One of the Division Counsels stressed that in his mind, all the players, whether it be judges, juvenile officers, administrators, supervision, case workers and law enforcement, should be trained together. At least they should all be trained with the same manuals and learn the same methods when it comes to protecting our children. That was the single purpose that HB1453 had several years ago. A Representative from St Louis asked the Judge that was present if he thought standardizing rules regarding removal of children had any merit. The Judge replied that in his 20 years in child welfare work, he has concluded that you have to let judges have discretion. There is a segment of society that would totally outlaw any corporal punishment and another segment that believes that to spare the rod spoils the child.
Ultimately, training and better communication would go a long way toward solving some of the problems, but as you can tell from this short report, there is MUCH work to be done.
Food For Thought this week: If children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with spanking while children of addicts are left in filth and drug infested "homes".... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
More next week, until then, I am and remain, in your service.