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Keep America's Families Together

An Oregon woman launches a petition drive over what she calls injustice and danger, in Oregon's child protective services agency.

Small child in Oregon state foster care
Brenda Pifher is concerned over the welfare of her son, who is in state foster care. State workers say an injury that the family explained was accidental, was not. Pifher says the evidence tells a different story, one of overzealous state workers who pull kids out of their homes and place them in what are sometimes dangerous circumstances, under foster care.

(ROSEBURG, Ore.) - Child Protective Services is supposed to help our nations’ children, to protect them from harmful situations. How can an agency that began with such good intentions turn into yet another device to fulfill the monetary greed of its hired extortionists?

Unfortunate as it is, Child Welfare is a system that our nation really does need. In my opinion it is in dire need of great repair. I know, because I am currently involved in one of their charades that they like to call an investigation.

When these CPS predators kidnap a family’s child(ren), they put them into a care facility and then just forget about them. CPS workers do not check in on these children frequently enough, which leaves them to be abused or neglected from their out-of-home “care” provider. Children in out-of-home or foster care placement need to be followed up on more.

My older son, Jairecho (two-years old), whom is currently in a foster home, has shown up to visits, in poor condition. Our last visit on July 7th, he came in with what appeared to be second-degree burns from sun and wind covering his face.

It had been in that condition for anywhere from two to five days and no one even had planned to take my poor baby to his doctor. In fact, we believe they are coaching him to say, "he had fallen down" this has not been a sentence that he has spoken. Now when he shows up injured that is the first thing that he now says.

When we asked our (as of now, former) caseworker, Sandy Henry, about this, she also said he had fallen. When Sandy was confronted with the fact that his injuries could not have been from a fall, she finally agreed that it was sunburn. Yet the only thing she had to say was, “sorry.”

We had to demand that they let his doctor treat him, before it happened. This was not the first incident of neglect since he and his younger brother Becker (three months old) have been placed in foster care almost five weeks ago.

Child Protective Services agency needs to have more stringent rules and procedures on investigating allegations of child abuse and initial removal of the child(ren) from their home. We see repeatedly children that are left in horrible situations and yet other child(ren) that are taken from good families, only to actually be abused in foster care. This is due to the lack of clear operating standards and misplaced monetary gains and bonuses.

Cash bonuses for child removal must be redirected to bonuses for reunification of families. Oregon Child Welfare workers earn an average salary of $31,248 per year which puts them in the seventh highest paid state for Child Welfare workers. Note, also, that this is the salary that is paid to them for a part time basis. It seems strange for an agency designed to protect children, that little to none of the Child Welfare staff work full time. they were to be paid hourly, they would spend more time reviewing case files, involving in necessary conversations, working with parents, checking in on the child(ren) placed in out-of-home care, and simply doing their job. (see:, and

If you are also concerned about our Child Welfare system, you can help make a difference by signing my petition, which I intend on sending to numerous political parties including Oregon State’s Governor, Ted Kulongoski. You can find this petition at

In addition, you may check out my site to learn more of my story at


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Fern July 13, 2009 6:30 am (Pacific time)

Take a look at

Also, OregonFamily Rights. org or com??
Similar occurrences happen in all the US states.  CPS has very little accountability

Leonard Henderson July 13, 2009 8:38 am (Pacific time)

We have been educating and trying to help people caught in this insane CPS system since 2000. Do a websearch for Oregon Family Rights and American Family Rights Association. ORS418.010 - "Children not to be taken charge of when parents object. Nothing in ORS 418.005 shall be construed as authorizing any state official, agent or representative, in carrying out any of the provisions of that section, to take charge of any child over the objection of either of the parents of such child..." Several years ago, a parent presented this LAW to a judge when his children were picked up at school for a deliberate FALSE ALLEGATION. The "judge" did not care about the LAW. He said "get a lawyer". There is NO "fixing" this insane, malfeasant, corrupt system. America is bankrupt. There is no reason for this evil fascism to get another dime of funding. Leonard Henderson, co-founder American Family Rights Association "Until Every Child Comes Home" © "The Voice of America's Families" ©

Brett July 13, 2009 7:00 am (Pacific time)

It is not just the ammount of time they spend on or off duty all tho I do see this is a problem. they also over load their case loads which Shortens true care for the child(ren). there is allot to be said about the massive amount of "bonuses" handed out per child in state care. billions have been spend over the recent years to the funding of this agency. and for what? higher pay, more legal fees, less "services" to families, less real investigations. They are so busy attacking the parents that the foster homes (not ALL but alot) get by with so much. over drugged, under watched, molested, beaten, mentally abused, and subjected to things that would never have happened in the natural homes of these children. a major revamp is needed to truly protect the children. Alabama and Ill. are among the lowest removal rates and lowest child abuse rates even over populations that are lower then those states. Nebraska has 5 times the rates... I think we need to implement what ever Alabama and Ill. are doing. outside (non govermental agencies) reviewing and actually handling the cases on a more personable level. the parents more often keep children in home with them, Parents get the help they might need, shorter case times, and all that would save the tax payers billions. and with todays economy... aint that something to think about too?

bill July 12, 2009 7:37 pm (Pacific time)

Finally .someone who has this happen to them also. csd is the worst thing that has happened to kids, for they do not investgate the real crimes. I even found a kid his dad lock out of the house,we call his grandmother in spokane who drove 300 miles to get him age 6 years old.CSD did not waant to invesagate it at all until his father was caught in the middle of his little girl,just another waste of money.

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