Texas Department Child Protective Services and Child Protective Services California are all the same
Think of “Child Abuse” and what comes to mind? Probably horrifying images of a child beaten, severely neglected, subject to cruel torture or raped by a parent.
When you think of “Foster Care” and what comes to mind? Maybe, a haven or the sanctuary a child needs to foster and grow because their parent is either a monster, an addict or simply unfit due to circumstance (e.g., homelessness or mental illness).
Then, think of the local agency responsible for dealing with child abuse, typically referred to as Child Protective Services (CPS), and what comes to mind? Probably, an agency that supposedly intervenes in only the most serious cases. You may feel that they only remove the child as a last resort. Perhaps, that agency may only make one mistake like returning children back to dangerous homes because of some obscure law or court ruling. Of course, the Child Protection System agencies, nationally, are charged to guard our most vulnerable precious resource, our children.
This is the image of child abuse in America painted by much of the nation’s welfare establishment. You can visualize it right? Most of the organizations seem to have religious connections (e.g. “Catholic Services”, Organizations with Christian names or Christian based affiliations … go ahead Google some and you can see the façade right on their websites).
Think again, because that image is Wrong.
Is CPS Bad, or is Child Protective Services Bad?
By portraying the horror stories of brutally abused children as the norm, America’s “child savers” (i.e., a term coined by child services themselves in the 19th century) have influenced us to cede to them unprecedented power over the lives of children. We have given untrained, inexperienced, sometimes incompetent workers the power to enter our homes, interrogate and strip-search our children and allow them to remove the children to foster care entirely on the workers’ own authority.
The child savers maintain that they need this near-absolute power to protect children. They portray any challenge to their authority as a loss to the rights of children while clashing parental rights. The trouble with the child protection system in America is not that it hurts parents (i.e., as it does), but it hurts the most innocent, the children!
Near Absolute Power
Workers can search homes and take children without a warrant. Then it is up to the child saver alone to decide if the case will be “substantiated” and the accused will be listed on a state central register for suspected child abusers. Again, the workers make these decisions on their own. There is no hearing and no way or opportunity for the accused to defend themselves. Furthermore, no proof is required to “substantiate” a child abuse case. There is little a parent can do. The workers do not provide any equivalent to a “Miranda” rights or warning as they take over a home. And, there is no means to stop them from their ultimate power, the power to remove a child from the home on the spot.
In 2015, the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform (NCCPR) said that workers have the power in 29 of America’s 55 states and territories to instantly remove children from their homes. In all but four places, the CPS worker need merely call the police to do it for them.
Who are these CPS workers, child savers, who wield this enormous power? In most states, an individual with an associates or bachelor’s degree in anything and a quick training course devoted largely to “how to fill out forms” are the only requirements for the job. Furthermore, employee turnover is an enormous problem in this failing system (i.e., a recipe for disaster in any organization), and an overwhelming caseload per each case worker adds to negligence that is commonplace today. Add to this that the CPS worker will find little guidance in the law itself because there is such a broad definition of abuse in family and dependency courts that almost anything can be deemed abuse or, more likely, neglect.
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Given all that, it is easy to see why so many children are needlessly removed from their homes. However, this is not the only tragedy. NCCPR states that the enormous caseloads are dominated by false and trivial cases that steal the workers’ time from children in real danger. In 2013, about 3.5 million children were subjected to child abuse investigations. In 2018, NCCPR states that about 81% of those reports leading to investigations were false.
All it takes to begin the potential destruction of a family is a call to a child protection “hotline” that are in every state. The call can be made anonymously, thus making the hotline a potent tool for harassment.
America’s Child Protective Services
Let’s review some history. Since the fruition of Dr. C. Henry Kempe’s presentation of the Battered Child Syndrome in 1961/62 to the legislative enactment of the Mondale Act (i.e., the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act) of 1973, American society became less resistant toward keeping child abuse “a yucky secret.” In 1963, there were 160,000 cases reported of suspected child abuse and neglect. That statistic grew to 1.7 million alleged child abuse and neglect reports in 1985. This statistic mushroomed again to 3.5 million in 1998 as it stood in 2013. According to the National Center of Child Abuse and Neglect in 1998, there were 1 million confirmed reports of abuse or neglect. However, of the same group of 3.5 million approximately 71% were unfounded and false.
Soon after the Mondale Act, Laws regulating the reporting and investigation of suspected child abuse cases were enacted. It became mandatory for certain professionals to report any reasonable suspicions of abuse. Failure to report brought stiff penalties, including criminal sanctions, against those who did not do so. These same professionals (i.e., nurses, doctors, youth care workers, police officers, et. al.) were granted immunity upon reporting, so long as their reports were fostered in good faith. Within time, there was a boom in reported cases and took on a life as its own. The American society took notice and found the reporting system and the all too easy to use child abuse “Hotlines” to invite malicious slander. According to a report by the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System in Child Maltreatment in 1998, cited that out of 2 million investigated reports of child abuse and neglect, 57.2% of all cases were closed as unsubstantiated.
The Harm in getting the Numbers Wrong
Child Protection Services continues to use propaganda to support their statistical claims that abuse is wide spread and there is empirical evidence that few of these claims are considered False Allegations. Prevent Child Abuse America declares that a Denver study of sexual abuse allegations “found that only 8% of the reports were false.”
However, the figure applies only to malicious falsehoods in that study. In the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Vol. 2 No. 1 March 1997, pp. 27-45, David P.H. Jones and J. Melbourne McGraw published their scientific study, “Reliable and Fictitious Accounts of Sexual Abuse to Children.” This is the report that Prevent Child Abuse America and other CPS agencies widely quote and where that 8% statistic of false reports is cited. However, that figure applies only to malicious falsehoods. The researchers found that an additional 17% of the reports made in good faith but turned out to be false. Additionally, in another 24% of the cases the researchers could not determine if the report was true or not. In 2018, NCCPR pointed out that what this study did conclude was that at least 23% and possibly as much as 47% of all sexual abuse allegations are false. NCCPR pointed out the fact that a case was considered true in this study only if it made the basic threshold of standard used by CPS agencies, that there is believed to be “Some credible evidence” of abuse.
Moreover, Kevin M. Gorey and Donald R. Leslie wrote the article, “Working Toward a Valid Prevalence Estimate of Child Sexual Abuse” in The Social Service Review set out after a series of twenty previous investigations to determine actual statistical data to disprove CPS reported and overly publicized claims that, “one out of three girls and one out of ten boys will be sexually abused during childhood.” They found that 11% percent of girls under the age of 14 are sexually abused by someone (not necessarily a parent or guardian) and about 5 to 6% of boys are sexually abused. They denounced the CPS claim of “1 out of 3 girls will be sexually abused during childhood.” The researchers surmised that those figures like all of the best evidence concerning the true extent of child abuse in America, are cause for concern and action. They aver, “The real numbers are bad enough. Exaggeration serves only to panic us into seeking “solutions” that hurt the very children they were intended to help.”
In effect we have created a system that encourages child abuse, neglect and domestic violence reporting. Either Americans have allowed this to occur, or the system itself has promoted an epidemic that allows them to endure, profit and exude Near Absolute Power. Ultimately, leaving American families forever desecrated and devastating the lives of children unfortunate to be “stuck” in the system.
Follow the Money and follow CPS
What was meant by giving protection to people who might have been afraid of reporting abuse, has become a means to perpetuate multi-million dollar federal and state grants, financially support foster care facilities, financially support subsidiary services (e.g., psychologists, therapists, social workers and other agencies sucking off the teat), gain custody of children in divorce suits, seek revenge, treat children for abuses that never happened, and again desecrate families.
Child protective service Texas and nationwide needs reform!
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