LETS CHANGE HOW CPS/DCFS OPERATES NOW!
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Hi, my name is Ashley Szekeres and my niece who resides in Michigan was taken away from our family when there was family wiling to take her since an incident happened where my brother-in-law ended up in jail after a confrontation with my ex sister-in-law. My nieces biological mother was murdered 4 years ago so no one but our family could take her, but they decided to put her in foster care 1.5 years ago. We have been trying to get her ever since.
SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE CHANGED IN THIS SYSTEM ON HOW THEY OPERATE AND EVALUATE THESE CASES! LET THIS GO NATIONAL PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!
a.) There needs to be more state workers to take over extra cases so that the children and families cases don’t go longer than they need to and to make sure notes, documents, etc. are all correct and appropriate.
b.) Laws need to be uniform throughout the nation. When interstate cases happen this makes it a harder and the cases take much longer since it is more complex.
c.) Children shouldn’t be taken away until there is a true evidence in a case to make that case true unless there is evidence that is apparent right away for the safety of the children, but the parents still should have a fair trial.
d.) Parents should be told their rights. Many times this doesn’t happen and most people don’t know until its too late and parents are stripped of their rights.
e.) There should be more than one person (judge) involved in these cases. Why should one person determine what happens to these families and children? There should be people that are maybe experienced in foster care etc. taking over these cases to help determine what needs to be done.
f.) Grandparents and blood relatives (aunts, uncles, etc.)should have rights to their families children. Some families are small and they need to take that into consideration. KEEP THESE CHILDREN WITH THEIR FAMILIES IF AT ALL POSSIBLE!
g.) If one parent is being investigated for abuse, neglect, etc. the children should go to the parent that is not involved in doing so until the courts deem that the case is untrue. Some parents are falsely accused but in some cases this is true! Why should the children continue to live with a possible abusive/neglectful parent?
h.) Cases that were falsely accused should be closed or cases where a parent/parents/family are falsely accused to be taken off record because in some cases it interferes with a parent or both parents getting a job. There is a statue of limitations that makes it hard for people to fight to get their cases off their file. How is a parent supposed to provide for their children in these cases?
i.) Schools , daycares, etc. should be more educated on how to deal with foster children and know more when to report possible abuse.
j.) Free parenting laws nationwide to allow parents to raise their children the way they see fit to an extent. Children will grow up to be more independent.
k.) Foster parents should be thoroughly checked and have a psychological evaluation. There are too many foster parents that abuse foster children both physically, sexually, and emotionally.
l.) Agencies should have computerized notes to make it possibly easier for the caseworkers and so they hopefully make more accurate notes and notes, documents won’t get lost as easily.
m.) Parents/relatives should be retried if the cases against them were false or information was misconstrued.
****We need to change this system in order for these children and families to have unnecessary emotional trauma and PTSD that takes years or therapy to overcome!****
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME IN LISTENING TO MY THOUGHTS IN CHANGING THIS SYSTEM AND SIGNING MY PETITION!
OUR FAMILY APPRECIATES IT AND HELP CHANGE THIS SYSTEM SO CHILDREN CAN COME HOME AND THRIVE IN THE RIGHT FAMILY!
YOU CAN BE THE CHANGE!!!! MAKE IT HAPPEN!!! PLEASE SIGN!!!!!!!!!
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