Child Welfare : A Necessary System Essay

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Child Welfare: A Necessary System
Imagine this. A young girl named Claire walks into a house. A man in a suit tells her that this is her new home. She has no idea where she is, she does not know this family, she does not know where her brother and sister are, and she does not understand why she was taken from her mother. Claire has been taken into foster care, because her mother is an alcoholic who has an abusive boyfriend. This is a story told from the perspective of those who are against the child welfare system. It does not look at the good that is achieved through this situation. Many people do not realize how wide spread child abuse is or how necessary the child welfare system is in the protection of children and their rights.
My research shows that, as of September 30, 2014, more than 415,129 children are being served by the child welfare system (Children’s Bureau, 2015). Where would all those children be if they were not in foster care? This system is set in place to protect children, not cause them more harm, and it does a good job working toward this goal. Does the welfare system protect all of the rights that children possess? The answer to this question would be, “no,” but if one asks the question differently, the answer would change drastically. If it is worded, “does the welfare system protect the rights that all children possess in the best way possible,” one could answer, “yes.” It is not a perfect system, but it is the best it can be with the resources…

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