In 2013, when Gov. Jan Brewer set up the Department of Child Safety to oversee child welfare cases (instead of CPS), a corruption scandal broke out. The Department of Child Safety uncovered a culture of corruption within CPS and brought charges against several employees. The Arizona CPS corrupt scandal led to the resignation of both CPS Director Charles Flanagan and Gov. Brewer’s Chief of Staff Lisa Graham Keegan, who was accused of pressuring CPS employees to make false statements about the case. The scandal also led to the dismissal of more than 100 cases, including those involving child deaths. The resulting investigation uncovered a “toxic culture” within CPS that encouraged employees to engage in wrongdoing and cover it up. In 2015, Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Steve Nunez as Director of the Department of Child Safety.
The toddler was found dead
The toddler was found dead in a trash bag in San Antonio in 2011. A local newspaper reported that he had been stabbed and beaten to death by his mother, who then buried him under the front lawn of their home.
Gov. Doug Ducey has focused on a “transparency“
Since taking over CPS, Gov. Doug Ducey has focused on a “transparency” initiative and overhauling child abuse policies.
Ducey’s administration has been working to bring transparency to Arizona’s Child Protective Services (CPS) department since taking office in 2014, according to an article in The Washington Post. The governor created a task force that studied the state’s foster care system for children who have experienced abuse or neglect by their parents. The group recommended instituting better oversight of foster homes, including more detailed records about what happens when children go through them; increasing training for caseworkers who investigate reports of abuse; and improving communication between families involved in CPS cases and attorneys representing them in court hearings related to their care arrangements with the state Department of Economic Security (DES).
CPS must investigate every case it receives
You are not alone. The corruption that occurred in the Cook County Sheriff’s Office is not rare, and it shouldn’t be ignored by law enforcement agencies across the country.
The CPS must investigate every case it receives, no matter how small or large the case may seem to be at first glance. If you have been a victim of corrupt officials who were supposed to protect and serve you, then contact us today so we can help you get justice for what happened to you.
CPS workers have too much power
The problem is that CPS workers have too much power. They’re allowed to make decisions on a whim and can do so with impunity because there’s no oversight or accountability. They’re not held accountable for their actions, either.
80% of the time, CPS removes children from the home for no good reason
The vast majority of the time, when CPS removes children from a home for no good reason, it is because the parents have engaged in “substantive” conduct (e.g., they failed to pay child support or attend court-ordered counseling sessions). But that’s not all: nearly 80% of all cases are removed due to allegations of abuse or neglect without any proof whatsoever.
In 2014, there were more than 1 million reports made by parents about alleged child abuse and neglect—and only about 10% resulted in an actual investigation. Most likely this means that somewhere between 99% and 98% of these reports were made by people who had ulterior motives for filing them (such as wanting revenge against their ex-spouse).
CPS is profit-driven
You may have heard that CPS is a profit-driven organization.
While this is true, it’s not the whole story. The truth is that CPS has been run by executives who use the money they make from their position to line their own pockets at the expense of children who depend on them for safety and care.
Kids end up getting killed in foster care
The investigation has uncovered that kids are dying in foster care. According to a report by ProPublica, at least three children have died in state custody over the last decade and more than 1,000 have been injured while under state supervision. In 2015 alone, 58 children died and 645 were seriously injured while awaiting adoption or reunification with their parents.
Many families get their kids back after going to court
While many families have been able to get their kids back after going to court, others have not.
- The kids were returned to their parents after they went through the process of showing that they had been neglected or abused.
- Some children were returned without being heard in a hearing or trial.
Child trafficking occurs through the foster care system
Child trafficking occurs through the foster care system. Foster parents are paid to take in children who have been removed from their homes and placed into a home with a foster parent. In many cases, this means that children are moved around from one facility to another without their parent’s consent or knowledge.
The child welfare system is broken
According to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, nearly one in three children in America lives in poverty and more than 3 million kids are on food stamps. These are just two examples of how broken our country’s social safety net has become, and they’re just two ways that teachers can help their students grow into successful adults who will never need those programs again.
The first step towards fixing this problem is by making sure every single student knows what happened at Columbine High School back on April 20th, 1999: two students killed 12 classmates before killing themselves (and injuring 11 others). We need you all to know about it so that your kids can be prepared for anything when they’re out there trying to make something better than what was done before them – whether it’s fixing up an old house or starting up a business empire as Steve Jobs did.
While there are many solutions to this problem, it starts with us, the parents. We need to be there for our kids, to love them and support them through the hard times so that they know that someone has their back. And we need to make sure everyone knows about Columbine so that this doesn’t happen again.