"Experience should teach us to be more on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachments by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding". -- Justice Brandeis in Olmstead v United States (1) (US Supreme Court, 1928)Unless you've been "lucky" enough to navigate the U.S. legal system without wealth power and status, you probably think our system of "justice" is just. That it works very much the way you've been taught in school and watched on television/movies. You are most likely very naïve to its often arbitrary and often corrupt ways, and believe that this system will be there for you should you ever need it. Unfortunately, because of your overall trust in the system, you may find yourself inadvertently subjected to a nightmare should you ever get caught up in its web, or even turn to it for help.
Let's take family court and "Child Protective Services" (CPS) because most of us are part of a family. You are not probably not aware of of how many entities profit from the time a child first enters the “system.” You are probably unaware of the techniques CPS, attorneys, and the courts use to ensnare you. You are probably unaware of the countless victims who have lost everything, who were once as naive as you--and at one time, me. Here, ignorance is not bliss, it's downright dangerous.
In 1974, under the guise of "in the best interest of children," The Child Abuse and Prevention Act (CAPTA) was created, giving birth to Child Protective Services, which sanctioned state and community surveillance of families. And although it was was sold to the American public as an agency that will combat child abuse and neglect, it appears the primary reason for its creation may have been much more nefarious. Even Walter Mondale, the man who promoted CAPTA expressed concerns that it could lead states to create a "business" that deals in children, and that's exactly what happened The results speak for themselves, an industry that grows more profitable by the day
Over a decade later, more legislation was enacted that bolstered the profits of this new industry, once again promoted under the guise of the state's "paramount concern" for children's health and safety. In 1997 President Clinton passed the "The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997" (ASFA). ASFA created cash incentive bonuses for every child adopted out of foster care. Moreover, this initiative not only gives the cash adoption bonuses to the states, it also provides cash adoption subsidies to adoptive parents until the children turn eighteen. In a press release from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (November 24, 1999), it states, "President Clinton’s initiative to double by 2002 the number of children in foster care who are adopted or otherwise permanently placed."
So across the nation families are being ripped apart and children removed from their homes with little or no reason (caseworkers invent reasons). Why? Because their jobs depend upon it. In order to maintain employment, in most states, a child protective services social worker must take a certain number of children into custody… therefore, I'm sure the question “What can I find out about this family to build a case aimed at taking their kid?” enters their mind, either consciously, or subconsciously. Or, the social worker may offer some kind of deal to the parent, "You can keep your kid IF you agree to these “services” (psychological testing, drug testing, therapy, etc.). Because child protective services funding is closely tied in with “service providers”, so they will try every trick in the book to get you to agree to their “service plans”. In other words, never let them in, never let yourself or your child be interviewed, never sign anything no matter what they say.
The other dirty little secret is that the state offers plenty of incentive to unnecessarily drug foster children. Because children are often traumatized when taken away from their family, foster parents are strongly encouraged to get these kids into therapy, which, nine times out of ten, results in children as young as two-years old taking powerful psychotropic drugs, and oftentimes, more than one. In Texas, two out of three foster children are on these drugs. One child was on 17 different medications!
You see, not only are all therapies for foster children reimbursed by the Federal Social Security Fund--that's money for doctors, county, state, etc., and let's not forget Big Pharma--foster and adoptive parents get paid EXTRA for housing "special needs" children. And what makes a child "special needs"? When they're prescribed psychotropic drugs. Taking in foster children has become very lucrative, often incentivizing adults to take in children who would otherwise never consider foster parenting. They're called "child collectors," as they do it only for the money.
Currently, one in 25 families will be investigated by CPS, either for child neglect or abuse. Of course, there are good caseworkers, and good outcomes, however, in the custody of CPS, a child's chances of being abused or killed increase drastically. According to Nancy Schaefer a Georgia State Senator who has spoken on behalf of these families, a Georgia State Senator that was murdered under very suspicious circumstances said, "Caseworkers are often guilty of fraud. They withhold and destroy evidence and seek to terminate parental rights unnecessarily."
The simple truth is that removing children from their homes permanently has become very profitable for social service agencies, state employees, lawyers, court personnel, court investigators, evaluators and guardians, judges, and CPS contracted vendors such as counselors, therapists, junk psychologists, residential facilities, foster parents, adoptive parents, and the list goes on...
However, profit may not be the only motivation here. To be sure, family preservation and reunification efforts are under assault to the point that might suggest that there may be an all out War on Family that the powers that be convinced us is the fault of "gay marriage," "welfare queens"...anything but the fact that it's the result of their manipulations over the decades. If you think that's crazy, consider that in less than 40 years, we went from being able to comfortably raise relatively large families with one parent working to barely able to keep our heads above water with much smaller families and both parents working.
Adoption Bonuses: The Money Behind the Madness