December 4, 2014
STATE SANCTIONED KIDNAPPING
“Secrecy of foster care deaths a sobering story “ Alberta Foster Care Deaths Need Public Inquiry:” November 26, 2013 headlines: A six-month investigation by Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald reporters, who after a four year legal battle, were finally able to obtain sealed death records, uncovered that there were a startling number of unreported deaths of children in care of the province of Alberta.. Their investigation found 145 foster children had died between 1999 and 2009 while the number of reported deaths were 56. At least 74 of these 145 children who died while in protective care were Aboriginal or Métis.
Shocking exposes against the state and Infringements on the rights of parents over the lives of their children are appearing with great frequency across the globe. Children snatched from their parental homes, under the guise of “the best interests of the child “ is rampant. This is the doctrine used by courts to determine a wide range of issues relating to the well-being of children. The late Senator Nancy Schaefer, in her paper “The Corrupt Business Of Child Protective Services” heeded us warning that child protective services are corrupt and the entire system is broken beyond repair. “The Department of Child Protective Services, known as the Department of Family and Children Service (DFCS) in Georgia, has become a “protected empire” built on taking children and separating families.” (Schaefer) Senator Schaefer spoke out on numerous occasions regarding the unlimited power of these agencies. “Children are seized unnecessarily from their families due to federal aid. In order to receive ‘adoption incentives’ or ‘bonuses’, local CPS must have more children. There is a lack of accountability at all levels, and it is a growing criminal / political phenomenon spreading around the globe.” (Schaefer) Under the auspices of keeping children safe and healthy, the state has usurped the role of “parent” away from actual parents.
After a 4 year of investigation Nancy Schaefer published a scathing expose on the corruption of child protection agencies. Not long after publishing this report she lost her position as a Georgia State Senator and less then three years later, after growing public awareness of the widespread corruption, from all levels of government and industry, Senator Nancy Schaefer died at her home with her husband of 52 years, Bruce Schaefer in an apparent murder-suicide.
Thousands upon thousands of families are torn apart each year for seemingly no good reason by our secretive family court systems. Armed officers and child protection personnel can storm into a home and take children away based on as little as one anonymous complaint. The right of officials to seize a child without a warrant is virtually universal. The accused is denied the right of trial by jury and cases are covered in the state sanctioned family courts. A child can be removed by judicial decree regardless of whether sufficient proof exists to convict the parent of any criminal activity. The anonymous complaint can be made by anyone; the neighbor who dislikes you, the ex-wife, ex-husband who wants revenge, a parent who refuses to pay for childcare, a doctor who spots a bruise, a teacher who has concerns. Officials do not have to tell the alleged offender why they were accused, or what acts they were supposed to have committed. In Canada, if you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to your local child welfare worker. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Canada is a signatory, according to numerous provincial reports, requires us to do so.
Child “protection” is one of the biggest businesses in the Western world. The USA alone spends $12 billion a year on it. (Little Hoover Commission) The money goes to tens of thousands of state employees, professionals, such as lawyers, court personnel, court investigators, evaluators and guardians, judges, and CPS contracted vendors such as counselors, therapists, more “evaluators”, psychologists, residential facilities, foster parents, adoptive parents, and the list goes on.
As for the benefit to the child removed from the home, the statistics speak for themselves. According to The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN), children are abused far more in care than at home. The calculated average is for every 1 abused child removed from an abusive home, there are 17 children removed from loving non-offending homes nationwide. The largest targeted type of families are low income, children with disabilities and minorities. From the report “Still In Our Hands: A Review of Efforts to Reform Foster Care,” it was found find that an estimated 25% of children taken away have not received timely medical care and that 50% lack needed mental health services. Since 1999, an estimated 2,800 children have left the system at age 18 only to become homeless. According to a number of foster care experts, children in foster care are three or four more times as likely to be on psychotropic medications than other children on Medicaid.
The research contained in Senator Schaefer report is the tip of the iceberg of the volumes of information that can be found from a multitude of sources. Much of the information comes from parents and family members desperately trying to fight for the best interest of their children. The statistics and sheer multitude of individuals involved in these tragedies, caused by state run child protection services, reveals more and more of what is obvious; the system is totally broken and we must stop allowing the state to tell individuals what is in our best interest. Parents, direct family members, friends and communities, who do not profit monetarily, need to take the power away from these bureaucracies. More government oversight or inquiries are not the answer to this tragedy. It is sheer lunacy to think so. Despite some perhaps good intentioned social workers, agencies, and U.N. committees, when money and power are incentives, the “best interests of the child” and the public at large, are left to the wayside. History has proven on numerous occasions that when we allow the state to take over we are left with atrocities. We, are seeing this now on a global level.
We invite you to listen to the following pod-casts; two are from grandmothers who have been witnessed the horrific system and are crying out for help and whistle blower, Carlos Morales, a former CPS Investigator, who exposes the seedy underworld of foster homes in the U.S. and offers us his insight and solutions, in order to tackle the monstrous program perpetrated by the State.
The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services, Nancy Schaefer, November 2007
Still In Our Hands: A Review of Efforts to Reform, Foster Care in California February 2003
Little Hoover Commission, To Protect & Prevent: Rebuilding California’s Public Health System, 2003
“Secrecy of foster care deaths a sobering story “ Alberta Foster Care Deaths Need Public Inquiry:” November 26, 2013 Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald
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