Have you heard of Child Abuse Pediatricians?
They are doctors who are trained to spot child abuse and report it to social services. But, sometimes kids are removed from their families without true cause, resulting in months of painful separation and trauma. .
We've learned over the years that when a doctor makes a report of child abuse the judge and the social services work tend to take the doctor's word as gospel, sometimes this means they don't fully investigate because they assume the doctor is right, and sometimes it's at the cost of properly following protocol. .
After an investigation done by NBC news and the Houston Chronicle, Texas lawmakers are calling for improvements in the system. .
This is a tricky issue, but these are a few possible solutions, according to a recent article by NBC News:
1) requiring Child Protective Services to seek additional medical opinions in some instances before removing children
2) creating a mechanism for courts across the state to bring in independent experts to evaluate medically complex cases and offer a second opinion.
Quotes and information are not the property of ParentalRights.org. They are taken from an article by NBC News, called "Texas lawmakers want to protect families wrongly accused of child abuse," written by Mike Hixenbaugh and Keri Blakinger, published in partnership with the Houston Chronicle. Take a look at the full article online, at nbcnews.com.
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