What kind of government department is this, anyway?
I had noticed the May 31st front page story in the Tacoma paper about a three year old who had been killed while part of an open Child Protective Services case. That was stunning to all who read about it. Then there was another case in the area where the mother of a young child (also an "open case") poked pins in the eyes of her daughter leaving her blind.
Again, in August, same paper...same front page...there was yet another three year old under the supervision of the department....DEAD.
No one walks up to a legislator and says, "Hey, look at this!" You have to take a look yourself. And, fortunately, when a staffer knows you are interested in a subject they may volunteer information.
The following was sent to me Monday, September 15th, by a staff member:
"There have been 9 child fatalities in Region 5 since January 1, 2008. Region 5 encompasses Pierce and Kitsap Counties. It is my understanding that of the 9, 6 were on open child protective services cases and 3 were on open child welfare services cases. Four of the 6 fatalities on open CPS cases were homicides. Let me know if you need anything further."
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In this kind of proportion, carried out through the state and in a full calendar year, we have an epidemic of mismanagement!
No wonder the very respected Council on Accreditation has denied the department's application!
It is no wonder that our State Auditor prioritized CPS for a performance audit and found it lacking!
In many cases CPS is just not following the law that the people made, YOU made, through our legislators. If management (all paid over $100,000+ a year) were doing their jobs our state would earn a higher evaluation. And, I believe we would have more children alive today.
(One of the really pathetic things here is that they seemingly take no one's suggestions. More on that later.)