reply to post by Grimpachi
I was a Masters level social-worker until I retired in 2006; my knowledge comes from working with families as a counselor and educator. Various
situations in that state (not where I am living) came across my desk, and I, being a mandated reporter, had to know the DFS "drill."
In that state (not Ohio), the DFS uses "family preservation" as their best practice. That means IN THEORY, they will spend months, even years,
supervising, coaching, helping, rehab, education, community connections to assist the parent in shaping up. In practice, their actual social workers
were generally young, childless 4-year grads; the case managers often had no credentials at all, and the case-loads were unrealistically excessive. I
had raised two kids by the time I got into the field, and it is true that an experienced parent makes a better case manager or counselor. Especially
when a family is looking at "trouble" from the authorities, they get some fresh-out-of-the-classroom Bachelor's degree who wants to save the world (a
fine ideal) and they are going to shut down. It's insulting to them, in many cases, to be advised by someone who's never walked that mile.
I did have several clients who saw me regularly for behavioral health therapy (psychotherapy); some of whom had lost their kids, others still trying
to make it through the system. At that time, the very last resort
was to remove the children and
take away parental rights in cases
where no progress is made, or rehab appears to be improbable after multiple failed efforts to intervene, or of course if the child is in mortal
It would surprise me if this mother's claim that she "tried" was true. But I don't live in Ohio, and every state handles their CPS differently.
Thanks, though, for the acknowledgment.
EDIT: As for the other question regarding who notified the "authorities," in my state ANYONE working with children is a mandated reporter, from school
custodians to teachers to administrators to nurses and doctors. So it could have been either a doctor or the school, a neighbor, or both. Also, one
can make an anonymous call here as a citizen if not a "mandated reporter" (which ALWAYS goes into case files for obvious reasons), so here, at least,
it could have been anyone who originally "called them out."
edit on 28-11-2011 by wildtimes because: answer second question
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