Statement of Principles- Straight from the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services


Below is the “Statement of Principles” straight from the Georiga Department of Family and Children Services “Online Directives Information System”

This statement of Principles plainly state “Children are entitled to protection, safety and permanency;

 Children are entitled to a family of their own with parents who can meet their basic needs for physical care, discipline, education, protection and moral guidance;Children should not be separated from their parents unless their protection and safety leaves no other choice. Separation should be only for the time it takes to ameliorate the issues, which precipitated the maltreatment. The Division has the responsibility to help parents change and support family life while ensuring the protection, safety and permanency of their children;
Here it is in plain sight- black and white. Georgia DFCS states it is their principle that children are entitled to a family of their – they should not be separated from their parents “unless” their protection and safety leaves no choice. They also state that separation should “only” be for the time it takes to ameliorate the issues, which pricpitated the maltreatment. And they plainly states “The Division has the responsiblity to help parents change and support family life while ensruing the protection of their children….” They also state that parents have a “right” not to be interfered with by the state” and then they say however…..

Now in regards to this statement which is false and misleading. Georgia DFCS and especially in Jackson County do not and I repeat do not believe in this statement of principles. In fact they believe the opposite. They go by their other manual which states, in their manual “Working with Child Deprivation Cases in Georgia’s Juvenile Courts A Reference manual for Deparment of Family and Children Services Case Managers. It states:” “It is not necessary for the court to give a parent the opprotunity to rehabilitate him/herself prior to proceeding with the termination of her parental rights so long as the statuory requirements set forth are met.” Also in the Manual Georgia DFCS also uses is Best Practices in Termination and Adoption Cases. A Report from the Best Practices in Adoptions Workshops, A Project of the Georgia Model Courts Project” In this manual it plain states, under the heading:

At What Point Should Reunification Services Be Discontinued: ” The best practice is to continue to offer reunification services until the petition to terminate patental rights is heard unless there is specific finding by the Court that continuation of reunification efforts is, in fact detrimental to the child. This is a high threshold that should not be compromised. Discontinuation of reuniification services is not a condition precedent to the filing of a termination action and , in fact, discontinuation of reunifiction services should continue to be offered up to the time parential rights are terminated. There was some concern express about this practice making unnecessary work for the Agency and the panels. However, the reunification plan is already in place and all that has to be done is to monitor progress. Also, in most cases , the parents are not, in fact, accesing the services offered anyway, so there is not a lot of work involved in offering and monitoring services. We believe that the value in offering the services and the impact that may have impact in the appellate courts outweighs the disadvantages of continueing to offer services. This approach also allows us to avoid the necessity of having a permanency hearing in cases where it is absolutely necessary, that is where acutal detriment to the child can be clearly established.
In other words, even though their manual clearly states they must work to keep families together except in cases where children are a “great risk” there adoption workshop manual says something entirely different. That difference is from the day they snatch your children their ultimate goal is to adopt them out. They have no intention of keeping families from being torn apart. According to all of their manuals they are gong to do what in their minds is in”the best interest of the child.”. In many cases the best interest such as that of Alice Samantha Thomason the “best interest of the children” is to give them back to their mother after they follow their own protocol and help her get housing and job. Until Jackson County DFCS disrupted her life and the lives of her children she had gainful employment in a job she loved. It took her two years to get it. However, due to the stress, the abuse and the intimidation – and having to run back and forth to the court of Judge Guidry, she lost her job. Jackson County DFCS is as responsbile for this as anyone else. Now they refuse to help her get a job or housing. But yet, according to her caseworker Katie Bice these are the only two things left on her current case plan before she can get her children back. They will subject her to something else she has to do just to keep the kids away from her and in foster care, where the foster mother Donna is raking in the money off the backs of her kids Shawna, Carly and Sara.

2104.38 Employment Services Responsibility at Investigation

Requirement

Make an employment referral if, during the investigation, it is determined that alleged maltreatment or neglect is directly related to the parents’ inability to provide for the needs of the child because of financial problems.

Procedures/Practice Issues

A parent is participating in employment services when being served by TANF.

Refer a parent, who is not receiving TANF and who is not eligible for the Employment Services program, to the Department of Labor for employment possibilities. Document this referral in the case file.

Document on Form 452 (Contact Form) any referral made to the Department of Labor or any other employment service.

Child Protective Services – Administration

2101.3 Statement of Principles

The Division of Family and Children Services safeguards the rights and protects the welfare of neglected, abused or exploited children through specialized social services that are defined and provided using standards of best practice. These standards are based on the following beliefs and values:

 Children are entitled to protection, safety and permanency;

 Children are entitled to a family of their own with parents who can meet their basic needs for physical care, discipline, education, protection and moral guidance;

 Children should not be separated from their parents unless their protection and safety leaves no other choice. Separation should be only for the time it takes to ameliorate the issues, which precipitated the maltreatment. The Division has the responsibility to help parents change and support family life while ensuring the protection, safety and permanency of their children;

 Child maltreatment is often a symptom of environmental, personal or family problems of the parents (e.g., substance abuse, domestic violence, depression). Child maltreatment caused by these factors is remedied by non-punitive and rehabilitative services; and,

 If parents are unable or unwilling to provide a protective, safe or permanent life for their children, or if the maltreatment is serious, intentional or cruel, the department must aggressively intervene to ensure the protection, safety and permanency of the children.

Parents have a right not to be unduly interfered with by the state, yet children have a right to be protected from neglect or abuse. The safety and protection of children is always the primary goal of Child Protective Services. In situations

where a child’s safety cannot be ensured, out-of-home placement must always be considered.

Judgment is critical in CPS determinations for cases involving discipline or punishment. Children need consistent discipline to develop into responsible adults. Parents have enormous freedom and control over decisions affecting their children, and they have the right to discipline and punish children as they determine appropriate. Law does not prohibit using corporal punishment.

So here it is in black and white three manuals with three statements and the only true one is the fact that their plan from the beginning is to adopt out children. These kids don’t need to be adopted out they need to be with their mother. She is not allowed to tell them she loves them and she is not allowed to talk to them about coming home.

Samantha, and her children Shawna, Carly and Sara

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by Lulu.com October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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