"When our niece was taken because of lies pertaining to my husband`s background check, we did get the information counteracting what the dept. said but it didn`t matter to the Judge. My husband didn`t have a felony as they said but he did have a resisting arrest charge from 1982, when he was 19 years old. They still used that and it was allowed by the Judge. The Judge was the one able to make the ultimate decision and she didn`t care about following the laws either." PPR Commenter
#1. The judge will always side with the state. (The Stuths were the exception as the state removed their 3 year-old granddaughter from the foster woman on an emergency basis during the trial...Of course..the state still argued for placement with the troubled foster woman. Unbelievable, but true!)
#2 The state does not hold the foster-adopts to the same standard as the bio-family.
#3 The state WILL go back a lifetime and look for anything, but just on the bio family and just if they want the child for someone else. When they find something they embellish and add to the story. That means they lie.
They don't really need to find anything to lie. I could give many examples. They lied about the Stuths. They lied to get a child from the Willards by saying they stole a computer. (No. The judge did not require a judgment from a court. He just believed everything the state said about grandparents who had no standing and could not defend themselves. If CPS said they stole a computer then, by gosh, they did!) CPS lied in the case of a city councilmember in the same district that Lambert-Eckel's administers. In the case of the councilmember grandma...CPS just sat there and let the CASA call her a drug dealer in front of the judge. Of course she is not, nor ever was, a drug dealer! The state knew that and just let it be said. I think the state has a responsibility to the people of our great state and to the family...and the CHILD...to demand the truth! Being an accomplice to a lie gets you the same judgement in the minds of citizens who demand government to be honest.
#4 CPS should tell the judge when they have no evidence that accusations against family members are true and should not make false accusations themselves.
I have been told by DSHS head Susan Dreyfus and by Lambert-Eckel that CPS employees who lie will be terminated. I believe Dreyfus when she says she will do that. The message has at least gotten to Lambert-Eckels. But is that happening? I would like to see the department memo that would have to have been sent to try to right this system. We need open government and the public should know what department policy really is on this very important issue.
If a CASA lies and the state knows it...to let it go unchallenged is being part of the lie. (This may seem a minor point to some. After all, there are too many direct lies to think this is the higher issue. But, I like to think it is the higher standard. Certainly it is one administrators should be be addressing. In court...the judge should be hearing the truth.
The quote from Lambert-Eckels came during the discussion of yet another 3 year-old girl. CPS must have a market for them. Ask to see the gender break down of children in dependency and you will not get an answer.