When I read the outcome for the Meitiv's the Maryland couple who encountered police and CPS intervention over their 10 and 6 year old walking home alone from the park. I almost fell of my chair.
"Child Protective Services found the parents responsible for "unsubstantiated child neglect." An unsubstantiated finding is made when there's some information supporting child neglect, seemingly credible reports disagree or there isn't enough information for a conclusion." You can read the rest of the article here.
Okay, here is my rant!!
This is obviously Maryland's CYA ruling. It says to me that CPS had no business stopping the Meitiv"s children, but they can not simply say sorry. They have to show some form of reasoning so they say "we can't charge you with anything but Big Brother is watching you just in case, beware!" It smacks of intimidation, harassment, and governmental oversight of a family clearly exercising their responsibility as they see fit; in raising responsible and independent children.
One thing to keep in mind is that in 2012 Maryland ranked 34 in the Kids Count data for states which are best for Child Welfare Rankings. This shows they are not exactly on the ball when it comes to taking care of children. In the middle of the lower half of state ensuring child welfare. I think this is significant because it shows the state needs some work on supporting families and children. The Meitiv's are going to be under survillance by the state for the next five years. Though technically the case is closed. I feel for them as I do for so many parents who are falsely accused and end up becoming "criminals" because of the over reaching arms of government.