California Child Protective Services Faces Audit After Stealing Baby From Parents

In April I reported about Sammy Nikolayev, the five month old son of Alex and Anna Nikolayev.  Sammy is the first child of the young couple and he was born with a heart murmur.  The parents took excellent care of Sammy and kept all of the necessary doctor appointments. In April, Sammy developed flu-like symptoms so Anna took him to the doctors at Sutter Memorial Hospital where he had been seen regularly.  On previous visits to Sutter, Anna says that some of the care had caused her concerns, Read more […]

On Child Protective Services, Part 5: How to Fight

There are a number of things that can be done to fight the corruption and abuses of Child Protective Services. It’s clear that the payment structure for these state agencies needs to be altered in order to take away their incentive to take children into custody unnecessarily. It’s also the case that these dollars need to be carefully allocated so that states aren’t using CPS funds in order to balance their budgets. States should be required to pay for their own services out of their own Read more […]

On Child Protective Services, Part 3: The Real Abusers

One of the things my wife and I did immediately after our children were taken from us by LA County Child Protective Services (aside from getting lawyers) was begin to comply with any potential requirements they might make of us. We didn’t want an unjumped-through hoop to hold up the speedy return of our children. So, on the recommendation of our lawyers based on intimations of the Commissioner (pseudo-judge) based on CPS precedent, I went to anger management classes, my wife and I got individual Read more […]

On Child Protective Services, Part 2: Law/Enforcement Disconnect

Imagine you are driving down the road five miles under the marked speed limit and a police officer pulls you over for speeding. He says, “Yes, the speed limit says 45, but me and the boys have decided it would be better for you to drive 30. So we’re gonna take your car away. If you don’t like it, you can take it up with a judge. Oh, but not at a regular court. At our court. And not with elected judges. With judges we’ve appointed and can fire at will. Oh, and my verbal testimony in court Read more […]

On Child Protective Services, Part 1: Putting Children Before the Family

Many of you in the South may be familiar with DFCS (pronounced dee-fax), the Division of Family and Child Services. In California, this same agency is called DCFS, the Department of Children and Family Services. I think these labels say a lot about what the agencies are designed to do. While the service DFCS renders is the “division” of family and child, at DCFS, they put children before the family—to the detriment of the family unit, the authority of the parents, and even the well-being of Read more […]