I think this just shows how powerful having this job is. I think that moms like this SHOULD NOT me able to have kids. This is so tragic and makes me want to cry. What did that 19 month year old ever do to her mom? Being a social worker would be so rewarding if you could stop stuff like this!! the article says, ""Social workers are required to make reasonable efforts to keep the family together. Social workers offer services and if the family says 'no,' the social worker must decide if there is such a level of risk that the child should be placed out of the home," Gilbert said. "The challenge is the balancing act between supporting, maintaining and strengthening families and keeping children safe." If i were the social worker i would have taken the kids away because maybe one would be alive today.