Mar 19, 2015

Here are some excerpts from my book “Father Figure – My Mission to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse” about effectiveness of Child Protective Services as observed in this specific situation:


One of the biggest lessons I learned through this ordeal, is more about how the child protection system works in our country. Due to the nature of privacy laws, it is difficult sometimes to be sure that Child Protective Services (CPS) will react in a fully protective manner or to get updates on your case after you have made your initial report to CPS. I often struggled with not hearing back from the person handling the investigation. I also felt frustrated when I was told that this case was a lower priority, simply because CPS had to wait for something more to occur. There are a number of places where the child protection system in our country needs some changes. There needs to be greater focus placed on truly PREVENTING a likely hazard, just as there is in responding to one that has already occurred.


I know that the vast majority of CPS workers are dedicated to this cause and that in spite of the systemic shortcomings, CPS did take some constructive actions in this specific case. Their guidance was likely essential in finally achieving a positive outcome.


To all CPS staff members reading this, please use this story as a reminder on the importance of preventative action in keeping our children safer. I applaud all the good work you do.

© 2017 - Sumi Mukherjee
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