The Corrupt Business of CPS

The Corrupt Business of CPS

I used to believe, as most still do, that Child Protective Services only interfered in the sanctity of the family if there was extreme abuse or neglect. I remember hearing stories of children who,  for example, had cigarette burns or were locked in closets with no food. Of course, we would want children rescued from situations such as these. Every child deserves to be loved,  cherished, and nurtured. I started to read stories of families that claimed to be loving parents but were having their children taken for something as simple as wanting a second opinion when a  doctor recommended chemo.

My heart would break as I could imagine that I too would want a  second opinion and maybe even a third when it came to something as serious as agreeing to chemo for any of my children.

When I read these cases, I often thought, “there must be more to the story”. I went looking for any other info that I could find to support CPS intervention. I did not want to believe that they were getting involved in issues such as medical decisions for children.  

In Nov 2017 I received a call about a newborn baby who was being removed from the care of  his parents. The father claimed that “everything changed” with the medical staff at Kootenai  Health Hospital when he declined the Hep B vaccine for baby Elijah. Sure enough, when I read the police report this was listed as one of the reasons they believed Elijah to be in imminent danger. Another reason they cited was that the father continued to allow his baby to sleep on his chest against medical advice.

Unbelievably, these new parents had to go to court to prove their ability to care for their new son. Baby Elijah was returned to his loving parents after 10  days of separation. He was never able to breastfeed therefore missing out on precious bonding and vital nutrients for immune system development. We will never know the full impact on his precious life.  

Baby Elijah just before his medical kidnap

Health Freedom Idaho reported on this case of medical kidnapping and I mistakenly thought that this was a rare case. People from all over Idaho and even other states started calling me about their interactions with CPS. I was overwhelmed with grief for these families and for the children who no longer had the safety of their homes and families. 

DETRIMENTAL CPS INTERVENTION IS NOT RARE

A father called me one afternoon while I was on vacation. I remember enjoying the sun by the pool when I received his call. My day and life changed when he told me his heart-wrenching story. In Idaho, by statute, everyone is a mandatory reporter. This means that every citizen is  REQUIRED to call CPS if they suspect that a child is being abused or neglected. His neighbor had called CPS because the children often played outside and she claimed that the mother was yelling at the children.

CPS came to her door and she made the mistake of letting them in.  They cited dirty dishes, laundry on the sofa, and the toilet seat up as imminent danger and reason to remove all 3 children. I learned that when children are taken they are immediately whisked to a doctor’s office for a full physical. Even if there is no allegation of sexual abuse they are still looking at every part of your child’s body. We raise our children with the knowledge that no one is to be looking at their private areas and there they are without their parents being looked over and examined by a perfect stranger.

There is no parental consent given and yet the parents will be sent the bill for this assault to their children. After we hung up I laid there listening to children laugh and play while tears ran down my face in the grief of what was happening to precious children who did nothing wrong but would never be the same after this violation.

Even though these children were returned to their parents after several months they will never again believe their home to be a safe place or that their parents can protect them from the overreaching hand of the government. This family would be broken beyond repair and the parents ended up divorcing. One of the children, who was under 12 at the time, threatened suicide. I would later learn that this is a common outcome when CPS intervenes on unfounded claims. 

In Idaho, 72% of cases investigated by CPS each year are allegations of neglect and 83% of those are unfounded.

https://healthfreedomidaho.org/idaho-cps-traumatizing-innocent-families/ 

More recently, I have received multiple phone calls from parents about CPS being used as coercion at Kootenai Health. Health Freedom Idaho and Idaho CPS held a protest at this hospital due to the overwhelming amount of stories from this particular hospital.

One of the more horrendous stories was from a mother who had taken her 21-day old baby for a well-baby check and found herself in the emergency room with 3 attempts at a spinal tap on her newborn. 

Her husband was at home with influenza A and when she relayed this to the pediatrician he sent her straight to the emergency room. Once there, the doctor decided it was imperative to attempt a spinal tap on a 21-day old baby with absolutely no symptoms.

The mother requested to wait on such interventions for after the blood tests came back to see if there was any indication of infection. With no informed consent or any consent at all they gave her baby antibiotics and attempted the spinal tap 3 times. She adamantly refused the fourth attempt and  CPS was called. This particular hospital considers it medical neglect if you dare to question or disagree with the doctor and will call CPS.

This action begs the question, how can a CPS  caseworker determine whether or not the mother should have allowed the fourth attempt at a  spinal tap? What training do they have to determine such things? I can imagine that it would be a very uncomfortable position for a CPS caseworker to be put in between a mother and a  medical doctor to determine what is medical neglect.  

Parents are telling stories of increased overnights at the hospital, tests they never would have agreed to, and interventions that they would have otherwise declined. However, they agreed to such things against their better judgment after the threat of CPS being called. After recording  these parent’s stories the logical question that we asked was “Is Kootenai Health using CPS to  increase their profits.” We know that this isn’t just happening at Kootenai Health. We are getting phone calls and messages from families all over Idaho and the US. Scaring parents into complying with doctors’ orders by using the threat of CPS is a national problem so we have a job to do.  

We have a biblical responsibility for our children.  

[1] … Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. [2] “Honor your father and  mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: [3] “that it may be well with you and you  may live long on the earth.”

Ephesians 6:1-3 NKJV 

[6] “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. [7] You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. … 

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NKJV 

I’ve selected only these two from multiple scriptures throughout the Bible that direct children to obey their parents and calls parents to teach their children. The Bible makes it clear why children should obey their parents, it says that life will go better for them. Nowhere in the Bible does it indicate that children should obey the government because it was never God’s design for children to be subject to the government. These scriptures also direct parents to teach their own children. YES! That is our God-given authority and also our duty.  

Constitutional Right

We oftentimes treat the Constitution as the creation of our rights. Citizens, we have natural rights given to us at birth by our Creator. Let’s remember that our Constitution was designed to protect and support our natural rights.  

We need to approach any interaction with CPS from this position. If you don’t understand your  God given authority over your children, which is supported by the Constitution, then your rights  can be trampled on and violated. It is your duty to understand these rights as you are the  chosen protector of your children. 

You may not know that CPS is a FOR PROFIT agency.

As you read the information that I am providing here keep in mind that they must pay the staff, rent, keep lights on, and make a profit in order to exist. They make this income by taking your children and making as much money on them as possible while in foster care with a dangling carrot bonus if they reach the goal of adoption.  

Let’s start with a little history: 

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974 doesn’t receive nearly the attention that  ASFA does, yet it is the piece of legislation that established Child Protective Services in all 50  states. 

CAPTA was written into law, giving social workers the power to snatch children from their families and ask questions later. This is a violation of due process! 

Though CAPTA funding doesn’t reach the levels of ASFA, it still opened the door to federal  funding for states to take children and place them into foster care. CAPTA also encourages  states to enact mandatory reporting laws. Congress periodically renewed CAPTA, and this  legislation remains the foundational force behind the federally-funded CPS state today. 

ASFA – the Clintons’ Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, which provides billions of federal dollars to states to place children in foster care and adopt them out to strangers. Where once the emphasis was placed on trying to eventually reunite children with their biological parents,  state and federal guidelines now favored fast-tracking adoption of children in foster care. This required a new focus on terminating the biological parents’ rights. Some counties are known to give a $4,000 bonus for each child adopted and an additional $2,000 for a “special needs” child.  Employees work to keep the federal dollars flowing in.  

The subject of taxation is often debated between those who say taxation is theft and those that believe taxation is a duty. Wherever you land in this debate I think we can all agree that our tax money should not be used to remove children from happy homes and entered into a  government program with more risk of harm. CPS collects Title IV E Funds afforded by a 1997  Act signed by, then President, Bill Clinton which allows states to get rich while keeping kids under state care.

Are you ready for this? They are robbing your social security account and using it to steal our children.

No wonder there is continual talk of Social Security money running out by the time my generation is of the age to use the money that we have paid in.  Should we continue to allow our Social Security money to be robbed in order to fund a  government program that is not only ineffective but harmful to children and families but also the community? 

We know, from a review of federal records, that child welfare agencies throughout the country  have closed the cases of at least 61,000 foster children listed as “missing“ since 2000 and  additional 53,000 were listed as “run away.” So, since the year 2000, we have over 110,000  children unaccounted for that have been in the care of CPS. 

ANOTHER ARTICLE ON MISSING FOSTER CHILDREN

https://www.boston25news.com/news/missing-and-forgotten-thousands-of-foster-kids-kicked-out-of-the-system/755376482/

According to a chilling NCMEC report compiled from FBI data and their own, of nearly 25,000  runaways reported to NCMEC in 2017, 1 in 7 were likely victims of child sex trafficking. Of those, 88% were in the care of social services when they went missing. This is not a one time event. The data shows that CPS is a consistent source of children for child sex trafficking. In a  2013 FBI 70-city nationwide raid, 60% of the victims came from foster care or group homes. In  2014, NY authorities estimated that 85% of sex trafficking victims were previously in the child welfare system. In 2012, Connecticut police rescued 88 children from sex trafficking, and 86 of those children were from the child welfare system.  

Sadly, foster children are likely to be medicated and the health and welfare department is  incentivized to do so.

Foster children receive psychiatric medications up to 13 times more often than children in the general population.

8% of these children on medications received neither treatment planning or medication monitoring. Children under one are twice as likely to be prescribed a psychiatric drug compared to non-foster children.

Keep in mind that the more medications the child is on and services they need the more money this agency brings in. Once again the incentives are not set up in the best interest of the child. 

Children who stay with parents who are accused (but not arrested or convicted) of “abuse” or  “neglect” do better than most of the children being put into foster care. USA Today reported on  the largest study done at the time to look at the effects of foster care.  

 The study confirms that children who can remain in their homes do better than in 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. 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  

Doyle performed another study, one year later, comparing children left in troubled homes with  foster care children to see which group was more likely to be arrested as adults.

The study  looked at 23,000 children, and it found that “children placed in foster care have arrest,  conviction, and imprisonment rates as adults that are three times higher than those of children  who remained at home.” 

In 2019 Idaho’s HB 170 attempted to put the citizens and CPS on equal footing with notification of parental rights bill. 

PROTECTING PARENTAL RIGHTS

HB 170 was a transparency bill, requiring the disclosure of already established rights. It does not place any limits on CPS, law enforcement, or prosecutors to investigate reports of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment. But, frankly, the Bill of Rights is precisely a shield between citizens and an overreaching government. The nation’s founders thought it was a good idea in the constitution to create legal obstacles to the state’s unwarranted intrusion of citizens’ homes,  persons, and relationships with their children.

I would highly recommend that citizens start requesting bills like this because we have found that most parents do not understand their rights when CPS is at their door. They often make mistakes that they regret later due to a lack of knowledge. The irrevocable harm of not knowing your rights can be as large as losing your child permanently within a matter of months. If any citizen of any state would like to see the verbiage of this bill we would be happy to share it with them.  

When CPS knocks: 

(You should have already taught your children to NEVER EVER open the door for strangers,  even if one of those strangers is a police officer.)  

  •  Be polite. Firm. Say as little as possible.  
  • ~ Do not let them into your home without a warrant. 
  • ~ Record the conversation. 
  • ~ Get the investigators and supervisors’ contact information.  
  • ~ You can ask for the details of the allegations. Don’t settle for abuse/neglect, those are categories, not details.  
  • ~ Say as little as possible. If you say nothing to them, you have taken away their greatest weapon, which is their ability to twist your words.  
  • ~ Let them know that you will contact your attorney and that any further communication is to go through your attorney. 
  • ~ Don’t sign any papers. Signing documents, even a case plan, will put you into contact with them.  
  • ~ Close the door.  

Keep in mind that the caseworker is there to find evidence to support what he/she already believes to be true, that you abused your child. I have heard of at least two stories directly of parents being served with invalid warrants. Educate yourself on what must be on a valid warrant because, if it is invalid, do not let them in.  

The IV and XIV amendments support your God given rights: 

Amendment IV 

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against  unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but  upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to  be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. 

Amendment XIV 

Section 1. 

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are  citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or  enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; 

nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor  deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. 

We know that God has given our children to us as our property and this is supported by the Constitution. Unfortunately, we have allowed local, state, and federal governments to become increasingly involved in that relationship. Our creator has called us to love and nurture our children, raising them in keeping with His word. The belief that the government knows better is being pushed by the media and other sources but the facts do not support this baseless notion.  The facts show that the community is, in fact, harmed when the department of health and welfare interferes.  

YOUR GOAL is to say OUT of the “kangaroo court” known as family court. Everyone in that courtroom is paid for by the Health and Welfare Department. The judge, medical experts, caseworker, psychology experts, attorney, and even the parent’s attorney if they accept a court-appointed attorney are on the government dole. Odds are stacked against the parent with the department having everything to gain and the parent having everything to lose.  

 Know your rights: 

~You have the right to remain silent and to refuse to answer questions. 

~ You you have the right to refuse entry to your home or other premises if there is no warrant of  a court. 

~ You have the right to consult with an attorney and to have an attorney present during  questioning. 

~ You have the right to refuse the questioning of minor children in your home or on your  property if there is no warrant to examine your children. Hiring a private attorney who  understands your constitutional rights and will help you stand on them is imperative.  ~ If you waive your rights, and change your mind during the investigation, you can inform the  department immediately of your desire to exercise your rights.  

If CPS takes your child:

  • ~ Contact an attorney or other constitutional parent advocate. 
  • ~ Do not sign anything.  
  • ~ Do not agree to anything.  
  • ~ Do not accept a public defender or any other attorney who says, “it’s easier if you just do what  they say“. 
  • ~ Demand due process! 
  • ~ Bring every possible witness to the first shelter care hearing. This is a crucial hearing,  although they will try to convince you that it is insignificant. 

Portions of this article were published by

RESOURCE LINKS

Money comes from social security
https://www.childtrends.org/publications/an-introduction-to-child-welfare-funding-and-how-states-use-it-3
orhttp://ffs.dhs.ga.gov/ffs/manuals/administration/Foster%20Care%20Funding.pdf

Over 110,000 children missing
https://www.boston25news.com/news/missing-and-forgotten-thousands-of-foster-kids-kicked-out-of-the-system/755376482

Child trafficking stats
https://thefreethoughtproject.com/chilling-ncmec-report-shows-88-of-missing-sex-trafficked-kids-come-from-us-foster-care/?fbclid=IwAR2ma4rj3-zBAO9G2G-_gzGiwcEEyn8lWgaAkOpjODLguwE7aHmcB9Un35c


Joseph Doyle’s report
https://medicalkidnap.com/2015/05/13/foster-care-children-are-worse-off-than-children-in-troubled-homes-the-child-trafficking-business/

ID HB170
https://idahocps.org/2019/03/25/heather-scott-on-hb-170/
https://legislature.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/sessioninfo/2019/legislation/H0170.pdf

Idaho Families in Crisis and Foster Care Trauma

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