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They took the kids last night : how the child protection system puts families at risk

Author: Diane L Redleaf
Publisher: Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2018]
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They Took the Kids Last Night shows a rarely exposed side of America's contemporary struggle to address child abuse, telling the stories of loving families who were almost destroyed by false allegations - readily accepted by caseworkers, doctors, the media, and, too often, the courts. Each of the six wrongly accused families profiled in this book faced an epic and life-changing battle when child protection  Read more...
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Redleaf, Diane L.
They took the kids last night.
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, [2018]
(DLC) 2018024434
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diane L Redleaf
ISBN: 9781440866289 1440866287
OCLC Number: 1035809808
Description: xxiii, 271 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
One Today the "Brady Bunch" kids could be taken, too --
Two A "multidisciplinary pediatric consortium" means doctors help police and caseworkers to take the kids --
Three The investigation begins in earnest, with "hurry up and wait" --
Four It's fine to take the kids, unless the state is lying --
Five A night to remember --
Six Planning for a court date to keep the kids --
Seven "Without prejudice" means you lose the kids for now --
Eight Bringing on the witnesses --
Nine The state's star witness and someone the investigation missed --
Ten The baby's at risk if breastfed in private --
Eleven Attacking the doctor who knows something about fractures --
Twelve To the finish line --
Thirteen Attempts at recourse and the end of the investigation --
Fourteen Partial answers and partial remedies --
Fifteen A "constellation of injuries" does not equal child abuse --
Sixteen We believe the children, except when they say the baby wasn't abused --
Seventeen A statistical likelihood doesn't make parents guilty --
Epilogue : What needs to be done.
Responsibility: Diane L. Redleaf.

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They Took the Kids Last Night shows a rarely exposed side of America's contemporary struggle to address child abuse, telling the stories of loving families who were almost destroyed by false allegations - readily accepted by caseworkers, doctors, the media, and, too often, the courts. Each of the six wrongly accused families profiled in this book faced an epic and life-changing battle when child protection caseworkers came to their homes to take their kids. In each case, a child had an injury whose cause was unknown; it could have been due to an accident, a medical condition, or abuse. Each family ultimately exonerated itself and restored its family life, but still bears scars from the experience that will never disappear. The book tells why and how the child protection system failed these families. It also examines the larger flaws in our country's child protection safety net that is supposed to sort out the innocent from the guilty in order to protect children. -- From dust jacket.

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"Redleaf's work is a worthy resource for families going through child welfare intrusions, and for the lawyers, doctors, and counselors who would advocate for them." - Parental Rights Foundation

 
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