Treatment Abuse, Behavior Modification, Thought Reform => The Troubled Teen Industry => Topic started by: ZenAgent on December 23, 2007, 07:20:50 AM

Title: Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children...
Post by: ZenAgent on December 23, 2007, 07:20:50 AM
These are excerpts, things haven't changed since 1999.  I've pulled out the passages relevant to residential treatment.  This is disgusting, it needs serious work.

Inspector General
MARCH 1999 OEI-02-95-00044

However, Some Weaknesses Are Acknowledged... (pg. 7)

MARCH 1999 OEI-02-95-00044[/b]

The Compact Plays a Smaller Role in Residential Placements (pg. 9)

Residential Placements Vary Widely Among States[/i]

Some States have no or few residential facilities and must use residential facilities in other States. As a result, States with facilities may receive very large numbers of residential placements from other States. As reported in our previous inspection, one of the ten States reports receiving in excess of 700 children each in 1997 into residential placements. This is several hundred more than other States.

States Do Not Conduct Home Studies for Residential Placements[/i]

Although the Compact covers foster care, adoption, and residential placements, it plays a smaller role in residential than in the other interstate placements. States do not conduct home studies to assess placement suitability for children placed through the Compact into a residential facility. It appears that States place children only in licensed facilities, and State compact administrators report they recognize the licensing so home studies are not conducted. One State, however, reports it sends its own licensing staff into potential receiving States to verify the licensing and standards of residential facilities.

Receiving States Do Not Supervise Residential Placements[/i]

Receiving States do not supervise interstate residential placements. As noted earlier, in a typical interstate foster care placement, supervision reports are generally completed quarterly by a local worker in the receiving State. This is not the case for placements into residential facilities. Over half of the State compact administrators say that they receive supervision reports on children placed in residential facilities. However, these reports are not completed by the receiving State. The staff from the residential facilities completes the reports. A few States express concern with supervision reports that are completed by facility staff. As one State stresses, it may be hard for employees to be objective.

It is reported that children placed in-State have more supervision than those placed out of State. For instance, when a facility is in a child’s home State, his own local worker would check on the child. This would involve visiting and calling the facility to ask how the child is doing. In contrast, no local workers, either from the sending or receiving State, visit out of State children in facilities.

Documents for these Placements Sometimes Bypass Compact Offices[/i]

Usually documents for interstate placements flow from the local worker in one State to the local worker in the other State through the two State offices. Documents for residential placements, however, sometimes does not follow the same path. Four of the ten State compact administrators report they do not receive residential supervision reports regularly from their own State facilities. Instead, the reports are sent directly to the local sending agencies.

Most States Do Not have Written Policies for Residential Placements[/i]

Although in practice residential placements are treated differently, State Compact policies make no distinction between residential and other placements. In a review of policies from 43 of the 52 Compact States we found the majority of State policies do not have a section dedicated to residential placements describing how these types of placements should be handled. In fact, many State policies fail to note any difference in procedures for residential placements. Six of the 52 States, however, have detailed instructions for residential placements into and out of their State. These detailed policies include instructions for approving residential placements, verifying the facility acceptance of a child, and establishing that no appropriate in-State placement is available. Some State policies indicate that it is the responsibility of the sending agent to monitor the placement via quarterly supervision reports prepared by the facility staff.

States Define Residential Care Facilities Differently[/i]

The Compact does not cover “any institution caring for the mentally ill, mentally defective or epileptic or any institution primarily educational in character, and any hospital or other medical facility.â€
Title: Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children...
Post by: Che Gookin on December 23, 2007, 07:46:17 AM
bleh... Like the government really gives a damn?
Title: Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children...
Post by: Deborah on December 23, 2007, 08:58:29 AM
You can forget about the Compact anyway. It may still apply to court-ordered placements, but it no longer applies to parent placements. We have Robin Arnold-Williams, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Human Services and NATSAP to thank for that. ... ew&id=1748 (
July 04
Reform of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children
The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children plays a necessary role for ensuring that children placed across state lines receive appropriate care and supervision. However, it has not been sufficiently amended in its 44-year existence. APHSA, as the Secretariat of the Association of Administrators of the ICPC, and based on recommendations from its’ ICPC reform task force, has embarked on a comprehensive reform of the ICPC. A drafting and development team comprised of a broad and diverse set of stakeholders representing state commissioners, state and local child welfare directors, ICPC administrators, the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, court administrators, the American Bar Association, Juvenile and Family Court Judges, National Indian Child Welfare Association, Child Welfare League of America, and the National CASA Association. We begin the work of redrafting the compact next week and will complete the process by the end of this year.
Title: Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children...
Post by: Ursus on December 23, 2007, 09:11:15 AM
So... what was the final upshot of that testimony in 2004?  Is there a final doc online that spells out the current details?
Title: Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children...
Post by: ZenAgent on December 23, 2007, 10:35:50 AM
In my family's case, it made a hell of a difference. Tennessee will allow immediate emergency custody to be granted based on hearsay evidence - you can claim your ex-spouse who has custody of your child is running a meth lab with child labor.  The Judge can grant you emergency custody and you can show up with a police escort and take the child.  (I guess there's no need to discuss the kind of trauma a child suffers being removed like that).  In our case, the judge never bothered to question the character of the parent asking for custody, or if an attempt to compromise with the other parent had been made. By law, there is supposed to be an evidentiary hearing in three days to allow the accused spouse to rebut the claims.  Not so easy when the parent who seized custody has already transported the child three states away and placed him/her in an RTC.

It's a gateway to legal kidnapping.  What does it take to get a state like TN to change that bullshit?  The parent who snatched custody and the child on the back of a milk carton?  Three days is a good headstart for a vindictive/evil/pedophile parent who cons the court to obtain custody.  

This is a fucked system.  In the past eighteen months, I've seen the legal system utterly fail, and when the failure came to light everybody started making excuses and shifting blame.  Also, I realized that anyone who's under the age of majority can be victimized so easily and denied due process by supposedly "mature and reasonable" adults.
Title: Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children...
Post by: Ursus on December 23, 2007, 11:04:37 AM
Here is a more complete treatment of the hearing of which Ms. Robin Arnold-Williams statement was but a part of (click on title):

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

U.S. House of Representatives,
Committee on Ways and Means,
Subcommittee on Human Resources,
Washington, DC.