Oct 2006. P1-3. Inspector General Report: State Unjustly Terminates Parental Rights For Federal Money. Herald-Leader. State child protection officials are using foster children as "bartering items" in an adoption push that a recent report equated to the "black-market selling of children". kentucky.com
Jan 2007. KY OIG in CHFS Delivers Scathing Report. 61-pg OIG report concludes: False documentation, dishonesty, false signatures, omission or supplementation of case records; Unprofessional conduct; Regional managers abused power, neglected to follow chain of command, stripped supervisors of their authority including case review; Caseworkers exuded an attitude of superiority + held birth parents to higher difficult-to-meet standards. wlky.com/news/10723437/detail.html?subid=10101262
CPS Foster Care + Forced Adoptions - the "Other" Kentucky Lottery. National Institute on Children Youth & Families Inc & Kentucky Youth Advocates
Jan 2007. Repulsive Mess; Social-services Scandal Needs Strong Cleaner. Sadistic and criminal aren't words usually associated with social workers. But they come to mind while reading the results of a year-long investigation into a Ky child-protection bureaucracy that was allowed to go rogue. Social workers gave each other nicknames like "The Queen of Removal" + "Terminator" and laughed as they stripped children from their parents. Workers + supervisors lied and falsified documents to cover up misconduct + misled an accrediting agency. Those who protested or reported abuses were targeted for retaliation; those responsible were rewarded. kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/editorial/16495152.htm
Nov 2007 Social Workers Allege Abuses. In a follow-up to a 3-year investigation, News32 interviewed a group of KY social workers who alleged families are harassed and workers are pressured to boost adoption numbers.
Pat Moore was a state social worker until she was fired for not ignoring allegations of abuse in a foster home. When Moore found that 2 foster parents had criminal records, a son living with them had multiple felonies, + a convicted sex offender visited and cared for the children, she refused to arrange an adoption. Her supervisors responded the adoption must proceed quickly.
"The basis for this is the tie to the federal money," Moore's attorney, Tom Beiting said. "Every time a child is not placed in the home the state through its Cabinet is losing money."
Moore filed suit and last month, the state paid $380,000 to settle it.
The high-adoption trend began in 2004. Adoptions ballooned to 724 while federal bonus money more than doubled, $452,000 the previous year to more than $1 million.
"The Cabinet puts pressure on stats because federal and state money come from statistics," said another social worker. The concerted effort to take children + put them up for adoption was so brazen, she actually saw someone successfully place an order for children. "Someone could not have a child and wanted a child so within the community," the social worker said. "This person saw a family in distress, having a hard time, relayed to workers that they would like those children, and that's exactly what has happened."
Vanessa Shanks had her kids taken away. When she fought back, her relatives had their children taken away. After she won in court, her attorney's child was taken away.
Posted in accordance with U.S.C. Title17 Ch1 Sec107
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