Parents say CPS took their 3 kids away because they wanted to visit dying relative

- “What CPS is doing to these parents is wrong,” said attorney Julie Ketterman.

The Giwa’s turned to FOX 26 last May after their then 19-month-old son Ali was taken into protective custody by CPS.

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Parents say CPS took their 3 kids away because they wanted to visit dying relative

CPS accused the parents of medical neglect even though doctors could not explain why he was failing to thrive like his twin sister.

“They’ve run test,  after test, after test, and there’s nothing,” Ketterman said.

In June, Ali was returned home to his parents and siblings, but CPS had two conditions.

One, they told the parents not to talk to the media.

“I’m not scared. I will do this again, and again, and again,” Ali’s mom Kathy Giwa said.

CPS also ordered the parents to undergo yet another round of psychological testing.

“By a CPS contractor because they know that it’s going to come back saying what they want it to say,” said Ketterman.

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TX: SUNSET COMMISSION REPORT RELEASES INCLUDE FAMILY, PROTECTIVE SERVICES

SunsetAdvisoryCommission-DFPS630-630x286[1]Last week the Texas Sunset Commission released the first of its staff reports on the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) along with four other agencies currently under review. These are the result of the agency’s self-evaluation last September and public written input last December. The Sunset Commission is requesting public input to these staff reports through the Public Input Form for Agencies Under Review page on or before June 6, 2014.

Per its website, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission is a 12-member legislative commission tasked with identifying and eliminating waste, duplication, and inefficiency for more than 130 Texas state agencies. Through Sunset, the Legislature looks closely at the need for and performance of state agencies. Over its history, Sunset has abolished 37 agencies and returned $25 for each dollar spent reviewing agencies.

With its last review cycle in 1996-1997, the current review of Dfps is the first time it has been reviewed as the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. The current Dfps review has been been postponed three times (supposedly) to synchronize its review with the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) review.

TX: SUNSET COMMISSION REPORT RELEASES INCLUDE FAMILY, PROTECTIVE SERVICES

 

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State Overturns 1 Out Of 3 CPS Child Abuse, Neglect Claims

Child-Abuse-270[1]The state is overturning far more cases in which Child Protective Services initially ruled that a child was abused or neglected.

Each year the state overturns more than 1 out of 3 decisions challenged by people who CPS claims have mistreated children.

Twenty-seven percent of CPS rulings were reversed in 2009, but that number rose to 42 percent last year.

More than 1,140 cases were appealed in 2013.

Even when a CPS ruling is thrown out, the person accused of mistreatment could still face significant hurdles.

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More Texas child abuse claims by CPS being overturned

174197278[1]AUSTIN, Texas — The state is overturning an increasing number of cases in which Child Protective Services initially ruled that a child had been abused or neglected, according to a newspaper report Sunday.

Twenty-seven percent of CPS rulings were reversed in 2009. That number has risen each year since then, hitting 42 percent last year. More than 1,140 cases were appealed in 2013, and 486 were overturned.

Even though a CPS ruling may be thrown out, the person accused of mistreatment can still face significant hurdles, the Austin American-Statesman reported (http://bit.ly/1k6Uxhg ) in a story published Saturday. For instance, CPS decisions are used in criminal and civil cases, and they are a factor in custody disputes.

Child advocates expressed alarm at the reversal rate.

"I think it's positive for me to see that CPS is actually admitting to wrongdoing and correcting it," Johana Scot, executive director of the Parent Guidance Center, told the American-Statesman. "On the other hand, it's a very scary statistic. That means there are probably a lot of wrongful substantiations, which is scary to me because it's very harmful to the children and families."

But the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which oversees CPS, says there are no indications of systematic problems with its abuse investigations.

Fewer than 3 percent of the 40,000 confirmed abuse cases are appealed each year, agency spokesman Patrick Crimmins said.

There's also no evidence to show that a 42 percent reversal rate is an abnormally large number, he said.

"There is no criteria or standard that we are aware of that indicates that it is high," Crimmins said. "With 160,000 investigations, there are going to be some mistakes made. That is to be expected."

Such mistakes are not uncommon across the U.S. because of high caseloads, poor supervision, inadequate training and high turnover, according to Michael Petit, a member of the federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.

"The vast majority of these caseworkers and supervisors are doing the best job they can under the circumstances," Petit said. "The problem is they're outmatched by the dimension of the problem."

 

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