If DSHS were to actually follow the law, and even it's own guidelines, to the letter, they would have a much smaller agency. There would be far fewer children removed from their homes, so fewer foster families needed. Fewer children would be traumatized by being abruptly and uncaringly yanked away from loving parents, and so there would be less need for psychologists, counselors, and psych evals.
DSHS plays the game by their own rules...that they make up as they go along. They know their goal is to get the biggest piece of the federal pie as possible. That means they have to take more children away from good, safe, happy loving families and keep them out-of-home long enough to TPR so they then have more children for the adoption auction block.
DSHS reform? Not possible, I say. CPS does far more harm to the children that it claims to protect. It is an overpowering, insidious, nightmare of a monster that will not go back into the closet once daylight hits, but slithers out into the open wearing its disguise of peace and hope and safety, and all the sheeple either stupidly welcome it into the flock, or cautiously move to the edge of the field. The only ones who are safe are the ones who cast off their own covering of sheepskin and become mama and papa bears, willing and able to fight to the death to protect their cubs.
Am I there yet? I am some days, when this mama bear isn't locked up in a cage of depression or futility. A quote I read on another website today reads, '"I have lost a lot, forsaken so much more, that to win, at all cost now, hardly seems worth it anymore...", quote of the depressed.' This is the goal of DSHS: to tear apart families and become more powerful, and to do that they have to get every parent to the point of giving in or giving up completely, so they can lock us back up in the sheepfold or let the coyotes feed on our flesh, eating us alive.
To DSHS I say: Go away! Die already! Our country and families were far better off without you! We are not in need of your "services", which is why you feel compelled to "offer" these "services" at the point of a gun...sometimes literally, and the rest of the time with threats against our children. Only cowards and weaklings hurt children. Only terrorists kidnap children and hold them for ransom.