View Poll Results: What should happen to the Balloon Kids?

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  • The parents should lose parental rights

    3 6.82%
  • They should go to foster homes until this is sorted out

    0 0%
  • They should go to foster care only if parents convicted

    1 2.27%
  • The family should be monitored by CPS for a period of time

    18 40.91%
  • The family should stay intact unless there was physical abuse

    22 50.00%
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Thread: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    I feel the situation in the home should be investigated.
    I can't vote for "CPS should remove the kids" without any concrete proof that abuse is occurring; I feel an investigation should be undertaken.

    The parents are criminals; they've committed a crime. The mother has confessed.
    But the penalty for committing non-violent crimes- even those involving one's children- is not necessarily "losing one's parental rights".

    I would not condone the children being removed from the home unless significant abuse is found.
    Foster care is no picnic for children, and these aren't babies. It would be traumatic for them to be uprooted from their family, and I wouldn't agree with it merely on the basis of this hoax. Not unless abuse is uncovered.

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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    I think the dad is completely bonkers and after being on wife swap twice he and his wife are attention whores who would sell out their kids in a heartbeat for another 15 mins under the spotlight.

    Judging by his demeanor and his attitude I would definately say the he is a danger to those kids...and so is she.

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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    CPS has very limited resources and high caseloads. They can't intervene in every case of verbal abuse, they'd be investigating 95% of homes in America I suspect.

    As far as this case, let's say, for comparison, that this was a Black kid in the ghetto who was lying to help his mom turn tricks or his dad to sell drugs. Otherwise his folks are loving parents. Should CPS check into it?
    The problem with this comparison is that the Ballon Boys father does not seem very loving at all and needs to get help with his anger issues.

    Since this whole thing played out on live T.V. CPS has a duty to look into these childrens household and how they are treated in that home.
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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    We have to keep in mind cultural differences as well, especially with first-generation immigrant families.
    There are cultures where children are raised very differently than they are in American families.
    There are, for instance, many cultures where qualities such as humbleness and modesty are prized over "high self-esteem". And not just for female children (as is the common belief). For both sexes.
    The ways in which parents from these cultures raise their children might be considered verbally or emotionally abusive by Western standards.

    But in fact, this was the norm even for our culture until about the 1950s: cut your kid down to size, don't let them get a swelled head, etc.

    It's only recently that we've begun this current practice of indiscriminately praising children for everything they do, so as to build "self-confidence".

    We can't run around removing children from immigrant families because they don't see their duty as parents the exact same way we do.
    We can and should remove a child being emotionally abused. Cutting words can sometimes hurt worse than being hit if the verbal abuse is coming from a parent.
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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    The problem with this comparison is that the Ballon Boys father does not seem very loving at all and needs to get help with his anger issues.

    Since this whole thing played out on live T.V. CPS has a duty to look into these childrens household and how they are treated in that home.
    So, you think the mother who has her child helping her with her prostitution business, or the father whose son helps him cover up for his drug business, are fit parents? It's okay, as long as they are nice to their kids?

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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    So, you think the mother who has her child helping her with her prostitution business, or the father whose son helps him cover up for his drug business, are fit parents? It's okay, as long as they are nice to their kids?
    Of course not
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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    Of course not
    So, we're in agreement! Both parents are negligent, the middle class appearing people and the wrong side of the tracks people.

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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    Of course not
    You should go spend some time in Amsterdam. In the redlight district it is very common to see a woman's child deliver their lunches to the door of their legitimate businesses.

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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by goldendog View Post
    You should go spend some time in Amsterdam. In the redlight district it is very common to see a woman's child deliver their lunches to the door of their legitimate businesses.
    Here is your cucumber and condom sandwich, mommy.

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    Re: Should the Balloon Kids be taken by CPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by goldendog View Post
    You should go spend some time in Amsterdam. In the redlight district it is very common to see a woman's child deliver their lunches to the door of their legitimate businesses.
    That is sad. Amssterdam is on my bucket list though
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