The True Reason Why County Judges Rubber Stamp the Removal of Children

As most of you know I am doing extensive research on the corruption and greed which is the backbone of the Child Protection Services. In my research I am appalled at the depth of the corruption, compliancy that the Juvenile Court Judges add to this quigmire of injustice.

The most recent nightmare I found while researching the appalling conditions of children ripped from parents who live in poverty in the State of Michigan. Instead of spending federal dollars to keep families together the money is spent on foster and adoptive parents.

The back story is this. Fedreal law requires that all of the states not just one or two must make Every Reasonable Effort to keep low priorty and low risk families together- before snatching children and placing them in the hell that is foster care. The kick is this. A Juvenile aka Family Court Judge must sign off that every reasonable effort has been made to keep these families together. I reiterate the term “Reasonable Effort” here. The way the Judge does this is he checks a box on a standard form. Now if he finds that DPS has “failed” to make “Reasonable Efforts” even though it was safe to do so, he can still “rubber- stamp” the removal of the child. The Kick is this, if he does that Federal Money will not pay the cost of the child in foster care.

When family court judges were polled 40% said they lied and that CPS had made a reasonable effort but they (the Judge) didn’t believe CPS had made that effort. There were 20% of the Judges who stated they concluded without any facts to substantiate the fact that CPS may or may not have provided every possible effort to keep the families intact. The even scary part was that 70% of those same Judges said they “rarely concluded otherwise”. In other words they believed their CPS people were perfect and there was no need to question their decisions.
Now the coup de grace of this poll, 40% of the judges admitted they lied and that CPS had done all they could do visavi “resaonsable effort” in cases where they, the judges really didn’t believe they had done all they could do. The excuse for lieing the Judges stated was becasue they knew their county would have to pick up the cost of the federal share of the money for these children.

These same judges were asked specifics regarding the issues they rasied in determing if “reasonable efforts” were offered to the family. 1/3 admitted they never asked what services had been offered to the families by CPS, 46% admitted they only sometimes or NEVER asked if the services were sufficinet or appropriate. 57% of the Judges often failed to ask if the caseworker had actually provided the services.
To add insult to injury the parents court appointed attorneys in most if not all cases are as complicant as the Judges because they also never ask these questions. The excuse is raising this question is supposed to be a losing argurment in the court room. The reasoning is each plan is supposed to be specific to that particualr family- but that again is an oxymoron. It is a standard “vanilla” plan. To make matters worse in most cases CPS will alledge that the family does not qualify for the service.
This arguement doesn’t hold water because 99% of the cases brought to CPS includes the poor and uneducated. Most don’t have cars, little or no education, no marketable business skills and there fore they work a low paying jobs. This becomes a revolving door and the Judges hold the switch.
Shame on them. Judges are supposed to be impartial, and they are supposed to look at all the facts- not the bottom line of the Profit and Loss sheet. The families who stand in front of them are people, not dollar signs. CPS is indeed in bed with the Juvenile/ Family court Judges in 99% of the cases all across the country- this is especially true in Jackson County Ga.
Recourses: National Coalition for Child Protection Reform 53 Skyhill Rd Suite 202 Alexandria Va. 22314
Yvonne Mason, Author

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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3 Responses to The True Reason Why County Judges Rubber Stamp the Removal of Children

  1. Yvonne, another wonderful post. Thank you for doing this. I also read your other articles on here and they’re great. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed remark is so on target. However, I’m going to come right out and say something I’ve been wanting to say but was afraid to because it’s going to sound racist and that’s something I’m not. Children don’t really have to be blonde and blue-eyed for CPS to take them, they just have to be white or something close to it, like a light-skinned latino. Any child that can pass for white is wanted and in danger. They prey on single moms and dads, the poor, the under-educated, the mentally ill, the sick, and anyone else they view as an easy target so long as they’re white. White children are the minority in the system and they’re the ones that are the most adoptable. Do you really think that Mr. and Mrs. Perfect, who live in white suburbia, wants to bring a black child into their family? Get real. If they can’t have their own child, they’re certainly not going to announce it by adopting a *gasp* black or mixed-race child! Their genetic code is what makes them marketable. You can delete this comment if you feel it’s offensive, Yvonne. I’m just really tired of being scared to tell the truth. It’s not like it’s OUR fault they only want the white children. It’s them being the racists and all those nice, rich foster care providers.


  2. GIRLY says:

    I totally agree and would love to know what can be done to change this( in the closet racism).Please let me know, I would love to help.


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