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We feel that Child Protective Services, Juvenile Dependency Courts and the Children's Services System needs a complete investigation made by someone other than their own Agencies--that the current laws be scrutinized and changes be made to protect the child(ren). The FAMILY UNIT NEEDS TO BE STRENGTHENED instead of DESTROYED.
We feel that families are judged to be guilty before proven guilty by social workers and the courts. This MUST BE CHANGED! Guilt must be PROVEN BEYOND A DOUBT! We agree that there are cases where there is abuse or neglect and children must be protected by removal, but most removals are because of false accusations. Families are denied reunification with their children for no other reason than "It is in the child's best interest to be adopted by YOUNG, WEALTHY FAMILIES..." Social workers do not have to prove the accusations and are deemed "not to lie" by the courts...which is WRONG.
We also feel that there should be no bonuses (monetary or otherwise) given to the social worker (or office) who removes a child from their family or who places a child into adoption. Children should not be bought or sold. We feel that a parent or other family member be given EVERY CHANCE to change their lifestyle with SUPPORT from the system. They should not be sentenced to a life without their child(ren). RESTORE THE RIGHTS OF THE AMERICAN FAMILY.