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Complaint Review: Children And Youth Services Of Venango County Pennsylvania

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  • Submitted: Thu, November 16, 2006
  • Updated: Wed, November 29, 2006

  • Reported By:Franklin Pennsylvania
Children And Youth Services Of Venango County Pennsylvania
1st Floor, Venango County Exchange Building 1283 Liberty Street, P.O. Box 1130 Franklin, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

Children And Youth Services Of Venango County Pennsylvania, RIPOFF, CYS is trying to keep my babies from my family and I. Franklin Pennsylvania

*Author of original report: Today court at 1:30pm

*Author of original report: We are going to court

*Consumer Comment: I can relate

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I have three children currently in foster care. They have had a very ruff time in the custody of CYS. They have been in foster care for about a year and a half. It all began with my son having an accident. He was 2 years old when he fell out a window on my mother's front porch. He only fell three or four feet, but he got a huge gash underneath his right leg. He was in Pittsburgh for a week or so and then came home.

Now I'm not going to say that they didn't have reasons to make a case on my children but I don't agree with everyone else saying that I deserved for them to be put in foster care. I could be wrong though, because I suffered severly from depression while they were in my care.

I had my first daughter Storm, who is 5, when I was 17. Then at 19 I had my son Asa, who is 3, and before my 21st birthday I had my daughter Orenda, who is 2. Asa and Orenda had minor diaper rashes, no open sores or bleeding, and Storm had a urinary tract infection that I had no idea about. When I found out how bad it was I cried, knowing that my daughter was in that much pain. She never mentioned anything and I never noticed her having any problems going to the bathroom.

I am writing this report because I need help getting them out. I have done everything that CYS has asked me to do and more, but the only thing that has happened is that my children have been moved to a foster family that my children don't like. Storm has been through 2 other foster homes then placed there.

She originally supposed to have respit care at the second home because the original foster family thought that she could use some one-on-one that they couldn't provide all the time. But they always wanted her to come back. Storm has also acted out in bad ways, I really don't want to put in here what she has done because it is very personal.

She has been put in counseling only at the original foster mom's and my demand. Since being at the new home she has gone to see CART(not sure what it stands for) a few times at my demand. She has been taken out because she started acting out again and the foster mom couldn't handle it. She is taking care of 5 children, 2 she and her husband adopted years ago and my 3 children.

I don't know what happened to my daughter to make her act out and with her in CYS's custody I don't think I will ever find out. I only receive one hour and a half visit once a week with my children now. When they were in their first home, and when I had not done anything that was asked of me, I was able to come down and see them with my sister, who was and still is approved to suppervise, whenever we wanted as long as the family was home.

They were placed in care in June 2005 and I really didn't start visiting them much until this year. I know that sounds horrible, and I feel horrible about it. The only reason I have was that I was scared to see them, I didn't know if they were mad at me, if they even wanted to see me and if I deserved to see them.

Because of my son's accident I was put in jail and charged with endangering the welfare of children. So with that hanging over my head after getting out of jail, I thought that I deserved the charge. Now I don't think I do.

Now after so long being in care and me completeing everything CYS has asked me to do, I get hour and a half visits once a week and NO HOLIDAYS. I don't understand why I can't have them for holidays. If anyone out there can help me get my babies back home before Christmas, please contact me.
Thank you so much,

Franklin, Pennsylvania

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#1 Author of original report

Today court at 1:30pm

AUTHOR: Karen - (U.S.A.)

My mother has a court hearing today at 1:30 pm to intervene (sp). If everthing goes the way we hope, we won't have to go to court on Friday. I am going to put in a request for Christmas so that Storm, Asa, & Orenda can be home at Grammie's for the holiday. I hope they will be able to. As far as I have been told by everone I have talked to, I am supposed to have first rights to holidays (not like I have gotten that so far this year, but we'll see). I hope that we don't go to court Friday because that will mean that we have more time to get the kids home. Everyday I just try to think of something else that I can do for CYS to convince them that I am not the same mother that I was when this all started, but alas, everything I do means nothing to them. They just want to sell my children to a family with two special needs boys who are not the nicest boys to my kids. They are constently taking things from mine to give to themselves. I think it is because these boys were perfectly happy being the only children in the home and I agree that they should be. I just wish that someone with power could make it that way.
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#2 Author of original report

We are going to court

AUTHOR: Karen - (U.S.A.)

We have a court date set for this Wednesday and this Friday. I know that Friday is the day that CYS is asking the judge to terminate my rights because 'they have no reason' to let me keep my rights. I don't see where they get that from because I have done everything they asked.

Unlike the Clarion case that is very simular, I have yet to be accused of sexually abusing them. I do admit that I did not treat them as well as they deserve but I, not making excuses, suffer from depression. Of course this whole thing isn't helping. I honestly now know that if my kids came home they would have enough family around that if I did fall back into the bad routine that I would get the help I need before anything went wrong.

We even have the original foster parents willing to help our family with anything and I mean anything that we would need for the children or ourselves. They will even help us sue CYS if they take thses kids away, because even one of our Senetors agrees that this is wrong and has done what they can to step in and help. All they can do is contact CYS and tell them to fix the problem. Which all they get in return is a letter stating that this is a CYS matter and CYS is doing everything that they can with this case. That is all these kids are to CYS, a case. Please pray for us to get these babies home where they belong.

I will get on at the end of this week to update again.
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#3 Consumer Comment

I can relate

AUTHOR: Kiara - (U.S.A.)

Look I can relate to how you feel. My sister lost her children to cys in Beaver County PA and now she will never see her children again because cys adopted them out. My mom did get custody of my sisters oldest and they gave my sister her youngest child back and since then she has had another child. CYS has found my sister compatint enough to raise 2 children but not her other 6 children. Now cys has finally addmited they wronged her. To bad she cant afford to sue. It is a shame that sometimes people who just need a little bit of guidence and help get victimized by the system while others who kids really are being neglected get there kids back. Keep Your head Up!
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