Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services—the state agency that provides child protective services—has a practice of obtaining blank emergency custody orders pre-signed by judges. Social workers then fill out the documents with the necessary information after they’ve been signed by a judge and then use them to take custody of children from parents who have come under investigation. Let me repeat that: no judge actually reviews these orders, or the evidence used to justify separating a family, before signing them.
“Children are being illegally taken from their home without judges’ proper authority.”
— Read on reason.com/2019/05/09/kentucky-cabinet-family-health-child-services-judges-pre-signed/