The following is an excerpt of what US Senator Schaefer stated about the US Child Protection Industry:
The Adoption and the Safe Families Act, set in motion by President Bill Clinton,
offered cash “bonuses” to the states for every child they adopted out of foster care. In
order to receive the “adoption incentive bonuses” local child protective services need
more children. They must have merchandise (children) that sell and you must have
plenty of them so the buyer can choose. Some counties are known to give a $4,000
bonus for each child adopted and an additional $2,000 for a “special needs” child.
Employees work to keep the federal dollars flowing
Following on from Clinton’s decision to finacially incentivise the forced removal of children with cash payments Tony Blair introduced similar legislation in England.
And what a mess that has made. Parents demonstrating on the streets to get their children back and social workers advertising children on the internet or at ‘adoption markets’ in order to find the hundreds of forcibly removed children a home.
In NSW Bernardos will receive $37,000 for every child fast tracked from foster care into adoption. Since 2006 NSW has changed its Child Protection Legislation to enable social workers to legally take a baby by force from its mother at birth. Often on the grounds that the child MAY suffer emotional abuse sometime in the future. It was reported that there were over 500 foster carers under investigation for serious crimes against children in NSW (see: http://apologyalliance.com/2014/07/25/politicising-foster-care-abuse-to-promote-forced-adoption-call-for-adoption-targets/)
Yet the juggernaut of the industry moves on. As we are all aware the Catholic Church played an integral part in many countries in the forced removal of newborns from their mothers: Australia, Ireland and Spain to name a few. So I guess it is only fitting that 2 Bishops and an Abbott are firmly behind this current wave of promoting the forced removal of children from loving families.
In the US there is now an organisation that has taken up the plight of loving families broken up by the child protection industry.
Click to access TheCorruptBusinessOfChildProtectiveServices.pdf
We wish them every success in their campaign and await a similar occurrence here in Australia.
We already have begun the fight back in Australia – I have been fighting for children in care and their families for the past decade and last year I convened the Alliance for Family Preservation and Restoration