- Report: #344227
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Complaint Review: Department Of Human Services
Department Of Human Services220 Fort Street, Port Huron, Michigan U.S.A.
Department Of Human Services - Joseph Lienart - Tammy Bonderck Director Of DHS inhuman, outrageous and terribly terribly sad Port Huron Michigan
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In May 2007, 2 weeks after Mother Day, I received a call from the police department in Michigan informing me that my sister had died of an apparent overdose. I immediately called DHS and informed the caseworker Joseph Linnert who insisted that I could not speak to my niece and he tell her that her mother died. He had to do this and I was not allowed. I was not able to even had the number of the family she was staying with until he told her. My sister had a will naming me as guardian to my niece. I was told to fax the will to DHS and I flew back to Port Huron to bury my sister. I was not able to see my niece for more than a few minutes when I was there. I then was told by Joseph Linnert that he received reports that I was a mean and angry person by my Aunt (LIES). I could see he did not like me that there was going to be a fight. When I returned to LA, the caseworker left a angry message that said I was squanering the assets of my sister rented home. How dare I leave the home a mess. Then I call my sister's attorney (the one that did the will) and he would not return my calls. I received a referral from his secretary and this attorney told me he could help me for $500 and put me in touch with my neice so at least she could come out to California and bond with me. It was a nightmare for the next several months. The will was sqashed in court, the attorney told me that they were not giving me a chance for the adoption and I was not even being considered, and the attorney informed me that once your niece is adopted you are no longer related and you are fighting a losing battle. Then I received a bill from him for $900 and dismissed his services. I filled out numerous papers to process the adoption, had interviews with Child Service in Los Angeles who told me this is the saddest story they have hear in awhile. I was approved by the State of California for the adoption and they would submit the interdepartmental transfer form to Michigan. I said, "what happens next?' They said it will be there decision. I received a letter in January 2008 stating that they would not approve the adoption because I did not have a bond with my niece and she does have a bond with her current foster family (4 other children are adopted at this home) and they are approving the adoption to her foster family! I appealed and said you have denied all visitation over the last 7 months, How was I suspossed to bond? A conference call with the DIRECTOR OF DHS and her collegues was schedule. This was the first time I would be allowed to speak to the head of the department. I had written, pleaded and asked so many times before I lost count. She now was going to speak to me after I had cc: Jennifer Grant Holmes, the Governor on my last letter. During the conference call, I was told that my niece Elisha does not want to live with me or move to California. I said in all the conversations I've had with her over the last months, she never said that to me. She told me she wanted to be with both. I emphasized to DHS that I had only asked that she come to visit me here and see if she liked it. I would be happy with whatever decision she made. The Director pressed on and even cut me off when I was speaking and said I AM THE OWN THAT IS SPEAKING NOW. I said this is an injustice to a family to have a relative taken away and not to be considered. I think my sister would still be alive had the system not failed her in her agony and despair. I was informed that my niece is seeing a therapist and not doing well and gets very upset if I am mentioned or the thought of moving to Los Angeles. I said then I will withdraw my request for adoption. There was a moment of silence and I was blinded by my own tears.
I received an email this month from the foster mother two weeks after I sent my niece a birthday gift for her 9th birthday. WE adopted Elisha on May 6, 2008 and changed her name. Please send me the death certificate of her mother to me so that I can give it to my daughter when she turns 18. The money that was left in your sister's estate, we have set up for her to receive 1/4 when she turns 18, another 1/4 when she hits 25, 1/4 when she hits 30 and so on. My mother died caring for this child. She lived so that my niece could live. A new life, a new identity and a new name for her granddaughter. Another member of my family has died this time not by God hands but by a Michigan governmental agency who has human beings working for the betterment of man and child.
Playa del Rey, California
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/25/2008 04:15 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Department-Of-Human-Services/Port-Huron-Michigan-48060/Department-Of-Human-Services-Joseph-Lienart-Tammy-Bonderck-Director-Of-DHS-inhuman-ou-344227. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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