Teachers are being threatened with losing their jobs or getting sued if they don’t report ‘suspicious’ signs of child abuse. The problem is that lack of common sense in defining ‘suspicious’ creates a ‘crying wolf environment.’ Good parents may be hounded over nothing, diverting Child Protective Services resources away from where they are truly needed.
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William Rembis took his baby with him to visit his wife in the hospital. He left the other younger kids in the care of their 14 and 16 year-old siblings. That’s all it took for Child ‘Protective’ Services to swoop down and remove the children. Now CPS is trying to stop the family from homeschooling.
Tonita Rogers, of California, had just given birth through Caesarean section. Three days later Juvenile Dependency Investigator Karla Torres, of Riverside County, literally snatched the infant from her breast. All this happened without a warrant, which would have taken about two hours to get if a judge had determined probable cause. It turns out Rogers is not alone. She’s filing a class action lawsuit potentially affecting thousands of incidents. The law firm representing Rogers reports half of its cases involve African American children.
“Did you know that the money funneled to states and child protective services actually encourages them to accuse you of child abuse and even murder, and to take your children, even if you’re not guilty, and even though they have absolutely no proof that you harmed your child?” That’s a quote from “New York Times” best-selling author Dr. Joseph Mercola. It may help explain many of the cases today of state-sanctioned kidnappings of children with no credible evidence of parental misconduct.
Perhaps the real mistake Cleave and Erica Rengo made was to give in to pressure from relatives, allowing paramedics to check out their newborn twins. The EMTs found everyone in good health, but still recommended their standard procedure — a trip to the hospital for further evaluation. After the couple declined, Child Protective Services showed up at their door.
The agency calls itself Child Protective Services, but CPS failed to live up to its name when it ordered Maryanne Godboldo to administer a drug called Risperdal to her daughter, even though it was making the girl “horribly ill, aggressive and violent.” After the Michigan woman refused the demand, a SWAT team appeared at her doorstep, demanding the child. The officers never showed Godboldo a warrant, possibly because it wasn’t completely filled out or signed by a judge. Attorney Byron Pitts calls the incident a home invasion and kidnapping.