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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

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Capacity and transparency: the Court of Protection and the media

Capacity and transparency: the Court of Protection and the media:

Sir James Munby is well known as a promoter of transparency in the family courts, but perhaps lesser so as being equally enthusiastic with regard to the Court of Protection (CoP). The transparency agenda has recently been dramatically advanced in the CoP, by a pilot scheme in which the presumption of a closed court is reversed. The announcement and implementation of this pilot coincided with unusually high press coverage of one CoP case – ‘the woman who lost her sparkle’.

Commissioners Respond to ‘Extortion’ Complaints

Commissioners Respond to ‘Extortion’ Complaints:

But discuss only cost of Williamson County Domestic
Relations Office, and claim need for judges to buy in

Group claims N.J. Family Court system is corrupt

Group claims N.J. Family Court system is corrupt | NJ.com:

PATERSON — Roughly 30 people on Sunday gathered outside the Passaic County courthouse for a rally against what they allege is corruption and bias in the family court system in New Jersey.

Prescription of drugs to foster youth under scrutiny in Sonoma County and statewide

Prescription of drugs to foster youth under scrutiny in Sonoma County and statewide | The Press Democrat:

When she was 9 years old, Angelica De La Torre saw her mother fall from her pedestal of strength and virtue into a place torn apart by methamphetamine addiction. Unable to deal with the loss of the single most important person in her life, De La Torre herself fell into depression and helplessness.

Foster care system pilots new program in Fort Bend and Montgomery counties

Foster care system pilots new program in Fort Bend and Montgomery counties - Houston Chronicle:

Pilot in Fort Bend and Montgomery counties seeks better outcomes

A two-year pilot program that aims to involve family members of children in foster care is launching in a pair of suburban Houston counties. Funded with more than $500,000 allocated by the Legislature, the Collaborative Family Engagement program works to identify and more effectively engage relatives who might offer support or, in some cases, a home to a child in foster care.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This mom's visit from CPS is about to make your head explode

This mom's visit from CPS is about to make your head explode:

Even if you happen to be one of those people who believe the world is just one giant bear trap waiting to snap shut on the children who live in it, it's hard to imagine that there's a much safer place for kids than their own backyard, particularly if you can glance out your window and easily see them.

Former foster children sue DSHS, Sound Mental Health

Former foster children sue DSHS, Sound Mental Health | KIRO-TV:
SEATTLE —
She's 28 now. But for a moment, she was 5 years old again, living a nightmare in this South Seattle foster home.

Gunshots fired at children’s services building in 'targeted attack' on social worker

Gunshots fired at children’s services building in 'targeted attack' on social worker - Mirror Online:

Gunshots have been fired into the door of a children’s services building in a suspected 'targeted attack' directed at a social worker.

Mother claims Social Services didn't do enough ahead of 5 children being killed

Mother claims Social Services didn't do enough ahead of 5 childr - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports:

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) -The former wife of the man accused of brutally killing his five children then dumping their bodies in a ditch in rural Alabama has filed a lawsuit against the state and Lexington County Department of Social Services for failing to protect the children from their murders. 


Judge to Pay for Indian Child Welfare Act Violations

Judge to Pay for Indian Child Welfare Act Violations | The Lakota Law Project Report:

South Dakota Judge Jeff Davis agreed to pay $50,000 to plaintiffs from the Oglala Sioux and Rosebud Sioux Tribes for attorneys’ fees after a 2015 ruling found he had violated the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) on numerous occasions.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Supporting families on both sides of foster care

Supporting families on both sides of foster care | Alaska Public Media:

Foster care doesn’t just impact kids. It changes the lives of entire families — and foster families. So how do we support both those who lose their children and those who take them in? We’ll talk about supporting the foster care system on the next Talk of Alaska statewide.

Kids struggle with parents behind bars

Kids struggle with parents behind bars | Local News | record-eagle.com:

TRAVERSE CITY — A nationwide Kids Count policy report indicates an alarming trend for children across the state. The Annie E. Casey foundation report released Monday shows 228,000 Michigan children — or about one in 10 — have had a parent incarcerated in their lifetime. Only Indiana and Kentucky are listed as having a higher percentage.

Infant assaulted with 8 vaccine doses at six months old... collapses into state of brain damage... doctors blame the parents!

Infant assaulted with 8 vaccine doses at six months old... collapses into state of brain damage... doctors blame the parents! - NaturalNews.com:

(NaturalNews) Desperate to share her story, a Texas mother is speaking out about the traumatic injuries her young daughter sustained after being injected at six months old with a total of eight vaccine doses.
About a month after infant Cerenity received the DTaP/Hib/IPV (5-in-1 combo), hepatitis B, pneumococcal Prevnar 13, and the oral Rotavirus vaccine, she suffered several major injuries and grew increasingly unwell.

Commission studying N.H. child fatalities to discuss ombudsman

Commission studying N.H. child fatalities to discuss ombudsman - News - fosters.com - Dover, NH:
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A legislative commission tasked with reviewing child deaths in New Hampshire is seeking advice from a former head of the Massachusetts child advocacy office.The commission recommends New Hampshire's Division for Children, Youth and Families hire an ombudsman to oversee the agency after two high profile child deaths. It will hear Monday from Gail Garinger, the former head of a similar office in Massachusetts.

We already have an Ombudsman! What we need are FAMILY ADVOCATES, who work with the entire family. Looking out for the family's best interest. God knows someone needs to when dealing with DCYF.

Child abuse panel alarmed at DCYF staffing levels

Child abuse panel alarmed at DCYF staffing levels | New Hampshire:

CONCORD — A rising number of child abuse complaints is coming into a child protective system that is understaffed and plagued by high turnover.
That’s the situation at the Division of Children, Youth and Families, according to Director Lorraine Bartlett, who testified Monday at the monthly meeting of the Legislative Commission on Child Abuse Fatalities.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Is addiction evidence of child neglect?

Is addiction evidence of child neglect? | LFDA - Live Free or Die Alliance:

On Thursday, April 21 the House of Representatives voted in favor of SB 515, a bill that establishes a parent’s opioid addiction as evidence of child neglect.

Current law requires other evidence of harm to the child before a finding of neglect.

Crock of shit! No evidence is needed to steal a child!

DCYF overseer steps down to take Va. job

DCYF overseer steps down to take Va. job | New Hampshire:

CONCORD — The associate commissioner in charge of the Division of Children and Youth Services is stepping down at a time when the organization comes under intense scrutiny.

Child advocate proposed for NH

Child advocate proposed for NH | New Hampshire:

CONCORD — A legislative commission set up to review child abuse fatalities in New Hampshire is working on its most ambitious proposal yet — a watchdog agency to keep an independent eye on the state’s child protection system, particularly the Division of Children, Youth and Families. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Uncut: Time for action for CPS in Texas

Uncut: Time for action for CPS in Texas | WFAA.com:

It's a true shame that another week has passed and we still have no set plan in Texas to fix Child Protective Services. State senators in Austin engaged in plenty of wailing and gnashing of teeth this week, claiming to want to makes some changes. But in the end, that's all they did: talk about it.

Canadian mom investigated for letting kids play alone in backyard: Report

Canadian mom investigated for letting kids play alone in backyard: Report - Washington Times:

A Canadian mother is upset after said she was investigated by child protection services for letting her children play alone in their fenced-in backyard.

CPS ‘failed’ girl beaten to death in Grand Prairie, memos state

CPS ‘failed’ girl beaten to death in Grand Prairie, memos state | The Star-Telegram:



Child Protective Services acknowledged in agency memos that local caseworkers “failed to eliminate danger indicators” before a 4-year-old girl was beaten to death in Grand Prairie in March.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article73363152.html#storylink=cpy

Mother Wins Appeal After Her Rights Were Terminated-The Case Could Change Michigan Law

She lost her parental rights. Now, she's won her appeal, and the case could change Michigan's laws | state of opportunity:

Today I got an update on a story we reported here in January. It's the story of Michelle Gach, a mother whose parental rights were terminated by a judge after her three-year-old-son was found wandering one morning with his dogs in a park across the street from his house. Gach told me she'd worked into the early morning that day, and her son snuck out of the house "to be a big boy" and walk the dogs while she slept. 

Let's alter Child Protective Services System to keep dads in kids’ lives

Your Views: Let's alter Child Protective Services System to keep dads in kids’ lives | GazetteXtra:

Children desperately need fathers in their lives. However, the current Child Protective Services System of the state and federal governments is no more than a bounty-hunting network to hound, harass and incarcerate mostly poor fathers. The debtor’s prison is alive and well; but only for noncustodial parents; not for any other debt does the law require incarceration for nonpayment. 

Legal Ease: Social media evidence in family law cases

Legal Ease: Social media evidence in family law cases - Blogs - The Register-Mail:

Social Media has been a growing trend in the past decade, with sites continuing to pop up like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat, MySpace, and Vine. Now with the click of a button, individuals can share their frustrations, successes, and mundane observations with family, friends, and strangers. This can be both an asset and a liability in family law matters.

Court Vacates Family Court Ruling Treating Fetus as a Child

Court Vacates Family Court Ruling Treating Fetus as a Child | New York Law Journal:

A Family Court judge's rulings that a fetus is a "child" under New York's Family Court Act have been vacated by a Manhattan appellate court.

ACF-Payments for Foster Care and Permanency 2010-2012

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIESFOSTER CARE AND PERMANENCY
State Tables-Pages 348

FY 2012 MANDATORY STATE/FORMULA GRANTS
PROGRAM:

Title IV-E Foster Care (CFDA #93.658)

Page 350-
PROGRAM: Title IV-E Adoption Assistance (CFDA #93.659)

Page 352-
PROGRAM: Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFDA #93.674)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

N.H. House Backs Bill Making Untreated Opioid Dependence a Trigger For State to Intervene

N.H. House Backs Bill Making Untreated Opioid Dependence a Trigger For State to Intervene | New Hampshire Public Radio:
The New Hampshire House Wednesday backed a measure that would allow the state Division of Children, Youth and Families to investigate parents suspected of having an opioid dependence. As written, the bill would exempt parents currently involved in treatment or actively seeking treatment. 
My Comment:  "As written, the bill would exempt parents currently involved in treatment or actively seeking treatment." Oddly enough, there are parent's in NH with open DCYF cases due to substance abuse who ARE in treatment. Other's have lost their children because they were in treatment and were ILLEGALLY Court ordered out of it in order to regain custody. Parent's ordered into Medical Detox which was non-existent in NH, making compliance an impossible task. Here is the piece of the Child Protection Act that has been used against parent's who neither neglected or abused their children and I'm quite sure will be used again and again because our Government let's DCYF get away with it:
2 Child Protection Act; Definition of a Neglected Child. Amend RSA 169-C:3, XIX(b) to read as follows:
(b) Who is without proper parental care or control, subsistence, education as required by law, or other care or control necessary for his or her physical, mental, or emotional health, when it is established that his or her health has suffered or is very likely to suffer serious impairment; and the deprivation is not due primarily to the lack of financial means of the parents, guardian, or custodian. I wonder how much money all those "Taken" children brought in to the State, not to mention how much more will be paid by the federal Govt. once this Bill passes.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

California courts step up oversight of psychotropic medication use in foster care

California courts step up oversight of psychotropic medication use in foster care - San Jose Mercury News:

SAN FRANCISCO -- California's judicial leaders on Friday took a major step toward reversing the foster care system's rampant use of psychiatric drugs, approving a slate of new safeguards to make juvenile courts here the country's most careful and inquisitive monitors of psychiatric care for abused and neglected children.

Reviews find several CPS workers falsified case reports

Reviews find several CPS workers falsified case reports | www.statesman.com:

DALLAS — State investigators have found at least a dozen Child Protective Services workers were accused in 2015 of falsifying parts of their case records to look as if they checked on endangered children.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Travis County Child Protective Services Scrutinized Following Resignations In Dallas

Travis County Child Protective Services Scrutinized... | Patch:

The exits are fallout from intensified media scrutiny that now has Travis County in its sights for further examination.

AUSTIN, TX -- The fallout continues at Child Protective Services amid intense media scrutiny of its practices, with the resignations of two more top leaders at the agency tasked with protecting the state's children from abuse.

Five leave Texas child protection agency in rare regime change

Five leave Texas child protection agency in rare regime change | www.mystatesman.com:

The departures come amid ongoing changes in the department’s top leadership.

Drugging Our Kids: Foster care bill targets excessive prescribing of psychiatric drugs

Drugging Our Kids: Foster care bill targets excessive prescribing of psychiatric drugs - San Jose Mercury News:

SACRAMENTO -- The voices of foster youth and their advocates overcame the powerful physicians lobby in the Capitol on Monday, as a bill to identify and investigate California doctors who overprescribe psychiatric drugs to traumatized foster children won a key Senate vote.

Foster care failures

Foster care failures - Opinion - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI:

For some time, Rhode Island has faced significant problems with its foster-care program. But a new report, from the state’s Office of the Child Advocate, highlights particular deficiencies that may have contributed to two recent child deaths.


Despite Federal Efforts, Texas Foster Care System Is Worsening

Despite Federal Efforts, Texas Foster Care System Is Worsening | HPPR:

After months of scrutiny and controversy, the foster care system in Texas appears to be worsening instead of improving, according to The Texas TribuneAbused children are being left in psychiatric facilities far past the eight to 10 days covered by Medicaid. In fact, that’s an understatement: As of August, children were being held for an average of 768 days.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

NH bill to protect addicts' kids tweaked

NH bill to protect addicts' kids tweaked - News - fosters.com - Dover, NH:

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A House committee is recommending changes to a bill that attempts to protect New Hampshire's youngest residents from the state's growing opioid abuse crisis — a response to concerns raised by obstetricians. The bill passed by the Senate last month would add a parent's abuse of opioids or a baby's diagnosis of drug addiction to the state's definition of child abuse and neglect unless the parent was being treated for addiction. The goal is to allow the Division of Children, Youth and Families to get involved more quickly to protect children, but doctors said it could discourage drug-addicted pregnant women from getting prenatal care because they fear their newborn or other children could be taken away.

"The word on the street will be that DCYF will swoop in and take infants from their mothers shortly after birth if they're not in treatment," said Rep. Skip Berrien, a Democrat from Exeter.

Under current law, DCYF can't take actions such as overseeing supervision of children or placing them in foster care unless it can show actual harm from the drug abuse.

My Comment: What a crock of shit! Why then was my daughter Court-ordered OUT of Methadone treatment and her daughter stolen and adopted out by NH DCYF?????

Friday, April 8, 2016

Families Wanted: Did Social Services Treat You Badly?

Daily Mail journalist Anthony Harwood, writes:
“We are seeking families who have fallen foul of social services and feel they may have been targeted, for whatever reason. Need people who are prepared to talk about their experiences and, preferably, be identified if the law allows it. Article for Daily Mail newspaper. Please contact Anthony Harwood.”
If you’d like to get involved, Anthony’s email address is:        anthonyharwood@cliomedia.co.uk


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Heroin epidemic has more grandparents raising young children

Heroin epidemic has more grandparents raising young children | WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio:

When drug addiction hits a family, grandparents are usually the ones who step up to take care of the children left behind.
One group of grandparents are banning together not only to keep their grandkids safe, but also help fight for their own child’s recovery.

Mental and physical health problems linked to people forced to represent themselves in court

Litigants in person | Citizens Advice:

Nine out of 10 people who have been forced to represent themselves as ‘litigants in person’ in the family courts have suffered strain on their mental and physical health, a report by Citizens Advice has revealed.

Greg Abbott's Continued Fight Against Foster Children's Safety

Greg Abbott's Continued Fight Against Foster Children's Safety | Houston Press:
Foster Care, Dead Children and Greg Abbott's Cognitive Dissonance

When it comes to protecting children, Greg Abbott just doesn't get it.

According to emails obtained by the Texas Tribune, Abbott took a personal interest in the January 2015 murder of a two-month-old girl who had been removed from her mother by Child Protective Services and placed temporarily with a family friend. Justice Hull was drowned in a bowl of water by the family friend's 14-year-old daughter, who told authorities she didn't want her mom to adopt the child. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Woman accused of child abuse works for child protection agency

Woman accused of child abuse works for child protection agency -:

Winn Joins Family's Fight Against DCF

Winn Joins Family's Fight Against DCF - WIBW News Now!:

The parents of five children who were taken by the Kansas Department of Children and Families have enlisted the help of a high profile name. 

Norma Bell death: Murder probe after foster mother's body found in fire-gutted house

Norma Bell death: Murder probe after foster mother's body found in fire-gutted house - BBC News:

The body of 79-year-old Norma Bell was discovered inside the house in Westbourne Road on Sunday morning. Police said Mrs Bell, who had been a foster parent to more than 50 children and would have turned 80 next month, died before the fire started.

Tighten up child protection procedures with greater diligence

Tighten up child protection procedures with greater diligence | Bradenton Herald:

Mother claims former DCS worker used position and influence to take her baby

Mother claims former DCS worker used position and influence to t - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL:
GALLATIN, TN (WSMV) -
It is a story of friendship and betrayal. A local mother said her baby was taken from her by a government worker who she said used her position to gain trust.Monday afternoon, a judge ruled on that mother's quest to get her baby back.

DCYF lays off licensing chief after critical report

DCYF lays off licensing chief after critical report | WPRI 12 Eyewitness News:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The head of licensing at the R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families has lost his job just days after the release of a highly critical report on the agency.

When Foster Parents Face Allegations

When Foster Parents Face Allegations - The Chronicle of Social Change:

Allegations against foster parents are common.  They come from everywhere and nowhere, often as a surprise. No one warned you that this was likely. Someone calls in to say that you spanked your child. The child may have told her teacher that you touched him “improperly” during a bath. The birth mother charges that you left her child alone or locked him in his room. The caseworker may even charge you with neglect for failing to keep a doctor’s appointment.

Some Kentucky Courts Open Child Welfare Proceedings

Some Kentucky Courts Open Child Welfare Proceedings | WKMS:

Legislation headed to Governor Matt Bevin’s desk will open to the public a small number of Kentucky courts handling child welfare cases. 

Families claim they were falsely accused of child neglect or abuse

Families claim they were falsely accused of child neglect or abuse - Cronkite News - Arizona PBS:

An activist group claims some families have been falsely accused of child abuse and neglect. State and hospital officials responded they have to balance protecting children with respecting family rights. Several families protested recently in front of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, then marched a few blocks to the Arizona Department of Child Safety building.

Child welfare system at a 'breaking point and will soon be in crisis,' caseworker says

Child welfare system at a 'breaking point and will soon be in crisis,' caseworker says | PennLive.com:

The combination of paperwork, long hours, high stress levels, mounting caseloads, and a lack of pertinent training are making it harder to find and keep caseworkers to staff child welfare agencies.


Documentary highlights troubled foster care system

Documentary highlights troubled foster care system | Tampa Bay Times:

A Florida guardian ad litem's documentary about problems in the state's foster care system will premiere this month at the Palm Beach International Film Festival.

Lawyers for Family in Abuse Case Tell Supreme Court To Make Court Records Public

Lawyers for Family in Abuse Case Tell Supreme Court To Make Court Records Public | New Hampshire Public Radio:

The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on whether a lawsuit over the state’s handling of child abuse and neglect cases should be open to the public.

Report: Kelly fell through cracks

Report: Kelly fell through cracks | WTSP.com:

Manatee, Florida -  10News WTSP first uncovered that two child protective investigators were punished -- not fired -- for mishandling a toddler's case.Documents released by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office shows just how many times this case fell through the cracks.

CPS workers fired after death of Grand Prairie girl

CPS workers fired after death of Grand Prairie girl | WFAA.com:

GRAND PRAIRIE — A caseworker and supervisor have been fired following the death of a 4-year-old Grand Prairie girl. A CPS special investigator has also resigned, according to Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Mom gets apology, not child, from CPS

CPS apologizes to Dallas mom about child | WFAA.com:

SEAGOVILLE - Words of regret don't always come easily."It's very tough to talk about,” said Dana Gibson. “As a parent, there's nothing worse to know that you've caused your child pain."

Brazil Ends Monsanto Linked Pesticide Use to Fight Zika After It’s Exposed as Cause of Birth Defects

Brazil Ends Monsanto Linked Pesticide Use to Fight Zika After It’s Exposed as Cause of Birth Defects - Healthy Natural Cures:

Not a hoax …. the zika virus has now been linked to Monsanto’s subsidiary chemical product called SumiLarv. Released into the water system to combat the mosquitos and lacking in sufficient testing, this chemical is causing human DNA damage to developing human fetuses.

Social workers charged with child abuse in case involving torture killing of Gabriel Fernandez

Social workers charged with child abuse in case involving torture killing of Gabriel Fernandez - LA Times:
Four social workers have been charged with child abuse and falsifying public records in the case of the torture death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez in 2012.
In a rare criminal case filing against social workers, Los Angeles County prosecutors allege that the social workers minimized "the significance of the physical, mental and emotional injuries that Gabriel suffered... [and]  allowed a vulnerable boy to remain at home and continue to be abused."

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

DCF responds to allegations aimed at agency by father on hunger strike

DCF responds to allegations aimed at agency by father on hunger strike | CJOnline.com:

The Kansas Department for Children and Families on Tuesday countered a man’s allegations that his children haven’t been returned to his care because he has used medical marijuana by stating his accusations are false........................

Determining whether an allegation is true is separate from a recommendation to remove children from the home, said Theresa Freed, communications director for DCF. Though an unsubstantiated finding that doesn’t lead to a parent getting their child back may be confusing, Freed said, substantiated findings account for only 4 percent of the removals the agency handles.

My Comment: Why are children NATIONWIDE being taken from their parent's when the findings are UNSUBSTANTIATED?

Lawyers: Privacy shields DCYF in sex abuse case

Lawyers: Privacy shields DCYF in sex abuse case | New Hampshire:
CONCORD — Attorneys representing the adoptive parents of two children who were victims in a highly publicized Claremont sexual abuse case argued before the state Supreme Court that a lawsuit they plan to file should be filed in public court, to shed light on the way the case was handled by child protection agencies.

My comment: I agree the children's names should be redacted, but Atty. Capace is right. The secrecy in Family Court IS most definitely a shield to protect DCYF and CASA AND Family Court Judges.As I was once told by a Former DCYF worker, "DCYF can do whatever they want, because our Government gave them the power to do so." There is no transparency or accountability within DCYF and Family Court. No checks and balances. Anything goes. People would be shocked if they knew what really goes on behind the doors of the "Secret" Courts.It's way past time to "Open" the NH "Secret" Family Court's. Maybe under watchful eyes Government mandates will be followed and innocent families won't be railroaded. Maybe then only the truly abused children will be "Saved" and the unabused children will be left with their INNOCENT families.Why should anyone do the jobs they're paid to do when they aren't held accountable for their negligence? 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Austin, What are You Waiting For?

Austin, you were STOLEN from us on February 3rd, 2006 when you were six years old. You are now sixteen and we still haven't heard from you. Why? Were you told we didn't want you? Were you told we didn't love you? Were you told we didn't fight for you? Have you been brainwashed into thinking these things are true? None of them are true!
We did everything in our power to bring you home, after you were ILLEGALLY removed from our house. We petitioned the Court for custody, not once, but several times. We were told to be at the Court to be heard and then denied the right to be heard. We tried to intervene, only to be told we had "No standing." Actually we DID have standing as you were living in our home!
Hopefully, you read my blog and you realize  all the fraud that was used to keep you from us.
We were never given a Home Inspection when you and your sister were placed with us. That was ILLEGAL. There was NO Court Order or Warrant to take you from our home. There was never a Hearing as to why you were taken. We were never given the chance to speak up.
You were drugged, supposedly diagnosed with ADHD, just to keep you in line.  They were hoping you would forget us. Now I'm wondering if you did.
You cried for Grampie every day. We cried for you also. Our lives have been turned upside down. Life just isn't the same without you. We go to sleep at night looking at your picture, wondering if you're ok.. We wake up in the morning looking at your picture, praying you'll come home.You have new cousins who can't wait to meet you and a new stepfather.
You told the orphanage all you wanted was to be with us. In fact, you told everyone that, but you were worth more money to them in Foster care. Money means more to the State than a child's happiness. They didn't care what hell they put you through, as long as they got their money!
I know you must be on the Internet and I'm sure people you know have seen my blog. You probably read it yourself. I hope you don't believe the lies you've been told. All stolen children are fed lies about their REAL families, in hopes that you won't try to go home.
Grampie and I are getting older. We would like nothing more than for you to contact us. We tried to sell the house so we would have the money to fight for you and your cousin Isabella. That didn't work out, so we decided to stay here and wait for you and Isabella to come home. I even have the same car, hoping you would see me one day driving and stop me.
Please Austin, contact us. We love and miss you and worry about you all the time.
Love Always and Forever,
      Grammie and Grampie, Mommy and your ENTIRE REAL FAMILY!


Monday, April 4, 2016

N.H. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments to Open Some Child Abuse Cases to Public

N.H. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments to Open Some Child Abuse Cases to Public | New Hampshire Public Radio:

A hearing before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday will center on a sensitive question: Should lawsuits involving child abuse and neglect be open to the public?

Yes! Yes! Yes!

There is no Transparency or Accountability in the Secret Courts!

Another Unhappy Grammy Denied Placement of Her Grandson Angel by CPS of Monterey County, Ca.

Kathrine Lester, aka Kathrine Rosas Regarding the placement of my Grandson Angels case
It is a long heart wrenching story where it began, my adult daughter, my only child is a heroin addict...  We had tried to help her. Had her in many rehabs to no avail. She is still strung out on heroin, so I had to let go and let GOD......  So she is homeless, living in the streets of Salinas, CA, County of Monterey.   I worked for Social Security for twelve years and a registered process server for eight years, no criminal record of any sort. Not even speeding tickets, because I was a federal employee, my fingerprints are registered by the FBI.


THE LONG STORY SHORT

I got a call at work one day from my daughter, "MOM I AM PREGNANT". My heart sunk to my stomach as I knew of her addiction...  I said to her, "what are you going to do", meaning about the pregnancy. I am going to have it MOM....  I then said, " well you have great insurance",  as she was still covered under my federal insurance. I told her she needed to get to the OBGYN and be seen and get the proper prenatal care, so she did that....  I also said to her, " you will also need to get into an in patient rehab," as it was not healthy for her to be living in the streets in our homeless district, better known as China Town. She said she would. About two weeks went by.  She was not in rehab, but was going to the doctor. I then called the Doctor, spoke to the head nurse, explained the background and my concerns. The nurse said she would let the doctor know....  So her next visit of course, the doctor asked her. Sadly she never went back to the doctor or a rehab.....   

I, in my effort to protect my unborn grandson, called cps and local police and was told by BOTH, there was nothing they could do because he wasn't born yet. I said, " but this is child endangerment." They said again nothing they could do....  So I started doing research and found the Marchman Act out of the state of Florida and thought I could bring it here to California....  I got a local reporter to help. We went to the Capitol. Shot down there too as they said it would take two plus years to even attempt to bring this into California .....   

My Grandson is born, cps gets involved, denies me placement, citing not level headed and that I threatened them....  All hearsay. I did not threaten them, but did mention I would file a lawsuit against them as they were not following their own policy and procedure and I seen the agency saying untrue statements regarding my daughter, because she was finally in a rehab and trying to do all that she was told to do. In some of those cases, the Social workers were stating untrue events. I seen that and called them on that. Fifteen days later I was sent a denial of placement....  They did not do their part via their own policy which was to do a life scan on me and a homecheck. I earned about 90 K a year, had a 3,000 sq foot home on four acres, where my Grandson would have thrived and I would have adopted him and protected him....  
If you need further information please let me know,

Respectfully,
Kathrine 

Recently a horrible case broke out of the same County that lies to deny me placement and need protesters to come with me at the next hearing, I am attaching the Stories to that recent case and a copy of a lawsuit I found wherein the very social worker that denied me was named as a Defendant in a Wrongful death case yet she was not FIRED FROM THAT OLD CASE WHERE A BABY DIED ON HER WATCH...

Grand jury found flaws in Monterey County CPS department

http://www.ksbw.com/news/grand-jury-found-flaws-in-monterey-county-cps-department/37090042




O'Connell: Pilot of open family courts welcomed

O'Connell: Pilot of open family courts welcomed:

While much of the attention in this legislative session has been turned toward the budget, there was a major step forward for children with the passage of Senate Bill 40, which will finally lift the veil of secrecy in some child abuse and neglect cases in Kentucky.

Spanish-speaking foster kids were placed in English-speaking home, ignored and abused, suit claims

Spanish-speaking foster kids were placed in English-speaking home, ignored and abused, suit claims | OregonLive.com:

An attorney for three Spanish-speaking children who were placed with a foster family that did not speak their language – and that allegedly sexually abused and beat them -- has filed a $12.2 million lawsuit against the state of Oregon.

Couple on trial in death of 3-year-old foster child

Couple on trial in death of 3-year-old foster child - The Bakersfield Californian:

The foster mother of 3-year-old Serenity Gandara smacked the girl, called her stupid and failed to give her enough to eat, according to emotional testimony in the murder trial of the woman and her husband Friday.

Two Employees Charged After Boy Dies At Lake Villa Troubled Youth Facility

Two Employees Charged After Boy Dies At Lake Villa Troubled Youth Facility « CBS Chicago:

(CBS) –Two employees of a residential treatment center for troubled teens in Lake Villa are charged in the death of a 16-year-old resident following a struggle on Wednesday night.

Lawsuit: Foster children exposed to porn

Lawsuit: Foster children exposed to porn | KRON4.com:

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) is facing yet another multi-million dollar lawsuit alleging negligence in its placement of foster children.

Massachusetts court to hear gay parental rights case

Massachusetts court to hear gay parental rights case | The Salt Lake Tribune:

Boston • The same state court that paved the way for same-sex marriage in the United States is now being asked to decide a complicated case about the parental rights of a once-partnered but unmarried gay couple.

Foster family in baby's death not fully vetted

Foster family in baby's death not fully vetted | GJSentinel.com:

A “systemic” problem with how Mesa County assesses risk in foster families with whom small children are to be placed was a contributing factor in the 2014 death of 11-month-old Angel Place, according to a recently released state review of the child’s death.

Prosecutors, Child Advocates Critical Of State Trafficking and Child Exploitation Laws

Prosecutors, Child Advocates Critical Of State Trafficking and Child Exploitation Laws - Hartford Courant:

HARTFORD — Prosecutors and child advocates said Thursday that state efforts against the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children are weakened in Connecticut by flawed criminal laws and the lack of effective investigative tools.

Foster parent guilty of assault after 19-month-old burned

Foster parent guilty of assault after 19-month-old burned - Roanoke Times: Wire:

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City woman has been convicted on assault charges after prosecutors say she left her 19-month-old foster son sitting in scalding water and then didn't seek medical attention.

Lawyers for foster kids fighting to obtain ACS case files

Lawyers for foster kids fighting to obtain ACS case files - NY Daily News:

Lawyers for 10 children alleging abuse while in foster care are fighting for access to the kids’ ACS case files, part of an ongoing federal lawsuit seeking reforms to the child welfare system.

Judge Fires Back After DHS Criticism

Judge Fires Back After DHS Criticism - Story | ArkansasMatters:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Pulaski County Juvenile Court Judge Patricia James has sharp words for a top DHS official who accuses her of ignoring state law.
CAM14309_02.MP4     00:33:42;11     "I will not apologize," she said.  "They need to do their job."

Grassroots group seeks change for child welfare system it calls 'tangled and broken'

Grassroots group seeks change for child welfare system it calls 'tangled and broken' | PennLive.com:

With a state investigation under way in the shooting death of 12-year-old Ciara Meyer in Perry County, a group is calling for reforms in the state's children and youth services.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Children's Shelter proposes new campaign to keep children in homes

Children's Shelter proposes new campaign to keep children in homes :: La Prensa :: Comunidad:

There are thousands of children in Bexar County in critical need of foster homes.Last year, The Children’s Shelter was unable to place 2,700 children in a foster care program due to a lack of licensed foster care families. In fact, 68 percent of those children, who need a temporary home due to abuse, abandonment or neglect, were between the ages of five and older, according to the local shelter.

We are failing our children

We are failing our children:

The statistics hit like a kick in the gut: 1 in 14 Shasta County children will be put into foster care before their 5th birthday. One in four — that's 25 percent — of Shasta County children will be suspected of being abused or neglected. In 88 percent of the cases where children are taken from their homes, it's due to substance abuse. All this adds up to a dubious dishonor: Shasta County has the state's second highest rate of children in foster care.

Teen taken by CPS for alleged "medical neglect" says she isn't being reunited with mother

Teen taken by CPS for alleged "medical neglect" says she isn't being reunited with mother - WXYZ.com:

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) - Just over a year ago, 17-year-old Leiani McMichael says she was living the life of a normal teen. She played sports, drove a car and went to school. Then, she says something happened to her that could happen to anyone.


State officials blast Monterey County CPS handling of abuse case leading to two child deaths

State officials blast Monterey County CPS handling of abuse case leading to two child deaths - San Jose Mercury News:

SALINAS -- The tragic deaths of Shaun and Delylah Tara, whose bodies were found last December in a Northern California storage locker, again have thrust the state's Child Protective Services departments into a harsh spotlight, raising questions about whether the agencies can truly protect the state's most vulnerable children.


Sponsor of vetoed grandparents bill working to refine legislation

Sponsor of vetoed grandparents bill working to refine legislation | KSL.com:

SALT LAKE CITY — The sponsor of a grandparents' rights bill vetoed by Gov. Gary Herbert over concerns it could jeopardize adoptive parents' rights said Thursday he is willing to work with the governor to refine the legislation.


So many Dallas CPS investigators have quit, state has to bring in backups from other areas

So many Dallas CPS investigators have quit, state has to bring in backups from other areas - Texas News:

AUSTIN — Unusually large numbers of child-abuse investigators in Dallas County are quitting, which has forced Child Protective Services to bring in scores of workers from other parts of Texas to temporarily handle cases and ramp up recruitment for replacements.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

DCYF review will include cases of children who died

DCYF review will include cases of children who died | New Hampshire:

CONCORD — An outside review of the state’s child welfare agency will include the cases of two children who died while the Division of Children, Youth and Families was investigating allegations of abuse, according to a spokesman for Gov. Maggie Hassan.
William Hinkle issued the statement hours after receiving a letter from the attorney representing the estates of 3-year-old Brielle Gage of Nashua and 21-month-old Sadie Willott of Manchester, both of whom died while their neglect and abuse cases were under DCYF review.
Comment: I agree that the cases of these two children should definitely be included in the review. It would also make sense to include the cases of other parent's whose children were never returned, even after Criminal abuse charges (child endangerment) were dropped after their innocence was proven in Criminal Court, yet the Family Court and DCYF refused to drop the charges in Family Court. The children adopted out to stranger's, never to be seen again. Why should these families be denied their children and a Mother facing felony child abuse charges has her children returned before trial? Why are DCYF and the Family Court's allowed to use double standards?