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When spanking is abuse

As a mandated reporter, I have the difficult task of reporting child abuse cases to Child Protective Services (CPS). It is never an easy thing to do as I work hard with families to connect them to support services before abuse happens. Despite our efforts, some families move past the “just a spanking” phase and move into real abuse to their children. That is when CPS must get involved. Children cannot defend themselves and need supportive, caring adults to help them. CPS is an agency that I have found offers a multitude of services to help the family, and even though it is hard for me to make the call, in the end the support offered to families is invaluable. When you see first hand the horrific things that can happen to children, there is no option for me. I must make the call and always feel better that I have done all I can. Through my experiences with CPS, I have found that the organization’s ultimate goal is to help the family stay intact, not to abuse its authority.

Cindy Santa Cruz

Penn Valley


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