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1 Video Paper Social Problems Video Paper Child Protective Services 1. Before this video, I had little knowledge about what CPS really did. I have to admit that I am extremely thankful for CPS because of the work they have to endeavor every day at work. They are trying to make the area safe for children of all ages from parents who in turn should not be parents at all. The social workers themselves have a great deal of stress for their jobs. They are placed in situations every day that deal with minors that could be in imminent danger when it comes to their parents. When it comes to criticisms, it is very hard to have a job that deals with having to take children away from parents, especially when it is obvious that the parents want to change in order to get their children back. With each social worker having so many cases of possible child abuse and endangerment, it is difficult to have priorities for the children in need. My only criticism is that if there was more social workers or if each social worker wasn’t given a huge load of cases, I think they would be able to do their job. They then could actually spend the time on each case and be able to decide with more confidence if in special circumstances children could stay with their parents or be placed in protective custody. 2. Luckily, I have not had to deal with CPS in my family, but I can recall a time that a coworker of mine said that she had to call CPS on her neighbor because of the neighbor’s 5-year-old son being outside the house at 3 am, and the mother nowhere in sight. With this circumstance, CPS came and gave the mother a period of time to fix her problem of leaving her child home alone. In three weeks, CPS came back but only to find that the mother made no changes about her job circumstances. In this case, they felt it was in the best interest of the child to take him and put him into protective custody. I did not hear the outcome of the rest of the case since I had left this job a month later.
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2 3. Honestly, I do not think I would make a very good CPS worker only because I have a low tolerance for what I call “stupidity”. If I came across a case where a parent had upset me with what they had done to the child, I would not give them the time of day to explain how they want to change. In my mind, if they really loved their children as much as they claim to, they would have never put their child in danger in the first place. In that state of mind, the easiest part of the job would be taking away the children in the abusive/dangerous homes because I felt it was in the best interest of the child. The hardest part about the job would have to be giving back the children to parents who temporarily changed their lifestyle but my gut instinct would be telling me it would be only a matter of time until the parents relapsed back into their old habits and put their child in danger once again. 4. I honestly would have liked to see if CPS workers do regular “check-ups” like 90 days after a
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2010 for the course SOC 107 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '08 term at Palomar.

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