Pennsylvania: Former CPS Worker Charged With Human Trafficking
With all of the reporting coming out in recent days concerning Child Protective Services (CPS), it’s no wonder that this has occurred. The only question that remains is: Why have not countless hundreds, or even thousands, also been charged? Yet, an ex-CPS social worker is now facing charges of human trafficking after recruiting a mother who was her client into prostitution in exchange for a favorable custody recommendation, according to authorities.
Candace Talley, 27, of Winslow, New Jersey, was working for the Division of Children and Youth Services in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, when she coerced the mother, whose children were in foster care and whose case Talley was managing, into working as a prostitute, the Delaware County District Attorney’s office announced Thursday.
Talley drove the woman to and from jobs and took more than 25% of the money that was made, authorities said. Talley also promised the woman she would help falsify her drug test results to help her case. Talley was part of an “extensive prostitution ring,” the district attorney’s office said in a press release.
Talley was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of human trafficking for financial gain, promoting prostitution, making threats and other related charges.
That’s not all, CPS has also worked hand in glove with Planned Parenthood to not only kidnap kids from loving homes but blackmail pregnant mothers to murder their unborn children in order to get their children back that CPS kidnapped from them; and those that refused were told that once they gave birth, CPS would be there to kidnap that child from them too.
CPS also failed to return children they kidnapped from mothers who chose abortion to get their kids back.
Child Abuse reports up, morale poor among
Iowa social workers, consultant reports
Child abuse investigations in Iowa have increased 43 percent since last year, but the state’s response to those reports needs work, according to a wide-ranging review released Friday.
About 8.2 children of every 1,000 in Iowa are in foster care, higher than the national rate of 5.5 per 1,000, the report by the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group shows.
“One long-time external partner observed that the emphasis on working with families and on reunification seems to have been lost.”
The consultant’s review of child welfare practices in Iowa criticized both the Department of Human Services for high turnover and poor morale among caseworkers and state policies and spending priorities.
It was initiated amid investigations into several reported child abuse cases that were not caught in time, including the deaths of Natalie Finn of West Des Moines in October 2016 and Sabrina Ray of Perry last May.
Ray’s adoptive parents and other family members face multiple felonies next year following her starvation and physical abuse.
Finn’s mother was convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping this month. Her ex-husband, Joseph Finn II, goes to trial next month.
The reviewers made numerous short- and longer-term recommendations that likely will be discussed next month at the Iowa Legislature.
The consultants found morale is poor among state social workers.
And while Iowa’s Department of Human Services enjoys a largely stable workforce, turnover and caseloads are high in Polk and Linn counties.
Staff complain that training is insufficient and the state for too long has expected them to do more with less.
The report recommended, among other things, that Human Services:
Provide more accurate caseloads of child welfare workers in each Iowa county and more competency-based training;
Provide better services and communication with children and families; and
Eliminate barriers to its central abuse intake system.
“The department will look closely at the recommendations to see what we can move on within the agency, and what may require legislation or additional action,” spokesman Matt Highland said.
Mandatory reporters of child abuse in Iowa voiced frustration with the state agency charged with investigating abuse because they weren’t able to find out what happened after they provided information, the report found.
“Physicians, educators and providers of community-based prevention services… expressed frustration with their inability to communicate with DHS, particularly following their having made a report,” the report said.
Educators complained that parents often disengaged because they were able to figure out where abuse reports originated, and then those same reports resulted in no intervention by social workers.
“Several also cited situations in which this has resulted in parents’ retaliation against children as information made available to the parents made it clear that children disclosed alleged maltreatment,” the report states. “In these cases, children may cut off communication with teachers, counselors or mentors with whom they had previously trusted.”
But in some places, the report was as much a critique of state leaders’ policy and spending priorities as Iowa’s child welfare practices.
“Child welfare intervention should not be viewed as a substitute for universally available basic health, mental health and supportive community services that can help families, especially those in poverty, to voluntarily access resources needed by themselves and their children that may keep their needs from escalating to the point that they result in a report of abuse or neglect,” the report said.
The state’s child welfare system is not doing enough to engage children’s parents in assessing needs related to child safety and evaluating progress, according to interviews with youth, parents, grandparents, foster parents and DHS case managers.
“One long-time external partner observed that the emphasis on working with families and on reunification seems to have been lost.”
Another issue: Agencies that contract with Human Services are receiving $500 per family for each referral, regardless of whether the family uses the voluntary services.
The consultants voiced concern about child welfare being housed within the Department of Human Services, the state’s largest agency which juggles sizable responsibilities.
They also said its staff is tasked with administering so many programs in search of efficiency, their understanding of child welfare initiatives and policies is hindered.
“Assessing the often multiple and complex needs of families and children who present to child welfare systems requires substantial clinical knowledge and skill in gathering and interpreting information,” the report said.
How long will this out-of-control, corrupt organization be allowed to continue their Dereliction of Duty and Mismanagement and Theft of Billion$$$$ of Tax Payer Dollars Annually.
Alabama CPS (DHS) has NOT met all of the minimum child welfare standards set by the federal government in 2001 even one (1) time. Those standards include such things as timely investigation of reports of child abuse.
Abuse and Neglect cases, ESPECIALLY THOSE RESULTING IN DEATH, are often not disclosed as required by law.
LIGHT UP THE PHONES!!!!
Governor Bentley – (334)242-7100 DHR: Kim Mashego, Director – (205)669-3000 DHR: Nancy Buckner Commissioner – (334)242-7100 Congressman Gary Palmer – (202)225-4921 State Rep Matt Fridy – (205)665-1795 Senator Richard Shelby – (202)224-5744 Senator Jeff Sessions – (202)224-4124 Alabama Attorney General – (334)242-7300
** When on the phone refer to the medicalkidnap.com articles and identify the Family as Baby Brandon’s Family in Alabama
Teacher says Bureau of Child Welfare ignored pleas for help
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – A FOX6 Investigation has found that kids with disabilities are dying in Wisconsin from abuse and neglect, despite repeated calls to child protective services.
It’s a frustration shared by many who work to keep kids safe, including mandated reporters like teachers.
“I feel like I failed so much because I don’t view my job as a teacher — I view my job as also protecting them because they are disabled,” says April Eckdahl, a special education teacher in Milwaukee.
Eckdahl says she’s watched the child welfare system in Milwaukee County fail kids in her classroom.
“They need an advocate and I just feel really powerless even though I have done everything I can do. It makes me really, really worried about all those kids,” Eckdahl said.
A FOX6 review of state records shows 15 disabled kids have died in Wisconsin in the last five years, even though there were repeated reports of abuse and neglect to county welfare agencies. Nine other disabled kids were seriously injured, despite repeated calls to child welfare agencies.
Our research got the attention of Disability Rights Wisconsin.
“Until something bad happened, nothing was done,” says Lisa Pugh, public policy director for Disability Rights Wisconsin.
A boy with autism drowned while his mom got high. A toddler with cerebral palsy overdosed on morphine. A blind, paralyzed six-year-old was left in a scalding hot bath. A little girl starved, locked in the basement.
These families had previously been reported to CPS — sometimes dozens of times. When FOX6 took a closer look we noticed most of them had one thing in common. The victims, children with disabilities, couldn’t talk or had a hard time communicating. When that happened, investigations would stall, or be shut down altogether.
“If they can’t have the kid, the student tell them — literally say out loud what is going on, they just close it,” Eckdahl says.
Eckdahl says she spent an entire school year trying to get the Milwaukee County Bureau of Child Welfare to help one of her students with autism. kids Before she became a teacher, she was a social worker.
“She is being sexually abused and nobody is helping her,” Eckdahl said.
In the classroom, her eight-year-old student used Barbie dolls to tell her teacher what was happening at home.
“She turned Barbie over and put Ken on top of Barbie,” Eckdahl says.
Then the student said, “and then boyfriend lays down next to me and says, ‘I’m sorry.'”
Eckdahl says it was the worst thing she’s ever heard.
“It’s classic manipulation. Like, ‘I’m sorry. I’m going to do it again later, but I’m sorry right now,'” she says.
Eckdahl says she reported suspected sexual abuse and neglect at least 15 times. When caseworkers would come out to the school, though, nothing would happen.
“It took me a long time to build that relationship with her. They are not going to tell some random person that they just met. They need to build a rapport with someone,” Eckdahl said.
She says children with autism will often have a lot of anxiety. They will repeat themselves and change the subject to avoid talking about traumatic or uncomfortable topics. That’s why, Eckdahl says, specialists should be brought in to interview these kids after allegations are reported.
After reviewing FOX6’s research, Disability Rights Wisconsin officials saw a pattern.
“It appears that clearly there’s no one in the room or required to be part of that investigative process that would have any level of expertise in communicating with a child with a disability that has difficulty communicating,” Pugh said.
It’s an issue that’s now getting the attention of lawmakers in Madison.
“There’s been a number of situations in which we’ve had children die in this state. We’ve had a number of situations in which children continue to be abused. So we have to make some changes,” says Ismael Ozanne, the Dane County district attorney.
One of those proposed changes comes with the Justice for Children package.
“The need for this legislation is now,” Ozanne says.
The Justice for Children package is a series of bills, supported by Attorney General Brad Schimel, aimed at making Wisconsin kids safer.
“Many cases involving children with special needs indicate repeated calls to child protective services and in one fatal case there were more than 20 calls,” Pugh testified.
While the legislation doesn’t specifically focus on kids with disabilities, if passed, it would require Child Protective Services to get police involved every time abuse or neglect is reported.
“We are asking human services to actually share information with law enforcement and the prosecution,” Ozanne says.
Remember the girl with autism in Brookfield, forced to live in her basement? Her family was reported to county child welfare agencies 40 times in eight years. It wasn’t until a concerned citizen called police directly that she was removed from her home.
In Dane County, another teenage girl with disabilities was helpless and suffering.
“We found that child had been in the basement for six years.
That child had been malnourished to the point of having her physical growth permanently stunted,” Ozanne said.
Her family was reported to the Dane County Department of Health and Human Services eight times, but nothing was done until police got involved after the girl was found wandering the streets.
“That is a problem,” Ozanne says.
Eckdahl agrees. She says when she walked her student to her bus at the end of the school day she felt helpless.
“I feel like I am sending her right back to be abused,” Eckdahl said.
Eckdahl made a trip to Madison to advocate for her former student, whom, she says, is still not safe.
“This was a little girl with autism,” she told lawmakers. “And she was trying to do the best she can to articulate to us, the people that she trusts, what’s going on with her.”
She told lawmakers what she’s been trying to tell the Milwaukee Bureau of Child Welfare for a year.
“I don’t think I should have to be worried when I put her on the bus. I don’t think I should have to be calling 15 times and then still have a case shut. Their jobs were made to help and protect kids,” Eckdahl said.
Disability Rights Wisconsin has initiated an investigation to see if the Milwaukee Bureau of Child Welfare followed proper protocol when investigating the teacher’s reports.
The organization also hopes to craft new legislation, to be introduced next year, that would specifically address the investigative process used in Wisconsin when victims of abuse and neglect are children with disabilities.