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2008 Reflections

Little Princess

As I sit here at 11:38 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and I think about the work we’ve done over the year and how much has not been accomplished. We must take solace in and rejoice in the small victories that have been waged and won by parents just like you and I.

Each child returned home to a loving, caring family is a victory — a major victory in the war against families. I’d call it the war on the children but it’s so much more than that — it hits grandparents hard, aunts and uncles, day care providers, friends and neighbors; each child affects so many lives around them…

We can grieve this year over the many children who have been lost to heaven in this all out war on the family. As I contemplated these thoughts, it occurred to me.

Maybe we were going about this all wrong? I’ve had many social workers contact me over the years; they want to speak out against the injustice and the harm being perpetrated on “generation lost.” We have an entire generation of children who have at time or another been separated forever from the lives they should have lived.

I spent the past several weeks watching the Little House on the Prairie series. Wow, people’s lives were so hard and yet so easy back then. Yes, it was just a television show with made up events but the stories in the books were about real people; People who really lived.

We need to create information for social workers or provide a resource page where they can get facts. I’ve worked around enough government agencies over the years to know that they have a tendency to take liberties with the law. The California Department of Education (CDE) was caught red handed putting information up on their website that they (and their attorneys) knew to be erroneous.

To their credit, when details of the posted, mis-information were brought to their attention, it was replaced with factual legal details in a relatively prompt manner. You can’t blame them for bending the laws a little, especially when they know that no one will bother to call them on it.

If we can convince enough social workers to quit or to do their jobs properly, we can tip the scales in our favor. What we need are some industrious college students to conduct a few much needed studies or to at least form a congressional committee to look into the abuse. So far, too little has been done and the work is long overdue.

I’ll bet things would change quickly at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) if someone were to create an online database searchable by county, state and zip code that lists social workers by name and details their offenses. Caseworkers, who stoop to under-handed and illegal methods, need to be called out.

The list could serve as a network database for family rights organizations. Protection workers who fail to document and provide adequate documentation of a proper investigation should be charged with dereliction of duties and dismissed post-haste. Any who attempts to keep a child in state custody unlawfully and in blatant violation against human rights protections must be prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law.

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