Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Services People need most from CPS

I received the following article from Leonard Henderson.

May 28, 2010
Guest Editorial
The Services People need most from CPS

There are a lot of services both parents and children could benefit from, at the behest of CPS, but it seems the only "services" available are psychological ones.

It's either classes of some sort, (psychological, parenting, etc.), or evaluations of some sort, or assessments, or programs, treatments, etc.

What is rarely afforded to parents and children are what they really need: legal help, financial help, housing, employment, all of the things that could turn a family's life around for the better and make them contributing members of society rather than a continued burden to it.

The problem with that concept is that it would terminate their involvement with the agency in question, and so would the funnel by which the money flows.

I've been involved with hundreds of families personally and I can tell you from that personal experience that agencies within the CPS are mainly concerned with just how many workers they can get involved in a family's life- child protection worker, family services worker, kinship worker, child services worker, family coordination worker, child intermediate worker, etc., and of course all of the supervisors attached to them.

Then there's the time frame of involvement. It would seem that to serve a family and child's best interests- get in and get out- is not in the agency's best interest. An agency will milk a case for as long as possible, a year, two years, sometimes longer, sometimes almost indefinitely, just to keep that flow of government funding going.

It's "capitalism" at its worst*, and as any detective novel will plainly preach, "Follow the money".

There is little if no incentive what-so-ever to get involved in a case and expedite matters efficiently, swiftly, and effectively. However there is all kinds of financial, employment, and social incentives to expedite the matter slowly, arduously, and with as much complexity and confusion as possible.

One can hide a mountain of irrelevance and non essentials within the confusion and confoundings of a complex and least understood case file, and that's just the way the CPS likes it.

But most of all, it is the easiest way to bury the truth of a situation and hide it behind a whole plethora of; suspicion, innuendo, rumor, speculation, opinion, and even plain old gossip.

Last but not least, the most important aspect of defense and offense for a CPS agency is to prolong a case file for as long as possible, sometimes growing new cases from an old one, generating new cases with the children and their children's children.

It's called securing one's position within the establishment.

Whatever happened to the Constitution? Whatever happened to civil rights? Whatever happened to personal protections? Whatever happened to security of person? Do all of these things just get in the way of these people continuously manipulating the system, perverting the judiciary, subverting our society, and suborning those many values that our ancestors fought and died to defend and protect?

But most of all, what happened to "Miranda"? You know, "You have the right to remain silent, if you give up the right to remain silent anything and everything you say may be used in evidence against you in court, you have the right to an attorney, if you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed for you, do you understand these rights as I have explained them to you?"

Since the days of Ernesto Miranda and the Supreme Court of Arizona, this proclamation has long held to protect the rights of every individual from the onslaught of government oppression upon those who are brought to justice.

However, in Family Court, things like Miranda just don't seem to apply- while Perjury and Subornation of witnesses by CPS and their contractors is perfectly acceptable.

The real question we should all be asking is, "Why Not Miranda?" Why is there a difference from one court in the land and another?

Why can't the law be applicable to one and all, equally, fairly, without regard to; race, creed, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, general location, and nationality?

*AFRA Editor note- "capitalism at it's worst" is socialism- "(in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles."


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