Sunday, August 31, 2008
I was especially impressed with this particular part of it as it is a truth that any member of the family rights movement needs to understand. What he is talking about here is what others might call "Psychological Warfare" or "Social Conditioning."
II Fighting back
Essentially we are talking about a propaganda war, a war of information—more correctly, of disinformation. Clearly, therefore, a huge part of the problem is public perception. To employ the much overused cliché: we are engaged in a very real sense in a war of hearts and minds.
It is my contention that a war for hearts and minds cannot be won by disingenuous and deceptive methods, and the efforts so far to disguise the problem into a more politically palatable form is the first of the many cardinal mistakes of the Fathers Rights movement.
Any analysis of propaganda begins and ends with language. Using the verbiage of your enemy is the metaphorical equivalent of allowing the opposing army to choose the battlefield. The language used is the battlefield of the propaganda war we are engaged in. The lexicon of our enemy includes using the socially-constructed “gender” in place of the biologically determined “sex,” “parent” instead of “mother” or “father,” “partner” rather than “husband” or “wife,” “choice” rather than “abortion,” and even “abuser” and “batterer” as synonyms for men who fight for custody of their children.
In other words, this is where all of the bullshit that the family rights movement is up against starts to get deep. This is also a look at a common enemy from a different perspective.
Q. Have you heard of the Orphan Train? I was told orphans once were put on trains. The trains then stopped at various towns along their routes, and farmers would adopt the orphans to work on their land. Is this true? If so, when and how long did it last?
Kristen's 19 and fending for herself. She spent her teen years in foster care, raised by a woman the government paid to replace a mother the courts deemed unfit. Kristen graduated from East Wake High School last year. In the state's eyes, she was a grown-up, free -- and forced -- to find her own way.
Judges and advocates are questioning whether it's right to restrain mentally ill foster children in court. But some say they have no choice.
Last month, a 16-year-old Broward County girl was brought into Circuit Judge John A. Frusciante's courtroom for a hearing. She was handcuffed, her legs shackled with cloth restraints, with two armed deputies leading her by the arm.
Her offense? She's never been charged with one. A mentally ill foster child who was neglected by her mother and wound up in a psychiatric center, the teen was being restrained to keep her from running away, her attorney said.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
12-year-old foster child died late Monday night in a house fire in northwest Kinston.
On Monday at approximately 10:50 p.m., members of the Kinston Department of Public Safety Fire and Rescue Division responded to a structure fire at 3302 Crestwood Drive in Kinston. Upon arrival, they found the home engulfed in smoke and flames.
Funeral Set For Foster Child Killed In Fire; DSS Asking For Your Help
The funeral for a 12-year-old girl who died in a fire at her foster home will be Sunday afternoon. But authorities say there may not be enough money to bury the child.
Tiera Sutton died Monday night in the fire in Kinston.
DCF workers gather in Orlando for state summit
More than 1,000 child welfare professionals and advocates will gather in Orlando as the Department of Children & Families holds its annual conference.
Something is rotten in the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, and it's not the kids.
That's the only conclusion that can be drawn from the latest in a string of audits that found questionable practices that resulted from a lack of oversight.
In what is now becoming a daily occurrence as the nation's biggest child-custody case moves forward, Texas child welfare authorities have filed to "nonsuit" more children taken in the raid on the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch.
Meurer says she wanted them to know what detention is like before recommending it for 14-year-old girl.
Gregg Fishel grew used to hearing the question from his mother as she lay in bed at a Spring Valley hospital, dying of liver cancer.
When staff members at the Licking County Department of Job and Family Services received their new phone books this month, they noticed their department's phone number was wrong.
Department Director John Fisher said the newest Windstream phone book, published for the company by Local Insight Media of Colorado, not only got the department's main number wrong, it gave the wrong number for its child-abuse and neglect hot line.
Friday, August 29, 2008
The governor's office says a "top-to-bottom" review ordered by Governor Beebe after the deaths of four foster children is ongoing and has resulted so far in "leadership" changes within the state Division of Children and Family Services.
In a tragic tug of war that could end up in the U.S. Supreme Court, a Staten Island father is desperately fighting for the young daughter surrendered for adoption without his knowledge.
Two dozen state parks and historic sites will close and heavy caseloads for workers who help abused children will increase as Gov. Rod Blagojevich lays off 325 state workers to balance the state budget.
The cuts will take place over the next three months, and the administration notified state employees of the layoffs earlier this week. Hardest hit was the Department of Children and Family Services, which will lose 179 staffers. The Department of Human Services will fire 73 people,
Note: And a kid will get killed, and the media will exploit it, and the state will suddenly agree to increase funding and they will hire more workers, take more kids into foster care, overwhelm themselves again, repeat.
Girls related beatings, threats by child-welfare advocate they lived with
Three Rosemont sisters said they were not just physically abused by their mother, a prominent child-welfare advocate who has been a foster parent for 22 years. The girls said they also were beaten by her adult biological daughter and sexually abused by her adult son, according to state records.
Twice before, Patricia Cooper was investigated on assault charges, but they were determined to be unfounded.
This time, authorities say, they're valid.
Read it online, or download it as a PDF. Start understanding how they think. I haven't read the whole thing yet, but I'll provide the link anyway. Seems to have been written by a System Suck of some sort but that's OK. Read it anyway. It's an older book, a study of the institutions of earlier days. It does explain the philosophy and justifications of the system.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Four children assigned to foster parents by the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) have died in recent months — a shocking number for a state that hasn't had a foster-child death since 2003.
Police will now be using the child protection database to trace criminals after the government announced new guidelines for using the system.
The database holds the details of every child in England and was originally meant to ensure that all children were covered by child protection laws.
A Catlettsburg man is under arrest on sexual abuse charges involving a child less than 12 years old.
Kentucky State Police arrested 52-year-old Bobby Owney at his home on Wednesday.
The case of stolen children sold to foster parents abroad by a child adoption agency Malaysian Social Services is getting murkier. The parents of two children allegedly 'sold' to foster parents in Holland have revealed to TIMES NOW that they had received a letter after 12 years from their children that were abandoned at an orphanage in Netherlands.
Under fire for a string of children's deaths, Sacramento County officials said Wednesday they have hired a Florida firm for $100,000 to review the policies and procedures of the county's Child Protective Services agency.
After less than an hour and a half of deliberation Wednesday, a jury convicted Michael Lee Wilson of smothering to death his 2-year-old foster son.
The jury watched a video-taped confession Tuesday where Wilson, 32, admitted to killing 2-year-old Tyler Westbrook and demonstrated to police how he suffocated the boy using a blanket and a doll as a model for the January 2007 murder.
EDUCATION leader Marilyne MacLaren has branded the council's social work department "broken" amid fresh evidence of it failing dozens of vulnerable children in the city.
Nearly 180 youngsters in care have not been allocated a social worker, which is one of the council's statutory responsibilities.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The mother charged with abusing her 11-year-old adoptive son is ready to enter a guilty plea -- but a family court judge in Troy won't let her, at least for now.
THE NSW inquiry into child welfare has descended into secrecy and farce, with more than 500 complaints about the beleaguered Department of Community Services being withheld from public view.
The inquiry, headed by retired judge James Wood and due to report on September 30, was supposed to put DOCS under a microscope.
Under fire for a string of children's deaths, Sacramento County officials said today they have hired a Florida firm for $100,000 to review the policies and procedures of the county's Child Protective Services agency.
The call was one of more than 150,000 that are taken each year by Florida's child abuse "hotline." Someone was on the phone alleging that a child was in danger. Had the caller heard the child screaming in the night? No. Had the child complained about being mistreated? No. Had the caller seen welts and bruises? Uh, not exactly.
Note: Another good one from NCCRP.
Woman's son accused of molesting 2 girls over 8 years
A Rosemont woman who has been active in adoption and foster-care issues in Illinois has been charged with failing to prevent repeated sexual assaults of two girls in her home, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Police think it happened at a home on Pino Way in Paso Robles. The woman who cares for the boy called police. Social Services won't confirm if he's her foster son or adopted son. She said the teen had molested the young girl at the home. KCOY CBS 12 has learned she's the woman's biological granddaughter.
Fort Bend parents' lawsuit led to changes calling for court orders before state pulls alleged victims from homes in abuse cases
Texas agency tightens procedures for abuse cases
Because of a federal appeals court ruling, child welfare workers will be required to obtain court orders in most cases before removing allegedly abused children from their homes, officials said.
The top police officer who headed up the Jersey child murder and abuse investigation has spoken of his anger and frustration at not being able to get justice for the victims before he retired.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The law firm that represents Danieal Kelly filed an intended class-action lawsuit yesterday against the city and state on behalf of 28,000 children and their 56,000 parents who receive services through the embattled Department of Human Services.
The federal suit, brought by Mildenberg & Stalbaum, calls DHS "an unsafe agency for children, in violation of the federal constitutional and statutory rights of abused, neglected and dependent children."
The parents of a newborn baby who have been on the run for five days are free to return home this afternoon after child protection officers decided not to take further action against them.
The Croydon Park couple fled their home with their baby son and three-year-old daughter last Thursday after the Department of Community Services obtained a Supreme Court order forcing them to have the baby vaccinated against hepatitis B.
Note: I wouldn't trust this.
THE Bligh Government has been accused of covering up the case of a Queensland couple who unwittingly adopted an Indian girl now alleged to have been stolen from her parents.
The two-year-old Chennai girl was allegedly kidnapped in 2000 and sold to an Indian adoption company, Malaysian Social Services, as part of a child-trafficking scam that is now under investigation in several countries.
A flagship database intended to protect every child in the country will be used by police to hunt for evidence of crime in a "shocking" extension of its original purpose, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
Claims for compensation by victims of sexual abuse at a Jersey care home are being blocked by the island's government.
Negotiations between Jersey's law officers and representatives of dozens of residents of Haut de la Garenne children's home have failed to establish a right to compensation which victims' lawyers say could cost the island tens of millions of pounds.
A 32-year-old man accused of smothering to death his 2-year-old foster son stood before a jury Monday as the allegations went to trial.
Michael Lee Wilson, of Farmington, reportedly told police he used a Disney-themed baby blanket to suffocate Tyler Westbrook, a child who was under Wilson's foster care for six months before his death on Jan. 26, 2007.
The state's 16,000 foster children, she likes to say, are hers. And, by law, they are.
For 12 years, D. Jean Ortega-Piron's name has appeared on every Juvenile Court order as the legal guardian of all minors in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She handles the most vital decisions in their lives like whether they should be prescribed anti-depressants, taken off life-support or seek American citizenship.
Note: Notice how this person is presented as a hero.
Monday, August 25, 2008
A lucrative racket worth Rs.10 million in selling kidnapped children abroad has been discovered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), officials said on Monday.
At least three such children have been traced to Queensland, Australia, and Wisconsin, in the US, they said.
A RISE in demand for foster care places in the Capital has led to a fresh cash crisis for the council's biggest department.
The children and families department is on target to spend £8.9 million more than it budgeted for an increase of almost 20 per cent in placements over the past year. It is now likely that savings will be sought in other areas to balance the books. Around a third of the 300 foster carers employed through Edinburgh City Council are based outside the city boundaries due to a shortage of carers in the Capital, but the increasing demand for services means that the council cannot currently afford to place any extra children in foster care or in special schools outside of the local authority area.
Parent members of a Texas fundamentalist Mormon sect are claiming they are being denied evidence of alleged child abuse and neglect.
Attorneys for some mothers at the YFZ Ranch say they have been at a legal disadvantage ever since a judge's July 24 order suspending discovery until a plan could be created. Texas Child Protective Services service respond that they remain swamped by other priorities in cases involving more than 400 children, the Deseret News reported Sunday.
Strange surroundings and a traumatic separation may be lessened for children placed in foster care in Bracken County, thanks to donations from a local church group.
Note: Rarely do I post or try to analyze these, but here is one of those heartwarming articles that just makes me want to f****** puke.
I have nothing against the people doing what they're doing. Anything to help a child in need is a noble cause indeed and God bless them for doing so. These poor misguided souls just honestly want to help out. It's just too bad that they're falling for the same joke as the rest of the ignorant masses who blindly support the bullshit side of the issue.
The problem is not with anybody who wants to donate to foster children, the problem is with the presentation of the article, the subtle attempt to mislead the public, the attempt to demonize the parents who might just be dealing with a false accusation which you rarely see on the news, as well as the desperate attempt to glorify all of the wonderful people who are there to help out.
Notice how articles like this take the attention off of the real issues and problems surrounding the plight of foster children. Articles like this take the attention off factors like the reasons the children are removed, the reasons they are bounced from home to home, the reasons so few of them graduate high school, the reasons so many of them are medicated, etc. EVERYTHING IS REDUCED TO THE GENERIC LABLES (abuse and neglect) but never do they tell you what the state can consider abuse and neglect to be. Abuse or neglect could mean everything from the breakfast dishes not being washed on time to a beating to within an inch of your life and everything that falls between.
Of course the less severe the case, the less likely you are to hear about it on the nightly news. That wouldn't program your little brain into believing that these people are simply kind and caring heros instead of the self-righteously hypocritical monsters that they truely are. That's why most people figure it all out when they actually deal with them.
Take this line from the article for example...
"Some of these children leave their homes with nothing more than a diaper or the clothes on their backs," said Louise Brown, congregation member. "We wanted to give them something to hold onto they can call their own."
The way it's put, it almost makes you think that these kids never had a thing to begin with. None of them ever had a favorite blanket, none of them ever had a favorite teddy bear. None of them ever had a thing that they loved or could call their own until some babystealer and this curch group comes along to help out. There are people out there dumb enough to fall for it you know. How about giving them their families? That would be something to call their own, wouldn't you think? Especially since most of them shouldn't be in foster care in the first place.
On top of that, how much do you want to bet that these wonderful gifts will be presented to the children by the same babystealers who ripped their families appart durring their monthly visit to the foster home? "Hey Munchkin! I have a present for ya!"
WHEN Julia Rollings first heard that the orphanage from which she had adopted her son and daughter was embroiled in a child-trafficking scandal, she was faced with a life-changing choice.
She could do nothing, safe in the knowledge that her children, Akil and Sabila, had been declared free for adoption by Indian courts, were Australian citizens and were in a place they called home.
Or she could find out for sure whether the story she was told - that Akil and Sabila's parents had voluntarily relinquished them because of ill-health - was true.
Two years ago, Mrs Rollings chose the truth, and the truth hurt.
Premier can't recall stolen kid cases
QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh says she was not aware of adoptions of stolen Indian children during her time as child safety minister.
Indian authorities and the Federal Government are investigating allegations that more than a dozen children kidnapped from Indian slums have ended up being adopted in Australia.
Whenever a child suffers and dies at the hands of adults, as Danieal Kelly apparently did, it might seem logical that someone sues the city's Department of Human Services on his or her behalf.
What's surprising is how few times that's actually occurred.
The girl, who is not being identified to protect her privacy, is among scores of foster children in locked psychiatric centers in Florida recovering from abuse and neglect.
Now, the practice of restraining mentally ill foster children in court is prompting questions in both Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Despite spending more than $40 million over two years to provide in-home services to families at risk, CPS fell short of meeting any of seven standards in a recent federal review.
While the worst cases make headlines and grab attention, each day Child Protective Services workers find themselves face-to-face with countless struggling families who have less severe needs that can be met while keeping children at home.
Florida is overhauling its first point of contact to save endangered children and adults by screening more calls made to the abuse and neglect hotline, a move state leaders argue will free overburdened investigators to spend more time on high-risk reports.
But advocates fear it will jeopardize the safety of the people the hotline aims to protect.
Note: Those advocates are probably system sucks.
State investigators have found safety problems at 13 of Louisiana's 67 private group homes for abused and neglected children.
The facilities will face potential sanctions if they the problems are not fixed.
Authorities are still searching for a Sydney couple who are in hiding after refusing to have their newborn baby vaccinated against hepatitis B.
The mother of the four-day-old baby boy has had the virus for several years and doctors say the child runs a high risk of contracting it unless he is immunised within days.
Child welfare authorities have moved to drop cases involving another 49 children from a polygamous sect.
Requests to dismiss the cases were filed in Tom Green County Court Friday, said Patrick Crimmins, a spokesman for Texas Child Protective Services.
To date, CPS has dropped cases involving approximately 150 FLDS children removed last April from the Yearning for Zion Ranch, home to members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Friday, August 22, 2008
A social worker has been cleared of misconduct charges following a three-day hearing before a General Social Care Council committee in London this week.
THE Queensland government will cooperate with Indian investigators into claims children adopted from India may have been stolen.
The Queensland government will cooperate with Indian investigators into claims children adopted from India may have been stolen.
At least 30 children adopted in Australia may have been stolen from their parents as part of a child trafficking network in India from 1998 to 1999, The Weekend Australian reported today.
Typical of Child Protective Services (CPS), two social workers showed up in a Michigan homeschool parent’s front yard with a collection of shoddy accusations. The surprised mother was in the middle of renovating a house they’d recently moved into. Though she wasn’t prepared for the surprise visit she remembered not to allow government agents into her home without a warrant.
“We have learned that long time foster care is not the solution,” said Trish Ploehn, director of Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. “Children aging out of our foster care system at the age of 18 are often unprepared with the challenges of adulthood and are too often alone, unemployed, homeless or in jail.”
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has penalized a Copley Township adoption agency for violating numerous state regulations, including placing a child in an uncertified foster home and not documenting background checks.
A SYDNEY couple was on the run with their two-day-old baby last night after the Department of Community Services took out a Supreme Court order to have the boy vaccinated against hepatitis B.
The parents, from Croydon Park, fled their home on Thursday to avoid police and DOCS officers after they refused to have their son vaccinated at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. They told the Herald yesterday that they believed aluminium in the vaccine could cause him more damage than contracting hepatitis B.
In 2006, the National Center for Youth Law, an Oakland-based child advocacy firm, filed suit against Clark County on behalf of all children harmed in its care.
Instead of using county attorneys to defend the case, it hired a private law firm. Cost to date? More than half a million dollars. Clark County points out a substantial portion of the fees are costs associated with records requests from the NCYL, including time spent redacting confidential information.
When an FLDS mother called to tell her 14-year-old daughter a judge had ordered her back into state custody, the girl cried steadily over seven hours.
"Just me? Only me?" she asked her mother before dissolving into tears.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
A judge on Thursday gave Gov. Sonny Perdue and other defendants in a child welfare case 20 days to show why they should not be held in contempt and punished for failing to live up to a court settlement that promised to find permanent homes for more children in foster care.
An Arkansas man was sentenced today to 70 years in prison for producing and transporting child pornography, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Matthew Friedrich and U.S. Attorney of the Western District of Arkansas Robert C. Balfe announced. Brian Bergthold, 45, was also ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Jimm Hendren to pay a $75,000 fine and serve a lifetime of supervised release following his release from prison.
Children can be quite imaginative. But how often does a child fool an adult into believing that something didn't happen?
New research shows that children are able to fool adults quite readily when it comes to believing that a real event did not actually happen.
Note: Kind of reminds me of judges and social workers, huh.
Do you know someone who claims to remember their first day of kindergarten? Or a trip they took as a toddler? While some people may be able to recall trivial details from the past, laboratory research shows that the human memory can be remarkably fragile and even inventive.
A police officer giving an Internet safety course sparked criticism for calling student MySpace pages "slutty" and telling one student a sexual predator in prison masturbated to her photo.
A Houston woman has been charged with kidnapping after she allegedly went on the lam with five children she took in after Hurricane Katrina. Police say she was originally caring for the children while their mother resettled in New Orleans. (August 7)
“Because there have been allegations made of possible abuse in that home, that the children would be in danger if they returned to the home, we really just have to check it out,” the CPS' Estella Olguin said. “There has to be some significant evidence that there might be abuse in their home. We can't just take them because someone thinks they can be a better parent than the other.”
Rhonda Tavey had taken in Erica Alphonse and her children in the wake of Hurricane Katrina three years ago. Last week the Houston woman was arrested and charged with kidnapping after she took off with the children a month ago.
Mr. Ronnie Eddings is a new CPS worker for the tribe's Social Services.
He is very committed to his new job and hails from Fayetteville, N.C. The state where he was born.
Note: This could make a good movie.
The military trained him to kill, Social Worker School turned him back.
Yeah, the military has a really good track record of storming villages and "fixing" locals (think of the Iraqi villages that were raided) and also making people talk, (think Abu Ghraib)
A former contract worker for Arizona's Child Protective Services Department was sentenced to 2 years probation on Wednesday for custodial interference.
Note: Did I read this right? A babystealer gets probation for returning the child to its parents?
TWO young boys were subjected to years of sex abuse after being placed in foster care.
Kenneth Wilson preyed on the children from the age of five and six after “teaching” them how to perform sex acts.
NCCPR’s Due Process Agenda for Children and Families
By Richard Wexler, NCCPR Executive Director
A PDF from the NCCPR.
FIRING OR SUSPENDING a few caseworkers or supervisors is not going to fix the Department of Human Services.
In fact, it's wrong to talk about fixing DHS. Ensuring that kids are safe means a radical readjustment of the machine we've built over the years to help them, of which DHS is only a part.
A social worker appearing before a General Social Care Council conduct committee has denied claims that she asked a child to show her a scratch near her genital area.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Fewer Chinese children are available for adoption by foreigners because more affluent families at home have started adopting them, the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) said on Tuesday.
Note: This just means that American Adoption Predators will want your kids.
Ian Manuel was 13-years-old when he participated in a robbery attempt in Florida, leaving the victim with a nonfatal gunshot injury. Ian turned himself in to police, and his attorney told him he would receive a 15-year sentence if he pled guilty. Instead, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
An agreement to hand off a teenage girl to Texas child protective services became a cat-and-mouse game with reporters and photographers Tuesday evening.
"Barbara was told that if the media was there and took photos, there would be consequences," Jessop said. "The government threatened her with retaliation against her family if the media was there."
Jessop said the threat included pursuing custody of Jessop's 11-year-old son, who the judge had just agreed should remain in his mother's custody.
For any babystealer considering a career change, here's a site for you.
A 5-week-old female infant was brought to the office by her parents for fussiness. Physical examination revealed no abnormalities, and the parents were reassured that the child appeared normal. Follow-up phone calls on subsequent days confirmed that the child was doing better. This little girl was born into a loving Vietnamese family by cesarean section. No problems were noted in the immediate postpartum period nor at the 1-week visit.
He used to care for foster children in his north Columbus home, but on Friday a judge sentenced James Chapmyn to spend the next 18 months in prison for sexually abusing three of them.
Note: Notice how foster molesters get off easy. Any real parent would do 10 years or more.
A 24-year-old man was convicted Tuesday of molesting four girls in a Bakersfield foster home over a period of six years.
Justin Erbacher could face a sentence of more than 100 years.
Opponents of a proposal that would ban unmarried couples living together from adopting or fostering children say they plan to challenge the measure in court if it's approved for the fall general election ballot.
A veteran Winnipeg police officer who also worked for a government child welfare agency has been suspended following allegations of sexually assaulting two 11-year-old boys.
Winnipeg Police Officer / Child and Family Services worker charged with sexual assault
On May 15, 2008, RCMP Winnipeg Major Crime Services were contacted by the Winnipeg Police Service and initiated an investigation into an allegation of historical sexual abuse. The suspect was a veteran officer of the Winnipeg Police Service and was also briefly employed by Child and Family Services in the spring of 2008.
DFCS must do better at finding permanent homes for foster kids.
AS A foster parent himself, Gov. Sonny Perdue should take special interest in the performance of those tasked with finding permanent homes for Georgia's foster kids.
Delinquent teenage girls are being confined in growing numbers at the state's York Correctional Institution for women in Niantic — stirring further criticism of child-welfare officials who already face a legislative investigative hearing next month.
The former Department of Children & Families spokesman is scheduled to appear in federal court in connection to charges that he paid children for various nude photos.
A former foster father has been jailed for 12 years after raping two girls and abusing other children.
Leslie Hanson, of Drummuir, in Moray, committed a catalogue of sex crimes against child victims at addresses in the area between 1990 and 1998.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
A state mental health plan naming the preferred psychiatric drugs for children has been quietly put on hold over fears drug companies may have given researchers consulting contracts, speakers fees or other perks to help get their products on the list.
A child advocacy group says the state has failed to live up to a court settlement in which the state agreed to find permanent homes for more children in foster care.
Children’s Rights Inc. today (Aug. 19) asked a judge to find the state in contempt of the 2005 settlement.
Years ago, Congress sought to ease this financial burden by enacting a generous tax credit for parents who adopt. This year, eligible parents can claim a tax credit of up to $11,650, per child, to cover adoption expenses. A credit is more valuable than a deduction because it comes off the top of your tax bill.
But tougher restrictions on international adoptions could force prospective parents to wait longer to claim the adoption tax credit — and some might not be able to claim it at all.
A SOCIAL worker has admitted possessing hundreds of indecent pictures of children on his home computers.
Kevin Glancy, 45, was employed to look after children and families in the social work department at Edinburgh City Council.
DCF has been under a federal court consent decree for nearly two decades. Yes, progress has been made under the watchful eyes of the courts and the children's advocates that brought the class-action lawsuit back in 1989. However, the agency continues to miss set goals and objectives, and there remains a lack of accountability when the department fails at its tasks.
British ministers have been challenged in the High Court to intervene in the child abuse investigation in Jersey.
Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, is being urged in the court papers to appoint independent prosecutors because of alleged fears that victims in the Haut de la Garenne inquiry are not coming forward because of a lack of faith in the Jersey judicial system.
Note: Can't blame them for not having faith in the court, can we?
California's Judicial Council, the state court's policymaking body, endorsed a set of sweeping reforms for the nation's largest child foster care system, including reduced lawyer caseloads, more judges and juvenile law questions on the state bar exam.
THE National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) yesterday expressed concern over the increasing number of maternity homes that engage in illegal sale of babies in the South-East in spite of theillegal sale of babies in the South-East being waged against the illicit business.
Zonal Director of NAPTIP, Mrs. Ijeoma Okoronkwo who spoke with reporters in Enugu said her organization has continued to uncover such illegal activities of maternity home operators in recent times, lamenting that the operators of the illegal baby factories have continued to sell babies to interested parties under the guise of operating foster homes within the five states of the South- East.
August is a quiet month. However, things have hotted up in public family law injustices.
On Sunday night a house in Essex was raided by police with the doors smashed down to take a 16-year-old boy away from his father. This boy is allowed to marry and pay taxes. However, the courts have decreed he must not under any circumstances stay with his father. A team of officers, therefore, were dispatched to smash down doors and take him to Southend. You would not believe the reasons, but of course it is contempt of court to explain.
The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for a national debate about the extent to which dangerous childhood obesity could be considered as a factor contributing to parental neglect.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Patrol cars pull up to a house, looking for an adult suspect. They enter the house to make an arrest. There, on the couch, an eight year old is reading a book.
Suddenly, the plan changes.
Gov. Matt Blunt has created a 17-member committee to study Missouri's foster care system.
Foster parents care for kids many don't want: kids on feeding tubes, kids with mental, and behavioral disabilities but some foster-parents say a lot of their financial help could be going away.
But, Health and Welfare had what it calls a billing inaccuracy go on for years and now some parents say they'll lose close to $1,200 a month, totaling more than $15,000 a year.
California's nearly 80,000 foster children are underserved by overburdened courts and agencies making life-changing decisions for them, and often end up in limbo, according to a report released Friday.
A jury deliberated for about four hours today before finding Carey resident Brian Jake Adamson guilty of sexual abuse of a minor child under 16, a crime punishable in Idaho by up to 25 years in prison.
As many as 49 babies, many of whom hadn't even celebrated their first birthday, have died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences while being subjected to clinical trials for testing new drugs and therapies over the last two and a half years.
The town of Postville, Iowa, population 2,000, has been turned into an open-air prison. Jerry Johnson, who works at nearby Luther College, called it something out of a bad science-fiction movie or the kind of thing a 1930s totalitarian regime might have cooked up.
The Department of Justice estimates 2 percent of children nationwide have a parent in prison, which means about 1.5 million children nationwide.
An apparent increase in the use of restraints and seclusion on children at the state-run Riverview psychiatric hospital in Middletown, along with the cost of care — $860,000 per year per child — together form a powerful call for accountability on the part of the state Department of Children and Families.
We welcome the recent announcement by state Sens. Edward Meyer and Jonathan Harris that they will conduct a legislative inquiry into operations at Riverview next month and hope it will shed light.
Jordan Heikamp, Randal Dooley, Jeffrey Baldwin.
It's a shameful roll call of children who died horrific deaths because our child welfare system failed them.
Now we add another name -- Katelynn Sampson.
Note: They can't get it right either way.
They fought a landmark legal case for the right to keep their youngest child after the forcible adoption of their first three children in what has been described as ‘an appalling miscarriage of justice.’
One in three Texas foster children has been diagnosed with mental illness and prescribed mind-altering drugs, including some that the federal government has not approved for juveniles, state records show.
Many of these drugs are prescribed by doctors who have a financial stake in pharmaceutical companies' success, a Dallas Morning News investigation has found. Dozens of physicians who treat children in state custody supplement their salaries with tens of thousands of dollars in consulting and speakers' fees, and they use drug company grants to fund their research projects.
Note: Can you say, "Lab Rats?"
The Statehouse will be buzzing today, as hundreds of foster children from across Ohio descend on the site for their first-ever gathering. Policymakers will have front-row seats as the youth speak out about their firsthand experiences in the foster care system and the challenges they encounter on a daily basis.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Over a year ago, Child Protective Services took Betty Tomlin's great-granddaughter from her home and put her in foster care. She said she didn't get a clear reason.
More than 20 doctors who have prescribed psychiatric drugs to foster children have also been disciplined by the state – some for allegations as serious as sexually exploiting a patient or missing a fatal drug complication.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Carol Rhodes Former FOC Enforcement Officer Author of Friend of the Court Enemy of the Family
Scum of the earth family court and their minions destroying good parents. Canadian courts are facilitating and witnessing transactions of security interests for the purpose of profit IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD YA RIGHT
FUCK YOU ALL GOVERNMENT AGENTS INVOLVED IN THIS ACTIVITY ARE ENGAGING IN CHILD ABUSE IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE YOU WILL REAP WHAT YOU SOW
One word could mean the difference between conviction and acquittal in the molestation trial of Justin James Erbacher.
A Blue Ribbon panel appointed by the chief justice of the state Supreme Court says that California's nearly 80,000 foster children are underserved by overburdened courts and often end up in limbo after social service agencies make life-changing decisions for them.
California's 80,000 foster children -- nearly 27,000 in Los Angeles County -- are underserved by deeply stressed courts and government agencies, and the hearings that decide their living situations often last no more than 15 minutes, according to a report released Friday.
The California courts approved massive reforms on Friday to the state's troubled juvenile dependency courts that would ease the overwhelmed system and ensure fairness for those who are "literally and legally the children of the state."
Those who knew a 14-year-old boy presumed drowned Wednesday while in the care of Child and Family Services say he had a medical condition that should have prevented him from swimming.
Friday, August 15, 2008
A DISTRAUGHT mother tried to confront jurors yesterday after they found two foster carers not guilty of killing her 12-year-old daughter.
Lyn Melville sobbed and had to be held back by a security guard outside the Territory Supreme Court.
The Department of Children and Families' assistant secretary for operations will take over the agency as interim secretary when Bob Butterworth leaves the top position.
Gov. Charlie Crist named George Sheldon to lead the department until a permanent replacement is picked. Butterworth will leave the position Friday.
Note: Anybody know anything about this guy?
That said, I did once have to deal with a lesbian babystealer, and quite frankly, she was the worst one I have ever experienced crawling up my ass. I don't know if it had anything to do with her being gay or not. So I make no claim either way.
Today, however, in my wanderings, I came across the blog of a gay babystealer who is angered by people who do not think that gays should be foster parents. Gay or straight, black or white, a babystealer is a babystealer. So check out her blog and tell her what you think.
The Millennial Social Worker
The state of Texas has agreed to pay $300,000 to a woman who alleged that it shut down her outdoor foster camp unfairly just to make a politician look good.
Ted Spear hopes that someday his son and daughter will become a part of his life again.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Our state has been understandably preoccupied with the heat of wildfires and budget disputes this summer, but there's another crisis on the horizon - one that we can manage if we commit to taking decisive and bold action. This crisis concerns the well-being of children in foster care.
Three separate lawsuits have been filed in Morgan County Superior Court I over an accident on Henderson Ford Road Sept. 22 of last year that resulted in the near-drowning of a 3-year-old boy.
Committee members include five members of Blunt's Cabinet, a judge, business leaders, a foster parent and two people who had been in the foster care system.
Note: No family rights advocates or parents who have experienced the system though.
Editorial was a big boost for CPS
I served many years with Child Protective Services in Arizona. One of the main problems that I saw was a lack of public support.
When public support for any state agency is weak, the agency itself has to serve in a rather weakened position. And any agency in a weakened position is not as able to perform its appointed duties.
Note: Now if what this babystealer says here is true, then we are having an effect.
The TYRANT (Director) of CPS here in San Luis Obispo is having people write nasty things on my on blog and he's sending me threatening emails. CPS is also deleting my videos of my daughter on youtube and they are are slandering me all over town. Can any of you comment at my blogs and other websites? I could really use the support right now. My hearing is coming up next week. CPS will be using my websites against me so I think some comments would really help.
Let me know if I can return the favor
Thank you !
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www.myspace.com/osoluckyme - add me & comment on blog
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Time for action A4J
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The carers of a 12-year-old girl who died in the backyard of her foster home, delirious with pain and unable to move, deserved "criminal punishment", a court has heard.
FREE Press revelations that scores of Doncaster's most vulnerable youngsters are being failed by the "unacceptable" performance of Social Services have left councillors angry they were not told earlier.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
A furious memorandum from the senior detective in the Jersey child murder and abuse investigation claims that it has been hampered by prosecutors, destroying victims’ faith in the justice system.
Child Protective Services said there’s no evidence that a mother of five children who were abducted by their caregiver last week ever hurt her kids.
Rhonda Tavey had taken in Erica Alphonse and her children in the wake of Hurricane Katrina three years ago. Last week the Houston woman was arrested and charged with kidnapping after she took off with the children a month ago.
A Eudora woman has been arrested on a battery charge in the death of her 22-month-old foster daughter. The girl, Keyundra Smith, was 1 of 4 foster children who died in a recent two-month period. The Arkansas State Police and the state Human Services Department have been investigating the deaths. Thirty-5-year-old Eleisha Sykes was out on bond after her arrest on a first-degree battery charge in Keyundra's May 28th death. An arrest affidavit says the toddler died of apparent brain injuries consistent with "shaken-baby syndrome." Keyundra also had bruises on her sides, back, buttocks and legs.
A former foster parent with Cumberland County Children and Youth Services who turned himself in Tuesday on a number of charges relating to sexual abuse of children warned two young girls not to talk about what he was doing, according to North Middleton Township police.
The Henderson County budget for court-appointed attorneys assigned to Child Protective Services cases is quickly being depleted, and the Commissioners Court has already been forced to add funds to make up the shortfall.
A 10-year-old boy with a history of fetal alcohol and drug syndrome, neglect, sexual abuse and mental illness was raped in March by another boy in a Salem foster home, according to a $10.5 million civil lawsuit filed this week in Marion County Circuit Court.
"I promised her I would be back," Markoff says. Although she and her husband, Scott, got approval from the Vietnamese government to adopt Phan one month before her visit, the U.S. government hasn't issued the necessary visa to bring Phan to New York.
Note: Yeah, keep the money in the USA. We wouldn't want any foreign system sucks to benefit from the American adoption industry, now would we?
PS. There's a reason to increase the number of children in foster care. Better selections means more to show in the "Heart Galleries".
The state is seeking the public's help in locating foster child Kekai Keanu, who has been missing since August 7.
Note: Why would any child ever run away from these people?
This is a LONG read but it is well worth it. If you cant read it all please read just part of it.
Sadly a friend of mind found out this quote a few days ago:
The research, which clearly illustrates how a father biologically responds to the birth of his children, also explains why thousands of men become clinically depressed when separated from their children to the point of actually committing suicide.
When a Christchurch man approached the Family Court for advice during his marriage break-up, he did not expect an earful of abuse.
Dale Truman said that after he had explained his problem, a Family Court employee laughed at him and told him: "I'm leaving in two weeks; I don't give a f... about your problems." Truman, of Heathcote, who is on an invalid's benefit, was appalled by the conversation on August 4.
Despite cries of retaliation, a CPS spokeswoman says this isn't about getting back at Oscar Silva for his lawsuit or the story. No, it's worse.
It's because the father had the temerity to talk with his son about how his little brother died.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
A woman arrested by Mundelein police on child endangerment charges said Sunday that her five kids accidentally locked themselves out of the house and decided to walk to their grandmother's two blocks away.
Note: My, how anal-retentive and paranoid they have become.
Surrey County Council has been criticised by Ofsted over its "unacceptable and dangerous" efforts to vet staff working with children, warning that youngsters are being put at risk as a result. The issue of checking teachers, youth workers and others responsible for youngsters' welfare has steadily risen up the agenda during the last decade, and the Government is preparing to launch an agency that could result in a quarter of the adult population being vetted for any criminal past.
But there are signs of a backlash against the increase in child protection measures, with claims that it is poisoning the relationships between the generations and deterring law-abiding members of the community from volunteering to work with children.
Over a year ago, child protective services took Betty Tomlin's great-granddaughter from her home and put her in foster care. She said she didn't get a clear reason.
Long Island's child welfare agencies have removed 28 percent more children from their parents' custody this year, a spike that bucks a statewide trend and that some county officials say was a reaction to the drowning deaths of three New Cassel children in February.
Monday, August 11, 2008
The News 4 Trouble Shooters found a gold mine at a local drug treatment center.
Hundreds of private, personal records thrown out with the trash. Information that, by law, must be protected.
"The concern of course is that this information was released," said Mary Walker, the spokesperson for Child Protective Services. Walker says she is troubled that CPS records with such personal information were just thrown out in the trash.
Note: Troubled? Please. If they are throwing out drug treatment records it is on purpose so the parents can't prove they've completed reunification requirements.
The rate of restraint use at the state's psychiatric hospital for children has nearly doubled in the past 18 months, despite pledges that the potentially dangerous procedure would be curtailed.
The parents of an Out-of-Door Academy student are suing the elite private school after "you show me yours, I'll show you mine" incidents on the playground ended with a state investigation.
The parents, who are identified only by the initials CK and EK, say the school's teachers and officials talked to other parents, the board of trustees and a psychotherapist about their child without their permission, the lawsuit states.
The executive director of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto says his agency was not involved in the transfer of custody of Katelynn Sampson from her biological mother to the couple now accused in the seven-year-old girl's death.
It took too long. Too many children have died. But Sacramento County's Child Protective Services is finally geting the attention it merits. The Sacramento County grand jury has launched an investigation. And Sacramento supervisors say they will hire an independent outside consultant to probe CPS.
Arkansas lawmakers say they're concerned about the deaths of 4 children in state foster care over the last two months. At a meeting today in Little Rock, one legislator calling the agency that oversees foster children a, "ball of chaos,".
Panel briefed on foster children deaths
Members of a legislative committee grilled state human services officials Monday about the deaths of four children in Arkansas' foster care system.
A woman arrested last week for taking five young Hurricane Katrina survivors away from their mother after claiming the children were abused filed paperwork on Monday seeking custody of the children.
Former child advocate Billy Carroll will get a court-appointed lawyer.
He is charged with sexually assaulting or improperly photographing young girls over the last 10 years.
Family Court system, and has her 6 year old boy
kidnapped by Child Protective Serves, CPS, where
his is sexually abused by homosexuals in California
Christine Illsley fights to regain her
C.P.S. kidnapped Son, now 9, win her right
to Trial after 3 years, and they arrest her hours
later on bogus charges, From Mar. 21, 08 O.S.T.
Christine's Friends visit her in Jail, where Paris Hilton spent a day.
Christine gets jailed for weeks so she can NOT prepare for her Trial. CRIME by L.A. Kangaroo Family Court SYSTEM of Government abuse and child drugging the CPS kidnapped boy
Christine is forced to have Nic Nic in black ghetto of So. Central L.A. before "foster dad" molests 6 year old under CPS control & Placement
Agency has said it was involved since 2003; medical records indicate 2001
It took too long. Too many children have died. But Sacramento County's Child Protective Services is finally geting the attention it merits. The Sacramento County grand jury has launched an investigation. And Sacramento supervisors say they will hire an independent outside consultant to probe CPS.
Note: The solution will be to pump more money into the system and double the number of kids taken into foster care.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I don't understand why Department of Children and Families Commissioner Susan Hamilton has not yet been fired [Connecticut section, July 27, "Officials: DCF Warned 5 Years Ago"].
When Michel Villeneuve's 3-year-old son disrobed to hop into the pool at his weekly Friday night swimming lesson at the Mississauga YMCA, his father saw a heat rash on his chest, but the lifeguard saw a potential sign of abuse.
The aquatic director and two lifeguards pulled the 3-year-old out of the lesson and away from his father to question him about how he got the red mark on his chest.
The boy originally told his father in front of the guards that he had scraped himself on the side of the pool, but upon further questioning alone with the guards, the child eventually answered "yes" when asked if his mother hit him.