As astute LFT readers know, our eyes have been fixed the past couple of days on the beasts at Child Protective Services (CPS).
On Thursday, we heard from the late Senator Nancy Schaefer. We learned some of the shocking revelations from her five-year nationwide investigation into the CPS. And we also discovered why Senator Schaefer was working on getting the CPS abolished (or, at the very least, massively reformed) — right before she and her husband were found dead in their home.
Yesterday, we heard from the late Bill Bowen — a former firefighter and documentary filmmaker. From Bowen, we heard some of the worst horror stories imaginable coming out of the CPS. Moreover, Bowen showed us why these incidents were in no way isolated.
Which is why he set out to create a documentary called Innocence Destroyed. Unfortunately, Bowen was found dead on a golf course before he could finish the documentary.
In today’s episode, we’ll take this train a little deeper into the dark tunnel of Child Protective Services.
In a moment, you’re going to hear from an ex-CPS investigator named Carlos Morales. Morales is the author of Legally Kidnapped: The Case Against Child Protective Services.
“My name is Carlos Morales,” he writes on his Liberty.me page, “and I was an investigator for Child Protective Services, and I’m guilty.
“I’m guilty of what many other American Citizens are guilty of, which is the belief that CPS has the child’s best interest in mind when it commits atrocity after atrocity.
“I’m guilty of working for an organization that has hampered freedom throughout the United States, and has caused millions of parents to live in fear. I’m guilty of working for an agency that has done more to carry out the war on drugs than the war against child abuse. I’m guilty of working for an agency that has kidnapped children, thrown them into foster homes, and destroyed their lives.
“I’m guilty of working for CPS.
“Within CPS, I did not help children, I hurt. I did not protect families, I helped ruin them. I did not work to benefit society, instead I helped imprison it.
“Child Protective Services is an agency which damages and controls society from within, by allowing the State to take over the lives of children.
“As family judge Bryan Lindsey put, ‘There is no system ever devised by mankind that is guaranteed to rip husband and wife or father, mother and child apart so bitterly than our present Family Court System.’”
We need to abolish Child Protective Services immediately, Morales says.
And he’s here to tell us why.
Abolish Child Protective Services
By Carlos Morales
Standing in an office while two kids beg me to go back to their home, I begin retreating back into my inner-child.
I imagine how I would have felt if I was seven years old and a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigator told me I couldn’t stay with my mom anymore.
Their mother had committed the crime of respecting the children’s desire to play outside. Paperwork has already been checked by the supervisor, the judge has backed it, and now I have to find a placement.
I put them in my car and we drive.
The tears continue, my guilt is overwhelming, and I grant them over to a temporary shelter.
Two court proceedings, tens of thousands of dollars out of the mother’s pocket, and five bottles of ADHD medications for the kids later, the mom is given back her children.
All because she let them play outside.
Guilt is what led me to where I am today. Guilt for kidnapping children for the state, and guilt for being an anti-drug warrior.
It has led me to become a child advocate, an author of a book on the subject, and an anti-reformer. There is no reforming CPS and there is no reforming the government.
The entirety of government’s power comes from its promise of reform. No one believes the government is perfect, but nearly everyone believes it can be changed to benefit them.
When you see the tears of children begging for their mother, when you see children drugged because the government gives incentives for doing so, and when children die in part because of your actions as a CPS drone, you stop believing in reform.
I fell for political hope.
I had faith I could be the good guy working for the state — that I would be different. We all imagine that we’ll be the hero in our story, but I was not.
My faith is gone and reason has replaced it. The state is a religion and the political reformers are keeping the faith strong.
The only way out is complete abolition.
Abolition Because of the Actions They Have Committed
There are over 400,000 children in Child Protective Services care in America. Eighty percent of those cases are not for physical or sexual abuse, but rather parental negligence.
Negligence can mean the child is playing outside, is too fat, doesn’t like school, or — as in forty percent of cases — is for the parent using marijuana.
Foster kids are seven to eight times more likely to be abused than normal children, and nearly half will end up homeless when they age out of the system at eighteen.
They are three times more likely to be put on psychotropic drugs, and they are seven times more likely to develop an eating disorder. They are more likely to have PTSD than veterans of war, and less likely to recover from that PTSD.
They are more likely to become pregnant as a teenager. They are also twenty percent more likely to be arrested.
And tragically, they are six times more likely to die than if they stayed in an abusive family household. These citations, and many other like them can be found on my website, Legally Kidnapped.
What makes all of this disaster possible is the horrendous (and expensive) CPS training practices, the perverse incentives to remove children, and the very basis of CPS’s funding.
In training, we were told how to tell if people are lying by checking which direction they looked when they spoke (debunked), the unfailing validity of eyewitness testimony (debunked), and how the world is more dangerous for children than ever (debunked).
Perhaps CPS’s biggest problem is its evidentiary standard. CPS cases can be based on something that happened years ago and not even something that a witness saw firsthand.
The agency uses evidence that is based on a memory of a story that a witness overheard years ago. How’s that for reliability?
The investigator is actually told not to record the information taken during interviews word for word. Instead, they’re instructed to take notes and to use their judgment in entering the notes into a database in narrative form.
In other words, the investigator creates a story based on their own memory of another person’s memory, which person may not have even seen the alleged abuse.
This third (or even fourth) hand story is considered evidence strong enough for life-altering legal action. All of this is done despite an array of information documenting CPS’s extreme faultiness. Yet, CPS maintains a massive budget subsidized by the very parents they terrorize.
This is the nature of government.
Abolitionism is the only ethical stance in the face of a coercive agency like Child Protective Services.
[Ed. note: This article originally appeared on the Center for a Stateless Society website here.]
Author, Legally Kidnapped: The Case Against Child Protective Services