Parents beware: CPS/DSS trafficking children for profit

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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How have we grown and improved?

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.

It bothers me, A LOT, to read things like "double the number of children" have been placed in foster care -- as if the goal is not to create safer homes for pre-existing families, but to create all new families through a foster-care-adoption lottery system. 

According to one published report, child abuse and neglect fatalities have changed, but not necessarily for the better:

The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) reported an estimated 1,530 child fatalities in 2006. This translates to a rate of 2.04 children per 100,000 children in the general population. NCANDS defines "child fatality" as the death of a child caused by an injury resulting from abuse or neglect, or where abuse or neglect was a contributing factor.

The rate of child abuse and neglect fatalities reported by NCANDS has varied slightly during the last several years beginning with a rate of 1.96 per 100,000 in 2001, increasing to 1.98 in 2002, 2.00 in 2003, 2.03 in 2004, decreasing back to 1.96 in 2005, and increasing to 2.04 in 2006. It is likely that the slight increase in fatalities reported by NCANDS from 2001 to 2006 is due to improved reporting by some of the States.

While most data on child fatalities come from State child welfare agencies, States also are able to draw on other data sources. In 2006, nearly one-fifth (17.6 percent) of fatalities were reported through the Agency File, which includes fatalities reported by health departments and fatality review boards. This coordination of data collection contributes to better estimates.

Among the data sources, adoption agencies conducting follow-up visits are not specifically mentioned, because they are not mandated.  The childwelfare fact sheet continues, by listing issues affecting the accuracy and consistency of child fatality data.  They include::

  • Variation among reporting requirements and definitions of child abuse and neglect and other terms
  • Variation in death investigative systems and in training for investigations
  • Variation in State child fatality review processes
  • The amount of time (as long as a year, in some cases) it may take to establish abuse or neglect as the cause of death
  • Inaccurate determination of the manner and cause of death, resulting in the miscoding of death certificates; this includes deaths labeled as accidents, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), or "manner undetermined" that would have been attributed to abuse or neglect if more comprehensive investigations were conducted (Hargrove & Bowman, 2007)
  • Limited coding options for child deaths, especially those due to neglect or negligence, when using the International Classification of Diseases to code death certificates
  • The ease with which the circumstances surrounding many child maltreatment deaths can be concealed
  • Lack of coordination or cooperation among different agencies and jurisdictions

A number of studies, including some funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have suggested that more accurate counts of maltreatment deaths are obtained by linking multiple reporting sources, including death certificates, crime reports, child protective services reports, and child death review records (Mercy, Barker, & Frazier, 2006). 

More aggressive foster care placements does not guarantee safer conditions for the child, it simply guarantees more children put in-care, pushing the drive to adopt (provide a sense of permanance) that much stronger. 

A comparative study, done to prove adoption placements are safer and better than foster placements would be nice, but then again, in order to adopt through the foster-care system, one must foster, first.

Child adoption agencies does

Child adoption agencies does mimic a human-trafficking sort of mentality. The fact that people are profiting from this exploitative business is sickening.

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