Editorial: Help kids stay home

Publication: The Des Moines Register

03/18/2004 - A teenage mom with too much stress and too little parenting experience grabs her toddler's arm too hard and leaves a bruise. A day-care teacher discovers it, social workers visit the home and also find an unsafe environment and a dad who uses drugs. The state of Iowa, short on resources to help this family get on track, eventually ends up taking the child into foster care.Rather than providing a family counselor several hours a week and access to a drug program, the state places the toddler in the home of a stranger. 

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