Traumatic effects for children removed from their caregiver by the Administration for Children Services


Children are said to be a gift from God and need to be shown intimate affection and love all the time by their parents and everyone in the society. Most of the parents deem it essential to show love to their children. They find joy in showing love whenever they put smiles on their baby’s face. Failure to show and cultivate love in the children often leads to unprecedented negative consequences on their development. They can be emotionally, psychologically and physiologically affected when they do not receive wholesome love and affection from their parents and the society. Children who come from backgrounds of unloving parents, and those who do not give them the affection they deserve often feel left out and this impairs their social and psychological productivity. Such children are reported to have increased levels of stress hormones, an indication that social and emotional neglect from their parents from infancy has detrimental consequences (Howard, Martin, Berlin, & Brooks-Gunn


In spite of all these undisputable facts, every day the welfare and safety of a large number of children across countries face threat of neglect and child abuse because of removal from their caregiver by specific professional groups or agencies (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2007). This article pays close attention to the traumatic effects experienced during as well as after the separation by Administration for Children Services (ACS). How does such an absurd separation affect the growth of these infants? Are there any provisions in place to mitigate such impacts? What are the possible solutions to this dogma?

Intervention into the emotional feeling of children by provision of love and affection is an act that should be public shared and not only left as an exclusive obligation of a professional agency (Chesler, 2011). This paper aims at assessing the current practices for removal of children and identify if there is a need for them to be tailored in order to decrease the trauma the child experience during the ejection. It examines literature that leads to findings that indicate evidence of negative development of the child, which sets the stage for an argument of the effectiveness of such a separation.

Literature Review

Every community continuously emphasizes the need for parents to always be there for their children, to nurture and provide all the essential support. Parental closeness establishes a strong relationship between a child and their parents hence closely knitting the communal cultural and familial setup. At other times, the parents seek ways to run away from their primary obligations (Howard, Martin, Berlin & Brooks 2011). For instance, some countries like Japan has experienced an upsurge in the number of demises of infants who were left alone in parked cars or homes. In some circumstances the absent fathers or mothers were laying a bet at pachinko pinball machines. Until lately, few were held criminally answerable in such cases. Now, though, authorities are in the front line to ensure prosecution of seriously negligent parents (Roberts, 2008).

In the recent past, many cases of child exploitations has been reported in various countries including Japan. The increased levels of child exploitations ahs been attributed to neglect by the parents and the anxieties that has been embraced by the mothers who should be taking care of their children. Lack of communal support to the children and the inadequate quality attention and concern shown t the children by the general society has also been attributed as the cause of children abuse that has resulted in emotional and psychosocial traumas (Ruskin, 1913). Children in the modern day experience lack of attention and personal interest shown to them by society. Some children feel unwanted, unloved and they daily face hostile oppression from adults who show them no love or affection whatsoever (Browne, 2012). The Awake magazine (2008), gives a classical experience of a young child called Micah. Micah relates that nobody desires to be with him, not his friends or the adults in his society, he just does not feel comfortable interacting with them.  Such experiences are so discouraging and act as stumbling blocks for the growth and development of the child. Some of the major problems that most children go through in the modern society include the dreadful effects of poverty, the conflicts that result form economic constraints in the family and the society and bad health experiences resulting from diseases such as HIV and AIDS (Booth & Crouter, 2004).