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January 20, 2006

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I used to be a child abuse investigator for state social service agencies in Arkansas and Missouri.

The caseload problem was bad then (1982-90) and has only grown worse. I used to carry a caseload of 40-70 investigations per month. That's 2-3 per DAY. We received more referrals than that and the slack had to be picked up by foster care workers (who carried full caseloads of foster children).

The issue of child abuse seems to be the whipping boy of conservatives. They are very inconsistent on their position of the role of the state to protect children.

Child abuse investigators live under a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation. If DSS doesn't intervene in time and a child is injured or dies, then conservatives wail that it's just another example of state mismanagement and civil servant apathy.

However, just as often, if a family involved in allegations of abuse complains that DSS is targeting them or harassing them (i.e., following the legal mandate to investigate reports), conservatives wail about the state sticking its nose into private affairs and intruding on the "hollowed" family.

and I am asking - why they do not talk about on the big CNN and FOX???? bastards!

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