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Fearing a knock from Child Protective Services.

I Live In Fear of My Kids Being Sent to Foster Care…Again

This powerful piece is reprinted by permission of Rise, an extraordinary magazine written by and about those whose kids have been in the foster care/Child Protective Services system. We have heard so many stories here of parents investigated for letting their kids play outside or wait a few minutes in the car. Suddenly, they had […]

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More Meitiv family distrust.

Meitivs Face a New Battle at School, And So Do Other Maryland Families

. Danielle Meitiv, the Free-Range mom investigated by Child Protective Services twice for the unconscionable crime of letting her kids walk home from the park in  Silver Spring, Maryland, has a new paranoid entity to deal with: The Montgomery County School District. Starting this year, every parent who wants to volunteer, even for a one-shot […]

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Now imagine if you'd had to wear one of these when YOU were a kid.

“It Is My Duty to Spy on My Kids”

. This comment came in response to the post by Mean Girls’ author Rosalind Wiseman about whether or not to spy on a child’s online activity: There are so many monitoring apps out there, and the aim of using them is to keep loved ones safe. I don’t think it is too controlling of me […]

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Come back, mommy!

1 in 5 Kids Reported to Child Protective Services

. A study in England has found that one in five young children is reported to child protective services. One. In. Five. This 45-second audio clip from the BBC’s Today Programme is described thusly: One in five children born between 2009 and 2010 were referred to social services before the age of five because of […]

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Worst-first thinking = assuming a heinous crime instead of sad ol' fate.

Shaken Up About Shaken Baby Syndrome

. On a recent Saturday night, Marine Sgt. Aaron Rasheed was in Manhattan with his wife and three young children, including baby Elijah, who cried part-way through the new documentary they’d come up from Virginia to watch. I can’t blame the boy. “The Syndrome” is about Shaken Baby Syndrome — a heinous crime we’ve all […]

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An unsupervised 38-year-old. Where are his parents???

Mom Investigated for Letting Son, 38, Live on Own

. Hats off to Sarah Sahagian for understanding this issue so deeply, as her reporting in The Beaverton indicates: Toronto – After her 38 year-old son Ben Johnson moved out and got a job at Starbucks, Child Protective Services decided to investigate his mother, Deborah, for possible child neglect and abandonment. “A neighbour saw Ben working […]

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