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Richard Wexler

In: Current Controversies on Family Violence

Chapter 20: Family Preservation Is the Safest Way to Protect Most Children

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Family Preservation Is the Safest Way to Protect Most Children
Family preservation is the safest way to protect most children
RichardWexler
  • In Orange County, California, an impoverished single mother can't find someone to watch her children while she works at night, tending a ride at a theme park. So she leaves her eight-, six-, and four-year-old children alone in the motel room that is the only housing they can afford. Someone calls Child Protective Services. Instead of helping her with baby-sitting or day care, they take away the children (Saari, 1999).
  • In New York City, a former boyfriend assaults the pregnant woman carrying his child. She already has separated from him and has even bought a plane ticket to take her and the baby to the other side ...

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