We have a serious problem in our country, and it begins and ends in the job place.
I’m going to give you the solution to our problem before I tell you how Our Children and Families are paying the price:
- All Child Maltreatment calls are answered and investigated by Local Law Enforcement
- Washington monitors State CPS Offices very closely
Our Children and Families are paying the price
Everytime a problem arises at one of our State CPS Offices, we hear one stock answer: “We need more money and more help”.
The taxpayer is taxed enough already. Millions of Dollars are being wasted and mismanaged already. Here are just a few examples of how our tax dollars are being spent:
- 6,000 uninvestigated Child Abuse case files are thrown in a dumpster by CPS employees.
- A major part of required paperwork is not filled out correctly, or not done at all.
- CPS answering machines mysteriously erase all Child Abuse calls.
- CPS employees file “manufactured” evidence with the court system.
- CPS employees file erroneous Child Abuse reports during off hours against people they do not like.
Panel Charged With Eliminating Child Abuse Deaths
February 25, 2014
12 MEMBER PANEL APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT IN 2013
A federal commission to prevent children’s deaths from abuse and neglect held its first meeting on Monday. Figuring out the extent of the problem is just one challenge facing the new commission.
(CT – Commission talking)
About 1700 children die in the U.S. each year as the result of abuse and neglect. At least that’s the official count.
Many experts think the real number is much higher.
“DEATHS AT THE HANDS OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS”????
The stories are usually too horrific for people to think about; children beaten, stabbed, abused to death often at the hands of family or friends. And often in families that have already raised red flags with authorities.
HEAD OF “EVERY CHILD MATTERS” GIVES SUGGESTION
Michael Petit, who heads an advocacy group called Every Child Matters, says one problem is that the cause of death is often in dispute.
And I think knowing what those three or 4,000 deaths are is going to be important to us, in terms of what’s the cause of death, who is that’s doing the crime, and so forth, right?
FORMER CHILD WELFARE OFFICIAL CHAIRS THE COMMISSION????
But panel members say there is a lot that is known about such deaths, such as their prevalence in households with a history of domestic violence or drug abuse.
Others have been down this road before and we’ve still got child deaths. I think we’re idealistic to think that we’re going to stop all child deaths.
The panel could make some progress reducing them. It has two years to complete its work. ∗∗∗∗(3 months left)
Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren’t Being Enforced, Report Finds
January 27, 2015
The numbers are grim. Almost 680,000 children in the United States were the victims of abuse and neglect in 2013. More than 1,500 of them died.
FEDERAL OFFICIALS SAY NUMBERS ARE LOWER????
Federal officials say they’re encouraged that the numbers are lower than they were in 2012. But children’s advocates say abuse is so often not reported that it’s impossible to know if there’s really been a decline.
DATA IS FLAWED
“This is just something that’s chronically underreported,” says Elisa Weichel, a staff attorney with the Children’s Advocacy Institute, which published the report Tuesday.
She says abuse and neglect cases — especially those resulting in death — are often not disclosed as required by law. That lack of information has led to other problems in the system.
“It all boils down to having the right amount of data about what’s working and what’s not,” Weichel says. “And when your data is flawed, every other part of your system is going to be flawed.”
NOT ONE STATE MEETS MINIMUM CHILD WELFARE STANDARDS
Her group has found plenty of flaws. The institute conducted a three-year study and found that not one state has met all of the minimum child welfare standards set by the federal government.
LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE
“Whether or not individual states can meet a reporting standard to us is not where the emphasis ought to be,” says Ron Smith, director of legislative affairs for the American Public Human Services Association, which represents child welfare administrators.
“It needs to be on making sure that the kids who need assistance are getting assistance, and the families that need assistance are getting the assistance,” he says.
Smith says state and local officials complain that they spend too much time filling out federal forms and trying to meet requirements that aren’t necessarily best for kids.
Instead, he says, they want flexibility on how to spend federal funds so they can focus more on keeping families together.
∗Just in case someone wants to look at this report or download it:
CAI Holds Congressional Briefing to Unveil New Report:
SHAME on U.S.
Failings by All Three Branches of Our Federal Government Leave Abused and Neglected Children Vulnerable to Further Harm
January 27, 2015