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Barbara Bryan, child/family justice advocate in the Commonwealth for years and now worldwide, observes changes in form but not substance.

Two decades after three middle school age Boy Scouts were felled by a repeat mandated vaccination, their once falsely accused mother notes no substantive features added to Virginia's child protective services (CPS) regulations to prevent the nightmare visited on them by government agents.<br><br>What is true in one state--that CPS and "family" courts are extraconstitutional and accept a reverse presumption: that the accused must prove innocence--is generally true throughout the United States and has been for years. Inducement of "more federal money" was too powerful a lure for counting the cost of liberty.

News Release Wire (VA)

August 19, 2003

by UIC, Dept. of Psychiatry

Barely a decade ago, the Illinois child welfare system--widely pilloried at the time as one of the worst in the nation--was a source of shame for the state's political leaders.

In one stinging rebuke, a Chicago Tribune editorial rightly branded the Department of Children and Family Services as "the poster child for government indifference and inefficiency" (Editorial, Oct. 20, 1995).

December 15, 2002

by Martin Bright and Paul Harris

Hundreds of child welfare professionals, including police officers, care workers and teachers, have been identified as 'extremely high-risk' paedophiles by an investigation into internet porn.

The discovery came after US authorities passed on more than 7,000 names of UK subscribers to an American-based child porn website. When police examined a sample of the most dedicated users, they discovered that many worked with children. Investigators knew paedophiles targeted jobs which brought them into contact with children, but were shocked by how many British suspects had been undetected by the usual checks. The discovery that many were working in jobs of the highest sensitivity will send shock waves through the child protection world and lead to calls for even more stringent safeguards.

October 19, 2002

Department of Children and Families officials should fully disclose the recent report that found 75 percent of the foster children studied fell below acceptable standards of care.

It's easy to see why former leaders of Florida's Department of Children and Families would want to sit on the recent report from a private consultant about Florida's foster-care system. The report was one more bombshell DCF didn't need. But that's no excuse for holding back on information the public has the right and need to know. DCF's new secretary, Jerry Regier, and state leaders should ensure that the report now gets the full airing it deserves.

St. Petersburg Times

September 25, 2002

by NBC 6 News Team

MIAMI -- A DCF caseworker is under arrest, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. But police say what she had in the back seat of her car is an even bigger outrage.

According to police, 56-year-old Mirla Pronga was found by officers, parked in the middle of the road along Biltmore Drive in Coral Gables on Thursday.

NBC News 10 (FL)

July 26, 2002

by Cheryl Romo

Human interest story.

Imagine 125 incarcerated, streetwise teen-age boys sitting still, mesmerized by a man speaking to them about what it was like growing up in a foster home where he was regularly beaten, berated and horrifically abused from the time he was 2 until he was moved to an orphanage 13 years later.

March 1, 2002

by Robin Wallace

A Tennessee federal judge in November ordered the arrest of all the employees at the Franklin County Department of Children's Services for refusing to implement his ruling on a custody case involving a two-year-old child.

Tennessee's child protective services office has been embroiled in scandal. Among other problems, caseworkers have been accused of falsify records and the state legislature has threatened to dismantle thestate's foster care system unless the DCS reforms.

Fox News (TN)

February 5, 2002

by Neil and Heidi Howard

Practically no one has the intelligence or fortitude to stand up to this onslaught from the state government.

When our story began in October of 1999, we cooperated with the DSS in order to fix what we thought was just a misunderstanding.

February 1, 2002

by Michele Keller

A Northern California woman who ignored court orders and fled to Texas with her two young daughters to keep them away from her ex-husband, a convicted sex offender, was sentenced Jan. 11 to a year in jail, the Associated Press reported.

Debra Schmidt, who was convicted in December of felony child abduction, has been ordered to return the children to California. She was also sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay more than $44,000 in fines and attorney's fees to the children's father, Manuel Saavedra, who has had a variety

National Organization for Women

January 15, 2002

by Edward G. Oliver

Expensive financial consultants are advising DSS how to "maximize federal revenues." This means that whether a particular child is seized from parents is often a factor of whether the DSS gets more federal money.

It is reported that the Department is making an extra $90 million a year by this method. The hiring of private consulting firms to manage child welfare is done nationwide by state governments, sometimes on a no-risk, contingency basis. This means that some of the federal money is being siphoned off by consulting firms. The children are paying the price. Massachusetts is a leader in the practice.

Massachusetts News

January 5, 2002


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