When an organization is so broken, so corrupt, and so insensitive to the needs of the people it is tasked with protecting, there's only one thing to do... Abolish it and replace it with something better.
What follows is our specific recommendations on this subject. We'll keep posting a list of resources you'll be able to investigate on your own. Scroll down to see resource updates.
Abolish the current CPS division of Iowa and replace with a new Department of Family Stabilization and Preservation.
FUAN supports the reorganization of the Division of Adult, Children, and Family Services currently housed within the Department of Human Services. The current system is a dysfunctional bureaucratic system whose function has become antithetical to its stated mission “to support and protect” children and families in their own homes whenever possible.
FUAN recognizes and opposes that the current operation of child protective services and family services has become perverted by Federal funding found under Title IV E and the Adoption and Safe Families Act. FUAN also knows that the Family First Services and Preservation Act was enacted by Congress in February 2018 which provides for a reallocation of funds to serve families in need PRIOR to removal. FUAN also knows that the Administration of Children and Families has also provided support for Title IV E funds to support effective representation for families.
FUAN supports a bill to create the Division of Family Stabilization and Preservation which shall operate independent of the current division and an intention to remove the inherent conflict of interest in the current system.
This legislation is needed to remove inherent conflicts of interest in government operations, government services contracts, support family stability, improve child safety, and the preservation of families.
The import of the Division of Family Stabilization and Preservation is to establish consistent and statewide practices that promote and ensure effective and efficient policies and procedures to address issues associated with an intervention of any governmental agency into the private and constitutional protected institution of the natural family.
It seeks to establish oversight, accountability, and transparency. This legislation seeks to return criminal and quasi-criminal investigations over to the proper law enforcement agency and return the agency to its original purpose, service, thus eliminating the inherent conflict of interest that has been created with the current system.
It also seeks to provide guidance and enforcement of existing laws to ensure fair and equitable procedures, including a respect for the constitutional rights of procedural due process and family liberty, when engaging families and honesty and integrity to the processes of applying for and receiving federal funds.
It also seeks to address the areas of concern of the last Title IV B,D, and E review requiring the state to implement a plan to address concerns not only from the federal government, but the same concerns highlighted in the most recent independent report from the Child Welfare Group.
Judicial, Human Resources, DHS, adoption and foster agencies, juvenile corrections, local and state police departments, schools for all ages and curriculums, and counselors, psychologists, and other medical professionals.
The operation of the child welfare system impacts several areas of the public and private sectors. The Department of Human Services, the juvenile justice system, state and local law enforcement, public schools, the medical community, non-profit agencies, and for-profit government contractors.
Many other federal funding sources flow to agencies, such as the court system, law enforcement, and public education, that are tangentially affected by the current operation of DHS and child protective services. However, the leadership in redirecting our taxpayer resources to the preservation of families will need to come from this new division. It is anticipated that this division with ally with families when these other governmental agencies are involved.
The biggest stakeholders in the child welfare reform are the children of the State of Iowa.
Nearly one-third of the population of Iowa are under the age of 18. Children have a constitutional right to family integrity. The current system views the children’s constitutional right to family integrity as secondary to the state’s subjective view of the “child’s best interest.”
The agency function to rehome children is financially supported by the adoption bonus money provided under the Adoption and Safe Families Act.
Other stakeholders include the thousands of families destroyed due to poverty, substance abuse, and medical needs. Refocusing on family stability and preservation will create stronger communities and a stronger nation.
ISBA, Individuals, family members, friends, and other community members that associate with those going through a custodial division, local churches, homeless shelters, or other service agencies that deal with troubled youth or families in need.
The listing of the following people, organizations, state departments and offices in no way implies agreement or disapproval with the recommendations of FUAN. It is to simply acknowledge that in-person contact was made, and discussion relevant to our causes and concerns were addressed during those encounters.
Members of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Branches, ISBA, and Iowa Department of Human Services have been consulted which includes but is not limited to the following individuals:
President, Donald Trump
Dr. Linda Nelson
Charles Palmer Former Director DHS
Jerry Foxhoven Former Director DHS
Vern Armstrong DHS
Wendi Rickman DHS
President of “The Fatherless Generation, Dr. Torri Barton
Attorney Connie Reguli
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
Former Gov. of West Virginia, Garry Johnson
Former Congressman David Young
House of Representatives Oversight Committee
Representatives and members of the Supreme and District Courts
Diane Dornburg ISBA
Iowa Citizen For Justice
Forensic Psychologist – Attorney Demosthenes Lorandos
The Iowa Supreme Court
Iowa Fathers Association
Attorney, Jacob Van Cleaf
Attorney Kerry Finley
Attorney Daniel Herting
Former Representative Dan Kelly
Former Representative Ken Rizer
Former Representative Walt Rodgers
Senator Ted Cruz
Senator Rick Santorum
Senator Rand Paul
Senator Joni Ernst
Senator Charles (Chuck) Grassley
President of TERM- The Fathers Rights Movement, Thomas Fidler
TV host, John Harvey
Former Representative Chip Baltimore
Former Representative Clel Baudler
Former Representative Josh Byrnes
Former Representative Peter Cownie
Former Representative David Heaton
Former Representative Jake Highfill
Former Representative Kevin Keoster
Former Representative Sally Stutsman
Former Representative Rob Taylor
Former Representative Ralph Watts
Attorney Tom Feigen
Former Jimmy Carter Administration employee, Robert Krause
President of IFPP - Iowa Family Preservation Project,
L.E.A.P — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Asian & Latino Coalition
Renaissance Center of Iowa
Sherry Palmer - PhD
Former Senator Mike Gronstal
Former Senator Todd Bowman
Senator Mark Castello
Former Senator Dick Dearden
Former Senator Jeff Danielson
Former Senator Rita Hart
Senator Kevin Kinney
Senator Matt McCoy
Former Senator Steve Sodders
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
Missouri Gov. Nixon
Clive Police Lieutenant Mario Colman
Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer
Congresswoman Cindy Axne
Daniel Zeno ACLU
Dawn Turner district 2 Regional Supervisor
Gary Bucher Owner of Mid Iowa Occupational Testing
Harold Colman – Iowa Child Support Recovery Unit
As well as many other respected community leaders and organizations and residents all over the US, including:
Dr. Mark Roseman, Founder, and CEO of the Toby Center for Family Transitions
There is no known opposition at this time.
Creative solutions are still being explored.
Texas Senator Bob Hall talks on Child Protective Services standard practices and daily procedures of criminal activity. (NOTE: The fact that newly appointed Iowa DHS Director, Kelly Kennedy, was recruited straight from this Texas debacle to “lead” Iowa DHS should be concerning to everybody).
“A serial, rapist, murderer with multiple witnesses has more rights than a parent that is simply anonymously charged of letting their child play outside with their shoes off.”