THE RUGGED INDIVIDUALIST                     

CPS the Business Side

The business side of child protective services. In 1974 the federal government got in the business of child protective services. Like most big government power grabs. It was supposed to be about helping people. This is a short financial perspective, a snapshot of one out of 50 states. In the United States there are over 72 million individuals under the age of 18.  6.5 million of them live in Texas. We are sure this can be done for the other 49 states as well. This is to show CPS is more about money than about helping kids. And like most government bureaucracies, do more harm than good.

In 2002, 44 children died in Texas Child protective services care. Compared to 184 deaths from alleged abuse and neglect in the general population.

In 2009, 8 children died in Texas Child protective services care. Compared to 280 deaths from alleged abuse and neglect in the general population.

What does this mean? Your child's chances of being killed from abuse or neglect dramatically increase in the custody of child protective services. There is a lot of research online showing that the ratio is 6 to 1. Meaning a child is six times more likely to die in CPS's custody then with their own family. Our research from Texas CPS's own website shows the number is considerably higher.

In 2002 14,843 children were removed from their families, 44 died. That is a ratio of .00296436. Now let's compare that to all other children in Texas from all living conditions. 184 deaths from alleged abuse and neglect out of 6, 447,791 kids. That ratio is .00002853

Texas CPS's 2002 budget was $662,621,589

In 2009 12,107 children were removed from their homes by Texas child protective services.  8 died. That is a ratio of.00066077. Now let's compare that to all other children in Texas from all living conditions. 280  deaths from alleged abuse and neglect, out of 6,510,210 kids. That ratio is .00004300.

Texas CPS's 2009 budget was $1,327,184,950.

If you reviewed the "forgotten children" you can see there was an outcry in 2004 on what atrocities was going on with Texas CPS. Texas own Comptroller produced a scathing 292 page report covering everything from minor abuse, to child rape and child fatalities while in the states care.

We can see from the above numbers the state is doing a little bit better from 02-09. But this absolutely shows if your child is in the care of Texas CPS the chances of being killed is dramatically higher than any  other family in the state. But let's focus on the money. We are against big government wasting taxpayer money and violating the Constitution. Over half of Texas CPS budget is federally funded. A clear violation of the 10th amendment. Not only is big government ruining children's lives they are making them, and their children, and their children's children, responsible for the bill with deficit spending. These poor kids that have dramatically increased chances of being raped or molested at the hand of the state, have to pay for this because of deficit spending. When kids grow up they are saddled with the tax burden of the previous generations spending. This is wrong.

Does it really cost 1.3 billion to kidnap 12,000 children and harass families with unfounded investigations?

What if CPS did not exist? Would some kids be abused or maybe killed because there was not intervention? Possibly, but there are laws and police men and women that enforce these laws.

But imagine no children being torn from families unjustly, no children being raped, or abused by government officials. This experiment of big government going after the most vulnerable members of our society  began in 1974 with the passage of "child abuse prevention and treatment act" The federal government has no business telling people how to raise their children. This goes against 6000 years of recorded human history. Mathematics does not lie. Clearly there are more child fatalities because of child protective services. The taxpayers are footing the bill for big government sanctioned kidnapping. Remember 1.3 billion is just the budget for one state, for one year.