No family deserves harmful treatment by Child Protective Services. This information has been developed to help parents and foster parents deal with reports of false Allegations involving their homes. Please keep in mind these things:
· All families have a common issue regarding how abuse/neglect reports are handled in many locales. No family deserves harmful treatment by a child welfare agency. · Communities of color and Foster families in many nations are at higher risk of report of maltreatment than the general public, although substantiation rates are lower. · Joint solutions arrived at by foster parents and child welfare agencies at local, state, Provincial, and national levels are needed to address the problem. · It is unreasonable to believe that most reports of maltreatment can be prevented. (One can and should work to prevent maltreatment.)
· Prepare as if it is going to happen to you. Expect that you or a family member may be reported for child maltreatment and, no matter what your relationship with the agency, the report must be taken seriously. · The community needs to know or learn about what the agency (or agencies) will do; what do the child protection laws mean for reports involving foster families agency policy and procedures: of your agency and of agency responsible for child protection; exactly what to expect from your agency, from child protective services and from law enforcement personnel, when your home is reported for abuse/neglect;whether your family has a specific way to give input into the investigation; How the investigation will be conducted regarding foster parents own and foster children, others;under what circumstances and when and how foster children will be removed; whether, when and how foster family is notified of finding–was report substantiated, not substantiated, unable to determine; How a report may affect pending adoption. On what basis will agency revoke foster home license or fail to renew license; What appeal procedures are available at agency level; at state or Provincial level
Know what resources and services may be available to your family. Are there agency guidebook pages, policy pages, other written material available? Does agency maintain or cut-off communication of social workers with foster families? Do any support persons or support groups exist for reported foster families? (A few agencies and foster parent associations provide these.) What are the available resources to provide legal information, legal advice and, sometimes, legal representation? · Know the strengths and weakness of your family as a foster family as seen by the agency. (This is a good idea for foster care work in general.)
Foster families need support through the long process of abuse/neglect report, investigation, disposition and other possible agency actions.
This may last for many months. Support is important to foster families both in terms of their agency and fellow foster parents and in terms of their communities.
Actions That Parents & Foster parents Can Take. 1. Request education on child protection law specifically as it affects reported foster families. This should include information on guaranteed anonymity of the reporter, the need to take every report seriously; and how the legal status of foster parents differs from that of natural parents. It should also clarify how the terms used to indicate substantiated or unsubstantiated abuse differ from "innocent" and "guilty".
2. Request written information from your agency (and from the public agency which will investigate report of maltreatment in a foster home) on exactly what can be expected once abuse/neglect is reported. Ask that it be put in the foster care handbook. Ask that it be made available to all foster families, including newly licensed families. Make request in writing, dated.
3. Request a current written evaluation of your foster home and specific feedback on any concerns the agency has in regard to your home. Do not accept verbal information only. If given verbal evaluation only, write a letter (keep copy) to confirm what you heard said. · Be prepared and willing to accept negatives in the evaluation and work to make change as needed. Write to show when they are corrected. · If the agency concerns are without basis, respond in writing to show what is not accurate and invite further discussion. · Do not assume, because you are continually asked to handle difficult children,that the agency sees you as a highly capable family. · Having a clear picture of your family's strengths and weaknesses is a standard part of good foster care practice and can help you work well with an agency and reduce staff concerns when a report of maltreatment is received. It is also good "insurance" against any pretext in the future for non-renewal of license. 4. Keep a dated, written journal of all important events involving foster care in your home and also of all communication and contacts with the agency, bio family, and others as needed. · This is different from the child's record, which goes with the child. This is an important record, which stays with you and may be crucial to supporting your version of the situation in an appeals hearing. 5. When asking for assistance -- for examples in managing a particular child -- put the request both in the journal and in a dated, signed letter, and keep a copy.· If you repeat the request, record this in the journal and send another signed, dated, letter and keep a copy. · These written requests may assist you and your worker to get the assistance needed. Your written records may also prove important later to supporting what you say. 6.Plan in advance for support to yourself and your family. · Ask if the agency will provide support/from staff not involved in the investigation or from specifically designated foster parents. (Some agencies do. Many may not, due to confusion of "support" with "taking sides", and/or to concern about weakening a legal case. However, it is worth asking and reminds the agency ofits service mission.) · Ask your foster parent association to provide support for reported foster families.(Some associations now do this.) work to help set up a support system. · Select a few persons in your community who are important to you -- a friend, minister, neighbor, employer -- with whom you will discuss abuse/neglect reportsin foster care. Let them know a) that foster families are at high risk to be reported and that your family is no exception; b) that child protection requires that all reports be looked into seriously; c) what the agency is likely to do when abuse is reported; d) that, due to observing confidentiality, you will not be discussing your foster children's lives. · Ask if these persons would be willing to give support, not take sides, should a report involving your family be made. 7, Ask your agency and foster parent association to begin work in advance on legal resources for foster families who may be reported. These include resources for legal information, advice, and, perhaps, legal representation. There is little generally available to provide legal information, advice and/or representation for foster families reported for child abuse or neglect. · Begin by asking (both foster parent association and agency) for training meetings on legal considerations when abuse is reported. Invite speakers who are attorneys, law enforcement personnel, protective services staff, and others. · Consider developing written information for foster parents on their legal and other rights when abuse is reported; how to know what they need legal help for and how to find competent legal advice. · Caution: For many aspects of abuse investigation work, legal representation is not required and may not be useful unless foster families can find attorneys knowledgeable about foster care and child protective services. In addition, the legal fees can be very high due to time spent learning about the system.($) 8. Work in advance with your agency and your foster parent association on developing good policies for responding to foster families when abuse is reported.
WHEN FALSE ALLEGATIONS HAS BEEN REPORTED ON PARENTS · Much less can be done "after the fact," after report occurs. · The situation is complicated by family stress and by agency noncooperation in many instances. · Expect that agency policies may mean it will act rapidly whether or not there is any indication or risk of child abuse/neglect: may include cutoff of communication; removals of foster children; non-return of foster children;
removal or non-renewal of license and/or no further placements of children. · You need to learn what your agency’s policies and child protection agency policies are. Community actions
1. *IMPORTANT* Do not isolate yourselves, especially from other foster parents. Do not stigmatize and stress yourselves and others by keeping this crisis a "secret." Remember that foster families are at risk to be reported.
· Confidentiality of children's lives must be maintained, of course, but does not prohibit you from saying you have been reported for maltreatment!
· "Confidentiality" applies to client lives; it does not interfere with rights to individual freedom of speech (U.S. First Amendment).
2. Request assistance from your foster parent support group or state or Provincial or national association to get needed information, support and resources. 3. Request information from the agency on exactly what to expect once maltreatment is reported. 4. Continue or begin a dated written journal of events and communications. Keep good records.
5. Seek out support from agency (if available), other foster families and persons important to you in community. Participate in (or start) a support group. 6. Insist on giving full input into the investigation. If you have not been interviewed, or you found the interviews inadequate, put into writing (keep a copy) the complete information you wish to give and send it to investigator.
7. Ask what information on legal rights exists and what you need an attorney for. 8. Request assistance from agency in explaining to children as needed, whether removed or not, what is happening and why. Ask agency assistance to maintain communication from your family with removed children. (Important to children!)
9. Expect the process to take a long time to resolve, sometimes six months to a year. · If children have been removed, plan activities during this period to help with loss and grief, including work which allows you to continue being active and "giving".
· Pay attention to your health, physical and emotional. Foster parents may suffera loss of confidence and self-esteem when suddenly treated by the agency in ways which feel negative. Foster parents often experience grief from the losses of children and losses of identity if foster children are suddenly or inappropriately removed.
10. Maintain your professionalism as foster parents, cooperating fully with the investigation, insisting on giving full input and on being treated appropriately and seeking all appropriate information and resources to assist you at this time.
BEYOND INDIVIDUAL FOSTER FAMILY EXPERIENCES
Once foster parents/parents have been through the experience, they have valuable insights and experiences to share. Work with your agency and foster parent association in jointly toward more constructive ways of handling abuse/neglect reports in foster care. From
1.Request education, 2. Request information
.Work on legal resources, and:· work for positive changes in agency policy and procedures
· work on state or Provincial policy and information and resources for foster families when abuse/neglect is reported.
· share with other agencies and foster parent associations those new policies,procedures and other ideas which are working well. · keep in mind that foster parenting, done well, almost always involves being child advocates. Improving how foster families are treated once maltreatment is reported will be helpful to foster children as well as to foster parents and their own children.
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Child Welfare Needs Reforms Now JOIN FPA- FOUNDATION National MOVEMENT Demand CPS/ACS National Reform Now FPA IS ASKING FOR A National AUDIT & INVESTIGATION ON CPS/ACS & FOSTER CARE AGENCIES & FAMILY COURTS. This National Movement is taking place across the states. Families are being impacted by CPS.No accountability for CPS. This will be a National movement to bring awareness about injustices that are taking place. Violations of our constitutional rights and human rights are being violated by CPS/ACS in NYC. We can no longer sit in silence and allow for foster children to continue to fall threw the cracks and lack of support for families. The foster care agencies have dropped the ball and failed to protect these children across the nation.
Children removed from there homes intentionally for profit. children are seized from their families due to federal aid created in 1974 called the adoption and safe family act. it offers financial incentives to the states that that increase adoption numbers. To receive incentives or bonus local CPS must have more children. More merchandise to sell funding is available when a child is placed in foster home with stranger or places in a mental health facility or medicated usually against the parents wishes. Parents are victimized by the system that makes a profit for holding children longer and bonuses for not returning children to their parents. this is abuse of power and it is lack of accountability and it is a growing criminal political phemono spreading around the globe.
• that poor parents often times are targeted to lose their children because they do not have the where-with-all to hire lawyers and fight the system. Being poor does not mean you are not a good parent or that you do not love your child, or that your child should be removed and placed with strangers;
FPA-RECOMMENDATIONS-The Child Welfare Watch Group will focus on these and other issues impacting children & families.
1. Call for an independent audit of DHS/Administration for Children Services and contracted foster care agencies AND Family Courts to expose corruption and fraud. Over site committee is needed over DHS/ACS. Family Court Monitors Needed in family court. 2. Activate immediate change. Every day that passes means more families and children are subject to being held hostage. 3. Repeal the ASFA Law-End the financial incentives that separate families. 4. Stop human rights abuses and Grant to parents their rights in writing. 5. Mandate a search for family members to be given the opportunity to adopt their own relatives. 6. Mandate a jury trial where every piece of evidence is presented before removing a child from his or her parents. 7. Require a warrant or a positive emergency circumstance before removing children from their parents. (Judge Arthur G. Christean, Utah Bar Journal, January, 1997 reported that “except in emergency circumstances, including the need for immediate medical care, require warrants upon affidavits of probable cause before entry upon private property is permitted for the forcible removal of children from their parents.”) 8. Uphold the laws when someone fabricates or presents false evidence. If a parent alleges fraud, hold a hearing with the right to discovery of all evidence.
Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment New York state maintains a registry of those suspected of child abuse. You can be placed in this registry even if you have not been arrested. You have a right to a hearing if an ACS worker has placed you in this registry. ACS workers will usually place you in this system even if they find no evidence of child abuse in order to protect their jobs. This is one of the most abused systems in New York. If you have received a letter stating that you have been “indicated” for child abuse, contact us at 646-402-6133 for assistance & support. The purpose of the Child Protective Services Act of 1973 is to encourage more complete reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. The law established a Child Protective Service in each county in New York. Each Child Protective Service is required to investigate child abuse and maltreatment reports, to protect children (under 18 years old) from further abuse or maltreatment, and to provide rehabilitative services to children, parents, and other family members involved. The New York State Office of Children and Family Services maintains a Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment for reports made pursuant to the Social Services Law. The Central Register, also known as the “Hotline”, receives telephone calls alleging child abuse or maltreatment within New York State. The Central Register relays information from the calls to the local Child Protective Service for investigation, monitors their prompt response, and identifies if there are prior child abuse or maltreatment reports. Among those who are mandated to make reports are: medical and hospital personnel school officials social service workers child care workers residential care workers and volunteers, and law enforcement personnel.
Important Laws Because child welfare goes beyond child safety to focus on parental rights, and because Courts are involved, it is very important to have a full understanding of the key laws that guide work in this area. Adoption And Safe Families Act (ASFA)A 1997 law that restricts the amount of time a child can be in foster care before the agency initiates a Termination of Parental Rights. Child Abuse Prevention And Treatment Act (CAPTA) This law includes important provisions regarding newborns who test positive for drugs. Confidentiality For Drug Treatment ClientsIt’s hard to work with drug treatment without understanding 42 CFR Pt. 2, also known as “the Confidentiality Law”.
NYS Permanency Law The State law that is guiding family court practice in New York City today. NYS Permanency Legislation NEW LAWS HELP FAMILIESin December, 2005, NYS enacted legislation known as the Permanency Bill. This Bill was passed in part to make sure children in foster care have more frequent and continuous judicial and agency reviews of their situation. Key provisions include: Require a permanency hearing once every six months (rather than every 12 months as before). The court must calendar a specific date for the next permanency hearing at each hearing. Stakeholders leave each hearing knowing when they are next expected in court and can plan accordingly. Require permanency hearings to be completed within 30 days. Have a single judge work on the case throughout the child’s time in the system, and until an adoption is finalizedHave continuous legal representation for children and parents (i.e., a single attorney works with the child throughout the life of the case) Include 18- to 21-year old children voluntarily placed into foster care in the Family Court permanency process; andRequire submission of a detailed permanency report on the child and the family at least two weeks before each permanency hearing.
CAPTA: The Child Abuse Law Which Could Destroy Your Reputation
The Legal Abduction of Children Horrendous as it sounds, it's true: child abuse has become a business – an industry of sorts – that actually pays states to legally abduct your children and put them up for adoption! Even more unbelievable is that, instead of pumping the money back into child protective service programs, some states actually are putting it into their general funds to help balance their budgets.
About the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is the federal law on which almost all state and local legislation and funding for child protective services are based. Enacted in 1988, CAPTA directs the U.S. Health and Human Services' Administration for Children & Families to provide grants to communities for child abuse prevention programs. As a federal mandate, CAPTA mandates states to implement child abuse laws on their own, so they can align themselves for the massive funding and grants that go along with the law. In theory as the years went by, if the goal for this law – to reduce child abuse in this country – had been successful, then today we should need less funding for these programs, not more. Success also should have resulted in fewer children in foster care and even fewer being put up for adoption. But in reality, the opposite happened. Instead of less children in foster care, the numbers went up for nine years after CAPTA was passed. And, layers and layers of state and federal government programs and agencies whose funding depends solely on child abuse occurring were created. In 1999 foster care numbers started dropping – but only because of new laws that encouraged states to move children out of foster care and into adoptive homes.Of course, that legislation came with funding too, giving CPS a new avenue for making more money and creating more jobs and more programs. The tragedy is what Van Doorn pointed out in his campaign: the financial incentives for rooting out child abuse actually encourage agencies to make false accusations against parents, and to tear families apart for something that did not occur. How this Law Actually has Increased Child Abuse Reports What happened is not an anomaly, nor is it new. In 1991, the bi-partisan National Commission on Children had already figured out that children were being taken from their families "prematurely or unnecessarily" because federal formulas give states "a strong financial incentive" to do so rather than provide services to keep families together."1 As a result, the federal government and a number of states created legislation that was supposed to keep more families together. But as the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform (NCCPR) reports, those efforts only disrupted more families, and encouraged more adoptions. Again, the reason is financial: the new laws give "bounties to states of up to $8,000 or more per child for every adoption they finalize over a baseline number," NCCPR reports. And again, all the help goes to foster and adoptive parents. "About the only parents the federal government won't help indefinitely are birth parents," NCCPR found. But the injustices don't stop there, because in order to get that money, states have to have children to take away and place – and therein lies the incentive to falsely accuse parents of harming their children and to forcibly remove children even when there is no evidence to do so."CPS nationally are doing a job they've never been trained to do," says Kim Hart, a trial strategist and facilitator who has been assisting attorneys in defending persons accused of child abuse for more than 18 years. They're investigating people who have never been charged, and calling them child abusers, and taking kids away, and they get paid to do it. This mechanism is bigger than what most people know. It goes all the way back to the 1980s with legislation that told states they had to develop registries with mandatory child abuse reporting." The money that follows a child abuse accusation and subsequent placement of the so-called endangered children into foster care or adoption is the real catalyst for the epidemic of child abuse accusations, Hart said. "And there is no incentive for any physician or anybody involved to be intellectually honest about this because the law also gives them immunity if they're wrong," she said. "So what happens is that the minute CPS is involved – or the second the EMTs are called (for example, in sudden infant death or alleged shaken baby cases), parents are already labeled as child abusers." How are States Spending this Extra Money? According to NCCPR, in FY 2010 the federal government is expected to spend at least $7 more on foster care and $4 more on adoption for every dollar spent to prevent foster care or speed reunification. This is based on President Obama's $4.681 billion foster care budget for FY2010 – an increase of $21 million over FY2009. The number represents a decrease of 4,300 children a month in foster care. But this decrease is based on "placement of children in more permanent settings." In other words, states are getting more money to take care of fewer children by placing more of them in adoptive homes. The law also increases incentives for adoption by paying out $1,000 to $8,000 extra for certain types of children who are placed for adoption. The twist is that states are not required to put this money back in to keeping families intact or even for preventing child abuse. Instead, by law, they can use it for non-child-related things, such as delivering meals to senior citizens or for transportation services, or a range of other home-based services! In San Diego, Van Doorn couldn't get a direct answer when he demanded that city officials tell him where their $4,000 per adopted child was going. But a look at any state's budget – from Minnesota to Florida to Connecticut and back to California – can tell you that local governments and states are cutting back or flat-lining children's services and using these extra federal dollars to balance their budgets . Not Enough Abused Children? Change the Definition of Child Abuse This certainly is a convoluted way to stop child abuse, if for no other reason than it's a form of child abuse to tear families apart and take children away from parents who are accused of doing something they didn't do. It also doesn't explain one of the newer definitions of child abuse that came along after CAPTA was enacted, Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). Reliable statistics on SBS do not exist, but according to the National Shaken Baby Coalition (NSBC), as many as 1,500 babies a year are shaken by their parents, and either severely injured or killed. While the numbers may not seem exceedingly large, they still add another arena in which CPS can seize children from their parents, and place them in adoptive homes – and claim the booty that the federal government gives them for doing this. On the Backs of Children, an Industry Based on Child Abuse has Arisen CPS proudly announced that due to their efforts, child abuse reports had gone down. But again, busted t – the numbers went down, he said, because the public had begun to catch on to the county's recent court cases they'd lost in conjunction with false child abuse allegations. When you apply this same thinking to the national statistics, it makes you wonder how many other states and local municipalities are dealing with false allegations.The truth is staggering, and is so prevalent that countless blogs have popped up addressing the problem, as well as entire websites devoted to helping people who've been falsely accused of child abuse. Again, the numbers tell the story: In 1990, two years after CAPTA was created, nearly 2.6 million children nationwide were reported as abused and/or neglected, and referred for investigation. Despite the law, six years later, in 1996, 3 million children were reportedly abused, and under CPS "investigations." Today the number varies, depending on how federal authorities define child abuse. Under one definition, statistics show that the numbers have dropped by nearly a third. But with a "more inclusive" definition, the numbers have stayed the same at about 3 million – or about 1 in every 25 children. In a 2010 report to Congress, the Administration on Children & Families explained how the numbers figure in the face of other data showing a decline in child abuse. But no matter how you interpret them, or whether the numbers have the stayed the same or dropped, the Congressional report doesn't explain why the President and Congress have continued to inflate budgets with more money to take children away from their families.
So what can you or I do about it? This is an issue that can't be fixed with a single article or a few phone calls. It's a national problem that's gone on for decades, that needs local and federal pushes to change the laws that made these injustices possible. Coincidentally, CAPTA is up for renewal in 2011, with billions more of your money proposed for the kinds of child abuse "prevention" that I've talked about here.In an effort to change this, I encourage you to study the links I've included in this article, and then contact your legislators and ask them to take a closer look at the monster that CAPTA has created.While sunsetting the law or stopping its funding is probably only a dream, FPA believes it's possible that with enough pressure, you can lobby to have the "immunity" clause removed from this, so that at the very least, agencies who falsely accuse parents of child abuse can't do so without being held responsible.
FPA-Foundation has been making trips to Washington DC to speak with congress about Child Protective services and how familes and children are being impacted
FPA-Foundation has protested and brought awareness about injustices toward children & families in the 5 boroughs involved in the foster care system. These are the agencies that violated the rights of the community. Parents you must continue to protest and bring awareness about these issues.
A partial listing of Foster care agencies that contract with ACS to provide preventive, foster care, and adoption services: These agencies have continue to not follow policy and procedures and violate the human rights of children & families. Manhattan Family Courts Brooklyn Family Courts Queens Family Courts
ACS-Bronx Location ACS-Brooklyn Location ACS-Queens Location ACS-Manhattan Location Abbott House Cardinal McCloskey Services Catholic Guardian Services Catholic Home Bureau Children’s Aid Society Children’s Village
Edwin Gould Services Episcopal Social Services Forestdale Good Shepherd Services Graham Windham
Heartshare Human Services Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services Jewish Child Care Association Leake & Watts Services Little Flower Children’s Services of New York Little Sister of Assumption Lutheran Social Services New York Foundling Seamen’s Society for Children and Families Self Help Community Services Sheltering Arms St. Dominic’s Home
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FPA-Foundation is Organizing to Shift Power: What We Do in the Community. Focus on Community Organizing around Issues that are impacting people of color We are creating a power base that can hold leaders accountable to the people who are affected by their decisions.We let our membership or constituents take the lead in collective action-planning and decision-making.whose leadership comes directly from the people who are most affected by the issues you are organizing around. Working to Build a Movement: We organize in the local community, but make connections between local issues and a broader need for systemic change.We provide a space for members to develop their political analyses at the same time as taking action for change. We break down barriers within the progressive movement, by building strategic alliances between groups of different cultural or class backgrounds or different issue areas. We explore the root causes of injustice and have a long-term vision for the kind of social change they are working for. Dismantling Oppression: We are involved with projects that are proactively engaged in a process of dismantling oppression, confronting privilege, and challenging institutional structures that perpetuate oppression (both internal and external to the organization).We are proactively making connections between the different forms of oppression (racism, heterosexism, sexism, ageism, classism, ableism, etc.), and its connections with injustice. Creating New Structures: We have alternative organizational structures that allow power to flow “from the bottom up.”Efforts to create new, community-based alternative systems and structures (economic, political, cultural,religious, etc.) that are liberating, democratic, and environmentally sustainable and which promote healthy, sustainable communities.
Welcome to FPA-Foundation- Fostering Progressive Advocacy Foundation Inc www.fpafoundation.org/ Office-1-646-402-6133/ Emailfirstname.lastname@example.org FPA-Foundation is Organizing to Shift Power: What We Do in the Community. Focus on Community Organizing around Issues that are impacting people of color. You must be a proactive member in the process if you decide to join this organization. We are a grassroots membership Advocacy, Activist human rights & civil rights organization started in 2008. At FPA, we are dedicated to improving foster care, education, health, and well being of communities of color by empowering them to enact social change through research, training, and community mobilization. We use community organizingand advocacy to address issues that are impacting the community. We envision communities where individuals use their voice to empower others to make changes.
The mission of the FPA-Foundation is to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to have a significant impact in improving their communities and the policies and institutions that affect their lives. This is done through community organizing efforts by the people who are impacted by the system.FPA-Foundation strengthens, connects and mobilizes grassroots groups,youths and people in the community to enhance their leadership,voice and power. We believe that community-based organizations, led by the people most affected by social and economic injustice. We focus on social justice issues that are impacting communities of color. We bring awareness and educate the community to organize to fight for reforms on a local, state, and federal level. Join us in the struggle for Justice. We will not be silent our voices will be heard. You are joining this organization to take action. if you can't participate than this is not the organization for you. We work together to fight against the system and not be complacent in it. You will be terminated if you are not proactive in the process as a member of this group. No Exceptions. Power to the people
The Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) represents a stark deviation from that goal. With black children representing an overwhelming percentage of the foster care population, the ASFA represents federally mandated destruction of black families. The ASFA devalues the essentialness of preserving the familial bond with regard to black children. It advocates earlier termination of parental rights and makes adoption, instead of reunification, its priority.This comment criticizes ASFA and its aim of removing black children from their homes as a means to achieve permanency in their lives. Preservation of black families is essential to the advancement of the black community. Legislation must be directed at addressing the underlying social ills that are at the root of foster care dependence. Instead, under the pretext of advancing child welfare, ASFA promotes destruction of black familial bonds and represents a serious threat to black communities.
The ASFA’s focus on termination of parental rights and assistance for adoption, has nothing to do with protecting children from abuse or neglect. To reduce costs, Congress shifted its focus from the concerns of the family as a whole, to reducing the amount of time a child needs state support. “The Adoption and Safe Families Act is designed to force states to quickly seek a hearing on termination, to facilitate permanent adoptions, rather than waste time and money on temporary solutions!. Therefore, after parental unfitness has been established, under the ASFA, states are required to hold permanency hearings and file a petition to terminate parental rights after a child has been in foster care for fifteen months.
Additionally, ASFA provides financial incentives to states that place children in adoptive homes. To accomplish this goal, Congress abandoned the social policy that placing black children in black homes was important to the development of black children. Although the ASFA refers to child welfare policies generally, it has a disproportionate impact on black children and the black community. Contrary to popular opinion, most children are not in foster care because they have been seriously abused. Instead, neglect is the most prevalent reason children enter foster care. There are substantial differences between abuse and neglect. Extreme poverty itself is responsible for creating circumstances that lead to neglect. For example, “poor nutrition, serious health problems, hazardous housing, inadequate heat and utilities and neighborhood crime” all can result from living in extreme poverty
Black children are much more susceptible to state intrusion since they often live in poverty and as a result are frequently forced to interact with government agencies. In NYC, only 30% of families reunify in 12 months vs. 40 percent nationwide. In these communities it feels as if, because you live in a low-income neighborhood and are black or Hispanic, you are guilty already. ACS will be at your door.
In 2017, almost 7,500 families coped with this invasive experience. This is another form of surveillance over families that adds stress to families that are already having trouble coping. Families feel trapped into agreeing to anything ACS asks just over the fear of losing their children. There are better ways to deal with families that are facing crises. There are ways that the system can extend a helping hand, not a knock on the door.
FPA- 2019 Community Workshops
FPA-Foundation You tube channel has 30,000 Views https://www.youtube.com/user/FPAFOUNDATION
FPA-Foundation on the here and now Show on channel 7 FPA-Founder's-Dorin Matthews & Sylvia Hooper
Tell FPA-Foundation Your Story Don't be afraid to let your voices be heard You are not alone. Our movement is about liberation,Equality and Freedom. People of color still have a lot of work to do to fight for equality in their communities.Join the fight to stop racism, human right violations and injustices. FPA will help you get your story out there so the world will know about your injustice. Each of us has a story. There is not a right or wrong story. There is only an honest story, your story. You can start off rich or poor or anywhere in between. Some move far from their families of origin.
For some, life experience and reflection play the strongest role. For others, memory plays a powerful role. Whatever your story, if you are going to build a strong organization, enlist the help of others, moti vate them, and maintain focus and direction, you need to know and be able to articulate your story. Unraveling your story may take remembering and reflecting over many years. You can start now.
8,251 Kids in NYC Foster Care System Since DEC 2018
FPA-Community Outreach Schedule 2019
What Should I Do if CPS Shows Up At My Door? 1-CPS has the right to prosecute parents if they feel that the parent is neglecting the child. 2-You do not need to allow Child Protective Services to enter your house without a warrant.
3-You should not need to speak with anyone from CPS until you consult an attorney.
4-Protect Your Rights and Your children's rights
5-Child Protective Services Violates the due process rights of parents. (Watch video below)
FPA-Foundation News Articles,and Foster Care Protest Rallies in 5 boroughs Bronx 12 News,Brooklyn 12 News,Queens NY1,Channel 7-Here and Now Show.Amsterdam Newspaper,Citylimits,Black celebrity Giving, Brooklyn Eagel Paper, Brooklynbrief newspaper,heights press newspaper. Plenty of Radio Interviews.
FPA- Foundation Community Membership Action Program: The power of the fighting child welfare system comes from our members, and our day-to-day work is made possible by their active involvement. Our broad base of dues-paying members sustains our work financially. A smaller group of members are active in events such as rallies, demonstrations, and lobby trips. And a core group of member leaders help us decide what issues we should work on, and help plan and execute our system change campaigns.
Social Justice Membership Annual parent membership dues for individuals are only $10 for low-income people for the year. You must come in for an intake appointment if you have a case. You must pay your membership during your intake appointment.
Day care Providers/Foster Parent Membership Program is $50 for the year which is $5 a month. Which you get assistance with preparing your OSI false Allegation case and Independent review hearings. We do not attend any Administrative hearings on your behalf. You also get a assigned advocate to provide assistance and support. Foster parents must come in for a intake appointment to become a member. Foster parents must be proactive with the organization as a member. No Exceptions.No participation will lead to membership being terminated.
If you have no case than To become a member of the FPA-Foundation simply click on the donation icon button on the donation page and pay your membership dues using your credit card. Whether you already have an attorney or not, you need to become your own best advocate. You will get the most from your counsel if you are well prepared with the right information and the right plan -
Before you Contact FPA-Foundation The People's Movement Chapter:Please note that FPA-Foundation is a dedicated to advancement of minority people, and FPA Chapters reserve the right to limit participation based on this principle.
Please be aware that FPA Chapters have varying membership policies, and may or may not be accepting new members at this time. Also note that membership requirements vary by chapter.
FPA-Engaged low-income New Yorkers in community organizing efforts to improve policies that impact their daily lives, like foster care.
Our work to address the crisis of foster care was recently highlighted on the news and several articles.
We provide intensive Leadership Development Training each year to build skills, knowledge, and tools so that members can advocate for the change they want to see in our community.
FPA-Foundation has a collaboration and partnership with The US Human Rights Network. Parents can file complaints with FPA-Foundation.
5 Boroughs Outreach Schedule
Human Rights Child Welfare Outreach table. Monday- Bronx-1st week of the Every month in bronx on Monday's. 3/4, 3/11 ,3/18,3/25. 1:30pm-3:30pm. FPA-Foundation will be on Fordham road in front of ACS Building located at 2059 Grand concourse.
Queens- Mondays- 2nd week Queens Family Court 151-20 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432. 9am-12pm.
Tuesday's- Bronx-2nd week of the month In Front of Bronx Family courts located at 900 Sherdian Avenue Bronx Family Courts at 9am-12:00am.
Staten Island-Last Tuesday of the Month. 9am-12pm. 100 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301 Wednesday'- Manhattan- 3rd week of the month. We will be at ACS Location at 55 West 125 Street. 1:30PM-3:30pm Thursday - Brooklyn- last Thursday of Month FPA-Foundation will be at Brooklyn Family Court 330 Jay Street Brooklyn. 9:am-12pm. Bronx Residents Mott haven Library- 321 East 140 Street Bronx New York 10456. Please call to schedule a intake appointment and register for the workshop. How to navigate the child welfare system.
Over 400,000American children are in US foster care, taken away when their families are in crisis and can’t take care of them
238,230 children existed foster care
60,898children waiting to be adopted whose parental rights (for all living parents) were terminated
264,746children entered care - that translates to a child entering care every two minutes in the United States
50,644children adopted with public child welfare agency involvement
107,918 children waiting to be adopted on September 30th, 2014
5-www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2014/7/18/protesters-say-child-care-agency-needlessly-tearing-apart-families 6-http://heightspress.com/2014/07/21/protestors-say-child-care-agency-needlessly-tearing-apart-families/ 7-http://www.blackcelebritygiving.com/2014/12/charity-spotlight-fpa-foundation-advocating-foster-care-reform/ 8-brooklyn.news12.com/news/foster-parent-advocacy-foundation-rallies-for-more-acs-support-for-children-aging-out-of-the-system-1.5759298 9-Protest at Queens family Court-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBUvdwvUl6w 10-Protest Rally at SCO Foster care agency- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtqxSvb1Uh0 11-https://encouragementspeaker.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/derrick-interview-with-dorin-and-syvia-the-founders-of-the-foster-parent-advocacy-foundation/ National Radio Interviews by the Founder's Dorin Matthews & Sylvia Hooper 1-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC3tjtOrhhY 2-http://www.blogtalkradio.com/marti-oakley/2015/04/02/sylvia-hooper-dorin-matthews-foster-parents-advocacy-foundation 3-Foster care in New York City Cashing in on Corruption. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6GjgvlciSg 4-Psychiatric Labeling and Drugging of Foster Kids ://t25cl.com/blogs/news/18719935-t25cl-galaxy-talk-radio-compton-politics.
1-Please come to your appointment by yourself. Your guest will not be aloud to come inside.
2-You must bring ALL copies of your documents to the intake appointment. 3-You must pay your membership fee during this intake appointment or you will not be seen. No Exceptions
Kettle Space @Wilson 8:00am-5:00pm 132 West 27 Street, New York, NY 10001 Kettle Space @Upper West Side The Ribbon 8:00am-5:00pm 20 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023
Kettle Space @ Lower East Side Hotel Chantelle 92 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002 9:00AM-6:00PM
Brooklyn Residents Only Kettal Space @ BUSHWICK / BED STUY Hotel RL 1080 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11221 7:00AM-7:00PM
Required Documents for Intake New York State ID Recent Court Permancy Hearing Reports Recent Family Team Conference Certificates from Programs completed School/Medical Reports for your child Proof of Employment/ or Income Your attorney Contact Information Your Caseworkers contact Information
Black & Latino woman voices are not being heard on how their families are being torn apart by child welfare system. Our investigation revealed that black children NATIONALLY are more than two times as likely as white children to enter foster care. According to federal statistics, black children in the child welfare system are placed in foster care at twice the rate for white children. A national study of child protective services by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that "minority children, and in particular African American children, are more likely to be in foster care placement than receive in-home services, even when they have the same problems and characteristics as white children.
Most white children who enter the system are permitted to stay with their families, avoiding the emotional damage and physical risks of foster care placement, while most black children are taken away from theirs. And once removed from their homes, black children remain in foster care longer, are moved more often, receive fewer services, and are less likely to be either returned home or adopted than any other children. Why are black children placed in foster care at higher rates.Race also influences child welfare decision-making through powerful, deeply embedded stereotypes about black family dysfunction.
As we know Child Protective Services, no matter what it is called in your state is nothing more than a multi-billion dollar industry who seizes children and destroys families for profit. We need accountability Now! This clear violation of your human rights can no longer be excused!
NOW IS THE TIME to REUNITE our families, BRING our children HOME, and STOP this multi-billion dollar business of Child Protective Services nationwide from 'seizing' our children and destroying our families.
Pursuant the inalienable rights of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ratified by the United States in 1992, The Human Rights Tribunal is ready to hear cases of Human Rights violation and violations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
If you are a victim of the criminal activity of CPS in your state and your children were unlawfully seized by false allegations, you may present your case to the National Child Welfare Watch group. There is no cost to have your case heard.
We Will Not Be Silent Our Voices Will Be Heard Parent shares her experience dealing with ACS Watch 2 video's above & 1 below
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Myles Dobson age 4-January 2014
Federally Mandated Destruction of the Black & Brown Families: Adoption and Safe Families Act
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Systematic Foster Care Abuse by Child Protective Services Nationally
How Child Protective Services has impacted black & brown families Nationally.
If your family has been impacted by ACS/CPS please contact FPA-Foundation and file a complaint & TESTIFY at our child welfare human rights Tribunals in NYC. Enough is Enough we can no longer be silent about these injustices
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We are looking for people in the community that is interested in organizing and fighting to protect the rights of the community and change policies that are impacting black & brown communities.
INITIATIVE TYPE: Member-Initiated Action Team This group focuses on child welfare issues and human rights abuses that are impacting children & families nationally. Families are being abused by State, CPS and Family Courts throughout the United States of America. Families that have had their civil rights violated through family court proceedings while also having their all due process and constitutional rights are violated and manipulated by family court judges, District Attorneys, Commissioners of social services departments as well as CPS workers. Additionally, court appointed attorneys are not working for the clients but have helped to incriminate the parents.
The Child Welfare Watch Group is engaging in a National Human Rights Child Welfare Campaign with the following goals:
Call for an independent audit of DHS/Administration for Children Services and contracted foster care agencies AND Family Courts to expose corruption and fraud. Oversight committee is needed over DHS/ACS. Family Court Monitors needed in family court. Activate immediate change. Every day that passes means more families and children are subject to being held hostage. End the financial incentives that separate families. Stop human rights abuses and grant parents their rights in writing. Mandate a jury trial where every piece of evidence is presented before removing a child from his or her parents. Require a warrant or a positive emergency circumstance before removing children from their parents. (Judge Arthur G. Christean, Utah Bar Journal, January, 1997 reported that “except in emergency circumstances, including the need for immediate medical care, require warrants upon affidavits of probable cause before entry upon private property is permitted for the forcible removal of children from their parents.”) Uphold the laws when someone fabricates or presents false evidence. If a parent alleges fraud, hold a hearing with the right to discovery of allevidence. Protect the human rights of children & families impacted by the child welfare system. Provide support through education and awareness to the community about child welfare corruption. Provide solution base recommendations for child welfare agencies, CPS, Family courts nationally. Conduct Child Welfare Tribunals- File your complaint today MIAT members include:
Provide Awareness Workshops about Child Welfare System and how it is impacting children & families nationally. Organize Families nationally impacted by the CHILD WELFARE system to share their testimonies. Use the United Nations as a platform to raise this awareness and provide recommendations to CPS, family courts, and foster care agencies nationally. Stop human rights abuses in the child welfare system toward children & families nationally.
FPA: Child Welfare National Watch Group
Please bring Require Documents During Intake Appointment
Nationally Black & brown families are impacted by systematic oppression.
Foster Care Systematic Abuses
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Parent Sylvia Randoplh-shares her story -Constitutionality 14th and 4th Amendment Rights that parents need to know. Please watch video
Blessing Bag Project- From September 1st to October 27th.Make a donation today of one of the items on the list.Call to drop off item at our location.
Manhattan 2nd week of the month Monday FPA-Foundation will be in front of the ACS building on 125 street.
2nd week of the month-Monday's FPA- will be in front of Manhattan Family Court. 9am-11am
2nd week of the monthThursday East Harlem-116 street outreach Table. 3:00pm-6:00pm
Brooklyn 3rd week of the month Monday's -Downtown Jay street Brooklyn Family Courts.
Thursday's Front of Brooklyn ACS Field Office Queens
4th week of the month- Monday- Queens Family Courts 9am-11am
4th week of the month Tuesday Staten Island Family Courts. 9am-11am.
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ALL OF FPA-Foundations Location are closed until further notice. We are not taking any advocacy cases at this time. Our July and August program is for Community Organizing only for parents who want to fight back and change the system. We will be providing Child welfare Information by phone on Monday and Tuesday only. Leave a message someone will get back to you.