Follow up from yesterdays article --
Another child's death on CPS' watch raises new questions
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Father who rebuked CPS loses right to see son www.azstarnet.com ®
Visitation canceled after dad and boy talked about story on kid's late brother
By Josh Brodesky
arizona daily star
Tucson, Arizona Published: 07.30.2008
A father whose son was killed while under CPS watch had his visitation with his surviving older son cut off after talking to the boy about a Sunday Arizona Daily Star story on his brother.
Oscar Silva Jr. was notified his regular Tuesday visit with 8-year-old Oscar III was canceled just a few hours before the scheduled get-together. He was told there will be no further visits until at least next week, when there will be a meeting with his Child Protective Services case manager.
He normally has visitation Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and every other weekend.
Agency spokeswoman Liz Barker Alvarez confirmed Silva's visitation rights have been suspended, but she couldn't say specifically why.
"There were certain behaviors on Mr. Silva's part that went against the case plan and the visitation agreements, and those behaviors were seen as potentially harmful to the child," Barker Alvarez said.
Silva said Oscar III saw the Sunday story, which included a picture of his brother, and he asked to read it.
"I went ahead and let him read it. I wanted him to know what was going on," Silva said.
Silva's younger son, Fabian, 4, died in January from blunt-force trauma to the head. His mother's boyfriend, Alejandro Miguel Romero, 25, has been charged with child abuse and manslaughter.
CPS opened a file on Fabian Silva in October after two doctors examining him for a throat infection reported signs of suspected abuse. Oscar Silva and other family members have criticized the CPS investigation, saying they were never interviewed despite repeated requests to be heard.
Silva said his case manager told him Tuesday that he had violated a verbal agreement with CPS not to talk about the case with Oscar III, and therefore his visitation rights were being suspended. Oscar III now lives with great-grandparents on the mother's side, Silva said.
Barker Alvarez would not say if the unacceptable behaviors involved reading the news story and/or talking about it.
"We do have a child here, who has to deal with a lot. I am giving you as much information as I can," she said. "The decision was made in the child's best interest."
Silva said he felt the move was in retaliation for both the Sunday news story and a $5 million claim he filed against CPS last week.
He acknowledged that under the verbal agreement, he is supposed to contact CPS if his son asks about the case and his brother's death.
"On this Sunday, I didn't ask," he said. "I didn't call no one. I just let him read the article. It was a verbal agreement."
Attorney Jorge Franco Jr., who is representing Silva, called the suspension "off the charts."
"It happens literally two days after the article appears," he said. "That can't be a co- incidence. It has to be tied to the article."
"It's the ultimate in retaliation," he said. "If they are suspending his visitation because the child read the article and then had a conversation with the father about the article, and nothing more, that's outrageous and appalling."
Contact reporter Josh Brodesky at 807-7789 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Original Article- Father who rebuked CPS loses right to see son www.azstarnet.com ®
My two cents..
From working with many families who have had their children "removed" or lost visitation.. I can say .. THIS IS TYPICAL of CPS ..
The public needs to be outraged and they need to begin to see the abuses of our system and how it's effecting the future of America... OUR CHILDREN!
People ... OPEN YOUR EYES.. The Child Protection busniess and some/all/most of our Family courts are NOT DOING WHAT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILDREN.. in fact THEY ARE COLECTIVELY DESTROYING OUR CHILDREN'S LIVES! While getting outrageous federal funding incentives via YOUR TAX DOLLARS.. to do it!