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Understand what issue you are responding to and be sure that your letter responds to it. Off the wall is off the wall!
Have something to say and think carefully about how you want to say it. This is the hardest part. Ask yourself: "What is it that I really want to say?" Try to make just one or two major points.
Edit your letter. Eliminate unnecessary words and look for ways to say it more powerfully. Editors count words. No matter what you submit, expect them to revise it. Try to pick a catchy title – but they usually will change that, too.
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Expect lots of rejections. But, remember that newspapers always are looking for good letters to choose from.
Most newspapers have a section from the Letters Editor telling you what they want and how they want it. For example, they often require you indicate your name, address, and telephone number. Read and follow!
Finally, read some of the letters that your chosen newspaper already has printed to get a feel for what they are willing to print.
· The following website is to help with writing skills, especially in the area of citizen reporting & journalism. It helps with writing about public policy issues. http://www.helium.com/writers-resources/citizenjournalist?emailloc=km94v
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Read other stories by parents & their experiences with CPS. Write your story, as well, to help warn others and refer them to our eReference Books, the Group or other place you may think they can gain help. This is a hot spot where citizens warn each other of all sorts of financial, employment, and other rip-offs. It is taking the place of the Better Business Bureau. Do not use real names or use initials. http://www.ripoffreport.com
If you are able to make a video clip and upload it, then YouTube is good as it is highly-visible hot spot and popular. Media persons peruse YouTube video clips and many times include them on their TV newscasts. http://www.YouTube.com
More and more, connections with children placed in the system and their lost foster parents or biological parents are made here. Write your profile with a message to the kids being careful about privacy. You can post your picture in case the kids input your name and come to you My Space website. Posts can be made back and forth. http://www.MySpace.com
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Call this CPS Radio Talk Show & tell your story. This show outlines the destruction of American families and relationships through legislation and the courts. Your host and cohost is Ron Smithand Rockin and Robin Denison. Hosted by: ChildrenNeedBothParents. (724) 444-7444 Call ID: 53118. http://www.talkshoe .com/tc/53118
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It is a good idea to set up a couple of emails that contain anonymous information for your privacy. These emails can be used when creating blogs or signing up for groups. They are easy to set up if you have already picked out a city and a zip code that goes with it. Make up the street address. It is just an extra step in remaining anonymous while your case is still active. Social workers known as “moles” do monitor some sites for ideas in their cases and hopefully find “You” to see what is going on. Privacy in what you are doing in your case is imperative.
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Article on: Contacting Your State Legislator For Help
Originally Posted: 16 Sep 2007 12:06 PM CDT
If your CPS social workers are lying, violating court orders, or just being unreasonable, you might get some relief from their tyranny by contacting your state legislator. I’ve done this many times when dealing with unscrupulous agencies, and each time had a pleasant resolution to my situation.
Let’s go back to how I discovered how effective
this could be. Back in the 80’s I was a welfare eligibility worker
for the Department of Social Services. Occasionally unhappy clients
would contact their legislators, and whenever that happened we’d see
the supervisor scrambling to get the case file to take it into the
program manager’s office. We knew that these people hated to have
anyone call their legislators because then the head of the entire
Department of Social Services would get a call from Sacramento where
our State Department of Social Services is. In other words, a lot of
pressure was applied from the top management because they didn’t
like getting these calls! What was even more frustrating to the
supervisor was that every time there was a call to a legislator, the
client got what she wanted.
Let’s go back to how I discovered how effective this could be. Back in the 80’s I was a welfare eligibility worker for the Department of Social Services. Occasionally unhappy clients would contact their legislators, and whenever that happened we’d see the supervisor scrambling to get the case file to take it into the program manager’s office. We knew that these people hated to have anyone call their legislators because then the head of the entire Department of Social Services would get a call from Sacramento where our State Department of Social Services is. In other words, a lot of pressure was applied from the top management because they didn’t like getting these calls! What was even more frustrating to the supervisor was that every time there was a call to a legislator, the client got what she wanted.
A few years back a local Department of Social
Services caseworker was harassing me after learning about this site.
He came out here four or five times with totally facetious or
trivial complaints, such as the accusation that I was home schooling
- something that is legal in all fifty states. After the last time,
I decided to take action before he got the bright idea of detaining
my children on the basis of the number of complaints he’d either
manufactured or followed up on. What I did was to write a letter to
this caseworker detailing each of his visits to my family, telling
what his reasons were each time and what my response was. I sent him
a copy of the letter, and sent a copy to his Program Manager, my
county supervisor, a few legislators, and a few newspapers. Maybe a
few other people, but I honestly don’t remember who at this point.
There was a list of these people at the bottom of the letter, so he
knew who was getting it. The state legislator wrote to me telling me
he had contacted the head of the Department of Social Services for
California. Talk about applying pressure from the top! Then the
pressure no doubt reached the local office and I didn’t hear from
the guy again for years.
A few years back a local Department of Social Services caseworker was harassing me after learning about this site. He came out here four or five times with totally facetious or trivial complaints, such as the accusation that I was home schooling - something that is legal in all fifty states. After the last time, I decided to take action before he got the bright idea of detaining my children on the basis of the number of complaints he’d either manufactured or followed up on. What I did was to write a letter to this caseworker detailing each of his visits to my family, telling what his reasons were each time and what my response was. I sent him a copy of the letter, and sent a copy to his Program Manager, my county supervisor, a few legislators, and a few newspapers. Maybe a few other people, but I honestly don’t remember who at this point. There was a list of these people at the bottom of the letter, so he knew who was getting it. The state legislator wrote to me telling me he had contacted the head of the Department of Social Services for California. Talk about applying pressure from the top! Then the pressure no doubt reached the local office and I didn’t hear from the guy again for years.
I’ve done similar things regarding other
agencies. My experiences with writing to state legislators for help
have all been good, and so I’m telling you about it in case anyone
wants to try it. If you do, here’s some pointers.
I’ve done similar things regarding other agencies. My experiences with writing to state legislators for help have all been good, and so I’m telling you about it in case anyone wants to try it. If you do, here’s some pointers.
Write the legislator a formal letter. Handwriting is OK - it looks authentic. Second best is a typed letter. Worst, and probably useless, is email. I’ve heard that legislators in Washington DC have to delete a lot of email unread because they have no way of processing it. I don’t know if a state legislator would do that, but I wouldn’t trust email. In this case, paper is better.
Be sure you use proper spelling and grammar. I know that’s a problem for many people who use this site, but if you know you have a problem then you can ask the local high school English teacher or some other expert for help making the letter look good.
Tell the legislator in the first line that you are his constituent. And by the way, you should be sure you’re writing only to legislators that preside over your section of the state. As a constituent you are a person who can vote or not vote for him next time he runs for office.
Keep it short! One page is sufficient. Three paragraphs, better. When I wrote the letter I mentioned above, I sent the entire three page letter I’d sent to the social worker, but the cover letter to the legislator was only three very short paragraphs. The letter will probably be read by a staff member who doesn’t have a lot of time to wade through many pages of case information. They want to know your specific complaint and needs, and will be able to process it and act on it quickly. It wouldn’t hurt to attach any evidence you may have on hand.
You will probably get a letter back from the
legislator’s office telling you whether or not they took action on
your complaint. They are there to watch out for their constituents,
so in most cases they’ll try to do something to help. They need to
know when the laws they make aren’t being followed properly. They
can’t change a court order, but if a CPS social worker is violating
a court order or in any way breaking social service regulations,
they can probably do something to create change. After getting your
letter, you might want to write back and thank them for helping.
You will probably get a letter back from the legislator’s office telling you whether or not they took action on your complaint. They are there to watch out for their constituents, so in most cases they’ll try to do something to help. They need to know when the laws they make aren’t being followed properly. They can’t change a court order, but if a CPS social worker is violating a court order or in any way breaking social service regulations, they can probably do something to create change. After getting your letter, you might want to write back and thank them for helping.