The deeper I dig into this subject, the more I see that it is the system at fault.
More so than the workers within it who for the most part are doing their best (within the limitations of their dwindling resources) to make high pressure life-changing decisions for an ever growing number of cases. Cases which are stacking up inside their organised cardboard files under the two basic labels of 'ABUSE' or 'NEGLECT', completely lacking the human element required to make informed decisions on behalf of these young impressionable lives.
We are so much more than our case files!
To divide us into two categories seems rather shortsighted. At the very least it would be more appropriate to add the word POTENTIAL before the other two. Labelling us as either abusive or neglectful seems already to be biased and assumptive.
ABUSE: The only way to know for sure what is going on here is to get involved on a human level. Watch, listen & FEEL out the situation.
NEGLECT: This is more a question of governmental preference. Are we neglecting our children by wanting to homeschool them? In Sweeden & Germany the answer to this question would be yes.
I have personally been accused of neglect (thankfully not by any heavy handed government agency) for feeding my children vegan food. Yet I do it with their optimum health in mind! It feels as if there will soon be a time when the CPS will be called to review my case of neglect and potentially take my kids away from me.
Unless I promise to start feeding my family burgers again 🍔🍟🍴
The system can't keep up
The number of children being taken into care is growing and so too are the reasons behind their removal from their natural families.
The allocation of government resources are not being increased proportionate to the demand. So the end result is inevitable and the quality of the service declines.
What we are seeing is a dehumanisation of the 'protection' process with less and less actual human contact involved. And the real irony here is almost laughable: the lack of resources is creating the rise in cases.
Those born reliant on a system remain reliant
If you are one of the majority who must ask for help from your government with housing benefit or jobseekers allowance you are going to develop a strong connection with the various government agencies over the years. And without them you would feel quite lost in expensive cities like London.
By the time you have children of your own, the idea of a trusted agency which 'protects' your children even from yourself is much more likely to be accepted without too much of a fuss.
The poorest are the most likely to lose their children to the system
When you grow up with your hand outstretched toward the government, always seeking to get what you can from them, it doesn't bode well for the future of your children.
There is a proven link between the poor and the problems which lead to the CPS getting involved. Ultimately you are more likely to have your child removed from you if you are poor. And when that child grows up they are going to be even more disturbed than their parents.
Can you see the downward spiral now?
The deeper corruption
There is a story beneath the one we hear about on the news. It is a dark story of corruption hidden behind the many government funded institutions which are set in place specifically to keep out of sight from us from the ugly truth that the situation is getting worse. At an alarming rate.
The children who are being removed from their families are not statistically living the kind of lives we would imagine their 'protection' would lead them to. Unless a life of slavery, cruelty, crime & prostitution is what you had in mind for them?
It is corruption at the highest level and ultimately boils down to money and control, but I will save the details of this particular subject for my next article.
I encourage everyone to read through the convention- it paints, in its entirety, a much bleaker outlook for parents than the little I shared.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
If you think it can’t happen in America, think again!
In some states the CPS can remove your children from you and place them in a protective care based on the word of one other person, claiming to have seen some kind of abuse going on. In this situation they are guilty until proved innocent and the process to get your child back can be a long one.
Even when you are lucky and the judge finds you innocent, your life and the life of your child will never be the same again. I have seen with my own eyes what happens when you become branded by a lie. After time the lie is forgotten but the gossip always remains.
An example from Texas
As someone who worked in the sex industry for over ten years I resonated with this particular story. I do not judge. Only listen... and feel with my instinct:
Can Child Protective Services take my child if I am charged/convicted of a Prostitution case?
I am an exotic dancer in Houston and vice has recently raided the club I am working at. Several girls were arrested and charged with Prostitution cases. Houston has Sexually Oriented Business Laws that constitute certain dances and distances illegal and therefore considered "Prostitution." I have only lived here in Texas for 6 months and have obtained my SOB license since day 1. However, this concerns me because I have a 5 year old son and have heard rumors that Child Protective Services will take him from me if I am charged with a prostitution case. Is this so? Can CPS take my child away if I am caught in one of these loop-holes? Also, I have a live in Nanny 6 days a week, and I do not work on the 7th day so that I am home with my son.
A Dispute Attorney was the only person to offer an answer:
What am I reading here?
To me this sounds like unlawful blackmail? Totally change your life or risk losing your child. Now stop asking questions and sign on the dotted line!
From experience I can tell you that being a sex worker does not make a woman any less of a mother. On the contrary, given the freelance nature of their work they are likely to have much more time for their children than the woman who spends her week behind a desk.
Should the unthinkable happen
If the CPS do remove your child and put them into the system I am sorry to say there is a good chance that they are going to become victims of other terrible things. And the idea you once had for a single happy family will become nothing more than a distant memory.
As not to focus too much on this darker subjects at this moment, I will save these details for my next post.
These stories are not covered in news.
On the contrary, the focus is always on the success stories.
If you are looking for someone to blame
I'm not big on pointing the finger in situations like this but in the case of 'family protection' I feel as if I must try. Children's lives are being destroyed due to the madness of us adults yet it seems as if the children are the ones being punished.
Instead of putting them into ‘care’ why not provide the parents with better tools instead?
Instead of blaming the parents, why not blame the system which has put the parents in such a bad position where they find themselves 'abusing' or 'neglecting' their children, if indeed this is the case.
It is the system at fault so rather than throwing our stones at it in anger, why not direct our attention towards fixing this broken machine?
As ever, the symptoms are addressed, not the cause.
The voice of the children
Paperwork and statistics are increasingly replacing the human element. And the voice of the child is all but lost now.
But on the whole, there is very little information out there which relates to how these children FEEL after being removed from their parents.
How do they FEEL after hearing all their lives that they have been 'abused' or 'neglected' by their natural parents?
How do they FEEL as if the system has treated them?
And what of the children taken from their parents on the basis of neglect because they didn't believe in the state education system and wanted to homeschool them? Were they abusing their children through neglect because of their personal choices around education? Do they really deserve to have their children taken away for this? And what will the children REALLY learn about the way in which they were neglected?
Each case must be scrutinised on an individual basis and monitored carefully throughout. But without adequate funding there is absolutely no way this can be done.
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I do not often read something here on Steemit which brings tears to my eyes. I was shocked to my core by this true story. And reminded of the importance of my own attempt at building awareness so that others may avoid suffering the same experience.
Thank you @canadian-coconut & @markwhittam for your amazing work to support others. You cannot do better than your best and I am pleased at least you reminded that little girl of what her real name was... and how her real parents felt about her. My heart goes out to you all.
With a lump in my throat now, I give you a few stats:
"Foster care adoptive parents THINK their kids were exposed to" these things... because they don't actually know the TRUTH!
Check this link HERE for an informative slideshow of stats showing the severity of this situation.
Here are a few clips from it:
Is there a dark agenda behind this?
We have established that the poor are being targeted. And if you have taken the time to learn a little more about the slightly disturbing subject of eugenics you may find yourself witnessing a connection between the two subjects.
Some call it conspiracy. I choose not to label it. But most certainly I am aware of it.
It has many names but in short it designed to control and monitor us like never before, ensuring the rise of a selected breed of people and the demise of others. All for our own good of course. And it is being done in such a way that we are paying for it our of our own pockets with no idea at all what is going on. Even cheering for them on the sidelines, with hope in our hearts for the future!
Without this 'protection' we have been deemed to be getting out of control. The internet has sparked a revolution. A growing awareness of the true power behind the thrown. And in order to maintain control, the poorest people are always the first to go.
In this situation it is better to save the higher tax payers who are not so much a drain on the system.
How many rich folk do you know of going through hard times with the CPS?
That's right. Please let me know in the comments if I am off track here...
I don't want to go too far down this rabbit hole at this moment. It is 5am here in Bali and I need to get an hour sleep before the kids wake up!
Please simply have an awareness of this now. Not fear, for this is not useful. Just know that there are people here on Steemit ready and waiting to help you.
And that my friends, is the most beautiful thing of all 🌷
I am very grateful to local resident and fellow steemit user @oznine for speaking to me on this subject at length a few days ago. Her experience is in the Australian political system and there is much more to come on this...
I hope to see her make her first post soon! The subject is a big one and all perspectives are important and welcome.
Blessings to you all from Bali, and...
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