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Report: #279016

Complaint Review: CPS - Phoenix Arizona

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  • CPS 13450 N Black Canyon Hwy Phoenix, Arizona U.S.A.

CPS They "help" your kids- by tearing them from their family. Phoenix Arizona

*UPDATE Employee: CPS and Case managers absolutely do try to keep children in fostercare and adopt them out, for $$$

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July 2006 I came home from work to my boyfriends and my two and a half year old daughter. My daughter had a seizure. I called 911 and they took her to the hospital. It was there that they found she had a broken jaw. CPS as well as the Phoenix PD were immediately called in. At that time, I had never seen my boyfriend act out towards me or my daughter. It was hard for me to believe that he would have done anything. Not to mention he was in my ear the whole time telling me he didn't do it and I better not tear apart our family.

The day my daughter was going in to have surgery, CPS came in and kicked me out of the hospital. I was not allowed to even call to see if she was OK. We then went to a TDM (Team Decision Making Meeting). There they told me that they would be severing my rights and putting my daughter up for adoption, and also that they will be taking the baby I was currently carrying.

I was devestated. I did not know what had happened and how my life had gotten turned upside down.
When the Phoenix PD interviewed me, they kept asking me what happened, and all I could do was be honest with them and tell them I never saw him do anything. Because of my honesty, a week later I was arrested.

My dad was taking me to work. They followed me from my home to my place of business. Three under cover, two police cars and a police van. All with guns out to arrest me.

I was charged with a felony 4 child abuse and then indicted to a felony 2 child abuse. I sat in jail for four and a half months before they would release me. I had my son the day before I was released. They immediately took him from me when he was born and he was put in the nursery.

I got out the night before Thanksgiving. We went to go pick him up from the hospital (since CPS "wasn't" involved). They came in and said we could not take him home and they put him in a shelter.

We got him back, but this is only the beginning of a VERY long battle. I have been fighting tooth and nail for my daughter. I have done everything they have asked of me and much much more. I have voluntarily gone to support groups. Gotten a full time job, gotten my own place, going to college full time. I have never been on drugs. Nothing that they usually have to work with.
I told myself that I would never date again. I have an issue being able to trust men now. I started to have feelings for a guy. So we decided we would start to date. He lives 2 hours away, so we hardly ever see each other. Mainly just talk on the phone and e-mail back and forth. I will not let him meet my kids. Nothing. I have been talking to my therapist and he knows the situation and has not voiced any concerns.

I was sat down yesterday in their office. The supervisor sat down and was nice for about 2.5 seconds. Then she started yelling at me about "You don't even have your kids back and you have another man in your life?!" I couldn't believe the direspect. I have done everything for them, and beyond. I have respected them. I have proven myself for the last year and a half. And for her to treat with utter disrespect, I lost it. I told them how I felt and that I would get rid of any boyfriend the second they said. And they should know that. I have done so much to prove that I will do anything for those kids. There is nothing they can do to make me give up.
But from day one, even until now, my gut has been telling me that I am lying. That there is no intention of them giving my kids back to me. I will never give up, I will not let them win.

Erikalg86
Phoenix, Arizona
U.S.A.

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#1 UPDATE Employee

CPS and Case managers absolutely do try to keep children in fostercare and adopt them out, for $$$

AUTHOR: Againstphoenixcps - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Monday, December 08, 2008

I work as an assistant for a case manager in the Phoenix Arizona North Central Office.
Case managers do treat parents with disrespect. They speak badly about the parents around the office. They set up visitation's and meetings when they know the parents will struggle to attend. Though it has not been stated outright, it is known around the office that we do not intend to return 95% of the children placed in foster care to their families. We lie to the parents, we lie to their families who come forward and offer to care for the children. If family is from another state we do everything possible to keep them uninvolved. Our real goal is to gain Federal funds by maintaining these children in foster care and then adopting them out to their foster families to gain more Federal funding and get individual "baby bonuses". a "baby bonus" is a cash bonus given to case managers based on how much money they helped to generate from the Federal Funding based on how long they kept their cases in the foster system and how many they adopted out.

It is true that some times a parent should not have their child returned but I believe that far more often, no matter how many hoops the parents jump through, CPS purposefully causes them to fail just to "make a buck".

If I were a single, low income mother living in Phoenix Arizona, I would be in fear every day that CPS would take my child and severe my parental rights, just because they can. If you are a parent unfortunate enough to become addicted to any drug and lose custody of your children you stand very little chance of getting your children back.

CPS should be about returning 100% of the children. We should be about getting these children back home and making a decision as early as possible if we believe the children should not ever be returned, instead of leaving these children lingering in Foster Care, becoming attached to their foster families and moved form home to home.

Someone needs to investigate this issue. Every file for the last 6 or 8 years, since they changed the laws and started offering more Federal funding or "incentives" to CPS Offices and case managers for adopting out foster children, they are literally selling these children for their own financial gain. The statistics don't lie.

Yes, CPS is understaffed, but if they took those Federal dollars and used them to increase staff it would be a better use of the funds then to give baby bonuses to case managers who really are not doing their jobs, they are wrongly tearing apart families.

Another issue. I have supervised a lot of visits between children and their families and I have to interact with every one of their foster families. Many of these foster families are not good families, they bad mouth the parents to the children, they make up ridiculous lies about how the child reacted after the visit or that the child was returned soiled or their diaper rash untreated. Dozens of times I have read reports from foster families regarding the condition of the child when they were brought back to the foster home and I know for a fact that I personally changed the baby's diaper before I put them in the car to drive them home and I applied diaper ointment, at the foster mothers request, though there was not a single sign of a rash. They claim the child was dirty, smelled or hadn't eaten when I know this to be a lie. I know of some foster families who have serious mental health issues and I do not believe they should be caring for these children let alone being told they are going to be allowed to adopt. We have one foster mom we are told to respond to the parents and their families with "Yes, Erin's approach with children is very structured or a bit ridged but she is a good foster mother". Erin, in my opinion, should not have children at all. Her home is spotless, no toys anywhere, though she has 3 children, 2 of her own, all 8 and under and home schooled. The foster baby is always neat as a pin and she always claims he has a rash when I bring him home. She complains that she doesn't like the toys or gifts the family buys the baby. I have watched her care for this baby for almost a year and she has created a little robot, the baby is afraid to breath wrong for fear of this woman. I believe her disability is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), though she is alleged to have a physical one also. She has made this baby into a little OCD baby, it is wrong and it should not have happened but CPS has been keeping his family away from him and telling Erin she will be able to adopt. I thank our lord Jesus that his family has not backed down and has been fighting back because CPS said it was in the babies best interest to be adopted by Erin, but the family forced an official best interest evaluation and the psychologist put Erin as last on the list of all possibilities to adopt the baby. I feel the Psychologist has failed in her duties by not insisting the baby be removed from Erin's home and that Erin never again be allowed to foster a child.

These foster parents are told from the beginning by CPS that they have a "good chance" of adopting the child, because CPS has no intention of returning the children to their parents if they don't have to.

I apologize for this report being so lengthy, I tried to keep it short but I want to supply enough information that it will allow people to understand enough so they can take action. I am sickened by what we are doing to these children and their families and I want to help make a change.

After I post this I am going to send it to other case aides and ask that they pass it on to anyone they think can help or email me with an email address, so they can keep theirs secret and I will pass it on to them myself. I am sick and tired of doing nothing and the holidays have really made this issue so much more dear to my heart and I would like to see these babies back home.

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