CPS reform

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CPS reform

Nationwide, there are State run agencies who are supposed to be protecting abused children in dangerous situations. Each State has many different titles for them. All of them are main stapled as CPS (Child Protective Services). For example, in Texas they're known as DFPS. (Department of Family and Protective Services)

While there is an important need to find abused children and to protect them, the current system is only finding a small percentage of those truly abused children. The rest of their statistics that guarantee a high departmental income are from families who never abused their children. Where they get this income and the sources of information will be posted after the next paragraph.

I am not calling for an abolishment of CPS. What I am petitioning for is an overhaul and restructure to bring them in line with lawful investigation practices, to maintain Constitutional Rights and proper training for Agents who never had children, and psychological evaluations to find and replace the Agents who were themselves abused as Children and see abuse in every home regardless of the situation. This is not, I repeat, not a rare occurrence. I will supply statistics to support this and how this has escalated. I will also supply the sources.

Departmental income has become more important to CPS and their offices than actually finding abused children and protecting them. Each and every time they remove a child from the home, they get paid from the Federal Government. Here they are:

1. Public Law 93-247 known as the Mondale Act of 1974.

2. Public Law 96-272 known as the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980

3. Social Security Title IV-E funds.

The ASFA- Public Law 105-89 known as American Safe Families Act of 1997 is one of the most horrific laws on the books today. While it sounds nice in the title, when you get through the legal jargon, what this means is so wrong. If you ever had a child removed from your house by CPS, even UNFOUNDED and you are innocent, they will take that child in minutes after the child is born! Babies are highly adoptable and the Federal Government pays out $6,000 to the CPS office who conducts the legal kidnapping and gets them adopted quickly without regards to the biological Mother and her family. Since she was investigated once, they do this in the "best interests of the child" as she is a "potential" abuser.

The largest targeted type of families are folks with low incomes, children on SSI and are minorities. If you even have one of those three issues, you are a target for CPS to illegally investigate you. While these things are a surefire magnet, they have been known to do illegal investigations against families if they were reported falsely with malicious intent. Example is an ex-wife wants to get even with her ex-husband and his new family, she could report them and put them through Hell.

Why are the reasons CPS Agents actually find so little true abuse?

1. Agents who never had children and don't understand that a few toys in the corner of the room is not a hazardous mess.

2. Agents are not trained in real evidence recognition. In fact, no Agent in CPS has any training in evidence, the Constitution or criminal justice. They are given anywhere from 3 to 6 months of training, being taught that it is ok to break into a Home without probable cause or exigent circumstances.

3. Agents are trained to use subjective speculation and not objective factual reporting.

4. The Agents do not get psychological evaluations. A number of Agents who were abused as a child themselves see abuse in every home they go into, even if it's not there.

5. Most States do not require Agents to have a degree in Social Sciences. Any degree will do, doesn't even have to be related to the field.

6. The Agency has no checks and balances. A field Agent can lie to a judge or police officer with absolutely no proof and have it entered as factual evidence in a court of law!

7. Agents are trained to believe they are immune from the authority of the First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Fifth Amendment, Sixth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment. They violate this in every investigation done nationwide.

Here are the statistics and sources to support these facts:

Number of Cases per 100,000 children in the United States. These numbers come from The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) in Washington.

CPS- Physical Abuse (160) Sexual Abuse (112) Neglect (410) Medical Neglect (14) Fatalities (6.4)

Parents- Physical Abuse (59) Sexual Abuse (13) Neglect (241) Medical Neglect (12) Fatalities (1.5)

As you can see, children are abused far more in care than at home. The calculated average is for every 1 abused child removed from an abusive home, there are 17 unabused children removed from loving non-offending homes nationwide.

Constitutional Violations and Court Rulings that CPS Ignores to this very day!

1. It's unconstitutional for CPS to conduct an investigation and interview a child on private property without exigent circumstances or probable cause. - Doe et al, v. Heck et al (No. 01-3648, 2003 US App. Lexis 7144)

2. All CPS workers in the United States are subject to the 4th and 14th Amendment - Walsh v. Erie County Dept. of Job and Family Services, 3:01-cv-7588

3. Police officers and social workers are not immune for coercing or forcing entry into a person's home without a search warrant. Calabretta v. Floyd (9th Cir. 1999)

4. The mere possibility of danger does not constitute an emergency or exigent circumstance that would justify a forced warrantless entry and a warrantless seizure of a child. Hurlman v. Rice (2nd Cir. 1991)

5. Police officer and social worker may not conduct a warrantless search or seizure in a suspected child abuse case absent exigent circumstances. Defendants must have reason to believe that life or limb is in immediate jeopardy and that the intrusion is reasonable necessary to alleviate the threat. Searches and seizures in investigation of a child neglect or child abuse case at a home are governed by the same principles as other searches and seizures at a home. Goodv. Dauphin County Social Services (3rd Cir. 1989)

6. The Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures extends beyond criminal investigations and includes conduct by social workers in the context of a child neglect/abuse investigation. Lenz v. Winburn (11th Cir. 1995)

7. Making false statements made to obtain a warrant, when the false statements were necessary to the finding of probable cause on which the warrant was based, violates the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement. Aponte Matos v. Toledo Davilla (1st Cir. 1998)

What can be done to change this for a better, more healthy Child Protection System?

I. Child Abuse is a Crime, not a touchy feely civil complaint and should be investigated as a crime.

II. Have the abuse allegations investigated by a Detective or Police Officer, who are trained for this as a career, whereas CPS workers are not. All investigations are joint ones with said Officers of the Law and with warrants properly issues under probable cause.

III. Re-train Agents to respect and obey the laws of the Constitution of the United States. If a family is guilty of abuse, a legal investigation will find it.

IV. Repeal the Mondale Act, Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act, Title IV-E rewards to CPS from Social Security and the American Safe Families Act. Remember, they are not what the title sounds like and has been the root core of many loving homes losing their children to a system that will abuse them.

V. Make CPS legally investigate those who sign up to be foster parents. They do not do this today, and many foster parent who want the money for fostering them are actually child abusers who never get caught!

VI. All interviews to be audio and video recorded just like it happens with the police!

VII. Hold CPS Agents and foster parents and the records keeper responsible for every child who vanishes or dies in their care for their location.

VIII. Also investigate the person or persons reporting the abuse, and if done maliciously with intent to disrupt a family, prosecute the reporter to the fullest extent of the Law regarding making false claims to Government Agencies to affect an unnecessary and costly investigation.

IX. Abuse is a Crime, guarantee the accused retain their right to face their accusers in a court of law. As the system currently is, this is not done.

X. The Children are to be tracked on a weekly basis, so no more children vanish in the system.

XI. If a disabled, mentally retarded or sick Child is put into Foster Care, the Child's current Physician will need to provide a copy of the diagnosis and treatment, and medications, if any, will be provided as prescribed by the Physician. All appointments must be kept while in Foster Care. Any violations without a very good reason will result in the Foster Parents losing their certification for Foster Care.

XII. If a Foster Child dies while in Foster Care, there will be an Investigation by the FBI and all parties responsible for the Death of a Child will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

XIII. There will be a National Database where all known abusers are recorded and can be accessed by Law Enforcement. Everyone who is found not guilty won't have their Convictions and Abuse Reports listed. It will be illegal to keep records of any sort on innocent individuals or families. If they are convicted in a court of law by a jury of their peers, then the report of abuse they are guilty of will be the only report listed.

Currently, none of this is done, and innocent families who are not guilty of anything are losing their Children based on the word of others where there is no burden of proof for Prosecution, for the sake of getting Federal Funds for tens of thousands of dollars. The few truly abused children are ending up in a system where they are worse off than where they came from, even to the extent of being killed. Also, the innocent children who are never abused are also killed.

Injustice against one American is injustice against all Americans. Help us put the Justice back into Child Protective Services and get them focused on finding and saving abused children. It's time we removed them from the profitable business of tearing loving non-offending families apart.

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CPS is completely twisted! They are taking and adopting out children that have loving families they could stay with or go back home to. The system had NO clue what the best interest of the children is. If they did, there would be thousands of kids back home, like my granddaughter. She was taken in Sept of 2014. NO neglect, NO abuse. It was a Dependency case. Now they are trying to adopt her out. This is ridiculous! Someone please help us get our babies back!
I want my grandchildren I was approved in every way the county asked. They NEVER intended to let us have them they had adoptive parents in mind for them from the very beginning as my grandchildren are mixed race. They only took the girl because they wanted the boy they HAVE to be STOPPED
On October 21 2015 our president Barack Obama was in my state of West Virginia talking about the epidemic on drug use and abuse, I have been fighting a CPS case since November 16 2012 trying to get my children home after they was taken over 2 failed drug tests that they said I had failed for Meth, to this preset day November 23, 2015 I've taken 302 clean tests, Im still taking 1 test a week to be able to see my 16 yr old daughter that is in a girls group home in Huntington Wv Golden Girls, a pharmacologist, which we thought was qualified enough as an expert was brought into court to testify that the OTC vicks vapor inhaler was what skewed my drug tests due to the main ingredient being "levomehtanohetimine", since he wasn't a toxicologists his testimony wasn't erelavant enough in the courts of Clay co West Virginia, I did everything they threw at me to do, they did a meth test on my home on September 11,2014, said it came back with small numbered traces of residue, I myself DID NOT trust that test, because of who was involved in this court issue,so I myself paid $600.00 with a totally different company to come in and test again on October 4,2014, results came back a few weeks later, there was NOTHING DETECTED !!!! I have those results as well, I do believe I was set up ! with all this that I done, they still proceeded to terminate my parental rights last year, the guardian litem Barbra Schamburger has been against me for several years how she got on this case is a mystery to me, I have all that proof as well, I have audio tapes of conversation of Mary Angela Nichols telling her son everything that was going on in my case due to the GAL Barbra Schamburger, and her side kick Jeanne Nottingham, discussing my case with her and others and then gets this Mary Angela Nichols to testify against me saying she seen me out in the day time in the middle of clay with my x husband which I was not to have no contact with, I was not around my x husband let a lone in the middle of Clay anywhere around him.... He got killed November 22,2014, and none of that could be put into the court proceeding because it was after they terminated me, he'll never be a problem to my children or I again, but all this was already after the fact of my rights being taken and I couldn't submit any other evidence to prove this. I filed an appeal through the Supreme Court, they didn't over turn it, which they didn't know that because they couldn't add it in or any of the other information that could've gotten my babies home to me, ??, I need help!! Even through this process the prosecutor Jim Samples told me if I divorced my husband I'd get my kids back and asked both of my lawyers, if I'd give my rights up to my 2 babies I could have the older ones and all this would be dismissed, I've never been an addict, and it also makes me sick that I myself am a working U S citizen, and my tax dollars are paying for these needle drop services that they r providing all these drug addicted junkie
I am a mother who by the state of Texas, was forced into signing my right over, because of my workers lack of information that could have helped me, I want my daughter back with me, I have not been able to speak with her or have any contact with her since May off this year. Had I had the necessary information, I would have my daughter right now, I believe that I was set up for failure, three cps workers never intended for me to get my daughter back no matter what hoops I jumped through for them. I need help with my case, I will never stop fighting for my daughter any help or information on who can help would be greatly appreciated.
I'm a foster mother and there needs to be change. I see things that are so lax in this system.
PLEASE HELP BRING HOME OUR GRANDBABIES WHO THE STATE ILLEGALLY KIDNAPPED AND ARE GOING TO BE ADOPTED AND NAMES CHANGED!!! PLEASE PLEASE HELP!!!! We have been forced to not see, talk, or give any gifts to them :( :( It has been going on since April 29, 2014!! It is KILLING us to be without the ones we have loved and raised as our own!!!