Fighting CPS

Guilty Until Proven Innocent of Child Protective Services Charges
Fighting CPS: Guilty Until Proven Innocent of Child Protective Services Charges. ABC's. 2012. 254p. ISBN 9780980006162. pap. $19.95. LAW
Two skull fractures discovered during an emergency room visit led Child Protective Services (CPS) to place a toddler with his grandparents. Now, that toddler's grandmother shares her story of juggling the coexisting roles of a child's caretaker and his parents' supporter, as they fought for their son's return and against CPS's presumption of their guilt. Former teacher and children's book author Frontiera includes summaries of similar situations and suggestions for change. As a memoir, the book gives voice to grandparents with whom CPS placement is preferable to fostering, and she successfully describes their many frustrations. As a call to action, the book fails, as it lacks appropriate citations, information resources, or even analysis, e.g., of moving CPS cases to the criminal arena or altering burdens of proof.
VERDICT Families battling CPS claims may find comfort in the voice of a kindred spirit. Those seeking information about the complexities surrounding balancing parental rights with protecting children and those seeking systemic change are better served by Joseph Goldstein's The Best Interests of the Child: The Least Detrimental Alternative and Dean Tong's Elusive Innocence: Survival Guide for the Falsely Accused.
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