Why would anybody be surprised about children running away from what seems to be the long-term facilities of DCS placement? They are probably "aging out" of DCS custody or have been in "the system" so long they have been forgotten! They probably have stories of abuse and years of it, while in DCS custody, we would all probably want to run away, go any where but where we have been for years and not loved or protected. These, probably mostly teen-agers, don't even have any place to go when they turn 18 and DCS slams the door behind them as they leave. They don't have family or know where they are, they have been cut off from everyone they ever loved. And it wasn't always voluntary on the parents or grandparent's side either, DCS forces them out one way or another.
DCS has had an Order of Protection against me since May of 2005, just to shut me up, but they claim it's because I "may" harm my grandchildren! Right, just after hell freezes over or donkeys fly! I have taught myself and learned a lot from others, just what an evil, vile, bureaucratic agency they are. And their mantra is "do what is in the best interest of the child". NOT! They lie, they make up paper work to say what they want it to, and they try to break you down so you just give up fighting them. They are finding it harder to fight the truth that more and more people, parents and grandparents especially, are confronting them with!
Yeah, the good ole child protection services, what did they protect these children from, I wonder. Granted, some were physically/sexually/verbally/psychologically abused and had no family members suitable for taking them in. But, most of them have loving parents and grandparents and extended family members that love them and would care for them. Most are "poor" and do the best they can, but DCS has been known to take children away because the house was dirty or there wasn't enough food, rather than help them "learn" how to clean house. And it may be just days before they get their food stamps, so they are low on food. Did DCS take enough time or care to see if there was a simple solution, no, just take the kids away!
HOWEVER, THE REAL STORY IS, when these children were taken from their families, most were taken because of "reported" abuse from a stranger. This stranger didn't have to give their name and it could have been a neighbor who had a grudge against the parents or a family member the parents owed money to, or any number of reasons for calling in a false report of abuse. And once a child is taken into foster care, they are on a merry-go-round, going from foster home to foster home, while the parents are trying to figure out what happened and doing all they know to do to get their family back.
What happened to the policy where DCS is supposed to do all they can to keep a child in their home and try to avoid going to foster care? What happened to trying to find a family member, kin, or someone who has an integral relationship with this child , anybody willing and home study approved, is better than a child going to foster care! STATISTICS SHOW A CHILD IS WORSE OFF IN FOSTER CARE, RIPPED FROM THEIR FAMILY, THAN IF THEY HAD BEEN LEFT IN A HOME WHERE THERE IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!
DCS does little or nothing to keep a family intact and they don't even investigate to see if the report of abuse or neglect is true. They do little or nothing to find someone to take a child, because when that child enters foster care, the financial end of DCS goes "cha-ching". Yes, they do make money and lots of it, it just starts with foster care. Then DCS is like a pit bull and holds onto a child with their teeth to make sure they don't get away from them, but try all they can to get them away from the family!
I have a neighbor who wanted custody of her 2 grandchildren when her daughter died. She didn't get them , but DCS let someone else adopt them. The adoptive family and DCS got about $4000 for each child, AND MORE, but they kept them in foster care for as long as they could to "milk" the system's money there. DCS gets more money depending on the child's age, or if they are handicapped or disabled at all. DCS has their own "people" treating these kids and helping them make decisions for them, so they can get money for certain diagnoses, behaviors, or psychiatric problems. They have psychiatric problems the minute DCS takes custody.
It would have been a wonderful thing if the juvenile judges could have sat at the feet of Judge Garrett, in Knox County, before he died. As it is they sit at the feet of DCS/CPS so they can learn about all the things they need to do to "protect" these children. DCS/CPS would be the last place to go to ask how to protect children! STATISTICS SHOW THAT more children are sexually and physically abused in foster care than in their own home. More children die or are killed in foster care than in their own home.
This is enough for now, but there are a lot more "myths" of CPS/DCS to dispel!
We are the eyes and ears and voices for childen, we are to blame if we allow childen to be "assumedly" cared for. We have sterotyped the poor for too long, even they can love their children and their family!
GLENNA BIBLE MULLENIX