Unit 5: Reading Week - Midterm Essay
CJ102-07: Criminology I
Professor Elycia Daniel
November 16, 2010
Is it necessary to remove a child from their home? A recent policy was implemented by Anytown’s Department of Job and Family Services regarding the issue of child endangerment. Any household that has one or more documented offense of domestic violence, child abuse, or drug or alcohol related offenses committed by the mother, father, guardian, and/or caregiver, will result in the removal of any child or children from the home. The child will be placed in the care of the state, or foster care services, until documentation can prove that the offender has undergone any or all of the following, and has thus been “offense free” for a period of no less than six months: alcohol and/or drug treatment, counseling, family therapy sessions, mental health treatment, anger management, life skills classes, and/or parenting classes. So to answer the question, is it necessary to remove a child from their home. I would have to say yes, in accordance to the above scenario. In this paper I will support my reason by, identifying potential ethical / moral issues that could arise from implementing this new policy. Also taking into consideration the impact whether it be positive and/or negative, on those involved in the above situation, specifically as it pertains to the overall welfare and well-being of the child. Finally, did the Department of Job and Family Services misinterpret or misapply the social learning theory when planning and implementing the policy? In answering this I will be sure to demonstrate how the social learning theory either does or does not apply to this scenario. For starters, I will address the potential ethical / moral issues that could arise from implementing this new policy. Many can agree as to why this policy should not be implemented. The child can and will endure some psychological setbacks if abruptly removed from the only home and family they ever knew. What validates my statement are not only studies on foster care but also my own personal instincts in caring for my child in whom I feel that no one will ever provide and care for my own as I do. There needs to be a key and consistent figure in the lives of these parents, and/or guardians to ensure that they get the support system they need and in turn they can effectively provide a nurturing environment so that the child needs are met, ensue becoming productive citizen of the future. If this action doesn’t occur or is not implemented, the propensity for these children who are victims of abuse or have witnessed domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse within the home, will inevitably become categorized statically as a deviant in which he is prone to develop a lack of concentration followed by poor grades in school, joining gangs, and even bullying. As stated in the National Institute of Justice, An Update on The "Cycle of Violence" research brief "Being abused or neglected as a child increased the likelihood of arrest as a juvenile by 59 percent, as an adult by 28 percent, and for a violent crime by 30 percent" (Windom & Maxfield, 2001). One might even say that this policy is a means to discriminate only targeting inner city families also known as the "Ghetto" which is said to have a higher rate of children being exposed to violence within the home. In hopes for a better future and only seeing the positive that can come from this policy I hope such accusation hold no truth and that this policy is not to be imposed on certain groups of certain backgrounds but that everyone as a whole is subject to this treatment. Last, one might say that this policy violates their privacy, being that whatever happens in their home is there business alone and no one else's. In some instances this holds truth but, what one fails to realize is that once the authorities are called to...