Poverty is NOT Child Neglect: Could Changes to The Law Protect Parents? (Pt 2)

February 19, 2019 Abuse and Neglect Attorney
Homeless person
has been treated like a crime for longer than we can remember. But poor parents shouldn’t have to lose their kids because of it.

Welcome back and thanks for joining us again for the wrap up of this discussion about the child welfare system and the unfair persecution of impoverished families. In the previous article we looked at a bill introduced last year by Congresswoman Gwen Moore that hoped to make it illegal for federal funding to be used to tear poor families apart in the name of “saving” children.

The bill was endorsed by United Family Advocates, which is a bipartisan, interdisciplinary coalition whose goal is reforming child welfare policy in the United States. Dr. Brandon Logan, co-chair of United Family Advocates, says the coalition supports the bill because the need to keep families together is more urgent now than ever before. “Keeping children with their parents prevents the trauma of separation and saves state and federal governments millions of dollars in unnecessary foster care expenses.”

So whatever happened to the bill? Was it signed into law?

The bill was introduced in Congress, and then referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where it died quietly. There has been no action on the bill since, and no other bill of a similar nature has been introduced. So what happened? Why is our government not prioritizing family-togetherness, and strategies to keep parents and children together? This, folks, is the million dollar question…

There are many reasons for why family togetherness isn’t considered a primary objective, despite the many studies that show how critical it is for children’s development. One is fear – fear that “doing nothing” will result in children being left in abusive situations, which justifies taking children away from innocent parents. Another reason is compliance. CPS workers find that the threat of a removed child makes a frightened family more compliant, which makes their jobs easier. And then there’s money, which is often the biggest motivator of all – CPS receives financial compensation for every child they remove!

Unnecessary CPS intervention can be devastating to a family!

The notion that children are not harmed by independence, or should not be torn from their families simply because they’re poor, may seem obvious. And yet in recent years many parents have had to fight the state in order to keep their kids, simply because they suffered financial hardship, or because they allowed their kids to play unattended in the yard. Things that should have nothing to do with a person’s right to parent. It may seem ridiculous to you and to us, but far too few states have laws protecting parents and families from CPS overreach. So we’re sorry to see that this proposed bill hasn’t got the attention it deserves.

However, while we here at The Kronzek Firm can’t do anything to change the laws, we can promise that if you choose us to represent you, we will fight fiercely and tenaciously to protect your family, and your right to parent your kids. We’ll dedicate our considerable resources and experience to making sure that your case has every chance of success. Call us today at 866 766 5245 and talk to one of our skilled CPS defense attorneys. Let us help you win this battle.