VIDARSuggesting the staff and budget of DCFS would need to be
doubled is silly. This is an extreme case, an exceptional example. Most
visitations, I'm sure, are relatively low risk, low profile or we would have
heard about more disastrous outcomes like this before. I suppose I could have
worked into my thoughts that the "muscle" in such RARE high-risk
visits could easily be accomplished by a volunteer system if the budget is so
tight that DCHS cannot have one or two "jumbo supervisors" on
staff/retainer. I would assume that within any community it would be easy to
find such volunteers, especially now.
It seems to me the courts were slanted against organized religion, and Josh
cunningly led them into beign convinced that the LDS church would be a bad
influence on the boys. Pure evil.So goes our court system. Unbelievable.
I hope the State of Washington does change the laws for visitation right and how
they are handle and if the Coxes deciece to sue the state that they do get a
large sum. I believe that Josh Powell shouldn't of had the visit in his home but
in the Child Procetion Sevice Office. That what I have said in other post about
this case and the following articles.
You want the SW to cuff the kids to her upon leaving the vehicle so they don't
enter the building first? Have you walked in public with 2 kids that age before?
All he had to do was lock her in and light a match before she got the cuffs off
the kids. If she entered the already doused house first she would have been
locked in. If she hesitated at near the door smelling gas she still couldn't
prevent the visit, still would still have to wait for law enforcement to come
and he would have to be arrested to prevent the visit. In the 3 minutes he could
have hacked them all with an ax and still blow up the house. No way she could
secure the kids, call the cops and get someone to respond to smell of gas before
he could hurt her. The only thing to prevent him from harming anyone was jail.
My heart goes out to the Cox family for their tremendous loss but I don't think
Josh Powell should be an example of changing laws. While I am concerned about
children being in the presence of unfit parents I am equally concerned about fit
parents having their children torn from them. Either one can be tramatic and
lead to tragedy. How tragic would it be if the one extreme case of Josh
Powell-whose actions have few if any comparisons to other cases-was the
precedent that led to dozens or even hundreds of children who love their parents
to be forcefully removed from them.
I think we need to be careful to not overreact. How much power do we want
to give the government in protecting our children? And would creating a
system where the government raises our children really be a good thing.Ask
yourself if you have ever done any of the following things; if you have; you
could have a court referral filed against you in court.Have you ever
washed your childâs mouth out with soap?Have you ever left your
child unattended in a car for any amount of time?Have you ever spanked
your child with anything but your hand?Have you after spanking you child
with you hand, left any visible marks?Have you ever pulled your
childâs hair?Have you ever said anything to your child that was
unkind?Have you kept you child out of school when they are not sick?Do you take your child to the doctor every time they are sick?Do you
take your child to the dentist every six months?
I feel terrible for the Cox's....this such a horrific event!The
problem the Cox's have is that Washington is full of looney lefties who beieve
that Josh had all the rights to have access to his children no matter what Josh
had done! Utah has some of these same goof balls who believe this same old
non-sense about criminal rights......if you break the law, your rights are
Jon W.Murray, UTcrunchemCedar City, Utahputting
aside that we would have to double the staff, and budget of DCFS, to impliment
your ideas.the percentage of social workers that work in child welfare
that would meet your criteria is probably less then 1%, and even then: what is
a worker to do if a parent pulls a gun? Should social workers carry guns with
them on visits? Men social workers might be 10% on the high end. The
number of those that also have military training might be 1 or two in the
country.Social workers tend to not be really violent people; they hate
violence.Should we hire police to conduct parents visits? The visits
would not be very good.It seems like you have alot of answers, without a
real understanding of the child welfare system. I would suggest you volunteer
as a community foster care board review member to find out more.
Jon WYou took the words right out of my mouth. I argued the exact
same thing the minute I heard of this tragedy.Supervised visits
involving two small children to a father who had just been squeezed into a
corner (and they knew they had him squeezed) should have:A. Not been
conducted by only one person, much less a grandma, no matter how much she had
bonded with the kids. B. Not allow the children to run ahead first.C. The second person should have been large and strong, preferably armed, such
as ex-military, a policeman, a rent-a-security, etc. and employed the inspection
first, as you point out.And, like we learned from 9/11 about the
non-sharing of information, how much did Washington really know? Was there a
lot of sharing of info, or only bits and pieces from Utah? The second they
found the porn cartoons that should have been enough to hold the kids at
Grandpa's (or somewhere else) until Powell was examined. Send them to
Disneyland; they would not have been forever traumatized by not seeing dad one
week until the exam was evaluated.May God console the anguish of
those who knew better, but didn't push hard enough to keep the children SAFE.
What Washington has shown is a clear disdain for the right thing to do. They are
trying to do everything in their power to clearly show that the "law"
knows what is best, but they do not take into consideration the magnitude of a
grandparent's knowledge, or the child's well-being. This case has shown
close-mindedness and a disrespect to children, as a whole. If there are others
who have also felt this way, then there needs to be a "top-down"
stripping of power, and a revamp of the entire service for children.
I propose a change in visitation procedure in cases where there is doubt as to
the fitness of a parent (and there was doubt in this case, hence the visits were
supervised). Supervision must be by two workers, at least one of which should
be physically capable and trained to restrain the parent. This worker should
enter the place of visitation first, assess the situation, and then signal the
other worker to enter with the children. Josh Powell could never have
perpetrated this horrendous crime if this proposed procedure had been followed.
Very sad situation! However, by standing up and voicing their story they are
saving a million more children who are in the same situation! If one social
worker and judge listens and saves the life of just one child then a miracle
will come out of this horrible situation.
"Josh Powell should never have been granted visitation, Coxes argue in
hearing".----Yes, but who could have forsaw
this?Even though he most likely killed his wife, this did surprise
The burden of proof is very low in the child welfare system. So low that many
have argued for moving family law to the district court system. All child
welfare really needs to prove is 51% chance that something has happened.Child visitation is critical to the parent-child bond, restriction of
visitation is rarely the best thing for kids.hindsite is always 20/20.What we do not want is an over reaction to this horrible incident.Do we
really want the government rasing all of our children?There are few
people, if they were put under the microscope of the child welfare system, would
not end up having to explain to a family court judge why they should be allowed
to raise their children.The truth is many kids are never returned home,
and stay in foster care, becuase because no one wants to make a mistake, and be
accused of returning a child that is later abused.growing up in foster
care is not a good thing, it is better to try and work with parents to be able
to take their children back.
@Jhollom:Psychosexual evaluations are ordered all of the time in the Child
Welfare System. That in no way means that a parent is not fit for VISITATION
with his children.And every single parent on this planet has some
potential for being a threat to their children. Should we prevent ALL parents
from being able to see their kids?And when somebody is arrested, it is
because there is evidence to link them to the crime, therefore, their rights can
be restricted. Powell was never arrested because the law lacked the evidence to
do so, therefore, his rights could not be restricted.
hey 311stu...the grandparents are not blaming anyone other than
Josh, but situations like this show the problems within our imperfect system of
government. The judge obviously thought something was wrong with the man. He
ordered a psychosexual exam. That ALONE should have at least placed visitation
on hold. If you have ANY INCLINATION that someone may be even an OUTSIDE danger
to themselves or anyone around them, you have to call a spade a spade, and I am
not even going to use the disappearance of the mother in this at all. Innocent
until proven guilty does NOT mean you retain all of your rights. Just ask
someone on trial with no bail. Probable cause was more than present in this
case, IN SPITE of the lack of evidence. This murder likely would have not
occurred had these simple precautions been taken. These cases are not black and
Grandparents should have NO rights to their grandchildren, except in cases where
parental rights have been terminated or the parents are deceased. Powell had
every right to say that the children not attend LDS services, and should have
had every right in every parenting decision made for those children until
parental rights were terminated.
You can't protect children or others in every possible manner when your dealing
with homocidal maniacs like Powell. Josh Powell could have very easily brought a
gun into a supervised visit at a location which was not his home (such as the
Cox's home or some other place where the visit was taking place) and he could
have brought a gun and opened fire on his boys or any others that stood in his
way before taking his own life. I could see this scenario playing out if he was
given restrictions to where he could see his children. Fact is this: He wanted
to kill himself and his children and I don't think it mattered where that was
going to be...I think he would have found a way to do it because your dealing
with a homicidal maniac!!
And what if, on the 1% chance that Powell was innocent of killing his wife? You
cannot take away his rights as a parent because you BELIEVE that he is guilty.
DCFS cannot come into my home and remove my children and prevent me from visits
because they BELIEVE that I am not a fit parent. When will people like
@Sentinel realize that Josh Powell was the sole person to blame for this
tragedy? We have laws in place to protect our rights as citizens, and until we
can be proven guilty, those rights stay with us, including rights for Josh
There was no proof of violence. As parent he can guide religious or nonreligious
exposure until his rights are terminated. They were lucky the judge placed with
grandparents with the stipulation they not involve in LDS activities instead of
placing with strangers of no faith. I don't doubt he did something
awful to his wife. But you must have a confession, witness or physical proof. It
is not Child Welfare's fault police didn't have enough evidence in Susan and
that the DA could not be successful in pressing charges regarding Susan. It's his fault and his dad's. Not everyone else's. Bad
things happen. Bad things will always happen.
I hope that the Coxes will file suit against the State of Washington, including
against the judge who ordered the children to visit Powell. I also hope the suit
will be large, reaching, and heavy. I know it will not bring the Coxes'
grandsons back, nor will it alleviate the horrific grief they are forced to
endure. Hopefully, though, it will make a statement against what has happened
and get the ball rolling for grand changes to be made so that something like
this never happens again.