So - recently on our local BSS on FB there was a post about a young child and her father and the father was found going through rubbish bins looking for food to feed his daughter. He is a much older father and mum is no-where to be seen.
Naturally everyone stepped up to help however a few people expressed concerns that perhaps this needs to be reported to Child Services as this parent is obviously needs support. Those that expressed this where shot down by the masses.
I work in child health and had great concerns and contacted a PM saying I though this was a bit odd - either it is a troll getting lots of free stuff for her kids and if not - this is quite a serious issue. I suggested that in future perhaps these posts should be limited to be being provided with relevant support services and those wishing to donate can contact directly. well, she basically told me that I was completely wrong, that it's not odd everyone wants to help , he is doing his best and it is concerning that I can't see the good in people etc etc. I replied well sometimes circumstances fall so that someone's best is just not enough and it is the child that pays the price and what will happen to this child when she has grown out of the donated shoes etc. They need a proper management plan in place that is sustainable. Welfare do not jut waltz in and take children - they try and provide all support services first. I was not rude or insulting - but I was ( and am) very blunt and laid the facts bare ( not on the open site but via PM) Anyway - she blocked me from the site!
I am furious - not only has the original poster broken the law due to mandatory reporting requirements but there is a child out there someone where whose is living in a situation in that her 60 year old father could only feed her from a bin. Oh - but she will have donated shoes and clothes. I am ****ed off I have been blocked and I am worried for this child. have I done the wrong thing? Should I have just donated my kids old toys like everyone else, patted myself on the back and left them to it? Sorry - bit for the long vent but I am steaming about this!!!!