CPS Pulls Wrong Child Out of School: Minnesota CPS Reform Must Continue


This child protection system cannot be created overnight. It must evolve. And it cannot evolve without additional resources, training, and workforce adjustments…There must be ongoing dialogue between DHS, counties, field experts, key stakeholders and legislators so that child protection reform can be an ongoing process.” – Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children Final Report and Recommendations (March 2015)

A recent incident in St. Paul suggests there is still much work to be done to reform CPS… CPS officials went to a school to take a child into custody, and made a mistake, which resulted in taking the wrong child.  

Read Full Story: Wrong 5-year-old boy pulled out of school by child protection services in St. Paul

On January 8th, 2016, CPS workers showed up at Frost Lake elementary school to pick up a child. After conferring with school officials, 5 year old Avante W. was called down to the office where he was greeted by CPS, who removed the him from school. The CPS workers traveled a number of miles, with Avante in the car, to go to another school to pick up the boy’s brother. The problem? CPS removed the WRONG child from school.

Incredibly, CPS never detected the error. Instead, the brother identified the child in the car – Avante W. – and alerted workers that this was not his brother. It took CPS workers 45 minutes to return Avante W. to school. There has been nothing reported on what happened to the child who was meant to be taken into custody.

Rebecca Williams, Avante’s mom, says “the damage has been done“, and that Avante was hurt by the actions of CPS. Ms. Williams was also distressed to learn that her child was wrongly taken, and driving around in a car, with a stranger, and that during that time she did not know where he was.

School officials have apologized for the incident. When Fox 9 contacted CPS officials about the incident, “Ramsey County Child Protective Services declined to acknowledge the case existed or a mistake had been made.” 


In October 2014, in response to the tragic death of Eric Dean, Governor Dayton created the Task Force on the Protection of Children to make recommendations on how to improve Minnesota’s troubled CPS system. 

Eric Dean, age 4, was killed by his step-mother, Amanda Peltier, after CPS failed to take action to protect Eric despite multiple reports of abuse, which included bruises, bite marks, a black eye and a broken arm. Eric was also reporting abuse to school and daycare workers. In all, there were 15 maltreatment reports made to CPS before Eric’s death.  Critics argued that Eric’s death could have been prevented if CPS had taken the maltreatment reports seriously, and had acted to protect the child from the abuse that was happening. 

In March 2015, the Task Force issued 93 recommendations to improve CPS policies and make the system more “child focused.” Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children Final Report and Recommendations March 2015

The work of the Task Force, and it’s 3 work groups, still continues. The Task Force holds regular meetings in which the public is invited to attend, and provide testimony. You can learn about upcoming meetings, hear audio from previous meetings, and learn more at: Legislative Task Force on Child Protection Meetings



About EJ

Parenting Abused Kids (PAK) reflects the personal thoughts and opinions of "EJ" sharing her experiences of surviving domestic abuse and injustice in family court. PAK also includes news and informational articles about abuse and family court issues. The purpose of PAK is to raise awareness of the challenges domestic abuse survivors to rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic abuse, compounded with the struggles of ongoing family court litigation. PAK will also discuss and raise awareness about issues related to parenting children who have been abused, and often present with emotional and behavioral problems. Parenting Abused Kids is not affiliated with any professional group, political group, organization or religious affiliation. My sincere love and support goes out to abuse survivors and their children. I am so sorry for what you have endured, and pray your lives will be filled with the happiness you so deserve. Thank-you for visiting!
This entry was posted in Child Protection/CPS, Legal and News and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to CPS Pulls Wrong Child Out of School: Minnesota CPS Reform Must Continue

  1. Shayne says:

    Stories like this make me so mad!


  2. EJ Perth says:

    WCVB Channel 5 Boston reported that a similar incident happened in Nov 2014, when DCF pulled signed the wrong child out of class, and took him out of school.. the boy complained to the worker and was returned to his parents.

    See story on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQYJ5E9QEOY


Leave a Reply: ALL Comments are public, plz post responsibly

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s