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8th Jan '18 5:36:42 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Though you could make the case that it was the right decision, Homer and Marge lose custody of their children for poor, circumstantial reasons. Homer and Marge take the day to go to a spa, leaving Grampa to take care of the kids. While ''at school'', Bart gets lice, Lisa has her shoes stolen by bullies and loses a tooth when a dodgeball hits her in the head, and social services comes to the house to find stacks of old newspapers (gathered for a school project), Grampa asleep and Maggie drinking out of the dog bowl. So they snatch the kids away without asking another question when in real life they only have authority to do this in the most severe of cases, and need at the least a warrant to take the children. To Bart and Lisa's utter horror, their foster parents end up being Ned and Maude Flanders. The Flanders are naturally very loving, caring and competent if rather repressing parents so that choice at least makes good sense. (Well, unless you take into account the fact that their house is ''right next door'' to the couple they claimed were criminally abusive, and used nothing more than police tape to separate the two houses...) Not to mention how paranoid and presumptuous Principal Skinner was being. Statistically speaking, a single weird day doesn't equal a trend. [[AnthropicPrinciple Then again...]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Though you could make the case that it was the right decision, decision ''overall'', Homer and Marge lose custody of their children for poor, circumstantial reasons. Homer and Marge take the day to go to a spa, leaving Grampa to take care of the kids. While ''at school'', Bart gets lice, Lisa has her shoes stolen by bullies and loses a tooth when a dodgeball hits her in the head, and social services comes to the house to find stacks of old newspapers (gathered for a school project), Grampa asleep and Maggie drinking out of the dog bowl. So they snatch the kids away without asking another question when in real life they only have authority to do this in the most severe of cases, and need at the least a warrant to take the children. To Bart and Lisa's utter horror, their foster parents end up being Ned and Maude Flanders. The Flanders are naturally very loving, caring and competent if rather repressing parents so that choice at least makes good sense. (Well, unless you take into account the fact that sense--except their house is ''right next door'' to the couple they claimed were criminally abusive, and used nothing more than police tape to separate the two houses...) houses. Not to mention how paranoid and presumptuous Principal Skinner was being. Statistically speaking, a single weird day doesn't equal a trend. [[AnthropicPrinciple Then again...]]
19th Dec '17 2:58:56 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''Literature/SleepingBeauties'': One of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many characters]] is a psychologist named Clint Norcross, who recalls how he was taken from his drug addicted, teenage mother, and put through various foster homes. All of which were at best forgetable, and at worst downright horrible. In one of them, the foster parents even made the children under their care fight each other for a Mcdonalds milkshake. He also remarks how the mayority of the children put in foster care end up in prison or worse later in life, and that he himself is one of the few exceptions to this rule. The trope is slightly subverted as well since Norcross admits there are good foster homes, even more now than back in his own childhood; he just never landed in any.
19th Dec '17 2:45:32 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'': The main villain, Ms. Grunion, is dead set on having Sherman removed from Peabody's custody just because [[FantasticRacism he's a dog]].
13th Nov '17 2:50:19 PM Minni128
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*Implied in ''Fanfic/OneMoreTimeOneMoreChance'', as Ryuuko was sent or adopted out to terrible homes (chapter 6 mentions her being "kept in a basement for someone's entertainment").
*Played with in ''Fanfic/TheOutside'', as this is averted for the most part, as they do place her in foster care and tries to find her mother (or a more stable guardian), but, earlier, when the situation is made known, Ryuuko is immediately taken away the same day, when usually this would happen if the situation was severe or if they had a warrant. However, because she had an untreated injury and her situation was already iffy, it could be said that removing Ryuuko was a must.



* While social services may as well had been nonexistent for Toki, they were not for [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Time-Heals-No-Wounds-I-300833450 Jaynine and Sunflower]], as they let her become their foster guardian, nevermind the fact that she has mental illness, a criminal record, and a long history of violence.

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* While social services may as well had been nonexistent for Toki, they were not for [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Time-Heals-No-Wounds-I-300833450 Jaynine and Sunflower]], as they let her become their foster guardian, nevermind the fact that she has mental illness, a criminal record, and a long history of violence.violence (things that would normally keep one from being a foster guardian.
29th Oct '17 11:41:31 AM nombretomado
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* CircleOfMagic plays this trope quite literally, with the temple system serving as the closest thing to social services—however, Winding Circle only took in any of them because of their magic. Without their magic, Briar would have been doing hard labor until he died (within a few years) and Sandry would have died hidden away in a closet.

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* CircleOfMagic ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' plays this trope quite literally, with the temple system serving as the closest thing to social services—however, Winding Circle only took in any of them because of their magic. Without their magic, Briar would have been doing hard labor until he died (within a few years) and Sandry would have died hidden away in a closet.
28th Oct '17 8:15:01 AM Minni128
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**Averted, in Chapter 33, where the social worker just talks to Satsuki and suggests taking measures to make sure that what happened in Chapter 32 doesn't repeat.
13th Oct '17 8:26:12 PM ladyofthelibrary
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* Zigzagged in the ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' AU fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12439461/1/Meeting-a-Loud Meeting a Loud]]. While Lincoln, here an orphan unrelated to the Louds, was well-treated by his Child Services agent, who is decently competent and admits his mistakes and even took him into his home and got Charles to act as a therapy dog for the traumatized boy, he was also put into a house with 10 boys based on the "One of the Boys" versions of the gender-flipped Loud sisters who are not only as rough as the Loud boys from the episode but outright abusive; Lincoln specifically mentions getting his shoulder dislocated for Loki's cell phone being broken (which was Loni's fault in the first place), which was traumatizing enough that having Bobby, who's Loki's age, rest a hand on his shoulder is flinch-worthy, and the events of "No Such Luck" coming to pass only with the whole "he's bad luck so let's kick him out of the house" plot (which probably would have ''improved'' Lincoln's situation here) being replaced with Lyle, Lynn's counterpart, choosing to ''beat Lincoln to a pulp with a hockey stick while one of the other boys holds the kid down'' for his loss, which again was traumatizing enough that Lynn holding a hockey stick proves a trauma button. Lincoln ultimately runs away from that home when some of his foster brothers decide to abuse Charles.

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* Zigzagged in the ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' AU fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12439461/1/Meeting-a-Loud Meeting a Loud]]. While Lincoln, here an orphan unrelated to the Louds, was well-treated by his Child Services agent, who is decently competent and admits his mistakes and even took him into his home and got Charles to act as a therapy dog for the traumatized boy, he was also put into a house with 10 boys based on the "One of the Boys" versions of the gender-flipped Loud sisters who are not only as rough as the Loud boys from the episode but outright abusive; Lincoln specifically mentions getting his shoulder dislocated for Loki's cell phone being broken (which was Loni's fault in the first place), which was traumatizing enough that having Bobby, who's Loki's age, rest a hand on [[AffectionateGestureToTheHead ruffle his shoulder hair]] is flinch-worthy, and the events of "No Such Luck" coming to pass only with the whole "he's bad luck so let's kick him out of the house" plot (which probably would have ''improved'' Lincoln's situation here) being replaced with Lyle, Lynn's counterpart, choosing to ''beat Lincoln to a pulp with a hockey stick while one of the other boys holds the kid down'' for his loss, which again was traumatizing enough that Lynn holding a hockey stick proves a trauma button. Lincoln ultimately runs away from that home when some of his foster brothers decide to abuse Charles.
10th Sep '17 8:59:03 PM Doug86
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* Even ComicBook/TheFantasticFour went through this. After numerous supervillain attacks on the Baxter Building, Child Protective Services accused Reed and Sue of being bad parents towards Franklin and Valeria. After much protest, they agreed to relinquish custody of their children; however, less than four hours after the officials publically announced they were moving the two children to a safehouse, the safehouse was attacked by an unknown enemy and it - along with everything in a half-mile radius - was reduced to a smoldering crater. Fortunately, Reed had thought ahead of time - it had been a "dummy" safehouse, a condition he insisted on before he agreed to the terms, and miraculously, there were no casualties. Humiliated, the officials rescinded their decision. Still, no-one ever found out just who had attacked the decoy safehouse, and it was hinted that ''maybe'' the Fantastic Four did it themselves as a ploy to get their children back. But even if that's true, the point still stands: If you think you know better than Reed does, he's going to prove you wrong.

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* Even ComicBook/TheFantasticFour the ComicBook/FantasticFour went through this. After numerous supervillain attacks on the Baxter Building, Child Protective Services accused Reed and Sue of being bad parents towards Franklin and Valeria. After much protest, they agreed to relinquish custody of their children; however, less than four hours after the officials publically announced they were moving the two children to a safehouse, the safehouse was attacked by an unknown enemy and it - along with everything in a half-mile radius - was reduced to a smoldering crater. Fortunately, Reed had thought ahead of time - it had been a "dummy" safehouse, a condition he insisted on before he agreed to the terms, and miraculously, there were no casualties. Humiliated, the officials rescinded their decision. Still, no-one ever found out just who had attacked the decoy safehouse, and it was hinted that ''maybe'' the Fantastic Four did it themselves as a ploy to get their children back. But even if that's true, the point still stands: If you think you know better than Reed does, he's going to prove you wrong.
30th Aug '17 6:53:25 PM nombretomado
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* One of the ''BabySittersClub'' Mystery Specials was about the girls investigating mysterious events while on a work experience trial at a shopping mall. They eventually discover that three young children are ''living'' in the mall because [[DontSplitUsUp social services had threatened to separate them]] after their mother had to go into hospital.

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* One of the ''BabySittersClub'' ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' Mystery Specials was about the girls investigating mysterious events while on a work experience trial at a shopping mall. They eventually discover that three young children are ''living'' in the mall because [[DontSplitUsUp social services had threatened to separate them]] after their mother had to go into hospital.
30th Aug '17 2:53:13 PM AdamC
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*** But subverted in the episode with a mentally-abusive mother who pushed this trope so hard, her older son ''killed the younger'' to "save" him from Child Services when they started to investigate and later revealed he was going to kill himself as well but the gun jammed. It turned out there was an even older son who ''had'' been taken away, hadn't been beaten or raped in his foster homes at all, and was reasonably well-adjusted.

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*** But subverted in the episode with a mentally-abusive mother who pushed this trope so hard, her older son ''killed the younger'' to "save" him from Child Services when they started to investigate and later revealed he was going to kill himself as well but the gun jammed. It turned out there was an even older son who ''had'' been taken away, hadn't been beaten or raped in his foster homes at all, and was reasonably well-adjusted.well-adjusted (what few problems he has are from his aforementioned abusive mother).
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