One of the reasons I love Lilo and Stitch is the way they portray Cobra Bubbles. Let me just take a moment to fully explain WHY it is so awesome.
1. He’s a social worker that is a man and a person of color. Both of these demographics are severely underrepresented in social work in the US.
2. He honestly tries really, really hard to keep their family together. Like, when you consider the living situation Lilo and Nani are in, and the situations he sees even before this gif (and the implications that he’s seen bad ones even before the movie starts) he has definitely put in a serious effort to keep them together despite many good reasons to find Lilo what he (understandably) sees as a more stable home. A lot of media like to make social workers flat-out antagonists that don’t take the needs of the children and families they’re supposed to take care of into account, and acts like they don’t care about familial bonds.
3. Even though he clearly, understandably feels the need to remove Lilo from the situation in this scene, it’s also clear that he does it because he cares about Lilo. Again, this doesn’t happen a lot with social workers in the media.
Anyways I really all appreciate this even if it’s not perfect, because my mom and my cousin are both social workers that work with child placement and other things and it’s just NICE to see their job portrayed even somewhat realistically, and certainly sympathetically. The negative stereotypes in the media can make things really, unfairly hard for them.