Last year, Amanda Wallace started a one-woman crusade against officials with Durham County’s Department of Social Services (DSS).
One would think that Wallace, given her rhetoric and tone, was waging battle against the Trump administration and its draconian zero-tolerance policy that separated children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
But no, Wallace, a former investigator with child protective services (CPS) who worked at offices across the state, including in Lincoln, Buncombe, and Wake Counties, is protesting the policies of CPS, her employer for years.
Wallace worked as a CPS investigator in North Carolina for 10 years before starting Operation Stop CPS, a statewide grassroots campaign that works to hold child protective service agencies accountable while advocating on behalf of parents with children in the foster care system.
On February 14, 2018, Wallace started working as a CPS investigator in Wake County. In May 2021, she founded Operation Stop CPS after witnessing the unjustified separation of children from their parents. Shortly after, Wake officials placed her on administrative leave and she was terminated later that month.
Wallace says about 50 percent of referrals to CPS come from the public school system, where teachers report suspected abuse and neglect upon learning a child didn’t eat the night before or was spanked.