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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A family has been reported time and time by thier own relatives. A case worker showed up once with starbucks and doughnuts. Yet dirty diapers were every for the little ones to crawl and walk on. stuffed down into the furniture creases. Garbage every where. Tampoons filthy toilet paper covering the bathroom floor. Coffe table full of baby formula cans now full of weed and cocaine. Nothing wrong here. Mom seems nice enough. Boyfriend having sexual acts with boy and girl. Grandma walkes in on them yet nothing was done. Still reporting and still nothings done as the 2 children are in hs but 3 more now at home with now a so callled dad who refuses to go to work and mom still thinking everybody owes her because she has 5 kids each one from a different dad. Still trading food stamps for drugs so kids go hungry. CPS should have criminal charges brought against them and get rid of the corruption.
I was denied to adopt my two birth grandchildren, but allowed to adopt the non-blood grandchild. State of Iowa made false allegations and courts only listen to DHS, never take THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD into consideration. I do not feel adopted children should be given added support from state agencies and I feel state agencies are abusing the privilege for placing them due to them receiving bonus for each child that's adopted. This constitutes child trafficking and it is illegal. Instead of taking why not put services in place to help birth families. That is the wiser thing to do.
Fresno social workers are out of control and unregulated! They have a set of senario's they apply to cases and don't waver very far from the script they are supposed to follow, unless someone like me stands up against them.
My daughter was abused by a career criminal who made bogus allegations to cps to teach her a lesson for leaving. He ,(Herbert Paul Bethel), stated on paper in his own handwriting, that he paid Alicia Dozier, a social worker from San Luis Obispo to go and take his daughter. An act of pure revenge. The court, aware
Of this statement did not drop the case. Mr Bethel was related to this workerand has relatives in the system who all worked the system to Bethel's advantage.
My daughter has no record at all but was not allowed to defend herself from the allegations Bethel. Cps based the whole case on Paul's statement.
Never mind he nearly killed her in front of the children. Social worker Veronica Rostros worked the case the entire three yrs. The baby who was three at the time is now six and was placed in Bethel's home. A home that had been raided twice since this case began and arrest were made both times drugs weapons and stolen property confiscated, parolees arrested.
Since the baby has been with her father guns were pulled on Bethel while AnnaStasha, ( my granddaughter stood next to him.
My grandson was separated from his sister and placed in a foster home where he had to be moved due to abuse. His social security survivor benefits were rerouted to one of Bethel's relative's after she forged my daughter's name on a downloaded form and submitted it to social security. Social security refuses to deal with the issue until Joshua is back home with his mother, which we are working on now. There is almost 70,000. Dollars unaccounted for. Money, which by law and cps's own guidelines was supposed to be placed in a trust account for Josh.
There is so much information here that the cps agency was made aware of and yet they turned the other way. Just kept repeating the same things over and over again, as if they never heard us.
Funny thing both worker's who handled this case no longer work for the same entity. Alicia Dozier from San Luis Obispo Ca cps, the one Paul Bethel paid just dissapeared according to her supervisor. Veronica Rostros the worker from Fresno who lied in court withheld evidence falsified written therapy evaluations, as verified by the therapist herself. There were documents we submitted to Rostros and her supervisor Renee Rodriguez that were claimed they didn't receive three times these documents were submitted. We have signatures of receipt.
Rostros left her job in Fresno as soon as the last court proceeding was over when the said AnnaStasha would stay with Bethel.
The judge told my daughter ( you may now file for custody) whaaaat?
This was no cps case it was a custody battle Paul Bethel orchestrated by Bethel and his family. There's no way he would have won any other way! The system jumped all over thi
I have dealt with CPS twice concerning my daughter's well being while she is with her mother. My daughter has come back with numerous injuries to her body including burns, blood blisters, infected bug bites, bruises to her face,back, arms, shoulders, chest, and bum. My wife and i have taken pictures and documented everything. A child has already died in the care of my child's mother and it was considered a horrific accident. How CPS can say that they see no signs of abuse or anything,when i have given them pictures, documentation and other pieces of proof my daughter is not safe is,beyond me. All i know is something need to be done before another child dies because of the ignorance of CPS!!!!
It is my belief that a worker who has known the parent for a total of fifteen minutes should not rip that child from that parent's custody. Hearsay should also not constitute evidence in ANY case. Parents have a right to due process and legitimate hard evidence, not just the words of the accuser. The system has instilled too much fear in parents instead of giving them the reassurance that CPS is actually protecting children. More often times than not, children are better off with their parents and there are a lot of instances where issues can be resolved between the parents and family using CPS as a mediator-which sounds a lot more reasonable to responsible parents. Parents who get called on by CPS though are guilty until proven innocent and are presumed to be evil and malicious monsters to children. Its a horrible stigma and an unfortunate reality. The current system makes parents feel powerless, with the workers and state having more right to children than the actual parents, when it should be the other way around. Children should not be seen as dollar signs to the state nor should be used as pawns-by either state or parents. For the 'best interest of the child', there has to be more of a balance where a parent can defend themselves accordance to the laws, and children can be protected.

Actually the abuse and trauma that children endure due to CPS intervention is far and away more excessive than the accusations. Think of the kids, CPS intervention should be a last resort and by no means should be used as a weapon. Accusers should be held accountable for false claims as well....or at least more accountable (considering the anonymity CPS provides on their 800 lines.)
This is a MUST!