Ilana Sherer thoughtfully examined her decision as a pediatrician to report abuse of a teenager to Child Protective Services [Health & Science, Aug. 16]. Doctors frequently do not call child protective services agencies when they suspect abuse because they do not trust the agencies to respond effectively, she explained. Their distrust is not misplaced.
CPS involvement did not improve long-run outcomes, a 2010 study found. Such involvement sometimes harms children by taking them from their families unnecessarily - which, in my office's experience, happens more than 100 times each year in the District. These removals traumatize children and devastate families.
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