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American children terrorized by CPS while lawmakers cry about Border Children

Americans are in an uproar about illegal immigrant parents and children separated at the border. The level of hysteria surrounding this topic has reached a fever pitch with senators like Chuck Schumer mugging distraught for the cameras at every opportunity. While the shrill voices shriek loudly about the rights of Mexicans and other assorted border jumpers, American parental rights are being stripped from them, unconstitutionally, every single day. (Chuck Schumer has yet to freak out about it on national television.) American parents have lost their due process and Fourth Amendment rights, and most of them don't even know it. Most anyone who has been visited by Child Protective Services can testify to the absolute terror that the state can inflict on a family for very little or no reason at all.

Study: Troubled homes better than foster care

Children whose families are investigated for abuse or neglect are likely to do better in life if they stay with their families than if they go into foster care, according to a pioneering study.  The findings intensify a vigorous debate in child welfare: whether children are better served with their families or away from them.

Kids who stayed with their families were less likely to become juvenile delinquents or teen mothers and more likely to hold jobs as young adults, says the study by Joseph Doyle, an economics professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management who studies social policy.

FAMILY INFLUENCE:  Children who stay in troubled families fare better than those put into foster care. Those who:

 Were arrested at least once:
• Stayed with family: 14%
• Went to foster care: 44%

Became teen mothers:
• Stayed with family: 33%
• Went to foster care: 56%

Held a job at least 3 months:
• Stayed with family: 33%
• Went to foster care: 20%

Former foster parent blasts CPS and foster care systems' abuses of power

I became a foster parent with the intentions of putting a roof over the heads of orphaned children. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

By the time I completed the training process, I understood that the majority of the children that would be entering my home were not orphans. I was brainwashed into believing the children had come from abusive and neglectful homes. I was told the state had rescued them from horrible living environments and that I was somewhat of a hero for taking them in.

They were all lies. It took several years for me to truly see what I had become a part of.

Child Protective Services was stealing children from loving biological families.

The reasons they took children into their custody varied. A few had actually been abused or neglected in their biological homes, but the majority had not been.

Archive: How the false claims of the child abuse industry have harmed america

Those who profit from the Child Abuse Industry must convince both us and their victims that everything is abuse. News media, therapists, prosecutors, judges, lawyers and sex police. Thousands of jobs depend on maximizing claims of abuse.

The Heritage Foundation estimates that welfare costs US taxpayers $360 billion per year, and it is now clear that this underwrites a large portion of the high US divorce rate -- the highest in the world -- and one of the highest illegitimacy rates. The Coalition of Parents estimates that the child abuse industry costs US taxpayers $285 billion per year. This is a case in which the medicine did more damage than the disease -- more children were damaged by their resulting fatherlessness than were protected by these efforts. "Child support" may be only $14 billion per year, but the psychological effects on family dynamics contribute more to family breakup than just the dollar incentives would imply.

Thus about 41% of the $1.6 Trillion national budget is wasted on programs which do little other than to undermine family unity, with terrible consequences. As the following ROFF (Rate of Fatherlessness Factor) suggests, for each $12.5 billion increase in the last 3 decades in the annual expenditure for welfare, the rate of fatherlessness rose 1%, and for each 1% increase in the rate of fatherlessness SAT scores declined 3 points, and the prison population increased by 41,296 inmates.

It seems that the cure is worse than the disease.

Carers 'exploiting' baby bonus

UNSCRUPULOUS foster carers are exploiting the baby bonus scheme by taking in babies for long enough to receive the $4000 payment before sending them back to permanent care, according to extraordinary new allegations.

A whistleblower has told The Sunday Telegraph some NSW carers have a "very high turnover'' of babies and are claiming the Government bonus several times a year, as well as other allowances.

The source, who previously worked for the NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS), claimed the money was not being spent on the babies as intended.

"Ex-Foster Carer Tells "The Dirty Tricks that DoCS and Child Protection Authorities will play on you to kidnap your children - and things you can do to try to Avoid these Horrors"."

barnardossnatchingirelandAnything you say they will twist, so always answer their questions with a question or smile and say "why do you want to know that?" This is the most important technique you need to learn. It's called Verbalising. And they will do it to you.

Always have your own psych report, their are some counsellors out there who are not a fan of Doc's. If you use theirs or a Court one they then have the opportunity to diagnose Borderline Personality Disorder. This is a permanent mental health issue and is grounds to take your kids into perm. care. Depression is temporary so is not grounds to take them. Be very wary of one called Toni Single.

If they tell you when your court date is they will purposely tell you the wrong date, a day later in the week so that you don't turn up on the correct day and the Magistrate immediately rules against you . You didn't attend Court so you lose.

Don't have any dogs scarier than a chihuahua in your yard when they come or they will report to Court about you having fighting dogs (child safety issue).

Do not have pools either, because a 50cm blow up pool will be reported as a six-foot deep pool with no fencing.

What you don't know about foster care

According to a 2011 AFCARS (the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System) “Yearly, referrals to state child protective services involve 6.3 million children and approximately 3 million of those children are subject to an investigated report.”

According to this report, in 2012, CPS took an estimated 650,000 to one million children from their homes, playground hospitals and parents. The same report suggests that only 6 percent or less (39,000 out of the 650,000 to million) were in any real danger or “high-risk” environments.

The more children in foster care, the more money a local CPS agency receives from the federal government, with the funds distributed throughout the community. Funding recipients include: teachers, attorneys, doctors, judges, therapists, caseworkers, foster parents, coaches, sub-agencies such as Family First and Head Start, insurance companies, consultants, outside contractors, and watchdog agencies, to name but a few. There is a profound conflict of interest between those in an authoritative position to protect children (CPS caseworkers and the earlier named affiliates) and the fact that those same people (and their associates) can financially benefit from the act of placing children in foster care.

Ninety-six percent of foster parents are on disability, unemployment, or workers’ comp, or have low-income jobs, resulting in children getting placed with unqualified, and often times, abusive recipients. Many foster parents are emotionally unstable or mentally incompetent, and a large majority have criminal records. Ninety-three percent of foster parents use the system for perverted and/or financial gain, using children as currency, to pay rent, place food on the table, pay the cable bill, etc. These financial incentives have led to unintended consequences, attracting pedophiles, predators, drug addicts, and sadists.

The National Child Abuse & Neglect Data System (NCANDS) reported that, in 2012, 1,545 U.S. children died from child abuse. For many years, the Children’s Bureau (a department within DHS/CPS) reported 1,000 deaths a year within the CPS system. The Children’s Bureau also rounds off to the nearest thousand – so if the real tally of children dying in state custody is 1,499, only 1,000 will be reported.

Shockingly, this leaves only 46 children, nationwide, killed outside of Child Protective Services, a government program designed to protect children.

Foster kids are feral little f**ks

Alecomm had a visitor to its property this afternoon, in a brand spanking (all-but) new Toyota Landcruiser.  Bloody Beautiful it was too.  Number Plates on the front of the vehicle bent completely over so you could not read them at all and 3 or 4 very young kids in the back.  The number plates for this vehicle was AH29BQ.

Upon noticing that i seen the kids in the back, he said "oh, yeh, the kids" ... to which i replied "are they yours?"  -- a common question to ask these days considering how many stolen children are floating around the country for anybody to make a good living off (i mean seriously, just take a look at the vehicle this guy was driving). 

"Foster Carers"

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Mr JOHN ROBERTSON: My question is directed to the Minister for Family and Community Services, and Minister for Women. Can the Minister explain to Margaret and Jim Pope, who are kinship carers in the gallery today, why the Government has decided to make life harder for them by cutting the allowance they receive for caring for their 17-year-old granddaughter by $212 a fortnight?

Ms PRU GOWARD: I thank the member for his question. I welcome the presence of carer groups in the Parliament today. I emphasise that my door is always open to them and I would be very pleased to meet them. I acknowledge the important role that all relatives—including kinship carers and grandparents—play in caring for children who cannot live safely at home. I remind the House that the former Labor Government for many years before 2006 reduced allowances to take into account the youth allowance for young people in out-of-home care.

Ms Linda Burney: That is not true.

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the member for Canterbury to order.

Ms PRU GOWARD: It is true and I will repeat what I said. It was the former Labor Government that for many years before 2006 reduced allowances.

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the member for Wollongong to order.

Ms PRU GOWARD: Nevertheless, as I said when the budget was delivered last year, that was a very difficult decision for me.

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the member for Shellharbour to order.

Ms PRU GOWARD: I have often spoken about the need to do better by adolescent young people in out-of-home care. We need to support carers—such as those in the gallery today—and young people to enable them to be on the right pathways out of disadvantage. Adolescents aged 12 to 17 make up 29 per cent of all children reported to be at risk of significant harm in the year 2010-11—that is 17,635 young people. We inherited a system in which fewer than one in five children and young people aged 12 to 17 received a response in that year. As at 30 June 2011 approximately 34.3 per cent—just over a third—of the out-of-home care population were adolescents aged between 12 and 17. As we all know, outcomes for children in out-of-home care are particularly troubling and that is why—

Mr John Robertson: Why you cut the budget.

Ms PRU GOWARD: That is why my department—

Mr John Robertson: Cut the budget.

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the Leader of the Opposition to order.

Ms PRU GOWARD: That is why my department—

Mr John Robertson: You cut the budget.

Ms PRU GOWARD: Madam Speaker, does the member opposite wish to hear the answer or just do his thing?

The SPEAKER: Order! All members will come to order. I remind the Leader of the Opposition that he asked the question and I should have thought that, given the seriousness of the subject matter, he would be interested in what the Minister has to say in response to his question.

Ms PRU GOWARD: That is why my department is working to reform the way that we prepare disadvantaged adolescents for adulthood and how we support them and their carers when they are in out-of-home care. Part of this work will be to gather the best ideas from representatives of teenagers in care—especially the CREATE Foundation—as well as carers and nongovernment organisations. CREATE has reported that up to 40 per cent of young people experience homelessness within the first 12 months after leaving care.

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the member for Wollongong to order for the second time.

Ms PRU GOWARD: Education and training are critical factors.

Ms Linda Burney: Point of order: My point of order relates to relevance under Standing Order 129. The question clearly asked for an explanation for the grandparents in the public gallery about why the Government has taken the decision to cut $200 for their payment. The Minister can say whatever she likes—

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the member for Canterbury to order for the second time. The member will resume her seat. The Minister's answer is directly relevant to the question asked.

Ms PRU GOWARD: And I would have thought that given the disgraceful record of the member for Canterbury as a Minister she should not have taken such a point of order.

Ms Linda Burney: Don't be so nasty—

Ms PRU GOWARD: It is obvious to everyone from that interjection that members opposite are not taking this seriously; it is just another stunt. Members on this side of the House understand that education and training is the best way to avoid not only homelessness but also the cycle of intergenerational poverty and disadvantage. Not only are too many young people who leave out-of-home care homeless, but also they have very severely reduced opportunities for education and training. (Source : http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Prod/parlment/hansart.nsf/V3Key/LA20120214024?open&refNavID=HA8_1)

A critical look at the foster care system: How safe is the service

 A recent TIME Magazine article references a troubling report commissioned by the Reagan Administration during the late 1980s, which concluded:

Foster care is intended to protect children from neglect and abuse at the hands of parents and other family members, yet all too often it becomes an equally cruel form of neglect and abuse by the state.[1]

In the State of California, two San Diego County Grand juries would echo these concerns, finding that: "Professionals working in the field of child abuse voiced strong concerns that the children removed from abusive homes were being abused again by a system designed to protect them."[2]

Bringing forth a consolidated front

In this fight to keep children from being kidnapped by CPS we often hear that we need a united front. We believe this to be the best line of strategy also. This does not mean united with everybody who pretends to be on our side, but it does mean we should be United with everyone that is aiming for the same goal that parents are.

Stopping the children from being ripped from their homes starts with making this a united front of a fight for parents rights to have families. This means all who are in this fight should be fighting for parents that are present and ready for their children to be home with them or to stay home with them.

This fight for parents rights to have families include the rights for the parents to have grandparents around for their children.

"Foster Care"

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Mrs ROZA SAGE: My question is directed to the Minister for Family and Community Services, and Minister for Women. What additional support is the Government giving to help carers protect vulnerable children and their families?

Ms PRU GOWARD: I thank the member for her question and for her ongoing support for services for vulnerable children and young people. This is Foster Care Week and a time to reflect particularly on the fantastic work of our State's carers.

[Interruption]

Madam Speaker, is it tinnitus or is it the member for Canterbury? The voice has got to stop.

The SPEAKER: Order! The member for Canterbury will be on three calls to order very shortly if she does not come to order. I call the member for Maroubra to order for the second time. The Minister has the call.

Ms PRU GOWARD: Yesterday I was delighted to take my granddaughters to the Foster Care Carnival at Homebush. It was a wonderful day to begin Foster Care Week, with fun for the children and recognition and thanks to the foster parents. I thank the Association of Children's Welfare Agencies for organising the event and the Children's Guardian, Create, the Ombudsman's office, AbSec, Variety, which provided a special swing for children with disabilities, and of course the wonderful staff of Community Services for their voluntary presence and their significant contribution to the carnival. They made excellent and very healthy hamburgers.

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the member for Mount Druitt to order for the second time.

Ms PRU GOWARD: There were also a lot of providers and corporate supporters who supplied goods, gifts and plenty of fun and music to children and carers alike. There was another organisation at the core of the carnival, preparing food and offering lucky dips to children. They are also at the core of carers' lives. That organisation is Connecting Carers. Connecting Carers' staff and volunteers have served our State for decades by caring for children and young people. That experience and wisdom assists carers across New South Wales every day with support and advice. It helps connect carers with the department and of course provides extremely valuable carer training around the State.

Connecting Carers' work helps Family and Community Services every day and its insights will also help the Government pursue real reforms by working better and smarter to improve services. That is why today we have announced a major funding boost to Connecting Carers. What better time to do it than Foster Carers Week? Connecting Carers will receive an additional $455,000 to its funding each year, which is an increase in their base funding of 33 per cent. It will be used to run regular Connecting Carers conferences for New South Wales carers. The 2010 conference was only possible due to an underspend in the previous year, but today's decision ensures that carers conferences can take place as a matter of course. Funding for accommodation and travel will ensure that city, regional and rural carers can all gather, network and support each other to discuss the issues they face every day. I am pleased that the next conference will be held at Darling Harbour in the second half of next year.

This funding boost also allows Connecting Carers to continue to offer the successful and popular regional Connecting Carers camps right across the State. They are run for authorised carers and the children and young people in their care, in Community Services regions. Last year 1,152 attended six camps and we expect there will be more. The camps give foster, kinship and relative carers, including grandparents, children and young people, an opportunity to socialise, network, rest a little and have fun in a beautiful bush or coastal setting. The activities are tailored to cater to all levels of physical and intellectual functional ability to ensure everyone enjoys the unique benefits of the programs, and Connecting Carers only chooses locations that have accommodation designed specifically to meet the needs of carers and children.

Finally this funding boost will support Connecting Carers' 24-hour support line, a 1300 number that offers a telephone support service to foster carers, kinship and grandparent carers at all times day and night. This 1300 number receives more than 3,000 calls annually. This service is well worth supporting and developing. This Government is strongly committed to transferring services such as out-of-home care to the non-government sector. The Government will consider expanding the role of Connecting Carers by contestably training carers across the sector aligned to the transfer and reform to improve services. During the next few years the Government will pursue real reform to build the capacity of the whole system to protect children and young people. I thank Connecting Carers and other non-government organisations for their work, and for contributing to improving the lives of children and young people in New South Wales.  (Source : http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/PARLMENT/hansArt.nsf/V3Key/LA20110912021?open&refNavID=HA8_1)

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