Has anyone read about
this? I don't want to go into details. But she was the little girl who had missed 47 days of school and really should have been taken by social services.
I am 33 and as a child was abused. Not to the extent she was by any means. More verbal and mentally than physically. But what does it matter? Abuse is Abuse. It has altered my life and caused me to make choices for reasons i didn't even know why till 10 years later. You don't just "get over it". It is too ingrained.
Anyway. I have 2 jobs right now. Neither have meaning to them.
Has anyone worked for or volunteered for or had any dealings with social services. Or Child Protective services? Or a shelter for abused women (which would probally be on a volunteer basis) ?
You always hear the worst stories about the screwups for child protective services. But, I cannot believe that the people who work there are just these "uncaring buffoons".
I read that the case workers for this girl in NY were waiting for a court order to have her removed from the home. It sounds like they were "doing their job". And, I am sure the parents did a good job at hiding the girls wounds or scars. I don't know! But, I was ALWAYS threatened with what would happen if I told anyone what went on inside our house.
I heard or read that these case workers were basically "terrible monsters" because they should have taken the girl right then - not wait for a court order. And, I wonder, "Did they want too?" Were they just dying to take that little girl and scoop her up! But they knew if they didn't do it legally she'd be back in that home in a few days.
I just wonder. I want to take care of the kids who are stuck in these hell houses, like I was. But, what kind of system is Child Protective Services? It seems that with the way our country is - you can't just go in and kidnap someones kids because you think they are being abused. Even if you want too!!! Even if it's obvious. Our system is set up to protect our rights and the long drawn out process of doing that can cause horror in the end. Were those social workers trying to do their job and are now you being repremanded for it. I just really think if they just took the child - the parents might be able to get her back alot easier. And then they'd be repremanded for not following proper procedure.
I just get so upset reading that the step-dad considered her the "trouble maker". And his reasons were for the same reasons my parents punished me. I was loud, outgoing, always singing and dancing ... just a kid with alot of energy. And therefore always blamed for things over my siblings.
I want to do something that matters in this world. I just wonder about Social services. Maybe I should just volunteer at a shelter.
I am just sad. I am 33 and I am at the point I realize I am not going to save the world.
Post Edited (Citykittie) : 1/22/2006 10:36:48 PM (GMT-7)