Confidential Report About Fatalities In LA County


Click on the picture to read the report. NOTE** ON THE FIRST PAGE, SECOND PARAGRAPH OF THIS DOCUMENT IT STATES, “This fact-based analysis presents a unique opportunity to examine the need and possibly for wholesale changes in the way DCFS and the County of Los Angeles carry out the charge of providing services for families and children in crisis. Accordingly, in addition to identifying the RSI (Reoccurring Systemic Issues), this report suggests opportunities for improvement that, if capitalized upon effectively, can lead to positive changes and outcomes for the children and families DCFS serves.” ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY! 

 

http://documents.latimes.com/report-severe-problems-los-angeles-county-department-children-and-family-services/confidential

Child Protective Services aka CPS, Everything you ever wanted to know. The Good, The bad, and The Ugly.


Federal

U.S. federal laws that govern CPS agencies include:

History

In 1690, in what is now the United States, there were criminal court cases involving child abuse.[1] In 1692, states and municipalities identified care for abused and neglected children as the responsibility of local government and private institutions.[2]In 1696, The Kingdom of England first used the legal principle of parens patriae, which gave the royal crown care of “charities, infants, idiots, and lunatics returned to the chancery.” This principal of parens patriae has been identified as the statutory basis for U.S. governmental intervention in families’ child rearing practices.[3]

In 1825, states enacted laws giving social-welfare agencies the right to remove neglected children from their parents and from the streets. These children were placed in almshouses, in orphanages and with other families. In 1835, the Humane Society founded the National Federation of Child Rescue agencies to investigate child maltreatment. In the late-19th century, private child protection agencies – modeled after existing animal protection organizations – developed to investigate reports of child maltreatment, present cases in court and advocate for child welfare legislation.[4]

In 1853, the Children’s Aid Society was founded in response to the problem of orphaned or abandoned children living in New York.[5] Rather than allow these children to become institutionalized or continue to live on the streets, the children were placed in the first “foster” homes, typically with the intention of helping these families work their farms.[6][7]

In 1874, the first case of child abuse was criminally prosecuted in what has come to be known as the “case of Mary Ellen.” Outrage over this case started an organized effort against child maltreatment[8] In 1909, President Theodore Roosevelt convened the White House Conference on Child Dependency, which created a publicly funded volunteer organization to “establish and publicize standards of child care.”[6] By 1926, 18 states had some version of county child welfare boards whose purpose was to coordinate public and private child related work.[7] Issues of abuse and neglect were addressed in the Social Security Act in 1930, which provided funding for intervention for “neglected and dependent children in danger of becoming delinquent.” [8]

In 1912, the federal Children’s Bureau was established to manage federal child welfare efforts, including services related to child maltreatment. In 1958, amendments to the Social Security Act mandated that states fund child protection efforts.[9] In 1962, professional and media interest in child maltreatment was sparked by the publication of C. Henry Kempe and associates’ “The battered child syndrome” in JAMA. By the mid-1960s, in response to public concern that resulted from this article, 49 U.S. states passed child-abuse reporting laws.[10] In 1974, these efforts by the states culminated in the passage of the federal “Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act” (CAPTA; Public Law 93-247) providing federal funding for wide-ranging federal and state child-maltreatment research and services.[11] In 1980, Congress passed the first comprehensive federal child protective services act, the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 (Public Law 96-272), which focused on state economic incentives to substantially decrease the length and number of foster care placements.[12]

Partly funded by the federal government, Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies were first established in response to the 1974CAPTA which mandated that all states establish procedures to investigate suspected incidents of child maltreatment.[13]

In the 1940s and 1950s, due to improved technology in diagnostic radiology, the medical profession began to take notice of what they believed to be intentional injuries.[14] In 1961, C. Henry Kempe began to further research this issue, eventually identifying and coining the term battered child syndrome.[14] At this same time, there were also changing views about the role of the child in society, fueled in part by the civil rights movement.[7]

In 1973, Congress took the first steps toward enacting federal legislature to address the issue of child abuse. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act[15] was passed in 1974, which required states “to prevent, identify and treat child abuse and neglect.”[8]

Shortly thereafter, in 1978, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was passed in response to concerns that large numbers of Native American children were being separated from their tribes and placed in foster care.[16] This legislation not only opened the door for consideration of cultural issues while stressing ideas that children should be with their families, leading to the beginnings offamily preservation programs.[17] In 1980, the Adoption Assistance Act[18] was introduced as a way to manage the high numbers of children in placement.[7] Although this legislation addressed some of the complaints from earlier pieces of legislation around ensuring due process for parents, these changes did not alleviate the high numbers of children in placement or continuing delays in permanence.[17] This led to the introduction of the home visitation models, which provided funding to private agencies to provide intensive family preservation services.[7]

In addition to family preservation services, the focus of federal child welfare policy changed to try to address permanence for the large numbers of foster children care.[17] Several pieces of federal legislation attempted to ease the process of adoption including Adoption Assistance Act;[18] the 1988 Child Abuse Prevention, Adoption, and Family Services Act; and the 1992 Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Adoption, and Family Services Act.[19] The 1994 Multi-Ethnic Placement Act, which was revised in 1996 to add the Interethnic Placement Provisions, also attempted to promote permanency through adoption, creating regulations that adoptions could not be delayed or denied due to issues of race, color, or national origin of the child or the adoptive parent.[20]

All of these policies led up to the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), much of which guides current practice. Changes in the Adoptions and Safe Families Act showed an interest in both protecting children’s safety and developing permanency.[20]This law requires counties to provide “reasonable efforts” (treatment) to preserve or reunify families, but also shortened time lines required for permanence, leading to termination of parental rights should these efforts fail.[7][20] ASFA introduced the idea of “concurrent planning” which demonstrated attempts to reunify families as the first plan, but to have a back-up plan so as not to delay permanency for children.[21]

Comparison to other similar systems

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has a comprehensive child welfare system under which Local Authorities have duties and responsibilities towards children in need in their area. This covers provision of advice and services, accommodation and care of children who become uncared for, and also the capacity to initiate proceedings for the removal of children from their parents care/care proceedings. The criteria for the latter is ‘significant harm’ which covers physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. In appropriate cases the Care Plan before the Court will be for adoption. The Local Authorities also run adoption services both for children put up for adoption voluntarily and those becoming available for adoption through Court proceedings. The basic legal principle in all public and private proceedings concerning children, under the Children Act 1989, is that the welfare of the child is paramount. In recognition of attachment issues, social work good practice requires a minimal number of moves and the 1989 Children Act enshrines the principle that delay is inimical to a child’s welfare. Care proceedings have a time frame of 40 weeks and concurrent planning is required. The final Care Plan put forward by the Local Authority is required to provide a plan for permanence, whether with parents, family members, long-term foster parents or adopters. Nevertheless, ‘drift’ and multiple placements still occur as many older children are difficult to place or maintain in placements. The role of Independent Visitor, a voluntary post, was created in the United Kingdom under the 1989 Children Act to befriend and assist children and young people in care.

In England, Wales and Scotland, there never has been a statutory obligation to report alleged child abuse to the Police. However both the Children Act 1989 and 2004 makes clear a statutory obligation on all professionals to report suspected child abuse.

The statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006 created the role of Local Authority Designated Officer, This officer is responsible for managing allegations of abuse against adults who work with children (Teachers, Social Workers,Church leaders, Youth Workers etc.).

Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB’s) are responsible ensuring agencies and professionals,in their area,effectively safeguard and promote the welfare of children. In the event of the death or serious injury of a child, LSCB’s can initiate a ‘Serious Case Review’ aimed at identifying agency failings and improving future practice.

The planned ContactPoint database, under which information on children is shared between professionals, has been halted by the newly elected coalition government (May 2010). The database was aimed at improving information sharing across agencies. Lack of information sharing had been identified as a failing in numerous high profile child death cases. Critics of the scheme claimed it was evidence of a ‘big brother state’ and too expensive to introduce.

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006 (updated in 2010) and the subsequent ‘The Protection of Children in England: A Progress Report’ (Laming, 2009) continue to promote the sharing of data between those working with vulnerable children.[22]

A child in suitable cases can be made a ward of court and no decisions about the child or changes in its life can be made without the leave of the High Court.

In England the Murder of Victoria Climbié was largely responsible for various changes in child protection in England, including the formation of the Every Child Matters programme in 2003. A similar programme – Getting it Right for Every Child – GIRFEC was established in Scotland in 2008.

Canada

In Ontario, services are provided by independent Children’s Aid Societies.[23] The societies receive funding from, and are under the supervision of the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services.[24] However, they are regarded as a Non-governmental organization (NGO) which allows the CAS a large degree of autonomy from interference or direction in the day to day running of CAS by the Ministry. The Child and Family Services Review Board exists to investigate complaints against CAS and maintains authority to act against the societies.[25]

Costa Rica

The Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI) is responsible for Child Protection in Costa Rica.[26]

The agency was founded in 1930 by Dr. Luis Felipe Gonzalez Flores, a Costa Rican magnate at the time. It was founded to combat infant mortality, that at the time, was rampant in Costa Rica. The idea was to put infants up for adoption that the mother could not afford to support (abortion is a crime in Costa Rica).[26]

In 1949, after the Costa Rican Civil War, a new constitution was written, it called for the agency to be an autonomous institution in the government, autonomous from any ministry.[26]

Today the focus is on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The agency still favors adoption, since abortion is illegal in Costa Rica.

Effects of early maltreatment on children in child welfare

Children with histories of maltreatment, such as physical and psychological neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse, are at risk of developing psychiatric problems.[27][28] Such children are at risk of developing a disorganized attachment.[29][30][31]Disorganized attachment is associated with a number of developmental problems, including dissociative symptoms,[32] as well as depressive, anxiety, and acting-out symptoms.[33][34]

Standards for Reporting

Generally speaking, a report must be made when an individual knows or has reasonable cause to believe or suspect that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect. These standards guide mandatory reporters in deciding whether to make a report to child protective services.[35]

Persons Responsible for the Child

In addition to defining acts or omissions that constitute child abuse or neglect, several states’ statutes provide specific definitions of persons who can get reported to child protective services as perpetrators of abuse or neglect. These are persons who have some relationship or regular responsibility for the child. This generally includes parents, guardians, foster parents, relatives, or legal guardians. Once taken away from home, the stated goal of CPS is to reunite the child with their family. In some cases, due to the nature of abuse children are not able to see or converse with the abusers. If parents fail to complete Court Ordered terms and conditions, the children in care may never return home.[35]

Child Protective Services Statistics

The United States government’s Administration for Children and Families reported that in 2004 approximately 3.5 million children were involved in investigations of alleged abuse or neglect in the US, while an estimated 872,000 children were determined to have been abused or neglected, and an estimated 1,490 children died that year because of abuse or neglect. In 2007, 1,760 children died as the result of child abuse and neglect.[36] Child abuse impacts the most vulnerable populations, with children under age five years accounting for 76% of fatalities.[37] In 2008, 8.3 children per 1000 were victims of child abuse and neglect and 10.2 children per 1000 were in out of home placement.[38]

On September 30, 2010, there were approximately 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S. of which 36% percent were ages 5 and under. During that same period, almost 120,000 birth to five year-olds entered foster care and a little under 100,000 exited foster care.[39] U.S. Child Protective Services (CPS) received a little over 2.5 million reports of child maltreatment in 2009 of which 61.9% were assigned to an investigation.[40] Research using national data on recidivism indicates that 22% of children were rereported within a 2-year period and that 7% of these rereports were substantiated.[41]

Child Protective Services Recidivism in the United States

In order to understand CPS recidivism in the U.S., there are several terms that readers must familiarize themselves with. Two often-used terms in CPS recidivism are rereport (also known as rereferral) and recurrence. Either of the two can occur after an initial report of child abuse or neglect called an index report. Although the definition of rereport and recurrence is not consistent, the general difference is that a rereport is a subsequent report of child abuse or neglect after an initial report (also known as an index report) whereas recurrence refers to a confirmed (also known as substantiated) rereport after an initial report of child abuse and neglect. Borrowing from the definition used by Pecora et al. (2000),[42] recidivism is defined as, “Recurring child abuse and neglect, the subsequent or repeated maltreatment of a child after identification to public authorities.” It is important to highlight that this definition is not all-inclusive because it does not include abused children who are not reported to authorities.[42]

Recidivism Statistics

There are three main sources of recidivism data in the U.S.—the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW), and the National Incidence Study (NIS)—and they all have their own respective strengths and weaknesses. NCANDS was established in 1974, and it consists of administrative data of all reports of suspected child abuse and neglect investigated by CPS. NSCAW was established in 1996 and is similar to NCANDS in that it only includes reports of child abuse and neglect investigated by CPS, but it adds clinical measures related to child and family well-being that NCANDS is lacking. NIS was established in 1974, and it consists of data collected from CPS as well. However, it attempts to gather a more comprehensive picture of the incidence of child abuse and neglect by collecting data from other reporting sources called community sentinels.[43]

Criticism

Brenda Scott, in her 1994 book Out of Control: Who’s Watching Our Child Protection Agencies, criticizes CPS, stating, “Child Protective Services is out of control. The system, as it operates today, should be scrapped. If children are to be protected in their homes and in the system, radical new guidelines must be adopted. At the core of the problem is the antifamily mindset of CPS. Removal is the first resort, not the last. With insufficient checks and balances, the system that was designed to protect children has become the greatest perpetrator of harm.”[44]

An ongoing case about the Nastić family living in U.S. has received an intervention from the Serbian government. Children were taken away from their parents after their naked photos were found on the father’s computer. Such photos are common in Serbia culture. Furthermore, parents claim that their ethnic and religious rights have been violated – children are not permitted to speak Serbian, nor to meet with their parents for orthodox Christmas. They can meet only mother once a week. Children have suffered psychological traumas due to their separation from parents. Polygraph showed that father did not abuse children. Trial is set for January 26. Psychologists from Serbia stated that few hours of conversation with children are enough to see whether they have been abused. Children were taken from their family 7 months ago. FBI started an investigation against the CPS.[45][46][47]

Senator Nancy Schaefer stated “The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect in 1998 reported that six times :as many children died in foster care than in the general public and that once removed to official “safety”, these children are far more likely to :suffer abuse, including sexual molestation than in the general population. Think what that number is today ten years later!”

The NCCAN report on “Perpetrators of Maltreatment”provides the following figures
Maltreatment per 100,000 US children CPS Parents
Physical Abuse 160 59
Sexual Abuse 112 13
Neglect 410 241
Medical Neglect 14 12
Fatalities 6.4 1.5

Senator Schaefer also stated

  • “that poor parents very often are targeted to lose their children because they do not have the where-with-all to hire lawyers and fight the system. Being poor does not mean you are not a good parent or that you do not love your child, or that your child should be removed and placed with strangers;
  • that all parents are capable of making mistakes and that making a mistake does not mean your children are to be removed from the home. Even if the home is not perfect, it is home; and that’s where a child is the safest and where he or she wants to be, with family;
  • that parenting classes, anger management classes, counseling referrals, therapy classes and on and on are demanded of parents with no compassion by the system even while the parents are at work and while their children are separated from them. (some times parents are required to pay for the programs) This can take months or even years and it emotionally devastates both children and parents. Parents are victimized by “the system” that makes a profit for holding children longer and “bonuses” for not returning children to their parents;
  • that caseworkers and social workers are very often guilty of fraud. They withhold and destroy evidence. They fabricate evidence and they seek to terminate parental rights unnecessarily. However, when charges are made against Child Protective Services, the charges are ignored;
  • that the separation of families and the “snatching of children” is growing as a business because local governments have grown accustomed to having these taxpayer dollars to balance their ever-expanding budgets;
  • that Child Protective Services and Juvenile Court can always hide behind a confidentiality clause in order to protect their decisions and keep the funds flowing. There should be open records and “court watches”! Look who is being paid!

There are state employees, lawyers, court investigators, guardian ad litems, court personnel, and judges. There are psychologists, and psychiatrists, counselors, caseworkers, therapists, foster parents, adoptive parents, and on and on. All are looking to the children in state custody to provide job security. Parents do not realize that the social workers are the glue that hold “the system” together that funds the court, funds the court appointed attorneys, and the multiple other jobs including the “system’s” psychiatrists, therapists, their own attorneys and others.

  • that The Adoption and the Safe Families Act, set in motion first in 1974 by Walter Mondale and later in 1997 by President Bill Clinton, offered cash “bonuses” to the states for every child they adopted out of foster care. In order to receive the “adoption incentive bonuses” local child protective services need more children. They must have merchandise (children) that sells and you must have plenty so the buyer can choose. Some counties are known to give a $4,000 to $6,000 bonus for each child adopted out to strangers and an additional $2,000 for a “special needs” child. Employees work to keep the federal dollars flowing;
  • State Departments of Human Resources (DHR) and affiliates are given a baseline number of expected adoptions based on population. For every child DHR and CPS can get adopted, there is the bonus of $4,000 or maybe $6,000. But that is only the beginning figure in the formula in which each bonus is multiplied by the percentage that the State has managed to exceed its baseline adoption number. Therefore States and local communities work hard to reach their goals for increased numbers of adoptions for children in foster care.
  • that there is double dipping. The funding continues as long as the child is out of the home. There is funding for foster care then when a child is placed with a new family, then “adoption bonus funds” are available. When a child is placed in a mental health facility and is on 16 drugs per day, like two children of a constituent of mine, more funds are involved and so is Medicaid;
  • As you can see this program is ordered from the very top and run by Health and Human Resources. This is why victims of CPS get no help from their legislators. It explains why my bill, SB 415 suffered such defeat in the Judicial Committee, why I was cut off at every juncture. Legislators and Governors must remember who funds their paychecks.
  • that there are no financial resources and no real drive to unite a family and help keep them together or provide effective care;
  • that the incentive for social workers to return children to their parents quickly after taking them has disappeared and who in protective services will step up to the plate and say, “This must end! No one, because they are all in the system together and a system with no leader and no clear policies will always fail the children. Just look at the waste in government that is forced upon the tax payer;
  • that the “Policy Manuel” is considered “the last word” for CPS/DFCS. However, it is too long, too confusing, poorly written and does not take the law into consideration;
  • that if the lives of children were improved by removing them from their homes, there might be a greater need for protective services, but today children are not safer. Children, of whom I am aware, have been raped and impregnated in foster care;
  • It is a known fact that children are in much more danger in foster care than they are in their own home even though home may not be perfect.
  • that some parents are even told if they want to see their children or grandchildren, they must divorce their spouse. Many, who are under privileged, feeling they have no option, will divorce and then just continue to live together. This is an anti-family policy, but parents will do anything to get their children home with them. However, when the parents cooperate with Child Protective Services, their behavior is interpreted as guilt when nothing could be further from the truth.
  • Fathers, (non-custodial parents) I must add, are often treated as criminals without access to visit or even see their own children and have child support payments strangling the very life out of them;
  • that the Foster Parents Bill of Rights does not stress that a foster parent is there temporarily to care for a child until the child can be returned home. Many foster parents today use the Foster Parent Bill of Rights as a means to hire a lawyer and seek to adopt the child placed in their care from the real parents, who are desperately trying to get their child home and out of the system. Recently in Atlanta, a young couple learning to be new parents and loving it, were told that because of an anonymous complaint, their daughter would be taken into custody by the State DFCS. The couple was devastated and then was required by DFCS to take parenting classes, alcohol counseling and psychological evaluations if they wanted to get their child back. All of the courses cost money for which most parents are required to pay. While in their anxiety and turmoil to get their child home, the baby was left for hours in a car to die in the heat in her car seat by a foster parent who forgot about the child. This should never have happened. It is tragic. In many cases after the parents have jumped through all the hoops, they still do not get their child. As long as the child is not returned, there is money for the agency, for foster parents, for adoptive parents, and for the State.
  • that tax dollars are being used to keep this gigantic system afloat, yet the victims, parents, grandparents, guardians and especially the children, are charged for the system’s services.
  • that grandparents have called from all over the State of Georgia and from other states trying to get custody of their grandchildren. CPS claims relatives are contacted, but there are many many cases that prove differently. Grandparents who lose their grandchildren to strangers have lost their own flesh and blood. The children lose their family heritage and grandparents, and parents too, lose all connections to their heirs.
  • that The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect in 1998 reported that six times as many children died in foster care than in the general public and that once removed to official “safety”, these children are far more likely to suffer abuse, including sexual molestation than in the general population. Think what that number is today ten years later!
  • That according to the California Little Hoover Commission Report in 2003, 30% to 70% of the children in California group homes do not belong there and should not have been removed from their homes.” [48]

Texas

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services had itself been an object of reports of unusual numbers of poisonings, death, rapes and pregnancies of children under its care since 2004. The Texas Family and Protective Services Crisis Management Team was created by executive order after the critical report Forgotten Children of 2004.

Texas Child Protective Services was hit with a rare if not unprecedented legal sanction for a “groundless cause of action” and ordered to pay $32,000 of the Spring family’s attorney fees. Judge Schneider wrote in a 13-page order, “The offensive conduct by (CPS) has significantly interfered with the legitimate exercise of the traditional core functions of this court.”[49]

2008 Raid of YFZ Ranch

Main article: YFZ Ranch

In April 2008, the largest child protection action in American history raised questions as the CPS in Texas removed hundreds of minor children, infants, and women incorrectly believed to be children from the YFZ Ranch polygamist community, with the assistance of heavily armed police with an armored personnel carrier. Investigators, including supervisor Angie Voss convinced a judge that all of the children were at risk of child abuse because they were all being groomed for under-age marriage. The state supreme court disagreed, releasing most children back to their families. Investigations would result in criminal charges against some men in the community.

Gene Grounds of Victim Relief Ministries commended CPS workers in the Texas operation as exhibiting compassion, professionalism and caring concern.[50] However, CPS performance was questioned by workers from the Hill Country Community Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center. One wrote “I have never seen women and children treated this poorly, not to mention their civil rights being disregarded in this manner” after assisting at the emergency shelter. Others who were previously forbidden to discuss conditions working with CPS later produced unsigned written reports expressed anger at the CPS traumatizing the children, and disregarding rights of mothers who appeared to be good parents of healthy, well-behaved children. CPS threatened some MHMR workers with arrest, and the entire mental health support was dismissed the second week due to being “too compassionate.” Workers believed poor sanitary conditions at the shelter allowed respiratory infections and chicken pox to spread.[51]

CPS problem reports

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, as with other states, had itself been an object of reports of unusual numbers of poisonings, death, rapes and pregnancies of children under its care since 2004. The Texas Family and Protective Services Crisis Management Team was created by executive order after the critical report Forgotten Children[52] of 2004. Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn made a statement in 2006 about the Texas foster care system.[53] In Fiscal 2003, 2004 and 2005, respectively 30, 38 and 48 foster children died in the state’s care. The number of foster children in the state’s care increased 24 percent to 32,474 in Fiscal 2005, while the number of deaths increased 60 percent. Compared to the general population, a child is four times more likely to die in the Texas foster care system. In 2004, about 100 children were treated for poisoning from medications; 63 were treated for rape that occurred while under state care including four-year old twin boys, and 142 children gave birth, though others believe Ms. Strayhorn’s report was not scientifically researched, and that major reforms need to be put in place to assure that children in the conservatorship of the state get as much attention as those at risk in their homes.

Disproportionality & Disparity in the Child Welfare System

In the United States, data suggests that a disproportionate number of minority children, particularly African American and Native American children, enter the foster care system.[54] National data in the United States provides evidence that disproportionality may vary throughout the course of a child’s involvement with the child welfare system. Differing rates of disproportionality are seen at key decision points including the reporting of abuse, substantiation of abuse, and placement into foster care.[55] Additionally, once they enter foster care, research suggests that they are likely to remain in care longer.[56] Research has shown that there is no difference in the rate of abuse and neglect among minority populations when compared to Caucasian children that would account for the disparity.[57] The Juvenile Justice system has also been challenged by disproportionate negative contact of minority children.[58] Because of the overlap in these systems, it is likely that this phenomenon within multiple systems may be related.

Constitutional issues

In May 2007, the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found in Rogers v. County of San Joaquin, No. 05-16071[59] that a CPS social worker who removed children from their natural parents into foster care without obtaining judicial authorization was acting without due process and without exigency (emergency conditions) violated the 14th Amendment and Title 42 United State Code Section 1983. The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution says that a state may not make a law that abridges “… the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States” and no state may “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Title 42 United States Code Section 1983[60] states that citizens can sue in federal courts any person who acting under a color of law to deprive the citizens of their civil rights under the pretext of a regulation of a state, See.[61]

In case of Santosky v. Kramer, 455 US 745, Supreme Court reviewed a case when Department of Social Services removed two younger children from their natural parents only because the parents had been previously found negligent toward their oldest daughter.[62] When the third child was only three days old, DSS transferred him to a foster home on the ground that immediate removal was necessary to avoid imminent danger to his life or health. The Supreme Court vacated previous judgment and stated: “Before a State may sever completely and irrevocably the rights of parents in their natural child, due process requires that the State support its allegations by at least clear and convincing evidence. But until the State proves parental unfitness, the child and his parents share a vital interest in preventing erroneous termination of their natural relationship”.[62]

A District of Columbia Court of Appeals concluded that the lower trial court erred in rejecting the relative custodial arrangement selected by the natural mother who tried to preserve her relationship with the child.[63] The previous judgment granting the foster mother’s adoption petition was reversed, the case remanded to the trial court to vacate the orders granting adoption and denying custody, and to enter an order granting custody to the child’s relative.[63]

Notable lawsuits

In 2010 an ex-foster child was awarded $30 million by jury trial in California (Santa Clara County) for sexual abuse damages that happened to him in foster home from 1995 to 1999.[64][65] The foster parent, John Jackson, was licensed by state despite the fact that he abused his own wife and son, overdosed on drugs and was arrested for drunken driving. In 2006, Jackson was convicted in Santa Clara County of nine counts of lewd or lascivious acts on a child by force, violence, duress, menace and fear and seven counts of lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.[64] The sex acts he forced the children in his foster care to perform sent him to prison for 220 years. Later in 2010, Giarretto Institute, the private foster family agency responsible for licensing and monitoring Jackson’s foster home and others, also was found to be negligent and liable for 75 percent of the abuse that was inflicted on the victim, and Jackson was liable for the rest.[64]

In 2009 Oregon Department of Human Services has agreed to pay $2 million into a fund for the future care of twins who were allegedly abused by their foster parents; it was the largest such settlement in the agency’s history.[66] According to the civil rightssuit filed on request of twins’ adoptive mother in December 2007 in U.S. Federal Court, kids were kept in makeshift cages—cribs covered with chicken wire secured by duct tape—in a darkened bedroom known as “the dungeon.” The brother and sister often went without food, water or human touch. The boy, who had a shunt put into his head at birth to drain fluid, didn’t receive medical attention, so when police rescued the twins he was nearly comatose. The same foster family previously took in their care hundreds of other children over nearly four decades.[67] DHS said the foster parents deceived child welfare workers during the checkup visits.[66]

Several lawsuits were brought in 2008 against the Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF), accusing it of mishandling reports that Thomas Ferrara, 79, a foster parent, was molesting girls.[68][69] The suits claimed that though there were records of sexual misconduct allegations against Ferrara in 1992, 1996, and 1999, the DCF continued to place foster children with Ferrara and his then-wife until 2000.[68] Ferrara was arrested in 2001 after a 9-year-old girl told detectives he regularly molested her over two years and threatened to hurt her mother if she told anyone. Records show that Ferrara had as many as 400 children go through his home during his 16 years as a licensed foster parent from 1984 to 2000.[68] Officials stated that the lawsuits over Ferrara end up costing the DCF almost $2.26 million.[69] Similarly, in 2007 Florida‘s DCF paid $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged DCF ignored complaints that another mentally challenged Immokalee girl was being raped by her foster father, Bonifacio Velazquez, until the 15-year-old gave birth to a child.[70][71][72]

In a class action lawsuit Charlie and Nadine H. v. McGreevey[73] was filed in federal court by “Children’s Rights” New York organization on behalf of children in the custody of the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS).[74][75] The complaint alleged violations of the children’s constitutional rights and their rights under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, theChild Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment, 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, theAmericans with Disabilities Act, and the Multiethnic Placement Act (MEPA).[76] In July 2002, the federal court granted plaintiffs’ experts access to 500 children’s case files, allowing plaintiffs to collect information concerning harm to children in foster care through a case record review.[74] These files revealed numerous cases in which foster children were abused, and DYFS failed to take proper action. On June 9, 2004, the child welfare panel appointed by the parties approved the NJ State’s Reform Plan. The court accepted the plan on June 17, 2004.[75] The same organization filed similar lawsuits against other states in recent years that caused some of the states to start child welfare reforms.[77]

In 2007 Deanna Fogarty-Hardwick obtained a jury verdict against Orange County (California) and two of its social workers for violating her Fourteenth Amendment rights to familial association.[78] The $4.9 million verdict grew to a $9.5 million judgment as the County lost each of its successive appeals.[78] The case finally ended in 2011 when the United States Supreme Court denied Orange County’s request to overturn the verdict.[79]

California

In April 2013, Child Protective Services in Sacramento sent in police to forcibly remove a 5-month-old baby from the care of parents.

Alex and Anna Nikolayev took their baby Sammy out of Sutter Memorial Hospital and sought a second opinion at Kaiser Permanente, a competing hospital, for Sammy’s flu-like symptoms.[80] Police arrived at Kaiser and questioned the couple and doctors. Once Sammy had been fully cleared to leave the hospital, the couple went home, but the following day police arrived and took Sammy. On June 25, 2013 the case against the family was dismissed adn the family filed a lawsuit against CPS and the Sacramento Police Department.[81]

Effectiveness

In a nationwide study, researchers examined children in 595 families over a period of 9 years. They discovered that in the households where child abuse was substantiated by evidence, risk factors remained unchanged during interviews with the families.[82]

See also

Similar organizations in other countries

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External links

List of Children who have been abused to death in Child Protection Services Care


Here’s a short list of just 291 children that have lost their lives while in CPS “hands”.  

Make Their Deaths Mean Something!

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Tiffany Lewandowski Waubay, SD Jan 17, 2005 house fire
Travis Lewandowski Waubay, SD Jan. 17, 2005 house fire
Joslyn Bullbear Waubay, SD Jan. 17, 2005 house fire
Daniel Flynn Waubay, SD Jan. 17, 2005 house fire
Joshua Sharp, 15 months old Las Vegas, NV Aug 17, 2006 unknown
Isaac Lethbridge, 2 years old Detroit, MI Aug 17, 2006 struck by blunt object
Marcus Fiesel, 4 years old Aug 2006 Lewis Township, OH left for 2 days to die locked in closet then incinerated by foster parent
Genesis Acosta-Garcia, Las Vegas Nevada, three months old, November 19, 2005, septic shock
Travis C Adams, Salem Oregon, August 8 2000, December 16 2002, wandered into creek
Kayla Y Allen, Richlands North Carolina, November 10 1995 – August 24 2003, poison
Martin Lee Anderson, Panama City Florida, fourteen years old, January 6 2006, beating/suffocation
Richard L (Ricky) Aragon, Albuquerque New Mexico, January 24 1991 – April 12 1993, battered
Shirley Arciszewski, Charlotte North Carolina, April 19 1992 – September 11 2004, restraint
Miguel Humberto Arias-Baca, Westminster Colorado, two years old, February 2 1999, battered
Angellika Arndt, Minneapolis Minnesota, seven years old, May 26 2006, restraint
Ian August, Sevier Desert Utah, June 21 1988 – July 13, 2002, exhaustion
Denzel Bailey, Los Angeles California, eleven months old, April 2001, malnutrition
Jeffrey Baldwin, Toronto Ontario, December 20 1996 – November 30 2002, malnutrition/pneumonia
Casey Paul Barrow, West Valley Utah, eighteen months old, October 22 2003, battered
Anthony Bars, Indiana, four years old, January 20 2004, starvation, battered
Nadine Catherine Beaulieu, Dauphin Manitoba, twenty three months old, February 1996, battered
Teddy Bellingham, Smiths Falls Ontario, sixteen years old, August 1992, beaten
Jerome Bennett, Oshawa Ontario, fifteen years old, February 3 2006, homicide
Maria Bennett, Lancaster Ohio, two years old, October 23, 2002, battered
Modesto Blanco, Lubbock Texas, twenty two months old, March 2 2002, battered
Christian Blewitt, ne Osik, Halesowen England, three years old, December 2002, poison/battered
Deondre Bondieumaitre, Florida, sixteen months old, April 16 2003, battered
Timothy Boss, Remsen Iowa, ten years old, February 23 2000, battered
Alex Boucher, New Port Richey Florida, January 25 1997 – September 25 2000, asphyxiation
Ashley Boyd, LaFayette Georgia, twelve years old, December 13 2005, hit by car / suicide
Kerry Brooks, Los Angeles California, nine years old, February 10 2001, suicide
Talitha Brooks, Colorado, one year old, July 1998, heatstroke
Amira Brown, Reading Pennsylvania, twelve years old, September 4 2005, battered / restraint
Diminiqua Bryant, Dothan Alabama, two years old, May 1999, battered
Scott Buckle, Swansea Wales, twelve years old, February 6 2005, hanging
Latasha Bush, Manvel Texas, January 2 1987 – February 28 2002, restraint
Michael Buxton, Miami Oklahoma, five years old, July 5 1998, battered
Eduardo Calzada, Bakersfield California, three months old, March 2004, battered
Chris Campbell, Toledo Iowa, thirteen years old, November 2, 1997, restraint
Gladys Campbell, Philadelphia/New Jersey, two years old, ca 1988
Edith Campos, Tucson Arizona, fifteen years old, February 4 1998, restraint
Brianna Canales, Harrisburg Pennsylvania, four years old, April 24 2006, dozen Zoloft pills
Latasha Cannon, Boston Massachusetts, seventeen years old, April 2001, slashed throat
Mario Cano, Chula Vista California, sixteen years old, April 27 1984, untreated blood clot
Joshua K Causey, Detroit Michigan, March 21 1998 – March 18 2003, battered
Jaime Ceballos, Salinas California, two years old, November 27 2005, infection and bleeding
baby boy Charles, Las Vegas Nevada, seven months old, August 4 2006, head injury
Sherry Charlie, British Columbia, nineteen months old, September 4 2002, battered
Sarah Angelina Chavez, Alhambra California, two years old, October 11 2005, battered
Felix Chen, Bloomington Indiana, August 27 1997 – April 1 2004, treatment withheld
Sky Colon Cherevez, Paterson New Jersey, three months old, August 6 1998, battered
Tiffany H Clair, Fort Worth Texas, September 6 1985 – May 4 2001, heroin
Brian Clark, New Jersey, three years old, January 2002, untreated pneumonia
Angelic Clary, Bakersfield California, three months old, September 14 2003
Roshelle Clayborn, San Antonio Texas, sixteen years old, August 18 1997, restraint
Casey Collier, Westminster Colorado, seventeen years old, December 21 1993, restraint
Desiree Collins, Los Angeles California, fourteen years old, February 10 2002, gunshot
Nicholas Contreras, Queen Creek Arizona, January 15 1982 – March 2 1998, untreated infection
Adrianna Cram, Veracruz Mexico (US supervision), August 25 2000 – June 13 2005
Christopher Henry Cryderman, Springfield Missouri, July 27 2004 – November 22 2004, untreated infection
Dirk D Dalton, Clarkston Washington, June 7 1989 – May 1 1994, battered
Arieale Daniels, Naples Florida, fifteen years old, 1999, car crash
Tajuana Davidson, Phoenix Arizona, three years old, November 3 1993, battered
China Marie Davis, Phoenix Arizona, March 23 1991 – October 31 1993, battered
Sabrina Elizabeth Day, Charlotte North Carolina, July 4 1984 – February 10 2000, restraint
Tyler Joseph DeLeon, Stevens County Washington, January 13 1998 – January 13 2005, dehydration
Kameron Justin Demery, Long Beach California, two years old, October 14 1996, battered
Connre Dixon, Ridgefield Township Onio eleven years old, October 18 2004, stabbing
Mark Draheim, Orefield Pennsylvania, October 10 1984 – December 11 1998, restraint
Charmaria Drake, Cleveland Ohio, twenty months old, March 13 2003, battered
Stephanie Duffield, Manvel Texas, July 14 1984 – February 11 2001, restraint
Willie Lawrence Durden III, Citrus County Florida, seventeen years old, October 2005, unknown/died in cell
Brian Edgar, Overland Park Kansas, nine years old, December 30 2002, asphyxiation
William Edgar, Peterborough Ontario, thirteen years old, March 1999, restraint
Tiffany Eilders, Rancho Cucamonga California, fourteen weeks old, December 7 2005, battered
Kayla Erlandson, King County Washington, two years old, April 1991, battered
Luke Evans, Lowell Indiana, sixteen months old, November 30 2001, malnutrition/battered
Roberta (Berta) Evers, Bayfield Colorado, six years old, June 13 1998, restraint
Sara Eyerman, California, twenty months old, ca 1986, untreated pneumonia
Sean Isaac Faith, Eagle Idaho, three years old, May 13 2006, drowning
Miranda Finn, Lake Butler Florida, nine years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident
Laura Fleming, Palmdale California, October 11 2004 – November 21 2004, cause unknown
Sarah Jane Forrester, Woodlawn Maryland, October 30 1985 – found May 13 1999, battered and stabbed
Rita Foster, Pasadena California, four years old, June 29 2006, run over by bus
Kameryn Fountain, Bibb County Georgia, two months old, November 20 2005, unknown cause
Henry Gallop, Boston Massachusetts, two years old, 1987, poison
Alexander Ganadonegro, Albuquerque New Mexico, March 10 1998 – February 4 1999, battered
Christening (Mikie) Garcia, Ingram Texas, twelve years old, December 4 2005, restraint
Camron P Gardner, Waupun Wisconsin, three years old, May 5 2006, battered
Dylan James George, Fremont California, April 16 2002 – October 4 2004, battered
Corese Goldman, Chicago Illinois, two years old, 1995, drowning
Mollie Gonzales, Jefferson County Colorado, ten years old, November 18 2002, drug overdose
Julio Gonzalez, Glendale California, May 10 1995 – December 29 1996, battered
Elizabeth (Lizzy) Goodwin, Coeur d’Alene Idaho, March 22 1996 – October 22 2002, drowning
Anthony Green, Brownwood Texas, fifteen years old, May 12 1991, restraint
Sabrina Green, New York City, nine years old, November 8 1997, burned and battered
Lamar D Greene, Jacksonville Florida, sixteen years old, 2001, car crash
Corey Greer, Treasure Island Florida, four months old, ca 1985, dehydration
Gage Guillen, Boston Massachusetts, three years old, 1995, strangulation
Darvell Gulley, Lincoln Nebraska, thirteen years old, April 27 2002, restraint
Savannah Brianna Marie Hall, Prince George British Columbia, September 9 1997 – January 21 2001, malnutrition/restraint
Latiana Hamilton, Jacksonville Florida, seventeen months old, July 18 2001, drowning
Mykeeda Hampton, District of Columbia, two years old, August 1997, battered
Kelly M Hancock, Malden Massachusetts, November 6 1985 – July 18 2000, stabbed
Laura Hanson, West Palm Beach Florida, May 17 1981 – November 19 1998, restraint
Jerrell Hardiman, La Porte Indiana, four years old, October ca 1993, exposure
Alex Harris, Minden Louisiana, twelve years old, September 2005, forced running
Diane Harris, Seguin Texas, seventeen years old, April 11 1990, restraint
Jessica Albina Hagmann, Prince William County Virginia, two years old, August 11 2003, smothered
Letia Harrison, Akron Ohio, October 23 1999 – September 19 2002, baked in attic
Jordan Heikamp, Toronto Ontario, May 19 1997 – June 23 1997, starvation
Eric Hernandez, Cedar Hill Texas, January 6 1999 – March 7 1999, suffocation
Zachary Higier, né Nikita Khoryakov Braintree Massachusetts, May 24 2000 – August 15 2002, battered
Dwight Hill, Tucson Arizona, four months old, November 16 2005, battered
Nina Victoria Hilt née Vika Bazhenova, Manassas Virginia, thirty three months old, July 2 2005, battered
Steven A Hoffa, Des Moines Iowa, February 4 1993 – May18 1996, battered
Richard (Ricky) Holland, Williamston Michigan, September 8 1997 – July 2005, battered
Michael Anthony Hughes, Choctaw Oklahoma, March 21 1988 – September 12 1994, kidnap/missing
Jarod (Jerry) Hulsey, Mesa Arizona, ten years old, April 3 2006, battered
Joseph (Joey) Huot, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, two years old, January 27 1988, battered
Dion Jack, Sproat Lake British Columbia, six years old, March 1 2006, untreated seizure
Walter Jackson, Chicago Illinois, ten months old, August 9 2005, battered
Dominic James, Springfield Missouri, June 4 2000 – August 21 2002, battered
Billie-Jo Jenkins, Hastings East Sussex England, thirteen years old, February 1997, battered
Demetrius Jeffries, Crockett Texas, seventeen years old, August 26 1997, strangulation
Dontel Jeffers, Boston Massachusetts, four years old, March 6 2005, battered
Ciara S Jobes, Baltimore Maryland, August 17 1987 – December 11 2002, starvation/beating
Stephanie Jobin, Brampton Ontario, thirteen years old, June 21 1998, restraint
Aaron Johnson, Boston Massachusetts, fifteen months old, 1987, poison
Anthony Johnson, Marshall Texas, four years old, July 11 2005, drowning
Elijah James Johnson, Los Angeles California, three years old, May 10 1999, scalded
Lorenzo Johnson, Queen Creek Arizona, 17 years old – June 27, 1994, drowned during escape
Quartrina K (Snappy) Johnson, Pikesville Maryland, December 25 1988 – July 20 2004, beaten and choked
Xolani Nkosi Johnson, Capetown South Africa, twelve years old, June 2 2001, AIDS
Christal Jones, New York City (Vermont ward), May 24 1984 – January 3 2001, suffocation
David L Jones, Chicago Illinois, April 15 1992 – March 7 1998, battered
Xavier Jones, East Orange New Jersey, twenty one months old, June 7 2006, methadone poisoning
Dennis Jurgens né Jerry Sherwood, White Bear Lake Minnesota, three years old, April 11 1965, battered
Marissa (Shorty) Karp, Pompano Beach Florida, December 6 1985 – August 19 2002, gunshot
David Ryan Keeley, New Haven Connecticut, six years old, August 12 1998, battered
Ashley Keen, Lake Butler Florida, thirteen years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident
Cassandra Killpack, Springville Utah, November 29 1997 – June 9 2002, water therapy
Ahmad King né Rawls, Alma Georgia, three years old, January 24 2006, homicide
Heather Michell Kish, Berlin Township Michigan, September 15 1987 -found October 6 2002, murdered
Noah Knapp, Marysville Washington, six years old, May 30 2005, automobile collision
Alissa Kneen, Newport Minnesota, five years old, September 7 2001, house fire
Cordell Kneen, Newport Minnesota, twenty months old, September 7 2001, house fire
Zaire Knott, Newark New Jersey, September 16 2005 – October 20 2005, cause unknown
Anatoli Kolenda, Westfield Massachusetts, May 20 1991 – October 20 2002, stabbing
Yana Kolenda, Westfield Massachusetts, December 31 1990 – October 20 2002, stabbing
Anthony Lamb, Lake Butler Florida, twenty months old, January 25 2006, traffic accident
Keisha Shardae Lane, Hagerstown Maryland, fifteen years old, August 17 2005, gunshot
Shawn Lawrence né Andy Mohler, Shelton Washington, ten years old, October 9 1999, drowning
Brittany Legler, Millcreek Pennsylvania, fifteen years old, May 9 2004, battered
Trenton Jared Lewis, Canyon County Idaho, three years old, July 8 2006, drowning
Jacob Lindorff, Franklin Township New Jersey, five years old, December 14 2001, battered
Christian Liz, New York City, three weeks old, November 29 2004, suffocation
James Lonnee, Guelph/Hamilton Ontario, sixteen years old, September 7 1996, beaten by cellmate
Gregory Love, Florida, twenty three months old, April 2005, head injury
Nikki Lutke, Cheyenne Wyoming, five years old, August 28 2003, drowning
Zachary James Lyons, Winston-Salem North Carolina, January 24 1992 – October 8 1996, battered
Shaquella Mance, Belton South Carolina, seven months old, March 27 2005, battered
Elizabeth Mann, Lake Butler Florida, fifteen years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident
Heaven Mann, Lake Butler Florida, three years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident
Johnny Mann, Lake Butler Florida, thirteen years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident
Cynthia Nicole (Nicki) Mann, Lake Butler Florida, fifteen years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident
Logan Marr, Chelsea Maine, October 14 1995 – January 31 2001, asphyxiation
Fernando Ibarra Martinez, Bakersfield California, nine months old, March 26 2006, battered
Stephanie Martinez, Pueblo Colorado, five years old, December 31 2001, untreated burns
Tiffany Laverne Mason, Folsom California, June 11 1986 – August 9 2001, battered
Viktor Alexander Matthey né V Sergeyevich Tulimov, Hunterdon County New Jersey, six years old, October 31 2000, hypothermia
Dominic Matz, Osawatomie Kansas, July 6 2002 – February 15 2004, treatment withheld
Jamie Mayne, Atascadero California, March 24 1995 – February 10 2000, battered
Kristal Mayon-Ceniceros, Chula Vista California, sixteen years old, February 5 1999, restraint
Emily Ann Mays, Tucson Arizona, sixteen months old, August 24 2005, battered
Andrew McClain, Bridgeport Connecticut, December 6 1986 – March 22 1998, restraint
Cory Bradley McLaughlin, North Carolina, four years old, July 4 1997, battered
Jerry McLaurin, Brownwood Texas, fourteen years old, November 2 1999, restraint
Maria Mendoza, Katy Texas, fourteen years old, October 12 2002, restraint
Caleb Jerome Merchant, Edmonton Alberta, thirteen months old, November 26, 2005, battered
Denis Merryman né Uritsky, Harford County Maryland, eight years old, January 2005, starvation
Devin Miller, Spokane Washington, twenty months old, August 6 2006, battered
Euryale Miller, Kansas City Missouri, one year old, April 1 2001, battered
Jacob Miller, Georgia, twenty two months old, November 20 1997, battered
Clayton Miracle, Georgia, three years old, August 11 1993, battered
Hanna Denise Montessori, Santa Ana California, March 16 1988 – January 19 2004, homicide/head-injury
Alfredo Montez, Auburndale Florida, two years old, July 1 2002, battered
Zachary Moran, Charlotte North Carolina, fourteen months old, August 8 2003, battered
Christina Morlan, Scott County Iowa, September 3 2003 – November 30 2003, unknown
Carlyle Mullins, Nashville Tennessee, five years old, May 27 2005, battered
Cedrick Napoleon, Killeen Texas, June 26 1987 – March 7 2002, restraint
Candace Newmaker née C Tiara Elmore, Colorado, Movember 19 1989 – April 19 2000, re-birth asphyxiation
Jonathan Nichol, Cook County Illinois, two years old, June 16 1995, drowning
Trevor Nolan, Mono County California, five years old, April 12 1997, treatment withheld
Sierra Odom, Arlington Texas, three years old, August 11 2005, battered
Lenny Ortega, Ingram Texas, twelve years old, May 30 2006, drowning
Keron Owens, Walterboro South Carolina, three years old, January 19 1992, battered
Sean Paddock né Ford, Johnston County North Carolina, four years old, February 26 2006, battered
Omar Paisley, Miami Florida, seventeen years old, June 2003, untreated appendicitis
Terrell Parker, Buffalo New York, two years old, 2003, battered
Travis Parker, Cleveland Georgia, thirteen years old, April 21 2005, restraint
Melva Dee Parrott, Hersey Michigan, May 4 1998 – June 29 2000, bronchitis
Alex Pavlis, né Geiko Schaumburg Illinois, six years old, December 19 2003, battered
Dillon Peak, Saint Petersburg Florida, fourteen years old, June 17 2006, undiagnosed illness
Dawn Renay Perry, Manvel Texas, sixteen years old, April 10 1993, restraint
Angellica Pesante, Seneca County New York, four years old, April 18 1997, battered
Terrell Peterson, Atlanta Georgia, five years old, January 16 1998, battered
Cynteria Phillips, Miami Florida, December 10 1986 – August 14 2000, rape/murder
Marguerite Pierre, West Orange New Jersey, five years old, December 2005, poison
Emporia Pirtle, Indiana, six years old, November 11 1996, battered
Jason Plischkowsky, Southampton England, May 25 1985 – December 19 1986, head injury
Huntly Tamati Pokaia, New Zealand, three years old
David Polreis, Greeley Colorado, two years old, February 6 1996, battered
Maryah Ponce, Rialto California, December 5 1997 – June 29 2001, baked in car
Constance S Porter, Kearney Missouri, July 20 1998 – February 12 2001, battered
Dakota Denzel Prince-Smith, Lancaster California, five years old, July 8 2003, baked in car
Nehamiah Nate Prince-Smith, Lancaster California, three years old, July 8 2003, baked in car
Karen Quill, St Louis Saskatchewan, twenty months old, September 13 1997, internal injuries
Rodrigo Armando Rameriez Jr, Victorville California, eighteen months old, July 6 2001, drowning
Stephanie Ramos, New York City, eight years old, July 9 2005, dumped in garbage can
Bobby Jo Randolph, Houston Texas, seventeen years old, September 26 1996, axphyxiation
Jacquelyn Reah, Grand Rapids Michigan, ten years old, November 27 2004, runaway / hit by car
Latayna Reese, Bradenton Florida, fifteen years old, April 1996
Caprice Reid, New York City, four years old, June 1997, starved and battered
Jonathan Reid, Gardena California, nine years old, June 9 1997, treatment withheld
Matthew Reid, Welland Ontario, three years old, December 15 2005, suffocation
Dustin Rhodes, Litchfield Park Arizona, nine years old, August 13 2003, battered
Alana Rickard-Cowell, Honolulu Hawaii, two months old, April 23 2006, unknown (broken bones)
Eric Roberts, Keene Texas, June 16 1979 – February 22 1996, restraint
Ana Rogers, Sparks Nevada, four months old, July 2005, pre-existing injury
Genevieve “Genny” Rojas, Chula Vista California, four years old, July 21 1995, starvation, scalded
Guadalupe Rosales III, San Antonio Texas, April 2005 – June 13 2006, battered
Paola Rosales, Milton Ontario, fourteen years old, July 3 2001, suicide
Kyle Anthony Ross, Massachusetts, September 7 1995 – June 9 2001, rottweiler
Marlon Santos, Worcester Massachusetts, five months old, November 5 1998, missing
Andres E Saragos, Warm Springs Oregon, August 5 1995 – July 13 2000, baked in car
Gina M Score, Plankinton South Dakota, May 7 1985 – July 21 1999, baked by boot camp
Caprice Scott, Florida, infant, 1999, mother in foster care
Ryan Scott, Sheffield Lake Ohio, two years old, March 27 1998, battered
Krystal Scurry, Aiken County South Carolina, February 1989 – November 2 1991, rape/murder
Andrew (Andy) Setzer, California, April 27 1995 – August 2 1999, battered
Ariel Shaw, Bibb County Georgia, nineteen months old, January 26 2000, battered
Vivan Uk Sheppard, Jacksonville Florida, eight months old, May 15 1999, suffocation
Colby Shirley, Gallup New Mexico, eighteen months old, March 20 2006, battered
Joseph H Shriver, Pennsylvania, March 2 1997 – October 5 1997, battered
Quincey L Simmons, Omaha Nebraska, August 21 1997 – March 24 2001, battered
Christopher Simpson, Howell Michigan, seven years old, November 14 1998, fire
Jordan Simpson né Richard Morrison II, Howell Michigan, five years old, November 14 1998, fire
Nicole Simpson née Desira Morrison, Howell Michigan, seven years old, November 14 1998, fire
Devin A Slade, Milwaukee Wisconsin, October 23 2000 – June 19 2001, asphyxiation
John Smith, Fishersgate England, four years old, December 24 1999, battered and bitten
Mikinah Smith, Cincinnati Ohio, one year old, March 18 2003, battered
Tristan Sovern, Greensboro North Carolina, sixteen years old, March 4 1998, restraint
Jushai Spurgeon, North Las Vegas Nevada, fourteen months old, April 3 2005, scalding
LeRon St John, Detroit Michigan, fifteen years old, March 1 2003, untreated tuberculosis
Lloyd Stamp, Edmonton Alberta, seventeen years old, September 29, 2005, suicide
Tommy Stacey, Carmichael California, three months old, January 3 2005, SIDS
Elizabeth (Lisa) Steinberg née Launders, New York City, May 14 1981 – November 4 1987, battered
Chris Surbey, Winnipeg Manitoba, October 13 1987 – June 6 2005, stabbing
Yasmin Taylor, Paterson New Jersey, seven months old, May 8 1994, virus
Lakeysha Tharp, Irmo South Carolina, six months old, April 7 2004, asphyxiation
Adam Michael Thimyan, Riverview Florida, October 2 1986 – April 3 2004, gunshot
Timithy Thomas, Banner Elk North Carolina, nine years old, March 11 1999, restraint
Liam Thompson né Dmitry S Ishlankulov, Columbus Ohio, October 3 1999 – October 3 2002, scalding
Michael Tinning, Schenectady New York, two years old, March 2 1981, asphyxiation
Kelly Ann Tozer, Egg Harbor City New Jersey, eighteen months old, July 30 2005, drowning
Patrick Trauffler, Phoenix Arizona, six weeks old, February 18 2003, battered
Heaven Traverse, Winnipeg Manitoba, two years old, January 14 2005, battered
Demetrius Tyler, Johnson City Tennessee, six months old, November 10 2004, drowning
Tyler Vanpopering, Southgate Michigan, September 23 2003 – April 14 2004, battered
Jacqueline Venay, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, six years old, September 21 1998, battered
Reena Virk, Saanich British Columbia, fourteen years old, November 14 1997, teen swarming
George Walker III, DeKalb County Georgia, ten months old, November 7 2002, choking
Michelle Walton, Boston Massachusetts, October 6 1994, asphyxiation
Erickyzha Warner, Utica New York, July 19 2002 – May 31, 2004, untreated burns
Shane Devell Washington, Fresno California, fifteen months old, circa 1996, drowning
Evan Watkins, Las Vegas Nevada, twenty one months old, July 11 1996, battered
Omar Wellington, Toronto Ontario, seventeen years old, July 15 2006, stabbing
Devin Wilder, Cleveland Ohio, July 29 1998 – April 21 2001, battered
Dominic J Williams, Saint Louis Missouri, June 8 1987 – June 3 2004, strangulation
Andrew Wilson, Owensboro Kentucky, three years old, August 7 2005, drowning
Lorenzo J Wilson, Seattle Washington, January 29 2004 – October 22 2004, battered
Rilya Wilson, Florida, born September 29 1996, disappeared 2001
Michael Spencer Wiltsie, Silver Springs Florida, September 18 1987 – February 5, 2000, restraint
Jimmy Allan Wood, Adams County Colorado, fourteen years old, November 13 2002, drug overdose
Jonnie Wood, Springdale Arkansas, eight years old, August 13 2005, drowning
Braxton D Wooden, Missouri, May 15 1997 – June 2 2005, gunshot
Donte L Woods, West Palm Beach Florida, February 25 1986 – May 27 2002, gunshot
Thomas (T J) Wright, Providence Rhode Island, three years old, October 31 2004, battered
Willie Wright, San Antonio Texas, fourteen years old, March 4 2000, restraint
Rufus Manzie Young Jr, Michigan, four years old, April 6 2003, battered

Now what will you do before your child ends up on this list???

ORIGINALLY POSTED TO GERRILEA ON TUE MAR 30, 2010 AT 11:48 PM PDT.

 

Foster Care Horrors


Link to see: Foster Care Horrors.

via Foster Care Horrors.

CPS caught taking children for money. The foster family of my son really need to watch this video.


I have been told by the people who are taking care of my son that I refuse to take account for my actions. If they watched this video they may get a clue as to what is really going on. I love my son and will always be their for him. I don’t care what Judge on the take states I can’t. You judge can’t make decisions like the one that took my son but you did, so why aren’t you in jail? answer because of all the money your ILLEGAL COURT has made the county for the general fund that is impossible to audit. I will find a way to get this county audited for all the federal funding fraud.

I saw a sign today Kid’s for sale at
$$$$$$$$$$$Riverside County CPS $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
We take telephone orders to the hot line
I am sure it was written by a destroyed parent

Children Killed in CPS “Protective Custody”


Here is a link to a site that has thousands and thousands of children who died either in foster care or other placement by CPS, and children who died because CPS failed to act. There are pages and pages, click on the years.

http://suncanaa.com/stories

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