The article below has appeared in several newspapers across the country and has become a bit of reading that is all too common in the US. The people that should be held accountable are the Judges who are relied upon as the only oversight for CPS and should be looking out for the kids are favoring money instead. No matter how many times I read about travesties like this, I cannot believe a man could let his judgment be swayed from the protection of a child to that of a position of money. Money is not something you can take with you.
It isn’t how much you make during your lifetime that decides your fate, it is the quality of your person in which you choose to share with the world, now that you can take with you.
Falsification of Records
Grand jury investigation into CPS fund that out of 50 cases of removal of parental rights investigated by CPS, (licensed or unlicensed didn’t make any difference) found that every case had falsified facts. I will say it again, every case had falsified and exaggerated facts leading the the termination of parental rights. The evidence was exaggerated to take the children out of the home and keep these children involved in services even at the expense of the parental rights. July stated that from what she found was a world of traumatized children and parents with the opinion that the last thing on the CPS agenda is the child’s best interest I find this completely criminal and must come from the top down. The commonality in which every report was written is almost identical and shows CPS only cares about CPS. Further reports into ACS, CPS, or CFS
If criminal charges involving negligence or endangering the welfare of a child are rare, indictments for falsification of records are more common. Six employees from CPS were indicted by the District Attorney on charges that they had falsified case records. The case ultimately led to termination of foster care contracts with ACS and transition to new leadership at the agency. In 2009, a former Child Protective Specialist with ACS was arrested on felony charges of falsifying records of cases to which she had been assigned.
“In Washington, they say that the cover-up is worse than the original act,” says Douglas Besharov, a Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and first Director of the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. “Remember, that’s how they convicted Martha Stewart — for lying to an FBI agent.” Besharov notes that the tendency to want to cover up any failings in your performance is an unfortunate part of human nature and in no way limited to child protective work.
Child welfare agencies must be on constant guard to ensure a strong commitment to ethical and fully accurate reporting on casework activities. The truth is nothing gets done because of the federal funding to the county by the fabrication of evidence. If it doesn’t get caught by the appellate court the worker gets a raise, this is awful but true.
“We want to be very serious about matters of integrity, “If you knowingly falsify records you got a career with CPS. It is that simple. Our documentation must accurately and honestly describe the event according to federal guide lines to get funding from the government but no one questions it or checks. each unique event isn’t observed.” most of the time it is hearsay after the fact explained over the hot line and the worker goes out to the home told to make the report true. This is an unsaid rule.
“Falsification of records is grounds for termination, or should be” says, Executive Director. “It is one thing if you didn’t do something; but if you didn’t do it and you tell me you did, you are not going to be here if the people find out about it.. We probably would end up firing a couple of people for this every year.” but only if criminally caught. The truth is children are walking dollar signs and the government pays us to think that way.
In response to the Marchella Pierce case, State Senator Martin Golden has introduced legislation which would require CPS workers to take date-stamped photos of children during home visits. “People are sick over reading recent news reports about a caseworker who falsified home visits,” Senator Golden said. “This appalling behavior leaves children open to even more violence and abuse. While the vast majority of caseworkers tackle their difficult jobs with pride and dignity each day, the bad apples are allowing our children to die.”
Under Golden’s proposal, the photo of the child must be taken and entered into the case record along with the caseworker’s notes and findings for that visit. Florida implemented a similar system recently after more than seventy Florida child welfare workers reportedly were caught lying about their home visits and nothing ever happens to these workers. The truth is we get no sanctions, lectures, nothing unless it makes major news then it is only for public support, in other words smoke and mirrors.
This is not the first effort to utilize technology as a way to help document home visits and other critical casework activities. It is a way to get the workers to actually do their job instead of sitting home all day. The State’s Connections system, which has its own date-stamping function for entry of progress notes, plays an important role in ensuring that initial reporting on visits and other casework activities are not doctored after the fact.
Several years ago, a number of voluntary foster care agencies participated in a pilot project with a private software company on a system which would verify home visits. Caseworkers would call to a central station using the foster parent or natural parent’s telephone. In addition to recording the time and location of the call, the system was designed to allow workers to dictate case notes which would subsequently be transcribed and sent back to them for entry into Connections. The system was a variation of one frequently used by home health providers to verify the attendance of home aides.
While the pilot project offered agencies an opportunity to test the system at little or no cost, the final product would have represented a significant investment, says Jerry McCaffrey, who oversaw the pilot while serving as Executive Director at Seamen’s Society and later explored implementing the system at MercyFirst. “It was too expensive,” he explains. Nancy Vomero, McCaffrey’s successor as Executive Director at Seamen’s Society agrees. “We terminated it after the pilot was complete. It was a good idea but it was too expensive,” says Vomero, noting that there were also concerns about the work involved with dictating and subsequently re-entering case notes. No one is held accountable in CPS unless the people find out about it. That is the very reason for the secrecy of child courts it isn’t to protect the children it is to protect the workers from cashing in on kids.
Now, a number of agencies are reportedly exploring the use of GPS based systems involving cellphones or other devices as a way of verifying field activities by staff.
While technology can help, it is no magic bullet. “None of these technological solutions are perfect and none of them replace good supervision,” says Mary Jane Disables, Senior Program and Policy Analyst at COFCCA.
ACS and it’s CPS counterpart should NOT be looked upon as a first line of defense for our children, an agency with workers dedicated to protection of CPS. Instead of kids workers are seen as harbingers of lies and mistrust, and if you’ve ever had one in your house, you know why. And I end with this. CPS workers should arrive at a home with a video cam, kind of like the dash board cam on police cruisers. I guarantee there would be a change in this so called process of “removal” and “who closed the gate after the dog got out”!
I am in agreement with the actions of the DA, in charging the CPS case workers, because for far to long ACS workers have been known to get away with allowing foster care providers who are known for neglecting and endangering children in their care. They are also known for taking innocent children out of good homes and placing them into bad foster care environments not only do the Law Guardians look the other way but the Commissioner, is also guilty of the same types of neglect I know this from my own family experience with my grandchildren being placed into a foster care environment that has proven to be very dangerous for the last five years of their lives. They were taken from a safe family home only to be place in eleven foster home that neglected and abused them and all individuals whom I have made these issues known to have turn an ear to black & white factual evidence. The part that seems to just go under the carpet because people don’r want to speak up against judges, these judges MUST and SHALL be held accountable for this travesty going on in every city in the US.
As parents, our only line of defense is Law and Order and I can tell you with 100% responsibility for my words that Judge Monteroso allowed and relied on so much false evidence to be presented we never had one day of anything that resembled justice, fairness, decency, law or order. This judge destroyed a very close family and and turned it into a show by allowing adoption applicants to sit in and watch the removal of my parental rights. Now it has become my life’s mission to expose this man and his court. FACT: CPS WOULD NOT BE THE WAY THEY ARE TODAY IF IT WASN’T FOR THE CRIMINAL SYSTEM OF JUSTICE THESE JUDGES ALLOW. It shames me to no end that we Americans allow these people to take our money to decide our fate and all that matters is what extra money we put in their pocket. He disrespects the office in which he serves and the bench on which he sits.
Now my son has to pay the ultimate price of being one of the human beings sold by judge Monteroso the responsibility is in his lap because he is ultimately in charge of CPS and he has failed. I am going to work on his impeachment until I am to old to remember what has happened here. To continue to believe in this man who answers only to the dollar is a slap in the face of every decent parent. This is the very thing wrong with this country, people like this judge.
Falsified evidence and committing perjury IS NOT in a child’s best interest and that means that all the judges in S102 where my case was do not know the first thing about what is “in a child’s best interests”. A dedicated parent will put aside honor and ego to admit to things they didn’t do just to be able to see and hold their child again. That shows a caring and loving parent. My children believed in me so I always did everything and anything possible to keep them safe. During my first case, I completed all the services while my wife was railroaded. I never failed a drug test. Then during the second case Kristine Vernier showed up with a piece of paper claiming to be a positive hair follicle test. It had no one’s name on it, nothing to identify whose test it was. The Judge allowed her to go to her car and come back with a paper with a name on it. This is all on record. Who does that? Only CPS and the collaborative court cohorts. Its bullshit, that is why I challenged the test. None of the Judges allowed statements from my children, sisters, other family members or friends that would have been in my favor. The judge wouldn’t consider most of my sister’s testimony due to her being “bias”! Are you freaking kidding me? Because she is a supportive person and had something positive to say about me, that makes her bias? What about all the BIAS going on for CPS and COUNTY COUNSEL? Where is your honor Judge? I should have said where is your DOLLAR. These children want to believe in someone of authority that is why you shouldn’t sit on that bench.
A version of this column originally appeared in donnellyjustice.me.