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Injustice in the System

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Naomi Oliver

on 19 April 2013

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Transcript of Injustice in the System

Injustice in the system: Social Service Failure The social service will then intervene, but the child is still at risk of being abused. A child is reported to the social services for being abused or neglected every ten seconds. How are abused foster children harmed? These children are still in harms way if the social services: A. did not complete thorough background checks before licensing foster parents
B. did not frequently visit the foster children at their foster home
C. failed to investigate certain child abuse reports properly
D. neglected to investigate other child abuse reports altogether. These mistakes can and have lead to:


D. Licensing abusive and neglectful foster parents These children being further abused by their foster parents The allowance of further child abuse Such are the cases in: 1. Jenson v. Conrad, 1984 Horrible and permanent injuries inflicted on children by related persons in their life Sylvia Brown died from a subdural hemotoma due to child abuse after the social services were notified of Sylvia's situation, and after they had placed Sylvia in the home of her grandmother.
Michael Clark was beaten to death after his principal had reported his parents to the social services. Four-year old Joshua DeShaney suffered from severe hemorrhages caused by abuse, which led to permanent retardation. Before Joshua's permanent injury, the social services were notified several times of Joshua being abused by his father, but they never removed him from his home. 3. K.H. Through Murphy v.
Morgan, 1990 After being put under the custody of the social services, K.H. was moved over seven times in only a couple of years. Being abused in almost every home she was placed in, K.H. required psychotherapy, but the social services did not provide any. Before K.H. reached middle school, she had to be placed in a mental asylum 4. Wiggins v. Smith, 2003 Kevin Wiggins was physically abused and neglected by his mother until he was six. Kevin spent the rest of his life being sexually and physically abused by his licensed foster parents. When Kevin reached adulthood, he was not in his right mind. He committed murder, and was then convicted of his crime. 2. DeShaney v. Winnebago,
1989 5. Ray v. Foltz, 2004 R.M. and Latiana were in the licensed foster home of Keith and Lena Cumberbatch. The social services were unaware of any type of abuse in the home. After a few months of living there, Latiana was killed by Lena, and R.M. was soon thereafter removed due to child abuse that had been taking place in the home. 6. A.G.D. v. Seigel, 2009 A.G.D and A.T.D. were special needs foster children who were placed in the Anderson household by the social services. A.G.D and A.T.D.'s social workers rarely made in-home visits to the children. Mr. Anderson was later discovered to be physically and sexually abusing the children. These are all tragic cases that could have
been avoided. The social
services and its branches'
jobs are to protect and
defend helpless children,
and they are not doing it. In fact, they are
causing the harm they
were created to
prevent. Not only are the
social services negatively affecting the
children being abused and neglected, they
are negatively affecting the community. The community will be influenced by these children's decisions in the future. It is estimated that over 30% of abused and neglected children will grow up and abuse their own children. Because the social services are not placing proper role models in these children's lives, these children are simply following the examples they have been shown, continuing the vicious cycle. Stop the cycle: Speak up
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