Accountability for the department of children and family services- Los Angeles county

Accountability for the department of children and family services- Los Angeles county

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Jennifer Church started this petition to Dcfs Government

Cps is negatively affecting families nation wide , as they seek to detain children sometimes for reasons that should not be deemed credible. There is no reason for workers to exercise such extreme measures upon families who genuinely love their children. They have no accountability to any agency or higher level of government and some of the workers are not even qualified to make such important decisions, sometimes lacking both education and experience. I think it should be a requirement for workers to pass some form of training program before being thrown into the field.Family preservation is said to be their main focuses in dependency cases however with no specific persons or agencies overseeing them, this sometimes is not the case. During  the course of the investigation and even during family reunification workers put together reports for the judge that also state their recommendation, the context of these  reports have a great influence in the judges decision in the families case. Not often enough is anything on their report verified  by a third party. As a result the workers claims in their reports are assumed to be true and used to hold parents and guardians accountable for allegations, sometimes even despite their being no physical evidence what so ever. This is being allowed because the department of children and family services  have their dependency hearings in their own court house rather than the  superior court in the county’s in which they operate.  When parents feel they are being treated unfairly or wish to refute any of the allegations they are being accused of, their is no third party in which the parents can seek assistance or in which they can file a complaint against the department without feeling that they may then be victimized in a attempt to retaliate. The cost in most situations is not an item of material value but rather their flesh and blood, their children. In the United States parental rights are considered to be a fundamental right, one that is protected by the constitution of this great country. Cps being as independent as they are, with no accountability for their actions from an overseer, sometimes both intentionally and unintentionally abuse this power. The trauma that this causes not only the family involved but society as a whole is enormous beyond a doubt as it leave entire families distraught and children are faced with life long emotional and mental disorders that sometime never go away. As a result, many people affected are burden with trauma related depression, attachment, trust , and anxiety disorders that affect their ability to be a well functioning member of society as a whole. “Breaking up the family’s unit is a threat to not only the family involved , but a menace to the very foundations of society itself” I propose that there be an agency created , in whom members are voted in by the people, to oversee the department of children and family’s services. Member of this third party agency are to give monthly public addresses to the people that follow up with any positive progress from the department and share ways  in which the department helped families stay together. This agency will also have an agenda pertaining to follow up Curtsies  via telephone, email, or in person visits to any and every client of the department and a survey should be completed during these follow ups. During this engagement the clients( parents) will Be asked  general questions such as , the overall satisfaction rate from their experience with the  social workers with the department,  if the department is doing anything to help meet family’s goals , if their are any complaints about the departments actions or non actions, and any feedback on their behavior and engagement with the family unit. The agency’s should also review monthly reports prepared by the workers about each and every case they’ve are involved in and these reports should be verified by the third party to  assure the accuracy of workers claims. There should also be an investigation following up on every complaint against the department and disciplinary action for any employee giving false testimony against a client. there should also be repercussions and consequences for the department as a whole with ever proven true investigation. The department and it’s social workers should be held accountable for any violation of the fundamental constitutional rights of a parent or guardian over their child. Forced Adoption , actually adoption in general, has Been proven to have more negative affects on both child and family ( both biological and adoptive) that it should be the last resort yet a lot of the times it is instead put first over family’s preservation. A broken home is then grown into a broken society. We must do all we can do to assure that the departments of children and family service are practicing  within their own said claims of operation, and they are focused on preserving the family first and foremost and only leaning toward adoption when it is absolutely necessary.  

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