Today a lobbyist came into my office and as sometimes happens I retold some of the absolutely unbelievable stories of CPS family abuse. (Yes, CPS spies...I am still thinking about the deaths and the wrongdoings...I would rather not...but you create some truly disturbing vignettes.)
(Let me first thank the many GOOD CPS workers who are doing their jobs well despite working in an undisciplined agency that frequently makes big mistakes. It is your management and a few unprincipled people who create the press....whose names are never associated with the story.)
Turns out my lobbyist friend and her husband are foster parents. And, they are among the very good ones.
A little toddler boy was brought to them who had been burned in a meth lab. They had him for several years. Thankfully, his face healed. He could smile now in this good home.
Then the state stepped in to reunite the drug abusing, felon mother with the boy. My friends kept the boy over the weekends... the story goes on, the foster parents spending $10,000 to try to protect this little one from his drug addict mother who didn't want the boy! Turns out the lobbyist is coming to the rally. The word is getting out.
I am assembling a packet for distribution to the press. If you have a "good" or "bad" story that can be condensed to one 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper (you have to narrow the issue) and you are willing to put down your name and contact information, I would like you to email it to my office. Roach.Pam@leg.wa.gov . Remember one page only.
To protect yourself from CPS retaliation you may use the name of a friend or relative as the contact person. The idea is to give the press a place to go for stories. Without some verification of the story it will not be regarded as truth. That is any one's standard.
Please submit as soon as you can. Sounds like a mini book in the making.