Hold CPS accountable! Stop UNETHICAL child removals!
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Help me get my children home. I am a mother of three beautiful, smart, amazing children. My children were removed from my home without a warrant on March 28, 2017. My middle daughter decided that she was going to stop lying and saying what my mother and her father has had planned since December 2015. (My mother told me what they would do and they did) She wants so badly to come home and her and my son admitted that they lied because their dad told them to. The foster care worker that placed her with my parents heard this, but has done nothing. I have researched the cause of good mothers, like myself, having their children taken illegally. Then lying to get a warrant when the child decides to come home.
States are spending millions of dollars annually on unethical child removals performed by unaccountable child protection services (CPS). Children are obtained through unethical means, such as failing to present exculpatory information to the court, manufacturing mental illnesses with state funded and CPS contracted evaluators, skipping material court hearings and procedures, such as fact-findings, ignoring court orders, and failing to present witnesses, testimony, cross-examination, evidence and discovery during removal hearings.
Cases can linger in the judicial system for years and cost states hundreds of thousands of dollars for a law guardian/attorney for the children ($67K per year), attorney for CPS ($62K/yr), up to two attorneys for the parents ($70K - $140K/yr), the judge ($165K/yr), court appointed evaluators (CASA, mental health evaluators, therapists), including paid testimony time, and court ordered services for parents and children ($20 - $150/hr). CPS also costs states millions of dollars in legal damages paid to individual and class action plaintiffs who have won lawsuits against CPS.
Case law and publicity generated from the work of Youth Law Center, Children's Rights, National Center for Youth Law, attorneys and public news outlets reveal that CPS and court appointed law guardians regularly fail to protect children who starve, die and irreparably suffer, not thrive, in child protection services. State budgets could find a more effective use of the public funds currently being spent on unethical child removals.
I join the hundreds of other people petitioning you to hold CPS accountable for spending public funding on unethical child removals and multi-million dollar lawsuits. Children should be left in the home of loving parents once the lies prove discredited without the court process being involved. Too many CPS workers continue to lie to use State funds and prove their department to be useful in reunification, which would never happen in all the homes they investigate. Innocent people, like myself, are having their children ripped from their home and life, only to be reunited after months of trying to prove their innocence, just for money! This has got to stop! Stop funding illegal removals just for reunification to prove CPS should receive funds. The only funding they receive should be an unemployment check!!
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