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ARTICLE: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WANT TO LIFT THE SECRECY

BOARD WANTS PROBE CONTINUED
Richard Jackoway
The Tribune
While the repo man can snatch your car and IRS agents can garnish your wages, only Child Protective Services is empowered to take away your children.

With that in mind, the county Board of Supervisors this week told the grand jury that it should try again to lift the legal veil of secrecy around CPS operations. In June, the 19 jury members said they had been rebuffed in attempts to investigate complaints that Child Protective Services had often been heavy-handed and unfair in its handling...

Published on 2001-09-29, Page B1, Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA)

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Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA)
2001-09-29
Section: Local
Edition: Tribune
Page: B1


BOARD WANTS PROBE CONTINUED
GRAND JURY URGED TO REVIEW FILES OF CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
Richard Jackoway
The Tribune


While the repo man can snatch your car and IRS agents can garnish your wages, only Child Protective Services is empowered to take away your children.

With that in mind, the county Board of Supervisors this week told the grand jury that it should try again to lift the legal veil of secrecy around CPS operations. In June, the 19 jury members said they had been rebuffed in attempts to investigate complaints that Child Protective Services had often been heavy-handed and unfair in its handling of juvenile issues.

Some of those complainants were in the audience Tuesday when the supervisors took up the county's response to the grand jury.

"It's very, very important that you open the doors to CPS," said Elizabeth Gregory, a San Luis Obispo parent. "Do not let them destroy the families of San Luis Obispo."

The supervisors, along with Department of Social Services director Lee Collins, said that abuses may have occurred, but the 2000-01 grand jury had not documented any.

"I have no doubt there were times when someone was overzealous," Collins said. He added that the grand jury produced no evidence that would allow the department to pursue such claims.

Both sides blame confidentiality laws for hindering the investigation.

CPS officials argue that the Welfare and Institutions Code does not allow the grand jurors to randomly review files, as they had requested. To allow review, CPS required the parents' permission.

But the jurors said revealing the names of complainants would also violate the penal code.

In the end, the grand jury managed to review only two cases, which both sides agree is not enough to form any conclusions.

Still, the supervisors expressed concern that some CPS workers might be exceeding their authority.

"When you start to hear the same things over and over again, you start to get concerned," Supervisor Peg Pinard said.

To get to the truth of the matter, the supervisors recommended that the current grand jury make a request of the Juvenile Court for special permission to review CPS files.

Foreman John Zanghi hopes the new grand jury can get further than his did.

"We weren't advised of that avenue by anybody. We were told to write to the attorney general, and we got no response from him," Zanghi said. "I'm glad that this grand jury is getting more guidance than we did."

The current grand jury apparently is examining the issue.

While grand jury deliberations are secret, Collins said his office has received multiple inquiries for information from the jurors.

Those requests indicate that the current investigation will be more complete this time, Collins told the supervisors.

Types of abuse reported in 2000-01

Total number of cases: 2,970

(multiple reports)

* 46% neglect

* 29% physical abuse

* 25% emotional abuse

* 14% sexual abuse

* 17% child at risk

* 2% severe neglect

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