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11th Aug '17 8:57:17 PM JJHIL325
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* Mako's and Bolin's BackStory in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' implies there is no Social Services in Republic City, as "death of parents" = "orphans out on the street." The era being emulated does predate such institutions.

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* Mako's and Bolin's BackStory in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' implies there is no Social Services in Republic City, as "death of parents" = "orphans out on the street." The {{Justified|Trope}}, as the era being emulated does predate is an Asianized version of the 1920s, and that period predated such institutions.
11th Aug '17 8:49:51 AM FTD
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** [[JustifiedTrope To be fair]], the all-seeing, all-knowing Enterprise-D computer is probably at least as competent a babysitter as your average 24th century Federation citizen, and is able to keep track of pretty much every sentient life form on the ship using internal sensors and communication systems. Unless their kids steal a shuttle or sneak into the transporter room and somehow operate the transporter that never works right, or get trapped in also frequently malfunctioning and sometimes lethal holodeck, all a parent on that ship needs to do to find out where their kids are is direct that question to the nearest wall.
8th Jul '17 1:56:14 PM AgentParadox
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* It's unclear how did the younger, sickly Hazuki of ''VisualNovel/YamiToBoushiToHonNoTabibito'' had ended up under the care of Hatsumi, who is both parentless and mute.

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* It's unclear how did the younger, sickly Hazuki of ''VisualNovel/YamiToBoushiToHonNoTabibito'' had ended up under the care of Hatsumi, who is both parentless and mute.



* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', you'd think that after Brock's father abandoned his family and his mother [[strike:died]] [[DubInducedPlotHole left]], the social services would help look after his dozen siblings, rather than just letting the teenager who's also holding down a job as a gym leader do it all by himself. It's made worse, when Brock leaves his dozen siblings with newly found father, who is completely incompetent (come on, who would expect this guy to take care of 9 children). And it's later revealed that their mother [[spoiler: was alive all along and wandering around the world like her husband.]] It seems that leaving your children completely alone with just an older teenage brother in charge isn't considered a crime in the Pokemon world.

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* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', you'd think that after Brock's father abandoned his family and his mother [[strike:died]] [[DubInducedPlotHole left]], the social services would help look after his dozen siblings, rather than just letting the teenager who's also holding down a job as a gym leader do it all by himself. It's made worse, when Brock leaves his dozen siblings with their newly found father, who is completely incompetent (come on, who would expect this guy to take care of 9 children).children?). And it's later revealed that their mother [[spoiler: was alive all along and wandering around the world like her husband.]] It seems that leaving your children completely alone with just an older teenage brother in charge isn't considered a crime in the Pokemon Pokémon world.



** Quite common in many fanfics. Scootaloo is a filly whose parents have never been seen, so the fanfics are legion about her horrible or nonexistent family. It's always up to the Mane Six to rescue her and one of them (usually Rainbow Dash) provides a home. Though they're almost always allowed to in the end, you can bet Rainbow Dash (or whoever) will worry about social services deeming her home proper; is the library good enough, can Scoots learn to fly well enough for a cloud house to be okay, etc? They're usually not so unreasonable in the end, but you gotta wonder about the status of it if ''one of the heroes whose saved the world multiple times and a personal friend of Celestia'' has more to worry about than villains who use a child as a punching bag when it comes to being allowed to keep a child.

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** Quite common in many fanfics. Scootaloo is a filly whose parents have never been seen, so the fanfics are legion about her horrible or nonexistent family. It's always up to the Mane Six to rescue her her, and one of them (usually Rainbow Dash) provides a home. Though they're almost always allowed to in the end, you can bet Rainbow Dash (or whoever) will worry about social services deeming her home proper; is the library good enough, can Scoots learn to fly well enough for a cloud house to be okay, etc? They're usually not so unreasonable in the end, but you you've gotta wonder about the status of it if ''one of the heroes whose who has saved the world multiple times and a personal friend of Celestia'' has more to worry about than villains who use a child as a punching bag when it comes to being allowed to keep a child.



* At he start of ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', Megamind's pod crashes inside the prison, so the inmates take upon themselves to raise him. At no point do the authorities see anything wrong with this, or make any attempt to remove him despite him being a) a child, b) an alien, and c) not a criminal (at least initially). The only extent he's given any kind of realistic treatment is when he's allowed to go to a proper school - although given the premise, it might have been arranged by his "family" as well.

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* At he the start of ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', Megamind's pod crashes inside the prison, so the inmates take upon themselves to raise him. At no point do the authorities see anything wrong with this, or make any attempt to remove him despite him being a) a child, b) an alien, and c) not a criminal (at least initially). The only extent he's given any kind of realistic treatment is when he's allowed to go to a proper school - although given the premise, it might have been arranged by his "family" as well.



** When you reach Sunnyshore City in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', talking to [[BigBad Cyrus]]'s old neighbors reveals that everybody knew about his questionable mental health and troubled home life even as a child, and nobody did anything about it. Zig-zagged and lampshaded in ''Platinum'' where you can find his grandfather living in the Battle Area, who admits that he also knew Cyrus was in a bad situation, and wanted to help, but never went through with it.

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** When you reach Sunnyshore Sunyshore City in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', talking to [[BigBad Cyrus]]'s old neighbors reveals that everybody knew about his questionable mental health and troubled home life even as a child, and nobody did anything about it. Zig-zagged and lampshaded in ''Platinum'' where you can find his grandfather living in the Battle Area, who admits that he also knew Cyrus was in a bad situation, and wanted to help, but never went through with it.



* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter and Lois don't start out so bad. But they degenerate into complete jerkasses, with Peter even stating he doesn't care for the kids that much. And Meg is treated absolutely appallingly in many episodes. In "Dial Meg For Murder" Peter lassos her, drags her down the stairs and prepares to brand her with a ''red hot poker.'' Turns out she's already been branded by the mayor, not that Peter cares. He also practices riding a bronco on Chris' back. Lois is more one for emotional neglect, only showing the slightest affection for her kids when it suits her. Even Stewie doesn't get off scot free, often left on his own for long periods of time, or with no company other than the family dog. Who is intelligent and can talk, but still.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter and Lois don't start out so bad. But they degenerate into complete jerkasses, with Peter even stating he doesn't care for the kids that much. And Meg is treated absolutely appallingly in many episodes. In "Dial Meg For Murder" Peter lassos her, drags her down the stairs and prepares to brand her with a ''red hot poker.'' Turns out she's already been branded by the mayor, not that Peter cares. He also practices riding a bronco on Chris' back. Lois is more one for emotional neglect, only showing the slightest affection for her kids when it suits her. Even Stewie doesn't get off scot free, often left on his own for long periods of time, or with no company other than the family dog. Who The dog is intelligent and can talk, but still.



** At least every other episode, Stan does something that would get the twins sent right back home to their parents if the cops with the least bit capable at their jobs. At best, he tends to turn a blind eye to all the potentially dangerous shenanigans that Dipper and Mabel it up to, and at worst... it's outright stated that the three of them have spent at least one night in jail.

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** At least every other episode, Stan does something that would get the twins sent right back home to their parents if the cops with were the least bit capable at their jobs. At best, he tends to turn a blind eye to all the potentially dangerous shenanigans that Dipper and Mabel it get up to, and at worst... it's outright stated that the three of them have spent at least one night in jail.



** 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 though also because of their age (they're in their early 80s)). However, Arnold did get plenty of love and care from his grandparents and the other residents of the boarding house do function as an extended family to him.
** Helga, meanwhile, is probably worse, given that her dad is mentally abusive (about as close to AbusiveParents as you can get while still being kid-friendly) and her mom is an alcoholic, constantly depressed and unaware of her surroundings, has no drivers license, and falls asleep in weird places after making "smoothies".
** Plus, Stoop Kid. A kid who has apparently ''never'' left his stoop and appears to be in his teens. He's well known around the neighbourhood... why didn't nobody call CPS? If there's anyone who needed CPS the most in this series, it's Stoop Kid. Helga may have AbusiveParents and Arnold may have ParentalAbandonment, but Helga at ''least'' has access to food (most of the time) and Arnold at least has grandparents who love him very much and are able to provide for him.

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** The series can is be somewhat bad at this. Arnold's grandmother and grandfather are incredibly weird, but Social Services 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 home, potentially because of their weirdness weirdness, though also because of their age (they're in their early 80s)).80s). However, Arnold did get plenty of love and care from his grandparents and the other residents of the boarding house do function as an extended family to him.
** Helga, meanwhile, is probably worse, given that her dad is mentally abusive (about as close to AbusiveParents as you can get while still being kid-friendly) and her mom is an alcoholic, constantly depressed and unaware of her surroundings, has no drivers driver's license, and falls asleep in weird places after making "smoothies".
** Plus, Also, there's Stoop Kid. A kid who has apparently ''never'' left his stoop and appears to be in his teens. He's well known around the neighbourhood... why didn't nobody call CPS? If there's anyone who needed CPS the most in this series, it's Stoop Kid. Helga may have AbusiveParents and Arnold may have ParentalAbandonment, but Helga at ''least'' has access to food (most of the time) and Arnold at least has grandparents who love him very much and are able to provide for him.



** It's not that there isn't child service, they even moved the kids when they suspected severe abuse or both parents ends in prison for murder, it's just that things works out and most of the neglect and abuse are for the sake of a gag while plot wise he does take care of his children and he will bond with Bart when both decide to not mess with each other.

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** It's not that there isn't child service, they even moved the kids when they suspected severe abuse or on both parents ends parents' ends, in prison for murder, it's just that things works out and most of the neglect and abuse are for the sake of a gag gag, while plot wise plot-wise he does take care of his children and he will bond with Bart when they both decide to not mess with each other.
30th Jun '17 8:53:12 AM Mooncalf
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* At he start of ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', Megamind's pod crashes inside the prison, so the inmates take upon themselves to raise him. At no point do the authorities see anything wrong with this, or make any attempt to remove him despite him being a) a child, b) an alien, and c) not a criminal (at least initially). The only extent he's given any kind of realistic treatment is when he's allowed to go to a proper school - although given the premise, it might have been arranged by his "family" as well.
28th May '17 8:56:43 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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** Soun Tendo, while not nearly as much of a bastard as Genma, does almost ''nothing'' for his family other than occasionally bursting into tears, leaving his eldest daughter to run things. [[FridgeLogic However; at the time the series takes place, Kasumi probably could legally have her younger siblings in her care as she's a legal adult]]...but how does she make any money? Although, to be fair, Soun Tendo does have some kind of income to provide for the family, but it's not stable.

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** Soun Tendo, while not nearly as much of a bastard as Genma, does almost ''nothing'' for his family other than occasionally bursting into tears, leaving his eldest daughter to run things. [[FridgeLogic However; at the time the series takes place, Kasumi probably could legally have her younger siblings in her care as she's a legal adult]]... but how does she make any money? Although, to be fair, Soun Tendo does have some kind of income to provide for the family, but it's not stable.



* Gendo Ikari, as usual for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', is an example of a normally comedic trope [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] into something tragic. At least he palms his kid off on someone who ''tries''...eventually. Of course, given that this is [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] Japan, it's possible that social services actually ''doesn't'' exist; and regardless, given that NERV basically ''is'' the world government, even if they do exist there's nothing they could do to stop Gendo.

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* Gendo Ikari, as usual for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', is an example of a normally comedic trope [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] into something tragic. At least he palms his kid off on someone who ''tries''... eventually. Of course, given that this is [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] Japan, it's possible that social services actually ''doesn't'' exist; and regardless, given that NERV basically ''is'' the world government, even if they do exist there's nothing they could do to stop Gendo.



** All of the Rukongai is a decidedly non-comedic instance of this trope. The society operates at a feudal social and technological level, so there are no institutions or services available for newly arrived souls to help them adjust, not even for the souls of children. Lucky kids land in a relatively peaceful and affluent district and are cared for by lonely adults (like Momo and Toushirou and their adoptive "grandmother"). The unfortunate are dumped in violent, impoverished areas and have to scrounge for food and form gangs for self-defense (like Gin and Rangiku). Hisana and Rukia's story is basically a cautionary tale in what the lack of social services will lead people to do out of desperation...like abandon your infant sister rather than starve.
** Zaraki Kenpachi was the worst case by far. He didn't have anyone growing up and became a vicious feral BloodKnight just to survive. Fortunately for him, and unfortunately for his foes, he was incredibly strong even as a youth. Yachiru Kusajishi barely avoided this fate after being adopted...by Zaraki.

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** All of the Rukongai is a decidedly non-comedic instance of this trope. The society operates at a feudal social and technological level, so there are no institutions or services available for newly arrived souls to help them adjust, not even for the souls of children. Lucky kids land in a relatively peaceful and affluent district and are cared for by lonely adults (like Momo and Toushirou and their adoptive "grandmother"). The unfortunate are dumped in violent, impoverished areas and have to scrounge for food and form gangs for self-defense (like Gin and Rangiku). Hisana and Rukia's story is basically a cautionary tale in what the lack of social services will lead people to do out of desperation... like abandon your infant sister rather than starve.
** Zaraki Kenpachi was the worst case by far. He didn't have anyone growing up and became a vicious feral BloodKnight just to survive. Fortunately for him, and unfortunately for his foes, he was incredibly strong even as a youth. Yachiru Kusajishi barely avoided this fate after being adopted... by Zaraki.



* ''{{Manga/Loveless}}'' avoids the common partner trope to this, ThereAreNoTherapists, by having Ritsuka go see one regularly to help with his personality change. However, it is very evident to nearly every adult that sees him in the first volume that he is being both physically and mentally abused by his mother and no one does anything about it! While his home room teacher attempts to help him out by trying to meet his parents, she is discouraged from doing so by Soubi and her faculty, and she generally has little to no success. This could be an example of Japanese social mores at work here, priding the notion of a person caring for themselves and outside help is unwelcome, making this a case of ValuesDissonance, but still...

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* ''{{Manga/Loveless}}'' avoids the common partner trope to this, ThereAreNoTherapists, by having Ritsuka go see one regularly to help with his personality change. However, it is very evident to nearly every adult that sees him in the first volume that he is being both physically and mentally abused by his mother and no one does anything about it! While his home room teacher attempts to help him out by trying to meet his parents, she is discouraged from doing so by Soubi and her faculty, and she generally has little to no success. This could be an example of Japanese social mores at work here, priding the notion of a person caring for themselves and outside help is unwelcome, making this a case of ValuesDissonance, but still...still....



** Jonouchi, at least in the manga, should've never been kept with his alcoholic, gambling-addicted, and potentially abusive father. He seems sane and optimistic enough, but [[FridgeHorror one has to wonder]] [[LoserSonOfLoserDad about his theme of gambling and chance cards...]]

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** Jonouchi, at least in the manga, should've never been kept with his alcoholic, gambling-addicted, and potentially abusive father. He seems sane and optimistic enough, but [[FridgeHorror one has to wonder]] [[LoserSonOfLoserDad about his theme of gambling and chance cards...cards....]]



* ''LightNovel/ChivalryOfAFailedKnight'' has two very notable instances. First, there's the main character who is treated as literally ''non-existent'' by his entire family, and its subordinate families because he wasn't born with a high enough "magic power" rank, and then hunted down as a "runaway" because he ''was driven out by his treatment'' until his paternal great-grandfather took him in and gave him food, shelter, and some honest-to-goodness actual affection, ''and his father absolutely refuses to even attempt to acknowledge how that is cruel.'' Come volume 6, there's Yui Tatara [[spoiler: who is specifically trained to become a psychotic assassin starting at the age of three by her own family keeping her life in a constant state of peril, up to and including shooting at her in her sleep, and this is noted to be a "family tradition" going back at least three generations.]] You'd think with the very strict gun and blade laws in Japan, someone would have noticed...

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* ''LightNovel/ChivalryOfAFailedKnight'' has two very notable instances. First, there's the main character who is treated as literally ''non-existent'' by his entire family, and its subordinate families because he wasn't born with a high enough "magic power" rank, and then hunted down as a "runaway" because he ''was driven out by his treatment'' until his paternal great-grandfather took him in and gave him food, shelter, and some honest-to-goodness actual affection, ''and his father absolutely refuses to even attempt to acknowledge how that is cruel.'' Come volume 6, there's Yui Tatara [[spoiler: who is specifically trained to become a psychotic assassin starting at the age of three by her own family keeping her life in a constant state of peril, up to and including shooting at her in her sleep, and this is noted to be a "family tradition" going back at least three generations.]] You'd think with the very strict gun and blade laws in Japan, someone would have noticed...noticed....



** 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.

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** In the novel ''Literature/IfThereBeThorns, ''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.



* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' Based on the descriptions that the Bundy children give of their childhoods, it's a miracle that Peggy wasn't arrested for neglect. Not that Al does much either, but at least he has the excuse of being at the shoe store all day...

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* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' Based on the descriptions that the Bundy children give of their childhoods, it's a miracle that Peggy wasn't arrested for neglect. Not that Al does much either, but at least he has the excuse of being at the shoe store all day...day....



* ''{{Music/Gorillaz}}'': So, imagine this scenario: three single men are living together. One of them is a well-known petty criminal who, on one occasion, accidentally put someone in a coma in the course of trying to commit another crime. Another is [[TheDitz barely coherent]] because of his impressive intake of painkillers. The third has ghosts living in his head. [[DysfunctionJunction They do not get along particularly well.]] Their home is a battered music studio between a mad-cow-disease-infected landfill and a zombie-filled graveyard. They find an eight-year-old girl [[DoorstopBaby in a shipping crate on their doorstep]]. The child has total amnesia and speaks only one word of English. Sure they can keep her, what could possibly go wrong? (Surprisingly little until "El Manana", actually.) [[CrapsackWorld In the same world, the punishment for running someone over and putting them in a coma is apparently to be forced to look after them while they are in the coma.]] Hands up all those who think this is a good idea? [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood And then there's everything Murdoc went through ...]]

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* ''{{Music/Gorillaz}}'': So, imagine this scenario: three single men are living together. One of them is a well-known petty criminal who, on one occasion, accidentally put someone in a coma in the course of trying to commit another crime. Another is [[TheDitz barely coherent]] because of his impressive intake of painkillers. The third has ghosts living in his head. [[DysfunctionJunction They do not get along particularly well.]] Their home is a battered music studio between a mad-cow-disease-infected landfill and a zombie-filled graveyard. They find an eight-year-old girl [[DoorstopBaby in a shipping crate on their doorstep]]. The child has total amnesia and speaks only one word of English. Sure they can keep her, what could possibly go wrong? (Surprisingly little until "El Manana", actually.) [[CrapsackWorld In the same world, the punishment for running someone over and putting them in a coma is apparently to be forced to look after them while they are in the coma.]] Hands up all those who think this is a good idea? [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood And then there's everything Murdoc went through ...through...]]



** Granted, Timmy's misery is the reason that he gets [[TheOmnipotent fairy godparents]] but it's not like his parents know that. And what about the other kids Vicky babysits or often meets? And her poor little sister...

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** Granted, Timmy's misery is the reason that he gets [[TheOmnipotent fairy godparents]] but it's not like his parents know that. And what about the other kids Vicky babysits or often meets? And her poor little sister...sister....



** Pacifica's parents are ''very'' emotionally abusive, to the point that Pacifica is straight up scared of displeasing them. Not to mention the fact that they basically trained her to respond with contrition whenever they ring a bell...

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** Pacifica's parents are ''very'' emotionally abusive, to the point that Pacifica is straight up scared of displeasing them. Not to mention the fact that they basically trained her to respond with contrition whenever they ring a bell...bell....



** Plus, Stoop Kid. A kid who has apparently ''never'' left his stoop and appears to be in his teens. He's well known around the neighbourhood...why didn't nobody call CPS? If there's anyone who needed CPS the most in this series, it's Stoop Kid. Helga may have AbusiveParents and Arnold may have ParentalAbandonment, but Helga at ''least'' has access to food (most of the time) and Arnold at least has grandparents who love him very much and are able to provide for him.

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** Plus, Stoop Kid. A kid who has apparently ''never'' left his stoop and appears to be in his teens. He's well known around the neighbourhood... why didn't nobody call CPS? If there's anyone who needed CPS the most in this series, it's Stoop Kid. Helga may have AbusiveParents and Arnold may have ParentalAbandonment, but Helga at ''least'' has access to food (most of the time) and Arnold at least has grandparents who love him very much and are able to provide for him.
27th Feb '17 8:08:01 AM KrspaceT
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** One does have to ask how Social services would deal with the Emperor anyway.
16th Feb '17 6:33:25 PM FF32
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* ''RuleOfRose'': It's set in rural English countryside in the 1930's, but it's still pretty amazing that nobody in the nearby villages noticed that the orphanage had gone ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' and all the adults had disappeared.

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* ''RuleOfRose'': ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'': It's set in rural English countryside in the 1930's, but it's still pretty amazing that nobody in the nearby villages noticed that the orphanage had gone ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' and all the adults had disappeared.
22nd Jan '17 12:22:42 AM Yuihime
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* There is a series of children's books by Barbara Robinson called "The Best _____ Ever". The stories revolve around a family of children called the Herdmans. Their mother has been stated to be continuously working long shifts and is only sometimes seen outside of work and their dad [[DisappearedDad caught a train years ago and has never been seen since]]. They have virtually no adult supervision and act almost criminally, repeatedly beating each other up, setting things on fire, stealing, have no apparent source of income, and live in a house that's a death-trap with a cat that's incredibly dangerous. Yet CPS ''never'' seems to go after them.
** Subverted in one trip where it's stated that someone is told to investigate and actually ''does'' come over to their house. The result was that she fell into a hole and their cat jumped her. If she didn't have a hat on she'd have been bald. So she simply just checks by and makes sure that the Herdmans didn't burn the house down. Still, you'd think they'd call the police, but it's implied that most of the adults in the series are ''afraid to''.

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* There is a series of children's books by Barbara Robinson called "The "[[Literature/TheBestChristmasPageantEver The Best _____ Ever".Ever]]". The stories revolve around a family of children called the Herdmans. Their mother has been stated to be continuously working long shifts and is only sometimes seen outside of work and their dad [[DisappearedDad caught a train years ago and has never been seen since]]. They have virtually no adult supervision and act almost criminally, repeatedly beating each other up, setting things on fire, stealing, smoking cigars, have no apparent source of income, and live in a house that's a death-trap with a cat that's incredibly dangerous. Yet CPS ''never'' seems to go after them.
** Subverted in one trip where it's stated that someone is told to investigate and
actually ''does'' come over to their house. The result was that she fell into a hole and their cat jumped her. If she didn't have a hat on she'd have been bald. So someone assigned to them, but she simply just checks got caught in a pit trap by the kids and makes sure that nearly scalped by the cat, and [[WhoWillBellTheCat now she's as afraid of the Herdmans didn't burn as everyone else]]. She drives by once or twice a month and assumes that if they haven't burned the house down. Still, you'd think they'd call down or died, they're probably okay.
** In ''The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'',
the police, but it's implied Herdmans don't know the story of Christmas and have it explained to them by the Sunday School teacher. Gladys's reaction to hearing that most Mary was dismissed to a ''barn'' to give birth, had to wrap Baby Jesus in rags instead of the adults in the series are ''afraid to''.clothes, and a trough instead of a bassinet, [[{{Irony}} is to demand to know where Social Services was]].
17th Jan '17 12:52:39 AM TroperNo9001
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has a loving family however he doesn't go to school, despite being [[spoiler:twelve]] at the start. He apparently has never even ''heard'' of school and neither have the Gems. WordOfGod is he's homeschooled but he still doesn't seem to have any formal education.
** 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.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has a loving family however family. However he doesn't go to school, despite being [[spoiler:twelve]] at the start. He apparently has never even ''heard'' of school and neither have the Gems. WordOfGod is he's homeschooled but he still doesn't seem to have any formal education.
** 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 helped 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 object to.
15th Jan '17 12:07:12 PM MsChibi
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There is an intrinsic understanding throughout most of modern Western society that children are to be loved, nurtured, and protected throughout their childhoods by their parents. Parents are viewed as having a responsibility to ensure their child's happiness and welfare, as a necessary component to their healthy development into responsible and mature adults prepared to face the demands of society.

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There is an intrinsic understanding throughout most of modern Western society that [[ChildrenAreInnocent children are to be loved, nurtured, and protected throughout their childhoods by their parents.parents]]. Parents are viewed as having a responsibility to ensure their child's happiness and welfare, as a necessary component to their healthy development into responsible and mature adults prepared to face the demands of society.
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