a new study released Tuesday by the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage contends the state's rate of child maltreatment doesn’t even reflect the true extent of the problem here. And the state’s youngest children are the most vulnerable, according to the 24-page study by ISER researcher Jessica Passini and assistant public policy professor Diwakar Vadapalli. ..."
>Pausing there for just a moment. If this article were about the IRS, [it is not] it would be like the IRS investigating itself. Diwakar Vadapalli holds the chair for the Alaska Citizens Review Panel. "...
Citizens Review Panels (CRP) are groups of citizen-volunteers who are federally mandated to conduct an evaluation of their state's child protective services agency. ..."
Here are your current citizen volunteers of the CRP in Alaska;
Diwakar Vadapalli, Chair, Anchorage
Assistant Professor of Public Policy. Research: Community and Social Development, Rural Development, Social Capital, Cash Transfers
Dana Hallett, Vice-Chair, Haines
Margaret McWilliams, Douglas
Bettyann Steciw, Anchor Point
Jen Burkmire, Wasilla
Donna Aguiniga, Anchorage
Rebecca Vale, Anchorage
You will find that these people make their income from children in one form or another. You will find no truck drivers, waitresses, plain old housewives or husbands or any other normal people.<
The article reads; "... The ISER study, funded by the University of Alaska Foundation, Alaska Children’s Trust and First National Bank Alaska, looked at repeat maltreatment among Alaska children between 2005 and 2013 using case-level data from the federally sponsored National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. The researchers examined how the maltreatment rate differs for substantiated abuse versus all investigated reports. They also looked at the “workload burden” on OCS staff performing intake and investigation. ..."
"... The study did not explore whether the maltreatment occurred among children in state custody or the role that substance abuse or mental illness played.
It recommends exploring high turnover of case workers at OCS and high rates of repeat maltreatment, saying “it will be instructive to know if frequent changes in social workers serving a child or family leads to repeated investigations among children in care.”
Researcher Vadapalli contends more than one agency is needed to prevent maltreatment.
“We need a community-wide effort … so once you know that one kid was maltreated, it should attract more attention to make sure they don’t go through that again.” ..."
As stated at the top of this page "The Adoption and Safe Families Act, 1997, offers cash “bonuses” to the states for every child they adopt out of foster care. Government funding is not given to Fairbanks Office of Children's Services if the case worker tries to "help" the family... money is only given if the case worker removes the child from the home."
If the "numbers" don't climb yearly, they lose the free money [bonuses]. They will do whatever they have to to make sure they do. I, for one, could care less about the "boo-hoos" of high turnover of case workers. Maybe case workers leave when they finally rub two brain cells together and realize kidnapping children for profit is not moral and is indeed not ethical. After our grandchildren were kidnapped, Justin [the case worker who was responsible in the end], had a kid of his own and quit. Now he sells real estate. Watch who you buy your property from. Leopards don't change their spots.
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