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Award-winning Author/Speaker for Children and Adults, Deborah K. Frontiera
An adult, non-fiction book,
Fighting CPS describes the ordeal of the Frontiera and Bonilla families when young James Bonilla was wrongfully removed from his parents by Child Protective Services in Harris Co., Houston, TX.
Formal release date: Jan. 1, 2012
To listen to an interview with the author, go to: http://insidescooplive.com/author-pages/Frontiera-Deborah_Fighting_CPS.html
View the book trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJdP3uHp2VW
This book is now available on Amazon for Kindle, and watch for the electronic version for all other devices on Smash Words.
Fighting CPS chronicles thirteen months of agony and frustration suffered by the innocent Bonilla and Frontiera families as a result of Children's Protective Serivces removing young James Bonilla from his parents. Most people are not prepared to navigate the maze of sometimes sensless procedures of a government agency that has too much power. The Frontiera and Bonilla story and reports of several cases across the country should be a wake-up call to a public unaware of how the state agencies charged with protecting the nation's children are failing.
Interviews with lawters, caseworkers, and others who work within the system point out specific steps that could be taken to improve how these agencies work. The author issues a call to action from the public to charge all levels of government to make necessary changes in these agencies. They must protect children from abuse and neglect without persecuting innocent families.
Saturday, April 14, 2007, around noon
It wasn't a bad cell phone connection, but my daughter's voice faded in and out. "They're taking James away from us."
"What?" I couldn't believe what I was hearing. The evening before, my daughter had called to say they were going back to Texas Children's Hospital because "something" had shown up on our grandson's MRI. I was worried, but there was nothing I could do about it. I was away from my home in Houston at a professional conference in San Antonio. I'd told my daughter to try not to worry. . . and to call me as soon as she knew what the problem was.
My daughter's voice shook as the phone call continued. "CPS is taking James away from us. They say we abused him."
Randy Burton, attorney, Founder of non-profit Justice for Children
Deborah Frontiera's book, Fighting CPS, is a case study in why crimes against children should be investigated by law enforcement as opposed to CPS--a well intentioned social service agency lacking law enforcement training, priorities, and experience. My hope is that this book will assist in our work for reforms to this system that fails children and families on both ends of the spectrum.
Linda Sanchez, caseworker supervison, Good Will Farms
The State of Michigan just settled a law suit that has brought about many changes in the way DHS (Department of Human Services) does business. It sounds like the great State of Texas needs the same child advocacy group to sue them.
Joseph Yurt of Reader Views
The back cover notes of "Fighting CPS" by Deborah K. Frontiera state that the book "chronicles thirteen months of agony and frustration suffered by the innocent Bonilla and Frontiera families as a result of Children's Protective Services removal of young James Bonilla from his parents." But the significance of the story this book tells reverberates far beyond the Child Protective Services Division of the Texas State Department of Family and Protective Services on which the book focuses. This book is relevant for all fifty states with similar agencies charged with responsibility for investigating reports of abuse and neglect of children.
Few Americans take exception to the mission of child protective services and their primary goal of protecting children. But a mounting body of evidence, like that presented in "Fighting CPS," has made it clear that an alarming number of state agencies and family court systems are broken. This reality has resulted in a growing grassroots movement demanding change and reform in numerous states. Based on Frontiera's book, it's hard to imagine a state in greater disrepair than Texas!
On the other hand, once the reader uncoils from their own initial reaction of disbelief, made possible by the detailed documentation drawn from the author's own copious journal notes, no imagination is required to comprehend the ordeal of young James Bonilla, his parents Rufina and Julio and grandparents Deborah and Jasper Frontiera. . . . Many reform advocates believe that the investigative component of the process would best be executed by trained law enforcement agencies. And, to make a difficult process even more daunting, the Bonilla case was handed off to thirteen different caseworkers over thirteen months. Nearly all of them failed to even find time to read the case file.
In "Fighting CPS," Deborah Frontiera shares her story in an honest, open and endearing manner. I felt her agony and frustrations and sometimes intense anger throughout the book. I was eager to keep reading so that I could celebrate the victory that I wished for this family to achieve. While Frontiera follows-up on her own story with ten other case studies in answer to the question of whether or not her case was typical, it is her own story that undoubtedly will compel others to engage with this issue or become involved with a movement. At least that was the case for me. Before penning my final draft of this review, I began researching the current condition of CPS in my own county and state. I hope the author will tell James and his parents that the sharing of his story has already had an impact on someone who read the book.
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