Hal Stanley (facing camera) receives advice from Attorney Joe Churchwell at a legislative hearing last year.

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Arkansas attorney Joseph Churchwell was interviewed by Tammi Stefano this past week on the National Safe Child Show. Attorney Churchwell has seen first hand the corruption of “Child Protection Services” (CPS) in his state, the state of Arkansas, including the way they tried to destroy the homeschooling family of Hal and Michelle Stanley last year, which we covered here on See:

Arkansas Takes Away 7 Homeschool Children because Father had Unapproved Mineral Supplement

Attorney Churchwell, who represents families in his state in their fight against the corruption in child social services in Arkansas, agrees with the late Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer, who stated that CPS is too corrupt to be reformed, and needs to be abolished. Senator Nancy Schaefer wrote and said:

I have witnessed such injustice and harm brought to these families that I am not sure if I even believe reform of the system is possible! The system cannot be trusted. It does not serve the people. It obliterates families and children simply because it has the power to do so. Children deserve better. Families deserve better. It’s time to pull back the curtain and set our children and families free.

Attorney Churchwell agrees, and he stated in his interview with Tammi Stefano that federal funding and financial incentives tied to quotas to take children away from their families and put them into state custody in the foster care system, needs to be abolished.

Is CPS a “Terrorist” Organization?

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Stanley children in Arkansas taken away from their family during the night. They had never spent a night away from home prior to this. Source: Bringthestanleykidshome Facebook Page.

Appearing before The Joint Performance Review Committee in the Arkansas State Legislature last October, Churchwell sent a letter to the Arkansas Legislature and Governor Asa Hutchinson where he stated:

I honestly cannot recall the number of men and women involved with DHS and ASP that I have consulted with and or represented in my career.

I do however recall the word most often used to describe their feelings, and that word is terrified.  No word better describes the tactics of an entity that’s primary intervention is to enter one’s home, remove one’s children, and place them in an undisclosed location with unidentified adults and children for as long as it wishes.

Combine that with the authority to place those children for adoption should it choose to do so, while acting in complete secrecy. Perhaps the most egregious part of all is that this action may be set into motion by an anonymous phone call requiring no more evidence than the reporter’s statement.

If one considers the totality of the circumstances, terrorism is no longer an adequate descriptor for the actions taken in the name of “protecting the children.”

Attorney Joe Churchwell in one of the few attorneys across the nation that has not turned a blind eye towards the corruption found in child protection services and family courts. He represents a small but growing number of advocates around the country willing to stand up and fight this horrific corruption.

Listen to the full interview on the National Safe Child Show: