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Caught in the CrossHairs!
2012-06-19 by Janet Petty


Have you recently been under the scrutiny of a California DCFS Office? If you have then you fully comprehend the title of this particular blog? If you have been unfortunate enough to have to deal with this state department within Los Angeles County, Then you know how totally unfair and unprofessional they are.  I recently was on the Los Angeles County DCFS website and I have to repost something I saw there.
DCFS Mission Statement

The Department of Children and Family Services,
with public, private and community partners, provides quality child welfare services and supports so children grow up safe, healthy, educated and with permanent families.


I don't believe that they even understand what this mission statement says. The last statement lets you know that the department is bias. It (Los Angeles County DCFS) obviously believes it must move children to better homes.  The implication is to grow up safe, healthy, educated with welfare services and support in the home of the biological parent(s) is not possible.
I believe this mission statement implies that it's the departments job to remove children from biological parents and place the children in safe situations (strangers).  
I am fully aware that child abuse does exist. I would not want to see any child abused and that's why I have to say something about how DCFS handles the job they are actually supposed to be doing.  
What I don't understand is why fixing the families of these children and making a stronger family unit is not a priority?  
I mean where in the mission statement is there anything about strengthening families and communities? I wonder how many children are damaged each year in Los Angeles county by being ripped from their families?  How many adults are damaged and sent into depression by having their children snatched from them? Is it just me or does DCFS act as an abuser at times?
I'm definitely not saying that I believe there are not incidents of true neglect and abuse, however, in Los Angeles County that's not always the case.
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