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Proposed Child Welfare Cuts Would Endanger Already Abused Children

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Aired 5/18/10

Abused and neglected children in San Diego County and the state will have to wait longer before they are removed from their homes under Governor Schwarzenegger's budget proposal.

— Abused and neglected children in San Diego County and the state will have to wait longer before they are removed from their homes under Governor Schwarzenegger's budget proposal.

The governor's plan to cut tens of millions of dollars from child welfare services to close a $20 billion deficit means heavier caseloads for county social workers. As a result, there will be delays in social workers responding to child abuse reports.

The proposed cuts come just weeks after foster child Cacey Paul told state lawmakers she feared what budget reductions would mean for her siblings.

"If you take away the support system, my brothers and sisters that currently, safely got away from home will have to go back to that and I can't handle thinking they're going to go back and be stuck with really abusive parents," she said.

Last week, San Diego County officials said they're seeing more severe injuries among child abuse victims, including head injuries, rib fractures and broken legs and arms in children under the age of one. They're also seeing more severe neglect. Children are underfed and they're illnesses are going untreated.

Frank Mecca, with the County Welfare Directors Association said the state is perpetrating abuse by underfunding services they know these children need. "It's shameful. It's a level of care and protection that no parent would accept for their own children," he said.

The county receives about 70,000 reports of child abuse each year.

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Avatar for user 'EarlRichards'

EarlRichards | May 18, 2010 at 5:18 p.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

Chevron gouged $24 billions in excessive profits in 2008, as per www.tyrannyofoil.com. Schwarzenegger should put an excessive profits tax on these profits, instead of protecting the oil corporations from fair taxation, then, there would be sufficient public funds for all the vulnerable, people programs. Big business lost the fight to eliminate domestic violence funding, so now they are coming back with a vengeance. There is no funding provision for battered women shelters in the May Revise. Schwarzee picks on the most vulnerable, and not on corporate tax "deadbeats,"

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LeonardH | May 19, 2010 at 4:14 p.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

Wow. No discernible slant in this story, is there?

"Abused and neglected children in San Diego County and the state will have to wait longer before they are removed from their homes ..."

For your information, the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States says kids have the right "to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

For every foster child like Cacey Paul, there are 90 who are darned unhappy about having been kidnapped from their homes, doped out of their heads, and abused in state custody.

Is Frank Mecca talking about state custody? "...the state is perpetrating abuse by underfunding services they know these children need. "It's shameful. It's a level of care and protection that no parent would accept for their own children,"

Oh, and a note on the 70,000 REPORTS At least 85% of those are unsubstantiated. In other words FALSE. See-
http://familyrights.newscred.com/editorials/1374/85-of-all-child-abuse-reports-are-unfounded

Leonard Henderson, co-founder
American Family Rights Association
http://familyrights.us
"Until Every Child Comes Home"©
"The Voice of America's Families"©

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