On November 19th, 1997, Bill Clinton signed into law the Adoption and Safe Families Act which changed the way some DSS departments will forever look at family placements. Under this legislation, DSS is now compensated for terminating parents rights and completing adoptions. Under this legislation, the Federal Government rewards local DSS agencies between $7,200 and $12,000 per child for each safe adoption. DSS does not receive any financial benefits when loving family members step up to raise their own blood relatives. County DSS agencies are encouraged to move children through the system as fast as possible and given financial benefits based on the amount of parents rights who are terminated per month.
These financial benefits have created what some senators have called a "legalized kidnapping" system. Senator Nancy Schaefer researched over 900 cases during a four year period and was horrified with "kidnapping" that was being encouraged. She was pushing for DSS reform and authored a report called "The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services" before her suspicious murder in March of 2010.
Under current Missouri DSS policy, each county is individually empowered without direct supervision from the state DSS office. This reporting system has fostered an environment where counties feel comfortable with their ability to strong arm good families for their benefit.
Please sign this petition to encourage amended legislation to level the playing field so that DSS is rewarded equal dollars for family placements as outside adoptions. By signing this petition, we are demanding our US Senators and the US House of Representatives to further investigate the actions of DSS and continue the reform started by Senator Nancy Schaefer. We are also telling our Missouri Senators and Representatives to create a state office that oversees questionable county DSS placements and has the power to change them.
By signing this petition, we are also saying that we know of a MO case involving placement involving Beau and Amanda Lewis and are encouraging the state office to drive a Pre termination review that would allow the child to be placed with her family and to prevent adoption by a foster family and returning the child Immediatlly. Beau and Amanda Lewis can provide a loving home like no other where she can be raised with her Brother and Loving Parents.
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