adult and child holding hands

The Long Road Ahead

| 12:55 PM

This writer was permitted to follow Ruff because a Juvenile Dependency Court judge signed a court order allowing it in the interest of showing the public what taxpayer-funded Protective Services Workers do. However, child welfare laws protect children’s privacy and the confidentiality of their proceedings. So, after the 30-day court order expired, Ruff and Child Welfare Services were prohibited by law from discussing this case further.


Assigned a Case

| 12:35 PM

On a recent workday, a new case came across Protective Services Worker Tom Ruff’s desk. A first-time mother’s newborn boy tested positive for meth at the hospital, and the mother admitted to using the drug during her pregnancy, according to the front-line social worker’s report.