Unbiased Reporting

What I post on this Blog does not mean I agree with the articles or disagree. I call it Unbiased Reporting!

Isabella Brooke Knightly and Austin Gamez-Knightly

Isabella Brooke Knightly and Austin Gamez-Knightly
Isabella Brooke Knightly and Austin Gamez-Knightly-ILLEGALLY Kidnapped and ILLEGALLY Adopted Out by the State of New Hampshire

Friday, September 30, 2011

Texas teen gets restraining order against Child Protective Services

Texas teen gets retraining order against Child Protective Services:

14 year old girl's parents file for order of protection against CPS

A 14 year old Texas teen reportedly had to endure alleged abuse in a group home where she resided for a year and a half, having been taken away from her family over an incident which was reported by KHOU TV to be a misunderstanding. The girl eventually ran away from the group home and the girls parents found her after a case worker called her home and reported her missing. The family’s lawyer claims that the case worker told the family that ‘if they found her, they could keep her’.

Child Protective Services Found Ineffective

Medical News: Child Protective Services Found Ineffective - in Pediatrics, Domestic Violence from MedPage Today:

Investigations by Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies following suspected episodes of child abuse were seldom followed by improvements in household risk factors for future abuse -- casting doubt on the agencies' effectiveness, researchers said.

Family Court has Damaged Families for 30 Years

Family Court has Damaged Families for 30 Years | Scoop News:

“The Family Court, which celebrates its 30th birthday on 1 October 2011, has much to do to restore its battered public image”, says Bruce Tichbon, spokesperson for Families Apart Require Equality (FARE).

DCF social workers ask Malloy for their jobs back

DCF social workers ask Malloy for their jobs back | The Connecticut Mirror:

If the State truly cares about children and families, they WON'T hire them back!

Although the drawn-out union concession process has been over for weeks, lingering labor issues remain--including the case of a group of social workers from the Department of Children and Families who rallied Wednesday asking that their layoffs be rescinded.

Abused foster kids to receive compensation

Abused foster kids to receive compensation - The Local:

Children who were subjected to abuse in foster homes from 1920-1980 are set to receive 250,000 kronor ($38,500) per person in compensation and a public apology, a government mandated inquiry has proposed.
Government in u-turn over abused foster kids (29 Sep 11)
Sigtuna pastor calls for society to 'listen' (25 Sep 11)
Swedish preschools use GPS to avoid losing kids (21 Sep 11)
The inquiry proposes that a ceremony beheld to issue the formal apology, as soon as possible, in response to requests from the abused.

Government in u-turn over abused foster kids

Government in u-turn over abused foster kids - The Local:

The Swedish government has changed its mind regarding reimbursing thousands of Swedes mistreated in foster care during the 1900s.
Minister open to talks on foster care abuse cash (12 Sep 11)
No money for abused foster kids: minister (10 Sep 11)
Abused foster kids to receive compensation (10 Feb 11)
"I am so happy, it is fantastic and unbelievable," said Anne Skånér, chairwoman of the National Association for Stepchildren of Society (Riksförbundet samhällets styvbarn), who has been working with the matter for seven years, to news agency TT.

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8 Kidnapped Foster Kids Found But Their Nightmare Isn't Over

8 Kidnapped Foster Kids Found But Their Nightmare Isn't Over | The Stir:

The eight kids who were kidnapped from a foster-care facility last week have been found in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. All of the children -- seven boys, ages 4 to 11, and an 11-month-old girl -- are reported to be in "good condition." Yet, it's almost impossible to be comforted by the fact that they were found safe. Why?

Because it was the children's own parents who did the kidnapping, and now the entire family will be separated once again.

Audit Shows Over 50% of Wichita Social Workers Say They've Been Pressured by DA's Office

Kansas Children Drugged In Foster Care Medicaid Fraud

Foster care in Texas: Child wins an order of protection – AGAINST CPS

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog: Foster care in Texas: Child wins an order of protection – AGAINST CPS:

Talk about turning the tables. It’s not unusual for a battered woman to go to court and obtain an “order of protection” against an abusive husband or boyfriend. The order requires the abuser to keep away. Now a child has won such an order of protection – against Texas Child Protective Services.

Here’s what happened according to KHOU-TV:

St. Louis lawsuit claims sexual abuse at former children's home

St. Louis lawsuit claims sexual abuse at former children's home:

"ST. LOUIS • Two men filed a joint lawsuit today in St. Louis Circuit Court alleging authorities didn't do enough to stop sexual abuse they suffered as minors living at the former St. Joseph's Home for Boys in the 1990s.

Father’s rights need to be defended

Other Voices -- Jeffery Leving: Father’s rights need to be defended:

Fathers’ rights are almost always side stepped, yet they are extremely important when it comes to insuring the proper growth and maturity of young children.

Without a father present in a child’s life, statistics show, a child faces a greater future of uncertainty.

Note: Children need their biological father, not a replacement father chosen by the state!

Maryanne Godboldo Wins Custody of Her Daughter

Maryanne Godboldo Wins Custody of Her Daughter:

Maryanne Godboldo Wins Custody of Her Daughter: MyFoxDETROIT.com



DETROIT (WJBK) - There was a legal victory Thursday for the Detroit woman once involved in a standoff with police over medical treatment for her sick child. A judge ruled that Maryanne Godboldo should be reunited with her 13-year-old daughter, Ariana.

Misdiagnosis of Children in Foster Care

Misdiagnosis of Children in Foster Care (CWP):

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DHHS fails to comply with legal mandates for kinship placement

DHHS fails to comply with legal mandates for kinship placement:

Young boy could have had a home with his grandmother or a first cousin.

“The number of children in State care is nearly half of what it was seven and a half years ago. We are focused on family reunification,” said James Beougher, director of the Office of Child and Family Services at Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on MPBN’s Maine Watch. The Family Services director said that seven years ago 3,000 children were in the State’s care; now it’s down to 1,370.

Note: NH is no better. They tell relatives who contact them for placement that “Relative placement is NOT an option.” And there is NO search for relatives. That’s a crock. And yes, NH also steals children illegally from innocent parent’s who are not allowed to submit evidence of innocence. They even push the Judges into court-ordering the parent’s into programs that don’t exist in this state. Then when the parent can’t comply, they terminate the rights of the mother, but never terminate the rights of the father and the child is then ILLEGALLY adopted!

When the State Breaks a Man

Militant Libertarian » When the State Breaks a Man:

“How much does the State weigh?” Josef Stalin asked an underling who had been ordered to extract a confession from an enemy of his regime. Stalin understood that, given enough time, agents of State-sanctioned cruelty can break any man.

Thomas J. Ball, who committed suicide by self-immolation on the steps of New Hampshire’s Cheshire County Courthouse on June 15, was a man who had been broken by the State. A lengthy suicide note/manifesto he sent to the Keene Sentinel, which was published the day after his death , described how his family had been destroyed, and his life ruined, through the intervention of a pitiless and infinitely cruel bureaucracy worthy of Stalin’s Soviet Union: The Granite State’s affiliate of the federal “domestic violence” Cheka.

NH DHHS Receives Federal Approval for Plan Aimed at Improving Child Protection

NH INSIDER- Your Source for NH Politics - Press Releases - NH DHHS Receives Federal Approval for Plan Aimed at Improving Child Protection:

Note: But will they follow this new plan? They can't even follow administrative rules, so why should anyone think they'll abide by this plan?

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 AT 07:38AM
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division for Children Youth and Families (DCYF) and Division of

Juvenile Justice Services (DJJS) has received notification from the

Administration of Children and Families (ACF) that NH’s Program Improvement

Plan (PIP) has been approved. The PIP is the outcome of findings from the

federal Child and Family Services Review (CSFR) in August 2010. Since that

time DCYF and DJJS staff and stakeholders have been working collaboratively

on developing the PIP.

The PIP is posted at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcyf/publications.htm

Couple fights to regain custody of adopted son

Couple fights to regain custody of adopted son | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME:

First in a three-part series.

Today is the first installment of a three-part story about a Northport family’s long-running, bitter feud with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services over custody of their adopted son, David.
Russell and Eleanor Handler's website features a slideshow of their adopted son David at the beach, petting a pig, go-karting, and in a family Christmas portrait. The soundtrack is Celine Dion's lilting, "My Heart Will Go On."

Legally, though, David is no longer the Handlers' son.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Federal Jury in San Jose, CA Awards $3.25 Million in Damages to Family for Unlawful Seizure of Their Children Represented by The Law Offices of Johnson & Johnson

Federal Jury in San Jose, CA Awards $3.25 Million in Damages to Family for Unlawful Seizure of Their Children Represented by The Law Offices of Johnson & Johnson:

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) April 04, 2011

A jury in U.S. District Court in Northern California today returned a unanimous verdict against officers from the San Jose Police Department for the violation of an entire family's civil rights and awarded $3.25 million in damages. The Law Offices of Johnson & Johnson in Walnut Creek, CA represented the family in their claims against the officers and the City of San Jose.

Read more at the above link:


For the original version on PRWeb visit: www.prweb.com/releases/prwebfederal-trial-04-01-2011/san-jose-jury-verdict/prweb8269009.htm

Infant who drowned was in foster care

Infant who drowned was in foster care - News - ReviewJournal.com:

An 8-month-old boy who drowned in northwest Arizona over the weekend was in foster care at the time, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

Where was the protection for this little boy? CPS just doesn't have a clue. Where was their crystal ball when they placed this child with these foster stranger's?

The Numbers Game: Making Sense of the Latest Research on Youth in Foster Care

Michael Piraino: The Numbers Game: Making Sense of the Latest Research on Youth in Foster Care:

Should we be hopeful? Or should we despair?

I have been moving between these two emotions as I read the flurry of new research released in the
past few weeks.

Custody Fight Stops Short of Supreme Court

Custody Fight Stops Short of Supreme Court | NBC Los Angeles:

View more videos at: http://nbclosangeles.com.


A long, bitter custody fight won't go to the Supreme Court, but it's not over yet anyway. Mom says her kids were wrongly taken away for years, and a jury agreed. But the Social Workers were never disciplined.

Bulletinman 9-14-11 MO Foster Abuse

Action Needed on Fetal Homicide-New Hampshire

Action Needed on Fetal Homicide

The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men." --Samuel Adams

The Criminal Justice committee has scheduled an executive session on HB217, fetal homicide, for October 20th, a Thursday... PLEASE put out the message -- alerts -- for people to call members of the Criminal Justice Committee. We need to finally get this thing passed. Next session we might not have the numbers, so it is really important to get it through this time.

> Moe Villeneuve, Bedford, a usual pro-lifer, on the committee, was swayed by Civil Liberties and voted against us in Sept. Please make sure he comes around. Please encourage Dave Welch, Kingston, as well. He has opposed us in the past, but has promised to help me this year, and I would love to see him do this. The whole Criminal Justice comm. should be called, as well, as they will be making the recommendation to the full house on Oct. 20th.

> Elaine Swinford, Chairman Center Barnstead 776-0274

> Larry Gagne, Vice Chair Manchester 625-9692

> David Welch Kingston 642-4402

> Dennis Fields Sanbornton 528-6224

> Robert Fesh Derry 434-1550

> Gene Charron Chester 887-2172

> Moe Villeneuve Bedford 472-6928

> Jason Antosz Epping 303-3504

> Phil Greazzo Manchester 669-0494

> Kenneth Kreis Canterbury 267-6449

> Robbie Parsons Milton 652-9009

> Kyle Tasker Northwood 724-4716

> Mark Warden Manchester 391-2888

> Laura Pantelakos Portsmouth 436-2148

> Roger Berube Somersworth 692-5653

> Stephen Shurtleff Penacook 753-4563

> Philip Ginsburg Durham 868-2312

> All these reps have been provided testimony by NHRTL, Cornerstone, Americans United for Life, etc., as well as press stories over the past twenty years, showing the devastation to a family when an unborn is the victim of homicide and not even acknowledged in our criminal code. They all KNOW that the existing assault statute is NOT sufficient. IF a woman lives the assault, she can sue for loss of her property! If she dies, there is nothing, child never existed. The father is left with no state acknowledgement that his child ever existed. Most states have updated their criminal laws to include the unborn - at various stages. This bill includes the unborn at all stages. It makes it a crime to kill the unborn, and if the woman dies, then there are TWO deaths, both crimes. Pro-aborts are afraid to acknowledge the reality of unborn life, fearing loss of ROE. BUT, N.H. laws already do acknowledge the unborn child in our tax and inheritance statutes!

In Liberty,

Richard A. Bloom

Coordinator NH Capital Area 9.12 Project

Kids in Catholic Charities Care to Be Transferred Soon

WJBD Radio:

Kids in Catholic Charities Care to Be Transferred Soon

Springfield, IL -- All two thousand children in Catholic Charities care for adoption and foster care services will be transferred to other agencies by the end of the year.

Federal grant doubles for Nevada's foster care program

Federal grant doubles for Nevada's foster care program - FOX 5 Vegas - KVVU:

CARSON CITY, NV (FOX5) -
More money is on the way to Nevada which drew nearly $1 million for the state's foster care program.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a grant of more than $995,000 for the state's child and family services division.

Keeping children out of foster care, and home with their family

Keeping children out of foster care, and home with their family | Sharon Osborne - seattlepi.com:

Back in April I posted about the US Senate Finance Committee hearing on Title IV-E waivers. I was thrilled to hear that on Monday, the Senate approved SB1542, the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act of 2011. If the President signs the bill – Washington State will be able to apply for a “flexible funding waiver” (also called a Title IV-E waiver) that allows the State to use money from the Federal government more flexibly. So what exactly does this mean?

If our state receives the waiver, we will not be restricted with how we use federal funding for foster care. The existing system reimburses the state for the number of children that enter foster care, so when the state is effective at preventing children from entering the system, it loses money. With the new system – more dollars will be used for in-home crisis, intervention, and prevention services.

Channeling more funds into the front end of services is critical. This way, we can keep more children in the home with their families, and prevent a crisis from happening that would require them to enter the foster care system. Why not give the families the tools they need to keep children with their parents? This will benefit the child, the family, and ultimately the taxpayer. We need to do what’s best for our most vulnerable children, and this bill – if passed – is an incredible opportunity for our state and most importantly, increases the chance for children’s success.

I encourage you to watch the video of Senator Maria Cantwell discussing the legislation on the Senate floor to lend additional perspective on what its passage means for children and the child welfare system.

U.S. GAO - Child Welfare: More Information and Collaboration Could Promote Ties Between Foster Care Children and Their Incarcerated Parents

U.S. GAO - Child Welfare: More Information and Collaboration Could Promote Ties Between Foster Care Children and Their Incarcerated Parents:

GAO-11-863 September 26, 2011
Highlights Page (PDF) Full Report (PDF, 78 pages) Accessible Text Recommendations (HTML)

Summary
Federal law sets timelines for states' decisions about placing foster care children in permanent homes, and, in some cases, for filing to terminate parental rights. Some policymakers have questioned the reasonableness of these timelines for children of incarcerated parents and expressed interest in how states work with these families. GAO was asked to examine: (1) the number of foster care children with incarcerated parents, (2) strategies used by child welfare and corrections agencies in selected states that may support contact or reunification, and (3) how the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have helped these agencies support affected children and families. GAO analyzed national data, reviewed federal policies, interviewed state child welfare and corrections officials in 10 selected states that contain almost half of the nation's prison and foster care populations, and visited local child welfare agencies and prisons.

Foster care children with an incarcerated parent are not a well-identified population, although they are likely to number in the tens of thousands. HHS data collected from states show that, in 2009 alone, more than 14,000 children entered foster care due at least partly to the incarceration of a parent. This may be an undercount, however, due to some underreporting from states and other factors. For instance, the data do not identify when a parent is incarcerated after the child entered foster care--a more common occurrence, according to case workers GAO interviewed. HHS is currently developing a proposal for new state reporting requirements on all foster care children; however, officials had not determined whether these new requirements would include more information collected from states on children with incarcerated parents. In 10 selected states, GAO found a range of strategies that support family ties. Some state child welfare agencies have provided guidance and training to caseworkers for managing such cases; and local agencies have worked with dependency courts to help inmates participate in child welfare hearings by phone or other means. For their part, some corrections agencies ease children's visits to prisons with special visitation hours and programs. In several cases, corrections agencies and child welfare agencies have collaborated, which has resulted in some interagency training for personnel, the creation of liaison staff positions, and video visitation facilitated by non-profit providers. HHS and DOJ each provide information and assistance to child welfare and corrections agencies on behalf of these children and families. For example, both federal agencies post information on their websites for practitioners working with children or their incarcerated parents, with some specific to foster care. The HHS information, however, was not always up to date or centrally organized, and officials from most of the state child welfare and corrections agencies GAO interviewed said they would benefit from information on how to serve these children. Further, DOJ has not developed protocols for federal prisons under its own jurisdiction for working with child welfare agencies and their staff, although GAO heard from some state and local child welfare officials that collaboration between child welfare and corrections agencies would facilitate their work with foster care children and their parents. This would also be in keeping with a DOJ agency goal to build partnerships with other entities to improve services and promote reintegration of offenders into communities. GAO recommends that HHS improve its data on the foster care children of incarcerated parents and that it more systematically disseminate information to child welfare agencies. GAO also recommends that DOJ consider ways to promote collaboration between corrections and child welfare agencies, including establishing protocols for federal prisons to facilitate communication between these entities. HHS and DOJ agreed with GAO's recommendations.



Recommendations
Our recommendations from this work are listed below with a Contact for more information. Status will change from "In process" to "Open," "Closed - implemented," or "Closed - not implemented" based on our follow up work.

Director: Kay E. Brown
Team: Government Accountability Office: Education, Workforce, and Income Security
Phone: (202) 512-3674


Recommendations for Executive Action

Recommendation: To better understand the magnitude of the population and inform federal or state initiatives that affect children in foster care with incarcerated parents, the Secretary of HHS should identify ways to strengthen the completeness of state-reported data on those children. For example, in implementing new reporting requirements for the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) system, the agency could take into consideration its 2008 proposed changes in which states would be required to provide additional information on each foster care child and his or her family circumstances, including a caretaker's incarceration, at several times during the child's stay in foster care and not only when a child first enters care.

Agency Affected: Department of Health and Human Services

Status: In process

Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Recommendation: To improve outcomes for these children, the Secretary of HHS should take steps to more systematically increase awareness among state and local child welfare agencies about available resources for children in child welfare with incarcerated parents. For example, HHS could (1) take steps to update and more centrally organize relevant information posted on the Child Welfare Information Gateway, which is meant to serve as a comprehensive information resource for the child welfare field, such as by regularly updating the information listed under the Gateway's relevant topic areas (e.g., "Children in Out-of-Home-Care With Incarcerated Parents") with links to more recent material posted on other HHS-supported websites; (2) identify or provide additional information on promising approaches, such as those listed by the Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation; (3) use relevant findings from the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR) process as an opportunity to remind states about available resources and post information on promising approaches identified in the reviews; or (4) facilitate awareness among all child welfare agencies about HHS's available resources through an e-mail or a teleconference/webinar that would allow state and local agencies to share information on practices or strategies.

Agency Affected: Department of Health and Human Services

Status: In process

Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Recommendation: To better address the needs of children with incarcerated parents, including those in foster care, the U.S. Attorney General should consider including--among DOJ's ongoing and future information collection and dissemination efforts--activities that would assist state and local corrections agencies share promising practices for these children, including those that involve communication and coordination with child welfare agencies. For example, using some of the informational resources it already makes available to state and local corrections agencies, DOJ could compile and publicize examples of successful collaboration between corrections and child welfare agencies.

Agency Affected: Department of Justice

Status: In process

Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Recommendation: To improve collaboration between federal correctional facilities and state and local child welfare agencies and help federal inmates maintain important family relationships, the U.S. Attorney General should direct DOJ's Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to consider developing protocols for facilities regarding offenders who have children in the child welfare system. These protocols could include: (1) responses/actions when child welfare agency workers contact BOP facilities to confirm an inmate's location, request to communicate directly with inmates, or inquire about inmates' current or future participation in programs or services that may be part of a child welfare case plan; (2) processes for responding to requests for inmates' participation in child welfare hearings or ways to facilitate participation when desired by the inmate, such as setting up teleconferencing abilities; or (3) whether facilities could designate a specific staff position to address all such inquiries or questions, including those from child welfare agencies, dependency courts, or offenders. If developed, these protocols could be shared with states and local corrections agencies as examples.

Agency Affected: Department of Justice

Status: In process

Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Sex Abuse in the Foster Care System

Sex Abuse in the Foster Care System | Suite101.com:

Child sexual abuse victims are in the foster care system to seek safety, yet once there many are sexually abused by those in positions of trust.

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Foster Children with Incarcerated Parents a Murky Subject for States, Report Finds

Youth Today:

At least 30,000 foster youths have a parent behind bars
States child welfare agencies are resistant to pursuing reunification with parents – 30,000 or more – who are incarcerated while their child is in foster care, according to a report issued by the Government Accountability Office this week. The study was requested by U.S. Reps. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), both members of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Foster Father Charged With Abusing Six-Year-Old Boy,

Foster Father Charged With Abusing Six-Year-Old Boy | LEX18.com | Lexington, Kentucky:

A Menifee County foster father has been arrested and charged with abusing his foster son.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

CPS Sucks!


We don't have to THINK they Suck! We already KNOW they Suck!

D.C. children needlessly taken from homes, study finds

D.C. children needlessly taken from homes, study finds - District of DeBonis - The Washington Post:

The District’s child welfare agency may have unnecessarily removed dozens of children from their homes in recent years, a new study concludes, “emotionally and psychologically harming both children and parents.”

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mother Charged in Alleged DUI Crash that Injured 6 Kids

AFRA Front Page News: Mother Charged in Alleged DUI Crash that Injured 6 Kids:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011

Mother Charged in Alleged DUI Crash that Injured 6 Kids
The driver's foster child suffered permanent damage.
KTLA News
4:57 p.m. PDT, September 27, 2011

LANCASTER, Calif. (KTLA) -- A 31-year-old mother is facing more than a dozen felony charges for allegedly DUI crash that injured six children.

Stanesha Nicole Allen pleaded not guilty Tuesday to six counts each of child abuse and child restraint law violation, and one count each of DUI causing injury and driving with a .08% blood alcohol causing injury.

The Lake Los Angeles mother was booked on felony DUI and child endangerment charges after being released from the hospital Monday night.

Bail for Allen was set at $1.7 million.

She is due back in court on Oct. 7 for a preliminary hearing.

If convicted as charged, Allen faces 19-years in state prison.

Authorities say Allen was driving a 2002 Toyota Sequoia eastbound on Avenue I near 60th Street East about 5:15 a.m. Sunday when she lost control of the vehicle and flipped it four times, officials said.

Allen had reportedly attended a wedding the night before.

She picked up the children from a babysitter that morning and was on her way home when the crash occurred, said CHP Officer Joshua Wupperfeld.

Two of the children, who range in age from 10 months to 11 years old, were partially ejected in the crash, CHP officials said.

Investigators say the younger children were improperly restrained in car seats.

Allen's 22-month old foster son suffered major head injuries.

His foot was amputated, and officials said the other would be partially amputated.

Allen's 4-year-old daughter suffered major head trauma.

The boy was in stable condition Monday, while the girl's condition was critical, CHP spokeswoman Sgt. Denise Joslin said.

The other kids, who suffered cuts and bruises, were placed in child protective custody. As if they weren't already??

Two of the victims are Allen's biological children.

The other four are believed to be foster children.

"These are six innocent children," Wupperfeld said Sunday in a news conference.

"They were harmed because of somebody's selfish mistake."*

http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-six-kids-injured-in-dui-wreck,0,2424090.story

* The CPS agents that arranged these placements SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN from their magic crystal ball (the same one they use to kidnap kids) because they "possibly might be in danger". (Anticipated "Neglect in the Future")

8 Kids Taken From Foster Care Found Safe In Pa.

8 Kids Taken From Foster Care Found Safe In Pa. | News One:

HARRISBURG, Pa.— Eight children taken from a New York child welfare agency by their mother last week have been found in Pennsylvania, authorities say, and their parents are in custody.

Lawyer: NYC parents feared foster care abuse

Lawyer: NYC parents feared foster care abuse - Nation & World - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports:

PHILADELPHIA – A New York City couple took their eight children from foster care and went on the run because some of them were being abused, their lawyer said Tuesday.

A day after the family was found safe in their van in Harrisburg, Pa., defense lawyer Norman Steiner alleged that one boy was molested and some of his siblings "suffered horrendous abuse" during two years in foster care.

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New law to benefit state’s foster care program

New law to benefit state’s foster care program | The Columbian:

A bill awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature would give new federal support to state programs like Washington’s that help keep children out of foster care, according to the bill’s sponsors.

Senate Bill 1542 would reform rules that now prohibit states from using federal foster care funding on programs that help keep children at home with their families. States that reduce the number of case- loads now lose federal dollars for foster care, called Title 4-E funds. Under the bill, those states could tap that stream of money for programs that help keep children at home or reduce the duration of their stay in foster care.

Illinois Catholic Charities' foster care faces shutdown-Good!

Illinois Catholic Charities' foster care faces shutdown :: Catholic News Agency (CNA):

Springfield, Ill., Sep 27, 2011 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Illinois Catholic Charities' foster care services may eventually cease to exist after a local judge refused to change his ruling that the state has the right to stop referring children to charities in four dioceses.

“If you don't have new referrals, the system basically just atrophies,” Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Illinois Catholic Conference, told CNA on Sept. 27.

Army father says his daughter in foster care belongs with him

Army father says his daughter in foster care belongs with him:

Army Sgt. David Sanders got the email from his daughter's friend in April while serving in Afghanistan.
The whereabouts of his 12-year-old daughter, who was living in Omaha with her mother -- his ex-wife -- was unknown, the friend said.

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Hawaii attorney general's office now says 3 children died of abuse in state custody, not 1

Hawaii attorney general's office now says 3 children died of abuse in state custody, not 1 | The Republic:

HONOLULU — The state is revising its count of how many children have died in Hawaii's Child Welfare Services system.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/o8Tclv) reported Tuesday the state attorney general's office now says three children died of abuse in the system in the past decade. Legislators were told last week that number was one.

Law Project for Psychiatric Rights

Law Project for Psychiatric Rights:

The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) public interest law firm whose mission is to mount a strategic legal campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock in the United States akin to what Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP mounted in the 40's and 50's on behalf of African American civil rights. The public mental health system is creating a huge class of chronic mental patients through forcing them to take ineffective, yet extremely harmful drugs.

Children's Right: Texas' Rick Perry defends dismal treatment of foster care kids

Children's Right: Texas' Rick Perry defends dismal treatment of foster care kids | Washington Times Communities:

AUSTIN, September 27, 2011—Last March, a child advocacy group filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas, claiming serious problems in that state’s foster care system.

Congress to Investigate Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

Congress to Investigate Planned Parenthood Abortion Business | LifeNews.com:

A Congressional committee has taken the first steps in investigating the Planned Parenthood abortion business over abuses ranging from financial disparities to its compliance with federal regulations on taxpayer funding to concerns that it is covering up cases of sex trafficking.

Judge decides against agency in foster-care ruling

Judge decides against agency in foster-care ruling | The Associated Press | News | Washington Examiner:

"A Sangamon County judge has ruled the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service can begin canceling its adoption and foster care contracts with Catholic Charities.

Suit settled in case of Hudson man who died kicking heroin at Valley Street jail

Suit settled in case of Hudson man who died kicking heroin at Valley Street jail - NashuaTelegraph.com:

CONCORD – Kevin McEvoy, 24, died in the Valley Street jail in Manchester from dehydration after being denied medical treatment.
Forced by jail staff in 2008 to try to kick a heroin addiction cold turkey, the former Hudson man received no medical attention, lost 24 pounds in four days and in essence vomited himself to death, according to court documents and an attorney who represented his parents.

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Note:There is so much to be said of the rotten medical care at Valley St. This is supposedly a holding cell for the accused, waiting to go to trial in most cases, where they are supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Then why are these people being treated worse than the ones serving time in Prison after being found guilty?
I know of a person who was sent to Valley St., who wasn't allowed prescribed medication, even though the medication was delivered, unopened, who also suffered withdrawls and was not treated, but thank God made it out of there alive.
Another person who signed medical releases after being arrested, accusedof a crime committed 5 months earlier, who was under medical care, but still not diagnosed with a life threatening illness, but was never told by Valley St. any of the information released. A person Judge Bamberger fought to keep in Valley St. another three week's, after spending two week's there already, sick. A person Judge Bamberger hated and tried to prove bail money was gotten illegally, by the family. If the person's Lawyer hadn't fought, this person also would have died at Valley St.
There is much to be told of the going's on at Valley St., which include the rotten medical care of the ACCUSED!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Stolen as infant, back as teen: Kashmiri twin's tale

Stolen as infant, back as teen: Kashmiri twin's tale - India - DNA:

His story would put Bollywood's lost and found tales to shame. Sarmad, a teenager, says he was sold for Rs10,000 by a nurse in Srinagar's biggest maternity hospital to a childless couple Aug 2, 1994, soon after he was born.

CPS Quotas How Child Protective Services is Incentivized To steal Children

Unable to pay child support, poor parents jailed

Unable to pay child support, poor parents jailed - US news - Crime & courts - msnbc.com:

Judges can jail alleged defaulters — who are not covered by the presumption of innocence — without a trial.
It may not be a crime to be poor, but it can land you behind bars if you also are behind on your child-support payments.

If kids are 'better off,' does it matter whether they are adopted or abducted?

[Birth Mother,] First Mother Forum: If kids are 'better off,' does it matter whether they are adopted or abducted?:


“But aren’t they better off”? That’s the question that’s always asked when people learn about the possibility that a child adopted illegally may be returned to his original family. The unstated hubris is that children are always better off with middle class American families than say, with a single Dad in Virginia, poor parents in rural China, or a couple in impoverished Guatemala.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

This is How Georgia DCF treats our enlisted fathers

This is How Georgia DCF treats our enlisted fathers « How Child Protection Services Buys and Sells Our Children:

September 25, 2011 yvonnemason

I just got this in my in box. This man who is serving our country and who is working to keep the same people safe who are abusing him and his children is at his wits end. He needs an attorney someone who is in his corner. Georgia DCF has destroyed this family on more than one level. They should be ashamed and criminally prosecuted for their actions.

Is there anyone out there who will stand up for this solider who will fight for him and his children while he fights for us?

“I read these stories and I know it to be true. I am a US Army Soldier stationed at Fort Stewart GA. I will admit things where not great in my home but nothing and I mean NOTHING compares to the HELL Liberty County DFCS put my kids through. First they lied to me about helping. They play parents against eachother making you look so bad. My oldest daughter told many people my two babies where being abused. I could see it in there eyes they were just righting this is bring tears to my eyes. They were so ill looking. One week later after I went down everyday to demand they look into the matter my childrent were removed from the home and placed in another. I asked why they were removed and was told because the Foster Mother couldn’t deal with me. They kept telling me you don’t need a lawyer. I was told its my fault my kids were there. I schycological however it spelled anyways the Judge ordered as soon as it comes back he wanted to see it. They scheduled me an appointment out for 6 months. I was devistated well I called the place my self and got an appointment 8 days later. The lady told me that when DFCS had wanted it. O but guess what I couldnt look at my outcome nope. They told me my sychological said this and it said that. Come to find out it never said that, the Army had pulled it for a trial I was involved in. I was told that it said I was abusive that I need mental help it never said that. When my sychological came back they did not take it to judge nope. I had been dragged in to court sometimes once a week always praying that would be the day. Everytime I went to visit my kids I would just be tormented. The Foster mother would start basicly throwing my kids at me when I went to pick them up at DFCS O I had to be watched. I have NEVER hit one of my kids in there life. I am a great Father to my kids. I was told I needed a Domestic Violence assesment. So I went one better I took a 3 day Federaly sactioned Domestic Violence class giving by The US Army. Well my case plan complete nope they told me I still needed assesment so I go and try to get one MR D we will Pay no I went there paper work not done. Lady says to me she knows what needs to be signed and then pulls me to side and tells me to be very carefull and not to trust them. She could see my eyes swelling up with tears. I go again two days later DCFS MR D we just decided you need to take Domestic Violence Class. I said I have one its Federal Aproved. NO MR D you need to go to ours go sign up for it here. I go to sign up its 14 week class one hour every wendsday. I was pissed. I tell you I cried everyday. Everyday it got to the point I wanted to KILL my self. They would change case workers on me so fast so fast I barley know there names. I think they do that purposley. I finly got to the point where I would tell them off and hang up. They kept pulling me into court makeing lies about me. Telling the judge my kids don’t even want to live with me. I tell the only thing that kept me from ripping thier heads off was the love for my kids. I did not want them taking it out on them. Mr D your x says you drink we think you should take drug and achool assesment. O jesus what now. I went to the Army took a drug and Alcool assesment. GUESS what I was told I dont need to be enrolled in drug and alchool class. GUESS what I told them to enroll me anyways and I passed all blood tests everything. I did not tell DFCS I went. I handed them the report saying I did not have a problem. Well MR D you just talked your way through that we think you should go. I pulled the completion out of my folder and she was pissed. Well you need to go to ours.HA I told her I know the judge will except this dont even I know he will except my Domestic Violence class to but hell I was already taken the ones they wanted me to do. I was denied visits to Doctors for months Denied there medical records wich I was still paying on. Got the letter of them saying NO and they told Doctor they didnt know. Its there trick its a tactict they use. Well when I got my kids back Doctor told me they violated my hippa rights he didnt fall under there clause o they pay everyone in there circle it a buisness. HOW THE HELL CAN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GIVE GEORGIA MONEY THEY DONT EVEN FOLLOW THERE RULES. THE GOVERNER SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. I FIGHT FOR MY COUNTRY AND I THINK WHAT THE HELL AM I FIGHTING FOR. IS THE US REALLY THIS DIRTY. I want to SUE DFCS but lawyers really dont want to sue state. I tell you what I am JOHN DRESEL look me up on internet I have given many years in Iraq defending my country who cares nothing about me. I have many awards but that dont matter you can just see I’m a loving person. If there is ANY ONE WHO WANTS TO SUE DFCS IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA OR TAKE MY CASE I HAVE EVERY DOCUMENT FROM THE VERY START I WANT YOU TO CALL ME 912-980-0205″

Order Of Protection: And Justice For All?

Joseph E. Cordell: Order Of Protection: And Justice For All?:

The misuse of orders of protection by women when going through a divorce is one of the more prevalent and unfortunate trends in family law. A system that was designed to protect against abuse is itself being abused.

Martin family argues for legal funding at fatality inquiry

Martin family argues for legal funding at fatality inquiry | Provincial News | St. Albert Gazette:

The family of a 13-year-old girl who died shortly after leaving foster care argued Wednesday the government should pay legal fees for their representation at a provincial fatality inquiry looking into her death.

'Cash for kids': Judge who took $2m from jail owner to imprison children is himself locked up

'Cash for kids': Judge who took $2m from jail owner to imprison children is himself locked up | Mail Online:

A former judge who locked up thousands of innocent children in a scam that made him and a co-conspirator more than $2 million has been jailed for 17-and-a-half-years.

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So Young and So Many Pills

Prescription Drug Use in Children and Teens - WSJ.com:

Gage Martindale, who is 8 years old, has been taking a blood-pressure drug since he was a toddler. "I want to be healthy, and I don't want things in my heart to go wrong," he says.

The NH House Redress Committee and the Sliver of Hope

NH Attorney Jaye Rancourt an Unethical Attorney: The NH House Redress Committee and the Sliver of Hope, the Shimmer of Light, will Expose a Corrupt Family Court System or allow us to Embrace and support the hard work of the Judiciary and the other officers of the court.:

One side fights hard so you can hear the story………. Fighting Hard for the Kids that need to be heard and have been hurt by those …………

That are on the Other Side……

The side that fights hard to make sure you never hear the story ……………
There is yet another side - A side that sees the benefits of the NH Redress Committe and the benefit of oversight for both sides.

The story of the why the judiciary and officials of the courts would rather hurt the kids, than make decisions that will help them to become the happy, well adjusted, individuals, they deserve an opportunity to be and who will someday become parents themselves.

Why such extreme differences in opinion when it comes to kids?

Why do the judge’s, marital masters, lawyers, GAL’s and others who benefit from the courts want to cover-up their process, ideology and decisions?

Why don’t they want a light to shine down on them? A bright light, letting all who look in see just how much they do to advocate for what’s in the best interest of the child? So everyone can see first hand and know with certainty the goodness they promote for the sake of the children? As they profess they do and want us to believe.

Instead, there is resistance. Will something deep, dark and sinister about the system be exposed if the public is allowed to look into this world?

What if the participants, the victims and the supporters of the children are allowed to have a voice? Will they expose the unthinkable?

Will we find that the system is broken and corrupt and doesn’t work, needs an overhaul and is extremely harmful to the children it professes to be protecting? Will we find that these judges, masters and lawyers and others have really known about this all along, but, have chosen to keep this a big secret, a secret for decades so they can reap great rewards from it?

After all, what would happen if one day they all woke up and the family court system worked in such a way that judges, masters , GAL’s and lawyers weren’t allowed to antagonize or promote ill will between the parties involved in the cases before them?

Isn’t taken advantage of a bad situation by making it worse, gaining from it and then gaining from it again and again, unethical and immoral at the very least?

Aren’t these questions that are being asked worthy of answers?

Why do so many involved with the courts think or better yet, why should they expect people to take them at their word, at face value with nothing to back it up? Nothing other than what we do is as wholesome as apple pie and we should just trust in that.

What evidence exists that what they do is in the name of the children, in the best interest of the children, when day in and out we hear stories otherwise?

The cases before the Redress Committee are alarming.

How many children are estranged from a loving parent because of an emotionally unstable custodial parent and an all too acquiescing family court filled with, judges, masters, lawyers, guardians, and programs all standing by waiting to gain financially?

How does the court system, except in extreme cases of documented and proven abuse, not just hearsay nonsense spewing from the mouths of those who have a vested interest and stake in continuing the animosity, intervene and deny children their right to both parents?

Who are these people and what is this system they call justice?

An Honest Judicial System would welcome this Redress Committee and would welcome the opportunity to show the world that there is nothing to the claims of bias, money laundering of attorney’s fees and the continued animosity the Judicial system helps create, certainly fosters and certainly encourages in these contentious litigations.

The courts have a history and a pattern of rewarding and pandering to one parent’s bad behavior by excluding the other parent and even eliminating them all together from a child’s life.

How do those who play in the judicial arena justify the taking of children from a loving parent and then holding them ransom by forcing unfair, financially debilitating, court ordered conditions on that parent if they ever want contact again? Conditions, the court and it’s officers know are simply a way to guarantee a set up of failures that will only force continued litigation?

Since when did the mandate being a “Perfect Parent” slip in and become the bar that the courts use to assess the value of a parents ability to be a parent?

We all have parents, whether our parents stayed together or not. None, not one is perfect. Most, if not all, only ever wanted the best for their children.

What makes this any different?

It’s time for some accountability where there has been none. There is much to gain by system that promotes animosity and gets rewards from promoting that animosity.

The best interest of the child has been lost in the shuffle of power hungry, money hungry court officials.

They don’t care about the children. They don’t care if families go bankrupt. If they did they would not allow children to be separated from either parent.

Regardless of whether the principle is believed or accepted, the bottom line is, the reality is, when one parent is allowed to drive up the legal fees because they want to fight, fight and fight some more, rather than let the children be part of the other parent’s life, that should be unacceptable. Fight so hard, that money is not a deterrence, nor is it an object of concern. They are negligent. They are not acting like a loving parent, concerned for the welfare and best development of the child.

And that’s when the courts should step in and start acting on behalf of the children.

That’s when the courts should get involved and not pander to that parent. Instead they do. Why?

One parent’s irrational thinking that inflicting revenge or punishment on another, by taking away the child, for some real or imaginary injustice inflicted upon them, somehow makes things right if the court panders to them?

Putting the child in the middle and taking away the child’s god given right to have two loving and caring parents should not be rewarded by the courts pandering to them, it should be admonished.

This behavior the courts and it’s officers protect and pander to comes with a cost to the very children that they are using as a pawn.

For every $1.00 spent on an attorney, or court fee, or court ordered program - $1.00 is taken out of the pot of money that could have been better spent on the child and the child’s future.

Judges and masters, through the use of financial affidavits mandatorily filled out and provided to the courts before EVERY court hearing , sworn affidavits of the finances of the individuals, see exactly how much money is spent on legal fees in each and every single court hearing that comes before them. They know first hand whether it’s been $1,000 or $100,000. They also know how much is in the bank, the equity in the house, the cars the parties drive and all other assets and aspects of finances of the parties.
When lawyers and judges – allow ordinary middle income people to spend 10’s of thousands of dollars, they are aware they don’t have, on legal costs – money they fully know the parties can’t financially afford, because also listed on these financial affidavits are the parties income, they should be found to be incompetent of performing their duties as officers of the court.

And yet, they do allow this to happen day in and day out, because the alternative of allowing new court action would be enforcing the orders already place. Orders the judges and masters put into place to begin with.

These officer’s of the courts usually don’t attempt to enforce their own orders unless it works against the non-custodial parent. Instead, they make new orders that they know they won’t enforce.

Why parents can’t get the courts to enforce their own orders is unjust in and of itself.

Why the courts don’t find an offending parent, and yes it is usually the custodial parent, in CONTEMPT for violating court orders becomes a mystery.

Why have any court orders to begin with, if enforcement of the offenders of those orders, yes usually women, go unpunished and are given no incentive, monetarily or otherwise, to stop the offensive behavior of not abiding by court orders they themselves asked for and were awarded.

What example does this NH Court believe it sets for children caught in the middle of these COURT GAMES? That it’s OK to violate the court orders if you are the custodial parent and keep the children and VISITOR parent away from each other, so long as you believe you have a good reason, real or imagined?

Remember, before the courts and the lawyers the people involved were a family. The children were exposed to two sets of values, personalities and parents, good or bad.

How many of the court cases in NH Courts right now, had any state agency involved prior to separation or divorce that intervened on behalf that family?

How many cases in front of the NH REDRESS Committee, had state agency involvement ONLY, after the courts and lawyers got involved and ONLY after the custodial parent refused to abide by the courts orders put in place?

How many involve false accusations made after the fact, by the custodial parent and are unfounded?

How many involve a custodial parent that did not to share custody of the children right from the beginning of the separation and wanted it that way?

How many proposed a non-custodial parent should be given a “VISITATION” schedule, “VISITOR in MY CHILD’S LIFE” status, of nothing more than alternating weekends in every month?

VISITOR status and still the offending custodial parent wants even less contact and continues to do everything to undermine even that little bit of time spent with the children.

How many children have been forced into “VISITING” the other parent?

Does anyone really believe the terminology being used is “parenting schedule”?

Just make sure that CHILD SUPPORT keeps coming. That’s seems the biggest concern for all – the court’s, judges, masters, guardians and anyone else connected that has a money interest in the outcome.

Not a pretty picture, because that is the children’s reality and most of us would rather put blinders on than deal with it.

When someone violates their probation, because they didn’t know, didn’t care, misunderstood, thought it best to handle things their way__________, fill in with blank with whatever excuse you want, DOES THE COURT REWRITE THE AGREEMENT and take all the excuses into consideration whilst doing so?

NO. Then why do they do it now? Custodial parent doesn’t mean BETTER PARENT.

It becomes a vicious a cycle, with a formula guaranteed to continue to promote hostility, animosity for the parties involved and huge payouts for the judicial system.

If there was nothing to gain it makes no sense the courts and attorneys would promote animosity when there was nothing they could collect from the parties.

The lawyers and judges feed the behavior of the offending parent, create the atmosphere that they will look out for the best interest of the children, which reinforces the offending parents bad parenting to begin with.

Yes, it is bad parenting when one parent pits the other parent against the children. Good reason or not.

Children have a right to freely and without strings attached be able to love both parents.

It’s normal and it’s healthy.

It’s not normal and it’s not healthy when a parent can not, will not, refuses to separate the children from the adult relationship, and refuses to, or is incapable of fostering a good relationship and good communication between the children and the other parent.

Then justifies it by imagining and then projecting that somehow the other parent is no good, inferior and the children are somehow better off without having to deal with that other parent.

That in and of itself is a form of child abuse. It’s emotional abuse. And our courts are allowing it to happen day in and day out, they condone and they reward it.

What’s the motivation for that?

When a mother lists on her financial affidavit, income of $35,000 a year in one column, and virtually no other assets in the other and then lists an outstanding bill of $50,000 owed to her attorney, not counting the latest t court hearings, what does that say?

How many years of child support payments does that calculate out too?

Is that responsible? Is that a responsible parent? Is that responsible parenting? Should that be condoned by the court? Rewarded? Allowed to continue? Pandered too? Accepted?

According to Motions filed, she’s in court that day for two reasons, one to try to get her child support increased and the other to prevent any further contact between the father and the child, already so limited by her behavior to be almost non-existent to begin with.

Neither action justified, yet the Motion is still brought to the court by the custodial parents attorney because that’s what the custodial parent wants done.

The children become a pawn, no more than mere property to be used for a claim to more money. In this instance, hopefully, more money in the pocket of the custodial parent, certainly more money in the pocket of the attorney.

So at the expense of the child the courts have allowed the lawyer to continue the litigation, taking that $50,000 plus the $1,000’s that have already been paid, plus what hasn’t been billed yet, money that should be going to the child and that child’s future but instead ends up in the pockets of the lawyer with no reasonable or logical explanation.

Interestingly, the courts also say the law does not provide that a non-custodial parent has the right to know how child support money is spent. Wonder why that would be? Is it simply an attempt to cover-up what really goes on? Why would one parent not be accountable while the other is?

When the judge or master, as in this case, has in front of them the monthly child support payments provided by the ex equaling the monthly loan payment to the ex’s attorney, it speaks of irresponsibility to the very people these hypocrites sit from the bench and try to say they are thinking of – the children.

How is it in the best of the children to take away their future because one parent wants to fight the other parent for custody or visitation when there are no legal or valid reasons for doing so?

If the courts aren’t happy with a little scrutiny perhaps it’s time they clean their house.

Exposing what goes on behind the scenes will be a win-win situation for all concerned.

Either a corrupt system will be exposed and hopefully righted or a great system will stay a great system because the transparency exists to keep it that way.

Tell your Senators NO! on S. 1542

Tell your Senators NO! on S. 1542:


House Passes Family Support Legislation
SuzanneCWLA | September 22, 2011 at 11:25 AM | Categories: General, House legislation, Prevention
Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (H.R. 2883) by a vote of 395-25*. This bill is the same as S. 1542 which passed the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday. It reauthorizes IV-B of the Social Security Act, making moderate changes to that section of the law and altering funding levels slightly. It also reinstates the authority for states to apply for waivers of IV-E regulations. Now that the committees of oversight in both houses have supported the bill and it has passed the House, the full Senate is expected to take up the legislation some time next week.

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The House also passed legislation extending the authorization for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program yesterday. The Short-Term TANF Extension Act (H.R. 2943) authorizes TANF state block grants, which were set to expire next week, through December 31, 2011. It does not, however, extend the authorization for TANF supplemental grants, which expired back in June. The Senate is expected to take up this measure soon, as well.

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Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act

Another bill (H.R. 2883/S. 1542), reauthorizing Title IV-B of the Social Security Act,
was introduced in both the House of Representatives and Senate on Monday, September
12. It passed the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday, September 14, the
Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, September 20, and the full House Wednesday,
September 21. Similar to H.R. 2790—recently introduced and passed in the House—this
bill reauthorizes and makes some changes to IV-B Part 1, Child Welfare Services (CWS)
and Part II, Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) through 2016. Additionally, it
includes a second title which reinstates Social Security Act, Title IV-E waiver authority.
CWS is a discretionary program providing flexible formula funding for a broad range of
services designed to support, preserve, and/or reunite children and their families. H.R.
2883/S. 1542 maintains its authorization level at $325 million. CWS requires each state
to create a child welfare services plan—which encompasses case reviews and
permanency planning, program development, agency administration, and systems
collaboration activities. S. 1542/H.R. 2883 adds the following additional requirements:
• Adds to the state plan provision for ongoing oversight and coordination of health
care services the explicit requirement to outline how emotional trauma needs
associated with a child’s maltreatment and removal identified through initial and
follow-up health screenings will be monitored and treated.
• Also, adds to the state plan provision for ongoing oversight and coordination of
health care services the explicit requirement to include protocols for the
appropriate use and monitoring of psychotropic medications in the oversight of
prescription medicines.
• Adds a new state plan provision requiring the inclusion of a description of state
activities aimed at reducing the length of time children under age 5 are without a
permanent family and state activities addressing the developmental needs of
children under age 5 who are served by both IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security
Act. • Adds a new state plan provision requiring the inclusion of a description of the
sources of child maltreatment death information. This provision specifically refers
to a list of possible sources and includes a requirement for states to incorporate an
explanation if they do not have information from those sources. [NEW: This
provision on child death sources was not included in H.R. 2790]
The bill also revises the caseworker visit requirement in CWS. It was previously a goal to
have 90% of children in care visited by their caseworker monthly—with a majority of
those visits occurring in the child’s residence— by October 1, 2008. H.R. 2883/S. 1542
maintains the 90% goal, as well as a tiered federal financial participation reduction for
failure to comply, but it requires only that the total visits in a year to equal the amount of
visits if a child were visited monthly. In addition, the tiered reduction for failure to
comply is added for a new goal of 50% of caseworker visits occurring in the child’s
residence. A corresponding amendment is made in Title IV-E to update data collection on
this modified visit requirement. [NEW: The IV-E update was not included in H.R. 2790]
PSSF targets formula funding to four categories of services; family support, family
preservation, time-limited family reunification, and adoption promotion and support. In
addition, it includes reserved funding and additional authorizations for courts; substance
abuse grants; caseworker visits; tribes; mentoring; and research, evaluation, and technical
assistance. PSSF funding is both mandatory and discretionary. H.R. 2883/S. 1542 reduces
the mandatory funding from $365 million to $345 million and maintains the authorization
of $200 million in discretionary funding. [NEW: Unlike H.R. 2790, the reduction in this
bill is not taken from the reservation of funds for the Court Improvement Program.]
PSSF includes a section listing requirements for state plans to fulfill PSSF provisions.
The PSSF state plan encompasses goal setting for services, a review process,
coordination of services, and child safety assurances. H.R. 2883/S. 1542 adds a
requirement for states to identify populations most at risk of maltreatment and describe
how services are targeted to those populations. [NEW: This provision was not included in
H.R. 2790]
Within the section of PSSF defining various terms used within the legislation, the
definition of “family support services” —one of the four categories of services— is
amended by clarifying that enhancing child development, one of the listed aims of family
support, can be accomplished through mentoring. Also, under the definition for “timelimited family reunification services” — another of the four categories of service— new
examples of services and activities are added, including peer-to-peer mentoring, support
groups for caregivers and services and activities designed to facilitate parent and sibling
visitation with children in care. Finally, the definitions for “Indian Tribe” and “Tribal
Organization” are updated to be consistent with the way they are defined in the Indian
Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b). [NEW: None of
these amended definitions were included in H.R. 2790] H.R. 2883/S. 1542 also amends the PSSF annual report—comprised of each state’s
service expenditures and required of the Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS) to send to Congress (i.e., House Committee on Ways and Means and Senate
Committee on Finance)—to include actual spending in addition to planned spending by
service category for the program. Furthermore, the bill requires that this report be posted
publically on HHS’s website. Additionally, the bill requires the Government
Accountability Office (GAO) to submit a report within a year of the bill’s enactment that
identifies alternative federal funding sources for IV-B activities and services and assesses
the needs of families eligible for these services, caseworkers’ resources to safely manage
caseloads, the number of families and length of time they wait for substance abuse and
other preventive services, and the effect of the delay of those services on reunification.
[NEW: The GAO report was not included in H.R. 2790]
Two additional PSSF grants for targeted purposes—to support monthly caseworker visits
and regional partnership grants to address permanency affected by parental substance
abuse—are both maintained at $20 million allotments each. The purpose of the monthly
caseworker visit allotment is amended to specify that improving caseworker decisionmaking is in regards to decisions made about the safety, permanence and well-being of
children in care. [NEW: This amended purpose was not in H.R. 2790] Within the
discretionary grants targeting substance abuse, the bill removes the language giving
greater weight to applicants addressing methamphetamine abuse specifically. The bill
also adds that extensions of substance abuse grants are limited to two years, but that
multiple grants are allowed, and the varying limit of the federal share of the cost of
services under the grant is updated through seven fiscal years. It also adds a 5 % limit on
HHS administrative expenses for this grant program [NEW: The details of grant
extensions, federal shares, and administrative limits were not in H.R. 2790] Finally, the
bill also requires an HHS evaluation of the programs and activities provided under the
substance abuse grants from FY2007 through 2011 and again from FY2012 through
2016. HHS reports on these evaluations are due December 31, 2012 and 2017,
respectively. [NEW: This evaluation was not included in H.R. 2790]
PSSF sets aside mandatory and discretionary funding for grants for highest state courts
that carry out child welfare activities. H.R. 2883/S. 1542 adds a clarification that court
grant improvement plans should include requirements related to concurrent planning.
Furthermore, the bill adds a requirement that these plans, as well as legal personnel
training, should seek to improve family engagement in all stages of permanence in court
processes. The bill also streamlines the number of necessary applications to one,
regardless of the number of purposes the highest state court applying for funds plans to
address. Finally, the bill divides the court improvement grants into funding categories by
purpose of the grant and assigns each category a monetary reservation— $9 million for
assessing court systems and implementing improvements, $10 million for improving
permanence and timeliness of placements, $10 million for training court and legal
personnel, and $1 million for tribal courts. The bill also specifies that any discretionary
funding allocations for court improvement should go to the first funding category of
assessing court systems and implementing improvements. [NEW: The family engagement provision, streamlined application requirements, and funding categories were
not included in H.R. 2790]
H.R. 2883/S. 1542 makes a few additional changes to child welfare legislation. It adds a
part III to title IV-B, titled, “Common Provisions.” This subpart is comprised of a section
on “Data Standardization for Improved Data Matching.” This calls on HHS to work with
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to designate standard data elements for
any category of information required to be reported in IV-B. Additionally, under IV-E of
the Social Security Act, the bill clarifies that the requirement for educational stability for
children in care refers to “each” placement, removing confusion about the requirements
applicability beyond the first placement. Also in IV-E, the bill requires states to
document savings from the de-link of adoption assistance payments from the old Aid to
Families with Dependent Children eligibility that is part of the 2008 Fostering
Connections legislation. Also in IV-E, under the definitions section, “case review
system” is amended with an additional responsibility of the state to obtain a copy of a
consumer report yearly for all children in care over the age of 16. Furthermore, the bill
requires that the youth receives assistance in interpreting and resolving inaccuracies,
where possible, by a court-appointed advocate. [NEW: The consumer report provision
was not included in H.R. 2790]
H.R. 2883/S. 1542 fails to reauthorize the discretionary Mentoring Children of Prisoners
grants. This program was zeroed out in the FY 2011 appropriations. [NEW: H.R. 2790
reauthorized this program at $25 million each year through 2016.] Also, the bill does not
require HHS to study the state of recruiting and supporting foster parents, adoptive
parents, and kin caregivers. [NEW: This study was included in H.R. 2790]
Finally, H.R. 2883/S. 1542 reinstates waiver authority for Title IV-E demonstration
projects. [NEW: Waivers were not included in H.R. 2790] Waivers are legislatively
authorized and administratively approved interruptions of federal regulation to allow
states more flexible use of a particular funding stream. This bill aims to bridge the
differences between the two chambers’ approaches at IV-E waiver reauthorization. It
cedes to the House on some points including the duration of the demonstration projects
the bill authorizes, while yielding to the Senate by including language requiring states to
undertake specific efforts to improve permanency and outcomes and prevent abuse and
neglect in order to be eligible for a waiver.
The bill allows HHS to issue up to 10 waivers each year from 2012 through 2014.
Waivers cannot exceed five years or end after 2019. To qualify, a state must increase
permanence by reducing time in foster care, increase positive outcomes for children and
families, or prevent maltreatment and re-entry into care. In addition the state must have or
plan to implement at least two of the following policies: establishing a bill of rights for
children in care, implementing a health and mental health plan for children in care,
covering kinship/subsidized guardianship with IV-E funding, extending IV-E foster care
to 21, implementing a plan to reduce congregate care, increasing the placement of
siblings together, implementing a plan to improve the recruitment and retention of quality foster families, establishing procedures to assist youth in transitioning out of care, state
plan inclusion of older youth guidance in their own transition plan, and the establishment
of one or more programs to prevent placement in care and provide permanency.
Furthermore, the bill includes reporting requirements that must start two years prior to the
waiver application, account for all child welfare spending during the time of the waiver,
provide periodic reports, and obtain an independent evaluation. Finally, tribes are eligible
to apply for waivers if they are running a IV-E plan.

Friday, September 23, 2011

70 child-welfare workers lied about efforts to protect children

70 child-welfare workers lied about efforts to protect children - OrlandoSentinel.com:
And that's just in Florida! Just imagine how many more lying caseworker's there are in the rest of the country that STILL haven't been caught. I'm sure the number's are staggering. In fact, I'm positive the number's are staggering!

During the past two years, more than 70 Florida child-welfare workers have been caught falsifying records -- lying about their on-the-job efforts to protect children, according to state and county records reviewed by the Orlando Sentinel.

Oklahoma Department of Human Services worker testifies in trial concerning foster child's death

Oklahoma Department of Human Services worker testifies in trial concerning foster child's death | NewsOK.com:

Edmond foster parent has been charged in the death of a child she was caring for in 2009.

BY TIFFANY GIBSON tgibson@opubco.com
Published: September 23, 2011
GUTHRIE — Attorneys cross-examined a state child welfare worker Thursday in the child abuse trial of Amy Holder. Holder is accused of abusing Naomi Whitecrow, 2, who died after four months in foster care with Holder, of Edmond.

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Thoughts of Kidnapping Common Among Parents of Kids in Foster Care

Thoughts of Kidnapping Common Among Parents of Kids in Foster Care: Expert - WNYC:

As the search continues for the eight children plucked from a Queens foster home by their biological mother this week, experts say it's common for parents to contemplate kidnapping.

Foster care system: broken beyond repair?

Foster care system: broken beyond repair? - www.ktnv.com:

Clark County, NV (KTNV) - Desperate parents. Children with no rights. Ruthless caseworkers, and a corrupt system. That's how Clark County's Department of Family Services has been described by child welfare experts who say our system is broken almost beyond repair.

DCF Dirty Tricks

MassOutrage | DCF Dirty Tricks:

This material is an introduction to the seamy underbelly of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) operating procedure.

This is the "Dirty Tricks" section that isn't in the policy manual, but ought to be, on how to take and keep children. All Department of Children and Families (DCF) agents know them, use them, and pass them on as oral tradition. Their goal: Take as many children as possible. Their method: Dirty tricks.

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Dealing With CPS The Danger In CPS Safety Plans

Dealing With CPS The Danger In CPS Safety Plans:

The Child Protective Services agent or social worker may ask you to sign a "safety plan" or voluntarily agree to home visitation as a means of either keeping your children now or having them placed back home on a trial basis. The purpose of these programs is to gather enough evidence (real or imagined) to build a case to take your children. Remember, states only get federal money when they put your children in foster care, not when they leave them with you under a home visitation program.

Juvenile Court Scam

Juvenile Court Scam:

Some might think that this cannot be possible. Our legal system is the greatest in the world. Wrong! It was at one time but in the last 20 years it has become corrupt and beyond repair and is nothing more than a band of lawless criminals plundering the people.

DCFS and Your Rights

DCFS and Your Rights:

DCFS and Your Rights

Student Punished for Christian Faith

Student Punished for Christian Faith | Godfather Politics:

Fourteen year old Dakota Ary attends Western Hills High School in Fort Worth Texas. He is an honor student, plays football and has never been in trouble at school; that is until earlier this week.

According to Dakota, the topic of homosexuality has been discussed on a number of occasions in his German language class. When the topic came up in class again this week, he told the student behind him that he was a Christian and that he believed being a homosexual was wrong.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

4 Your Child: Faux ADHD

Preschoolers on meds: Too much too soon? - CNN.com

Preschoolers on meds: Too much too soon? - CNN.com:

Doctors have been prescribing drugs to treat attention deficits and depression in very young children for more than a decade.

(Parenting.com) -- As the sun rises over Phoenix, 4-year-old Shelby wakes. She sleepily uses the potty, dutifully washes her hands, and then accepts a white capsule from her mother, Victoria*. (*Last name has been withheld.)

Child Welfare Bill Passes Senate Finance Committee

Child Welfare Bill Passes Senate Finance Committee | The Children's Monitor:

Am I wrong or did we NOT vote these people into office to work for US? NOT against US! Title IV MUST be defunded. This is the will of the people!

Today, Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) brought the Child and Family Services Improvment and Innovation Act (S. 1542) to mark up in the Senate Finance Committee. Both spoke of the need for continued reform of the child welfare system beyond this legislation, though in different ways. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) mentioned the need to continue improving outcomes for youth in care and agreed with the need for further reforming child welfare financing. The bill passed without objections and now heads to the Senate Floor. While that vote has not been scheduled, the House is expected to vote on their version (H.R. 2883) of the same bill tomorrow. Click here for CWLA’s summary of the bill.

Open Letter to Judge Kelly-New Hampshire

Dear Honorable Kelly;

Why are your Courts destroying my family?

We have suffered severe emotional distress, financial hardship and estrangement from my two stepdaughters.

Why was my husband denied his right to Due Process as his Constitutional Rights have been violated and the essential base on the concept "fundamental fairness"?

Why has my husband repeatedly been held in contempt based on a mathematical error by your court?

Why has he not seen his daughters in two years? Since September 26th 2009 to be exact.

Why do you allow his ex-wife to block every attempt to see them?

Why do you allow his ex-wife to commit perjury in your courtrooms?

Why are we being forced to get our food at our local food pantry and remain on the verge of bankruptcy?

Why has my husband paid more than 38% of his income for child support when the guidelines state that he should be paying 33% for two children?

Why was my husband falsely incarcerated because he could not financially comply with the error by your court?

WHY did it become my families' responsibility to find $10,000 cash bail to have him released? Why did it become my responsibility to fight for my husband's freedom and his right to be a father and not be faulted for an error your court made?

WHY do we continue to file with your court with no response?

WHY are we being denied our rights? Our rights as people and our rights as parents?

Our family desperately needs relief.

The children are getting older and they already have a two year old sister they have never met.

Please show us what to do.

Respectfully;

Samantha & Nicholas Haas
1 A Hummingbird Lane
Hooksett, NH 03106
(603)858-6634 Ph.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Reseda family reunited after year of foster care

Reseda family reunited after year of foster care - LA Daily News:
What a miracle. One family reunited!

Pablo Nino smiled proudly while posing for pictures with his family on a patch of grass in downtown Los Angeles.

All but one of the Reseda construction worker's six children had spent about a year in foster care, and he was deeply grateful to have them back.

Take ex back to court for misrepresenting income

Take ex back to court for misrepresenting income - BostonHerald.com:

My ex-wife is a state employee from whom I’ve been divorced for several years. I filed for modification of the cc order.

My ex was supposed to produce her income tax returns when we went to court, but instead she only produced her W-2, which said her wages were $52,000. When I got home I checked online and the state Web site showed her income at $99,000. Is that perjury? How can I get this information before the judge?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Biological father wants son back

Biological father wants son back - Chicago Sun-Times:

"Justin is the father who allowed his son to be adopted 11 years ago. It’s a decision he bitterly regrets.

“As each year passes, I get angrier with myself, hate myself more and grow more disappointed with the decision. It’s too late now, but I want my son back.”"

Colorado Court of Appeals: Foster Parents Do Not Have Constitutionally Protected Liberty Interest in a Continued Relationship with a Foster Child; Rights Derived from Contractual Relationship with the State

Colorado Court of Appeals: Foster Parents Do Not Have Constitutionally Protected Liberty Interest in a Continued Relationship with a Foster Child; Rights Derived from Contractual Relationship with the State:
The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in People In the Interest of A.C., and Concerning M.S. on September 15, 2011.

Jail ordered for Dodge couple who abused foster child

Jail ordered for Dodge couple who abused foster child | Fond du Lac Reporter | fdlreporter.com:

JUNEAU — A Dodge County couple accused of abusing a foster child in their care will spend time in jail.

More Transparency Required for D.C. Child Welfare

Matthew Fraidin: More Transparency Required for D.C. Child Welfare:

Just a few weeks ago, the D.C. Court of Appeals revealed that D.C.'s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) housed one of its charges in a homeless shelter. When the youth turned 21, CFSA sent him into the world without a place to live or any means of affording one.

Thief steals from foster children

Thief steals from foster children - SentinelSource.com: Local News:

Thief takes cash from benefit event
Ten children in black pants and crisp white shirts spent the afternoon setting tables and making flower arrangements.
At 5 p.m. Saturday they served spaghetti dinners to 98 people, raising money for the Monadnock Area Foster Parent Association — a group that puts on events for children in foster care throughout the region.

Over 5 Million Children are Currently Treated with ADHD Medication; Study Shows a Majority May Be Unnecessarily Medicated

Over 5 Million Children are Currently Treated with ADHD Medication; Study Shows a Majority May Be Unnecessarily Medicated - PR Newswire - sacbee.com:

How about the majority of children being drugged with ADHA Medication ARE being drugged unnecessarily!

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Sept. 20, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- In a new study published today in the American Journal of Family Therapy, lead researcher Dr. Robert M. Pressman announces for the first time a direct link between bedtime routines and behavior that mimics ADHD in children. The findings propose that of the over 5 million children who are now being treated with ADHD medication, a majority may be suffering from Faux-ADHD, a disorder linked to irregular bedtimes and bed sharing, and does not require medication. The study conducted by researchers at the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology and the Rhode Island College Department of Special Education suggests that simple adjustments to bedtime habits, rather than medication, can eliminate ADHD-like behavior, such as poor attention and hyperactivity.

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Accused Oklahoma County judge loses parental rights to adopted twins

Accused Oklahoma County judge loses parental rights to adopted twins | Tulsa World:

Oklahoma County District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure next faces preliminary hearing in criminal case.
OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma County judge accused of fraud, and her husband, have lost parental rights to twins they adopted last year.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Federal Jury in San Jose, CA Awards $3.25 Million in Damages to Family for Unlawful Seizure of Their Children Represented by The Law Offices of Johnson & Johnson

Federal Jury in San Jose, CA Awards $3.25 Million in Damages to Family for Unlawful Seizure of Their Children Represented by The Law Offices of Johnson & Johnson:

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) April 04, 2011

A jury in U.S. District Court in Northern California today returned a unanimous verdict against officers from the San Jose Police Department for the violation of an entire family's civil rights and awarded $3.25 million in damages. The Law Offices of Johnson & Johnson in Walnut Creek, CA represented the family in their claims against the officers and the City of San Jose.

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