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  • Submitted: Thu, April 18, 2013
  • Updated: Fri, April 26, 2013

  • Reported By: Gail — Riverside California
Riverside County CPS
547 N. San Jacinto, Hemet, CA 92543 Hemet, Riverside, California United States of America

Riverside County CPS Brooke Lacey-caseworker, Paul Gaines, supervisor, Allison Beggs-Donahoe,assistant regional manager (Hemet) Jeff Stone-regional manager(Hemet) Judge John Monterosso- SWJ Murrietta, Teresa Solomon-Billi These persons were all instrumental in the legalized kidnapping of my granddaughters. The CPS offices in Hemet, Riverside, California

*Author of original report: Riverside County CPS

*Consumer Comment: Great Excuse

*Author of original report: Riverside County CPS

*Consumer Comment: Still Waiting..

*Consumer Comment: Comments and a couple of questions.

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Our family contacted CPS for help in learning options to help my daughter out of an abusive domestic relationship which we believed was a danger to our daughter and her two children. This plea for help to Riverside County DPSS resulted in CPS taking custody of the children and placing them in foster care by way of an underhanded tactic perpetrated on another family member and her family by DPSS.  There were several other options for placement of the children with family. Though according to the Manual of Policy and Procedure (MPP)it is mandated that the first option is reunification and family preservation, the assigned caseworker, Brooke Lacey and her "accomplices" had their own agenda. Rather than follow the MPP to accomplish this goal, these Kidnappers conspired with the foster care agency to cast my daughter in a very biased and unfavorable character in order to justify to the Court the ultimate plan to adopt these children to the foster parents. Our very reputable attorney who has practiced family law in this county for 20+ years confirmed that this foster home was not interested in adoption until they learned of the financial benefits to be had. Since securing the blessings of assistance by "the department" and the foster care agency personnel, a large new home and a new Honda van has been purchased. The department can not produce so much as a signed case plan. The caseworker did not perform a needs assessment to determine the cause for which the children had been found to be dependent/neglected and therefore could not adequately address the remedy that would accomplish a successful reunification. After failing to follow the department's policy and procedure this caseworker presented a skewed report to the court that was prejudicial and intended to cast my daughter as a low-life methamphetamine addict with mental issues. Let it be noted that three negative hair follicle test results had been submitted to the court. The caseworker also reported falsely to the court that my daughter had given birth to a toxic-positive baby, yet medical records report that results for substance in the newborns were negative.  Numerous calls/complaints were made to the caseworker's supervisor but nothing came of them by way of change in the way this case was being (mis)handled. The concerns were now taken to the regional managers, (Allison Donahoe-Beggs and Dean Wilson) in the hope that the caseworker would be called into accountability. After speaking with Ms. Beggs initially it seemed hopeful that at last something would be done to get this case directed in the right path, but apparently Ms. Beggs had been convinced that the caseworker was working diligently toward the stated goal and the parent simply was being uncooperative and non-compliant. Next an attempt to contact Supervisor Jeff Stone was thwarted by his secretary who was curt and demeaning to my daughter when she tried to present her testimony and dissatisfaction in regards to the manner in which her case was being managed. This caseworker has since been transferred to "adoptions", an apparent promotion to an area of her expertise. When the case came before Judge Rushton, his comments from the bench indicated that he believed the department was moving this case in the wrong direction. However, by the next hearing  Judge Monterosso was sitting on the bench. He is known by department personnel for refusing to reunite children under the age of three years old to the family even when there is sufficient cause to do so, a decision upheld by the court of appeals. The department submitted a very prejudicial report and recommendation to the court; nowhere in their report did they acknowledge that she had never given a positive drug test, that she had completed all of the counseling sessions and other requirements placed on her for reunification with her children.  Regardless of these accomplishments and being within the allowable time limits set forth in the judicial codes to restore parental rights and reinstate reunification services, the two older children were ordered for adoption, while the infant and most vulnerable was reunited with her mother. She has been in the custody of her mother for nearly a year and continues to grow and thrive in the love and nurture of her very large family. If this is not a loud testimonial to the injustice and life sentence levied against my granddaughters and our family, I don't know what is! We have been robbed by an agency with too much unbridled power and too little accountability. This is a story repeated in every county across this country. The money that is invested in these agencies on a county, state and federal level likely surpasses that of all other agencies combined. This is a self-perpetuating monster and it can gobble up your family with little care about the "best interests of the child" or justice. Educate yourself: Title IV Social Security Act (B & E), read it for yourself; it's scary! Don't wait until you are an innocent victim. Read; Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer's report for which many believe she and her husband were murdered. There is also a report by the Riverside County Grand Jury who investigated complaints about Riverside County CPS. One can "Google" these; they speak for themselves.  These articles address many of the complaints in regards to the illegal and prejudicial mismanagement of our own case which resulted in our children being "legally stolen" from this family. It is also conceivable that in light of the Gay Rights Movement and the humongous push for legalized same sex marriages that this agency has an agenda to provide children (preferably infants and toddlers) to these homes who obviously can not produce their own offspring. From caseworker to deputy director to the sitting judges, this case should rally citizens, officers of the court and law makers to take notice of what is happening in certain jurisdictions. To believe that corruption does not exist between certain agencies and the courts would be to bury ones head in the sand. The character of my family has been smeared and the obvious conclusion of this department is that my home is not fit for my grandchildren. The interpretation is that I am an unfit grandmother and thus it would follow that I was apparently an unfit mother and could not provide a safe and suitable environment in which to raise my own seven children. That also follows that I am a bad person. I am gravely offended that these people have raised themselves above reproach and dare to judge me and my home based on nothing more than the lies and half truths of an inept caseworker and supervisors willing to CHA!  I attest to the fact that there are children that need protection and parents that need guidance and instruction and that there are those times when reunification is not a viable solution. If you have been victimized as we have been, please make your voice heard. If you know of someone who has suffered this injustice, speak up for them. Keep in mind, this could happen to anyone, including you. I will not be silent nor will I ever place my trust and confidence in this agency again!

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 04/18/2013 02:10 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Riverside-County-CPS/Hemet-Riverside-California-92543/Riverside-County-CPS-Brooke-Lacey-caseworker-Paul-Gaines-supervisor-Allison-Beggs-Donah-1044176. 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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#1 Author of original report

Riverside County CPS

AUTHOR: zvegrandma - ()

Robert, your first question . . Then how come attorney with 20 years experience who apparently knows how things "work" took your case in the beginning instead of being honest with you that you had no chance. I did consider submitting your question to our attorney for her comment but without her direct response, I will do my best to answer your question.

After hearing the facts of this case, I believe that this attorney realized that this agency and its governing court system have been permitted to act with power and authority with little to no accountability. I believe that in the face of the gross injustice being thrust upon my daughter, she felt that no ordinary counsel would do and that to refuse to work this case would be to abandon the belief that this system has any remaining virtue.  Perhaps in part it was because she too is a grandmother and felt the need to defend the conviction that just maybe there is still some justice left in this world. Gerry Spence, renowned attorney from Wyoming puts it like this, The New King has become so powerful it can murder its own citizens with impunity.

As for contacting the media . . if you recall in my complaint I mentioned that the two older children were placed for adoption while the youngest was placed back with my daughter. The baby was born while the case with the two older girls was still open. The dirty, underhanded way CPS ultimately placed the baby in the foster home with her two older sisters is a whole other issue, but having no legal reason to deny reunification, the court was compelled to return her to my daughter. FYI - -
that was a year ago and she is happy and healthy and the prize of our very large family. However, she was part of the case as a sibling set and as such was still subject to CPS control and to the court. In light of the false reports to the court, the underhanded tactics we had already experienced from the department and evidence that there was collusion between CPS, the foster care/adoption agency and county counsel, we feared retaliation and retribution from CPS and the Court if we got too noisy with the media. Factually, these people have the power and the authority to take any child into CPS custody and
just see what a nightmare it is to get them back, If you get them back. You just dont know.

Now that I have (hopefully)answered your questions, I would like to know why you have been so sarcastic to me? I did not ask you or anyone else to blindly believe what I have put forth as my personal experience and beliefs in regards to CPS. In fact, I asked that you educate yourselves and gave you a couple places to start your search. I dont believe you did that. So far as you being personally offended by my comments, (not accusations) the only reasonable explanation for your intense reaction was that perhaps I had hit a nerve. I am sorry that you view that as an accusation.

CPS was NOT contacted because my daughter and granddaughters were in imminent danger. They were in an unhealthy
environment and the family was looking for options on how to essentially rescue her from herself and thus provide a better environment for her children. In other words, our purpose was to intervene. I will not go into personal details
in this forum which would serve only to lay bare all private matters of my daughters life, but had everything to do with the level of service that should have been provided to her by her caseworker.

There IS more to the story, but itis not I that is harmed by the facts. You are correct in stating that I wanted to be selective in my response. You were very accusatory in your statement that I was trying to be very selective in what you post to make you appear as good as you can and the other sides as bad as they can and I did not wish to give in to my first inclination. I want to attack the injustice, not others who might disagree with me. You do not have the slightest clue what I have invested
in trying to get my granddaughters back in my contacts from this caseworkers supervisor all the way up the chain of command, county supervisors, a senator, a representative and the emotional pain and endless number of sleepless nights
struggling with my internal rage. Please read the following Final Remarks by former Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer 50thDistrict of Georgia . . . It would serve you well to read her entire report entitled The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services."

On my desk are scores of cases of exhausted families and troubled children. It has been beyond me to turn my back on these suffering, crying, and sometimes beaten down individuals. We are mistreating the most innocent. Child Protective Services have become adult centered to the detriment of children. No longer is judgment based on what the child needs or who the child wants to be with 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 a director of DFCS.

I have witnessed such injustice and harm brought to these 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. Its time to pull back the curtain and set our children and families free.

(To the Georgia General Assembly from the legislative desk of Senator Nancy Schaefer 50th District of Georgia. November 16, 2007)   
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Great Excuse

AUTHOR: Robert - ()

Your excuse of having "other issues" to deal with would have worked if it weren't for one little thing.  Within hours of me posting on this report, you had the time even with your "other issues" to seek out and respond not once..but twice to a totally different report.  You even admitted in that post you had the time to read my response by calling me out by name.  Yet you now claim you want to re-read my questions so you can post the truth?

Just how long does it take to post the truth?  There is nothing to think about or working on formulating a response.  In the time it took you to write your response as to why you are not responding you could have re-read and answered the questions.  The only reason you would need time to do this is to try and be very selective in what you post to make you appear as good as you can and the other sides as bad as they can.    Either that or you realize that you may not be getting the full story from all parties, which if that is the case hopefully you come back and state that you were incorrect in posting the report.

I do not need to convince you that there is corruption in power. One believes what one CHOOSES to believe; others just bury their heads in the sand.

- No I am not burying my head. In fact when you re-read my post you will realize how I actually am telling you to take your proof as public as you can, I would love to actually see something.  When I mean public I don't mean on some anonymous web site, I mean with as much of an independent 3rd party as you can.  In this case one of the many local news stations in LA.

Really this isn't Rocket Science...if you have an official document that says one thing, and court records that state another..that is all you need to go public. 

But this ain't my first rodeo.  For what ever reason, not one person has ever taken the opportunity to truly go public.  Instead they come back with comments such as "Well I'll have to get back to you", or "You will see one day(at some unspecified point in the future) I will post ALL of the proof and you will see".

If you truly care about your Grand Daughters shouldn't they be your primary focus?  Shouldn't you be doing everything you can to get them out of this situation they are in?  Isn't the best way to accomplish that by going as public as you can? 

So of course if you don't go public then that has to lead anyone with even average reading comprehension that when you talk about other family members causing these problems..one has to think that there is a lot more that you are not saying, and what is not said wouldn't have you coming out smelling like a rose.
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#3 Author of original report

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AUTHOR: zvegrandma - ()

Robert, I have not responded to you directly as I have had other issues of everyday living to attend to, and the fact that I want to re-read your response and to be able to answer your questions factually. One thing that is clear to me is that you have had little or no dealings with our judicial system, whether it be in family court, criminal or probate. I used to believe that if a person followed all the rules and treated others as they wished to be treated that they would be afforded a peaceful existence. I have learned that our judicial system should be more aptly called our "legal system" because regardless of which arm you are dealing with, it has little to do with justice and what is right. Unless you have been on the receiving end of legal injustice it is easy to live under the delusion that being an honest, law-abiding citizen will net you a fair outcome in the courtroom. It more often comes down to who can tell their lie first and best and how much power is invested in the opposition, and I am not just speaking in terms of family court. It saddens me that we have been conditioned to this belief because when it comes to YOUR door, it is like getting sucker punched and you are down before you know what hit you.

When I have the time and opportunity I will answer your questions for which you have drawn your own conclusions based on speculation. Though I can only state facts to you, sometimes the truth is more outrageously unbelievable than anything one could fabricate. I do not need to convince you that there is corruption in power. One believes what one CHOOSES to believe; others just bury their heads in the sand.
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Still Waiting..

AUTHOR: Robert - ()

Hey gail/zvegrandma still waiting for the answer to the questions?

Oh and how did I know your other alias....this site has a nice feature that it actually highlights recently replied to posts..and the other post you commented to showed up. 

Interesting how you called me out by name..yet you didn't come to this post..Ummm.  It is also very interesting in the other post how you didn't state how you got CPS involved?  Anyways even though you didn't answer my question, I will answer your comment.  No I am not personally offended by your accusations.  In fact it is just a question because there are 3 sides to every story..we have one and of course you are going to be very biased.

Is it perhaps that you couldn't answer the question?
 
Is it perhaps that there is more to the story, and that doesn't make you look so good? 

Is it perpahs that contrary to what you wrote in that post that "it could happen to anyone" doesn't really fit the facts that YOU called them because your grand kids were in danger?

One more comment/question I didn't mention before but it seems relevant now.
resulted in CPS taking custody of the children and placing them in foster care by way of an underhanded tactic perpetrated on another family member and her family by DPSS.
- Perhaps this other "family member" could shed more light on why you don't have custody.  After all there are 3 sides(or perhaps 4 in this case) to every story.
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#5 Consumer Comment

Comments and a couple of questions.

AUTHOR: Robert - ()

First of all this isn't some random case of CPS knocking down a door and just taking the kids.  In this case YOU contacted CPS because YOU felt that YOUR Grand kids were in danger.  The problem is that instead of you being able to handle it yourself and talk to your daughter to leave or at least have you take care of the kids, you needed to contact them.   But they all of the sudden become "evil" because they didn't just automatically give the kids to you.  As a result you came up with this grand conspiracy that they seem to have targeted your grand kids to get them adopted off.

Now this question has been asked before and I have yet to see anyone ever answer it, so perhaps you would be the first.

If what you are saying about how the report the case worker submitted contradicts the facts and everything you have written is 100% true and nothing is being left out.  Then how come attorney with 20 years experience who apparently knows how things "work"  took your case in the beginning instead of being honest with you that you had no chance.

Then when he wasn't able to get you the kids, how come you didn't take what you have to the local news media.  You are in the LA area and there are several TV and radio stations and at least one Newspaper that would be beating down your door to be able to break the story of government corruption..especially when it involves kids. 
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