This is What CPS thinks when a Child Dies in Foster Care “It’s No Big Deal”

This should be criminal. I have said all along that CPS uses children as a commidity for government funding. This article justifies my statement. This CPS spokesperson was not concerned that two children died while in their custody. However, if these two children had died in the homes of their natural parents the parents would have been brought up on charges. This spokesperson knew they could replace these two children with more and the flow of money would nont cease. They would just go out and steal more. They should be held accountable for the murder of these children.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Days after two Oklahoma foster children died in separate incidents and in the face of a lawsuit filed against the state agency, a Department of Human Services spokesman said Tuesday that accidents and deaths involving children are inevitable “Children will die. Whether they’re in foster care or whether they’re in their own relatives’ care, children will die. Accidents will happen, period,” said DHS spokesman George Johnson.

SkyDawn Word, 2, drowned at a foster home in Chickasha on Sunday, one of two foster care deaths this weekend. In Ardmore, 19-month-old Ray Palmer died when a car backed over him.

Meanwhile, DHS faces a lawsuit from a Tulsa family that claims foster parent William Hunter Jr. inappropriately touched his foster son.

When asked whether DHS would update agency procedures to ensure these types of accidents and deaths don’t happen again, Johnson said he did not think so, noting that he believes these types of accidents and deaths are inevitable.

But to Melissa Word, her daughter’s drowning was no accident.

“To me, I think it was (neglect), a lack of supervision,” Word said. “If the child would have been watched, it wouldn’t have happened.”

Johnson said the primary societal problem involving foster children has less to do with care once in a foster home and more with how to keep kids out of foster care altogether.

“Our bigger question right now in our society is, ‘Why can’t parents be better with their kids so they don’t have to come into foster care in the first place?'” he said.

Johnson said DHS is doing the best it can with what the law will allow them to do.

“We have the staff that the law and the Legislature has allowed us to have and has funded us to have,” he said.

Johnson said a small staff is to blame for some of the agency’s problems such as its inability to check up on foster families every 30 days as state law requires.

“When I say they’re supposed to be out every 30 days or so, there’s a little lenience in that because sometimes you just can’t get to everybody just right now,” he said.

When asked why the agency wasn’t able to meet that requirement, Johnson said it came down to simple math.

“(We have) 11,500 children, 1,000 people doing the work of the entire child welfare system in the state. You do the math,” Johnson said.

The state Legislature recently ordered a 6-month-long investigation into DHS, an inquiry Johnson said his agency would comply with because it was ordered to do so. That investigation gets under way in the next couple of weeks.

Investigators will talk to DHS employees, foster parents and foster children. After the inquiries, information will be delievered to the state.

“The only thing we can do everyday is come to work and follow the laws and policies of this state. That’s the only thing we can do,” Johnson said.

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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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