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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 Humiliated, the officials rescinded their decision.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 Humiliated, the officials rescinded their decision.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).
29th Aug '17 12:30:41 PM DrOO7
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* Inverted on ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', when the social worker doing a home study on Cassie and Andrew is made to look like a villain for her completely reasonable questions about them having lost their own baby less than a year earlier, and Cassie's nervous breakdown when the birth mother changed her mind about letting them take her baby--the very baby they are trying to adopt now!--to the point where she tried to kidnap the child and had to be hospitalized because she believed the babies were one and the same.
24th Aug '17 7:14:37 PM Freezer
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* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey is fond of this trope:

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* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey is was fond of this trope:
24th Aug '17 12:17:44 PM Freezer
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* In ''Literature/TheCityWhoFought'' by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey and Creator/SMStirling, the space station's brain wants to adopt a daughter who managed to stow away. Unfortunately, the social services worker assigned to the girl's case proves to be an outright bigot, and denies the application on the grounds that "a shellperson can't possibly raise a child," [[WhatAnIdiot apparently in complete ignorance of the Federation's anti-discrimination laws]].



* The social services workers in ''[[Literature/AcornaSeries Acorna]]'' aren't so much evil as they are incredibly stupid. They declare that the miners who have been acting as Acorna's guardians for well over a year without incident cannot possibly be proper guardians to the girl because if they were parent material, they'd be office workers like them instead of miners. They also cannot tell the difference between 'absurdly large number of harmless birth defects'' (Such as two-jointed fingers, hooves, no incisors or canines, horn on head...) and 'member of unknown species', and try to have the girl undergo large amounts of unnecessary cosmetic surgery to correct the 'defects'.

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* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey is fond of this trope:
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The social services workers in ''[[Literature/AcornaSeries Acorna]]'' aren't so much evil as they are incredibly stupid. They declare that the miners who have been acting as Acorna's guardians for well over a year without incident cannot possibly be proper guardians to the girl because if they were parent material, they'd be office workers like them instead of miners. They also cannot tell the difference between 'absurdly large number of harmless birth defects'' (Such as two-jointed fingers, hooves, no incisors or canines, horn on head...) and 'member of unknown species', and try to have the girl undergo large amounts of unnecessary cosmetic surgery to correct the 'defects'.'defects'.
** In ''Literature/TheCityWhoFought'' by [=McCaffrey=] and Creator/SMStirling, the space station's brain wants to adopt a daughter who managed to stow away. Unfortunately, the social services worker assigned to the girl's case proves to be an outright bigot, and denies the application on the grounds that "a shellperson can't possibly raise a child," [[WhatAnIdiot apparently in complete ignorance of the Federation's anti-discrimination laws]].
** Subverted in ''[[Literature/TowerAndTheHive The Rowan]]'': No one, including child services, thinks giving custody of The Rowan over to Prime Siglen is a good idea, as Siglen was known to be horribly [[ItsAllAboutMe self-absorbed]] and empathy-free. Just the type of person you want to leave the care and training of a pre-teen girl (one with strong, untrained psychic powers) to. But they had no other viable option in this case, as Siglen was the only person on the planet qualified to train a Prime Talent properly, and she (The Rowan) was too young to be shipped to another world when a more empathetic Prime (''any'' of the others) could teach (because of Prime Travel Sickness[[note]]Severe Vertigo suffered by Prime-level Talents after an interplanetary teleport[[/note]]).



* Subverted in ''[[Literature/TowerAndTheHive The Rowan]]'': No one, including child services, thinks giving custody of The Rowan over to Prime Siglen is a good idea, as Siglen was known to be horribly [[ItsAllAboutMe self-absorbed]] and empathy-free. Just the type of person you want to leave the care and training of a pre-teen girl (one with strong, untrained psychic powers) to. But they had no other viable option in this case, as Siglen was the only person on the planet qualified to train a Prime Talent properly, and she (The Rowan) was too young to be shipped to another world when a more empathetic Prime (''any'' of the others) could teach (because of Prime Travel Sickness).
14th Jul '17 9:00:32 AM thatother1dude
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' episode "Date with Destiny", Goofy's parenting is initially monitored because Max falls asleep in class for one day, turns in a report that was "not up to [his] usual level", and, due to exhaustion, has packed a bad lunch. He is then immediately taken away when his house is shown to be in disarray, even though that isn't even Goofy's fault. Then they move him in with Peg and Pete instantly just because Peg volunteers. While removing Max while Goofy fixes the house might be applicable, they are just as quick to move Max back in when Goofy's house is in an even worse state. And then Miss Pennypacker displays complete and utter unprofessionalism by asking Goofy out to dinner.
** After we know they exist, the world now has shades of the can't-keep-them-safe version, given [[SocialServicesDoesNotExist the sorts of things Pete routinely gets away with doing to PJ]], though not specifically in this episode.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' episode "Date with Destiny", Goofy's parenting is initially monitored because Max falls asleep in class for one day, turns in a report that was "not up to [his] usual level", and, due to exhaustion, has packed a bad lunch. He is then immediately taken away when his house is shown to be in disarray, even though that isn't even Goofy's fault. Then they move him in with Peg and Pete instantly just because Peg volunteers. While removing Max while Goofy fixes the house might be applicable, they are just as quick to move Max back in when Goofy's house is in an even worse state. And then Miss Pennypacker displays complete and utter unprofessionalism by asking Goofy out to dinner.
** After we know they exist, the world now has shades of the can't-keep-them-safe version, given
dinner. All this despite [[SocialServicesDoesNotExist the sorts of things Pete routinely gets away with doing to PJ]], though not specifically in this episode.
14th Jul '17 8:31:45 AM thatother1dude
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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': Satoko, an example which becomes plot-critical in the penultimate arc. The reason they won't help her? Satoko once made a call to them that she unfortunately ended up unable to support at the time. In the author's afterward for the arc in the VN, he even apologizes about his portrayal of social services, possibly to avoid breaking the aesop stated in the previous afterward for Tsumihoroboshi arc that you always need to ask for help rather than resorting to drastic measures.

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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': Satoko, an example which becomes plot-critical in Satoko's uncle-turned-foster-father publicly treats her as poorly as the penultimate arc. The reason they won't law allows, privately treats her even worse, and is well known to be a pimp, loan shark, ConMan, and extortionist. Social services never help her? because Satoko once made a call to them that she unfortunately ended up unable to support at the time. In the author's afterward for the arc in the VN, he even apologizes about his portrayal of social services, possibly to avoid breaking the aesop stated in the previous afterward for Tsumihoroboshi arc that you always need to ask for help rather than resorting to drastic measures.
27th Jun '17 5:12:34 AM 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 Lane, 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 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 Lane, 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.
27th Jun '17 4:52:05 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* In [[http://archiveofourown.org/series/82162 Stars from Home]], Xavier and Ruth have a hard time becoming foster parents and later adopting, falling into Type 2. Ororo is in a Catholic orphanage and they use telepathic influence to avoid issues raised by their being unmarried and not Catholic. (Although she's unhappy, the care she receives is basically competent.) Scott spent most of his life facing Type 1; when Xavier tries to adopt him, as a disabled single man, he's considered an unfit parent.[[spoiler: It's perhaps ''even worse'' that he's able to adopt Scott through bribery.]]

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* In [[http://archiveofourown.org/series/82162 Stars from Home]], Xavier and Ruth have a hard time becoming foster parents and later adopting, falling into Type 2. Ororo is in a Catholic orphanage and they use telepathic influence to avoid issues raised by their being unmarried and not Catholic. (Although she's unhappy, the care she receives is basically competent.) Scott spent most of his life facing Type 1; when Xavier tries to adopt him, as a disabled single man, he's considered an unfit parent. [[spoiler: It's perhaps ''even worse'' that he's able to adopt Scott through bribery.]]]]
* 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 Lane, 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.



* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': Subverted. Cobra Bubbles initially seems unreasonable and scary with his ultimatum that Nani get a new job within three days, but he makes it clear that he's been called in as a last resort effort to salvage Lilo's problematic case. While he acknowledges that Nani loves Lilo and is certainly trying, from his point of view it's clear that she has no control over her overactive little sister, and the danger their new "dog" represents to them and everyone else only makes matters worse. Overall, Mr. Bubbles is a good effort at portraying Social Services as an antagonist while still remaining sympathetic and understandable: as he points out to Nani, as much as she and Lilo love each other, Lilo needs a safer and more stable environment than Nani is able to provide. Nani also mentions other social workers being by, suggesting that her and Lilo's situation had been under observation for some time before Cobra Bubbles showed up, subverting the whole "one bad day is enough to lose the child" issue. And when aliens intervene to ensure that Lilo, Nani and Stitch stay together he's completely reasonable and promises to figure something out. Since the issues ultimately come down to time and money, it should be easy for a government official with a logically unlimited budget to fix everything.

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* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': Subverted. Cobra Bubbles initially seems unreasonable and scary with his ultimatum that Nani get a new job within three days, but he makes it clear that he's been called in as a last resort effort to salvage Lilo's problematic case. While he acknowledges that Nani loves Lilo and is certainly trying, from his point of view it's clear that she has no control over her overactive little sister, and the danger their new "dog" represents to them and everyone else only makes matters worse. Overall, Mr. Bubbles is a good effort at portraying Social Services as an antagonist while still remaining sympathetic and understandable: as he points out to Nani, as much as she and Lilo love each other, Lilo needs a safer and more stable environment than Nani is able to provide. Nani also mentions other social workers being by, suggesting that her and Lilo's situation had been under observation for some time before Cobra Bubbles showed up, subverting the whole "one bad day is enough to lose the child" issue. And when aliens intervene to ensure that Lilo, Nani and Stitch stay together together, he's completely reasonable and promises to figure something out. Since the issues ultimately come down to time and money, it should be easy for a government official with a logically unlimited budget to fix everything.
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