Whenever we read about the death of a child as a result of abuse, we heap righteous indignation—and rightly so—upon the agency responsible for protecting our children. We want to hold someone accountable for such tragic and unnecessary death. However, Deborah K. Frontiera’s book, Fighting CPS: Guilty Until Proven Innocent of Child Protective Services Charges, exposes another aspect of this agency’s incompetence.
That aspect involves the consequences of false accusations of abuse against innocent families. The trauma to children wrongfully removed from their families, the legal ramifications and stress to innocent families assumed to be guilty without due process is just as wrong as allowing children to remain in clearly abusive homes. Fighting CPS not only documents what happened to the Frontiera and Bonilla families as the result of such an accusation but also includes cases from several states other thanTexas which demonstrate that such problems are not restricted to any particular state and happen much more frequently than the public would prefer to believe.