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6th Apr '17 12:27:07 PM Beelzibubbles
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#Alternatively, Child Services may appear to have more power than the Repo guys, taking children away on a whim - a messy bedroom, missing homework, a scraped knee or just being tired in class is enough to snatch a child from a loving and usually safe paternal household. In its strongest examples a mother might go out for fifteen minutes to get some shopping and return to find their kids gone. Normally the paperwork needed to fill in and remove a child can take weeks. In fact they might be focusing so hard on scraped knees that they don't even notice the child trapped in a truly horrible situation.

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#Alternatively, Child Services may appear to have more power than the Repo guys, taking children away on a whim - a messy bedroom, missing homework, a scraped knee or just being tired in class is enough to snatch a child from a loving and usually safe paternal parental household. In its strongest examples a mother might go out for fifteen minutes to get some shopping and return to find their kids gone. Normally the paperwork needed to fill in and remove a child can take weeks. In fact they might be focusing so hard on scraped knees that they don't even notice the child trapped in a truly horrible situation.
3rd Apr '17 6:23:08 PM nombretomado
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* ''PunkyBrewster'' has more than one multi-episode story arc on the subject of government social workers wanting Punky to be taken away from Henry and put in an orphanage instead. In one arc, when Henry is in hospital, an ObstructiveBureaucrat takes the letter of the law to ridiculous measures; Betty Johnson is denied custody of Punky because Punky would have to share a room with her best friend Cherry. Betty complains that instead Punky will have to share a room with several strangers.

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* ''PunkyBrewster'' ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' has more than one multi-episode story arc on the subject of government social workers wanting Punky to be taken away from Henry and put in an orphanage instead. In one arc, when Henry is in hospital, an ObstructiveBureaucrat takes the letter of the law to ridiculous measures; Betty Johnson is denied custody of Punky because Punky would have to share a room with her best friend Cherry. Betty complains that instead Punky will have to share a room with several strangers.
26th Mar '17 2:32:33 PM Vir
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* Subverted in the ''Anime/DragonballZ'' episode "Plight of the Children". While the social workers do get too heavy-handed in their attempts to bring in the orphans, at least some of them genuinely want to help them. The oldest orphan and leader of the group Pigero eventually realizes this and allows the younger orphans to be taken away.

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* Subverted in the ''Anime/DragonballZ'' ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' episode "Plight of the Children". While the social workers do get too heavy-handed in their attempts to bring in the orphans, at least some of them genuinely want to help them. The oldest orphan and leader of the group Pigero eventually realizes this and allows the younger orphans to be taken away.
26th Mar '17 2:32:00 PM Vir
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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 appliccable, 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 unproffessionalism by asking Goofy out to dinner.

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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 appliccable, 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 unproffessionalism unprofessionalism by asking Goofy out to dinner.



* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' Zig zags this trope in one episode. The foster home Dan visits do a thorough background check on him, and seem to actually put some effort into placing children. But when Dan complains about the wait, the social worker takes him to a backroom where all the "problem cases" are in cage-like cribs. And they actually let him consider adopting one of them even though his background check hadn't finished yet. There's also the obligatory Straw Hippies for Dan to compete against.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' Zig zags zig-zags this trope in one episode. The foster home Dan visits do a thorough background check on him, him and seem to actually put some effort into placing children. But when Dan complains about the wait, the social worker takes him to a backroom where all the "problem cases" are in cage-like cribs. And they actually let him consider adopting one of them even though his background check hadn't finished yet. There's also the obligatory [[StrawCharacter Straw Hippies Hippies]] for Dan to compete against.
26th Mar '17 2:17:52 PM Vir
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** There was an episode devoted almost entirely to this where Meg took a part time job and milked her customers' sympathy to get bigger tips by claiming to be the unwed mother of a crack baby (with Stewie playing the part of her "son"). One of said customers was a Social Services agent, and interestingly enough, said social worker actually conducted an investigation (interviewing neighbors, which gave horrible testimony because of an unrelated feud), though she removed Stewie and had Peter and Lois' parental rights terminated without any actual evidence, or for that matter ''knowing who his actual mother was''. Additionally, they take only Stewie away, while if they believed Lois was abusive they should have taken all three children. Worth pointing out, though, the foster family Stewie is put with isn't bad ''per se'', just annoying as all get-out by virtue of being such [[StrawmanPolitical Strawman Liberals]] that they've adopted [[FiveTokenBand one child of each major ethnicity]]. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Stewie then manipulates the other children into fighting each other using ethnic stereotypes.]] This episode is also the source of the page quote, as seen when Peter and Lois go to the Child Services office to try and get Stewie back. In said scene, the worker then proceeds to ruffle through a filing cabinet and produces ''the kid'', who is then returned to the woman.

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** There was an episode devoted almost entirely to this where Meg took a part time job and milked her customers' sympathy to get bigger tips by claiming to be the unwed mother of a crack baby (with Stewie playing the part of her "son"). One of said customers was a Social Services agent, and interestingly enough, said social worker actually conducted an investigation (interviewing neighbors, which gave horrible testimony because of an unrelated feud), though she removed Stewie and had Peter and Lois' parental rights terminated without any actual evidence, or for that matter ''knowing who his actual mother was''. Additionally, they take only Stewie away, while if they believed Lois was abusive they should have taken all three children. Worth pointing out, though, the foster family Stewie is put with isn't bad ''per se'', just annoying as all get-out by virtue of being such [[StrawmanPolitical Strawman Liberals]] that they've adopted [[FiveTokenBand one child of each major ethnicity]]. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Stewie then manipulates the other children into fighting each other using ethnic stereotypes.]] This episode is also the source of the page quote, as seen when Peter and Lois go to the Child Services office to try and get Stewie back. In said scene, the worker then proceeds to ruffle through a filing cabinet and produces ''the kid'', who is then returned to the woman.
26th Mar '17 2:17:36 PM Vir
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** Zig-zagged in the episode the "Poor Kid".. Kenny and siblings are taken away from their alcoholic, neglectful parents, which is the responsible thing to do. Their caseworker Mr. Adams however is a dimwit who tells bad Penn State jokes rather than actually helping Kenny's younger sister adjust. When their foster parens turn out to be terrible abusers, Cartman calls Mr. Adams, who not only pulls the children out of that home, but is ''very'' [[HeroicBSOD distraught]] by having put them there. [[StatusQuoIsGod He ships the kids back to their original homes]] however, but he felt the system was too incompetent to help the children find good guardians.

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** Zig-zagged in the episode the "Poor Kid".. Kid". Kenny and his siblings are taken away from their alcoholic, neglectful parents, which is the responsible thing to do. Their caseworker Mr. Adams however is a dimwit who tells bad Penn State jokes rather than actually helping Kenny's younger sister adjust. When their foster parens parents turn out to be terrible abusers, Cartman calls Mr. Adams, who not only pulls the children out of that home, but is ''very'' [[HeroicBSOD distraught]] by having put them there. [[StatusQuoIsGod He ships the kids back to their original homes]] however, but he felt the system was too incompetent to help the children find good guardians.
25th Mar '17 6:17:58 PM nombretomado
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* In ''DeptHeavenApocrypha'', what serves for Social Services in Asgard proved so ineffectual that [[spoiler:Nessiah]], a victim of severe sexual abuse, was basically ignored until it was almost too late. It didn't help that the perpetrator happened to be a VillainWithGoodPublicity and ''considerable'' political power, who was pressuring them to keep out of his way.

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* In ''DeptHeavenApocrypha'', ''Roleplay/DeptHeavenApocrypha'', what serves for Social Services in Asgard proved so ineffectual that [[spoiler:Nessiah]], a victim of severe sexual abuse, was basically ignored until it was almost too late. It didn't help that the perpetrator happened to be a VillainWithGoodPublicity and ''considerable'' political power, who was pressuring them to keep out of his way.



* While social services may as well had been nonexistant 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 nonexistant 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.
10th Mar '17 10:10:27 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt Murdock took up vigilantism after overhearing the sound of a father who was molesting his daughter, and whom child protective services couldn't do anything about. Foggy, who had been up to this point tearing into Matt about his lawyer by day/vigilante by night hypocrisy, can only shudder in shock from what Matt implies.
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' Then one night, right after we quit Landman & Zack…I heard it.
-->'''Foggy Nelson:''' Heard what?
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' A little girl. Crying in her bed, in a building down the block. Her father liked to go to her room late at night…when his wife was asleep.
-->'''Foggy Nelson:''' ''[horrified]'' Oh, Jesus.
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' I called Child Services. Like you're supposed to. But the mom, she wouldn't believe it. Said it wasn't true. And the dad, he was smart. ''[scoffs]'' He made sure what he did, how he did it, didn't leave a mark. The law couldn't do anything to help that little girl. But I could. ''[In a flashback, Matt jumps the father and beats him to a bloody pulp]'' He spent the next month in a hospital, eating through a straw. And I never slept better.
5th Mar '17 10:49:19 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/AThousandClowns'': Naturally, the Child Welfare Board, personified by Albert the prick, recommends that Nick be taken away from Murray, because Murray is a goofy free spirit and also because he's been out of work for five months.
15th Feb '17 4:38:27 PM Morgenthaler
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* In one ''SpiderMan'' story, social services are portrayed as utterly horrible for putting a young girl in "the system", rather than letting her stay with either the split-personality supervillain father who killed her mom, or the grandmother who allowed said supervillain father to kidnap her.
* Even 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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* In one ''SpiderMan'' ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' story, social services are portrayed as utterly horrible for putting a young girl in "the system", rather than letting her stay with either the split-personality supervillain father who killed her mom, or the grandmother who allowed said supervillain father to kidnap her.
* Even TheFantasticFour 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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