Friday, May 16, 2008

Child "protective" services

"Don Duquette, [a University of Michigan] ...says the emergency removal powers of CPS, though "well-intentioned" are "out of control and partly responsible for the large numbers of kids in the foster care system."

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Hard lemonade, hard price


Anonymous said...

Greetings Robert: It is disgusting how CPS individuals try and duck any responsibility or common horse-sense decisions based on information in their hands in cases such as this. I have experienced first-hand their "case building" and "job protecting" in a falsely reported case about a 17 year old granddaughter who lives with us. CPS individuals refused to make a decision, other than reporting things to higher levels and obtaining a court order. In North Carolina the ER physician has the authority to affirm or deny the actions reported by CPS. He saw through the whole scam due to a fued between the divorced parents of our granddaughter (her mother is the one who initiated the scam to CPS). Fortunately I worked over 17 years in the health care industry and saw through the whole mess from the beginning and gave CPS all the information they need to close the case before it was elevated to higher levels but that would not justify their "overload" and allow them to seek "more positions". No matter how much CPS carps about having their "hands tied", they do have the authority to make "the" decision. Hoyt D. F. Sparks

R. L. Vaughn said...

Hoyt, thanks for the further confirmation about this problem from a personal experience. I guess another thing I've seen wrong with the system is that it turns the American system of "innocent of proven guilty" on its head. Many of the horror stories I've heard makes it clear that the CPS immediately assumes the guilt of the adult (and then they have to "prove" innocence).