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on Mon, 03/19/2012 - 12:51

My name is Gabe Dominocielo and I am the Executive Director of, we're a State Bar Certified Lawyer Referral Service and one of our panel member attorneys is suing on behalf of families who have been wrongfully separated by child services and have had their children put into foster care for no reason.

In Los Angeles County, for example, each child from a family on government assistance brings Los Angeles County up to $150,000 per year in revenue. In 2009, the Department’s budget was nearly 2 billion dollars for approximately 15,000 children, half of whom were NOT abused or neglected.
In Los Angeles County, approximately 1000 children are taken each month. State law requires a trial within 15 days to ensure that onlyabused and neglected children are separated from their families and put in foster care. To that end, each child and each parent has a court appointed attorney.
Child services has a routine suspension of a fair trial and manipulates parents into not fighting for their own children through a trial, rather, has parents try to recover children through the foster care system which can take years.
While parents navigate the complex foster care system, children can be seriously physically, sexually and mentally abused. During this timeLos Angeles County is benefiting financially.

Please help me stop this. I have studies which care prove all of this and we have been working with the Children’s Justice Foundation (CJF) to help find families who have been effected by this to help them receive compensation for what has happened to them.

There is no cost to people who use our service, we refer clients to the lawyers for free and the lawyers can sue on their behalf on a contingency fee basis.

I have been tasked with finding more plaintiffs for this lawsuit which is much like a class action but this type of lawsuit is called a coordinated action. After looking at your website I thought you may want to help me find more victims of child services. I would appreciate a link to my child services pages which further explain the serious problems with child services and the foster care system. If you're interested I can send you a copy of the complaint which goes much more in depth. I am also available by phone and email (below).

We have many more pages if you're interested.

Thank you,

Gabe Dominocielo

-645 West 9th St. Suite 110-262, Los Angeles, CA 90015
-4607 Lakeview Canyon Rd #425, Westlake Village, CA 91361
-Office: 310-966-9004
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Distrust of the CPS system

Distrust of the CPS system
I criticized using the Penn State scandal to justify new laws mandating the reporting of suspicions here and here. These comments were initially controversial, as some bloggers asked "who could be against reporting child abuse".

Now that some of the hysteria has cooled off, others are also against this new federal plan to imprison ordinary citizens for failing to report their suspicions about their neighbors to the police or to govt social workers. Even NPR radio, which is usually in favor of expanding govt social program, quoted experts who acknowledged that the law is unlikely to be effective:

Doctors And Child Protection Officials Question Proposals

But the proposals in Congress and across the country are being met with skepticism.

Joette Katz, commissioner of Connecticut's Department of Children and Families, worries that the proposed legislation will only make it harder for her department to fight abuse.

"Whether someone's a mandated reporter or not, you walk in and you see somebody sexually molesting a 10-year-old, you don't need a statute to tell you that that's a crime," says Katz. "You don't need a statute to tell you that you should be reporting it to the police."

Katz says about 30 percent of the calls to the agency's hotline already come from people who aren't mandated reporters. She worries that if everyone feels legally bound to report their suspicions, her case workers would get inundated with junk reports. Also, an investigation can be traumatic for children and their families.

Robert Block, a pediatrician and president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, says it would be almost impossible to train every adult how to spot real child abuse cases. Block says doctors underreport sometimes because they don't know what to do.

"Even among physicians and pediatricians as child specialists, there's a lack of understanding how the report should be made and how it circulates," he says.

In other cases, he says, physicians "don't want to report to law enforcement because of the consequences to the family" and because of their "distrust of the system, which is sometimes well-placed, because the system is overwhelmed."

There's already a record of making every adult a mandated reporter.

"There are some states that already have universal mandatory reporting — 18 states," says Teresa Huizar, executive director of the National Children's Alliance, a group that trains and certifies child advocacy centers that help victims of abuse. "That experience, however, has been somewhat mixed."

Huizar says that in those 18 states, the results are all over the place. In some states, the number of reports increased. And so did the number of unfounded claims of abuse. But in other states, those numbers came down.

And that, she says, makes it hard to figure out how to make effective national policy.

Distrust of the system is not just based on it being overwhelmed. It is based on widespread stories of incompetence, greed, and evil, as you can read everyday on the blog
Legally Kidnapped. Many of these pediatricians have made reports, as mandated, and then seen first-hand the harm that the reports cause.

And it is not just distrust of the system. There is distrust of the busybodies who report their suspicions.

As Katz said, "Whether someone's a mandated reporter or not, you walk in and you see somebody sexually molesting a 10-year-old, you don't need a statute to tell you that that's a crime." The whole Penn State scandal is based on the story that Mike McQueary did exactly that in 2002, but was confused about whether he should report it. He walked away, and the child has not been found. Nine years later, he has a different story, now that he has been offered immunity for his testimony against the football program.

Civil libertarians have spent ten years complaining about how the USA PATRIOT Act allows the FBI to access the public library records of suspected terrorists. Now a new proposed federal law turns every American into a spy on his neighbors, so that police investigators can search private homes and tell parents how to rear their kids.