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They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families

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They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families at Risk with Diane L. Redleaf

In today’s hyper-sensitive age, false reports of child abuse are common. Many professionals that work with children are required by law to report suspected abuse to authorities. Consequences for failing to report can be severe, so many err on the side of reporting. It is not always easy to tell the difference between an injury caused by a rambunctious toddler falling down and one caused by an abusive kick. Child abuse allegations can also be made in bad faith during a divorce or similar dispute. Plus, most child protective services departments are required to investigate every report of suspected abuse.

Diane Redleaf who works with Family Justice Resource Center in Illinois is on the FJRC Board, estimates she’s worked on anywhere from 70 to 100 cases involving families whose children allegedly had medical conditions that were mistaken for abuse.  She believes any family could be subject to something like this and people need to basically have a wake-up call that this is occurring. She says it’s difficult to track how many allegations of child abuse are proven false, partly because no one keeps track of that.

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