Reunification is Meant to Fail


Alice Samantha Thomason with her children Autumn Destiny DeShawna Thomason, Carly and Sara Louvelle Texanna Wilfawn snatched by Jackson County Ga DFCS

The article below shows exactly why Katie Bice, the caseworker from Jackson County Ga DFCS doesn’t want Samantha to get her three children back.

A Critical Look at the Child Welfare System Reunification Plans
by Kevin Norell

Kevin Norell is one of the newer foster care caseworkers in the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, hired to satisfy child-welfare reform laws and the terms of a recent lawsuit settlement in Utah.

According to Norell, the state asks a lot of parents who want their children returned home. They have to find a job, find housing, all of which can be “tough to do for anyone in Salt Lake County.” Parents are ordered into therapy, parenting classes, perhaps drug rehabilitation, and they have to find time to visit with their children.

“Even an organized parent might have trouble with all that. And many of these parents are anything but organized,” says Norell.[1]

The intent behind court ordered reunification plans may be admirable, but the reality appears to be that many plans are designed for failure, according to the 1991-1992 San Diego Grand Jury:

Testimony was received regarding the hours of time which must be spent in order to comply with these plans. Defense attorneys have testified that they have told clients that it is impossible for them to work and comply with reunification. Judges and referees were observed, seemingly without thought, ordering parents into programs which require more than 40 hours per week. Frequently, these parents have only public transportation. Obviously, there is no time to earn a living or otherwise live a life. A parent often becomes a slave to the reunification plan.[2]

On April 20, 1993, a Florida father entered into such a “performance agreement” with the Florida Department of Health and Human Resources. The performance agreement, which is now referred to as a “case plan” pursuant to revisions in the Florida statutes, required the father to perform nine tasks to be reunified with his child:

1. completion of an abuse counseling program and its recommendations;

2. completion of a psychological evaluation and its recommendations;

3. completion of a parenting program and demonstration of proficiency in parenting skills;

4. evaluation for anger management and follow recommendations;

5. evaluation for individual counseling and follow recommendations;

6. monthly contact with HRS;

7. follow reasonable requests and recommendations of the supervising counselor;

8. provide HRS a list of relatives, their addresses, and phone numbers; and

9. maintain adequate housing and demonstrate financial ability to provide for the child.

The father, through sheer determination, managed to comply with the provisions of the performance agreement. But was HRS satisfied with the result?

On November 22, 1994, HRS filed a motion for change of goal, requesting that the father’s rights regarding the child be terminated because he had ‘failed to benefit from services in a reasonable length of time.

The lower court, on this basis, terminated the father’s parental rights. The determined father appealed to the District Court of Appeal. On March 22, 1996, the Court of Appeal reversed the decision of the lower court, holding that HRS had not met its burden of proof. The case was remanded for further proceedings. By this time, the child had been in foster care for three years.[3]

In another recent case, HRS filed a petition to declare a child dependent, and to terminate the parental rights of the mother. The lower court dismissed the petition, as it failed to allege any abuse or neglect.

The Court of Appeal ruled that abuse or neglect need not be alleged, and that the lower Court was in error holding that it could not terminate parental rights on the ground that HRS had alleged only that the mother failed to comply substantially with her performance agreements:

Florida Rule of Juvenile Procedure 8.500(b) provides that the only substantive allegation required in a termination petition, aside from the parents’ and child’s identities, etc., is that ‘the parents were offered a performance agreement or permanent placement plan and did not substantially comply with it,’ when required by law. The petitions conformed with this requirement.[4]

In most states, allegations of abuse or neglect are not necessary to remove a child, or to permanently sever parental rights. In virtually every state, the laws have been constructed in such a way as to allow the removal of children on the basis that they may be abused or neglected at some point in the future.

In the State of Montana, for example, temporary removal orders require the department only “to submit to the court facts establishing a probable cause that a youth is abused or neglected or is in danger of being abused or neglected.”

According to a recent judicial assessment of the Montana juvenile justice system, such treatment plans are often implemented early during the proceedings, even though a child may not have been adjudicated “a youth in need of care.”

“Adjudication provides the basis for state intervention in a family,” reviewers note. “Therefore, enforcement of treatment which is not required for the immediate protection of the child is an inappropriate exercise of the state’s power.”

Citing state law, assessment reviewers explain the dire consequences of failure to complete the “treatment plan” constructed by the department of social services:

…the failure of a parent or guardian to participate in, comply with, in whole or in part, or to meet the goals of the treatment plan is prima facie evidence that return of the child to the parent or guardian would be detrimental.[5]

Incredibly, rulings like this can be found throughout the states. In California, an often-applied ruling used to terminate the parental rights of parents who simply refuse to comply with social worker demands that they attend “treatment” or “therapy” reads: “…the failure of the parent or guardian to participate in any court-ordered treatment programs shall constitute prima facie evidence that return [of the child] would be detrimental.” [6]

Hence, the refusal to participate in these programs will result in the permanent separation of a child from his parents – whether or not any maltreatment had actually occurred.

In examining studies conducted by the American Humane Association during the mid-1980s, Dana Mack of the Institute for American Values found that half of the families that child welfare agencies compelled to undergo therapeutic services for child maltreatment never mistreated their children at all, and that many removals of children are capricious actions of “preventive intervention,” based on a caseworker’s presumption that although abuse may not have occurred, it may at some time in the future.[7]

Even for those parents who comply with the reunification terms, the state has another way of using these plans to terminate parental rights.

The laws throughout the states are written in such a way that “failure to substantially comply with the terms of the performance agreement,” or “failure to derive benefit from the services provided by the Department” are reason enough to have children permanently separated from their parents, once they have become dependents of the court.

In a recent Minnesota case, for example, the “disposition plan” for reunification included the following elements:

1. that appellants work with a housekeeper provided by the county to maintain the housekeeping standard from week to week;

2. that appellants cooperate with an assessment and goals as determined by an in-home skills counselor, to provide a safe, clean, and organized living environment for the family;

3. that prior to reunification, the home environment will have an adequate level of housekeeping, as determined by the social worker and public health nurse;

4. that appellants keep all scheduled appointments with service providers or cancel and reschedule appointments in a timely manner;

5. that appellants complete individual psychological and psychiatric evaluations and follow all recommendations;

6. that appellants attend individual therapy to determine and address issues of depression, grief, and loss, and other issues as may be recommended by the treating therapist;

7. that appellants cooperate and work with the assigned financial worker from the county and comply with the budget or recommendations of the financial worker;

8. that appellants follow all recommendations of [the child’s] treating physicians and keep all appointments with the home health aide for the purpose of childcare, nutrition, and bathing; and

9. that appellants maintain a working telephone in the residence at all times.[8]

The sad reality is that abuse or neglect need not be demonstrated. Simple failure to maintain a purely subjective housekeeping standard, the missing of an appointment, failure to “adequately assimilate” budgeting skills, or the disconnection of a telephone can result in the permanent separation of a child from his or her parents.

In most states, social workers have been granted the authority to construct these reunification plans at their sole discretion. And, there is precious little oversight from the courts in the construction of these plans.

Montana reviewers found that most judges rarely issue orders or make recommendations addressing reunification or treatment plans, finding also that: “Some judges assert that it is appropriate for the courts to defer to the department’s expertise in these matters because of the social workers’ experience and education.”

One judge reported that while he often orders parents to take parenting classes, he does not actually know what those classes entail!

Hence, the construction of these plans is left to social workers who typically have precious little training, oversight or experience.

Worse, over half of counsel representing parents said that they seldom receive information from service providers or the department regarding the availability of services. Reviewers determined that “Parents’ counsel are, therefore, unable to to effectively challenge the appropriateness of a treatment plan.”[9]

Personal bias or prejudice often play a role in how these plans are constructed.

Veteran Juvenile Court Judge Judy Sheindlin recounts the story of one young couple named Robin and Tim. Robin had two children before she met Tim. She also had a drug problem. City caseworkers stepped in and removed her three children when the third was born with cocaine in her system.

Tim, who was separated from Robin, lived at home with his parents and his brother, all of whom were employed. Judge Sheindlin describes the obstacles Tim had to face when he sought custody of his child:

First, he had to establish paternity, proving that he was the biological father of his child. Tim did this. Next, the caseworkers told him that before he could even be considered for custody, he had to take parenting classes. He had to provide the name of the person who would be caring for his child while he worked during the day. He had to establish a permanent, independent residence. There was not a scintilla of evidence that he was an unfit parent, but these were the rules that Tim had to follow. He met all of the conditions. Meanwhile, Robin the drug addict had it easy. All she had to do was enroll herself in a drug treatment program and get on welfare. That, my friends, was it.

When Judge Sheindlin asked the caseworker about this obvious gender disparity, her answer was simply: “Well, she’s the mother.”[10]

The San Diego Grand Jury confirmed that these plans are sometimes intentionally made impossible to prevent reunification.

Failure to comply with any element of a reunification plan is sufficient for termination of parental rights. We have taken testimony from attorneys, court appointed therapists, and social workers, that some of these plans are intentionally made impossible, particularly when infants or toddlers are involved. Chief Administrative Officer Norman Hickey conducted an independent investigation of the San Diego Department of Social Services. His report confirmed the San Diego Grand Jury findings, following on the heels of another stinging critique of the system by the county’s Juvenile Justice Commission.

The system is too demanding of the parents, distracting them from more important issues, he wrote. “Too many tasks or unproductive requirements overwhelm parents and reduce the potential for priority behavioral change.”

His report also indicated that foster parents may try to thwart reunification efforts. “A desire to take care of the child on a permanent basis must not be permitted to work against the parent’s goal” of reunification.[11]

The Juvenile Justice Commission examined several troubling cases in which social workers sought to prevent reunification of children with their parents. They found such cases in their representative sampling to be “numerous and diverse.”

In one such case, a social worker threatened that a child would be removed from the mother’s home if she allowed the child to attend a scheduled birthday party with her father in a public place. She further advised the mother to move to another part of the County, and keep her whereabouts unknown to the father.

In another case, a social worker sought to prevent the development of ties between a child and her maternal aunt, even though the aunt was known to the worker as a licensed foster mother. The worker sought instead to maintain the child in a foster home in which the foster parents had expressed a desire to adopt the child.

“The unwillingness of the Children’s Services Bureau staff, from line to administrative, to listen to opposing views to the point of being hostile and threatening has resulted in a backlash from the community, as well as tragic consequences for families,” the Commission found.

“Court time and real time are world’s apart, so that while a case drags on from week to week and month to month, the agony of separation continues,” the Commission concluded. “While Court cases often require lengthy investigation and preparation to ensure due process of law to all involved, it must never be forgotten that these cases are ultimately about living, breathing human beings.”[12]

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1. Lois M. Collins, “Foster Kids Have New Advocates,” Deseret News, (July 15, 1996)

2. “Families in Crisis,” Report 2, 1991-92 San Diego County Grand Jury, February 6, 1992

3. Second Circuit District Court of Appeal of Florida, Decision, In the Interest of S.D., a child, A.D., the natural father v. State of Florida, Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, Case No. 95-02015, March 22, 1996

4. District Court of Appeal of Florida First District, Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services v. S.H., Mother of E.H. and T.H., both Children, Decision, Case No. 95-1094, January 30, 1996

5. Assessment and Recommendations for Improving Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings in Montana Courts, Montana Supreme Court, Office of the Court Administrator. December 1996. pp. 21 – 23. Complete report available in Text or in Word Perfect format.

6. Los Angeles County Department of Children’s Services, 300 Petition Guide, p. 46.

7. Dana Mack, The Assault on Parenthood: How Our Culture Undermines the Family, (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997) p. 59.

8. Court of Appeals State of Minnesota, Decision, In the Matter of the Welfare of: A.R.G.-B., C5-95-2735, July 9, 1996

9. Assessment and Recommendations for Improving Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings in Montana Courts. pp. 30 – 32. See note 5.

10. Judy Sheindlin, Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining, (New York: HarperCollins, 1996) pp. 146-147.

11. Tom Gorman, “County Also Faults Child Abuse Response,” Los Angeles Times, (March 7, 1992)

12. San Diego County, Juvenile Justice Commission, Case Review Report, February, 1992, pp.7-14.

Attorney Paul Stuckle notes in item 17 of “Are You Being Treated Fairly By CPS and the Court System?” at http://www.paulstuckle.com/?p=31

Have you been court ordered to fulfill a service plan requiring you to:
Take a psychological evaluation;

Submit to drug testing and evaluation;

Attend parenting classes;

Attend counseling;

Attend battering or domestic violence or other counseling;

Admit and take responsibility for things you did not do?
Item number 6 in the above list is why I did not do the Service Plan. That item alone would have caused me to fail the plan and have my children taken from me.

That is why Reunification Plans are called Receipes For Failure!

http://thefightagainstcps.tripod.com/id6.html

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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  3. Abby says:

    I am a court appointed lawyer in Iowa for 13 years doing Child in Need of Assistance cases and since April 2010 my life has been consumed by fighting 1 cina case. It has consumed my time, work, heart, my soul, and my life with my husband and 2 small children. I contested a very weak removal hearing with no allegation of abuse except that my client made a bad judgment in allowing a friend to babysit her child while she was having oral surgery and the babysitter was smoking crack around the 1 year old child and for some reason about the babysitter the police were called. Child returned to mom, and mom immediately put child in Kindercare. My client has a criminal drug past and has a probation officer that drug tests her. My client goes to school, and has completed substance abuse treatment and has a job and does this all with public transportation. She had 3 other children terminated when she was charged with drug possession and served 2 months in prison and lost everything and finally gave up because she became homeless and could not do the case plan without finances, a vehicle, or a home. The two youngest girls were adopted but the oldest boy, now 11, has been sitting in a residential treatment with no family for two years. They drug tested her new baby who is 1 year old and she tested positive for Cocaine which we expected since the sitter was smoking crack around her, however, the lab that DHS chose for testing stated that is the likely source of the exposure but DHS is arguing with their own lab stating that my client who hair stat tested negative for cocaine – must be dealing cocaine, without any money, or a car, and that she never gets exposed to it but somehow exposes her children. They refuse to listen to their own lab who states baby’s hair grows much slower than adults and it is unlikely that my client was exposing her child to crack while DHS was involved and more likely the source was the one time sitter who sat with the child 4-5 months prior. My client is over whelmed with everything she must do without transportation while trying to work and go to school and rehab and do parenting… the case exhausts me and I am not the target of their criticism. I’ve exceeded the amount of time the state will pay me for this case and I think that they are dragging things out with no intent to reunify this child and they are hoping she will just give up if they make things hard on her. I am at my wits end with this case. The case manager has now resorted to calling into question my credibility. Can you believe this?

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    • yvonnemason says:

      Abby,
      This type of thing is exactly what they do to make reunification fail. That CPS office had no intention of ever reunifiying that parent with her children. They make more money off that child when they violate the 13th amendment and sell that child to strangers. Not only do they make the money- the juvenile court makes money. It is not in the best interest of the child it is in the “best interest ” of the system. They are making at least $60000.000 per child – the caseworker gets a bonus, the office gets a bonus for ever child they adopt out over their set goal for that month and the court gets a bonus – all under Title IV-E and Title IV-B Funding under the blanket of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1996 signed by Bill Clinton. I have this on this blog –
      Keep fighting for this girl. You are right your bosses will question your capablity. Simply because CPS will beat you and the mother down. They falsify records and they have their people ie the lab falsify records – it goes on all the time.
      Yvonne

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    • Estella White says:

      Can you assist me? I am having a similar situation. But no drugs involved. It’s just the overwhelming of CPS safety plans. Set up for failure. Contact me please. I live in the worst state of all …Texas.

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    • Val Williams says:

      yeah, I can believe it. It’s good to hear from a new perspective and get validation. the dedication and perseverance is admirable. We need more like you, we need you to advocate for the entire family unit. Bottom line– Corruption Protective Secrets is an $800 billion dollar industry.

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  4. Abby says:

    We had the adjudication on Monday and we made a deal that if she consented to the adjudication then they would return the child by this Friday. This is exactly what this website is talking about. They accuse my client of being a crack dealer and then return the child when we agree to ridiculous claim.
    The judge was late and did not read the case file and not one person said one positive thing about my client during the hearing although the child is being returned and she has done everything that they have asked of her. If she is such a bad mom then why return the child upon an admission of neglect?

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  5. : Sept.6. 2010

    SUMMARY OF A MOTHER AND CHILD”S HORROR STORY

    The Florida Dept. of Children & Families discriminated against me due to my gender, race, income, appearance, religion and marital status. The sister of the “medical foster parent “targeted my only child for adoption from birth and used her influence within DCF Coalition Team and doctors to complete their evil and vicious scheme to terminate my rights during complying with everything DCF and all defendants wanted me to do and I was court ordered to be “Reunified” and never happened. I was railroaded by the medical foster parent and her best friend I did not know at the time, our Guardian Ad Litem s they could conspire against (me) the biological mother so, she could adopt my only miracle child from GOD! To assure the adoption of my only child, a select circle of crooked influential people who, under the color of law, manipulated the Family Court system, to break the Constitution, Chapter 39, the Florida Laws and terminate my parental rights. DCF’s actions were unethical and illegal; going as far as manipulating my child’s medical records to benefit their allegations, by adding three medically needy babies also on “Reunification” taken in the same hospital, day, month, time and year. The three babies medical records were added into my case and was not brought up in court, as shown in my transcripts to make my child’s medical condition look worse. It was also noted: I have never been charged with any form of abuse or neglect against my child or any other child ever!
    My only “miracle” baby was born 26 weeks pre-mature, smaller than a cell-phone, at one pound, eight-ounces and conceived at five months pregnancy term. Due to extreme pre-maturity, she had a number of medical conditions including (FTT) Organic Failure to Thrive, a feeding disorder that required the surgical implantation of a feeding tube in my child’s stomach. Due to my child’s medical needs, and beautiful, white complexion, fragile and dainty, she was targeted from a very young age by “DCF Coalition Team” their circle of friends and associates. There was nothing that they would not do to assure the destruction of my family and, to do detrimental harm, abuse and neglect to my only child, by viciously separating her loving, safe, nurturing, caring biological mother, and mother and child are extremely bonded as shown in testimonies and transcripts. The perpetrators have intentionally committed these felonies; by breaking the State and Federal laws through any and all means available to them. Their deadly and evil plan, scheme was to destroy a very happy child and mother’s lives and relationship as shown in my transcripts and their/defendants testimonies that were not brought up in court. I was not allowed in the courtroom and had no knowledge that I had Ineffective Assistant Councils. A private TPR council and Appeal attorney who I have never met. 30 of my witnesses on my behalf were never notified to testify. The only witness I was allowed to have stated by my private council and the Guardian Ad Litem was my Psychologist who told the judge and court “She saw no reason why mother could not be and have custody of her daughter” In my transcripts also showed that 7 psychologist, counselors, doctors stated” They saw no reason the mother should not have custody of her daughter” and “There is No negatives with the mother”
    While in the custody of DCF, my only daughter, at 3 ½ years old, a toddler was prescribed 2 combined psychotropic drugs “Celexa” and “Lexapro” without my knowledge or consent. Knowing as a mother who worked as a nurse this horror and danger would never have happened if I knew. The Pediatrician team had no expertise, not licensed or had no knowledge of these deadly drugs as they spelled it “Selexa “ which is wrong to throw the court. To prescribe and give my child these deadly “Black Box” Psychotropic Adult Drugs. DCF provided me with: “a parent’s bill of rights”, which included the right to being notified of any non-emergency medical procedure or treatment, specifically, the administration of psychotropic medications to a child in their care as specified in F.S. 39.407. I was never notified, instead the Guardian Ad Litem, one of their Pediatrician friends and the medical foster mother shut all contact with mother and child without court order.
    I am shocked and appalled that DCF’s doctors would give my child any medication that could significantly disrupt any progress in weight-gain; especially drugs like “Celexa” and “Lexapro” that “are not studied nor approved for use in pediatric patients” Cannot be used for children or Pediatrics. Lexapro is a adult Psychotropic drug and this Black Box drugs are not for children PERIOD! Not only did they prescribe these drugs, they failed to provide the Court or anyone else the medical records, which should have accompanied such procedures. The side effects are weight loss, anxiety, vomiting, diaharrhea, stool holding, fainting, loss of appetite, gagging, bleeding eternally bleeding and Suicide. My child has been hospitalized and brought to the ER five times in their custody as shown in the transcripts and their testimonies. The medical reports also showed falling, bleeding internally and the side effects mentioned. My child also starved herself and would not eat in their custody as shown in the transcripts and their testimonies. My child cried constantly every day and night for the loss of her mother; she would cry her self to sleep. My child wants to talk to the judge and was capable and the GAL denied it. The Pediatricians misdiagnosed my child as shown in the transcripts, medical reports, testimonies and my witnesses. None of this was brought up in court, the only thing they will concerned about is how to use their evil, false lies, allegations, misrepresentations, medical reports, history and mother lifestyle to accomplish their goal for adoption all shown in transcripts and their testimonies. They never brought up in court anything about my child on Psychotropic Adult drugs, hospitalization, or anything of extreme importance concerning my baby. All they were concerned was revenge and hatred and getting the mother to lose custody of her only daughter, so they can accomplish the goal of adoption for the MFP’s sister. The Judge gave the fate of my child’s life, custody and decision to the GAL and State Attorney. I did NOT get a “Fair Trial” Prior to my TPR trial the GAL stated “ I will do everything in my power to make sure your daughter never sees you again and adoption goal will be accomplished”. The Judge did not by no means do his job what he sworn under oath to do for the “Best Interest of the child” The Judge played right into their evil lies,allegations,misdiagnosis and believed their evil, cold, callous criminal plan and scheme, and took verbatim whatever the DCF, GAL, Pediatrician friends, other defendants said so he could terminate the mother’s rights. The judge never thoroughly reviewed my case or anything, otherwise he would have saw all conspiracy, danger to my child, extrinsic and intrinsic fraud, child trafficking my child back and forth to MFP’s sister who is now the adopted parent without court order back in December 2000 and also before and during my TPR hearing and Reunification when I still had custody of my baby girl. As DCF did everything in their power to deny me of my Right to pursue the right, liberty and happiness as a mother, due to process and more laws, They manipulated and leading the council and never answer questions asked which you can’t do and my case should have been dismissed on so many laws broke in the court room. They also at the expense of Justice by never including the potential side effects, dosage or duration of the drugs that their doctor’s gave my child. The Pediatricians, “circle of friend and child’s doctors have no expertise or knowledge for prescribing these Psych medications. Time and again, both the Dept. and everyone else who knew me said: “Mother and daughter are very extremely bonded ” and that I “would do anything for her”. Mother’s child would follow her around like a shadow, mom would not let her child out of her sight and very protective as shown in transcripts and testimonies. . My baby cries everyday and night, cries herself to sleep for her mommy and my baby was also starving herself for days at a time from the loss of her mother as shown in the transcripts and testimonies of the MFP,doctor’s and adopted parent. Counselors and other professional Pediatricians and Doctors as shown in the transcripts stated” That it would be detrimental harm if child is removed from her mother” DCF continuously found ways to lie in Court, hide facts that would substantiate mother’s story, and even provide made-up facts all in effort to terminate my parental rights and rip-up my Civil Rights as a citizen and mother. The GAL also made a deal with the potential father whom was court ordered to have a “Paternity test” that never happened. GAL also went to mother’s job and threatened them to fire her or lose your job. GAL also contacted the boyfriend who was a Sgt. in the Police Dept. and threatened him in the same manner or he will lose custody of his boys and his pension. GAL. Medical foster parent told child mother was no good and after the Appeal her mother was DEAD and somehow they put that on the Internet. The GAL stated after knowing the child for a short term that “Mother’s child said she loves her more than her real mother” which we know my child hated her and screamed for her to leave when she arrived at the home as shown in her testimony and transcripts. The GAL also called the mother’s child a “China Doll” This lady should not be a volunteer or anything for children, she is very delusional and needs help.
    Everyone from my own private attorney to their own DCF social worker’s and doctor’s stated from the beginning that I did nothing wrong as a mother and my daughter would be at no risk in my care as shown in the transcripts and testimonies. My family, my sister was court ordered as shown in the transcripts and General Master recommended and signed by the judge to give custody to child’s biological maternal aunt in New York State. The GAL denied the court order and sabotaged and adding, hiding paperwork with her circle of crooked friends and associates to accomplish the TPR-Adoption goal. Only after the trial which ultimately terminated my rights so that the sister of the foster parent could openly adopt my only child did I see, through the transcripts of my case, the mounds of evidence which all points to tax-funded discrimination by DCF, an agency of the State of Florida. The discrimination was done in such a despicable fashion that they would endanger the health and well being of my only child for the benefit of a few powerful people within the organization.
    I can only pray that someone will give me a moment to review the mounds of proof that I have collected and that I WANT my child back home where she is loved, nurtured, safe, cared for, meeting all her needs and more…. Everyone loves and misses her deeply including; especially mommy, her future step-daddy, his/our family, relatives, friends and associates. My daughter is going to go to the best school called “Shore crest” where her step daddy to be went as a child.
    I have professional doctors that will help me wean her off this deadly adult Psychotropic drugs if not too late. I just want justice for myself, my only miracle child and other parents who are victimized by the very agencies charged with the protection of children. As a mother and citizen, it is my duty to tell my story so that future families in similar situations are not discriminated against due to the color of their skin, their income-status, gender, appearance, occupation, their Catholic / Christian home style and religion, their race I am an ½ breed American Algonquin Indian or their marital status. People can and do lie: for this very reason I have gathered mounds of proof, such allegations, facts, transcripts, testiomonies, photos, letters, tapes, new evidence, 35 witnesses, some doctors and drug manufacture who made this drug and the evil horror, dangerous games and vendetta against the mother and her only child should not be taken lightly. Please put my child’s name on the “ National Name List Registry ” for investigation. I know if a Grand jury hears my case, my child will come home and justice will be served. In the Name of Jesus, I pray that my case will be taken very seriously for investigation and to reverse the adoption and custody of my only miracle child. I pray to God that justice will be served so, these perpetrator criminals and psychotic monsters will never abuse, hurt,kill,steal a child by using the court system or destroy families ever again. The health, safety, and life of my only miracle daughter as well as the Rights of American parents are at stake.
    I want to say if one day you will be a loving parent like I am and have loved ones in your life, I am a loving mother and US. Citizen which my child and I have been tortured so evil and cold by these perpetrator’s and their circle of friends and associates so they can destroy a very happy, extremely bonded, loving relationship mother and daughter as shown in the transcripts and testimonies. So there “Huge Crime Ring” can help a family member adopt and “Legally Kidnap” my child by deliberately conspiring, drugging, falsely lying, committing Perjury and other crimes sworn under oath and the sister can adopt my only miracle little girl from GOD! I pray to God you would feel the same way as I do. You can hurt me, when it comes to my child, my family that is where I draw the LINE!

    Broken-hearted and Devastated Mother
    Francesca

    Email: franmoore7777@yahoo.com

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  6. aPRIL POLLEFEYT says:

    The same thing is happening to me now please help me i cant afford counsel and i dont want to lose alana please hlp me

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  7. aPRIL POLLEFEYT says:

    The same thing is happening to me now please help me i cant afford counsel and i dont want to lose alana please hlp me 8174954570

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  8. april pollefeyt says:

    I TRIED AND FAILED COULDNT BEAT TX CO.ME TO FIND OUT THEY HAD MY BABY ON A PRE ADOPTION LIST AND HAD NO INTENTIONS OF EVER GIVING HER BACK TO ME….IN FACT THE AMICUS NEVER OBSERVED MY DAUGHTER AND MY INTERACTING BUT MY SO CALLED BEST FRIEND PAID HER 10,000 DOLLARS FOR A FEW SKYPE CALLS AND ONE MEETING..ALTHOUGH I WAS PROMISED A relationship with .my baby my numbers Are blocked and im allowed no contact..what psychological damage my child is enduring just thinking i abandoned her waiting for me to call… The pain my heart feels and the damage this system is causing by hurting and allowing wanted cared for children if the price is right…is there any help left for me and nonnie or do I have to wait for the broken person to find me in 12 years…someone please help us

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  9. Kathleen Brewington says:

    My heart goes out to everyone here, my family too is involved with cps my grandchildren were removed without good cause from a loving home, I can prove cps has violated two state statutes and when this mess is over I plan on suing that is if I can find a lawyer to help. The abuse of power and the families that are being unnecessarily traumatized is appalling and outrageous. Something needs to be changed in this system, too many children and parents are going through unnecessary hell. They remove children that don’t need to be removed and fail to remove the ones who do need help. Whomever is training these workers is not doing their jobs correctly either. Currently in Arizona 450 children a month are removed from their homes, out of those cases only 25% of these children are in real danger the other 75% are families being traumatized by an unjust and abuse of power. Its really outrageous and erroneous that our government and courts are allowing this to go on. I plan on writing a book about our story and want to include others out there stories too, in hopes it will change something for the better.

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  10. michelle says:

    I can believe it me and my family have been goin through some foul stuff we completed evertything mths ago and still gettin screwed around and were goin through this because of accusations bs. But my children have been traumatized this is a nighmare we had a caseworker for a year that didnt do her job at all finally she got let go and we hve a new one but i will be tking legal action soon this is bull

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  11. Bobbi says:

    My sister messed up and her kids were taken. She deserved it though. However my parents were fighting for over a year to bring them back to Ga. Cps in Arizona had them. They told my parents if they weren’t approved in two months the kids would be adopted to Arizona families. My mom called her congressman and within weeks was driving to Arizona to bring them home. We got so lucky. We almost lost them to the system.

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  12. angela says:

    I’m a grandmother of a grandchild in ky. I asked for my grandchild. The social worker said no problem you past everything you need. I went to court but in my shock and disbelief the GAL attorney said I was a foster child and this child is in foster care. The judge said I really don’t think you want him. I had an attorney and it didn’t work. They nicked me out of it. I’m in court of appeals now. Praying it works. I heard they did this to another grandmother hers is in supreme Court. This is not right. Family belong to family if possible. The social worker was stunned also. He went back to his office in tears. He tried really hard. He now has no faith in our system .

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  13. Been going through this and we live out of state where the kids are. 2 are gone but the oldest no one want but we want him asap. Can anyone help? Live in Virginia. Kids in Missouri.

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  14. We are in the middle of this thing now. 2 kids have been taken and adopted already bc the girls love could be bought. The older boy couldn’t be bought and was deemed violent and put in a group home. Can anyone help? Expectations are so unrealistic and papers said help was offered but social worker never answered the phone or returned calls. The foster parents never answered calls or allowed kids to contact us. We live in Virginia and kids are stuck in a corrupt Missouri. Is there anything we can do? Family members that were approved to take the kids were denied bc the kids didn’t “know” them BUT it is acceptable to put kids with foster parents and group homes where the kids don’t know anyone. We may have lost the girls BUT we want the boy and would love to have contact with out girls. Mom just gave the kids away but dad wants them.

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    • Anon says:

      What really ticks me off, what burns me up are reading these comments that the requirements are just to hard. Get a damn job, a place to live, a car, and get of drugs. Then you deserve your kids back. What a bullshit article that actually claims kids are bought. Pay your child support to the state and contribute to society as a person of character or shut up and sit down. Just because you can make a baby doesn’t mean you deserve them. So sick of the excuses. It shouldn’t take months to do it either!

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