This is a nationwide problem, happening in every state. You may think that could not happen to me or my family. It does happen and you could lose your children or grandchildren. We must act now to stop this from happening to your family. When it does happen you look every where for help and you will only find others with same problem and very high legal fees.
This is why it is so easy for CPS. The poor and middle class do not have the money to hire a expert attorney that can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars just to defend you. 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.
For every abused child remove from a home, 17 unabused children are remove from good homes. Why? Follow the money, CPS recieves large funding from the federal government for all the children in their custody. Cps is incentivized to remove unabused children to fund CPS.
Removing children from their home is emotionally devastating for both children and their families and should only be considered when absolutely necessary. Removal from the parent should only happen if there is clear evidence of ” Imminent Danger ” to the child or children.
Child abuse and neglect is a crime and should be treated as such, Crimes against children should be moved from family and juvenile court to criminal court. This would force CPS to get a warrant before seizing children. It would also force them to have to provide factual evidence before they could sever parental rights. It would ultimately ensure due process.
A) Force CPS officers to inform parents or guardians of their right to remain silent before they are interviewed.
B) Take away adoption bonus incentive or match them with equal bonus incentives given to reunification.
C) The goal for permanency should be the best interest of children rather than financial gain. And reunification should always take precedence over severance. Family preservation should be the primary goal. Severance should not be rushed and should only be considered when all other options have been exhausted.
D) The case plan for reunification must be based on when the initial cause for removal is alleviated.
E) Set up specific case plan goals and requirements with a projected timeline and make sure parents or guardians are aware fully aware of them as well as the consequences for non-compliance, so they know what is expected of them.
F) Periodic checkpoints need to be integrated into case plans requiring frequent consultations with parents regarding their progress.
G) Completely reform the federal budget for CPS focusing on necessary expenses rather than basing it on child removal.
H) Give equal financial assistance to poverty stricken families whose children are in dependent care for the purpose of neglect because their parents couldn’t afford to supply them with their monetary needs, as is given to foster care.
I) Change the time-frame of severance. Severance should be based on each individual case and the circumstances surrounding it. Parents who have children under the age of three should be given equal time to alleviate their shortcomings as is given to parents who have children over the age of three. They shouldn’t have less time to better themselves or their circumstance simply because their children are more adoptable.
J) Family should always be the first considered to adopt when severance is necessary, before foster placements.
K) Government officials should be held accountable for their actions on a criminal level. Fines and incarceration aren’t unreasonable especially considering the impact their decisions can have on families.