DES MOINES – The failing Iowa child protection services (CPS) agency is under attack, with a lawmaker intruding a bill this week to abolish the error-riddling, corrupt agency.
Representative Jeff Shipley introduced a bill to abolish CPS and create a standalone agency. This bill would create a new Department of Family Stabilization and Preservation.
The purpose of this proposed change is to amend Iowa Code 232 and 600 which would remove inherent conflicts of interest in government operations, government services contracts, support family stability, improve child safety, and preserve families. Furthermore, this bill would establish consistent and statewide practices that promote and ensure effective and efficient policies and procedures to address issues associated with an intervention of any governmental agency into the private and constitutionally protected institution of the natural family.
The overall goal of this bill is to establish oversight, accountability, and transparency. This legislation seeks to return criminal and quasi-criminal investigations over to the proper law enforcement agency and return the agency to its original purpose, service, thus eliminating the inherent conflict of interest that has been created with the current system. It also seeks to provide guidance and enforcement of existing laws to ensure fair and equitable procedures, including a respect for the constitutional rights of procedural due process and family liberty, when engaging families and honesty and integrity to the processes of applying for and receiving federal funds. Lastly, this bill seeks to address the areas of concern of the last Title IV B,D, and E review requiring the state to implement a plan to address concerns not only from the federal government, but the same concerns highlighted in the most recent independent report from the Child Welfare Group.
“The establishment of the Department of Family Stabilization and Preservation signals that the state of Iowa is ready to heal and prevent harm caused by an outdated agency that has not only been traumatizing the people of this great state but also wasting the taxpayers’ resources,” said Families United Action Network Executive Director ToyA Johnson.
“This bill is needed to maintain the safety of Iowa’s most vulnerable children and protect against the failing DHS system,” said Representative Jeff Shipley.