The child welfare system is, in the end, an information system, and there are legal consequences if files are lost because a social worker quits or some other foul-up, said James Marsh, a lawyer who has done pro bono adoptions in the District.
"It's like garbage in, garbage out. If the information is bad, the court won't make a good decision and the child won't end up in a good place," he said
"It is an extraordinary remedy for a judge to order the head of any agency into court," said James Marsh, president of The Children's Law Center. "I think it was based on an act of desperation and the reality of the Brianna case."
"The judges don't have crystal balls. It's just like a computer: garbage in, garbage out," said James Marsh, president of the Children's Law Center, who went on to give one reason that cases require close monitoring.
"A lot of times, there are other people living in the house, and there are people coming and going," Marsh said. "The family is in one house one day, and they could be in another house the next day. It's difficult for social workers who have 40 or 50 cases to get out there and visit the home."
"The judges don't have crystal balls. It's just like a computer: garbage in, garbage out."
-- James Marsh, president of the Children's Law Center, explaining that decisions in child abuse cases often suffer because the social workers who advise judges are overworked or are insufficiently trained.