Philadelphia City Councilman Endures Threats To Expose Corruption in CPS and Child Sexual AbuseEarlier this month (May, 2019), Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh presented testimony before the Philadelphia City Council regarding abuses in the state-run child protection services (DHS - Department of Human Services), and how they we continually breaking state law, while not admitting to any wrong-doing. In fact, the councilman claimed that DHS "routinely and intentionally" violates state law. He claims to be representing over 50 "not-at-fault" mothers who all have solid evidence of wrongdoing, and have approached other elected officials many times over the course of years, with no results. He states that they were: "...never accused of doing anything wrong. They were never accused of being abusive or negligent. It was determined by DHS that the allegations were unfounded. Yet, they have been denied their children for years. Their children are being placed in multiple foster care situations where they are abused, they have run away, they're depressed, they're medicated, they're sexually violated. And it continues." During his testimony, Councilman David Oh states that "In the course of pursuing this....." And he then pauses for about 5 seconds, very obviously carefully considering just what exactly he wants to say next: "There have been threats made, threats intimated, that there will be retaliation, that there will be political consequences - all types of threats. And I wonder why? Why is that, when all we are doing is our duty to provide an oversight to an administrative agency that is responsible for protecting children. Why the threat, why the problems?"
Philadelphia City Councilman Endures Threats To Expose Corruption in CPS and Child Sexual Abuse
I grew up in NY, and CPS here knew I was being abused as a child, and TWO counselors recommended I be returned to my abuser (mother) after a hospital stay for suspected child abuse, and, despite promising to following me, they did nothing, resulting in another hospital stay three years later for suspected child abuse, only this time it resulted in me being disabled for life.
Our Child Protection Services in this, the wealthiest country in the world, is atrocious. If we can't even do this one task, why would we have confidence in any other area of the government?