"The system is broken, it doesn't work. There's no where to turn, no support. I've seen it all over the world, it's just easier to give up. I'm not any better than you, Mrs. Johnson, I've just seen more. It's not a matter of being a good person or being a bad person, it's about how you cope. We're so limited. But the eyes of every child are filled with potential and hope, and we need to embrace and nourish that potential. But we don't, and we continue to make the same mistakes, and we continue to let the children grow up broken and lost, just like their parents." (Source)
Let's consider the Department of Children and Family Services for a moment. If a family reaches a certain level of violent dysfunction and is deemed hazardous to a child's health that a child is removed from a home and a new placement is sought. DCFS ideally seeks out first a close relative, or family relation that could provide temporary or long term care for a child. But, what is the geographical and economic placement situation for the new placement? There is a likelihood that the closest relative lives nearby and is in a similar or lower economic status. Is culture and/or family enough to raise the likelihood of a child's success in life?