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Deborah McLean, May 2006
The most natural bond is between a parent and child. It is the building block of our communities and our world. Today that bond is being torn apart, and at the hand of a system out of control.
With the new Adoption & Safe Families Act (ASFA) law, Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies and their affiliated "non-profit" adoption agencies, are generously rewarded for adopting out your children whether you are innocent or not.
In 1974, Walter Mondale promoted the Child Abuse and Prevention Act which began feeding massive amounts of federal funding to states to set up programs to combat child abuse and neglect. Mondale expressed concerns that the legislation could be misused, leading states to create a "business" in marketing our children.
In 1997, President Clinton passed ASFA to help abused and neglected children who languished in foster care. In a press release from the U.S. Department & Human Services dated November 24, 1999, Clinton's initiative was said to double the number of children in foster care by year 2002. The drive of Clinton's initiative is the offering of cash "bonuses" to states for every child adopted out of foster care.
The time allowed for parents to retrieve children from the system has created a tool to terminate parents' rights. They hold our children long enough so parents miss the deadline, and even hold babies long enough to claim that the bond is between children and their biological parents is broken.
In a recent article titled "Santa Clara County Named in $400 million False Claims Damages Suit over DFCS/CPS Fraud" (see www.reliableanswers. com), it was discovered that the agency was collecting federal dollars for children who did not even exist. Psychiatrists were also used to assist these agencies in attaining federal funds.
Dr. Shirley Moore, the National Director of Legislative Affairs for the American Family Rights Association (AFRA), helped to investigate 75,000 CPS cases in Los Angeles, California. It resulted in 30,000 families being reunited due to conflicts of interest.
Dr. Moore said the biggest problem is the fact that most people are unaware. Anyone with beautiful children should be on guard. Abuse has taken on a new meaning today because children are viewed as a commodity in the system. Something is seriously wrong.
The system has been designed so that everyone involved in the system collaborates to attain the same goal--to get the child no matter what. Why? The Almighty Dollar.
According to the Child Protective Parent Association (CPPA), for every child Department of Social Services (DSS) adopts out, there is a bonus of $4,000 to $6,000. "But that is just the starting figure in a complex mathematical formula in which each bonus is multiplied by the percentage that the state has managed to exceed its baseline adoption number," writes Karen Anderson of CPPA.
A report from a private think tank, the National Center for Policy Analysis, reads: "The way the federal government reimburses States rewards a growth in the size of the program instead of the effective care of children."
The United States spends over $12 billion a year on "child protection", one of the biggest businesses in our country. The money goes to tens of thousands of state employees and to supportive professionals such as lawyers, court personnel, court investigators, evaluators, guardians, judges, and also to contracted vendors through DSS such as counselors, therapists, residential facilities, foster parents, adoptive parents, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, YMCA, etc.
The tearing apart of parent and child is worse than being lined up and shot by Hitler's regime--You are left to live with a huge hole in your heart. Not to mention the fury that this kind of violence perpetuates.
Start your research on the internet using the following: "CPPA what we are about" for more information on how the system operates. See why we have been unable to even get a response from our legislators. Perhaps they have forgotten who funds their paychecks.
The keys are awareness and action. Get informed and do something about the corruption in our government!
Call Karen Anderson of CPPA at (209) 295-1542 or gotchamama@hotmail. com--or this newspaper for help.
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