Repeat Posting: Why Are CPS Agencies So Ineffective, Costly, and — even Worse — Damaging to Children


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Arlington County CPS Playbook for Destroying Families

This past week, the butchers of Arlington DHS were at work again destroying children’s lives and their relationships with their parents.  At the same time, Congress is looking to cut ineffective programs, that waste taxpayer’s money.   Here is a great candidate (worth repeating from a prior post) for the axe, where the benefits will not only be cost savings, but save children’s lives:

The idea of Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies came about to fulfill a need to help children who are truly abused and neglected.  The CPS agency was born as a “solution” to this narrow problem.

CPS agencies have evolved to contain “professionals” — typically social workers and psychologists — who are college trained and learn about children through mostly book learning.   Most persons who appear to be drawn to both social work and psychology are persons who have troubled backgrounds and/or sought to learn about psychology to engage in “self help” with their own problems.   Thus, the very persons who become social workers and psychologists are often — but not always — persons with a troubled past.   Is that a problem?  It would appear to be so, given that these are also the very same persons who placed in a position to “judge” the healthiness of the thinking of others (such as mothers, fathers, and children).

Do CPS workers and those court “GALs”  workers get psychologicals?  How much baggage do they bring to their work that influences their decisions?  If a CPS worker never experienced a “healthy” family relationship in their own life, how would they recognize whether one existed or not?    The answers seem obvious — which explains why there are so many reports of CPS agencies destroying families, rather than making them better.

The plot thickens, however, because the flawed nature of some CPS worker’s minds along with the “group think” that goes along with their agencies — promotes covering up mistakes rather than admitting them.  The best way to cover up mistakes is to keep the child away from the loving family, rather than return them.   If the CPS destroys the child-family bond, then the CPS does not have to answer why it should not have taken the child in the first place.

So, in case you have not been paying attention, here is what appears to be the CPS playbook:

a) take a child for the most inane reason from the home where they are loved — because if you are a CPS worker you don’t want to be the worker who failed to do something if something goes wrong with the child,

b) isolate the child so that they and their family can feel powerless and hopeless,

c) hire a bunch of “service” providers at taxpayers expense (e.g., psychologists, etc), to provide “services” to this “sick” family situation,

d) destroy the family in the meantime — breaking their spirit, and creating stress, and anxiety,

e) when the family has been financially destroyed and emotionally devastated, decide that the family is unfit for the child.   Ideally this should take about a year so the CPS can “max out” how much money making business can be doled out to colleagues [ugh…we mean “service providers“], “guardian ad litem” lawyers (who are of no special qualification and who otherwise can’t get clients on their own) and get paid by the hour for whatever number of hours they can justify…making thousands of more dollars off of the taxpayers, as well as foster families who get paid “premiums” when the child is found to be in need of special services (whether they are actually needed or not),

f) “tadda”….the CPS has justified its existance by “saving” another child from a contrived “terrible,”  “horrible” family situation — all at the taxpayer’s expense.

Everyone is happy (and richer) except the child and her/his family who have been destroyed.   The illegality is clear, but few can afford to sue for their rights.  See, Children’s Rights Which Brings Class Action Suits.

This unwritten playbook is based on events in some actual cases involving the Arlington County Department of Human Services — but appears to be occurring as well in many CPS agencies throughout the country.

For those kids stuck in foster care who are lucky enough to have parents fighting to get them out of this nightmare, keep the faith!  It not you, its the system.  You did nothing wrong.

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