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Child's Welfare 

While Olivia tries to help her brother regain custody of his two children, SVU discovers that a baby abandoned in front of a church belongs to a missing teen.


Holly Dale


Dick Wolf (created by), Peter Blauner (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Danny Pino ... Nick Amaro
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Andre Braugher ... Bayard Ellis
Nicole Beharie ... Tracy Harrison
Veanne Cox ... Child Services Rep
Priscilla Lopez ... Judge Shira Suarez
Halley Wegryn Gross ... Laurie
Peter Van Wagner ... Judge Himes
Ami Brabson ... Judge Karyn Blake
Kevin Kane ... Officer Greg Wilcox
Tabitha Holbert Tabitha Holbert ... A.D.A. Rose Caliay


While Olivia tries to help her brother regain custody of his two children, SVU discovers that a baby abandoned in front of a church belongs to a missing teen.

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Release Date:

29 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Peter Van Wagner (Judge Himes) previously played the role of Al Shipley in episode 2.19, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Parasites (2001). See more »


When Detective Amaro walks into the precinct, he takes off his jacket and his keys get thrown to the ground and make a loud noise. Everyone ignores this and he does not try to retrieve the keys. See more »


Simon Marsden: This is crazy. They dropped the pot charge. How can they keep my kids?
Bayard Ellis: The smoking gun theory. Possession is considered evidence that other abuse and neglect could be going on.
Tracy Harrison: What's going to happen with Ty and Olivia? They're in a foster home, they're scared...
Olivia Benson: We're gonna fight this, Tracy.
Simon Marsden: Yeah, right. They will not let us keep our kids no matter what.
Olivia Benson: Simon, nobody's talking about quitting here, okay? You got to trust me on this.
Simon Marsden: Liv, you know what I've been through. What, now you're ...
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are olivias whole family victims
25 March 2015 | by mdbourke-282-899973See all my reviews

Enough, Olivia and her brother are both perennial victims. This episode proves it. Emotions over logic.They both tend to make ridiculous decisions yet Olivia is never held accountable for hers. At least her bother had to. Writers need to start writing some redemption episodes to save Bensons character. She is unlikeable and becoming more and more unrelatable. This has become common with most recent episodes. I think the writers are stuck in a character rut. The episode was good, The worry was good, except for the poor Olivia and her poor brother storyline. Oh and the little girl at the end having a baby girl was difficult to reconcile, how did she keep a secret from Daddy in a single room?

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