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(Webmaster Note: Will this
make the agency more responsible for their actions? Yes, it is about the
money. Just as there is True Child Abuse. However, how long have all of
us asked the agency to do their job? When in essence, since the mid
'90's, there have been 80% Percent of the Allegations to be False?)
June 29, 2009 1:38 PM
Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in
federal court today, asking a judge to stop the state child welfare
system from eliminating counseling and increasing caseloads as is
proposed if a state doomsday budget becomes a reality this week.
The 16-page suit, filed on behalf of 16,000 foster children, charged
that the cuts violate a 21-year-old federal consent decree that
gives the ACLU oversight of the well being of children in the care
of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Cuts would result in violations to the decree that "threaten the
health, safety and welfare" of children "who will suffer irreparable
harm," the suit alleged.
DCFS attorneys plan to appear before a federal judge this
spokesman Kendall Marlowe has acknowledged that the $460 million in
proposed reductions to the
budget "threaten to completely dismantle the child welfare system in
"It would virtually eliminate all supportive services to children
and families in the system," Marlowe said. "Until the general
assembly steps forward to fund these services, we have no choice but
to plan for operating under the budget they have given us."
released a statement Monday saying that since 2003,
has sustained almost $200 million in budget cuts and any additional
reductions would bring his agency "dangerously close" to violating
this and other consent decrees.
"Given the proposed budget cuts, we acknowledge the impact on the
safety ... and well-being of the children we serve,"
said. "We can only hope that the right thing will be done by funding
these services today, as opposed to wasting valuable time and
resources defending lawsuits."
The budget cuts, according to the suit, would violate the consent
decree by increasing caseloads of caseworkers and investigators,
slashing payments to foster parents by 50 percent, cutting clinical
services and eliminating a number of screenings, evaluations and
"Just the cost of feeding and housing wards and former wards by
itself would exceed the budgeted amount for
the suit charged.
Cook County Public Guardian Robert Harris, whose attorneys represent
children in juvenile court, had filed suit last week asking a
circuit court judge to stop
from terminating, reducing or suspending counseling and other
services that help foster children in crisis. That suit is expected
to be heard this afternoon in circuit court.
"People are looking at it as if it's a political fight. The reality
is that political fight has spilled over and has started to hurt
kids in state care," Harris said.
(Information Taken from Blog:
House Committee on Ways and Means
May 15, 2007
Three years ago, the Congressman and legislators from
Arizona, New Mexico and California sat and listened as parents, lawyers, a
physician, child welfare experts and a foster parent shared horror stories of
CPS malpractice. They spoke from a giant horseshoe table (normally used by the
City Council) and the lawmakers sat facing them in staff table in front of the
stage. Throughout the day, groups of 7 speakers at a time were led up to the
horseshoe table and each took their turn speaking for 10 minutes. They worked
straight through lunch and the lawmakers were very attentive. The hall was
packed with an audience -- standing room only -- and four video cameras from
assorted media taped the entire thing.
All speakers were harshly negative about CPS. Some of the
speeches were very emotional (one played an audio tape into the microphone of a
child screaming as police ripped him away from his mother). As part of their
presentation, each speaker offered possible solutions (reforms) to the problems
many had documented so well. Here are some of the most common themes:
(Check it Out)
WHO IS THE ABUSER???
Consider these Facts:
Abuse Percentages are based on cases reported, Not on ALL
Families with children in the US. If based on
ALL families, abuse is less than 1/2
2. 80 Percent
of Child Abuse Allegations are FALSE. Learn more from My
Story as a Foster Parent
Association News Letter Editor. Go to
Federal Funding for Child Welfare
Agencies has been decreased over the past few years-What's
With This Picture???
Child Welfare Agencies receives $2,000-$6,000
every time a child is taken from their family-What's
With This Picture???
62,000 Foster Parents are leaving Foster Care
Nationally each year-What's Wrong
With This Picture???
100's of Foster Parents if they had bio, guardian, and/or
adopted children while being a Foster
Parent and over 80% said
Child Welfare Agencies are the lead agency
that handles the Children for Bio Parents & Foster Parents-
What's Wrong With This Picture???
Support the Concerns
Nationally from Foster Parent Reform that make ALL
Involved Responsible for their Actions. Many Concerns
that can be used by ALL Families. Stop the Monopolizing
Child Welfare Agencies that get funds "In the Name of
Support OR Create Laws
that put all involved with the children on an Equal
Basis. Not dominated by the Decisions of Child Welfare
Agencies, AND Not based on Abuse, but on Ideas that Work
to Create a Stronger Family...
Learn More at Our Site God Bless, GranPa
- California Judge Issues
Injunction Against Orange County CPS Workers--(May
20,2007) Following Orange County Jury's finding CPS workers
and agency liable to mother for $4.9 million in compensatory
damages plus punitive damages trial judge enters permanent
injunction against the California's Orange County to prevent
CPS from including in charging allegations any statement
that a child is abused, neglected or abandoned without
reasonable and articulable evidence to support the
- Majority Leader Karen Bass
Introduces New Foster Care Legislation for 2007
As the new legislative year kicks-off,
Assembly Majority Leader Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles)
continues her focus on foster care reform by introducing new
legislation to improve the California’s Foster Care System.