Monday, March 31, 2008
Manitoba's Children's Advocate is recommending annual audits of the files of child welfare agencies to ensure they are meeting provincial standards of care.
It's been almost four months since dozens of residents in the Lake Villa Estates neighborhood gathered on a cold winter night to picket a group home for troubled boys that was moving into their community.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
SEXUALLY deviant teachers are preying on students, luring them into improper relationships and committing sex crimes.
Note: OMFG!!! What is this paranoid world of ours coming too?
Mr. and Mrs. Smith loved their three children and were completely devastated when the their youngest died of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). More heartache lay in store when several months later a caseworker from child welfare appeared at their door.
Note: An interesting blog post.
She was a lost, out-of-control 16-year-old who had taken to cutting herself when her desperate parents turned for help to the Iowa Department of Human Services. The state declared her a Child in Need of Assistance and placed her in the Marshalltown Boys and Girls Home, a state-funded day program for troubled children.
But instead of getting help, she got molested by her counselor. He carried a gun, she said, and once placed it to her head and threatened to kill her, her mother, her boyfriend or himself if she told.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Anguished couple Mark and Nicky Webster will this week embark on legal action to overturn a care order that led to the forcible adoption of their three children four years ago.
Note: But the foster parents want to adopt them.
Whitney Walker prays for a second chance to get her three young children back, two of whom had amphetamine and methamphetamine in their systems a year ago.
The attorney for the foster family caring for the kids says they are in a safe and loving home and says that's where they belong.
In the middle is Child Protective Services, whose mission includes reuniting families and making sure that the parents can -- and will -- succeed.
Note: Yes this is one of those cases where a foster parent is trying to thwart the reunification efforts of the real parents because of their adoption agenda. I wonder if Kelly knows about this.
The girl, now a teenager, was removed from the couple's home last year after she became so troubled that they could not care for her, in their opinion "the way she needs to be cared for."
Note: One of those "successful outcomes" turns tragic.
Verneca L. McKenzie, 36, admitted to Judge J. Michael Bruhn she had physically injured a child under the age of 7 on Feb. 13. The child was in her home as a foster child.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Stanfield, known for being a youth mentor who worked with children, also served on a court panel that oversees placement of foster children.
A 6-month-old baby will soon be reunited with his parents after an international search found them in Reynosa.
Authorities investigated and learned that U.S. Border Patrol agents had apprehended and deported the infant's parents March 5 at a ranch near Kingsville.
Note: Now that's interesting...
Employment and computer-security failures linked to one of DCF's worst scandals in recent memory are not isolated, an internal report has found.
Report: DCF's Background Checks, Hiring Practices Inconsistent
Computer security issues are widespread and background screening and hiring practices have been inconsistent at the Department of Children & Families, according to a recently released 11-page report by DCF's inspector general.
Also on the House's cut list: $7-million, or about one-fourth, of the total of a statewide program that helps foster children adjust to independent living as adults. Advocates said some young people will falter as they try to live on their own.
More than two dozen residents have launched an effort to recall Sacramento family court Judge Peter McBrien, alleging that he is an "extreme danger to children and parents" and inflicts "evil terrorism" from the bench.
From the UK.
The General Social Care Council today published the long-awaited statement on the roles and tasks of social work in England for the 21st century.
Note: It's all BS really.
THE Department of Community Services is creating a another stolen generation.
That's what one woman told a Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection at Lismore yesterday.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
A decade ago today, this boy died from a savage beating. His killer remains unknown.
Kelly Jackson, now 25, was 15 the day her brother died. She said she wants to make sure no one forgets him.
Jackson was not with Ryan that day in March 1998 — a day after he was found not breathing in the foster home of Frank and Vickie Lowery on Oliver Street in Sheffield Lake. That’s because Ryan and his siblings were separated among several different homes after authorities felt their parents were raising them in an unsafe environment.
Informal foster parents, who are currently caring for children who are not close relatives, have been urged to come forward by Northamptonshire County Council.
Note: And you're a sucker if you do. I get a kick out of this...
"A plea has now been made for more carers to speak to welfare officers in the light of the Victoria Climbie inquiry, so full support can be offered to the children involved."
2nd Note: Liars!!!
Under years of pressure to increase staffing, the state Department of Social Services has laid plans to hire 80 to 100 additional social workers, which officials say will reduce the ratio of cases to caseworkers for the first time in 20 years.
Note: Did I not call it right when I made my future prediction?
The request is likely to gain attention as DSS grapples with fallout from the recent case of a 7-year-old boy from Middleborough who was being monitored by state social workers when his mother's boyfriend allegedly burned his genitals with cigarettes, beat him with a belt, and urinated on his head.
Mom in Middleboro child abuse case released on bail
A mother charged in connection with the alleged abuse of her 7-year-old son has been released on $5,000 bail and cannot have any contact with children, including her own, following a hearing in Wareham District Court Thursday morning.
As the sponsor, Rep. Jonathan Paton, R-Tucson, explained it: "Our whole principle of government is checks and balances, and the ultimate check and balance is for the people to know what is going on. And the one thing this agency has been missing is real public scrutiny."
Note: Well said.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
A teenager’s 18th birthday should be a cause for celebration.
For thousands of young people in Florida’s foster-care system, this arbitrary line marking the transition to adulthood is an overwhelming source of fear, dread and uncertainty.
A teenage mother has been reunited with her baby after the child was taken by social services without a court order.
The boy was taken two hours after he was born to the 18-year-old, who had just left the care of Nottingham social services.
Hours later, Mr Justice Munby at the High Court said no baby could be removed "as the result of a decision taken by officials in some room".
The woman's solicitor Stuart Luke said she would lodge a claim for damages.
He said she faced the prospect of "an application by the local authority social services for an interim care order, which will be vigorously contested".
Mr Justice Munby said that without the appropriate order and given that the mother was still in hospital, mother and child should be reunited.
Describing the situation as "most unfortunate", he said officials involved in the case "should have known better".
The boy was born healthy and taken from his mother about two hours after his birth without an order having been made.
Mr Luke, from the firm Bhatia Best, said: "Mother and child were reunited 46 minutes after Mr Justice Munby's order at 1209 (GMT)."
Hospital staff were apparently shown a "birth plan" prepared by local authority social services.
The plan said the mother, who had a troubled childhood and suffered from mental health problems, was to be separated from the child, and no contact allowed without supervision by social workers.
The judge said the removal of a child could only be lawful if a police constable was taking action to protect a child, or there was a court order in place.
Mr Luke said the mother would be making a claim for damages against social services officials "arising out of the unfortunate removal of her child without lawful authority shortly after his birth".
The judge ordered the council to prepare a comprehensive plan setting out their proposals to assist the mother as she had recently left local authority care, by no later than 8 February 2008.
Gage Guimond's internal CFS file, appropriately enough, ends with a mistake.
An entry dated July 24, 2007 notes that the toddler's final funeral costs were $3389.89. That's a neat trick, given the two-year-old's burial would not take place until a week later.
PHOENIX (AP) - A lobbyist for Gov. Janet Napolitano urged a legislator to vote against a Child Protective Services disclosure bill, but a spokeswoman says the governor supports the bill and only wants to change part of it.
After Dorgan's decision, Manjit Virk was most bitter about the behaviour of the province saying if they had not taken Reena, a troubled teen, into foster care in the years prior to her murder, she would still be alive.
"They had a duty to protect our child because they (the provincial social workers) took our child," said Virk outside the courtroom.
WINDSOR - An allegedly drunk driver has been rushed to a London hospital in critical condition after the truck he was driving slammed into the sign outside the Children's Aid Society on Riverside Drive.
I have been personally involved with two serious incidents to do with the Hamilton Children's Aid Society and although the two incidents were 30 years apart, with no CAS involvement in between. On both cases, the Children's Aid Society handled themselves with the most corrupt, sneaky, backstabbing methods that I have ever run across.
Note: A brand new blog that I'm going to have to follow. I hope this person continues it.
The more the merrier right?
The foster mother of a 13-year-old boy who ran away from home and died in Perth in 2005 says they had to wait too long to get him counselling from the
The Coronial Inquest into the death of Andrew Anstey has heard the boy was given only one counselling session by the DCD despite requests for more treatment.
His foster mother Lorraine Taylor says the boy had been in nine foster homes before coming to her in 1997.
Note: Now why would any kid want to run away from foster care?
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
It’s a sad case. A Berkley man who works for a state agency charged with protecting children takes in a 15-year-old foster girl, sexually assaults her on several occasions while she is living with him and his family and, after adopting her, impregnates her when she is 17, fathering his own grandchild.
Police investigating the alleged abuse of hundreds of children at a care home in Jersey have confirmed two more cellars are being probed.
I will uncover the truth
He is the man investigating allegations of child abuse in Jersey after decades of secrecy. Crime Correspondent Deborah McAleese meets Ulster-born Deputy Police Chief Lenny Harper
Child Protective Services took my child in October 2004 based on false allegations. I had to fight to get her back and finally did, but not before Child Protective Services had caused great harm to my child and my family.
A DYING five-year-old girl who is chronically disabled has been left in the care of abusive foster carers who are banned from caring for any more children.
The father of a toddler who stepped on a ball at a local pharmacy, twisted his ankle and broke his leg, said he intends to move forward with a lawsuit against Children's Protective Services (CPS), as well as a local hospital and pharmacy.
Monday, March 24, 2008
"There's been a negative stigma attached to foster parenting," said Brian Gregg, spokesman for the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services. "A lot of people have gotten out of it because of that; they don't want the extra scrutiny."
Unbelievable is what it’s being called.
Middleboro residents seem to either have a lot to say, or are unwilling to talk about the recent arrest of Michelle Henry and her boyfriend David Privette.
Privette, of Boston, is accused of burning Henry’s 7-year-old boy with cigarettes, whipping him with a belt and urinating on his head. Henry, of Middleboro, faces charges because, according to authorities, she knew about the alleged abuse and said nothing.
My future prediction...
1. Public outcry against CPS not doing enough to protect this child...
2. CPS step’s up efforts, claims workers are overwhelmed, needs more money, bla bla bla
3. Drastic increase in the number of children removed from homes and placed in foster care.
Proposed funding cuts to successful drug treatment programs like oxycontin rehab may leave thousands untreated
Another possible consequence: Thousands of children already in foster care may be unable to return to their parents, and some will have to be adopted by substitute families, advocates say. Other children likely would enter state care for the first time, and remain there.
Ingrid Anderson of Spring recently had to make one of the most wrenching decisions in 10 years as a foster parent: deciding which of her four charges to relinquish so that her home could pass a fire inspection.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Many of the same crises we see worldwide are occurring in our own backyard, and no one seems to notice. Ever increasing numbers of children in Southeastern Ohio are being subjected to neglect, abuse and hunger, and not just by their parents, but more so by our bureaucratic systems.
Lose weight or we'll take all six of your children away: Outrage over social workers' 'draconian' ultimatum to parents
Six young brothers and sisters face being taken from their parents and put into care because they are overweight.
Social workers have warned they will intervene if three of the youngsters – including a 12-year-old boy who weighs 16 stone – do not shed several pounds in three months.
Note: An interesting blog post.
The truth of this verse was made evident by the elder son of Susan Pope. Mrs Pope was until recently the senior nurse at one of the most prestigious private girls schools in the country, Malvern St James. She was sacked for gross misconduct.
However, as has become increasingly common in this country, she was not sacked for anything she did or didn’t do at work. She was sacked for something that happened at home. The facts are not in dispute. Her ten-year-old son swore at her, and after giving him a warning that he would get a smack on the bottom if he did it again, he called her bluff. She was true to her word and applied the mildest discipline to his buttocks over his trousers.
Measure would make it easier for foster families to adopt kids whose parents are in prison
The goal is to make it easier for children in foster care to become eligible for adoption, proponents of the measures say.
But others say the measures, endorsed by the state Department of Social Services and Gov. Mark Sanford, are an unfair infringements on parents’ rights.
Note: Lots of these kids have never been abused.
Mark McGaha wanted to share his frustrations about the Department of Child Services with the public, but he never got the chance.
McGaha did an interview with an Indianapolis TV station, but a Fountain County judge issued a restraining order barring the station from airing his complaints or even showing his face -- apparently without even having seen the footage.
The city's foster-care children are overwhelmingly housed in high-poverty neighborhoods while child-welfare agencies avoid recruiting parents in wealthy areas.
Child advocates say it is part of a push to keep abused children in their home communities - but that happens less than 12% of the time, ACS data show.
The city of Denver recently announced it was going to tap into emergency reserves to hire 40 additional child welfare workers to handle ballooning caseloads.
Colorado ranks fifth in the nation in terms of wealth and per-capita income. Yet we have the eighth-highest rate of children living in poverty. Colorado is home to one of the largest concentrations of bachelor's degree graduates in the United States. Yet we rank among the bottom 10 states in terms of the number of students who graduate from high school.
Note: Poverty is often misinterpreted as neglect.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
A Northwest Washington couple, wrongly accused of child abuse, is speaking out about their personal nightmare, including having their infant daughters taken away and their desperate fight to get them back.
Since the highly publicized Banita Jacks case, CFSA is now removing twice the number of children from their homes and putting them into foster case. Meantime, the Caplans have already racked up more than $75,000 in legal fees to get their daughters back and try to clear their name.
A jury Thursday began considering whether to believe a 9-year-old girl's testimony that she was raped in her Menifee bedroom by her foster father, an ordained minister, while his wife was at home.
"I can’t help but feel that Richard may have felt overwhelmed by the ‘real world’ and somehow, subconsciously, needed to do something to get back into the only secure situation he’d ever experienced — being locked up," she said in an interview. "I wish he’d chosen to rob a liquor store [instead]."
Friday, March 21, 2008
A police inquiry into decades of alleged child abuse in Jersey has spread to the neighbouring island of Guernsey.
A former resident of the island has written to Deputy Chief Officer Lenny Harper, the detective leading the Jersey investigation, making allegations that they were abused in Guernsey.
A former sheriff's deputy who had been accused of rape and stealing public money pleaded no contest to two lesser charges in Stanislaus County Superior Court on Thursday as part of a plea deal that will result in a 16-month prison sentence.
In legal papers, the woman said Galvan threatened to tell Child Protective Services that he found drug paraphernalia in her house, a move that could have prompted the agency to take her children, if she did not agree to have sex with him.
Note: They're all in on it.
No exam was done after the first report on March 4, and the boy remained at home for nearly two more weeks in what authorities say was a severely abusive situation.
A chilling failure to protect a child
Given the scrutiny they’re under we would expect state social workers to respond like their hair’s on fire when a 7-year-old boy, whose mother had already been suspected of neglect, complains of torture at the hands of her violent ex-con boyfriend.
Cincinnati police are searching for a missing 13-year-old girl.
Police say Kirjah Schmidt has a history of running away and being involved in "dangerous" activities.
Note: Why would a kid want to run away from a foster home?
Accused killer Luke Aday lied, stole and was clearly troubled as a child, but despite repeated pleas from a foster parent he got little help from child welfare, B.C. Supreme Court heard yesterday.
Slightly off the mark, but a very interesting read never the less. CPS is only part of the problem.
How the Failures of Welfare Reform Created Our Lawless Courts (Part One)
How the Failures of Welfare Reform Created Our Lawless Courts (Part Two)
How the Failures of Welfare Reform Created Our Lawless Courts (Part Three)
How the Failures of Welfare Reform Created Our Lawless Courts (Part Four)
Thursday, March 20, 2008
There are good reasons why rules are in place about how to question kids in sex abuse cases.
There do not appear to be any good reasons why a West Bloomfield Township police detective subjected a 13-year-old boy to an hour-long ordeal in an interrogation room, using falsehoods in an attempt to get him to incriminate his own father.
More than half of the foster children in Oklahoma bounce from foster home to foster home at least four times. Moms we talked to say, not only is that hard on the kids, but they believe it also causes a brain disorder that can tear families apart.
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Attorneys for a Stafford woman accused of having repeated sexual relations with her teenage foster son will try again to get her released on bond.
A judge Tuesday denied a bond request for 33-year-old Suzanne Ibsen Collares, who is facing 20 sex-related charges in Stafford Circuit Court.
A girl who says her former foster father, an ordained minister from Menifee, sexually assaulted her when she was 9 testified Wednesday that her allegations do not stem from seeing her mother engaged in sex.
A NEWBORN baby boy has been taken from his mother by Wexford Gardaí amid concern for his welfare.Emily Burgess (32), from the Great Yarmouth area of England, gave birth to her sixth child at Wexford General Hospital last week, but the healthy infant was taken away from her by the Gardaí.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The Southwest Florida office of the Department of Children and Families is adding 17 newly-trained child protective investigators. That nearly doubles the size of the unit that investigates child abuse and neglect in 5 local counties.
Note: There must be a shortage of foster children down there.
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The White Ohio police officer who shot and killed a 26-year-old Black woman, while she was holding her 1-year-old baby, was charged Monday with negligent homicide.
The wife of a Menifee man charged with sexually assaulting one of their foster daughters testified Tuesday that the 9-year-old girl never came to her with abuse allegations.
Ohio department to yank A Child's Waiting license; Copley operation to appeal
The state is seeking to shut down a local adoption agency, citing numerous violations, including placing a child in an uncertified foster home and not documenting background checks.
Their voices cry out from across the years and beyond the grave. TaJuana, and China Marie, who died in 1993 - just two weeks after a state child-welfare official declared that she was "thriving."
Note: The ones who need it don't get it, the ones who don't need it do.
They just can't get it right.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
His sadistic Jehovah’s Witness foster mum had just stopped her van – after tying the ten-year-old’s leg to the back by a length of rope and dragging him around at high speed.
A former Child Protective Specialist was charged with lying about her immigration status on her city application form in August 2001 and was arrested last week, even though she became a U.S. citizen in June 2007. Analee Villanueva resigned March 11 and if convicted could face up to seven years in prison.
May is National Foster Care Month and according to government statistics, there are over half a million children in America’s foster care system today. For perspective, that’s more than the population of pre-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. Beyond the numbers, each child bears a personal story that starts with heartbreak and almost always ends with it, too. Is the system failing America’s foster children?
Missouri became home to thousands of homeless and unwanted children who arrived by train from the northeast coast of the United States from 1854 until 1929. The trains were known as orphan trains, the children were known as orphan train riders.
Note: An interesting historical piece.
Two Stanly County Department of Social Services employees whose job it is to protect kids face drug charges.
A former Stanly County DSS employee has also been arrested and charged.
Police say they got medications with fake prescriptions.
I recieved an email with a blog link. "I just wanted to share my family's story with you. So here is my, myspace blog about our nightmare."
The state is supposed to help people with situations like this.
Monday, March 17, 2008
The Nassau Child Protective Services supervisor who County Executive Thomas Suozzi said was suspended without pay for failing to send a caseworker to a New Cassel woman's home the day before she allegedly killed her three children has not actually missed a day's pay, officials said Monday.
The caseworker, Eddie Arredondo, is being paid from his accrued vacation days though he has not returned to work, according to Dan McCray, Suozzi's chief labor negotiator.
A 76-year-old former warder at a children's home on the Channel island of Jersey was remanded in custody Monday, when he appeared in court charged with sex offences against young girls.
Currently in the United States, adoptions are being promoted as the “cure” for foster care, and a panacea to all permanency issues. And yet, across America, there are a growing number of adoptions that dissolve after finalization.
Note: This is another blog I have been following. I don't always agree with their views, but I can't argue against this one.
A state social worker is accusing four Hartford police officers of pressuring her to lie about the possible presence of drugs inside an apartment where two people were arrested and four children were removed three years ago.
MORE than 600 babies have been put on the child protection register in Birmingham in the last three years - before they were even born.
Foster teen Shawn Sage - who drew national attention when word got out that a Los Angeles court commissioner dashed his hopes for early enlistment in the Corps - is counting the days until June 7 when he turns 18.
Social workers and child protection campaigners say the shortages are placing vulnerable children at risk, as they are missing out on proper needs assessments and foster families are not being properly vetted.
I'm adding this comment here from Erika. She is 100% correct on this.
this is the biggest lie cps has going. they interfere and traumatize innocent families until their case loads surge to unacceptable levels.then when mistakes start to happen they ask for more funding.they are trying to influence the public's perception that child abuse is some sort of epidemic and the only answer is to pay them.if they stuck to doing their jobs - and focused on real cases of child abuse - so many children would not end up in the system and funding would go to where its needed most.these people continue because there is no one telling the public what really is going on.
I just didn't want it to be skimmed over.
After C.J. Young was beaten to death in August 2003, state Child Protective Services acknowledged that the agency had been closely involved with the 2-year-old's family for more than a decade
Last Jan. 29, with her sexual abuse case against a West Bloomfield couple on the verge of collapse, Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor Andrea Dean called a psychologist named Sandra McClennen to the witness stand.
Dean was trying to persuade a judge to allow statements in which the couple's autistic 14-year-old daughter, who communicated by typing on a keyboard with the assistance of a teacher's aide, had seemingly leveled horrifying allegations against her parents.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
A former state employee says Kentucky officials are backing off an initiative to try to prevent racial bias in the foster care system.
"I called them crying several times. I begged them not to put my children with those people,” said Melissa Castillo, 26, of Fort Smith, Ark.
"They're both awful people.”
DHS ignored the warnings.
Castillo's 4-year-old son, JaJuan Flowers, is now dead.
Last Dec. 4, without notice to a legal guardian appointed to represent the boy, West Bloomfield Police Detective Joseph Brousseau interrogated a 13-year-old witness about allegations of sexual abuse against his father.
Last week prosecutors dropped criminal charges against the parents and agreed to reunite them with their son and daughter, who had been living in separate foster homes for more than three months.
On October 8, 2004, Montgomery County took my daughter away from me, and I entered the surreal and hitherto unknown world of Family Court, Social Services, lawyers, foster care, Child Preventive Services and Child Protective Services (CPS). I got my daughter back eight months later and have spent the last year trying to undo the damage that was done to her while in the county's care. While at Northeast Parent & Child Society's Children's Home in Schenectady, New York, where the county placed her, she learned to smoke marijuana and steal cold medicine to get high, among other things.
Sheriff's Maj. Connie Shingledecker oversees all the child abuse and neglect investigations in Manatee County, where investigators remove children from their homes more frequently than most anywhere else in Florida, a recent study shows.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
This just goes to show that foster care needs reform worldwide, not just north america. Just because CPS is desperate for people to "care" for the children does not mean they should accept anyone who applies
Obviously these children "slipped through the cracks" that happen to be big enough to swallow you whole..
The recent departure of a director of a girls group home whose history included two weapons convictions and seven paternity suits highlighted gaps in the state's evolving system of child welfare background checks, advocates say.
A high-ranking children's protective services supervisor in the Yakima office of the Department of Social and Health Services failed last year to properly investigate or report at least five allegations of child abuse and neglect at two day care centers, according to a whistleblower investigation by the state Auditor's Office.
Two foster parents accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy have waived their right to a bail hearing. The Two will remain behind bars. Sedonio Rodriques and his same-sex partner, Raymond Grenier are accused of molesting the boy. They appeared before a judge in Providence Monday.
During the Clinton years, the trend toward turning children into tools for expanding government power increased rapidly. Otherwise indefensible programs and regulations are now rationalized as "for the children."
"If we truly are intent on doing better by children and families, we can't ignore the courts and the legal process," said Myriam Krinsky, a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission and a state courts consultant. "The commission's recommendations acknowledge that we have to do business differently, and that children and families will continue to pay the price if we don't start to turn the corner."
Students at West Nassau High School learned an important lesson when local pastor David Hughart led an assembly on March 6.
Note: It's a lesson that you all need to learn. Paranoia will destroy you.
I know this story may seem a little off topic, but you just have to look at it in the same sort of "Blowing Things Out Of Proportion" way that Social Workers in the Child Protective Industry does. For example: Case of Illinois Mother on Trial for Leaving Child in Car for Minutes Sparks Debate
Using the Internet, community adoption fairs and other resources, the Alabama Department of Human Resources has increased efforts this year to attract more potential adoptive parents like Causey and her husband, who are in the final stages of being approved to adopt.
In the days after Andr‚ Bissonnette left the witness stand at the Cornwall Public Inquiry last May, he got a phone call from his daughter.
Both she and her boyfriend had spent the last four hours reading the transcripts of his testimony - the stories of how, as a 14-year-old boy in 1963, he was sexually assaulted by another teen while in foster care, and later shipped off to an infamous reform school in Alfred, Ont.
André Bissonnette was devastated when he learned in February his testimony at the Cornwall Public Inquiry would not be used to find fault against the Children’s Aid Society. A recovering alcoholic, Bissonnette, 59, said he contemplated getting drunk for the first time in nine years after hearing Comm. Normand Glaude’s ruling.
The victim was 16 and living in foster care when Tannehill approached him and suggested he enroll in the Explorer program. After regularly spending time alone with the victim, on and off duty, and serving him alcohol, Tannehill abused the teen, the court said.
The story of Mark Harris - is that of a British father jailed by the UK family courts for 10 months simply for waving to his kids.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Since April, foster parents Carl and Laura Gorman have been caring for two small children, both of whom had been found with amphetamine and methamphetamine in their bodies at a Richland Hills home. During the summer, the Gormans also welcomed their newborn brother.
Now they want to adopt them into their Ellis County home -- a wish that has triggered a legal battle.
The children's mother wants her babies back after a Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict her and the children's grandmother on charges of endangering a child in connection with the drugs.
Note: What do you know? A story about foster parents actively seeking to prevent the reunification of children with their mother in an effort to adopt the children.
You can help Paton advance the causes of good government and strong journalism by actively supporting HB 2454, a bill that would lift the secrecy that shrouds Child Protective Services like a cast-iron curtain.
It was a victory for Treffly Coyne, accused of child abuse for the crime of leaving her 2-year-old sleeping daughter in a car ten yards away while she donated to the Salvation Army during the Christmas season. On Thursday, Cook County prosecutors decided not to prosecute the mom, no doubt in large part due to the round of negative publicity the county received for threatening to throw the mom in prison. Coyne was arrested early last December after a Crestwood, Illinois, cop saw her daughter alone in a car, parked in a Walmart loading zone not ten yards away while she put coins in a Salvation Army kettle.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Nationally and statewide the results are just as dismal. Half of all the country's emancipated foster youth become homeless sometime during the first 12 months. About half of California's foster youth complete high school; most become homeless and unemployed, and fewer than 3 percent attend college.
RhodesCourter said the system is failing foster children. Often caseworkers will take the easy way out and "dump" a foster child into one stranger's home after another rather than take the extra effort to find the child's relatives, work to get them approved as foster parents and bring permanence to the child's life, she said.
A former social worker is behind bars, accused of organizing the kidnapping of a toddler who police say is still missing.
The little boy is 17-month-old Miguel Felix. He was reported missing from his foster home late Tuesday night.
Man recently contracted with CPS tied to alleged kidnapping
Note: Like they all should be.
In exploring the industry of adoption, it is fundamental to first explain why there is a market for children in the first place. Why do adults choose to adopt babies and children who are biologically unrelated to them?
Note: An interesting blog post
Two civil suits filed in federal court allege fathers were unfairly targeted by Albemarle County Social Services over molestation charges.
A move by the Ohio legislature to restrict records on foster parents, by no longer allowing public access will have an adverse effect on its purpoted beneficiaries.
Shielding foster parent records will not help kids, regardless of what proponents say.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
The case of the teenage mother whose baby son was wrongly taken away from her three hours after his birth is a truly terrifying tale.
A miscarriage of justice came to light on this occasion only through the happy coincidence of dedicated lawyers, a bold judge and an assiduous reporter.
Note: If this doesn't say something about confidentiality laws, I don't know what does.
Treffly Coyne was out of her car for just minutes and no more than 10 yards away.
But that was long and far enough to land her in court after a police officer spotted her sleeping 2-year-old daughter alone in the vehicle; Coyne had taken her two older daughters to pour $8.29 in coins into a Salvation Army kettle.
We get outraged by child abuse and so it’s easy to get behind House Bill 3134 (Senate version is deferred) to require Child Protective Services within one year to re-enter the homes of children who previously had been reported by anyone as possibly abused even though the report had been investigated and no abuse confirmed.
Yes, those italics are right. Somebody - even an ex-spouse with a grudge - may have reported suspected abuse. It was investigated. Nothing was found. Case was closed. Now CPS returns to investigate again.
If you look up Hansard, the parliamentary record, you can read the name of a man I wrote about three weeks ago. Prisoner X, whom I called Hugh, was jailed for helping his pregnant wife and her son to flee the country to escape from social workers. An MP has named him in the House of Commons, to express concern at his treatment. But The Times still cannot print his name.
DETECTIVES investigating the Jersey child abuse scandal expect to arrest three suspects in the next two weeks, despite attempts by "corrupt former cops" to block the inquiry.
The case was controversial from its beginning because the 15-year-old girl, who cannot speak, made the claims through facilitated communication, a widely discredited method of communication in which a teaching aide helps such students type words into a keyboard. Experts testified that scientific evaluations of the method have proven that the teaching aide, consciously or unconsciously, authors the messages.
A Queens mother who unknowingly rented a deteriorating foreclosed home with city subsidies was placed in a homeless shelter Monday after she was forced to move or lose custody of her children.
Joe Manchisi has spent nearly five years wondering how a convicted pedophile was able to kill his son and two others, how he managed to have access to wards of the Children's Aid Society and how he was allowed to live in a Mississauga townhouse complex filled with youths.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Motivational video about the injustices that the CAS, Foster Care and Family courts use to kidnapp and withhold children from loving non abusive parents and Grandparents. The gov't endorsed policy's of complete lack of oversite of the cas.
LIVERPOOL specialists in family law have expressed their concerns over proposals to increase court fees in care proceedings by more than 2,500%.
If you need something to wear to your next court date, family team meeting, protest, parenting class or state ordered psyche eval? Check out the Legally Kidnapped T-Shirt
Need a special gift for that special social worker in your life?
One of two foster daughters raped by a former South Dakota lawmaker in a scheme over reproductive eggs is suing him and his wife for financial damages, according to a federal complaint.
As thousands of children across North Texas dream of a permanent home, the state is looking for a few good families who want to adopt foster children. But some looking to adopt say the system itself discourages people from taking in unwanted children.
A PLEA has gone out for city foster carers who can provide a home for both brothers and sisters – to save them the heartache of being split up.
The number of siblings needing foster care in Peterborough and across
Cambridgeshire has soared according to one of the UK's leading independent fostering agencies.
Two men facing multiple felony counts for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old over a three-year period, even as they served as foster parents for the state, were ordered held without bail in District Court, Providence, yesterday after they waived their right to a bail hearing.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Corrupt police officers, politicians and a leading businessman are attempting to discredit the investigation into child abuse at a Jersey care home, the island’s police said today.
Body find prompts cellar search (ITV News)
Six more sites in care home probe (BBC News)
Care Home Of Horrors -- Latest (BBC Evening News 26-02-08)
Jersey 'victim' speaks out (ITV Latest News)
First pictures of 'abuse' cellar
Jersey police uncover second room (BBC News 24)
Police investigating suspected child abuse in Jersey have broken into a second underground chamber at a former children's home.
A police spokesman said officers were now preparing to enter the room at Haut de la Garenne.
A specialist sniffer dog, trained to search for signs of human remains, will now be sent into the room by officers.
More than 100 people claim to have been abused at Haut de la Garenne during the 1970s and 1980s.
A 19-year-old Silver Spring woman accused in the stabbing death of a D.C. teen during a street fight Saturday is being held without bond.
Detectives said Sean Cope, 18, of Burbank Street in D.C., was found dead in the 1100 block of Fidler Lane about 10:40 p.m. Friday. Police had been called to the scene on reports of a fight involving about two dozen people.
A leading family judge has criticised the quality of children’s social services at Nottingham Council in the light of its treatment of an 18-year-old mother and care leaver, whose newborn baby it removed.
A state appeals court came down hard Friday on the Madison County Juvenile Court in overturning its decision to terminate the parental rights of a Gurley man.
In a harshly worded opinion written by Presiding Judge William Thompson, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals also sharply criticized the Madison County Department of Human Resources.
Nine times, one aggrieved father says he fought to protect his name and his relationship with his daughters after he was accused of child abuse in a custody dispute.
The man, whose name we will not use to protect the identity of his daughters, said he is pleased that West Virginia legislators last week passed a bill that slaps criminal charges on those who falsely report child abuse or neglect in order to influence a custody case.
The discovery of a child's skull at a former children's home on Jersey last month came as a shock to many on the UK mainland, who see the Channel island as a family-friendly holiday destination.
Those later costs come in the form of all those ills that result from children missing out on a good start life: Jail. Drug abuse. Homelessness. Already, a shocking number of children move swiftly from the oversight of dependency courts to the jurisdiction of delinquency courts. Bass estimates that 50% of current prison inmates had some kind of contact with the child-welfare system.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Tests are being carried out on more bones found at the former children's home at the centre of a major child abuse investigation in Jersey.
Hundreds protests against Jersey child abuse
Hundreds took to the streets of Jersey yesterday to protest at a "culture of secrecy" surrounding child abuse on the island.
Police to arrest Jersey suspects
Detectives investigating the Jersey child abuse scandal expect to arrest three suspects in the next two weeks, despite attempts by “corrupt former cops” to block the inquiry.
State data show that the number of children placed in foster care rose 47 percent over the past nine years, from 236 in 1998 to 346 in 2007. The number rose 22 percent last year alone. Foster care placements are also up nationwide, but Nassau's increase is much sharper, and it takes place amid a growing consensus that keeping families together is far preferable to placing children in foster care.
For many years David Southall has exacted misery upon the most vulnerable people in society, sick children and their parents. This blog will provide comment and evidence as to what Southall has done over the years and will not close until such times as he is arrested and charged with the crimes he has committed.
This is what 7-year-old Andrew Bridge thought as the police took him from his mentally ill mother on a Saturday afternoon on the streets of Los Angeles. Torn between the desire to protect his beloved mother and the need to be safe, he was pulled away from her and into a life that proved only marginally more bearable than his harrowing existence with her. Andy was taken to MacLaren Hall, public orphanage, "death house of childhoods," as he writes, and then placed with an emotionally and often physically abusive foster family in the San Fernando Valley, northwest of downtown, where he stayed for 11 years. And yet, "Hope's Boy," published last month and reaching No. 6 on the New York Times best-seller list, is not an abuse book. The man I sit talking with 38 years later radiates happiness, excitement, health. He carries a picture of his mom on his iPhone. Bridge looks boyish, although not at all like the boy sporting an odd, blank, half-smiling stare on the book's cover. When he's particularly thrilled with a topic, he literally hops up and down, even when seated. "This is not a book about me," he insists. "It is a book about my mother."
July 2012. This date won't come soon enough for Sherry Sherret.
It's when her first born will turn 18. And it's when the Belleville mother will finally be reunited with the son who was put up for adoption when he was only 5.
Someone is using the government to harass Keith Ferguson. The government admits as much and then says, "Sorry, Mr. Ferguson. We're powerless to stop."
Ferguson, of Schaghticoke, has been investigated at least a dozen times in the last two years by the county's Department of Social Services. DSS is following up on complaints to the State Central Register that he is sexually abusing his children. The "hot line," as it is sometimes called, allows an anonymous caller to report suspicions of child abuse. Investigators, if they're given enough information, must look into the allegations.
Saturday, March 08, 2008
The information we require from you will need to show neglect, corruption, human rights violations and any form of abuse be it emotional physical or sexual, that has occurred to your children or has effected your emotional well being while your children were or are in the care of the CAS Ontario.
It pertains to anyone whom is in care was in care or is effected by this agency life interrupted by psychological damage caused by beign subjected to their emotional duress by being in direct care or by their children being in direct care now or past.
Information submitted by you needs to be condensed into point form by date from 1st occurrence to the last occurrence. This information can be submitted regardless of whether you regained or retained custody or not of your child(ren).
All personal information will be forwarded to (Barristers and Solicitors considering a Pro Bono Civil suit a Class Action law Suit will commence and also demands will be made for retribution for families and their children, We also plan to demand justice is serves and after we win the civil suit and WE WILL, action will be taken to demand criminal charges are pressed for any and all whom have misrepresented the rights of children by systemic abuse.This will be kept in strictest confidence. Your contact information is required incase we need to discuss your case with you.
Your information can be sent by mail to:
Ms Kathleen Mattinson
Cherish The Children (independent media) 99/2008 Founding Director
19 John St North Unit 2
Hamilton On Canada L8R 1H1
Ph 289 396 8595 Fax 289 396 9931
Director of Communications
Independent Investigative Journalist
Box 64, Genelle, BC Canada V1R1R3
The attorney for Cleo Juan is asking for a new trial because his client is related to McKinley County District Attorney Karl Gillson.
Mark Fine, Juan’s attorney, said that the relationship resulted in his client receiving an unfair trial.
More young people are running away from residential and foster homes – often egged on by predators. But the police know more about missing cars than they do about the children supposedly in society's care.
Spots of blood have been found in a bath in a suspected underground torture chamber at a former Jersey care home being investigated over allegations of child abuse.
Yet it's not unusual for children to stay in foster care for years, languishing in a psychologically damaging limbo while the grown-ups try to figure things out. A January study by the state Administrative Office of the Courts showed that Washington meets the federal 15-month deadline only half the time.
Friday, March 07, 2008
Last September, Paul Lamb and Michelle Thomas, a young professional couple from Stockport in Manchester, had their children taken away by social services.
For four traumatic months, the couple were permitted to see their children only if they were supervised.
They were accused of deliberately harming them, of throwing Ben to the ground, of lying and of covering up their "unspeakable crime".
VICTORIA'S child protection system is at breaking point, with juvenile delinquents binge drinking, chroming and having unsafe sex in government-run facilities as the number of youths in state care soars.
The National Coalition for Child Protection Reform said child safety deteriorated in Southwest Florida last year, because of what it calls a "foster-care panic" - a surge in the number of children removed from their homes by the Florida Department of Children and Families.
A Gloucestershire teenager who suffered years of mental and physical torture at the hands of his foster mother has published an account of his experience.
Eunice Spry was jailed for 14 years in March 2007, after being convicted of 26 charges including cruelty and wounding.
An influential California lawmaker has introduced legislation to bring more children into the court hearings that decide their fates after allegations of abuse and neglect - a bill proposed in response to systemic failures revealed by the Mercury News last month.
To hear a grown man, an ex-doorman, a man’s man, break down and weep with horror and anger after he unlocked the vile secret hidden deep within himself was truly chilling.
Jersey child abuse case
On the surface, coverage of the child abuse investigation in Jersey appeared predictably lurid and excitable so why were the island's police congratulating the media?
Thousands of homeschoolers in California are left in legal limbo by an appeals court ruling that homeschooling is not a legal option in the state and that a family who has homeschooled all their children for years must enrol their two youngest in state or private schools. Justice H. Walter Croskey in a written opinion said, “California courts have held that under provisions in the Education Code, parents do not have a constitutional right to homeschool their children.”
A Tucson Democratic lawmaker managed to stall the approval of a series of Child Protective Services reforms Thursday over concerns it could cost the state millions.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Bella was removed from her home without probable cause or a warrant. There were no reports of harm against the mother. Bella was taken by a Knox County Juvenile Case Manager, who said she had a warrant and did not. She removed the child out of anger. Once the child was removed, she was given to an abusive, violent father, who had been out of Bella's life, by his choice for more than a year. The father has committed several violent acts against the mother and other women, this is all documented in police records. The Juvenile Court has failed to provide the child with a safe environment. She has not had proper, continued medical attention or insurance. The father has testified in 3 Courts, under oath, that he does not give the child medicines prescribed by her Doctor. Yet, the Juvenile Court refuses to acknowledge this medical neglect. The guardian ad litem, never met or attempted to meet with Bella & Lisa. Yet he met with the father several times, he recommended to the court, Bella stay with him, based on absolutely nothing. GAL's are to ensure what's in the child's best interest. Not there own or what is most convenient for them. He has failed to protect Bella also, both physically and medically.
There must be due process, fair and equal treatment, and protection of Constitutional Rights, in children's cases. No one has attempted to reunite Bella with her Mother.
It sends a negative message to society and battered women, when the State chooses to prosecute women for rightfully protecting their children.
This child has been to Dr. and ER more than 42 times in a year and a half, her bruises, marks, and scratches have all been documented and photographed. The child her self has stated several times, her "daddy whipped her butt, with the switch". No one has done anything to protect this child, and they have allowed the father to make continuous accusations and harass Ms. Smith's family. There has not even been an attempt to reunite Bella with her Mother.
We ask the judge, the State of TN, the prosecutor, those who seeks to punish Ms. Smith, to look at the facts and the law, to see the fraud that has been committed and correct it. TN has had a long, negative history in The Children's Services area, we ask that you not allow Bella to become another statistic.
Do not continue with this case, allow Ms. Smith to regain the rightful custody of Bella, and return her home, where she can be safe and loved, and most important, where she wants to be. Little girls need their Mothers.