Action Alert
Take Action Attention Texas Residents:
Urge Governor Rick Perry to Veto Bill That Will Increase Power to Child Protective Services (CPS)

June 12, 2009

Help protect the fundamental rights of parents!

Calls are needed to request Governor Rick Perry of Texas to veto Senate Bill 1440 that would give even more power to Child Protective Services (CPS) to remove children from their home while investigating alleged abuse. At this very hour, children are being taken from their parents unnecessarily and are six times more likely to die in foster care than in the general public.

A source of conflict with the legislation is an amendment focused on the situation when a parent refuses to allow CPS social workers inside his or her home to investigate.

Should the bill become law, a judge could grant CPS a court order, like a criminal search warrant, that would allow a CPS social worker to immediately enter a home, remove a child or children, and confiscate medical and/or mental-health information. The parent or guardian would not be notified in advance of the pending home-search. This is very disturbing.

This procedure and the granting of more power to CPS makes clear the need for legislation that requires notice and due process before any social worker can enter the residence of a parent or guardian to seize a child.

This bill going before Governor Perry is another attempt to destroy parents' rights in America. Parents are living in fear now that CPS will appear at their door. Poor parents are the ones most often targeted to lose their children because they do not have the where-with-all to hire an attorney and fight the system. Being poor or living in a barely adequate home does not mean you are not a good parent or that your children should be removed or placed somewhere with strangers.

Parents have a Constitutional right to be a parent. "The right of parents to the care, custody, and nurture of their children is of such a character that it cannot be denied without violating those fundamental principles of liberty and justice which lie at the base of all our civil and political institutions. As such, the rights . . . are fundamental rights protected by the First, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution." Doe v. Irwin, 441 F. Supp. 1247, 1251 (W.D. Mich. 1977), rev'd on other grounds, 615 F.2d 1162 (6th Cir. 1980). 

Citizens must begin to see the big picture connected with Child Protective Services (CPS). The separation of families and the "legal kidnapping" of children in America is growing as a business because State governments have grown accustomed to having tax-payer dollars, sometimes reaching into the millions, to balance their ever-expanding budgets.

The Adoption and the Safe Families Act, set in motion first in 1974 by Walter Mondale and later expanded upon in 1997 by President Bill Clinton, offered cash "bonuses" to States for every child the State adopted out of Foster Care. In order to receive the "adoption incentive bonuses" local Child Protective Services would need more children.

Some counties offer $4,000 to $6,000 bonus for every child adopted out to strangers and an additional $2,000 for a "special needs child".

But that is only the beginning figure in the formula in which each bonus is multiplied by the percentage that the state has managed to exceed its baseline adoption number. Therefore, states and local communities work hard to reach their goals for increased numbers of adoptions for children in foster care.

The funding continues as long as the child is out of the home. There is funding for foster care when a child is placed with a "new family". Then the "adoption bonus funds" are available. When a child is placed in a mental health facility, more funds are involved as well, through Medicaid. No wonder children in America are being over medicated.One in every five school age children is diagnosed with alleged mental disorders.

Walter Mondale in 1974, made the statement, when signing off on the Adoption and the Safety Families Act, that he hoped it would not turn into a business. Well it has! It is big business and the bureaucracy of state and "other" employees looking to the children in state care for their job security, is staggering!

So, to have the power to remove children from a home on an "anonymous tip", which happens frequently, is unconscionable not to mention the fact the language in Senate Bill 1440 that required CPS to prove "good cause shown," was stricken! How convenient for CPS.

If families are destroyed, the "State" will become the parent. We must never let this happen. We need to defend and restore parents' rights. It is the family that holds our nation together. SB 1440 will lead, through false allegations, to more abuse of parents trying desperately to protect their children.


Texas Opinion Line: (512) 463-1782
Switchboard for Governor's Office: (512) 463-2000
Fax Governor's Office: (512) 463-1849
Governor's mailing address: Governor Rick Perry, P.O. Box 12428,
Austin, Texas 78711
Governor Perry has until June 21st to sign the bill, veto the bill or let it become law without his signature.

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