Amiri King announced the beginning of a campaign for reform within Child Protective Services all around the country
In a Facebook LIVE video King said he plans on putting his vast resources towards CPS reform
King offered free advertising to his audience of over 3.5 million for any attorney willing to help a family fighting CPS
Recently CPS targeted King which gave him a firsthand account of how the system operates
Over the past few years, evidence has come to light that Child Protection Services has serious issues. The goal of protecting abused children is heavily blurred due to federal funding, overworked and inexperienced employees and a total lack of transparency even when the agency in question is at fault.
A disturbing common trend is the heavy presence of CPS within poverty-stricken families. These families typically do not have a clear understanding of the law, cannot afford to hire an attorney, and lack a voice loud enough that can be used to tell their story. However, recently that changed after Kentucky CPS workers targeted comedian Amiri King.
After witnessing firsthand the over-aggressive techniques used by CPS, King has begun a campaign against the agency as a whole. In a Facebook LIVE video, King announced that he plans on bankrupting the State of Kentucky, organizing marches and helping to reform a broken child protection system.
A Go Fund Me campaign to help King get legal help for his children has reached over $21,000 in just three days. In his video, King stated he only needs $6,000 to $10,000 of the money. King plans on sending money to a woman who had her baby taken by CPS — despite passing a drug test — to retain an attorney. The rest of the money he plans to put towards fighting for CPS reform.
On top of that, King has offered to make a trade with any attorney willing to help families fighting against CPS. King — who has a total Facebook following of over 3.5 million people — has offered to give shoutouts to any and every attorney willing to help a family fighting against CPS. Anybody with an interested attorney has been asked to email King at [email protected].
It is no secret that Child Protection Services in America is in desperate need of an overhaul. Across the country, internal issues with CPS agencies are becoming more apparent to the general public, despite a standard of operating in secrecy.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Human Services Michael Becketts has made a startling confession.
In a release on the DHHS website, Becketts stated that it has been known for a long time that children do better in a family setting. However, the current system is set up to separate children from families and force the family to work to get back together. Becketts went on to say, “We know that it is not helpful and often traumatic to children and families,” in regards to how CPS agencies currently function.
We have known for years that children live best in the context of families. However, we have a system set up to separate children from families and then create an environment where people have to work to get back together. We know that is not helpful and often traumatic to children and families.
On November 19, 1997, Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton. ASFA was supposed to bring change to a foster system that deterred from adopting special needs children. Before ASFA, the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act (AACWA) was signed into law on June 17, 1980, by former President Ronald Reagan.
ASFA shifted the fundamentals goals that came with the AACWA by taking the focus away from keeping families together. It was believed that many were interpreting the AACWA as a requirement for children to stay with their biological family no matter what abuse was occurring inside the home.
One of ASFA’s lead sponsors, Republican Senator John H. Chafee of Rhode Island said at the time the bill was being passed, “We will not continue the current system of always putting the needs and rights of the biological parents first… It’s time we recognize that some families simply cannot and should not be kept together.”
With ASFA came another problem though, Title IV-E funding which many blame for creating a “kids for cash” industry. Today, CPS agencies receive their federal funding for keeping children in the system, meaning, the longer they can keep a family separated and the child in foster custody the more money the agencies receive through their Title IV-E funding.
Caseloads are bogging down social workers and foster care providers are overcapacity around the country but at the same time, we are seeing a disturbing rate of these children in need of care cases end with unsubstantiated claims against the parents after they fight to get their children back. In general, it takes anywhere from a year to several years to win your children back from state custody regardless of the accusations being unfounded.