A great deal of progress has been made within the last few months in my efforts to bring accountability to Child Protective Services. It is 12:59 A.M and I have to go to Olympia again in the morning. But, I want to do a recap of where we are very soon.
No time right now. But, in another 12 hours I will be meeting with DCFS Sec. Denise Revels Robinson. She has been very busy going all over the state and meeting her area leaders and the public. We were introduced at a Families United meeting in November. Remember that I am hopeful that she will strive for higher relative placements as has been her history. WA is at only 30% and her office in WI had 70% without relative placement incident.
I will be conveying observations and suggestions. I have plenty of "real life" examples. I will encourage the elimination of hearsay evidence at trial, standing for grandparents in court, a presumption of placement with relatives, etc.
On Thursday I had a short meeting with Hunter Goodman of the AG's office. We talked about the unchallenged hearsay evidence that was admitted in several of the cases I have followed. He seemed interested this time. I think after the chain of KING TV stories and the KOMO expose that attention is coming to the CPS issues...and there are many. Momentum is beginning to build.