Analysis Of Nanette Schorr 's Foster Care And The Politics Of Compassion

834 Words Dec 5th, 2015 4 Pages
When we think of a typical American family, we think of a hard working mom and dad, happy kids, finically stable as well as emotionally stable, and a very close family relationship. The sad truth is not many families are like the typical American family. There are families whose parents are force to give up their kids to child services, because they cannot afford to feed the hungry mouths of their children. In “Foster Care and the Politics of Compassion,” Nanette Schorr informs and persuades the audience about the child-protective system and the stigma behind it all. Schorr illustrates a case where a mother and her three kids were cast aside from their abusive husband and father. The mother, a young and healthy woman, was stuck trying to find a job to feed the mouths of her hungry kids, but had no one to watch them while she was out looking for a job. Thus being forced to give up her children to child services. The mother is trying to reunite with her kids once again. Schorr mentions that because of the image the child-protective system has, it is immediate for people to blame the parents “on sight” without knowing the situation. “…The state’s child-protective bureaucracy fosters that we are dealing simply with “good children” and “bad parents”,” (405). The author mentions that as a lawyer, she has been dealing with a lot of cases similar to the mother and three kids. Schorrs touches the annotation of “good child-bad parent” stigma. She has noted that the longer the child…

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