DCF and Gambling Your Parental Rights Away

DCF and Gambling Your Parental Rights Away

Gambling is a horrible addiction. When Gambling starts taking a toll on you it can ruin your family. Gambling can ruin your financial situation and therefore have a significant impact on the quality of life you and your family experience. A gambling problem can spiral out of control real fast. Then combine the gambling problem with an allegation of child abuse and you have a real difficult problem. A gambling addiction can turn into a DCF allegation of child abuse very simply by leaving your child unattended. It happens often. The parent leaves the child out in the car to go in for a quick few minutes that stretches into much longer. The child is seen either in the car or wandering and DCF is then called.

Numerous cases across the country can illustrate this issue. Parents have been gambling with their parental rights by allowing their children to be left alone while they gamble. Parents are leaving their children unattended in the car while they run into the casino. Parents are also leaving their children unattended in the hotel rooms. Sometimes the children wander around either the parking lot or the hotel premises unattended. When the child is questioned it is learned that they are alone leading to a call to DCF.

Some of these children are not so lucky to be found and questioned when left alone. Some have been found unattended in cars that are too hot or cold during poor weather conditions. There have been instances of infants dying in cars while their parents gamble. This was due to insufferable conditions while their parent or guardian gambled resulting in terrible outcomes. One such instance is one too many.

Casinos now are pairing up with advocacy networks to educate and hopefully stop such behavior. The casinos are acknowledging a very real problem. The newer Casinos starting to rise in Massachusetts will certainly be exposed to such an issue. The DCF will be receiving calls of children being left alone in cars and hotels while parents in MA gamble. This may lead to DCF seeking supportive decisions of child abuse and custody of your child. This could then ultimately lead to the termination of your parental rights. This is something no parent should gamble with is their parental rights and with DCF.

Below are a few quick gambling addictions statistics:

  • The likelihood of developing a gambling addiction increases 23-fold for people affected by alcohol use disorders.
  • Over 80 percent of American adult’s gamble on a yearly basis.
  • Three to five gamblers out of every hundred struggles with a gambling problem.
  • As many as 750,000 young people, ages 14 to 21 has a gambling addiction.

Below are a few news articles on this topic:

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