This is outstanding. The list of "dirty tricks" alone is worth going and having a look:
I am stunned that Sharon McElrath who wrote this only ever got 29 people to sign on and two comments. This was four years ago though, and I bet if she posted this same thing today with the increased awareness and light being shone on the corruption and incompetence of "Child Protective" "Services" (CPS) nationwide, that she would do much, much better.
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Then again, there really isn't a petition here. It seems that maybe she was using the Change.org website just to share her excellent information in a forum that gathers lots of activist attention.
Here are her 14 points (worthy of Woodrow Wilson, for sure:)
DIRTY TRICK #1: DCFS/CPS/DSS will PRETEND to help you, when in actuality they are gathering evidence against you.
DIRTY TRICK #2: DCFS/CPS/DSS will try to get you to talk. In plain English, SHUT UP!
DIRTY TRICK #3: There are those workers in DCFS/CPS/DSS that will abuse and traumatize you and your children themselves.
DIRTY TRICK #4: The DCFS/CPS/DSS will try to get one parent to say incriminating things about the other and if this doesn’t happen then they will twist and turn your words to fit their case.
DIRTY TRICK # 5: The DCFS/CPS/DSS will try to get your children to make damaging disclosures about you using manipulation, coercion and fear.
DIRTY TRICK #6: DCFS/CPS/DSS will always try to make sure that you do not get any help on the legal issues surrounding your case. They will tell you that you don’t need an attorney
DIRTY TRICK #7: After DCFS/CPS/DSS barges in and takes your children…be they biological or foster…the court is required to give you a hearing within a reasonable length of time. For biological parents it is 72 hours
DIRTY TRICK #8: The DCFS agent will try to get into your home to do an assessment but will use any evidence gathered there against you.
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DIRTY TRICK #9: The DCFS has a network of “mandated reporters” everywhere. All parents…biological, adoptive AND foster…need to be aware and on guard at all times.
DIRTY TRICK #10: When Child Protective Services takes your children they will do everything they can to keep them…be they biological or foster children already in the system.
DIRTY TRICK #11: In their efforts to build a case against you DCFS/CPS/DSS will often try to get you to sign waivers and documents and reconstructive case plans for changing the way you do things.
DIRTY TRICK #12: The Department of Child and Family Services will attempt to withhold key records that you need to make your case even though they are required by law to give them to you.
DIRTY TRICK #13: Once the investigation is completed the DCFS/CPS/DSS will allow you to challenge their findings of abuse. However, it is their OWN agents that do the review and call it a “Fair Hearing.”
DIRTY TRICK #14: You will find out that DCFS/CPS/DSS will rarely let the foster parents visit the children once they are taken. If you are allowed to visit you cannot show them any affection. They do everything in their power to keep you apart.
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Of course, merely excerpting the major points of this long and detailed "how-to" guide isn't going to do much good, unless you actually go to the link and READ IT, or go and C&P the URL and send the link to anyone who you know who is having a run-in with this pout-of-control, government-backed leviathan.
I wish Ms. McElrath HAD followed up with an actual petition citing these dirty tricks and using these as the impetus for a bill designed to outlaw each and every one of these things so that people would, one day, not need her information.
But, it is still very good stuff. Please read it and forward it to others who may need it even more than you do.
(P.S. Actually, Woodrow Wilson was a dastardly Rockefeller tool...but some of you probably already knew that...lol...)