Child Endangerment Essay

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Jennifer Rodriguez Kaplan University CJ102-02 Child Endangerment – Should we or shouldn’t we? Is it necessary to remove a child from their home? A recent policy was implemented by Anytown’s Department of Job and Family Services regarding the issue of child endangerment. Anytowns’s state that any household that has one or more documented offense of domestic violence, child abuse, or drug or alcohol related offenses committed by the mother, father, guardian, and/or caregiver, will result in the removal of any child or children from the home. The child will be placed in the care of the state, or foster care services, until documentation can prove that the offender has undergone any or all of the following, and for a period of no less than six months: alcohol and/or drug treatment, counseling, family therapy sessions, mental health treatment, anger management, life skills classes, and/or parenting classes. Taking into consideration the impact, I believe there will be positive and/or negative feedback, specifically to the welfare and well-being of the child. Addressing the potential ethical / moral issues, that could arise from implementing this new policy. Many would agree that this policy should not be implemented because of some the psychological setbacks the child can endure if abruptly removed from the only home and family they have ever known. By removing this only known family structure away from these children, they can in turn be resentful and result in delinquent behavior to hide their pain and true feelings. However, by not taking the initiative and respond to claims of violence in a household, it would eventually be hostile environment for the children and possibly result in a possible family history of

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