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Do you think there needs to be more investigation when doing CPS

I'm an adopted child, along with my twin brother, who's special needs and I found out not too long ago that there are actually a lot of adopted and foster kids in my area. But, not all are in a loving caring home like I am. I feel like I should step in, give back to the kids and make a change in their lives before its too late. #child-development #working-with-children #child-care #children #career-choice #career-path

Thank you comment icon Hi - I have 4 children, 2 who are adopted (bio sisters). It is wonderful that you want to help other in need. There different type of people who help adopted children. Find what make you happy and then connect that to giving back or you can also look to be a volunteer at a non-profit that supports kids in foster care. Dawn Cordero

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Dan’s Answer

I applaud your empathy for others that are from similar circumstances as you but not as fortunate with their placements. The best way to help until you can be part of the solution is to be available to others who need someone to talk to, and advocate and encourage them to report anything that sounds questionable to the appropriate authority (CPS, guidance counselor, law enforcement, etc.).

Dan recommends the following next steps:

Find a local advocacy or child welfare agency/foster agency that would have opportunities for volunteerism or internship.
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Joe’s Answer

CPS or Family Services, could go by any number of names from one area to another. It's a tough area to work in because it often attracts people like yourself with a high degree of empathy. There will almost always be more cases to work on than there are people to take on those cases. You will be overworked. These two factors alone lend toward the industry's high rate of burn out.

All that being said, it is a noble area to explore. Volunteering for support organizations is a good way to get involved while still being able to set boundaries for your own mental health. If working with foster or adoption cases isn't your job, it is easier to step away when you need a break. There is a national organization called CASA that supports children in situations like you describe. You could also look into Big Brother/Big Sister programs. Both of these opportunities would allow you to help out individuals and make lasting connections.

One thing to be aware of, however, is that many organizations have legal limits on how you would be able to help. Sometimes, this can be the most frustrating part of trying to help people. But often those laws or policies are present for a reason. It is valuable when you get frustrated by them to take a moment to calm down then investigate the policy to understand why it may be in place. If you find it to be out of date or not serving its intended purpose, you could work with policy makers to have it changed or removed.
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Hannah’s Answer

Absolutely. We need a full overhaul of the adoption/foster care system and make sure that it's attracting/accessable for people who genuinely care about and want to help kids. Good question.
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