DCF child protective investigators were recently on a case that involved physical and emotional abuse to a little girl child. In the midst of the case, we realized that today was the little girl’s birthday and we would be removing her and her brother from their parents on a very special day in this young woman’s life. We hesitated and discussed the pros and cons but ultimately came to the decision that she and her brother needed to be removed immediately for their safety and well-being.
The decision was made that the DCF team would provide the child with a birthday party at school, complete with gifts and cake. The team had gathered so much information that we even knew what kind of music, interests and likes the kids had. So with some gift cards we had at the office, the team bought some gifts for both kids.
It turns out that these kids had NEVER had a birthday party before. The child was unsure of how to respond and was hesitant for fear she would be disciplined for accepting gifts.
We took a day that could have been terribly traumatizing for these kids and made it a little less painful. All of us learned a lot that day – we learned that faith and trust can overcome so much and the little girl learned she is worthy of love.