A former member of the Contra Costa County Grand Jury has leaked information indicating that 2018 parent protests and new laws mandating the termination of privately run foster homes resulted in an investigation of staff employed in the county's CPS and family court services. That investigation found CPS workers were not following the law when they acted to remove children from their family homes.
A 2018 recall that wiped Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky off the bench was threatened by parents in Contra Costa, which caused an immediate investigation of three of the county's judges.
Turns out, parents were right. The investigation revealed Judge Hardie and Judge Fannin had direct ties to money laundering operations that take children from loving parents and sell those children into sex trafficking rings, while non- profits collect fees for the children placed into foster care.
" Parents protesting in the streets of the upscale Walnut Creek community was very embarrassing to local officials and court employees. That protest launched not only a criminal investigation by the FBI. but also the local grand jury."said the former grand juror who asked to speak off the record.
The juror also expressed frustration over the lack of media coverage on the topic. " We never saw this coming because mainstream media never covers what is really going on in the county's family courts". he added.
Judges in the county appeared rattled over the investigation, which is leading to supervised visitation and reunification camps where judges hold financial interests through their spouses and family members to avoid disclosure.
Of the $153 million budgeted for foster kids. less than 1 percent was determined to be going to benefit foster youth. Worse were the judges who ignored the law and took children from their parents for no legal reason.
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A Santa Cruz mother described the year a CPS worker took her 2 year old, causing the mother to pay $40,000 she paid to get her child back.
" The payment felt like a ransom" , explained the young mother, "we had to pay to defend CPS worker's allegations and we lost two years with our daughter as result. Nobody was held accountable."
The Grand Jury didn't investigate the use of supervised visitation, where several judges have a financial interest. Reunification camps and private businesses benefitting from court contracts and judge appointments appear to be connected not only to the financial interests of judges, but to sex trafficking and money laundering operations working in secret in California's family courts.