The forceful separation of a child from its parents will lead to the emotional turmoil of all the family members involved in the issue, no matter how legally and theoretically justified an organization is in doing so. However, the cases have to be studied closely because there are many instances where the parents can pose real threat to the physical existence and mental health of children. In such cases, there cannot be any other option than separating children from their homes. The key factors that should determine it has to be clear evidence, proper understanding of the situation and ensuring the well-being of the child who is taken to the care of the state or foster care services.
It is possible that the department has misinterpreted/misappropriated the finding of Social Learning Theory, which states, “aggressive children have parents who use similar tactics when dealing with others. For example, the children of wife batterers are more likely to use aggressive tactics themselves than children in the general population, especially if the victims (their mothers) suffer psychological distress from the abuse”. The quantitative nature of the study makes it impossible to judge isolated cases where children who feel more secure with their parents who happened to be abusive on rare occasions, than to be brought up in an institutional ambience. Moreover, there could be instances of some parents losing their control over themselves under the influence of intense emotional turmoil due to extraneous affairs.