CPS corruption hurts and destroys families worldwide. Please use caution posting about CPS here or anyplace on the internet. For your protection, using your full, real name and precise location is not advised. CPS has eyes everywhere and CPS is notorious for taking what people say, twisting it, embellishing on it and then using it against them in CPS "investigations" and at court proceedings.
There are no pictures on these videos - they are voice recordings but they are most certainly interesting and show the garbage families go through in dealing with CPS - DCFS. It also shows how our freedom of speech is being trampled on.
An Arizona legislative committee, apparently satisfied that the state’s child-welfare agency has adequately responded to problems raised by three state audits since 2009, declined to delve deeper Thursday into broader troubles within the system.
Sen. Linda Gray, R-Glendale, co-chair of the committee, said after the hearing that she wanted to see what comes from a child-safety task force before deciding whether to hold additional hearings on Child Protective Services. Gov. Jan Brewer is expected to name members of the task force in the next few days. Brewer wants recommendations from the task force by Dec. 31.
But during public testimony, several people said critical problems within the CPS need urgent attention.
“I think the system is struggling greatly – all aspects of the system,” said Dana Wolfe Naimark, CEO of Children’s Action Alliance. “What we’ve heard today really doesn’t tell you the story of CPS.”
One of the audits, from September 2009, said the agency inconsistently reviewed relatives willing to take temporary custody of children and failed to properly document efforts to place children with relatives. The agency has since implemented specific guidelines for workers to assess the fitness of relatives and is still working on getting staff to better document efforts to find relatives.
About one-third of Arizona’s foster children live with relatives.
Clarence Carter, director of the Department of Economic Security, which oversees CPS, said in response to a question that grandparents and other relatives who take in foster children have access to all the services that unrelated foster families and shelter operators do.
“The fact that a child is placed with a relative doesn’t change the needs of that child,” Carter told Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor, D-Phoenix.
But Suzanne Schunk, director of family services for Southwest Human Development, told the committee that grandparents and other relatives don’t get the same support as foster parents. They aren’t paid to care for the kids, and they often can’t find services that the children need or can’t afford to pay for them, she said.
Landrum Taylor agreed.
“A lot of times they’re unable to do it, so it just doesn’t happen,” she said.
And Brenda Gloria of Phoenix, who cares for two grandchildren, said CPS caseworkers gave their parents too many chances. She said it was heartbreaking to have the children sent back home year after year, only to be removed and returned to her.
CPS supervisors also are reviewing a backlog of nearly 10,000 inactive abuse and neglect cases and trying out a streamlined investigation process that could shave weeks off the average case, which now takes five to six months to complete.
The process of feeding psychotropic drugs to foster children in Clark County will get an overhaul after a vote today by the County Commission to partner with the Nevada School of Medicine and a non-profit mental health agency.
The medical school and Mojave Adult, Child and Family Services will work as consultants to develop policies to monitor "use of psychotropic medication by children in the custody of Clark County Department of Family Services."
Among other things, the agencies are being asked to create policies to create an assessment protocol for:
• children under 4 who are prescribed mental health medications.
• children prescribed three or more mental health drugs.
"In addition," reads a county report, "this program will address emerging concerns nationally that children in foster care are medicated with psychotropic medications three to four times more frequently than children" living with their families. The fear, adds the report, is that these medications "are being used inappropriately for chemical restraint and in lieu of more appropriate non-pharmacologic interventions."
The county's Department of Family Services budgeted $300,455 for the program, which will also include screening medication regimens to make sure they conform with a child's diagnosis and attempt to identify children who will benefit from additional treatment that does not involve drugs.
Auditors reviewing Nevada's facilities for children in state care were so concerned about the mess they found in a Las Vegas foster home in March that they called Clark County Child Protective Services.
Deputy Legislative Auditor Sandra McGuirk wrote that, when they entered the home, they saw an empty insulin syringe on the floor, an empty prescription medicine bottle, unsecured flammable liquids, a hammer and sharp knives, pans full of grease on the stove, overflowing garbage cans and filthy bathroom sinks, as well as food remnants and soda cans on the carpet.
She said this is the first time conditions have been so bad in an inspection that they felt it necessary to call Child Protective Services.
“These conditions are unacceptable in any foster home,” said Sen. Sheila Leslie, D-Reno.
The foster home was one of more than 30 operated by Eagle Quest, which has homes in Las Vegas and Pahrump. Director of Operations Dave Doyle said the mess happened after the foster parent running the home suffered a medical issue and was taken to the hospital. He said the woman's husband was overwhelmed and he was not informed that she wasn't there.
Doyle apologized to the legislative audit subcommittee but added that the home was under a corrective action plan from Child Protective Services in Clark County and he was never told about that. He admitted that conditions in the house were “atrocious” when the audit team showed up and, and he said that's why he immediately moved the six foster children there to another home.
He said numerous changes have been made by the company since then to ensure that nothing like that ever happens again in one of its homes.
Foster home operators in his system must tell him immediately if they are being investigated by a government agency. He said that if a foster parent has a medical issue or another problem requiring their absence, his staff is to be informed within 24 hours so they can put someone in there. He said other changes have been made as well, including tightening controls over medications given to children in foster care — a perennial complaint by legislators.
“We now have multiple people signing off on the medication logs,” Doyle said.
Leslie, who chairs the audit subcommittee, said the medications issue is still showing up in every six-month audit of the child care system, yet she was unable to get a bill through this past session requiring training for foster care and group home workers so they keep accurate records.
Doyle said that standardized training is needed and that operators like himself need to hold their employees accountable.
The practice of investigating a sample of both governmental and private child-care facilities every six months was started about four years ago after serious charges were raised about conditions and treatment of those confined to the state's juvenile prison, the Nevada Youth Training Center in Elko.
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CPS really failed this little child but of course, they are not on trial for murder as is the mother. CPS should be just as accountable as the mother and charged with murder beause CPS aided and abetted the death by not doing their job!
WINFIELD, W.Va. -- A case manager with Child Protective Services relied on the mother of a 3-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis to say whether the child consistently received medication and went to doctors' appointments, a Putnam County jury heard Tuesday.
Testimony continued Tuesday during the trial of Tracy Wright, 28, of Hurricane, who is accused of neglecting the medical condition of her daughter, Ashley, which allegedly resulted in her death.
Wright is charged with murder of a child by a parent, guardian or custodian by refusal or failure to supply necessities and child neglect resulting in death.
Jurors heard about two hours of testimony Tuesday from Gail Noullette, a case manager with the state Department of Health and Human Resources. Noullette relied on Wright to know whether Ashley had received her prescribed medications and attended doctors' appointments, she said.
Wright had told her in April that she was "giving [medicine] to Ashley here and there," but "wasn't being consistent," Noullette said.
Noullette said based on what Wright was telling her -- and Ashley's condition -- there wasn't imminent danger and therefore the child wasn't removed from Wright's care.
In September 2010, when Noullette spoke to Ashley's cystic fibrosis doctor, she said he informed her that Wright hadn't been giving her daughter proper medical treatment, and that Ashley's prescriptions hadn't been filled in the past nine months.
Assistant prosecutor Steve Connolly said Ashley was supposed to receive the medication four times a day, and that in September 2010 she had had only 60 pills since May.
"That would be two weeks' worth over the course of 4 1/2 months," Connolly said.
On Nov. 17, 2010, Noullette said, Ashley visited the cystic fibrosis clinic for the first time since February, and that her doctor said her condition was deteriorating.
A day later, Noullette said, she filed a nonemergency petition with the court.
"We had to do something because she wasn't making progress," Noullette said.
Wright's attorney, David Moye, questioned why Noullette didn't take action sooner if they knew that Ashley wasn't getting her medicine as far back as March.
Through numerous reports written by Noullette, Moye tried to exhibit a pattern showing that officials knew Ashley wasn't getting her medication as prescribed.