These are funny cartoons that include references to actual cases in Riverside County, CA.
I finally completed Part 6 of our story including getting arrested for a possession of stolen property that was not stolen and more falsified hair follicle tests.
Part 7 should be much more exciting as I will explain what happened in Arizona and show how we “stole” our son back from CPS who never has legal custody of our children because they never had any SIGNED COURT ORDERS!
If I dedicated my life to Christ and converted to an acceptable religion, would anyone’s views and opinions of me change? Would I then be “accepted”? I doubt it. You know why? Because I don’t need to do those things to be a good or better person. I am a good decent person who made some poor decisions because I MADE THOSE DECISIONS WITH MY HEART. I am trying to change that but it is hard. To become cold and heartless is not in my nature. To look out for only myself is very difficult. But if I promise to try, will I be given a reprieve? Can I pass go and collect the love from people who now despise me based on lies they were told about me? 951-295-6854 If anyone has anything to say to me please call, ask me anything you want. I am an open book. Oops, that is not a good way to “cover my butt” is it? I am thinking with my heart again.
When you are finished watching this video, please visit: www.savekendall.com
I really wish I could help every single person that is experiencing the traumatic and horrific injustices of Child Protective Services. If I was physically capable of helping each and every one of you on a personal level I would, in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, I cannot do that. When I do attempt to help someone, their story practically immobilizes me as I know it brings out very real and very emotional memories of my experiences and loss. Please bear with me and keep calling or email me at: email@example.com.
My husband and I read every single heartbreaking story and feel your pain as if it were us. Every detailed story makes me cry, and more so mad at the monsters that go around acting like they are saving children. What a rouse the system is! I have very very strong negative opinions of those people for the following reasons:
[DISCLAIMER: I DO DESPISE CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICE AGENCIES AND THOSE PEOPLE WHO CALL THEMSELVES SOCIAL WORKERS AS WELL AS THE COURT COHORTS BUT THAT SHOULD NOT BE PERCEIVED AS ANY KIND OF PHYSICAL THREAT AS I CAN REFRAIN FROM ACTING VIOLENT. I DO NOT PROMOTE VIOLENCE AGAINST THESE PEOPLE AND WOULD NOT SUPPORT NOR CONDONE ANYONE WHO PERPETRATED VIOLENCE OR THREATS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST ANY HUMAN BEING. YOU HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO CHOOSE HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT SOCIAL WORKERS AND THEIR COURT COHORTS RATHER THAN FEEL THE WAY I FEEL WITHOUT HESITATION. JUST BECAUSE I DESPISE THEM DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU SHOULD DESPISE THEM, IT IS YOUR PERSONAL CHOICE.
I despise social workers and their supervisors for all the extremely vulgar lies that come out of their mouths and/or write in their reports about good, decent parents;
I despise social workers and their supervisors for every cover-up of their deception;
I despise social workers and their supervisors for every broken promise that they make;
I despise social workers and their supervisors for separating children who are obviously bonded to their parents and siblings;
I despise social workers and their supervisors for placing children with strangers who TRULY ABUSE AND NEGLECT THEM;
I despise social workers and their supervisors for separating siblings;
I despise social workers and their supervisors for not caring about the children or hearing their voices when they speak about NOT being abused and that they are happy and well cared for at home;
I despise social workers and their supervisors for claiming that a child said things about their parent that they did not say;
I despise social workers and their supervisors for threatening or coercing children into claiming that they had been abused;
I despise social workers and their supervisors for performing invasive and very uncomfortable sexual assault examinations on children that they KNOW have not been subjected to any sexual abuse (until they themselves do that with the examination);
I despise social workers and their supervisors for failing to assess family members for placement and/or for claiming to family members that they are not approved despite the assessment department sending them a letter stating that they had been approved;
I despise social workers and their supervisors for administering psychotropic medication to children as young as 12 months old without consulting the parent;
I despise social workers and their supervisors for denying parents knowledge of the administration of drugs and the right to make that medical decision;
I despise social workers and their supervisors for denying the rights of the parents to make any medical decisions, denying their right to know their child’s medical condition
I despise social workers and their supervisors for RE-VACCINATING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN DESPITE HAVING THE CHILD’S VACCINE RECORDS IN THEIR FILES!
I despise social workers and their supervisors for taking custody of children whose parents chose not to subject their child to extremely harmful chemotherapy and radiation for the treatment of cancer and chose a homeopathic approach;
I despise social workers and their supervisors for taking illegal custody of children as a retaliation to good parents for speaking out and warning other parents of this gross injustice;
I despise social workers and their supervisors for not reporting injuries of children in foster care;
I despise social workers and their supervisors for not reporting deaths of children in foster care;
I despise social workers and their supervisors for failing to investigate obvious abuse perpetrated upon children in foster care:
I despise social workers and their supervisors for falsifying evidence and submitting such evidence to the court;
I despise the court for always siding with CPS;
I despise the court for never dismissing a petition due to lack of evidence;
I despise the court for sustaining every objection of county counsel and overruling any and all objections made by the parents or their counsel;
I despise the court for failing to find CPS in contempt when they do not follow court “orders” but use any and all major or minor deviations of the Welfare & Institutions code by the parents against them;
I despise the court for being so positively bias towards the County and so negatively against the parents;
I despise the court for failing to question anything that the social workers report says or the evidence attached to it;
I despise the court for adopting each recommendation of the Department as it makes its “Findings and Orders”, as they say, “I adopt the recommendations contained on page (blah blah blah) of the (blah blah blah) Report dated (blah blah blah)” rather than make his/her findings based on credible evidence and testimony;
I despise the court for conducting “hearings” in an adversarial manner;
I despise the “Defense Panel” attorneys for failing their clients in every way possible;
I despise the court for failing to clearly state on the record the reasons for finding that the child(ren) come within Welfare & Institutions Code Section 300;
I despise the court and the Defense Panel for failing to question the legitimacy of documents, the validity of the social worker’s testimony, and for failing to allow the parents or other family members to speak in court;
I despise County Counsel for sleeping with the “Judge”;
I despise the Director of Social Services for pushing the Supervisors to remove without offering the family any real services and for claiming that demanding a parent to drug test is considered a “service” and is allowed to be used as a Reasonable Effort to allow the children to remain at home;
I despise the way that the county submits Minute Orders to the State of California for qualifying for AFSA and CAPTA despite the fact that the Minute Orders do not accurately reflect the conduct of the hearing;
I despise the “Collaborative Partners” for either 1) Being completely ignorant to what the County is doing to children and families; or 2) Knowing what is going on and contributing to the destruction of the families;
I despise the “headhunters” who are usually nurses or wannabe doctors who will see a situation that they can manipulate and turn into something bad against the parents and completely wrong and untrue, this bothers me so much I have hyperventilated from the stress of hearing the injustice;
I despise the police officers that go to people’s homes and watch their rights be violated and watch children be removed from people that they can clearly see care properly for their children;
I despise anyone who is aware of the injustices and does nothing.
And these are the reasons I can think of off the top of my head! There are many more reasons and they all have to do with specific cases. I will be listening to someone’s story and they will tell me something that the social worker did or said and I will get all red in the face and just say, “Oh my god, I swear, I despise those people!”
Like I said, I wish I could help every person who visits our site and cries out for help. Reading the comments on ‘Families Destroyed, Tell Your Story” and on other posts literally debilitates me sometimes because I want to write objections for everyone, I want to write and call social workers, supervisors and the Director himself/herself for each and every one of you but it is physically impossible for me to do so. My husband and I keep talking about funding. We are exploring our options and applying for whatever we can. I want to create an alternative to CPS. I want to have a legal staff, I want to provide seminars and workshops for parents currently in the system. I want to convince everyone who is unaware of what is happening to us that this shit needs to change. Its like when we learned (or maybe just led to believe, I’m not sure) in school about what happened in Germany to the Jews and even non-Jews and thought, “Oh my God, how could that have happened? Why did the people of Germany just sit by and let their government do that?” Well, why are WE, CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, letting this happen to our own families?????
This post, as all posts, is dedicated to our son, Donnelly Keaton Burns, our little baby boy who was stolen by CPS and their court cohorts (with the help of Leslie Ann Logan Burns Hoyle) for adoption incentive funding
$700,000 per year. This is what Riverside County has been granted for UN-ARMED guards to “protect” the people who CARE SO MUCH ABOUT CHILDREN! WHY ON EARTH WOULD THEY NEED PROTECTION? THESE OFFICES DO NOT HAVE ANY CASH OR VALUABLES ON HAND, WHY WOULD PEOPLE THREATEN TO HARM AND CAUSE “ALTERCATIONS” IF CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICE WORKERS ARE NICE, CARING HUMAN BEINGS WHO JUST HELP PEOPLE IN NEED? Maybe CPS social workers, supervisors and the Director, are not really very nice or care one bit about the children!
Check out the Submittal to the Board of Supervisors who approved the funding:
Ha ha ha ha Temecula doesn’t get any guards!!!!!
Our friend in Georgia is exposing abuse in privatized care of foster children.
EVEN THE KIDS KNOW ABOUT CPS
I lost my son to CPS last year. I am not allowed to write to the adoptive parents but if I were allowed, this is what it would say:
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Jones,
Thank you for taking good care of my son. You never will love him as much as I do but I do appreciate the effort. It was unfortunate that you refused to believe our sad AND TRUE HEARTBREAKING STORY because David would like to see his real Mommy and Daddy. Did you ever ask him what HE WANTED?
I hope you have been paying attention to the news lately and the outcry of the people in protest to several horror stories that the news is finally reporting. Now you should doubt me less and consider that it is MORE PROBABLE THAN NOT THAT my son was taken purely for funding of CPS. Just the fact that he is a wonderful, caring, polite and loving little boy should show you all by itself how his mother and I treated him and the kind of parents we are.
Many people have been unaware of the injustices that countless parents experience, unaware of how CPS workers lie and fabricate evidence, unaware that CPS workers disobey court orders, manipulate the Judge, and NEVER EVER LOSE IN COURT. CPS is a criminal organization that must increase it’s child intake every single year to be eligible for funding. I know this because of all of the research my wife and I have done on this agency and because my ex mother-in-law worked for CPS for 35 years, 22 of those years were during my marriage to her daughter, the one who called CPS out of revenge to my second wife who has been able to love me without cheating on me.
I have raised 5 children to adulthood and I am so very grateful that my wife has been by my side faithfully for the 11 years. Dave’s brothers and sisters know that he was never in any danger and that he was even more spoiled than they were. We are so very proud of our kids no matter what they do, we know that life is full of learning by mistakes and that forgiveness is one of keys to a peaceful life. Our children are healthy, productive members of society. They all have made only ONE semi-serious mistake in their young lives yet we are so proud that these mistakes proved to have made a life-changing impact on each one of them. We raised intelligent, law abiding citizens. CPS and the court cohorts claim that the reason they remove children from their parents is to keep them “safe” from “dangerous” people (parents) which is what they made us out to be. But how could we have possibly raised these children to be the people they have become (intelligent, respectful, and productive members of society) without injuries or mental health issues if we were who CPS made us out to be? They didn’t take him because we are bad parents or because they say we are on drugs, there is a very disturbing explanation for it. There is a specific agenda that the government has been following for several years and it seems to fit that they stole our youngest blond haired-blue eyed, adorable little boy. Our adult children do not harbor resentments toward my wife and I but they do resent my first wife and feel that they can’t ever have a normal, drama-free relationship without her trying to ruin it out of jealously. My ex-wife feels that she should always be the center of their attention and goes absolutely nuts when they pay attention to anyone or anything else. All of our children have become or are becoming, productive members of society. Due to the bias created by my ex-wife and her mother, CPS only took my second wife’s children even though we still had one older child who was under 18 at the time. That was the ex-mother-in-law’s grandchild.We loved him so much that my wife and I risked our life and freedom to prevent him from getting hurt in foster care.
Mr. Jones, are you a reasonable man? Can I speak to you, man to man? I am a good dad and all my children have been raised with patience and a kind heart. Don’t you have a good and decent heart? Would you let anyone separate you from your child when you love your child more than life itself? This is where I stand. All his siblings know how much love and support I gave to each of them and I would do it again and again. I will see my son again someday and he will know how hard we tried to save him from CPS, how much we love him and miss him and he will know that we contacted you and you refused to allow him to see us. He won’t be happy with that, who would?
If your heart was truly into raising my son, David, to be healthy and happy then he should never be cut off from his siblings. They all miss him and love him so very much. He is their little brother and I know from the tapes we sent you that you also know how much we cherish him. The youngest always always gets the most spoiled. So he is slightly a drama king but he is great just the way he is. That is because of being loved and encouraged to learn. Do not be mean or foul spirited or quick tempered I beg you. He will be curious about his family and I will not turn away no matter what. We accept you into our lives because of what has happened. You should accept us into yours simply because we are the reason you have been blessed with him. We truly want only what is best for David. You can’t ignore his past so embrace it. He will be much better adjusted for life. If you really feel we are so bad with out getting to know us that is not a good way to be. I know you have seen just from David’s loving ways that we are good parents. Good parents are always striving to be great parents.
David will get to know his family later in life so if you do not want resentments then you should get to know all of us. You never know, you might like us. We do have friends you know. Normal friends who don’t judge us. I love all my children and I, like most parents, would give my life to help my child. If you could just open your eyes and find out what CPS does to families and children you may figure it out that we are not bad people. We have just been in bad situations making decisions out of fear. I pray you are never involved with CPS, you will get very angry with CPS and that judge who clearly is corrupt.
My son is my life and I pray you treat him kindly and lovingly as I would. David is a big part of my life and I did not give him up he was kidnapped just to fill some kind of angry hole my ex wife has in her heart. I would never take David from you, I hope you know that, not because of the police but because I want David to have a calm happy childhood, all children deserve that. If our intentions were to “kidnap” him from you and your wife we wouldn’t have sent you that letter. Our intentions were always to keep David safe from the kidnappers. Not allowing him to see us just because we asked alone, I can understand. But we sent you proof, you’ve been on our website, you saw videos, you looked up corrupt CPS and I know you found out that a lot of parents are crying out for help against these monsters. We offered for you to meet us first, without David, so you wouldn’t put him in “danger”. But all you did was call CPS and file a restraining order. Thanks a lot for being such a good human being.
Soon enough he will be an adult and stress is a battle then. CPS puts good families through this kind of stress and it must have a long lasting effect on children. CPS will have to answer to God for that.
I love my son and if you look around here you might learn a little more about how CPS works. You can not ignore these things or say they are not true because every one of these stories are real. Any parent who fights for their child and never gives up should have never have lost that child. CPS pushes that information aside because family means nothing but a pay check to these people.
Please tell David that we love him so very much, give him hugs and kisses please, our hearts ache for him..
That is what I would say to the adoptive parents of my son if I were allowed to.
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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
$$$$$$$$$$$Riverside County CPS $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
We take telephone orders to the hot line
I am sure it was written by a destroyed parent
FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH: THE UNITED NATIONS FUNDING CPS TO TARGET ALL AMERICAN FAMILIES.
PLEASE DO NOT THINK IT’S A “CONSPIRACY THEORY”. KEEP AN OPEN MIND, TAKE WHAT I AM TELLING YOU TO HEART.
THE EVIDENCE IS THERE, YOU SHOULD BE VERY INTERESTED IN LOOKING SINCE YOU ARE AN AMERICAN AND MOST LIKELY YOU HAVE A FAMILY.
CHILDREN ARE BEING TARGETED BY CPS. LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE MESSAGE PLEASE. WE CAN NOT ALLOW THIS TO CONTINUE. DO NOT BELIEVE THAT ANYONE IN THE COURTROOM WILL HELP YOU IN FACT THEY ARE REALLY AGAINST YOU, EVEN YOUR ATTORNEY. THE JUDGE HAS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN YOUR RIGHTS, ALL HE CARES ABOUT IS COUNTY COUNSEL AND WHETHER OR NOT THE PARENT CALLS THE FBI OR NOT. ACT DON’T REACT. PLEASE!
A REAL JUDGE UPHOLDS THE LAW. A REAL JUDGE ENSURES THE PARTIES’ RIGHTS. A REAL JUDGE CARES ABOUT TRUTH, HONESTY, AND CORRECT APPLICATION OF THE LAWS. JUVENILE DEPENDENCY JUDGES, AT LEAST THE ONES I HAVE SEEN LIKE J.M. MONTEROSSO, HAVE BEEN BOUGHT BY CPS. WHEN EVERYONE FINALLY GETS IT, ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING, THESE JUDGES WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS MONSTERS. THE CHILDREN THAT HE ALLOWS CPS TO TAKE THROUGH PERJURY AND FALSIFIED EVIDENCE, ARE 6 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN CPS CARE THAN IF THEY WERE LEFT AT HOME. THESE JUDGES KNOW IT. I HAVEN’T SEEN A HINT OF ETHICS OR GOOD CONSCIOUS SINCE HE HAS BEEN ON THE BENCH. TO ALLOW A CHILD TO BE TAKEN INTO AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THEY WILL BE HURT IS OUTRAGEOUS.
REMEMBER, IF CPS OR THE POLICE ARE KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR, THEY DO NOT HAVE A WARRANT SO THEY HAVE NO REASONABLE CAUSE. DO NOT LET THEM IN. SINCE THEIR BUDGETS HAVE BEEN SEVERELY CUT, THEY ARE RELYING ON FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION INCENTIVE GRANTS. THIS MEANS THAT THEIR ONE AND ONLY GOAL IS TO ADOPT OUT YOUR CHILD, TO STRANGERS ($$$), SO YOU MAY NEVER SEE YOUR CHILD AGAIN IF YOU OPEN UP THAT DOOR.
This is said to get the children over being home sick. It doesn’t work, it just breaks their hearts. (Fact) A social worker in Temecula Ca. Brags about splitting up children and has done this publicly , just a few weeks ago she covered up a child’s bruises with makeup that the child got in foster care. When the mother attempted to take pictures the worker ended the visit and yanked the mom out of the room in front of the child. We are working on providing this evidence to the grand jury as it is all on film. The evidence of the bragging is so extraordinary it made me absolutely sick to my stomach that there are people like this saying they protect kids.
These judges are so out of touch with reality, they are taking people who trust in him to look out for their rights and with the using of that trust he takes the single most important gift they will ever have in their life time. The investment a parent makes into their child is one of constant effort and thought to raise that little person to become a quality adult. This judge not only steals the child from the parents but steals any chance that child has for a decent life. These judges when they get held accountable for their actions I want to be on the board. There is no excuse to ever hurt a child ever, but these judges actually believe they are more deserving than others or they would be just but that would take some thought for his fellow man and the damage this judge does is permanent and last the rest of every persons life who appears before him. The children I have raised have done well and I tried to raise them well. My son Donnelly better be raise with the same love and kindness that I have raised my other children with. I will hold everyone accountable for that. Donnelly deserves just as much as all his siblings and the same opportunities..
For California Juvenile Dependency Courts
AUDIT THE HEARINGS! THIS IS A DETENTION HEARING PACKET I PUT TOGETHER. IT CATERS TO NEWBIES BUT ITS GOOD INFORMATION FOR ALL PARENTS AND GUARDIANS STILL GOING TO COURT. YOU CAN GO BACK AND GET THE DETENTION HEARING TRANSCRIPTS & MINUTE ORDER AND DO THE AUDIT NO MATTER WHAT STAGE YOUR CASE IS IN OR EVEN IF IT IS CLOSED.
I have no idea why I have not come across this agency sooner, or maybe I have and forgot. This website has a lot of very interesting information about how our government spends money. There are so many agencies it is mind boggling and the “programs” all seem to be such nonsense! I’m serious, there are way too many agencies, pretty soon every breath we take will be controlled by the government especially if we end up with “carbon tax”. Don’t forget the new internet censorship which they will use to infringe upon our FREEDOM OF SPEECH. IDK how long we will be around since the passage of that one. OH YEAH, YOU CAN COMPLAIN TO THE GAO ABOUT HOW CPS USES THEIR GRANT MONEY TO STEAL OUR CHILDREN! DEMAND AN ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT AND FOCUS ON THE HEARING TRANSCRIPT/MINUTE ORDER AUDIT. I HAVE A LINK TO THE AUDIT FORMS ON THE SELF HELP SITE. GET YOUR HEARING TRANSCRIPTS AND MINUTE ORDERS AND FILL OUT THE AUDIT. MAKE AN EXTRA COPY AND SEND IT TO THE GAO.
GAO – Accountability Reports – Human Capitol-DHS/FEMA
This link is to browse reports by agency: http://www.gao.gov/browse/agency
This is an interesting report on offshore accounts and the IRS. I read in it that one “whistleblower” who gave them leads to many account holders evading taxes. A person who does this gets 30% of the amount collected from the seized accounts. The whistleblower responsible for the seizure of the accounts which this report covers got $104 million dollars!
This link is to agency accountability and management deficiency reports involving “Human Capitol”:
Click on this image to go to USASpending.gov and see how much money each agency gets. The most amount of money granted is to Social Security which includes Title IV-E which is given to CPS. The second largest portion goes to HHS which is also dispersed to the states for Social Services & CPS.
I have no illusions that CPS will just give up committing crimes against children, but this tells the court that you are not an idiot and you know perfectly well what CPS and the JV court Judges are doing. They are guilty of the most OUTRAGEOUS crimes harming children.
Be on your game and have a number of relatives/witnesses with you when you appear in JV court. Make sure that the Court is aware that they are there to testify for the child’s best interests. That is their golden word. Below is evidence and investigation reports which any reasonable person would find overwhelming yet do not expect this court to be reasonable. Be at your best, be firm, do not be pushed around, know your rights, and most of all, know that your attorney is not looking out for you. If you live in California, find our link to the Dependency Quick Guide, this will tell you what your attorney is supposed to do. If you can not it, email me and I will send you a direct link. In Court, be intelligent, be respectful to the Judge, listen carefully and object to anything said on record that is not correct no matter how little or insignificant. The county’s attorney will be vicious (she would literally cut your throat if she could). Your child’s attorney is a terrible actor pretending to look out for your child’s “best interests” but really they are best friends with county counsel. Remember, these people work together everyday for the same goal (the best interests of the state). So OBJECT yourself if your attorney doesn’t. IF YOU EVER WANT ANY CHANCE IN APPELLATE COURT YOU MUST GET OBJECTIONS TO EVERYTHING THAT IS UNREASONABLE AND FALSE ON THE RECORD. OPEN YOUR MOUTH EVEN IF ITS SCARY AND IT CAN BE VERY INTIMIDATING. They count on that.
This is your only time to get the truth on record, and your time to shine for your family, I can’t state this point enough no matter what your attorney has said to you, you must look out for you and your children no one else will do it for you. If you listen to anything in your life listen to this PLEASE OBJECT TO ANYTHING THAT IS SAID BY ANYONE IN THAT COURTROOM THAT IS NOT CORRECT OR NOT TRUE (YOU MUST). If you do not it will be “on the record” as unopposed and is held as correct, do not let anyone tell you different. You need APPEALABLE ISSUES and you will get those when you OBJECT. It does not matter how the Judge rules it, overruled or sustained, as long as it is on the record. If your lawyer tells you different you can throw my name in his face. I have read courtroom procedure and it is stamped on my brain. I want only the best for anyone fight for their life in this court and make no mistake when you lose your child they might as well have taken your life as well because that is the way you will feel afterwards. Justice does not always prevail but if you follow these guidelines you will have grounds for an appeal. IF YOU ARE A DECENT PARENT THEN YOU ARE IN YOUR CHILD’S BEST INTERESTS AND YOUR CHILD IS YOUR BEST INTEREST AS WELL. I TRULY HOPE THESE REPORTS HELP YOU.
GOD BLESS AND GOOD LUCK
These reports prove why CPS kidnaps your children. They are not looking out for the child’s best interest. This information is all documented and CPS, as well as the courts, already have these reports. THIS IS ALL FACT AND IF THE JUDGE TRULY CARES ABOUT YOUR KIDS HE WILL CONSIDER THIS INFORMATION. The likelihood he has not read this report is slim in none. CPS will know that you know the truth. Your child is not to be held as a hostage so the county can make money off of the destruction of your family. File a timely appeal and whether you win or lose, SUE SUE SUE and take no prisoners. Hold them accountable for their actions. (They have been getting away with this for so long that they need help to control their own behavior.)
THE CORRUPT BUSINESS OF CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES BY: Nancy Schaefer Senator, 50th District
My introduction into child protective service cases was due to a grandmother in an adjoining state who called me with her tragic story. Her two granddaughters had been taken from her daughter who lived in my district. Her daughter was told wrongly that if she wanted to see her children again she should sign a paper and give up her children. Frightened and young, the daughter did. I have since discovered that parents are often threatened into cooperation of permanent separation of their children.
The children were taken to another county and placed in foster care. The foster parents were told wrongly that they could adopt the children. The grandmother then jumped through every hoop known to man in order to get her granddaughters. When the case finally came to court it was made evident by one of the foster parent’s children that the foster parents had, at any given time, 18 foster children and that the foster mother had an inappropriate relationship with the caseworker.
In the courtroom, the juvenile judge, acted as though she was shocked and said the two girls would be removed quickly. They were not removed. Finally, after much pressure being applied to the Department of Family and Children Services of Georgia (DFCS), the children were driven to South Georgia to meet their grandmother who gladly drove to meet them. After being with their grandmother two or three days, the judge, quite out of the blue, wrote up a new order to send the girls to their father, who previously had no interest in the case and who lived on the West Coast. The father was in “adult entertainment”. His girlfriend worked – 2 – as an “escort” and his brother, who also worked in the business, had a sexual charge brought against him. Within a couple of days the father was knocking on the grandmother’s door and took the girls kicking and screaming to California.
The father developed an unusual relationship with the former foster parents and soon moved back to the southeast, and the foster parents began driving to the father’s residence and picking up the little girls for visits. The oldest child had told her mother and grandmother on two different occasions that the foster father molested her.
To this day after five years, this loving, caring blood relative grandmother does not even have visitation privileges with the children. The little girls are in my opinion permanently traumatized and the young mother of the girls was so traumatized with shock when the girls were first removed from her that she has not recovered.
Throughout this case and through the process of dealing with multiple other mismanaged cases of the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), I have worked with other desperate parents and children across the state because they have no rights and no one with whom to turn. I have witnessed ruthless behavior from many caseworkers, social workers, investigators, lawyers, judges, therapists, and others such as those who “pick up” the children. I have been stunned by what I have seen and heard from victims all over the state of Georgia.
In this report, I am focusing on the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). However, I believe Child Protective Services nationwide has become corrupt and that the entire system is broken almost beyond repair. I am convinced parents and families should be warned of the dangers.
The Department of Child Protective Services, known as the Department of Family and Children Service (DFCS) in Georgia and other titles in other states, has become a “protected empire” built on taking children and separating families. This is not to say that there are not those children who do need to be removed from wretched situations and need protection. This report is concerned with the children and parents caught up in “legal kidnapping,” ineffective policies, and DFCS who do does not remove a child or children when a child is enduring torment and abuse. (See Exhibit A and Exhibit B)
In one county in my District, I arranged a meeting for thirty-seven families to speak freely and without fear. These poor parents and grandparents spoke of their painful, heart wrenching encounters with DFCS. Their suffering was overwhelming. They wept and cried. Some did not know where their children were and had not seen them in years. I had witnessed the “Gestapo” at work and I witnessed the deceitful conditions under which children were taken in the middle of the night, out of hospitals, off of school buses, and out – 3 – of homes.
In one county a private drug testing business was operating within the DFCS department that required many, many drug tests from parents and individuals for profit. In another county children were not removed when they were enduring the worst possible abuse. Due to being exposed, several employees in a particular DFCS office were fired. However, they have now been rehired either in neighboring counties or in the same county again. According to the calls I am now receiving, the conditions in that county are returning to the same practices that they had before the light was shown on their deeds.
Having worked with probably 300 cases statewide, I am convinced there is no responsibility and no accountability in the system. I have come to the conclusion:
• that poor parents often times 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 always 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 they are at work and while their children are separated from them. 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;
• that caseworkers and social workers are oftentimes guilty of fraud. They withhold evidence. They fabricate evidence and they seek to terminate parental rights. However, when charges are made against them, the charges are ignored;
• that the separation of families is growing as a business because local governments have grown accustomed to having taxpayer dollars to balance their ever-expanding budgets;
• that Child Protective Service 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! – 4 – There are state employees, lawyers, court investigators, 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 social workers are the glue that holds “the system” together that funds the court, the child’s attorney, and the multiple other jobs including DFCS’s attorney.
• that The Adoption and the Safe Families Act, set in motion 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 sell and you must have plenty of them so the buyer can choose. Some counties are known to give a $4,000 bonus for each child adopted and an additional $2,000 for a “special needs” child. Employees work to keep the federal dollars flowing;
• that there is double dipping. The funding continues as long as the child is out of the home. When a child in foster care 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;
• that there is double dipping. The funding continues as long as the child is out of the home. When a child in foster care 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; • that there are no financial resources and no real drive to unite a family and help keep them together; • 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. Look at the waste in government that is forced upon the tax payer; • that the “Policy Manuel” is considered “the last word” for 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 all children are not safer.
Children, of whom I am aware, have been raped and impregnated in foster care and the head of a Foster Parents Association in my District was recently arrested because of child molestation; • 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 – 5 – then just continue to live together. This is an anti-family policy, but parents will do anything to get their children home with them.
• fathers, (non-custodial parents) I must add, are oftentimes treated as criminals without access to their own children and have child support payments strangling the very life out of them; • that the Foster Parents Bill of Rights does not bring out that a foster parent is there only to care for a child until the child can be returned home. Many Foster Parents today use the Foster Parent Bill of Rights to hire a lawyer and seek to adopt the child from the real parents, who are desperately trying to get their child home and out of the system;
• 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 trying to get custody of their grandchildren. DFCS claims relatives are contacted, but there are 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. • 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. Please continue: (See Final Remarks next page) –
\6 – FINAL REMARKS On my desk are scores of cases of exhausted families and troubled children. It has been beyond me to turn my back on these suffering, crying, and sometimes beaten down individuals. We are mistreating the most innocent.
Child Protective Services have become adult centered to the detriment of children. No longer is judgment based on what the child needs or who the child wants to be with or what is really best for the whole family; it is some adult or bureaucrat who makes the decisions, based often on just hearsay, without ever consulting a family member, or just what is convenient, profitable, or less troublesome for a director of DFCS.
I have witnessed such injustice and harm brought to these families that I am not sure if I even believe reform of the system is possible! The system cannot be trusted. It does not serve the people. It obliterates families and children simply because it has the power to do so. Children deserve better. Families deserve better. It’s time to pull back the curtain and set our children and families free. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and the needy” Proverbs 31:8-9 Please continue to read: Recommendations Exhibit A Exhibit B – 7
– RECOMMENDATIONS1. Call for an independent audit of the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) to expose corruption and fraud.
2. Activate immediate change. Every day that passes means more families and children are subject to being held hostage
. 3. End the financial incentives that separate families.
4. Grant to parents their rights in writing.
5. Mandate a search for family members to be given the opportunity to adopt their own relatives.
6. Mandate a jury trial where every piece of evidence is presented before removing a child from his or her parents.
7. Require a warrant or a positive emergency circumstance before removing children from their parents. (Judge Arthur G. Christean, Utah Bar Journal, January, 1997 reported that “except in emergency circumstances, including the need for immediate medical care, require warrants upon affidavits of probable cause before entry upon private property is permitted for the forcible removal of children from their parents.”)
8. Uphold the laws when someone fabricates or presents false evidence. If a parent alleges fraud, hold a hearing with the right to discovery of all evidence.
Senator Nancy Schaefer 50th District of Georgia Continue to Exhibit A next page – 8 – EXHIBIT A December 5, 2006 Jeremy’s Story( Some names withheld due to future hearings) As told to Senator Nancy Schaefer by Sandra (XXXX), a foster parent of Jeremy for 2 ½ years. My husband and I received Jeremy when he was 2 weeks old and we have been the only parents he has really ever known. He lived with us for 27 months. (XXXX) is the grandfather of Jeremy, and he is known for molesting his own children, for molesting Jeremy and has been court ordered not to be around Jeremy. (XXXX) is the mother of Jeremy, who has been diagnosed to be mentally ill, and also is known to have molested Jeremy. (XXXX) and Jeremy’s uncle is a registered sex offender and (XXXX) is the biological father, who is a drug addict and alcoholic and who continues to be in and out of jail. Having just described Jeremy’s world, all of these adults are not to be any part of Jeremy’s life, yet for years DFCS has known that they are. DFCS had to test (XXXX) (the grandfather) and his son (XXXX) (the uncle) and (XXXX) to determine the real father. (XXXX) is the biological father although any of them might have been. In court, it appeared from the case study, that everyone involved knew that this little boy had been molested by family members, even by his own mother, (XXXX). In court, (XXX), the mother of Jeremy, admitted to having had sex with (XXXX) (the grandfather) and (XXXX) (her own brother) that morning. Judge (XXXX) and DFCS gave Jeremy to his grandmother that same day. (XXXX), the grandmother, is over 300 lbs., is unable to drive, and is unable to take care of Jeremy due to physical problems.
She also has been in a mental hospital several times due to her behavior. Even though it was ordered by the court that the grandfather (XXXX), the uncle (XXXX) (a convicted sex offender), (XXXX) his mother who molested him and (XXXX) his biological father, a convicted drug addict, were not to have anything to do with the child, they all continue to come and go as they please at (XXXX address), where Jeremy has been “sentenced to live” for years. This residence has no bathroom and little heat.
The front door and the windows are boarded. (See pictures) This home should have been condemned years ago. I have been in this home. No child should ever have to live like this or with such people. Jeremy was taken from us at age 2 ½ years after (XXXX) obtained attorney (XXXX), who was the same attorney who represented him in a large settlement from an auto accident. I am told, that attorney (XXXX), as grandfather’s attorney, is known to have repeatedly gotten (XXXX) off of several criminal charges in White County.
This is a matter of record and is – 9 – known by many in White County. I have copies of some records. (XXXX grandfather), through (XXXX attorney’s) work, got (XXXX), the grandmother of Jeremy, legal custody of Jeremy. (XXXX grandfather) who cannot read or write also got his daughter (XXXX) and son (XXXX) diagnosed by government agencies as mentally ill. (XXXX grandfather), through legal channels, has taken upon himself all control of the family and is able to take possession of any government funding coming to these people. It was during this time that Jeremy was to have a six-month transitional period between (XXXX grandmother) and my family as we were to give him up. The court ordered agreement was to have been 4 days at our house and 3 days at (XXXX grandmother).
DFCS stopped the visits within 2 weeks. The reason given by DFCS was the child was too traumatized going back and forth. In truth, Jeremy begged us and screamed never to be taken back to (XXXX his grandmother) house, which we have on video.
We, as a family, have seen Jeremy in stores time to time with (XXXX grandmother) and the very people he is not to be around. At each meeting Jeremy continues to run to us wherever he sees us and it is clear he is suffering. This child is in a desperate situation and this is why I am writing, and begging you Senator Schaefer, to do something in this child’s behalf. Jeremy can clearly describe in detail his sexual molestation by every member of this family and this sexual abuse continues to this day.
When Jeremy was 5 years of age I took him to Dr. (XXXX) of Habersham County who did indeed agree that Jeremy’s rectum was black and blue and the physical damage to the child was clearly a case of sexual molestation . Early in Jeremy’s life, when he was in such bad physical condition, we took him to Egleston Children Hospital where at two months of age therapy was to begin three times a week. DFCS decided that the (XXXX grandparent family) should participate in his therapy. However, the therapist complained over and over that the (XXXX grandparent family) would not even wash their hands and would cause Jeremy to cry during these sessions. (XXXX the grandmother), after receiving custody no longer allowed the therapy because it was an inconvenience.
The therapist reported that this would be a terrible thing to do to this child. Therapy was stopped and it was detrimental to the health of Jeremy. During (XXXX grandmother) custody, (XXXX uncle) has shot Jeremy with a BB gun and there is a report at (XXXX) County Sheriff’s office. There are several amber alerts at Cornelia Wal-Mart, Commerce Wal-Mart, and a 911 report from (XXXX) County Sheriff’s Department when Jeremy was lost. (XXXX grandmother), to teach Jeremy a lesson, took thorn bush limbs and beat the bottoms of his feet. Jeremy’s feet got infected and his feet had to be lanced by Dr. (XXXX). Then Judy called me to pick him up after about 4 days to take back him to the doctor because of intense pain. I took Jeremy to – 10 – Dr. (XXXX) in Gainesville. Dr. (XXXX) said surgery was needed immediately and a cast was added.
After returning home, (XXXX), his grandfather and (XXXX), his uncle, took him into the hog lot and allowed him to walk in the filth. Jeremy’s feet became so infected for a 2nd time that he was again taken back to Dr. (XXXX) and the hospital. No one in the hospital could believe this child’s living conditions. Jeremy is threatened to keep quiet and not say anything to anyone.
I have videos, reports, arrest records and almost anything you might need to help Jeremy. Please call my husband, Wendell, or me at any time.Sandra and (XXXX) husband (XXXX) Continue – Exhibit B EXHIBIT B Failure of DFCSto remove six desperate children A brief report regarding six children that Habersham County DFCS director failed to remove as disclosed to Senator Nancy Schaefer by Sheriff Deray Fincher of Habersham County. Sheriff Deray Fincher, Chief of Police Don Ford and Chief Investigator Lt. Greg Bowen Chief called me to meet with them immediately, which I did on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 Sheriff Fincher, after contacting the Director of Habersham County DFCS several times to remove six children from being horribly abused, finally had to get a court order to remove the children himself with the help of two police officers. The children, four boys and two girls, were not just being abused; they were being tortured by a monster father.
The six children and a live in girl friend were terrified of this man, the abuser. The children never slept in a bed, but always on the floor. The place where they lived was unfit for human habitation. The father on one occasion hit one of the boys across his head with a bat and cut the boy’s head open. The father then proceeded to hold the boy down and sew up the child’s head with a needle and red thread. However, even with beatings and burnings, this is only a fraction of what the father did to these children and to the live-in girlfriend.
– 11 – Sheriff Fincher has pictures of the abuse and condition of one of the boys and at the writing of this report, he has the father in jail in Habersham County. It should be noted that when the DFCS director found out that Sheriff Fincher was going to remove the children, she called the father and warned him to flee. This is not the only time this DFCS director failed to remove a child when she needed to do so. (See Exhibit A)
The egregious acts and abhorrent behavior of officials who are supposed to protect children can no longer be tolerated. Senator Nancy Schaefer
THE FOLLOWING IS FROM WIKIPEDIA:
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 anti-family 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.
Despite the benefits of the services of CPS, in the last two decades, they have come under intense private and public scrutiny as an institution than can and has caused great harm in the name of protection. Although child welfare agencies are generally viewed positively, there has been an increase in the amount of cases where critics believe CPS have reacted out of their bounds.
A notable recent case is the family of Gary and Melissa Gates in Texas. The school called the local CPS and requested the Child Protective Services forcibly remove all thirteen of the Gates children and take them to foster homes under a court order which allowed an Emergency Removal, when there is clear evidence of danger to the physical health & safety of the child. The local CPS gave the explanation that they felt, quote, “Mr. Gates was uncooperative and his uncooperativeness with us put the children at risk.” Even though the court ordered the children to be returned, CPS continues to classify the Gates as child abusers. Some have accused the CPS of having too much immediate power leaving the parents feeling lost and aggravated. The CPS has been accused of prejudging parents before proper investigations were done.
An ongoing case about Nastic family living in U.S. has received an intervention from the Serbia 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.
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.”
Georgia State Senator Nancy Schaefer published a report “The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services” making many claims against CPS including. Senator Nancy Schaefer and her husband were shot and killed shortly after she had appeared before congress and exposed the national child pediphile, prostitution, and pornography ring working out of the Child Protective Services Industry.
The late Senator had exposed the CPS underbelly running from California, Arizona, Texas, Ohio, New york just to name a few. Senator Schaefer was calling for the permanent end of the Child Protection Racketeering. According to the investigation done by the late senator in her 5 year long investigation no CHILD EVER LEAVES CPS UNSCAVED, that the child protection industry was mob of Judges, politicians, senators and everyone involved in the CPS courts system was guilty of Kidnapping Children and putting them into an horrific environment..
Unfair judgement of families, especially those most unable to defend themselves. Without compassion, unreasonable and impossible demands that separate families and cause stress are made of parents.
Local governments accustomed to resulting flow of taxpayer dollars to balance growing budgets routinely ignore charges against Child Protective Services. Funding continues as long as children are out of their home, adoption bonuses are also available, but no incentive remains to return children home.
On top of $4000–$6000 per child is a multiplying factor based on the percentage that a state exceeds its baseline adoption goal.
Bonuses and incentives cause employees to work diligently to exploit children for government money while parents are charged for the cost of their care. Fraud, fabrication, withholding, and destroying of evidence, unnecessary termination of parental rights, and double dipping are common while confidentiality clause is used to protect the beneficiaries.
Beneficiaries include state employees, lawyers, court investigators, guardian ad litems, court personnel, judges, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, caseworkers, therapists, foster parents, adoptive parents, and others. Incentives to put children on more drugs per day involve additional funds and Medicaid.
Parents are sometimes pressured by CPS agents to divorce their spouse in order to see their children again. Parental cooperation is often interpreted as guilt, and parents separated from their children are treated as criminals often without access to visit or even see their children.
Child protective services is a wasteful bureaucracy with no clear leader and unclear policies. State legislators are generally powerless to correct the federally mandated system.
Tragedies happen where children die in CPS custody due to neglect or abuse while parents are trying hard to regain custody of their children. Such tragedies should never happen.
While CPS claims relatives are contacted, there are very many cases that proves false, where grandparents and other relatives attempt to get custody and are denied. Parents and grandparents lose all connections to their heirs while children lose their heritage.
The California Little Hoover Commission Report in 2003 reported that 30% to 70% of the children in California group homes neither belong there nor should have been removed from their own homes.
Children are in far greater danger in CPS custody today than in imperfect homes. The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect reported in 1998 that six times as many children died in foster care than in the general public. Children removed to official “safety” are far more likely to suffer sexual molestation and other abuse than in the general population.
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 of 2004. Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn made a statement in 2006 about the Texas foster care system. 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.
Responsibility for misconduct
In May 2007, the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found in ROGERS v. COUNTY OF SAN JOAQUIN, No. 05-16071 that a CPS social worker 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 “abridge 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 states that citizens can sue a person that deprives them of their rights under the pretext of a regulation of a state.
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. 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. Additionally, once they enter foster care, research suggests that they are likely to remain in care longer. 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. The Juvenile Justice system has also been challenged by disproportionate negative contact of minority children. Because of the overlap in these systems, it is likely that this phenomenon within multiple systems may be related.
In May 2007, the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found in Rogers v. County of San Joaquin, No. 05-16071 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 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.
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. 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”.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. According to the civil rights suit 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.DHS said the foster parents deceived child welfare workers during the checkup visits.
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.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. 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. Officials stated that the lawsuits over Ferrara end up costing the DCF almost $2.26 million. 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.
In a class action lawsuit Charlie and Nadine H. v. McGreevey was filed in federal court by “Children’s Rights” New York organization on behalf of children in the custody of the New JerseyDivision of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). The complaint alleged violations of the children’s constitutional rights and their rights under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment, 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Multiethnic Placement Act (MEPA). 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. 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. The same organization filed similar lawsuits against other states in recent years that caused some of the states to start child welfare reforms.
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. The $4.9 million verdict grew to a $9.5 million judgment as the County lost each of its successive appeals. The case finally ended in 2011 when the United States Supreme Court denied Orange County’s request to overturn the verdict. Litigated by a team of attorneys: Shawn McMillan, Sondra Sutherland and Jodi Hausman, Law Offices of Donnie Cox , Donnie Cox and Dennis B. Atchley.
A collection of the things CPS has been caught doing. I will continue to collect this information and add it to the document. If you have any links to add, comment on this post.
These CHILDREN ARE AT RISK IN CALIFORNIA:
When a crime is committed, who do you call? THE POLICE RIGHT? If a child is kidnapped, being held against their will, being brainwashed to believe that their parents do not love them and are bad people to convince them to testify against them OR being forced to take psychotropic drugs NO MATTER WHO THE “ABDUCTOR” IS, shouldn’t this CRIME AGAINST CHILDREN be reported to authorities? ACCORDING TO THE JUVENILE COURT COHORTS, MAKING SUCH A CRIME REPORT AGAINST THEM IS “EXTREMELY DETRIMENTAL TO THEIR [the parent’s] CASE”.
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So many people have the same response, “Nooo, they wouldn’t do THAT, in today’s day and age people just don’t do that!” Yet, these same people believe that there are 250,000 children being “abused and neglected” each year just in California. That’s 25 Million per decade. “Abused” children tend to abuse their children when they become adults, according to the child welfare industry, so the likelyhood that it would become a cycle is at least 75%. Now if one was easily convinced that this was fact, that ALL OF THESE CHILDREN WERE TRULY ABUSED BY THEIR PARENTS IN THEIR OWN HOME, what in the world prohibits their ability to believe that THE GOVERNMENT IS ABUSING CHILDREN AND DESTROYING FAMILIES FOR FEDERAL FUNDING??? The government is run by PEOPLE. People just like the parents they are taking children from. DO THESE PEOPLE believe that the PEOPLE in government do things RIGHT and can do a better job raising children than the parents? Pretty soon no one is going to be raised by their biological parents, children are just shuffled around into homes that could be far more dangerous than the one they were taken out of. Everyone who has anything to do with it from case workers to psychiatrists and drug counselors to court personnel, these “stakeholders” rely on the removal of children for their paycheck.These people don’t realize how much money is involved here. California alone got 25 BILLION last year. 25 BILLION DOLLARS TO REMOVE CHILDREN, PUT THEM IN FOSTER CARE FOR 12-18 MONTHS WHILE THEY PAID FOR “PROGRAMS AND SERVICES” (HOOPS THE PARENTS HAVE TO JUMP THROUGH). So, DPSS receives and they give out to all of those stakeholders and when they quickly terminate parental rights and push through an illegal adoption they get “incentives” which are bonuses. A portion of that bonus goes directly to the social worker and their supervisor in the form of a “Christmas Bonus” if their points are not taken away by the end of the year. Yes, they work on gold stars and points.That is why Antoine Coley and Amanda Spratley JUMPED UP FOR JOY, HUGGING AND CONGRATULATING EACH OTHER, SMILING AND DOING A HAPPY DANCE WHEN OUR RIGHTS WERE TERMINATED, WHILE THE REST OF US CRIED AND ANOTHER PERSON TRIED NOT TO SMILE BUT DID A HAPPY DANCE LATER ON. So, these people who supposedly ‘CARE’ so much about children had absolutely no feelings of sadness for the parents and siblings who lost their little boy. Heartless. And these are the people who are believed? Really?
Can I be any clearer? I just want to post something that these people will read and say,
“OH MY GOD!!! WHAT IS GOING ON???? WHY DIDN’T I SEE THIS BEFORE?”
From the time my husband and I wake up to the time we go to bed, we are constantly thinking of ways to explain, prove, and deliver this message. There have even been times when we are lying in bed, lights out, and we will start talking about it and come up with an idea that just can’t wait so we sit up, grab our laptops and start typing! We are dedicated to this fight, what else can we do? Without our son we feel so empty, my pregnancy and childbirth all for nothing, or for OTHER PEOPLE TO SELFISHLY ENJOY. Yes, I said selfish because not letting him see us is exactly that and I can’t wait to tell him how he was not allowed to see his Mommy and Daddy because of a pointless restraining order. Yes, I said pointless because a piece of paper is not what is stopping us from knocking on the door. It is decency and respect and not wanting to upset anyone.
The reason why child protection agencies have taken a turn for the worse after public cries for reform in the late 1990’s is due to ASFA (American Safe Families Act) which was passed by Bill Clinton. ASFA rewards the agencies for promptly adopting out children so they don’t “linger in foster care”, with adoption incentives which is money. Due to the economy and budget cutbacks, Title IV-E Social Security funds limit the number of programs and services which the agencies have been required to extend to the families. Now they offer them for a significantly shorter amount of time as their goal is to qualify for the adoption incentives which have not been affected by budgets. In the top three goals of these agencies is that the agency’s best interests are paramount.
In today’s day and age, people blindly expect that the people in government are looking out for every human being’s best interest and that our children are paramount. Reality is that today’s “day and age” is just as screwed up as ever. The only difference is that the blasphemy is hidden in a two-way mirrored glass bowl of ice cream topped with whipped cream and a cherry. You all know this about such issues like the IRS targeting Tea Party’ers, killing American’s with drones overseas AND killing the CHILD of that person shortly thereafter, or how we claim we are “helping” other countries meanwhile we are robbing them or have our their agenda for power and control over natural resources. The list goes on and on.
In every U.S. state and county, child protective service agencies are needlessly removing children from homes in which they are not really at risk of dying or being physically abused in and giving them to strangers who don’t really care about kids, just money. So, in every state and county, children are dying BECAUSE THEY WERE TAKEN FROM THEIR HOME AND PLACED AT RISK IN FOSTER CARE. Social workers are trained to lie, fabricate, exaggerate and to take every maneuver to obstruct the parents from completing case plans all in the name of “keeping children safe”. CPS is the true down fall of America, destroying the family unit and severing bonds. This is already having a significant impact on society. If it continues, no one will loyal, no one will feel truly loved, no one will be able to trust, and everyone is going to have abandonment issues. The following is an article which was found on the internet:
Family Preservation and Adoption
Critics of family preservation claim that it makes it harder to free children f or adoption. Once again, they are wrong.
Not only does family preservation not impede adoption, family preservation can speed the process of terminating parental rights when even clearly wrong. The fraud by social services has increased dramatically showing up in falsified reports and statements pushing to remove parental rights much faster. Studies have shown that 80% of the children removed from their homes should not have been. For social services to say they a siding with caution is criminal neglect.
The federal law that effectively abolished the reasonable efforts requirement, with the so-called Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), also requires states to seek termination of parental rights for many children in foster care for 15 of the most recent 22 months. Yet in many jurisdictions it can take at least 12 months for a judge to decide if the initial placement was justified in the first place.
Thus, while some children in foster care do indeed need to be adopted, ASFA encourages the indiscriminate adoption of children without regard to whether they could have remained safely in their own, loving homes.
And this influx of new termination cases comes despite increasing evidence that the system can’t cope with the thousands of children legally free for adoption right now.
After three years of modest increases in the raw number of annual adoptions, the number has remained stagnant at about 50,000 per year.
This is all states can manage, even though the federal government offers them a huge financial incentive � bounties of $4,000 to $8,000 or more for every adoption over the total number of adoptions the year before — and political and media pressure for adoption is enormous. In contrast, since 1983 the foster care population has more than doubled. And today, there still are only 2,000 fewer children trapped in foster care on any given day than there were when ASFA was passed. The real message from the so-called surge in adoptions is that the problems of foster care can never be solved through adoption alone.
Furthermore, the figures include only finalized adoptions, not the number of cases in which parental rights were terminated, but no adoptive home was found.
In the early 1990s, NCCPR’s President, Prof. Martin Guggenheim of New York University Law School, examined two states which expedited termination proceedings. He found that as the number of children freed for adoption soared, the number of actual adoptions increased far more slowly. The result: A generation of legal orphans, who have no ties whatsoever to their birth parents, but aren’t being placed for adoption either. Guggenheim found that, contrary to the unsupported rhetoric of critics of family preservation, the one reform taken most seriously since the 1970s has been termination of parental rights.
Furthermore, although abuse in adoptive homes is rare � like abuse in birth parent homes � ASFA’s encouragement of quick-and-dirty, slipshod placements increases the risk of abuse.
Even Children’s Rights, Inc., a group which favors ASFA and has been hostile to family preservation, says “… Congress should realize that far too many states … when they do, for example, raise their adoption numbers, are doing so by including many clearly inadequate families … along with the genuinely committed, loving families who want to make a home for these children, just to ‘succeed’ by boosting their numbers.”.
Even if all the children now awaiting adoption could be placed, that doesn’t mean the placements will last. Current efforts to plunge headlong into adoption are being undertaken in the absence of any reliable data about how often placements “disrupt” when parents who adopt a child – especially a “special needs” child – change their minds.
But the evidence we do have is alarming. Even before the effects of the new law were felt, it was estimated that 10 to 25 percent of so-called “forever families” don’t turn out to be forever after all � the adoptive parents change their minds.
That number is only likely to increase as workers feel pressure to cash in on the bounties for adoptive placements handed out under ASFA – bounties which are paid whether the adoption actually lasts or not.
As adoptions level off, the pressure to increase them again � and cash in on the bounties � is likely to have another pernicious effect. It is likely to prompt agencies to target the children most in demand by prospective adoptive parents: healthy infants from poor families. Agencies will rationalize that the parents really are “unfit” even as they continue to turn their child welfare systems into the ultimate middle-class entitlement: Step right up, and take a poor person’s child for your very own.
For an example of such targeting, see The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette series, “When The Bough Breaks,” available online.
Says the head of Los Angeles County’s child welfare system: “What you have now is an incentive to initially remove the child, and an incentive to adopt them out. I think when you put those two together, there is a problem.”
Family preservation not only does not impede adoption, it can expedite the process of termination of parental rights by allowing workers to find out more quickly when a family can’t be preserved � and giving judges the confidence to make a termination decision knowing that the agency really did try to keep the family together.
The argument that there are children trapped in foster care who should be adopted and the argument that there are children trapped in foster care who should be in their own homes are not mutually exclusive. There are children in foster care who should be exiting in both directions.
But the claim that family preservation impedes adoption is nonsense. So is the claim that it was extremely difficult to terminate parental rights before the law was changed. All that is needed is minimal competence on the part of child protective workers.
This was demonstrated by an American Bar Association project in Upstate New York. The ABA’s National Center for Children and the Law taught lawyers and workers how to present a decent case in court. Without offering one iota of additional help to families before moving to terminate, the termination rate soared.
We have always believed there is a place for efforts to increase the number of adoptions as part of child welfare reform. But long as the rush to cash in on adoption bounties causes a further neglect of efforts to keep families in their own homes, it will only make things worse.
Contrary to critics’ claims, most people in child protection work are almost obsessed with a substitute care fantasy, in which children are rescued from their “evil” birth parents and placed in substitute settings, which, in the imagination of the workers, are always ideal. For most workers and most agencies termination of parental rights is the dessert in the child welfare meal, family preservation is the broccoli. ASFA gives workers and agencies all the dessert they want without ensuring that they eat their broccoli first.
Updated January 1, 2006
- Between 1997 and 2000 adoptions of foster children increased from 31,030 to 51,000. They’ve stayed at about 50,000 per year ever since. (1997 to 2003: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Adoptions of Children with Public Child Welfare Agency Involvement By State FY 1995-FY 2003, available online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/afcars/adoptchild03b.htm , 2004: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Trends in Foster Care and Adoption, chart available online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/afcars/trends.htm).
- As of March, 1998, four months after ASFA became law, there were 520,000 children in foster care, (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AFCARS Report #1, available online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/dis/afcars/publications/afcars.htm) by September 30, 2004, the most recent data available, that figure was 518,000 (HHS chart, note 1, Supra).
- Martin Guggenheim, “The Effects of Recent Trends to Accelerate the Termination of parental Rights of Children in Foster Care – An Empirical Analysis in Two States,” Family Law Quarterly, p.139.
- Statement of Marcia Robinson Lowry, Executive Director, Children’s Rights, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the House Committee on Ways and Means, November 06, 2003.
- National Adoption Information Clearinghouse Disruption and Dissolution, http://naic.acf.hhs.gov/pubs/s_disrup.cfm
- Troy Anderson, “Government Bonuses Accelerate Adoptions,” Daily News of Los Angeles, December 8, 2003.
- Debra Ratterman of the ABA’s National Legal Resource Center for Child Advocacy and Protection described the project at the 1991 Annual Conference of the New York State Citizens Coalition for Children.
My CPS story.
Wow! First of all, there is an organization called American Humane, which has combined child welfare with animal welfare. What’s that all about?
Second, here are two links that will show you just how much money the child protection racket gets. A lot of the money comes from the money YOU pay, out of your paycheck, to Social Security which is not being saved for YOU when you retire, instead they are giving it to CPS! What’s even crazier is that Riverside County, California is advertising on the radio and other mediums, for donations of money for foster care! If that budget had been dramatically cut I could kind of see a need but look at how much they get! If what they get now is not enough, maybe they should STOP TAKING CHILDREN FROM THEIR FAMILY AND PUTTING THEM IN FOSTER CARE!! Am I right or no?
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