Magazine article Insight on the News

`Big Mother' Wants Your Kids

Magazine article Insight on the News

`Big Mother' Wants Your Kids

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There's been an effort for some years now to get government social workers into the nation's homes to see if kids are being raised "fight." The effort has met with resistance from those who see it as a blatant attempt to usurp parental responsibilities. So, at present, the effort is accomplished mostly by volunteers who monitor hospital births, work cooperatively with doctors and law-enforcement officials and visit suspect homes on helpful pretexts to scout for abuse.

These home visitations are conducted by the Prevent Child Abuse America, or PCAA, group, which has units of its "Healthy Families America" program in 300 locations in 42 states and the District of Columbia. The group testified before Congress that its aim is "to bring home-visitation services to all new parents," according to an article on the matter by Stan Watson, director of the Alabama Family Alliance, which appeared in the latest issue of the DeWeese Report, a conservative-activist publication. Families visited are free to reject PCAA intrusion, but volunteers are trained to present themselves in helpful ways that make refusal difficult.

While offering assistance with obtaining childcare necessities and other services to the new mother, according to Watson, the true aim of the group's "Family Assessment Workers" is to administer the Kempe Family Stress Checklist, a remarkably personal and intrusive list of some 70 or so questions such as, "What would you do if a child you were caring for began to cry? …

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