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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

We Will Not Be Silenced: America's Child Welfare System

In recent years, a number of high profile child abuse cases illustrate the weakness in the child protection system.  The latest case that has sparked intense outrage is the horrific story of Gabriel Fernandez, who tragically lost his life at the hands of the individuals that were supposed to love and protect him from all things evil.  Thankfully, groups such as Gabriel's Fight are working to spread awareness on child abuse in general and to promote protest and court dates so everyone can attend to show the power of the public.

In an investigation by the Denver Post, more than 40 percent of the children that died of neglect and abuse in Colorado over the last six years were known to child protection services, with many not receiving the minimum necessary visits required by law from a case worker. Major cases in New York, Arizona and throughout the nation illustrate the fine line that lies within the field of child protection.

Social workers are told that their first priority is to find a way to keep the family together.  Due to a lack of resources and program funding, many child protection agencies have taken a “make it work at home” attitude. 

The call to action is NOW...