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Response to mia (Original post)
Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:00 PM
mntleo2 (2,420 posts)
20. Activist for low income families here ...
CPS loves them some little baybees since they can sell (adopt) them easily but teens and preteens, not so much. They continue to collect between $6-8000 per month per child, however no matter if that teen is on the streets or not. This is why you see so many "colonies" of runaway foster kids congregating under your bridges and huddling in your doorways. There is no accountability and many of these kids have been in the System for years. CPS and their DFS agencies as well as legislators know that only about 15% of the children they take are truly being abused. They know that if they gave the birth families services instead of taking the kids this has far greater success rates with these children, and they know full well that after putting them into foster care that these kids are 5-7 X more likely to be abused. But CPS also collects between $6-8000 per month per child from Title IV mandated funding alone. They also go in and take about 1/3 of the TANF (welfare), food stamps and Medicaid money on top of that Title IV funding.
TItle IV mandates say, "The more kids you take, the more money you will make. If you return these kids home, you will LOSE all present and future funding..." Also although it is a federal crime worth up to 20 years in prison for a government official to commit perjury in court, family court has been rigged. These case managers and all their contracted minions can go into court and LIE and have complete immunity (including their rubber stamp GALs who are also collecting $Millions in government grants to be "independent" but are not). These social workers stand to collect personal bonuses as well for every kid they take and while it is a federal offense to commit perjury they do it all the time because they are immune and stand to collect those bonuses. Who cares if they falsely accuse someone when there is money to be made? Who cares if the child is further abused since then they can collect even MORE $$$ because now the child is "disabled". And do not get me started on all the $Millions the pharmaceuticals are getting for drugging these kids when they are in grief from being dragged from their homes and cut off from their entire family.
There is more than just a few states doing this, ALL of them are doing it, thanks mostly to Title IV funding. Furthermore harvesting low income kids from their families is a way to get ever dwindling "discretionary' funding in order to keep more funding coming in, their jobs to continue, and those bonuses coming. As services such as childcare, food stamps, energy assistance s cut off, more and more low income families are being destroyed. They've used low income families as "canaries in the mine" to undermine laws and parental rights whenever, so whenever they go after upper income families these relatives are all surprised and put themselves in hawk to defend themselves. These officials and the judges involved (making 6 figure salaries themselves) are well aware that low income families cannot defend themselves adequately. They are "easy pickin's and the easing up of anything formal in these "quasi-courts" simply makes it quite easy to take children and terminate parental rights. As an activist, I have seen entire low income housing complexes cleaned out of children by CPS where the kids are taken and "sold" (more bonuses and adoption fees). And adoptions do not fare much better than foster care as far as abuse is concerned, I work with formerly adopted adults and the stories I have been told give me nightmares.
The issues with these teens are that DFS will continue to collect their Title IV/TANF/food stamps/Medicaid funding whether or not the kid is well cared for ~ or if they are on the streets. While it is illegal in most (if not all) states to take children due to poverty, the conditions of poverty are direct legal definitions of "maltreatment and neglect". Therefore jerking them out of their family homes, leaving these kids to wander the streets, the schools not to be too concerned when kids do not show up, and foster parents get good legal defense if it even occurs to anyone that perhaps THEY were not watching closely enough, unlike extended families such as grandparents who do not get ANY legal defense. Everyone except family to these children are generously funded and let off the hook so nobody has to worry about being held accountable. I would not be surprised to see boys also being pimped, if not molested and raped in their "safe" homes. This is the way it goes ...
Then the media wonders why this happens. People like me can tell them what is going on, but they will not listen ~ and frankly few here will listen either. One solution to this issue is to give families services and no more austerity cuts. If you ever notice your states' budget you will discover, they cut EVERYTHING BUT CPS. After refusing low wage working families any assistance, then comes the harvesting of their kids. Teens and preteens cut off from their families and left to their own devices, is just another money-maker for both legal and illegal predators...
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