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Message ID: 8905
Date: 2011-07-14

Author:Hagemeister, Annelies K

Subject:RE: David Ludwig's recommendation to use foster care to treat obese children

Dear all - I have to agree with Dr. Joan Blakey on this one. Removing children from their parents and homes and using foster care - temporarily or longer term - is not a fix for long-term entrenched health or mental health issues that have been brought about, in part at least, by a society that tends to devalue children and families. While I agree that obesity is a major problem for young people, removing them from their parent(s) is NOT a viable option. Are we suggesting that children who are obese are not loved and cared for by their parents? If we go this direction, I hate to see where this slippery slope may lead. I would like to see where the evidence-base for this sort of intervention is. Which children do you think would be most impacted by this sort of approach? I would bet that the racial/ethnic and class disparities in the child protection, foster care, and juvenile justice systems would spike dramatically. Dr. Hagemeister Annelies Hagemeister, PhD, MSW, LISW Associate Professor & Department Chair  Department of Social Work 358 Trafton Center North Minnesota State University, Mankato Mankato, MN 56001   email: annelies.hagemeister@mnsu.edu tele: 507.389-5078 office: 358 Trafton North post mail: TN 358 -----Original Message----- From: bounce-37776005-6833861@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-37776005-6833861@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Blakey, Joan Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 10:43 AM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: RE: David Ludwig's recommendation to use foster care to treat obese children We toss the word foster care around like it does not change both the parents and children's lives. Sometimes for the good, but often times foster care placement causes more damage. Obesity is an American problem. The fact that most schools no longer offer PE is one contributing factor. The fact that most healthy foods are so expensive, it is hard to purchase them is also a contributing factor. The fact that parents have to work two jobs just to make ends meet is also a contributing factor. This problem is more complex than bad parenting. Perhaps we should figure out how to help these parents who are likely obese themselves rather than punishing them by putting their children into foster care. **************************************************** Joan Blakey, Ph.D. Assistant Professor UT Arlington, School of Social Work 817-272-3954 Email: jblakey@uta.edu Faculty Web Page: http://www.uta.edu/ra/real/editprofile.php?onlyview=1&pid=6327 "There is more gold in the minds of individuals than has ever been taken from the earth" - Napoleon Hill ________________________________________ From: bounce-37775565-14463080@list.cornell.edu [bounce-37775565-14463080@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of D F MCMAHON [dfmcmahon1@msn.com] Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 10:57 AM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: David Ludwig's recommendation to use foster care to treat obese children Any thoughts or responses? Sheri McMahon ND

Dear all - I have to agree with Dr. Joan Blakey on this one. Removing children from their parents and homes and using foster care - temporarily or longer term - is not a fix for long-term entrenched health or mental health issues that have been brought about, in part at least, by a society that tends to devalue children and families. While I agree that obesity is a major problem for young people, removing them from their parent(s) is NOT a viable option. Are we suggesting that children who are obese are not loved and cared for by their parents? If we go this direction, I hate to see where this slippery slope may lead. I would like to see where the evidence-base for this sort of intervention is. Which children do you think would be most impacted by this sort of approach? I would bet that the racial/ethnic and class disparities in the child protection, foster care, and juvenile justice systems would spike dramatically. Dr. Hagemeister Annelies Hagemeister, PhD, MSW, LISW Associate Professor & Department Chair  Department of Social Work 358 Trafton Center North Minnesota State University, Mankato Mankato, MN 56001   email: annelies.hagemeistermnsu.edu tele: 507.389-5078 office: 358 Trafton North post mail: TN 358 -----Original Message----- From: bounce-37776005-6833861list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-37776005-6833861list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Blakey, Joan Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 10:43 AM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: RE: David Ludwig's recommendation to use foster care to treat obese children We toss the word foster care around like it does not change both the parents and children's lives. Sometimes for the good, but often times foster care placement causes more damage. Obesity is an American problem. The fact that most schools no longer offer PE is one contributing factor. The fact that most healthy foods are so expensive, it is hard to purchase them is also a contributing factor. The fact that parents have to work two jobs just to make ends meet is also a contributing factor. This problem is more complex than bad parenting. Perhaps we should figure out how to help these parents who are likely obese themselves rather than punishing them by putting their children into foster care. **************************************************** Joan Blakey, Ph.D. Assistant Professor UT Arlington, School of Social Work 817-272-3954 Email: jblakeyuta.edu Faculty Web Page: http://www.uta.edu/ra/real/editprofile.php?onlyview=1&pid=6327 "There is more gold in the minds of individuals than has ever been taken from the earth" - Napoleon Hill ________________________________________ From: bounce-37775565-14463080list.cornell.edu [bounce-37775565-14463080list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of D F MCMAHON [dfmcmahon1msn.com] Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 10:57 AM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: David Ludwig's recommendation to use foster care to treat obese children Any thoughts or responses? Sheri McMahon ND