A brief perspective article makes some useful points about involvement of child protective services (NEJM 2012; 367: 1976-77).
“A recent study of 595 high-risk children whose families were reported for CPS intervention showed no significant improvements in family functioning, social support, maternal education, or child behavior problems among children who received CPS intervention as compared with those who did not.”
The article concludes with an interesting quote:
“Theodore Roosevelt once said, ‘The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us.'”
While this is certainly true, it is difficult to figure out how to accomplish this sentiment.