CDC’s National Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Is Spying On Kids & Parents

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is using data analysis to identify children and families most at risk, and thus inform how time and money is allocated. When the DCF started this project two years ago, the goal was to see fewer dead children — and that’s what the department says is happening while spying on children & families.

The SAS report helped DCF identify what the highest-risk children looked like on paper, creating a detailed profile. “We needed to understand a lot more of the common factors in those cases,” Carroll said, “and we needed to be able to take that information and refine what we were doing from a case practice standpoint to see if we couldn’t intervene in a more effective way to prevent some of those child deaths.”

Florida is one of 50 states conducting the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) with financial and technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is using data analysis to identify children and families most at risk, and thus inform how time and money is allocated. When the DCF started this project two years ago, the goal was to see fewer dead children — and that’s what the department says is happening while spying on children & families.

The SAS report helped DCF identify what the highest-risk children looked like on paper, creating a detailed profile. “We needed to understand a lot more of the common factors in those cases,” Carroll said, “and we needed to be able to take that information and refine what we were doing from a case practice standpoint to see if we couldn’t intervene in a more effective way to prevent some of those child deaths.”

Florida is one of 50 states conducting the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) with financial and technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A $100,000 contract forged with SAS last fall led to a detailed report that is now shaping how DCF achieves its mission.

This national telephone surveillance system is designed to collect data on individual risk behaviors and preventive health practices related to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Information from the survey is used for health planning, program evaluation, and monitoring health objectives within the Department of Health.

Albert Blackmon a paid analytics expert(employee) for SAS addressed the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities on Thursday during a meeting held in Tampa, Florida, to discuss ways of dealing with a problem that caused the deaths of 1,640 children nationwide in 2012.

One of the focuses of SAS — the company he works for — is helping businesses and governmental entities gather, store, access, analyze and report on various data to aid in decision-making.

Representatives of the child welfare, law enforcement, public health and technology fields explored various strategies surrounding child fatalities.

Blackmon presented findings from a recent project in Florida that included poring through the files of about 1 million children to identify factors indicating a high risk of death.

In other words our government, police and corporate interests are compiling a HUGE database on kids & parents.

SAS says the resulting five-year Child Fatality Trend Analysis is helping investigators better predict the needs of families in crisis. It examined increases or decreases in the odds of children dying as a result of such factors as parental alcohol or drug abuse; physical abuse; and intervention by the governmental agency handling their cases.

This “governmental intervention” should set off alarm bells everywhere:

A private company working with law enforcement claims they can predict if your kids might be abused in the future? Will the parents be arrested on a hunch? Will the kids be put in protective services based on a prediction?

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2 comments to CDC’s National Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Is Spying On Kids & Parents

  • This is just another excuse to get their claws into our children for their financial gain. CAS does more harm than good.I am living proof of this.

  • Angela Borths

    There really is no crystal ball. They can not predict when a child is going to be abused no more then they can predict when a criminal will become a criminal. Some of the most sane people have snapped (generations of people have proved that) This is a farce. If they can predict abuse then they should place that prediction device within their own system and weed out the abusers there first (we know there are plenty of them) before they experiment on society with their delusions they should turn the device on yourselves.

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