Wednesday, February 24, 2010

There Are Only Three Ways To Save Our Kids...And The Legislature Is Not One Of Them

It is certainly clear by now that trying to correct the CPS system, bill by bill, is not the solution to keeping kids alive and families intact in WA State.

As SB 6416 left the Senate there was language regarding "presumption for placement" that was aimed at reinforcing WA State current law... families come first in dependency placements. There were members of the House committee that didn't like that part... so at my suggestion and to keep the bill alive it was removed.

As this was happening and with the Stuths following this from the back of the room...Rep. Goodman wanted to give "equality" to the foster providers and had the votes to amended the bill to include fosters to have a say in court if they had had the child for 12 months. The Goodman suggestion was language taken straight from the foster lobby. I believe the committee meant to add them but not only them. David Davilar Fox thinks the language may have been written improperly and the outcome is actually different that what was intended. It is currently being researched.

All this was done very quickly and I appreciated the chair's willingness to work to get the bill out of committee. The deadline for getting bills out of the House committee was just an hour from the executive session where the voting took place. Do not worry that there may be some technical difficulties with the way the bill came together. Do not worry about this as Senator Hargrove and Rep. Kagi and several others will adjust details as needed to make sure the wording complies with the intent of the legislature. There is plenty of time.

In reality the legislature can not work fast enough to fix a system such a troubled system as DSHS/CPS. It is too big for the legislature to micro manage. WE NEED LEADERSHIP! This must come from one or more of the statewide elected officials, or the initiative process, or the State Supreme Court.


Anonymous said...

Do you know what strikes me as odd is the fact that Congress can act quickly to address certain issues and other issues such as CPS that people have been complaining about for years and years remain on deaf ears!

Anonymous said...

I fear "We the People" are null and void when it comes to rights to our own children.
Nev Moore stated it best when she said that this is a protected empire "Legislated from the very top."

The Clinton Reno gang apparently put the last nail in our coffin with child trafficking adoption incentives commodifying children.

gorillamum said...

I have come to believe the only way to save the children is to just not have them. Or leave the country before they are born. Remove all the future tax payers and lets see how far this country gets.

Anonymous said...

Dear Senator:

I understand that DSHS is the most litigated against state agency.

In these fiscally perilous times, can't DSHS understand that FAMILY HAVE RIGHTS PROVIDED FOR IN FEDERAL LEGISLATION.

What will happen when children are abused or mistreated in FC or group honmes?

Will it take litigation to save these kids from stranger fosters?

How many dollars has DSHS lost to their insistence on doing FC the same old, same way which has proven to be DETRIMENTAL TO CHILDREN?

Anonymous said...

You do realize that MOST children are removed because of significant abuse and or neglect?! I think the average complaints number about 12 before the kids are removed. How about just not abusing the kids in the first place? You really want to get rid of CPS? Make mandatory parenting classes in high school, and zero drug tolerance in the state of Washington. Most abuse starts with broken homes/single parents and drugs.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous above is a liar 95 out of 100children in state custody have neither been abused or neglected. Our new children's secretary who tells us children are so resilient admits that she wants to eliminate alleged neglect by poverty and put children into foster homes where the physical abuse rate is ONE THIRD, where 80 percent of all incidences of sexual molestation occurs and children have a 600 percent greater chance of violent death. HMMM perhaps anonymous (ABOVE) should copy paste and read:


But I suspect like Susan Dreyfus she already knows the truth about child protection and possibly partakes in the "Intentional failure" to innocent children...

Anonymous said...

When I leave comments; I just want to make sure people understand that you aren't just hearing from parents or grandparents; you are hearing as in my case I was a minor (a sister) who had to witness an American tragedy. A tragedy that no peaceful, law abiding family should have had to endure. Not only was the family torn apart but in the process three minor's were emotionally abused and neglected by the government and with NOBODY to turn to for even one single penny. Three minors (one six year old)who found themselves in a position that no teenager should have been placed in. Emotionally abused and neglected by the state.

Anonymous said...

Quote by Joseph Story

Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings and blood of their ancestors; and capable, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence…Republics are created by the virture, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.

truthandjusticegrandma said...

when did truth become a contradiction?

judges who don't allow you to make an offer of proof in a termination of parental rights appeal because facts of cps forgery perjury and fraud are not an issue....

are claims against defendant judges, district attorneys and assistant attorney generals barred by judicial and prosecutorial immunity as well as cps caseworkers?