$5M in damages for abuse adopted daughter suffered under N.J. DYFS's care

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    Pa. family receives $5M in damages for abuse adopted daughter suffered under N.J. DYFS's care | NJ.com

    The child was abandoned by her mother and abused by her father. Hence, the TAXPAYERS OF NJ have to pay for this?

    Enough already. Child protection services are imperfect. They exist to assist families and minimize abuse. They cannot save every child. There are lots of bad people having children, and we cannot stop them from procreating. But we also cannot afford to give each of them $5 million.

    These judges hand out these settelements like they are Santa Claus. They don't give a damn about whose money it is.

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    The family’s lawyer, David Mazie, said the baby should have never been placed with her biological father. He argued in a trial that began Dec. 5 in Trenton that three DYFS caseworkers who handled S.A.’s case could have stopped the abuse by checking on her once a month, as they were supposed to, or removing her when a neighbor reported the baby was being abused to DYFS. There were also court-ordered requirements, like daycare, that DYFS didn’t follow through with, he said.

    They finally removed her from the home, Mazie said, when she was found beaten, with her hands tied, hanging from a hook.


    from your article.....revealing more than the headline......dyfs did not follow up.....they were indifferent to their responsibilities and careless in handling the case....

    and your complaint again is?
     
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    It's the money that mostly troubles you, Chanel?

    Seriously, that's the thing that interests you about this case?

    The money?
     
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    well ed it wasnt the abuse...since she really neglected to mention that but in passing
     
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    Yes editec. $5 million will not make this child whole. It is a random number meant to send a message. And the message was already received years ago when DYFS hired more case workers.

    Do you know how many children are abused every day? Should we give each of them $5 million or try something different?

    The $5 million would be better spent sterilizing abusive parents.
     
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    the money is not to make the child whole but to provide for medical care etc.....plus punitive damages that were well deserved
     
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    We need to bring back orphanages. The state cannot monitor 24/7 when children are in the HOME OF THEIR BIOLOGICAL PARENTS.

    The philosophy of child protection agencies is to keep families intact. But that's just propaganda justifying the sad reality that they have no place to put these kids.

    Insitutiions may not be perfect, but neither are many of these homes.

    I would have no issue with the sterilization of child abusers.
     
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    NJ would be liable if the services constitantly ignored evidence that the child was being abused. If NJ was unaware of the abuse they shouldn't be liable. The award should go to the child until she is of age.
     
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    Well according to the article, it wasn't that they ignored evidence that she was abused, but that they "should have known". or "would have known" if they had visited more regularly. The judge also felt they dropped the ball AFTER she was removed from the home.

    A child is abused by her own biological parent and somehow the taxpayers are responsible for that.

    The people in this state are getting pretty sick of cleaning up other people's messes. Read the comments at the link.

    BTW - I have worked with abused and neglected children my entire life. Too bad they all can't get $5 mil a piece. But that would be ludicrous, right?

    There has got to be a better way. We have to start punishing the perpetrators instead of "counseling" them. I'd love to know where her parents are now.

     
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    do you have any idea of the cost you are suggesting we add to caring for children by calling for orphanages?

    IT COSTS WAY MORE!
     

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