Letters To Leaders
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Injustice taking place by Jackson County DFCS
Governor Sonny Perdue
December 4, 2009
Our grandsons are in foster care in Jackson, Co. They were severely beaten by their parents. We have been approved as relative-placement in Stephens County, GA. The children, ages 8 and 9, have attended school since Pre-K here in Stephens County, while in our care. We have approximately 40 affidavits from teachers, principals, recreation department employees, friends, family, and neighbors, all vouching that the children have been with us and that we take very good care of the children, and that the children have a close and personal bond with us. Even after going through the assessment process and being approved, the Attorney Child Advocate will not let us have the children. They have been in foster care since August, 2009. The reason that she doesn’t allow us to have the children is that she doesn’t “like” us! She has stated that if the children remain in foster care indefinitely, then it will “make for an easier transition back to the home of the parents”,(the same parents that have never had any responsibility for the children and that abuse them). Is it the position of the State of Georgia that when dealing with abuse cases that DFCS should keep the children in foster care, rather than to let them be with approved relatives, so that the children will be more receptive of going back to the abuse? If DFCS is correct in believing that a few classes will “change” these parents, then what do they have to lose by letting the children stay with us? Why are they so adamently “fighting and punishing” the family members that love the children, and want them to be with us during this difficult time? These children have no other family that have asked to be relative-placements. How does DFCS have the right to force us, the grandparents that have only been loving and kind to the children, completely out of the children’s lives? DFCS has admitted that this case is “extreme”, but the Child Advocate Attorney from Jackson County Juvenile Court likes the foster parents and she wants the children to stay in foster care. Our grandsons asked us last Sunday,when we spoke with them on the phone,”how much longer am I going to have to be here?”. Also, when the foster parents registered them for school, the teacher of my 9-year old grandson announced to the class that my grandson is in foster care. Some of his classmates began to make fun of him from that point forward. He was devastated. While they were in school in Stephens County, they were more often than not, on the honor roll, the were both in the Search program, and they were both very proud students and felt that they had accomplished a proud stamina in their school. Now, even the C.A.S.A. worker assigned to the case told me that the boys are not making any friends and will not attempt to make friends in their new school. I would love to bring my proof with me and show our evidence to the Governor. Senator Jim Butterworth, Senator Saxby Chambliss, numersous attorneys and counsel have suggested that Governor Purdue should know about what is being done here.There is a great injustice here, and somebody needs to look at what is being done, and help our grandchildren. When we hired an attorney, then DFCS cut our visitation time, and our phone calls in half. Now the children think that we have abandoned them. I know that Governor Purdue will certainly be awestruck and bewildered when he actually sees the facts in this case. Jackson County DFCS has forbidden us to give any gifts to our grandchildren, clothes, shoes, etc.. when we meet with them we can’t even give them a quarter to buy a piece of bubble gum from a machine. Our grandchildren are not allowed to receive mail unless we mail it to DFCS! My husband and I have been the primary care-givers of these children since they were born. We have never abused them, ever. We have done everything possible to help our grandchildren to be productive, moral, and accomplished children. Yet, at the emergency meeting that took place 9 days after the children were taken from their parents, the Child Advocate Attorney called to tell us this: The “abusive” parents want their children to stay in foster care, my husband and I are not allowed to give them any gifts, the children are forbidden to play any video games. The court made these decisions based on what the abusive, and neglectful parents wanted, the same parents that had never wanted the children, and had never taken any interest, financial or otherwise, in their school, or the boy’s education or physical well-being. I have always taken them to the doctor, picked them up from school when they are sick, picked them up from school every day and we had complete financial repsonsibility of all of the children’s needs.My husband and I have never harmed the children and we have not been accused of ever harming the children, however, when we talk to the children on the phone, the foster parents listen in and add to our conversation. We have to talk to the children and the foster parents during our phone calls. We are monitored like criminals. We have been told that they are not allowed to get mail from us. Jackson County DFCS and the Attorney Child Advocate are completely disregarding the entire system and are continuing to punish only our grandchildren and my husband and I. They have taken sides with the abusive parents against us!(we reported and took pictures of the abuse). How can a system that is funded and regulated by the state put the welfare of my grandsons in jeopardy simply because the child advocate attorney dislikes us and the truth that we tell? If you would like a piece of insight into the children’s parents and their lives, go to http://www.murderauction.com, or Google my son, Tod Bohannon, and you can read about their interests. My youngest grandson has actually spoken to Charles Manson on the phone. I have contacted Andy Kahn, Victim’s Right Advocate, in Houston Texas and asked for help. He has been advocating against my son and the website for many years, but I have not received any response as of yet. These children were not just “spanked”, they were actually beaten, sent to bed, and then they would be awakened all through the night just to have the “belt scenario” repeated over and over, all night long. Jackson County seems to believe that they have somehow “converted” my son and his wife during this process. Yet, they still claim that this case is “extreme” and that the children will be in foster care, no less than 24 months according to the Child Advocate Attorney. However, if you follow the website, then you will see that they are busier than ever promoting these serial killers and death row inmates. They have even gone and sat in the front row of the executions of some of their “friends” while they were being executed. Jackson County is trampling over my grandchildren’s rights, the child advocate attorney has made this a personal issue against us, so who is watching after the children? Please, we would like to bring our evidence to Governor Purdue. I am satisfied that once he see’s what is going on that he will be as confused and as upset as we are. Everyone that we contact keeps repeating that the State of Georgia owes us an apology. We feel however, that the state owes much more to our grandchildren! Can we arrange a meeting to show you our evidence? We are decent, moral, people. I have 2 degrees from Brenau University and my husband is employed for UHS-Pruitt based in Norcross, GA. We have many, many people that will testify as to our reputation and character. Again, please let us meet with Governor Purdue. We are sure that once he sees the truth, that he will be just as upset about this case as we are. We have told the State DFCS that we do not want any money for taking care of the children, we just want the children to be with their family.When are my grandchildren going to get to be with the family that loves and cares for them? Why does the Child Advocate Attorney for the children have the right to decide the fate of my grandchildren at the emergency hearing and then everyone else just goes along with her biased decisions? Why can’t someone look into this? The entire DFCS system of Jackson County seem to be unable or unwilling to do the right thing. I believe that even Judge Guidry would agree with us, if he were given the truth. We believe that Governor Purdue will not let this type of injustice continue once he has an opportunity to see the facts of the case.
Toccoa , GA