There’s been another one of those all-too-rare outbreaks of really good journalism on the child welfare beat:
First there is this story from WXYZ-TV in Detroit concerning how child protective services is taking the notion that anything they do should be rubber-stamped way too literally.
And then there is this story from the Houston Chronicle yesterday about the confusion of poverty with “neglect” that sums up CPS in a nutshell. I challenge anyone to read the quote from the CPS flak and not be reminded of a certain famous quote from Anatole France.
There also is a sidebar today on how common such cases are.
I expect to have more about both the Detroit and the Houston stories next week.