Exclusive Interview: CPS worker tells Daily News of negligence inside Tacoma, WA office
In connection to our in depth investigation pertaining to the corruption of Children Protective Services, I sat down with an unnamed social worker over the weekend discussing just exactly what it was I witnessed while navigating my own way through the government agency earlier this week.
Semi graphic details ahead:
During my own visit, I witnessed other social workers telling teenage girls to avoid abortions; has this always gone on? Do you see this allot?
There was a case about a month or so ago, where another worker admitted in court documents that despite being told the severity of the abuse a young girl was enduring at the hands of her family; he returned the child to her family and closed the case almost immediately.
That is just one of the issues witnessed within the organization; be advised the details ahead are slightly graphic:
Just two weeks ago, there was a young teenage girl who came into the agency asking about potential adoption options for her child because she was still in school and couldn’t fully take care of her child [the child is not yet born].
I overheard the bizarre conversation between the young woman and another worker who told her blatantly that she should avoid abortion only to have the baby (so, CPS could later take the baby from her; like many other times in the past).
The girl, who wasn’t any older than 16 maybe 17 appeared to have been sexually molested which only made the most sense considering she was willing to give up the child from what I overheard in the conversation. I found this strange because CPS was so eager to get her to have the child, they didn’t care she appeared to have been raped, they only wanted that child and went to any lengths to get it.
Have there been any ‘red flags’ in the past? How long have you worked with the agency itself?
There have been several over the years. Religious based cases, civil disputes over children, nasty divorce spats, you name it CPS has probably seen it. I’ve been with the agency about 15 years or so.
In the 90′s there was a case that caught my attention due to the severity of the claims made by the family of a woman who appeared to be normal but was made out to be a mental nut case. Later, I reviewed the case myself and discovered that CPS had wrongfully taken the children from the woman despite having documented her as a normal mother struggling to take care of her broad.
The documents didn’t add up because CPS knew they did wrong with that specific case. They had her marked as having a mental disorder on one paper, and on another they had her marked as having no disorders significant enough to garner having her children taken away.
That’s my worry today with many of these children that come through the agency. Are they really in situations that require being taken from their loving families? It doesn’t seem that way.
If you could discuss any one ‘red flag’ you’ve witnessed while working with the agency; which would it be?
It’d have to be a social worker by the name of Linda Ashcraft. Ashcraft, I’ve witnessed personally on several occasions exhume negligence throughout her career. In 2008, there were two children that informed the agency they were being abused by their parent(s) only to be told by Linda Ashcraft that they had no rights, were supposed to be in that abusive situation, and were to stay put until the age of 18.
Which gender do you see having more problems within the agency itself?
Definitely boys. I’ve witnessed a few girls being given to new families, only to come back in their mid teen years to inform us once again that they’re being sexually abused by their families although the workers being reported to don’t do a darn thing about it.
With boys, it’s a little harder to get them adopted and it’s even significantly harder to get cases of abuse listened to because most think ‘Boys are boys, they aren’t all that harmed by a little bruise’ but in reality they are. Boys are creatures to, CPS however doesn’t always realize that’
Monday morning, I will be reviewing my 2nd interview with an additional social worker and an adopted child who says he was abused for more than 7 years at the hands of a family he was placed with — and CPS didn’t do a thing about it.