A three-year study has been funded to figure out the reasons for such a "surge".
Yet, the reason may be on the surface:
1) federal incentive money for social services to take children out of foster care; and
2) judges like #JudgeMarkBrain of Maricopa Juvenile Court (Arizona) who, in 2014, has practiced law and actually TAUGHT social services how to draft their petitions in child protective cases better - the judge instructed the social services to ALWAYS ask for removal of children, because otherwise they would "forfeit federal funds".
Of course, Judge Mark Brain is prohibited to practice law - which he obviously does not give a flying piece of horse manure about.
Of course, Judge Mark Brain is prohibited from taking sides in litigation and advocating for the petition in child protective cases - and, since he already did, and taught social services how to create that "surge" of children in foster care and "systems meant to support and protect them" - he, of course, should be taken off the bench, but who would dare touch him?
Of course, had Judge Mark Brain taught a seminar for parents as to how to beat a child protective case, he would have been taken off the bench in no time.
Of course, the standard for removal of children from the family is whether there is a reasonable belief, based on the child's condition and/or circumstances, that the child's health or life is in imminent danger - not whether those who want to grab the child will or will not receive federal funds.
Apparently, what the judge is teaching is how to engage in hostage hunting and slave trade, see, for example, an account of what is happening in foster care across the U.S. where, according to the 2014 data, 415,000 children were placed?
So, meet the mentor of social services as to how to better grab a child into custody in order to secure federal funds - #JudgeMarkBrain from Phoenix, Arizona:
Judge Brain was appointed by the Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in 2011 and retained in 2014 for the term until 2019, as part of the Arizona Governor's philosophy:
Oh, Judge Brain is very reflective - after all, he is a Judge Brain, the brainy judge.
Here is his official court information:
Here is the judge's education:
- educated in college in Iowa;
- in law school in Michigan, and
- is now works as a judge and, practically, tutor of social services, in Arizona.