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Across the country, children are being taken from loving homes by government agencies collectively known as Child Protective Services. Although these agencies are supposed to protect children, they are actually the engine that drives a multi-billion dollar industry.

This industry, which includes social workers, psychologists,  lawyers, judges, the police, and foster care, revolves around governmental management of children and families. It profits every time a new child is placed into the system. And its survival requires a constant supply of fresh children.

To feed the machine, CPS has become increasingly intrusive to the point where your child might be taken away from you for something as small as asking a doctor for a second opinion.

Medical Kidnapping

Consider the case of Baby Sammy Nikolayev.

Anna and Alex Nikolayev took their 5-month old baby, Sammy, to Sutter Memorial Hospital for treatment of flu-like symptoms. But, after seeing the staff in action, they didn’t like the care that Sammy was receiving:

At one point, Anna questioned the antibiotics Sammy was being given and was alarmed that the nurse administering the treatment didn’t know why the child was receiving them. Anna claims that a doctor later said that Sammy should not have been receiving the medication.

When the doctors started telling the Nikolayev’s that Sammy needed heart surgery, they decided they wanted to get a second opinion:

Anna argued with doctors about getting a second opinion. Without a proper discharge, she finally took Sammy out of the hospital to get a second opinion at Kaiser Permanente.

The doctor at Kaiser examined the baby and concluded that it was perfectly fine for him to go home with his parents. But, the doctors at Sutter disagreed. They contacted CPS, who sent out a social worker. That social worker contacted the police.

The day after Sammy was cleared by the Kaiser doctor and sent home with his parents, police raided the Nikolayev’s house and abducted 5-month old Sammy. When Anna Nikolayev heard the police coming, she set up a camera. On the tape, one of the officers can be heard saying:

I’m going to grab your baby, and don’t resist, and don’t fight me ok?

The entire incident can be seen here:

The officers that took Baby Sammy had no warrant. But, Sacramento CPS department head Sherri Heller said they didn’t need one:

The law is clear that it is appropriate for the agency to act without a court warrant if children are in imminent danger of physical harm.

But was baby Sammy really in imminent danger of physical harm?

  • Sammy had just been examined and cleared by a doctor from Kaiser Permanente.
  • When the police kidnapped him, he was safe at home with his parents and in his mother’s arms.
  • Sammy’s parents took him to two different hospitals, not to harm him, but to make sure he got the best care possible.

The fact is, there was no imminent danger. And yet, CPS was willing to order the removal of a 5 month old baby from his family. And the cops -“Just Doing My Job!” – were willing to take him, no questions asked.

Then there is the case of Jodie and Scott Ferris.

Jodi and Scott wanted to have a home birth, but:

After going into labor early and given the distance to the nearest hospital, Jodi and her husband Scott were advised by their midwife to call an ambulance and get to the hospital. Jodi and Scott’s baby girl was born in the ambulance in the parking lot of Hershey Medical Center.

Their daughter, Annie Ferris, was born a healthy baby girl. But, when Jodi and Scott did not give the hospital permission to administer the Hepatitis B vaccine, the hospital got scared.

According to a lawsuit filed by the Ferris’s, the hospital’s department of Risk Management was worried about getting sued if they released baby Annie without the Hep B shot. So, they tried to force the family into administering it.

They told the family they would have to stay in the hospital for 48-72 hours for observation. At first, they said that the law required it. But when pressed, they said it was a Risk Management policy. When the family continued to protest, staff from Hershey Medical Center contacted Dauphin County Social Services, aka CPS, and asked for a social worker to intervene.

The Ferris’s complaint states that social worker Angelica Lopez-Heagy arrived and tried to get them to sign a “safety plan” that would allow the hospital to do whatever it wanted to the newborn, including administer the Hep B shot. But, when Jodi objected to signing the document,  Lopez-Heagy said, “if you don’t sign the safety plan, I’m calling the police and having them take custody of the baby.”

That’s exactly what happened.

Angelica Lopez-Heagy called the cops. And the cops – “Just Doing My Job!” – took Annie Ferris, a newborn infant, into custody. The excuse? Imminent danger:

… based on the allegations of the social worker, Officer Bell concluded that “there are reasonable grounds to believe the child [A.F.] is suffering from illness or injury, or is in imminent danger from her surroundings, and that her removal is necessary.”

It was just like what happened to Sammy Nikolayev. In fact, the practice has become so common, it even has its own name – medical kidnapping.

But disagreeing with doctors is only one of the ways you can lose your child.

Medical Marijuana

Shawnee Anderson and Aaron Hillyer lost their 11-month old son Sage because they had legal prescriptions for medical marijuana. Despite medical marijuana being legal in California, the police – “Just Doing My Job!” – put Aaron into handcuffs and took Sage from his parents.

After handing the baby to CPS, Sage was placed in foster care, away from the parents who loved him and into the arms of the system.

In Michigan, another state where medical marijuana is legal, 6-month old Baby Bree was taken from her family by CPS agents because her parents supposedly “exposed her to marijuana”. On FreeBabyBree.com, her mother wrote:

On Friday, September 13, my child was kidnapped by armed gunmen.

And sadly, I couldn’t call law enforcement to intervene and stop this horrific tragedy! Why? Because the armed gunmen in this case, were the police, along with other government officials from the State of Michigan.

The same thing happened with Scott and Sara Rolick. They lost their five year old daughter Stevie because of marijuana. But unlike the previous cases, the Rolicks didn’t use marijuana. Their crime was that they allowed Stevie’s grandfather to live with them:

…totally unbeknownst to them, Granddad sold illicit drugs miles away. Both Rolicks were investigated and tested for drug use and both were found to be clean and free of any allegation of child abuse or neglect. They also removed his father from their house.

It didn’t matter. CPS still took their daughter and, for her own protection, threw her into the system.

Alexandra Hill

Perhaps the most tragic marijuana related story was the story of Alexandria Hill:

The girl’s biological father, Joshua Hill, told KVUE-TV that he and Alexandria’s mother lost full custody of their daughter last November after the DFPS accused them of “neglectful supervision.” Mr. Hill said the agency made that determination “because her mother and I smoked pot at the time.” According to the father, the parents only smoked while their daughter was asleep

But that was enough for DFPS to act in the best interest of the child and have 2-year old Alexandra removed from her home and placed into foster care.

While in foster care, Alexandra was abused, causing CPS to move her from one foster home to another. But the second home was no better, and the abuse continued. On July 29, 2013:

…paramedics rushed 2-year-old Alexandria Hill to a hospital with severe head injuries. She slipped into a coma, and died two days later after her birth parents decided to remove life support.

Taking children away from parents that love them, especially at such an early age, is the worst thing you can do to a child or a family.

But that is exactly what CPS does, and has to do, in order to survive.

And in their quest to control more and more kids, they are starting investigations for increasingly trivial things.

When I was a child, we played in the park until dark and walked home from school alone every day. Today, playing in the park and walking home without your parents could result in CPS taking your kids.

What could make a system set up to protect children motivate it to take them away from their families instead?

Money. Lots and lots of money.

The Business of Child Theft

As it turns out, breaking up families is big business. In 2010, the US spent $29.4 billion dollars on child welfare services.  Just think of all the people whose jobs depend on the state having children in the system:

There are state employees, lawyers, court investigators, court personnel, and judges. There are psychologists, and psychiatrists, counselors, caseworkers, therapists, foster parents, adoptive parents, and on and on.

All those people depend on the system for their livelihoods. And the system depends on kids. Because of that, CPS can be thought of as the engine that drives the entire thing. Without a constant supply of fresh kids, the entire system would collapse.

Carol Rhodes, former CPS insider and author of Friend of Court, Enemy of Family, described the system like this:

  • The federal government gives CPS agencies money for each case that they enforce.
  • The primary focus of CPS is to get the most federal and state tax dollars it can
  • Workers are rated based on how much money they bring in
  • So there are direct financial incentives to create as many cases as possible

Former Senator Nancy Schaefer viewed this system as fraudulent and strongly condemned CPS. She believed that “Child Protective Services nationwide had become corrupt and that the entire system was broken almost beyond repair.” And she wanted to warn parents and families about the dangers.

Like Rhodes, Schaefer believed that:

  • CPS needed to take children to survive
  • The longer CPS kept a child, the more money it got
  • Bonuses were awarded for not returning children to their families
  • Local governments became dependent on the money generated by CPS

Sschaefer also said:

  • CPS workers lied and destroyed evidence to keep children in the system and away from their families

The decision in the landmark caseFogartyHardwick v. County of Orange, seemed to bear her accusations out. 

After divorcing her abusive husband, Deanna Fogarty was awarded custody of her two daughters. But after having a “personality clash” with her CPS case workers, Marcie Vreeken and Helen Dwojak, things went bad.

According to Fogarty:

Vreeken threatened that if Fogarty-Hardwick did not “submit” to her will, she would never see her children again.

She said the social workers threatened to take her kids away if she did not sign a document admitting that she was a bad parent. But when that didn’t work, she said they took things a step further and started lying in open court. She said that Marcie Vreeken and Helen Dwojak:

…fabricated evidence and withheld evidence from the juvenile court to obtain orders allowing the removal of her daughters.

In the end, Deanna Fogarty’s daughters were confiscated by the police and thrown into foster care.  It took her 6 1/2 years to get them back.

For violating her Constitutional rights, Fogarty (now Fogarty-Hardwick) sued Orange County and won. When it was all said and done, the taxpayers of Orange County were forced to pay $10.6 million dollars. And Marcie Vreeken, one of the social workers at the heart of this case? She was promoted to supervisor and charged with training new social workers.

In his opinion on the case, Justice William Bedworth of the Fourth District Court of Appeals said:

The evidence adduced at trial obviously caused both the jury and the judge to conclude not only that something seriously wrong was done to Fogarty-Hardwick in this case, but also that the wrongful conduct was not an isolated incident. [emphasis added]

Indeed, incidents of widespread CPS misconduct are starting make news around the country. In Arizona:

Five senior Arizona child welfare employees were fired Wednesday for orchestrating a plan that led to more than 6,500 Arizona child abuse and neglect cases being closed without investigations, officials said.

These women covered up six-thousand-five-hundred reported incidents of neglect and abuse to reduce staff workload and improve their agency’s numbers.

The Iron Rule of Bureaucracies

Was covering up thousands of cases of abuse an act of evil? Yes. But it wasn’t evil in the exciting, supervillain sense. It was evil in the banal, bureaucratic manner that occurs when lives become nothing more than numbers on a page.

The Iron Rule of Bureaucracy states that:

In any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people:

  •  Those who are devoted to the goals of the organization.
  • And those dedicated to the organization itself.

The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization.

That is what has happened to CPS.

The people dedicated to helping children are being controlled by those dedicated to helping CPS itself. And those people – like the ones in Arizona – don’t care about kids, they care about numbers.

CPS workers are evaluated based on the number of dollars they collect. Budget is determined by the number of kids they protect. In order to grow, CPS must feed the system a steady diet of children.

But how can you ensure a constant supply?

You can’t make people abuse kids. But what you can do is reclassify things to make them seem like abuse. Things like asking for a second opinion. Things like questioning a vaccination. Things like taking prescription drugs. Things like playing in the park or walking home alone.

And, that is exactly what CPS has done.

CPS has created a system in which children can be removed from loving homes for almost any reason. So, if you want to keep your child safe, make sure that you love them in the government prescribed fashion. Because child protective agencies are watching, and they have $24.9 billion reasons to take your child away.

26 Responses

  1. S Williams

    Thank you for writing this article. This is so important for people to know about. Please also check into what is happening in South Dakota. You may recall a 2011 report that NPR did on the South Dakota foster care system.

    South Dakota is probably the most extreme of all cases where the state government of South Dakota receives more federal funding for foster care than any other state in the country. American Indian children and families are the ones who are victimized by this horrendous assault on indigenous families.

    http://www.npr.org/2011/10/25/141672992/native-foster-care-lost-children-shattered-families

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/11/5/the-standing-rocksiouxtrytogettheirchildrenback.html

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    • whitney

      Hello. the state took my son from the hospital without a court order. The reason they took him was because my mom called from Washington and told them lies about me and my husband. We are outraged.

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      • Trish Holmeide

        At least you were informed as to who was making accusations–most cases a person never knows who is reporting what to CPS–nor why. Anonymous reports are very handy for CPS to use and going against the system without being allowed due process and a speedy trial is immoral and unconstitutional, yet they persist as if they already had dictatorial control over both the regular citizens and the entire justice system. Your mother, unless she works for the system and has lost her soul, will rue the day she ever called them. It is her posterity at risk for eternal loss.

      • Elizabeth

        Child Protective Services have immunity and the power to take children from good parents. I want to bring attention to this insanely corrupt organization. That is why I joined a company called LegalShield. For twenty dollars a month, you get low cost legal protection for the rest of your life. I want to get together a nationwide lawsuit against CPS and take it to the highest court that I can, and I need other people just like me that will be willing to take a stand with me against them. If you want to be a part of this, email me at elizabethbowen79@aol.com .

  2. Barbara Spalding

    Don’t even go there. These social workers are so overworked. The last thing they want to do is take children away from their families. And there are laws that determine what conditions must be met first. Social Workers are blamed when children die and when children are taken from the home.

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    • Angie

      You are either very misinformed, or you are one of these criminals kidnapping babies for PROFIT. Educate yourself, look into this. They are only overworked because they are actively seeking ANY high yield children to remove and put in harm’s way for the federal funds, the Pharmaceutical trial payoffs and the wealthy, high profile but secret pedophile rings they have their hands in. WAKE UP.

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      • Elizabeth

        The only people that defend CPS are usually informants.

    • lizbowen

      You must not have done any research on the topic you feel so strongly about. Either that or you are an informant for CPS.

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  3. Gabriella Taylor

    Of course, it is those who fall into the lower and middle socio-economic classes against whom CPS has declared its war. While socio-economic upper class and upper middle class have the means to instantly hire the best lawyers, the working-class poor do not have this advantage; hence, at best, they can hope to win their cases 2-6 years after their children have been kidnapped… and ONLY if they somehow were able to raise the necessary funds to not only defend themselves but to actively prosecute a powerful and relentless entity (CPS) possessing unlimited time, manpower, and funds – an unrealistic expectation, given the fact that the average minimum wage in the U.S. is around $8.50 while the average hourly rate of a lawyer in the U.S. is $150-$600. One need not “do the math” in this case; one need only to take one instant’s glance at the figures to see that it is a losing battle that the poor (or not too distant poor) cannot win.

    At the bottom rung of U.S. society’s victims are, of course, African Americans and Native Americans. I say, of course, because the government has always kept its hands on these children since the time of slavery and since it relegated the Native Americans it had not butchered in the 1800s to reservations by force. Whether it be on Indian reservations, in hospitals, low-profile (but high-profit) physical and psychological experimentation projects during which children from certain families were systematically seized by the state, neither the “Negro” nor the “Indian” as a group has had much of a chance to keep its children if the long arm of the government found them “necessary” for its benefit. Some of these “projects” were so influential that administrators were able to seize children from specific families, generation after generation… and this is still ongoing TODAY. Anyone who needs information on these projects can do a few simple Internet searches. Ironically, although these projects are quiet ones, known mainly to “insiders,” the government does not – or perhaps cannot – take all-out measures to keep them secret. The fact of the matter, in any event, is that they are so far-removed from the average U.S. citizen’s already-unwatchful “eye” that, when family members do reach out with cries for help, they are most often dismissed by both courts and individuals alike as “paranoia cases.”

    Offhand, I don’t know what the rate of population growth is per decade in the U.S. but it is clear that the Native American and African American minorities are not large enough sectors to guarantee the sustenance of all of the governmental organizations needing to be supported. Hence, the Justice System, Federal Prison System, portions of the Pharmaceutical Industry, factions of governmental medical establishments like the NIH and WHO (National Institute of Health & the World Health Organization, respectively), and CPS seem to have concluded that the entire lower to middle classes needed to be “reeled in” one way or the other if they are to “support” the ever-growing and all too healthy “Machine.”

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    • Trish Holmeide

      You’ve hit on the very crux of the problem. There are those (and always have been) who truly believe they are superior to the rest of mankind and it is their responsibility to take charge of our lives–for our own good, of course. I have no doubt, but those who enter college to become social workers have sincere wishes to do something good for people–serve, if you will. but, any cursory reading of their studies and info regarding their professors will easily show how that good intent is twisted into something quite perverse. By the time a newbie enters the work force he or she is already convinced the world needs their efforts, and then they are continuously fed “expert” opinion and studies that further prove to them how much their interventions are needed. By the time they reach status as Social Worker II for the state they have a pretty good idea of what is going on and why–and are either thoroughly converted to the idea of having to engage in a “necessary evil” to achieve personal and departmental goals, or they run for cover. The turn over in staff at CPS is instantly noticeable and obvious. So, at the core we have allowed people who would otherwise work for the good of our society becoming actual enemies of our freedom and rights to be self-ruled. Then, the elitists in government who are likewise convinced they know best for society developed a means whereby the elitists at the lower levels will be motivated to take children from their families without due process of law, heartlessly endanger the very children they purport to protect, keep them hostage to the system in order to achieve the maximum amount of federal funds, ensure fully half of all children who are dependent on the state are made emotional basket cases in need of medical intervention so they can be labeled “special needs” in order to receive even more funding, and then use their new disability as another excuse why they cannot be returned to their home enviornment and thius kove to terminate rights and put them on the market for sale like commodities. The reason there is a perpetual shortage of foster parents is the entire program is geared up to turn foster parents into potential adoptive parents–for which there are huge financial incentives for both the state and the adoptive parents too. We can cut the head off the snake, so to speak, by getting federal lawmakers, to defun the entire program and much of the abuse would discontinue over night. But, in order to really end the system we need to turn the protection of all citizens (children as well as adults) back over to the normal justice system, where there are sure allegations to which a suspect can reply and enjoy his or her constitutional protections and due process. Rather than removing children from the comfort and security of their own homes the accused should be removed, arrested and charged. If and when the accused is found innocent by a jury of their peers they should be allowed to return home without further ado and no constant barragement by social workers to complete treatment plans admitting their deficits etc. (which failure to achieve are often the only excuse CPS uses to terminate parental rights, by the way). Until we dismantle the Family Court system and are willing to cut off the financial incentives that support the entire social service industry, returning child abuse/neglect cases back over to the normal law enforcement efforts where we are allowed due process and our rights under the constitution, nothing is going to change. Moreover, until we ensure elitists are not allowed to rule over us simply because they believe society needs to be manipulated and controlled we will have to be continually vigilant in watching for further agencies with permission to use unconstitutional means and practices are brought into our lives by our lawmakers.

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      • Elizabeth

        Child Protective Services have immunity and the power to take children from good parents. I want to bring attention to this insanely corrupt organization. That is why I joined a company called LegalShield. For twenty dollars a month, you get low cost legal protection for the rest of your life. I want to get together a nationwide lawsuit against CPS and take it to the highest court that I can, and I need other people just like me that will be willing to take a stand with me against them. If you want to be a part of this, email me at elizabethbowen79@aol.com .

    • Elizabeth

      Child Protective Services have immunity and the power to take children from good parents. I want to bring attention to this insanely corrupt organization. That is why I joined a company called LegalShield. For twenty dollars a month, you get low cost legal protection for the rest of your life. I want to get together a nationwide lawsuit against CPS and take it to the highest court that I can, and I need other people just like me that will be willing to take a stand with me against them. If you want to be a part of this, email me at elizabethbowen79@aol.com .

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  4. Mary DeStefano

    MY SON, Matthew Robert Gillikin Jr. was KIDNAPPED by the Carteret County, NC Department of Social Services and adopted out to a super rich family somewhere in the state! CPS is supposed to make your treatments possible, ie: PAY FOR THEM, provide transportation, etc. Well they did none of this! And not only THAT, they tried to put us on child support while they CORRUPTED our son! Anyone willing to contact me I am more than willing to tell the whole story and the UNCONVENTIONAL way that they STOLE my beautiful child from me and my ex husband. You can contact me at the web address provided above. If you can’t see it, it’s https://www.facebook.com/LoveChilde82

    CPS took advantage of the fact that we were poor, lied in court and stole my child.

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  5. Medical Kidnap

    MedicalKidnap.com is part of the Health Impact News network.

    Due to the increasing frequency of stories being exposed regarding children taken away from their families for simply disagreeing with their doctors, we felt it was time to put up a completely separate website to document these tragic stories.

    Most of the public is largely unaware of these medical kidnappings simply because the parents are almost always threatened by the family court system in their state from speaking out, usually via an illegal gag order. When we hear these stories for the first time, our natural reaction is “there must be another side to the story.”

    For an overview of the problem of legal medical kidnapping, showing that this is a very real problem, please see:

    Legal Medical Kidnapping: A Growing Problem in the U.S.

    http://medicalkidnap.com/about-medical-kidnap/#sthash.gBphcQ20.dpuf

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  6. Faith

    I’m very interested in taking action against this injustice but don’t know where to start. What can we the people do? (Sorry if this info has already been provided & I missed it; I skimmed through much of the info – enough to know there’s corruption in CPS that cannot be allowed to continue, but maybe not enough to catch every detail.)

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    • Mary

      I am thinking that the best way to start is to increase awareness of the issue. The more people we reach and expose this to, the better of a chance we have of getting something done. A closed mouth does not get fed, you know what I mean…?? I had posted above about the government taking MY child. The CPS are supposed to EXHAUST EVERY OPTION to reunify the children with their parents. They did not exhaust ANY options at all to help us get our son back. It was bullshit. They would say that we had to do all these things and was unwilling to pay for ANY of it OR to provide transportation. They ought to be ashamed of themselves. So, we start there. People such as myself, need to tell their stories and their stories need to be heard. THIS is where we start. So, do you have any ideas?

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      • Elizabeth

        Child Protective Services have immunity and the power to take children from good parents. I want to bring attention to this insanely corrupt organization. That is why I joined a company called LegalShield. For twenty dollars a month, you get low cost legal protection for the rest of your life. I want to get together a nationwide lawsuit against CPS and take it to the highest court that I can, and I need other people just like me that will be willing to take a stand with me against them. If you want to be a part of this, email me at elizabethbowen79@aol.com .

    • Elizabeth

      Child Protective Services have immunity and the power to take children from good parents. I want to bring attention to this insanely corrupt organization. That is why I joined a company called LegalShield. For twenty dollars a month, you get low cost legal protection for the rest of your life. I want to get together a nationwide lawsuit against CPS and take it to the highest court that I can, and I need other people just like me that will be willing to take a stand with me against them. If you want to be a part of this, email me at elizabethbowen79@aol.com .

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  7. Paul A. Johnson

    Record everything on video. That’s all I can say. They do depend on new children being put into the system. If they say no to the video then they’re doing something wrong. Remember it’s just your word against theirs if it’s not recorded.

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  8. cheryl thomas

    My grandchildren have been taken by cps and one of them was taken from me I have a clean record I have no drug convictions I dont do drugs I have custody of my daughters childern and they still took my grandest at 3:00 in the morning and denied me to have them because of in 2001and 2004. I had 2cps referrals but my house and every thing eles was fine they have damaged my whole family we need to do something about this

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  9. angela

    This issue is a global problem. How these agencies get away with what they are doing is atrocious.

    This is a crime, no ands, if, or buts about it. Governments should not be allowed to do this to families. Parents need help, not have their children taken from them. Last year this happened to someone I have known for over 20 years and there was no valid reason for the removal.

    I have written many political leaders about the subject, but it seems there really isn’t anyone in charge of these programs. Here is a link to one of the articles. http://ezinearticles.com/?Child-Protection-Services—A-Parents-Worst-Nightmare-Come-True&id=8694744

    I truly pray that someday the people responsible for these abductions are held accountable. They have destroyed too many lives.

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  10. Kerri Saint

    I am glad to hear that something is being done to highlight the corruption of CPS in your country. I had read many accounts of children being taken from loving parents resulting in a life time of foster care and abuse, others become adopted and are lost of for life. I am an adoptee who lives in Australia, I run a support group for adoptees, in particular adoptees who suffered abuse by adoptive parents. Back in 2012/2013 our governments, federal and state apologised for” Former Forced Adoptions” that occurred between the 1950’s to the 1980’s. Unfortunately the next year the opposition Liberal party took office and meetings were held with pro-adoption individual’s, stakeholders and government agencies with Debra Furness at the helm calling for easier and quicker adoptions. Now we have New South Wales paying $47,000 per child that NGO’s procure for adoption. This is nothing short of child trafficking and now more children are taken to fill the coffers of those who’s hearts and minds are corrupt to the core. Debra Furness came to this country with an agenda, fully paid by adoption agencies from America to persuade our governments to provide children for baron parents. As per usual it is the poor, struggling and vulnerable who are targeted, with little or no legal recourse. Trafficking children is big money for agencies and all sorts of vile tactics are used to guarantee that they will meet their target. The government complains that too many children are in care, costing up to $80,000 a year for each child, so by offering $45,000 to take a child off their hands is the answer to their problems. The problem is that many of these children would be better helped by supporting the families to stay together, not tear them apart. But there is no financial incentive to keep families together, not when thousands can be guaranteed for splitting up families. This is a breeding ground for corrupt people to flourish and once again we have no authority to oversea the real agenda behind the decision making of services and agencies that are making big bucks when they place a child for adoption. What recourse does a child have when they are ripped from loving homes and adopted out, perhaps never seeing their parents and extended family ever again. Adoptees here in Australia are outraged at the continued trafficking of children for adoption and know full well that this is a broken and corrupt system that needs to be torn down. Kinship care should be the alternative, so that children who become adults can stay connected with their family, if they cannot live with their parents for some reason. No child should be forcibly adopted to strangers, unless all other family members are contacted and there is no hope of placing them within the family unit. Even then they should never lose the connection to their family of origin and should retain their original birth certificate. But gee there seems to be no money to made of this process and therefore we will continue to see innocent life torn apart and parents absolutely devastated at the loss of their beloved child/children. Children taken should have the right to sue, any person/agency that takes them without cause or if they end up in a home where they suffer abuse of any sort. Governments should be doing all it can to preserve family rather than focusing on tearing them apart, because the devastating results for future generations are surely bleak to say the least. The world wide studies done on adopted children and children in care, should urgently prompt our governments to do better and stop pandering to adoption agencies and people like Debra Furness who’s life choices then lead her to need to adopt in the first place. No one considers the child but rather the childless couples, who voices and needs seems to drown out the absolute cries and needs of the children who wish to remain in the love and care of their biological parents and family.

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  11. a

    This is happening to me. I am setting up a GoFundMe account and selling everything I own to start another lawsuit against st Az DCS. I am also starting a new PRIVATE/SECRET FB page for any and all that this is happening to t o fight them and win. We HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE. Our children need us to rescue them.

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