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Children’s Rights: A non-fiction book about US Child Protective Services identifying deficiencies which can be corrected to vastly improve the system.

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Louis A. Piccone

Hawkesbury, Canada

Louis A. Piccone is currently a non-practicing attorney who has previously litigated Child Protective Services cases in State and Federal courts throughout the United States.

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Child Protective Service agencies across the United States use blatantly unconstitutional techniques to remove children from their families only to languish in foster care, often for years. 66% of children aging out of foster care either commit suicide, are incarcerated or become homeless within 12 months, with the remainder being largely unhappy maladjusted individuals who underperform the rest of Americans, across the board, for the rest of their lives. My book discusses the basic legal flaws in the Child Protective Services system in the context of numerous cases in which I have participated in state and federal courts across the United States, including my own. A survey of the State CPS systems addresses the common lack of procedural due process safeguards including any meaningful evidentiary hearing to determine whether abuse or neglect occurred resulting in children remaining in foster care for extended periods without any showing of the required evidence supporting removal from parents. The legal system for adjudicating abuse and neglect charges against parents is explained with recommendations for simple changes, actually required by our Constitution, which would dramatically reduce the number of children going into foster care, saving those children and their families the harrowing ordeal of foster care and the Juvenile Court system.

I am asking for pledges of 10, 20 and 30 dollars to pay for the costs of self publishing my 436 page book including developmental and copy editing my manuscript, cover design and production, publishing the book, and mailing approximately 750 copies to key opinion leaders to instigate change. Some “keep me going” money is also requested. Rewards are signed first editions of the book. I believe this can be an important book educating the American public about our dangerously misguided Child Protective Service system in a manner that can significantly improve the way our nations children are kept safe.

If you would like to read the 35 page introduction to the book giving an overview of the problems with the system and proposed simple solutions send me an email at louis@piccone.us.

Risks and challenges

My book is substantially finished and the only thing preventing it’s publication is money. So risk of finishing is minimal, however, there may be risk with timelines being delayed by between 3-6 months depending upon editing and review process.

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