If Parents who have Lost Children in Georgia to DFCS Want to Know Why Gov Sonny Perdue Does Nothing Here is Why

Governor Sonny Perdue of Gerogia in Bed With Child Protective Services

Sonny Perdue and his Wife have been foster care providers since 1998. They are making money off the backs of your children via your tax dollars – so much so that they were able to purchase 101 Acres next door to his house in Houston County which he never disclosed. He paid $305,000.00 for the property. He bought the land in 2003. http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/Sonny_Perdue
It has been said that he has had up to ten foster children at one time. That is an average of $400.00 plus per child that is tax free money. In a year’s time for with 8 to 10 foster children he and his wife make at least 4,000.00 at a minumum. There are other monies included they are paid more if the child or children are siblings, special needs, and they are paid for all of the normal every day things they do for them, ie, brushing hair, feeding, fixing meals, bathing, transportation, birthday and christmas gifts, to name a few. So this $4,000.00 per year tax free money grows with all the little added items they are paid for.
He has passed legislation that gives the foster care providers a voice in the hearings, but the parent has no voice. This is not only morally wrong it should be criminal. For the parents who have lost children like my daughter in Jackson County has, it is quite obvious that Perdue is in bed with the Child Protective Services all across the state. We have written him four emails and they all can be found on this blog. The latest one was when Samantha went before the panel review board. He never ever responded.

Governor Sonny Perdue Proposes Legislation Giving Foster Parents A Voice
Monday, March 3, 2003 Contact: Office of Communications 404-651-7774

Atlanta – Governor Sonny Perdue today submitted legislation to the Georgia Senate that will enable foster parents to provide input to the courts regarding the foster child’s future care.

“When making placement decisions regarding children from broken homes, our courts have often only relied on recommendations from the Department of Family and Children’s Services. (DFACS). Although DFACS provides valuable insight, foster parents are being left out of the loop. More often than not, foster parents typically do not have the opportunity to provide critical current information about the child’s needs and interests,” said Governor Sonny Perdue.

“As a foster parent, I am aware of the type of knowledge and genuine interest in the child’s future that foster parents can bring to this important process. In many cases, foster parents have been with the children for years – and can provide valuable insight into the needs and bests interests of the child.”

Governor and Mrs. Perdue have served as foster parents since 1998, providing care for eight infants. As of January 2003, Georgia has 14,472 children and 3,507 families in the state foster care program.
The bill is jointly authored by Georgia State Senators Bill Stephens (R- Canton), Daniel Lee (R- LaGrange) and Sam Zamarripa (D- Atlanta). Senators Stephens and Lee also serve as Governor Perdue’s Senate floor leaders.

Legislation Ensures Foster Parents Will Be Heard

The proposed legislation seeks to make foster parents a necessary witness in placement hearings. Specifically, the bill will ensure that foster parents and custodians are given notice of hearings and ensure that foster parents and custodians are given the opportunity to be heard.

Currently, foster parents have the right to be heard, but many courts do not make the opportunity available and many foster parents are not able to exercise this right.

Legislation Clarifies Court’s Options Regarding Child’s Permanent Placement

The proposed legislation also aims to clarify that the court has the responsibility and authority to make the decision on the permanency plan that is in the best interests of the child after considering the input of all persons who have a right to be heard, including foster parents.

Specifically, the bill will clarify the courts’ options for permanent placement of a child in order to meet the child’s best interests and to provide greater stability for children from broken homes. Currently, if the court determines that placement of a child with foster parents or adoptive parents is not in the best interests of the child, the court can place the child in other planned permanent living arrangements.

This legislation will clarify present law and practice by recognizing public and private agencies as potential custodians, maintaining a 12-month review of the living arrangement. Additionally, if the license status of the facility changes, the courts must be notified within 10 days to allow for a review of the child’s placement.http://gov.georgia.gov/00/press/detail/0,2668,78006749_91290006_91296213,00.html

About Yvonne Mason Sewell

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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