This material is an introduction to the operating procedure of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF), and most of the state child protection agencies around the country. You won't find this stuff in the DCF policy manual, but it ought to be there, since most of the social workers use these tactics. I imagine that the social workers pass them on as oral tradition from generation to generation.
Their goal: Take as many children as possible from famlies, because the more children they take, the more federal reimbursement bucks the agency gets, the more power it accrues, and the more people it can hire. The primary interest of all bureaucracies like DCF is to get as much money and power as possible, in an ever upward spiral.
Their method: Dirty tricks.
Forget the law and regulations. Here is the real policy manual for DCF. Their employees do not fear the law or any consequences to themselves personally for harming children, since the law gives them substantial legal immunity, and even judges and lawyers are afraid of their power.
What has not been considered, also, is that there are many parents out there, unfairly fighting her Child Protection Caseworkers, where their children have been unlawfully removed by rogue caseworkers who are accountable to nobody, and hence, we have "vacant" rooms.
Many cases are being dragged out for years, because the department has an unlimited war chest when it comes to litigating to take children, and there are no prerequisites for departmental personnel to gain legal representation, as there is with children and parents.
Is it Collusion? Or is it actually "Bad Parenting" ? Which is what Ms Pru Goward, NSW Minister for Community Services continues to tell the media each time she is interviewed. Well let's look at the stats obtained over the past four years, anonymously, and without bias or assistance, for the purpose of just that.
Multitudes of parents tell the same story, time and time again. And a quick view of the Preliminary DoCS Complaints Registers seem to back this up - with over five hundred complaints now listed against Child Protection workers in almost every state in Australia. Most parents also believe that the Independent Children's Lawyer colludes with child protection also - as does the Court Reporter's who get up to and over fifteen thousand dollars for writing reports that suit the agenda of the department.
In NSW the law regarding the removal of children without a warrant and prior to court proceedings has different legal time-frames and requirements in as far as what type of orders can be made and what kind of extension the courts are permitted to grant.
First of all the department has to bring the matter to the court within three days. Secondly the Emergency Care and Protection Order is valid for only 14 days, of which it may be extended for another fourteen. At the end of this time the magistrate has to make a decision as to whether the children were in need of care and protection, and this is a final order. He is not permitted to extend the order, he is not permitted to grant adjournments so that caseworkers can start piling up the paperwork they do that usually confuses the judge and takes his attention from the matters first at hand.
The law says this : If an ECPO is made, it will have a life not exceeding 14 days and may be renewed for a similar or lesser term on one occasion only: s 46(3). A child who is subject to an ECPO is usually placed in the “care responsibility” of the Director-General, but another person may be allocated care responsibility. Unlike an interim care order, an ECPO and an extension of an ECPO are “final” orders. Once it is made, the proceedings are at an end and there can be no question of a further court date. Having made the ECPO, the magistrate is “functus officio”. There is no power to make contact or other orders.
For further information see : https://www.judcom.nsw.gov.au/publications/benchbks/local/care_and_protection_jurisdiction.html#d5e25825
Iif you have a guardian ad litem (GAL) or child custody evaluator assigned or appointed to your case that is unscrupulous, ill-trained, incompetent or biased either toward a father or a form of custody, there is virtually no way for a mother to truly "prepare" for a child custody evaluator. If you have been unfortunate enough to have this type of evaluator, be very prepared to find other documentation, evidence, witnesses, and experts with superior credentials to refute the report and offer alternate views to the court. You can not let these sorts of evaluations stand. Here are some of the more ludicrous documented reasons given by evaluators or judges in numerous cases where good and fit mothers lost custody:
Breastfeeding--the mothers either wanted to and it was determined an alienating behavior, or they did not choose to breastfeed and it was termed child neglect or indifference
Children got head lice during a period of mother's care.
Too many people (all relatives) living in one home (i.e. mom had to return home to family to gain economic and emotional support)
Father remarried and married family deemed superior to single motherhood
Father's job and education deemed superior--sometimes even though mom sacrificed her goals and dreams so father could obtain same.
Not desiring 50/50 custody or other joint custodial arrangements
Not desiring to give up the marital home
Leaving the marital home while fleeing from abuse, especially if she left the children behind.
Statements from the local authority are shown to the judge but rarely to parents. Family and friends of parents are routinely excluded from the court but groups of social workers are allowed to stay in the court to listen to their colleague's testimony whether they are witnesses or not.
Parents representing themselves are denied the opportunity to cross examine witnesses appearing against them. Judgements, reports from experts, and position statements are either withheld or given to parents at the last minute (too late to read and analyse them properly).
Do you have representation? Are you aware of your basic human rights under the international covenants?
IE If DoCS allow their solicitor to even mention something NOT to do with child protection or your matter or your whistleblowing, the solicitor is putting themselves in a very precarious position of which they can lose their job.
"Article 19 states Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Article 20 states (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, and (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association."
With so much hoohaa over domestic violence at present, we thought it wise to show the link between it and removal of children from mothers.
Six years ago a beautiful young mother had her four children removed - after she left their violent father and seeked assistance from a state funded women's domestic violence shelter. The reason for the removal of the children, according to court documents submitted by the caseworker, was that the mother breached parenting orders, forcing her to remove the children.
So what was it in this breach, that was so bad that the children including a young baby, had to be so harshly intervened with and separated for life?
The mother had been beaten up by another woman at the refuge and after not being provided any assistance, left, as any mother would who was trying to protect her children from violence.
A devastating, cruel and callous decision by Magistrate Cain (a former intellectual property lawyer), was handed down in less than an hour after all persons involved in the childrens matter had finished giving evidence. The mother declined to be cross-examined by Victoria's Department of Human Services legal personnel, after successfully cross-examining and proving multiple lies and misinformation by the department, which was used to remove her five month old boy.
The removal of Aboriginal children from families across NSW and Australia is at crisis point. A higher number of Aboriginal children are currently in "out of home care" than were removed from their families at any time in the twentieth century.
The Bringing them Home report in 1997 argued that the paternalism and discrimination of the Stolen Generations era remained alive in many of the practices of child protection agencies. It showed that the majority of children were being removed for "neglect", a consequence of the social inequality suffered by Aboriginal people.
Bringing them Home's recommendations for reform were ignored and the number of Aboriginal children in "out of home care" has increased more than five times since 1997. In NSW, approximately one in ten Aboriginal children is currently in care. The pain in communities is immense and many are taking about "a new stolen generation".
New amendments to Child Protection legislation have been introduced by Community Services Minister Pru Goward and are currently before the NSW Parliament. These laws will make it even harder for families who have lost children to DOCS removals to be reunited. Adoption will become possible once a child has been in care for just six months if they are under two year old, or twelve months if older than two. "Guardianship" orders are also being introduced which would similarly strip families of rights to reunification.
Has your DoCS / Child Protection Worker ever failed to inform you of a contact visit, or changed the times and not informed you?
Did they imply on their forms that you just 'failed to turn up'?
Why the hell do they do this? It is blatant child abuse and does nothing more than to further traumatise the children in their care. In the past 2 days i have had two persons complain of DoCS Workers doing this to them, and numerous complaints in the past.
Life Without Barriers staff think its great to change contact times and then laugh at parents who miss out on seeing their children. They have no care for the consequences of the unnecessary traumatisation they inflict upon innocent children when their parents fail to turn up to see them. It is horrendous that these so called child protection workers to committ such acts upon innocent children who are already traumatise more than enough from their preceeding actions in removing them in the first place instead of providing support and intervention for the family - that is if t was ever needed in the first place.
Shame On DoCS Officers who behave in such a manner, you are a disgrace. Personally we can only see such actions committed by none other than a psychopath. What do you think?