Foster Parents' Lament

Support the Rogerses: I would like to add a fact or two ["Fostering Abuse," by Margaret Downing, March 27] about the Rogers family and CPS in Brazoria County. I have personally been in the Rogerses' home a number of times, as they were the foster parents of a child who was in my CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) case.

He was a troubled child, but with structure in the foster home, a great school, caring and understanding teachers, counselors and a great principal, this young man became a terrific student. When I visited him in the home, he began to trust me. I also watched for all kinds of signs in the other children. What I saw were manners, not fear, a friendliness that was sincere.

I have been in the home by appointment and by just dropping in unexpectedly when we were in the process of setting up a community 4H club. Who in their right mind would start a 4H club in their home for their foster children and the children of the community if they were abusing children? They would hide; they would never take the kids to practice roping a dummy steer head at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds.

I have pictures showing the smiles on the faces of the children as they roped for the first time just weeks before all this came down.

If the other foster parents of Brazoria County do not come forward and support these fine folks, just remember: You may be next in line to suffer an investigation and you may be all alone. Certain groups will attack, but they seldom, if ever, attack a group; they search out and find individuals. They are easier prey!

Thank you.

Mary Grupe
Liverpool, Texas

Reforms are needed: The objective of Children's Protective Services is to protect the child from harm, and to maintain the child within the family unless the safety of the child requires placement outside the home. These are wholesome objectives, except when false accusations are made against the innocent and children are ripped apart from innocent families. That causes these children to be harmed in the worst way, with mental and emotional scars that take years to overcome.

All it takes is one phone call, anonymous or otherwise, from anyone with a grudge to bring CPS to your doorstep and remove the children from your home. It's not only adults who can be anonymously or falsely accused. The same can also happen to children, who can be subjected to abuse of power that is absolutely unimaginable.

The way the system is set up, CPS investigations are tantamount to modern witch-hunts, with the innocent being in the damnable position of jumping through many hoops in hopeless efforts to try to prove their innocence.

Now is the time for CPS to be reformed nationwide, to implement a system of checks and balances, just the same as any other institution.

We demand that the innocent be protected and that those who've harmed them be held accountable.

Kimberly Daily
Evansville, Indiana

Kids don't lie: Your biased attempt at journalism is emblematic of a serious flaw in our world today: No one believes anything that children say. It seems much more likely to a rational person like myself that these foster parents really did abuse these children, and that they are manipulating you by playing the victim.

The idea that a teenager would mastermind some bizarre plan to get him and his siblings out of a warm and wonderful foster home like you describe is ludicrous. The bias you flaunt in this article is distasteful, not to mention poor journalism, and the thinly veiled insults you sling at the people at CPS who have a very difficult job are borderline sadistic.

I hope your article does not further harm any other abused children who were not believed when they had the courage to cry out. Thanks for nothing.

O. Taylor
Bay City

Abuse of power: I truly believe there are problems regarding CPS and the abuse they do to families. We had our children taken for two weeks, and they should never have been taken from us.

We were innocent and falsely accused. We had no idea this is happening in our country. It happened to us in Texas. We have been in contact with and writing letters to representatives, and we belong to groups that try to help the falsely accused.

It truly can happen to anyone, and it hurts each day to think they can do this to innocent families and children. How can we get this to stop?

It is a battle because they say, "It is all for the children." Well, we know from what happened to us they don't do it all for the children, and they are not thinking of the children. They hurt our children and family, and they should not have the power they have.

Cindy Doop
Wayzata, Minnesota

Children come last: Permit me, please, to extend my thanks to Margaret Downing for her brave article.

Natural families have long been abused by Children's Protective Services nationwide, with the courts and agencies engaging in the same corrupt practices as Ms. Downing so aptly describes, with no regard whatsoever for the well-being of the children concerned.

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