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Arizona poised to heed the anguished call of children

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  1. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    http://www.azcentral.com/story/laurie-roberts/2014/05/25/legislature-convenes-to-protect-children/9511235/

     
  2. JeannaT

    JeannaT Former Member

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    Well, that's good news. i'm going to follow that story over time and see if they are able to make improvements.

    In stories like this I'm always looking for more details. I wonder where exactly the breakdown occurred - did the caseworkers actually not see the children they were documenting? Were they unable to pick up on signs of abuse? Did the abuse happen so sporatically that a child could appear fine one day and dead in two weeks from abuse?

    In Texas, we are seeing a rise in court cases where findings of abuse by CPS are being overturned at a greater rate than in years past when parents take the case to court - but still, the rate of being overturned is only about 2% of the total findings of abuse.

    Good for the Governor of Arizona - prayers that this movement is successful. It's always so heartbreaking to read cases of children killed by abuse and family and teachers come forward saying they called CPS repeatedly and nothing was done.
     
  3. K_Z

    K_Z Verified Anesthetist

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    Indeed, thank God, that at least ONE state is willing to decimate their current dysfunctional CPS divisions, and start again from the ground up to build new and DIFFERENT agencies.

    BBM. IMO, the single biggest obstacle to effective CPS agencies is the "sacred cow" of reunification. An enormous amount of time and efforts is expended by the CPS system toward reunification as the primary goal. When the parent/s are uncooperative and noncompliant throughout the process, or repeatedly incarcerated, this must stop being the primary goal MUCH sooner, IMO.

    These agencies (child protection, and social services toward reunification) MUST be separated, IMO, in order for proper and effective oversight to occur for both processes. AND, law enforcement must play a far greater role in domestic violence against children, IMO.

    The foster care system was never intended to be a source of long term placement for kids. We have no orphanages, there is a shortage of qualified and desirable foster parents, and adoption cannot even be pursued as an option for most kids in care, because of the reluctance to terminate parental rights, in cases that are CLEARLY devastating for children. Many kids bounce between foster care and abusive and neglectful care by parents many times in a very compressed period of their babyhood and childhood.

    Worse yet are the kids who turn up murdered or neglected to death, after being returned to parents who lost custody for abuse, then "regained" custody shortly, after a short period of good behavior. We have a lot of data about the behaviors of parents that predict successful reunification, and the behaviors that predict failure at reunification. We need to start paying attention much sooner to the behaviors that predict almost certain failure, and let those kids have a chance at another parenting situation sooner. IMO. We know that bouncing between foster care and recurrent abuse and neglect by bio-parents is devastating for these kids over decades, and impacts their entire lives. We need to make definitive decisions about placement for kids sooner. IMO.

    Reunification, as an across the board goal, has got to be abandoned for certain children FAR earlier in the process, IMO. Children are not suitcases, to be "possessed" and "re-possessed" by adults. We must begin to seriously consider the child's best interests, and right to have a childhood apart from repeated and ongoing neglect, abuse, and parental violence.

    I will also watch Arizona's progress in this area. I hope very much they are successful, and become a model for other states.

    http://www.futureofchildren.org/futureofchildren/publications/docs/14_01_05.pdf

    (I could link a ton of good references, but I'll exercise restraint!)
     
  4. Linda7NJ

    Linda7NJ Active Member

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    The Adoption and Safe Families Act tried to address these issues back in 1997.
    It called for concurrent planning and termination of parental rights if a child was in care 15 or 18? consecutive months.
    Oftentimes States are reluctant to do that until an adoptive family is identified.

    The government makes a lousy parent, but sometimes it's necessary.

    I really wish more decent people would step up to become foster and adoptive parents to the children languishing in the system. But I certain understand why they don't.


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    K_Z Verified Anesthetist

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    http://news.msn.com/us/gov-jan-brewer-signs-child-welfare-overhaul-bills
     

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