MITB: That sounds like a great program. I don't know if there's anything like that around here or not, but it sounds much more useful than screening prospective parents!
Not most shocking, but...worst parent award in my life goes to my ex. He used to yell (inluding swearing) at ds1 for asking for lunch when my ex was playing a videogame, banished ds1 downstairs so he could smoke pot in the living room (until I caught him), neglected to feed ds1, wouldn't pick ds1 up from the babysitter's when he got off work, etc.
I got a call from ds1's school while I was at work one day. They wanted to know if he was sick, because he hadn't shown up - he was in first grade. I called home (my ex was off that day), and nobody answered. I called my sister (she lived downstairs at that time), so she went up to check on things. DS1 was sitting on the couch watching tv in his underwear. She went and pounded on our bedroom door, and woke my ex up, then let me know. I called him and asked him to send ds1 to school for the afternoon. He said, "sure". I called the school afterwards to see if ds1 had shown up, and he hadn't. My ex told me that he didn't see the point, since he'd already missed the morning. When I got home at 6:30 that evening, ds1 asked me for something to eat, because his dad hadn't given him anything all day. The reason my ex wasn't up to get ds1 ready for school? He'd stayed up late playing Ultima Online.
He hasn't so much as called ds1 in over a year. He spent about three years promising him expensive gifts every Christmas and birthday, then not following through. He's totally abandoned ds1, and I can't help thinking my son's better off that way..