Protecting kids in DCF care

 

It is disconcerting to hear that 477 children have died at the hands of parents or caregivers in this state. Having drug-addicted parents or incompetent parents sign a safety contract is asinine and ineffective. Tougher laws must be imposed to prosecute child abusers.

Parents who fail their children repeatedly should have fewer chances to keep them.

Having worked as a therapist for children in the child-welfare system, I know that these stories, sadly, are not unfamiliar. Sometimes, even under the best circumstances, reunification is not an option. Some children need to be taken away and given to people who will not put their lives in danger.

It is an unfortunate fact that some parents will never change, or only will when it’s too late.

Cristina Uribe, Miami

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