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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Cages for Children? Ohio Social Workers Find Disagreement in Custody Battle

Two Ohio licensed social workers disagreed during custody proceedings this past week about the disorders plaguing 11 adopted children who were removed from an Ohio home where some of them were kept in cages - and on whether the wood-and-wire enclosures helped or harmed the youngsters. One worker stated that the youngsters needed to be enclosed to prevent them from hurting themselves, urinating on walls and floors, and destroying household items. She stated that she felt there was a safety issue and didn’t believe the cages were going to be a long-term solution. Before the parents build the cages, the children repeatedly tore up mattresses, ate parts of them, and urninated on the remains.  However, a second social worker disagreed testifying that caging was never appropriate and had a tremendous negative psychological effect upon the children.  According to him, enclosures should be used only under intense supervision in residential treatment facilities with severe behavioral problems that require immediate attention. The court has the matter under advisement.  Source: Steve Murphy, Toledo Blade, For more information, please click here (last visited December 11, 2005, reo).

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