Worldwide Child Protective Services appears to be out of control. While most countries fall under the UN-CRC (Convention on the Rights of the Child), but the United States never ratified it. Furthermore, while the US has set up federal guidelines, each state manages it’s own program. So battling CPS has us fighting on International, National and State fronts.
When it comes to fighting on the International front, I am not even going to attempt to go there right now. Within the United States there has been efforts to counteract the UN-CRC with the main focus being on www.parentalrights.org. Their 20 Things You Need to Know About the CRC is a good read. Time spent researching this issue is well spent.
Even on the National front I am hesitant to spend too much time and energy, other than to acknowledge efforts that is working in various states, needs to be applied universally when possible. This may not always be possible but a few things that I suggest.
- Each state have an independent Ombudsman that answers directly to the Governor or Attorney General of that state, insuring integrity and accountability.
- Define by statute the rights and responsibilities of the parent. (Texas Family Code §151.001)
- Place limitations on an agencies ability to interfere with a parent. (Texas Family Code §151.003)
- Violations of state or federal law results in revocation of their immunity. (Texas Human Resource Code §40.061) Included in that a mandate to clear a family when it is proven no abuse occurred.
- Require through the “Public Information Act” that all procedure and policy handbooks and manuals be placed online, updated and maintained in a timely manner. (Texas DFPS Handbooks) Citizens have the right to know exactly what these state employees can and can’t do with our children. They have the right to know what the social workers job actually consists of.
- Twelve (12) states already have a route to reinstate parental rights. This needs to be extended to all 50 states.
There is a number of other areas that can be addressed, but the intent of this article was to look at states.
As you can tell, most of my research comes from working with Angel Eyes over Texas. But I spend a great deal of time on Facebook floating among other groups. One thing that I see in common, people do not identify the state they are dealing with. Many, for privacy reasons do not include where they are currently living. And that is understood completely. Problem is unless people know what agency you are dealing with it is hard to help. What works in Texas, may not work in California, but will in Maine. We are working with 50+ states and territories all operating independently.
So about 6 months ago, I designed this graphic. Hash-tags are allowed in most social media. So let us devise a system where we can tell people the agency we are dealing with without saying where you live. I primarily deal with Texas so instead of simply saying CPS, I should write it #CPS_TX. I have a good friend that deals with South Carolina; for him it is #CPS_SC. California= #CPS_CA, Michigan=#CPS_MI… and so forth.
In learning to do this we enable others to help each other without having to inquire the state name. It seems like a simple task.