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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
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Updated: September 25, 2008
THE CORRUPT BUSINESS OF CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
BY: Nancy Schaefer
Senator, 50th District
My introduction into Child Protective Service cases was due to a grandmother in an adjoining state who called me with her tragic story. Her two granddaughters had been taken from her daughter who lived in my district. Her daughter was told wrongly that if she wanted to see her children again she should sign a paper and give up her children. Frightened and young, the daughter did. I have since discovered that parents are often threatened into cooperation of permanent separation of their children.
The children were taken to another county and placed in foster care. The foster parents were told wrongly that they could adopt the children. The grandmother then jumped through every hoop known to man in order to get her granddaughters. When the case finally came to court it was made evident by one of the foster parent's children that the foster parents had, at any given time, 18 foster children and that the foster mother had an inappropriate relationship with a caseworker.
In the courtroom, the juvenile judge, acted as though she was shocked and said the two girls would be removed quickly. They were not removed. Finally, after much pressure being applied to the Department of Family and Children Services of Georgia (DFCS), the children were driven to South Georgia to meet their grandmother who gladly drove to meet them.
After being with their grandmother two or three days, the judge, quite out of the blue, wrote up a new order to send the girls to their father, who previously had no interest in the case and who lived on the West Coast. The father was in "adult entertainment". His girlfriend worked as an "escort" and his brother, who also worked in the business, had a sexual charge brought against him.
Within a couple of days the father was knocking on the grandmother's door and took the girls kicking and screaming to California. The father developed an unusual relationship with the former foster parents and soon moved to the southeast. The foster parents began driving to the father's residence and picking up the little girls for visits. The oldest child had told her mother and grandmother on two different occasions that the foster father molested her.
To this day after five years, this loving, caring blood relative grandmother does not even have visitation privileges with the children. The little girls are, in my opinion, permanently traumatized and the young mother of the girls was so traumatized with shock when the girls were first removed from her that she has never completely recovered. The mother has rights but the father still has custody of the children.
Throughout this case and through the process of dealing with multiple other mismanaged cases of the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), I have worked with other desperate parents across the state of Georgia and in many other States because their children were taken for no cause and they have no one with whom to turn. I have witnessed ruthless behavior from many caseworkers, social workers, investigators, lawyers, judges, therapists, and others such as those who "pick up" the children. I have been stunned by what I have seen and heard from victims all across this land.
In this report, I have focused mainly on the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). However, I believe Child Protective Services nationwide has become corrupt and that the entire system is broken beyond repair. I am convinced parents and families should be warned of the dangers.
The Department of Child Protective Services, known as the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) in Georgia and other titles in other states, has become a "protected empire" built on taking children and separating families. This is not to say that there are not those children who do need to be removed from wretched situations and need protection. However, this report is concerned with the children and parents caught up in "legal kidnapping," ineffective policies, and an agency that on certain occasions would not remove a child (or children) when the child was enduring torment and abuse.
In one county in my District, I arranged a meeting for thirty-seven families to speak freely and without fear. These poor parents and grandparents spoke of their painful, heart wrenching encounters with DFCS. Their suffering was overwhelming. They wept and cried. Some did not know where their children were and had not seen them in years. I have witnessed the "Gestapo" at work and I witnessed the deceitful conditions under which children were taken in the middle of the night, out of hospitals, off of school buses, and out of homes. In one county a private drug testing business was operating within the agency's department that required many, many drug tests from parents and individuals for profit. It has already made over $100,000.
Due to being exposed, several employees in this particular office were fired. However, they have now been rehired either in neighboring counties or in the same county again. According to the calls I am now receiving, the conditions in that county are returning to the same practices that they had before the light was shown on their evil deeds.
Having worked with probably 300 cases statewide, and now hundreds and hundreds across this nation and in nearly every state, I am convinced there is no responsibility and no accountability in Child Protective Services system.
I have come to the conclusion:
that poor parents very often are targeted to lose their children because they do not have the where-with-all to hire lawyers and fight the system. Being poor does not mean you are not a good parent or that you do not love your child, or that your child should be removed and placed with strangers;
that all parents are capable of making mistakes and that making a mistake does not mean your children are to be removed from the home. Even if the home is not perfect, it is home; and that's where a child is the safest and where he or she wants to be, with family;
that parenting classes, anger management classes, counseling referrals, therapy classes and on and on are demanded of parents with no compassion by the system even while the parents are at work and while their children are separated from them. (some times parents are required to pay for the programs) This can take months or even years and it emotionally devastates both children and parents. Parents are victimized by "the system" that makes a profit for holding children longer and "bonuses" for not returning children to their parents;
that caseworkers and social workers are very often guilty of fraud. They withhold and destroy evidence. They fabricate evidence and they seek to terminate parental rights unnecessarily. However, when charges are made against Child Protective Services, the charges are ignored;
that the separation of families and the "snatching of children" is growing as a business because local governments have grown accustomed to having these taxpayer dollars to balance their ever-expanding budgets;
that Child Protective Services and Juvenile Court can always hide behind a confidentiality clause in order to protect their decisions and keep the funds flowing. There should be open records and "court watches"! Look who is being paid! There are state employees, lawyers, court investigators, guardian ad litems, court personnel, and judges. There are psychologists, and psychiatrists, counselors, caseworkers, therapists, foster parents, adoptive parents, and on and on. All are looking to the children in state custody to provide job security. Parents do not realize that the social workers are the glue that hold "the system" together that funds the court, funds the court appointed attorneys, and the multiple other jobs including the "system's" psychiatrists, therapists, their own attorneys and others.
that The Adoption and the Safe Families Act, set in motion first in 1974 by Walter Mondale and later in 1997 by President Bill Clinton, offered cash "bonuses" to the states for every child they adopted out of foster care. In order to receive the "adoption incentive bonuses" local child protective services need more children. They must have merchandise (children) that sells and you must have plenty so the buyer can choose. Some counties are known to give a $4,000 to $6,000 bonus for each child adopted out to strangers and an additional $2,000 for a "special needs" child. Employees work to keep the federal dollars flowing;
State Departments of Human Resources (DHR) and affiliates are given a baseline number of expected adoptions based on population. For every child DHR and CPS can get adopted, there is the bonus of $4,000 or maybe $6,000. But that is only the beginning figure in the formula in which each bonus is multiplied by the percentage that the State has managed to exceed its baseline adoption number. Therefore States and local communities work hard to reach their goals for increased numbers of adoptions for children in foster care.
that there is double dipping. The funding continues as long as the child is out of the home. There is funding for foster care then when a child is placed with a new family, then "adoption bonus funds" are available. When a child is placed in a mental health facility and is on 16 drugs per day, like two children of a constituent of mine, more funds are involved and so is Medicaid;
As you can see this program is ordered from the very top and run by Health and Human Resources. This is why victims of CPS get no help from their legislators. It explains why my bill, SB 415 suffered such defeat in the Judicial Committee, why I was cut off at every juncture. Legislators and Governors must remember who funds their paychecks.
that there are no financial resources and no real drive to unite a family and help keep them together or provide effective care;
that the incentive for social workers to return children to their parents quickly after taking them has disappeared and who in protective services will step up to the plate and say, "This must end! No one, because they are all in the system together and a system with no leader and no clear policies will always fail the children. Just look at the waste in government that is forced upon the tax payer;
that the "Policy Manuel" is considered "the last word" for CPS/DFCS. However, it is too long, too confusing, poorly written and does not take the law into consideration;
that if the lives of children were improved by removing them from their homes, there might be a greater need for protective services, but today children are not safer. Children, of whom I am aware, have been raped and impregnated in foster care;
It is a known fact that children are in much more danger in foster care than they are in their own home even though home may not be perfect.
that some parents are even told if they want to see their children or grandchildren, they must divorce their spouse. Many, who are under privileged, feeling they have no option, will divorce and then just continue to live together. This is an anti-family policy, but parents will do anything to get their children home with them. However, when the parents cooperate with Child Protective Services, their behavior is interpreted as guilt when nothing could be further from the truth. Fathers, (non-custodial parents) I must add, are oftentimes treated as criminals without access to visit or even see their own children and have child support payments strangling the very life out of them;
that the Foster Parents Bill of Rights does not stress that a foster parent is there temporarily to care for a child until the child can be returned home. Many foster parents today use the Foster Parent Bill of Rights as a means to hire a lawyer and seek to adopt the child placed in their care from the real parents, who are desperately trying to get their child home and out of the system. Recently in Atlanta, a young couple learning to be new parents and loving it, were told that because of an anonymous complaint, their daughter would be taken into custody by the State DFCS. The couple was devastated and then was required by DFCS to take parenting classes, alcohol counseling and psychological evaluations if they wanted to get their child back. All of the courses cost money for which most parents are required to pay. While in their anxiety and turmoil to get their child home, the baby was left for hours in a car to die in the heat in her car seat by a foster parent who forgot about the child. This should never have happened. It is tragic. In many cases after the parents have jumped through all the hoops, they still do not get their child. As long as the child is not returned, there is money for the agency, for foster parents, for adoptive parents, and for the State.
that tax dollars are being used to keep this gigantic system afloat, yet the victims, parents, grandparents, guardians and especially the children, are charged for the system's services.
that grandparents have called from all over the State of Georgia and from other states trying to get custody of their grandchildren. CPS claims relatives are contacted, but there are many many cases that prove differently. Grandparents who lose their grandchildren to strangers have lost their own flesh and blood. The children lose their family heritage and grandparents, and parents too, lose all connections to their heirs.
that The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect in 1998 reported that six times as many children died in foster care than in the general public and that once removed to official "safety", these children are far more likely to suffer abuse, including sexual molestation than in the general population. Think what that number is today ten years later!
That according to the California Little Hoover Commission Report in 2003, 30% to 70% of the children in California group homes do not belong there and should not have been removed from their homes.
Call for an independent audit of all State Child Protective Services (CPS) and for a Federal Congressional hearing on Child Protective Services nationwide.
Activate immediate change. Every day that passes means more families and children are subject to being held hostage and their lives destroyed.
Abolish the Federal and State financial incentives that have turned Child Protective Services into a business that separate families for money.
Grant to parents their rights verbally and in writing.
Mandate a search for family members to be given the opportunity to adopt their own relatives if children need to be removed permanently.
Mandate a jury trial where every piece of evidence is presented before permanently removing a child from his or her parents. Open family court. Remove the secrecy. Allow the press and family members access. Give parents the opportunity in court to speak and be a part of their children's future.
Require a warrant or a positive emergency circumstance before removing children from their parents. (Judge Arthur G. Christean, Utah Bar Journal, January, 1997 reported that "except in emergency circumstances, including the need for immediate medical care, require warrants upon affidavits of probable cause before entry upon private property is permitted for the forcible removal of children from their parents.")
Uphold the laws when someone fabricates or presents false evidence. If a parent alleges fraud, hold a hearing with the right to discovery of all evidence made available to parents.
On my desk are scores of cases of exhausted families and terrified children. It has been beyond me to turn my back on these suffering, crying, and beaten down individuals.
We are mistreating the most innocent. Child Protective Services have become an adult centered business to the detriment of children. No longer is judgment based on what the child needs or who the child wants to be or with whom, or what is really best for the whole family; it is some adult or bureaucrat who makes the decisions, based often on just hearsay, without ever consulting a family member, or just what is convenient, profitable, or less troublesome for the social workers.
I have witnessed such injustice and harm brought to so many families that I am not sure if I even believe reform of the system is possible! The system cannot be trusted. It does not serve the people. It obliterates families and children simply because it has the power to do so.
Children deserve better. Families deserve better. It's time to pull back the curtain and set our children and families free.
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and the needy" Proverbs 31:8-9
Note from Kathleen Dearinger to Senator Schaefer:
You are a true inspiration to many and I consider you to be my friend. Thank you for being there for me and for everything you have done to help families throughout the United States. You truly are a Mother Theresa to all of us. God Bless you and all the families and children who are fighting for justice
Monday, December 29, 2008
Fcik Gov Letter Ab219
Sunday, December 21, 2008
In order for CPS to qualify for TITLE IV funding the parents must fall within the income guidelines. CPS never questioned me about my income. They knew I owned a business and real estate. Maybe this is why they are trying to make me loose my house....interesting. I wonder if it has something to do with the new program they offer foster parents. They are offering houses to people who become foster parents. The CORRUPT-O METER is working overtime.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
It seems that this job in Ankeny Iowa was procured just in time so it would distract my daughter from attending her own hearing in California. I became concerned when Jenny told me she was forced to work at Tender Years. She said she had to stay there until her Dad returned home from work; sometimes working for 12 hours. In court the Social worker claimed that Jenny found this job.... but I was already a step ahead. I seriously doubted that my daughter would be able to locate a job without a telephone or arrange funding to be paid to a daycare center that is licensed by Social Services... so I had called the daycare center myself. I spoke to the Owner. She confirmed my suspicions and stated she was recieving money from the state for my daughter working there. BINGO. CPS commits perjury AGAIN!!
The question remains - which state paid this daycare center and under what program were they paid? Was it CALWORKS or did CPS work out an arrangement with CPS in Iowa? My daughter wasn't a legal resident of Iowa and nor did my ex-husband have legal custody. Jenny was on a "visit" so how was CPS able to pull this one off??
Looks like CPS defrauds our Government and uses taxpayer money to do it. County counsel was a bit worried when I mentioned it so they forced Jenny to lie on the stand. I wonder what they have to hide????? Maybe we should call Social Services and both State licensing boards.
Here's the daycare center:
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Grand Jury in SLO refuses to hear testimony - Father's Rights Activist suspected in tampering with case
We originally had a hearing scheduled for Oct 20, 2008. They agreed to let me testify by telephone since I do not want to return to California due to Police harassment. The Jury admonished me to secrecy, which I fully complied with. During my conversation with a Grand Juror I was asked to put them in touch with a certain person who is covering CPS cases throughout the US. I won't mention this persons name encase the Jury decides to change their mind, however, the confident is a father's rights activist who is not personally involved with my case.
Almost immediately after having contact with this individual the Grand Jury called back stating they needed additional time. My contact told me they were gathering evidence on other cases to determine whether a full investigation was warranted. I was told to gather other cases similiar to my own which involved the same individuals so this information could be presented. I contacted other families and obtained their statements and sent a link to my website which had tape recordings and text messages my daughter had sent me. Included was her message to the Grand Jury. This contact did not accept the link which invited them to my online account that held the evidence. This information was supposed to be given to the Grand Jury because I did not want my location to be disclosed until my case was resolved for fear of retalliation.
Suddenly now the Grand Jury tells me they are not going to hear my case. They told me not call back ..........so how is that for justice????
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
2.1.3 NIH Policy on the Inclusion of Women and Minorities as Subjects in Clinical Research
NIH policy requires that women and members of minority groups and their subpopulations must be included in all NIH-supported biomedical and behavioral research projects involving clinical research unless a clear and compelling rationale and justification establishes to the satisfaction of the relevant IC Director that inclusion is inappropriate with respect to the health of the subjects or the purpose of the research. Exclusion under other circumstances may be made by the Director, NIH, upon the recommendation of an IC Director based on a compelling rationale and justification. Cost is not an acceptable reason for exclusion except when the study would duplicate data from other sources. Women of childbearing potential should not be routinely excluded from participation in clinical research. All NIH-supported biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects is defined as clinical research. This policy applies to research subjects of all ages.
The inclusion of women and members of minority groups and their subpopulations must be addressed in developing a research design appropriate to the scientific objectives of the study. The Research Plan should describe the composition of the proposed study population in terms of sex/gender and racial/ethnic group, and provide a rationale for selection of such subjects. Such a plan should contain a description of
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the proposed outreach programs for recruiting women and minorities as participants. See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/women_min/women_min.htm.
2.1.4 NIH Policy on Reporting Race and Ethnicity Data: Subjects in Clinical Research
See NIH Policy on Reporting Ethnicity/Race and Sex/Gender in Clinical Research in Part II, 5.8.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) defines minimum standards for maintaining, collecting, and presenting data on race and ethnicity for all grant, contract, and intramural proposals and for all active research grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and intramural projects. The minimum standards are described in the 1997 OMB Directive 15, http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/fedreg/ombdir15.html.
The standards were revised in 1997 and include two ethnic categories (Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino) and five racial categories (American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and White). The categories in this classification are social-political constructs and should not be interpreted as being anthropological in nature. NIH is required to use these definitions to allow comparisons to other Federal databases, especially the census and national health databases. Federal agencies will not present data on detailed categories if doing so would compromise data quality or confidentiality standards.
Collection of this information and use of these categories is required for research that meets the NIH definition of clinical research. See Part II, 5.8 for additional information.
2.1.5 NIH Policy on Inclusion of Children
Research involving children (see definition of "child") must comply with the NIH Policy and Guidelines on the Inclusion of Children in Clinical Research. Investigators should obtain full copies of the Policy and Guidelines from NIH staff, or from http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/children/children.htm.
NIH policy requires that children (i.e., individuals under the age of 21) must be included in all clinical research, conducted or supported by the NIH unless there are clear and compelling reasons not to include them. Therefore, proposals for clinical research must include a description of plans for including children. If children will be excluded from the research, the application or proposal must present an acceptable justification for the exclusion.
The involvement of children as subjects in research must be in compliance with all applicable subparts of 45 CFR Part 46 as well as with other pertinent Federal laws and regulations.
IRBs have special review requirements to protect the well-being of children who participate in research. These requirements relate to risk, benefit, parental/guardian consent, and assent by children, and to research involving children who are wards of the state or of another institution. The local IRB approves research that satisfies the conditions set forth in the regulations.
DEFINITION OF SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED INDIVIDUALS:
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Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Individual. A member of any of the following groups: Black Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans; Asian-Pacific Americans; Subcontinent Asian Americans; other groups designated from time to time by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to be socially disadvantaged; or any other individual found to be socially and economically disadvantaged by SBA pursuant to Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act, 15 U.S.C. 637(a).
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
I will be uploading the tape recordings. Some are very disturbing but they need to be heard so people will understand how corrupt and how EVIL Child Protection Services has become.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
It is sickening how many children are subject to abuse, neglect and even killed at the hands of Child Protective Services. The following statistics represent the number of cases per 100,000 children in the United States and includes DCF in Connecticut. This information is from The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) in Washington.
Perpetrators of Maltreatment
Physical Sexual Medical
Abuse Abuse Neglect Neglect Fatalities CPS
160 112 410 14 6.4
59 13 241 12 1.5
Imagine that, 6.4 children die at the hands of the very agencies that are supposed to protect them and only 1.5 at the hands of parents per 100,000 children. CPS perpetrates more abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse and kills more children then parents in the United States. If the citizens of this country hold CPS to the same standards that they hold parents too. No judge should ever put another child in the hands of ANY government agency because CPS nationwide is guilty of more harm and death than any human being combined. CPS nationwide is guilty of more human rights violations and deaths of children then the homes from which they were removed. When are the judges going to wake up and see that they are sending children to their death and a life of abuse when children are removed from safe homes based on the mere opinion of a bunch of social workers.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/CPS-status03/state-policy03/index.htm-national http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/CPS-status03/state-policy03/AppendixB.htm http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/CPS-status03/summary/index.htm
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/abuse_neglect/nscaw/index.html#reports http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/CPS-status03/state-policy03/apc.pdf http://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Legacy/DHS-4575-EN
NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
www.melissadata.com/lookups/np.asp - by state
http://www.guidestar.com/ - look up
http://www.hks.harvard.edu/hauser/people/researchers_staff/ekeating_fraud.pdf - research
STATE CONSTITUTION (GAG ORDERS & judicial corruption)
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/.const/.article_6 (article VI Judicial)- California
FAIR POLITICAL PRACTICE - CALIFORNIA
http://www.fppc.ca.gov/Act/Act08.pdf Political Reform Act -Laws CALIFORNIA
CA FAIR POLITICAL ACT: (SECTIONS)
1. General. § 81000 - 81016
2. Definitions. § 82000 - 82055
3. Fair Political Practices Commission § 83100 - 83124
4. *Campaign Disclosure. § 84100 - 84511
4.5 Online Disclosure. § 84600 - 84612
5. Limitations on Contributions § 85100 - 85802
6. *Lobbyists. § 86100 - 86300
7. *Conflicts of Interests. § 87100 - 87500
8. Ballot Pamphlet. § 88000 - 88007
9. Incumbency. § 89000 - 89001
9.5. *Ethics. § 89500 - 89522
10. *Auditing. § 90000 - 90007
11. *Enforcement. § 91000 – 91015
Note: 91015 gives immunity to Elected officials (research proposition 208)
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
The corrupt CPS courts are exposed on NBC by reporter Karen De Sa with the Mercury News. GO KAREN!! More....More...More
Karen's been investigating CPS cases for the past year. Marjorie Ludstrom with the Sacranento Bee in Sacramento is doing a pretty good job of covering CPS and now CPS in Sacramento is going to be having an audit because of all the foster children that are dying. Good job Marjorie!
KEEP EM COMING!!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Glad I could get Jim Fitzgerald on the show. Take that Maldonado...
The next time you want to ignore a desperate mother's calls or make false police reports maybe you'll think twice. Most parents arent guilty of child abuse. It's politicians like you, Capps, Feinstein, Boxer, and Blakeslee who are preventing the truth from being heard. Cha-ching-cha-ching-cha-ching. So how much are you raking in for abusing families and children?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
CPS does terrible things to parents who fight for their children. I know of many mothers in hiding. Here is just one Mothers story. I am also in hiding because of what CPS did to my daughter. They gave me a false mental condition, slandered me, fabricated documents, harassed me, traumatized my daughter, taped me, searched my house with no warrant, gag ordered, on and on and on.........CPS is CORRUPT
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
CPS CORRUPTION IN SAN LUIS OBISPO CALIFORNIA EXPOSED!!!: Article about CPS of San Luis Obispo-Social Disservices
Monday, October 27, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
CPS still won't let me see my daughter and they are wanting to give custody to the father even though I am not guilty of any crime. The DA dropped the charges but we lost everything we owned because of CPS.
There will never be any justice until we expose CPS.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Study: Juvenile delinquency courts overwhelmed
California juvenile delinquency courts are plagued by too many cases, too few services for troubled youth and a total bewilderment among many families involved, a two-year study by the state court system has found.
· Legal help for poor defendants called inadequate
· Santa Clara County foster-care court struggles to adjust to kids' larger role
· State panel calls for change to fix dependency court system
· Lawyer who represented parents in Santa Clara County's dependency court commits
· Bill would strengthen kids' voices in foster care court
· Firm will quit, leaving courts scrambling
· Attorney won't seek new deal with court
· Controversial lawyer in dependency court resigns following Mercury News series
· A call for swift change for juvenile dependency courts
· Expected recommendations for juvenile dependency courts
· Judge's personal, legal experience
· District attorney office's 'different hat' troubles some
· Overworked defenders: Sacramento attorneys struggle to keep up
· Deputy public defender stepped in for foster mom
· High turnover: Many judges want no part of dependency court
· In these crowded courts, the rules are different
The Original Series
· PART I: How rushed justice fails our kids
· PART II: A timid advocate for parents' rights
· PART III: Big stakes, but little voice for kids
· How this series was reported
Ms. Donnel Jenkins
Office of the Foster Care Ombudsman
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Online Docs: http://www.scribd.com/doc/3923891/cps-dates Timeline (working on)
PDF VERSION: http://d.scribd.com/docs/1pz44yw9q8cl24mosrwl.pdf
I need to update this because there is alot more to tell. I am writing a book and am doing research and Activist work so please forgive my sloppy format.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Maldonado put this website out and I couldn't help but become furious after reading it. He is a man of zero integrity. Maldonado wouldn't even meet with me after his wife said he would. This is the same man who ignored my pleas to investigate CPS for kidnapping my daughter. I dropped off proof of corruption but he made a false call to the CHP. What a weasel. Apparantly he didn't like the fact that I was exposing the corruption involving the racketeering by traficking children for profit. I was asked to leave his office right after I requested an audit into CPS. What is his involvement with youth services and foster care? What is Maldonado hiding?
I believe Abel Maldonado has some unresolved isses to deal with and we as citizens deserve better than this from a State Senator. What we are getting from this man who obviously wears sheeps clothing? NOTHING
I vote to get Abel out of the Senate and elect someone who really does care about families and children.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Now I've lost everything because of CPS. They have unnecessarily destroyed two people's lives. We've lost our house and our beloved animals. People took advantage of my situation and the bookkeeper wiped out my bank accounts because I ran from CPS. I was not going to allow a criminal enterprise turn me into a criminal. CPS didn't like my You Tube videos or speaking out about the corruption so
they harassed me. No one should have to endure such treatment from their own country. I still am not allowed to see my daughter who is permanently damaged by this nightmare. I have asked the State to drop the case as I no longer live in California. My daughter is in Iowa. The only reason California continues to keep an open case is to obtain more federal money.
There has got to be a way to reform CPS to hold them accountable for their misdeeds. I have been working with a few people in congress and I hope that you will use your influence to help others in my same situation. I pray that you are an honest congressman and I hope you will take a moment to investigate what the federal funds are doing to our children. ASFA was just renewed and the funding is now double. I fear that many more children will die as a result. These children are the future of tomorrow and many of these children are being drugged, abused and neglected by CPS. CPS would like our government to believe their lies about taking abused and neglected children but the truth is far more sinister. More than 50% of the children CPS takes are not abused at all and they are being taken for financial reasons. CPS is having others give parents and children false mental diagnosis to obtain more funding. The long list of crimes thye commit are dispictable. It is similiar to the holocaust. If you are ever interested in knowing what CPS really does please contact me or my dear friend Senator Nancy Schaefer. I believe she is collecting information to show to congress.
Thank you for listening. I hope you had a nice birthday~
Kathleen Dearinger....is hiding out on an island in the South Pacific until CPS is reformed
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What is your view on Child Protection Services (CPS)? How do you feel about the racketeering and money laundering that is going on from victimizing innocent families and children?
Are you aware of how serious this problem has become and do you support these federal grants (ASFA) that have turned CPS into a major criminal enterprise?
Thank you for your opinion on this important mattet. I hope you had a great birthday.
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Ps. I lost everything I own to California CPS. I was innocent & the DA dropped the charges. CA still won't let my daughter see me...all because of money. Pure evil
Monday, September 1, 2008
“NON PROFIT” ORGANIZATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH CPS IN SAN LUIS OBISPO
Non profit is "italicized"
Karen Arrona – Social worker who took Jenny. Husband on “Community Counseling”
Lisa Figg – lives on my same street. She’s on “Family Care network”
Leland Collins – Director of CPS “Children’s Health initiative”
Julian Crocker – School Superintendant “Children’s Health initiative”
KH Achadian-Board of Directors “Children’s Health initiative”
Teresa Tardiff – CASA. Never met my child. “CASA”
Also on most of these “non profits” are “Attorney’s”, “Doctors”, and “Therapists”.
From reviewing these tax returns it is noted that the income is steadily increasing. Taxable income is not being reported. It also looks like they are using non profits to pay for travel expenses and other indulgences.
Lee Collins has lied on his 700 form for the past 7 years. He is flipping real estate. I suspect Collins is obtaining properties from families who’s children have been taken by his agency. He has various partners, including his wife Yolanda. They are “assigning” rental income to other people. A CPS worker took pictures of my house. County counsel will place liens on my business because of the unlawful gag order.
Corrupt Therapists-Same Building as Congressman
Corrupt Attorney’s-across the street from Assemblyman
Assemblyman put in charge of Atascadero State Hospital
Governor-put Assemblyman in charge of Atascadero State Hospital
Doctor with false mental reports-works at Atascadero State Hospital (slipped into my criminal case)
• Social workers illegal removal & cover up. fabricated documents, omitted evidence, slander, false mental reports. Violation of State & Federal Laws, HIPA violations, Collusion with Doctors, lawyers, therapists, and others. CPS workers all stick together.
• False arrests & collusion with police to stop my activism. Police Chief is friends with Politicians. Aware of my Legislative Proposals & trips to Washington DC. Is concerned but won't meet with me. I am framed with a false DUI so I can't leave California. They take my license.
• Sensitive documents disappear from home. No action taken by Police. Nothing else but CPS investigation & criminal defense documents were stolen. Report faxed. Theft not investigated
• Senator’s office made a false report to CHP after I dropped off “evidence” of corruption. This is IMMEDIATELY after I request a referral to the “Joint Legislative Audit Committee”. CHP gives information that leads back to CPS
• Visit from CHP and Dignitary Protection who was accompanied by Governors staff. Neither one helps my daughter
• The assemblyman's office called CPS to help keep Jenny in the system. This is after I drop off proof of corruption and state that was "no warrant" or reason to remove my daughter. Jenny was then placed with chaperones 24 hours a day. The Assemblyman then sent me a letter telling me not to contact him again.
• Neither the Assemblyman, Congressman, Senator, or Governor would help me even after I dropped off proof of my innocence.
• The school drops off my daughter school records with the Police. They refuse to help Jenny and I. Even the child advocate won't meet with me. CASA never even met my child yet are on the paperwork - defrauding the federal Government
• School takes away Jenny's cell phone and it is dropped off with Police who don't book it into evidence. The Lietenant claims it is in his desk drawer and forgot even though while I keep calling. I suspect my telephone is tapped.
• Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) tells me they have a wait list yet they are seeing other children. They are listed the court documents but haven't met my daughter. I offer to "volunteer" my services and they withdraw from the case.
• Both the Senator & Assemblyman are affiliated with “Family Care network”.
• The Fair Political Act gives immunity to Money Laundering and racketeering.
• Non profits are not state audited unless they exceed 2 million dollars
• Some Politicians are associated with Children charity’s and have non-profits
• Most of the non profit income is TAX FREE
• Politicians are not giving the source of their political campaigns. Form 460 is not online
• Some County Counsel members work for Politicians who are associated with Children charities
• The fair Political Act grants IMMUNITY to Elected Officials.
ARE YOU GETTING A CLEARER PICTURE OF WHAT'S GOING ON? SEE HOW CPS IS ABLE TO GET EVERYONE IN COLLUSION WITH ONE OTHER? IT'S EASY - JUST FOLLOW THE MONEY... Cha-ching-Cha-ching-Cha-ching-Cha-ching
WHAT CPS DID
• Took my daughter illegally from school. No warrant. No voluntary placement agreement. She was "kidjacked" from school for NO REASON. My daughter who is 17 was broken hearted over breaking up with her boyfriend. CPS used this as an excuse to illegally take her.
• Broke all State and Federal Laws
• Broke WIC guidelines
• Filed removal paperwork while having me follow a case plan to obtain money
• Misleading the court. Lying
• County Counsel had the Judge appoint attorneys CPS recommended. (Guardian Ad Litum and Juvenile attornies worked in collusion with CPS)
• Arranged to have my house broken into to take files. They took evidence to cover up the illegal removal
• Alienated my daughter from me
• Sending Jenny to “Negative therapy”. Obtaining false reports
• Sending me to “therapy” for the purpose of obtaining false reports (tape recorded)
• Omitting evidence. Father’s past theft and violence, Jenny’s statements,, etc.
• Covering up Jenny’s mental state & her cutting on herself
• Arranging to have Jenny see me on the same day she saw the therapist. She was becoming mentally disturbed. Jenny was traumatized and would sit and stare during these visits. She would color like a 5 year old.
• Submitting false information, Falsifying reports, slandering me
• Coerced, threatened, bribed, and scared my daughter
• Keeping Jenny hostage against her will
• Having 24 hour chaperones watch Jenny so she didn’t try to contact me or run home
• Punishing her if she contacted me. Threatening Juvenile Hall and other punishments
• Telling Jenny lies and saying thing to damage her spirit (your mother’s crazy, etc)
• Taking her to the hospital to pump her stomach to get more “witnesses” and people to tell Jenny more lies
• Ignoring Subpeona’s to present documents and have my daughter present at the hearings. The Judge refused to allow my daughter to talk. He heard her in "judges chambers" and ignored her pleas to go home; ordering her back to foster care
• Contempt of court
• Ignoring my requests to see my daughter even when she was beginning to become disturbed and was cutting on herself. CPS hid this self destruction
• Not allowing me to video tape, tape record, or take pictures of my daughter so I could have proof of her mental state. I secretely tape recorded. CPS obtained a subpeona for the tapes which I refused to give up
• Sending Jenny out of state on an on illegal removal in the middle of the night against her will. She cried the whole way there. Forcing her to stay & lieing to the court. JENNY PLACED A CPS REFORM VIDEO ON HER OWN MYSPACE PAGE. The Judge ignored the evidence. She also showed a picture of a Noose and an empty gas can. Jenny fought hard to come home.
• Placing Jenny in school in Iowa BEFORE hearings were completed
• Not returning calls, ignoring visits, always on vacation, changing their telephone numbers. Constantly playing games.
• The Director acted sadistic and screamed at my daughter. He kept her in room with him while making me leave. It was creepy.
• The Director has sent me threatening emails. Telling me he will Redress me for Libel for telling the truth and speaking out. Contempt of court for violating a Gag Order exposing the corruption
• Threatening Jenny. Telling her “your mother’s not following the case plan” and she wouldn’t be returned unless I went to “Therapy”.
• Neither CPS or the State investigated the social workers misconduct. Complaints were ignored
• Attempting to have therapists and a psychotherapist give me a false mental disorder that is really a personality test. I tape recorded the therapy sessions to PROVE the corruption and false reports
• CPS faxed documents to doctors who then forwarded this false information to otehr doctors; ruining my medical file. CPS breaks HIIPA Laws. Civil Rights at CPS states "unfounded". This person only collects information and sides with CPS. Ignores proof and withholds information.
• Working in collusion with Therapists, doctors, lawyers, my ex husband and his parents. Coaching them on what to do.
• Forcing Jenny to see a therapist she didn’t like & who was trying to place negative thoughts in her head
• Refusing to give me my daughters medical files or name of the therapist who was treating Jenny
• Refusing to allow us to attend “joint therapy”. They had no intention of returning Jenny & wanted to work on her head. They make more money by having seperate therapy
• Arranging to have Jenny “work” at a daycare center in Iowa so they could have her watched and make money off her
• Cruel and unusual punishment towards a child. Child abuse
• Attempting to force me to pay all court costs with illegal gag order
• They will freeze my bank accounts, place liens on my property and throw me in jail. They are doing this to make money and to stop me from telling the truth.
WHAT THE POLICE DID:
• False arrests (child endangerment, DUI, contempt)
• Broke into my house and took my case file & other evidence including my entire defense
• Wire tapped my home line and my cell phone
• Harassed me
• Searched my home without a warrant or a reason. Went through my drawers and my files
• Ignored my calls to help my daughter when she was getting mentally disturbed and cutting on herself
• Sent letters to the Judges to make sure I get convicted
• Took my horse who I can’t see now. I am soooo heartbroken because I loved Ryobi
WHAT THE JUDGE DID:
• Ignored all the Laws
• Ignored all the violations that CPS did
• Threw out all of my legal pleadings
• Refused to emancipate Jenny when she filed for emancipation (I offered to furnish her with an apartment and a job)
• Refused all Evidence. Wouldn’t let me approach the bench to show him proof
• Meetings with Social worker in chambers during our hearings
• Showing favoritism towards CPS; even authorizing their motions without a hearing while ignoring my motions
• Not upholding the US Constitution or Oath of Office
• Heard my daughter in Private chambers to keep her testimony off court record
• Being sadistic towards my daughter and taunting her.
• Ordering my daughter out of state against her will
• Ignoring my daughters pleas to let her come home
• Ignoring CPS contempt of court
• Ignoring the subpoenas I issued to CPS to have my daughter present at the hearings
• Not appointing me an attorney when I requested it. He denied my request on the contempt charge also
• Hearing cases and Issuing orders when I wasn’t even served or aware of hearings
• Continuing to hear the case without me present
• Not continuing the case when I was very sick with anemia
• Forcing me to undergo a “case plan” and a mental evaluation when I was too sick to attend (I have medical proof)
• Threatening me in court when I tried to point out the law.
• Ignoring the appeal
WHAT THE ATTORNEY’S DID
• Not notify me of court dates
• Helped CPS. Made recommendations to keep Jenny in the system
• Wouldn’t help Jenny. She made many calls to him pleading for help (Gerald Carrasco)
• Obstructing Justice by not allowing Jenny to testify.
• Coercing Jenny. Lying to her.
• Placing Jenny on the stand to testify under duress after she was “coached” on what to say on court record
• Ignored my calls
• Promises to help send Jenny home. Lying
• Working in collusion with CPS
• Hanging up on me. Ignoring emails or requests to see my daughter
WHAT THE POLITICIANS DID:
• Most wrote letters offering condolences (how pathetic)
• Blakeslee’s office called CPS to keep Jenny in foster care
• Maldonado’s office sent the CHP after me a few times
• Blakeslee’s office sent a nasty letter telling me to not contact them for help
• The rest did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO HELP
WHAT I DID:
• Called all the Politicians who over saw child welfare & many more
• Made a list of Politicians who were concerned about children and who were not
• Interviewed candidates to see if they are going to address this issue with CPS
• Made websites, did you tube, blogs and told our side of the story. They want to throw me in jail because of telling the truth. They want to cover up what they did and I won’t let them. I love my daughter and we didn’t deserve this
JUSTICE? WHAT’S THAT? OUR UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES FOR ALLOWING THIS AGENCY TO ABUSE FAMILIES AND CHILDREN.
The people involved are: (co-conspirers)
Leland Collins-Director (kingpin) of CPS 805-781-1836 / 805-781-1825 email: email@example.com State Ombudsman who did nothing to help us: Karen.Grace-Kaho@dss.ca.gov her boss G.firstname.lastname@example.org Sheri V. County Counsel (attorney for CPS): email@example.com Social worker L.Tobin (sadistic) - firstname.lastname@example.org Social Worker Amy (kidjacker) - email@example.com Gerald Carrasco GAL Attorney who did nothing to help Jenny: firstname.lastname@example.org Crooked Judge Picquet-ruled completely in CPS favor. False contempt charges: 805-781-5936 Senator Maldonado-made false police report for requesting CPS Audit: senator.Maldonado@SENATE.CA.GOV Assemblyman Blakeslee-called CPS to keep Jenny in the system while ignoring my pleas for help email@example.com
Attorney who kept Jenny in the system: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Ella Deadwyler, President of Eagle Forum of Georgia writes in her commentary on WMVV Radio on March 17, 2008.
During two terms in office, Senator Nancy Schaefer heard so many horror stories about the way the Department of Family and Children Services takes children and handles them while they're in custody, she decided it's time for a change.
On February 6 she introduced S.B. 415 to address some of the issues. Since current law requires closed hearings in cases of delinquency, deprivation or unruliness, she decided open hearings could result in more accountability. Also, though delinquent and unruly acts are easily spotted, deprivation is very subjective. So, to prevent corruption and assure accountability from all parties involved, S.B. 415 requires deprivation hearings to be open to the public. At the same time, it allows a parent or guardian to present a written request for their hearings to be closed.
Under current law, the Department of Human Resources, its employees and agents have total immunity from liability in the care and supervision of children. So, DHR can consent to the medication of children and, whether the medication helps or harms the child, DHR and its personnel will not be held responsible. That would change under S.B. 415, because it removes DHR's authority to medicate children if a parent or guardian objects and it would hold DHR and its agents responsible if the children experience seizures.
Another problem with the taking of children goes back to 1997 when Congress passed the Safe Families Act that offers financial incentives for state agencies to provide children for adoption. While that could be a good thing, it's now bordering on "legal kidnapping." Unethical officials have been charged with taking children from good homes and adopting them out, simply, for the money. For each child adopted out of state child protective systems, the state is entitled to as much as $6,000 in federal money. To counteract that, S.B. 415 prohibits any state entity from applying for financial incentives provided under the Safe Families Act.
S.B. 415 was a good bill, but it was gutted, watered down, made worthless. So rather than accept a do-nothing bill, Senator Schaefer took it off the table and it's dead.
WEBMASTER NOTE: Nancy is a woman of true integrity. She is the Mother Theresa of children and families throughout the United States. Nancy is a Saint to MILLIONS and one day the truth will prevail.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
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Friday, August 29, 2008
A child pornography bust that led to the arrests of three local residents sends shock waves across the Central Coast.
Here are the Facts First:
* Arrests were made throughout the state Tuesday.
* Computer hard drives containing graphic images of young children were taken as evidence.
* FBI agents said the suspects were using peer-to-peer computer networking sites to exchange the images.
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More than 50 men were busted for allegedly producing and possessing child pornography. Among the suspects are three men from the Central Coast:
* 47-year-old Bryan Goossens, a former San Luis Obispo County sheriff's deputy
* 30-year-old Jeremy Neubauer of Nipomo, who was indicted in late June
* 41 year-old Bryan David Arnold of Grover Beach
Grover Beach residents were shocked when they heard someone from their city was busted for possessing child porn. People who live near Arnold still can't their neighbor is one of the men accused.
"It's very disturbing, yeah. It's a terrible thing," said Grover Beach resident Beth Hollands.
Of particular concern to the neighbors is the fact that several families with young children call this neighborhood home.
Hollands said, "I just don't understand that, you know, about children and about people, grown ups and the children thing. You know, when it comes to the pornography thing. I never could understand that."
Hollands has lived in her Grover Beach neighborhood for more than eight years. She admits she doesn't know her neighbors as well as she would like, adding, "You don't know people a lot of the times when it comes to things like that."
Dee Peterson feels the same way, and has some very strong opinions about the situation.
"Put them away in jail and keep them there - not release them in six months or two or three years, keep them there. Those people will do it again. They don't change," said Peterson.
Several neighbors Action News talked with Wednesday said they were simply too upset about the matter to go on camera with us.
The eight-month long child porn investigation focused on Internet file sharing sites, called peer-to-peer networks.
Peer-to-peer sites allow a group of users with the same networking program to connect with each other and directly access files from each other's hard drives.
Investigators said those sites are quickly becoming a place where people can go to obtain and exchange pornographic material.
Tuesday's bust was the first undercover operation in the nation that used peer-to-peer Internet networking to find people suspected of producing or possessing child pornography.
The former sheriff's deputy arrested on child pornography charges, Bryan Goossens, started out as a corrections officer.
Action News spoke to someone who knew Goossens, and is surprised at his arrest. The acquaintance asked not to be identified.
Asked how he knew Goossens, the acquaintance replied, "Well, we played softball together and against each other...I saw him 10 or 20 days out of the year. I talked with him every time I saw him. I thought he was a nice guy. Well, he seemed just like a normal guy, hardworking, worked for the sheriff's, you know, was married at the time, had some children."
Action News asked the anonymous acquaintance what his reaction was when he heard the news of Goossens' arrest.
"It was utter disbelief. I thought that it was some kind of a mistake, because it's hard to imagine somebody could be that different in private than they are in their public life. I really had no idea that, you know, especially someone in law enforcement would be capable of this," replied Goossens' acquaintance.
"I'm glad that if it is true and they did catch him, and he needs to be severely punished for it," the acquaintance added.
OPINION: Pity the children, not the porn fan
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By KAREN VELIE
Not a lot shocks me anymore. Even so, I am stunned by the number of blog posters and media reporters who worry that people accused of child porn, once convicted, will be unable to get their lives back on track.
The facts, however, suggest that a great percentage of these people have been way off track for a long time and stand little chance of ever changing.
Recent local arrests were preceded by lengthy, intensive investigations, officials said. Former San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Goossens and part-time postman Jeremy Neubauer are battling charges of child pornography following a widespread roundup of suspected members of a child pornography ring. A third county man, Bryan Arnold, will be arraigned September 8.
Some people believe that child pornography is mainly about lonely men getting turned on by 16-year old Victoria Secret models who look 25. They think that a quick peek is all that is needed for the authorities to sweep in and make an arrest. The label of sex offender is then forever attached.
Nothing could be farther from the truth, and many investigators in this field believe “the media just doesn’t get it.” Not the severity of the crimes, nor the rapidly expanding frequency.
“We are not talking about someone inadvertently stumbling across a Web site,” said United States Attorney's Office Public Affairs Officer Thom Mrozek. “People we prosecute are collectors. They have hundreds or thousands of images stored on their computers or CD ROMs. And we are not talking about teenagers in swim suits. We are talking about images of graphic sexual contact.”
Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson Virginia Kice said the kind of child pornography that results in prosecution “is about infants and young children being sadistically abused, bondage, and bestiality. Many of these men also act out their fantasies with children.”
Though experts don’t agree on the exact percentage of child porn fans who also molest children, the figures are shockingly high. A Mayo Institute study conservatively estimates 76 percent of child porn enthusiasts also take a hands on approach. A 2007 government study reports that 85 percent of men convicted of downloading internet porn admitted to prison psychologists that they also sexually abused children.
One perspective is that exposure to child pornography fuels sexual urges, and that a constant barrage of sadistic images allows these men to feel their urges are not only “normal” but that they somehow “fit in.”
Even so, time and time again, those accused of child porn claim they only glanced at the materials, or were doing it for research purposes.
You have to look no farther than the media outrage at the child porn conviction of San Francisco radio host Bernie Ward. Numerous major newspaper articles lay blame on an “unjust system” for Ward’s impending five to 10 year sentence for actions he claims were research-oriented. The stories fail to mention that he downloaded graphic videos of young children being sadistically abused, and then passed those on to other child porn enthusiasts.
“It’s not about clicking on an image, it is downloading child porn,” Kice added. “A lot of child porn is produced in the United States, but we want to protect children around the globe, wherever a child is being abused.”
In the 80s, acquiring child porn was a dangerous and expensive venture, with the postal service playing watchdog. The Internet has provided an easily accessible -- and cheap -- venue to a rapidly-morphing child porn industry. Victims are increasingly younger in age, studies show: 91 percent of the victims are under 12, and 80 percent of the victims are female.
With the volume of Internet porn literally doubling every year, this crime has risen to the top of the priority list for many criminal investigators.
Within the past few weeks, apart from the 55 Central and Southern California child porn arrests, a Fresno man was convicted of kidnapping a 12-year-old and making videos of his sexual assaults. And a San Antonio woman advertised her 5-year-old daughter as a “nice piece” in an attempt to trade the child for a car and a new home.
“The demand for these pictures drives the industry,” said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller “We try to educate the public that it is a serious crime.”
FBI busts sheriff’s deputy Goossens for child porn
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By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE
San Luis Obispo County Deputy Sheriff Bryan Goossens was arrested Monday by federal agents as part of a widespread roundup of suspected members of a child pornography ring. Two other county men also have been named and face charges.
Officials said the suspects used the Internet to trade photographs.
Goossens, who caused a five-car accident in Atascadero in July, was one of more than 50 people in southern and central California whose arrests or indictments are being announced later this morning by a multi-agency task force in Los Angeles. (Additional details will be posted on this site later this morning.)
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Jeremy Neubauer, 29, of Nipomo, a part-time postal employee, also was arrested Monday. The identity of the third person was not immediately available.
A 20-year employee of the sheriff’s department, Goossens was taken into custody and transported to Los Angeles for booking in a federal detention facility. It was unclear if he had yet posted bail Tuesday morning. Goossens has been on paid administrative leave since July 11. FBI agents seized a computer and other items recently from Goossens' home.
Following the July 19 vehicle incident in which Goossens’ pickup truck sideswiped and totaled four parked cars before rolling over twice, Atascadero police investigators routed their report through other-than-normal channels. As a result, the spectacular 9:15 a.m. collision nearly escaped public attention. Police did not cite the suspended deputy. No media in San Luis Obispo County reported on the accident except UncoveredSLO.com.
Goossens was hired in 1988 and had been assigned to patrol duty at the sheriff’s Templeton office. He spent three years working as a corrections officer before becoming a deputy in 1991.
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Thursday, August 28, 2008
DSS and affiliates rewarded for breaking up families
Child "protection" is one of the biggest businesses in the country. We spend over $30 billion a year on it.
The money goes to tens of thousands of a) state employees, b) collateral professionals, such as lawyers, court personnel, court investigators, evaluators and guardians, judges, and c) DSS contracted vendors such as counselors, therapists, more "evaluators", junk psychologists, residential facilities, foster parents, adoptive parents, MSPCC, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, YMCA, etc. This newspaper is not big enough to list all of the people in this state who have a job, draw a paycheck, or make their profits off the kids in DSS custody.
In this article I explain the financial infrastructure that provides the motivation for DSS to take people’s children – and not give them back.
In 1974 Walter Mondale promoted the Child Abuse and Prevention Act which began feeding massive amounts of federal funding to states to set up programs to combat child abuse and neglect. From that came Child "Protective" Services, as we know it today. After the bill passed, Mondale himself expressed concerns that it could be misused. He worried that it could lead states to create a "business" in dealing with children.
Then in 1997 President Clinton passed the "Adoption and Safe Families Act." The public relations campaign promoted it as a way to help abused and neglected children who languished in foster care for years, often being shuffled among dozens of foster homes, never having a real home and family. In a press release from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services dated November 24, 1999, it refers to "President Clinton’s initiative to double by 2002 the number of children in foster care who are adopted or otherwise permanently placed."
It all sounded so heartwarming. We, the American public, are so easily led. We love to buy stereotypes; we just eat them up, no questions asked. But, my mother, bless her heart, taught me from the time I was young to "consider the source." In the stereotype that we’ve been sold about kids in foster care, we picture a forlorn, hollow-eyed child, thin and pale, looking up at us beseechingly through a dirt streaked face. Unconsciously, we pull up old pictures from Life magazine of children in Appalachia in the 1930s. We think of orphans and children abandoned by parents who look like Manson family members. We play a nostalgic movie in our heads of the little fellow shyly walking across an emerald green, manicured lawn to meet Ward and June Cleaver, his new adoptive parents, who lead him into their lovely suburban home. We imagine the little tyke’s eyes growing as big as saucers as the Cleavers show him his very own room, full of toys and sports gear. And we just feel so gosh darn good about ourselves.
Now it’s time to wake up to the reality of the adoption business.
Very few children who are being used to supply the adoption market are hollow-eyed tykes from Appalachia. Very few are crack babies from the projects. [Oh… you thought those were the children they were saving? Think again]. When you are marketing a product you have to provide a desirable product that sells. In the adoption business that would be nice kids with reasonably good genetics who clean up good. An interesting point is that the Cape Cod & Islands office leads the state in terms of processing kids into the system and having them adopted out. More than the inner city areas, the projects, Mission Hill, Brockton, Lynn, etc. Interesting…
With the implementation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act, President Clinton tried to make himself look like a humanitarian who is responsible for saving the abused and neglected children. The drive of this initiative is to offer cash "bonuses" to states for every child they have adopted out of foster care, with the goal of doubling their adoptions by 2002, and sustaining that for each subsequent year. They actually call them "adoption incentive bonuses," to promote the adoption of children.
Where to Find the Children
A whole new industry was put into motion. A sweet marketing scheme that even Bill Gates could envy. Now, if you have a basket of apples, and people start giving you $100 per apple, what are you going to do? Make sure that you have an unlimited supply of apples, right?
The United States Department of Health & Human Services administers Child Protective Services. To accompany the ASF Act, the President requested, by executive memorandum, an initiative entitled Adoption 2002, to be implemented and managed by Health & Human Services. The initiative not only gives the cash adoption bonuses to the states, it also provides cash adoption subsidies to adoptive parents until the children turn eighteen.
Everybody makes money. If anyone really believes that these people are doing this out of the goodness of their hearts, then I’ve got some bad news for you. The fact that this program is run by HHS, ordered from the very top, explains why the citizens who are victims of DSS get no response from their legislators. It explains why no one in the Administration cares about the abuse and fatalities of children in the "care" of DSS, and no one wants to hear about the broken arms, verbal abuse, or rapes. They are just business casualties. It explains why the legislators I’ve talked to for the past three years look at me with pity. Because I’m preaching to the already damned.
The legislators have forgotten who funds their paychecks and who they need to account to, as has the Governor. Because it isn’t the President. It’s us.
How DSS Is Helped
The way that the adoption bonuses work is that each state is given a baseline number of expected adoptions based on population.
For every child that DSS can get adopted, there is a bonus of $4,000 to $6,000.
But that is just the starting figure in a complex mathematical formula in which each bonus is multiplied by the percentage that the state has managed to exceed its baseline adoption number. The states must maintain this increase in each successive year. [Like compound interest.] The bill reads: "$4,000 to $6,000 will be multiplied by the amount (if any) by which the number of foster child adoptions in the State exceeds the base number of foster child adoptions for the State for the fiscal year." In the "technical assistance" section of the bill it states that, "the Secretary [of HHS] may, directly or through grants or contracts, provide technical assistance to assist states and local communities to reach their targets for increased numbers of adoptions for children in foster care." The technical assistance is to support "the goal of encouraging more adoptions out of the foster care system; the development of best practice guidelines for expediting the termination of parental rights; the development of special units and expertise in moving children toward adoption as a permanent goal; models to encourage the fast tracking of children who have not attained 1 year of age into pre-adoptive placements; and the development of programs that place children into pre-adoptive placements without waiting for termination of parental rights."
In the November press release from HHS it continues, " HHS awarded the first ever adoption bonuses to States for increases in the adoption of children from the public foster care system." Some of the other incentives offered are "innovative grants" to reduce barriers to adoption [i.e., parents], more State support for adoptive families, making adoption affordable for families by providing cash subsides and tax credits.
A report from a private think tank, the National Center for Policy Analysis, reads: "The way the federal government reimburses States rewards a growth in the size of the program instead of the effective care of children." Another incentive being promoted is the use of the Internet to make adoption easier. Clinton directed HHS to develop an Internet site to "link children in foster care with adoptive families." So we will be able to window shop for children on a government web site. If you don’t find anything you like there, you can surf on over to the "Adopt Shoppe."
If you prefer to actually be able to kick tires instead of just looking at pictures you could attend one of DSS’s quaint "Adoption Fairs," where live children are put on display and you can walk around and browse. Like a flea market to sell kids. If one of them begs you to take him home you can always say, "Sorry. Just looking." The incentives for government child snatching are so good that I’m surprised we don’t have government agents breaking down people’s doors and just shooting the parents in the heads and grabbing the kids. But then, if you need more apples you don’t chop down your apple trees.
Benefits for Foster Parents
That covers the goodies the State gets. Now let’s have a look at how the Cleavers make out financially after the adoption is finalized.
After the adoption is finalized, the State and federal subsidies continue. The adoptive parents may collect cash subsidies until the child is 18. If the child stays in school, subsidies continue to the age of 22. There are State funded subsidies as well as federal funds through the Title IV-E section of the Social Security Act. The daily rate for State funds is the same as the foster care payments, which range from $410-$486 per month per child. Unless the child can be designated "special needs," which of course, they all can.
According to the NAATRIN State Subsidy profile from DSS, "special needs" may be defined as: "Physical disability, mental disability, emotional disturbance; a significant emotional tie with the foster parents where the child has resided with the foster parents for one or more years and separation would adversely affect the child’s development if not adopted by them." [But their significant emotional ties with their parents, since birth, never enter the equation.]
Additional "special needs" designations are: a child twelve years of age or older; racial or ethnic factors; child having siblings or half-siblings. In their report on the State of the Children, Boston’s Institute for Children says: "In part because the States can garner extra federal funds for special needs children the designation has been broadened so far as to become meaningless." "Special needs" children may also get an additional Social Security check.
The adoptive parents also receive Medicaid for the child, a clothing allowance and reimbursement for adoption costs such as adoption fees, court and attorney fees, cost of adoption home study, and "reasonable costs of food and lodging for the child and adoptive parents when necessary to complete the adoption process." Under Title XX of the Social Security Act adoptive parents are also entitled to post adoption services "that may be helpful in keeping the family intact," including "daycare, specialized daycare, respite care, in-house support services such as housekeeping, and personal care, counseling, and other child welfare services". [Wow! Everything short of being knighted by the Queen!]
The subsidy profile actually states that it does not include money to remodel the home to accommodate the child. But, as subsidies can be negotiated, remodeling could possibly be accomplished under the "innovative incentives to remove barriers to adoption" section. The subsidy regulations read that "adoption assistance is based solely on the needs of the child without regard to the income of the family." What an interesting government policy when compared to the welfare program that the same child’s mother may have been on before losing her children, and in which she may not own anything, must prove that she has no money in the bank; no boats, real estate, stocks or bonds; and cannot even own a car that is safe to drive worth over $1000. This is all so she can collect $539 per month for herself and two children. The foster parent who gets her children gets $820 plus. We spit on the mother on welfare as a parasite who is bleeding the taxpayers, yet we hold the foster and adoptive parents [who are bleeding ten times as much from the taxpayers] up as saints. The adoptive and foster parents aren’t subjected to psychological evaluations, ink blot tests, MMPI’s, drug & alcohol evaluations, or urine screens as the parents are.
Adoption subsidies may be negotiated on a case by case basis. [Anyone ever tried to "negotiate" with the Welfare Department?] There are many e-mail lists and books published to teach adoptive parents how to negotiate to maximize their subsidies. As one pro writes on an e-mail list: "We receive a subsidy for our kids of $1,900 per month plus another $500 from the State of Florida. We are trying to adopt three more teens and we will get subsidies for them, too. It sure helps out with the bills."
I can’t help but wonder why we don’t give this same level of support to the children’s parents in the first place? According to Cornell University, about 68% of all child protective cases "do not involve child maltreatment." The largest percentage of CPS/DSS cases are for "deprivation of necessities" due to poverty. So, if the natural parents were given the incredible incentives and services listed above that are provided to the adoptive parents, wouldn’t it stand to reason that the causes for removing children in the first place would be eliminated? How many less children would enter foster care in the first place? The child protective budget would be reduced from $12 billion to around $4 billion. Granted, tens of thousands of social workers, administrators, lawyers, juvenile court personnel, therapists, and foster parents would be out of business, but we would have safe, healthy, intact families, which are the foundation of any society.
That’s just a fantasy, of course. The reality is that maybe we will see Kathleen Crowley’s children on the government home-shopping-for-children web site and some one out there can buy them.
May is national adoption month. To support "Adoption 2002," the U.S. Postal Service is issuing special adoption stamps. Let us hope they don’t feature pictures of kids who are for sale. I urge everyone to boycott these stamps and register complaints with the post office.
I know that I’m feeling pretty smug and superior about being part of such a socially advanced and compassionate society. How about you?