‘Children as Currency’ By Patricia Mitchell {480 Words}

Local communities through the portal of Child Protective Services (DHS) are using Children as Currency, resulting in unintended consequences, severely abused children, and death, at the hands of foster parents, and Court Ordered guardians, including an abusive parent.  This common practice has also resulted in CPS & Family Courts targeting the innocent parent (or parents) who may be vulnerable.

An anonymous caller (i.e., a scorned girlfriend, sour neighbor, spiteful partner, envious family member) phones in a complaint against a parent, without any evidence that the allegation is true – that’s all it can take’s for Child Protective Services (CPS) to remove children from their homes. Each year, thousands of children and parents fall prey to CPS’s fractured system, with only 6 percent of these children having been in legitimate danger. Seventy to 80 percent of foster homes do not deliver the basic needs and requirements to the vulnerable children they’ve take in. (According to the Fed. Government’s ‘Children’s Bureau’ 64 percent of foster children are abused, experts believe the real number is closer to 87 percent)

CPS protects the foster parents, keeping children in state custody for as long as possible, even after caseworkers and affiliates discover allegations against the parents were false. This all began more than 30 years ago, following the enactment of a series of federal laws. The practically unlimited and under-regulated funds these overarching laws provide to each state’s CPS offices have led to unintended, yet dire, consequences. Many at the local levels have learned how to manipulate the system to accommodate their own insidious desires.

We should consider permanently shutting Child Protective Services down, reallocating federal funding toward constructing safe and healthy learning environments in the form of state-of-the-art orphanages, using the Montessori methods and practices as an operational model.

1 CPS Policy Manual Also See: http://niemanreports.org/articles/child-welfare-reporting-things-sources-say-that-almost-always-arent-true/     See I. E. AZ Senator Rick Murphy’s status with CPS http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/20130724rick-murphy-abuse-no-charges.html 2 AFSCAR Report /Children’s Bureau/ Child Welfare Gateway In these reports the charts read 39,000 (children) were in “high risk environments.” In the CPS industry this simply means endanger. Comparing the yearly number of children in foster care with the number of children in “high risk environments,” this comes out to only 6 percent of children in foster care were in dangerous environments. 3  foster parents with violent records regularly enter the cps system” http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2014/02/dcf_handbook_shocker_criminal_past_doesn_t_disqualify_foster Also see: Children’s Bureau http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/child-maltreatment-2011 4 CPS protects the foster parents. For example, a caseworker will assure prospective foster parents that CPS will not check in on them without calling first, most likely to further entice them into registering. However, this practice has had unintended consequences, attracting pedophiles and predators to become foster parents. 5 First there was the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974 (CAPTA) (Public Law 93-247) We desperately need closely monitored residential facilities and services (that are not financially profitable) that attract, recruit, and retain qualified professionals who genuinely have children’s and families’ best interests at the front of their minds.