They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families at Risk, 1st Edition

  • Diane L. Redleaf
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  • ISBN-10: 1440866295
  • ISBN-13: 9781440866296
  • DDC: 362.76
  • 304 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released April 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This book shows a rarely exposed side of America's contemporary struggle to address child abuse, telling the stories of loving families who were almost destroyed by false allegations--readily accepted by caseworkers, doctors, the media, and, too often, the courts. Each of the six wrongly accused families profiled in this book faced an epic and life-changing battle when child protection caseworkers came to their homes to take their kids. In each case, a child had an injury whose cause was unknown; it could have been due to an accident, a medical condition, or abuse. Each family ultimately exonerated itself and restored its family life, but still bears scars from the experience that will never disappear. The book tells why and how the child protection system failed these families. It also examines the larger flaws in our country's child protection safety net that is supposed to sort out the innocent from the guilty in order to protect children.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Today the Brady Bunch Kids Could Be Taken Too.
2: A “Multidisciplinary Pediatric Consortium” Means Doctors Help Police and Caseworkers to Take the Kids.
3: The Investigation Begins in Earnest with “Hurry Up and Wait”.
4: It’s Fine to Take the Kids, Unless the State Is Lying.
5: A Night to Remember.
6: Planning for a Court Date to Keep the Kids.
7: “Without Prejudice” Means You Lose the Kids for Now.
8: Bringing on the Witnesses.
9: The State’s Star Witness and Someone the Investigation Missed.
10: The Baby’s at Risk If Breastfed in Private.
11: Attacking the Doctor Who Knows Something About Fractures.
12: To the Finish Line.
13: Attempts at Recourse and the End of the Investigation.
14: Partial Answers and Partial Remedies.
15: A “Constellation of Injuries” Does Not Equal Child Abuse.
16: We Believe the Children, Except When They Say the Baby Wasn’t Abused.
17: A Statistical Likelihood Doesn’t Make Parents Guilty.
Epilogue: What Needs to Be Done.
About the Author.