This Was A Press Release in 2000 About the Reforms in CPS It is Scary

This is a press release which was sent out in 2000 about CPS and the latitude the states have. I have highlighted the part which plainly states – That each state has great latitude in determining abuse. Now this is very scary – it just proves what I have been saying all along- there is no one watching the watchers. There is no one to put the brakes on these people who have no clue- who have allowed their title of case worker to mean child police. There is no one holding them accountable so they are free to run rampant through society and snatch children then claim immunity. It has to stop. Do you know that kids are taught in school that if they feel they are being mistreated to call CPS- So when they don’t get their way or they don’t get their designer jeans they threaten their parents with CPS. No one has told these kids the consequences of these actions. Remember this is your tax dollars that is paying for the state to snatch and sell your children. No One no parent is exempt from facing the Caseworker. No Parent is exempt from having their child hauld away with their clothes in a paper sack. No parent is excempt from that knock on the door.

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000 Contact: Michael Kharfen
(202) 401-9215

HHS Issues Final Child Welfare Regulations to Improve Services
and Outcomes for Children

HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala today announced important new regulations that will improve outcomes for abused and neglected children, children in foster care, and children awaiting adoption.
The regulations will hold states accountable for services to at-risk children with a new, results-oriented approach in federal monitoring of state child welfare programs. The final rule will also guide states in the implementation of recent new laws including the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Interethnic Adoption provisions passed as part of the Small Business Job Protection Act. Under a new federal review process, states will be measured for the first time on the quality of services provided to, and outcome results for, at-risk children. States will also be subject to tough new penalties as well as being given the opportunity to undertake corrective action plans.

“With this regulation, we are taking a real step toward ensuring that vulnerable children will be able to live safely, in permanent and loving homes,” said Secretary Shalala. “This regulation demonstrates a critical and significant shift in holding states accountable for children’s safety and permanency while promoting their well-being.”

Under the regulation, states will be assessed for compliance with federal requirements for child protective services, foster care, adoption and family preservation and support services under titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act. Those services cover the investigation of families where children are at risk, placements and supervision of children in foster care, development of child permanency plans for court hearings, reunification with birth families when safe, and adoption. The reviews will be in two areas: outcomes for children and families in terms of safety, permanency and child and family well-being; and the administration of state programs that directly affect the capacity to deliver services leading to improved outcomes. Federal staff will work with states to develop plans for making improvements in programs before assessing penalties and withholding funds. However, if a state remains in non-compliance, a financial penalty based on the extent of non-compliance will be assessed.

The final regulation being issued today reflects a consensus between Congress and the Clinton administration that the former review process for states focused too narrowly on paperwork. HHS launched an extensive consultation process with states and stakeholders to develop a new process that will better assess how states are performing and pilot tested reviews with states. The new review process will contain accountability of quality services provided to children, the use of quantitative and qualitative statewide data indicators to measure outcomes for children. The measures include the length of time it takes for children in foster care to move into a permanent home, instances of maltreatment of children in foster care, and the quality of systems for regularly reviewing cases of children in foster care and the recruitment of prospective adoptive parents. Reviews will also include interviews with children, parents, foster parents and service providers.

“We are confident that the new approach to monitoring in this regulation will strengthen the timeliness and quality of decision-making for children and families,” said Olivia A. Golden, HHS assistant secretary for children and families. “For the first time, hold the states accountable for the results that we and they care so much about accomplishing for children and families. This regulation definitely puts the emphasis where it belongs: on safety and permanent homes for children.”

The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, based on President Clinton’s Adoption 2002 proposal, made the most sweeping changes in the child welfare program since it was established. The regulation implements several of the law’s requirements regarding states’ efforts to achieve safety and permanency for children. First, the rule clarifies that states have broad flexibility to define circumstances in which “reasonable efforts” are not required to preserve or reunify a child with the birth family because of safety concerns. Second, for children in foster care, states must obtain a court order at least every 12 months showing that the state made reasonable efforts to develop a permanent plan for reunification or legal guardianship or adoption. Third, the regulation provides guidance for states on filing petitions for termination of parental rights for certain children in foster care and makes clear that no groups of children may be exempt from the requirement. Under the law, states must begin termination of parental rights proceedings for a child in foster care 15 months of the previous 22 months. Finally, the rule requires states to conduct criminal record checks for prospective foster or adoptive parents, or otherwise document the safety of a child’s placement.
The Interethnic Adoption provisions, passed as part of the Small Business Job Protection Act in 1996, prohibit discrimination based on race, color or national origin in the placement of children for foster care and adoption. As clarified in the new regulation, states that are determined to have discriminated against an individual will be assessed a penalty immediately, consistent with the law. If an individual was not discriminated against but HHS finds that a state policy or practice is in violation of the law, the state has six months to correct it before the penalty takes effect.

“The provisions of this regulation allow the federal government to hold states accountable with the use of federal funds, while emphasizing positive outcomes for children and families,” said Patricia Montoya, commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. “A strong state-federal partnership approach to implementing these laws is the best way to achieve improved lives for our most vulnerable citizens.”

The effective date of the final rule is March 25, 2000.


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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One Response to This Was A Press Release in 2000 About the Reforms in CPS It is Scary

  1. tenks admin you power blog best of the best


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