Professor Melinda Zepeda
April 5, 2010
Children going into foster care? I think not.
foster care refers to the care for children who are involuntarily removed from their biological parents due to dysfunctional situations such as being abused, neglected, or abandoned. They are then placed in the state’s custody and reside with stand-in parents also known as foster parents. The main goal for the foster care system is reunification with their biological parents. However, these children should not be reunified with their biological parents. If their parents did it once, what makes you think that they won’t do it again? These children should rather be placed into an orphanage where they can be adopted by someone who will love them and care for them.
A visit from a CPS (Child Protective Services) investigator may be a little confusing and stressful in the long run. CPS receives and investigates reports of child abuse or neglect. Once Child Protective Services receives the report they investigate. The investigator will record and videotape every interview at any time or place. He or she will first talk to the child reported and visually examine the child. Then the investigator will discuss the report with the alleged person to try to gain an explanation about the harm. The alleged person has the right to ask all the questions he or she may have. However, it is illegal for the investigator to tell the alleged person who made the report. Once the investigator interviews the alleged person to have abused or neglected the child, he or she may obtain a criminal history of the alleged person. The investigator may also interview and examineany other children in the home. The investigation may take anywhere from fourteen to thirty days. During that time the investigator will determine whether or not the alleged person is guilty. Child Protective Services will not remove the children from the home unless there is danger or proven guilty.
The Essay on Describe the actions to take if a child or young person alleges harm or abuse in line with policies and procedures of own setting
If a child or young person alleges harm or abuse in our setting we would follow the following guidance, policies and procedures: Listen to the child and take whatever he/she is saying seriously as the child will only disclose such information to somebody they feel they can trust. Offer support without judging or criticizing anything they are saying, try not to display shock or disbelief. Try to ...
On June 25, 2006 the department of Family and Child Protective Services received a referral alleging the physical neglect of Jose Salgado and Guadalupe Salgado by their biological mother, Ms. Katherine Salgado. The report stated that Ms. Katherine Salgado had been using crack cocaine. The report alleged that Ms. Salgado did not pay attention to Jose and that she would hit him because he got on her nerves. The reporter also stated that Jose ran across the street with fear of going back home. When the investigator went out to the home Jose had minor bruises and Ms. Salgado stated that it was due to him falling on some bricks outside. Once the investigator finished examining Jose, she attempted to drug test Ms. Salgado. Ms. Salgado refused then admitted she had snorted crack cocaine one week prior. Ms. Salgado agreed to have her mother, Ms. Patricia Vega, in custody of her children and was referred to rehabilitation services to address her substance abuse. Ms. Salgado only attended three sessions; therefore she was dropped from the program on August 02, 2006.
On September 25, 2006, Ms. Vega called her daughter’s case worker to report that she had found Ms. Salgado sleeping out in the street, and that she believed she was using crack cocaine again. The case worker immediately visited Ms. Salgado’s home to get her to take a drug test, but Ms. Salgado refused. She then admitted for the second time that she had been using crack cocaine several days before. A few days later, CPS attempted to contact Ms. Salgado, but could not locate her. Ms. Vega claimed that she did not know the whereabouts of Ms. Salgado. Two weeks later Ms. Salgado was found at a hotel near downtown and was informed that she needed to appear at the courthouse at 1:00 pm the next day.
The poem, Little Boy Crying, written by Mervyn Morris is mainly about father and sons relationship. Poet shows the two main themes through this relationship; fathers love towards his child and his effort to lead his child into a right world in life. Mervyn Morris explores the child and parents relationship by using second person narration and language techniques such as allusion and emotive words. ...
Due to Ms. Salgado’s non-compliance with court orders Jose and Guadalupe Salgado had been placed in foster care.
Jose and Guadalupe Salgado had been in our home for two full years before they were placed into adoption.
Just like Ms. Salgado there are many other mothers who commit the same mistake. These mothers commit the same mistakes not only once nor twice, but ten times. For example, one of my best friends had gotten her kids taken away too due to the same situation. She was a crack cocaine addict just like Ms. Salgado. She was given many chances to try to get her kids back, but she continued to use crack cocaine, and failed to comply with her case worker. Eventually she got her rights terminated and like Ms. Salgado’s children, they were given up for adoption.
Nevertheless, parents do unintelligent things, but that does not mean that they don’t love their children. Everyone deserves a second chance, we are all humans, and we all make mistakes. Parents should have the right to get their kids back after completing all the services that they are asked to do by Child Protective Services. They are put through many programs such as rehabilitation services, counseling, and parenting class before they can get their children back. It is crucial to take their rights and place the children into adoption because parents have made the mistake to abuse or neglect their children. Even though there is no excuse to abuse or neglect a child, the parent deserves not only a second, but a third chance to become a better parent.
In conclusion having children adopted is at the child’s best interest. Reunification should never be considered. Many people believe that it is at the child’s best interest to be with their biological parents, but not in these cases. Child Protective Services does right in taking them into the state’s custody, but not with considering reunification. Many parents like Ms. Salgado and my best friend do not care about their children. People like them will never change. They will continue to make the same mistake over and over again.
"Latchkey Kid" is a term that came into existence during World War II. It was used to describe the large number of youth who were left without direct adult supervision. During this period of time, most Americans were involved in the war effort. Many fathers were in military service and many mothers went to work outside of the home to support their families and help our country win the war. As a ...