I have been on voat pg boards for almost two years now, and i always mean to comment when people talk about cps, but it's such a long explanation. I finally took a half hour and typed up my thoughts in a comment today. Due to the amount of work, i am posting it on it's own, hoping more people see it:
I know one mother whose child was removed due to Crystal meth exposure , but cps worked with the family toward reunifying after mom got treatment, and the child ended up back with her.
I do know one mom who was investigated by cps after she gave birth and also tested for marijuana, due to her having a past cps case for child abuse. The baby was not taken.
I always mean to comment on this cps stuff but it's a long explanation. In my experience, there are many cases of abuse and neglect reported to cps everday. The overwhelming majority are dropped and never investigated for lack of evidence. Some are investigated then dropped. Some are investigated and it's determined the kids need therapy and the moms gets a visit once a month for a little while.
In a very small percentage of cases, a child is taken, and in most cases a plan is put into place to reunify the family. In a number of those cases, the kids cannot return but are allowed visits. Some cannot return at all.
I have found this to be true for many years. Two important things to note: a lot of times when a child is removed, it is justified, but the parent is so in denial or goes to such lengths to defend away their behavior that they end up going on an anti cps tirade, often posting online and joining with other parents raging about how cps kidnapped the baby but in reality the workers know that there are major issues going on. Keep in mind when you hear some parents going anti cps, the parents are totally guilty, and this reaction is common. Often in truth it was very necessary for the kid to be removed.
That being said, i have heard of corruption in other states including high rates of native American kids being removed and people claiming it was unjustified and due to state corruption due to the state allegedly receiving more money for native kids.
Due to that and other stories i have read but not seen, there is a good chance there is a lot of corruption going on in some places. I dont believe the ground workers would be aware and that the corruption would be higher up. For all i know, and knowing our corrupt society, there could be a ton of corruption going on.
But over two decades now, the above is what i have seen. When you hear a family going on about cps is evil and kidnapped their child, remember there are bad parents out there, and that is naturally how they react in defense. Now some of these parents could be totally telling the truth, but in my experience the parents who did this were both guilty and extremely vocal about how "mistreated" they were, because naturally most parents can't or won't accept the reality and consequences of having put their child's life in danger or having exposed them to abuse.
If a family is reported for say hitting their kid with a belt once, most often this won't even be investigated as there is an overload of more serious abuse cases. Again, there still could be tons of corruption, but this is what i have seen. Sometimes a parent is reported say cuz the kid shows up in dirty clothes to school everyday, in many cases cps will investigate and find out the family needs help, and a worker might visit once a month and bring diapers and food and have a nurse with them to do a medical checkup on the kids. There are a lot of workers on our side who are doing amazing and very hard work.
Finally, contrary to popular belief, most cps workers are not actually social workers but can have a bachelor degree in a large number of fields to get that job. Some have social work degrees, some dont, and many people with social work degrees work in other types of jobs.
The cps workers i have known have been women, very overworked and underpaid and constantly exposed to dangeros situations for home visits as well as pretty much constant horror stories and trauma. Again there could be corruption going on at a higher level that they are not aware of. And perhaps there are corrupt ground level workers out there that i dont know about. People who get into that type of work but are already sickos or perhaps have connections to sickos who are all working together. Just like we see with some teachers. Overall though, teachers are good people doing their best while being overworked and underpaid. Sttill we know a small amount are evil and in it for the exact wrong reasons. Same with ground level cps workers.
Edit: after reading everyones feedback i want to highlight a couple things. Although we vilify cps and sometimes that is correct, we have to remember there are evil parents too. In addition, there are evil people seeking to become foster parents, so if a kid gets abused in a foster family, that does not necessarily mean cps was evil with them
There are good and bad people in cps like all jobs working with kids.
Im addition, my experiences are in two states only, so that must be taken into consideration also.