He’s in heaven now…won’t have to go thru what his little body had endured ever again. Shame that this had to happen for people to take notice but DPS failed him. God Rest His Lil Soul! Good photos for a case against CPS, what worker believes living in that is “in the best interest” of a child??? But a child with worn shoes can be cause for harassment by the same agency. And 3 times CPS took this child away and then returned him to his parents. We need to get over this notion that children need to always be reunited with their parents once they’re removed from the home. In my area, if they go in a house like that once then they begin a case and have multiple weekly home visits, standards for the state of the home, rules and goals, therapy and anything else needed for the children and adults. It can go on for a year. If anything seems unsafe they place the children somewhere else until it’s fixed. I thought it was like that everywhere. s a supervisor in CPS for the past decade, I can tell you that yes, the “system” is definitely broken, and as Terri Glass stated, many of the barriers lie on the legal side of things.
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Child welfare laws are strict, but then so are the laws that protect the parents. For example, I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had mothers who gave birth to multiple children born either exposed or addicted to heroin or other opiates. Although the mother may be found guilty of abuse, the law provides her 9 months from the day of disposition to prove she can get herself cleaned up. If not the court can move to terminate parental rights, but even then, the court may allow for multiple extensions of time to do so. Every time mom has a new baby, the timeline starts over. Are there some people working in the courts or CPS that shouldn’t be? I would say so, but the majority of us put our heart and soul into helping as many children as we can. Every single night, my caseworkers and I go home and pray that we did everything we could that day to keep the children entrusted to us safe. Another part of the I fight like and tiger fibromyalgia awareness shirt that no one wants to talk about is that even when we get the court’s approval to remove children from their home, we are often left with no place to take them. Illinois is in a crisis with the lack of foster homes available, so unless we can locate a family member or friend that can pass a criminal background check, we stay overnight in the office while the child sleeps on a couch or floor while we call anyone we can think of who might be a safe option. I have done this many times. So, for all the people that say about AJ “I would have taken him!” Where were you then? Where are you now? We need you, people who will foster children while we try to help their parents. Call any local DCFS office to find out how to become a foster parent, or hell, message me! After a decade of giving my all to CPS, I will be starting a new position with Safe Families very soon, and I hope to create a large network of support for not only these kids we want so desperately to save, but their parents too.
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As difficult as it is, please try to remember that many if these parents grew up abused and neglected too, and parenting can be doubly stressful and challenging for them as they try to face the demons from their own past while not creating them for their children. So please, keep all of us working in CPS in your prayers and thoughts as we work every day against mental illness, drug addiction, poverty, the threat of our own safety, a flawed legal system, and the court of public opinion in order to save as many kids possible. I can’t imagine the chaos in this home. I hope with all my being the organization tasked with ensuring these children’s safety is investigated top to bottom inside and out. I will put money on it this is not the first fatality for this Circuit. Why was that child allow to stay in that house? I think we need to investigate some CPS workers. This is happening too much! 3 times he was taken from the parents and given back, social workers should be held responsible for putting him back in harm’s way and this time was the last time. May the poor boy rip. If CPS came to that house and left that child there, they are solely responsible for the child’s death and the entire system needs to be reevaluated! Unacceptable! Who is holding these agency’s accountable now for failing him when they knew his own parents were failing him? They all should be in jail. The system has failed many children here. I believe the system is broken and causing children to die. Children do not need to be reunited with abusers unless you want them to die. Truth be told I have seen DCF walk through worse and leave the I fight like and tiger fibromyalgia awareness shirt this house is not bad at all. There are actual trail to walk through I have seen way worse all they ever said was clean it up we will be back in three or four days. Sometimes they came back sometimes they didn’t really didn’t know.