Child Protective Services serves an important role in our society. However, to ensure that only abused and neglected children are removed from home, strict adherence to state and federal laws and guidelines are vital in safeguarding children and promoting family preservation and well-being.
Too much tax-payer money is being spent; more money should be allocated to support families rather than to expand the child welfare industry into an increasingly bigger business. Families in crisis need supportive services, not to be unnecessarily torn apart. Foster care and removals cause lasting damage on children; for this reason, child welfare workers are only supposed to remove children if there is clear and convincing evidence of imminent danger.
According to Carlos Morales, former CPS investigator turned whistleblower, most children are better off in their homes than the situations they are placed in. The confidentiality of dependency court hearings is hurting families because it comprises the integrity of our judicial process. Family court standards should be raised to give children and families the same substantive and procedural due process that criminal courts have in place. This is the best way to ensure that the rights of children and families are being upheld.
Our mission is to raise awareness about corruption and increase oversight and enforcement in child welfare agencies and in family courts throughout the country. Parents are being deprived of their 14th Amendment rights to due process and equal protection under the law, their 4th amendment rights to protection against unlawful search and seizure, and their 6th amendment rights to fair and speedy trials.
Children that do not fall under the jurisdiction of juvenile courts are being unlawfully separated from loving parents without proper burden of proof requirements or procedural safeguards. Billions and billions of dollars of tax payer money is spent every year, while families and children are being victimized in the process.
People of color, ethnic minorities, low-income, mentally or physically disabled, and without strong support networks are disproportionately targeted. As such, we are striving to create a support network for families that have been through or are currently going through the child welfare system. Hopefully, someday soon, membership in our group will help to ensure that due process rights are upheld and historically oppressed populations are not discriminated against.
And finally, we hope to lift the stigma that follows people with cps cases or that have had children removed or their parental rights terminated. Simply by being in the system people are presumed to have done something wrong. This is not always the case. , Furthermore, it is important for the general public to understand that, although ethical workers do exist, there is also corruption in the system and social workers do lie and sometimes children that were never abused, neglected or abandoned end up in the system.