Discussion – Tackling Child Abuse

child abuseWhat do you think can be done to tackle Child Abuse?

Child Abuse – A common day plague

Due to the physical, sexual or emotional mistreatment at the hands of their offenders, lives are changed forever and the effects are irreversible. We see the issue of child abuse as a common day plague that affects millions of children each and every year. Growing up shouldn’t have to be harder than it already is and no child should be victim to  abuse of any form or kind.

In the discussion”What happens when child abuse stops”  (  post can be found @   http://www.tomthumb.info/tt/index.php/2012/07/09/what-happens-when-child-abuse-stops/ ) we looked at the shocking statistics about child abuse. We @ tomthumb.info believe the issue of child abuse needs tackling .Somethings gotta give and changes have to come. In that post we discovered more than five children die each and every day . Even one is one too many and shows that the current procedures and laws that are in place are failing those that are tormented and plagued by this issue.

Do you think the war on child abuse will ever be won? What do you think can be done to tackle child abuse?

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5 Responses to Discussion – Tackling Child Abuse

  1. Arthur Readman says:

    The children need to be listened to and social services need to look harder and listen to family members who know the child better than they do and actually care about the child’s welfare and not just about Thierry pay packet

  2. Greg says:

    I have a story, I was divorced back in 2000, my ex spent me into the poor house. She took off to somewhere in Colorado and kept hid. Utah department of work force services had her location for child support, but would not share it with me. I saw my daughter once before she left and hid with her former ex.

    Last year I found my ex had passed away, and contacted her parrents to make arangements to see my daughter to make a transition so she could be with he younger 4 half sisters and younger half brother. The next day I found her grandparrents had went to sign before the judge they did not know my location and were granted guardianship. I went ti find a lawyer, but as they told me, “we have $60,000 dollars to spend on theirs to fight me. All along they knew my location but have lied about it.

    Now because I am disabled and receive social security checks and don’t have the funds to fight in court my daughter will never know her father or her sisters and brother.

  3. Jannie says:

    Absolutely child abuse needs to be tackled. Can it be done on a world-wide level? In a perfect world yes, but we don’t live in a perfect world.

    So many people hear about the problems and don’t know how to handle it – the stories are so horrible and graphic, they choose to look the other way. It’s hard. Sometimes I feel the same way. But we cannot afford to look the other way. The sacrifice that comes when we do is the sacrifice of our children – their childhood, their happiness, and in some cases their very lives.

    We have to start at a grassroots level because that’s where the problem is. We need to step outside our comfort zone – reach out to a family in your area. Start by educating your children about safe touches, helping children in your area know that they are important and loved, and helping them realize that their bodies belong to them. No adult should ever hurt them or touch them in ways that make them feel uncomfortable.

    Ever.

    Yes, child abuse needs to be tackled. It can be done, but it starts small. Begin with your own world – the community around you. As people everywhere make small differences where they live, we will make a huge difference around the world.

  4. Matthew Falkner says:

    Putting an end to child trafficking, and failures to protect abused children by corrupt government administrators, those who work for them, and private stakeholders of perverse incentives in public funding, is the bigggest opportunity we have to prevent child abuse, as this harm is insurmountable, perpetual, widespread, and and very preventable.

    It’s preventable because the problem can be readily identified if you know how to look for it, and if communities and non-stakeholding non-profits work with the government to address the problem, and to counter the motivations. It does not matter how much corruption is in the way. There is never an unbreakable barrier.

    Here I propose particular audit points to identify patterns and practices of this in family law, and ways the government, non-profits, communities, and better yet, grand juries, can work together, conduct studies, and address the problem through initiatives and legal action to ensure that the best interests of children are truly met.

    What the Government Should Know:

    The idea that government interests consistently or presumably concur with public interests, including the interests of children, is a pipe dream.

    Until all public servants are created perfectly, and there’s a long history of no public corruption, unidentified public corruption should be presumed to exist.

    When I say public corruption, I mean public servants acting or failing to act in ways they know, or should know are contrary to the interests of the public they serve.

    It is not publicly safe, right, proper, or just, to interpret public interests regarding corruption using nothing more than government derived reports and studies.

    Children’s Best Interests Survey:
    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WMT2BQD

    At least thousands upon thousands of members of the family law reform community concur that there is a culture of public corruption in family law that spans across the nation, that remains consistent with reports of the late Nancy Schaeffer. However, most of the fault rests on the People. After all, we are the largest and most powerful branch of government.

    It is vitally necessary, and in the best interests of children and families, that direct input from the public be utilized regularly to identify the their interests more fully, without any threat of  compromise from conflicting government interests or money.

    It’s harder to listen to citizens stories than government reports, but unless you sift through that sand, you’ll never find the valuable gold you need to make the best decisions.

    Family is the core of our society. A government official who is intrusted to ensure that the best interests of children and families are met, should say to themselves and the officials they work with: “Let us never be the ones who accept that too many children are dying every year under our watch. Let us not be the ones who accept that it is okay for children to be abused or to go hungry while we are in charge. Let us not be the ones to accept that waiting to act is acceptable when we know we could do better. But let us always be the ones that know that fighting to do better and accepting responsibility is the only way to make things right!”

    Describing the Problem:

    The problem is child trafficking, and failures to protect abused children by corrupt government administrators, those who work for them, and private stakeholders of perverse incentives in public funding. Conflicting interests in advisory committees, oversight panels, etc.

    There are two major harms that take place in family law when perverse incentives compromise the best interests of children and families:

    1) Parents and/or families deprived of their fundamental liberty interest in the care custody and management of children.

    2) Children denied their right to protection from abuse.

    These two harms can be the result of a variety of things, but this presentation is meant to focus on identifying the influence of perverse incentives on patterns of practice that cause these harms.

    I’m certain that the one major statistical difference between the two harms and inconsistencies in the application of guidelines is the existence of an unaccused fit parent as an involved party in the case.

    “Unaccused fit parent” means a parent who has a) not been found by a judicial or quasi-judicial official to be an unfit parent; b) has not had parental rights terminated; and c) has not been accused of any significant wrongdoing involving a child, where the parent’s child is an alleged child victim in a child abuse matter, or is the subject of a custody matter.

    In family law, perverse incentives discourage the state from diligently investigating child abuse and pursuing parental rights terminations, unless or until there’s a chance the state will gain custody, invoking the services that draw on the most funds.

    That’s not to say that the state won’t diligently seek to invoke other services in the process of investigations that don’t promise state custody. They may invoke services, but perform them poorly, maintaining conflict, and prolonging litigation. This causes interested and involved family members to beg, borrow and steal to pay for protection and rights against or in support of those services. Like a toll bridge on family rights.

    Perverse incentives do encourage diligent investigations and pursued terminations against both parents at the same time (or relatively the same time) or against only one if that parent is the only one in the picture.

    When only one of two parents who are in the picture are accused of abuse or supported for it, the other parent tends to be more heavily scrutinized than the first, and that parent often becomes a target of an abuse investigation themselves.

    In proceedings for the termination of parental rights, kinship care is supposed to be the first priority, but funding for foster care is significantly greater than funding for kinship. CPS workers motivated by perverse incentives will try to avoid contact with viable candidates for kinship, or may overtly try to subvert the efforts of kinship candidates to gain custody.

    Audit Points:

    How might perverse motivations be shown to effect patterns of practice? By answering these questions:

    1) In cases where the state seeks to terminate parental rights, what is the percentage of cases where a relevant, unaccused fit parent exists?

    2) In cases where the state seeks to terminate the parental rights of both the mother and the father at the same time, what is the percentage of cases where cause to terminate one of the parent’s rights is based on incidents that occurred 6 or more months prior to the date of the petition?

    3) With respect to cases where there were claims of abuse, custodial interference, or parental alienation, what percentage of cases involving an unaccused fit parent, vs. cases where one doesn’t exist, was diligent action taken to investigate or remedy the claim?

    4) In how many cases where children were placed in foster care, was there a family member who claims they were interested in providing kinship care, but CPS significantly avoided them or subverted their efforts to gain custody?

    5) In what percentage of custody cases where an unaccused fit parent alleges child abuse against the other parent, does that parent end up losing custody.

    One major dilema:

    The government should be motivated by duty and conscience to do the right thing, but the perverse incentives of government money and power attract the power hungry, and the money hungry. Considering the embarrassment, civil liability, and loss of government employees that such a study would envoke, how can the government be motivated to perform such a study? By being convinced that the study will be conducted regardless of whether the study will be conducted by the government or not, and they will be accountable for civil liability either way, but perhaps much less if they took the initiative to properly identify and address the problem before the People did. As you can see, the initiative of People, is absolutely necessary.

  5. Sarah says:

    I think chid abuse needs to be noticed more too many people turn there heads, we see commercials trying to help abused animals what about these children that are defenseless and innocent that are being tortured and hurt for no reason? Why are judges letting these monsters get away with only a few years? These monsters never deserve to see the light of day again. We need to promote child abuse more thats my opinion maybe people will work a little harder in helping the situation! Ive seen only one billboard in my life promoting child abuse we need more of those and if Dcf would actually do there jobs, i think that if you have a child dcf should have to come to your address every 6 month. I dont know but something more needs to be done to protect these innocent defenseless children. ITS NOT FAIR!!!

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