Are there alternative ways to dealing with this issue that don't involve foster care?
In 2009, a 555-pound, 14-year-old South Carolina boy was removed to foster care after his mother was arrested and charged with criminal neglect. The state's Department of Social Services had determined that without state intervention, the boy was at risk of serious harm. More recently, Dr. David Ludwig, from Harvard University, commented on this sensitive topic. Please read/listen to the following articles and give your thoughts on why or why not you think a parent should lose custody. Make sure you explain why you think your answer is best and what procedures if any should follow. Are there alternative ways to dealing with this issue that don't involve foster care? Or should the government stay out of this all-together? You will be graded on the strength of your argument as well as how you support your decision.
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This piece is purely an opinion article, so there is truely no right or wrong answer in case you think your teacher is looking for something specific. The teacher is looking to make students think and discuss.
In my opinion, the government oversteps the line when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars on issues that should not concern them. If it is the boy's weight that is the issue, that should be taken up with the boy, the boy's mother, and the family doctor. Having a child that is overweight, even one that is morbidly obese, is not a government issue. I'm sure that child services stepped in because a person wanted them to, not because they went out scouting for overweight children. Foster care is for children who are abused or neglected, not for this boy.
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