The child is far too young to truly understand that this is the parent’s issue, not hers/his. He/she seems to understand that things can get ugly in their home, but it’s the only home they know. I felt sad, obviously, but also outraged. The case worker did not explain WHAT they were doing with the child, WHERE he/she was being taken, and what the relative permanency was of the situation. That child should have been given an age appropriate explanation in order to do whatever was possible to ease their mind.