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 […]