When an obese 8-year-old boy in Cleveland was placed under the protective supervision of the Department of Children and Family Services in Cuyahoga County, social workers all over the country took notice. Then, when the child was given a chance to live with his father and subsequently return home after losing 50 pounds, MSASS Associate Professor David Crampton continued talking about the controversy that has created a national firestorm.
Crampton has been vigilant about his interest in the case, which began back in November 2011. He knows a great deal about the effects of foster care after researching 44,000 children in Cuyahoga County and 10 other communities. Since that time, Crampton has offered solutions and guidelines that make sense. His latest comments appear in the February 27 edition of the Plain Dealer.