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Monday, April 21, 2014

Child Protection Continues to Fail

http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2014/04/08/3591013/capitol-alert-tim-donnelly-wants.html?sp=/99/215/280/305/&ihp=0

"If I were in charge of the entire state, I can tell you right now I would abolish CPS," he said at a news conference at the Capitol, "because CPS has become the greatest threat to the very kids it was designed to protect."
news conference to promote legislation that would require social workers to conduct video or audio recordings of their interactions with children and parents when investigating child abuse. He said recordings would protect both families and social workers in disputes.
So why are they against it?  California Welfare Directors Association,  "it is imperative that our CPS social workers be able to conduct interviews with children and their parents with unfettered access," according to a letter included in a legislative analysis.  Unfettered Access with real evidence provided in video & audio recordings should be something they want then.  
remarks came on the same day the state auditor released a report criticizing the child protection dept;...meddles too often in cases where intervention isn't warranted, while devoting too little time to serious matters.
This Bill Should be passed in all states; Law would require recording CPS interviews with parents!
Part of the article is recapped below:

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new bill aims to change the way Child Protective Services operates in California.
The bill is called Sammy’s Law, named after a Sacramento baby taken from his home by CPS when his mom asked for a second medical opinion.
“I have a copy of a police report, and a copy of the social services report, and the police report by trained investigators is a 180-degree difference from what’s written by a social worker,” she said.
The error is not uncommon.
A new report by the state auditor reveals assessments by CPS workers in three counties were routinely “flawed” as well as “incomplete and inconsistent.”
“CPS has become the greatest threat to the very kids it was designed to protect,” said Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks).

“I’m not going to stop this fight,” he said. “It’s why I believe this agency needs to be eliminated.”

“In many cases, the only evidence presented in court for removal of a child is the word of a social worker,” he said.

Sacramento County Child Protective Services declined to comment on the bill, which still needs to be reviewed by a committee.. Of course they do they are sicker than the people they are suppose to help. 

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