Panty Raid: CPS supervisor raided for 500 panties as she bullies another mom

After Kathy Sayers hired the NeverGetBusted Expert Witness firm, NGB published the following story.  In the article, NeverGetBusted peacefully exposed corruption within CPS (Child Protective Services) to reunite a family.  Sayers regained custody of her twins after the publishing.  If you or a loved one are suffering from an injustice, contact Barry Cooper and the NeverGetBusted team now. We are famous for freeing prisoners and defendants.

Who is the better mom or which mom is worse? A) Kathy Sayers, a fully recovered methamphetamine user or B) Shari Hawkins, a binge drinking Child Protective Service supervisor who used her badge to take Sayer’s twin daughters while her own child suffered from a secret addiction to stealing guns, jewelry and panties, over 500 pair?

Demon-mom

According to Petaluma Police Department spokesperson, Sergeant Paul Gilman, when police arrested Shari Hawkin’s son, Benjamin Hawkins, 18, on Oct. 21, he was riding a skateboard with five pairs of recently stolen underwear shoved down his pants.

Police first began investigating Hawkins after a neighbor reported that two guns and her underwear had been stolen. Another neighbor told police they had seen Hawkins carrying a gun case around the same time. When police contacted him, he told police they could search his mother’s home, but not his bedroom. The police returned with a warrant that led them to two stolen guns, a 22 rifle and a double barrel shotgun, as well as stolen jewelry and more than 500 pairs of women’s underwear.

“People started calling us saying, ‘I know that kid, he’s been in my house and my panties were stolen,’” Officer Gilman said. “ Gilman said Hawkins had stolen underwear from victims as young as 17 and from grandmothers. “What we’re looking at is someone with a fetish,” Gilman said, “but how he goes about that fetish is against the law.”

It is unclear why one police officer, CPS supervisor Shari Hawkins, would not allow other police officers to search her home. One can assume she was trying to protect her son’s dark secret.

Since the arrest, NeverGetBusted interviewed several neighbors who all wished to remain anonymous for fear of police retaliation. During the interviews, NeverGetBusted learned Mrs. Hawkins knew of her son’s weird behaviors but kept it hidden and buried during afterwork binge drinking episodes. One neighbor stated, “When she (Shari Hawkins) got drunk, she would confide in us that her son had some sort of bad problem but she never would say exactly what it was.” It’s believable the mother knew of her son’s twisted habits considering that as a juvenile, Ben Hawkins was charged with prowling and trespassing and had repeatedly been found in neighbor’s backyards.

According to California CPS law, had Benjamin been caught with the panties as a juvenile, CPS would have removed him from his mother’s care.

Enter Kathy Sayers. Two years ago, Kathy Sayers, 46, a school teacher and accomplished pianist, hit rock-bottom after CPS visited the home on an anonymous tip that sent the family on a CPS spawned nightmare that led to the trio being forced to live in a homeless shelter.

 The initial petition filed by CPS alleged the children were at risk of serious physical harm or injury due to neglect by the mother which included the mother’s failure to secure the minors in their car seats and the mother’s failure to supervise the children in her apartment (she took her dog to poop and left the kids in the playpen, maybe 5 minutes and right outside the apartment window). Mother was given a case plan where she admitted to years of an abusive marriage and the use of meth in the past which got blown into a substance abuse issue.  During her abusive marriage, Sayers had used black market methamphetamine instead of Adderall, a pharmaceutical medicinal methamphetamine prescribed by her doctor.

CPS took the girls and ordered mom to check herself into a full time, four month long CPS approved drug rehab located in a halfway house. After completing one month, CPS gave custody back to mom and sent the siblings to live with mom in the halfway house.  Three months later and after graduating rehab with perfect scores, the trio was forced to move into a homeless shelter because mom could not work during treatment and lost her job and the family’s apartment.

She did great, even getting the kids back, until Dec 2013 when she self-reported a relapse to shelter personnel who contacted California CPS.  CPS removed the twins to foster care and once again ordered their mother to undergo a battery of endless programs and classes.

Fastforward to today.  After two years of jumping through hundreds of CPS hoops, the only thing standing in Sayer’s way of being reunited with her daughter is Shari Hawkin’s who has never met with Sayers or the children after she was assigned the case for the past five months.  The foster parents continue to report on the girls’ intense love for their mother. They state that both girls speak of their mother at least 6-8 times every day.  Almost every morning, they wake up asking, “is this a mommy day?” referring to a scheduled visit with their mother. They cry for her at bedtime and say they miss her.  According to the foster parents, with almost every new activity or experience the girls have, they find a way to bring “mommy” into it, and they frequently carry around items mother has given them.  In therapy the girls are both tearful and state they miss their mother.  Although the report documents the strong bond between mother and daughters, Shari continues asking the courts for a permanent termination of parental rights. Despite overwhelming evidence of fitness, Shari continues lying to the court by refusing to go on record and acknowledge the lengthy list of Sayer’s years of recovery accomplishments. See the long list of accomplishments at the end of this article.

Although at least three CPS social workers, the foster home personal and dozens of community members have testified Kathy Sayers is ready to be reunited with her twins, the hungover CPS supervisor will not relent and is demanding a permanent separation between mother and her two daughters.

When NeverGetBusted asked the neighbors the same question posed at the beginning of this article, one mother explained, “How can a CPS supervisor be qualified to take another parent’s children when their own is a sexual deviant prowling the neighborhood?”

As an adult, Benjamin Hawkins now faces five counts, including two felony burglary charges, and is being held in the Sonoma County Jail on $40,000 bail while his mother continues using her badge to bully the family into losing each other forever.

Again, I ask the reader, who is worse?

Footnotes

According to Drugs.com, Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. Methamphetamine is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat obesity after other diets or medications have been tried without successful weight loss.

List of Mother’s recovery accomplishments

Since 12/2013, Mother has successfully completed a four-month residential treatment program. Mother’s treating physicians and therapists both state that Mother has made substantial, significant progress and that her prognosis is “excellent.” Mother’s formerly untreated mental health issues are now controlled.

Mother attends AA/NA meetings regularly,  has completed numerous educational programs and parenting classes, and has tested clean in weekly random drug for over 8 months.  Mother self-enrolled in outpatient relapse prevention treatment at DAAC, completed several relapse prevention courses, and has a sponsor.

Mother is gainfully employed, has secured Section 8 housing (provided she has custody of the children), and demonstrates she has gained the insight necessary to ensuring long-term sobriety.  Mother is motivated to attain custody. She has never given up hope and never lost sight of the ball. She had a relapse.  Relapse, some say, is part of recover.  But for the single relapse Mother would have over a year clean and sober. By all accounts, Mother has always visited consistently with the children and continues to have a strongly bonded relationship with them.

Additionally:

1. Mother continues to have a solid, healthy bond with both children.
In a June 28, 2014 email to Mother’s Attorney Jennifer Ani, social worker Rebecca Marlborough stated that Mother’s visitation reports “are uniformly positive in what they have to say about Kathy’s interaction with the girls. And I wouldn’t dispute that.”

2. Mother has been in therapy with a CPS approved doctor.
The doctor states that Mother’s mental health is stabilized and that she has established positive social support, which will positively influence relapse prevention. Doctor states Mother has made “consistent and significant changes in her life in order to be a good parent and therefore her prognosis is excellent.”

3. Successful Completion of Residential Treatment.
Mother successfully completed a 4-month residential treatment program. Mother now exhibits all the positive markers that are seen when true sobriety has been attained.

4. Mother self-enrolled in Outpatient Relapse Prevention

5. Completion of “Recovery Skills Group”

6. Completion of Women’s Process Group

7. Relapse Prevention Group

8. Mother attends regular, frequent AA/NA meetings.

9. Mother is gainfully employed. Mother continues to be employed as an administrator for a local Lutheran Church.

10. Mother has secured Section 8 Housing.
11. Mother has completed parenting education above that required in her case
plan.
12. Mother completed a UC San Diego college course, “Health Education for
the Teacher”.
13. Mother has a healthy support network.

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  1. Luna 3 years ago

    I am leaving my real name out, out of fear as i do in everything else now.

    Before this happened i didn’t fear such a thing but… i have a story like this too, accept no drugs or alcohol.

    When i was little they took me from my mom and following tantrums to go home when they kept on scheduling and canceling visits(my mom didn’t cancel them, cps personnel did). They separated me and my brother, didn’t allow us to see one another accept once in six months, unless we met with mom one of the few visits we had. They yanked us around. Eventually despite everything mom got us back. Their were never any drugs, never any alcohol, her boyfriend had hit my little brother.

    We went from no visits, inconsistent visits, to suddenly being back home around a sibling we had not seen in literally months but had previously shared a room with often, even when we had our own rooms(we were close, nothing perverted, just sometimes when we had bad dreams or something we had always been their for one another, though we fought like cats and dogs sometimes… we had always been close). Suddenly, we faced one another completely traumatized and changed in ways neither one of us could even begin to understand at the time.

    My brother was isolated because cps wanted to adopt him out and in fact someone was in line to adopt him and only him so he was isolated from me on purpose in a horrid attempt to destroy that bond between siblings. I was medicated and heavily abused. I was in a home not even certified for children my own age. Most of the children were older, and while their was supposed to be only girls i ended up assaulted by a boy from next door since nobody was watching the children and any child went in and out. I endured frequently being held down and hit hard. One of the women was over 300 pounds who worked at the group home i was put in. She sat on me and cps defended her putting the entirety of all that weight on me calling it ‘restraining’ me because they had canceled my visit for my seventh birthday with mom and any kid would have reacted like i did.

    Despite things we got to go home but…

    My mother went from having two thriving children to two children scared for life. With time we would have gone back to thriving im sure, she was an awesome mom. She fought, i was taken off of the medications, but cps wasn’t happy with that. My mom was able to get enough support so that even when a cps worker came to re remove me from home, the psychiatrist overseeing me than got actively involved and was able to help stop it from happening. I wasn’t sick, cps had just labeled me so they could medicate me in hopes of shutting me up. i hurt myself climbing up into the top of the closet screaming bloody murder terrified, absolutely terrified. Both me and my brother had horrible separation anxiety and i had asthma on top of it so i was going into an asthma attack as well, but i was just so terrified. Their was nothing more terrifying to me in that moment than the social worker who wanted to rip my family away from me, because apparently cps knows better in their own eyes at least, than any doctor they aren’t paying to call you sick even when your not. I was seven, had been six when they first took us away. The worker wanted to take me because my mother had me taken off of medications with the support of a psychiatrist. They had me on drugs your never supposed to put a child on, and they did this to a child with no prior issues whatsoever.

    We had a baby sister and mom often endured retaliations from cps workers and sometimes officers who were pro cps here in az since she often helped people with their stuff whenever possible, even banned together with some other parents whose children had been abused in cps ‘care’ and got a few people fired in the process(and got mad when they were simply re hired, especially that woman whose idea of ‘discipline; was smothering them with her body weight, more than once i had bruised ribs from it and visits were often erratic because my mom called them on shit like that, not because she was in any way shape or form a bad mom:they tried calling her nuts too to discredit her when she complained and asked why i hadn’t been taken to the hospital with those bruises being where they were and how dark they were, i was a little girl and that woman could have broken my ribs, as it stands it turned out i had at some point had a hairline fracture from it, found shortly after i was taken back home, had i been left in the group home that hairline fracture could have easily become a break in the bones and broken ribs can puncture your lungs, since i was never taken to the hospital for any of this the only thing that saved my mom from accusation was that we had not even spent a full day at home and it was a stress fracture, and their was too much from prolonged abuse for it to have been mom, the doctor was afraid of what would happen if i went back too) after my mom won things were settling down and me and my brother were scared, changed. My mom died.

    Everything was all set up by my mom in hopes neither me or my brother were ever scared by cps or my grandmother who had abused her, ever again. Our godmother lived next door with her own children and was my mom’s best friend as her children were ours, in fact her daughter had helped bring me out of my shell after what cps did, and coping with what the medication and six months of being told i didn’t love my mother i just THOUGHT i loved my mother, did to me. you become closed off to some degree, scared to cry, terrified of opening up to anyone. My mom was having trouble getting through to me which was scary because we had always been close. Dazia, mom, my little brother… they were all necessary in bringing me back from a very dark place and im glad that psychiatrist stood up to cps. I would have been utterly lost if he hadn’t. It let me heal.

    Anyway, mom died and even though mom’s best friend was like our second mom and we had all practically lived at one another’s homes anyway and all the paperwork had been done… cps got involved, but only long enough to separate me and my brother again and let my grandmother have us. My brother was then shipped off to virginia and i was kept here.

    My grandmother, their were countless reasons my mother never wanted her to have me or my brother. Sooner or later… id like to think i found every single one of them, i really don’t want to imagine their was any more than what happened. In short, my grandmother was greedy and i was right back on every medication that made me sick and wasn’t even technically legal to have a child even on… but who enforced this shit? Think about it.

    My mom was and is still my hero. To stop them from digging into my dad and bringing up bad memories my mom lied to cps telling them my dad had run away which is what my grandmother had told people. As a kid i didn’t understand why people were so keen to have me say so many things, like… why? and someone said ‘tell me a story’ and often times it we would have to re go through everything if i didn’t say what they wanted me to say… which as a kid was confusing. However, my mom lied to cps so they wouldn’t make me re live losing him. I was present when my dad was murdered. I wasn’t just present, i had front row seats to every agonizing moment, in fact he died protecting me from his attackers when they decided to attack me as well. I hadn’t shown any sign of remembering my father at that point accept sometimes i cried for my dad without knowing why, without remembering he died and i wasn’t crying for my step dad who my mom had left years before but my real honest to goodness, dad. My mom had been warned that forcing me to remember considering i forgot him completely besides the want of a man i couldn’t remember anything about. His death was traumatic and as an adult i remember and it never stops hurting, even when you know why it hurts. I was three when my dad was killed and i couldn’t handle it, forgot everything about him accept that i wanted him back even though i couldn’t remember him ever holding me at all. Its confusing for a child to go through. Anyway, i forgot my dad completely, as an adult who remembers i know why. My entire world shattered that way and cps was merciless finding nothing sacred, nothing they wouldn’t do or push. Mom didn’t want them pushing me to remember him, not just because the memories were traumatizing and horrible and would hurt, but because if forced a mental block can shatter you mentally speaking. I was six, and forcing that would have done more damage than everything they did combined. My mom had been told when i was a child that i might never remember and to force it could shatter my mind and cause a lot of problems. The day my dad died my entire world shattered and so many things happened all at once… but his bravery and how he faced everything… maybe its bad but that part makes me smile even as it makes me cry. Cps would have swooped in on that like vultures, lying was the only way to protect me from what they would do with that.

    Anyway, fast forward ten years of hell with my grandmother later.

    My grandmother had milked the system for all she could money wise, at my expense of course. She was my payee at eighteen and still told the mental health clinic i went to things at the drop of a hat. If i didn’t so much as do dishes when she told me to, she called them. I once believed this was so ‘unbelievable’ but… you wouldn’t believe how many other people have gone through this too.

    Their is no hospital in this state that doesn’t have an old record of me having some off the wall mental diagnosis despite the fact that while it took a couple years after exercising my right to force the clinic to cease communicating with my grandmother period. With time, i was able to get them to see me through all the lies. Sometimes i still have problems though because of those old records.

    I stumbled through at first, was homeless for awhile while my grandmother was stealing my money. I never did drugs, never whored myself out, didn’t fall to the bottle. I kept on going, still keeping in mind the woman who was my hero.

    Its a lot, not just to sort through all the paperwork and lies but… also what happened to me in all that time.

    Within a few years i was married and thought i had put all that behind me, had two beautiful little boys.

    Cps shows up on my doorstep. It was something out of a horror movie. They didn’t identify themselves, forced their way into my home and refused to leave. I couldn’t get the officer they called out to remove them. They didn’t take my children because of the state of my home, they didn’t take my children because they lacked anything they needed. They took my children citing that i thought my cat could turn into a person. They had gotten a tip from someone claiming to be a police officer but who did not give a badge number, saying i thought my cat could turn into a person. Their only ‘reason’ was because they claimed i was ‘mentally unable’ but they had nothing else to go on so they lied. Even the lies aren’t supposed to be enough to take anyones children, which really shows how horrible it gets.

    I soon found az cps hadn’t changed a single bit. Most children who went through that office weren’t abused. The one set I saw that was had been going through that office for weeks before they even showed any of the signs of being abused, and they were in foster care not in their mothers custody. They were very clearly emaciated, being starved and had bruises on their bodies. My own children often weren’t washed, smelled like they hadn’t been bathed and had days old milk or formula in my youngest sons case on their cloths and on them as well. When i changed them i often found things caked on them. Their were often bruises and the first placement my oldest son was put in left hand shaped bruises and in other places it was obvious someone with hands larger than his legs had picked him up hard enough to leave bruises just from the grip alone and had thrown him.

    I was often threatened for taking photo’s and video, often told it was ‘illegal’ despite that Arizona law doesn’t say that at all.

    In the end though they had nothing truly on me and no criminal charges were filed because their had never been any child abuse or neglect in actuality… my rights were severed on the basis that cps’s psychiatrist claimed i was unable to bond, even though everyone said me and the boys were extremely bonded, not just the boys to one another but to me and me to them. The whole case was a sham with them saying i was incapable but then documenting i was doing it. Mind you, i was only able to get them to behave at all when i started recording. Until i did that they claimed some pretty outlandish shit about my thoughts, though ironically very little if anything to say about my actual parenting. I started keeping a blog, and it still exists to this day. My lawyer had access to anything she wanted or needed, but she didn’t use it.

    I had a court appointee, when my rights were severed she was supposed to file an appeal. She never got back to me after claiming to have filed the appeal. It has been two years since i have seen my little boys.

    This is my story, our story. Their is a lot more to it, and yeah… my blog has everything. Things that make me look good, things that make me look not so good, but none of it makes me a bad mom and none of it is grounds to do this.

    A lot of what i went through was because of retaliatory action by cps workers. Eventually i was evicted from the apartment i had for three years, because cps had forced me to choose saying they were changing the time of my visits with my children, then the same day i put in and quit my job they told me it was all going to stay the same as it was. before my rights were severed, they stopped my visits with my children in anticipation. they knew, presumed, and i had heard it from my lawyer. ‘this judge won’t care’. Apparently once cps claims ‘mental illness’ as their reason, some people lose their heads, lose their ability to reason properly and just shut down to anything else. My lawyer didn’t help, didn’t submit paperwork and cps left out letters from the mental health clinic that i was in compliance and didn’t need the medications cps workers were saying i wasn’t in compliance because i wasn’t taking the meds they, non health-care professionals, wanted me to be on.

    I found out most of the evidence was left out because it didn’t support their claims. The only thing they had was found-less accusations but because they claimed ‘mental illness’ and the case itself was so… unbelievable, things have continued this way.

    I used to sleep. I don’t now. Ive been on anti depressants and sleeping pills at some points since, but since i have PTSD we have to be careful, more careful than most about some of the more… well side effects such as psychosis, which is what they were claiming. Thats what it is when you think something not real is real or that something that can’t happen, can happen like seeing something not their or hearing voices. Mostly for me its sleep walking and making flashbacks more vivid.

    The worker often made me feel crazy, something i found out in therapy is called ‘crazy making behavior’.

    The worker i had, nobody seemed to know just what office she truly worked for. She seemed to get transfered a lot and re hired a lot though if she quit or was fired is never clear. She is the only worker i know of who has glorified themselves in public about their job with a news paper talking about what ‘being a cps worker’ is like. She lied, no surprise, but apparently being more ‘well known’ gave her more public credibility despite the back-room dirty dealing marring her career. The supervisor ended up fired, and had been a recent transfer, also for ‘undefinable reasons’. I found out that the earlier investigation that came up insubstantial despite the fact that not knowing i didn’t have to, i let that one in. We were fine, and the claims were unsubstantiated and she did a full investigation. The supervisor however was the same supervisor and i found out she was quite insistent the first time and the workers job was on the line because for whatever reason that supervisor was that bent and determined. No, i don’t know why. These are simply things i have found out since then. She was bounced off again because her conduct wasn’t what cps wants to be caught supporting.

    I won’t say their names here, Arizona law makes knowingly giving the names of known social workers on the open Internet illegal. I didn’t find that out until later though. I can tell you who they are when its not for the world to see, but i can’t say it here.

    The supervisor, i don’t know what became of her or the so called investigative worker or the lil undefined tag along(she wasn’t a worker exactly, nor was she an intern-in my investigating since then i have found she has had many partners like that however and has taken them into peoples homes and involved them in cases despite them not having license’s). Its not easy digging up all of this stuff because people get really tight lipped about it. Sometimes i save clippings and print out stuff from online because later stuff is often removed, like this article for instance. http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2012/03/03/20120303cps-struggles-ambiguity.html It isn’t the same as it was before. It used to have the name of one of her helpers, used to be at least a paragraph longer and talked about different, other cases, one in particular involving drugs. Initially it had a time-line and didn’t have the fluff stuff thats supposed to make her seem more ‘human’. Someone removed most of the content and added in details nobody can confirm ever happened at all.

    This same worker often claimed my children said or did things two year olds are incapable of doing, saying, not even understanding… this woman was why i started recording to begin with. I didn’t know what hit me. Childhood experiences didn’t prepare me for the hell of being the parent victimized in this situation.

    The court case was filled with testimony where they claimed ‘i don’t know’ to avoid saying anything incriminating about themselves. They admitted to ‘handling’ my case ‘differently’ than it is supposed to be handled… but they cited how my case was ‘special’ in some way never truly specifying why but insinuating it was because of my supposed ‘mental state’.

    It goes without saying, i live in hell daily.

    This woman, she isn’t alone in her struggle. Its hard to find anyone not scared in some way by cps, and if they haven’t been, chances are they know someone who has been.

    So far, i can find no evidence the lawyer who claimed to have filed the appeal for my case ever filed it at all. Many people have similar and same experiences with court appointees.

    Indeed, this woman is not alone. Many people suffer and have suffered and i have watched cps workers use ‘crazy making behavior’ to push people to relapses on purpose like high school bullies doing what they do and saying what they say, abusing the power they have and hiding behind a judges support. The problem with the judges is that they are human and they alone decide, and i don’t know about other states but in Arizona judges who aren’t family court judges(mine wasn’t) often take cps cases and get the pay for their rulings like a family court judge would. I couldn’t find anything conclusive on my own but it appears she might have taken a bribe. Someone really wanted my kids and didn’t care what they had to do to get them.

    Its no surprise most people refer to cps as ‘legal kidnapping’ anymore and family court is often called ‘cps court’ because their is no such thing as sacred as family in ‘family court’. Money talks and they will destroy your family, deny in court they get bonuses its more than proven they get in their pay checks and in cps employee records… they get more money for taking kids and pushing forced adoptions through, but even then… why come after us specifically like that? I can’t confirm it because its wishy washy at best but Ive heard through others that their are workers who ‘take requests’ for children with specific features or sets of features. many workers lack license to be a social worker in the first place.

    I keep going in hope one day, me and my children are reunited.

    Even the lawyers wash their hands of you once its all done, like… its nothing to them, and its not. Win or lose, they get paid the same anyway so why bother to win their cases when they eat lunch with the people ripping those families apart?

    So no, this woman, she isn’t alone.

    Thank you for reading this far, for listening even if you don’t believe it because well, its that bad.

    -Luna

  2. Sondra 3 years ago

    CPS workers are not law enforcement officers, they are social service workers. Child Protective Services are a branch of your state social services department. They are not part of your justice department nor of your local law enforcement agencies. Understanding this is key to understanding why the CPS/juvenile court system does not hold perpetrators accountable for violent acts against a child, nor does it seek to gather evidence for prosecution, nor to punish the perpetrators for what they’ve done. The CPS/juvenile court system was never intended nor empowered to do so. So, if your daughter was raped by her stepfather, for example, CPS will not investigate his crime, will not seek to punish him, nor in any way hold him accountable. Likewise, if your husband is violent with you and CPS is looking into the status of the children, CPS has no power to hold the perpetrator accountable for his violence. No instead they will turn their sites on the non offending parents and even and admittance of PAST drug use will trigger them to investigate. They are there to build a case against you, anything you say WILL be used against you… and they do it in civil court.

    One of the things that creates confusion on this issue is that CPS and others use the word “investigation” to describe the CPS process of looking into the child abuse matter. But these are not criminal investigations where evidence is gathered to determine ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ who committed a particular crime, and how, so that the perpetrator can be brought to justice. A CPS ‘investigation’ can be better understood as a social narrative report on the status of a child and the child’s family. To be sure, the CPS report centers around the issue of the suspected abuse. But once CPS determines it’s ‘more likely than not’ that the abuse occurred, that satisfies CPS inquiry into the incidents themselves.

    Different from a criminal investigation, the main purpose of the CPS report is to determine whether or not the child needs to be protected from future abuse, and if so, what needs to be done to protect the child from future abuse. As such, CPS reports focus in on detailing the family histories of the parents, the psychosocial and economic conditions of the home, the relationships between the family members, the school and educational status of family members, as well as covering the ALLEGED abuse. All of these things, except for the abuse, would be completely irrelevant in a criminal investigation. This why you see so many kids die from real abuse and see so many kids taken for arbitrary reasons.

    Although CPS does not have law enforcement powers, unlike most other social service agencies, CPS does have one awesome power, the power to take custody and remove children from the home. The stated purpose of this power is to protect the child from future abuse. Once CPS decides that abuse of a child or violence in the home has PROBALBY ( the “more likely than not” phrase used all too often) occurred, the CPS worker must then decide how best to protect the child from FUTURE OR POTENTIAL abuse. Since it’s usually obvious that the child should not be immediately returned to the perpetrator of the violence, CPS quickly turns to the question of whether or not the child should stay with the non-offending parent. That’s how and why CPS becomes so fixated on ‘investigating’ the nonviolent parent. No matter how you look at it, the circumstances of these situations can almost always be construed to indicate that the parent didn’t protect, and that they knew or should have known or that they need to be fixed and need psychologist, doctors, and drug rehabilitation, if you quit using whatever drug or substances, they will construe it as an ongoing problem and make you go to rehab or drug treatment. This all done with the statement of “concerns for future or potential abuse” Yeah they sue you in CIVIL court for something they think may or may not happen… but it gets worse.

    At best, CPS/juvenile court decisions are made on the lowest judicial standard of evidence, the ‘Preponderance of the Evidence’ Standard, i.e. 51% of the Evidence. This is the same standard of evidence you would see on People’s Court or in and insurance claim. ( if you don’t think that taking children based on this standard, you need some psychological help yourself) The void of evidence and rigor in the CPS/juvenile court system leaves the decision making process wide open to the virtually unchecked influence of mistakes, bias, discrimination, prejudice, vengeance, hearsay, junk science, nonsense, and arbitrariness of all kinds. (The one exception to this is that a final termination of parental rights usually requires a ‘clear and convincing’ standard of evidence, which is still a much lower standard than the ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ standard of the criminal system.)

    The flimsy ‘Preponderance of the Evidence’ Standard is Bad Enough, But Things are Actually Much Worse. Increasingly, the CPS/juvenile court systems are handing off their fact finding and decision making responsibilities to mediators, evaluators, and even to CASA volunteers, all of whom operate on NO standard of evidence at all.

    Child Protective Services do not have the power to open a criminal case against perpetrators of child abuse. They do not have the power to do criminal investigations of child abuse, nor the power of arrest. Nor does the juvenile court system that corresponds to CPS cases seek to prosecute the perpetrators, nor are these courts invested with the power to do so. There are a number of things that makes the system tend toward abusive responses. One of these is the cardinal truth of any power. Unchecked power always tends towards abuses of that power. And the power of CPS is hugely unchecked.

  3. Barry Cooper 3 years ago

    Sondra,

    Thanks for providing the fantastic and accurate information about CPS. I enjoyed the read.

    Peace,

    Barry

  4. Barry Cooper 3 years ago

    Luna,

    I’m very sorry to hear of your tragedies. It’s just more madness coming from CPS. Peace to you sir.

    Barry

  5. Bullseyeannie 3 years ago

    Did the same to mine. However, I write my ass off to house representatives, general assembly, ombudsman, DCBS Commissioner, you name them, I’ve written them.

    In retalition, CPS Workers and supervisors (emphasis) ensured that visits with children were stressful for all of us.

    I was ‘crazy’ alright. Funny how I was finally assigned another worker after the ‘queen bee’ ripped both children from my heart. the two were defiant and this behavior was enabled. Daughter lives with her best friend (and boyfriend) with the babysitter (yes, a babysitter) and son has been bounced around from one ‘residential treatment facility’ to another–often neglected and abused by case managers and the social worker herself.

    All the workers are lounging around when we go in. Just taking biased discriminatory notes (they are all black btw and most are grotesquely overweight–what inresolved childhood issues are they punishing ‘white people?).

    All pro bono attorney’s are worthless. They will sell your family down the river ……to ‘collect a favor latter’ …attorney told me as much, yet KY Bar Assoc doesn’t think they did anything ‘unethical’ (my focus was ‘misconduct’…KY Bar Assoc overlooked that).

    CPS is out of control. The local offices are influenced by local politicking, in direct collusion with the courts, judges, and DA.

    I’ve not lost parental rights; but they don’t mean a thing, not with CPS! I visit both once a month. One for only an hour and the other comes home sometimes.

    Both my children were out of control. Neither had a good thing to say about me. Repeating their father’s words, ‘she’s crazy!’. ‘Dad’ is a pain pill drug addict. There is a reason we divorced a dozen years ago, hello?

    Dad wanted to take home and custody. Whatever it took, I could not risk him getting his hands on either of the twins. From 900 miles away, he was able to ‘reach them’ Cuz they went running to daddy when mom laid down the law (so to speak). He was calling them AT SCHOOL!

    Anyway, its late, I’m tired. I’m not crazy, but do suffer PTSD, ‘legal abuse syndrome’ and ‘CPS abuse syndrome’. There were days I was nearly comatose yet still maintained college grades.

  6. Barry Cooper 3 years ago

    Bullseyannie,

    CPS and their actions are so dark, I have to act like it’s not real. Otherwise, I would go crazy. It’s that bad. Thanks for sharing and I feel you.

    Barry

  7. Ronald N, Roy 3 years ago

    Many years ago CPS attempted to get involved in a diciplinary action I took on my son. I said attempted because I let them know If they stuck their nose in my affairs there would be hell to pay! Needless to say I never heard from them again.

  8. JEN ANI 3 years ago

    Wow Ronald. I wish it were that simple. :S

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