Terri LaPoint, former investigative journalist for Medical Kidnapping, testifies on how Children's Protective Services fails families and becomes the gateway for children to become victims of human trafficking.
Her testimony is valuable not only because of the facts and testimony she presents, but also to question the nature and efficacy of the agency itself. Ms. LaPoint briefly mentions that the agency often victimizes innocent families and fails to protect those who could benefit from their supposed protective nature.
Why? Because federal funding incentives, particularly as found in the Safe Families and Adoption Act of 1997 (https://training.cfsrportal.acf.hhs.g...), reward agencies to take "adoptable" children from perfectly good families. Many agencies have reported that over 60 percent (up to 88 percent) of all children recovered from human trafficking have been through foster care system--placed there by Children's Protective Services, which has, for all intents and purposes, illegally kidnapped these children from good families.
As almost anyone who has had any contact with Children's Protective Services knows, there is a HUGE difference between the beneficent public image the agency tries to maintain and the destructive, abusive, and neglectful reality of their practices. It is COMPLETELY IRRESPONSIBLE for our government officials to keep asserting that all we need is allocate more money to Children's Protective Services to keep our children safe, when at least 60 percent of the children that have been rescued from human trafficking resulted from their involvement to begin with.