Why are police so eager and aggressive in their co-operation with social workers

Why are police so eager and aggressive in their co-operation with social workers_0A mother is charged with kidnapping after returning a runaway daughter to care

Another mother and child have been torn apart in the name of the Children Act

Not least of the many disturbing features of the epidemic of child-snatching by social services, which is now breaking all records, is the extraordinarily compliant co-operation given by the police.

Two weeks ago, an eight-year-old girl was wandering the streets “somewhere In London”, having run away from her care home for the fourth time. Her parents having separated, for seven years she had lived happily with her mother. But when it was suggested that she should see her father again, she was overheard at school saying that he had once punched her in the head. This was reported to the social workers, who put her in a foster home, on the all-too-familiar grounds that she faced “the potential risk of emotional harm” if she stayed with her mother, who had never harmed her in any way.
In the foster home, desperate to be reunited with her mother, she was so rebellious that she was put in a care home, where she was relentlessly bullied and abused by older inmates. A photographic record shows many injuries, including a 10in burn from a kettle.
When she escaped for the fourth time, she was spotted in the street late in the evening by a friend of the family, who called her mother. The mother rushed to her side and rang the police to say she would look after her distraught daughter at a friend’s house overnight and return her next day to the care home. At 4am, neighbours near the mother’s house were woken by the sound of nine policemen smashing down the door of the family home, searching in vain for the girl.
When the mother returned her to the care home later that day, as promised, social workers were alerted. The police arrived to arrest her, held her in custody for 10 hours, then charged her with trying to kidnap her daughter. Released on bail, she faces trial in October.

The girl was then moved to a new foster home in the area where her mother lives. On Thursday, the mother happened to see her daughter in the street, looking unkempt and miserable, accompanied by the new foster carer. While the mother attempted to comfort her desperate daughter, the carer rang social workers on her mobile and told the mother she must leave the scene and not contact her daughter again.
All this took place in the name of the Children Act, which, as judges repeatedly like to intone, makes the interests of the child paramount. As I have observed before, were Dickens living today he might well make the workings of our “child protection” system the theme of one of his most searing novels.
But again, why are the police so unquestioning and so aggressive in the support they give to this system? It is a mystery for which I have so far been given no rational explanation.

A version of this column originally appeared in www.lukesarmy.com.

"They’re not being honest": CPS voicemail message pokes holes in agency’s public statements

cps1TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Few things are colder than keeping children away from their moms and dads who have a right to see them. That's precisely what seems happening in Arizona right now. CPS maintains these cuts aren't actually cuts at all and aren't affecting service.

"I miss my household. I miss my household and I miss my child.".

They're the words of a mother doing exactly what she could to obtain her infant daughter back. She asked 9OYS not to reveal her name fearing retaliation from CPS, the company she states is being dishonest.

"I'm mad that they talk about being truthful, that's a big thing with them. Be sincere, be truthful, and they're not being truthful," she said.

And she has the proof to back up those claims, a voice-mail from her CPS caseworker, left on her phone.

The caseworker states, "Wanted to let you understand there's a big company wide issue with check outs, umm every one of our contracting agencies are ending their agreements with us.".

The caseworker puts the blame on firms like Aviva, however according to Aviva it's in fact CPS who told them and 10 other agencies in Pima County to stop supervised check outs.

Back on December 7th, CPS administrators informed 9OYS "absolutely nothing's changed" when it came to monitored check outs. Administrator Deb Harper reached stating, "I think there's miscommunication that we're stopping all visitations.".

But the voice-mail goes on to say, "So there's going to be no more supervised visitation at all. We're going to have to work it out on our very own.".

A direct contradiction to what CPS had been informing 9OYS all along.

"They're deceiving the public," this mom said. "I do not think any of us need to have our check outs cut if we're doing what CPS is asking.

However the CPS contradictions do not end there. This mom is court ordered to see her child three times a week. This is exactly what CPS informed 9OYS about that.

"The division is mandated to fulfill court orders," Harper stated.

The reality is CPS is violating those court orders and the voice-mail shows it as soon as more.

"Starting this Saturday, this will be your only check out beginning this week. There's just absolutely nothing we can do today. Ideally something gets determined. I'm not sure when, so please be patient.".

As Christmas strategies, persistence is wearing thin. How could CPS just cut down sees, regardless of standing court orders. Moms and dads do not understand why CPS states something, however does an additional even in the face of mounting media examination.

"They're above the law," this mother said. "They make the guidelines which's not fair.".

For now, her child's toys go unplayed with, a dazzling suggestion she will be seeing her daughter less. The household reunion they've been working so tough to achieve, delayed.

"The check outs for us were significant," she stated. "We expected them, and now they're gone and my daughter is the one paying the supreme cost.".

9OYS reached out to CPS for the last 2 days to request an interview. That request was not provided. However they did send us a short response, preserving CPS will not breach any court orders. They likewise asked for the name of the woman who concerned 9OYS so they might deal with the trouble. That lady did not want us to pass on her name. She says she simply does not reputable CPS, so 9OYS didn't.

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For L.A. County’s child protective services agency, change is slow

It's been a year since Philip Browning agreed to lead the troubled Los Angeles County agency. He expresses frustration with how it's going so far.

Philip Browning

Philip Browning, right, is director of the Los Angeles County child protective services agency. He's sought to change the agency's culture but says progress has been slower than he'd like. (Jay L. Clendenin, Los Angeles Times / July 30, 2012)

For years, the top director of Los Angeles County's child protective services agency sat in an office hidden behind an unmarked, locked door.

When current director Philip Browning arrived, he made an early decision to use a doorstop to prop it open. And he publicly posted his own name and picture as well as those of his managers, prompting protests by some who feared for their safety.

"The goal is to change the culture," Browning said, acknowledging the embarrassment that some feel at an agency shamed by repeated failures that have allowed at-risk children to die. "What I would like to see is for the worker to be so proud of what he's doing that he tells his next-door neighbor where he works, which is not the case right now."

Browning, 66, who rises at 4:15 a.m. to run five miles before work, is attempting to revive one of the most troubled public agencies in Southern California.

It's been a year since he agreed — somewhat reluctantly — to permanently lead Los Angeles County's long-troubled agency, and many people are still withholding judgment on his performance.

"I have never seen him take a criticism or disagreement personally," said Marqueece Harris-Dawson, chief executive of Community Coalition, an agency in South Los Angeles that advocates for more support for relative caregivers. "He's always been able to keep the conversation about the work and try to apply the energy to solve problems."

Browning is disappointed, however, in the slow progress to improve the agency's 6,800 employees who operate in a byzantine bureaucracy that investigates 160,000 annual child abuse complaints and oversees more than 19,000 foster children.

"I'd give myself a C, if not lower. I have not been able to perform the way I hoped," he said in his Alabama drawl following a fresh wave of miserable news.

In recent weeks, Browning has been forced to answer questions about two young children who were allegedly tortured by a Palmdale woman who adopted them from foster care and later bound their hands behind their backs with zip ties and beat them with electrical cords and a hammer, authorities said.

Browning acknowledged his social workers approved the adoption following shoddy casework.

Then came the leak to The Times of an internal county report that offered a top-to-bottom indictment of the department's stifling policies and inept workforce.

The situation, investigators said, was akin to "the blind leading the blind." In the overwhelming majority of child fatality cases reviewed, they said the department's failures significantly contributed to the deaths.

The poor casework involving the Palmdale children and the problems described in the internal report both occurred when the department was under the leadership of former director Trish Ploehn and the county's chief executive, William T Fujioka.

Ploehn had been a defender of the department and, with Fujioka, took a combative approach to press reports. Their tactics drew widespread complaints from the Board of Supervisors and members of the public that they were withholding information about problems.

Browning has seemed eager to show he's taking a different approach, answering questions about the agency's poor performance.

"There are no simple solutions. If there were, they would already be implemented, but you can't fix things if nobody knows about them," Browning said. "It's always easier to do things behind closed doors, but frankly that usually comes back to bite you. There are no secrets in this department."

For that approach, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has called Browning "the best turnaround artist in public administration."

Browning achieved success over a career that began in Alabama before leading to Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

Andy Hornsby, who led Alabama's public assistance and social services programs when Browning held key posts, said Browning's quiet demeanor masked his toughness.

"He did not have the luxury of trying to tolerate poor performers," Hornsby said. "I had a political appointee who I needed to run off. I put him under Philip and it worked pretty fast."

Browning, a longtime Navy reservist who recently retired as a lieutenant commander, often saw his military bearing pay off.

"Whenever I went into any area where he was in charge, it was immaculate," said J. Gary Cooper, another former Alabama social services chief.

"During those days, of course, poverty just really persisted and many people looked down on people who took food stamps and were on welfare. Some of the employees shared that view and did not treat them well, but Philip had his people well trained, and that earned my respect for him."

In Washington, Browning led highly regarded improvements to child support collections during a time when that city had the highest child poverty rate in America. That drew the attention of Los Angeles County, where an even deeper crisis had taken hold.

When the Board of Supervisors hired him to lead their child support program, Browning improved customer service, and collections increased 36%, to more than $500 million. Later, as the county's welfare chief, he fixed the most error-plagued food stamp program in the nation and brought it into federal compliance.

His resume portrayed him as a pragmatic administrator, but he had no experience in child protection services, leading some to worry when he was appointed to his latest job.

But Browning said his life experience gave him a visceral insight into the kind of family breakdowns at the center of the agency's work.

When his first wife's brother was murdered by her sister-in-law in the 1970s, he and his wife obtained social workers' approval to raise their two children. "We sat around a kitchen table like people do all the time, and they didn't have a place to go," Browning said.

His wife quit work, they added to their house, and they facilitated monthly visits to the children's mother in prison. "Most of the people who provide care for children in our system are relative caregivers, and I know what they go through," he said.

As the department's leader, his management style has been marked mostly by emphasizing the use of data to track performance and cautious decision-making as the agency implements its first comprehensive reform plan in a decade.

To help solve one of the department's central problems — poor child abuse investigations — he is promising to win pay increases for his most skilled employees, as well as the best technology and management support.

"I'd like those workers to be the Marines of the department — the best and the brightest," he said.

The orders for the workers have also changed as the department stresses child safety and eases its emphasis on keeping children with their families. Over the past year, the number of foster children has grown by 800, to 19,100.

"I take extreme issue with that," said Michael Nash, presiding judge of Los Angeles County's Juvenile Court. "Safety and keeping kids with families are not mutually exclusive.

"The number of kids in our system is the highest it's been for years, and with shrinking court resources, it's very difficult for us to keep up with the flow. This becomes a black hole for many of those kids."

Browning pursues his politically perilous agenda under conditions that might be more difficult than his predecessors'. Following the Board of Supervisors determination that Fujioka had poorly managed the department, he was formally relieved of those duties. The department was ordered to report directly to the county's five elected leaders.

"I spend more time with the board here than I did cumulatively in all of the previous 10 years at the county," Browning said.

"This is a Tuesday to Tuesday job," he said in reference to the board's weekly meeting. "That's the nature of people in this position. They don't last very long."

During a recent visit to New York City to study reforms there, he noted that the system's recently departed chief reported to a single strong mayor and had seven years on the job.

My Life of Hell With DoCS and Now Life Without Barriers

A voice for our most vulnerableDOCS NSW AND WITHOUT BARRIERS TERRORISING FAMILIES, PARENTS AND CHILDREN

Well it all started when i was taken away from my own birth parents when i was only a baby in 1965, i was fostered out to a couple in newcastle nsw, then in 1975 i was adopted by them. my adoped dad max died before i was 16 yr old. plus i was raped by my so call brother in law when i was 16 yrs old, so i ran away to sydney, got a job at a horse stud.
i had my first baby girl on the 11/11/1983, i was only 19 but i was coping ok, then i met steve, we had a baby boy together, he was born on the 7/1/1985 but when he was 3 weeks old steve took off with him, i had to fight for custody of him, i got him back when he was 6 months old. my life went down hill from then on because i moved back home to my adoptive mum,s home with my 2 kids jessica, james but she was very abusive towards me, she was dating a guy who had a drinking problem, so i met another guy john, we moved in together.
in august 1987 john assaulted my son james who was only 2 and a half yrs old at the time but when he was arrested for it, instead of the police keeping him in custody they let him out on bail. so docs turned up, took my daughter jessica away from me, she was only 4 yrs and 8 months old. james ened up with brain damage, blind from the assault. when my third baby boy was born on the 31/1/1988 docs came, stated that they were taking him into care but john had other ideas.
With the help of his mum he kiddnapped my son Shawn from the hospital, we ended up in victoria where we were arrested 2 days later. i was placed on a 3 yr good behaviour bond even though i was the victim not a criminal. my daughter, my 2 sons were made wards of the state in june 1988. i feared for my life because the papers had put my full name, address for everyone to see but hide john,s details though.last time i had contact with my daughter jessica was when she was 14, my son shawn was 16 docs stopped the visits for no reason at all. i met a guy called glen, we got married after being together for 6 months we had a son brenden he was born on the 11/1/1990, then we had a daughter ashleigh on the 8/11/1991. we got divocred sept 1994.
Thanks to docs my druggy husband got custody of them in june 1996. i met a guy called peter, we had a baby girl, she was born on the 1/6/1994. i met another guy james, we had 4 sons together who were born on the 16/5/1997, 19/10/1999, 10/2/2001, 20/10/2002. i met someone on line, we had alot in common, he came over for a visit for 10 days in oct 2006, we hit it off, the kids loved him too. thanks to my ex,s lazyness docs took my 4 boys and my daughter katie on the 17th of nov 2006,then in nov my new man michael moved in with me, he was very supportive of me through out my court case when i lost them by final orders in june 2007 i kicked my ex out of the house since it was his fault we lost them in the first place. i have been fighting docs ever since plus i have done everything plus more to prove i can have my 4 boys home.
My daughter was made to go, live with her birth father till she was 18 but she ran away from him in august 2009, she has been with me, michael ever since, docs did nothing about it. my 4 boys are living with togan foster carers who treat them like crap plus they have taken them out of the country twice to tonga once in 2010, then again in 2012, both times my 4 boys have come back covered in scabbies, the foster mother or father doesn,t treat it properly i have complained to their life without barriers worker but nothing gets done about it. iam worried about their health, their schooling. please someone help me get my 4 wonderful boys back home before it is to late.

 

A version of this column originally appeared in www.lukesarmy.com.

CPS Takes a mother off the docket to remove her parental rights, then no other court will take her appeal because she is no longer a party to the case.

mqdefault[1]Obama has taken actions that show he is pushing the Child theft by CPS. A mother fighting for her children taken by CPS. Next hearing her name gets removed from the docket and then told she can not submit evidence because she is not a party to the case. have been reading many different incentives offered by the from the White House down to the local CPS offices to pump up the child stealing nation wide over the next year.
From now on every parent better be prepared to fight for their children. This story is incredible. How easily the courts are removing you children with out cause. This is no longer the America I know

A version of this column originally appeared in donnellyjustice.me.