What is accountability? I will presume we hold as a value that workers in the child protective system (cps) should be accountable. My thesis is that our problems with CPS are one of accountability, or its lack of it. Do we have a right to expect accountability?
Why? What options do we have when CPS is not accountable? For accountability to occur one has to be accountable. To be accountable is the obligation to accept responsibility. What do we want cps to accept responsibility for? To act in the best interest of the child? Those words have many meanings. As defined by whom?
What is our common ground to review the accountability of CPS? I suggest we begin with the truth as viewed from a knowing untruth. Look to Florida. It is presumed that a cps worker lied to the court in documents submitted to the court allowing a child to be lost in Florida's CPS. How this system: court, agency, line workers accept responsibility , voluntarily or involuntarily, is the measure of Florida's cps accountability.
What will this accountability look like to the outsider? Personnel actions will be private. Criminal convictions, contempt sanctions from Family court Judges and civil damage awards will be public. Lets look for instances where CPS has accepted responsibility, or had it forced on them , through these three actions; criminal convictions, Family Court contempt sanctions or civil damages.