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Wisconsin DHS Sweating New Legislation????

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Wisconsin DHS and CPS sweating this legislation.

Legislation on child abuse reporting draws concerns from Dane County social workers

NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! believes every call of Child Maltreatment should be reported to Law Enforcement first, and all investigations be made by Law Enforcement only.

Only with Law Enforcement involved in every case will we begin to see an end of the  corruption within CPS.

Wisconsin legislation that would change how child abuse and neglect cases are handled is drawing sharp disagreement between Dane County prosecutors, law enforcement officials and social services providers about what is best for children.

Introduced by Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, in October, and garnering bipartisan support since, the package of bills would clarify the definition of child neglect, designate a specific crime of repeated acts of neglect or physical abuse of the same child and require social services agencies to report all allegations of child abuse or neglect to law enforcement, among other components.

Legislators, prosecutors and law enforcement officials pushing for the changes say they do not currently have enough tools to charge adults for certain situations of child neglect or abuse, including cases where children are exposed to the dealing or manufacturing of illegal narcotics.

Social services providers conversely argue the changes — particularly requirements involving reports to law enforcement — could have a chilling effect on cases reported, lead to increased trauma for families and create an unfunded burden on law enforcement.

“We have a wonderful system in Dane County by which we protect kids, but we try to keep the situation from re-traumatizing kids and families,” said Dane County Human Services director Lynn Green, who was a social worker in Child Protective Services early in her career.  “A lot of what we try to do is reach out, help people make the parenting changes they need to make, educate them while we keep the kids safe.”

Currently, there is a memorandum of understanding in place between Dane County Human Services and county law enforcement agencies that lays out which cases will be reported to law enforcement.  In addition to cases of sexual abuse, which providers are required to report under state law, the agreement includes reporting cases of physical abuse, emotional abuse and threat of harm.

Right now, Green said, about 40 percent of cases the department receives get referred to law enforcement and they work together on the case.

“If there is a feeling that some of the cases that should go aren’t going, we can amend that,” said Dane County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan.  “But to send all cases to law enforcement I’m concerned will have an unintended consequence.”

Some reporters call the county when they feel there’s a family in need.  They are not mandated to report and can remain anonymous. If law enforcement gets involved, Green said, their name will have to go on a police report.  She said callers may also hesitate to report concerns if they know a law enforcement official will knock on the door.

“We’re concerned it’s actually going to stem the number of calls we get and our possibility of intervening with families and being able to serve them,” Green said.

Green said they are also concerned about the trauma inflicted when law enforcement gets involved with families — especially of color and in high-risk neighborhoods.

In Dane County, a black parent is at least seven times more likely to be referred to Child Protective Services than a white parent, raising concerns about the legislation disproportionately affecting communities of color.

“Many of the parents that come into the Child Protective Services system have themselves been impacted by trauma in their own childhoods, and that trauma has affected their functioning, their brain development, to the point where when they’re confronted with authority or people trying to impose rules on them, they can come across as sounding very oppositional,” said Dane County Child Protective Services manager Julie Ahnen.  “The idea that we’re going to change their behavior by increasing their involvement in the criminal justice system is just backward.”

The Dane County Board Executive Committee passed a resolution on a voice vote Thursday evening opposing the state legislation with those concerns in mind, as well as the concern that it will create additional case burden on law enforcement agencies without funding it.

Unlike this legislation, a series of child protection reforms in Minnesota recently signed into law also allocated $52 million to hire more workers and expand services for abused children.

“I recognize that some of these changes might be difficult to implement, but I don’t want to see cases of child neglect continue to go to unreported or unaddressed in our community,” said Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, who introduced similar legislation last session and is a sponsor of this package.

Shilling said she doesn’t want there to be an unintended consequence or chilling effect but wants prosecutors to be able to address issues like child exposure to the dealing or manufacturing of illegal narcotics.

“So how do we make sure the process and definitions are something that, again, help prosecutors have the tools they need to properly charge adults with the situation that innocent children are placed in,” Shilling said.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has testified at hearings in support of the legislation. He did not respond to a request for comment.  Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney declined a request for comment.  The Madison Police Department emailed a statement calling the actions of the bill’s sponsors “laudable” in working to protect children but also acknowledging the concerns of social workers.

The Association of State Prosecutors, the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association and the Wisconsin Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Association all have registered in support of the bill on required reporting.

Dane County, the Wisconsin Counties Association, the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families and the Wisconsin Association of Family and Children’s Agencies all oppose it.

Multiple Dane County legislators who initially signed on as cosponsors for the legislation have since withdrawn their support for the bill requiring reporting to law enforcement, including Rep. Terese Berceau, D-Madison, Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, and Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison.

Reward Doubled For Texas Child Molester

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Donald Jack Robertson II, 43

Authorities have doubled a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspected child molester with Dallas ties.

Donald Jack Robertson II, 43, is accused of sexually assaulting two children in 2011 in Lamar County, records show.  He faces charges of indecency and sexual assault of a child.

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to his arrest.

Robertson has connections to Dallas and Paris, Texas.  His last known address was on Summerwood Circle in far northeast Dallas.

He is described as 6-foot-1, 160 pounds and has a tattoo of a fist holding a lightning bolt on his upper left arm.  He also has a scar on his right wrist. He has an interest in online gaming.

Officials said Robertson should be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-8477 or submit a tip via Facebook.

UPDATE – Featured Most Wanted Fugitive Arrested in Oregon

AUSTIN, TX  –  Donald Jack Robertson II, 43, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and November’s featured fugitive, is now in custody after being captured on Nov. 23 in Portland, Oregon.

Robertson had been wanted since 2011 for aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child-sexual contact.  The arrest was the result of tip information, and a reward up to $10,000 will be paid.

Working off tip information, the U.S. Marshals Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force coordinated with the U.S. Marshals Service-District of Oregon to locate and arrest Robertson at a residence in Portland.  Since the arrest was the result of tip information and the tip was received during the month that Robertson was featured, the increased reward of up to $10,000 (originally $5,000) will be paid.

For more information, see his captured bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostW…/capturedDetails.aspx….

So far in 2015, DPS and other agencies have arrested 28 Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including 19 sex offenders, and $79,000 in rewards have been paid for tips that resulted in arrests.

One offender from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program is featured each month in hopes the higher reward money from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division will generate additional tips.

Shame On U.S.

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Shame on U.S.

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:

  1. 6,000 uninvestigated Child Abuse case files are thrown in a dumpster by CPS employees.
  2. A major part of required paperwork is not filled out correctly, or not done at all.
  3. CPS answering machines mysteriously erase all Child Abuse calls.
  4. CPS employees file “manufactured” evidence with the court system.
  5. CPS employees file erroneous Child Abuse reports during off hours against people they do not like.

As it is now, State CPS Offices are corrupt and seriously mismanaged.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv42L1XkCBY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5JZx5J5W5U


 

Panel Charged With Eliminating Child Abuse Deaths
February 25, 2014

http://www.npr.org/2014/02/25/282359501/panel-charged-with-eliminating-child-abuse-deaths

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”????

(CT)
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????

(CT)
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.

(CT)
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.

(CT)
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

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/01/27/381636056/child-abuse-and-neglect-laws-arent-being-enforced-report-finds

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

http://www.caichildlaw.org/Shame_on_US.htm