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In 1696, England first used the legal principle of parens patriae, which gave the royal crown care of "charities, infants, idiots, and lunatics returned to the chancery." This principal of parens patriae has been identified as the statutory basis for U.S. governmental intervention in families' child rearing practices.
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
— Preamble of the original "organic" Constitution
"We hold these truths to be self-evident. That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."
— Excerpted from the Declaration of Independence of the original thirteen united states of America, July 4, 1776
From the legislative desk of Senator Nancy Schaefer 50th District ofGeorgia
November 16, 2007
Senator, 50th District
My introduction into child protective service cases was due to a grandmother in an adjoiningstate who called me with her tragic story. Her two granddaughters had been taken from herdaughter who lived in my district. Her daughter was told wrongly that if she wanted to seeher children again she should sign a paper and give up her children. Frightened and young,the daughter did. I have since discovered that parents are often threatened into cooperationof permanent separation of their children.
The children were taken to another county and placed in foster care. The foster parentswere told wrongly that they could adopt the children. The grandmother then jumped throughevery hoop known to man in order to get her granddaughters. When the case finally came tocourt it was made evident by one of the foster parent?s children that the foster parents had,at any given time, 18 foster children and that the foster mother had an inappropriaterelationship with the caseworker.
In the courtroom, the juvenile judge, acted as though she was shocked and said the two girlswould be removed quickly. They were not removed. Finally, after much pressure beingapplied to the Department of Family and Children Services of Georgia (DFCS), the childrenwere driven to South Georgia to meet their grandmother who gladly drove to meet them.After being with their grandmother two or three days, the judge, quite out of the blue, wroteup a new order to send the girls to their father, who previously had no interest in the case andwho lived on the West Coast. The father was in ?adult entertainment?. His girlfriend workedas an ?escort? and his brother, who also worked in the business, had a sexual charge broughtagainst him.
Within a couple of days the father was knocking on the grandmother?s door and took thegirls kicking and screaming to California.
The father developed an unusual relationship with the former foster parents and soon movedback to the southeast, and the foster parents began driving to the father?s residence andpicking up the little girls for visits. The oldest child had told her mother and grandmotheron two different occasions that the foster father molested her.
To this day after five years, this loving, caring blood relative grandmother does not evenhave visitation privileges with the children. The little girls are in my opinion permanentlytraumatized and the young mother of the girls was so traumatized with shock when thegirls were first removed from her that she has not recovered.
Throughout this case and through the process of dealing with multiple other mismanagedcases of the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), I have worked with otherdesperate parents and children across the state because they have no rights and no one withwhom to turn. I have witnessed ruthless behavior from many caseworkers, social workers,investigators, lawyers, judges, therapists, and others such as those who ?pick up? thechildren. I have been stunned by what I have seen and heard from victims all over the stateof Georgia.
In this report, I am focusing on the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services(DFCS). However, I believe Child Protective Services nationwide has become corrupt andthat the entire system is broken almost beyond repair. I am convinced parents and familiesshould be warned of the dangers.
The Department of Child Protective Services, known as the Department of Family andChildren Service (DFCS) in Georgia and other titles in other states, has become a ?protectedempire? built on taking children and separating families. This is not to say that there are notthose children who do need to be removed from wretched situations and need protection.This report is concerned with the children and parents caught up in ?legal kidnapping,?ineffective policies, and DFCS who do does not remove a child or children when a child isenduring torment and abuse.
In one county in my District, I arranged a meeting for thirty-seven families to speak freelyand without fear. These poor parents and grandparents spoke of their painful, heartwrenching encounters with DFCS. Their suffering was overwhelming. They wept andcried. Some did not know where their children were and had not seen them in years. Ihad witnessed the ?Gestapo? at work and I witnessed the deceitful conditions under whichchildren were taken in the middle of the night, out of hospitals, off of school buses, and outof homes. In one county a private drug testing business was operating within the DFCSdepartment that required many, many drug tests from parents and individuals for profit. Inanother county children were not removed when they were enduring the worst possible abuse.Due to being exposed, several employees in a particular DFCS office were fired. However,they have now been rehired either in neighboring counties or in the same county again.According to the calls I am now receiving, the conditions in that county are returning tothe same practices that they had before the light was shown on their deeds.Having worked with probably 300 cases statewide, I am convinced there is no responsibilityand no accountability in the system.
I have come to the conclusion:
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