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THE GUT PROBLEM

THE GUT PROBLEM
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a child welfare training alongside other child welfare stakeholders including agency attorneys, case managers, CASAs, guardians ad litem and child advocates. As an attorney for indigent parents in abuse and neglect proceedings, I found the training simultaneously illuminating and deeply unsettling because of a troubling conversation about the role of the “gut” in removing children from their families.
Towards the end of the second day, we had the opportunity to discuss a hypothetical scenario in which a mother had seemingly neglected her child perhaps due to some potential mental health diagnoses. In the course of this conversation the facilitator, a judge from Georgia, acknowledged that for some cases requiring judicial decisions about whether a child should stay in state custody, his gut tells him something bad is going on even when the evidence may be legally insufficient to keep the child in care.
My immediate response was th…

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