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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Cary Tennis is a Jackass...

Who has no clue regarding the how or what of Child Protection.

First off, I have both been investigated by and worked for Child Protective Services. I can be both their biggest advocate and critic.

But, they are a necessary evil.

Second, he did not answer her question, which had to do more with relationships, community, and distrust than CPS. CPS was just there to provide the backdrop to the scenario.

And this is the worst part:

Come to think of it, the logic is sweet: In the same way that a child protective agency is more or less compelled to investigate any complaint, so a newspaper reporter is more or less compelled to at least make a phone call to check out a tip.

Now, I'm kind of dumb about small town life. It may be that doing these things would make life too uncomfortable for you. If so, I would still suggest that, in order to understand what happened, you learn as much as you can about the social forces in American life that could lead to such a thing. And if I were you I would think seriously about moving to a more cosmopolitan area.

As my former journalist partner pointed out, no, a newspaper reporter is not compelled to check a tip. And they have no more access to things that are not a part of public record than you and I do.

And WTF, Cary? It really makes no difference where you live, rural, suburban or metropolitan. Child Protection is child protection. Read the letters and comments. They are much more eloquent than I.