Update on CPS interests
After the KING5 exposure there was a flurry of contact by citizens looking for a central location to air CPS grievances. It is impossible to field all of that. The effort should be to organize it.
The president of the foster parents of WA and his wife visited. I thought they would take umbrage because of some of my comments. But, that was not the case. They are in total agreement regarding the problems at CPS. They are allies...just coming from a different venue.
I then met with our "Families First" group together with the state foster parents leaders. We listed several action items. Joint leadership will bring added clout.
(Interesting that the foster parents have the same problems with CPS. They suffer from disrespect and retribution at the hands of the department just as the birth families. Here we see the department is, again, consistent. They can't respect anyone!)
That stands to reason really. If CPS can't get it right when dealing with families and children...what sense of logic would there be if they actually worked with respect for foster parents?
Fortunately, there is a growing interest among legislators. More exposure to CPS abuses through citizen complaints and the press has helped. Both the governor and the attorney general have the direct power to step in and clean up this agency. There are political issues of money, jobs, and power to move children that make it easier to ignore rather than address the abuses. Sadly, as I watched the AG's office, they just joined in the pile on.
Victims also visited. The father of a teenager who died at the hands of a foster care provider came to visit me. He was helpless as the department failed to hear his warnings. Now his son is dead. There was an award in the millions. It was reported in the Seattle Times in December. The state continues to harass him. They love their whip, don't they? (PRR will report on this soon.)