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27th Sep '16 9:31:19 AM higgledypiggledy
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' had a couple of cases ("The Bonding," "Hero Worship") in which young children were orphaned and it was weirdly unclear what was going to happen to them. When some incongruous member of the senior staff (Worf in the first case, Data in the second!) wasn't hanging out with them, these bereaved, traumatized, and parentless children seemed to be left completely to their own devices.
16th Sep '16 7:59:31 AM DVB
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** The series can is somewhat bad at this. Arnold's grandmother and grandfather are incredibly weird, but Social Services never check up - although in the movie, his grandfather mentions that if they did step in, he and grandma would go into a nursing home and Arnold would go to a foster home (potentially because of their weirdness). However, Arnold really isn't that bad, given that his grandparents can care for him.

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** The series can is somewhat bad at this. Arnold's grandmother and grandfather are incredibly weird, but Social Services never check up - although in the movie, his grandfather mentions that if they did step in, he and grandma would go into a nursing home and Arnold would go to a foster home (potentially because of their weirdness). weirdness though also because of their age (they're in their early 80s)). However, Arnold really isn't that bad, given that did get plenty of love and care from his grandparents can care for him. and the other residents of the boarding house do function as an extended family to him.
16th Sep '16 7:57:43 AM DVB
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** Greg does regularly visit Steven and considering that they interact with the Mayor, there doesn't seem to be any problems. Later episodes reveal Greg gelped build the house Steven lives in and it's most likely that Steven is registered as home-schooled and under Greg's guardianship.
** Regarding the homeschool issue though, it is at least pretty well done. One comic had Steven follow Connie to school and it turns out that Steven is the second-smartest student in the class, behind Connie herself, so the education does seem to be valid. Another episode has Greg and Steven talking about college. Steven points out he is too busy protecting the world with the Gems to really go to college, but Greg does add he could get Steven online courses, which Steven doesn't onject to.
7th Sep '16 3:15:51 AM IKEZE-KISAMA
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7th Sep '16 3:09:02 AM IKEZE-KISAMA
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* This is a ''major'' source of ValuesDissonance between Western countries and Japan. In Japan, in the interests of social harmony, the basic rule regarding abuse, neglect and bullying is "don't make waves." In Western countries, other authority figures will step in relatively quickly (in theory). Of course there are always [[UsefulNotes/NevilleChamberlain exceptions]].

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* This is a ''major'' source of ValuesDissonance between Western countries and Japan. In Japan, in the interests of social harmony, the basic rule regarding abuse, neglect and bullying is "don't make waves." In Western countries, other authority figures will step in relatively quickly (in theory). Of course there are always [[UsefulNotes/Columbine always]] [[UsefulNotes/NevilleChamberlain exceptions]].
4th Sep '16 1:38:06 PM nombretomado
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* Played with in Webcomic/ElGoonishShive. Tedd's dad specifically arranged everything with social services to accommodate for the appearance of Ellen, Elliot's magically created OppositeSexClone who for all intents and purposes came out of thin air. Played straight with the principal of Moperville North High School, who even the kids note should have been fired for incompetence long ago.
* This is the only explanation for Namine, Sora, and Riku (presumably teenager aged) even being on ''AnsemRetort''. Social Services should have been on FOX's asses the ''minute'' Kairi (another teen) [[spoiler: was killed by a demon.]]

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* Played with in Webcomic/ElGoonishShive.''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. Tedd's dad specifically arranged everything with social services to accommodate for the appearance of Ellen, Elliot's magically created OppositeSexClone who for all intents and purposes came out of thin air. Played straight with the principal of Moperville North High School, who even the kids note should have been fired for incompetence long ago.
* This is the only explanation for Namine, Sora, and Riku (presumably teenager aged) even being on ''AnsemRetort''.''Webcomic/AnsemRetort''. Social Services should have been on FOX's asses the ''minute'' Kairi (another teen) [[spoiler: was killed by a demon.]]
17th Aug '16 4:50:10 PM GM_3826
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*** ...[[FridgeLogic But she can speak Japanese]]. ([[KeepItForeign English in most versions]]).
10th Aug '16 9:21:26 AM DrOO7
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** In the novel ''Literature/IfThereBeThorns, Cathy is aware that social services will investigate the family if she and Chris adopt Cindy (the daughter of one of Cathy's ballet students, who is terminally ill), and thus likely discover that she and Chris are brother and sister, not husband and wife. So she makes a private arrangement with the girl's mother to decree that she wants Cathy and Chris to be Cindy's guardians. But even this would warrant an investigation.
5th Aug '16 3:59:01 AM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* This becomes a major issue in the ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' episode, "Joseph's House!". Ever since Joseph's Mom died on October 31, 2015, he's had to live in the dark due to no one paying the bills, he has no running water, his pet fish is dead, he has to steal money from his Mom to pay for food, he has to imagine what video game to play whenever he plays his UsefulNotes/XboxOne, his Dad is a zombie (and becomes a ghost not long after), and Screwball the Clown is his only roommate, but doesn't do anything to pay the bills.
17th Jul '16 8:21:11 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Harry is raised by the rather horrific Dursleys. Although he has to live there due to the magic surrounding his mother's HeroicSacrifice, neither the wizarding government nor Dumbledore bothers to check on "The Boy Who Lived" for ''eleven years'', during which Harry is ruthlessly abused, shouted at, and punished basically for existing. The only people who take them to task tend to be disapproved by wizard society, like Mr. Weasley or Moody. The government agency in charge of young wizards only takes notice in order to punish him for using magic without bothering to check that it was even him (or to drag him into a KangarooCourt), in keeping with the depiction of government bureaucracies as rife with [[DepartmentOfChildDisservices misfeasance]], [[ObstructiveBureaucrat malfeasance]], and nonfeasance. JK Rowling has a rather low opinion of social services and the British government born from personal experience.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Harry is raised by the rather horrific Dursleys. Although he has Ministry of Magic doesn't appear to live there due have any department specifically designated to the magic surrounding his mother's HeroicSacrifice, neither welfare of children--at most, an official investigating a ''different'' infraction might notice additional bad things going on in a home and try to do something themselves. The only time the wizarding government nor Dumbledore bothers to check on "The Ministry looks into the life of "the Boy Who Lived" for ''eleven years'', during which Harry is ruthlessly abused, shouted at, and punished basically for existing. The only people who take them when the Improper Use of Magic office threatens to task tend to be disapproved by wizard society, like Mr. Weasley or Moody. The government agency in charge of young wizards only takes notice in order to punish expel him for using magic without bothering to check that it on Privet Drive. (And ironically, the one case where Harry did actually use magic 1. himself and 2. unjustifiably, he was even him (or to drag him into a KangarooCourt), let off scot-free.) This is in keeping with the depiction of government bureaucracies as rife with [[DepartmentOfChildDisservices misfeasance]], [[ObstructiveBureaucrat malfeasance]], and nonfeasance. JK Rowling has a rather low opinion of social services and the British government born from personal experience.
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