TAFA'S Selective Reading
Here's a book we might all consider buying. It might be of particular
interest to our Texas residents.
This woman was fired for speaking out about Texas Child Protective Services,
she was a Social Worker. Sounds like some good inside information.
within Child Protective Services
December 1,1998 (through mail order)
February 15, 1999 (through bookstores)
Why wait...order your copy today!
Child Protective Services . . . an agency designed to protect our most
vulnerable population, the children. When the rest of the world has turned
their backs, this agency is there to help. But are they? Are they protecting
Dark Secrets is a look into Child Protective Services like has never been
seen by the general public before. It takes you through ten years in the
life of Terri James'. A woman whose life ambition was to be a child
Dark Secrets takes you along on some of the more intriguing investigations
that she works. It also gives the reader insight into the office chat and
But there is another side to this story. That story begins each night when
Terri arrives home. Next door to Terri lives Kara, a young Christian mother
of four. Kara's life is dedicated to her family and to serving God. That is
until her and her children's life is shattered in the midst of a mental
illness. Her husband is diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic.
Terri watches in disbelief at what Kara is going through. When she sees that
the system is not protecting her and the children, she personally offers
Kara a helping hand. Once her hand is extended, Terri is unknowingly
snatched into Kara's pit of hell. A pit that they will be trapped in for the
next ten years. Terri, Kara and six children.
After four years of total chaos, Terri decides that she can no longer sit
back and ignore the problem. Someone was going to get seriously hurt if she
didn't do something to try and stop it. She takes drastic steps and openly
admits that the agency she works for is not protecting the children. She
admits it to governmental officials. Her drastic steps lands her in the
middle of problems at her work.
But it wasn't just Kara and her children that the system was failing. The
system was failing numerous children. The system was failing numerous
As all the problems were mounting, Terri is asked to speak before a
legislative committee about problems that she has witnessed in her
employment with the state. However, she is quickly told by upper level
management that she is to keep her mouth shut.
But she was fighting for the lives of those whom she was hired to protect.
She was fighting for the rights of the children. How could she keep quite?
She goes against the departments orders and speaks before her legislatures.
The more serious retaliation begins the next day.
Dark Secrets within Child Protective Services is based on actual events, but
for the protection of the children, the names and locating information have
This is a book you will never forget. A book of two women trying to make
this world a little safer place. Not just for their own children, but also
About the Author
Teresa Cunio graduated from the Texas A&M in 1989 with her Bachelors Degree
in Social Work. She worked for the Texas Department of Protective and
Regulatory Services as a Child Protective Specialist for six years. She has
sat on the Texas Child Death Review Committee and has been guest speaker for
numerous clubs and organization. She is presently working in the mental
health field and writes articles for the Social Justice Review Ms. Cunio is
also the editor for AOL's Social Work Forum Newsletter.