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Child Protective Services said to endanger children, families

Witnesses at a town hall forum on reform of Child Protective Services in San Bernardino, California, called the agency a “festering cauldron of fraud, corruption, abuse of power and exploitation of children.”

Parents and extended family members documented violations of state and federal statutes, denial of civil rights, predation upon children and families by child welfare workers, and a scheme to “maximize the federal funding stream” at the expense of safety.

At any given time, more than half a million American children are in government custody. Only about 3 percent of them have been physically abused. Children taken into custody have an eight to eleven times higher risk of abuse than those who remain in their own homes.

Often, nearly a year passes before parents get their first chance to present their case to a judge.

Additional information:

Statement by Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA) at a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee

“How DSS Maximizes Federal Revenue,” AAPS News, March 2005

Watch for AAPS 2005 annual meeting program.

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