems are proposed by bureaucrats.
It is not that simple, I’m sure you know. You were neglected after the death of your sister. But children and youth services don’t act on that kind of neglect. If we could actually implement such a strict criteria for neglect, I think we would do a great deal of harm to a great many families. CYS (ideally) aims to keep families together unless the welfare of the child is threatened, and by this, they usually mean the life. I have called CYS (as an ER doc) for cases I in which was sure they would remove the child from the parent’s home, and they did not (one time, it was a psychotic mother that suffered from a delusional parasitosis – she thought she and her infant were infected with scabies. Not only did she treat him with Kwell every week (a neurotoxin), but she had rubbed his skin raw with a brillo pad – she came in for more Kwell. The infant went home with her, on the condition that grandma would stop in every day to look in on him.)
Why do you think people are so outraged when a child well known to CYS ends up dead?