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Isabella Brooke Knightly and Austin Gamez-Knightly

Isabella Brooke Knightly and Austin Gamez-Knightly
In Memory of my Loving Husband, William F. Knightly Jr. Murdered by ILLEGAL Palliative Care at a Nashua, NH Hospital

Monday, October 31, 2011

Child welfare agency in crisis

Child welfare agency in crisis | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com:

Levy or not, insiders say, kids 'at risk'
Five years of budget cuts, mass layoffs and millions set aside to pay a potential fine for bad bookkeeping has left the agency that cares for Hamilton County's abused and neglected children frayed and - according to its social workers - at the breaking point.

Families say they are being torn apart and blame the privatization of Michigan's foster care system

Families say they are being torn apart and blame the privatization of Michigan's foster care system:

(WXYZ) - Michigan families are being torn apart--and critics blame the privitization of the foster care system. Families desperate to care for loved ones say they are spending thousands of dollars to fight a hostile bureaucracy to get children out of state hands.

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Experts: Half of foster kids quit high school

Experts: Half of foster kids quit high school - Boston.com:

When Carey Sommer entered foster care in California, he left his mom, his high school and his friends. Bounced from home to home, he changed high schools nine times until the disheartened teen finally dropped out.

Who OWNS the children?

Who OWNS the children?:

By Leonard Henderson
October 30, 2011

Who OWNS the children?

I had an argument with a CPS skank many years ago on that subject. The basic upshot I got from it was- my kids were MY responsibility. I was financially responsible for feeding them, housing them, and keeping them entertained. I had NO "rights" to my children. I could NOT keep them out of trouble, prevent the criminal one from committing crimes. I was however held financially responsible for a step-sons' crimes.

I am one guy who got seriously into the Constitution early in life. I knew my rights. But even then, the tyrannical way CPS was treating me was so dumb-founding that my CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS didn't even occur to me for about 6 months. I was SHOCKED- and so caught up trying to please THEM while totally mystified why I was in trouble or responsible for what this kid was doing- that my RIGHTS didn't even occur to me.

The wife and I dutifully took the utterly absurd "parenting class" taught by a childless "expert". There we learned about the importance of kids taking naps, time outs, and grounding. Bear in mind we were dealing with a dangerous, violent 16-year-old criminal thug boy.

Oh, by the way, according to the CPS skank, the entire family was going to have to take therapy to learn how to get along with this criminal thug. CPS was blaming the entire family for causing this kid's behavior, including the 3-year-old baby.

Some icing on the cake- When I got my redacted records months later, this shit bucket CPS agent had actually entered into the record that SHE suspected ME of being mentally ill. That Character Assassination attempt went over like a lead balloon because I was a well-known public figure.

The light bulbs didn't come on in my head until the day the CPS witch said they were going to "protect" the kid from ME, and charge ME $2500 a month for his "care". Which was twice the budget for the entire family.

How in the hell this kid's behavior morphed into being my fault still mystifies me to this day.

I asked the CPS witch how in the world she figured this criminal thug was my fault. She snarled back at me "Because YOU TALKED WITH HIM ABOUT HIS BAD DECISIONS'.

Not only had I been long ago forbidden from punishing him in any way, shape or form, or hold him responsible for ANYTHING he did, when he logically turns into a monster, then I am held responsible for the entire thing. According to the CPS skank, I "mentally damaged" the kid by talking with him. Never mind that was exactly the best advice the parenting class people had.

The 14th Amendment-

Section. 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

"Parents give up their rights when they drop the children off at public school." --Federal District Judge Melinda Harmon

Judge Harmon made that ruling against the parents after the parents sued a Texas school district. Their son had been questioned at school without their knowledge, and strip searched by a female Texas Children's Protective Services worker looking for signs of paddling the boy's parents had allegedly administered. -Wall St. Journal 10/8/96-

The New Hampshire Supreme Court in 1912 (The beginnings of the Woodrow Wilson PROGRESSIVE era) stated:

"Free schooling . . . is not so much a right granted to pupils as a duty imposed upon them for the public good. . . . While most people regard the public schools as the means of great advantage to the pupils, the fact is too often overlooked that they are governmental means of protecting the state from consequences of an ignorant and incompetent citizenship."

Well folks, the question begs- DO WE HAVE AN IGNORANT AND INCOMPETENT CITIZENSHIP today? And if so, WHOSE FAULT might that be?

"If Virtue and Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslav'd. This will be their great Security." --Samuel Adams

"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society" -Theodore Roosevelt

I had a chat with somebody at CPS about the 14th Amendment- How on earth does CPS operate the way it does without violating the 14th Amendment? Their answer is- Parents do NOT own their children. Children are not regarded as "property", so I guess when someone refers to them as "Your Children", that's hyperbole or metaphor? But they are certainly YOURS when it comes to responsibility and cost.
So, when CPS kidnaps a child and holds them hostage, they aren't really denying that child their own 4th Amendment Right-

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

-because of the theory of Parens Patriae (Parent of the Nation) based on the "Best Interest of the Child" the government makes life-long decisions for the child. Even make the child a Legal Orphan. As if the government owns the child. Like some sort of an arrogant, pompous, goofy god.

CPS eventually brings this mess to Family Court (See What Happens in the FOG) where this entire farce is decided in a complete vacuum of Constitutional Due Process.

The government OWNS the children?

That's completely consistent with the Communist Manifesto says about families and schooling.

Somewhere in here is a need for a discussion about Self Ownership. Childhood and Adolescence is supposed to be when young people are apprenticing in the ability to own themselves- to be RESPONSIBLE for taking care of themselves. Children do not completely own themselves until they turn 21.

Are children then SLAVES, property owned by the government until they turn 21 years old?

13th Amendment-

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

For that matter, do parents become slaves under the unconstitutional tyranny of CPS?

Or do you want to consider what CPS does to parents as more like upper classmen doing HAZING?

Whatever you want to call it, it sure ain't HELP. Are we ALL merely Slaves, owned and tyrannized by the government?

Epilog- Turns out, the 16 year old had INHERITED severe manic-depression (bipolar) from his mother. He is now 28 and lives in a State of Oregon "facility". I guess I could say the state owns him. And I am still Madder than Hell about having my life destroyed over it by a nasty, malfeasant, sociopathic government employee.

Also see The Constitutional Right to Be a Parent

http://familyrights.us / news / archive / 2011 / oct / property.html

Mother shares experience with termination of parental rights

Mother shares experience with termination of parental rights - ABC 4.com - Salt Lake City, Utah News:

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - There is a delicate balance between taking a child from a loving family and knowing when to remove that kid from a dangerous home. Recently, Jennifer and Brandon Stark from Carbon County had their parental rights terminated. Their DCFS investigation began with an anonymous allegation of drug use, although neither of them had a criminal history.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Boogie Man Is A CPS Worker - Baby LK Report For October 30th 2011

CCHR: Big Pharma—Define 'Better' Thank you Chill EB Berry

Thank you Chill EB Berry. You've hit it right on the mark again. Every word in this song is the truth!

State foster care system: Still taking our children from us

State foster care system: Still taking our children from us | American Indian/Alaska Native – Attack The System:

State foster care system: Still taking our children from us
Posted on October 30, 2011 by Vince
We have a long history of our children being taken from us. Residential boarding schools & coerced adoptions were attempts at breaking the link to our heritage and culture. Today this continues with social services. State and federal agencies interfere in our familial lives, allegedly for our own good. Really its a paternalistic system that tells us we don’t know what’s best for our own children.

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Social worker says she falsified records

Social worker says she falsified records | State | Kentucky.com:

A former Kentucky state social worker indicted by an Anderson County grand jury in August has told investigators that she falsified records in abuse and neglect cases, according to a court document recently filed.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

5 Misconceptions About Methadone Use During Pregnancy

5 Misconceptions About Methadone Use During Pregnancy : Drug & Alcohol Addiction Recovery:

June 13, 2010 by admin
When it comes to having a healthy and successful pregnancy, it is never a good idea to use drugs. But for pregnant women who are addicted to an opiate-based drug, such as heroin, there is actually something safer than quitting cold turkey: methadone.
Methadone is a synthetic opioid that can suppress drug cravings and prevent drug withdrawal syndromes, keeping both the mother and baby safe for the duration of the pregnancy. Methadone can be used during any stage of pregnancy, and should only be administered under close medical supervision at a methadone treatment center or residential treatment facility for drug addiction.
Many women may hesitate to use methadone during pregnancy, believing they are substituting one drug for another. While this may be true, the effects of methadone are much less damaging to a baby than many think.
Here are five misconceptions people have about using methadone during pregnancy:
1. The baby will be born with birth defects or experience developmental problems.
Mothers may be concerned that their children will have learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, decreased intellect or other disorders as a result of being exposed to methadone in utero. But there is no solid scientific evidence of any such negative effects on babies exposed to methadone. In fact, long-term studies have shown no significant effects on babies whose mothers use methadone while pregnant.
For those babies born with birth defects or developmental problems, the drug their mother was addicted to is likely to blame. The most critical period of development for a fetus is during the first trimester, and many women don’t realize they are pregnant at that point. For women addicted to drugs, that means they are still using and engaging in high-risk behaviors during this time, exposing their baby to drugs and their dangerous effects.
By the time pregnant women seek methadone treatment, they are usually in their second trimester, which is the safest time to administer the treatment.
2. The baby will become addicted to methadone.
Babies cannot become addicted to methadone. Addiction is characterized by a psychological and physical dependence on a drug. Because babies are unaware that they are being treated with methadone, they cannot develop anything more than a physical dependence on it. While the baby will likely experience discomfort while detoxing from methadone, they will never remember using the drug.
3. The baby will suffer during methadone withdrawal.
When a pregnant woman uses methadone, so does her baby. And, like an adult who has undergone methadone treatment, the baby will need to go through detox and withdrawal from the drug. While withdrawal is never a pleasant experience, doing so in a controlled environment can lessen the chance that the baby will suffer.
Babies whose mothers are addicted to drugs or use methadone will likely experience Neonatal Withdrawal Syndrome upon birth. Symptoms of the syndrome include rapid breathing, excessive crying, increased muscle tone, sneezing, yawning and gastrointestinal issues.
To ease the symptoms, and to more effectively wean babies off of methadone, a treatment center will stabilize the baby and wean them using a substance such as morphine. Morphine is a short-acting drug that allows babies to be more easily weaned off methadone in about two to three weeks.
What is unsafe is the alternative to not helping a baby withdraw from methadone. If left untreated, a baby will suffer and can experience dehydration, jaundice, diarrhea and seizures.
4. The higher the dosage of methadone, the worse the baby’s withdrawal symptoms.
There is actually no relationship between the strength of the dosage and the severity of a baby’s withdrawal symptoms. Because each person reacts to methadone differently, the determining factor is methadone’s effect on that particular baby.
The goal of methadone is to allow the woman to have an easier time during pregnancy and lessened withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings herself. That may mean upping the dosage as the pregnancy progresses, but women should be aware that that alone will have no effect on her baby’s withdrawal experience.
5. It’s okay to quit methadone cold turkey.
Of course, the best way to ensure a healthy baby and pregnancy is to not use any drugs at all. But for women who are being treated with methadone to get over a more damaging drug addiction, the absolute worst thing they can do is to reduce their dosage or stop use completely. Doing so can induce withdrawal symptoms in the baby and cause an unintended abortion.
Methadone can be used throughout pregnancy, and should be used for as long as the mother feels it is necessary. Through the support of medical staff and therapists at a methadone treatment center or residential treatment facility, women who gave birth will eventually be able to end their use of methadone and learn the skills to lead drug-free lives and raise happy and healthy babies.

Born addicted: Number of Florida newborns treated for drug withdrawal is skyrocketing

Born addicted: Number of Florida newborns treated for drug withdrawal is skyrocketing:

Florida's prescription drug epidemic, already responsible for nearly seven deaths a day, is taking its toll on the youngest, most vulnerable in our communities: newborns.

Study Says Foster Care Worse Than Abusive Homes

Study Says Foster Care Worse Than Abusive Homes | Kmareka.com:

Older article, but still the same reasoning

Posted on July 5, 2007 by Kiersten Marek
In case the bad news on Rhode Island’s foster care system wasn’t enough, here’s some bad news on the foster care system in Illinois — a larger, longer-term study that may have broader implications. From USA Today:

Children whose families are investigated for abuse or neglect are likely to do better in life if they stay with their families than if they go into foster care, according to a pioneering study.

The findings intensify a vigorous debate in child welfare: whether children are better served with their families or away from them.

Kids who stayed with their families were less likely to become juvenile delinquents or teen mothers and more likely to hold jobs as young adults, says the study by Joseph Doyle, an economics professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management who studies social policy.

“The size of the effects surprised me, because all the children come from tough families,” Doyle says. The National Science Foundation funded the study.

Doyle says his research, which tracked at least 15,000 kids from 1990 to 2002, is the largest study to look at the effects of foster care. He studied kids in Illinois because of a database there that links abuse investigations to other government records. [full text]

The news on trends in helping children is not all bad, though, as evidenced by this related story about how the number of single men adopting foster children has increased by 40%.

Georgia Advocate Speaks Out Against Psychiatric Medication Use in Nation’s Foster Care System

Georgia Advocate Speaks Out Against Psychiatric Medication Use in Nation’s Foster Care System | JJIE.org:

With his cheery disposition, you wouldn’t suspect Bazan had a troubled childhood. In reality, the 21-year-old has spent a majority of his life in foster homes, and for most of his childhood, he was prescribed anti-depressants and behavioral disorder drugs.

Dameron Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Foster Kids

Dameron Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Foster Kids - Southern Maryland News, Charles County, Calvert County and St. Mary's County News:

On October 25, 2011, detectives from the St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Special Victim's Unit, initiated an investigation into allegations George Leonard Frye, age 63, of Dameron, Maryland, sexually assaulted two female children, under the age of 13, who were in his care and custody in 2005 serving as a foster parent. Frye was subsequently charged with two counts of Child Sexual Abuse and two counts of 4th Degree Sex Offense. Frye was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center where he is being held on $25,000 bond.

Abused boy’s father fighting for custody

Abused boy’s father fighting for custody | News - Home:

2-year-old found with second-degree burns
Josh Wilson last saw his 2-year-old son Jayden last Christmas. He hadn’t even heard many details about his son’s life until the boy ended up in the headlines last week.

Social worker admits to sex -Warrant reveals Larson was pregnant at time

Social worker admits to sex The Republican-American:

LITCHFIELD — A former social worker at an exclusive private school for special-needs students in Washington, Conn., told police her supervisory relationship with a 16-year-old boy turned sexual.

Mother takes issue with DHS abuse determination

Mother takes issue with DHS abuse determination

Ruling made despite doctor saying that child's injuries likely accidental
If doctors determine a baby’s injuries are accidental, shouldn’t state child-protective workers, too?

A Special Thanksgiving Message from Baby LK

And THANK YOU LK for bringing us ALL the latest News on the Destroyers of Children, Youth and Families! Keep up the GREAT work!

Federal Government Wants To Test Anthrax Vaccine On Children

Federal Government Wants To Test Anthrax Vaccine On Children:

Terrorists could use the potentially deadly Anthrax bacteria on an attack against the United States, and there is plenty of vaccine stockpiled for use against this and other possible biological agents of warfare. However they have never been tested on children so the effectiveness and possible side effects of the vaccines are unknown in children.

State Audit Says CPS Can and Must Improve

State Audit Says CPS Can and Must Improve | KSEE 24 News - Central Valley's News Station: Fresno-Visalia - News, Sports, Weather | Local News:

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A state audit is revealing ways Child Protective Services can better serve children who may be in danger. The findings have some in Fresno rallying to make changes to the department.

Justice Dept. Proposes Lying, Hiding Existence of Records Under New FOIA Rule

FOIA | Department of Justice | Transparency | The Daily Caller:

A proposed revision to Freedom of Information Act rules would allow federal agencies to lie to citizens and reporters seeking certain records, telling them the records don’t exist.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Wanted: Someone to Videotape NH Redress Grievance Committee Sessions

The People of New Hampshire are in dire need of someone who can videotape the Redress Grievance Committee Sessions. The Dems are taping just pieces and trying to make the Committee look like a farce. We need someone to tape and put on You-Tube making it clear that the Committee is working WITH us to stop the Injustices being used against us. These are mostly cases of CPS/DCYF, Judges and GALs stomping on our rights.
The Redress Grievance Committee is working with the Families of New Hampshire to get them the justice that they were denied by DCYF, the Court's, the GAL's and anyone else who has screwed them over. Please contact me if you can help!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

1,000 California Foster Care Homes Match Sex Offender Addresses: Report

1,000 California Foster Care Homes Match Sex Offender Addresses: Report:

A new audit of the California foster care system has revealed that over 1,000 foster home addresses match those of registered sex offenders, according to the Los Angeles Times.

It seems that child welfare official failed to compare the addresses even after they were told to do so in 2008. According to the Sacramento Bee, about 600 of the highlighted offenders were considered high risk.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Few Details Released On What's Next For Hampstead Boy

Few Details Released On What's Next For Hampstead Boy - New Hampshire News Story - WMUR New Hampshire:

HAMPSTEAD, N.H. -- A day after a 9-year-old Hampstead boy disappeared for the second time in a week, the parents of Devin Frenette were in a courtroom in Brentwood on Wednesday. Since this case involves a child, no details have been released about what will happen next to Devin, and it’s unclear who has custody of him.

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Comments so far:
Paula Werme · Boscawen, New Hampshire
I've never known DCYF not to file a petition when the police take a child into custody. They'll throw something together to make it look good. When they do it ex parte, they'll prop it up whether or not there's a good reason.
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Dorothy Clair Knightly
The child was adopted to begin with as stated by his father in an earlier article that was removed by a NH newspaper and he was probably taken by DCYF from his REAL family. Where he was already adopted, DCYF will probably just let him go back to the "chosen" parent's. After all, DCYF will Never admit they made a mistake placing him there in the first place. When do they ever admit they're wrong? NEVER! Ask Maggie Bishop just how much she cares about children. I'm sure she won't be as truthful as she was with me. She'd be out of a job. As for this little boy, it's obvious he want's his REAL family and not any of DCYF's "chosen few". I bet he'll keep on running away until he finally finds his REAL family.
“Typically, what DCYF does, is we work with families to try and determine what's happening. If there are safety concerns for kids, then we try to do our best to resolve those,” said DCYF director Maggie Bishop. What a crock. The only way DCYF works with families is by railroading them. Families in NH aren't afforded services. NH DCYF has a "Take the child and Run" mentality, whether the parents are guilty or innocent. NH DCYF consider's every child in imminent danger. Once the child is taken, the child is NEVER given back even when innocence is proven. The only reason the Irish's got their daughter back was because DCYF knew they would have a war on their hands. Thank you Oathkeepers!

Adopted Boy Found Safe In Tree After Disappearing Again - New Hampshire

Boy Found Safe In Tree After Disappearing Again - New Hampshire News Story - WMUR New Hampshire:

HAMPSTEAD, N.H. -- A 9-year-old boy who went missing from his home twice in one week is out of police headquarters but apparently isn't going home

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Hampstead boy, 9, lost and found again

Hampstead boy, 9, lost and found again » New Hampshire » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA:

Seeing as another NH paper removed this story, here it is again. I guess NH DCYF didn't want anyone to know he was adopted. Too bad! They know now!

HAMPSTEAD — Devin Frenette, 9, went missing yesterday for the second time in a week. This time, he was found safe about four and a half hours later.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Incentives And Cultural Bias Fuel Foster System

Incentives And Cultural Bias Fuel Foster System : NPR:

Part one of a three-part investigation.

The dirt roads on the Crow Creek Indian reservation in South Dakota blow dust on the window frames of simple houses.

More and more, adoptions being made out of foster care

More and more, adoptions being made out of foster care - The Denver Post:

Images of children from distant countries, from Bulgaria to China to Russia, have been the public face of adoption in America.
But that picture is overdue for an update.
Most kids adopted by U.S. families now come from the child-welfare system: about 52,340 in 2010, up from 15,000 in 1988.

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Adopted Hampstead boy who disappeared last week takes off again, but not for long | New Hampshire

Hampstead boy who disappeared last week takes off again, but not for long | New Hampshire NEWS07:

It sounds like he want's to go home to his REAL family!

UPDATE 7:04 p.m. - HAMPSTEAD – A 9-year-old Hampstead boy who was missing for 29 hours last week disappeared again late Tuesday morning and was found more than five hours later hiding in a tree.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Adoption Tax Credit: Get Money for Stealing Kids

CORRECTION File: CSB worker promoted

CORRECTION File: CSB worker promoted - TribToday.com - News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Tribune Chronicle - Warren, OH:

No reprimand given to manager after abuse cases

The CPS case- What happens in the fog

The CPS case- What happens in the fog - National Family Rights | Examiner.com:

Beginning with an anonymous hotline "tip" of suspected abuse, a parent enters a gray area of American jurisprudence. And it is not "murky" to his benefit.
Child Abuse, when alleged, is not a criminal matter. It is blithely characterized as a "Civil" matter, much the same as a lawsuit to collect on a breach of contract.- or perhaps like Traffic Court. Thus, the Constitutional protections afforded in a criminal case are not necessarily extended to those accused of Child Abuse. See YOUR Constitutional Rights and Miranda Right.

However, neither is a Child Abuse case a Civil case. If it were, prior to trial, the opposing legal team would NOT have access to the defendant beyond taking his deposition.

Motions for discovery would be honored.
The opposing legal team would certainly NOT hold one of the defendant's family members hostage to coerce statements from or use as leverage against our defendant to compel his cooperation. See Kidnapping
If this were a Civil case, if our defendant prevailed in court, he would be entitled to legal fees and damages. In a Child Abuse case, he is NOT.
And finally, the case DOES become a Criminal case, after the "investigation" is completed without the accused enjoying benefit of his Constitutional rights. At which time, the charges are piled so deep, no lawyer wants to untangle them, and a Plea Bargain may be the ONLY way out.
The star witness in a Child Abuse case has become the "child", by proxy of credentialed professionals.

In the 1980's Miami prosecutors devised a nationally-imitated method to win child molestation convictions. The Miami prosecutors pioneered a new technique: the use of child psychologists to "tease" memories out of children. A system was constructed whereby credentialed professionals became the child's advocate and presumed to SPEAK FOR the child. Or as popularized- "In the best interest of the child".

This was known as the "Miami Method".

There is virtually no defense against the Miami Method. The prosecutors create the evidence and propel the entire case through court unchallenged, control every aspect and actor (including the court-appointed attorney) in the case with no accountability, and complete impunity. See Nifonged

In court, licensed professionals (and now, mere CPS employees and VOLUNTEERS, such as CASA workers) speaking presumptuously "In the best interest of the child" enjoy "particularized guarantees of trustworthiness" for their (often) second and third-hand HEARSAY. (Now, even when caught in a BALD FACED LIE, it matters not to Constitutionally "unencumbered" Walther-type "judges", who consider themselves "part of the prosecution team".

In a perfect, altruistic world, licensed professionals might operate honestly and fairly. But government, the usurper of public welfare, has degenerated into a vast series of bureaucratic monarchies. Unfortunately, the spoils system that has grown up around them gives interest groups a stake in perpetuating them.

NOTICE:: I am not a lawyer and I do not pretend to give legal advice. If you need legal advice, see AFRA's Lawyer Friends who certainly are not pretenders. I merely relate the things I learned in the past that seemed to work in my own case or things that others have related to me that worked in their cases. I provide information for free and do not expect to receive any form of payment or reward on this side of heaven. Therefore, DO NOT rely on this information as legal advice. Real Legal advice would come from a real lawyer who hates CPS and prepares a VIGOROUS DEFENSE against a negative (proving nothing happened) instead an ATTORNEY talking you into a plea bargain.

See all of Leonard's Examiner articles

For more info: American Family Rights Association
"Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." --Aesop (c. 550 B.C.

Continue reading on Examiner.com The CPS case- What happens in the fog - National Family Rights | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/family-rights-in-national/the-cps-case-what-happens-the-fog#ixzz1beYDKBOS

Investigator says wrong man in jail for tot's murder | New Hampshire

Only in Print: Investigator says wrong man in jail for tot's murder | New Hampshire NEWS15:

Nearly 11 years after 21-month-old Kassidy Bortner died, the man convicted of her murder is still maintaining his innocence.

Ian's Reaction to the Hepatitis B Vaccine

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

AFRA News: CPS scam works every time

AFRA News: CPS scam works every time:

It works out the same way, every time. People think CPS is a good thing, that they are doing wonderful things "In the Best Interest of the Child". So when CPS attacks them, falsely accuses them, it's obviously a mistake. Right?

You are innocent. You have nothing to hide. So you cooperate. You let them in your house without a Search Warrant.

Amendment IV-
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

You have no clue how evil and insane they are, so you TALK with them, answer their questions, try to explain why they are wrong. Because you know nothing about your Fifth Amendment Rights-

Amendment V-
"No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."

Which 5th Amendment Right was the basis of Miranda Rights.

Put simply- If you pour your heart out to a CPS worker, you bet she is taking notes. Everything you blab to her is going to come back at you all twisted up in her PETITION to the COURT.

The term "You can't un-ring the bell" applies here.

If you do what 999 out of a 1000 people do, you are IN THE SYSTEM.

It's not magic. It's WHAT PEOPLE DO. Like Lemmings. Or Sheeple jumping off a cliff.

Read more at the above link

Adderall Side Effects in Adults


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Adderall is an amphetamine stimulant for treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, and is a mixture of amphetamine salts. The four components are claimed to be metabolized at different rates. The drug was first prescribed in the 1970s as an anorectic (to suppress appetite), but this usage is rare now.
Common side effects of Adderall may include insomnia, weight loss, vertigo, loss of appetite, increased heart rate, sweating, headaches, diarrhea, sexual dysfunction, and dry mouth. Less common side effects include nervousness, bruxism, mydriasis, upset stomach, urinary retention, Pyrexia, Tachycardia, Tics, Urticaria, Mydriasis, increased urination, and euphoria.
Rare side effects include high blood pressure, hallucinations, Tourette’s syndrome, cardiomyopathy, and Phonetic tics.

Adderall Side Effects - The Dangers

Adderall Side Effects - The Dangers:

Nashua, NH DCYF's drug of choice for my grandson!

Adderall is currently one of the most frequently prescribed drugs in the United States. Unfortunately, many individuals who have been prescribed the drug are unaware of what it actually does and what side effects it may be causing them to experience. Even more alarming is the fact that a multitude of college students and other adults abuse the drug in an effort to get high, to have more energy, or to lose weight. If you are taking Adderall, with or without a prescription, there are some facts and side effect information that you need to be aware of for your own health and personal safety.
Adderall is a psychostimulant and contains many different ingredients which combine to increase the user’s dopamine and norepinephrine levels. The drug is used to make the user more awake, have more sexual desire, decrease tiredness, and increase focus and productiveness. It has most commonly prescribed to those, including children, who suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), narcolepsy, and chronic tiredness. In rare cases, it may be prescribed to aid obese patients or those patients suffering from otherwise untreatable cases of depression. Depending on the patient’s needs, the drug may be prescribed in a wide variety of different doses and may be administered in instant relief or extend relief formulas. The wide variation of different forms of Adderall and the fact that many users have allergic reactions to some of the ingredients are only a few of the reasons using it without a prescription is so dangerous.
Even for users who have been issued a prescription, Adderall has a high potential for abuse and addiction. In the body, it acts as does the serious drug, methylphenidate, and can cause seizures, heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, and death. The risk for this is even higher when the product is being abused by someone who has not been prescribed it. This is because doctors will usually start patients on a small dose to see how their bodies will react. When the doctor is taken out of the equation, people can never be sure what dose they are getting or if it will send their bodies into shock. For these reasons, it is one of the most dangerous drugs to take recreationally.
The drug also has many potentially dangerous contraindications. These include, but are not limited to: Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors, and many other common types of drugs. Taking Adderall while you are on one of these can cause irreversible, permanent damage and may even be deadly in some instances.
Common side effects of Adderall usage or abuse include anorexia, dry mouth, chronic thirst, the development of sleeping disorders or generalized difficulty sleeping, chronic headaches or migraines, pain in the stomach, high blood pressure, sudden and unexplained weight loss, mood swings or other emotional changes, nausea with vomiting, sudden dizziness or fainting, a generalized feeling of weakness or tiredness, a sudden spike in heart rate, a higher risk of infections, unexplained fevers, heartburn, chest pains, and a slowing of growth in children. Those who use the drug for an extended period of time may also experience severe withdrawals, periods of depression, and with extreme abuse, amphetamine psychosis. While some of these side effects are normal, you should let your doctor know about any that you experience.
More adverse side effects that should be immediately reported include suicidal thoughts or suicidal actions, sudden confusion or a feeling of displacement, a tightness in the chest with pain spreading throughout the back and the arms, heart palpitations, the inability to breathe or shortness of breath, feelings of depression or despair, changes in behavior such as becoming more aggressive or more shy, performing actions you do not recall or do not understand, experiencing visual, auditory, or sensory hallucinations, feeling restless or constantly having the need to move about, seizures or “black out” periods, a sudden rash or the development of hives, and uncontrollable bodily movements, commonly of the head, mouth, or appendages. These side effects usually indicate that your body is not reacting well to Adderall and that you should seek medical assistance.
In very rare cases, individuals have reported experiencing extreme tiredness or lethargy, constipation or changes in bowel habits, sudden and uncontrollable shaking of the body, profuse sweating without physical exertion, erectile dysfunction or a lack of sexual desire.
While these are not always serious, they should still be shared with your doctor. He or she will be able to determine the cause of these side effects and whether or not your dosage will need to be lowered or changed to a different release formula.
If you abuse Adderall or regularly go over the specified amount as prescribed by your doctor, you should be aware that Aderall overdoses can be deadly. Signs that you may have taken too much Adderall include sudden increased hyperactivity, rapid and shallow breathing that you cannot control, feeling confused about your surroundings or about who you are and what is happening to you, running a fever, aches and pains in the muscles, shaking, becoming aggressive or violent for no apparent reason, and experiencing any type of hallucination. If you experience any of these effects after taking more than the recommended dosage of Adderall or after taking Adderall without a prescription, you should call 911 immediately. Depending on how long the Adderall has been in your system and on how much Adderall you have taken, doctors may have to pump your stomach, provide fluids through an intravenous line, put you on dialysis, monitor the heart, or monitor the lungs to watch for failure.
Obviously, Adderall is not a drug that should be tampered with. If you are prescribed Adderall by a doctor, be sure that he or she is reputable and understands your medical history and any medications you are currently taking. Also be sure that you never take more than the prescribed amount and that you following all dosing or use instructions carefully. If you are not prescribed Adderall, you should not take it. Whatever “positive” side effects you may feel occur, gambling with your life is simply not worth it.

Boston Lawyer Fathered 75 Children, Might Soon Hit 140

Boston Lawyer Fathered 75 Children, Might Soon Hit 140 - Law School - Greedy Associates:

Ben Seisler is an attorney from Boston. He's also the father of about 75 children.

And surprisingly, the 33-year-old lawyer expects his child count to explode to upwards of 120 to 140. He made this startling discovery after he signed up on an online registry that matches children conceived by sperm donors with their biological father and half-siblings.

Foster care challenge continues

Foster care challenge continues > The Independent > News > Local:

While Nebraska struggles to find an effective way to manage its foster care program, state Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton is asking why the state’s percentage of children in foster care is among the highest in the nation.

DHS woes continue to grow more and more

DHS woes continue to grow more and more » Opinion » The Norman Transcript:

NORMAN — The scrutiny and the pressure on the state Department of Human Services continue to grow, which is what should be happening at this point in the agency’s long history. It’s difficult if not impossible to determine at this point what exactly the problems are, but it’s becoming clearer all the time that something’s not right.

Valley Courier Navajo adoption raises questions

Valley Courier Navajo adoption raises questions:

ALAMOSA — An attempt by foster parents to terminate parental rights and adopt a half-Navajo child has resulted in a jurisdictional question in the Alamosa County Court: Does the case stay in the Alamosa District Court or should it be moved to the Navajo Nation’s Tribal Judicial System?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Title IV-D Money Flow

Title IV-D Money Flow:

Title IV-D Money Flow

Social Security Funds Being Used to Fund Child Welfare Fraud

Social Security Funds Being Used to Fund Child Welfare Fraud « Government RICO:

A major concern in foster care has been the number of placements a child must experience. Children are often moved multiple times during the length of stay in foster care. There are community organizations which design programs to assist with the emotional moves of these children. Children’s Rights has advocated for a reduction in the number of foster care placements in the courts.

Now, let’s step back and take a look at other possible reasons for multiple foster care placements of children.

Fraud. Yes, fraud.

Under Title IV-E methodologies, the relocation of a foster child to another foster home is an administrative cost. These costs, rarely found outside of the eyes of the child placing agencies, are false.

Title IV-E is a Federal Entitlement program for poor and destitute children to provide these children with food and shelter. Funding is taken from social security funds. Yes social security funds. Unlike other entitlement programs, this is an open ended program meaning that there are unlimited funds not subject to any cap. So there has been a concerted effort to maximize funds from Title IV-E because it’s an endless pit of funds as deep as social security itself.

The Title IV-E a/k/a social security fraud works like this: A child is placed in a foster home, then, the child is moved, for whatever reason a case worker can conjure, and placed in a new home. That administrative placement activity is then, billed, under Title IV-E payment rates.

Children are often placed in stranger foster parent homes rather than with relatives as relative placements do not fall under foster care payment structures. In English, if a state places a child with a relative, it loses out on foster care Title IV-E aka social security money. So the incentive is to place a child with strangers and move the child around (at least on paper) to jack up administrative costs reimbursed by the Feds (aka taxpayer) rather than place the child with family. Thus the main reason why states have been unsuccessful in adopting policies where a child is placed with family rather than strangers is that the State makes more money placing the child with strangers. Therefore child welfare practices is what’s good for the State’s budget, not what’s good for the child.

How States Take the Fraud Further and Maximize Their Theft of Taxpayer Monies While Failing to Provide for the Foster Child

Placing children with strangers is such a simplistic reimbursable cost activity that the administrative actors then take it to the next level. A child is placed with strangers and then the State falsifies the child’s documents by reporting that the child necessitated multiple placements thus jacking up the administrative expenses associated with placing the child, when, in actuality, the child remained in one placement.

To validate these allegations, one must possess the authority to contemporaneously review court case files and the child placing agency administrative cost filings to the state. As the court documents are, in some instances, under seal, or impossible to access due (i.e. shredding, lost, misplaced, stolen, FOIA). Thus the massive amounts of fraud in child welfare is being shield by child secrecy and protection laws thus the laws intended to protect the child are being used to hide the fraud taking place at the expense of the child and taxpayers.

Then, layer this with the name of God and impenetrable iron curtain of child welfare destroying the innate concepts of transparency and accountability, and you have the makings of a fraud scheme in child welfare. All billing in child welfare is a secret.

Package this particular “revenue-maximization scheme” in the lack of state administrative oversight of these privatized contracts and rates (see p.4 allegation #4), and you have identified the financial incentives for multiple placements in foster care (whether true or false claims).


Child allegedly abused, killed by adoptive parents honored

WSVN-TV - Child allegedly abused, killed by adoptive parents honored:

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The 10-year-old girl who police said was beaten to death by her adoptive parents, is being remembered with a street dedication.

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N.H.-Life of Welfare benefits reduced from five years to three

Life of Welfare benefits reduced from five years to three:

The House Commerce Committee voted Thursday to reduce the lifetime of Welfare benefits from five years to three, although it does allow recipients to apply for a waiver and does not apply to children.

Fed grant supports foster care program

Fed grant supports foster care program:

"FARGO (AP) - A $1.5 million federal grant will help extend a North Dakota program aimed at reducing American Indian families' need for foster care.

Deal reached to help older foster care children

Deal reached to help older foster care children - WSJ.com:

NEW YORK — New York City has reached an agreement on a proposed settlement of a lawsuit that claimed it allowed foster care children to fall into homelessness after leaving the system at age 18.

U.S. GAO - TANF and Child Welfare Programs: Increased Data Sharing Could Improve Access to Benefits and Services

U.S. GAO - TANF and Child Welfare Programs: Increased Data Sharing Could Improve Access to Benefits and Services:

In 2010, over 40 percent of families receiving cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program were "child-only," meaning the adults in the household were not included in the benefit calculation, and aid was provided only for the children. TANF and child welfare programs provide cash assistance and other services that support children living with nonparent caregivers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) oversees TANF and child welfare programs, which are administered by states. GAO was asked to examine the (1) trends and composition of the child-only caseload, (2) characteristics of caregivers and children in nonparent child-only cases, (3) factors influencing the level of benefits and services for children with non-parent caregivers, and (4) coordination efforts between state TANF and child welfare programs. GAO analyzed federal TANF and child welfare data; surveyed states; interviewed HHS officials and researchers; and conducted site visits in Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, selected for variation in TANF caseload characteristics and implementation of programs to support relative caregivers.

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We are drugging our children for being children

We are drugging our children for being children:

Re: New rules drop age for use of Ritalin-type drugs, Oct. 17

These new guidelines issued to doctors for prescribing psychostimulant drugs to children as young as four are a step in the wrong direction.

The potential over-diagnosis of ADD (attention deficit disorder) sweeping the nation is already a concern, and these rules will simply exacerbate the problem.

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Senator Wants Answers on Department of Juvenile Justice’s Use of Drugs

Senator Wants Answers on Department of Juvenile Justice’s Use of Drugs - Psych News:

TALLAHASSEE | The Department of Juvenile Justice has run afoul of a key senator over the use of psychotropic drugs on youth in its lockup facilities, and the question of whether the agency takes concerns about the issue seriously enough.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Foster Youth Transitions to Adulthood: A Longitudinal View of Youth Leaving Care

Foster Youth Transitions to Adulthood: A Longitudinal View of Youth Leaving Care

Studies of Foster Care Show Increased Child Abuse, Psychological and Educational Problems

Studies of Foster Care Show Increased Child Abuse, Psychological and Educational Problems, « Fathers & Families:

I’ve been nattering on about the foster care vs. parental care debate, and it’s time to say few words about the research comparing the two. I’m the furthest thing from an authority on the subject, but what follows is part of my understanding of the matter.

Juvenile Court Lacked Jurisdiction to End Parental Rights and Order Adoption

Juvenile Court Lacked Jurisdiction to End Parental Rights and Order Adoption : Alabama Appellate Watch:

The juvenile court terminated a mother’s parental rights, and ordered that her minor child be adopted by another couple. The court lacked subject-matter jurisdiction to do either thing. The Court of Civil Appeals dismissed the mother’s appeal regarding her parental rights; and it ordered the juvenile court to vacate both orders. R.L. v. J.E.R., No. 2100050 (Ala. Civ. App. Mar. 25, 2011).

NY parents pass drug tests, still lose custody of children due to illogical cannabis prosecutions

Green Fertility: NY parents pass drug tests, still lose custody of children due to illogical cannabis prosecutions:

It’s tough to be poor and minority in America these days. It’s harder to vote, harder to get healthcare, harder to get credit, harder to get to work on public transportation, harder to get an education--and now, it’s harder to be a parent.

Government Invasion of Your Parental Rights

Dad, social workers get 2 1/2 to 5 years in Danieal’s death

Dad, social workers get 2 1/2 to 5 years in Danieal’s death | Philadelphia Inquirer | 10/20/2011:

Bringing an end to trials in the 2006 starvation death of 14-year-old Danieal Kelly, a judge Thursday sentenced the disabled child's father and two others to prison terms.

More Than One in Ten Americans Take an Antidepressant

More Than One in Ten Americans Take an Antidepressant - Health Blog - WSJ:

Prozac Nation, indeed — 11% of Americans aged 12 and up now take an antidepressant medication, though less than one third of them have seen a mental-health professional in the past year.

Jeff and Sandra Weller accused of imprisoning adopted teenage twins

Jeff and Sandra Weller accused of imprisoning adopted teenage twins | Mail Online:

A couple is accused of beating, starving and imprisoning their adopted twins for years.

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Supreme court delays providing legal council decision

The Badger Herald: Supreme court delays providing legal council decision:

The state Supreme Court voted Tuesday to delay deciding on a proposal that would require judges to provide lawyers on cases where basic human needs are at stake.

Family believes Colo. foster dad had heart attack

Family believes Colo. foster dad had heart attack - Boston.com:

"DENVER—Relatives suspect that a Colorado sheriff's deputy who ran a group home for adopted and foster children suffered a heart attack just before a crash that killed him and five children last week, a close family friend said Wednesday.

CPS focus turns to children in shelters

CPS focus turns to children in shelters:

"Top officials from Arizona's child-welfare agency will meet with California child-advocacy attorneys about how to reduce the number of babies and young children living in crisis shelters and group homes.

Trial on for kids in foster mom's death

Trial on for kids in foster mom's death | Carrizozo, N.M. | KRQE News 13:

Trial on for kids in foster mom's death: krqe.com

CARRIZOZO, N.M. (KRQE) - A trial date has been set for two 15-year-old girls accused of smothering to death their foster mother.

Abused children win $1 million from B.C.

Abused children win $1 million from B.C.:

A judge has ordered the province to pay almost $1 million to six children as compensation for the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s failure to remove them from an abusive home when it was readily apparent they needed protection.

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Anderson social worker accused of lying about cases

Anderson social worker accused of lying about cases

A former Anderson County state social worker who is charged with falsifying investigations of suspected child abuse and neglect — including some cases involving sexual abuse of young children — lied about her work and closed the cases as unfounded over a period of four years, according to new details filed in court.

Baby Stealers Attack Gov. Rick Perry

Perry Repeatedly Cut Child Abuse Prevention Funding As Texas Battled Rising Levels Of Abuse | ThinkProgress:

Perry Repeatedly Cut Child Abuse Prevention Funding As Texas Battled Rising Levels Of Abuse
By Marie Diamond on Oct 19, 2011 at 10:45 am
A disturbing new report reveals that child abuse in the United States has reached “epidemic” levels, with one child dying every five hours from abuse or neglect. A recent congressional report estimates that some 2,500 children were killed as a result of maltreatment in 2009, and America has the worst child abuse record in the industrialized world.

Underreporting of abuse statistics of Children in State care, another sad commentary on DHS

Underreporting of abuse statistics another sad commentary on DHS | NewsOK.com:

WHAT'S next for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services? What revelations will come our way in the days or weeks ahead that will leave taxpayers scratching their heads, or frustrated, or downright angry, as has happened so often of late? It doesn't seem to be a question of if, but when.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Time for a new approach to protecting children? Richard Wexler Has the Right Idea!

azcentral.com blogs - Laurie Roberts' Columns & Blog - LaurieRoberts - Time for a new approach to protecting children?:

On Saturday, I wrote about the many times over the years that Child Protective Services has been reformed, only to see the same old result.
More bodies washing into public view, more children dying while CPS was supposed to be watching.
After a decade's worth of reforms, we now have a record number of children in state custody, an overflowing foster care system, an astonishing number of open CPS investigations…
And more bodies washing into public view.

As yet another governor embarks upon yet another round of CPS reforms, I wonder if it's time to consider a new approach to keeping kids safe.
Which is how I came to be calling Richard Wexler this week. Wexler has long decried Arizona's approach to child welfare – what he terms the “foster care panic”.

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The joys and trials of adoption

Peace of Mind: The joys and trials of adoption - Life - Delco News Network:

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children and Families, approximately 53,000 children were adopted in the United States in 2010. This number represents children who were adopted through various types of adoption including, international adoption, domestic adoption, kinship adoption, and foster-care adoption. In an international adoption, a child is brought into a family from a different country.

Adoptive mothers bully birth mothers--what else is new?

[Birth Mother,] First Mother Forum: Adoptive mothers bully birth mothers--what else is new?:

Whenever I think that adoption and the animosity that some adoptive parents feel towards their children's natural birth biological parents has abated in the years since I first got involved in adoption reform, something happens to set me straight. In the minds of many adoptive parents, nothing has changed since the Seventies. We are two warring sides of the "adoption triangle" with the kid caught in the middle.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Connecting Children in Foster Care to Supportive Adults

AFRA News: Connecting Children in Foster Care to Supportive Adults:


Connecting Children in Foster Care to Supportive Adults

October 18, 2011
Connecting Children in Foster Care to Supportive Adults

Placing a child into foster care often disrupts family connections. Children may be separated from siblings and lose touch with extended family members. In 1999, an innovative approach known as "Family Finding" was developed to help children connect with family members and help child welfare professionals develop better plans by engaging relatives. Child Trends has released a new research brief, Family Finding: Does Implementation Differ When Serving Different Child Welfare Populations?, which presents preliminary findings from evaluations of family finding.

Family finding utilizes techniques for identifying and engaging family members and other adults who care about a child in foster care. In addition, family finding provides strategies for involving these adults in developing and carrying out a plan for helping children achieve emotional and legal permanency.

Although family finding was initially developed as a tool for helping youth in foster care for long periods of time reconnect with family members, increasingly, agencies are pursuing its use for children entering foster care.

In this brief, Child Trends researchers evaluate two family finding approaches - one with a focus on children "new to out-of-home care" and the other focusing on children who have been "lingering" in foster care. Child welfare agencies implementing - or planning to implement - family finding should examine the implications of serving differing target populations and their capacity to support the different approaches. Four key issues were identified which agencies may want to consider in implementing family finding. The full brief can be found here.

This brief is the first in a series summarizing findings from Child Trends' evaluations of family finding. The remaining briefs will be released later this year. Additional evaluation results related to family finding's impact on children's permanency outcomes will be released late next year.

Former Warm Springs public employee arraigned on child sex abuse charges

Former Warm Springs public employee arraigned on child sex abuse charges - Koinlocal6.com:

A former police officer, educator and child protective services employee on the Warm Springs reservation was arraigned in Portland federal court Monday on charges he sexually abused five girls under the age of 12.

Charges of mass abuse at Vienna foster home expand

Charges of mass abuse at Vienna foster home expand - seattlepi.com:

VIENNA (AP) — Allegations of systematic rape at a government-run foster home grew Tuesday when a lawyer said that a third woman had come forward to claim she was victimized decades ago.

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U.S. Leads Developed World in Child Abuse Death Rate

AllGov - News - U.S. Leads Developed World in Child Abuse Death Rate:

The United States leads the developed world in child-abuse deaths, according to the organization Every Child Matters. More than 20,000 American children have died over the past decade in their own homes because of family members, with about 75% being under four years of age and nearly half being under one. The U.S. child-maltreatment death rate is three times higher than Canada’s and 11 times that of Italy.
Some observers also blame the well-intended, but often tragic emphasis in the United States on keeping families together even if a child may be in danger.

Study: 50-50 custody works, if parents co-operate

Study: 50-50 custody works, if parents co-operate:

While equal custody arrangements became increasingly common in Denmark over the past decade, in 2007 they became the rule of law when a unanimous parliament passed the Parental Responsibility Act and made equally custody the default.

Congress Takes up Foster Care Student Report Cards

“Needs Improvement:” Congress Takes up Foster Care Student Report Cards:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - School report cards for children in foster care usually show they are behind their peers in almost every academic measure.

Auditors fault Vegas foster home

Auditors fault Vegas foster home | NevadaAppeal.com:

Auditors reviewing Nevada's facilities for children in state care were so concerned about the mess they found in a Las Vegas foster home in March that they called Clark County Child Protective Services.

Former foster parent sentenced in Michigan sex case

Former foster parent sentenced in Michigan sex case | Detroit Free Press | freep.com:

A former northern Lower Peninsula foster parent who was convicted of sexually assaulting children in his care has been sentenced to at least 25 years in prison.

Is D.C.'s Foster Care System Preparing Children for Homelessness?

Matthew Fraidin: Is D.C.'s Foster Care System Preparing Children for Homelessness?:

This is what passes for good news in D.C. social services.
The District government is congratulating itself because Denise Gibson finally has a place to live.

Should We Medicate 4-Year-Olds With ADHD?

Should We Medicate 4-Year-Olds With ADHD? | Care2 Causes:

New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatricians call for doctors to screen children as young as 4 for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). More controversially, doctors are recommending giving mediations such as Ritalin and Vyvanse to children with ADHD who have moderate to severe problems when behavior therapy does not seem sufficient. The use of such medications for children under 6 years old has not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration; doctors can still prescribe the medications for younger children.

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Landlord the focus as inquest starts into death of baby Isabella Diefenbach in deck accident

Landlord the focus as inquest starts into death of baby Isabella Diefenbach in deck accident | News.com.au:

Dad's foot breaks through wooden deck
He stumbles, baby falls from his arms, dies
Coroner to determine whether landlord at fault
ISABELLA Diefenbach was just seven weeks old when her father's foot fell through the wooden deck of the family's rented home as he nursed her.

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Caseworkers- Are You Contented?

Caseworkers- Are You Contented?:

Guest editorial by Carolynn J. Middleton BA BSc
October 17, 2011

Caseworkers- Are You Contented?

We all like to think of ourselves as righteous, noble, honorable, and ethical, with dignity and self respect. But, in cases where there is no abuse/neglect, or where indications of abuse/neglect are quite questionable, how do you sleep at night. How do you live with yourself knowing that, earlier in the day you tore a family apart? How do you look at yourself in the mirror in the morning, knowing that you apprehended a child(ren), taken them away from their parents, and left a family devastated, and maybe you really didn't need to?

Think for a moment...

Whether you are a religious person or not, this is a pretty good Personal Rule, "Do onto others as you would have done onto you." With that in mind, how would you feel if someone came along and hurt your children, your spouse, and your family, without good reason, even though they may have thought they had good reason?

In many or our planet's animal species, the mother will die trying to protect her offspring from would-be predators. I know there are cases where children need to be taken into custody to protect them.

But what about all of those children who've been apprehended who don't need to be?

Are you a narcissist?
Are you a sociopath?
Do you take delight in causing someone else pain?
Or is it that you just don't think about it?
Or is it that you really don't care.
I know many people who got into the field of social work because they wanted to help others. That is a very noble sentiment. But how does unnecessarily devastating a family and tearing it apart, help? How does dragging parents into court and through a long and drawn out bureaucratic process help? Certainly if a child is being seriously abused/neglected- then they need your help, and the important thing here is to try and help them.

But many foster homes are either inadequate or run by people I wouldn't trust to care for my pet rock.

When you apprehend a child, do you follow up to ensure the child you chose to protect, continues to be protected while in your foster care? I know that, as a worker your caseload can be crushing. I know that sometimes it may be necessary to fudge the numbers just a little, numbers like the times and dates you made home visits to the foster home to ensure the child you apprehended it being well cared for. But, if your fudge these numbers then you aren't doing the good that you got into this work to do!

Sometimes it is very hard to think of people as real life, honest to goodness, human beings. You look at your desk and all you can really see is a pile of file folders, many of them with mere numbers attached. But it's not just a bunch of paperwork. These are real life human beings with hopes and dreams and lives of their own.

If your bank clerk moves that dot over a couple of places it could mean your financial demise. This dot is the smallest character of all the characters, (letters, numbers, figures, etc.), yet just moving this little dot over a couple of places on a balance sheet can financially destroy you. How would that make you feel? Anger, hopelessness, outrage, fear, anxiety, etc. and so on and so forth (and all from just a little dot on a bank statement).

Think about the minimum wage clerk at your local fast food eatery. In the back they make up hundreds of burgers, salads and the like. Meanwhile the boss is standing over them pressuring them to fill meal quotas and stock trays relentlessly. Should an insect or some piece of dirt fall into the food, and the clerk didn't care, but just left it there, how would you feel? After all, people in the back don't really see a live customer. All they see is that sea of baskets, paper wrappers and the like; the ones they are being pressured to fill. They make up the food and send it down the shoot to who knows where? Since they don't really see the person that will eat this meal, why should they care?

It's not like they're being well paid, is it?

So, if you are not honestly protecting some child from severe abuse/neglect by apprehending them, how does that make you feel? If you see a family in crisis, what do you really see yourself doing to try and help that family, rather than just policing the parents and tearing the family apart?

You may be worried about keeping your job. But, if keeping your job is the only reason why you are doing things that go against the grain of harmony and happiness, then you may not realize it but this job is causing you unnecessary pressure. Unnecessary pressure may affect you physically, emotionally and mentally. If it does, then your life may be suffering adverse effects from this job.

If this is so, then maybe you should seek a different kind of job.

You may think that what you're doing is important. You may be right. But, if you are merely being a Family Police Officer, taking children into custody, and dragging parents through the Courts- Then maybe, just maybe the difference you are making is a negative one.

You may even think you're making a difference. Again, you may very well be right. But family is the most basic collective in our society. If you attack, terrorize, and otherwise devastate families, then what is to become of neighborhoods, regions, suburbs, towns/cities, states/provinces that are made up from them and what happens then to the very make up of your Nation?

I know that, as a caseworker, social worker, etc., you've taken courses and been trained. But all that training and study may very well be a type of brain washing too. There were some rather intelligent and knowledgeable people among those who drank the Jim Jones Cool-Aid. How is it they were lead to do such a thing? Maybe all that training, education, and experience might have somehow, down the road, lead you to make wrong conclusions too.

Ask yourself one ultimately important question, "When was the last time your investigation and subsequent intervention actually made a child, a parent and/or a family's life better?" As a social worker, caseworker, etc., isn't this what you got into the field to do?

If that is why you became a worker, and you are not helping people, then what's it all for?

These are all rhetorical questions and I really don't want you to answer them to anyone. Look deep within yourself. Stare long and hard into the mirror. Take an intensive personal inventory. Ask yourself if you are proud of what you are doing? If you are not happy in your work, you are making others unhappy with your work, and/or the work that you do is harming others, then it may very well be legal, but is it right?

It's been said that Politicians are liars and cheats. How do you think these politicians got this way? Do you think they just woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and decided, "I'm going to get a job where will lie, cheat, and steal." I don't think you got up one morning and decided to go out and get a job that would see you cursed by parents all around you.

So how did you come to be a social worker, caseworker, etc.? What motivated you to do this kind of work? What drew you to do this kind of job? Do you honestly care about what you do, or is this just a job? Do you take pride in your work, or do you merely see yourself as this microscopic cog in the great wheel of bureaucracy; unseen, unnoticed, and unappreciated?

There are many uncertain aspects in this world today. We have armed terrorists throughout the world, threatening our very lives. We have an economy that is threatening to leave us homeless, hungry and hopeless. We certainly have enough things in the world today to make our lives poorer than they should be. If you are not enriching someone's life by honestly protecting children and continuing do to so even after they are apprehended, helping parents to become better nurturers, and aiding families to remain united, strong and constructive, then what are you doing and why?

I do not ask these questions in anger. I do not mean to accuse, berate and/or belittle you. I have no ill will towards you what-so-ever. My only goal, with this message, is for you to take a "Personal Inventory", as a caseworker, social worker, supervisor, director, etc., and ask if you really believe in what you are doing- If you honestly feel that what you are doing is right?

Absolutely no negative inference intended...

Honestly - and - Sincerely,

Carolynn J. Middleton BA BSc
( Executive Secretary )
THE COMMITTEE ( People - 4 - People )

BBC documentary exposes 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic church in Spain

BBC documentary exposes 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic church in Spain | Mail Online:

300,000 babies stolen from their parents - and sold for adoption: Haunting BBC documentary exposes 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic church in Spain

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2049647/BBC-documentary-exposes-50-year-scandal-baby-trafficking-Catholic-church-Spain.html#ixzz1b8VnUBWC

NOTE: NH DCYF is no different and neither is Catholic Charities who run the Childrens Homes, who choose new parents for our illegally stolen children.

Up to 300,000 Spanish babies were stolen from their parents and sold for adoption over a period of five decades, a new investigation reveals.
The children were trafficked by a secret network of doctors, nurses, priests and nuns in a widespread practice that began during General Franco’s dictatorship and continued until the early Nineties.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Foster care in Texas: The Texas travesties keep on coming

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog: Foster care in Texas: The Texas travesties keep on coming:

Thursday’s post to this Blog describes a case in which a judge got so fed up with how Texas Child Protective Services treated a child that he issued an order of protection – protecting the child from CPS. For anyone who missed it, the video from KHOU-TV is available here.

But that case is far from the only example of appalling CPS behavior in Texas.

The day before reporting on the order of protection case, KHOU broadcast the story of a grandmother who had custody of her infant grandchild, only to have the child torn away by CPS. The excuse: Grandma smoked. Here’s the story:

Tue Sep 27 21:19:30 PDT 2011
Grandma: CPS removed grandbaby from home because I smoke
A Houston grandmother says her smoking habit prompted Child Protective Services to take her grandchild and place the girl in a foster home. “I feel like they have stolen her. That is the way I feel. Kidnapped.” Lorrie Comeaux said. view full article

It’s not hard to guess the real reasons why this infant was torn from a loving grandmother.

In part it’s because the bias against families at agencies like Texas CPS extends to extended families - even though multiple studies have found that kinship care is more stable, better for children’s well-being and, most important, safer than what properly should be called “stranger care.”

But there is another likely reason as well: Money.

The federal government pays states a bounty of anywhere from $4,000 to $12,000 for every finalized adoption of a foster child over a baseline number. Had the grandmother been willing to drag her own daughter-in-law into court and fight her over termination of parental rights, and then adopt the child, Texas still would get the bounty. The grandmother in this case opted for a more humane approach, one which allows her to raise the grandchild without cutting off the child’s mother entirely. But that means no bounty for CPS.

And of course, these are not the only egregious violations of children’s rights in Texas.

● There’s the case of the family torn apart for no other reason than they could not afford adequate housing.

● There’s the case in which all you have to do is look at the pictures of the child before and after she was subjected to Texas foster care to see how much harm the state of Texas did to her.

● Or the case in which children were taken because of a botched background check. There’s a follow-up story here. Both are from KPRC-TV.

● And then there were the Houston families falsely accused of Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy, as reported by KRIV-TV.

● And another KRIV story about a mother chose child was taken because she wanted a second medical opinion before consenting to surgery, only to have the child die in foster care.

All these cases in less than two years are not just from one state, but from one metropolitan area, Houston. And the trend in Texas is ominous. Nationwide, the number of children taken from their families in 2010 was about the same as 2009. But in Texas that number shot up by 26 percent, the largest such increase, by far, in the nation.

But here’s what’s really scary. There is nothing unusual about Houston. In fact, many other large cities, such as New York, Los Angeles and, Philadelphia take away, proportionately more children.

The abuses in these cases are common in most of the country. And, of course, these abuses help explain why other children are left in dangerous homes. All the time, money and effort spent harming these families was, in effect, stolen from children in real danger. That’s why child welfare won’t get better until every state addresses head-on the problem of wrongful removal.

What really sets Houston apart is the willingness of three local television stations to take these issues seriously and go after these stories.

In fact, the person who really looks like an idiot is the reporter who managed to miss them all, Terri Langford. In theory, at least, Langford covers these issues for the Houston Chronicle. But as I’ve noted before on this Blog, Langford appears to view it as her mission in life to make sure that this side of the child welfare story never makes it into her paper's news pages.

She hasn’t quite succeeded. The Chronicle did a superb job on the story about the family torn apart due to housing – but another reporter covered it. Perhaps the family caught one lucky break and Langford wasn’t around when their plight became known.

Posted by National Coalition for Child Protection Reform at 6:00 AM

Foster child suicide risk decreases with time: study

Foster child suicide risk decreases with time: study - CTV News:

WINNIPEG — A study by researchers at the University of Manitoba suggests that foster children are much more likely to commit suicide than other kids, but that likelihood decreases as they spend time in care.

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One in 10 Falsely Accused of Abuse: Survey

AFRA News: One in 10 Falsely Accused of Abuse: Survey:

WASHINGTON, Oct 17, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- One in 10 adults has been falsely accused of domestic violence, child abuse, or sexual assault, according to a survey conducted by Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE). The survey also found a strong disparity between the number of males and females falsely accused: more than three quarters of all false accusations are levied against men. Nearly seven in 10 false accusers are female.

The survey is the first of its kind to be undertaken, and uncovers distressing trends within the American abuse-reduction system.

Child abuse is the commonest false charge -- about twice as many people have been falsely accused of child abuse as of domestic violence or sexual assault. In over one quarter of cases, the false allegations were made in a child custody case.

"Each year, millions of innocent Americans are falsely accused of abuse," explains SAVE spokesman Philip W. Cook. "These false allegations can strip persons of their assets, harm their families, and ruin their lives."

Because of these widespread injustices, Cook said, SAVE has launched its Campaign 2012, a grassroots effort to reform U.S. domestic violence laws: http://www.saveservices.org/campaign-2012/

False allegations of domestic violence often lead to family break-up, which forces children into single parent households. Such children face a far greater risk of juvenile delinquency, school drop-out, and teenage pregnancy. One analysis concluded such allegations lead to $20 billion a year in increased welfare and public benefit costs: http://www.saveservices.org/downloads/False-Allegations-Harm-Families-and-Children

Although past studies have examined false abuse allegations within specified groups, no national inquiry previously had been made. To this end, SAVE commissioned the national telephone survey, which queried 20,000 households around the country during two rounds in May and September 2011. More information about the survey methods and results can be seen here: http://www.saveservices.org/falsely-accused/survey/

Stop Abusive and Violent Environments is a victim-advocacy organization working for evidence-based solutions to partner violence: www.saveservices.org .


Teri Stoddard Telephone: 301-801-0608 Email: tstoddard@saveservices.org

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SOURCE: Stop Abusive and Violent Environments

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

CPS & Police Abuse Constitution, Invading Homes, Kidnapping Children, Ignoring Courts, and Criminalizing Americans. Polygamist FLDS Raid Sheds Light on More Cases

Child Protective Services: CPS & Police Abuse Constitution, Invading Homes, Kidnapping Children, Ignoring Courts, and Criminalizing Americans. Polygamist FLDS Raid Sheds Light on More Cases

Little one Protective Services can consider your children far too. CPS has arrive to feel they are previously mentioned the legislation and the Structure, that they do not require a research warrant to occur into your residence, label you as a youngster abuser for any reason and make you a criminal based upon their impression alone, consider your youngsters away in a paddy wagon, and put your youngsters into foster houses pending a court listening to in which CPS will try their best to win and completely get custody of your kids. If CPS loses, they will proceed to fight you, slandering your family and listing you as a little one abuser in government databases.

Grandma: Missing Glendale girl's sisters taken by CPS

Grandma: Missing Glendale girl's sisters taken by CPS:

The grandmother of a missing Glendale 5-year-old said Sunday that state Child Protective Services has removed the girl's three siblings from their pregnant mother.

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US Autism Doctor Charged With Unethical Conduct

US Autism Doctor Charged With Unethical Conduct | Care2 Causes:

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has charged an Illinois doctor, Dr. Anjum Usman, with “unprofessional, unethical and/or dishonorable conduct” in regard to her use alternative medical treatments for an autistic boy. The treatments described in the complaint have been widely promoted in the past decade by practitioners and families who claimed that such practices as chelation to remove poisonous heavy metals, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, secretin (a pancreatic hormone) and more had “cured” their children from autism. Books such as Karyn Seroussi’s 2002 Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders and Jenny McCarthy’s 2007 Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism are only a few accounts claiming miraculous recoveries from autism thanks to alternative medical treatments.

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Questionable Study Makes Women Wonder Whether They Really Miscarried

Questionable Study Makes Women Wonder Whether They Really Miscarried | Care2 Causes:

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, and with a new son and another on the way since last year, I still find myself thinking back to the baby I found out that I lost two years before with a bit of sadness in my heart. Although the pain isn’t fresh, it is still memorable, and I feel both for the many women who went through the same struggle with me, and the many, many more who have losses that I have never known.

Which is why a new study published yesterday in Science Daily has me absolutely livid.

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