Thursday, February 12, 2004

Hola:

Today's writings are dedicated specifically to the reader -- you know who you are -- who e-mailed me (as all are welcome to do), expressing outrage that I would use the phrase "yet another child protective worker falsifying documents."

Caseworkers falsifying documents is a national problem. It is widespread, and indeed, in certain regions of the country it is common practice. Due to the secrecy that child protective services operates under, it is difficult to pin down the exact number of falsified reports and documents. However, there are more than enough reports by legitimate news organizations and reporters to demonstrate that it does indeed occur with an astounding frequency.

While for today's purposes, I will be pleased to link to some news stories on the matter, my general advice is to educate yourself. Use a search engine. Read. And, to the reader who knows who she is, I shall look forward to hearing from you after you've done a little reading, and I shall hope that you are moved enough to start sending letters to your local legislators, demanding immediate change.

Now, on to a few falsifications:

MSNBC reports on a child dead - beaten and starved - in Indiana, caseworker facing criminal charges for falsifying documents.

From a January 14, 2004, report in the Indianapolis Star:

"A child welfare investigator who repeatedly falsified reports in abuse and neglect cases was demoted and reassigned, but her actions were never reported to prosecutors, records obtained by The Indianapolis Star show."

UPI White House Reporter Kathy Gambrell offers her insight regarding the matter with an illuminating report.

Faking Records Not New at DCF, a headline from the St. Petersburg Times states.

From the Tallahassee Democrat, we have a report of falsifying documents and hiding case files in drop ceilings to conceal wrong doing.

USA Today reports on falsifying documents. The child involved is dead.

In A Critical Look at Foster Care, Emrich Thoma gives valuable background information.

Interesting tidbits can be found here.

The information is out there for anyone who cares enough to look for it.

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