Posts Tagged removal decisions

Just to Be Safe, Isn’t Safe – Part 2 of 2

Just to Be Safe, Isn’t Safe - Part 2 of 2

Lawyers can help.  Last time we talked about the risks of removing a child from their home and placing them into foster care, particularly in marginal cases. “Just to be safe” isn’t really safe for the child. In marginal cases children may be better off left at home. Good lawyering – for children, parents, and the agency — can help assure that both removal and return decisions are fine-tuned. Lawyers can be good problem solvers. But the system doesn’t fully

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Just to Be Safe, Isn’t Safe – Part 1 of 2

Just to Be Safe, Isn’t Safe - Part 1 of 2

How many times have you heard the judge or caseworker say that “just to be safe, we should remove and place this child”? But it’s a fallacy. Just to be safe, isn’t safe. There is a downside to removing a child from home that we child welfare decision-makers do not fully appreciate. It is fairly easy, although heart-rending, to make the removal decision in a battered baby case, a serious physical abuse case, or a sexual abuse case. But in

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