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Georgia is Just One of Many States That are Corrupt from the Top Down

June 7, 2010 4 comments

Alice Samantha Thomason, with Autumn Destiny DeShawna Thomason, Carly Skyler and Sara Louvelle Texanna Wilfawn, stolen by Jackson County Ga DFCS

Thse three girls have been stolen by Jackson County GA DFCS- they are as corrupt as the county listed below in the letter.

Those of us who have been fighting Child Protective Services know how corrupt they are. We know they are corrupt from the top down. This is just another example of how corrupt they are.

A LETTER FROM A CONCERNED CITIZEN

http://gafamilyjudicialinjustice.com/index.html

To Anyone Who Actually Cares About Children:
You may be aware of the latest Georgia Division of Family and
Children Services (DFCS) casualty, Kyshawn Punter, a 2-year-old black child.
This poor baby had numerous bruises, knots and burns on his body, yet was placed
back in the home with an abusive stepfather twice. Exactly one month after
being returned to his home a second time, he was dead. A DFCS caseworker
told Dekalb Juvenile Court Judge Gregory Adams that the child did not have
significant bruising. “I feel as though I had been misled,” said Judge
Adams. “Obviously my decision was based on misinformation.”

I have personally observed two patterns of failure of the child protection
system in Georgia. Abused black children and special needs children are
quickly returned to their abusers, if they are removed at all. Then I have
seen many cases of non-abused white children who are taken and kept
illegally from fit and loving parents and grandparents. This unscientific
conclusion is based on cases that have come to my attention over the last 14
months.

As a concerned citizen, I have attempted to intervene in the “War of the
Roses,” as I call it. This is a case in Cherokee County and it is a train
wreck of Cherokee County’s Juvenile Court and DFCS. If you are not familiar
with this case, please take the time to read these two articles now. The
first article appeared on the front-page of the Atlanta Journal Constitution
on February 23, 2003:

http://www.cpswatch.com/news/article.asp?Index=1411

http://www.cpswatch.com/news/article.asp?Index=2098

The children in this case have already suffered emotional and developmental
damage and I fear that their physical safety is at risk. They are still
living with their paternal grandmother and step-grandfather. Holly Scobey,
the children’s mother, and Barbara and Claude Rose, Holly’s parents, have
been trying to tell anyone who will listen, including Governor and Mrs.
Sonny Perdue and DHR Commissioner Jim Martin, that the children are living
in the home with a violent and abusive person, Pete Jackson. I am also
trying to tell people about my discovery of evidence that unmistakably
supports their claims.

After listening to Barbara and Holly describe Pete Jackson’s behavior and
seeing how desperate they are to protect the children, I decided to
investigate Pete Jackson. I found sworn affidavits in Jackson vs. Jackson,
Pete Jackson’s divorce from Jana Jackson in 1993 in Cobb Superior Court,
Civil Action 93-1-5926-28. These affidavits describe Pete Jackson as
follows:

“I have witnessed violet rages that Pete would have against the children, at
which times he would inflict harm to the children.”

“When Peter refused to allow her money for medical attention for the
children, Janna contacted her family (my parents) for assistance.”

“He lacks patience with his family, raising his voice with the children and
Janna at the slightest provocation.”

“Twice in my presence Pete refused to allow the children to be taken to the
doctor.”

“In general, Pete has always been a short-tempered and selfish person.”

“Peter, although a good provider, has never had patience with what he
perceives as less than perfect results.”

“Peter has an explosive temper which is unpredictable and violent.”

I would like to provide the entire text of the affidavit of Pete Jackson’s
son Phillip:

Text of Sworn Affidavit by Phillip M. Jackson, September 6, 1993

“My name is Phillip Michael Jackson. I am the oldest son of Peter M.
Jackson and Janna M. Jackson. I have lived with both parents for 18 years
and have witnessed both parenting techniques.

My father is very authoritarian. He would rather use physical violence and
intimidation to control and punish his family than try to talk and reason
with them. For example, when I turned 12 years old, he took up the practice
of designing and making 1 inch thick oaken paddles with which to punish the
children. During the course of the past 6 years, he has broken
approximately 4 of these paddles while punishing me personally, leaving
massive bruises and other injuries. Prior to age 12, my father would
violently pick me up and throw me across the room.

My father not only physically punished us but would also punish us mentally
by flying into unexpected violent rages and behaving in a generally
threatening manner. In my experience, anything that I did with or for my
father, I was doing it wrong, he constantly used derogatory name calling and
belittling techniques when I assisted him in a project. He rarely praised
me for any of my accomplishments especially if he could somehow take credit
for what I had done. My father is short-tempered, ill-mannered,
authoritarian, demoralistic (sic) and selfish. In my opinion he is not
suited to raise a child from any point of that child’s life.

Pete Jackson is untrustworthy and dishonest. Most recently I discovered
that he has been overcharging me for my auto insurance by 50% for the last 2
years. Also if I had expenses for school, clothing, or other activities he
provided only the minimum amount needed and threw a temper-tantrum while
giving the money. In addition, throughout the years, I have personally
witnessed my father stealing cable services, computers and computer
components and other office equipment from IBM. I’ve heard him brag about
taking advantage of other members of his friends and family in shady
business deals. I do not feel that any of this behavior from my father
presented a good role-model for myself or my brothers.

My mother on the other hand has always been there for me and my brothers.
She has always been the bonding force that has kept our family together.
Throughout my life she has not only been my mother but she has also been my
best friend. She has rarely used violent punishment except as a last
resort. She is an honest, dependable, devoted, compassionate, loving parent
and I could never have asked for a better mother to bring me up in this
messed up world. She never used any derogatory names when correcting us
children and always reprimanded my father when he did. She would always
step in and take the brunt of my father’s horrendous temper but she could
seldom deflect his anger away from us. Because of her maternal instinct to
protect her children I strongly recommend my mother be awarded sole custody
of my two younger brothers, Brian and David Jackson. I also recommend,
strongly, that my father be awarded visitation only in the presence of an
accredited social worker. I feel that this is in the best interest of my
brothers.”

The above was written during a contentious divorce and custody battle in
1993, yet it uncannily corroborates what I was told about this man.
I have supplied this information to several people in the system. Most of
them have countered that Pete Jackson may have changed and they have no
proof that he still behaves in this manner or they say they can’t comment
because of confidentiality. The most interesting response was a telephone
call from John Cline, an attorney for Cherokee County DFCS. Mr. Cline
called me at 8:30 p.m.on August 4, 2003. I believe that Cline attempted to
entrap me
into saying that Barbara Rose has shown me confidential juvenile court
records. It seems that someone is anxious to have Barbara Rose thrown in
jail for violating her court order.

The responses I have received are absurd. There is actual evidence that
shows two things, in my opinion: Pete Jackson has not changed and the
children are suffering under his care:

1. J. R. and L. S. were thriving while they were living with
their maternal grandparents. Now, at least J. R., has been classified as a
“special needs” child. Foster parents get more money for special needs
children. By all accounts, Pete and Judy Jackson are getting paid as foster
parents.

2. J. R. is most likely being programmed by Pete and Judy Jackson. The
following
quotes from a video show that programming occurred in the car on the way to
his supervised visit with his mother on August 8, 2003 at O.A.S.I.S.
Counseling Center. (Note: mom and dad are Pete and Judy Jackson)

“I want to tell you something. My mom and dad were driving and my mom and
dad said don’t hug me…my Mom and Dad said, my Mom and Dad said, my
Mom and Dad said, J., I don’t want you to hug J., I don’t want you
to hug Mommy, J., OK?
(Holly asks why can’t you hug me) I do not know why. My Mom and Dad said
don’t hug her! They said, they said they don’t like me hugging you..Hey
mommy I’m just wondering if you can take me to Florida and Acworth and
Disney World and the beach? Can you?. Later? Mom and Dad told me I don’t
like you and I do like you!”

3. J. R. wants to live with his mother. He made the following outcries
during supervised
visits at Cherokee County DFCS:
June 19, 2003
“Mom and Dad are not making me live with you. They’re not!
Can you get me to live with you? Mommy, I don’t want to leave. I want to
live with you.
Well, Mommy are you going to get me with your car from Mom’s and Dad’s
house?
Why do we gotta go. Why?
Mommy am I going to come back to your house?
When I get to the door? When I get to the door, then you’ll pick me up?”

July 8, 2003
I wish I could live with my Mommy…I wish I would live with my Mommy…(he
says this while pretending to blow out candles on his slice of birthday
cake)

4. There is an audio-recording of Pete Jackson yelling at Holly Scobey on
the phone. Holly speaks in a calm voice while Jackson yells and curses.
Holly had been talking to J. R. on the phone just prior to Pete. She
believes that the
children were in the room with Pete Jackson while he was having his
outburst.

What am I to do with this information? Let these children be destroyed by
the system that is supposed to help them? Why take the chance that they may
meet the same fate as the following children who were supposed to be
protected by DFCS:
Kyshawn Punter, Terrell Peterson, Rhiannon Gilmore (Cherokee County), Alexis
Headspeth, Raymond Ellis, Christal Langley, Douglas Max Kreamer Jr. and
Clayton Miracle.

This list goes on and on and includes only the children who died after being
brought to the attention of DFCS. Imagine all the children who are alive but
have suffered terrible emotional and physical abuse because the system has
failed to act in their best interest. Anyone who is interested can contact
me for names of people whose children or grandchildren have been irreparably
damaged by the child protection system in Georgia, or they can open their
eyes and take a good look at the “War of the Roses.”

For some reason, lies and misinformation are being presented as truth in the
Rose/Scobey case in Cherokee County. When I speak with the people who are
supposed to protect the children, they hide behind confidentiality.
There is no denying these things:
– J. R. and L. S. were thriving while they were living with
their maternal grandparents.
– J. R. has developed a speech problem since living with the paternal
grandparents.
– J. R. has been programmed before visits with his mother.
– J. R. makes outcries during visits with his mother; he wishes to live
with his mother.
– Recently an allegation emerged that Holly Scobey
has tuberculosis. Holly had to take a TB test to prove that this was yet
another false allegation.
– Holly’s notification of a citizen panel review a few weeks ago was sent to
an old address, even though she had updated her caseworker with her new
address. By accident, she learned about the review from a lady who was
trying to schedule Holly’s supervised visit with her children. Her parental
rights could have been terminated if she did not appear before the citizen
panel. Holly’s caseworker lives in the same town and
– Sally Coons, the children’s CASA has never interviewed Holly Scobey. She
claims that she has left 3 messages for Holly which were never returned.
Did she get the phone number from the same person who mailed the citizen
panel review notice to Holly’s old address? Holly is eager to talk with Ms.
Coons.
– The state attorney’s general office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation
agents are investigating the finances and operations of the Highland Rivers
Community Service Board. Holly Scobey’s problems started with a visit to a
Highland Rivers’ clinic. She insists that the lies started at that clinic,
including the false allegation that Barbara Rose is bipolar.
– Dr. Nick Defilippis concluded that Holly Scobey was misdiagnosed as
bipolar by Dr. Jeffrey Pipe. Defilippis’ license to practice psychology in
Georgia was issued in 1977, Pipe’s was issued in 2000. Dr. Pipe was Dr.
Defilippis’ student.
– Claude and Barbara Rose have not seen their grandchildren since June 14,
2002. The children were illegally removed from the Roses. Their
constitutional
right to due process was violated and an illegal restraining order was
placed on them. The restraining order was never served and until this
day the Roses have never been allowed to see the alleged order which
allegedly has now been lifted.
– Claude and Barbara Rose are outstanding Americans. They have been happily
married for 40 years. Claude did get 3 speeding tickets in his early 20’s,
but I can attest that he has slowed down since his younger years. The Roses
have devoted their lives to helping children and others less fortunate. They
have been foster parents, youth group leaders, Sunday school teachers and
counselors at Muscular Dystrophy Camp. Claude was a scoutmaster. Barbara has
been a volunteer teen probation counselor and worked with mental patients.
This list of unselfish acts goes on and on.

I have also been checking into the backgrounds of two other key players in
this case: Kathleen McGillick, the Guardian Ad Litem and Juvenile Court
Judge John B. Sumner. This email is too long already, so I am not going to
detail any of that information. I have court documents that would make any
logical person question whether these two should be making decisions
regarding the welfare of children. If anyone is interested, please feel
free to contact me and I will gladly supply copies of these public records.

As I have been told by Judge Sumner, Kathleen McGillick, Russell Lewis, John
Cline, Lindy Grindstaff and others, I am not a party to this case. The other
thing I am told over and over is that no one can discuss anything because of
confidentiality. When I asked Lindy Grindstaff of Cherokee County DFCS if
Russell Lewis of the Office of the Child Advocate had contacted her office
regarding my complaint, she replied that she could not answer that question
because of confidentiality.

During the process of writing this, I came across an article, “Why I Love My
Job,” written by Carla Simms, a special investigations consultant for DFCS,
http://www.cpswatch.com/news/article.asp?Index=1902. Ms. Simms says her job
includes investigating foster homes, conflict of interest and
high-profile/media-related cases in Gwinnet, Dekalb and Rockdale counties
and that she is one of 24 investigators across the state. This was exciting
news! Immediately, I contacted Holly Scobey and Barbara Rose and they had
never heard of these special investigators either.

So far we have discovered that Liz Watson is the special investigator for
Cherokee County. We were told that Cherokee County DFCS has to ask for an
investigation, so much for checks and balances. I’ve already left messages
with Glenda Thompson, Director of Cherokee County DFCS and her supervisor,
Field Director Glendora Bailey. I encourage you to contact them also and ask
them to ask for an investigation by Liz Watson. I did actually speak with
Lindy Grindstaff of Cherokee County DFCS and she said that she would let Ms.
Watson know that I had asked for an investigation, but that the case might
not meet the criteria of the Special Investigations Unit. Unless Carla Simms
is confused about her job responsibilities, I don’t understand how it can’t
meet all the criteria listed above. The children are living in a foster home
and certainly there is conflict of interest in this high-profile, front-page
news case.

One must wonder what is really going on in this case. A Fisher-Price
battery-operated toy ridden in an empty parking lot while an adoring
grandmother jogs alongside the happy child magically becomes “driving a
go-cart in the street with traffic nearby” in Judge Sumner’s mind. Perhaps
Judge Sumner is the one who should undergo a mental evaluation. Definitely,
Kathleen McGillick needs to be evaluated and scrutinized if she is going to
continue in her role as a guardian ad litem in Cherokee County. Also, might
there be a conflict of interest for McGillick since she promotes herself as
an adoption lawyer. Has she ever handled the adoption of children for whom
she was the guardian ad litem?

I welcome responses, even from those who would attempt to trick me into
saying that Barbara Rose has violated her court order. You might want to
remind me that I am not a party to this case or that I am trying to meddle
in a confidential matter. If that is your response then you probably work
for the State. I will inform you that you work for me, a Georgia taxpayer
who has found evidence that strongly suggests that children under the
supervision of DFCS have been placed in the home of a child abuser.

To the Georgia legislators, please begin drafting legislation to rid the
Juvenile Courts and DFCS of their confidential status. Confidentiality does
not protect the children, it protects incompetence and corruption. Also,
someone needs to examine this case to determine how much of the taxpayers’
money has been wasted. This case should be studied the way a forensic
psychologist studies the brain of a serial killer, to determine what went
wrong with the system.

Until the people of Georgia wake-up and become vocal, our government will
continue to operate as it pleases, which is not in the best interest of
anyone, especially not the children. I encourage everyone to become SACA’s,
Self-Appointed Citizen Advocates, but I must warn you that the job is
frustrating and not for the meek. Prepare to never get a straight answer, be
spoken to rudely and discredited at every turn. Just keep banging your head
against the wall. Many heads banging in unison might just punch through to a
better government! Ouch, my head hurts.

Thank you for reading this terribly long message. Please forward this email
to everyone you know!
Carole Scott, SACA
770-434-5131
grscott@mindspring.com

Michigan CPS as Corrupt as the Rest of the Country

June 6, 2010 17 comments

Stranded in the Foster Care System

Last Update: 11:33 pm

Stranded in the System

(WXYZ) – We do stories on kids abused in the foster care system. Action news has uncovered cases of foster kids who are loved and cared for by family members, but are still taken away. It’s a heart-wrenching saga of children stranded in the system.

The Martins were Jake’s foster parents when their niece couldn’t care for the little boy.
Action News was there the gut-wrenching day little Jake was taken from the only family he has ever known—that was likely last time they would see him.

Renee Neal’s step grandson Immanuel has been in her care since he was born. Now, he’s gone.

“I just hope he’s not feeling anything like I feel,” she says.

Neal will likely never see him again.

Richard McNeil had hoped to adopt his great grandsons. But the state took them away.

“I can’t put it into words. Take a mother who just had a baby taken away from her. It’s the same feeling,” says McNeil.

Records show the state admits all these children were loved and well cared for, but in each case the state decided the kids would be better off with someone else. The man who makes those decisions is Bill Johnson. He heads the Michigan Children’s Institute. By law, he could not speak about specific cases when we interviewed him last year after the state took Jake

“…those obviously are people who you lived with, who cared for you and we are going to care for you here,” says Johnson, explaining what new foster parents would tell foster kids. “It’s sad, you’re going to miss them, and the child will adjust.”

But some believe it’s too much power for just one man. Cases like these are examples of his power. In Jake’s case Johnson removed him because Cheryl Martin, his great aunt and former foster mom, had a run in with the law because she was drunk in public. She has since quit drinking. Cheryl and her husband Rob Martin loaned money to a woman who later accused Rob of assault. He was charged though the woman’s own daughter told the court her mother has made the same accusations of others she owes money.

“I’m not denying that I made mistakes, but we learn from our mistakes and move on. We don’t get our children taken away,” says Rob Martin.

The state gave Jake to a couple who planned to adopt him, but Action News has learned that just three months later they changed their mind because Jake was having trouble adjusting. Now, he is with yet another foster family.

“It’s so hard, I miss him so much,” says Cheryl Martin, crying.

“Whether it’s Christmas or birthday, there is no easy date,” says Rob Martin.

In Immanuel’s case, Renee Neal and the boy’s grandpa were his foster parents. When they divorced, Immanuel stayed with Renee. Records show the state had granted Neal the right to adopt Immanuel. Records say it would be in Immanuel’s “best interest” to remain in Neal’s care.

“I was the only person who had an application in to adopt Immanuel,” she says.

But Renee says when she complained about a social worker not getting Immanuel services the worker accused Neal of interfering with Immanuel’s visitation with his grandpa—and recommended the adoption be revoked.

“…the only thing I had throughout the whole process was my word against the workers and they won,” says Neal.

Now, Immanuel’s grandpa is adopting the little boy and Neal has no right to see the seven-year old ever again.

“It’s like a death,” she says, crying.

Richard McNeil was the foster parent of his two great nephews. He was trying to adopt them when the state removed the boys based on a single accusation.

“I would rather have state police come to my home and do an actual investigation like it’s supposed to be done, not some half-baked investigation all slanted one-sided…” he says.

The boys were taken when a nurse’s aide accused McNeil’s ex-wife of slapping the oldest one. At the time, they were visiting a friend at a nursing home.

“…being accused of this is devastating to me,” says Anne McNeil, Richard’s ex-wife. “I don’t sleep.”

The McNeil’s say their nephew has attention deficit disorder. sometimes they hold is face to talk to him. They believe that is what the aide saw. The aide did not return our calls.

“What they did is not right. they say, oh the boy’s will bounce back. yeah, right, sure,” says Richard McNeil.

“I try to think about it as if I was to have a conversation with this child 20 years down the road,” says Johnson. “Would I be able to say that the decision I made was something I could defend to the child?”

Johnson decides 2700 of these cases a year—but says only about 10 percent are complex. It’s difficult to challenge Johnson. You need money for a lawyer to appeal him in court and the chances of succeeding are slim.

“It has been very rare that I have reversed him,” say Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Mary Beth Kelly.

Kelly has presided over hundreds of adoption cases. She says although she often has disagreed with Johnson, the law limits her ability to reverse his decisions.

“…it’s a very high legal standard,” says Kelly.

“…you have power that is concentrated in the department of human services within specific branch to make life altering decisions for children,” says Vivek Sankaran, assistant professor at the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at U-M. He also represents parents who appeal Johnson’s decisions.

“They’re relying on often one-sided information from a specific case worker without hearing, kind of getting the wealth and breadth of information from different parties…”

Sankaran says Michigan is unique in giving one person final say in adoptions. Most states rely on the courts to decide those cases and he believes Michigan should as well.

“…not because judges are perfect, but because we’ve created open processes,” says Sankaran. “We don’t have that type of openness right now in Michigan.”

In written responses the state says it works hard to get foster kids in good homes and that adoptions increased 10 percent last year—the highest number of adoptions ever in one year. The Martins and Richard McNeil have taken their cases to court. Renee Neal does not have the money to appeal.


Dennis Lawrence
Child and Family Rights Advocate
http://www.miparentalrights.ning.com
616-848-0664

By: Heather Catallo
(WXYZ) – For several months, the Action News Investigators dug deep into Michigan’s tragically-flawed foster care system. During our investigation, we uncovered the heartbreaking story of a 10-year-old boy who starved to death while a facility banked cash to care for him.

We began telling Johnny’s story over the last two days here on WXYZ.com. In that time, the response has been overwhelming and your comments confirm that Michigan’s children need a better foster care system.

Johnny’s mother, Elena Andron, dedicated her life to caring for her wheelchair-bound son. All she wanted was a little help.

The state’s answer was to put him in a foster care facility. One year later, Johnny starved to death.

“He was a big part of my life. He was my life,” Andron told Action News Investigator Heather Catallo.

The state is quick to take kids from parents and put them in foster care, especially poor parents. The state makes it very hard to get them back. Experts say the state has a financial incentive to keep kids away from their families.

Johnny, who was nine at the time, could not walk, talk or feed himself. He had cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

“He was a lot of work, like any single mother, it was kind of hard,” says Andron.

Things got even tougher when she lost her factory job.

She turned to the Michigan Department of Human Services, a decision she will regret for the rest of her life.

The foster care facility where the state sent Johnny failed to feed him enough food. Andron says she watched her son waste away as she begged for help.

“I just wanted to carry him out of there, just pick him up and take him, and just take him home,” she says.

If only it was that simple.

Bill Mitchell knows how difficult it can be to get your kids out the state’s hands. He had to fight all the way to the Michigan State Supreme Court to get his three boys back.

“They’re my kids. I’m not going to give up on my kids,” says Mitchell.

Why did Mitchell and Andron have to fight so hard to try to get their children back? Some say it’s because the state gets a lot of cash for foster kids.

“Termination of parent rights is very high in Michigan,” says Warner. “But it’s also very high nationwide and it happened because of some laws that were passed by the federal government and encouraged states to terminate parental rights more often than they used to and promise to send them money if they would terminate rights and have the children adopted.”

According to the state’s own figures, the federal government gave Michigan about $110 million last year for foster care. That’s compared to the $26 million in programs that help parents keep their kids. Foster facilities also have an incentive to keep kids away from their parents. In Andron’s case, the foster home got about $12,000 a month from the state for Johnny.

“You’re getting paid, you’re getting a lot of money,” says attorney Arnold Reed, who represents Andron in a lawsuit against the foster care facility and several other state-contracted groups.

Reed says the foster facility profited big time off of Johnny.

“There is no shortage of money, plus you’re getting a stipend, you’re getting a clothes stipend and you’re getting a stipend for food,” says Reed.

But not enough of that food made it to Johnny.

“He started deteriorating so quick I could not believe my eyes,” says Andron. “He had gotten so weak to where he was just shaking constantly.”

She agreed to make her son a temporary ward of the state. She was supposed to bring him home after a year – once she got back on track financially. But she says the state didn’t tell her that she would be put on a central registry for parents who abuse and neglect their kids. To get Johnny back she would have to fight to get off of the registry by attending parenting classes and meeting other requirements—something that Andron says was nearly impossible to do with a new job.

“They wanted me to go through some evaluations, which I did,” says Andron.

When she complained about Johnny losing weight, she says the state turned on her.

“They didn’t care. None of my complaints mattered,” says Andron.

The Department of Human Services did not like Andron’s complaints or her efforts to get her son back. They took her to court and asked that she not be allowed to see Johnny.

Andron says the first time she met her court-appointed lawyer was that day in court. She says the lawyer didn’t put up much of a fight. The judge sided with the state. The next time Andron heard about Johnny he was dead.

“I entrusted people with my son and I thought they were good people. They were licensed,” says Andron.

Johnny weighed 120 pounds when he went into foster care, she says. An autopsy report shows he was only 48 pounds when he died of malnutrition.

“I just cannot believe that someone can have that kind of a heart, to starve a child like that,” says Andron.

Bill Mitchell also fought the state. His boys were living with their mom when his children were taken. Mitchell tried to get the boys, but the

state asked the court to terminate his parental rights too, primarily because of his finances.

“I have the right to choose where I want to work,” says Mitchell, who is an engineer and works at Walmart. The state held this against him. DHS also didn’t like that he couldn’t keep up the mortgage on the family home after the boys’ mom walked out.

“She was responsible for $300 of the thing and it was too much for me to maintain, you know, all by myself,” Mitchell says.

The state also said Mitchell didn’t try hard enough to get his kids back. But he says he changed his shift to work nights to make state scheduled visits with his sons and parenting classes.

“It wouldn’t have mattered what I said or what I did, they had already determined their course and now we were just going through the motions,” says Mitchell, who didn’t even get a court appointed lawyer until nine months and three hearings into the case.

The lower court sided with the state and terminated bill’s rights but he appealed and three long years later the Michigan Supreme Court sided with him.

“You shouldn’t have to go to this point,” says Mitchell.

The ruling says Mitchell’s finances should never have been held against him. Mitchell is set to get his kids back. But he says it’s all taken a toll.

“Birthdays, first time they discover something, first time they make a new friend, things that will never be returned to me,” he says.

“He’s one of the most outstanding parents ever to have been run through a termination preceding, and if it can happen to him, it can happen to anybody,” says attorney Elizabeth Warner.

“We’re spending a ton of money for putting these kids in foster care,” says Vivek Sankaran, an assistant professor at the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. “But for these children we are irreparably scaring them by damaging the bonds that they form with their families.”

Sankaran says only about nine percent of the 16,000 kids in foster care were sexually or physically abused. The majority were taken from their parents because of poverty-related neglect.

“Removal is too often thought of as the first option for protecting children and child welfare rather than working with families, engaging with them, providing them services in the home,” says Sankaran.

His organization, the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy, helps parents on the front end—getting them the services they need so their kids are not taken. He says so far they have had 100 percent success.

“We need to create a culture where parents are willing to say, ‘I need help, help me, I need to become a better parent, here is what I need,’” says Sankaran.

That is exactly what Andron tried to do, but with heartbreaking results.

“I gave them my healthy child and to get him back in a casket. I feel like he’d still be a live today if he was home with me,” says Andron.

State officials would not speak on camera. But they told Action News that their top priority is to return kids to their birth parents. The state also says the number of kids in foster care is down by about 3,000 and fewer parents had their rights terminated last year.

As for the foster home that housed Johnny, the state shut it down.

Dennis Lawrence
Child and Family Rights Advocate
http://www.miparentalrights.ning.com
616-848-0664

Stranded in the Foster Care System

Last Update: 11:33 pm

Stranded in the System

(WXYZ) – We do stories on kids abused in the foster care system. Action news has uncovered cases of foster kids who are loved and cared for by family members, but are still taken away. It’s a heart-wrenching saga of children stranded in the system.

The Martins were Jake’s foster parents when their niece couldn’t care for the little boy.
Action News was there the gut-wrenching day little Jake was taken from the only family he has ever known—that was likely last time they would see him.

Renee Neal’s step grandson Immanuel has been in her care since he was born. Now, he’s gone.

“I just hope he’s not feeling anything like I feel,” she says.

Neal will likely never see him again.

Richard McNeil had hoped to adopt his great grandsons. But the state took them away.

“I can’t put it into words. Take a mother who just had a baby taken away from her. It’s the same feeling,” says McNeil.

Records show the state admits all these children were loved and well cared for, but in each case the state decided the kids would be better off with someone else. The man who makes those decisions is Bill Johnson. He heads the Michigan Children’s Institute. By law, he could not speak about specific cases when we interviewed him last year after the state took Jake

“…those obviously are people who you lived with, who cared for you and we are going to care for you here,” says Johnson, explaining what new foster parents would tell foster kids. “It’s sad, you’re going to miss them, and the child will adjust.”

But some believe it’s too much power for just one man. Cases like these are examples of his power. In Jake’s case Johnson removed him because Cheryl Martin, his great aunt and former foster mom, had a run in with the law because she was drunk in public. She has since quit drinking. Cheryl and her husband Rob Martin loaned money to a woman who later accused Rob of assault. He was charged though the woman’s own daughter told the court her mother has made the same accusations of others she owes money.

“I’m not denying that I made mistakes, but we learn from our mistakes and move on. We don’t get our children taken away,” says Rob Martin.

The state gave Jake to a couple who planned to adopt him, but Action News has learned that just three months later they changed their mind because Jake was having trouble adjusting. Now, he is with yet another foster family.

“It’s so hard, I miss him so much,” says Cheryl Martin, crying.

“Whether it’s Christmas or birthday, there is no easy date,” says Rob Martin.

In Immanuel’s case, Renee Neal and the boy’s grandpa were his foster parents. When they divorced, Immanuel stayed with Renee. Records show the state had granted Neal the right to adopt Immanuel. Records say it would be in Immanuel’s “best interest” to remain in Neal’s care.

“I was the only person who had an application in to adopt Immanuel,” she says.

But Renee says when she complained about a social worker not getting Immanuel services the worker accused Neal of interfering with Immanuel’s visitation with his grandpa—and recommended the adoption be revoked.

“…the only thing I had throughout the whole process was my word against the workers and they won,” says Neal.

Now, Immanuel’s grandpa is adopting the little boy and Neal has no right to see the seven-year old ever again.

“It’s like a death,” she says, crying.

Richard McNeil was the foster parent of his two great nephews. He was trying to adopt them when the state removed the boys based on a single accusation.

“I would rather have state police come to my home and do an actual investigation like it’s supposed to be done, not some half-baked investigation all slanted one-sided…” he says.

The boys were taken when a nurse’s aide accused McNeil’s ex-wife of slapping the oldest one. At the time, they were visiting a friend at a nursing home.

“…being accused of this is devastating to me,” says Anne McNeil, Richard’s ex-wife. “I don’t sleep.”

The McNeil’s say their nephew has attention deficit disorder. sometimes they hold is face to talk to him. They believe that is what the aide saw. The aide did not return our calls.

“What they did is not right. they say, oh the boy’s will bounce back. yeah, right, sure,” says Richard McNeil.

“I try to think about it as if I was to have a conversation with this child 20 years down the road,” says Johnson. “Would I be able to say that the decision I made was something I could defend to the child?”

Johnson decides 2700 of these cases a year—but says only about 10 percent are complex. It’s difficult to challenge Johnson. You need money for a lawyer to appeal him in court and the chances of succeeding are slim.

“It has been very rare that I have reversed him,” say Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Mary Beth Kelly.

Kelly has presided over hundreds of adoption cases. She says although she often has disagreed with Johnson, the law limits her ability to reverse his decisions.

“…it’s a very high legal standard,” says Kelly.

“…you have power that is concentrated in the department of human services within specific branch to make life altering decisions for children,” says Vivek Sankaran, assistant professor at the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at U-M. He also represents parents who appeal Johnson’s decisions.

“They’re relying on often one-sided information from a specific case worker without hearing, kind of getting the wealth and breadth of information from different parties…”

Sankaran says Michigan is unique in giving one person final say in adoptions. Most states rely on the courts to decide those cases and he believes Michigan should as well.

“…not because judges are perfect, but because we’ve created open processes,” says Sankaran. “We don’t have that type of openness right now in Michigan.”

In written responses the state says it works hard to get foster kids in good homes and that adoptions increased 10 percent last year—the highest number of adoptions ever in one year. The Martins and Richard McNeil have taken their cases to court. Renee Neal does not have the money to appeal.


Dennis Lawrence
Child and Family Rights Advocate
http://www.miparentalrights.ning.com
616-848-0664

Stranded in the Foster Care System

Last Update: 11:33 pm

Stranded in the System

(WXYZ) – We do stories on kids abused in the foster care system. Action news has uncovered cases of foster kids who are loved and cared for by family members, but are still taken away. It’s a heart-wrenching saga of children stranded in the system.

The Martins were Jake’s foster parents when their niece couldn’t care for the little boy.
Action News was there the gut-wrenching day little Jake was taken from the only family he has ever known—that was likely last time they would see him.

Renee Neal’s step grandson Immanuel has been in her care since he was born. Now, he’s gone.

“I just hope he’s not feeling anything like I feel,” she says.

Neal will likely never see him again.

Richard McNeil had hoped to adopt his great grandsons. But the state took them away.

“I can’t put it into words. Take a mother who just had a baby taken away from her. It’s the same feeling,” says McNeil.

Records show the state admits all these children were loved and well cared for, but in each case the state decided the kids would be better off with someone else. The man who makes those decisions is Bill Johnson. He heads the Michigan Children’s Institute. By law, he could not speak about specific cases when we interviewed him last year after the state took Jake

“…those obviously are people who you lived with, who cared for you and we are going to care for you here,” says Johnson, explaining what new foster parents would tell foster kids. “It’s sad, you’re going to miss them, and the child will adjust.”

But some believe it’s too much power for just one man. Cases like these are examples of his power. In Jake’s case Johnson removed him because Cheryl Martin, his great aunt and former foster mom, had a run in with the law because she was drunk in public. She has since quit drinking. Cheryl and her husband Rob Martin loaned money to a woman who later accused Rob of assault. He was charged though the woman’s own daughter told the court her mother has made the same accusations of others she owes money.

“I’m not denying that I made mistakes, but we learn from our mistakes and move on. We don’t get our children taken away,” says Rob Martin.

The state gave Jake to a couple who planned to adopt him, but Action News has learned that just three months later they changed their mind because Jake was having trouble adjusting. Now, he is with yet another foster family.

“It’s so hard, I miss him so much,” says Cheryl Martin, crying.

“Whether it’s Christmas or birthday, there is no easy date,” says Rob Martin.

In Immanuel’s case, Renee Neal and the boy’s grandpa were his foster parents. When they divorced, Immanuel stayed with Renee. Records show the state had granted Neal the right to adopt Immanuel. Records say it would be in Immanuel’s “best interest” to remain in Neal’s care.

“I was the only person who had an application in to adopt Immanuel,” she says.

But Renee says when she complained about a social worker not getting Immanuel services the worker accused Neal of interfering with Immanuel’s visitation with his grandpa—and recommended the adoption be revoked.

“…the only thing I had throughout the whole process was my word against the workers and they won,” says Neal.

Now, Immanuel’s grandpa is adopting the little boy and Neal has no right to see the seven-year old ever again.

“It’s like a death,” she says, crying.

Richard McNeil was the foster parent of his two great nephews. He was trying to adopt them when the state removed the boys based on a single accusation.

“I would rather have state police come to my home and do an actual investigation like it’s supposed to be done, not some half-baked investigation all slanted one-sided…” he says.

The boys were taken when a nurse’s aide accused McNeil’s ex-wife of slapping the oldest one. At the time, they were visiting a friend at a nursing home.

“…being accused of this is devastating to me,” says Anne McNeil, Richard’s ex-wife. “I don’t sleep.”

The McNeil’s say their nephew has attention deficit disorder. sometimes they hold is face to talk to him. They believe that is what the aide saw. The aide did not return our calls.

“What they did is not right. they say, oh the boy’s will bounce back. yeah, right, sure,” says Richard McNeil.

“I try to think about it as if I was to have a conversation with this child 20 years down the road,” says Johnson. “Would I be able to say that the decision I made was something I could defend to the child?”

Johnson decides 2700 of these cases a year—but says only about 10 percent are complex. It’s difficult to challenge Johnson. You need money for a lawyer to appeal him in court and the chances of succeeding are slim.

“It has been very rare that I have reversed him,” say Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Mary Beth Kelly.

Kelly has presided over hundreds of adoption cases. She says although she often has disagreed with Johnson, the law limits her ability to reverse his decisions.

“…it’s a very high legal standard,” says Kelly.

“…you have power that is concentrated in the department of human services within specific branch to make life altering decisions for children,” says Vivek Sankaran, assistant professor at the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at U-M. He also represents parents who appeal Johnson’s decisions.

“They’re relying on often one-sided information from a specific case worker without hearing, kind of getting the wealth and breadth of information from different parties…”

Sankaran says Michigan is unique in giving one person final say in adoptions. Most states rely on the courts to decide those cases and he believes Michigan should as well.

“…not because judges are perfect, but because we’ve created open processes,” says Sankaran. “We don’t have that type of openness right now in Michigan.”

In written responses the state says it works hard to get foster kids in good homes and that adoptions increased 10 percent last year—the highest number of adoptions ever in one year. The Martins and Richard McNeil have taken their cases to court. Renee Neal does not have the money to appeal.


Dennis Lawrence
Child and Family Rights Advocate
http://www.miparentalrights.ning.com
616-848-0664

Foster Care Cash Cow

June 3, 2010 7 comments

Byline: Troy Anderson Staff Writer

Up to half of Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz’), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County’s foster children were needlessly placed in a system that is often more dangerous than their own homes because of financial incentives in state and federal laws, a two-year Daily News investigation has found.

The county receives nearly $30,000 a year from federal and state governments for each child placed in the system – money that goes to pay the stipends of foster parents, but also wages, benefits and overhead costs overhead costs

see fixed costs. for child-welfare workers and executives. For some special-needs children, the county receives up to $150,000 annually.

“Called the ‘perverse incentive factor,’ states and counties earn more revenues by having more children in the system – whether it is opening a case to investigate a report of child abuse and neglect or placing a child in foster care,” wrote the authors of a recent report by the state Department of Social Services social services
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welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs

social services npl → servicios mpl sociales Child Welfare StakeholdersStakeholders

All parties that have an interest, financial or otherwise, in a firm-stockholders, creditors, bondholders, employees, customers, management, the community, and the government.
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FOSTER CARE CASH COW 'PERVERSE INCENTIVE FACTOR' REWARDS COUNTY FOR SWELLING SYSTEM.

President Obama’s Proposed FY 2011 Budget: A Plan to Create Jobs, Bolster the Middle Class and Support State and Local Governments

June 3, 2010 1 comment

The buying and selling of children goes all the way to the White House.

•Child Welfare: The President extends the IV-E federal match increase (FMAP) of 6.2% for six months, or through June 2011, providing an additional $237 million for foster care, adoption, and guardianship programs. Additionally, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is budgeted for a $10 million increase.

http://www.afscme.org/legislation-politics/27720.cfm

The Dirty Little Tricks CPS Doesn’t Want You to Know

June 2, 2010 12 comments

THE LITTLE KNOWN “DIRTY TRICKS” OF DCFS/CPS/DSS THAT ARE HIDDEN FROM VIEW
(Resource…Gregory A. Hession, attorney and Creator of Web Site Mass Outrage)

You will not find this “DIRTY TRICK” section in any DCFS/CPS/DSS manual, but it ought to be. These tricks are well known by all DCFS/CPS/DSS agents and they use them and pass them on as oral tradition. Forget the law and regulations. They do! Their tactics are questionable and they have all the power. They don’t fear the law and DCFS has everyone, even the judges and lawyers, scared of that power. DCFS/CPS/DSS doesn’t seem to know the difference between “actual abuse” and “minor harm.”

The code of ethics visited upon the foster caretakers is far different than those enforced for biological parents. True…there are those few foster homes that practice abuse to the children they serve and it is agreed that these homes should be closed and the caretakers dealt with severely. But that is NOT the norm with foster caretakers. More the norm is that they love these children that they care for. They go the “extra mile” to give them a normal life. True, they receive a monthly allotment but for the caring foster caretaker this does not even begin to cover what they spend on these children. And they do it out of “love” for the child…not for any other reason. It has been stated that the biological parents detest these interim caretakers but truth be known, many bio parents have a good relationship with their child’s foster caretakers and, as a result, are able to enlist their help when trying to reclaim their children. Unfortunately, as with any profession, it is the “poor” foster caretakers that get the media coverage and that makes for a bad name for them all. You never hear about the “good” and truly “caring” ones. You never hear about the successes. And that is because DCFS/CPS/DSS wants it that way.

The average, everyday citizen does not believe that a government agency that is charged with the protection of children and helping families can be so deceitful and corrupt. It often takes months or even years of being on the “business end” of these “dirty tricks” to finally realize that the DCFS/CPS/DSS agent is NOT their friend. Perhaps this information will help you become informed sooner and allow you to protect yourself before damage can be done to your family.

This material is NOT a substitute for good legal advice. You DO need a GOOD, dedicated attorney in order to win. If you expect to have a chance of winning against the system then you and your attorney MUST fight like you have never fought before. Pull out all the stops…Your future and your “children’s” future depends on it.

THIS MATERIAL IS NOT SPECIFIC LEGAL ADVICE FOR YOUR CASE. IT IS ONLY GENERAL INFORMATION WHICH MAY NOT APPLY TO EVERY CASE. REVIEW IT WITH YOUR ATTORNEY BEFORE YOU DECIDE ON A COURSE OF ACTION IN DEALING
WITH DCFS/CPS/DSS. I WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY PROBLEMS YOU MAY CAUSE BY NOT GETTING LEGAL ADVICE.(Hession/Crowell 2001)
Dirty Trick
#1~ #2 ~ #3 ~ #4 ~ #5 ~ #6 ~ #7 ~ #8 ~ #9 ~ #10 ~ #11 ~ #12 ~ #13 ~ #14 ~ #15 ~ #16

DIRTY TRICK #1
DCFS/CPS/DSS will PRETEND to help you, when in actuality they are gathering evidence against you.

· Beware of these tactics and

· Don’t give them the ammunition to use against you.

Some DCFS/CPS/DSS agents DO want to help you and the families they serve, and some don’t. You can believe that the system as a whole is on the negative side of this coin. It is estimated that Child Protective Services takes about 25% of the children of the families it services. Most Child Protective Services agents don’t know or respect the restrictions in the law against taking children. The sad fact here is that no one holds them accountable. Even the judges have not been able to reign them in, so these “outlaws” do as they please and not what the law allows or requires.

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DIRTY TRICK #2
DCFS/CPS/DSS will try to get you to talk. In plain English, SHUT UP! EVERYTHING you say will be twisted and used against you in a court of law. Be pleasant but firm. Don’t fall into their trap. They will be sugar sweet in the interviews and they will “bait” you into making comments that they can twist and turn into lies. If you say you argue with your husband, then they will twist your words in their report to read…”Husband is verbally abusive.” If you say you discipline your child by spanking or “popping them on the behind”, the report will say “Parents physically abuse children.” If you tell them you are depressed, the report will read, “Parent has mental health issues.” If they require you to go to therapy DO NOT GO TO ONE RECOMMENDED BY THEM…You can bet the therapist will break the “patient/therapist confidentiality” rule and report back to DCFS everything they ask for. Don’t go to a therapist unless you are dead sure that the therapist “hates” DCFS/CPS/DSS. Just remember…YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT…DO SO AND PROTECT YOURSELF.

The sad part here is the “good social workers” who suffer because of the “bad “ ones…And there ARE some good, honest ones out there. Unfortunately, just as bad foster parents are classed with the good ones, good social workers are classed with the renegades. Those “good” workers out there that really do care spend their time fighting a system that they know to be “not” in the Best Interest of the Child. They really do want to help but their hands are tied and they often are threatened with the loss of their job if they “dare” intervene in your behalf or attempt to “buck” the system. In the long run, they find that although their hearts are in the right place, there is very little that they can do to help you when allegations are filed.

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DIRTY TRICK #3
There are those workers in DCFS/CPS/DSS that will abuse and traumatize you and your children themselves. Those caretakers who have had children “yanked” out of their home by an unscrupulous DCFS/CPS/DSS agent or have been shoved out of the way as they enter to talk to the children privately know the indignity of the process. What kind of monsters are these workers, you may wonder? The answer is…THEY are the abusers, at least by their own definition. It is agreed that genuine abuse does occur in foster facilities and they should be criminally prosecuted and jailed. But more often than not, the DCFS/CPS/DSS agent’s definition of abuse is some manufactured perversion of their own making, rather than real abuse. If you crumble and give into them then they are happy but if you stand strong and keep your dignity and independence then you become the enemy” and must be crushed.

Many Child Protective workers do not have children of their own ( and those that do often have children that are unmanageable, rude and disrespectful because of lax boundaries and consequences) and they don’t understand that families, biological and foster, go through some trying times once in awhile and need some room to work things out. This is especially true for those caretakers in the foster system because they take in these traumatized children with baggage so damaged and dysfunctional. The problems faced by these foster families are often monumental and the worst part is their hands are tied when it comes to dealing with them. To the caseworkers your methods, even though they are normal parenting skills that are accepted in the biological home, are cruel and inhumane. It is at these times these social workers will swoop in and commit their travesty of injustice. They will show you no mercy and they will give you no explanations. But they will take your children…screaming and crying to their cars and whisk them away, often never to be seen or heard from by you again. Remember…In this fantasy world FOSTER PARENTS HAVE NO RIGHTS! After facing the false allegation process foster parents leave the profession by the hundreds. Facts prove that 40,000 foster parents a year leave the profession. State and private social workers think nothing of destroying your life and then, after they have efficiently ruined your life the agents actually wonder why you don’t want to warm up to them and work with them. It’s as though they socked you in the eye and then wonder why it turned black.

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DIRTY TRICK #4
The DCFS/CPS/DSS will try to get one parent to say incriminating things about the other and if this doesn’t happen then they will twist and turn your words to fit their case. This is one of their favorite dirty tricks. When they get a report of an allegation the first thing they do is to rush in and take the children often stating that this is an emergency and that they are doing this in the “best interest of the children.” They won’t tell you anything and leave you standing and scratching your head and wondering in a panic. If the allegation is against one caretaker they will try to get the other one to make damaging statements which they will in turn use to build their case with lies. If you keep quiet they will not be able to get you to succumb to their subversive tactics. If you bend to their demands and “friendly requests” these disclosures will be the beginning of the end and will form the basis for the DCFS case against you. Some favorite tricks are to convince one partner that they need a “restraining order” against the other. Or that IF the partner would kick the other out of the house, then the children “might” be returned…and the clincher is (as in our case)…IF one partner will divorce the other then DCFS will return the child(ren). DON’T BELIEVE THEM…Does it even make sense to break up a loving family and a successful marriage of a number of years just to please the DCFS/CPS/DSS. Isn’t it more important to have a secure, loving, functioning family unit for these children than to operate dysfunctional in order to meet DCFS/CPS/DSS standards? If your marriage is solid and you want to keep it that way, present a united front to DCFS. Don’t give into their coercive tactics.

DIRTY TRICK # 5
The DCFS/CPS/DSS will try to get your children to make damaging disclosures about you using manipulation, coercion and fear. They will use their “divide and conquer” mode of investigation keeping the children and the parents separated with little or no contact allowed between them. The tactics they use here are what qualifies them as “abusers.” They will manipulate your frightened children into saying almost anything they want to hear. The tactics used by these workers appear to be akin to those used by interrogators in war. These strategies work with children because they are frightened, traumatized, and are taken out of the security of a loving home that they have come to feel needed and wanted in. The tactic of “recovered memory” is quite useful when you and your children are separated. If it is only one disgruntled child in the home that might have brought the allegation, the others suffer by the forced removal and separation. Even when the other children deny any wrongdoing, DCFS workers keep hammering at them until they get the damaging statements that will verify their reports to make their cases stronger. The saddest part is when the accusing child recants and admits to lying, the agents refuse to believe them because now they are at risk of being held liable for their hasty, ineffective investigation of the facts. DCFS/CPS/DSS will “always” believe a child’s disclosures but they will “never” believe his denials.

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DIRTY TRICK #6
DCFS/CPS/DSS will always try to make sure that you do not get any help on the legal issues surrounding your case. They will tell you that you don’t need an attorney to deal with this problem and if they offer to help you get one I would be sure to decline. GET AN ATTORNEY ON YOUR OWN…ONE THAT HATES DCFS/CPS/DSS. They are few and far between but they are out there. Unfortunately the major problem here is usually “limited finances.” In the majority of the cases foster caretakers are rarely in a position to afford these expensive attorneys. If they are like we were, you beg, borrow and steal whatever funds you can to fight the injustice of the system and even then, that is not enough.

You will request copies of your case files and copies of the allegations but the workers will tell you that this is not allowed. DON’T BELIEVE THEM! DEMAND to be provided with these records. THIS IS YOUR RIGHT! If you are able you can go onto the Internet and search. You can find the needed legal documents to file to get these records…And you can do this on your own. Many of these forms can be found on the CPS WATCH site. Simply type in http://www.cpswatch.com (site no longer available: See Webmaster Note for further information) and then go to the “legal forms” section. Cheryl Barnes has done a great job of putting together a site to assist biological parents to fight for their children. Many of these legal forms can be used by the foster parents in their fight against the system. You can also go to the local law library for information. Many foster caretakers who face these allegations probably do not need an attorney but when you do you should not hesitate to seek out a good one. An attorney may be needed in the following instances…(Kulp 1993)

· Defend you against a specific charge

· Communicate for you

· Gain protection for the children in your care

· Gain protection for your spouse

· Gain access to your records

· Have your records corrected or destroyed

· Supply legal advice or counsel

Most foster caretakers do not have the finances to hire a “top of the line” attorney so they settle for the next best thing or try to “go it on their own”. Do NOT get an attorney that will “climb in bed” with the department. Inadvertently we did this and it was a disaster. We could not convince this man to see things the way we did and could not convince him to proceed the way we wanted him to proceed. You know you have the wrong attorney if you are told to cooperate with DCFS. You have the wrong attorney if you see him being “chummy” with the social workers or opposing attorneys. You know you have the wrong attorney when you cannot get him to see YOUR side and fight the way you want him to.

The right attorney will have COURAGE, will believe in the rights of the individual against the state, will respect constitutional restraint on government, will hate the subversive tactics used by DCFS and will openly stand up to every unlawful and biased ruling of a judge without fear. The right attorney will fight the fight because he holds no respect for the open deception presented by DCFS/CPS/DSS workers. If you secure two attorneys make certain that they agree to work together and not try to undermine the work of the other.

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DIRTY TRICK #7
After DCFS/CPS/DSS barges in and takes your children…be they biological or foster…the court is required to give you a hearing within a reasonable length of time. For biological parents it is 72 hours…For foster parents it should be the same length of time but it rarely is. For you see, foster caretakers have NO RIGHTS in the eyes of DCFS. Even in the biological family DCFS rarely meets their obligation on this time constraint on keeping the children. Once the children are removed from the foster caretakers it is “rare” that they ever are returned. DCFS finds one reason after another to keep them apart and once out of the home for a month or two DCFS claims that the “bond has been broken” and they will not return the children. The 72 hours allotted for the “hearing” includes weekends, (and Friday is their favorite time to snatch these children) so it makes it difficult for you to take any action immediately. By rights you should have this hearing scheduled by Monday but this rarely happens. The DCFS Dirty Tricks machine usually goes into overdrive at these hearings, because if, by some quirk of fate you happen to win, they have to rectify things and give your children back and this is simply NOT within their guidelines.

The first tactic of DCFS is to “delay” the hearing as long as possible. IF you are a foster caretaker chances are you will not even get the chance at a hearing unless you pursue it with a vengeance. The courts often comply and extend the hearing far past the date required by law. But think of it this way…This gives YOU more time to prepare your case against DCFS too…So make good use of this “gift.” If you get an attorney and he favors DCFS he will try to get you to waive the 72-hour hearing. DO NOT DO IT, unless you are truly guilty of their claims. You must go on record as opposing DCFS/CPS/DSS for taking your kids. If you don’t, even though they tell you that you have NO RIGHTS, it will go against you later when you are fighting to have them returned. The “divide and conquer” tactic works well at these hearings as DCFS will try to get the two parties (you and your husband) fighting and if they succeed then they have won. Do NOT accommodate them. Keep your cool. Do all you can to become informed and use their tactics against them. Remember, these tricks can be used both ways if you are knowledgeable. In our case, I discovered this too late.

To keep custody of the children they take DCFS must prove that they have made reasonable efforts to protect the children in the foster care situation. This is rarely the case so they resort to compromising, deceitful tactics. They must prove that the child is suffering from serious abuse or neglect or is in immediate danger of such. This means wounds, broken bones, burns, starvation, etc. If they cannot prove it they will fabricate a case to match their suspicions. They must also prove the removal continues to be necessary to protect the child from serious neglect or abuse and that is where more fabrications enter the picture. Once they realize that they have acted too hastily, that is when the fight turns nasty and dirty. If the DCFS workers cannot prove their case they stand to face embarrassment for wrongly removing a child. Once they have taken action they MUST make their case stand at all costs. In our case, there was no reasonable way that the social workers could have had any valid records as to what went on at our home because they RARELY, if ever, came to our home to visit and inspect as they should have. In the five years we had our daughter, CPS workers never came to our home as required (they came only once in the beginning). And the State licensing workers NEVER came to inspect for license renewal either. The license was simply sent to us in the mail. Then, when an allegation was made they fabricated case records and ruined our lives.

In our case everything that we did to build our foster daughter’s self esteem and ALL her successes were held against us as “abuse.” The claim of CPS agents was that we “coerced” her into taking part in the varied activities (4-H, Equestrian competitions, vocal presentations with a local girls choir, School Sports, school academic competitions such as Spelling Bee Team, Math Counts Team, Speech Team), Pre Teen America, etc.) and “forced” her to win the various competitions that she participated in. It was their contention that I did all these things “for my own benefit” and to make myself “feel important.” I contend that you can force a child into participating but you CANNOT force them to “win.” Our daughter, whose parent’s rights had been terminated four years earlier, was never in danger of any kind. She was always given every opportunity to succeed and develop a healthy, complete self-image. We had planned to adopt her (she was 13 now and we’d had her since the age of 8). We were nearing the final adoption stage when our daughter and CPS workers brought false allegations (or at least that is what the State and the social workers contend) and the California CPS and Nevada DCFS stepped in and claimed her for their very own. All communication was cut off between us and she never really knew how hard we fought to have her returned to us. Why in the world would they allow their “meal ticket” to escape when they could remain “in control” and receive federal funds for another five years while she remained in the system and bounced around from foster home to foster home with no security or attachments?

Of course, had we known then what we know now about RAD…Radical Attachment Disorder…We would have been better prepared to deal with what came our way. But like they say…hindsight is better than foresight! Remember, your best defense and chance to protect yourself is a well informed, well defined offense…So do yourself a favor and educate yourself before it’s too late.

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DIRTY TRICK #8
The DCFS agent will try to get into your home to do an assessment but will use any evidence gathered there against you. They will try every trick in the book to gain entrance to your home but if you are smart you will block their efforts. They will try many times but you must be consistent in your refusal to admit them. You probably think that you cannot keep them out…I know I thought that…But you can and should exercise your RIGHTS as an American citizen and cite the CONSTITUTION as your source. Local law may be written to allow them to gain access to your home without a warrant, but the Constitution, which is over the local law claims priority here. In the Western States the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that DCFS agents MUST have a written warrant to enter when it is not an emergency. The way the agents get around this is to claim that there “IS” an emergency and they use this tactic very effectively.

Everyone, even the lowly “foster parent” has the right to freedom from illegal searches and seizures of his person, his home, his personal papers and all his possessions. It is unfortunate but the courts frequently turn a “blind eye” to the wording of our Constitution contending that the “best interest of the child” overrides the law. Do your best to assert yourself in these instances and refuse the agents entry into your home. Of course there are certainly instances where this is an impossible task, but do everything you can to protect yourself here.

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DIRTY TRICK #9
The DCFS has a network of “mandated reporters” everywhere. All parents…biological, adoptive AND foster…need to be aware and on guard at all times. These “mandated reporters” are doctors, nurses, teachers, counselors, therapists, dentists, chiropractors, day care workers, etc. that are “trained” by CPS instructors on what to look for and how to go about reporting suspected abuse. They are told in their training that if they even “suspect” that some sort of abuse has occurred, then it is their job to report it. They need to report it, “just in case!” They are told if they don’t they can be prosecuted and perhaps even lose their job. I know this to be true because I was a teacher at one time and I underwent this training yearly. The last time that I attended one of these sessions I had already had adverse dealings with CPS so I stood up and challenged the presenter. I believe that this was the “beginning of the end” for me, as less than a year later the California States attorney for CPS saw to it that he had informed my district superintendent of “the States suspicions”, however unproven and eventually dropped, and I lost my teaching job of nearly forty years.

There are other programs in the schools that are teaching our children to be “reporters” of adverse circumstances within the home…Things like “Kids on the Block” and the Wild Iris Program (other programs go by other names) that comes into the school each year and teaches the children “good touch”…”bad touch.” In a way, I think this is probably a good idea because many parents DON’T teach their children these things…but on the other hand, these same people encourage your child to come and talk privately with them and you never know what is said in these private sessions. Even the teachers don’t know. It is mandated that parents be notified when these special sessions will occur in their child’s class and are asked to sign a slip IF they don’t want their child to take part. In my personal experience it is rare that a parent refuses this instruction for their child, even though that is the RIGHT of every parent to do. I suggest you as a parent exercise your right to refuse this training for your children and take the responsibility to instruct your children yourself in these matters.

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DIRTY TRICK #10
When Child Protective Services takes your children they will do everything they can to keep them…be they biological or foster children already in the system. If they are foster children being moved from one home to another this is just one more disruption in the child’s life and one more reason for the children to add insecurity to their baggage. Once foster children are removed from a home they are not often returned. Social workers dilly-dally around and give one excuse after another to keep the children and these foster caretakers apart for an extended length of time. During this time they allow “no contact” between you and the children so it is natural that the children feel rejected and that you don’t care about them any longer. Then the caseworkers tell you that the child has formed a bond with the new foster caretakers and that your bond has been broken, so they have decided not to return the children to your home.

DCFS/CPS/DSS can make a “ton of money” by keeping these children in the system as long as they can. Children whose parents rights have been terminated and have settled into a structured, secure life in a foster home are offered for adoption and quite often it is the foster caretakers who apply to adopt them. More often than not, this is when difficulties occur because the system stands to lose money once these children are adopted out. As long as they have these children in “captivity” they can leverage large amounts of state and federal cash from a number of different programs. Now, this author fully realizes that there are definitely those children out there that need the services of the Child Protective Services due to truly coming from an abusive, dangerous situation, but this is not always the case. Those children who truly need these services should receive any and all protection afforded them and they are the ones who need a new home and a loving family, but social services even fights to deny them this right. Frequently it is the foster/adopt family that faces these “false allegation” difficulties because the system fully realizes that once these children are adopted out of the system they will lose major funding and this could mean a loss of jobs or programs or worse. It has been documented that a truly needy child in the system can earn the system up to $250,000 a year in government money. Now answer me this…Who in their right mind would give up easy cash such as this?

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DIRTY TRICK #11
In their efforts to build a case against you DCFS/CPS/DSS will often try to get you to sign waivers and documents and reconstructive case plans for changing the way you do things. In this way they coerce you into “doing things their way” and try to make you believe that if you sign that you are “guilty” of whatever they dream up then you have a chance to have your children returned to your home. DON’T BELIEVE THEM! This is simply one of their sneaky tactics to get you to succumb to their corruption. It is a multi-page document that has been constructed of lies and untruths in an effort to get you to admit to your guilt. It keeps you busy hoping that your children will be returned because you know you have done nothing wrong and have nothing to fear but this never happens without a major fight. The DCFS agents will exert much pressure for you to sign these plans and waivers and will tell you if you sign them you can get your children back sooner. DON’T SIGN ANYTHING until you have consulted a reliable counsel. Simply tell them that you must show this document to your attorney and get his permission to sign it. This can create substantial delay. If you sign anything then remember you are admitting to something you most likely did not do and now DCFS has you by the nose.

Once allegations are filed a favorite ploy of DCFS is to require you to attend therapy sessions WITH A THERAPIST OF THEIR CHOICE. Don’t do it! If you must attend therapy, search out a therapist that is NOT part of the system and one who “hates” DCFS/CPS/DSS. If you go to one selected by them, despite the patient/therapist confidentiality rule, they have access to all the information needed to build their case against you. On your own try to follow as many of the stipulations in the plan as you can…i.e. attend parenting classes, obtain therapy, drug tests, etc. Have your own report ready to give to them that shows you are honest and stable and NOT what they claim you to be.

DIRTY TRICK #12
The Department of Child and Family Services will attempt to withhold key records that you need to make your case even though they are required by law to give them to you. As in our case, when I requested our case files I was told that these could only be gained by securing a “court order.” In my naivety I believed this meant I had to hire an attorney and since we did not have the money to do so, I thought this meant we had no way to get the records. Too late I discovered that I could have petitioned the court myself to get these records. Even when I finally hired an attorney and tried to fight them, the attorney I hired did not get all the case records for me to review and use against them. Being UNINFORMED is what beat me…DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!

It is a known fact that DCFS/CPS/DSS plays games with their records. They are known to alter and falsify them in order to make you look bad or to make themselves look efficient. They conveniently ‘lose’ the ones that would be most helpful to you. They withhold or delay giving you records when you request them so they can keep important information out of your view. When they do give you copies of the records they black out key parts so you cannot see their dirty tricks or the lies that they have posted in the records. DCFS keeps all kinds of records…Don’t let them tell you anything different. If they think you don’t know about something then they will conveniently just not mention it to you. It is important that you do everything possible to familiarize yourself with everything that you can so you can ask for whatever you need. Insist on getting EVERY scrap of paper. There is one form that the average lay person like us is not aware of…It is the secret 29C form where the caseworker has often perjured himself/herself about the reason they took the children in the first place. They make absolutely amazing statements on paper when they think you will never see them, so be diligent and obtain everything that you can to help your case.

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DIRTY TRICK #13
Once the investigation is completed the DCFS/CPS/DSS will allow you to challenge their findings of abuse. However, it is their OWN agents that do the review and call it a “Fair Hearing.” There is absolutely NOTHING FAIR about it. They literally “stack the deck” in their favor right on down to selecting/rejecting the “judge” to hear the case. In our case, we were dealing with two states so ours was more complicated than most others. What one state said the other backed up but we never quite knew just who we were dealing with. We figured that since our daughter was now back in the Nevada system then we needed to deal with them and get them out of the way. This took over a year and NEVER once were we told that we could request a “Fair Hearing.” All we were ever told was that we “had no more interest in this child’s life” and we were now “out of the picture.” The statement by the social workers was to “leave her alone and let her get on with her life.” Ironically, we were only one week away from the final meeting with the State adoption people because we were in the process of adopting her and still they said we had “no further interest” in this child’s life. They severed ALL contact between us and our daughter. She did try to contact us but once the system and the current foster parents found out they put a stop to her calls. We wrote to our congressmen, senators and even the Nevada governor. It was finally a local Nevada State Congressman who finally was able to arrange a “hearing” for us and this finally occurred ten months AFTER she was removed from our home. We hired an attorney, who we found out too late was “pro” CPS, and drove over eight hours to get to the “Fair Hearing”, only to be “refused” entrance. You can bet that Nevada had their quota of social workers there…And we had supporting family members who had driven long distances to be with us…But none of us were allowed into the hearing room. Only our attorney who eventually “sold us down the river.” When I say that they “stack the deck” in their favor I’m not joking. The “Fair Hearing” is conducted by a “magistrate” or a DCFS attorney…NOT a judge. If one who does not look favorably upon DCFS is assigned then the workers submit a refusal and request another, and another until they receive one who will “lean their way” at the hearing. At the beginning of the hearing the attorney puts on the record that she/he is neutral and has no interest in the outcome but this is a “big joke.” Even though you know you have not done anything wrong, and you believe that the truth will come out at the hearing, nothing could be further from the truth. At the first “Fair Hearing” you are almost always found to be “guilty.” It is then that you can appeal to a higher court and it is on record that you disagree. Make certain that you get every bit of evidence you want heard submitted at this hearing because if you don’t you will NOT be able to get it entered later.

DIRTY TRICK #14
You will find out that DCFS/CPS/DSS will rarely let the foster parents visit the children once they are taken. If you are allowed to visit you cannot show them any affection. They do everything in their power to keep you apart. If you are allowed visitation then you are watched like a hawk and will not be allowed to get too friendly. DCFS fills the children’s heads with all kinds of negative things prior to these visits…even telling them that they will never go back “home” again and that you don’t care about them any more, that is why you have not contacted them.

If you are lucky enough to obtain a visit or two, make sure you reassure them that you still love them and are fighting to get them back home, if that is what they want. If you overstep the boundaries set by DCFS at these visitations they will terminate the visits early and try to make it more difficult for future visits.

Another “dirty trick” they pull is to file new abuse allegations prior to you going to court to increase your visitation time with the children. In our case our California hearing was delayed three times and each time…two weeks prior to the planned hearing…I received an amended list of allegations. By the time the hearing finally arrived the allegations had grown from four to twenty three. This deception simply gives them more ammunition to say “NO” because they have found more evidence of abuse, even though it may be false information that they have created.

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DIRTY TRICK #15
It is true that you have the right to challenge DCFS/CPS/DSS findings of abuse at a “Fair Hearing” but it is not uncommon for the department to delay these challenges for a year or more. This is one of their dirtiest tricks and the long delay is really detrimental to your case. This trick is what deprives you of “due process.” What is “due process” you ask? It is the right to have your case heard in a “timely” manner, that you get the legal protections provided by the state and federal constitutions and that you are innocent until you are proven guilty. DCFS gives you NONE of these things. Foster parents do NOT have the right to “due process.” You can fight all you want at the pre trial hearings, if you are lucky enough to secure them, but the ‘judge’ will never let you present your side in full.

DIRTY TRICK #16
It has been proven that if DCFS cannot get you for abuse or neglect it will get you for what they call “safety issues.” That is you did nothing to prevent abuse to the children by your partner. In other words, “guilt by association.” DCFS calls it neglect by not keeping the child safe from a perpetrator. It doesn’t matter that no abuse ever occurred and that the allegation is entirely false, you are labeled an ‘enabler’ and they demand that you recognize the other parent as an abusive caretaker. This particular ‘dirty trick’ is very hard to oppose because it is considered a ‘thought crime,’ rather than actual abuse or neglect. BE AWARE!…Thinking incorrectly is now considered abuse or neglect. Stand together and present a ‘united’ front whenever dealing with DCFS/DPS/DSS. When will this nonsense ever end?

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IN THE END

I, the author, fully realize that all of the above sounds ludicrous and cynical but it is the truth. DCFS will deny these things ever happen. There is the rare and honest social worker who will attest to these happenings as true, and that is the worker who finds herself/himself looking for work somewhere else. Sometimes the truth is hard to accept but believe that these things really DO happen and DCFS/CPS/DSS is as corrupt as shown here. The system is ‘evil’ and the courts are helpless in the face of this DCFS power OR they simply agree with it because they side with the system. AS foster parents accused of wrongdoing YOU need to know how to fight back. And that is the purpose of this packet of information. Having experienced the injustice and corruption of the Department of Social Services and their corrupt attorneys, I hope the information that you find here will help you be more successful than I was in defending our daughter and having her returned to a loving, caring home and parents.

GOOD LUCK,

Nancee Crowell

CA. State Director for NFPCAR

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Another Horror Story From the state of Georgia, Paulding County

May 30, 2010 24 comments

To Whom It May Concern,

Today is May 29, 2010. My daughter has been in Georgia State Custody since October 2008. I have completed caseplan as designated by Paulding County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) only to have a Judge (Sandra W. Miller) order me to redo items without just cause. I’ve been treated like a convicted criminal, restrained from meaningful contact with my daughter Tamia Michelle Williams and denied all contact with my son Deshaun Caleb Williams. The incident which brought my children into care was allowing my daughter to witness domestic violence. The very individual that was deemed as a victim by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has refused to testify, does not wish to pursue charges and feels there is no basis for the charges from the state and has made a sworn affidavit to this and filed it with the Douglas County Superior Court. I was initially charged with cruelty to children so that the state could take my daughter into custody. This charge was later dropped because there was no basis for it and my child has still not been returned to my custody without just cause. Not to mention that my family has also been denied the right to custody for a year and a half.

I have been harassed, mistreated for almost two years and had my military career completey ruined by those who are suppose to uphhold the law. I’ve had my 14th Amendment rights violated several times over. I served this country for almost 14 years and I recieved no respect,justice, or protection from the the very people who are suppose to uphold the very laws that I laid my life on the line to defend and protect.

Myself and others have been wrecking our brains trying to figure out why my child is still in foster care. I discovered the shocking reality and answer to this question on yesterday. My child is still in foster care because the Douglas County DA’s Office (Tom Weathers) needs her to convict me of false allegations. Children can be forced to testify against a parent in criminal proceedings if they do not live with the parent – A lower judge ruled that a Massachusetts law protecting children from testifying against their parents in criminal proceedings applies only to children who live with the parent charged. Children who live with an accused parent are the ones “most vulnerable to harm if made to testify,” Justice John M. Greaney wrote in the unanimous decision upholding the lower court.

They have my daughter on a video interview where they coerced and coached her to make false statements. In order to include that as admissible during trial they need to be able to have my daugher testify against me legally. I know she was coached because I have been told by the DA that her statements will cause me harm if I go trial – I was there during the incident in question if she had stated the events as they occured there would be no harm. In addition, I have documented from the The Department of Family and Child Services where my daughter could only recall bits and peices of what actually happened.

My son’s father has refused to testify and they feel the only way they can get a conviction is from my daughter’s coached statement. I am outraged not only at this manipulation but that The DA’s office is doing it at my daughter’s expense. My child should have never been in foster care. She was only placed there as a safety for the DA’s case. But I will have you to know that in the process you have subject my daughter to abuse. She has been moved four different times to four different homes -two of which were because she was physically and emotionally abused. You have lied and swore before the courts that you are “looking out for the best interest of the child” YOU CARE NOTHING ABOUT MY CHILD. The DA is only using her to play a role in their sick plot to convict me.

They gave the juvenile courts and judges too much discreation and power in allowing them to uphold law based soley on looking out for the best interest of the child. My case is a prime example. They have used this in order to violate my due process rights as protected under the U.S Constitution – falsifying and creating evidence and illegally allowing it to be admissilbe in a court of law and doing it all in the name of looking out for the best interest of the child.

All who played a hand in this is a disgrace to the U.S. Constitution, Mothers, Soldiers, and Jesus Christ Himself. I also know that My God sits high and looks low and that there is nothing hidden from Him. God is not mocked, that what a man sows shall he also reap. I have been subject to so much injustice in the last year and a half that it exceeds anything that I ever thought could be subject upon man living in “The Land of the Free” with laws to protect it’s citizens. But thank God man is not my Judge. And though those who are suppose to uphold the law and the integrity of the judicial system lie and constantly repeat the slogan of “looking out for the best interest of the child”. I know One who does look out for Tamia and every other child that the system has used and abused and He will hold everyone involved accountable in due time. Because Tamia is covered by the blood of the Lamb and whatever harm that anyone intends to do to her unjustly, He will allow it to be upon them instead.

I won’t resort to spitefulness nor vindictiveness through retaliation. But I do know how to pray as I have already offered this up to the Father and He will do with them whatever He sees fit. You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:43-44). But just wanted to put it out there that I am well aware of the TRUTH.

The Abuse and Corruption in Johnson County Indiana DCS

May 27, 2010 16 comments

This is a complaint from another mother who has finally had the courage to stand up against the abuse -greed and corruption of Child Protective Services. It is nationwide – it has to be stopped.

OFFICIAL COMPLAINT AGAINST Johnson County DCS,
FCM Erin Henderson (Marion Co)
FCM Teddi Adams
FCM Joe Erickson
FCM (Stupidvisor) Gayle Green
Regional Director Laura Gentry
Receptionist Mike at DCS Office
Judge K. Mark LLoyd, Johnson County Circuit Court
Attorney Carrie Miles
Attorney Michael T. Bohn
Attorney Dan Vandiver
Attorney Anne K. McGuinness
CASA/GAL Tammi Fearin-Hickman

For too long this country, as well as the State of Indiana, we have turned a blind eye and been Bamboozled by the Child Protection Agencies into believing that it is an agency that protects children from harm.

The reality is “NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH”!!
Thousands upon thousands of documented cases prove that time and time again, children suffer at the hands of despicably unfit foster parents, and when said abuse is reported to DCS or any other child protection agency, nothing is done. Furthermore, on numerous occasions when reporting known abuse, the children are left with their abusive parents, with horrific consequences. Very often children die in state custody, while DCS and every other child protection agency plays the role of innocence, as though ignoring policies, procedures and protocol is the order of the day, as it has been for more than 30 years.

The Indiana Department of Child services commits abuse on children when it needlessly and unnecessarily removes them from their parents on flimsy allegations and very often on personal bias against the parent. Not only is this unconstitutional, it is against Indiana Law, and the Department’s own policies and procedures. But just TRY bringing this to the attention of ANY Senator, Congressman, or Governor, and you will be ignored, laughed at or even possibly thrown in jail for having the unmitigated gall to speak out against this child-abusing agency.

They then continue this emotional abuse of children by keeping them separated from their parents for extended periods of time, placing the children on numerous drugs due to the emotional issues they are suffering as a direct result of DCS treating parents like garbage!!

The Indiana Department of Child Services only focuses on the child, and ignores the parents. NO SERVICES ARE EVER Genuinely or legitimately put into place to assist families to be re-unified, to get Mom off crack or to get Dad clean and sober!! That would mean that they actually CARE ABOUT FAMILIES!! It is clearly obvious from abundant evidence THAT THEY DO NOT!! The ONLY thing DCS or any other child welfare agency cares about IS THE MONEY it receives from taking children from parents, PERIOD!!

My name is Sherri D and this is what happened;

The information above outlines alot of things that happened in the case of my son, T.F.D.
He was taken from his very loving mother who ended up in a mess for a minute, needed help and instead, became victimized by DCS. The Judge, K. Mark Lloyd automatically GRANTED their every motion, while court-appointed counsel stood there at the bench as though he had just woken up, and never discussed my case with me or ways i could effectively get my son returned to me. DCS played on this lack of knowledge TO THE SERIOUS DETRIMENT of the well-being of my son, while i was mercilessly thrown in jail by the foster mother who was also greedily seeking the $95./day she was receiving to keep a child away from a mother, during which time he suffered break down after break down, being put in mental hospitals for his serious emotional issues that DCS refused to attribute to the fact that were directly related to his forced separation from his mother and the intentional refusal of ALL PARTIES involved in this ABUSE OF PROCESS, at the expense of the well-being of a child!!

STOP!!

If you think this is the ranting of someone who is just upset over the fact that the agency took a child from his mother, THINK AGAIN!!
There exist ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY NO Charges of child abuse or neglect against me, NOR am i strung out on drugs or alcohol or seeking revenge against the Department. What the purpose of this is is to EXPOSE THE FACT that i, along with countless other individuals are mercilessly victimized by this Department, with NO COMPASSION to the effect that this may be having on both mother and son, FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF OBTAINING BONUS MONIES AND FEDERAL GRANTS. “Best interest of the Child” is nothing more than a Marketing phrase, and one person had the insight to ask “if this is in the “Best interest” of the child, then why are there such large financial incentives?”

My Case plans ALWAYS called for reunification, but were intentionally fraught with services that required attending things that directly interfered with my ability to earn a living. I have since learned that this is par for the course. Reunification plans are SET UP TO FAIL!! This is nothing short of disgusting!!
I was NEVER GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY to participate in the creation of the ‘Case Plan” because case wrecker Erin Henderson WOULD NOT EVEN TALK TO ME, and then repeatedly told me to “Call me if you have any quuestions”!! HOW IDIOTIC IS THIS STRATEGY, that has done nothing but inflict emotional abuse upon a minor child who was experincing TERRIBLE AND TREMENDOUS EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS as a direct result of not being able to have any kind of meaningful relationship with his mother????

This is called Parental alienation and IS A REAL FORM OF CHILD ABUSE!!

The point is is that MY SON HAS RIGHTS, AND DCS doesn’t seem to care that he has the RIGHT TO BE FREE From abuse and cruelty, which is EXACTLY WHAT THIS IS!! My son has the RIGHT to have a relationship with a mother who loves him very much,

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