Foster Parents; All Parents.
CPS secrecy? 1/ 4
Recently we were informed of an article on secrecy appearing in the Orange County Register newspaper. It is our job to keep our finger on the pulse of the Foster Care System sometimes through a relevant news item affecting the corrupt system that we as foster parents must function within, problems like secrecy.
The article specifically addresses this problem and we quote from that article;
Orange country register quote “The most heart-wrenching issues I’ve written about involved the state’s dependency court and foster-care systems. Officials have the power to remove children from their family homes and to place them in the care of strangers, yet the system that exercises these vast powers is veiled in secrecy and, therefore, off-limits to serious news coverage and oversight.
Fortunately, Assembly Bill 73, by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, offers hope of fixing that system with a simple but time-tested approach: sunshine. His new legislation would make hearings in dependency court presumptively open, meaning that the public and media could cover the goings-on unless a judge finds good reason to close the proceedings”.
Typically, I would hear from a distraught parent whose child had been taken into protective custody. Imagine the horror of such a situation. Often, the child would be taken by force as child-protective services officials would show up with armed deputies. In the world of CPS, the parent has no rights, and the child is taken away based mainly on the opinion of the social worker, who might start an investigation based on an anonymous tip. It’s a “guilty until proven innocent” system, based on the idea that if a child is in danger, that child must be removed from the home immediately.
- Your Examiner is taking this seriously, as well as others across the nation; we are hearing big sighs of “relief”. Legislators are finally taking it seriously, Assemblypersons are beginning to investigate on their own as to what is going on behind closed doors of not only the family court system, but Child Protective Services. Congressman Joe Baca of California conducted a Grand Jury Investigation, and former Senator of Georgia Nancy Schaefer completed her own investigation.
Suggested reading; Things your not taught in foster parents training; The system is broken, Your right to appeal, Motion to intervene, Pro Se, CPS Violations These are just a few of our traiining articles each one is a series we are only linking the first one in the series. Suscribe you will be notified when we write a new one.
- Many reporters such as Troy Anderson Staff Writer Los Angeles Daily News , Massachusetts reporter Nev Moore of Massachusetts News, as well as Gregory Hession, JD. out of Massachusetts now Steven Greenhut of the Orange County Register goes no to say;
We offer more interesting quotes from of these top reporters in part two.