It never stops.
Cases of parents neglecting or abusing their children; cases of parents being accused of neglecting or abusing their children; cases of children being removed justifiably from misbehaving parents; cases of children being removed unnecessarily from responsible parents; cases of children not being held long enough to protect them and cases of children being held excessively long from their parents.
It's not always easy for child protection social workers to make the decisions that impact families. They are required sometimes to make instantaneous decisions, and other times to employ investigative techniques to ascertain parental capability, stability and probability.
Because this blog began in 2009 with a case in which two parents, a husband and a wife, were viewed as responsible for one of their children's injuries, and because all three of their children were removed from them, and because they contested that accusation and deprivation for four years until a legal judgement was rendered that the children should be returned, I have become aware of numerous other situations in which families are broken, parents feel helpless, children are living with foster families, and the Ministry of Children is absolute.
Yesterday, a local newspaper wrote to me to tell me of another family, and requested that I consider speaking with them.