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Old June 18th 07, 06:18 AM posted to alt.support.child-protective-services,alt.support.foster-parents,alt.dads-rights.unmoderated,alt.parenting.spanking
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Default Supes should challenge CPS, not $4.5 million verdict: Protect Usfrom Child Protective Services..

Supes should challenge CPS, not $4.5 million verdict

http://blogs.ocregister.com/orangepu...e_cps_not.html

From Steven Greenhut:

The Board of Supervisors is meeting behind closed doors today to decide
whether to appeal a $4.5 million verdict against the social services
agency for wrongly taking away a woman's two daughters. According to the
Register, a jury found in March that "social workers fabricated negative
evidence" against the mother. Shouldn't that be reason for a large
verdict? What an outrageous violation of a person's rights. By the way,
thanks to the secret kangaroo court system in child services, the
details are kept secret, so agency officials have no accountability.
Instead of appealing the decision, the board should be investigating its
employees and the way the system treats individual rights.

This is not the first time such allegations have been made about the
agency. A 2004 Register editorial referred to a family whose "child was
accidentally scalded at a sink, and even though the Sheriff's Department
said it was an accident, CPS took the child and fought tooth and nail to
keep the child in protective custody.

"According to a lawsuit filed in Superior Court, the Reynoldses said
county social workers altered reports and committed perjury, inserting
the prefix 'non' before the word 'accidental' in the report, to make the
injury sound like abuse, rather than an accident. After putting the
family through hell, CPS eventually was forced to return the child. But
Orange County officials still refused to remove the Reynoldses' name
from the statewide list of suspected abusers.

"The county agreed to settle the case. The Reynoldses sought no
financial compensation, but instead insisted that the county train its
employees not to break the law."

Obviously, the county and its current leadership have learned nothing
since that settlement.

Register editorial August 6, 2004

Protect Us from Child Protective Services

A little understood facet of the nation's child protective services
regimen is its lack of accountability and the secrecy that surrounds
proceedings when a parent or guardian is accused of child abuse. If an
agency suspects a person of abuse, it can whisk the child away without
affording due process to the parent.

The court system by which parents try to win back their children or
clear their names from so-called abuse registries reminds some observers
-- including an Orange County Superior Court judge -- of Soviet-style
kangaroo courts.

The idea is to protect children from harm, but the system has given the
government the right to destroy families based on hearsay or inaccurate
charges. A key problem, critics say, is that social workers don't ever
want to admit being wrong, so they will take a child from a home and
refuse to reunite the family even after evidence suggests that the
alleged abuse was, say, the result of an innocent accident.

Fortunately, some court cases have peeled back the veil of secrecy and
unaccountability, however slightly. Such a ruling came in July, when a
state appellate court ruled that the Orange County Child Protective
Services agency violated a mother's rights. The mother, Catherine Burt,
accidentally pricked her infant with a syringe that contained demerol.
She bent over the crib and the syringe fell out of her pocket -- she was
taking the demerol by prescription to deal with migraines -- and it
pricked her daughter, according to a Register report. She called 911 to
make sure everything was OK.

Child Protective Services was notified and took custody of the child.
The child was later returned to her, but Ms. Burt's name was placed in a
registry of suspected child abusers. The agency refused to remove her
name from the registry, and Ms. Burt sued the county.

She was never charged with a crime and indeed proved that she did
nothing wrong. Accidents happen. Yet the county still insists on
treating her as a suspected child abuser. Fortunately, the courts agreed
with Ms. Burt, but the matter has yet to be resolved. It has been a
two-year battle, and all the victory means is that Ms. Burt has a right
to a hearing. A hearing is set for September for the agency to
reconsider its inclusion of Ms. Burt in the registry.

``It sounds to me like ... kind of a `Star Chamber' proceeding,'' said
Superior Court Judge Dennis Choate, who ruled in Ms. Burt's favor.
``Where do [panel members] meet? When do they meet? Who do they answer
to? I mean, gee whiz. ... There is something wrong with [the] process.''

This isn't an unusual situation. In April 2002, the Editorial Page wrote
about a settlement reached between Dale Reynolds and Orange County Child
Protective Services. His child was accidentally scalded at a sink, and
even though the Sheriff's Department said it was an accident, CPS took
the child and fought tooth and nail to keep the child in protective custody.

According to a lawsuit filed in Superior Court, the Reynoldses said
county social workers altered reports and committed perjury, inserting
the prefix ``non'' before the word ``accidental'' in the report, to make
the injury sound like abuse, rather than an accident. After putting the
family through hell, CPS eventually was forced to return the child. But
Orange County officials still refused to remove the Reynoldses' name
from the statewide list of suspected abusers.

The county agreed to settle the case. The Reynoldses sought no financial
compensation, but instead insisted that the county train its employees
not to break the law.

The settlement, and the recent court ruling involving Ms. Burt, shows
how unaccountable and arrogant child protection officials can be. As Mr.
Reynolds told the Register at the time, all he wants is for the agency
to ``quietly go away without needless intrusion into an innocent
family's life'' once it's clear that no abuse occurred.

Because the agency deals so unfairly with innocent parents, the only
answer is the court system.








CURRENTLY CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES VIOLATES MORE CIVIL RIGHTS ON A
DAILY BASIS THEN ALL OTHER AGENCIES COMBINED INCLUDING THE NATIONAL
SECURITY AGENCY/CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WIRETAPPING PROGRAM....

CPS Does not protect children...
It is sickening how many children are subject to abuse, neglect and even
killed at the hands of Child Protective Services.

every parent should read this .pdf from
connecticut dcf watch...

http://www.connecticutdcfwatch.com/8x11.pdf

http://www.connecticutdcfwatch.com

Number of Cases per 100,000 children in the US
These numbers come from The National Center on
Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington. (NCCAN)
Recent numbers have increased significantly for CPS

*Perpetrators of Maltreatment*

Physical Abuse CPS 160, Parents 59
Sexual Abuse CPS 112, Parents 13
Neglect CPS 410, Parents 241
Medical Neglect CPS 14 Parents 12
Fatalities CPS 6.4, Parents 1.5

Imagine that, 6.4 children die at the hands of the very agencies that
are supposed to protect them and only 1.5 at the hands of parents per
100,000 children. CPS perpetrates more abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse
and kills more children then parents in the United States. If the
citizens of this country hold CPS to the same standards that they hold
parents too. No judge should ever put another child in the hands of ANY
government agency because CPS nationwide is guilty of more harm and
death than any human being combined. CPS nationwide is guilty of more
human rights violations and deaths of children then the homes from which
they were removed. When are the judges going to wake up and see that
they are sending children to their death and a life of abuse when
children are removed from safe homes based on the mere opinion of a
bunch of social workers.

BE SURE TO FIND OUT WHERE YOUR CANDIDATES STANDS ON THE ISSUE OF
REFORMING OR ABOLISHING CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ("MAKE YOUR CANDIDATES
TAKE A STAND ON THIS ISSUE.") THEN REMEMBER TO VOTE ACCORDINGLY IF THEY
ARE "FAMILY UNFRIENDLY" IN THE NEXT ELECTION...
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Old June 18th 07, 07:00 AM posted to alt.support.child-protective-services,alt.support.foster-parents,alt.dads-rights.unmoderated,alt.parenting.spanking,alt.support.divorce
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Default Supes should challenge CPS, not $4.5 million verdict: Protect Us from Child Protective Services..

CPS Caseworkers fabricated evidence eh?
Altered report from accidental to non accidental...
Is that MALICIOUS Kane?

The court system by which parents try to win back their children or
clear their names from so-called abuse registries reminds some observers
-- including an Orange County Superior Court judge -- of Soviet-style
kangaroo courts.


Judge mentioned "Star Chamber" concept.

The idea is to protect children from harm, but the system has given the
government the right to destroy families based on hearsay or inaccurate
charges. A key problem, critics say, is that social workers don't ever
want to admit being wrong, so they will take a child from a home and
refuse to reunite the family even after evidence suggests that the
alleged abuse was, say, the result of an innocent accident.


Yep.


On Jun 18, 12:18 am, fx wrote:
Supes should challenge CPS, not $4.5 million verdict

http://blogs.ocregister.com/orangepu...5/supes_should...

From Steven Greenhut:

The Board of Supervisors is meeting behind closed doors today to decide
whether to appeal a $4.5 million verdict against the social services
agency for wrongly taking away a woman's two daughters. According to the
Register, a jury found in March that "social workers fabricated negative
evidence" against the mother. Shouldn't that be reason for a large
verdict? What an outrageous violation of a person's rights. By the way,
thanks to the secret kangaroo court system in child services, the
details are kept secret, so agency officials have no accountability.
Instead of appealing the decision, the board should be investigating its
employees and the way the system treats individual rights.

This is not the first time such allegations have been made about the
agency. A 2004 Register editorial referred to a family whose "child was
accidentally scalded at a sink, and even though the Sheriff's Department
said it was an accident, CPS took the child and fought tooth and nail to
keep the child in protective custody.

"According to a lawsuit filed in Superior Court, the Reynoldses said
county social workers altered reports and committed perjury, inserting
the prefix 'non' before the word 'accidental' in the report, to make the
injury sound like abuse, rather than an accident. After putting the
family through hell, CPS eventually was forced to return the child. But
Orange County officials still refused to remove the Reynoldses' name
from the statewide list of suspected abusers.

"The county agreed to settle the case. The Reynoldses sought no
financial compensation, but instead insisted that the county train its
employees not to break the law."

Obviously, the county and its current leadership have learned nothing
since that settlement.

Register editorial August 6, 2004

Protect Us from Child Protective Services

A little understood facet of the nation's child protective services
regimen is its lack of accountability and the secrecy that surrounds
proceedings when a parent or guardian is accused of child abuse. If an
agency suspects a person of abuse, it can whisk the child away without
affording due process to the parent.

The court system by which parents try to win back their children or
clear their names from so-called abuse registries reminds some observers
-- including an Orange County Superior Court judge -- of Soviet-style
kangaroo courts.

The idea is to protect children from harm, but the system has given the
government the right to destroy families based on hearsay or inaccurate
charges. A key problem, critics say, is that social workers don't ever
want to admit being wrong, so they will take a child from a home and
refuse to reunite the family even after evidence suggests that the
alleged abuse was, say, the result of an innocent accident.

Fortunately, some court cases have peeled back the veil of secrecy and
unaccountability, however slightly. Such a ruling came in July, when a
state appellate court ruled that the Orange County Child Protective
Services agency violated a mother's rights. The mother, Catherine Burt,
accidentally pricked her infant with a syringe that contained demerol.
She bent over the crib and the syringe fell out of her pocket -- she was
taking the demerol by prescription to deal with migraines -- and it
pricked her daughter, according to a Register report. She called 911 to
make sure everything was OK.

Child Protective Services was notified and took custody of the child.
The child was later returned to her, but Ms. Burt's name was placed in a
registry of suspected child abusers. The agency refused to remove her
name from the registry, and Ms. Burt sued the county.

She was never charged with a crime and indeed proved that she did
nothing wrong. Accidents happen. Yet the county still insists on
treating her as a suspected child abuser. Fortunately, the courts agreed
with Ms. Burt, but the matter has yet to be resolved. It has been a
two-year battle, and all the victory means is that Ms. Burt has a right
to a hearing. A hearing is set for September for the agency to
reconsider its inclusion of Ms. Burt in the registry.

``It sounds to me like ... kind of a `Star Chamber' proceeding,'' said
Superior Court Judge Dennis Choate, who ruled in Ms. Burt's favor.
``Where do [panel members] meet? When do they meet? Who do they answer
to? I mean, gee whiz. ... There is something wrong with [the] process.''

This isn't an unusual situation. In April 2002, the Editorial Page wrote
about a settlement reached between Dale Reynolds and Orange County Child
Protective Services. His child was accidentally scalded at a sink, and
even though the Sheriff's Department said it was an accident, CPS took
the child and fought tooth and nail to keep the child in protective custody.

According to a lawsuit filed in Superior Court, the Reynoldses said
county social workers altered reports and committed perjury, inserting
the prefix ``non'' before the word ``accidental'' in the report, to make
the injury sound like abuse, rather than an accident. After putting the
family through hell, CPS eventually was forced to return the child. But
Orange County officials still refused to remove the Reynoldses' name
from the statewide list of suspected abusers.

The county agreed to settle the case. The Reynoldses sought no financial
compensation, but instead insisted that the county train its employees
not to break the law.

The settlement, and the recent court ruling involving Ms. Burt, shows
how unaccountable and arrogant child protection officials can be. As Mr.
Reynolds told the Register at the time, all he wants is for the agency
to ``quietly go away without needless intrusion into an innocent
family's life'' once it's clear that no abuse occurred.

Because the agency deals so unfairly with innocent parents, the only
answer is the court system.

CURRENTLY CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES VIOLATES MORE CIVIL RIGHTS ON A
DAILY BASIS THEN ALL OTHER AGENCIES COMBINED INCLUDING THE NATIONAL
SECURITY AGENCY/CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WIRETAPPING PROGRAM....

CPS Does not protect children...
It is sickening how many children are subject to abuse, neglect and even
killed at the hands of Child Protective Services.

every parent should read this .pdf from
connecticut dcf watch...

http://www.connecticutdcfwatch.com/8x11.pdf

http://www.connecticutdcfwatch.com

Number of Cases per 100,000 children in the US
These numbers come from The National Center on
Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington. (NCCAN)
Recent numbers have increased significantly for CPS

*Perpetrators of Maltreatment*

Physical Abuse CPS 160, Parents 59
Sexual Abuse CPS 112, Parents 13
Neglect CPS 410, Parents 241
Medical Neglect CPS 14 Parents 12
Fatalities CPS 6.4, Parents 1.5

Imagine that, 6.4 children die at the hands of the very agencies that
are supposed to protect them and only 1.5 at the hands of parents per
100,000 children. CPS perpetrates more abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse
and kills more children then parents in the United States. If the
citizens of this country hold CPS to the same standards that they hold
parents too. No judge should ever put another child in the hands of ANY
government agency because CPS nationwide is guilty of more harm and
death than any human being combined. CPS nationwide is guilty of more
human rights violations and deaths of children then the homes from which
they were removed. When are the judges going to wake up and see that
they are sending children to their death and a life of abuse when
children are removed from safe homes based on the mere opinion of a
bunch of social workers.

BE SURE TO FIND OUT WHERE YOUR CANDIDATES STANDS ON THE ISSUE OF
REFORMING OR ABOLISHING CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ("MAKE YOUR CANDIDATES
TAKE A STAND ON THIS ISSUE.") THEN REMEMBER TO VOTE ACCORDINGLY IF THEY
ARE "FAMILY UNFRIENDLY" IN THE NEXT ELECTION...



 




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