The Corrupt Foster Care and Adoption System: Why Aren’t More Foster and Adoptive Parents Speaking Out?
by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News
For years now, Health Impact News, via their MedicalKidnap.com website, has exposed the child welfare system in the United States, which encompasses foster care and adoption services, as a child trafficking system.
The data is very clear. A very small minority of children removed from their homes by Child Protective Services (CPS) are removed because they live in “abusive” homes.
The vast majority, anywhere from 75% to 85% or more, are removed for other reasons, usually under the umbrella term of “neglect.” This would include “medical neglect” where one can lose custody of their children simply for disagreeing with a doctor, or seeking a second medical opinion.
Based on large scale research studies conducted at MIT by Joseph Doyle in 2007 and 2008, the data also clearly shows that children in foster care fare far worse than even children left in “troubled homes,” which begs the question as to why we even have a child welfare system that takes children out of families and makes them wards of the State.
To read more on this topic of child trafficking through child welfare see:
Child Kidnapping and Trafficking: A Lucrative U.S. Business Funded by Taxpayers Called “Foster Care”
Since the evidence clearly shows that the child welfare system is thoroughly corrupt, causing far more harm to children than good, we pose the question:
Why aren’t more foster and adoptive parents speaking out against this corruption?
Biological Parents Versus Foster/Adoptive Parents: Inequalities Exist with Different Standards
Here at Health Impact News we have frequently reported on some of the different standards applied to both biological parents and foster parents.
For example, in most states all it takes for CPS to come into a home and immediately remove the children is an anonymous tip from someone that accuses the parents of abuse or neglect. Or it could be a mandated reporter such as a doctor, or even a dentist, who doesn’t like the fact that the parents have chosen to not pursue their medical treatment, and the children are immediately removed from the parents.
We have reported hundreds of such stories where parents were wrongly accused, and had to fight months or even years to get their children back, if they received them back at all.
And yet, when children in foster care are ordered to be returned to their parents, there is usually a long, drawn out process called “reunification” because the children have allegedly “bonded” with the foster parents, and an abrupt change of custody is seen as “harmful.”
This of course seems absurd to parents who have had their children ripped away from them with no notice whatsoever, destroying the child-parent bond and presuming that the parents are guilty until proven innocent.
In a recent article written by Richard Wexler of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform (NCCPR) Child Welfare Blog, Wexler points out another distinction between biological and foster/adoptive parents in the child welfare system, as he highlights a couple of cases where foster parents experience some of the same corruption in the system and speak out against it.
Wexler writes that due to racial and economic standards, foster and adoptive parents who experience corruption in the system will usually get more sympathy from the public:
It happens over and over. Foster parents and, to a lesser extent, adoptive parents complain about how badly they are treated by child protective services agencies. Decisions are made about the children in their care without consulting them, they say. They’re not treated as part of a team, they say. They’re even victimized by false allegations of child abuse, they say.
Foster and adoptive parents are more likely to be white and middle class – in other words, people like us instead of people like them. As a result, to paraphrase the old brokerage slogan, when foster and adoptive parents talk, people listen. They get enormous public sympathy, as in this case.
I don’t begrudge them that. A lot of the time, their complaints are justified.
Wexler points out that foster and adoptive parents have legitimate complaints. They are, after all, part of a very corrupt system.
But Wexler then takes it a step further, and asks same the question that we are posing today about why these parents do not address the underlying causes of these problems?
But every time I read another story about foster or adoptive parents complaining about their ill-treatment, I keep waiting for one thing to happen – I keep waiting for the proverbial lightbulb to appear over the complaining foster or adoptive parents’ heads.
I keep waiting for someone to say: “The child welfare system really needs us. If this is how they’re treating us imagine how they’re treating birth parents. Maybe I need to reconsider my assumptions about who CPS takes away, and why.”
Wexler then writes about two rare instances where foster parents did speak out, and explains what we can learn from these cases.
It’s not that it never happens. When Maine foster parent Mary Callahan noticed that almost every child placed with her could have remained safely in their own home had the birth parents simply gotten the aid she received as a foster parent, it helped change an entire state foster care system.
But such instances are few and far between. When one turns up, it’s worth highlighting….
The other case Wexler writes about is a case from California five years ago, where the foster mother was forced to attend “parenting classes” where she rubbed shoulders with biological parents, and this allegedly opened her eyes to the injustices within the system.
I want to offer belated thanks to Dr. Christine Deeths, formerly of Bakersfield, California, to her lawyer Shawn McMillan, who has championed families in many similar cases in California, and to former Bakersfield Californian columnist Lois Henry who wrote about what happened to Dr. Deeths’ children.
The details concerning what Kern County Child Protective Services did to doctor Deeths’ adopted children are in this column by Henry, so I won’t go into them here.
Suffice it to say that it falls into one of those rare categories of cases in which the overreach of child protective services hits the middle class.
And suffice it to say the needless removal of the 4-year-old and 6-year-old children was so outrageous that the county offered Deeths a settlement of $1.4 million – before she even sued.
As Deeths put it:
“My children will never be the same. They lost their innocence the day they were taken. CPS stole that from them and it can never be replaced.”
But instead of taking pains to claim she was different from people who typically get caught up in the system, Dr. Deeths realized how much she and they had in common. As Henry writes:
As part of the original CPS case, Deeths was ordered to attend parenting classes put on by Human Services.
The classes themselves were useless, she said. But she met dozens of parents who, like her, had lost their children.
Unlike her, however, they weren’t nearly as educated nor did they have the same resources, money, strong family support, friends, colleagues, etc.
“I learned a lot about the less privileged,” she said. “I learned a lot of empathy.”
She had the resources to fight CPS, she said, when most other parents don’t.
She wonders how many more families have been unfairly torn apart.
“A lot of what they’re taking kids for is a lack of knowledge about life skills and CPS isn’t helping parents learn those life skills,” she said. “Meanwhile they’re creating generational problems because when you take a child, they’re changed forever.“
Read Wexler’s entire article:
A middle-class adoptive mom’s unusual response to being falsely accused of child abuse: “I learned a lot about the less privileged. I learned a lot of empathy.”
Why are “Good” Foster Parents Still Part of a Corrupt System Harming Children?
It is easy to see what lures many people into the child welfare system as foster or adoptive parents, for the wrong reasons.
There is clearly a financial motive for many, and the more children you receive through the system, the larger the paycheck.
In a story that the corporate “mainstream” media picked up in the past few weeks, we learned that Washington parents Jennifer Hart and her spouse Sarah Hart had adopted 6 children from the Houston, Texas area, and all are now presumed dead after their van drove off a cliff and crashed into the Pacific Ocean.
The San Antonio Express has reported that the couple likely collected over $270,000.00 in government funds for adoptive parents over the past 10 years.
The woman who drove a family vehicle over a cliff in California last month had adopted her six children out of foster care in the Houston area and likely received more than $270,000 in state money to help care for them.
Records also show that Jennifer Jean Hart and her spouse, Sarah Hart, had been accused several times of abuse and neglect involving the children over the years and that at one point Sarah Hart pleaded guilty to domestic assault.
The couple and three of the children were killed March 26 when their vehicle ran off a cliff on the Pacific Coast Highway about 180 miles north of San Francisco, crashing into the shoreline below. The three other children are still missing and feared dead. Investigators have said the crash may not have been an accident, and Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman is calling it a crime. (Full story here.)
While media reports are focusing on the deaths and possible causes, as well as the allegations of child abuse against the foster parents, will anyone investigate to see if the 6 children who were placed into the system should have been removed from their homes in the first place?
Speculating purely from photos such as the one at the top of this story, where the adopted children appear to be minorities from potentially poor families and the two women who were the foster parents appear to be white middle class, the story may well fit into the observations that Wexler makes in his article about the typical child placed into the child welfare system, and the typical profile of the kinds of people becoming foster parents.
Besides economic factors that could motivate people to become foster parents, there are even more sinister motives, such as child pornography and child sex trafficking, as we have previously covered here at Health Impact News. For our previous coverage on this topic, see:
Arizona Foster Care System Revealed as Pedophile Ring: Former Foster Child Tortured for Years Sues for $15 Million
But what about the “good” foster parents: those who have a genuine desire to foster or adopt children to provide a healthy home atmosphere for them because they believe the children were abused in the homes of their biological families?
To such people we implore:
Stop turning a blind eye to the abuses in the system!
Don’t allow your desires to parent a child, perhaps because you cannot have children of your own, allow you to overlook how this corrupt system is trafficking and abusing children.
Foster care and adoption services are a multi-BILLION dollar child trafficking system. Just because it is legal does not make it right, or moral.
Do you really want to become part of such a system, and receive the same tainted and blood-stained government money that funds child trafficking, along with all the strings attached to receiving those funds?
At this point, we can predictably hear the cries of protest: “But what about the truly abused children? Who will take care of them if there are no good foster parents?”
Such a protest is based on a belief that as bad as the system is, it is still needed to truly care for abused children.
That belief, however, is not based on any solid facts, and in fact contradicts the evidence that does exist.
First, as I noted above, a very small percentage of children taken out of their homes and placed into foster care are for reasons of “abuse.” Most are taken for reason of “neglect,” where most of those reasons are either unfounded or could be solved by helping the families, rather than pouring in billions of dollars to fund foster care services.
For the small minority where there are abusive homes, in many of those cases there are family members, such as grandparents, who are available to care for the children, but most often are prevented from doing so by a system that receives more funds from placing the children with strangers instead of family members. (See, for example: Report Exposes Why Corrupt CPS Agencies Seldom Place Foster Children with Family Members.)
For the few remaining children that are from truly abusive homes with no family members available to care for them, which would be a tiny fraction of the number of children currently put into the system, do we really believe that Federal and State government programs are the best ways to take care of these children?
The history and data tell us emphatically – NO! Dealing with orphans and children of criminal parents is a problem as old as the human race, and we would be foolish to believe that modern day child welfare services are the best ways of taking care of these children. Most of these social services did not come into existence until the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Local communities could be taking care of these problems much better, with community-based leaders and programs involved that are held accountable and judged based on their success.
The Christian Church: Recruitment Centers for Foster and Adoptive Parents
If “good” foster and adoptive parents took a stand against corruption in child welfare, it could put a big dent in the system, if not take it down altogether.
One thing the system absolutely depends upon to keep federal and state government funds flowing is foster parents. And one of the places many foster parents are currently recruited from are American Christian churches.
Just as there are good people who truly care for children in child welfare programs, so too there are obviously good people who truly care in American churches.
But just as we ask the question of the minority of good foster parents who choose to align themselves with the corrupt foster care and adoption government-run programs, so too we must ask why Christian churches choose to participate in this system?
Some would argue, rather convincingly, that Child Social Services began in the Christian church, before it became a function of taxpayer-funded government social services. Therefore, it should not surprise us to learn of the same kind of corruption in Christian churches as exist in government child welfare services.
Reports have been published in the media of mass graves of children of unwed mothers from Catholic social institutions in Ireland in the past, but uncovered in recent times.
A mass grave containing the remains of babies and children has been discovered at a former Catholic care home in Ireland where it has been alleged up to 800 died.
Excavations at the site of the former Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway, have uncovered an underground structure divided into 20 chambers containing “significant quantities of human remains,” the judge-led mother and baby homes commission said.
The commission said analysis of selected remains revealed ages of the deceased ranged from 35 weeks to three years old. It found that the dead had been mostly buried in the 1950s, when the facility was one of more than a dozen in Ireland offering shelter to orphans, unmarried mothers and their children.
The home, run by the Bon Secours Sisters, a Catholic religious order of nuns, received unmarried pregnant women to give birth. The women were separated from their children, who remained elsewhere in the home, raised by nuns, until they could be adopted. (Source.)
One man who has documented and exposed many of the abuses within the Christian church is Canadian Kevin D. Annett, and his International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS).
The “Mandate” of ITCCS is stated as:
(1) To lawfully prosecute those people and institutions responsible for the exploitation, trafficking, torture and murder of children, past and present, and (2) To stop these and other criminal actions by church and state, including by disestablishing those same institutions.
The formation of ITCCS according to their website:
The ITCCS was formed in May of 2010 at a closed meeting of survivors of church and state terror in Dublin, Ireland. The event was initiated by Nobel Prize Nominee Reverend Kevin Annett of Canada and members of Irish survivors’ groups.
The foundational purpose of the ITCCS is to unite survivors of genocide and child torture across borders, and to mount a broad political, spiritual and legal movement to disestablish the Vatican and other churches and governments responsible for historic and ongoing crimes against children and humanity.
In 2013 their Tribunal reportedly passed judgement against high-ranking religious and government officials for “Crimes against Humanity.”
In September, 2012, the ITCCS established a legal arm, The International Common Law Court of Justice (ICLCJ), composed of accredited jurists and lawyers from Belgium, England and the United States.
In February, 2013, the ICLCJ successfully prosecuted and convicted former Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger, for Crimes against Humanity in Canada, along with Elizabeth Windsor, Queen of England, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and 27 other officials of church and state. (See the link to the court evidence in this case at http://itccs.org)
Pope Benedict and senior Vatican Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone both resigned from their offices soon after being prosecuted in this ICLCJ indictment. (Source.)
Kevin D. Annett has called upon people to “leave the murderous churches.”
Given how corrupt child welfare services has become, causing far more harm to children than good, how can Christian churches not only continue to participate in such a corrupt system, but actually encourage its members to do so?
Can one truly call themselves a “good” foster parent if they participate in this corrupt system?
Conclusion: Foster Parents Need to Stop Participating in an Evil and Corrupt Child Trafficking System
When we publish stories on MedicalKidnap.com of families who lose their children to this corrupt system, and then post those articles on social media, some of the most vicious attacks we receive against the parents and against us for publishing their stories, are from foster parents.
I believe that many foster parents want to do what is right, and that it is unthinkable to many of them that the children who were placed into their homes by child welfare services were actually taken away from good families – families that loved their children and never abused them.
They may believe that the child or children in their home are in a “better place,” especially if they know that the biological parents are poor, and not able to provide the same level of care that they do.
But in this situation the State is NOT protecting abused children. They are deciding who are good parents, and who are not, and the poor in our society will suffer the most.
This is called tyranny, and it is not a system governed by the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States that was written on the premise that all people were created by God, and have equal value, regardless of race or social standing.
If you are a foster parent or adoptive parent that participates in this tyrannical, evil system that trafficks and murders children, you are part of the problem, not part of the solution, no matter what your motives or intentions are.
Expecting a bloated government system funded by BILLIONS of dollars to change itself is unrealistic, and not much will happen to change the system until foster and adoptive parents, many of them being recruited by Christian churches, develop a conscience and a soul, and decide to take a stand against real child abuse which is happening every day here in the United States, through child welfare services.
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