So what if the truth is told and no proof of neglect or abuse has been committed? Are children still being removed from a loving home? In more than hundreds of cases, yes!
CPS was formed back in England in 1690. It wasn’t established here in the United States by Congress until 1973. Congress took the first steps toward enacting federal legislature to address the issues of poverty and minorities. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act was passed in 1974, which required states “to prevent, identify and treat child abuse and neglect . Why are the facts of CPS history important to me and why they should be to you? Because the system that was designed to protect children has become the greatest perpetrator of harm.” Where did they go wrong and forget about getting facts first before removing a child from their home?
The 14th Amendment of our Constitution says, “that a state may not make a law , that privileges of citizens of the United States” and no state may “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.”
When did the change start emerging into what is now legal kidnapping? During the mid-twentieth century, the issue of child protection was transformed in the eyes of professionals from one of law enforcement to one of rehabilitation through social services. This is when it started to lose focus of the true meaning of protecting our children. I am convinced there is no responsibility and no accountability in the system due to the emerging of reliable community child protective services and corrupted officials. As I reviewed the history and concern for children who experience abuse and neglect, shows that the American system of child protection arose out of the child-saving motivations of private individuals and organizations, which often focused on poor families. In today’s time, we now see CPS does not follow it’s own policies and steps before removing a child. Below is what they need to go back to and stick to in order to be the service those children that are being abused, needs.
THE Core Functions of a Child Protection System
- Respond to reports of child abuse and neglect, identifying children who are experiencing or at risk of maltreatment.
- Assess what is happening with those children and their families—the safety of the children, the risk of continued maltreatment, the resources and needs of the parents and extended families, and their willingness and motivation to receive help.
- Assemble the resources and services needed to support the family and protect the children.
- Provide settings for alternative or substitute care for children who cannot safely remain at home.
- Evaluate progress of the case during service provision, and assess the need for continuing child protective services.
Society’s expectation of the child protection system is that it will keep children safe from serious injury and that it will reach out effectively to all legitimate community concerns for the safety of children. This expectation is not being met with the current system and resources, and it is the standard by which any newly designed communitybased system of child protection should be judged.
The support and commitment of the public are crucial to sustaining an effective response to child abuse and neglect. In earlier periods of the history of child protection, concerned individuals and organizations stood behind an organized community response to protect children. Now, as well, public support is needed to build the consensus necessary to intervene in family life, and to generate community and neighborhood supports that strengthen parenting and protect children. A governmental agency acting in relative isolation cannot expect to be effective without the involvement of a broad spectrum of parents, concerned citizens, community agencies, private organizations, and other public entities that work with children. It is time to change legislation and start speaking out before it’s to late, our homes could be childless and we will no longer have rights if we wait to long.
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