Why Do Child Welfare Agencies Keep Demanding Poor People Raise Their Kids ‘Independently’ When No One Else Does?

In this piece for Youth Today, Richard Wexler - executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform - calls out child protection policies in the US for too often unnecessarily removing children from poor families due to parental mental illness and what the child protection agencies deem as inability to raise children "independently." 

All of which raises one obvious question: Who in the world raises a child independently?