May 19,2010 Panel Review of Alice Samantha Thomason in Jackson County Georgia

Alice Samantha Thomason, Autumn Destiny DeShawna Thomson, Carly and Sara Louvelle Texanna Wilfawn, kidnapped by Jackson County DFCS

On May 19th Samantha will be placed in front of a panel review in Jackson County,Georgia. This review panel is made up of several people who are hand picked by the Juvenile Judge of that district. In this case it is Judge Kevin Guidry.
The problem with this panel is simple this is a very small county. All of the members of this panel are from either Commerce or Jefferson two cities within this county. Most of the people in these two cities are second or third generations of families. They all know each other including those who are in the Jackson County DFCS office.
If you have never lived in a small town or county you have no idea of what goes on, the gossip, the preconcieved ideas and the hand shaking deals behind closed doors, the converstations that on the surface maean nothing but underneath say alot.

That being said, when Samantha gets in front of this firing squad she will have several things stacked against her, the foster care provider is probably known by at least one if not all of the parties, the Judge and the caseworkers at DFCS are also probably known by if not all then at least one of the panel. The County is broke. The state is broke. Samantha’s girls Shawna, Carly and Sara would bring a heafty chunk of money into the coffers of DFCS as well as the court’s coffers. Up to $12,000.00 for each entity.
The foster care provider is allowed to be there, however, Samantha’s public defender has stated and I have it in writing that he is not allowed. That is not true, it is a lie. He is supposed to be at all review hearings. Under the new Georgia Code 15-11-78 it is an open hearing anyone can be there.
Samantha has two things left on her eighth case plan to do. She needs a job and a housing. Jackson County is at 10.4% so needless to say jobs are gold. Needless to say she is scared to go in front of this stacked panel. Not because she is not doing what she is supposed to do, but because she knows the deck is stacked.
It is like entering the mouth of a very large lion, you know he is going to eat you alive, but it is the only option. Not going is not an option. She needs and wants her children and they need and want her. Jackson County could have given her the tax free $16,962.00 they gave they foster care provider Donna Webb last year helped her with a place to live under Section 8 or Hud and helped her with child care, transportation and she could have kept her children. However, there was no money in it for DFCS. They would not have gotten the $4000.00 per child when they kidnapped them and placed them in foster care.

Those of you who have been there keep her in your thoughts, send good vibes her way. She needs them. She needs her children.

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 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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