Petitioning Tennessee Department of Child Services

This petition will be delivered to:

Tennessee Department of Child Services

by Celeste Brodeur
Clarksville, TN

 

http://www.change.org/petitions/tennessee-department-of-child-services-remove-dcs-shroud-of-secrecy?utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=6793484

 

Tennessee DCS Administrative policy 14.13, entitled Confidentiality of Child Protective Services Cases – http://www.state.tn.us/youth/dcsguide/policies/chap14/14.13.pdf NEEDS TO BE CHANGED to remove DCS’ shroud of secrecy which they claim is to protect the family’s privacy, but which is used by DCS to ditch their responsibilities and accountability.

(I) change Section A, Release of CPS investigative information, from: 1. CPS investigative information “MAY” be released to the following personnel: to: 1. CPS investigative information “SHALL” be released to the following personnel:
a) Employees or individuals responsible for supervising or administering the DCS Office of Child Safety; DCS Internal Affairs and all other DCS employees with a need to know;
b) Contractor or providers involved in delivering services to the family;
c) Professionals providing case consultation;
d) Local state or federal law enforcement agencies investigating a report of known or suspected child abuse or crimes against children; and
e) Any state licensing agency that licenses programs serving children that can provide a justification for a need-to-know.

(II) change Section A, Release of CPS investigative information, from: 2. Upon consultation and approval of DCS Legal Counsel, investigative information “MAY” be shared with other agencies, professionals and individuals that includes, but not limited to:, to: 2. Upon consultation and approval of DCS Legal Counsel, investigative information “SHALL” be shared with other agencies, professionals and individuals that includes, but not limited to:
a) Child’s primary caretaker or parent with any custodial rights,
b) Child Abuse Review Team (CART),
c) Child Protective Investigation Team (CPIT),
d) Foster Care Review Board (FCRB),
e) Professionals who are providing treatment for the child, the perpetrator, or the non-offending parent,
f) Teaching professionals or child care providers,
g) District Attorney General or U.S. attorney (or authorized assistants) representing the judicial district involved in the case,
h) Court holding jurisdiction over a case, including divorce cases,
i) Grand jury, by subpoena,
j) Guardian ad litem assigned to the child,
k) Other persons as ordered by the court,
l) Other state or federal agencies investigating cases of child abuse or neglect,
m) State and local Child Fatality Review Teams,
n) Probation or parole officers preparing pre-sentencing or other court related reports or supervising probationers or parolees,
o) Individuals, who are conducting scientific and governmental research on child abuse and neglect, provided that the Department has formally approved such research.

An article in the “Tennessean” entitled “DCS provided inaccurate data on child abuse, commissioner says” is available at http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012310100098 . Also see DCS chief to review processes on child abuse reports, http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012310050030

DCS plays fast and loose with the welfare of defenseless children, then hides behind a shroud of “confidentiality” aka a shroud of secrecy/unaccountability. Children whose cases are classified as NOT severe abuse are left to wallow, because, as a DCS worker stated to me, they are concerned with cases where children/babies have been thrown against a wall, but anything less than that is not of a concern to them. Even severe cases are classified at a lower rating, and I believe this is another tactic to avoid work. How many abusers start out with severe abuse, or do they normally start small and progress as the perpetrator gets away with it?

DCS relies on their shroud of confidentiality to not do their job, and to keep hidden the fact that THEY DO NOT DO THEIR JOB. I say, we need to remove that shroud and change their implementing guidance from “may” to “shall” SO THAT THEY ARE ALWAYS ACCOUNTABLE and know that someone outside of their agency is looking over their shoulder making sure they are doing their job for the benefit of abused/neglected children in Tennessee, no matter what degree of abuse/neglect is occurring.

 

Petition Letter

Remove DCS’ shroud of secrecy

Tennessee DCS Administrative policy 14.13, entitled Confidentiality of Child Protective Services Cases – http://www.state.tn.us/youth/dcsguide/policies/chap14/14.13.pdf NEEDS TO BE CHANGED to remove DCS’ shroud of secrecy which they claim is to protect the family’s privacy, but which is used by DCS to ditch their responsibilities and accountability.

(I) change Section A, Release of CPS investigative information, from: 1. CPS investigative information “MAY” be released to the following personnel: to: 1. CPS investigative information “SHALL” be released to the following personnel:
a) Employees or individuals responsible for supervising or administering the DCS Office of Child Safety; DCS Internal Affairs and all other DCS employees with a need to know;
b) Contractor or providers involved in delivering services to the family;
c) Professionals providing case consultation;
d) Local state or federal law enforcement agencies investigating a report of known or suspected child abuse or crimes against children; and
e) Any state licensing agency that licenses programs serving children that can provide a justification for a need-to-know.

(II) change Section A, Release of CPS investigative information, from: 2. Upon consultation and approval of DCS Legal Counsel, investigative information “MAY” be shared with other agencies, professionals and individuals that includes, but not limited to:, to: 2. Upon consultation and approval of DCS Legal Counsel, investigative information “SHALL” be shared with other agencies, professionals and individuals that includes, but not limited to:
a) Child’s primary caretaker or parent with any custodial rights,
b) Child Abuse Review Team (CART),
c) Child Protective Investigation Team (CPIT),
d) Foster Care Review Board (FCRB),
e) Professionals who are providing treatment for the child, the perpetrator, or the non-offending parent,
f) Teaching professionals or child care providers,
g) District Attorney General or U.S. attorney (or authorized assistants) representing the judicial district involved in the case,
h) Court holding jurisdiction over a case, including divorce cases,
i) Grand jury, by subpoena,
j) Guardian ad litem assigned to the child,
k) Other persons as ordered by the court,
l) Other state or federal agencies investigating cases of child abuse or neglect,
m) State and local Child Fatality Review Teams,
n) Probation or parole officers preparing pre-sentencing or other court related reports or supervising probationers or parolees,
o) Individuals, who are conducting scientific and governmental research on child abuse and neglect, provided that the Department has formally approved such research.

An article in the “Tennessean” entitled “DCS provided inaccurate data on child abuse, commissioner says” is available at http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012310100098 . Also see DCS chief to review processes on child abuse reports, http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012310050030

DCS plays fast and loose with the welfare of defenseless children, then hides behind a shroud of “confidentiality” aka a shroud of secrecy/unaccountability. Children whose cases are classified as NOT severe abuse are left to wallow, because, as a DCS worker stated to me, they are concerned with cases where children/babies have been thrown against a wall, but anything less than that is not of a concern to them. Even severe cases are classified at a lower rating, and I believe this is another tactic to avoid work. How many abusers start out with severe abuse, or do they normally start small and progress as the perpetrator gets away with it?

DCS relies on their shroud of confidentiality to not do their job, and to keep hidden the fact that THEY DO NOT DO THEIR JOB. I say, we need to remove that shroud and change their implementing guidance from “may” to “shall” SO THAT THEY ARE ALWAYS ACCOUNTABLE and know that someone outside of their agency is looking over their shoulder making sure they are doing their job for the benefit of abused/neglected children in Tennessee, no matter what degree of abuse/neglect is occurring.

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Sarasota Florida DCF Violation Of My Constitutional Rights

I have a request to all of the corrupt DCF workers and other agency that where involved in the violation of my constitutional rights to be a father.

 

 

1 Robin Jensen Sarasota DCF Lawyer

2 Brena Slater Sarasota DCF

3 Laura Adams, an employee at the Lutheran Services

4 Maria Trevino Detective Arcadia Florida,Desoto County

5 Amy Clark Guardian ad litem

So DCF Social Workers and other agency!! What’s it going to be? If you went 100% By the book, then you have NOTHING to hide! If you say your not corrupt, then release the court tapes. If you think you are helping family’s then prove it release the tapes. If you DID NOT Commit any wrong doing in the taking of my daughters and other children, THEN RELEASE THE TAPES!!!

 

 

 

 

 

The Constitution should be defended, because it is the foundation of our society and our government. Every person who ever pledged to place his or her life on the line for this country swore to defend the Constitution.  It doesn’t matter if you are a liberal, a Democrat, a Republican or now a supporter of the Tea Party the United States Constitution is a unique document that guarantees unalienable rights to the People and provides for government of the people, by the people and for the people. Unfortunately politicians and political parties have been trying to get around it since its inception.

 

 

 

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End Florida Corruption

  • Target: Honorable Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and David E. Wilkins Secretary of Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Sponsored by:Randy Kluge

 

 

TO: Honorable Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and David E. Wilkins        Secretary of Florida Department of Children and Families.

We the undersigned residents and citizens of the State of Florida, respectfully request that your offices conduct an immediate investigation into the unlawful practices of child protective investigators, law enforcement; the Dept. of Children and Families, and the Guardian ad Litem program statewide.

Thousands of families have been separated and traumatized due to the willful actions of government entities whose original intent was designed to protect family integrity. Today these officials have culminated so much power and control over private and constitutionally protected family life, that even the Court systems are having trouble controlling their actions.

 

 

At will, State and county authorities are routinely violating provisions contained in Chapter 39 Rules of Juvenile Procedure, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, Florida Bench Book, Law Enforcement Officer Ethical Standards and Conduct, the Florida State Constitution, and the United States Constitution, arrogantly operating with a heavy hand and an evil eye all because a dollar sign is placed on the head of each child residing in the State of Florida.

The goal of many officials is not the welfare of children but rather a funding stream of state and federal dollars allocated to provide services to children caught up in the foster care system.  This foster care system has proven to fail the citizens of Florida time and time again.  It is well documented that children have been lost, abused, neglected, injured and sometimes killed under the care of the Dept. of Children and Families.

 

Instead of just removing children who are in real need of protection from abusive households, many officials are illegally removing children from families based upon a “potential” for harm.  Real life dictates that potential could be anything.

The United States Supreme Court, district courts and state appellate courts have been very clear on the matter.  Unless there is overwhelming proof that a parent is unfit, then the state cannot take children away from them.

Evidence is mounting to show that without fear of reprisal, state employees involved in the “legal kidnapping” of children have committed perjury, fraud on the court, false allegations,  RICO violations, obstruction of justice, “ex parte” hearings, deprivation of due process, illegal searches and seizure, falsifying documents, removal of documents from court files, harassment of potential witnesses, “missing” court orders, failure to properly serve legal papers, illegally drugging of children, implementing the color of law, and rubber stamping of court orders.

 

It is a well known fact that once children are “in the system” they are followed and targeted throughout their lives to be removed and returned into foster care so that government officials can collect large payments of tax payer funds for services and later cash bonuses under the 1996 Welfare Reform Act when parental rights are terminated and foster care children are adopted.  This occurs regardless of whether a willing parent or relative is fit and able to care for children.

Our children are not safe from government overreach and willful deceit.  We are concerned for their protection, their reputation and their health under the realm of being “in the system”.

We are convinced that the State of Florida has utterly failed to provide honest services, and we therefore respectfully request that your office open up an immediate investigation into these claims, and further, work to expunge those family names found to be victims of injustice at the hands of a faulty government, so that all families and children are safe from undue malicious prosecution, sanctioned child trafficking, and dishonest services.

cc:  media outlets, public officials, blogs, investigators, journalists, government watch-dog groups, churches, legal experts, any and all interested parties

 


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/993/330/099/end-florida-corruption/#sign

 

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Family services corruption?

 

Thousands of families have been separated and traumatized by an agency whose original intent was designed to protect family integrity.

Today, the Department of Social Services, or otherwise known as DCF, CPS, Etc. has so much power over private family life, that even the Court systems are having trouble controlling their actions.

How much power is too much?

Follow the money.  Social services are collecting millions of tax payer dollars to care for children in Foster care, then additional cash bonuses when a child is adopted out of foster care.  Yet there are barely any funds available to correct family problems, and keep families together.  Social services have become drunk on funding, and will use any excuse to steal children from loving parents.

Instead of just removing children who are in real need of protection from abusive households, these agencies are removing children from families if there is a “potential” for harm.  Real life dictates that potential could be anything!

 

Our homes are not clean enough; legal firearms are dangerous; not enough food in the fridge; not enough safety locks; we own a pool; we smoke cigarettes; use kitchen knives; have built up dirty clothes; not enough toys; we are single parents; we have prior mental health issues; use prescription drugs; drink alcohol; and the list goes on and on.

It has become a War on Parents!

The Unites States Supreme Court, district Courts and appellate courts have been very clear on the matter.  Unless there is overwhelming proof that parents are unfit, then the state cannot take children away from their parents!

But social services do not care about the law, families or children.  Their interest is making money, even if that means destroying families.

They have been getting away with it for so long they have arrogantly become child traffickers, hell bent on removing children, ruining family reputations, falsifying documents, committing fraud on the court, lying, cheating, and begging for more kids.

 

It is time to STOP them.  Please read and sign the petition below:

 

http://www.change.org/petitions/governor-paul-lepage-and-maine-s-department-of-health-and-human-services-block-raises-for-maine-s-dhhs-child-protective-caseworkers

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County Hands Over $1 Million Dollars To Family Whose Son Was Taken By Child Protective Services

 

Kern County CA is handing over one million dollars to a family in the Weldon area for wrongfully taking their son out of their home in 2008. The dispute started between the child’s school, South Fork Elementary School and parents over what their kid could eat. While the school can’t comment on the case until the settlement is signed; attorneys on both sides are talking about the bigger issues being brought out by this case.

“They are relieved that the case is resolved, they are relieved that at least financially they are put back in a position where they were before this all happened,” said Shawn McMillan attorney for Darlene and Larry McCue. McMillan says the McCue’s spent every penny they had to get their son back through juvenile court proceedings. McMillan says his clients are now picking up the pieces of their lives after the four year court case has ended, with the McCue’s winning a million dollar settlement from Kern County.

 

 

“I think it’s a fair result under the circumstances considering what they had spent,” said County Attorney, Mark Nations. According to the county the whole situation started in 2008 when McCue brought up allergy concerns with her 7 year old son’s school. “He had a nut allergy and she did not feel the school had adequately addressed it,” said Nations. According to county counsel, the boy’s parents insisted on extensive medical testing which is what initially lead to questions about the boy’s safety. “We got a referral from UCLA Medical Center indicating that they were concerned that a parent was perhaps exaggerating the conditions of a child and receiving unnecessary medical care,” explained Nations.

The county acted on that referral and after an investigation by CPS and the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, the boy was taken from his parent’s home for four months. Later, a juvenile judge ruled that there was no evidence that the boy was in danger. “There is a lot of frustration there is a lot of anger and understandably so. Mrs. McCue is still angry at the county,” said McMillan the McCue family attorney.

 

Child Protective Services is now working on a new policy that would require social workers to get a warrant from a judge before they can take a child from their home. “This is the first case of this kind that we’ve ever had in the county, it’s helped us evaluate the way we do things,” said Nations. The family’s attorney also responded with positive outlook on the proposed policies. “Kern County is a shining beacon of hope in this state because they are really trying to make an effort to change some things,” said McMillan.

Still no word on when CPS is going to change their policies to include a warrant, but the county tells us that ball is already rolling on that issue. We’ll let you know what happens next.

 

http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/County-hands-over-1-millon-dollars-to-family-whose-son-was-taken-by-Child-Protective-Services-152111865.html?tab=video&c=y

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Who’s The Real Kidnapper?

After childhood abuse led Lisa Miller into a dysfunctional life of multiple addictions and homosexuality, at long last, by the grace of God, she found the Christian faith, freedom from her former bondage and real hope.

She left behind the lesbian lifestyle in which she had lived as “spouse” to another woman in a same-sex “civil union.”

And Lisa dedicated the rest of her life to raising her little daughter, Isabella, to whom she had given birth during her brief homosexual cohabitation, having conceived through artificial insemination.

A bright and hopeful ending to a sad story, right? Redemption and love. Innocence regained.

Except for one thing.

The judge demanded that Lisa allow her former lesbian partner, Janet Jenkins, to have unsupervised visits with little Isabella.

But the court-ordered visits were severely traumatizing the child, at least according to the testimony of experts and eyewitnesses. Isabella’s court-appointed advocate said Jenkins was “turn[ing] her world upside down.” A clinical therapist testified Isabella appeared “traumatized” by her visits with Jenkins, and that “unsupervised visits … could cause permanent damage to normal development.” A social worker testified the little girl “suffers from sleep disturbance and nightmares, having difficulty sleeping through the night,” adding that “Isabella also talks about death, and has expressed fear that if her mother Lisa dies she will be at risk. Without prompting, Isabella has said she is afraid that Janet Jenkins may take her away from Lisa.”


Lisa Miller and her daughter, Isabella (photo courtesy Barbara Curtis)

It gets worse. Lisa Miller told the court her child had referred to being forced to bathe naked with Jenkins, had begun to touch herself sexually and appeared disturbed and unhappy following visits, according a report by LifeSiteNews, which links to four court affidavits by social workers, therapists and others.

For example, clinical therapist Sylvia Haydash in her affidavit testified as to Isabella’s “extremely regressive behaviors” after visiting with Jenkins, noting that:

… Isabella appears to have been traumatized by the limited visitation thus far [with Jenkins], a serious consequence, taking Isabella in a negative direction as compared to Isabella’s condition before the recent visitations where she was a child that was well-adjusted, flourishing, above-the-curve developmentally, verbally gifted, and readily able to separate from Lisa and meet with other people.

And Lisa Miller told the LifeSiteNews interviewer: “Last year, Isabella put a comb up to her neck and said she wanted to kill herself after one of the visits. She took a comb and pressed it into her neck and said, ‘I want to kill myself.’ … It was immediately after a visit. Other people have seen huge changes. She also started openly masturbating which is not something that my child has done.”

Regarding Isabella, Miller added:

She is six now but this started when she was five – after visits. The very first time that Janet ever saw Isabella after the two and a half years, her very first overnight visit – the court ordered it and I allowed it because it was in Virginia and she was supposed to have been supervised by her parents, Isabella came home and said, “Mommy, will you please tell Janet that I don’t have to take a bath anymore at her house.”

I asked her what happened. She said, “Janet took a bath with me.” I asked her if she [Janet] had a bathing suit on. “No, Mommy.” She had no clothes on and it totally scared Isabella. She had never seen this woman except once in two and a half years and she takes a bath with her.

Miller refused to allow any more visits. As her attorney, Liberty Counsel chairman Matthew Staver told WND at the time, regarding Isabella’s visitations with Jenkins: “She began having nightmares, bed-wetting, fears of leaving Lisa and even tried to physically harm herself after just a couple of visitations. After having seen that, Lisa just simply said, ‘I cannot put my child in that situation anymore.’”

In response – are you ready for this? – in 2009 a Vermont judge decided that Lisa Miller must give up her daughter – her own, legal and biological daughter – to her former lesbian partner, who had no biological or adoptive connection to the child. We’re talking full custody.

Lisa Miller’s life – and more to the point, Isabella’s life – has been one of chaos and tumult ever since, complete with charges of “international kidnapping.” I guess that’s what they call it when you leave the country with your child to protect her at all costs from being raised by a lesbian non-relative who, by multiple accounts, is a bad influence on the child, but whom a judge has, incomprehensibly, decreed must have full custody.

Hold on, it gets still worse.

Last Tuesday a federal jury in Vermont convicted an Amish-Mennonite pastor named Kenneth Miller (no relation to Lisa Miller) of helping Lisa flee the country with Isabella to Nicaragua, to avoid having to hand her daughter over to her one-time homosexual partner.

The sympathetic pastor could be facing three years behind bars, but says he’s “willing to accept the consequences” of his actions.

Jenkins meanwhile has also filed a RICO lawsuit not just against this same pastor, but against Liberty University Law School, Thomas Road Baptist Church and others she alleges helped Lisa Miller “kidnap” her own daughter. (As you may remember, RICO prosecutions – Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations – were created by the government for the express purpose of busting criminal organizations like the mafia – not churches and pastors.)

Liberty Counsel, a legal team affiliated with Liberty University and that advocates for Christian and religious rights, represented Lisa Miller until she vanished in 2009.

As WND reported Friday, Jenkins is suing Liberty because a student worker allegedly sought donations to help Miller. Jenkins makes similar claims about a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church.

“Outrageously frivolous” is how Staver, who also serves as dean of the university’s law school, characterizes Jenkins’ latest action.

“I don’t know how a church with a 5,000-seat sanctuary can be responsible for the act of one person,” Staver said, calling Jenkins’ lawsuit a “press release filed in federal court.”

According to Jenkins’ RICO lawsuit, “Lisa Miller’s attorneys Mathew Staver and Rena Lindevaldsen also routinely instructed their Law School students that the correct course of action for a person in Lisa Miller’s situation would be to engage in ‘civil disobedience’ and defy court orders.” (Lindevaldsen, also a law prof at Liberty, has published a book about Miller, titled “Only One Mommy: A Woman’s Battle for Her Life, Her Daughter, and Her Freedom: The Lisa Miller Story.”)

In response, Staver says that when Lisa Miller vanished in 2009, she did so without confiding in her legal team: “She never gave anyone indication of her plans. She was counseled to obey the court orders.”

Since then, Miller reportedly first traveled to Canada, then Nicaragua, and may still be living there today with her now-10-year-old daughter.

Now what can we say about this case?

Decent people everywhere are outraged at the sheer perversity of the court system’s rulings in the Lisa Miller case: How can you possibly take a little girl from her biological mother and forcibly give her to a lesbian with no biological or adoptive relationship to the child, and who independent witnesses and experts claim is a destructive influence on the girl’s life? And then, as a result of this judicial blindness, when the mother takes desperate measures to protect her own child, she is deemed an international criminal, and everyone the lesbian plaintiff dreams might have helped the mother is drawn into an ever-expanding legal net.

Have we gone completely mad? Have we lost our humanity as a nation?

In family law, courts always claim as their mandate, first and foremost, to act in the best interests of the child – which is exactly as it should be. In this case, however, the child’s interest has been utterly trampled underfoot in favor of the politically correct “rights” and ungodly agenda of activist homosexuals.

Today’s idiotic and ultimately suicidal national pretense that homosexuality is perfectly normal – that two men or two women can somehow be joined together in holy matrimony, that moral/religious opposition to this perversity renders you a bigot and a criminal, and that justice is somehow served by forcing a Christian mother to turn over her beloved daughter to a litigious homosexual – all this, my friends, is high mockery of God and His laws.

However, “God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7 KVJ)

If we do not change course, America the Exceptional – the freest, most moral, prosperous, blessed and beloved nation on earth, which millions fought and died to protect – will reap the whirlwind of national disintegration and unimaginable suffering.

In fact, it’s already happening. Just ask Lisa Miller.

“I tremble for my country,” said Jefferson, “when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

God bless Lisa and Isabella, wherever they may be – and God bless all those who have help them.


http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/whos-the-real-kidnapper/

We need to stop Corrupt Organizations like Florida’s Department of Children & Families  Sarasota, Arcadia  Florida and through out the whole U.S.A

 

 

 

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Fight CPS, CPS Reform, Sign The Petition Today

 

CPS reform

10,365 Letters and Emails Sent So Far

Nationwide, there are State run agencies who are supposed to be protecting abused children in dangerous situations. Each State has many different titles for them. All of them are main stapled as CPS (Child Protective Services). For example, in Texas they’re known as DFPS. (Department of Family and Protective Services)

While there is an important need to find abused children and to protect them, the current system is only finding a small percentage of those truly abused children. The rest of their statistics that guarantee a high departmental income are from families who never abused their children. Where they get this income and the sources of information will be posted after the next paragraph.

I am not calling for an abolishment of CPS. What I am petitioning for is an overhaul and restructure to bring them in line with lawful investigation practices, to maintain Constitutional Rights and proper training for Agents who never had children, and psychological evaluations to find and replace the Agents who were themselves abused as Children and see abuse in every home regardless of the situation. This is not, I repeat, not a rare occurrence. I will supply statistics to support this and how this has escalated. I will also supply the sources.

Departmental income has become more important to CPS and their offices than actually finding abused children and protecting them. Each and every time they remove a child from the home, they get paid from the Federal Government. Here they are:

1. Public Law 93-247 known as the Mondale Act of 1974.

2. Public Law 96-272 known as the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980

3. Social Security Title IV-E funds.

The ASFA- Public Law 105-89 known as American Safe Families Act of 1997 is one of the most horrific laws on the books today. While it sounds nice in the title, when you get through the legal jargon, what this means is so wrong. If you ever had a child removed from your house by CPS, even UNFOUNDED and you are innocent, they will take that child in minutes after the child is born! Babies are highly adoptable and the Federal Government pays out $6,000 to the CPS office who conducts the legal kidnapping and gets them adopted quickly without regards to the biological Mother and her family. Since she was investigated once, they do this in the “best interests of the child” as she is a “potential” abuser.

The largest targeted type of families are folks with low incomes, children on SSI and are minorities. If you even have one of those three issues, you are a target for CPS to illegally investigate you. While these things are a surefire magnet, they have been known to do illegal investigations against families if they were reported falsely with malicious intent. Example is an ex-wife wants to get even with her ex-husband and his new family, she could report them and put them through Hell.

Why are the reasons CPS Agents actually find so little true abuse?

1. Agents who never had children and don’t understand that a few toys in the corner of the room is not a hazardous mess.

2. Agents are not trained in real evidence recognition. In fact, no Agent in CPS has any training in evidence, the Constitution or criminal justice. They are given anywhere from 3 to 6 months of training, being taught that it is ok to break into a Home without probable cause or exigent circumstances.

3. Agents are trained to use subjective speculation and not objective factual reporting.

4. The Agents do not get psychological evaluations. A number of Agents who were abused as a child themselves see abuse in every home they go into, even if it’s not there.

5. Most States do not require Agents to have a degree in Social Sciences. Any degree will do, doesn’t even have to be related to the field.

6. The Agency has no checks and balances. A field Agent can lie to a judge or police officer with absolutely no proof and have it entered as factual evidence in a court of law!

7. Agents are trained to believe they are immune from the authority of the First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Fifth Amendment, Sixth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment. They violate this in every investigation done nationwide.

Here are the statistics and sources to support these facts:

Number of Cases per 100,000 children in the United States. These numbers come from The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) in Washington.

CPS- Physical Abuse (160) Sexual Abuse (112) Neglect (410) Medical Neglect (14) Fatalities (6.4)

Parents- Physical Abuse (59) Sexual Abuse (13) Neglect (241) Medical Neglect (12) Fatalities (1.5)

As you can see, children are abused far more in care than at home. The calculated average is for every 1 abused child removed from an abusive home, there are 17 unabused children removed from loving non-offending homes nationwide.

Constitutional Violations and Court Rulings that CPS Ignores to this very day!

1. It’s unconstitutional for CPS to conduct an investigation and interview a child on private property without exigent circumstances or probable cause. – Doe et al, v. Heck et al (No. 01-3648, 2003 US App. Lexis 7144)

2. All CPS workers in the United States are subject to the 4th and 14th Amendment – Walsh v. Erie County Dept. of Job and Family Services, 3:01-cv-7588

3. Police officers and social workers are not immune for coercing or forcing entry into a person’s home without a search warrant. Calabretta v. Floyd (9th Cir. 1999)

4. The mere possibility of danger does not constitute an emergency or exigent circumstance that would justify a forced warrantless entry and a warrantless seizure of a child. Hurlman v. Rice (2nd Cir. 1991)

5. Police officer and social worker may not conduct a warrantless search or seizure in a suspected child abuse case absent exigent circumstances. Defendants must have reason to believe that life or limb is in immediate jeopardy and that the intrusion is reasonable necessary to alleviate the threat. Searches and seizures in investigation of a child neglect or child abuse case at a home are governed by the same principles as other searches and seizures at a home. Goodv. Dauphin County Social Services (3rd Cir. 1989)

6. The Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures extends beyond criminal investigations and includes conduct by social workers in the context of a child neglect/abuse investigation. Lenz v. Winburn (11th Cir. 1995)

7. Making false statements made to obtain a warrant, when the false statements were necessary to the finding of probable cause on which the warrant was based, violates the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement. Aponte Matos v. Toledo Davilla (1st Cir. 1998)

What can be done to change this for a better, more healthy Child Protection System?

I. Child Abuse is a Crime, not a touchy feely civil complaint and should be investigated as a crime.

II. Have the abuse allegations investigated by a Detective or Police Officer, who are trained for this as a career, whereas CPS workers are not. All investigations are joint ones with said Officers of the Law and with warrants properly issues under probable cause.

III. Re-train Agents to respect and obey the laws of the Constitution of the United States. If a family is guilty of abuse, a legal investigation will find it.

IV. Repeal the Mondale Act, Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act, Title IV-E rewards to CPS from Social Security and the American Safe Families Act. Remember, they are not what the title sounds like and has been the root core of many loving homes losing their children to a system that will abuse them.

V. Make CPS legally investigate those who sign up to be foster parents. They do not do this today, and many foster parent who want the money for fostering them are actually child abusers who never get caught!

VI. All interviews to be audio and video recorded just like it happens with the police!

VII. Hold CPS Agents and foster parents and the records keeper responsible for every child who vanishes or dies in their care for their location.

VIII. Also investigate the person or persons reporting the abuse, and if done maliciously with intent to disrupt a family, prosecute the reporter to the fullest extent of the Law regarding making false claims to Government Agencies to affect an unnecessary and costly investigation.

IX. Abuse is a Crime, guarantee the accused retain their right to face their accusers in a court of law. As the system currently is, this is not done.

X. The Children are to be tracked on a weekly basis, so no more children vanish in the system.

XI. If a disabled, mentally retarded or sick Child is put into Foster Care, the Child’s current Physician will need to provide a copy of the diagnosis and treatment, and medications, if any, will be provided as prescribed by the Physician. All appointments must be kept while in Foster Care. Any violations without a very good reason will result in the Foster Parents losing their certification for Foster Care.

XII. If a Foster Child dies while in Foster Care, there will be an Investigation by the FBI and all parties responsible for the Death of a Child will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

XIII. There will be a National Database where all known abusers are recorded and can be accessed by Law Enforcement. Everyone who is found not guilty won’t have their Convictions and Abuse Reports listed. It will be illegal to keep records of any sort on innocent individuals or families. If they are convicted in a court of law by a jury of their peers, then the report of abuse they are guilty of will be the only report listed.

Currently, none of this is done, and innocent families who are not guilty of anything are losing their Children based on the word of others where there is no burden of proof for Prosecution, for the sake of getting Federal Funds for tens of thousands of dollars. The few truly abused children are ending up in a system where they are worse off than where they came from, even to the extent of being killed. Also, the innocent children who are never abused are also killed.

Injustice against one American is injustice against all Americans. Help us put the Justice back into Child Protective Services and get them focused on finding and saving abused children. It’s time we removed them from the profitable business of tearing loving non-offending families apart.

 

http://fight-cps.rallycongress.com/1448/cps/

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Foster care system: broken beyond repair?

 

Clark County, NV (KTNV) – Desperate parents.  Children with no rights.  Ruthless caseworkers, and a corrupt system. That’s how Clark County’s Department of Family Services has been described by child welfare experts who say our system is broken almost beyond repair.

 

“We are damaging children so much more within the system…” says Anita Stephens of the Clark County Caregiver Advisory Board.

“I think what you’re seeing here is exactly what happens when children do not have a voice,” says Janice Wolf of the Children’s Attorneys Project.

“I believe if anybody should be charged with child abuse and neglect it should be the Department of Family Services,” says Vicki Lambou, a foster mom.

Those concerns are echoed across the valley by judges, attorneys, child advocates and parents who are hoping against hope that change comes to Clark County.

Vicki Lambou

“Nevada is woefully behind,” says Wolf.  She leads the Children’s Attorneys Project through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. She says they only have the resources to represent half of Nevada’s 3200 foster children.

“We’re catching up, but in so many states the law requires every child to have an attorney.”

Matthew and Brandon did not have an attorney. The two brothers lived with UMC emergency room nurse Vicki Lambou for three years. She was supposed to adopt them and says they all dreamed of being a family.

“I told the children I’m not going anywhere.  I’m here.  I’m mommy forever.  Forever.  I had no idea that the DFS was capable of something like this.”

Clark County’s Department of Family Services took Matthew and Brandon out of Vicki’s home based on a substance misuse charge that was later overturned in Family Court for “insufficient credible evidence.” Despite that, Vicki never got the boys back.

“They’ve betrayed me and they’ve betrayed the children.  They’ve used me.  And now I’m being discarded like I’m trash.”

Child welfare experts believe this case illustrates what’s wrong with Nevada’s foster care system, which they say is staffed with inexperienced, overloaded caseworkers who often fail to put children’s best interests first.

“They’re in a fragile little bubble and the slightest thing can pop that and destroy their world,” says Anita Stephens, past president of the Foster Parent Association.  She currently sits on the Caregiver Advisory Board made up of foster parents and DFS staff. She’s been closely following Vicki’s case.

“We have to use a little more compassion in my opinion in really looking at the situation and not just saying I’m the almighty authority.”

Over seven and a half years, she and her husband have fostered 43 children, two of whom they’ve adopted.

“I’ve worked with DFS enough to know that blanket rigmarole that they put out there of the confidentiality.”

She believes DFS often hides behind confidentiality laws in order to protect their decisions. That’s exactly what they did when Contact 13 asked about Vicki’s case.

“It’s the nameless, faceless little people that the bureaucracy of DFS and CPS and the County Commission and all these other people make decisions around,” Stephens says.

Vicki went to the County Commission for help, and accountability for DFS.

“And I’m asking for there to be an eye on what happens and who’s looking out for the best interests of the children in our community.  And why are we taking foster parents that are stepping up to the plate to adopt these children and crucifying them?” Vicki asked Commissioners.

She told then that over a three-month period, DFS filtered the boys through five different foster homes, at times separated from each other.

DFS is now trying to get their biological grandparents to adopt them.

“I know in Vicki’s case that’s kind of what the premise is–they should be able to be with biological family–but that’s where they were removed from.  No one’s addressing that piece,” Stephens says incredulously.

 

Also, there was no transition for the brothers out of the home where they’d lived for three years. DFS left most of their things behind too.

“I think it’s a classic example to look at and say this is what goes horribly wrong within the system and it happens more often than not,” Stephens says.

County Commissioners are working to at least get Vicki visitation with the boys.

The National Center for Youth Law in San Francisco is also reviewing the case.

And, just this week, the County Commission approved funding to expand the Children’s Attorneys Project.

 

That means every foster child in the system will have an attorney within the next two years.

Vicki Lambou has started a petition to ask our elected officials for accountability and transparency from DFS.

She’s gotten over 200 signatures so far. We’ve posted a link to that along with this story.

And we’d like to hear your thoughts on this story. Sound off in an email to 13investigates@ktnv.com.

And if you’ve got a story about the foster care system, you can send that to us as well.

 

 

 

 

http://www.ktnv.com/news/local/130394563.html

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Mother sues city for $900 trillion–yes, trillion–for placing children in foster care

A Staten Island mom is making national headlines today after suing the city of West Brighton for $900 trillion, alleging the city improperly placed her two children in foster care.

The $900 trillion figure, first reported by the New York Post, certainly is staggering and the standard response so far has been to treat the lawsuit as something of a joke, focusing on the mother’s alleged mental illness.

But I have to agree with the Inquisitr’s Kim LaCapria, who says plaintiff Fausat Ogunbayo is actually quite clever in choosing to sue for $900 trillion. After all, how many people would be reading about this story and discussing Ogunbayo’s plight had she quietly filed her petition without seeking monetary compensation?

Of course there’s no way she’ll get a settlement remotely approaching that number, if she is awarded anything at all. After all, the entire U.S. has an annual gross national income of just over $14 trillion. Or, put another way, if Ogunbayo was awarded $900 trillion she’d have enough disposable income to pay off the U.S. national debt several dozen times over.

 

Ogunbayo sued the city and the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), alleging that both entities violated her and her children’s civil liberties by placing them in foster care in June, 2008. In her lawsuit, obtained by The Smoking Gun, Ogunbayo listed her grievances as follows:

“For causing plaintiff substantial economic hardship; for causing plaintiff substantial economic injuries; for depriving plaintiff and plaintiff children’s Civil Right, 42 U.S.C. section 1983; for depriving plaintiff and plaintiff’s children, the right to family integrity; for depriving plaintiff and plaintiff’s children, the right to life, liberty, property and the right guaranteed by statute; for disregarding the probability of plaintiff’s children, suffering emotional and mental distress.”

 

The city has not responded to Ogunbayo’s lawsuit but contends that she is mentally ill and unable to properly care for her two boys, who are now teenagers.The New York City Law Department released a statement to ABC News, which said, “We are unable to comment on pending litigation.  The amount a plaintiff requests in a lawsuit has no bearing on whether the case has any merit and no relation to actual damages if any.”

The state alleges Ogunbayo suffers from hallucinations, refuses mental health treatment and placed her children at risk by leaving them at home for several hours each day. Two of the more specific allegations are that Ogunbayo wrote to her children’s former school, insisting that the FBI and Secret Service were after her children and that their skin was becoming darker due to radiation exposure.

 

 

However, the state Appellate Division recently threw out a family court finding that Ogunbayo was guilty of neglecting her children. “Proof of mental illness alone will not support a finding of neglect,” the court ruled, according to SILive.com

Ogunbayo is representing herself in the case.

 

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\02\10\story_10-2-2012_pg9_3

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Karen Shaw Fights Florida Department Of Children And Families Cover Up

10 News Investigators:

State wants to take kids of mom who blasts

DCF for allowing her kids dangerous psychotropic drugs

 

TAMPA, Fla. – It is a story that might make you angry. The Florida Department of Children and Families is trying to muzzle a mother who is speaking out about the state giving her children dangerous psychotropic drugs without telling her as required by law.

Karen Shaw says the department is still trying to cover up what it’s done. Last week, 10 News explained how her two children had been removed because of a domestic violence incident and, while in DCF custody, prescribed psychotropic drugs without her knowledge.

Shaw says somebody is doing bad things. She adds, “I don’t know if it is one person or a whole bunch of people, but they are doing bad things.”

On Monday, Shaw received notification DCF was moving to terminate her parental rights. In court Tuesday afternoon, among the reasons the state says it is doing so is because Shaw participated in a 10 News story.

Shaw says,”I was panicked as I went into the courtroom today  because the thought of losing my children…I can’t even describe that. But the issue of psychotropic medication will not keep me from speaking out in court.”

Despite the paperwork filed in court Tuesday, DCF Secretary David Wilkins denies the fact that Shaw speaking out has anything to do with the department’s decision. While in Tampa, 10 News reporter Mike Deeson said to Wilkins, “We did a story last week about psychotropic drugs that the agency did not like and one of the mothers who complained has now received a letter to terminate her parent rights. Is this an agency of retribution or one of child welfare?”

Wilkins replied, “Of course it is not an agency of retribution. There is a set of processes and procedures of how all child welfare cases are dealt with.”

But Judge Manuel Lopez said at Tuesday’s hearing the DCF procedure to terminate Shaw’s parental rights “sounds pretty drastic.”

Judge Manuel Lopez

Lopez added, “I don’t understand the timing of this. Why now?”

Deeson said to Wilkins, “So, it’s not suspect that she complained to us and a TPR [Termination of Parental Rights] was issued?”

Again, Wilkins replied,”In child welfare, it is a complicated  situation because you are dealing with a situation where there are allegations of abuse and neglect.”

However, as Judge Lopez noted, there are no allegations of child abuse. He noted this case is about domestic violence and the father of the children no longer lives in the house.

Lopez added that Shaw seems like a woman who loves her children. When the department countered that she seems emotional, Lopez again came to Shaw’s defense, saying, “The flip side is that she might be upset that her children have been with someone else for almost two years.”

Judge Lopez not only questioned the state’s motives, but also said the department’s plan might not go along with his plan.

Shaw says, “He said if I do what he said to do I should not have any problems and my children should be returned to me.”

But the DCF will continue to try to terminate the parental rights of a mother who has never physically abused her kids, but instead spoke out about what she said was abuse by the state.

DCF has asked 10 News to keep Senior Investigative Reporter Mike Deeson from being allowed to do any more stories on the agency. The station rejected that request.

 

Reporter Mike Deeson

Meanwhile, DCF says Shaw’s children never received psychotropic drugs, despite the fact 10 News has obtained the prescription the doctor wrote, the forms he filled out saying he was going to prescribe the drugs, and the form showing the case worker lied in the paperwork that allowed the doctor to prescribe the drugs.

 

Must go to this link and watch the news cast. You will not be surprised from our corrupt government.

http://www.wtsp.com/investigators/article/238625/34/DCF-tries-to-muzzle-mom-who-spoke-out-about-psychotropic-drugs

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