Child Protective Services
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Child Protective Services (CPS) is an agency of many U.S. state governments that removes children from situations that the CPS case workers deem abusive or unlivable. A first line of defense recommended by anti-CPS activists is for parents to homeschool their children rather than sending them to state schools, since state schooling gives CPS workers an opportunity to pull the children out of class for questioning without the parents' prior knowledge or consent. It is also recommended that parents refuse to talk to CPS workers or allow them entry into their homes, unless they come with a court order (in which case, they will be accompanied by police officers). It is sometimes proposed that Child Protective Services be abolished, and that its functions of investigating allegations of crimes against minors be handled by regular police officers.
CPS whistleblower Carlos Morales criticizes the agency's "corruption, kidnapping, and drugging" of children. The drugging occurs, he says, because group homes for foster children have an incentive to get the children diagnosed with as many disorders as possible, in order to get more funding for taking care of their special needs. Since children removed from their homes may feel despondent, resentful, rebellious, etc. this sets the stage for diagnoses of depression, oppositional defiant disorder, etc.
Morales also criticizes the lack of training of CPS workers, who need only have a bachelor's degree in anything and a couple months of specialized training, rather than any background in child development or forensic science, the latter of which might be useful for determining whether an assault on a child has occurred. He also criticizes the investigatory techniques of CPS workers, who pull children out of class at public schools to interview them, without telling them what agency they work for, and ask them leading questions about alleged sexual touching. Morales and Taryn Harris also operate a podcast, Truth over Comfort.
- Kevin Brown
- Criticisms in the Wikipedia article on CPS
- Some good information (along with a lot of "psycho-babble") in the Wikipedia article on Foster care
American Juvenile Justice (2005) by Franklin E. Zimring