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YES! Great post!! Sending in someone to remove the kids to foster care should not be the first step! Like many things, there is so much that can be done to improve the situation for these kids and to prevent the situation for other kids and families. The government needs to be spending its time and resources making it easier for families to provide healthy food and exercise for their children, and not spending their money just putting the kids into foster care. Providing nutritional and medical support to the family is so much better, assuming the family is not intentionally neglecting the child. Obviously there are exceptions. And there is a lot that needs to be done to improve things, it won't happen overnight.

Like I said to you yesterday, what is next? Taking kids away from parents who smoke? That causes health problems for kids too, and I wish parents didn't smoke around their kids, but parents make choices, and they aren't always great, but they don't always mean they are bad parents who don't love their children. The emotional effects of taking kids away from their families needs to be considered in the big picture.

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