American Children Wrongfully Taken From Loving Families. Why?


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The Unintended Consequences of Child Welfare Funding


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The Landscape of Child Welfare Funding


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Texas’ 2015 Valentine Weekend Massacre of the CPS Handbook


Updated Feb 16, 2015

DFPS policy reductions

For the better part of the last decade, Texas has had the honor of having the most complete and comprehensive Child Protection Handbook nationwide. A handbook that family advocates from all 50 states used as a learning tool. That all changes February 15, 2015, when the Department of Family and Protective Services strips out close to 450 pages of functionality.

In 2010, Angel Eyes over Texas was founded to “Watch (CPS) while others can’t.“. They tracked all handbook changes on their blog www.aeovrt.org providing caseworkers, attorneys, advocates and other stakeholders quick easy access to the monthly changes starting in 2011. Their post reflecting the most recent changes is located here.

An effective handbook must contain both policy and procedures. It appears that a huge chuck of procedures were stripped away with this revision greatly reducing its effectiveness as a field manual. Case work is primarily field work. Field workers need to be able to work independent  of direct supervision, therefore they need ready reference materials; preferably updated real time.

These changes were made with intent to simplify and improve efficiency while claiming to improve transparency and accountability have in fact done just the opposite.

A more complete article can be found  on Americans Ending Abuse.

Texas strips job functions from CPS Handbook, causing ambiguity

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Doc Greene Speaks Briefly on CPS


In response to our piece, Death Hurts; Child Deaths due to Abuse Even More, Doc Greene of Raging Elephants Radio did a short segment on CPS.

As usual Doc presented a very heart wrenching follow up to our article. He  began by discussing the article and then expanded upon some of the know Texas stories. He touched on the stories of Angel Cook and Wilbur Witt. He also touched on some of the testimony of former Texas foster youth; much of which is quite disturbing. But to give example I present you with one former foster child, Tyrone Obaseki that spent 16 years in the system presents an excellent testimony in a 2014 legislative hearing.

Doc moved on into a short sermon and ended with a prayer. Thank you for your support. Thank you too Raging Elephants Radio.

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2014 in review this review speaks for itself


This 2014 review speaks for itself. This site is exploding with hits – if you know someone or have been a victim of CPS then this site is for you! Spread the word.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 190,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 8 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Death Hurts; Child Deaths due to Abuse Even More


 

Updated: Feb 2, 2015

Grace MarkerNothing hurts more than the untimely death of a child. Add to that the fact that they died at the hands of another and it becomes unbearable.

This week the murder trial for Melinda Lynn Muniz began. Muniz is charged with capital murder in the death of Grace Lillian Reeves-Ford. Now one year later, Grace’s parents must endure the pain of hearing all that happened to their little girl that fateful day. Out of respect for them I will not go into detail of what has been revealed thus far in the trial. Due to the delicate nature of the situation now is not the time to share those details.

Now that the trial is over, with the family’s permission I have updated the article.

On the afternoon of Feb 2, 2015 a court room sat in silence listening only to the tick of a clock for 3 minutes; the length of time it takes for a person to suffocate. Trial testimony revealed the possibility of Grace having been suffocated before the duct tape was applied. Duct tape that surveillance video showed Muniz had Grace with her as she purchased the instruments of her murder.

Digressing a bit. On January 9, 2014 Plano police were summoned to the apartment where Grace was found unconscious in her bed, her face covered in duct tape She was taken off life support three days after Plano police believe Muniz staged a home invasion in the Eastside Village apartment she shared with Grace and Mitch Ford, the girl’s father. Muniz was arrested Jan. 28, 2014.

It took the jury only 45 minutes to decide Muniz’ fate: Guilty… sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. They did their job, but questions rise about CPS. There had been 4 CPS reports against Muniz relating to abuse of Grace. Three of which took place within one year. A factor that the Health and Human Services Inspector General’s office indicates should have triggered an additional visit by a Safety Specialist, laying the blame on a computer glitch while removing blame from any workers.

Problem is there was a fifth report. Two days before Grace’s attack, her grandfather hand delivered a letter to CPS indicating his concerns over safety. A situation that should have triggered a P1 investigation requiring contact within 24 hours. This did not happen so Grace joins the 143 children that died due to abuse in Texas in 2014.

In Texas child deaths due to abuse appears to be on the decline, from 231 in 2011, 211 in 2012, 159 in 2013 and 144 in 2014. But a recent article by the Austin-Statesman revealed some 665 confirmed abuse deaths went unreported publicly By Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). That was part of a very comprehensive 3 day series presented by the Statesman. Very important is the “Interactive” page that links you to data on 779 child deaths reviewed. You can download their data here.

During 2013, Texas had a sharp increase in “reported” foster deaths. This led to several interim hearings by the Texas Legislature in 2014. Add to that the first Sunset review since 1997 of the child protection agency (DFPS) presented Texas with an unprecedented year of transparency into Texas’ child protection system. There also was a very intensive audit by a third party agency, The Stephens Group that revealed many problems. One of which was that caseworkers were only getting about 26% actual face to face time with the children they are charged to protect. You can read their report here.

Additionally there was an interim House Select Committee on Child Protection that met 4 times. Many that observed how this committee was managed feel that all it did was reveal how the Texas legislature micro-manages DFPS. Their report is here.

Point is, children die. Some from natural causes. Some due to accidents. Some due to abuse. Others due to abuse in foster care. We must get past the mourning and grief so that we can do what we can to change the system responsible, be it health care or child protection or even general parenting. Of the 779 in the Statesman article, 144 had at least 3 prior CPS calls. One had 23. But many are unrelated to abuse.

Bottom line, we have a great deal of work to do. It can’t be completed without moving forward.

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Not just States, BUT the Feds are failing to protect children


Image captured from the report "Shame on U.S."

Image captured from the report “Shame on U.S.”

A report released earlier this week reveals that every state has failed the federal standards for child protection. The 110 page report titled “Shame on U.S.” was compiled through the joint efforts of the Children’s Advocacy Institute of the University of San Diego School of Law and First Star. It discusses the failing effort to properly enact, monitor, interpret, and enforce federal child welfare laws by the federal government. Reporting weaknesses within all 3 branches of government. I recommend reading the Executive Summary first before tackling the full report.

Click below for state-specific information regarding the protection of abused and neglected children, such as links to each state’s Child and Family Services Review reports from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, information on relevant judicial proceedings, and recent news articles.

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas
California Colorado Connecticut Delaware
District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii
Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine
Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska
Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico
New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio
Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island
South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas
Utah Vermont Virginia Washington
West Viginia Wisconsin Wyoming
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Angel Eyes over Texas: The Statue in the Park


Thank you to our friend Wilbur Witt for this blog on CPS.

Angel Eyes over Texas: The Statue in the Park.

 

The fight to align CPS with the civilized world is a long and hard one. History has shown again and again that once a person, or group of persons has a power base they tend not to let it go. And any bureaucracy will, with time, move farther and farther away from its original intent until the only evidence or that original purpose is only the name and that in itself is a heresy. 

Combine this with the same group of people who subscribe to what they perceive to be a mandate to change society so that it conforms with some utopian vision that exist nowhere but their crazy minds. Add a mantra, “It’s all about the children,” mix in the possibility of huge blocks of funding, immunity, and a dash of sexual divination and there you have it. Big Brother, National Socialism and Chairman Mao all rolled into one. Dante’s perfect picture of hell!

With the willing cooperation of family court judges and shyster lawyers CPS has had a good, long run, longer even than Adolph Hitler and just as depraved and deadly. If it were one child, or two here and there, even that would not be acceptable, but that is not the case. The illegal removal of children, the trampling of the constitution, the rape and deaths of children, and the ultimate dissolving of the American family has become the norm, the benchmark of the Child Protective Services. And why do the American people allow this?

I don’t have the time or the patience to enumerate all of the crimes, offenses and lies that have been generated by this organization. One of our problems is the masses of parents who have lost their children screaming for justice just look like bad parents with a bad case of sour grapes. We must get people involved with our cause who have not previously touched by the CPS. But the veiled threat is always there. “If you come at us we will destroy YOUR family,”  because it IS all about the children. YOUR children! No one is safe, and the sooner middle America realizes that the sooner we can fix this problem!

I know that some of you think that somehow, somewhere there are good CPS workers. I wish this were so, but it is not. I remind people every day that not all Nazis worked in the gas chambers. A lot of them worked in nice offices in Berlin keeping the body count and making sure the supply of ZYCLON D didn’t run out. The nicest, smiling CPS lady, the one who comes to your parties, the one who helps you coach soccer, the one who helped you arrange your daughter’s birthday party, that nice lady has wrenched a baby from a young mother’s arms because it’s all about the children!  Wake up! You are next!

So what do we do? First, and foremost we recognize among ourselves that there is basically nothing good about the current system. The last Sunset Commission proved that. Witness after witness paraded before them and all the CPS director had to say was, “Mistakes will be made!” The unspoken truth was they need to hide the bodies a little better next time. Take the blinders off. Know these people for what they really are. Don’t trust them, don’t cooperate with them and let everyone you know who they are and what they do! The same with foster parents. They are just one more branch of the evil machine. They are not nice people who are trying to help, they have assisted in the destruction of an American family. Little Johnny will never see his mother again because they put in an order for a blonde haired, blue eyed little boy. The Fuhrer would  be so proud!

Next, we legislate! We destroy the system that has perpetuated this atrocity. We force CPS to abide by the law, and not just when we catch them lying and stealing but all the time. And put real penalties for those caught misusing the system. Real jail. Real cotton fields and real prison yards! Have watchdog agencies to monitor the actions of Family Court judges and when a disproportionate number of children are removed by that judge, then that judge should be impeached and jailed!  I sat and watched court proceedings just one day and the judge removed one hundred percent of the children brought before her.  I never saw a colder, more unfeeling animal in my life. She literally fed from the human misery she helped to perpetuate.  God forgives, I don’t!

Then track down, arrest, and incarcerate all criminals from the old CPS system. No statute of limitations. No probation and no plea bargains! Just good old fashioned justice. But before we can do this we must sway the hearts and minds of mainstream America. We must make them see and what they eventually see will be so horrific, so alien, so damning that hopefully when it’s all over no child will every be subjected ever again to the abomination we have come to know as the CPS!

I wish that one day there is a statue on the Capitol grounds in Austin. A stone bench with an old man sitting on it. Beside him there’s a little girl, looking up at him, holding an ice cream cone, and on the base the words, “In memory of the unknown child,” to honor all the babies who were forever lost to the CPS killing machine.

 

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Help reform this nation’s child welfare systems to place children and families first instead of state & federal funding.


Help reform this nation’s child welfare systems to place children and families first instead of state & federal funding.

This petition is necessary because states have used the Adoption & Safe families act as an incentive to kidnap children from healthy, loving families, & terminate parent/child relationships in favor of adoption when reunification would truly be in the child’s best interest. States receive more federal funding for terminating child/parent relationships than for focusing on reunification when this would be in the best interest of the child. In many cases these children are never adopted, leading to an overwhelmed foster care system where children are being abused, used as medical guinea pigs, & even killed. The majority of youth who age out of care are becoming homeless, not receiving higher education, & being incarcerated. Please acknowledge this corruption and help fix this broken system.

Please sign petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/help-reform-nations-child-welfare-systems-place-children-and-families-first-instead-state-federal/h6GGYWw8

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