Abused and neglected children cannot vote and lack the skills and resources to stop the violence besieging them. Direct care workers slave tirelessly to navigate a mired system of social services that is inadequately funded and doing only as much as public will allows. We have been caught focusing on crisis, looking shortsightedly at the behaviors and crime plaguing our communities. There are a vast array of issues facing Child Protection Services.
The economic impacts of bad contemporary policy making will disable our communities for years to come if we continue to ignore the critical physical, emotional and mental health needs of these vulnerable children. By continuing to operate in the same haphazard fashion, medicating and incarcerating at risk children, who deserve so much better, we doom ourselves to continued crisis, crime, teenage pregnancy, drug use and overcrowded prisons.
Long-term sustainable solutions are needed.
This political shortsightedness discredits and debilitates social services. Paying taxes does not entitle anyone to apathy or selfishness. Public outcry is needed. Personal engagement is essential. Please consider becoming involved in the fight to help save At Risk children and make their needs visible to our policy makers and community at large.
Chad M. Ramaker
Intern at Grasstops
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