• Report: #178374

Complaint Review: Arizona Child Protective Services, Pima County (AZ/DES CPS)

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  • Submitted: Mon, February 27, 2006
  • Updated: Sun, July 15, 2012

  • Reported By:Tucson Arizona
Arizona Child Protective Services, Pima County (AZ/DES CPS)
1075 East Fort Lowell Tucson, Arizona U.S.A.

Arizona Child Protective Services, Pima County (AZ/DES CPS) False allegations of Child Abuse, Using my Disability as Excuse, Not making reasonable efforts to return my son, abused him Tucson Arizona

*Consumer Comment: Need Help

*General Comment: Funding vs Children

*Consumer Comment: cps lies

*Consumer Comment: Foster Parents vs. Natural Parents

*General Comment: My Nightmare with Pima County CPS

*General Comment: Did you get your son back, Roma?

*General Comment: Delusional

*Author of original report: Emily Mays Foster Caretakers Real Address Time of Death

*Consumer Comment: Its true and i hope one day they will be punished for what they are doing.

*Consumer Suggestion: future of parental rights at stake

*Consumer Suggestion: What was your part in this?

*Consumer Suggestion: There is real help available for parents

*Consumer Comment: Child abuse by child services

*UPDATE Employee: Response to Arizona CPS

*Consumer Comment: in response to the young woman in Tuscon

*Consumer Comment: In the Same Boat in Tucson

*Consumer Comment: This is happening

*Consumer Comment: The FACTS

*Consumer Suggestion: Roma , my story is almost idenical

*Consumer Suggestion: Sad Very Sad

*Consumer Comment: thank you Teresa

*Consumer Comment: thank you Teresa

*Consumer Comment: thank you Teresa

*Consumer Comment: thank you Teresa

*Consumer Comment: I was a Foster Child in the AZ system

*Consumer Comment: Marc Makaha, from Hawaii's comment

*Author of original report: WHY? Simply THE CHILD PROTECTION RACKET

*Consumer Comment: What brought your son to the attention of these horrible people?

*Consumer Suggestion: YOU HAVE TO BE PREPARED. PRAY ABOUT WHAT THE LORD WOULD HAVE YOU DO. HERE IS A START

*Consumer Suggestion: THE SIMPLE TRUTH..

*Consumer Suggestion: THERE'S SOMETHING YOU CAN DO

*Consumer Comment: Same problem in Mohave county, az Lake Havasu City CPS in year 2000

*Consumer Comment: THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT CPS, DCFS ARE IN IT FOR FEDERAL FUNDING. THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.

*Consumer Suggestion: Family members get first choice!!! Remember that!

*Consumer Comment: Pictures and the expert Robert From NY

*Consumer Comment: Concerned Mother and Citizen

*Consumer Suggestion: Haven't Read It All

*Author of original report: Thank you, especially to those effected

*Author of original report: MAJOR CHILD PORN RING BUSTED; 20 Children Rescued Worldwide

*Author of original report: FL Child Welfare Official's Porn Case & Others - One small step to the top

*Author of original report: International Ped Ring Being Uncovered - Social Services Children's Home

*Consumer Comment: Answers for Ms. Conviviality

*Author of original report: pics

*Consumer Comment: Question about photos posted.

*Consumer Comment: Child Welfare

*Consumer Comment: Child Welfare

*Consumer Comment: Foster Parent Response

*Consumer Comment: Roma I am a grown version of Rafe

*Consumer Comment: Roma I am a grown version of Rafe

*Consumer Comment: Roma I am a grown version of Rafe

*Consumer Comment: Roma I am a grown version of Rafe

*Author of original report: higher Court Updates - My fight for the children and families in Arizona

*Consumer Comment: Practice and Policy : CPS Justification ATTN: Foster Parent Marc

*Consumer Comment: Misunderstanding

*Consumer Comment: A CHALLENGE to TLWaggoneer ......

*Consumer Comment: Get a life Gretchen!!

*UPDATE Employee: Renee, L....

*Consumer Suggestion: the kids are in danger

*Consumer Comment: I Too Know The Nightmare of CPS

*Author of original report: Az HB2024 2003 - 17 Million State Funds to CPS (10.3 Million for Staffing) (((more copy & paste articles from this op)))

*Consumer Comment: Serious Researchers- Put This In Your GOOGLE Search Engine

*Author of original report: Foster Children Used in Horrific Drug Experiments - The House That AIDS Built

*Author of original report: SOME CPS FEderal Funding Laws-They Break Them EVery Time (RICO, Racketeering)

*Author of original report: Senate Approves 1/2 Trillion in MORE Child Social Worker Funding in One Pop Sept 2006

*Author of original report: Senate Approves 1/2 Trillion in MORE Funding in One Pop Sept 2006

*Consumer Comment: Sept 20, 2006 Senate Passes PSSF Funding 505 Million 1/2 Trillion in One Pop

*Consumer Comment: Sept 20, 2006 Senate Passes PSSF Funding 505 Million 1/2 Trillion in One Pop

*Consumer Comment: Sept 20, 2006 Senate Passes PSSF Funding 505 Million 1/2 Trillion in One Pop

*Consumer Comment: Sept 20, 2006 Senate Passes PSSF Funding 505 Million 1/2 Trillion in One Pop

*Author of original report: Texas District Settles Lawsuit by Parents Over False Child Abuse Allegations

*Author of original report: INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: STATE UNJUSTLY TERMINATES PARENTAL RIGHTS FOR FEDERAL MONEY

*Author of original report: State Child Abuse and Homiices of Our Children by CPS

*Consumer Comment: Media always reports the negative... and other comments

*Consumer Comment: My sympathies are with you!

*Consumer Comment: 17 TRILLION?

*Consumer Comment: 17 TRILLION?

*Consumer Comment: 17 TRILLION?

*Consumer Comment: 17 TRILLION?

*Consumer Suggestion: victims from Las vegas

*Consumer Comment: Please Please Please- Tell us about Rafe currently...

*Consumer Comment: I believe everything you said as it has happened to me in a similar fashion.

*Consumer Comment: From A Childs Standpoint

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Child Protection Workers are LIARS! Children need to be protected from DHS abuse and neglect!

*Author of original report: Arizona State Representatve Knaperek Speaks Out God Bless Her

*Consumer Comment: I pray for your son, Rafe

*Consumer Comment: Mother whos children were KIDNAPPED!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Dr. Phil Show may be able to help save our children!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: More Lying DHS Workers!!!!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: More Lying DHS Workers!!!!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: More Lying DHS Workers!!!!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: More Lying DHS Workers!!!!

*UPDATE Employee: quit blaming "the system"

*Consumer Comment: childern that have died in there hands

*Author of original report: More national Foster Child Homicides in State Custody

*Consumer Comment: emily mays

*Consumer Comment: Marc ..if we only had forced sterilization in this country for scums like this!

*Consumer Comment: Gee Roma, I just knew you'd respond with the accusation that I must be an abuser.

*Consumer Comment: Roma, I ache with you

*Consumer Comment: May the love of God cleanse and forgive you

*Consumer Comment: May the love of God cleanse and forgive you

*Consumer Comment: May the love of God cleanse and forgive you

*Consumer Comment: May the love of God cleanse and forgive you

*Consumer Comment: CPS will adopt out the kids and hopefully they'll be able to live good lives

*Author of original report: it was not only the foster parents, but that CPS agents had something to do with it. That is why the police are having a difficult time presecuting

*Author of original report: it was not only the foster parents, but that CPS agents had something to do with it. That is why the police are having a difficult time presecuting

*Author of original report: it was not only the foster parents, but that CPS agents had something to do with it. That is why the police are having a difficult time presecuting

*Author of original report: it was not only the foster parents, but that CPS agents had something to do with it. That is why the police are having a difficult time presecuting

*Author of original report: Foster Child Deatahs in Tucson Arizona, CPS not Cooperate with Police

*Consumer Comment: Delusional and psychotic?

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ABUSE IN CPS CUSTODY, THAT I WAS ABLE TO DOCUMENT
I want my son home where he is safe. Too many children are dying and being abused in state custody. THIS MUST STOP!


This bruise was observed on November 16, 2005 at visitation. Up close there were small holes or tears in his stomach. It was as though they used pliers or something on him to torture him. There were the same the following week, see report. I also have reports of 2 foster children being beat to death on the same days, same area of town, same injuries. KOLD/TV Arizona Daily Star, and Tucson Citizen reports.






My son's story:

I have not received a fair trial, attorneys did not enter evidence in my favor, GAL did nothing to protect my son, CPS caseworkers committed perjury on the stand, Reasonable efforts were not made, my Constitutional Rights as a parent are being violated. No plan to return the child to his home.

Judge Steven Rubin, Juvenile Court

APS Caseworker Corie Adams made up false allegations and fabrications conspired with new caseworker,Emmanuel Vergara; Rosemary Jackson, Case Aide, Visitation Supervisor, my son is terrified of her, she is from Oregon
State appointed Attorneys Kasey Coughlin and Jacquelyn Rohr, GAL for child Margo Donaldson

VISITATION NOTES A... Case, Abuse of an Angel in State Custody

September 26, 2005 11AM Monday, Teddy Bear Shelter
I saw my son for the first time today. It was horrible. Francis Caccovale, the visitation supervisor, met me at the shelter. When I saw my son, I ran over to him. He stood there, hunched over, arms hanging at his sides, completely spaced out, as though he had a lobotomy. I kept saying, Ruffles, it's Mama. He was totally gone. I couldn't reach him. I took him to the back room with Francis, who documented everything. I got out our baby book scrapbook to read to him. He finally became more responsive, but was still very passive. I asked if he was on any medication, and Francis said no. I sat, holding him on the couch, for almost an hour. Francis commented on how well he could read, spell, and count. She asked if I had ever thought about going into Early Childhood Development for a career. I replied that I was considering that or teaching when Rafe was older. She commented on how good I was with him, and said he needed to go home with me, as there was no abuse or neglect, that was evident by his reactions and by the baby book that I was reading to him It has all of his certificates and activities, and is the same baby book that Corie Adams, the initial investigative caseworker, tried to keep from me at our first interview. I held him the whole time and we sang songs, looked at his baby book, and read books. He was very quiet, but seemed to be content looking at familiar things from home. It took quite awhile for him to come around. He seemed gone mentally. When he did finally spell a few words, he looked at me as if to say, I am being good now, can I go home. The poor child was in shock. They said he is not eating. In 20 minutes he ate 4 big pieces of my zucchini nut bread, two helpings of yogurt, 3 helpings of pureed fruit, 4 pieces of cheese, and 10 ounces of Ovaltine chocolate milk. He ate as though he hadn't eaten in weeks, which they said he had not eaten much.
My child was in horrible condition. When we got to the room, I smelled limburger cheese; it was my son. He stunk so badly. He was filthy and his mouth smelled like a garbage can. I tried to leave his toothbrush and toothpaste, but they said he shares with other children, so I should not leave them as the other children would use it. I left a clean outfit for them to put on him. It was quite obvious that my son has not had a bath the whole time he has been there. All the other children ran up to me starved for attention, but my son just stood there like a zombie.

Parting time was worse than any hell I could ever imagine. I gave him hugs and said Mama will be back in a week. He did not cry. He simply clenched his eyes so tight he had wrinkles everywhere, clenched his teeth to the point I thought they would break, and turned his head to the side. It looked as if he was in the worst pain imaginable, as if to say, Oh God, No. I felt like dying. I handed him over, went out to the car, and cried for God to help us. It was the worst day of my life. My son was in shock and then wondered why Mama was leaving again. He looked so bad, worst than any child I have seen starved and neglected in the Save a Child magazines from around the world. This was a nightmare.
I want my son to come home.

October 3, 2005 11AM, Monday Teddy Bear Shelter
I arrived for my visit as scheduled rang the doorbell, and the ladies at the shelter let me in and took me to the back room with Rafe to visit. I began feeding him, and one of the girls came in and asked where Francis was. I said I did not know, weren't they supervising the visit? They said I would have to leave or they would have to call the police. I started to call Gamila and my attorney, Casey Coughlin, to let someone know what was happening. Again the girl said, please just leave and call from outside so we don't have to call the police. I was in shock. I handed Rafe back over. Once again, he shut his eyes, gritted his teeth, and turned his head sideways. He cried silently. This traumatized my son even further. I said they are messing with his head; this is sadistic. The girl at the shelter answered yes they are and shook her head.

When I arrived home, my attorney had left a message. She called about my visitation and about the drug tests. Caseworker Corie Adams had entered my id number incorrectly into the drug test system. If you do not drop when scheduled, you are considered positive. When I called and put in my SS# that entire week, it said invalid, so I was unable to test. Corie also left a message that she had been on vacation that week and informed me that she had put in the information wrong and it had been corrected that day. Luckily, I paid for a comprehensive drug hair test that went back to prior CPS involvement, so I was covered that week. The results were negative, of course.

Francis had left a message instructing me to come back down to the shelter for visitation that she had gotten mixed up on the times. I returned immediately to the Teddy Bear Shelter.

1215PM, Same Day
When I returned, they took me to the visitation room, and Francis said sit down. I asked where Rafe was. They said he is sleeping and I could not see him now. I said then I need to leave. They said I could not leave, and I insisted that if I was not sure if my son was there, I needed to leave. I started to walk toward the door and they said I am not allowed to go that way, so I asked isn't this the exit and began to call my attorney. They brought my son out immediately. He was completely unresponsive. They said he was sleeping. I think he was again traumatized, or drugged, as he looked very strange. It took 20 minutes to get him to come around.
I had visitation, but Francis talked the whole way through it and almost ruined the whole visitation. She continually pushed buttons about the domestic violence, and kept my son and me on edge talking about things he should not have heard and did understand. I asked her why she did not show up at court, as promised last Thursday. She said CPS, Corie Adams specifically, would not let her attend the hearing. She insisted that she would be there, as from what she saw, my son needed to come home. She said we had a very tight bond and there was no neglect or abuse, that was obvious. She never showed up to court.

Once again my son smelled very badly. He did have on the outfit I brought the previous week, but it was filthy. We had a nice time reading books and playing. I fed him the same amount of food as the first visit, enough for a normal child his age for a week, and he ate it all gladly. Again, he shut down when it was time to leave. He cried this time. I cannot take much more of this torture that my son is going through. The other children at the shelter ran right up to me for attention. My son acted extremely traumatized and was almost unreachable unlike any of the other children there who were eating and playing as if they never had it so good.

My son had a cut lip and had some sort of insect bites all over his body. He looked terrible. He was swirling his tongue around, and when I asked him what that is, he got big eyes and looked over at Francis out of the corner of his eyes. I am concerned about this, as well as the condition of my son.

October 6, 2005 10am, Thursday, Teddy Bear Shelter
Patty Palomera, my son's therapist from The Blake Foundation, called me to ask me if I could take my son some clothes. She informed me that he is not doing well emotionally. I asked her if it was true what the Blake Foundation said in court about my son being unreachable and getting upset screaming for Mama to the point that he upset the other children and they could not calm him down. They strongly suggested that he see me twice a day to calm him, as it was obvious that he needed to see his Mother. She said yes it is true; he really needs me. I asked why the guardian ad litem assigned to my son's case said he was eating like a pig right after Blake made their report: She said it is not true. He will not eat, is inconsolable, and is emotionally gone. They are very worried about him. So I took 11 shirts, 5 shorts, 8 pairs of socks, new sneakers, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and other things (see pictures and signed list of items) into the shelter. They refused to sign, so I took them back, and then they signed the paper documenting what I had brought my son.

My visit was ok. Francis was not writing anything down as before, and continually talked about negative things, as if she was now on an information gathering adventure for Corey Adams, the caseworker, and was out to ruin the visit. I asked Rafe what he did today, and he got very big eyes, and looked over at Francis, who was on her cell phone, out of the corner of his eyes. He is afraid of something. I refused to allow her to ruin the visit, and Rafe and I had a nice time. Once again he ate like a pig. His finger nails were long and caked with mud, so I cut them with nail clippers. Once again, he had some sort of insect bites all over his body.

I chased him around the room a bit, and he started laughing. The clothing exchange took 20 minutes and almost ruined the visit at the end. He cried when I left. These people are insistent on ruining our visits. My poor son. My heart is bleeding for him. He does not understand why Mama won't take him out of there.

October 13, 2005 10am to 12pm, Thursday, McDonalds 12th and Valencia, South Tucson

They moved my son to a foster home in South Tucson last Friday, so I am hoping that he is better. They said it is a wealthy family and he will get a lot of attention as he is the only child (I later found out this is all untrue). Corie Adams, the caseworker, called me and asked me if I could take in some clothes for Rafe. I asked her what happened to the bags of clothes I took in last week, as it was enough clothing for two weeks. She never answered me as usual.

I arrived at my visit, and waited until 1115 am with Francis. The foster mother never showed up with Rafe. Francis told me to wait there until she found him. I refused to wait and told her to call me on the cell phone when she found out where my son was. This is complete insanity and incompetence on their part. No one knew where my son was! It took me an hour to get to the visitation. I had to go home, another hour drive, and then drive over to meet with my attorney at 1:30. Then I had visitation rescheduled for later that day, another hour of driving to South Tucson. It took all of 8 hours to see my son, and that was because I insisted on it.
The visit went ok. As usual, I took many toys. I also took his paints and markers and paper, so we could do some artwork together, as well as play dough. We played and I chased him around the play area. We had a lot of fun. The indoor playground was filthy and smelled like someone had thrown up in it recently. The bathroom was so dirty and smelled so bad that Francis refused to go in it. This is completely unbelievable! My son has been in the worst neglect situations since CPS took him. This is the type of stuff you read about and cannot believe. My poor baby; he is so well taken care of in his own home that this is a situation he should never have been in.

I took in some clothes: two pair of jeans, one nice dress outfit, two new pair of shoes, socks, a sweater, etc. (See pictures and signed list of items). I met the foster mother. She seemed nasty. I said to be careful in the one pair of shoes as he may slip. She said, I don't let him jump around. I make him lay on the floor. I don't allow that. She seemed very mean. I gave her a dozen potty diapers and she replied that he is not potty trained. I informed her that he was almost potty trained by the first of September. I put my son in the foster mother's car, gave him a big truck from home, and then hugged and kissed him and said good-bye.

October 18 and 20, 2005, Tuesday and Thursday 9 10 AM, McDonalds, South Tucson

This week's visits went by with no problems. We had a wonderful time together. As always, I took many toys and activities, as well as a variety of foods for Rafe. On Thursday the 20th, the foster mother arrived before Francis and brought Rafe in. She told me he is constipated and has not gone to the bathroom for over a week now. She said she gives him raisins, but it does not help. I told her he usually poops twice a day. I tried to help by telling her he does not like raisins, and that she should try to give him blueberries, strawberries, bananas, and apples. She looked at me as though that would cost too much and shrugged her shoulders. I tried to make suggestions for his diet to help her. I also noticed during the past couple of visits that he seemed dehydrated and had an abnormally dry diaper, even after drinking all the liquids I took to the visit for him. I asked her to please make sure he gets plenty of water. She just looked at me. She also informed me that he is seeing his father for 3 days, and that when she says we are going to see Dad, Rafe says, No, Mama, Mama and becomes disappointed that I am not there. Francis said he is not seeing his Father. I found out later that this is also a lie. Francis seems obsessed with my son's Father, always asking about his money, etc. I walk Rafe out and it seems to help, until I walk away from the car. He makes a bit of a face and turns his head. I was shocked at the condition of the car seat. All the buckles were broken to the point that the straps were just laying over him and it was not attached to the seat properly. I informed Francis that if she put her brakes on at all, my son would get seriously injured. It was merely there for appearances, and was more unsafe than no car seat at all I informed Francis that this is unacceptable, and in violation of car seat laws.

During the visit, my son said it hurts. He will not say anymore than that, just looks over at the caseworker and says no more. He has done this every week that I have seen him. He put his finger in his nose. I looked and there was dried blood in his nose. My son does not have allergies, so where did the dried blood come from.

October 25, 2005, Tuesday, 9-10 AM, McDonalds, South Tucson

Francis informed me last week that we needed to cancel one visit or change the visitation times this week. I arrived at the McDonalds in South Tucson with lunch and many toys and activities for my son and I to enjoy together. When I saw my son, I was shocked. He had two head injuries, one on each side of his forehead. The one on the right side was older, as it was disappearing, and the one on his left forehead was still black and blue. His left inner eyelid, the tender pink part, was freshly scratched. He also had hay-like scratch marks on his face. In addition to all of this, he had deep cuts on his right shin. I asked Francis what had happened and whether there were any doctor reports. She offered no answer, as usual. I asked my son what happened and he responded it hurts. He then took all his Winnie the Pooh characters and dropped them one by one on the floor. (I have video of this.) I said you will hurt them, and he giggled nervously. He said again, it hurts Mama. This aggressive behavior is unlike my son. He is trying to act out what happened with his Winnie the Pooh characters. My son also seemed very camera shy, and lay down in a strange position when I got the camera out. I am quite sure he is playing charades.

Other than this, we had a wonderful visit, as usual. We are both happy for the time we spend together.
Conversation with Emmanuel Vergara, Caseworker, regarding the injuries

When I inquired about the injuries to Emmanuel, he replied that the foster dad said he gets mad and bangs his head on the ground. I asked if he was taken to the doctor for the head injuries or the deep cuts n his leg. Emmanuel did not answer. I asked if my son had a bed he was sleeping on. The cuts looked a bit suspicious, unlike scrapes from falling. Again, no answer. The following day, October 26, 2005, the foster mother arrived before Francis. I asked her about the bruises from the previous day. She answered that he fell off of his bike. This is in conflict with what the foster dad allegedly told the caseworker, that he bangs his head on the ground. I am sure neither of these stories is true. There are too many inconsistencies. My attorney said there is nothing we can do. I am considering calling the abuse hotline number. I expressed my concern to both Emmanuel Vergara as well as Marion Baley, the supervising caseworker. I left many messages on the phone. I have also given pictures to my attorney for the record.

October 26, 2005, Wednesday, 89 am, McDonalds, South Tucson

I arrived at the visit with my usual load of food and activities for my son. The foster mother arrived before Francis. She said, Oh look, I have to show you what happened. He fell again and hit his head. It covered the one from yesterday. I raised 16 children and they jump. It is normal. I replied that is strange, that is why you have him. I asked her how it happened and she stated the previous ones happened when he fell off of his bike, and this one he fell off toys and stuff. I thought to myself, stuff? This is inconsistent with what the caseworker, Emmanuel Vergara, told me when he said my son was allegedly banging his head on the floor, according to the foster father. Francis then arrived and she and the foster mother went outside to talk a few minutes. I was instructed to stay inside the McDonalds.
I was very concerned about this head injury, as it was a serious bump that it required an MRI, especially since it was the third injury that I saw in 2 days. I asked Francis about it and she said that Dad had visited on Friday, and now Rafe was getting many bruises. During the visit, when I discussed the bruises with Francis, she slipped and said, When he is at my house I mean at the foster mothers house. I took note of that comment. I took pictures of the bruises, as always, and I then took copies to my attorney. She was not in. I called more than once that day, and was told there was nothing we could do.
I want to know why my son is getting so many head injuries, cuts, etc, and no one is taking him to the doctor. This needs medical attention, at least.

October 26, 2005, 11 AM, Meeting with CPS at East Broadway office

At 11 AM I had a meeting at the CPS office at 6840 East Broadway. I met with Emmanuel Vergara, current caseworker, Marion Baley, supervising caseworker, and Rosemary Jackson, newly assigned visitation supervisor. I discussed the enormous amount of head injuries, cuts, and bruises that my son has sustained in the past week. They responded it is normal. I replied that this many injuries is not normal, and only seems to happen when you are involved. I then asked why he isn't returned to his own home. They informed me that my attorney has to make that motion. They asked me why I took him so often to the doctor. I replied when a child falls or is sick with a fever, you are supposed to take him to the doctor. I demanded, once again, to see doctor reports for these injuries. Again, I received no response to this question. We then discussed my new visitation, which I would be allowed to have at a park, so my son and I could practice our normal routine. We discussed therapy for domestic violence and parenting at Reflections Clinic. I informed them that I had already participated in both types of counseling here in Tucson. Other than that, nothing was resolved about neither my son's injuries nor moving him to another home or to his own home.

On the evening of October 30th, I called the Tucson Police Department to do an emergency check on my son. They were willing, but were unable to perform the request, as I did not have and address for the foster home that my son is located at. I had a horrible week-end worrying about him.

November 2, 2005, Wednesday, 10am-12pm, Kennedy Park, South Tucson

Today I had a wonderful visit with my son under the supervision of Rosemary Jackson. We met at the park, and I took enough toys for a week. I took his scooter, his big truck, art activities, many tractors and trucks, books, enough to fill the vehicle. I was so excited to be able to visit with my son in the park. We had so much fun being outside, as this is our usual routine at home. My son seemed afraid of the playground, as if he was not allowed to play. I had to encourage him to go down the slide and climb up the play apparatus. I found this strange, especially since he has done these things daily since he was only one year old. But, I was so happy to see him and play with him that I didn't mind. After some encouragement, he joined right in with Mama, as always.
More importantly, he did not have any new injuries that I could see, so I was happy about that. His right forehead was black and blue from the head injury last week that needed an MRI, but other than that, he seemed fine. He was happy to be at the park with Mama once again.

I guess he is in daycare now, in a private home allegedly, according to Rosemary Jackson, the new visitation supervisor. I am sure he was previously, since the foster mother slipped at McDonalds and said she took him to the babysitter.

He looked better, but has no interest at all in books or spelling. He seems more excited to see his toys and play. I guess I shouldn't worry, but I was trying to encourage a boy who would not want to party but would like reading, etc. All his abilities that he learned in his first 3 years with Mama seem a waste now. It is sad. He probably does not have any toys. I asked where the big truck Mama sent with him. He looked down sadly. The foster parents probably sold it. It is strange that I took a couple of toys and 3 bags of clothing and they are all gone.

The goodbyes tear my heart as well as my son's. He gets this sad look as if he wonders what he did wrong. When she pulled up in the car, he had a huge smile and was kicking excitedly when he saw me. I was crying and said Mama loves you. Lately, he won't look me in eye or sing; he is too interested in playing. I guess in time we will get over that. When he comes home, I want to hold him more than I did before.

I said, it's ok Rafe, Mama loves you, and Mama wants you to come home to Rafe's house. The supervisor, Rosemary Jackson, told me not to say that as they don't understand and it upsets them as they have no idea of time. I informed her that I want him to understand that he still has a home and that Mama does want him. She said don't say that or you will get corrected. I put my son in her car, hugged him, and walked away.

November 9, 2005, Wednesday, 10AM-12PM, Kennedy Park, South Tucson

I had visitation today at Kennedy Park on Mission and Ajo with my son, supervised by Rosemary Jackson. I always arrive early to set up our play area before meeting my son. When they arrived, I saw him through their vehicle window looking all around, knowing Mama is there somewhere waiting for him. It brings tears to my eyes and rips my heart wide open. When I got to the car, he was kicking his legs excited to see me. He practically jumped out of the car seat.
We went to the play area, and the first thing I did is feed him, as I know he is not eating very nutritious foods or the foods he is accustomed to eating. He usually eats fast as if he cannot get enough of what Mama offers him to eat. He seemed excited to see his own things that Mama brought to play with.

We painted and read books and colored with markers. I also put stickers on his shirt. He politely gave them back to me, sticking them all over me as though they will disappear with him. This was strange. We used ink pads and stamps to make prints on the paper. He has always loved this, as he remembers Mama doing it in his scrapbook/baby book. I brought ink stamps with pictures of all the things he was able to spell at 18monthsbird, sun, frog, etc.

I made streets in the dirt with a shovel so we could play with all of his trucks and tractors like we do at home. We make buildings out of the dirt and I try to make familiar places, such as Toys R Us, the balloon store, and the like. He always gets a sad, bittersweet look, as if wondering why Mama doesn't take him there anymore. I took him to the playground to slide and walk across the play bridge as we have done since he was barely walking. He seemed afraid, as though he gets into trouble for it. After a little while, with encouragement, we play together as we always did, with Mama hiding and chasing him around on the activities.
I noticed stitches on his right eyebrow. Rosemary, the supervisor, said the other visitation supervisor, Francis, said that it happened at the visit with his Father. She said another little boy and my son collided and he got cut with a small toy car. I also noticed what looked like a healed black and blue fingerprints on the left side of his face and choke marks on the right side of his neck. The vein on the right side of his neck was also a bit puffed up and black and blue. I have never seen so many marks on my son. I tried to touch his neck and he flinched away, and said it hurts. I asked the caseworker and my attorney why there are no doctor reports. So far in only 3 weeks my son has had 4 injuries to his head (one which should have had an MRI), deep cuts on his leg, choke marks, and marks on his cheek that appear to be fading slap marks, and scratches on his inner eye, along with other scratches.. Usually they say he was at daycare or at visitation with his Father earlier that week. I don't know what to believe, although I know the sound of his Father's voice makes him nervous. I question every time why my son is not home with me. They answer he had injuries at home too. Then why isn't he home! My reply is the same; not this many and not these types of injuries. Either way, this invalidates their claims. There have been too many strange injuries in a short period of time. I suspect the doctor reports would show something, especially by my son's reactions to my questions about what happened, and that is why he has not visited the doctor.
As he was playing with his truck on the curb that goes around the play area, a large Hispanic man walked by with his kid. Three times when my son saw him, he immediately very quickly sat down as if he was going to be punished for not sitting still. Upon observing this behavior the third time, I said Rafe, you don't have to sit down, and he looked apprehensively at the man. I am sure that someone is making my son fearful of playing.
I brought a foil balloon for him on the way, but as the supervisor was talking to me, he let it go, and up in the air it went. So, I took pictures of the injuries without the balloon. Then I got a pump and funny balloons out of my bag of tricks and we played with them.

I danced with my son, as I have done since he was born, and sang the songs we have always sung together, the songs he knows as I have sung them to him since before he was born. He held me tightly.

We got on the swing, and as usual, as I pushed him, he said Mama swing red one. So I got onto the other swing and swung with him. He seems to be losing interest in his favorite activities. When no one is close he seems to immediately warm up to his favorite things. He is not the same spirited boy he was only a couple of months ago. He seems shut down, but excited to see Mama, confused and tormented.

When it was time to go, I held him tight. He grabbed onto me. As she took him away, he looked at me as though he did something wrong. Why Mama? Don't you love me? I walked away sobbing. When I tried to tell him, Rafe will be at Rafe's house soon, Rosemary said, Don't tell him that!

I later called my attorney, Casey Coughlin, and she said there is nothing we can do. She suggested I call the hotline and report the abuse. I called today, Wednesday November 9th, 2005 and the man said he would put in for a foster care review. I told him the story and he suggested I also put one in on the previous daycare.

November 9, 2005, Wednesday and November 11, 2005, Friday; Abuse Hotline Reports

I called the abuse hotline on November 9th after complaining and taking pictures into my attorney who continually stated that there is nothing that can be done as I can feel that something is wrong. She finally agreed that I should call them, saying there was nothing she could do. CPS informs me that he is home with a nice family, but the visitation supervisors, as well as the foster mother, have told me he is in a private home daycare. I wonder which is true. The gentleman said he would put in a foster care review report.

Again, on Friday the 11th I spoke with Barbara Dean at the abuse hotline, who said she would have the night time investigator check into it if at all possible, as they were on a short staff for the holidays. She also informed me that he was taken to the hospital for stitches on November 7th, but no record of doctor visits for the previous 3 head injuries.

November 14, 2005 Conversation with Emmanuel Vergara, Regarding Injuries

I informed Emmanuel about the choke-like bruises to the right side of his neck, stitches on his eyebrow, and handprint bruises to the left side of his face. Emmanuel didn't say anything, as usual, wanting me to talk. Finally he said he falls all the time, like with you. I informed him that he NEVER had 4 head injuries, choke marks, deep cuts on his legs, etc within 3 weeks at my house. I demanded that he check out the foster home to see what was going on. He said he would call them. I advised that it is not a good idea to call making accusations of abuse, because that would only make things worse for my child. He needed to go and visit them to investigate what was going on.

I asked what type of bed my son sleeps in. Emmanuel said, Uh, uh, a bed. I asked what it looked like, was it a crib with rails, and he was unable to give details. It was more than obvious that he had never seen his bed, if one exists. Finally, he said it was a bed, a normal bed, but they said he sleeps on the floor. My son is used to comfort; he would never sleep on the floor. I insisted that he go and do a surprise visit, and that he needed to look into this. As usual, he is doing nothing about it, and has no interest in doing his job. In addition, I asked for doctors reports for all the injuries. He did not answer. To date, I have received none. This concerns me even more, as I suspect there are not reports, because my suspicions of abuse are true.

November 16, 2005, Wednesday, 10AM12PM, Kennedy Park, South Tucson

We met at our usual place, Kennedy Park, with Rafe arriving with the visitation supervisor, Rosemary Jackson at 10 AM. With each visit my son is becoming more distant While he used to cry and look back at me as if to say, Mama don't you want me to come home, now he seems to have given up hope. Mama must not want him. He shows me his injuries as if to say help me Mama and I smile and hand him back over. If I cry, they will write something down negative, so I fake it. My poor son; he wonders why Mama won't help him or take him home. They take his hand and lead him away like baggage. It is very sad. He does kick his feet when he sees me, as if hoping this time will be different. He almost seems afraid to show any emotion, especially when others are near. He acts very quiet. I no longer know my own son, no matter what I do, his beautiful spirit is lost. With all the unusual injuries and his behavior, I am more than concerned for his well-being. This is much like his behavior during the last month of daycare when I was considering pulling him out, only more intense. I have expressed my concerns many times to my attorney and the caseworkers as well as to the abuse hotline, but it seems to only get worse for my son with each complaint that I make.

As usual, I brought a vehicle full of toys and activities: paints, crayons and markers, dump trucks, tractors, cars, a mini piano, and many of his favorite books. He seems hyper, going from one to the other. It is as though he hasn't seen this many toys, if any at all, in quite some time or is very nervous as he had been acting the last month of daycare. I do know that once again my son is trying to tell me something. His favorite activity today was simply having Mama chase him around as he ran with his favorite big dump truck, as if he wanted us to find our own space alone. The first month, he enjoyed reading his books and looking at his photo album and painting, things familiar to him. With each visit, and each fearful look at the supervisor, he slowly has lost interest in his favorite activities or is trying to hide the pain, like a bittersweet memory of times past. This visit he had no interest in any art activities or reading. This hurts me, as I have always encouraged a deep love of reading in my son. He counted to 50 and read simple level 1 books by his 3rd birthday, just two months ago. I was so proud of what we had accomplished together. Now he has lost that ability and has no interest in books at all. I spread his toys in various areas around the park, with the books away from the supervisor. When I get us in our own space, away from her, he seems to want to try to read again. When she came and sat one foot away from us, he shut down. Her excuse was she wanted to hear what I was saying to him. I said we are spelling, see cat, c-a-t. My son seems to be afraid to do the things that he is used to doing, his favorite activities that he and Mama have shared for 3 years, as though he is being punished for his abilities. It is almost as if they are sitting next to us taking notes for the purpose of making sure he is no longer able to do those things, to invalidate both my claims, as well as the Blake Foundations claims, that he really did read books and spell like a 6 year old. Everyone who used to witness his abilities were amazed at how advanced he was, and asked me how I did it. I loved teaching my son through play, encouraging him love the arts, reading, and classical music. We had quite a bond; we were inseparable.

Immediately upon arrival, I made sure my son had some of the food I brought, as I can tell from his skin tone and the way he inhaled his food in the past months that he is not getting very nutritional food or being fed the way he is accustomed to. I spend $50 on fresh fruits alone for my son to ensure that he receives the right vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, etc. while providing him with the foods he has grown to love
I gave him his fruit mixed with yogurt, as well as some chocolate milk. Then we began to play, with Mama chasing him as he pushed his big dump truck around the park. He is afraid of the slide and the activities that he has always loved at the park. I have to encourage him by saying Mama said it is ok. It is obvious that he is not allowed to play like a normal boy anymore.
Around 11:00 AM, I noticed that it hurt him when I picked him up. I didn't notice the usual head injuries, marks on his neck, or deep cuts on his legs, so I wondered what was hurting him. I noticed that he had 2 shirts on this day, so I lifted the shirts up, with my son gladly assisting me, as if to say look Mama what happened. I was sickened by the large scrapes with a small puncture on the left side of his stomach. I asked what is that, did you fall. He looked out of the corner of his eye at the supervisor and would not talk. She was not very close at the time, but enough for him to see her (about 25 feet away). I asked Rosemary what happened and she said the foster Mother said he fell again at daycare. He is allegedly in a private home daycare, although I was told by the caseworker Emmanuel Vergara that he is home with the foster parents all day. What is the truth, only they know, since I get a different story from each CPS worker that I ask. I then continued playing with my son, trying to get him to read, but he was more interested in running further away from that area with his truck as Mama chased him. I am sure he is trying to get more time alone with just me. I had to continually point him back closer to the area of our toys and the supervisor, Rosemary.
Next we went near the swings, and I took a stick and started writing words in the sand. My son could still spell a few words when no one was close. This is again telling me something.

Finally, I took him to his favorite activity at the park, the swing. Since he was 7 months old, we went to the park at least twice a day, and he has always loved the swing and the slides. He swung a few minutes and then said No, as if he is not allowed to swing. I tried to pick him up to swing on Mama's lap and sing, as we always had, and he threw a fit. He began kicking and screaming. I almost dropped him and had to get quickly off the swing and lay him on the ground as he nearly dove off my lap. This was very strange. My son was terrified of his favorite activity at the park. He yelled, No, No! I asked him if he wanted to sit on the swing and he continued to say No, No. It hit me what he was trying to say to me, once again, my son was trying to communicate something to me. I asked is the swing like a chair? Do you want to sit in the chair? He became hysterical. I remembered observing the week prior that every time this man at the park walked by my son, he immediately sat down, looking up at the man fearfully, as if someone is forcing him to sit. Now I was wondering if the chair was a means of punishment, because of my son's intense reactions to the swing being a chair. I ran to get my camera, hoping to get it on tape.

At that point, it was now about 11:20 AM, I wondered why my son had not taken his shoes off at the park, as he has always done since he was not quite 2 years old. He loves running barefoot in the play areas, as do all the children. I asked him if he wanted to take off his shoes, and he yelled, No. It hurts! At first I thought he was just being strange, so I tried again. He was hysterical, terrified of something. I knew something was wrong with his feet. I asked if he would like to sit in the chair and take his shoes off, and he became completely hysterical, throwing himself on the ground. This reminded me of how he began acting in the daycare parking lot when I was thinking to remove him around the time of his 3rd birthday, August 24th, of this year. I knew something was wrong. The previous week, Rosemary had made comments about his shoes being off to me. Again I got the camera. My son threw himself around in the dirt for about 5 minutes, until I said no more about the shoes or the chair/swing. I hated to keep on it, but I wanted to know what was wrong. I noticed a blister-like bruise on his one foot, but never got the other shoe off to check it, because he was throwing a fit and the supervisor stopped me and called the caseworker to come to the visit.

Another concern I had was that while he was crying No and pouting and screaming he said to me twice, it is purple, it hurts as he cupped his hands near his genital area. I decided to get him to go potty. He was nearly potty trained by his birthday. I brought his own potty from home to the park today, hoping I could get him to go. He seems very dehydrated for the past two months, so I always bring water and chocolate Ovaltine milk. He said yes potty. Then I put my hands on his pants to take them off, and again he threw a fit and said it's purple, it hurts. Rosemary came over and said maybe he does not want to go. I told her he said potty. When she returned to her seat further away, my son took a truck and said Nana, which is what he calls his foster mother. I know he is trying to tell me something, but does not have the words. Someone is hurting him; I am very sure about that. My heart is broken, because my son has been trying to tell me something since his birthday, and at that time, I did not respond. Now I am unable to help him. I can no longer protect my son. No wonder he is losing trust in me. We are inseparable, and my son is wondering why Mama is not taking him home or helping him.

At that time Emmanuel Vergara, the caseworker showed up. He was told about the injury, but as usual, did nothing. He did not even look at it. The visitation then ended. They took my son away like baggage, him tagging along with the balloon Mama had bought him, like a lost unwanted puppy. My heart is broken, as I am unable to help my beautiful son.

To date there are pictures to back up this documentation. I am sure that will change, and they will not allow me to take more pictures.

November 23, 2005, Wednesday, 10-12 Kennedy Park, South Tucson

I arrived at the park with my usual abundance of activities. I baked zucchini-banana-nut bread for Rafe, his favorite treat of Mama's. I also took yogurt, fruit, oatmeal, grapes, chocolate milk, and bottled water. Rosemary and Emmanuel were both there for the visit today. I noticed some new injuries on Rafe's abdomen, in the same areas as past injuries, but since Emmanuel was also present and they were not serious, I decided not to get the camera out and start any commotion. He had more large scrapes to his abdomen, center, just above the belly button. The injury on his left abdomen from last week was scabbed over, but still present. He also had small scabs, about the size of mosquito bites on his left neck and jawbone area, but they were not bites, some sort of injury, but I am not sure what. They were scabbed over.

I took him from Rosemary's car over to the play area. I danced with my son and sang him our songs for about 10 minutes. He laid his head on my shoulder, happy to be in Mama's arms. He was acting normal, for once. He held me tight as if to hope this would all go away, the same thing I was feeling. He seemed more comfortable when I turned in a direction that he could not see the caseworker and supervisor. Then we read books, also able to spell a little more but not like his old self, mostly when I turned us in a direction that he forgot they were there watching. He spelled more words at age 2 than he does now in their custody. This worries me, as it seems like such a waste. I can only hope to get him back soon, so he can read books and do more educational activities that he enjoys. We looked at one of his photo albums; he seemed to enjoy that. Getting into his photo albums was one of his favorite activities at home, and he seemed to enjoy looking through them today. When we read through to the page with his cat's photos, he lost interest and went to play. This is sad for him, as he misses his home and his pets. We played in the sand, and I chased him around the park with his truck. We also swung on the swings; his fear from the previous week was gone. We went to the playground area. He had a fear of the tunnel slides. I found this strange, because the slides he played on at Oro Valley Park at less than one year of age were tunnel slides, and he still loves them. Usually I chase him up the tunnel slide, but today, he would not go into them.

Another thing I noticed was that he didn't seem to be able to hear well. I snapped my fingers by his head to see if he would turn. I am not sure if he heard the snap, or saw my hand there. I asked if his ears hurt. He did not answer. He gets ear infections when around water and has had tubes in his ears since his first birthday.
One behavior was very strange; it was the same as I noticed last week. When I asked if he had to go potty, he said yes, potty. However, as soon as I took a hold of his pants, he cried fearfully, No, hold it. It hurts. No. I suspect sexual abuse. Today, he pooped for the first time and I changed his diaper. The foster Mother told me back in October that he did not poop for 2 weeks. I wonder if someone is trying to force him to potty train (he was mostly trained by September 1st but has regressed) by holding it and not letting him go. He seems afraid to let anyone take off his clothes.
Over all, we had a beautiful visit. It was time to go and I put him in Rosemary's car. The car seat was not in properly, so she tried to help me put it in right. It was not, but better than Francis' car seat with all the broken buckles. I decided not to make too much of a stink. He must have thought I was getting in too, because he turned his head when I said good-bye. When she turned on the car, I noticed the music was a bit loud, she immediately turned it down, and I wondered about his hearing.

I was happy to have my visit today. Rafe acted a bit more like himself. I wish he could come home. I miss him and worry about him every minute of the day.

November 30, 2005, Wednesday
After the mediation hearing, Emmanuel told me my visit was changed as the Father would see Rafe. It was rescheduled for Friday December 2 at the Park Mall.

December 2, 2005, Friday, 10 AM to 12 PM, Park Mall Play Area

I arrived early to set up Rafe's toys and play area in the food court area. I brought books, a sketcher to draw on, some of Rafe's Thomas the Train pieces and track, and matchboxes as well as food: tuna and egg salad, yogurt, bananas, pears, chocolate milk, and homemade banana nut bread. Rosemary Jackson, the visitation supervisor, was late with Rafe and I began to worry, so I left messages on both her and Emmanuel Vergara's, the caseworker, answering machines at work. She arrived at 10:15. Rosemary tried to head toward the play area, but I directed us to the tables I had set up all of his toys. I want to spend time with my son, not watch other children play. There is plenty of time for that.
Rafe played with his sketcher and we drew snowmen and trees. He also played with his wooden train set, as well as his matchboxes. Then he found the oversized super ball that we had bought at the zoo. He began throwing it around watching it bounce this way and that. Rosemary informed me that he should not throw it down the aisle as someone may trip over it. I said we were in the mall and no one was really around at this time when he did it. We wanted to play. I tried to get my son to throw it to me and stay closer to the play area I had set up, but the ball was very bouncy so it went this way and that. Finally I had him put it back in the bag. He enjoyed himself while it lasted.

Then we went to the play area awhile and he ran around. I lay down next to him on top one of the apparatuses. He seemed to enjoy being next to Mama. After jumping off one of the climbing apparatuses and Mama catching him, we went back over to the tables I had set up with toys. We played awhile longer and Rafe finished eating his lunch.

At this time he was a bit wiggly, so I asked him if he wanted to go potty. I am getting very concerned about him not going t the bathroom as before, but especially about his not wanting to take off his pants. He said potty and we headed toward the bathroom. He seemed anxious to go.

When we got inside, this is when my previous suspicions were confirmed. He seemed anxious to go potty, so I tried to pull down his pants. He said no, and threw himself on the floor. Rosemary snapped at me, as usual, that he does not have to go so let him alone. I informed her he does have to go, but is afraid to take off his pants. I shut the door to the stall to give him privacy. He threw himself on the floor. Then he began acting out for Mama what was happening to him. He knelt on his knees in a praying position. He pulled up his shirt and shyly began caressing his legs and tummy. He caressed himself up one leg and down the other, ever so gently. Then his tummy. He then moved to his genital area, and I had had enough. It reminded me of a pose in Playboy magazine. It was obvious that he was being taught this. It was very professional looking. This was appalling. He used to love the camera, but I have noticed that since October, he poses lying down, but shyly, not really acting normal in front of the camera as he used to. This was appalling. It was so obvious to me why my son will not go to the bathroom and does not like to have his pants taken off. This is exactly what I thought the previous month, that my son was being sexually abused. I could not let my emotions show as the caseworkers always twist that you show emotions, so I calmly took him out of the bathroom. He never went potty. Now I remembered the foster Mother saying at McDonalds that he did not poop for over two weeks. I thought it was his diet, but now I am wondering. Just two weeks ago at the park visit, when he threw a fit about the swing and his shoes, he had been saying no it hurts, its purple and cupping his hand at his genital area. He also said, No, hold it. I suspected abuse, but now I am sure that it is more than what I suspected. It is obvious that at some point he was purple down there, as he tried to tell me a few weeks ago. They are making him hold his urine and poop, for some reason. These people need to be arrested. I don't know what to do for my son.

Conversation with Emmanuel Vergara, Friday December 02, 2005 after 4 PM

Emmanuel called later and told me that they had moved him to Casas de los Nio's at the request of placement. So, now they have used my son and do not want him anymore. I wonder if it was the foster parents or the in-home daycare he was at, if it was a daycare at all. My son seems afraid of Rosemary Jackson, the visitation supervisor. I remember when I put him in the car after our visit at Kennedy Park, and when she started her SUV, the music was very loud. I have warned CPS on a couple of occasions that my son has tubes in his ears due to recurrent ear infections. The ear tubes amplify noise. Is that why he is unable to talk? Are they traumatizing him with loud music? I am wondering if they put him in Casas, or are lying, as they always do. I hope my son is there and is safe. I want him to come home with me. They said he is self-mutilating. I know my son would not do that, they are hurting him. If he is acting out, I can see why. Emmanuel set up my visitation right before the court hearing on Tuesday. He said I will have 2 per week now at Casas de los Nio's, where they allegedly moved him to on Thursday or Friday (the caseworker said Friday, but the GAL, Margo Donaldson's, email said Thursday night). I informed him visitation Tuesday morning 830 to 930 AM will not give me time to make it to the hearing at 1015 am in south Tucson Juvenile Court. He said he will talk to Rosemary and call me on Monday.

I informed Emmanuel of the suspected sexual abuse, and dictated the story on the phone that I have documented here. He said he needs a neurological. I said he had one. He said Huh?, so obviously the doctor lied and did not tell him the neurological showed no abnormalities as far as abuse or CPS failed to disclose the neurological that I had done. This is part of my evidence for my rebuttal. I am sure now they will come up with another excuse to keep him in their custody.
December 6, 2005, Tuesday, 8 9 am, Casas de los Nio's
I arrived to visit my son before going to court. He was clean and dressed nicely in jeans and a grey sweatshirt. I noticed that his fingernails had been cut. I was happy to see that he was finally being taken care of; and for the first time since he left in September, he was not being neglected and abused. He seemed a bit confused, probably since he was moved and wanted to see Mama. I was happy to see the play area for visitation. It had toys, books, a changing area, and a fish tank. The only think I noticed was that he was limping badly. They informed me that CPS said he was not up to date on his shots, so they had given him 5 shots. I spoke with Robin Gerard, the social worker on the case at Casas and offered to take them a copy of his immunization record and she agreed that would be helpful. I took the immunization records in on Thursday December 8th. I knew my son was up to date and beyond his shots, so I didn't want any more unnecessary trauma. In addition, vaccinations have been linked to other problems, such as autism. I am concerned about over vaccination that has occurred due to CPS's misinformation.

All in all we had a nice visit. He seemed better taken care of now, and that was my main concern. They said he did not need a toothbrush, grooming items, or clothes, as they had all he needed. They did say he could use a coat or shoes, and I offered to bring them in. At that point Rosemary Jackson, the visitation supervisor whom my son is afraid of, looked at her with this horrible look, and the aid at Casas said he did not need a coat. It seems Rosemary refuses to allow me help my child, nor give him any items to increase his comfort level. She did the same thing when I first arrived. I was told by both Rosemary Jackson and Emmanuel Vergara that I am not allowed to take anything into Casas. I took food, a pillow, and his favorite stuffed animal, just in case, so they could not later document that Mother did not bring appropriate items needed. When I arrived, the lady said I could take things in but would not get them back as they would get mixed in with other items. She did say I could take in things to visits and then take them with me. Again, Rosemary hissed at her. I could see her jumping around off to the side behind me shaking her head. This woman is the meanest person I ever met. She should not be working with children. I remember when I tried to give my son a Nutragrain bar upon leaving a visit at Kennedy Park (I think it was the second visit at the park), and she replied, I don't want crumbs all over my car. She is very cruel. My son is terrified of her.

My son was still afraid to go down the small slide in the visitation area (it was only about 3 feet high). I found this strange, as he has always enjoyed the big slides at the park, as the other children do. He got to the top, but when I tried to coax him to put the tractor down, he hesitated. I asked him to do down the slide, and he sat at the top for quite some time, looking out of the corner of his eye at Rosemary. Then he almost lay down, and in his mind he was remembering something negative. I could see it in his eyes. I told him it was ok now. He did not slide. He also said no when I asked if he wanted to go potty. This is strange as he was all but potty trained when they removed him. I am sure something happened to him in their care when he went to go potty and that they used a chair as punishment as I documented previously. He has acted this out more than once for me. He still seemed distant. His favorite activity today was running from Mama with the fire truck as I chased him with the lawnmower like he used to have at home. He would run into the corner, turn his back on Rosemary, and then I went up and kissed and tickled his neck. He giggled and laughed happily.

December 9, 2205 Friday, 11-12 AM, Casas de los Nio's
I arrived at my visit.

I was told I would have a new visitation supervisor from the Beacon Group. Her name was Shirley Schindel. When I arrived, I was surprised to see Rosemary there again. The lady at Casas asked if we should go outside to the play area. Rosemary gave her the look and said no, inside. She said to the play area. I had already been waiting for 10 minutes. I went outside to make a phone call to someone for documentation purposes. When I came back in, Rosemary left. After what seemed eternity, they finally brought Rafe. I wonder if he is there, or if Rosemary Jackson or someone else is transporting him to Casas for our visit.

I asked if we could sit on the couch next to the play area, so I could read books to him. They agreed. This is how I could tell if he was any better. He was able to spell from memory some of the words he used to spell, and seemed more of his old self. After a while, he told me he wanted to play, so we moved over to the play area. We had a nice visit. He was better able to communicate more like the Rafe I knew and some of his fear was gone. He also went down the slide with no fear. I had to go first. I clapped and told him good boy, its ok. It was now more than obvious to me that he was afraid of Rosemary. With her gone, Rafe acted happy and had no fear. The only thing that was still strange was that he said NO and turned his back and walked away when I asked if he would like to go potty. I told him its ok, Rafe. In addition, he raised the sleeve on his shirt as if to tell me to look. I did not want to probe in front of the new supervisor, but now I wish I had looked. Maybe his arm was bruised, especially if he is not actually at Casas as I fear. He may have had more immunizations that are not needed. They have told so many different versions of how he received bruises, when he was moved, and concealed evidence in my favor that I do not believe anything they say. They do not actually let me know his location, and that is suspicious enough.
I decided that with everything that has happened to him in CPS custody, and with the way things have gone in court with my attorney's resistance to do anything; I had better stop hiding my emotions to my son. He thinks Mama does not want him, especially after he showed my all the abuse in their custody and I handed him back over to them with no tears. I held him tight and cried, as did he, and told him it is not Mama, that Mama loves and misses him and wants him to come home. I am sure that will be misconstrued in the notes, but my son has the right to know that Mama is not handing him over to be harmed because she wants to. My son finally showed emotion today. He was talking and seemed happier. That is a good sign. I am very worried that he is not indeed there all day and night, as they say. He asked me for water and chocolate milk, and I am not allowed to take anything for him. That is sad. My son does not understand. Mama has always met his wants and needs. I see him again next Tuesday.

December 13, 2005 Tuesday, 11 12 AM, Casas de los Nio's

My visit was supervised with Veronica Fimbres today. She did not show up, so I called Linda Kezman, the supervisor, and it was rescheduled for noon. The visit went ok. We were in the break room, and there were no toys to play with. He did not like being cooped up in a small room. We found a game to play. It was broken, so we made the best of it. At the end I laid him down and said that Rafe will go to Daddy Eric's house, but Mama loves him. He said no and started crying. It broke my heart. On Friday, Shirley Schindel told me that she had talked to Emmanuel and he was planning on stopping the visits.

December 16, Friday, 11-12 am, Casas de los Nio's
The visit was supervised by Shirley Schindel today. We went into the play area. We had a great visit. I tried to get Rafe to read with Mama, but he wouldn't sit. Shirley suggested we sit in the reading area with the fish tank as he seemed preoccupied with the toys. She is very nice and seems to have a good understanding of what is going on. That was a good idea. He sat with me awhile. Then he saw the fish tank, and I asked where Dory and Nemo is. He looked sadly off into space, as if to remember watching the movie with Mama while I was scrap booking his baby book at the scrapbook store last year. My poor son; I wish I could make him understand that he is loved and that Mama does want him home. All in all we had a very nice visit, as Shirley is a good supervisor; she does not interfere. At the end I gave him two stuffed animals to take with him to his room. It took me almost the whole hour to get him over the separation anxiety, but at the end I finally got him to let me hold him close. I stood up and sang and danced with him very gently for about 5 or 10 minutes, as it was time to go. He laid his head on my shoulder and relaxed. It was bittersweet. I thought he was sleeping, but the girl at Casas said no, just relaxed against my shoulder. I handed him over, and gave him his stuffed animals, and said it is ok, Mama loves you, and it's ok. This tore my heart out, as I can only imagine what is going through his mind and heart. My son and I are so close, and he does not understand what he did wrong.

December 20, 2005, Tuesday, 11-12 am, Casas de los Nio's
I had a wonderful visit with my son today. We looked at the decorations on the small Christmas tree in the lunchroom. I read to my son, and held him for most of the time. He seemed relieved and happy to see Mama. I loved holding him; I could feel our bond. We went over to the play area, but there were other visits there making it was hard to chase him around, so we went back to the TV area with the couches. I held him and talked to him, and told him Mama will always love him. I also changed his diaper. I asked if he wanted to go potty, and he whined and said noooo. He is still afraid to go potty. So I let it go. He had a scrape under his nose and on his chin. Also he has a black and blue mark on his right eyelid. I don't know how it happened, but it was not a bad injury. When it was time to go, I held him close and sang our songs to him. He becomes melancholy and quiet. I am sure the songs remind him of home. My poor son wonders why Mama does not take him home. I gave him a small stuffed snowmen ornament that I had bought for our tree this year, as he loved driving around town looking at the snowmen last year. It is Christmas, and my son will look for Mama to open the many presents we used to have under the tree. I am unable to go near Winterhaven, as we went four times last year and walked through as I pointed out all the decorations and the carriages. This year I was planning on taking him on a wagon ride at Winterhaven as I did the first Christmas. He is old enough to enjoy it more now, and my baby is gone. There is a Christmas party this Friday at Casas for the parents and children, but my caseworker will not allow me to go. Rafe seems so much better at Casas which only confirms my suspicions of abuse by either the foster parents or the visitation supervisor, Rosemary Jackson. I held him and sung to him and then said good-bye. He cried. I had to leave quickly, so he would not see me break down.

December 22, 2005, Thursday, 11-12, Casas de los Nio's
I had my visit with Rafe with Shirley from the Beacon Group supervising. I asked her about the visit that Emmanuel tried to cancel last Tuesday with Veronica Fimbres supervising. She said it was not Emmanuel that tried to cancel it, but Rosemary Jackson. She told me it was Emmanuel last week. I took a big bag of presents into Rafe. I took a couple for him, and some others for him to unwrap that were donations for Casas de los Nio's as he had outgrown the toys. For donation I took his Leap Frog Alphabet caterpillar, his airplane which no longer w

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#1 Consumer Comment

Need Help

AUTHOR: Been there - (United States of America)

April,  if you truely are an advocate for childrens rights, I NEED YOUR HELP. If there is anyway you can email me, pm me or what ever, my family and I could really use some of your help.
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#2 General Comment

Funding vs Children

AUTHOR: James - (United States of America)

I have been reading these comments only for the reason that my grandson was recently abducted by CPS and was subjected to questionable behavior. I think it is fine when CPS steps in to protect a child from an abusive environment. I support that. What I can not support is the seemingly endless supply of stories about CPS doing more harm than good.

I find it insulting and intolerable that people like Marc here would feel so strongly about judging others for their behavior all at the same time they proffit from the situation, seems like a conflict of interest to me. The going rate for a foster parent is now between 600 and 800 dollars a month, oh, plus food stamps, free health care and free day care. Sounds like a pretty good racket to me. I think I forgot to mention that foster parents that "adopt" their kids get a bonus, CPS's cut of the bonus is about 6000 to 8000 per child.

I can read a budget report and CPS funding formulas are public information. CPS is funded by the number of children in the system, so there is a greater incentive to snatch and keep kids in the system. The real tragity is CPS can opperate with out justifying what they do to anyone. CPS uses proven tacticts of coersion, and threats to get people to"volunteer" to give up custody. Then ironicly they turn that around and use it against parents and tell the courts "see they didnt want their kids anyway". I recently sat in a "team" meeting with CPS workers and othe people to determin wheather my son was a sutible gaurdian for his son because of some thing his soon to be ex-wife did. Funny thing is there were things on the "Notes of teh meeting" that were not actually said in the meeting. (by the way, the child was in no danger nor was he harmed) My daughter in-law was being loud and the neighbors called the police, they showed up and were manhandling her and she became combative. My son was at work. No one tried to call him to come get his son. Even though they had access to phone numbers. We later found out why. It is not in the interest of CPS to Find anyone outside the system to place the child with. It took us three hours and threats to finally get CPS to admit they even had my grandson. 

I am tired of CPS circumventing the US Constitution for their own gain. They hide behind "confidentiality" so they don't have to tell you anything that might be held against them in the future.  
CPS went as far as implying that my wife and I are not sutible temporary gaurdians for this child because of something they could not tell us about. Interstingly enough I am a school teacher, my wif is a school employee also. We both have gone through extencive background checks and hae our finger prints on file with the state.  We raised three great kids the youngest is still at home, she is 16. I told them they needed to come and get her since my wife and I are not suitable to have children in our home.
Here is what we did. We took the fight to them. I mean shoved it up CPS rear end. My wife and I are very politcaly active and know a great deal of powerful people. We got people from the Governers office and the Legislature and the courts involved to shine a light on what they were doing to my grandson. We were in the process of filing motions with the courts compelling CPS to show cause, which they couldnt. We were in the process of building a civil case for damages based on wreakless and damaging behavior by CPS, and still may follow through with. We recorded every conversation we had with anyone there (yes state law allows conversations to be recorded even if some parties of the conversation do not know they are being recorded) it is interestng what you can get some one to say if you know as much about what they are doing as they do. We got so many people outside their little secrete society involved they could no long suport the BS. the CPS workers were all but orderd to turn him lose. He has been home for a few days now and it is a struggle to work with him to fix the damage CPS did to him. The sad part is there are people that still believe that doing this to children is in their best interest. Those people are ideots and knwo nothing of child development or psycology and the real damage caused by their actions, that or they just dont care.

The one child they help out of one hundered does not excuse the ninty nine famies they destroy just because they can. No one is perfect, except for Marc I see. Marc, yo are in rare company, you should start your own religion, Marcianisty. People make mistakes some very bad mistakes. However, it is the right of everyone to become a better person and not let greedy bourocrates hold it against them for ever.  

Even good people do stupid things. And befor you hide behind ingnorance and judge me, come and live my life. I will measure mine against anyone who feels they are holyer then I am. 

Finaly good people get screwd by the system because they feel that "right" will allways win, this is unfortunatly not the case. Corruption and lies will win everytime ther is more to loose if they dont. Our entier system of governmet and society is built on that ideal wheather you belive it or not. 
Polititians do not get elected for telling the truth, there is too much money in lying.  
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#3 Consumer Comment

cps lies

AUTHOR: anonymous - (United States of America)

i have been fighting cps for almost two years. they lie all the time in court the never give a full report they hide information they didnt even tell the judge when foster parent was abuseing my childern and the stuff she was doing is the same things their mom was doing to them then they placed them back with their mom,and it still goes on but i am the bad parent because i call the cops on her .
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#4 Consumer Comment

Foster Parents vs. Natural Parents

AUTHOR: rikki - (United States of America)

Wow! I would not want my children in care of these non-compassionate foster parents. The comments made by Foster Parents on this site are hurtful. They are hurt adult children that act like wounded dogs. I cannot believe the lack of compassion these Foster Parents have for people and what's worse, CPS places children with them. God Bless the parents of the children who have lost their children to these people.  God died on the cross for you and your sins and you are just as good as everyone else no matter what the Foster Parents say about you.  God loves you just as much as he does the Foster Parents. We are all sinners that includes foster parents.  Jesus died on the cross for our (the natural parents of these children, for foster parents, and for the children) sins so that we may be forgiven. Who is above Jesus to tell natural parents or anyone that they are scum?
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#5 General Comment

My Nightmare with Pima County CPS

AUTHOR: Heather - (United States of America)

 My life prior to the involvement of the Arizona department
of Child Protective Services consisted of me, my husband of eighteen
years and our four children Anissa 16 years old, Abigail 14 years old,
Dakota 12 years old and Brianna now 7 years old.  I am a registered
nurse employed at Tucson Medical Center in the Intensive Care Unit and
my husband was a stay at home father due to a back injury he suffered
years earlier and a surgery that went very wrong.

I apologize for the length of the email but this is a very long story so forgive me if I leave anything out. We were living in a motor home trying to return to our home state of Ohio due to the imminent death of my 16 year old brother, Jesse who ultimately passed away due to his spina bifida when my then 16 yr old daughter, Anissa, found a boyfriend that I did not approve of and so she ran away. My husband and I found her and brought her back which made her very angry. Anissa had told her friends mother that I tried to choke her and that is why her friends mother came to get her. We went and spoke to the girls step father and he told us what Anissa had said upon which I told them that the police told us we could press charges against them for custodial interference, but I felt that since Anissa had lied to them that it would not be appropriate for them to be punished. I told the step father that if they believed what Anissa had told them to be true then they should have called CPS or the police but not dropped her off in the middle of the dessert with homeless people, which they had in fact done.

Approximately 2-3 weeks later Anissa and her  18 year old boyfriend wrote an email to the Pima County Sheriff's dept saying that I was beating on her and that I was locking them in the motor home and  not letting them come out, not feeding her and the dogs we had. Anissa said that she wasn't going to school and that her father was an aggressive alcoholic, that I was hitting her with a vacuum electrical cord (we did not even have carpet in the motor home, but rather pergo wood and did not own a vacuum). She further stated that she had not been in school for over a year although they were being home schooled by their father. She also claimed that they had not had dental care although TMC has provided us with Delta Dental Care as part of my benefits package for the past four years. She stated her father had a warrant for a DUI. I know in my heart that the reason Anissa sent this email was because she did not want to go back to Ohio and be separated from her boyfriend. Anissa ultimately did tell the CPS staff that in fact she sent the email because she did not want to leave Arizona.  I
brought to the attention of the caseworker at CPS that I believed this
18 year old boy was having sex with my underage daughter, but my
concerns have simply been ignored.

  Due to the allegations contained within the email to the Sheriff's
Department, on May 14th 2010 CPS and a Pima county sheriffs deputy came to my work at TMC, I am a RN in the ICU, and they informed me they were following up with a report I had made regarding an incident that had happened with my son over a year ago. This was a outright lie. CPS
wanted to do a welfare check on the kids. I could not leave my patients
in the hospital and risk losing my job, at this time I knew nothing
about the email Anissa Our Oldest daughter had sent. CPS and the
Sheriff's Deputy met me after work and we went to the motor home and
they took Anissa that night. On May 17th the sheriff's department
arrested my husband, Colen and a few hours later they came back and
arrested me, which they then proceeded to take the other three kids. The
charges against me were hindering prosecution which all of the charges
were dropped 2 days later.

 Everyone in the family including our three other children, my mom and my brother have told CPS that these allegations are untrue, and that Anissa has a history of lieing but they continue to believe Anissa despite her past. Since the case started it has been handled extremely poorly. Counseling services that CPS insisted upon took several months to set up. I have had to set up and pay for the parenting classes that were on my initial case plan, The psychiatric evaluation I was forced to undergo took over three months to set up and it wasn't until I took the initiative and scheduled it on my own at UPH did it finally occur in late July early August of 2010 after CPS had custody of my children for more than five months, and the results were not received until late October 2010. Briana, Dakota and Abigail were all set to come back home on October 20, 2010. One of the stipulations for the children to be returned was that Colen and I would have to have a physical brick and mortar home in order for the children to be returned.  Colen and I immediately rented a three bedroom home with a fenced in one acre yard spending more than fifteen hundred dollars.  The children were all packed up and ready to be returned when at the last moment we were told that the children could not be returned due to the psychiatric evaluation I had undergone which made me look like I was at risk of all forms of abuse. I subsequently went to a second CPS approved physiatrist and had another psychiatric evaluation (enclosed) which revealed that I was a fundamentally sound parent.

  I have letters from fellow coworkers, who have known me for the
entire 4 years that I have worked at the hospital which include case
workers, doctors, nurse practitioners, and they all speak to how
compassionate and caring that I am and how patients and there families
have verbalized this as well.  On Thanksgiving 2010 of the case manager
let the three kids come home for an 8 hour visit unsupervised and then
that foll wing Monday he said no we can't do this anymore. Two weeks
before Christmas Unsupervised visits were started and the 3 kids spent
the weekend with again that Monday the case manager said that we can't
do that anymore. He even sat in the living room with the girls at the
foster family and told them how nice it will be because they will be
home with their parents for Christmas. Visit were suppose to be upped to
6 hours and were for one sunday and then when transportation came came
early it wasn't until that Monday that he said it was never approved.The
case manager resigned from the department telling us that other people
think that they know what is better for the kids then him when he talks
to them on a regular basis.

 The 3 kids have wanted to come home since they were taken. Anissa now has a facial piercing and gauges that we would not allow her to have. My son Dakota in a foster home were they have a 17 year old that has pushed him around a few times. The father has said things to him like your an ungrateful little kid I hope you go home to your mom and never come back here again. Also he put Vaseline on his hands before a shower and again he said to Dakota "what the f*** do you have for brains" and then after the shower sent him to bed. He was eating soup one day and was asked if he was going to eat any bread and when he said no Moses, the foster parent, said yes you are and sat there and watched him and didn't stop until the bread was gone. They asked him if he was going to get his hair cut by the 17yr son and my son said no and Moses again said that it was his house and if he told him to get his hair cut he had no choice. Cody had a cell phone a computer and an I POD touch and a portable DVD player until he started to tell on them and what they were doing and saying and they tried to say Cody was disrespectful since he had gotten it and they wanted it taken.  No complaints were ever made until he started telling on them for the treatment he was receiving.Once these isuues were brought up the foster parents decided to take Dakota's phone,laptop and all his other items.The new case manager said that that was cruel and he would not do that. A few weeks later he took it from him anyways . In court it was said that the Foster Family was confronted and at first the Foster Dad lied and then at another staffing meeting he admitted to what my son has said. My two girls Abigail and Brianna are in a home where they are left there with a 16yr old girl, named Jasmine, to watch them while the foster parent goes out to the casino or  wherever and Abigail is the one that ends up watching Brianna. In May at the end of the school year we learned that
Bree was in jeopardy of failing. Abigail has told us that the foster mom
has said to Abigail that it is Abby's responsibility to help her with her homework because she is her sister. No one is helping her learn to read or write sentences or counting sequences nothing. Now they have taken my daughters phone and told her that they did it because they think that I am going to call her and make a plan for her to run away and I will come and get her. Brianna has been chocked multiple times by 12 year old girl and punched and kicked in the stomach. She was kicked in the face at day care recently and no call was made to foster home or case manager. This was seen by me two days ago it needed stitches at the time and she was never  taken to a doctor to have it looked at.



CPS has also put in there case reports that no family is willing or
able to take them. Which is very untrue,  My mom has been calling since
day one trying to get them to send them to her in Ohio and so has my
Brother. Also in the report to the court it states that my mom has been
approved now they are telling her and me that she is not approved that
they think she won't protect them. That they know that once the kids are
sent to Ohio that I will pack up and move. In counseling they have told
Abigail that her and Cody are old enough to go back their but because
of Brianna's age that she would be put up for adoption even if family
are willing and able to take them. Now they are telling my mom they
don't know if my brother will be approved either because I may move out
there.


Since we have had this case with CPS It has been a living nightmare. Cps has played games with us over and over. It took us 6 months just to get our first case plan. no services were offered to us for at least 7-8 months.  Now I am back to having Supervised visits because they are saying that I will take the kids and run. They do not want to return the children to Family in Ohio Because I feel it's a Money issue. the longer they keep the kids in foster the more money CPS receives from the state. In my Case I have been made to look like a horrible Parent. And it's all because of the Lie's My oldest Daughter has told. I was able to meet with My oldest Anissa this week. and She even stated that She has been wanting to come home. But CPS has continued to state That she has not wanted to come home and that she wants nothing to do with me or the other children. this is untrue. 
there is so much more info I am missing. so If there are any questions I
can answer for you I will.  Thank you so much for your time.
 Heather

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#6 General Comment

Did you get your son back, Roma?

AUTHOR: JennAnz - (United States of America)

Hi. I just found your story, roma.  Just wondering how your son is doing and did you get your son back?

.  I hope your son is okay.  I don't know what to say.  These bruises are terrifying. 
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#7 General Comment

Delusional

AUTHOR: axxx - (United States of America)

Did you ever think that the psychologist may be right and that you could benefit from some help and possibly get your son back if you got help?

I believe that you are delusional, it is pretty clear just from looking at your post:

1) In your whole long post there is not one sentence where you take responcibility for doing anything wrong.  I think you really believe that NONE of this is even remotely your fault.

2)  It is easy to believe that there are many lazy people and one or two really evil people in the legal system / state child care system.  It is pretty hard to believe that EVERYONE is just totally evil and out to hurt you and your son.  Read your own post!  I think you believe that EVERYONE you have interacted with in the legal / state child care system is evil. 

Please listen to what the people around you are saying - especially the Psychologist.  Please get help.  I think you are delusional but THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU ARE BAD, JUST THAT YOU NEED HELP!  Contact the Psychologist and tell him/her that you want to get help - ask if they know of any resources that are available for you.

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#8 Author of original report

Emily Mays Foster Caretakers Real Address Time of Death

AUTHOR: mamaruffles - (USA)

In Emily Mays' (infant foster child murdered in Tucson AZ) murder trial they gave a different address than the one which was on the original civil lawsuit. Google MKULTRA. Strangely similiar to what all these children went through in arizona and also pennsylvania. As you all should know by now, the psychiatrists are complacent and assist in training for torture. Check out Victim B testimony in US hearings on youtube, it happened in Tucson Arizona. Here are the property records relating to Emily Mays. Google map 6501 East Tillman in Tucson.
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#9 Consumer Comment

Its true and i hope one day they will be punished for what they are doing.

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

I am a first time mother who had everything for my daughter who is almost two months old. I do not do drugs or drink and never neglected a child. I took care of my nieces nephews and cousins when they were babies and i still do take care of them when i visit. children youth held me in the hospital for three days so they could tear me and my baby from echuther. They used false statements and had no document stating they could take her from me. I was crying because we couldn't be discharged untill they took her from me. All that time i was in labor and waiting to care and love my baby. I have not had her ever since that day on june second. The lady who reported me to them constantly insalted me when i was pregnant she works at healthy beginnings her name is dawn. She would not tell me the lies she stated about me. She insalted me saying i do not care for my baby which was a lie i was ready to love and care for her since the day i found out i was pregnant. Now children youth are threatning me saying if i were to take her from the place she is at she would go to foster care I stated they have no right to take my parenting rights away and also said your agency claims to help protect children but yet you ripped them from loving parents and place them in homes with abusive grown ups and grown ups that sexually molest them also the supervisor admitted they do her name is dill latimer she also stated we try not to though. so i stated you take these children from good parents because you get paid for each child adopted in a foster care she was silent but i know someone who works there that told me they do. So i am fighting for my daughter and they make up more lies on me and when i ask what they stated they do not tell me. It hurts not having my daughter i cry about everyday. And look for help but can't find help to get her back. They also twist my words around i tell them i visit and care for her and they state well you don't care for her. these people need to be stopped. I hope you get your son back when i read your report it makes me think of what could happen to my daughter. I really hope you get him back i hope everyone who is being victim of these agencies gets their children back and gets the justice that we deserve.
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#10 Consumer Suggestion

future of parental rights at stake

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

Please go to this website, parentalrights, to view what the United States Government and the United Nation's has in store for the American parents rights and how they are taking away your right as a parent and giving them to court systems. Read about the treaty that the US government is supporting and ratified. If a treaty is signed and ratified by the US government it supersedes the Constitution and is above all State and Federal laws we have currently in place, giving the governments the full authority of the best interest of our children regardless of what we as parents fell about it.

The UN is having the elections for a committee to create and enforce this new treaty on May 12 2009. We as Americans need to stand up for our rights as parents. Please go to the website, parentalrights and do some research and determine for yourself. If you believe they are taking your rights away then sign the petition on that site to have an amendment added to the constitution to protect us from that issue. They are destroying what this country was founded on and what is means.
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#11 Consumer Suggestion

What was your part in this?

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

I notice you didnt say anything about your part in how your son was removed from your custody in the first place.
My suggestion regarding how to avoid this in the future is not to abuse/neglect your children in the first place
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#12 Consumer Suggestion

There is real help available for parents

AUTHOR: Trixie26te - (U.S.A.)

There are a few things that you can do to protect yourself:

1) Join CPSWatch on yahoogroups and meet other parents who are facing the same issues and can guide you through this process

2) Read a copy of " A Parents Guide to the System" written by Cheryl Barnes

3) Call Families Best Interest at 772-293-9632

4) Call Phillip E. Kuhn, who is a civil rights attorney who is reviewing cases for possible suits. ( He only takes about 3 a year, but it is worth the consultation) and he can be reached at 863-688-0400.

5) go to www.bnflaw.com and ask for Joe Nusbaum. They also pursue civil actions on behalf of children who have been harmed in foster care and their parents.

Tell each of the about that you were referred to their firm by Families Best Interest or Desere' Howard
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#13 Consumer Comment

Child abuse by child services

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

I was a paramedic and have seen case where child services did more harm than good, and the judges are nothing buy glorified attorneys who are alcoholics and sit behind a desk to listen to people who are ripping off the tax payers telling the judge what they want to hear.
They are like everyone else. They make a lot of mistakes, like everyone else does.
But I have also seen parents where the child had broken legs and arms and the child dies.
These people you just need to let out in general population of the jail and let everyone know what they did, and let them take care of them.
This is why someone dies in prison.

We need new government, judges, governors, mayors, and a president who will take a firm hand on this, not one that says its ok to teach children sex education at 5 years old
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#14 UPDATE Employee

Response to Arizona CPS

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

I work with Child Protective Services. We don't just "take" children from a home. There has to be SUBSTANTIATED documentation of neglect or abuse before a child is removed. It is unfortunate, but over 99% of the parents who have their children taken from them are drug abusers, and have no sense of responsibility for their children. Children wander the streets, steal food from others because they are hungry, live in squalid conditions...and why? because parents care more about getting high than they care about their children. Wake up parents! If you want the drugs then don't get pregnant! In addition, many parents have documented mental illnesses that they refuse to get treatment for. When CPS takes a child, they give the parent every opportunity to get FREE services, in order to get their child back. We have a high success rate with the parents who comply...it is the parents who care more about themselves than their children and who don't commit to treatment to get better so they can actually be a parent to their children, that fail. wake up woman!
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#15 Consumer Comment

in response to the young woman in Tuscon

AUTHOR: Joyce, MN State Representative , NCGCR - (U.S.A.)

To the grandma who is writing for her daughter who is fighting to get her little girl back I say to you, "get in there and file a motion to intervene and fast!" Make sure that you as a grandparent don't allow CPS to terminate her parental rights and all of your family lose the little girl. Find out about your state laws and learn them go to grandparentsforchildren.org and click on the left side where it says State chapters and that will take you to a map of the united states. Then you click on the state you live in and there you will find the name and the email address of the state representative that will be able to assist you. Please, don't wait too long or you will lost your granddaughter for sure.

You can call me if you want any assistance too. Joyce (((ROR redacted)))

CLICK here to see why Rip-off Report, as a matter of policy, deleted either a phone number, link or e-mail address from this Report.
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#16 Consumer Comment

In the Same Boat in Tucson

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

Roma, my daughter has had her child taken away by CPS here in Tucson. She is not a drug user, has never been in trouble with the law, and is married and has been employed for the last 3 years. She has kept to her case plan and wants to have her daughter back.

It seems that everytime there is a court hearing, there are new stipulations that she needs to follow.

Yesterday, during her hearing, the judge (Adams), said that the next court date could be a permanancy hearing. She is afraid that they would terminate her parental rights and she would not get her daughter back.

She is young, and immature, but she is really trying hard to be a good mom.

I am wondering if there is anything that can be done to stop CPS and the court system from keeping her from reuniting with her daughter.
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#17 Consumer Comment

This is happening

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

It cannot be denied. There are good people in CPS/DHS and there are bad, and sometimes there are Good People that make Bad Decisions. Amid overworked caseworkers, false/vindictive reporting, personal agendas, Good & Loving Families can be ripped apart. No caseworker wants to be the one that missed the evidence of abuse, didn't remove the child and later something happens to the child. And it goes without saying that the general public assumes that if a child has been removed there was a reason and the parents must have been monsters. This is not always true. Unfortunately it is a sad fact that children are abused by their parents/caregivers, but it is also true that good parents get caught in this system and their children are removed and exposed to abuse in the "safe place". To deny this is happening is insane. No system is perfect.

Without knowing all the details of the case, I cannot make a judgement. However, if the way you have presented your case here, Roma, is accurate and truthful, I hope your son is returned to you. I cannot imagine someone hurting my baby and not being able to do anything about it. There were so many times while I was reading your account that I know I wouldn't have been able to stop myself from running out the door with my baby.

I agree with the previous poster who said you need a new lawyer. One who doesn't say there is nothing you can do when presented with photographic evidence of abuse of a child. How any judge can ignore that compelling evidence is beyond me. I hope and pray that as I am typing this Rafe is safe at home with you already, as it has been more than 2 years since your ordeal started. Please update soon and in the meantime I will be keeping you in my prayers and holding my children a little tighter after reading your story.
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#18 Consumer Comment

The FACTS

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

Some, like Marc, claim that it doesn't happen, that the DHS doesn't take kids from loving families without reason. Maybe that's his experience, or what he was led to believe... or maybe he has chosen to believe that... or maybe he's just flat out lying and sowing disinformation. Regardless:

The FACT is that foster care is a serious business in this country, as are prisons, etc. And where there is money to be had, there is corruption. Where there is a LOT of money to be had, there is a lot of corruption.

I don't have kids that were taken. But I have known parents who had their kids taken from them -- GOOD, LOVING parents who tended to their childrens' needs, put their kids above all else. Even if they were financially poor, they were tended to, played with, loved, taught, part of a loving and comprehensive family. DHS entered their home based on a false report. When the family refused to hand their kids over to the agent on this baseless charge, DHS filed against them. The judge dismissed the initial allegation, finding no evidence to support it. Nearly a year later, the DHS filing was still on the books. A routine traffic stop ended up with both parents arrested on that basis, kept in custody for a couple months, while their kids were in DHS custody. I visited those kids, and they were cared for in the style of an institution. That was primarily owing to that they were not seen as being long-term, so they weren't sent to a foster home. No abuse happened to the kids in the institution, and eventually the parents were released, but if not for my efforts and those of others involved with this family, the story might well have gone very differently.

What was the basis of these false allegations of abandonment? The next door neighbor had a grudge. The marriage is mixed race, and the children were home-schooled (as is the parents' right. The mother is well educated, multilingual, and quite capable of teaching her kids.) So they were DIFFERENT. That was what got them singled out. Then they had the audacity to not hand their kids over to a system that is infamous for such abuses as were demonstrated in this complaint. That seems to have been the greater crime. DHS workers have very limited authority and they guard their right to push people around very fiercely. You may have done NOTHING wrong, but if you don't kiss their butt, they'll take your kids just because they can. If you can't afford to prove otherwise, too many judges within the court system tend to err on the side of caution. Perhaps they mean well, but far too many families have been torn apart needlessly by abuses of power, and far too many kids mistreated, abused, and worse in foster homes.

Abuse in foster homes DOES happen. Fact, Marc. It's good that you're not one of them, but if you're really worried about it, police your own ranks.

If the DHS homes are not dirty, they shouldn't mind oversight, inquiry, transparency. They've got other people's children in their hands. They should expect no less scrutiny, and be open to inspection as well as justification of anything they do with that stewardship.
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#19 Consumer Suggestion

Roma , my story is almost idenical

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

same office in Tucson, same story, same abuse to my children, after they kidnapped them. We need help in Tucson!!! I am a Christian mother who has spent my life teaching. Now because of lying cps workers, falsifed info, and dirty judges, we are indescribably destroyed! We need to bond together in Tucson and demand justice! I have been researching the truth ( illegal trafficing) about cps since we have been thrust into this complete INSANITY that cps is rapidly becoming infamous for. Anyone else in Tucson have the same story? I REALLY want to get a band of people to contact the media together!!! We have to fight to save our babies!!!
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#20 Consumer Suggestion

Sad Very Sad

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

I just sat here and read all of the responses to the original post. I am amazed how some of you heartless people can say the things you have. I understand some of you are foster parents and feel the pain inflicted upon the children in your care. But is that any reason to be so cruel to this woman you know nothing about? I think Thumpers father said it best" If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anyhting at all".
I live in Ashland, Ohio and have seen first hand what a few false phone calls to CPS can do. I have had a few made in referense to myself (ex-friend was trying to get revenge thing). Fortunatly they realized the calls were just that FALSE.
I have also seen drug addicts overdose numerous times with their small/infant children in the house and nothing gets done about it. Until they end up in a coma and the child was alone with the comatose mother for over 24hours. Then they finally step in. I have also seem the exact opposite where due to the fact the mother was mentally slow(due to car accident) they felt the child needed to be removed (child was not abused or neglected and mother was in numerous parenting programs).
Bottom line is no program is perfect and neither is any parent. We all do the best we can. If babies came with a standarized instruction booklet if would be so much better, but they don't. I am not condonning abusers or drug addicts that is a whole different story. But not all people that have any kind of contact are abusers or drug addicts.
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#21 Consumer Comment

thank you Teresa

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

For your honest post
I would never work for CPS even though my second degree is in Social Work
I am sick and tired of the "I never abused my kids" excuse
Read the news - CPS in the State of Texas is understaffed and underfunded
Teresa - you are brave person and I wish only the best for you
Stacey
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#22 Consumer Comment

thank you Teresa

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

For your honest post
I would never work for CPS even though my second degree is in Social Work
I am sick and tired of the "I never abused my kids" excuse
Read the news - CPS in the State of Texas is understaffed and underfunded
Teresa - you are brave person and I wish only the best for you
Stacey
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#23 Consumer Comment

thank you Teresa

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

For your honest post
I would never work for CPS even though my second degree is in Social Work
I am sick and tired of the "I never abused my kids" excuse
Read the news - CPS in the State of Texas is understaffed and underfunded
Teresa - you are brave person and I wish only the best for you
Stacey
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#24 Consumer Comment

thank you Teresa

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

For your honest post
I would never work for CPS even though my second degree is in Social Work
I am sick and tired of the "I never abused my kids" excuse
Read the news - CPS in the State of Texas is understaffed and underfunded
Teresa - you are brave person and I wish only the best for you
Stacey
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#25 Consumer Comment

I was a Foster Child in the AZ system

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

I was a child in the Arizona Foster Care system for 3 years, 1996-1999, and to all those who say their children were taken away from them without cause.....

That is what my family said. And that is what the parents of EVERY abused child says. No one says "I was abusing my child and that's why the state took them away."

Thank God the state had the sense not to listen them, or else I would have had to live with my family's abuse for years longer than I did. There are, right now, millions more children who are being abused right now by parents who believe whole-heartedly that they are doing nothing wrong.

Perhaps it's my bias, but when a parent says "They took my child away and I didn't do anything!", I tend not to believe them. We, abused children, number in the millions in this country. That's at least as many abusers out there, all proclaiming thier innocence.
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#26 Consumer Comment

Marc Makaha, from Hawaii's comment

AUTHOR: Poor Wigga - (U.S.A.)

Your story is regrettable. Unfortunately, society is over-populated with ignorant, judgmental slugs the likes of Marc Makaha and his ilk. Child Protective Services in Ashland, Ohio threatened to go to court to fight the release of records relating to my children when my lawyer subpoenaed them for a child custody hearing in Oregon. My ex-wife had my children removed from her custody two times after she fled Ohio with them. Although she was convicted of domestic violence against both of my kids, CPS said that only SHE was allowed to access their records. They cited privacy issues as their basis for doing this.
It goes without saying that Child Protective Services is operated by incompetent boobs who would do as well working at the DMV as they would the IRS. It is pathetic. Good luck to you and your son, and forget the douche-bags who have NOTHING but unfounded, know-it-all opinions regarding YOUR life.
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#27 Author of original report

WHY? Simply THE CHILD PROTECTION RACKET

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

My child is also featured in this Magazine dedicated to CPS and its RICO Kidnapping Scheme tied to Pharmaceutical Fraud, Money, Federal Funding, Money, Stalking children, Money, Experimentation on Children, Money, Pedophile Rings, Money...
Yes, that is all it is really all about - Money, Fraud, Torture. Period. It started in Germany, as did the psych fraud industry and its tactics and camps (group homes or Skols). There is nothing more to it. The worst diktators and cruelest organizations in history have always always used "social" policies and "assistance" and "for the public good" to infringe on rights and commit the greatest atrocities against humankind.

THE CHILD PROTECTION RACKET
How the mental health industry subverted Child Protective Servicesleaving ruined families in its wake
http://www.freedommag.org/english/vol38i/index.htm

Table of Contents
http://www.freedommag.org/english/vol38i/page01.htm

Flash Presentation of the Magazine
http://www.freedommag.org/
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#28 Consumer Comment

What brought your son to the attention of these horrible people?

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

Somebody had to bring your son to their attention or they would never have noticed him or singled him out to take.

You can't contact a Family Law Attorney under a pro bono service or interest a law school to help you get him back?

Surely something can be done!

WHY would they take him?

There had to be some sort of reason,otherwise you could file kidnapping charges against them, among other things....
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#29 Consumer Suggestion

YOU HAVE TO BE PREPARED. PRAY ABOUT WHAT THE LORD WOULD HAVE YOU DO. HERE IS A START

AUTHOR: Consult The Rock - (China, People's Republic of)

The CPS reps will lie to your face. Firstly, 900,000 victims of child abuse is a lie. She gave no supporting figures nor the source. Secondly, evil judges give children to sodomites. Sodomy and child molestation are one and the same. Perverts are child abusers. Many perverts are satan worshippers. That's why they are so evil. and the abominable shall have their part in the Lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. -Revelation 21:8. Thirdly, the CPS worker knows that America was not a police state terrorist state in the 50s when there was no threat of a gestapo agent walking in without permission; even when denied permission. They are trespassers, commit breaking and entering, disturbing the peace, terrify minors, are a public nuisance, and on and on. Fourthly, they know they have NO CONCEIVABLE WAY TO JUSTIFY STEALING INFANTS, LET'S FACE IT. They are kidnapping for satan worshippers, as documented in a few previous reports. Satan worshippers will always say that if you give them a child three years of age or under, they will be satanists for life. It is very hard to break the strangehold of satan when children have their conscience destroyed by age 8 or 9. The only way to permanently break the iron band is through the new birth through the Lord Jesus Christ.

PRAY FOR THE HOLOCAUSTAL DESTRUCTION OF THE DCFS, CPS AND ALL DEPARTMENTS OF COMMUNIST ANTI-SERVICES. THEY ARE RUN BY EVIL HUMANISTS WHOM ARE DETERMINED TO DESTROY THE FAMILY UNIT. BEGIN BECOMING ACQUAINTED WITH ALL THE ATROCITIES THEY COMMIT. THEY ARE CHILD MURDERERS!! HERE IS A COPY OF THE FOURTH AMENDMENT AND AN EXCERPT ALONG WITH THE LINK OF WHAT TO DO. CHECK OUT THE WEBSITES, TELL YOUR FRIENDS, LOVED ONES, PRAY AND FAST ABOUT WHAT THE LORD WOULD HAVE YOU TO DO:

Amendment IV of the Constitution of the independent republic of the United States of America: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The CPS agents will want to talk to your child alone. Just say "NO". Tell the {gestapo} agents that your child has the right to have an attorney present, and that if he insists on an interview then you and the attorney will be present and the interview will be recorded, preferably on videotape. Of course, if your child is attending a public school, you probably won't get a chance to say "no". What would happen is that the social worker would go to the school and, behind your back, get permission to talk with your children from the school employees. You can tell the school ahead of time (in writing) that you don't permit such interviews, or anything other than basic education activities, however you cannot trust school employees to go by your wishes. It might help to ask your attorney to write a letter to the school forbidding interviews with CPS workers. Keep in mind that the public schools are one of the major sources of CPS referrals. I have heard that caseworkers complain that public school employees actually want more child detentions than CPS agents do! My advice is not to trust the schools, and to homeschool if possible. I am a big homeschooling advocate because I believe it is best for kids, and one of these days I will write a page about that too... but in the meantime, just keep in mind that it is hard to say "no" to interviews if your child's school will say "yes". Already the government has been putting CPS agents in public schools to look for target children. Eventually this may be the case in every public school. I think this is a good place for me to mention that I support the Alliance for the Separation of School and State. Please check it out.

Be sure that your children know that they have the right to say, "I don't want to be interviewed without my parents and an attorney and a tape recorder present." Caseworkers will not tell your child that s/he has the right to say that. If there is still time, you must be the one to train your child how to deal with government agents. Be sure your child knows the consequences of CPS interviews. If anyone is detained, it is the child. If they say the wrong thing, they can be taken into custody and removed, possibly permanently, from parents, siblings, friends, their home town, their pets, and everything else they hold dear in life! They will be traumatized by that separation, and possibly put on harmful adult psychotropic drugs to deal with the separation. If they complain too much about being incarcerated in state custody homes, they may be put into mental hospitals, or placed in restraints, which are known to be deadly. "Teach your children well," as the old song goes. We live in perilous times. We owe it to our children to help them learn to deal with government agents that may harm them. Remember, children are eight to ten times more at risk of abuse in foster and group homes, so we are not over-reacting in teaching our children these self-protective measures.

I would add to pray about joining the NRA. These perverts are, like all vile trash, bullies, hence cowards. A gun will scare them away. You don't want it to come to that point. But you certainly don't want your children to be stolen, beaten, starved, dehydrated, tortured, sodomized, raped and the dozens of other hideous things that CPS and their bosses who make 310,000 annually and turn their face to what's going on. Hence, you must pray as to what the LORD would have you to do. Remember, there's at least an even chance you will never see your flesh and blood again if they are stolen from your arms. You have to learn how to use a weapon.

http://www.fightcps.com/articles/whattodo.html

http://www.fightcps.com/pdf/expose4.pdf

http://www.fightcps.com/articles/solomon.html

http://fightcps.com/2008/06/12/cps-should-be-audited-in-every-state-and-you-can-help-get-this-started/#comments
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THE SIMPLE TRUTH..

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

There is a reason that most of these post spew hate here. I will be the first to say CPS workers at times make mistakes, we being humans all make mistakes, even the Posters here make mistakes. The one person you should person you should be spewing your anger towards is the Judge. He/She has the final say and it does NOT always matter what any of the workers say whether they work for CPS or any other agency that may be working with your child, he/she has the FINAL say! The sad thing is in my time of working with abused children is I have seen more than one child end up dying because he did not believe the workers who had spent hundreds of hours with these children and he sent them home. Withing a month's time or less these children died from hands of parents who like these posters SWORE up and down we had "MADE UP" the charges and LIED about what was going on. So how is it that more than 42.2% in 2005 died were a major contributor to child abuse? and 76.6 were children who died were younger than four years old.

The majority of these children are too young to have anyone to speak for them. Now that they are dead who is going to speak for themselves? It is horrible that some children are taken out of homes that should not be, but no matter what you think is true, we follow the laws on removeable.

The first week I was training at CPS a four year old girl had a running water hose stuffed down her mouth by her mother. The worker happened to stop by with an unannounced visit. This is the type of things that we see when the parents do not think we will be coming by to "Check Up on Them". The child died in the workers arms. The judge said, well "As long as if she does not do it again" hmmm. The four year old darlin is dead, so I don't think that will happen anytime soon. The woman got a 10 yr probated sentence. So , please, tell me, how is that fair?

When we see children being burned by cigarettes, arms broken and not set, parents who rape their children, physically abuse, children who are taken in strange cities , killed and then go back to their city of orgin and say the child was kidnapped, are we supposed to just stand by and say " awwwwwwwww well I wouldn't want to make a mistake so I will just stand by and do nothing! I myself could not live with that.

I am sorry for those parents who feel they have had their children taken away, but I know that CPS does not just go to some random house and say " Hey that kid looks like one I will remove today"! Come on people have some brains, it just does not work like that!

The next time you read one of these heart wrenching stories, think of the 42% of the children that died due to child abuse and they had not even reached their 5th birthday. Who will speak for those children????

Cat

I notice you have nothing to say about the estimated 899,000 children in the United States were found to be victims of child abuse. Did you know that children in that age group
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THERE'S SOMETHING YOU CAN DO

AUTHOR: Consult The Rock - (China, People's Republic of)

Yes, we need to fast and pray and seek God's Face. Hate driven humanists say "the family must go". That is what motivates liberal socialist workers whom have been brainwashed by psychology and evolution and communist environmentalism. Where there's money flowing, the mafia will soon follow hungrily. Socialist anti-service agencies receive more Federal funds when they have more children and when they get the children adopted out. Read the Links; at least one Link has confirmed this. Socialist workers do not have a job unless they kidnap a certain number of children. And all for the lust for money!! That's precisley what this is: legalized criminal stealing: kidnapping. The law was made to punish these plights. Woe unto them that call good evil, and evil good. And you thought the institutions of higher learning were for the public good!!! These devils are among the most hate driven, smelly, slimy scum you will ever hear of!!! Look at, listen to, read and absorb the ghastly accounts. There is the distinct possibility that this mass child napping is to feed satan worshippers, but that is difficult to prove. Humanists do not understand that that devilish atrocity of abolition of the famly has been tried before. They hate the LORD; hate all Truth. History bears out that the family is the backbone for society. An example is 1921. Lenin and his new tiny minority totalitarian communist dictatorship tried to establish a communal society. The children were stolen from their parents and placed in collective farms. The Soviet Union collasped in to anarchy. Lenin had to abandon the satan following experiment. Soon, this horrific nightmare will be over and the GOD established family unit of one man, one woman marriage will be reasserted with the father as the head, as the LORD commanded. By the way, the garbage great swelling words of vanity terminology you have been taught in school about polygamous, polyandrous, same sex marriages, etc, will be gone. Nice words for sodomite abomination and adultery.

In the meantime, the gestapo will attempt to walk right by you or through you and intrude in to your own house {violation of the U.S. Constitution and the 2nd and 4rh Amendment, entering, trespassing, disturbing the peace, breaking and entering without a warrant, no probable cause, no charges brought, no due process, no trial, no speedy trial, etc.), strip search your children in the public school (violation of the U.S. Constitution, every state Constitution and extremely obviously every rule of elementary decency that you can think of. Yet these soul-scarring heinous satan worshipping acts are being done by DCFS, CPS, HHS, DSS and whatever the mass murderer gestapo agency is called in your state). We do not know if the Links will be redacted. You should talk to your friends, loved ones and contact your attorney if you can afford it. I am indebted to and I quote Linda. I do not know her last name:

Here are some of my recommendations. Keep in mind that I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice -- so consider the source. Get an attorney if at all possible, and discuss these things with him/her. Your attorney will understand local procedures better than I possibly could.

Record and Document Everything
Check your state recording laws. Print out a copy of your state's law, and put it in a file folder entitled "Child Welfare Agents" near your front door. Have a tape recorder and blank tape handy in the house at all times. If a CPS worker shows up at your door, be prepared to tape the interview. You can, at that time, show them that you have a copy of the law. Don't be coerced not to tape -- this is your legal right if your state law says it is. Video tape is better than audio tape, if you can afford to do that instead.

Furthermore, you must document everything that happens in writing! Take notes. An English activist recommends you write down every word and insist that the worker must wait until the words are properly recorded. You have the right.

Keep a spiral-bound notebook on hand and use it to document every contact with CPS or CPS-appointed "service providers". Don't back down on this! Prepare in advance, and stand firm against CPS agents! After each contact, write a letter (some recommend having such a letter notarized) detailing what occurred, and request that the social worker confirm or deny the facts as you understand them within ten days of receipt of your letter. If no letter disputing the facts is received, then your statement of facts will be automatically confirmed. This form of documentation can later be used as evidence in your favor in juvenile court.

Don't Invite The CPS Worker Inside - You are under no obligation to let that person into your house. Under the basic law of our land, the United States Constitution, Amendment Four, you have the right to privacy in your home. No government agent of any type is allowed to enter your home without your permission. We know of many cases where entry was coerced by statements such as "let me in or I'll take your kids". Do not give in! Do not give up your Constitutional Rights! Stand firm on this! If your rights are not honored, you can sue them later, but it is so much better to force them to honor your rights now.

You need to understand that CPS funding is closely tied in with "service providers". It is likely that the social worker will offer some kind of deal, saying you can keep your kid if you agree to "services" like psychological testing, drug testing, therapy, etc. What this offer really means is that they don't have enough evidence to take your child into their custody, but if you will just go to their "service providers" they may get the "evidence" they need through these "service provider" reports.

Say, for example, you are accused of drug use. They want you to go to a drug testing service to prove your innocence. You say, "Okay, I'm not a drug user, I'll go". But then you find yourself facing false-positive results ... or if you miss an appointment, you are told that will count as a positive drug test. Your life is being severely interfered with because you have to go to scheduled appointments, miss work, make special child care arrangements, etc. Believe me, all this is not a "service" to you, no matter what they call it! It is only a way for the social workers to try to get "evidence" against you so they can take your children away. Do NOT sign their plans. Do NOT admit to anything. Force them to PROVE their cases in court, in a FULL TRIAL. Don't accept just a hearing where you are coerced to sign guilty to the charges. They will try every trick in the book to get you to agree to their sick "service plans". You must stand firm and just say "no" when they ask you to sign your legal rights away.

The CPS agents will want to talk to your child alone. Just say "NO". Tell the agents that your child has the right to have an attorney present, and that if he insists on an interview then you and the attorney will be present and the interview will be recorded, preferably on videotape. Of course, if your child is attending a public school, you probably won't get a chance to say "no". What would happen is that the social worker would go to the school and, behind your back, get permission to talk with your children from the school employees. You can tell the school ahead of time (in writing) that you don't permit such interviews, or anything other than basic education activities, however you cannot trust school employees to go by your wishes. It might help to ask your attorney to write a letter to the school forbidding interviews with CPS workers. Keep in mind that the public schools are one of the major sources of CPS referrals. I have heard that caseworkers complain that public school employees actually want more child detentions than CPS agents do!
http://nextaxpro.spaces.live.com/
My advice is not to trust the schools, and to homeschool if possible. I am a big homeschooling advocate because I believe it is best for kids, and one of these days I will write a page about that too... but in the meantime, just keep in mind that it is hard to say "no" to interviews if your child's school will say "yes".

Already the government has been putting CPS agents in public schools to look for target children. Eventually this may be the case in every public school. I think this is a good place for me to mention that I support the Alliance for the Separation of School and State. Please check it out.

Be sure that your children know that they have the right to say, "I don't want to be interviewed without my parents and an attorney and a tape recorder present." Caseworkers will not tell your child that s/he has the right to say that. If there is still time, you must be the one to train your child how to deal with government agents. Be sure your child knows the consequences of CPS interviews. If anyone is detained, it is the child. If they say the wrong thing, they can be taken into custody and removed, possibly permanently, from parents, siblings, friends, their home town, their pets, and everything else they hold dear in life! They will be traumatized by that separation, and possibly put on harmful adult psychotropic drugs to deal with the separation. If they complain too much about being incarcerated in state custody homes, they may be put into mental hospitals, or placed in restraints, which are known to be deadly. "Teach your children well," as the old song goes. We live in perilous times. We owe it to our children to help them learn to deal with government agents that may harm them. Remember, children are eight to ten times more at risk of abuse in foster and group homes, so we are not over-reacting in teaching our children these self-protective measures.

http://www.fightcps.com/articles/whattodo.html
I don't recommend sodomite amazon at all ever. I only list it in case it is too difficult to find the book in a bookstore or through on the many services that find books for you: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1418437034/fightcps-20
http://www.fightcps.com/pdf/expose4.pdf
http://www.fightcps.com/articles/solomon.html
http://www.newswithviews.com/Stang/alan50.htm
http://fightcps.com/2008/06/12/cps-should-be-audited-in-every-state-and-you-can-help-get-this-started/#comments
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060391979/fightcps-20
http://virginiachildabuse.com/
CPS, DCFS, DHS socialist anti-service agencies, shrinks, ABA, guardian ad litem: Here's some dirty tricks they play: http://www.massnews.com/past_issues/2001/march%202001/marfam.htm
Every parent and foster parent has to read this: http://rscraps.com/NFPCAR/References/DirtyTricks.htm
According to a DCFS spokeswoman, the agency does not track the sexual orientation of prospective foster or adoptive parents:
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=29180
"What's going on here is outrageous," Humiston told WorldNetDaily. "Utah's juvenile courts eliminate all but a thin facade of due process." He said that by law, parents "can be anonymously accused and never get to face their accusers," with no right to a jury, no right to remain silent, and no presumption of innocence.
Worse, he added, "all proceedings are conducted in secret," with the state regularly terminating "parents' rights without ever showing that (they) are unfit."
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=1777
Kinsey: Crimes and consequences. www.drjudithreisman.org
www.jesus-is-savior.com
"How you raise your children is between you and God alone. It is not a matter for the state or anyone else; it never has been."
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=62153
The "Texas Department of Child Abduction," which writer William N. Grigg "sometimes wittily refers to as the Department of Protective and Family Services," acted on an anonymous call from a shady character named Rozita Swinton. Rozita was released by the Texas ruffians after being briefly detained. The innocent victims of her mischief-making are being held indefinitely, separated from their mothers.
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=62505
So there, femicommies and socialist bums [they certainly are NOT society workers}.
"I don't know where social services ever got started, or where they got their authority," Shiflett said. "But I want to know why we have something in this country that violates our rights, that takes a parental right away." I know its sorcerer psychology; it's illegal, immoral and antiConstitutional.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that the State or the sorcerer shrink, or a judge or a communist worker is a parent of your child!

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=59581
Proverbs 23:13-14. Abominable, heinous, criminal CPS is fighting GOD!! Finally, a victory: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=65997
Have you been brainwashed by radical femicommies who hate GOD, partiarchal authority, the Bible? http://www.newswithviews.com/Stang/alan34.htm
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Same problem in Mohave county, az Lake Havasu City CPS in year 2000

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

I had the same problem in Lake Havasu City, they took my son, because of false statements from my ex who was stalking me. Burnt down my house with my son in side, luckly he got out un harmed, but when they took my son, he was sent to school in 50 degree weather with shorts and t-shirt, he still has a big scar on his belly from one of the foster cares real son, who did not care for my son, so he stabbed him. I got a phone call at 2:30 am saying please meet my case worker at the office that my sons fever was 104.6 . From then on i kept him and they closed the case 6 months later. But they ruined our life in the mean time. No rescorse for us, because of corse it is the state we are up against
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THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT CPS, DCFS ARE IN IT FOR FEDERAL FUNDING. THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.

AUTHOR: Consult The Rock - (China, People's Republic of)

First, many thanks to Mary, ShaShawn, Roma, Sarah, L, Annette, Renee, Jl and Robert for posting to this board. And God is not mocked; He will repay Gail Marc, Pete and Kim for their shameful, false witness postings.

What is particularly repulsive is the guy who posted that there should be sterilizaion. The October, 1973 issue of Psychology Today { Sorcery, actually. Deeply devilish, hench deeply opposed to preaching the Gospel. That is why you always have a bad experience if you're a Christian. You're in the way of world government, dominated by sodomites. See what sorcerer psychologists deserve in Revelation 22:5, 21:8.} said that it isn't right that "just any human" can breed children. That's Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler wanted to control reproduction and make a "master race" of abuser sodomites: the butch homosexual, it is sometimes called. So that guy who said there should be forced sterilization is a Hitler. He wants no one to have to right to marry and reproduce unless he is a certified clone {sane} of the state. By the way, sinners can be become lunatic. You will not find "sane" nor "insane" in the Word of GOD - A. V. 1611. Many humanists, feminazis and sodomites believe the rot that is printed in Sorcery Shrink Today. Many liberals are not sodomites and see the revulsion in murdering, child molesting, deliberate unsanitary, disease spreading sodomy. But they are afraid to speak out.

It is no different than the film we have all seen of a nazi SS officer taking a child from his mother. The child attempts to run to his mother. The SS officer restrains him. The mother attempts to take her child back. The SS officer pushes her away very roughly, grabs the child and walks away. THE PRECISE SAME THING IS HAPPENING IN AMERICA!! We need to get together and pray about what to do. Maybe we should resist. You won't see your child back home again. The child will begin to think that Mommy and Daddy do not care as they appear not to be taking him home. Better to resist and be shot than to allow your children to think you do not care. The child will know that any pretension by the gestapo worker of "better, we're professionals here", is a lie. CPS, DCFS, HHS, the police bureaucracy, etc, murdered the child's parent or parents. How does that help the child? What ever happened to the Bill of Rights. NO COMMUNIST WORKER NOR ANY ONE ELSE CAN ENTER YOUR HOME UNINVITED. YOU ARE SAFE IN YOUR OWN HOME. THE BILL OF RIGHTS SAYS SO. That's what the press, socialist anti-services, the judges, the ABA lawyers, the sorcerer shrinks, the DCS, the DCFS, HHS are today!! The gestapo!! Ye serpents; ye generation of vipers! How can ye escape the damnation of Hell? -Matthew 23:33. And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire. - Revelation 20:15. And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in ME, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea. -Matthew 18:6, Mark 9:41, Luke 17:2.

WEED OUT EVIL JUDGES AND MAKE SOCIALIST WORKER CRIMINALS LIABLE FOR PROSECUTION LIKE ALL OF US. CRIMINALS ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW!! THESE HUMANISTS ARE HATE DRIVEN. THEY WANT THE FAMILY UNIT DESTROYED. THEY WILL FAIL. LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SOVIET UNION IN 1921 WHEN THEY FOUGHT GOD AND DECLARED THE FAMILY UNIT DEAD! ANARCHY INSURED AND THEY HAD TO RESTORE THE FAMILY UNIT. The guy who said: "CPS workers, DHS offices and government employees do not get money for removing children from their parents homes. Do some people really think that there are 'evil CPS workers' that just like to ruin peoples lives? This is ridiculous! For all the names that were previously listed of children that died in foster care- do you have any idea how many children are killed and molested by their parents every year? The general public is always worried about the 'stranger' who may harm children. Guess what...the vast majority of child abusers are biological parents or mommys live in boyfriend."
is either extremely naive or a liar! Since he knows CPS, HHS, DCFS do get money from the Federal govt, he is a worker and is a LIAR. He is reprobate and has no shame. Oh, yes their agency does too receive money from the Federal government for child napping. Why do you think they do it?! You have any shame??!! You see the grisly murders, tortures, beatings: some kids missing. These national socialist workers are taking children out of the arms of loving parents and making sacrifices to satan, just like in pagan cultures, in nazi Germany and in several nations in the world today, INCLUDING THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE! That guy is not that ignorant. He is a liar and a deceiver. Proverbs 23:13,14: Withhold not correction from the child: For if thou beatest him with a rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod and save his soul from Hell. Great will be the burning of you if you do not repent. The baptism of fire! Matthew 3:12. Sinking to the bottom, rising to the top, sinking back to the bottom... A Lake of Fire! You will be trapped! Matthew 3:11. And shall throughly purge his floor. He shall gather the wheat into the garner but HE will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire -Matthew 3:12. Millions of children are hardened and reprobate because the Hitler-Stalinist departments of communist anti-services have liberals spying on Conservatives and Christians. If you do proper discipline, you will hear police sirens!! It's documented!! We just got a victory in Minnesota where Child "Protective" Services {protective, services - notice how liberals always lie about the names of these agencies?} kidnapped a child for 3 years for loving, Biblically based discipline. Parents are even drugging their children at the Hitlerian edict of Dept of socialist anti-services, HHS, CPS, DCFS, for fear of losing their children to terrorist thugs! We know drugs have serious side effects. Even those who do not admit to the big pharma conspiracy that drugs kill and poison know that all drugs have serious side effects.

You know well that CPS, DCFS and communist child abuse agencies get Federal funds. You know that. Look at the kidnappings of those mormon children. They were thinkiing: what a haul. They're not repulsed by adultery at all. You know that. They think sodomy is not wrong. And sodomy is disease spreading and unspeakable acts. Adulterous mormons are hideous, it is true. But adultery is not nearly as repulsive as unspeakable acts, serial murder, disease causing, disease spreading, threatening to contaminate the blood supply, rewriitng history, screamng obscenities, threatening people who expose the evil of it, interpret the Word of God wrong, parading naked and doing unspeakable acts in public, etc.

MORE PROOF THEY ARE GRASPING FOR FEDERAL FUNDS: Up to half of Los Angeles County's foster children were needlessly placed in a system that is often more dangerous than their own homes because of financial incentives in state and federal laws, a two-year Daily News investigation has found. The county receives nearly $30,000 a year from federal and state governments for each child placed in the system money that goes to pay the stipends of foster parents, but also wages, benefits and overhead costs for child-welfare workers and executives. For some special-needs children, the county receives up to $150,000 annually. Called the perverse incentive factor,' states and counties earn more revenues by having more children in the system whether it is opening a case to investigate a report of child abuse and neglect or placing a child in foster care, wrote the authors of a recent report by the state Department of Social Services Child Welfare Stakeholders Group. Since the early 1980s, the number of foster children in California has gone up fivefold, and doubled in the county and nation. About one in four children will come into contact with the child welfare system before turning 18, officials say.

As early as 1992, the state's Little Hoover Commission cited experts who estimated that 35 percent to 70 percent of foster children in California should never have been removed from their families and have suffered deep psychological trauma as a result.

On any given day, a total of 175,000 children are now in the state child protective system. In recent months, parents in several states have filed class action lawsuits and testified before Congress, alleging that thousands of their children have been wrongfully taken from their homes. State and county officials admitted recently that they have placed too many children in foster care, especially poor and minority children. California has 13 percent of the nation's total child population, but 20 percent of its foster children, statistics show.

Legal kidnapping' A review of more than $25 million in foster care lawsuit settlements and judgments in Los Angeles County since the early 1990s found about half involved the unnecessary removal of children and their subsequent mistreatment or wrongful deaths, according to the county's own admissions of wrongful seizures in county Claims Board documents or assertions by the families' attorneys.

In a Daily News review of 139 claims against the county - an action that usually precedes the filing of a lawsuit against the county 26 of the claims involved allegations of wrongful seizures of children. In two cases, parents alleged their children were seized by the county for financial gain because local governments receive revenue for every child taken into the system. Parents also have alleged in dozens of recent appeals to state appellate courts that their children were needlessly taken from them. It's legal kidnapping to make a profit, said Lancaster resident John Elliott, a 54-year-old former Warner Bros. special-effects technician, who filed a claim alleging social workers made false allegations against him and placed his daughter in foster care. After he spent $150,000 fighting to get his daughter back, the county ultimately admitted it was mistaken in taking his daughter and returned her to him. They tell lies to keep your kids in the system, Elliott said. My daughter was abused the whole time she was there. It's a multibillion-dollar business. It's all about profit. Santa Ana attorney Jack H. Anthony, who won a $1.5 million verdict in 2001 in a case involving the death of a foster child burned in scalding bathtub water, said parents often call asking him to file lawsuits over the unnecessary placement of their children in foster care. But social workers are generally immune from liability for the wrongful placement of a child in foster care, Anthony said. It's very difficult to hold anybody responsible for making a negligent decision to take the children, Anthony said. In most of the cases I see, the children would have been better off had they not been taken from their parents. No clear standards: For years, DCFS had no clear standards defining what child abuse or neglect was. The decision whether to remove a child was often left up to overworked social workers' hunches about how safe children were in their parents' homes, Sanders said. Bruce Rubenstein, DCFS deputy director from 1991-97, said the department intimidated social workers into removing children for little or no reason after a couple of high-profile cases where children returned from foster care to their parents were murdered. The word was, Remove everybody. Remove all the kids.' It's pretty fundamental that the county was breaking up families that didn't need to be broken up, Rubenstein said. Only new leadership giving clear messages can free that department from this sickness.

Critics also expect heavy opposition from what they call the private child-abuse industry, which has grown wealthy and powerful over the years off the $20 billion-a-year child welfare system, a two-year investigation by the Daily News found.

A recent state Department of Social Services report found the indirect costs of child mistreatment and foster care, such as juvenile delinquency, adult criminality and lost productivity to society, total $95 billion annually. At the heart of the system's failures, state officials admit in documents, are perverse financial incentives in federal and state laws that encourage local governments to earn money by placing and keeping too many children unnecessarily in foster care.
Financial incentives, inherent in the state and federal government structure, are encouraging the retention of children in foster care until they reach adulthood, researcher Julia K. Sells wrote in a report on child welfare privatization for the San Francisco-based Pacific Research Institute think tank. States are actually profiting from keeping children in the system because they continue to receive federal funds.

The investigation also found widespread misuse of taxpayer funds and some of the highest salaries in the nation among the nonprofit foster family agencies and group homes responsible for most of the 30,000 children in foster homes. The $1.4 billion DCFS budget, which has swelled from $103 million in 1985 when the department was created, pays to support a total of 75,000 children in the system and
adoptive homes. In the private foster care agencies that oversee most of the children, some executives receive up to $310,000 a year in salaries and benefits and spend millions of taxpayer dollars for posh offices, expensive furniture and luxury cars, according to tax returns and county audits.

Since 1998, county auditors have found more than $9 million in unallowable or questionable expenses by the private foster-care agencies that have contracts with Los Angeles County. The audits revealed taxpayer funds were used to pay off Las Vegas gambling debts, call psychic hotlines and pay for jewelry, parties, lottery tickets, alcohol, vacations, antiques, artwork and even a cremation.
They have abused both children and taxpayers, said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Particularly in these tough economic times, the fact that money is being misspent this way is absolutely appalling. Local governments are screaming for more revenues, yet they are grossly misspending these funds, frittering away this money without any accountability at all.

http://www.fightcps.com/pdf/expose4.pdf

CASE IN POINT: This year, the county settled a class-action lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California that called for improvements in the mental-health treatment foster children receive. It also led to the closure of the long-distressed MacLaren's Children Center in El Monte the site of numerous horror stories of abuse, neglect and even death over the years.
COMMENT: When you have to go to the devil for help, you know you're in trouble!

MORE INSIGHT: Finally, you can bank on the probability that from the moment the kidnappers boasted the kiddos now belong to them, they subjected the victims to sophisticated interrogation, designed to convince them they have been abused, and prepare them to accuse their parents in public. We know this because this has become standard practice in one government child kidnapping after another. Again, after almost two months of brainwashing, die kindergrabbers have failed to bring even one such victim forward, and no one has been charged.

Yes, the appeals court has ordered the kidnappers to return them, and a few token kiddos have been returned, under CPS supervision, but all these things probably already have been done. And remember that the state of Texas has appealed, which will prolong the incarceration and separation of the victims.

http://www.newswithviews.com/Stang/alan50.htm

COMMENT: Why are they doing these kidnappings everywhere? Why are children dying, being murdered and disappearing from "foster homes" or "child care homes" or "halfway houses" that CPS, DCFS are responsible for? We do not understand why, but we know that, down through history all cultures sacrifice babies, torture and murder little children. I intend to prove or find the proof that CPS and DCFS are kidnapping babies to sacrifice to the devil!

http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul198.html
Sorcery psychology and large corporations are deeply anti-Christian: http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20Government/Police%20State/the_psy...

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20Government/Police%20State/police_...

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20America/Sodomy/homosexuality_is_a...

Police state America: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=60750

http://shop.wnd.com/store/item.asp?DEPARTMENT_ID=6&SUBDEPARTMENT_ID=94&ITEM_ID=1679

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=64829

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20Government/Police%20State/taken_from_parents.htm

http://youtube.com/watch?v=8FHYIOafbzM&watch_response

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Family/Parents%20Corner/information_for_parents.htm

http://www.topix.com/forum/state/il-gov/TFQDPO9TFFJ199KJV#lastPost

http://www.ripoffreport.com/searchresults.asp?q1=ALL&q5=&q4=Child+Protective+...

http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=cps&btnG=Go&domains=http%3A%...

http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=dcfs&btnG=Go&domains=http%3A...

http://www.massnews.com/past_issues/2001/march%202001/marfam.htm

http://www.fightcps.com/pdf/expose4.pdf

Every parent and foster parent has to read this: http://rscraps.com/NFPCAR/References/DirtyTricks.htm

As always, type in the website, then find rather than clicking on a copied and pasted website.
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#34 Consumer Suggestion

Family members get first choice!!! Remember that!

AUTHOR: Concerned Aunt - (U.S.A.)

I will be takin in my 14 month old niece and my bro has said he's seen the same signs of abuse with the baby.....A BABY! AuGH!

Oh and the case worker, Racheal Marcella is not consistent or informative in what the actual options are. All she did when I spoke with her was push the interests of the agency. I called asking why I have to adopt a child who is already family and has my same last name!!??? No call back yet...

If I did not come forward she would have to say with the abusive foster family.

If you think your child is being abused while the chips are down for you, no matter how bad you think your family will respond, CONTACT THEM and show them this website.

Good luck and God Bless out there!!!
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#35 Consumer Comment

Pictures and the expert Robert From NY

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

Robert
Buffalo, New York
U.S.A.

Sorry Robert but if your a consultant making money then I would suggest you find a better job. Clearly the images were enhanced buy using a sharping filter. Anyone using PhotoShop knows how that filter will leave moree lines in an image. If you extract the image and magnify you will see there are no paste lines around the areas you suggest. I would clearly adjust your Gamma on you monitor, maybe you can improve your earning of your "Computer Consulting Company". Geez, anyone can claim they're a consultant these day.
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#36 Consumer Comment

Concerned Mother and Citizen

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

You can't take any of the comments of the foster parents to heart (like Marc and Pete was it?) because they reap the benefits of the CPS business. They get a monthly check for each child they have in their home. They do not have jobs because they get these checks and they do not have to work. Glorified welfare.

If they adopt it's 2 fold they get payment from the government for that and if they work enough tho file taxes they get a tax break for adopting within that year. Money grubbers.

Then on top of all that they get some kind of superiority complex as if they are preforming a public service and all of us should be grateful to them. They are aiding and abetting kidnappers and enabling Parent Alienation Syndrome. They are beneath contempt. They are in bed with CPS and the thing about sleeping with snakes is that you will eventually get a bite yourself.

My ex was or is a foster parent and he and his new wife were on top of the world with not having to work and getting a check until the snakes turned on them and bit hard! They now have 2 children in YDC on multiple felonies thanks to their "close personal relationship" with CPS. In their case they lost one birth child for every child they took from another mother!

So Marc and Pete can continue to run their mouths and sound off their superior drivel. Just remember that God is good and vengeance is His and you will reap all the evil you have sewn. When you plant corn you reap corn; so it is reasonable to deduce that when you plant evil you reap evil.

Roma I am praying for you! You are my sister! My heart has adopted you. Please keep us updated on yours and Rafe's situation.
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Haven't Read It All

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

I haven't read all of the information posted, and I'm not jumping in the brawl about CPS.

However, if you don't feel like your lawyer is doing anything - FIRE HIM. It is never worth having a lawyer who isn't on your side. If you can't afford a good lawyer, try finding one that will work pro-bono. Try local law schools and big name lawyers. A lot of them do a little pro-bono work. Make sure though that you physically go there, rather than just calling. They are not nearly as receptive over the phone as they are when you are face to face.

Good luck.
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Thank you, especially to those effected

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

I feel bad I didn't read this as much as I would have liked. I never thought there would be response and I am always busy educating myself and also in passing the knowledge onto others as best I can, and my own fight of course. So here I will respond.

Roma I am a grown version of Rafe
Sandy Saint Louis, Missouri

Foster Parent Response
Julie Mount Vernon, Washington

Child Welfare
Andrew Kalamazoo, Michigan

Practice and Policy : CPS Justification ATTN: Foster Parent Marc
Technicalbuddha Tucson, Arizona

All others too numerous to list.

- I was especially moved when I read Sandy's, for obvious reasons, and because I know that every minute was like a year and I know the look in my own little boy's eyes. I felt everything he felt. God bless you Sandy. You spell just fine, by the way. Your heart is warm and pure; that is all that matters. And you have what others do not - the knowledge of how to help others in similiar situations, and the spirit to do so. I hope you chose this path.
- Julie, the children and parents thank you. Hold them tight and love them until they may be with their families however long that takes. Millions suffer around the world. More than 1/2 million that we know of here in the U.S. on any given day. I also know the system usually retaliates against good foster caretakers. Stay strong, as you are.
- Thank you to all those others above that are too numerous to list.
Hugs to all that are in pain and may strength and light surround you. Never give up on anything, no matter what.
I always liked the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" especially the part "everytime you hear a bell an angel got his wings". I am not so sure there are angels anymore, but for the ones that walk among us. We all touch so many lives in so many ways and don't realize it.
Strength and love to you all. Stay strong and pure; that is the key.
Remember always the children.

Finally, Rafe my sweet and beautiful son, I love you...always. I'm here more than you will ever know; I always will be.
love, mama xxoo
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MAJOR CHILD PORN RING BUSTED; 20 Children Rescued Worldwide

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

MAJOR CHILD PORN RING BUSTED - 20 Children Rescued Worldwide
March 06, 2008
http://www.fbi.gov/page2/march08/innocentimages_030608.html
...That sordid network was exposed this week thanks to a global law enforcement operation spanning five countries, three continents, and 11 U.S. states. As part of the continuing investigation, a total of 22 men have been arrested, including 14 in America, four in Germany, and two each in Australia and the U.K.
Even more satisfying: over the course of the international operation, about 20 victims have been rescued. Investigative efforts to identify and rescue more victims are continuing.
The international investigation dismantled one of the largest (more than 400,000 images and videos were posted, traded, and trafficked) and most sophisticated child exploitation rings weve ever come across. The group used powerful encryption tools. These people went to a lot of trouble to keep from being discovered, said Steve Tidwell, the FBI Executive Assistant Director who oversees our national criminal programs. They had a level of operational security that weve not seen before. The ring, in fact, was run very much like a business with various players handling different roles direction coming from the top down and the sadistic images serving as currency. Again, a sophisticated operation. It involved extensive real-time and high-level global cooperation, with countries sharing not only information and intelligence but actual investigators.


You might ask where do they get all these children. It is a known fact that many times the elite expolit their own (as suggested time and time again in the Bonet-Ramsey case). I do believe some actors in this sophisticated international ring of encryption and computer software/security could be tied to this case due to their positions and ties to top computer security and asset management firms. The common joe does not have the level of forensics or computer encryption and security capablilities used to keep those such as law enforcement forensics out, nor do they have the kind of money and political connections needed to stay out from under law enforcement radar. And you need ties (access) to the children. Dodds of Charles Schwab, Foley-Dodds a high profile lawyer, Dodds a data security expert previously of Pulse Engineering with buyout ties to mergers and contracts with Titan Homes Protection (aerospace and defense contracts), and the like. Rohr, an attorney with ties to the same state, Providence Service Corp a "social services" mental health contractor who recently acquired the same in PA the acquisition part of which was funded with a huge influx of cash. Coughlin (Tucson attorney) and Judge Stephen Rubin Tucson juvy judge (recent Pres of Juvenile Court Assoc promoted in Pittsburg PA July 2005) also participated in another Tucson federal case where a child was allegedly raped and abused per an affadavit of the child now grown.
Strange how some of the same or related names pop up. Or is it?
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FL Child Welfare Official's Porn Case & Others - One small step to the top

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

As you can see each story is a stepping stone to the higher connections. International laws make it difficult to go after and prosecute these animals. We need more investigation and prosecution in our own state. AZ Rep Renzi who is now under other federal investigation, for example, owns Patriot Insurance whose records were investigated. Patriot Insurance specialized in Adoption, Sexual Abuse, Non profits, Director and Board Liability, and the like.

You will have to google all these stories, I believe the policy of this website is that links and the like are removed for liability reasons. Google the key words, and you will find much, including these stories. Also check the fed sites. They have been busy. ICE must get involved in the international part and the locals must cooperate - difficult as they are the gatekeepers of the worst crimes. That is what happened in the McMartin Preschool case. Parents were deemed crazy and other main witnesses were murdered. It goes to the top and is an ugly and very powerful "industry". Each small bust leads to bigger ones higher up, as the Jersey story above illustrates. Ritual abuse has been around a long time; it got a big start in Nazi Germany (socialist policies are very bad).

This agency needs to be shut down NOW, and many need to be arrested on federal crimes. Those in official position that turn a blind eye are guilty of Misprision of Felony 18 U.S.C. 4 among other things.

Where do they get all the children?
Your beloved Child P Services, and what runs it. Just a few...

Lurid details released in Florida DCF Child Welfare Official's Porn Case
Feb. 12, 2008
CAROL MARBIN MILLER, MiamiHerald.com
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/florida/story/415582.html

The PRESS SECRETARY FOR FLORIDA'S CHILD WELFARE AGENCY created an alter ego and used a state computer to e-mail one of the boys he used to produce child pornography he then sold to a magazine in Scotland and a porn ''broker'' in Germany, federal agents said Monday.
Zimmerman, 41, was hired as a Department of Children & Families local spokesman in March 2005 and later promoted to statewide DCF press secretary. Tampa police and the state Attorney General's office charged him with child pornography on Feb. 1, and federal agents added federal pornography charges Monday.
A 16-page sworn statement by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, Alexander Hagedorn, released Monday, offered the first details of Zimmerman's activities, which according to the document apparently began at least as early as 2006.
Other e-mails discussed how the boys would be paid, or where the pictures would be distributed.
''I spoke with my broker in Germany who says they like what they were sent, in fact they like them a lot, but they've been holding off on selling them as [they] await word on what else is on its way,'' Zimmerman wrote Aug. 15, 2006, to Victim 1, the complaint says. In a June 29, 2007, e-mail, Zimmerman referred to a ''magazine in Scotland'' to which he was trying to sell pictures of Victim 1, the complaint says.


Former Child-Protective-Services Investigator Indicted on Sexual Battery, Other Charges
Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008
LAWRENCE LATANE III Richmond Times-Dispatch
http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-01-29-0238.html

A former child-protective-services investigator was indicted yesterday on 10 felony sex charges involving boys under the age of 13.
A Middlesex County grand jury indicted Arthur R. Bracke, 61, yesterday as the result of a Virginia State Police investigation. Detective Keenon Hook of the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation said the probe continues. The 10 felony counts returned by the grand jury include four counts of aggravated sexual battery, four counts of indecent liberties by a person in a supervisory relationship, one attempted aggravated sexual battery and one attempted indecent liberties charge, the state police said. Bracke is being held in the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center in Saluda, state police said.

Bracke was also charged in November with attempted murder and arson.

In 1975, he founded a home for troubled boys -- New Beginnings Boys Home in Newport News -- which moved to Middlesex County two years later. Bracke ran the home until it closed in 1985 because of financial trouble. He began working for the county social-services department the next year. On his Web site, Art Bracke's Personal Pages, Bracke refers to himself as "the Pied Piper." He says on the site that he adopted three troubled children and fostered many others.

FBI Raids Home of Maryland Delegate and Exec Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County
15 Feb 2008

http://www.myfoxdc.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=5789269&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

HALFWAY, Md. (AP) - The FBI says its cyber crimes unit is assisting Washington County authorities in an investigation of state Delegate Robert McKee. The cyber crimes unit includes investigations of child pornography. FBI spokesman Richard Wolf says the Washington County Sheriff's Department requested the agency's help after searching the Republican delegate's home in Halfway earlier this month.
The 58-year-old McKee has served in the House of Delegates since 1995. He also serves as the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County.

State Foster Care Worker Accused Of Sexually Abusing Adopted Son -Man Passed DCF Background Check
February 8, 2008
http://www.local6.com/news/15256600/detail.html
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- An Orange County man, who works at a state-contracted foster care facility, was arrested on Thursday, accused by authorities of sexually abusing his adopted 17-year-old son.

The man, who Local 6 won't identify in order to protect the identity of the alleged victim, adopted the boy five years ago after meeting him at Devereaux Florida, where the man works as a program director.

Devereaux Florida provides residential treatement for emotionally troubled foster-care children.

"The abuse started slow with certain sex acts and it progressed to more major crimes," Orange County sheriff's Detective Richard Mankewich said.
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International Ped Ring Being Uncovered - Social Services Children's Home

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

Thank you, from our children, to international and federal authorities for your efforts to combat this horrific agency and to expose the enterprise of government child abuse, torture, and child trafficking.


Jersey Care Home Probe into Dungeon Four at Social Services Torture Home
Kate Mansey In St Martin, Jersey,

Detectives searching the Jersey house of horrors were last night preparing to break into a FOURTH secret torture chamber. They have been directed to a dungeon beneath the mansion's courtyard by new witnesses who remember as children being taken by staff "through a secret passage" to a dark room. Police have already unearthed three cellars under a trap door in the former children's home, Haut de la Garenne. Statements from victims and whistleblowers taken over the last 48 hours include details of how staff would invite friends from outside to come for "abuse parties" where children were drugged, raped and beaten. And horrified locals told how they had seen staff dragging children across the fields late at night. Some were never seen again.
Yesterday forensic archaeologists were digging for evidence in fields the size of a football pitch around the home. As well as discovering a bath and a pair of shackles in the cellars, scientists found strips of fabric from children's clothing which have been sent for analysis.

On Friday a trap door to one of the cellars was uncovered after victims told of being locked underground for days at a time. Secret documents emerged showing an astonishing catalogue of paedophilia right across Jersey as a number of schools, foster homes and other children's homes came under the spotlight.

Second chamber may conceal body in Jersey
Caroline Gammell, Aislinn Simpson + Lucy Cockcroft, in St Martin, Jersey
February 27, 2008

Police fear they are on the verge of uncovering another body at a children's care home in Jersey after breaking into a cellar and discovering a second secret chamber.
Links to Developments in the Horror -
'Possible suspects were in positions of authority'
Memories of former Jersey care home children
Jersey care home 'had shackles and trapdoor'

Pictures of Jersey care home 'torture chamber'
By Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter
Last Updated: 2:38am GMT 04/03/2008
This is the first picture of the "torture chamber" below a children's home in Jersey in which former residents say they were subjected to horrific sexual and physical abuse. Police also confirmed that a former senior politician in Jersey's parliament was among those accused of child abuse at Haut de la Garenne. Allegations that members of the island's establishment may have been involved in the abuse, and that they then conspired to cover it up, are under investigation.

Daughter of Jersey care home boss claims her 'monster' father subjected her to rape ordeal London, 06.03.08
The Haut de la Garenne children's home, which was run by Colin Tilbrook in the 60s. His foster daughter has now revealed that he raped her repeatedly, starting when she was 10


More Stories:
- CHILDREN OF THE STATE, by Joseph A. D'Agostino
- 60 YEARS OF COVER UP IN JERSEY ESTABLISHMENT
The political debate surrounding these traumatic issues will not go away. Everything is political. Cover-up and complicity is political. How some of the issues have surfaced, via the actions of whistle-blowers, that too is political. And the culture of cover up, concealment, collaboration and secrecy that the Island's body politic is based on, that too is political. That issues cuts across secrecy and cover up over child abuse, murder and rape, how these so-called care institutions were and are run, how poverty and homelessness have been swept under the carpet for decades, how States Members have failed the people of the Island, lined their own pockets, refused to initiate democratic reform and an independent judiciary, and the secrecy that the local banking and tax haven industries are founded upon, since the 1960s, and the refusal of Island authorities post-war to admit to collaboration with the Nazis. The culture of secrecy is dominant and prevalent. It is a first political principle in Jersey. It should stop.
- NEWS VIDEO - JERSEY ESTABLISHMENT SATANIC ABUSE EXPOSED
Special video report on the major establishment abuse in Jersey.Britain's mass media,police,judiciary, MP's and Jersey government have all played their part in the horror's they helped COVER UP. Only now over 30 years later is this wicked bunch of establishment perverts being exposed.
The satanic secret society's set up for them to hide behind slowly being exposed.Expect more EXPOSURES from the complicit media who had this information for more than 30 years yet did nothing to stop the horrific abuses.

Jersey, Dutroux, and Cover-Ups
Saturday, March 01, 2008
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#42 Consumer Comment

Answers for Ms. Conviviality

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

""What is more curious is what is a 'computer consultant' doing surfing for pictures of children.
Since I keep up on law enforcement efforts on this matter - crimes against children - and have had contact with other families who have also experienced the horrors of pedophiles and established government child abuse, it leaves me with only a few possible conclusions.

1) Only pedophiles and the rings of pedophilia surf for pictures of children
2) My defendants enjoy not only stalking me and in the past threatening my life, but wishes to discredit my precious son's cause and that of all children murdered, raped, and tortured by cps actors and agents. ""

1. I'm passing free time as I babysit my 8 servers - no housecalls scheduled because everything is running well. When I'm caught up with my work I pass the time sometimes visiting this website. I also help folks with credit issues on a volunteer basis through my sister's church.

2. My wife is a social worker that deals with abused kids and sometimes obtains court orders to remove the kids from abusive homes. The title of the report, and the fact that it was recently updated and near the beginning of the list when I clicked "browse recent reports" cought my eye so I read your report.

I don't like your insinuations. I am not a pedophile or one of your "stalkers." Don't flatter yourself. I am a self-employed computer consultant - been in the biz since 1973. The photos as they are here appear to be altered in my professional opinion. It is possible that they've been condensed and look different then the originals, but what catches my eye is several areas where it appears to me that the "bruises" were possibly added to the photos or an attempt was made to make the bruises larger/smaller than they were.

Case in point: I asked when they were taken, because if they were taken on the same day, then I'm even more convinced that the pictures posted here are altered. The "bruises" above the left eye do NOT coincide with each other and in a color digital pic, they would not appear GRAY as they do here unless all the colors were temperature shifted. Oh, and I've been into digital photography since 1998 so I have some experience working with digitized photos.

Another point: Seems to me that someone with a legitimate, unembellished story to tell, would question WHY someone, especially a computer consultant good enough to make a self-employed living, thought these pictures were altered.

Not you - you attack my integrity and insinuate that I'm a pedophile or one of your "admirers" (stalker-enemies.) I'm not either of those. Just someone who asked a legitimate question about what appears to be altered digital pics posted on a public forum.
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AUTHOR: sandy - (U.S.A.)

They seem to look different everywhere; I guess it depends on the paper they are printed on or the webmaster. They were taken in haste. Surely a true expert (other than, oh an attorney or a state official pedophile maybe) would know better.

What is more curious is what is a "computer consultant" doing surfing for pictures of children.
Since I keep up on law enforcement efforts on this matter - crimes against children - and have had contact with other families who have also experienced the horrors of pedophiles and established government child abuse, it leaves me with only a few possible conclusions.

1) Only pedophiles and the rings of pedophilia surf for pictures of children
2) My defendants enjoy not only stalking me and in the past threatening my life, but wishes to discredit my precious son's cause and that of all children murdered, raped, and tortured by cps actors and agents.

Have you read some of the latest international news - the Jersey Social Services ritual satanic child abuse scandel.....it goes to the very top as far as officials go. The DC Madam has the goods on many officials also, hence why they are trying to shut her up. FOLEY is only the tip of the iceburg. Also a top Florida CPS official just got busted for selling porn to Germany and Scotland. ICE and federal agents have been teaming up with local law enforcement across the nation to catch online pedophiles (which I do believe leads to the better cases such as those above such as cps and the Jersey ring). Sometimes angels really do look out for the chilldren. With each step we will all win to stop these horrific crimes against our most precious treasure - our children.

A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity; it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.

I hope that answers your question. Good day.
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Question about photos posted.

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

When where these 2 photos taken?

I'm a computer consultant and I realize that they may not look quite right on this website but to me, these photos appear to have been electronically altered with a graphics program - and altered poorly at that.

I don't dispute your story, but these photos don't seem credible to me.
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Child Welfare

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

Had the CPS of Michigan consider taking my son away during a divorce and I politely explained that that they would meet with "excessive resistance" if anyone ever touched my child without my notice and approval. Seemed to deter their thoughts of me agreeing to anything of that nature. For the record. Child never left my sight and life seemed to work it self out fine. I have read this entire thread and have mixed feelings as I consider my self and my family blessed to have resources not available to most. Also our home is filled with love, guidance and understanding for others and are considering being interim foster parents. Not for money but because children (especially siblings) can get seperated during times of crisis. And the idealist in me belives change comes from within. And that I can make a difference in the system by leading form the front. however after reading this. I'm wondering about how much liability I expose myself and family to and how much control the CPS has. Lots of info and feelings in this thread. Our prayers are always with the children. Becaues even if the parents are hoseheads, the children get caught in the middle and who truly stands for them?
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Child Welfare

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

Had the CPS of Michigan consider taking my son away during a divorce and I politely explained that that they would meet with "excessive resistance" if anyone ever touched my child without my notice and approval. Seemed to deter their thoughts of me agreeing to anything of that nature. For the record. Child never left my sight and life seemed to work it self out fine. I have read this entire thread and have mixed feelings as I consider my self and my family blessed to have resources not available to most. Also our home is filled with love, guidance and understanding for others and are considering being interim foster parents. Not for money but because children (especially siblings) can get seperated during times of crisis. And the idealist in me belives change comes from within. And that I can make a difference in the system by leading form the front. however after reading this. I'm wondering about how much liability I expose myself and family to and how much control the CPS has. Lots of info and feelings in this thread. Our prayers are always with the children. Becaues even if the parents are hoseheads, the children get caught in the middle and who truly stands for them?
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Foster Parent Response

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

I have been a foster parent for many years...I have raised one boy from 12 to 19 and love him dearly. I always encouraged his relationship with mom and family and am so thankful that I did as she has now died from an overdose at 33 :( and our foster son spent lot's of time with her in the years with us. Anyway, most social workers and foster parents are wonderful, but just as anything (police who abuse and kill, firemen who aroson, teachers who abuse children) there are sad exceptions to the rules. I do not understand why in the world your social worker would not take your child's injuries serious-how horendous! I would do everything in your power to get a judge or someone (teacher, day care person) someone to get behind you. The pictures should be enough as it is not normal for a child to get hurt on a regular basis like that. Anyway, I will be praying for him! Julie
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Roma I am a grown version of Rafe

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

Roma I am also a product of CPS I was a foster child later an adopted child. My life in foster care about killed me. The abuse my litter brother and I went throuh was amazing were still on earth. The beatings, sexual abuse. The worst thing about it was the case worker new the whole time. She would do visits and one time I remember my little brother being tied to the torlit and being wiped with a wet towl on private area being yelled at to pee already. I still have cigaret burn scars all over me.. By the way as you see I didnt attend school offten my spelling is horable

I will pray nightly for the save return of Rafe as well as for you Roma God Bless you always..

Sandy
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Roma I am a grown version of Rafe

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

Roma I am also a product of CPS I was a foster child later an adopted child. My life in foster care about killed me. The abuse my litter brother and I went throuh was amazing were still on earth. The beatings, sexual abuse. The worst thing about it was the case worker new the whole time. She would do visits and one time I remember my little brother being tied to the torlit and being wiped with a wet towl on private area being yelled at to pee already. I still have cigaret burn scars all over me.. By the way as you see I didnt attend school offten my spelling is horable

I will pray nightly for the save return of Rafe as well as for you Roma God Bless you always..

Sandy
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Roma I am a grown version of Rafe

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

Roma I am also a product of CPS I was a foster child later an adopted child. My life in foster care about killed me. The abuse my litter brother and I went throuh was amazing were still on earth. The beatings, sexual abuse. The worst thing about it was the case worker new the whole time. She would do visits and one time I remember my little brother being tied to the torlit and being wiped with a wet towl on private area being yelled at to pee already. I still have cigaret burn scars all over me.. By the way as you see I didnt attend school offten my spelling is horable

I will pray nightly for the save return of Rafe as well as for you Roma God Bless you always..

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Roma I am a grown version of Rafe

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

Roma I am also a product of CPS I was a foster child later an adopted child. My life in foster care about killed me. The abuse my litter brother and I went throuh was amazing were still on earth. The beatings, sexual abuse. The worst thing about it was the case worker new the whole time. She would do visits and one time I remember my little brother being tied to the torlit and being wiped with a wet towl on private area being yelled at to pee already. I still have cigaret burn scars all over me.. By the way as you see I didnt attend school offten my spelling is horable

I will pray nightly for the save return of Rafe as well as for you Roma God Bless you always..

Sandy
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higher Court Updates - My fight for the children and families in Arizona

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

I have been to every court in Arizona. They refuse to address their own due process violations. Also, I dug in other childrens civil files. Seems there is a ring going on in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Children for sale, for federal funding. Emily Mays was murdered on the Air Force Base; that is why they tried to cover the deaths. Finally she will get justice from her grave over 2 years later, hopefully - they reopened the case as a murder (search the Arizona Daily Star and the Tucson Citizen for articles). Lets put it this way...why do they bust people for downloading pictures and movies, but never bust the websites?? Who owns them? Just think about that awhile. It will open your eyes.

I filed (and was denied review) A Motion for Declaratory Relief and Compliance with Federal Funding Law in the Arizona Supreme Court. I submitted it into the 2007 United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means as testimony in the hearings in DC. It is on their website. Here is the link.

US Committee on Ways and Means 2007 Testimony I presented
waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=view&id=6197


If you google this name you will also pull it up.

Statement of Roma O. Amor, Tucson, Arizona

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF ARIZONA

Roma O. Amor, petitioner appearing as herself

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY (ADES) & ITS DIVISION OF CHILDREN YOUTH AND FAMILIES (DCYF) - CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES (CPS), Parties in Interest

MOTION FOR DECLARATORY RELIEF AND COMPLIANCE

Now comes Roma O. Amor seeking Declaratory Relief for Positive Enforcement to address the issues of the greater public interest of the Constitutional, federal statutory, and Federally-Protected Rights of families and their children who reside in the State of Arizona. Petitioner seeks relief against unconstitutional policies of ADES and CPS that violate Federal Child Welfare Funding Law (Federal Contracts). CPS has adopted an increasingly unbridled pattern of disregard for the law and its methods of intrusion into the private and family affairs resulting in unnecessary child fatalities and abuse while in ADES custody or under investigation by CPS Agents....
it is 10 pages and now in the records of the United States House in DC. You must go to the link.

see the US Committee on Ways and Means link for the entire filing.
waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=view&id=6197

In case links don't show up, you can find the US DHHS link by searching or by googling the name.
go to the US House Ways and Means Committee 2007 hearings and see the submitted testimony. Look under my name, in the filing header above.

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I have also called every federal agency from here to kingdom come and also called Patrick Leahy and Conyers (House and Senate Judiciary committee - they ROCK, awesome Americans!).
There are good people in government (although only few), and they are fighting for our country and Constitution too.

The US Attorney firing is tied to PageGate and that is why Foley is fighting so hard to keep the US Attorneys off his computer. It goes high and deep and involves pretty much everyone. I research alot and have found out things I didn't want to know. You don't find it in the regular news, but if you start commenting on the net edition (comment section) you can awaken the sheep. The news takes interest too and is now reporting more of the real news.

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I am also suing 18 Defendants (State, ADES (CPS), Attorneys, the judge, and other state actors involved in this web of corruption) in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.

If you have a PACER account, you can access all the files and motions. (The first half is mostly Summons) The first Complaint was dismissed (Doc 1). Start at Document 10, the Amended Compaint.
CIV-06-499-TUC-CKJ (the federal court case) and yes its ugly. It is war and they fight hard and dirty and will do everything intheir power to completely trash and ruin you. You must be very strong and let it roll off your back like water. It truly is a war on the family.

These people are tramps and nothing more than a ring of Racketeering/RICO for federal funding...and other related.

There is much going on now in Arizona. I hope more changes. Our country is in the fight of its life from within, if you haven't noticed.

It has taken me over 2 years of spending 15 - 20 hours a day on the computer reading 9th Circuit Appeallate Court rulings and those of the US Supreme Court. That and everything I own, but my child is worth it and I will never stop now that I know what I know.

I have ran twice due to death threats and harrassment, police and military even. As I said Emily Mays was killed on the base and I know my son is related...I followed enough to know. I got the fosterers address and checked it out. Many of these deaths are related. And it is happening nationwide. There are 5 or more states that very very recently sued and made changes due to horrific deaths of children, just like here. Look up Children's Rights . org the suits are on that site.

The web of corruption is very deep and high.
Google The Franklin Conspiracy, DeCamp The Franklin Cover-up, the McMartin Preschool, Aquilo, Ted Gunderson's site, The Pedopcracy, just google. You will know why and how deep and high it goes.

For the children and the war against them
as always,
mama
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Practice and Policy : CPS Justification ATTN: Foster Parent Marc

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

Hi,

This got my attention since the GAL is the same for our case with our 1 year old, Isabella. I don't know why you didn't post the allegations, but its okay, because sometimes they are so bizarre but coming from CPS, certain people, like Marc, give them more credibility than they should.

So, here's an example, from my case, on how CPS justifies taking a child. Just open the links in a new window/tab (if using firefox)

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m319/NightJ1986/pagethree.jpg
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m319/NightJ1986/cpsreportblake.jpg

The first photo is from CPS's initial petition, the first court hearing.
The second one is from a blake foundation (service provider) report.

CPS is a good organization. There are kids out there that genuinely need help, but the problem is the majority of people hired to work in CPS.... aren't much better than common criminals. "The two enemies of the People are criminals and the government. Hence, the constitution was made so the second doesn't become a legalized version of the first."

They pulled this same stunt with my mother three times, playing the deaf card. They lost all three times in two different states. The third time, two caseworkers were fired.

Now I am in my mother's place. The supervisor that was in charge of the case when it first began was Janet Lake, she was also in charge of a case at the same time involving a little boy named Brandon Williams.

The C.W. was Jonathan Westfall (fired).

I have plenty more proof, if you wish. You are more than welcome to email me.
CPS has become an organization run by criminals. They have too much power and immunity, so they cannot be held accountable for their mistakes, other than in a civil court (and possibly have a case filed with the D.A.)

Miss, please keep in mind this. The Juvenile judge is not there to hold CPS accountable. The Judge's primary concern is your child's welfare and safety. You can put his/her fears to rest by showing cooperation and effort. The statute of limitations for a lawsuit/criminal prosecution is 2 years after the case is closed (that is what I am told). When you regain custody of your son, I encourage you to file, because they cannot hold custody or his welfare over your head anymore.

I sure am after I get my daughter back.

I myself have been in foster care before. I've had 5 bad placements, 2 good ones. My CPS caseworker also made off with 2k of my S.S. checks that I had saved up, and agreed to let her hold until I was 18 with a holding company called S.H.A.R.C. She cashed them and the money dissappeared. She was never held accountable. I've been through CPS's system as a juvenile, so I know exactly what they are doing with Isabella... and I can finally understand the pain and suffering they put my mother through.

So yes, Marc, shame on you. Not everyone who gets their kids taken is a messed up human being. Some are honest hardworking people who are made targets by an angry neighbor or a peeved Homeowners association member... or any other number of jerks who want to make this person's life miserable.

The law is designed to protect citizens of this country, not to make criminals out of honest people.

Hate will never defeat logic.
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Misunderstanding

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

Teresa,
I copied what Gretchen, posted to Renee and other's. Gretchen is a Social Worker. She refuses to accept facts about her self and the agency she works for.

I know all about CSD, CPS, SCF, DHS and so on. I've been involved with system in Lane County since 1999. The State of Oregon has my oldest child in foster care since was 5, he's now 14. He has been drugged, abused, committed, and god knows what else. No one has been allowed to see his since Dec, 1999.
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A CHALLENGE to TLWaggoneer ......

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

Dream about this tonight: You are now Gretchen. Your child is the one in state custody. I'll bet fear has just gripped your whole being. Think, think, think, think. You can't do a thing about it. They have total control. Oh, Are you innocent? HA HA HA HA HA The jokes on you .........Prove it !!!!
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Get a life Gretchen!!

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

Hello,
Renee, you are following in 'L' from Oklahomas footsteps. You both quote bogus information and make claims that are just not true. Renee, you claim to have two degrees but have tons of misspelled words in your report. CPS has to follow the law and does not EVER remove children without court orders or police initiating the removal. Do you really think that CPS workers just drive down a street and randomly pick out a house and take their children? This is nonsense. L's claim about 'bonus money' is just bull crap.

I have been employed in childrens services for many years and have never gotten a 'bonus' and have never heard of anyone else in this state that has received one. Look at real statistics and get accurate information! Children are most often killed or mistreated by household members, not CPS workers, Foster Parents, or the pervert around the corner. I wish that there was no reason for my job to exist, however, my huge caseload tells me that the abuse and neglect are still taking place.

My biggest suggestion for anyone is to not have children that you cannot care for, not have children with losers, and not have children if you cannot make them your first priority. Quit blaming every one else for your mistakes. Oh, one last thing- L claims that the states are being given Trillions of dollars. The government hasnt spent even 1 Trillion on childrens services programs since the United States was established. Your lies and exaggerations make you look like an idiot.

Gretchen,
Either you can't read, or refuse to accept the facts....Child Protective Services, recives bonus for adoptions, thats a fact!!! It's called the Safe Families Act of 1997, recently revised to last until 2008.... Futher more your full of shit about your numbres concerning abuse, neglect, sexualy abuse and child deaths, the facts are clear in this area too. Children are 10 times more likely to be abused, neglected, sexualy abuse and murdered in foster care.

By the Gretchen, The United States have in fact spent trillions on Child Services programs since the 1970's it was the being of CAPTA ( CAPTA - MONDALE ACT - CHILD ABUSE FOR PROFIT BUSINESS IN AMERICA. On January 31st, 1974 , President Nixon signed Public Law 93-247) Which has only gotten wrost in time..Child Services gets the money, they just don't use for child welfare..

Gretchen, your fine one to talk about lies and exaggerations! the only one who looks like idiot, is you Gretchen! Better go reseach what your trying to dispute here, because the fact are clear, straight and well defined.....

Also your remarks about people having children are clear signs you suffer from a mental disorder...Who gave you the authority to make that judgement? Your training as a Social Worker? Your College Professor? ( IF YOU EVEN WENT TO COLLEGE) Or did it come from the books you read about parents and children?

Do all of us a favor get a life...
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Renee, L....

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

Hello,
Renee, you are following in "L" from Oklahomas footsteps. You both quote bogus information and make claims that are just not true. Renee, you claim to have two degrees but have tons of misspelled words in your report. CPS has to follow the law and does not EVER remove children without court orders or police initiating the removal. Do you really think that CPS workers just drive down a street and randomly pick out a house and take their children? This is nonsense. L's claim about "bonus money" is just bull crap.

I have been employed in childrens services for many years and have never gotten a "bonus" and have never heard of anyone else in this state that has received one. Look at real statistics and get accurate information! Children are most often killed or mistreated by household members, not CPS workers, Foster Parents, or the pervert around the corner. I wish that there was no reason for my job to exist, however, my huge caseload tells me that the abuse and neglect are still taking place.

My biggest suggestion for anyone is to not have children that you cannot care for, not have children with losers, and not have children if you cannot make them your first priority. Quit blaming every one else for your mistakes. Oh, one last thing- L claims that the states are being given Trillions of dollars. The government hasnt spent even 1 Trillion on childrens services programs since the United States was established. Your lies and exaggerations make you look like an idiot.
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#58 Consumer Suggestion

the kids are in danger

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

I feel so terribly bad for the kids. We have parents who abuse their own children. We have Foster homes that abuse kids, We have preditors everywhere after the kids. Then to top it all off the people the organizations we depend on to step in and protect the kids like the CPS fail the kids also.
I dont know about the child protective services in other states but i can tell you the CPS here in Arizona stinks. I have lived in Arizona my whole life 59 years and I have seen the arizona CPS time and time again directly or indirectly cause the death or abuse of many many children.
I will tell you a quick story: several years ago i knew of a young mother that was abusing her little 2 year old boy. I didnt know what to do about it so i called the CPS, they did nothing, absolutely nothing for the boy they didnt even investigate it.
Finally one day she hurt him and took him to the hospital, the doctor suspected abuse and called the CPS, they came to the hospital and interviewed her but did nothing.
She continued to abuse him for years and now he is grown and probably scared for life.
I have absolutely no respect for the Arizona CPS they are a joke! Someone should investigate them. Just my 2 cents worth.
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#59 Consumer Comment

I Too Know The Nightmare of CPS

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

I really feel for all of you that have had your kids taken by CPS. I too know this nightmare, although my son was taken for nothing I did but for something he did. I have spent three years in the nightmare of the Juvenile Justice System. Which I do believe needs an overhaul.

For people like Gail and Marc posting please remember that even though you may feel these people deserve what they got. That they are still human beings that only want some sympathy. Where is our humanity that we cannot feel sympathy for our fellow human beings? To read Gail's and Marc's post feels to me like they are saying only those that have enough money to fight the CPS monster is worthy of having kids.

To everyone fighting the system as it is. I applaud you in your efforts and do believe it needs to be done. I have had friends that were wonderful parents have their kids taken from them and right on the report *yes even in this day and age* it states the reason the kids were taken was due to the parents being deaf!!!!

Oh but wait a minute according to some posters only the super elite should be having kids!! Never mind that there are some good and wonderful parents being lost by the monster CPS and Juvenile Justice System and put through hell for years to come.

Good luck everyone I applaud what your doing. And if there is ever a crusade or a class action count me in! Even though my son wasnt taken from me for something I did but for something he *supposedly* did it amounts to the same.
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Az HB2024 2003 - 17 Million State Funds to CPS (10.3 Million for Staffing) (((more copy & paste articles from this op)))

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

That does not mean it is all accounted for or spent properly, but just for your information, 17 million in funding for the State of Arizona alone in 2003. I think the Total 17 TRILLION figure for all states is way low, Closer to 1 Billion would be more true (and this is NOT all sources).
50 x 17 million = 850,000,000
Total for States? 870 Trillion???
Only 25 Thousand for inspecting Foster Homes. That would not even pay one agency, such as Deaureaux (A Psych agency out of Penna.) which licensed poor Emily May's Foster home (one of the murdered foster infants) Over 10 Million to hire and not train kidnappers. No fraud here (sarcasm)....enough said.

December 15, 2003
HB2024
Appropriation
http://www.azgovernor.gov/CPS/documents/Summary%20of%20Final%20HB2024.pdf

-Provides $10.3 million be appropriated to DES from the general fund to maintain current staffing and service levels for child protective services. Excuses DES from the provisions of 35-131
(D)(2), which would otherwise require that DES report monthly how it will reduce services and staff to meet the shortfall.

-Provides for $6,304,300 million to fund reform efforts that will allow CPS to conduct 100% investigations of reports of abuse and neglect, reduce caseloads of CPS workers to national
standards, provide additional compensation for CPS workers (including monthly stipends for CPS investigators), increase the foster rate reimbursement rate for foster parents (first increase since (1996) and replace outdated information technology equipment.

-Provides for $675,000 for FY2003-2004 through FY2005-2006 from the state general fund to DES for residential drug treatment.

-Provides for $25,000 to fund an additional position to DHS to conduct the home inspections for the licensing of foster homes.
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AUTHOR: Cg - (U.S.A.)

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Foster Children Used in Horrific Drug Experiments - The House That AIDS Built

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

Child Wards of the State Used in AIDS Experiments
Sources: UK Observer Title: "GlaxoSmithKline Allegedly Used Children as Laboratory Animals" Author: Antony Barnett
Barnett's article is based on the original research of Liam Scheff which can be viewed at:
http://www.altheal.org/texts/house.htm

Democracy Now! December 2004

Title: "Guinea Pig Kids: How New York City is Using Children to Test Experimental AIDS Drugs."

Mainstream Media Coverage: Fox News Network, The O'Reilley Factor, March 10, 2004, CBS Morning News, February 2, 2005.

Faculty Evaluator: Jeanette Koshar, Ph. D.
Student Researcher: Mike Cattivera, Kiel Eorio

Orphans as young as three months old were used as test subjects in AIDS drug trials in New York's Incarnation Children's Center. The Center, which is run by Catholic Charities, specializes in treating HIV sufferers, and the drug trials were performed on children with HIV or who were born to HIV-positive mothers. The New York City Health Department is looking into claims that more than 100 children at Incarnation were used in as many as 36 experiments. Most of these experiments were sponsored by federal agencies such as the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Documents obtained by the UK Observer have implicated British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline's involvement in at least four experiments conducted at Incarnation since 1995 using black and Hispanic children. Several trials were conducted to test the toxicity of AIDS drugs. In one trial, children as young as four received a high-dosage cocktail of seven drugs; another tested the reaction of six-month-olds to a double dosage of a measles vaccine. Other studies conducted on children included testing AZT, which can carry dangerous side effects, as well as testing the long term safety of anti-bacterial drugs on six-month old babies. GlaxoSmithKline also used children to "obtain tolerance, safety and pharmacokinetic data" for Herpes drugs.

These trials were conducted by Columbia University Medical Center doctors. A spokesperson for Columbia University said that there have been no trials at Incarnation since 2000, and that the consent for using the children as test subjects was provided by the Administration for Children's Services. Consent was based upon a panel of doctors and lawyers who decided whether or not the benefits of allowing the child to receive the drugs outweighed the risks (although it was unclear what recipient "benefits" referred to). Though GlaxoSmithKline has acknowledged their involvement in the trials at Incarnation, they deny any wrongdoing. According to their spokesperson: "These studies were implemented by the U.S. Aids Clinical Trial Group, a clinical research network paid for by the National Institutes of Health. Glaxo's involvement in such studies would have been to provide study drugs or funding but we would have no interactions with the patients."

The medical community has defended these studies, saying it enabled children, normally without access to treatment, the opportunity to receive AIDS drugs. However, many, outraged at these studies, argue there is a difference between providing children with the latest AIDS drugs and using them for experimentation. According to Antony Barnett, several experiments were considered to be Phase 1 trials, which are among the most dangerous. These drugs are similar to those used in chemotherapy and carry serious side effects. Critics also argue that it is difficult to test babies for HIV, and results are often incorrect; therefore many of these trials may have been conducted on babies or children not actually infected with HIV.

These trials at New York's Incarnation Children's Center were part of a broader series of HIV and AIDS drug trials that were conducted in at least seven states on foster children. Some children died during the trials. However, government officials have so far found no evidence that their deaths could be directly connected to the experiments. http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20050511-103959-2907r.htm.

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Foster care link to AIDS drugs probed
By Alex Dominguez
ASSOCIATED PRESS
BALTIMORE -- Foster children were entered into AIDS drug trials because it was the only way to get the latest drugs for children not responding to approved medications, a state official said yesterday.
The children under state care were enrolled in trials at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland Medical System, said Sue Fitzsimmons, a spokeswoman for the Department of Social Services.
"What we had was the medical community referring foster kids to the study because it was all that was available for them," Miss Fitzsimmons said. "It wasn't like we had arranged with the places doing the protocols."
Miss Fitzsimmons said records dealing specifically with foster children treated for AIDS were not kept and she did not know whether any of the children died while involved in the studies.
The U.S. Office for Human Research Protections is investigating the practice of using foster children in AIDS drug experiments.
Some foster children died during the studies, but officials with state and city agencies nationwide have said they have not found records showing any deaths were directly caused by the experimental treatments.
"There's the feeling these kids were in the study because they were foster care kids, they were in the study because the only way they could get these medicines was to be in the study," Miss Fitzsimmons said.
An Associated Press review found government-funded researchers tested AIDS drugs on hundreds of foster children over the past two decades, often without providing them a basic protection afforded in federal law and required by some states.
The research, conducted nationwide and funded by the National Institutes of Health, was most widespread in the 1990s as foster care agencies sought treatments that weren't yet available in the marketplace for their HIV-infected children.
Maryland was one of at least seven states where the research was conducted on foster children ranging in age from infants to late teens, according to interviews and government records.
Side effects ranging from rashes, vomiting and sharp drops in infection-fighting blood cells were reported in several studies. In one study, researchers reported a "disturbing" higher death rate among children who took higher doses of one drug.
Many studies involved early Phase I and Phase II research -- the riskiest -- to determine side effects and safe dosages so children could begin taking powerful drug combinations that suppress AIDS but can cause side effects.
A Maryland case worker, who did not want to be identified because it could reveal the AIDS status of children who used to be under her care, said medications were approved for adults before children and the only way at times to get the drugs was to enroll the child in a drug study. http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20050511-103959-2907r.htm

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The House That AIDS Built
Liam Scheff
This article deals with pharmaceutical abuse in a children's home in NYC. This is a most controversial story ? however, it's entirely based in fact and good reporting. I hope you'll find it as compelling and shocking as I did investigating it.
This piece was investigated and written in summer / winter 2003 and published in January 2004.
Liam Scheff. E-mail : liamscheff@yahoo.com
http://www.altheal.org/texts/house.htm

Introduction:

In New York's Washington Heights is a 4-story brick building called Incarnation Children's Center (ICC). This former convent houses a revolving stable of children who've been removed from their own homes by the Agency for Child Services. These children are black, Hispanic and poor. Many of their mothers had a history of drug abuse and have died. Once taken into ICC, the children become subjects of drug trials sponsored by NIAID (National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease, a division of the NIH), NICHD (the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) in conjunction with some of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies ? GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Genentech, Chiron/Biocine and others.

The drugs being given to the children are toxic ? they're known to cause genetic mutation, organ failure, bone marrow death, bodily deformations, brain damage and fatal skin disorders. If the children refuse the drugs, they're held down and have them force fed. If the children continue to resist, they're taken to Columbia Presbyterian hospital where a surgeon puts a plastic tube through their abdominal wall into their stomachs. From then on, the drugs are injected directly into their intestines.

In 2003, two children, ages 6 and 12, had debilitating strokes due to drug toxicities. The 6-year-old went blind. They both died shortly after. Another 14-year old died recently. An 8-year-old boy had two plastic surgeries to remove large, fatty, drug-induced lumps from his neck.

This isn't science fiction. This is AIDS research. The children at ICC were born to mothers who tested HIV positive, or who themselves tested positive. However, neither parents nor children were told a crucial fact -- HIV tests are extremely inaccurate.(1,2) The HIV test cross-reacts with nearly seventy commonly-occurring conditions, giving false positive results. These conditions include common colds, herpes, hepatitis, tuberculosis, drug abuse, inoculations and most troublingly, current and prior pregnancy.(3,4,5) This is a double inaccuracy, because the factors that cause false positives in pregnant mothers can be passed to their children ? who are given the same false diagnosis.

Most of us have never heard this before. It's undoubtedly the biggest secret in medicine. However, it's well known among HIV researchers that HIV tests are extremely inaccurate ? but the researchers don't tell the doctors, and they certainly don't tell the children at ICC, who serve as test animals for the next generation of AIDS drugs. ICC is run by Columbia University's Presbyterian Hospital in affiliation with Catholic Home Charities through the Archdiocese of New York.


Sean and Dana Newberg are two children from ICC. Their mother used drugs and was unable to care for them properly, so they were raised in foster care, until their great-aunt Mona adopted them. Mona Newberg is a teacher in the New York Public Schools, and has her Master's degree in Education. She adopted the children when Sean was three and Dana was six. She was already raising their older brother, who was never given an HIV test or AIDS drugs. He's now grown, healthy and serving in the Navy.

Their mother used heroin and crack cocaine since she was a teenager. She was given an HIV test in the late 80s and tested positive. ?She had three children before Sean and Dana,? said Mona. ?Nobody told us that the test cross-reacted with drug abuse, let alone pregnancy. It's not a valid test.?

Because of the test result, the doctors at Columbia Presbyterian put Sean on AZT monotherapy when he was 5 months old. Use of AZT monotherapy is now considered malpractice because it can cause debilitating, fatal illness including fatal anemia.

Dana spent her first four years at Hale House, a NY orphanage for children whose parents abused drugs. Hale house was participating in an AZT drug trial when Dana was there. ?We can't get the records from Hale House, so I don't know what happened there,? Mona said. ?I never gave Dana the drugs after I got her, but I know she arrived with a filled prescription for AZT.?

Sean has been on life support twice as a result of the AIDS drug Nevirapine. Dana was put on AIDS drugs in 2002, even though she wasn't sick. Since being put on the drugs, Dana has developed cancer.

Both children have been taken into ICC and kept there against their will and against Mona's wishes for one reason ? Mona has questioned the safety of the AIDS drugs AZT, Nevirapine and Kaletra and stopped giving the drugs when they made the children ill. In the summer and fall of 2003, I visited Mona, Sean, Dana and ICC. I spoke with Mona about her experience and her decision. (The names of Sean, Mona and Dana are aliases which they requested to protect their identities, but their stories are accurate and unaltered).

Liam Scheff: What led you to question the safety of the drugs?
Mona: When I first got Sean at three years old, he was a vegetable. He'd never eaten solid food. He had a feeding tube that went through his nose into his stomach. AIDS medications change the taste buds. AZT, especially, makes it so kids can't stand the taste of food and won't eat. The nurses fed Sean AZT, Bactrim and six cans of Pediasure a day through this tube, which stayed in his stomach for over two years. Nobody ever bothered to change it.

When I got Sean, I continued to give him the drugs as prescribed for about 5 months. But after each spoonful, he got weaker. I thought, wait a minute ? this stuff is supposed to be making him better, why is he getting worse?

Sean had night sweats and fevers 24 hours a day. He had no energy. He couldn't play. He couldn't get up for ten minutes without lying down. Nurses came regularly to give him blood infusions to manage the AZT anemia. After the infusions, he'd be nearly comatose for two days. He was like a limp doll.

Every time I gave Sean the drugs, he got weaker and sicker. I didn't know what to do but I didn't want him to die. So I stopped everything that appeared to be killing him. I stopped the AZT. I stopped the Bactrim. I stopped the nurse from coming to give the infusions.

It wasn't immediate, but Sean started to improve. His fevers subsided. He could eat. He gained weight. Within a couple months, he was actually running and playing with the other children. Sean was born with a chronic lung condition because of his mother's drug use, but even his lungs improved. I couldn't believe it. When Sean was born, the doctors told his mother that he was going to die. They told her to buy a coffin for him. He barely survived. When I took him off the drugs, he was healthy for the first time in his life.

I was so happy, I told everyone - including the doctors and nurses - what had happened. I didn't know not to. When the hospital found out I wasn't giving him the drugs, they contacted Agency for Child Services (ACS). An ACS worker came to my door, and told me I had to register the kids with an infectious disease doctor ? Dr. Howard at Beth Israel. I was taking Sean and Dana to a Naturopathic MD, and they were both healthy and strong. I told them that we had a doctor. They said, ?Too bad, you have to see Dr. Howard now.?

Howard was terrible for the children. He ignored the only thing that actually bothered Sean ? his lung condition, and insisted that he go on a new drug for HIV. He said, ?There's a new miracle drug. It just came on the market. I guarantee if you give it to Sean, you'll watch the miracle happen?.

LS: What was the miracle drug?
Mona: Nevirapine. Howard put Sean on Nevirapine. Sean's health immediately deteriorated. He got sicker, his lungs congested, he lost weight, his cheekbones sunk, his liver and spleen started to go. Six months after he went on Nevirapine, he had complete organ failure. He was on life support for two weeks at Beth Israel Hospital. Then I did some research on Nevirapine, and found out that it caused organ failure and death. When Sean finally got out of the hospital, Howard discharged him on hospice care. Six months earlier, he was healthy. Now they were telling me to prepare for his death.

Once I got him home, I stopped giving Sean the Nevirapine, and he was able to eat again. He started to gain some weight back. Sean was so weak after being on life support, with all those tubes in him. He'd gotten so thin. But he finally started to recover. When I took Sean to Dr. Howard, he was always surprised to see that Sean was improving. Howard would ask me, ?Are you sure you're giving him the medication, Mrs. Newberg??

LS: In times of improvement, he suspected that you weren't giving Sean the Nevirapine?
Mona: Right. He only worried when Sean wasn't sick! AIDS doctors always think there's something wrong if you're not dying.

After that Howard started keeping Sean in the hospital for longer periods of time for the lung problems we used to treat at home. Howard kept Sean for 25 days and fed Sean the Nevirapine himself. Sean ended up back in intensive care with organ failure. He was placed on life support for two weeks. He got a hospital staph infection because Howard wouldn't let him leave. He was eight years old, and just wanted to come home.

A month later, the hospital finally discharged him. Then ACS called me for a meeting. The ACS worker told me I should put Sean into Incarnation Children's Center until he was stronger. They told me that ICC was this wonderful place. They said in four months he'd be strong enough to come back home. ICC took Sean off the Nevirapine and put him on Viracept, Epivir, Zerit and Bactrim. Sean improved off the Nevirapine, but the new drugs definitely made him sick ? just not as badly. He had trouble walking, and his arms and legs got even thinner.

I visited Sean at ICC for five months. Then, when I wanted to bring him home, they said, ?We don't recommend that Sean leave here. You have a reputation for not giving meds.?

LS: ICC refused to let Sean come home?
Mona: Right. They kept him for a year and a half. I had to get a lawyer to get him out.

LS: What was it like for Sean at ICC?
Mona: There were children in wheelchairs, on crutches, with deformations. There were AZT babies. Their heads have a different shape, with the eyes spaced wide and sunken in. The drugs cause severe developmental problems. Many children have misshapen, weak limbs and distended bellies. Many are learning disabled. The kids at ICC are constantly medicated with all kinds of drugs. When children refuse the drugs the nurses hold them down and force feed them. Sean wanted to get the hell out of there.

During my visits I noticed that many children at ICC were walking around with tubes hanging from their undershirts, and I wondered what they were. Then one day, I saw the nurse come in with a whole tray of medications and syringes, and I watched her inject this medication into the tubes coming out of their stomachs. I couldn't believe it. I thought, my god, what's going on here?

Every child who had a stomach tube took their medication that way, from the three-year-olds to the teenagers. It horrified me. I couldn't understand it. When I found out what was being done, I thought, surely this must be illegal. There's no way they could be doing this legally.

I expressed my concerns to Sean's ACS case worker. I said, ?Do you know what they're doing to those kids in there? This reminds me of Nazi Germany.? He said, ?They're doing wonderful things for these children.? I called Albany, the state capital, and talked to Dan Tietz at the New York State Department of Health's AIDS Institute. He said, ?What are we going to do if these little children refuse to take the medication? How are we going to save their lives if we don't perform this operation??

LS: Who performs this operation?
Mona: The children are sent to Columbia-Presbyterian for the operation. The surgeons there do it.

I was at ICC one day, and saw a fourteen-year old boy named Daniel refusing the pills. I actually saw him run from the nurse when she came to give him his medication. He said, ?The medication makes me sick and I don't want to take it.? His aunt was there, and she said, ?The medication makes him very ill.?

The ACS case worker, Wendy Wack, came in, and said to the aunt very clearly, ?Daniel has refused to take his medication. We've changed it three times and he's still refusing. Now, the only thing left is the operation.? She said, ?If you refuse the operation, we'll call Agency for Child Welfare ? and take Daniel away from you.? His aunt signed, and they took Daniel away. When he came back a few weeks later, he had a tube in his stomach.

LS: Does Sean have the tube?
Mona: No. He doesn't want that tube in his stomach. He's been there long enough to know you get the tube if you say no to the medication. He's terrified, so he never refuses the drugs.

The children at ICC who don't have the tubes tend to be a whole lot healthier and live a whole lot longer than the ones with the tubes.

I was talking to a boy named Amir. He's 6. His stomach was so swollen. He said, ?My stomach is swollen, it got big.? He said, ?They cut me,? and he showed a little cut on his side. He's had a tube for a long time. Amir was an AZT baby. His face has that wider shape. He also has lypodystrophy from the drugs. He has huge fat lumps on his back and neck. They've taken him away for surgery twice but the lumps grow back.

Sean's little friend Jesus just died. He was 12. He had a tube. He had a stroke from the drugs. There was a little girl, Mia. She had a tube. She had a stroke and went blind. She died recently too. Carrie, a 14-year-old girl died last year. She had a tube. There's a three-year-old, Patricia. She's had a tube since she arrived. She's going home with it in her. I don't think she's going to make it.

I used to talk with the child care workers about the drugs. I got to know all of them and they were all very friendly with me. I said, ?These drugs are killing the children.? They said, ?We know.?

LS: They agreed with you?
Mona: Yes, but what can they do, they just take care of the kids. The doctors and nurses give the medication. Telling the doctors that the drugs make you sick doesn't do anything. They just stare at you blankly. They don't care. Compliance is the main goal of ICC. All the kids in ICC come from families who've failed to comply with the drug regimen.

LS: ICC is part of a national program running AIDS drug trials. Have you ever signed a waiver permitting them to use your children in a drug trial?
Mona: No, never. But ACS has signed for me when I didn't want to give Sean drugs. When I said, ?No,? the ACS case worker grabbed the form and said, ?I'll sign it. You don't need to.? They're always switching medications ? they never ask me if it's okay.

Right now, most of the kids at ICC are on Kaletra. Kaletra was on fast-track approval. It was released before testing was complete. But they do know something about Kaletra. It causes cancer. It says on the label, that this drug causes cancer in test animals.

I fought for a year to get Sean home. ICC wanted to put him in a foster home where someone would be paid to feed him the drugs every day. I got a lawyer and we finally got Sean out of there. My lawyer was able to get Sean's ICC medical records. He told me, ?Sean was tortured at Incarnation. He was tortured.?

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Photos from ICC



Drugs used in clinical trials conducted at ICC, Columbia Presbyterian
and at hundreds of participating hospitals in pediatric AIDS clinics nationwide:
Drug
Drug Company
Known Toxicities
(manufacturer's label)
Therapeutic Value (manufacturer's label)

Retrovir
(AZT)
GlaxoSmithKline
?Retrovir (AZT) has been associated with hematologic toxicity [blood toxicity], including neutropenia [anemia] and severe anemia...?

?Prolonged use of Retrovir has been associated with symptomatic myopathy [muscle wasting].?

?Lactic acidosis and severe hepatomegaly [liver swelling] with steatosis [fat degeneration], including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of nucleoside analogues [Retrovir, Epivir, Zerit] alone or in combination...?
?Retrovir is not a cure for HIV infection.?

?The long-term effects of Retrovir are unknown at this time.?

?The long-term consequences of in utero and infant exposure to Retrovir are unknown, including the possible risk of cancer.?


Epivir
(3TC,
Lamivudine)

GlaxoSmithKline
(see above)
?Parents or guardians should be advised to monitor pediatric patients for signs and symptoms of pancreatitis.?

?EPIVIR is not a cure for HIV infection.?
?Patients should be advised that the long-term effects of EPIVIR are unknown at this time.?


Zerit
(Stavudine)

BristolMeyersSquibb
(see above)
?Fatal lactic acidosis has been reported in pregnant women who received the combination of Didanosine and Stavudine with other antiretroviral agents.?

?Zerit will not cure your HIV infection?
?There is limited information on the long-term use of Zerit?

Viramune
(Nevirapine)
Boeringer-Ingelheim
?Patients should be informed of: the possibility of severe liver disease or skin reactions associated with Viramune that may result in death.?
?Severe, life-threatening and in some cases fatal hepatoxicity [liver damage], including hepatic necrosis [liver death] and hepatic failure, has been reported in patients treated with Viramune.?
?Severe, life-threatening skin reactions, including fatal cases?have included cases of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis [skin death]??
?Viramune is not a cure for HIV-1 infection.?

Ritonavi
(Norvir)
Abbott Laboratories
?Redistribution/accumulation of body fat including central obesity, dorsocervical fat enlargement (buffalo hump), peripheral wasting, breast enlargement,? ?Lipid Disorders,?
?Substantial increases in the concentration of total triglycerides and cholesterol.?
?Norvir is not a cure for HIV infection?


Kaletra
(Ritonavir +
Lopinavir)

Abbott Laboratories
(see above)
?Long term carcinogenicity studies of Kaletra in animal systems have not been completed.?
?In male mice?there is a dose dependent increase in the incidence of both adenomas and carcinomas [malignant tumors] in the liver.?

?Kaletra is not a cure for HIV infection.?
?The long-term effects of Kaletra are not known at this time.?



Photos of an infant with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a blistering, peeling, potentially fatal skin rash. It is one of the known side-effects of the AIDS drug Nevirapine. Nevirapine is one of the primary drugs being readied for distribution in Africa.


Eight of over 200 current or recent drug studies conducted at ICC
and Columbia Presbyterian (and 800 nationally):
http://www.icc-pedsaids.org/page4.htm www.clinicaltrials.gov


The Effect of Anti-HIV Treatment on Body Characteristics of HIV-Infected Children
Conditions: HIV Infections; HIV Wasting Syndrome; Lipodystrophy
Sponsors: NIAID and NICHD
The Effects of Anti-HIV Therapy on the Immune System of HIV-Positive Children
Sponsors: NIAID and NICHD
Comparison of Stavudine Used Alone or in Combination with Didanosine in HIV-Infected Children
Sponsor: NIAID
HIV Levels in Cerebrospinal Fluid and Brain Function in Patients Receiving Anti-HIV Drugs
Sponsors: NIAID, NINDS (Nat. Inst. Neurological Disorders and Strokes), NARC (Neurologic AIDS Reseach Consortium)
A Study of Lopinavir/Ritonavir in Infants with HIV
Sponsors: NIAD, NICHD
A Study to Compare Different Drugs Used to Prevent Serious Bacterial Infections in HIV-Positive Children
Sponsors: NIAID, Pfizer, Glaxo
The Safety and Effectiveness of Valacyclovir HCI in the Treatment of Herpes Simplex or Varicella/Zoster Infections in HIV-1 Infected Children
Sponsors: NIAID, Glaxo
The Safety and Effectiveness of Treating Advanced AIDS Patients between the Ages 4 and 22 with Seven Drugs, Some at Higher than Usual Doses
Sponsor: NIAID, NICHD

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The Doctor at ICC

To confirm Mona's story, I spoke with Dr. Katherine Painter, the medical director of ICC. I asked her about AIDS drugs, clinical trials and the stomach surgery for children who can't or won't take the drugs. Dr. Painter told me that the greatest challenge facing children at ICC isn't illness, but compliance with their drug regimen. She also confirmed that there are ?loads and loads of studies being done on children.?

Liam Scheff: What does ICC do?

Dr. Katherine Painter (Medical Director of Incarnation Children's Center): ICC deals with children who are medically complex but not acutely sick, and whose medical care provides more challenges than most. We're having an increase in referrals over the last years to deal with medication adherence. There are a fair number of children whose HIV illness may be well controlled but whose families are experiencing difficulty complying with the child's medication regimen.

What we're asking of our families and patients in terms of adherence is something beyond 100% - All of their medicines all the time, whether they have them on-hand or not, whether the medication makes them sick, or whether they're sick with a concurrent illness.

ICC is affiliated with Columbia Presbyterian. We work as a magnet for about six New York hospitals ? Columbia Presbyterian, Harlem Hospital, New York Hospital, St. Luke's/Roosevelt, King's County Brooklyn and SUNY. We get referrals from outpatient HIV clinics in the city, in the five boroughs and in Westchester along the island. Most clinics are set up in medical centers.

LS: Does ICC participate in clinical drugs trials?
Painter: Many of the clinics that refer to us are participating in clinical drug trials. Children participating in a drug trial undergo monitoring, testing, and supply of an experimental drug through their outpatient clinic and we maintain that treatment here.

LS: When I search the Government Clinical Trial database, I find loads and loads of studies being done on children.
Painter: There are loads and loads of studies being done on children.

LS: I know that the medications are hard to take and have side effects. How do you get a child to take the drugs?
Painter: One of the issues with children is that they can't swallow large pills. Many of the meds are horse pill size and come in multiple pills. The alternative liquid or powder formulations are not very palatable. They have a significant, lingering, bitter taste. We mix them with chocolate syrup. Some children can take this, others can't. For some cases, it's better administered through a Gastric tube.

LS: Is that the nose or stomach tube?
Painter: That's the stomach tube. The nose tube is a Naso-Gastric tube. It's appropriate for short term interventions. It has to be changed weekly from one side of the nose to the other to minimize sinus infection. You have to listen each time you push the medication or supplementation through the tube to make sure that the air bubbles you're hearing are in the stomach, and not in the lungs, because it can be displaced.

LS: What's a Gastric tube?
Painter: A Gastric tube (G-tube) goes through a small opening into the stomach.

LS: How do you put in a G-tube?
Painter: A surgeon does that. It's done in the operating room, under anesthesia. The surgeon passes an endoscopy tube [a fiber-optic camera down the throat] which allows him to see the inside of the stomach. Then from the outside, the surgeon places the tube surgically ?

LS: He cuts through the abdomen?
Painter: Well, right, yeah, you're actually cutting through the skin, through the abdominal wall musculature, and then through the stomach. It creates a very small hole, about a quarter inch. It takes several weeks to heal well, so it's a bit tender. A small tube is placed through the opening or stoma. From the outside you can connect a syringe or feeding tube. The opening can be closed when not in use [by a plastic seal], which extends less than half and inch from the stomach. Some types are called buttons.

On the inside of the stomach is a device that holds the tube in place called a balloon, which is filled with water to a size that can't be pulled back through the stoma.

LS: When is this surgery deemed necessary or appropriate?
Painter: When other interventions to help a child take a medicine by mouth have failed.


G-tube or PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastronomy) Tubes. G-tube Surgery.
The brochure for ICC reads ? ?a sanctuary of love, a home-like nurturing residence??

Side Story:
Read The Nurse's Story: A pediatric nurse from ICC gives her account of successfully treating HIV positive children without AIDS Drugs.


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Dana
In 2002, just as Mona got Sean back from ICC, the doctors decided that Dana (Sean's sister) should be put on AIDS drugs, even though she wasn't ill.

Mona: Dana wasn't sick. She'd never had a major illness. The doctors said her Tcells were low, so he put her on Viracept, Epivir, Zerit, and Bactrim.

LS: What was her reaction to the drugs?
Mona: She was throwing up constantly. Over the next two months, she started complaining of back and head pain, which got so bad I had to take her to the emergency room.

Beth Israel diagnosed it as Langerhans Syndrome, which is a childhood disease similar to cancer. Langerhans affects bone. It damaged one of her vertebrae. It can be treated with chemotherapy, but it's a low level dose, much lower than a standard cancer treatment.

Beth Israel knew about Dana's HIV status. They told me, ?We're going to ship her over to Presbyterian for a new diagnosis. Because of her HIV status, there may be a possibility that this is AIDS.?

So they sent her to Presbyterian, where the doctor wrote in her records ? ?Langerhans Syndrome? but added, ?May be associated with HIV.? Langerhans Syndrome is not an AIDS-defining illness. There is no entry anywhere in the medical record of an association between Langerhans and HIV. But Presbyterian called it AIDS and gave her a much stronger chemotherapy appropriate for an adult cancer. Then they switched her medication to Kaletra.

LS: Kaletra ? that's the fast-track approved drug that causes cancer?
Mona: Right. It states clearly in the manufacturers insert that Ritonavir ? one of the ingredients in Kaletra ? causes cancer in test animals, and that testing isn't complete in humans. How do you give a child with cancer a drug that causes cancer?

The Kaletra made her heave and throw up. They were afraid that she'd become crippled if her back shifted in any way. So they put a brace on her to keep her still, and kept her on the drug. They gave her three months of chemotherapy, and the cancer was gone. They couldn't find a trace of it. But they gave her another 3 months of chemotherapy anyway.
Right after her diagnosis in January (2003), Presbyterian called ACS and said I was putting Dana in jeopardy by not giving her the drugs. ACS took Dana out of our home and put her into ICC.

We went to court to get her back. Dana's doctor at Presbyterian had to testify. When she was questioned under oath, she listed all the deadly side effects of the drugs - all of them. She knew exactly what all of them did. The judge asked her how she got the kids to take the drugs. And she said ?We're like Nazis when it comes to compliance.? Those were her words.

The Department of Health came to ICC three weeks ago for an inspection. They said that the children could no longer be restrained when they didn't want to take the drugs. They said that the children didn't have to take the drugs if they didn't want to; they have a legal right to refuse medications. But the social workers and doctors told the children, ?Sure you can refuse, but if you do there will be consequences.?

LS: What are the consequences?
Mona: The surgery.

Today Dana remains at ICC. She is 16. ACS is trying to put her in a foster home where she'll live with a stranger who's paid to give her the drugs. Mona is trying to bring her home. In August 2003, The Make-a-Wish foundation gave Dana the gift of a Disney Cruise to Bermuda. ACS told Dana that she was not allowed to leave the country, and cancelled her trip.

Sean's blood is tested regularly to make sure that he's taking the drugs. He's been on AIDS drugs all his life. He weighs 51 pounds and is about 4 feet tall. Sean is now 13 years old.

During our interview, Dr. Painter of Incarnation Children's Center told me that there was some good news about HIV. She said, ?HIV is no longer a death sentence, it's a chronic, manageable condition,? ? as long as you take the drugs. But Jacklyn Herger (see link below to ? ?The Nurse's Story? ? part of complete story) and Mona Newberg both successfully treated pediatric AIDS without AIDS drugs. In fact, their children were most sick when the drugs were used. Is their experience valid? Is it reproducible? According to Incarnation Children's Center, the answer is ?Yes.?

From ICC's published history: ?Early in the [AIDS] epidemic, HIV disease of childhood was considered to be a downhill course leading to death. But in the late 1980's, before AZT was available, many very ill children admitted to ICC got dramatically better with proper nurturing and high quality medical and nursing care.?

ICC successfully treated pediatric AIDS without toxic AIDS drugs. This startling revelation brings to mind a number of questions: Are the drugs necessary? Why are we using them if there are better options? And?


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What Do We Really Know About HIV?
In July 2003, the esteemed science journal Nature Medicine published an article called ?HIV-1 Pathogenesis? by AIDS researcher Mario Stevenson of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The article was part of its ?20 years of AIDS science? special edition.(6)

The article states with surprising candor what many researchers have been saying for a long time: We don't know how HIV might cause any disease, and we can't prove that it does. The paper begins:

"Despite considerable advances in HIV science in the past 20 years, the reason why HIV-1 infection is pathogenic is still debated... considerable efforts have gone into identifying the mechanisms by which HIV-1 causes disease, and two major hypotheses have been forwarded."

Stevenson is using the careful and somewhat deceptive language of an academic. But what he's saying is straightforward: Despite 20 years and 118 billion dollars spent on AIDS (?considerable efforts?), no one's proven how (?the mechanisms? by which) HIV might cause any disease (is ?pathogenic?), and no one can prove that it does (it's ?still debated?). What Stevenson offers instead of actual proof are two ?major hypotheses.?

In science, a ?hypothesis? is an idea or proposal about how something might work. A hypothesis isn't a fact, it's a guess that a scientist tries to prove is accurate and true. If a hypothesis fails, it's discarded, so that new, better, more accurate ideas can be heard.

Stevenson further explains that we don't know how HIV might damage, let alone kill cells, ??it is debatable whether lymphocyte [white blood cell] damage is due to the direct killing of infected cells...? and we don't have any idea how HIV affects immunity, ??processes contributing to the immune activation state in HIV-1 infection are not well understood..." The HIV hypothesis states that HIV kills T-Cells, but Stevenson tells us bluntly that this has never been proven.

Because HIV's ability to cause any disease remains an unproven, ?still debated,? hypothesis, it would be more accurate and honest to rephrase Stevenson's initial assertions as follows: "Despite considerable advances in HIV science in the past 20 years, the reason why HIV-1 infection is assumed to be pathogenic is still debated? considerable efforts have gone into identifying the mechanisms by which HIV-1 is assumed to cause disease, yet no one has identified a single mechanism that proves the hypothesis is valid.?

Stevenson concludes the paper by returning to the main theme ? the HIV hypothesis has failed proof:

"There is a general misconception that more is known about HIV-1 than about any other virus and that all of the important issues regarding HIV-1 biology and pathogenesis have been resolved. On the contrary, what we know represents only a thin veneer on the surface of what needs to be known."

Stevenson is clear -- we know almost nothing -- only "a thin veneer," about HIV's "biology and pathogenesis," that is, what HIV might look like, how it might work, and if it causes any illness at all. This is very different from what we're told by the media and the medical establishment about HIV and AIDS. But according to the academically-reviewed article in Nature Medicine,? HIV pathogenesis remains an unproven hypothesis.

If we don't know how HIV works, or if it makes anyone sick, then it's unethical to treat any HIV positive person with potentially fatal pharmaceuticals, which the manufacturers themselves admit, do not cure AIDS.

In addition to their long list of serious and potentially fatal side-effects, all AIDS drugs also list this printed warning:

?This drug will not cure your HIV infection?Patients receiving antiretroviral therapy may continue to experience opportunistic infections and other complications of HIV disease?Patients should be advised that the long-term effects are unknown at this time.?

What Do HIV Tests Measure?
When you take an HIV test, your blood isn't tested for a virus, it's tested for your body's natural antibody response to the proteins in the HIV test. These proteins are supposed to stand in for HIV.

In order for an antibody test to be clinically meaningful and accurate, its proteins must belong to a specific virus or particle. This is not the case with the proteins in the HIV test. These proteins, which are grown in artificially-stimulated cell cultures, have been accurately analyzed in the lab, and they don't belong to any specific virus or particle.(16)

In fact, these proteins occur commonly in both sick and healthy people. What HIV tests are known to measure is not the presence of a virus, but is instead, your body's natural ?antibody? response to commonly-occurring proteins.

What does HIV-Positive mean?
The HIV test measures ?antibody? response to these commonly-occurring proteins. We produce ?antibodies? to all the foreign material we encounter - germs, yeast, fungi, bacteria, pollutants, even food. Antibodies are proteins that are produced by our white blood cells to help identify foreign matter in our blood. They ?grab? onto the foreign protein so that it can be processed safely.

Antibodies tend to be cross-reactive. That is, one antibody can grab onto a wide variety of proteins. The proteins in the HIV-test are commonly-occurring, and so they cross-react with an even wider variety of antibodies. This non-specific ?cross-reaction? is the actual meaning of ?HIV-positive.?

How cross-reactive is the HIV-Test?
HIV tests can cross-react with antibodies produced from nearly 70 disease (and non-disease) conditions. These include yeast infections, arthritis, hepatitis, herpes, parasitic infections, drug use, tuberculosis, inoculations, colds and prior pregnancy (1-3). The HIV test is also more reactive with people who are chronically exposed to environmental stressors, bacteria, fungi, parasites and toxins (for example, people living in poverty without sufficient food and clean water, such as in Africa).

If you've been exposed to any of these conditions, your body will produce antibodies that can react with the HIV test proteins. This non-specific antibody reaction is what's known as ?HIV-positive.?

The term ?HIV-positive? only has one valid meaning: ?Non-specific antibody to commonly-occurring protein-positive.? An HIV-positive test result may help identify patients who have a lot of antibodies in their blood. This can indicate a high historical exposure to illness, which can serve as a warning to better support immune function by improving general health. But it's in no way indicative of a terminal, fatal virus or condition.

This is very different from what we've been told about HIV tests for nearly 20 years. But the FDA and the test-makers are legally obligated to state the limitations of their tests. (From HIV test package inserts):

?At present there is no recognized standard for establishing the presence or absence of HIV-1 antibody in human blood.? (Abbott Laboratories HIV Test - ElA)
?The risk of an asymptomatic person with a repeatedly reactive serum developing AIDS or an AIDS-related condition is not known.? (Genetic Systems HIV Test - Peptide EIA)
?The AMPLICOR HIV-1 MONITOR test is not intended to be used as a screening test for HIV or as a diagnostic test to confirm the presence of HIV infection? (Roche, Amplicor HIV Test ? PCR).
?Do not use this kit as the sole basis of diagnosis of HIV-1 infection.? (Epitope, Inc. HIV Test - Western Blot)
?[Positive test results can occur due to] prior pregnancy, blood transfusions... and other potential nonspecific reactions.? [Vironostika HIV Test, 2003].
The medical literature is also clear about the lack of specificity of HIV tests:

?False-positive ELISA [antibody] test results can be caused by alloantibodies resulting from transfusions, transplantation, or pregnancy, autoimmune disorders, malignancies, alcoholic liver disease, or for reasons that are unclear... The WB [Western Blot antibody test] is not used as a screening tool because... it yields an unacceptably high percentage of indeterminate results. ?
Doran TI, Parra E. False-Positive and Indeterminate Human Immunodeficiency Virus Test Results in Pregnant Women. Archives of Family Medicine. 2000 Sep/Oct;9:924-9.

?False-positive HIV ELISAs have been observed with serum from patients with a variety of medical conditions unrelated to HIV infection.... False-positive HIV ELISAs [also] occur because of human or technical errors associated with doing the tests or because of antibodies that coincidentally cross-react with HIV or nonviral components in the tests... Notable causes of false-positive reactions have been anti-HLA-DR antibodies that sometimes occur in multiparous [pregnant more than once] women and in multiply transfused patients. Likewise, antibodies to proteins of other viruses have been reported to cross-react with HIV determinants. False-positive HIV ELISAs also have been observed recently in persons who received vaccines for influenza and hepatitis B virus?
Proffitt MR, Yen-Lieberman B. Laboratory diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus infection. Inf Dis Clin North Am. 1993;7:203-19.

Regardless of what the FDA-mandated warnings or the clinical research tells us, these non-specific tests are used to tell people that they're infected with a deadly virus.

The test makers are aware that HIV-positive test results occur because of ?prior pregnancy, blood transfusion?and other nonspecific reactions,? ?vaccines,? ?human or technical errors,? ?transfusions, transplantation, or pregnancy, autoimmune disorders, malignancies, alcoholic liver disease, or for reasons that are unclear.? Given all of this cross-reactivity?

How do we know who is really HIV-positive?
The answer to this question has more to do with sociology than science. Lab technicians, doctors and nurses are instructed by the test manufacturers to make this determination subjectively, based on socio-economic and sexual criteria.

The HIV test has two different names for identical test reactions: ?nonspecific? and ?specific.? A ?nonspecific reaction? (HIV-negative or indeterminate) is the diagnosis given to people determined to be in the ?low-risk group.? A ?specific reaction? (HIV-positive) is the diagnosis determined to be in the ?high-risk group.?

Social, Sexual and Economic Bias in HIV Testing:
Who are the people in these groups? The ?high-risk group,? according to the test manufacturers, consists of ?prison inmates, STD clinic patients, inner city hospital emergency room patients? homosexual men [and] intravenous drug users.? The ?low-risk group? isn't defined, but can be assumed to include people outside of poverty situations who are under less social, ethnic and economic stress.

For people in the ?high-risk group,? an antibody reaction is more likely to be considered ?specific? (HIV positive). However, for the ?low-risk group,? the test manufactures state that ?nonspecific reactions [HIV negative] may be more common than specific reactions [HIV positive]. (Vironostika HIV Test, 2003).?

What makes a ?nonspecific? (HIV negative) reaction ?more common? [more likely] than a ?specific? (HIV positive) reaction in the ?low-risk group??

What makes a ?specific? reaction ?more common? in the ?high-risk group??

The answer to this question is different from test to test, lab to lab, and country to country. There are no standards for what makes a test ?HIV-positive.?

?At present there is no recognized standard for establishing the presence or absence of HIV-1 antibody in human blood.? (Abbott Laboratories HIV Test - ElA)
The final analysis belongs to the subjective interpretation of the person or institution giving the test. The test manufacturers are telling the lab technicians, doctors and nurses who are reading these tests that it's acceptable to determine HIV test results based on subjective consideration of an individual's ethnic, social, sexual and economic status.

?Both the degree of risk for HIV-1 infection of the person studied and the degree of reactivity of the serum may be of value in interpreting the test? ? (Abbott Laboratories HIV Test ? EIA)
It is highly unethical to assume that two identical reactions mean different things, based on socio-economic factors and sexual preference, but that is exactly what is being done every day in HIV test labs.

Given the subjective, variable interpretation of HIV tests, how accurate are they at predicting illness? The medical literature makes this very clear:

?Most patients (68 to 89%) from low risk groups who show reactivity on screening tests will have false-positive results? The predictive value of a positive ELISA varies from 2% to 99%....The Western blot method lacks standardization, is cumbersome, and is subjective in interpretation of banding patterns. ?
Steckelberg JM, Cockerill F. Serologic testing for human immunodeficiency virus antibodies. Mayo Clin Proc. 1988;63:373-9.

HIV antibody tests are exactly 2% to 99% accurate, depending on a subjective interpretation of your ?risk group,? made by whoever is reading your test. In other words, they're not accurate at all.

The result of this inexcusable lack of medical standards is that if you're black, Hispanic, poor, using drugs, in prison, gay or pregnant, then a ?nonspecific? test result becomes a life sentence. You're put on toxic drugs and your children can be drugged and taken away from you.

The tests being used on Sean, Dana, Elaine and Liz (see ?The Nurse's Story?), as well as thousands of people around the globe, don't tell us anything about them that we can't tell by hearing their life stories: they're poor, black, Hispanic, pregnant, they've used drugs, and they've been exposed to stress and illness.

But even if you decide to believe that a non-specific antibody reaction actually represents a virus, there's still a problem. No one knows how HIV is supposed to work. As Stevenson points out in Nature, no one knows how HIV infects a cell at all, let alone how it causes disease, if indeed it does. Despite ?considerable efforts,? we have ?two major hypotheses.?

Stevenson concludes his ?Nature? article by acknowledging how little is known about HIV. ?[W]hat we know represents only a thin veneer on the surface?? But like most AIDS researchers, he remains stuck to the failed hypothesis. In order to understand HIV better, Stevenson writes, ?a permissive, small animal model would be a key experimental tool.?

AIDS researchers, failing to prove the HIV hypothesis accurate and true, have instead clung onto it stubbornly for 20 years, prescribing AIDS drugs to patients in spite of the terrible inaccuracy of the HIV test. According to Stevenson, they haven't even done the appropriate experiments in animals before inflicting toxic pharmaceuticals onto the general population.

But this doesn't seem to bother NIAID, the NIH, Genentech, Glaxo, Pfizer, Harlem Hospital, Beth Israel, Columbia Presbyterian, or any of NY hospitals that feed children to ICC. They don't need an animal model. They do their experiments on children.

Afterword
The treatment of patients at ICC currently violates every one of the ethical standards for medical experiments set out by international courts after World War 2.

The children at ICC are enrolled in drug trials without their knowledge,
And without the consent of their parents or guardians.
The experiments are neither safe nor necessary.
The drugs used are known to cause disability and death.
Children who refuse the drugs are force fed, then surgically altered.
Is this acceptable behavior? Or do we need another Nuremberg Trial to remind ourselves how to be civilized?

The experience of Mona, Jacklyn and their childen is not unique. It is mirrored by patients throughout the United States and across the globe who have made sick by the irrational, profit-driven use of dangerous pharmaceuticals. Informed mothers who try to protect their children from deadly drug therapies are labeled renegades, and risk losing their children to state agencies closely aligned with - and even by funded by - the very companies that produce and sell the drugs.

If this is to stop, it will be up to all of us - citizens, scientists, health advocates, activists, mothers, fathers and family members - to bring this to public attention, to protect the rights of these children, and to remind the medical establishment of their sacred oath: ?Primum Non Nocere.? First, Do No Harm.

There are organizations dedicated to protecting human rights and preserving medical and social ethics. If you're disturbed by this story, let them know about it.

Organization
Phone / Fax
Address
Web Address/Email

Amnesty International
T (212) 807-8400/
F (212) 463-9193
322 8th Avenue, New York,
NY 10001
www.amnestyusa.org
admin-us@aiusa.org

Physicians Committee for
Responsible Medicine
T (202) 686-2210
F (202) 686-2216
5100 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 400 Washington, DC 20016
www.pcrm.org
pcrm@pcrm.org

Alliance for Human Research
Protection

548 Broadway, 3rd floor,
New York, NY 10012
http://www.ahrp.org/about/about.html
veracare@rcn.com

A.C.L.U. New York
T (212) 344-3005
F (212) 344-3318
125 Broad Street, 17th Floor,
New York, NY 10004
http://www.nyclu.org/
nyclucrc@capital.net

N.A.A.C.P.
T (877) NAACP-98
24 Hour Hotline:
T (410) 521-4939
4805 Mt. Hope Drive,
Baltimore Maryland 21215
http://www.naacp.org
washingtonbureau@naacpnet.org

Public Citizen
T (202) 588-1000
1600 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
http://www.citizen.org/
hrg1@citizen.org

Prevent Child Abuse New York
T (518) 445-127
T 1-800 CHILDREN
F (518) 436-5889
134 S. Swan St.
Albany, NY 12210
www.preventchildabuseny.org
cdeyss@preventchildabuseny.org

It's never too late for any doctor to examine what he or she is doing and make a change. Following the leads of Jacklyn Herger and Mona Newberg, we may not only find that a cure for Pediatric AIDS is possible, but that it's always been possible. We have nothing to lose, and everything to gain by exploring these options.
For the sake of the children at ICC, and the children yet to come ? Doctors, it's time for a new hypothesis.
See the ICC picture gallery. If only more people would understand that much of the suffering of these children has been brought about by drug toxicity and not "HIV"...


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8) Papadopulos-Eleopulos E, Turner VF, Papadimitriou JM, Causer D. A critical analysis of the evidence for the isolation of HIV. At Website http://www.virusmyth.com/aids/data/epappraisal.htm 1997.
9) Papadopulos-Eleopulos E, Turner VF, Papadimitriou JM, et al. Between the Lines. A Critical Analysis of Luc Montagnier's Interview Answers to Djamel Tahi. Continuum (London) 1997/8; 5(2):35-45.
10) Scheff, Liam ? The AIDS Debate ? The Most Controversial Story You've Never Heard. Boston's Weekly Dig. May 7, 2003. http://www.altheal.org/texts/liamscheff.htm
11) Lauritsen, John ? The AIDS War.
12) Duesberg, P., Koehnlein, C., and Rasnick, D. The chemical bases of the various AIDS epidemics: recreational drugs, anti-viral chemotherapy and malnutrition. J. Biosci., 28: 383-412, 2003.
13) Durack, D. T. Opportunistic infections and Kaposi's sarcoma in homosexual men. The New England Journal of Medicine, 305: 1465-1467, 1981.
14) Oppenheimer, G. M. Causes, cases, and cohorts: The role of epidemiology in the historical construction of AIDS. In: D. M. Fox
(ed.), AIDS: The Making of a Chronic Disease, pp. 49-83. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.
15) Jaffe, H. W., Choi, K., Thomas, P. A., Haverkos, H. W., Auerbach, D. M., Guinan, M. E., Rogers, M. F., Spira, T. J., Darrow, W. W., Kramer, M. A., Friedman, S. M., Monroe, J. M., Friedman-Kien, A. E., Laubenstein, L. J., Marmor, M., Safai, B., Dritz, S. K., Crispi, S. J., Fannin, S. L., Orkwis, J. P., Kelter, A., Rushing, W. R., Thacker, S. B., and Curran, J. W. National case-control study of Kaposi's sarcoma and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in homosexual men: Part 1, Epidemiologic results. Ann. Intern. Med., 99: 145-151, 1983
16) Papadopulos-Eleopulos E, Turner VF, Papdimitriou JM. Is a Positive Western Blot Proof of HIV Infection? Bio/Technology 1993;11:696-707.
*) Christine Maggiore: ?What If Everything You Thought You Knew About AIDS Was Wrong,? http://www.aliveandwell.org
**) Some Continuum magazines : http://perso.wanadoo.fr/esprit-libre/continuum/continuum.htm

Liam Scheff
liamscheff@yahoo.com

French version / En frans : http://www.sidasante.com/journal/maison.htm


Read The Nurse's Story:
Jacklyn Herger is a pediatric AIDS nurse who worked at ICC in the early 90s. In 1996 she began the adoption process for two HIV-positive children from ICC through Catholic Home Bureau In 1998, the girls, Elaine, age six, and Liz, age four, came to live with Herger, her husband and five-year-old daughter as a family. A trained nurse, Herger gave AIDS drugs ?by the book.? To her shock and amazement, it was only when she stopped giving the drugs that the girls got better.


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(Update 14th July 04)
The New York Press, (NYC's independent weekly) has picked up Liam Scheff's investigation of Pediatric AIDS medical abuse.
The article reports the facts about AIDS drug toxicity, HIV test non-specificity, and exposes the current practice of force-drugging children who refuse their medication through surgically-implanted stomach tubes (g-tubes).
The paper deserves credit for its courage. The NY Press has a large and active letters page. They will, no doubt, receive their share of "fan mail" from the mainstream for publishing this.
Please let them know that their decision to publish this is appreciated, and important to the health and welfare of people everywhere who are fighting medical tyranny.
So many thanks to the NY Press.

Read "Orphans on Trial".

5th July 2004
In January, 2004, I published "The House That AIDS Built." The story was picked up by several international papers, including the New York Post and the UK Guardian, and was reprinted throughout the world on the world wide web.
German journalist Torsten Engelbrecht read the story and formulated a series of questions for Columbia Presbyterian, the hospital which presides over ICC. He was answered by a PR firm. The answers were dishonest and unsatisfactory. What follows is a response to and a dissection of their answers using NIH documents, clinical trials, interview material, Medline articles and Department of Health statistics. Given the material provided here, it is clear that the practice of surgical forced-drugging of HIV positive children with toxic compounds is ongoing, in violation of the rights of wards of the state, and must be addressed immediately.

Read the result of this additional research:
"The ICC Investigation Continues.
Hospital PR firm gives insufficient response to ICC Investigation"


Patricia Nell Warren, author of fiction bestsellers like The Front Runner, also writes provocative commentary has recently taken up Liam Scheff's reporting.

Her article "Asking the Questions" is available on http://www.aumag.org/viewfinder/leftMay04.html

What does it mean when a story about possible clinical trial abuses hits the wire, but most news media ignore it? For years, CNN's Christiane Amanpour has been saying?not on CNN, of course?that courageous reporting is vanishing from the U.S. major media.


March 2004.
Phase I Drug Trials Used Foster Care children in Violation of 45 CFR 46.409 and 21 CFR 50.56
http://www.ahrp.org/ahrpspeaks/HIVkids0304.html
Vera Sharav of the Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP) has called for a Federal investigation into Incarnation Children's Center, and the
NIH's Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials program. The AHRP letter contends that Federal Regulations regarding the use of children and wards are being
violated.

April 2004
London Observer/Guardian Confirms "The House That AIDS Built"
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1185305,00.html
The incarnation Children's Center story has again been picked up and validated by another major paper - this time by Antony Barnett of the London
Observer.

New York Post Confirms "The House That AIDS Built"
Liam Scheff investigated and wrote "The House That AIDS Built" throughout 2003, and web-published it in 2004. In early February, 2004, Douglas Montero, a columnist for the NY Post, contacted Scheff after reading the article. Soon after, the Post printed (stole) Scheff's article in a tabloid format rewritten by Montero, without a single mention of Scheff.
Two days after the intitial Post cover, Scheff was mentioned in the Post as "a health advocate who investigated ICC and posted his findings on the internet..."
Scheff is indeed a health advocate, but he is also an investigative reporter whose previous work on politics, film and HIV/AIDS has been widely read and praised. Scheff remains hard at work on this and other stories relating to human, medical and civil rights. If you feel so inclined, please contact the NY Post, thanking them for covering this important issue, and reminding them that proper credit should be paid to Scheff and sites like altheal and aras (the Alberta Reappraising AIDS Society), who had the courage to post Scheff's story first, and honestly.
letters@nypost.com
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SOME CPS FEderal Funding Laws-They Break Them EVery Time (RICO, Racketeering)

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

THE STATE collects Federal Funding, (See 42 USC ?670-679b) evidently in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and more per state (17 Trillion in 2004 total), from the United States Government ? PUBLIC MONIES - in the form of Title IV (Parts B & E) funding, mandated to be USED PRIMARILY FOR REUNIFICATION PURPOSES (But they never do - this is a federal crime of RICO)(42 USC ?671) and for the care of minors of which it has temporary custody of, Medicare payments, adoption subsidies, as well as collecting other additional grants/payments.

The federal law on child abuse and neglect is found primarily in Title IV-B&E of the Social Security Act. Title IV-B&E offer funds to the states variously for family preservation and support services, child welfare services, state administrative costs in administering child welfare programs, foster care payments, and adoption subsidies. Approximately seventy-five percent of the funds used to support children in foster care in Arizona is federal money which, under the legislation passed by Congress over the past 25 years, is available only if the state meets eligibility requirements. Similarly, these funds can be withdrawn if requirements are not met.

This child welfare ?practice? was first introduced under the 1974 Walter Mondale CAPTA (Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, P.L. 93-247, 88 Stat. 4, 42 USC ?5101-5107), the legislation that began feeding federal funding (Social Security Act Title IV-B) into THE STATE(s)' monstrous, self-perpetuating child welfare agencies and their numerous contractors.

This apparent revenue-feeding frenzy of THE STATE(s) was further embellished in 1980 with the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act, P.L. 96-272, 94 Stat. 500, 42 U.S.C. ?670-676 (and amending ?620-628) through Title-E of the Social Security Act. These federal foster care reimbursements (revenues to the STATES) are usually channeled through the Title IV-B&E sections of the Social Security Act, but include other sources as well.


here are a couple websites, this gets pretty technical, but here are the Laws that give all the Federal Monies to DHS/CPS, or at least some of the laws. (millions) supposed to be used to PREVENT REMOVAL and KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER, but then they miss out on the HUGE adoption subsidies and payments to all the state contractors (psychiatrists, counseling, shelters, etc, etc, etc)


http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/legal/statewide/Title_IV-E_Eligibility%20_Foster_Care.doc

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/uscode42/usc_sec_42_00005106---a000-.html

http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode42/usc_sec_42_00000672----000-.html

http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/casecode/uscodes/42/chapters/21/subchapters/v/toc.html

http://jec.unm.edu/resources/benchbooks/child_law/ch_38.htm

http://www.washingtonwatchdog.org/documents/usc/ttl42/ch7/subchIV/ptB/index.html

http://www.washingtonwatchdog.org/documents/usc/ttl42/ch7/subchIV/ptB/index.html

http://www.washingtonwatchdog.org/documents/usc/ttl42/ch7/subchIV/ptE/index.html

http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/laws/majorlaw/civilr19.htm

AND:
VIOLATION OF CFR SECTION 1356.21(d): Documentation of Judicial Determinations (Must be supported by explicit evidence)

(1) The judicial determinations regarding contrary to the welfare, reasonable efforts to prevent removal, and reasonable efforts to finalize the permanency plan in effect, including judicial determinations that reasonable efforts are not required, must be explicitly documented and must be made on a case-by-case basis and so stated in the court order. (2) Neither affidavits nor nunc pro tunc orders will be accepted as verification documentation in support of reasonable efforts and contrary to the welfare judicial determinations. (3) Court orders that reference State law to substantiate judicial determinations are NOT acceptable, even if State law provides that a removal must be based on a judicial determination that remaining in the home would be contrary to the child's welfare or that removal can only be ordered after reasonable efforts have been made.
VIOLATION OF PUBLIC LAW 96-272
Judicial determinations are required to be explicit, made on a case-by-case basis, and so stated in the court order. The basis for this policy can be found in the legislative history of the Federal foster care program. The Senate report on the bill that became Public Law 96-272 characterized the required judicial determinations as ??important safeguard(s) against inappropriate agency action?? and made clear that such requirements were not to become ??a mere pro forma exercise in paper shuffling to obtain Federal Funding?? (S. Rept. No. 336, 96th Congress, 2d Session. 16, 1980) ?We concluded, based on our review of States' documentation of judicial determinations over the past years that, in many instances, these important safeguards had become precisely what congress was concerned that they not become.?
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Senate Approves 1/2 Trillion in MORE Child Social Worker Funding in One Pop Sept 2006

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

A Public Policy Update from the Child Welfare League of America

Senate Passes PSSF Reauthorization

On September 20, the Senate passed by voice vote the conference agreement on S. 3525, the Children and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006, which reauthorizes the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program. PSSF provides mandatory funds of $305 million (funding provided automatically without an annual appropriation) and $200 million in authorized funds, which Congress must approve each year through the annual appropriations process. States use the funds for four programs: time-limited reunification services, adoption promotion and support services, family preservation, and family support services. In FY 2006, Congress approved $89.1 million in discretionary PSSF funds, which, when combined with the $305 million in authorized mandatory fund, made for a total of $394 million.

The new legislation includes an additional $40 million annually in mandatory funds. Part of these funds will be designated for competitive grants to address substance abuse and child welfare. The rest of the mandatory funds will be provided to each state to promote workforce improvements. The final legislation was a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the reauthorization.

The compromise bill creates competitive grants of $500,000 to $1 million to address substance abuse as it affects the child welfare system. States would have to be partners in these projects, and methamphetamine abuse would be a priority, but other drug and substance abuse problems could be addressed. The funding starts in FY 2007 at $40 million, then continues at $35 million in 2008, $30 million in 2009, and $20 million in 2010 and 2011.

The remaining funding is tied to monthly foster care visits and workforce initiatives. The funds are to be used for workforce initiatives designed to help states reach the goal of monthly visits. This could include technological support, loan forgiveness, recruitment, and other initiatives that would help develop and support the workforce. To carry out this work, the additional $40 million in mandatory funds for FY 2006 would be available to states through the rest of this year and through 2007. Funding beyond that is $5 million in 2008, $10 million in 2009, and $20 million in 2010 and 2011. States would draw down these funds on a matching basis, with the federal government providing a 75% match ($75 federal to $25 state).

The final legislation also makes changes to the state plan requirements under the Child Welfare Services program, including requiring states to have plans for their child welfare systems in case of a disaster. The changes to state plans do not include Senate language that would have required a special evaluation of families who adopt or provide foster care for large numbers of children.

The House of Representatives is expected to act on the conference report this week. CWLA has a more detailed analysis online.
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Senate Approves 1/2 Trillion in MORE Funding in One Pop Sept 2006

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

A Public Policy Update from the Child Welfare League of America

Senate Passes PSSF Reauthorization

On September 20, the Senate passed by voice vote the conference agreement on S. 3525, the Children and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006, which reauthorizes the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program. PSSF provides mandatory funds of $305 million (funding provided automatically without an annual appropriation) and $200 million in authorized funds, which Congress must approve each year through the annual appropriations process. States use the funds for four programs: time-limited reunification services, adoption promotion and support services, family preservation, and family support services. In FY 2006, Congress approved $89.1 million in discretionary PSSF funds, which, when combined with the $305 million in authorized mandatory fund, made for a total of $394 million.

The new legislation includes an additional $40 million annually in mandatory funds. Part of these funds will be designated for competitive grants to address substance abuse and child welfare. The rest of the mandatory funds will be provided to each state to promote workforce improvements. The final legislation was a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the reauthorization.

The compromise bill creates competitive grants of $500,000 to $1 million to address substance abuse as it affects the child welfare system. States would have to be partners in these projects, and methamphetamine abuse would be a priority, but other drug and substance abuse problems could be addressed. The funding starts in FY 2007 at $40 million, then continues at $35 million in 2008, $30 million in 2009, and $20 million in 2010 and 2011.

The remaining funding is tied to monthly foster care visits and workforce initiatives. The funds are to be used for workforce initiatives designed to help states reach the goal of monthly visits. This could include technological support, loan forgiveness, recruitment, and other initiatives that would help develop and support the workforce. To carry out this work, the additional $40 million in mandatory funds for FY 2006 would be available to states through the rest of this year and through 2007. Funding beyond that is $5 million in 2008, $10 million in 2009, and $20 million in 2010 and 2011. States would draw down these funds on a matching basis, with the federal government providing a 75% match ($75 federal to $25 state).

The final legislation also makes changes to the state plan requirements under the Child Welfare Services program, including requiring states to have plans for their child welfare systems in case of a disaster. The changes to state plans do not include Senate language that would have required a special evaluation of families who adopt or provide foster care for large numbers of children.

The House of Representatives is expected to act on the conference report this week. CWLA has a more detailed analysis online.
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Sept 20, 2006 Senate Passes PSSF Funding 505 Million 1/2 Trillion in One Pop

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

This is just one pop of funding. Their newsletter from this month urges all to go to DC to lobby (yes it is called the Natl Social Workers Lobby Group). They get 1/2 Trillion in one pop and months later need more. This happens every year. They will not make improvements. They will hire more workers to steal more children. 1/2 million in foster care right now, on any given day. Many parents are in federal court filing 42 USC 1983 Civil Redress. We all must do this. We cannot fight the lobbyists (this includes the Pharmaceutical Industry). I will send articles on that too. Go to AHRP and CCHR sites to see all about the fraud of this industry. Teen Screen has been masterminded by them.

A Public Policy Update from the Child Welfare League of America

Senate Passes PSSF Reauthorization

On September 20, the Senate passed by voice vote the conference agreement on S. 3525, the Children and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006, which reauthorizes the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program. PSSF provides mandatory funds of $305 million (funding provided automatically without an annual appropriation) and $200 million in authorized funds, which Congress must approve each year through the annual appropriations process. States use the funds for four programs: time-limited reunification services, adoption promotion and support services, family preservation, and family support services. In FY 2006, Congress approved $89.1 million in discretionary PSSF funds, which, when combined with the $305 million in authorized mandatory fund, made for a total of $394 million.

The new legislation includes an additional $40 million annually in mandatory funds. Part of these funds will be designated for competitive grants to address substance abuse and child welfare. The rest of the mandatory funds will be provided to each state to promote workforce improvements. The final legislation was a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the reauthorization.

The compromise bill creates competitive grants of $500,000 to $1 million to address substance abuse as it affects the child welfare system. States would have to be partners in these projects, and methamphetamine abuse would be a priority, but other drug and substance abuse problems could be addressed. The funding starts in FY 2007 at $40 million, then continues at $35 million in 2008, $30 million in 2009, and $20 million in 2010 and 2011.

The remaining funding is tied to monthly foster care visits and workforce initiatives. The funds are to be used for workforce initiatives designed to help states reach the goal of monthly visits. This could include technological support, loan forgiveness, recruitment, and other initiatives that would help develop and support the workforce. To carry out this work, the additional $40 million in mandatory funds for FY 2006 would be available to states through the rest of this year and through 2007. Funding beyond that is $5 million in 2008, $10 million in 2009, and $20 million in 2010 and 2011. States would draw down these funds on a matching basis, with the federal government providing a 75% match ($75 federal to $25 state).

The final legislation also makes changes to the state plan requirements under the Child Welfare Services program, including requiring states to have plans for their child welfare systems in case of a disaster. The changes to state plans do not include Senate language that would have required a special evaluation of families who adopt or provide foster care for large numbers of children.

The House of Representatives is expected to act on the conference report this week. CWLA has a more detailed analysis online.
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Sept 20, 2006 Senate Passes PSSF Funding 505 Million 1/2 Trillion in One Pop

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

This is just one pop of funding. Their newsletter from this month urges all to go to DC to lobby (yes it is called the Natl Social Workers Lobby Group). They get 1/2 Trillion in one pop and months later need more. This happens every year. They will not make improvements. They will hire more workers to steal more children. 1/2 million in foster care right now, on any given day. Many parents are in federal court filing 42 USC 1983 Civil Redress. We all must do this. We cannot fight the lobbyists (this includes the Pharmaceutical Industry). I will send articles on that too. Go to AHRP and CCHR sites to see all about the fraud of this industry. Teen Screen has been masterminded by them.

A Public Policy Update from the Child Welfare League of America

Senate Passes PSSF Reauthorization

On September 20, the Senate passed by voice vote the conference agreement on S. 3525, the Children and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006, which reauthorizes the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program. PSSF provides mandatory funds of $305 million (funding provided automatically without an annual appropriation) and $200 million in authorized funds, which Congress must approve each year through the annual appropriations process. States use the funds for four programs: time-limited reunification services, adoption promotion and support services, family preservation, and family support services. In FY 2006, Congress approved $89.1 million in discretionary PSSF funds, which, when combined with the $305 million in authorized mandatory fund, made for a total of $394 million.

The new legislation includes an additional $40 million annually in mandatory funds. Part of these funds will be designated for competitive grants to address substance abuse and child welfare. The rest of the mandatory funds will be provided to each state to promote workforce improvements. The final legislation was a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the reauthorization.

The compromise bill creates competitive grants of $500,000 to $1 million to address substance abuse as it affects the child welfare system. States would have to be partners in these projects, and methamphetamine abuse would be a priority, but other drug and substance abuse problems could be addressed. The funding starts in FY 2007 at $40 million, then continues at $35 million in 2008, $30 million in 2009, and $20 million in 2010 and 2011.

The remaining funding is tied to monthly foster care visits and workforce initiatives. The funds are to be used for workforce initiatives designed to help states reach the goal of monthly visits. This could include technological support, loan forgiveness, recruitment, and other initiatives that would help develop and support the workforce. To carry out this work, the additional $40 million in mandatory funds for FY 2006 would be available to states through the rest of this year and through 2007. Funding beyond that is $5 million in 2008, $10 million in 2009, and $20 million in 2010 and 2011. States would draw down these funds on a matching basis, with the federal government providing a 75% match ($75 federal to $25 state).

The final legislation also makes changes to the state plan requirements under the Child Welfare Services program, including requiring states to have plans for their child welfare systems in case of a disaster. The changes to state plans do not include Senate language that would have required a special evaluation of families who adopt or provide foster care for large numbers of children.

The House of Representatives is expected to act on the conference report this week. CWLA has a more detailed analysis online.
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Sept 20, 2006 Senate Passes PSSF Funding 505 Million 1/2 Trillion in One Pop

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

This is just one pop of funding. Their newsletter from this month urges all to go to DC to lobby (yes it is called the Natl Social Workers Lobby Group). They get 1/2 Trillion in one pop and months later need more. This happens every year. They will not make improvements. They will hire more workers to steal more children. 1/2 million in foster care right now, on any given day. Many parents are in federal court filing 42 USC 1983 Civil Redress. We all must do this. We cannot fight the lobbyists (this includes the Pharmaceutical Industry). I will send articles on that too. Go to AHRP and CCHR sites to see all about the fraud of this industry. Teen Screen has been masterminded by them.

A Public Policy Update from the Child Welfare League of America

Senate Passes PSSF Reauthorization

On September 20, the Senate passed by voice vote the conference agreement on S. 3525, the Children and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006, which reauthorizes the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program. PSSF provides mandatory funds of $305 million (funding provided automatically without an annual appropriation) and $200 million in authorized funds, which Congress must approve each year through the annual appropriations process. States use the funds for four programs: time-limited reunification services, adoption promotion and support services, family preservation, and family support services. In FY 2006, Congress approved $89.1 million in discretionary PSSF funds, which, when combined with the $305 million in authorized mandatory fund, made for a total of $394 million.

The new legislation includes an additional $40 million annually in mandatory funds. Part of these funds will be designated for competitive grants to address substance abuse and child welfare. The rest of the mandatory funds will be provided to each state to promote workforce improvements. The final legislation was a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the reauthorization.

The compromise bill creates competitive grants of $500,000 to $1 million to address substance abuse as it affects the child welfare system. States would have to be partners in these projects, and methamphetamine abuse would be a priority, but other drug and substance abuse problems could be addressed. The funding starts in FY 2007 at $40 million, then continues at $35 million in 2008, $30 million in 2009, and $20 million in 2010 and 2011.

The remaining funding is tied to monthly foster care visits and workforce initiatives. The funds are to be used for workforce initiatives designed to help states reach the goal of monthly visits. This could include technological support, loan forgiveness, recruitment, and other initiatives that would help develop and support the workforce. To carry out this work, the additional $40 million in mandatory funds for FY 2006 would be available to states through the rest of this year and through 2007. Funding beyond that is $5 million in 2008, $10 million in 2009, and $20 million in 2010 and 2011. States would draw down these funds on a matching basis, with the federal government providing a 75% match ($75 federal to $25 state).

The final legislation also makes changes to the state plan requirements under the Child Welfare Services program, including requiring states to have plans for their child welfare systems in case of a disaster. The changes to state plans do not include Senate language that would have required a special evaluation of families who adopt or provide foster care for large numbers of children.

The House of Representatives is expected to act on the conference report this week. CWLA has a more detailed analysis online.
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Sept 20, 2006 Senate Passes PSSF Funding 505 Million 1/2 Trillion in One Pop

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

This is just one pop of funding. Their newsletter from this month urges all to go to DC to lobby (yes it is called the Natl Social Workers Lobby Group). They get 1/2 Trillion in one pop and months later need more. This happens every year. They will not make improvements. They will hire more workers to steal more children. 1/2 million in foster care right now, on any given day. Many parents are in federal court filing 42 USC 1983 Civil Redress. We all must do this. We cannot fight the lobbyists (this includes the Pharmaceutical Industry). I will send articles on that too. Go to AHRP and CCHR sites to see all about the fraud of this industry. Teen Screen has been masterminded by them.

A Public Policy Update from the Child Welfare League of America

Senate Passes PSSF Reauthorization

On September 20, the Senate passed by voice vote the conference agreement on S. 3525, the Children and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006, which reauthorizes the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program. PSSF provides mandatory funds of $305 million (funding provided automatically without an annual appropriation) and $200 million in authorized funds, which Congress must approve each year through the annual appropriations process. States use the funds for four programs: time-limited reunification services, adoption promotion and support services, family preservation, and family support services. In FY 2006, Congress approved $89.1 million in discretionary PSSF funds, which, when combined with the $305 million in authorized mandatory fund, made for a total of $394 million.

The new legislation includes an additional $40 million annually in mandatory funds. Part of these funds will be designated for competitive grants to address substance abuse and child welfare. The rest of the mandatory funds will be provided to each state to promote workforce improvements. The final legislation was a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the reauthorization.

The compromise bill creates competitive grants of $500,000 to $1 million to address substance abuse as it affects the child welfare system. States would have to be partners in these projects, and methamphetamine abuse would be a priority, but other drug and substance abuse problems could be addressed. The funding starts in FY 2007 at $40 million, then continues at $35 million in 2008, $30 million in 2009, and $20 million in 2010 and 2011.

The remaining funding is tied to monthly foster care visits and workforce initiatives. The funds are to be used for workforce initiatives designed to help states reach the goal of monthly visits. This could include technological support, loan forgiveness, recruitment, and other initiatives that would help develop and support the workforce. To carry out this work, the additional $40 million in mandatory funds for FY 2006 would be available to states through the rest of this year and through 2007. Funding beyond that is $5 million in 2008, $10 million in 2009, and $20 million in 2010 and 2011. States would draw down these funds on a matching basis, with the federal government providing a 75% match ($75 federal to $25 state).

The final legislation also makes changes to the state plan requirements under the Child Welfare Services program, including requiring states to have plans for their child welfare systems in case of a disaster. The changes to state plans do not include Senate language that would have required a special evaluation of families who adopt or provide foster care for large numbers of children.

The House of Representatives is expected to act on the conference report this week. CWLA has a more detailed analysis online.
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Texas District Settles Lawsuit by Parents Over False Child Abuse Allegations

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

Texas district settles lawsuit by parents over false child abuse allegations

Legal Clips, August 2006

nsba.org/site/doc_cosa.asp?TRACKID=&VID=50&CID=460&DID=39154

A Texas school district has agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a federal lawsuit by parents who were falsely accused by a district employee of child abuse.

The suit stems from a report the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District (LCISD) employee filed with Children's Protective Services (CPS) alleging that one of the children of Gary and Melissa Gates was being mistreated.

They sued LCISD and several other government entities in federal district court, claiming several federal constitutional and state law violations.

In addition to monetary payout, LCISD has also agreed to request that the Texas Commissioner of Education submit an agreed letter by the parties to the Texas Attorney General to clarify parental rights in regard to school districts and CPS investigations.
In addition, LCISD Superintendent Thomas Randle will send a letter of regret to the Gates family.

A press release by the family alleged that CPS removed one of the sons from school without a court order, without parental permission, and without an emergency, to be interviewed at the Fort Bend Child Advocacy Center.

Later that day, it says, 11 CPS workers and law enforcement officials went to the Gates' home "also without a court order, without consent and without exigent circumstances."

Finally, that evening all 13 children were removed from their home, "with many hauled away in a Fort Bend County jail wagon."

Although the suit also named Children's Protective Services, Child Advocates of Fort Bend, the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department, and the District Attorney's Office as defendants, the court dismissed the other defendants on the basis of government immunity. Mr. Gates vows to appeal the dismissal to the U.S. Fifth Circuit.
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INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: STATE UNJUSTLY TERMINATES PARENTAL RIGHTS FOR FEDERAL MONEY

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

INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: STATE UNJUSTLY TERMINATES PARENTAL RIGHTS FOR FEDERAL MONEY
Inspector General: State Unjustly Terminates Parental Rights For
Sun Oct 22, 2006
REPORT: STATE UNJUSTLY TERMINATES PARENTAL RIGHTS FOR FEDERAL MONEY

By Valarie Honeycutt Spears
HERALD-LEADER STAFF WRITER

Kentucky's inspector general is investigating complaints that some state
child protection officials are using foster children as "bartering items" in
an adoption push that a recent report equated to the "black-market selling
of children."

Veteran state social workers and other professionals who work with
vulnerable families allege that, under federal pressure to increase the
number of Kentucky foster children who are adopted, some administrators in
the Cabinet for Health and Family Services are inappropriately recommending
to courts that the rights of biological parents be terminated.

In January, the Louisville-based National Institute on Children, Youth and
Families Inc. and the Kentucky Youth Advocates released a report titled The
Other Kentucky Lottery that raised concerns about expedited or "quick
trigger" foster care adoptions.

Cabinet Inspector General Robert J. Benvenuti III says an intensive
investigation into the allegations has been under way since January and
could result in both administrative actions and criminal prosecutions.

At the same time, judges, social workers, biological parents and advocates
-- typically intimidated by confidentiality laws -- are speaking out about
how a well-conceived federal idea to prevent children from languishing in
foster care has increasingly led to "quick trigger" adoptions, in which
children are separated from their parents too quickly or without evidence to
justify the removal.

"There are complaints that some supervisors and workers are unwilling to
listen, complaints about the arrogance of power," said David Richart,
executive director of the National Institute on Children, Youth and
Families. "I suspect this is happening in other states. We appear to be one
of the first groups to identify this as a problem."

The number of children moved from state foster care to adoption in Kentucky
increased from 384 in 1999 to 902 in 2005. That resulted in $1 million in
bonus money paid to the state in 2004 under a federal program designed to
encourage states to move more children into adoptive families. The state
gets paid a bonus of $4,000 for each child that is adopted out, more if it's
a special needs child.

Critics of the adoption system say the incentive money motivates the state
to quickly -- sometimes carelessly -- shift children into adoptive homes. A
whistleblower lawsuit filed last fall by a fired state social worker alleges
that the Cabinet stands to lose millions if it fails to meet time frames set
by the federal government.

Federal and Cabinet officials, such as adoption services branch manager Mike
Grimes, defend the movement to find children permanent homes more quickly
and say that a judge must approve any Cabinet recommendation.

Grimes denied that incentive money is motivating premature terminations of
parental rights. He said the state pays out more in subsidies to adoptive
parents of special needs children than it receives in federal bonuses.

Tom Emberton Jr., commissioner of the Department for Community Based
Services, which oversees foster care adoptions, said he requested the
Inspector General investigation of the allegations. So far, Emberton said,
he has seen no evidence of quick-triggering adoptions.

He also said the investigation isn't over: "I don't want to paint a picture
that we aren't concerned."

In the past, Grimes said, as long as children were safe and policies
followed, there was no rush to remove them from foster care. Federal laws
passed in the late 1990s, however, forced the state to place children in
adoptive homes more quickly.

"It was a huge shift in thinking and practice," he said.
Parental rights debate
The struggle has roots in a debate between people who fiercely believe in
parental rights and those who think children are better served by a
permanent adoptive family if biological parents can't quickly solve their
problems.

The controversy has put those who administer the system at odds. Some in the
Family Court system complain that, in some cases, the Cabinet sets
unrealistic expectations for biological families so they will fail and their
children end up in a state-arranged adoption.

In some cases, judges have stepped in to keep adoptions from happening.
Fayette Family Judge Tim Philpot said the push for foster care adoptions is
so new that problems are just beginning to come to light. He recently
stopped an attempt by the Cabinet to terminate a mother's parental rights
because advocates were concerned the mother hadn't been given a "fair shot"
to get her kids back.

"The key to all of these cases is whether you have a judge paying
attention," Philpot said. "The foster care review boards and the (court
appointed attorneys) are also the eyes and ears of the court."

The January report was based on 225 complaints received on an anonymous
hotline. The hotline was set up because many in the child-protection system
were afraid they would be violating confidentiality laws by making their
concerns public.

Social workers in Hardin County, for example, reported that supervisors
picked adoptive families based on how those families could benefit the
Cabinet or because supervisors thought the families were owed a favor,
according to the report. Emberton said the allegations are under
investigation.

Social workers from other parts of the state said supervisors forced them to
tear families apart just to raise the number of adoptions of foster
children.

"Management staff use children and especially infants as bartering items,"
one social worker says in the report. "There is not a lot of difference in
the system than the black-market selling of children."

Richart said he is working with the complainants involved in 22 cases now
under review by the state Inspector General's office, and that there are
dozens of other questionable cases that he expects will be scrutinized.
The crux of the debate is the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act, which
was passed in 1997. The law allows courts to terminate custodial rights if a
parent fails to improve his or her situation, but it also encourages courts
to take into account a parent's efforts to reform.

The law was intended to move children into more stable adoptive homes,
rather than moving them from home to home in foster care.

Federal authorities started cracking down on Kentucky in 1999 for allowing
children to languish in foster care and found the Cabinet out of compliance
again in 2003 for not correcting the problem quickly enough. The state faced
$1.7 million in fines if the situation didn't improve.

Since the law was passed, child welfare professionals have expressed
concerns that it gets more children into adoptive homes at the expense of
parents who are in the greatest need of help.

The goal of the law should be to get children out of foster care, said
Richard P. Barth, a child welfare researcher and professor at the University
of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "not to keep kids from going home to their
parents."

2006 Lexington Herald-Leader and wire service sources. All Rights
Reserved.
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State Child Abuse and Homiices of Our Children by CPS

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

For those of you that asked, I cannot answer. There is more going on. Hint, Peterson, OJ, etc. I found the stock transactions. Amazing what it costs to have an unwanted child killed. It is not over. Thank you and keep praying. Sell all Schwab stock, they are corrupt.

Also, for more information on government child abuse look up Noreen Gosch, MK Ultra, and your local government Pedophile. Franklin Coverup Papers for starters (Sr)And remember our Pedophile Foley also sits on the Missing Childrens Network Board. The whole system is corrupt. 1/2 million in state custody at any given time. Here, don't ever let them tell you they are not getting millions. Here is the proof from their own newsletters and from Federal Government Sites: look it up yourself. More to follow.

THE STATE collects Federal Funding, (See 42 USC ?670-679b) evidently in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and more per state (17 Trillion in 2004 total), from the United States Government ? PUBLIC MONIES - in the form of Title IV (Parts B & E) funding, mandated to be used primarily for reunification purposes (42 USC ?671) and for the care of minors of which it has temporary custody of, Medicare payments, adoption subsidies, as well as collecting other additional grants/payments.

The federal law on child abuse and neglect is found primarily in Title IV-B&E of the Social Security Act. Title IV-B&E offer funds to the states variously for family preservation and support services, child welfare services, state administrative costs in administering child welfare programs, foster care payments, and adoption subsidies. Approximately seventy-five percent of the funds used to support children in foster care in Arizona is federal money which, under the legislation passed by Congress over the past 25 years, is available only if the state meets eligibility requirements. Similarly, these funds can be withdrawn if requirements are not met.

This child welfare ?practice? was first introduced under the 1974 Walter Mondale CAPTA (Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, P.L. 93-247, 88 Stat. 4, 42 USC ?5101-5107), the legislation that began feeding federal funding (Social Security Act Title IV-B) into THE STATE(s)' monstrous, self-perpetuating child welfare agencies and their numerous contractors.

This apparent revenue-feeding frenzy of THE STATE(s) was further embellished in 1980 with the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act, P.L. 96-272, 94 Stat. 500, 42 U.S.C. ?670-676 (and amending ?620-628) through Title-E of the Social Security Act. These federal foster care reimbursements (revenues to the STATES) are usually channeled through the Title IV-B&E sections of the Social Security Act, but include other sources as well.

...Laws that give all the Federal Monies to DHS/CPS, or at least some of the laws. (millions) supposed to be used to PREVENT REMOVAL and KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER, but then they miss out on the HUGE adoption subsidies and payments to all the state contractors (psychiatrists, counseling, shelters, etc, etc, etc)

here are a couple websites, this gets pretty technical

ocfs.state.ny.us/main/legal/statewide/Title_IV-E_Eligibility%20_Foster_Care.doc

law.cornell.edu/uscode/uscode42/usc_sec_42_00005106---a000-.html

4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode42/usc_sec_42_00000672----000-.html

caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/casecode/uscodes/42/chapters/21/subchapters/v/toc.html

jec.unm.edu/resources/benchbooks/child_law/ch_38.htm

washingtonwatchdog.org/documents/usc/ttl42/ch7/subchIV/ptB/index.html

washingtonwatchdog.org/documents/usc/ttl42/ch7/subchIV/ptB/index.html

washingtonwatchdog.org/documents/usc/ttl42/ch7/subchIV/ptE/index.html

usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/laws/majorlaw/civilr19.htm
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This is just in one pop, all in one days work. New funding approved. Your child and the government black market. 1/2 trillion dollars in one pop! They have done two more since. Go look at the training offices in Tucson, in the Williams Center, the highest priced r/e in Tucson.

A Public Policy Update from the Child Welfare League of America


Senate Passes PSSF Reauthorization

On September 20, the Senate passed by voice vote the conference agreement on S. 3525, the Children and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006, which reauthorizes the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program. PSSF provides mandatory funds of $305 million (funding provided automatically without an annual appropriation) and $200 million in authorized funds, which Congress must approve each year through the annual appropriations process. States use the funds for four programs: time-limited reunification services, adoption promotion and support services, family preservation, and family support services. In FY 2006, Congress approved $89.1 million in discretionary PSSF funds, which, when combined with the $305 million in authorized mandatory fund, made for a total of $394 million.

The new legislation includes an additional $40 million annually in mandatory funds. Part of these funds will be designated for competitive grants to address substance abuse and child welfare. The rest of the mandatory funds will be provided to each state to promote workforce improvements. The final legislation was a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the reauthorization.

The compromise bill creates competitive grants of $500,000 to $1 million to address substance abuse as it affects the child welfare system. States would have to be partners in these projects, and methamphetamine abuse would be a priority, but other drug and substance abuse problems could be addressed. The funding starts in FY 2007 at $40 million, then continues at $35 million in 2008, $30 million in 2009, and $20 million in 2010 and 2011.

The remaining funding is tied to monthly foster care visits and workforce initiatives. The funds are to be used for workforce initiatives designed to help states reach the goal of monthly visits. This could include technological support, loan forgiveness, recruitment, and other initiatives that would help develop and support the workforce. To carry out this work, the additional $40 million in mandatory funds for FY 2006 would be available to states through the rest of this year and through 2007. Funding beyond that is $5 million in 2008, $10 million in 2009, and $20 million in 2010 and 2011. States would draw down these funds on a matching basis, with the federal government providing a 75% match ($75 federal to $25 state).

The final legislation also makes changes to the state plan requirements under the Child Welfare Services program, including requiring states to have plans for their child welfare systems in case of a disaster. The changes to state plans do not include Senate language that would have required a special evaluation of families who adopt or provide foster care for large numbers of children.

The House of Representatives is expected to act on the conference report this week. CWLA has a more detailed analysis online.
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#73 Consumer Comment

Media always reports the negative... and other comments

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

CPS is reported in the media when ever negative things happen. CPS is never in the newspapers when anything positive happens. So consumers who are not personally involved in CPS who watch the news and only hear about CPS when there is something negative to report falsely believe that there is only negative. Truth of the matter is CPS does a lot to help children and families from situations that are abusive. There are state laws and policies that prevent CPS workers from removing on a whim.

There was a comment by another consumer that basically stated that CPS workers want to remove children and want to keep children in state custody. That comment was more than just ludicrous. The truth is CPS workers want the parents to clean up their act, get housing, get jobs, get substance abuse treatment, get psychiatric treatment and follow their case plan so that they can close the case and as a result, have less of a case load. Unfortunately, parents who do not stop using drugs, who do not go get the services they need so their psychiatric problems are resolved, who do not get employment, housing, etc. lose their children.

Children are removed for a reason. One of the most pressing issues that families face and result in removal of children is substance abuse. Society has a problem. I would be interested in knowing why Roma's child was removed. Unfortunately, people who report that they are CPS involved in any way omit key facts and details in order to make themselves look better and to make people see them as innocent victims. Sometimes people involved in CPS who have severe psychiatric issues or who are suffering brain damage as a result of several years of drug addiction have problems thinking clearly and sometimes have paranoid delusions. They are in more ways than one unreliable reporters of information involving their own case and cannot be relied upon to be 100% truthful.
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#74 Consumer Comment

My sympathies are with you!

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

Roma, I believe you.

Marc, I believe you mean well, but you have never experienced these folks. Most people believe that "where there's smoke, there's fire," so there must be some reason the child was removed, and that the system can't be perfect, but it's better than leaving the children with their parents.

I have been there. We lost custody of our 4mo daughter because of a bruise on her back and an eye hemorrhage.

The social worker said in court that the pediatrician said that the opthalmologist said dd (darling daughter) had an eye hemorrhage from shaking (does anybody notice the double heresay here?).

Notice this, Marc: dd was in the hospital, not with us. All the sw (social worker) had to do was ask for the ophtho's report. Neither she nor the judge deemed it necessary.

A week later, when our lawyer got the report and we took it to court, the judge gave her back to us. Why? Because the ophtho, God bless him, was objective and reported the facts: her eye hemorrhage was caused by her anemia (she was later found to have a blood disorder), not by shaking. He could tell by the pattern of the bleed. This was not subjective opinion; it was medical fact.

Marc, this is important for you to note this. The pediatrician lied about the ophtho's report. She was in the Navy, and lying is a violation of the UCMJ and punishable by court martial. Yet, despite the damage done to our family, she was not punished. The ophtho's report was readily available to the sw (we were not allowed to see it), but she deemed it unimportant--after all, she had the ped's heresay for it (the ped was not in court). Yet that level of evidence is apparently acceptable here in Virginia, because she was not punished in any way, to the best of my knowledge. It took us two years to get some of dd's records from the state. The state had blacked out all names. It wasn't as if we didn't know--duh!! We had talked to those people many times! They just didn't want us to be able to file a complaint. To this day, I am afraid to file a complaint because if the ped lies again and claims she didn't say that, she could sue me. The state is interested in protecting those who take children away from parents. They couldn't care less about good, nurturing families.

BTW, we were unfounded the following month. That happened 14 years ago, but the emotional pain lingers.

Yes, I believe Roma.

Children are abused much more in CPS custody than in parents' custody. I am not suggesting we do away with CPS; some children need them. But we should quit overlooking CPS's abuse. It is completely inexcusable.
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#75 Consumer Comment

17 TRILLION?

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

That would mean if that money was divided equally among the 50 states, and there was an average of 100 departments of DSH in each state (CPS), which is way way more than there really is, each city would have recieved, drum roll please $3.4Billion Darn. Is that why social workers get paid $35,000 a year? Prove that fact, or quit quoting it, please.

FYI before you claim you meant BILLION that would still equal 3.4million for each city. Still way too much maybe 3.4 million per state.(which would be $170 Million TOTAL)
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#76 Consumer Comment

17 TRILLION?

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

That would mean if that money was divided equally among the 50 states, and there was an average of 100 departments of DSH in each state (CPS), which is way way more than there really is, each city would have recieved, drum roll please $3.4Billion Darn. Is that why social workers get paid $35,000 a year? Prove that fact, or quit quoting it, please.

FYI before you claim you meant BILLION that would still equal 3.4million for each city. Still way too much maybe 3.4 million per state.(which would be $170 Million TOTAL)
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#77 Consumer Comment

17 TRILLION?

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

That would mean if that money was divided equally among the 50 states, and there was an average of 100 departments of DSH in each state (CPS), which is way way more than there really is, each city would have recieved, drum roll please $3.4Billion Darn. Is that why social workers get paid $35,000 a year? Prove that fact, or quit quoting it, please.

FYI before you claim you meant BILLION that would still equal 3.4million for each city. Still way too much maybe 3.4 million per state.(which would be $170 Million TOTAL)
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#78 Consumer Comment

17 TRILLION?

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

That would mean if that money was divided equally among the 50 states, and there was an average of 100 departments of DSH in each state (CPS), which is way way more than there really is, each city would have recieved, drum roll please $3.4Billion Darn. Is that why social workers get paid $35,000 a year? Prove that fact, or quit quoting it, please.

FYI before you claim you meant BILLION that would still equal 3.4million for each city. Still way too much maybe 3.4 million per state.(which would be $170 Million TOTAL)
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#79 Consumer Suggestion

victims from Las vegas

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

We are grandparents of abused grandchildren we made 68 reports before any action was taken 9 months later they were living in a drug house we and have "moreless been completely removed from all hearing or contact" as last resort we are going to the FBI with the pictures and police reports since the mother is out walking free with no charges before her our babies were turnned over to her mother [materal grandmother] who has done everything in her power to keep the girls from us

She had her own 2 girls taken away 3 times and now lives with a man who exposes himself to them and we have been told he touches them when he BATHS THEM CPS did not run a back ground check on him because he was unavaiable

This whole thing has just about put us in our grave Las vegas is under investigation for many deaths under CPS and foster care IT LOOKS LIKE WE ALL NEED TO GET AFTER THE FBI TO GET THESE DISGRACFULL DEPARTMENTS UNDER CONTROL
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#80 Consumer Comment

Please Please Please- Tell us about Rafe currently...

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

Roma, Please update us on Rafe! You have obviously won over many hearts in the telling of your woes- my heart breaks for your little boy!

Won't you please update us on what his current situation is? I (and I am sure I speak for others) think of him often!!!
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#81 Consumer Comment

I believe everything you said as it has happened to me in a similar fashion.

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

Dear Roma

Roma, I am so sorry for your baby. I believe everything you said as it has happened to me in a similar fashion. God will have his vengence on those sick people who have hurt your child. Do know that God has forgiven you for whatever you have done in the past --as long as you have changed and feel remorseful. I will pray for you, and please let all of us know if your baby has come home. I am sick about the abuse that Rafe has suffered while in the hands of those who were suppose to protect him. The legal system sucks and they really do not care about the kids--it is a exteme political arena. I want to give you my email but don't want to give it to anyone else. You are a good mom and I hear the love you possess for your baby- rafe. Pray earnestly for Gods help, he will carry you through these bad times. You might also think about getting a better attorney. If I had the money, I would hire one for you. Peace and love.
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#82 Consumer Comment

From A Childs Standpoint

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

I was raised in Tulsa County OK. From the time I was 6 to the time I was 14, I was molested by a close family member. On Dec 9 1991, I was removed from my home by the DHS and Sheriffs Offices. First, I was put into a shelter where the other girls hit me, forced themselves on me sexually, and physically, verbally, and mentally abused me, to the point of holding me out of a 2 story window. I was then put into a foster home. This foster family was the best thing to ever come into my life! I love them very much, and I treasure the few short months I had with them. After that, for some unknown reason, DHS moved me to another foster care with 4 girls in a 10X10 room and 2 more in an 8X10 room. They would constantly hit, yell, scream, and throw things at us. I was touched and forced to give oral sex to both the father and grown son, while my case worker refused to listen to my side of the abuse. When I threatened to kill myself, the judge stepped in and said that I was the one who needed counseling. I began to see a therapist 2 times a week, and within 2 weeks, I was removed from that foster home, back to my mother, and both the father and grown son had arrest warrants. Do I blame EVERYONE in DHS?? NO. Do I feel that they could have been trained to handle situations better?? YES. Do I feel that sometimes, abuse can happen in foster families?? OH YES!!! The only way to change this issue, is to get people to listen. Roma, whatever reason it was that your baby was taken, it sounds like you are a good mother now. I do not know if you were before or not, I do not know you. To the foster mothers and fathers that responded, thank you for being there for the children when they needed somewhere to go. You sound like you would do anything to protect these young ones who cannot protect themselves. And to all of the cowardly parents and foster parents who DO abuse children in ANY way, I hope God deals with you swiftly and justly. You know who I mean- as you would never reply to a thread like this. I am 15 years out of foster care, and the pain of being abused in a "safe" place still haunts me. I have 4 children of my own and I am an active advocate for Children's Rights.
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#83 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Child Protection Workers are LIARS! Children need to be protected from DHS abuse and neglect!

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

Be aware that the Department of Human Services hires Child Protection Service employees who WILL lie about anything to keep a child in their custody. There are full-blown lies throughout our case! Foster parents are told to lie to the children in their care, too.

Thanks, Roma, for compiling the list of children who have been murdered while in foster homes. The list doesn't include the trillions of children who have been permanently damaged by DHS agents. Just as your little boy, EVERY child taken into DHS custody is traumatized by so called 'care-givers' who are paid big sums of money to follow every order DHS gives.

DHS/CPS is far more abusive to children than parents. Right here in Oklahoma, DHS workers are allowing sexual abuse to go on right in their own home. They're providing drugs to children in their care. News reported today that one DHS worker was fired this week when found guilty of these crimes. That's the sort of people who are assigned the task of destroying families, emotionally destroying children and as you found, murder our little children.

A child doesn't have to die physically for them to suffer death! When a child's life is severed from their loving family, that's death, too. I remember when I worked for OKDHS, one thirteen year-old girl begged caregivers to let her write a letter to her grandmother. She was placed on mind-altering drugs to help her forget about her grandmother. She walked around like a zombie.

Roma, your little boy was traumatized by DHS and their care-givers! They've probably used experimental mind-altering drugs on him so that he appears to be be in a stupor. I don't know how in the world they can call that "in the interest of what is BEST for the child!" It's ONLY in the interest of what is BEST for DHS and their Child Protection Services.

Roma, you'd be better off without a lawyer than to have one who continually says, "There's nothing I can do!" You'd be better of to go Pro Se and be your own lawyer. File a Motion that your son be returned to your home. Take your Motion to the court clerk and deliver a copy of your Motion to those required notice.

Filing grievances against the DHS agency will result in more abuse. The grievance will be MOOT to protect the DHS agency. IF a grievance is 'investigated' you will NEVER know their finding because it's kept secret in their files. Grievances should be handled by someone besides DHS. OSBI should investigate grievance in OKDHS. However, DHS agents will pay OSBI agents to close the grievance as MOOT. The whole system should be closed TO PROTECT CHILDREN.

DHS secret files should be made available FREELY for families to read what is posted in their case. For instance, in our case, there are fictitious witnesses who said they visited the parents very frequently. One of them, Susan Rhodes, said she attended school with the mother. (The mother was homeschooled.) The other, Andy Brown, said he attended college with the father. When the parents tried to call Susan and Andy, they found their phone numbers were no longer working numbers and even had OKDHS phone prefixes. When the parents drove to the addresses given by Andy and Susan, they found the address was a vacant lot in Oklahoma City.

Yes, indeed! CPS workers ARE liars! One worker wrote in the KIDS file that she mailed a letter to the parents telling them about Parenting classes and about Anger Management Classes. The letter NEVER left the worker's desk! LIAR!

After the mother relinquished parenting rights, OKDHS mailed a letter to the father saying he had to PAY Child Support Money to the Mother! Why should child support money be paid to a mother who relinquished parenting rights and does NOT have contact with the children? It's ALL about money!

DHS agencies DO get LOTS of money from the Adoptions and Safe Families Act of 1997. As noted earlier, in October 2005, OKDHS was given more than $9.2 million dollars from the ASFA for adoptions finalized in 2004. Some children are adopted more than one time. Some children are even adopted to their own biological parents. It IS all about money!

Roma, hang in there! Many of us KNOW DHS abuses children in their care. They ALWAYS try to blame the child's trauma on the parents! It's ALL about money! DHS workers get paid $30-70,000 to traumatize children. If they can't figure out a way to keep a child in custody, they won't have an income. It's their JOB to keep the child, abuse the child, neglect the needs of the child and it's ALL about money!

When I told my grandson why he couldn't find the kids who got him into trouble on the school bus, all visits were stopped. FIVE boys sexually assaulted his little sister on the school bus on Friday, September 28, 2001. He ran to the back of the bus to stay out of trouble. High school girls came to his little sister's rescue.

Children need to be protected FROM DHS agents!
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Arizona State Representatve Knaperek Speaks Out God Bless Her

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

I have made a website, exposing all the foster deaths and homicides. It is sickening to read, horrible torture to these poor children. God bless you.

Karen Johnson Senator from Arizona is also trying to do alot to reform Arizona CPS. Please write or fax or email them.

May God Bless Arizona State Representative Laura Knaperek for speaking out on the corruption of Arizona Governor Napolitano and CPS "take the child and run policies".

Shame on corrupt and callous Az Rep. Pete Hershberger (D-Tucson where all the foster homicides are) for spurning her action to stand
in favor of the children. It is in fact he who is lying about the statistics that Rep. Knaperek is attempting to bring to light.

Here is the list of who voted FOR and AGAINST Arizona SB1430 concerning termination of parental rights and other reforms.


http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?
inDoc=/legtext/47leg/2r/bills/sb1430.hjud.1.asp

Arizona Governor Napolitano's policies put state's kids at risk LauraKnaperek My Turn Aug. 29, 2005 12:00 AM

As a member of the Joint Legislative Committee on Children and Families,I am appalled at how the state is "protecting" children
from harm and neglect, and how the watchdogs of children have turned away from the brutal truth.From testimony heard by the committee
over the past three months, it is clear that the same system that is authorized to stop abuse seems to be one of the worst abusers. When
Gov. Janet Napolitano started yanking kids out of their homes into government-funded and regulated institutions at the beginning of her
administration, the situation for kids in Arizona became worse than ever.Nearly 10,000 children have been taken from their homes, with
about 6,500 in foster homes and another 1,500 in a group-home setting. Amazingly, 280 are suspected runaways, children taken from
bad homes and put into situations that caused them to fleeBetween April 2004 and March 2005, 13 children under state care died. Six of
those children hadn't reached their first birthday.The governordeclared her top priority would be the safety of children. That is
what all of us want. Unfortunately, for 10,000 children and their families, the governor falsely equates child safety with child
removal.Richard Wexler, a former investigative reporter and director of the National Center on Child Welfare Reform, and a few other
voices, including mine, have warned what the outcome of "safety" vs. "reunite" would mean for kids.Data prove that the best way to keep most children safe is to provide the help needed to keep families together. Removing children from their homes can be detrimental.

Children in foster homes are three times more likely to be physically abused. The rate is 10 times higher in group homes.

Children in group homes are 28 percent more likely than children in the general populace to experience sexual abuse. Why is the state
taking that kind of risk? Are those kids really better off now? Keep in mind, 13 children in one year died while under state care; Arizona's rate of removing children from their homes is twice the national average; and 280 children have run away from the state's care.In the 2003 CPS special legislative session, the debate
revolved around whether more children should be removed from their homes. A CPS caseworker said in a Valley paper, "(Caseworkers) are scared to death to make a mistake, and you're going to see more kids removed because of that."No wonder there is a desperate plea for foster homes. The additional money, caseworkers and removals have
not fixed the problem. The real fix is preventive services in the homes of families.I have only talked about the raw numbers. The real-
life stories are in the legislative hearings that have been taking place all summer through the Joint Legislative Committee on Children
and Families. The next meeting is at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in House Hearing Room 4, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Now it is time for
the media to look at the same numbers and, more importantly, talk to the real people behind these frightening figures. Do not be lulled
into believing no news is good news. Arizona's children are not safe. Laura Knaperek, a Tempe Republican, is a state representative who serves on the Joint Legislative Committee on Children and Families.

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#85 Consumer Comment

I pray for your son, Rafe

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

Roma,

I wish you could outline some of the issues that put you and Rafe in this situation to begin with. I really really pray for Rafe. This story breaks my heart.

My heart goes out to you because I too, am the mother of a 4-year old boy (my only child). What you wrote really hit home with me. From all you have written, you seem to be a very loving Mama and the thoughts of what your son could be going through is almost too hard to even read about. I will pray for his safety.

Have you thought about making a website? There are many free hosts on the web. Please, please keep us posted and I wish you luck. Please stay strong for him and never stop fighting for your son.
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#86 Consumer Comment

Mother whos children were KIDNAPPED!

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

I read through so many of these "comments" and it really frosts me that some of you can come on here and run your mouths.

"Gail - Chesterfield, Michigan" Wrote...

"The court does not give authorization for removal of children unless there is great risk to the children. Look at your own issues instead of making excuses and feeling sorry for yourself."

ARE you out of your mind Gail? First of all 95% of the time you CPS workers do not ask for permission you simply take these kids on mere allegations and no evidence to support the allegation. children are NOT (see the word not there?) to be removed from their homes on a mere suspision of possible abuse or that the caretaker MIGHt abuse them in the future they have to be in "urgent and immediate necessity of protection" That does NOT mean 'oh well mom or dad has a prior report from 10 years ago" or Oh well their toilet is not flushing right and there were dishes in the sink". The child has to be left alone and too young to care for itself, in need of medical attention which the caregiver is neglecting or refusing to get, is malnourished, is covered in bruises and or bleeding badly. etc etc. IF this is not the case... then you slip shot employees of the state are SUPPOSED to obay the law and policy guidlines and petition for a court order granting removal, serve the parents with notice to appear and go from there. DO NOT insult people with reasonable inteligence by saying the things you have said because you are WRONG and you are LIEING and you know it. now maybe YOU don't do these things but you know darn well they are done and as a regular practice!

I had 4 beautiful healthy normal well adjusted children before CPS kidnapped them and destroyed their lives! YES is said kidnapped because if you do not have parental permission or legal permisson to take a child you are KIDNAPPING that child.

Let me tell you what your precious system did to my children....

My oldest son nearly starved to death and began hording food in his locker, then by eating the old food he was so preciously trying to concerve and ration out he nearly died! He was in and out of psych hospitals and beaten badly in several foster homes. He has scars from some of the abuse as well. A rather lovely foster mother after beating him dumpped him off at the police station at 8 years old on christmas eve!

My second oldest was beated, choaked, denied food, body slammed and spit on in a foster home before i had his father come get him and thnks to your corrupt system I have never seen him sence and can't find him either.

My daughter was molseted while in foster care and when she said ashe did not want to be adopted but rather wanted to go home they swore at her choped off her hair and threw her family pictures at her and said "here go have some f-in quality time if you miss them so much!

My youngest boy now 12 was beaten as well... I should point out that the boys were all in the same foster homes for a time until they were all telling the same stories about their foster caregivers and then they were split up. He i regained custody of only to have the shotty system AID my ex husband in hiding him from me and encouraging him to do so against court order. He now is being held against his will by his bio father who also is abusive and repays my son for telling the truth by locking him in psych wards one after another until my son get so sick of never seeing the outside that he submits and says and does whatever he is told to just so he can breath the outside air.

NONE of these kids needed medication when they were with me none were starved none were in need of therapy and absolutly none needed nor were they ever locked in a psych ward. they were happy wekll adjusted loving and well mannered children.

Funny all the councelors and teachers commented on what "well mannered children they were". Hmmm guess I was doing something right.

You know what was done to the people who harmed my children..... NOTHING! Not a single thing was done to any of them and the few and I stress few decent foster caregivers that saw things for what they were found themselves quickly on the outs and children removed from their homes.

I cooperated with you screw people I jumpped through your stinking hoops and it got me nothing but my 4 NORMAL children were all deemed special needs and diagnosed with every stupid disorder they could come up with.

It is common practice you see people.... if a child complains they want to go home they are ignored if they complain more frequent or louder they are medicated, if they plead with their parents then the parents are blamed for their resistance and constant crying to go home...if they fight back and struggle wanting to go home or they act out in school from the trauma and seperation from their family they are labled with oppositional defiance disorder. If the parents dare to complain about their rights they are labled as volitle and argumentative. EVERY parent is sent to counceling, parenting and anger managment classes. I could go on and on but you know what you all know exaclty what I am talking about. Lieing, coniving, fabricating, child snatching kidnappers the lot of you.

It makes me SICK!!!
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#87 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Dr. Phil Show may be able to help save our children!

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

Let's write to Dr. Phil to see if he can help save our children from DHS abuse and neglect.

If he can bring some members of Congress on the show along with people whose children are being abused and neglected by DHS agents, maybe it will open the eyes to Congress and get the Adoptions and Safe Families Act of 1997 rescinded AND by rescinding the ASFA, save our Social Security Fund (FICA taxes).

In October 2005, DHS agencies were given more than $17 trillion dollars for adoptions finalized in 2004. It's no wonder that our Social Security Fund (FICA taxes) is going broke! If the ASFA is NOT rescinded, DHS abuse and neglect will continue at least through 2008.
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#88 UPDATE EX-employee responds

More Lying DHS Workers!!!!

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

DHS gets Bonus Money from the Adoptions and Safe Families Act of 1997. In October 2005, DHS agencies were given more than $17 Trillion Dollars for adoptions finalized in 2004. That's right! In October 2005, DHS agencies were given Seventeen Trillion Dollars for destroying families and permanently emotionally disabling precious children so they could be adopted in 2004! Aren't you proud that you had a part in the damage?

If you read the ASFA, you'll find that the Bonus Money comes, UNLIMITED, from our Social Security Fund (FICA Taxes). President Bush lowered the requirements so that more DHS agencies can qualify for the BONUS MONEY. Now, all a DHS agency has to do is adopt ONE more child than their 'mean' adoption rate and they get from $4,000 to $16,000 for EACH child they adopt.

He also extended the malicious ASFA from 2002 through 2008 and announced that our Social Security Fund would be BROKE by 2008!

If a child is handicapped, and most of them are by the time they're traumatized by DHS agents as you can see in this report, they get $6,000. If the child is twelve or older, the DHS agency gets an additional $10,000. Adoptive parents get Adoption Incentives and Adoption Assistance. The money is paid to the Adoptive parents until the child is eighteen or twenty-two if they're still in school.

Children regress when they're damaged by DHS. It takes them longer to finish school. It's nothing but abuse and neglect for BONUS MONEY!

It's ALL about money. You DHS employees need to learn to read so you'll know why your state agency gets BONUS MONEY each year.

DHS employees care more for their job than they do for any child! It's ALL about money! The comment about some women having children by more than one man is true. Whose fault is that? You cannot blame that ALL on the women!

While you're on the criticism chain, how many DHS employees are unwed, divorced, lesbians or gays? Read the reports submitted by YOUR own DHS agency and see how many children have been abused and neglect by your own DHS agency. It makes NO sense to treat children the way YOU treat them and then say parents abuse and/or neglect their children. YOU, dear DHS workers, are worse than ANY parent could ever be!

YOU are a liar when you say DHS employees do NOT get paid for taking children away from the home! YOUR agency gets the money. They should be giving you part of it because 'you've worked so hard to destroy the family and permanently damage those children that are precious to us' so you can enjoy your mansions and new cars. Do you think it's gonna be worth it? My Bible says, "It's better to put a millstone around your neck and be dropped into the deepest sea than to injure even one of His little ones!" YOU are injuring many of His little ones! I hope you enjoy your reward in judgement time! I will because I try to protect children from YOU!
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#89 UPDATE EX-employee responds

More Lying DHS Workers!!!!

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

DHS gets Bonus Money from the Adoptions and Safe Families Act of 1997. In October 2005, DHS agencies were given more than $17 Trillion Dollars for adoptions finalized in 2004. That's right! In October 2005, DHS agencies were given Seventeen Trillion Dollars for destroying families and permanently emotionally disabling precious children so they could be adopted in 2004! Aren't you proud that you had a part in the damage?

If you read the ASFA, you'll find that the Bonus Money comes, UNLIMITED, from our Social Security Fund (FICA Taxes). President Bush lowered the requirements so that more DHS agencies can qualify for the BONUS MONEY. Now, all a DHS agency has to do is adopt ONE more child than their 'mean' adoption rate and they get from $4,000 to $16,000 for EACH child they adopt.

He also extended the malicious ASFA from 2002 through 2008 and announced that our Social Security Fund would be BROKE by 2008!

If a child is handicapped, and most of them are by the time they're traumatized by DHS agents as you can see in this report, they get $6,000. If the child is twelve or older, the DHS agency gets an additional $10,000. Adoptive parents get Adoption Incentives and Adoption Assistance. The money is paid to the Adoptive parents until the child is eighteen or twenty-two if they're still in school.

Children regress when they're damaged by DHS. It takes them longer to finish school. It's nothing but abuse and neglect for BONUS MONEY!

It's ALL about money. You DHS employees need to learn to read so you'll know why your state agency gets BONUS MONEY each year.

DHS employees care more for their job than they do for any child! It's ALL about money! The comment about some women having children by more than one man is true. Whose fault is that? You cannot blame that ALL on the women!

While you're on the criticism chain, how many DHS employees are unwed, divorced, lesbians or gays? Read the reports submitted by YOUR own DHS agency and see how many children have been abused and neglect by your own DHS agency. It makes NO sense to treat children the way YOU treat them and then say parents abuse and/or neglect their children. YOU, dear DHS workers, are worse than ANY parent could ever be!

YOU are a liar when you say DHS employees do NOT get paid for taking children away from the home! YOUR agency gets the money. They should be giving you part of it because 'you've worked so hard to destroy the family and permanently damage those children that are precious to us' so you can enjoy your mansions and new cars. Do you think it's gonna be worth it? My Bible says, "It's better to put a millstone around your neck and be dropped into the deepest sea than to injure even one of His little ones!" YOU are injuring many of His little ones! I hope you enjoy your reward in judgement time! I will because I try to protect children from YOU!
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#90 UPDATE EX-employee responds

More Lying DHS Workers!!!!

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

DHS gets Bonus Money from the Adoptions and Safe Families Act of 1997. In October 2005, DHS agencies were given more than $17 Trillion Dollars for adoptions finalized in 2004. That's right! In October 2005, DHS agencies were given Seventeen Trillion Dollars for destroying families and permanently emotionally disabling precious children so they could be adopted in 2004! Aren't you proud that you had a part in the damage?

If you read the ASFA, you'll find that the Bonus Money comes, UNLIMITED, from our Social Security Fund (FICA Taxes). President Bush lowered the requirements so that more DHS agencies can qualify for the BONUS MONEY. Now, all a DHS agency has to do is adopt ONE more child than their 'mean' adoption rate and they get from $4,000 to $16,000 for EACH child they adopt.

He also extended the malicious ASFA from 2002 through 2008 and announced that our Social Security Fund would be BROKE by 2008!

If a child is handicapped, and most of them are by the time they're traumatized by DHS agents as you can see in this report, they get $6,000. If the child is twelve or older, the DHS agency gets an additional $10,000. Adoptive parents get Adoption Incentives and Adoption Assistance. The money is paid to the Adoptive parents until the child is eighteen or twenty-two if they're still in school.

Children regress when they're damaged by DHS. It takes them longer to finish school. It's nothing but abuse and neglect for BONUS MONEY!

It's ALL about money. You DHS employees need to learn to read so you'll know why your state agency gets BONUS MONEY each year.

DHS employees care more for their job than they do for any child! It's ALL about money! The comment about some women having children by more than one man is true. Whose fault is that? You cannot blame that ALL on the women!

While you're on the criticism chain, how many DHS employees are unwed, divorced, lesbians or gays? Read the reports submitted by YOUR own DHS agency and see how many children have been abused and neglect by your own DHS agency. It makes NO sense to treat children the way YOU treat them and then say parents abuse and/or neglect their children. YOU, dear DHS workers, are worse than ANY parent could ever be!

YOU are a liar when you say DHS employees do NOT get paid for taking children away from the home! YOUR agency gets the money. They should be giving you part of it because 'you've worked so hard to destroy the family and permanently damage those children that are precious to us' so you can enjoy your mansions and new cars. Do you think it's gonna be worth it? My Bible says, "It's better to put a millstone around your neck and be dropped into the deepest sea than to injure even one of His little ones!" YOU are injuring many of His little ones! I hope you enjoy your reward in judgement time! I will because I try to protect children from YOU!
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#91 UPDATE EX-employee responds

More Lying DHS Workers!!!!

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

DHS gets Bonus Money from the Adoptions and Safe Families Act of 1997. In October 2005, DHS agencies were given more than $17 Trillion Dollars for adoptions finalized in 2004. That's right! In October 2005, DHS agencies were given Seventeen Trillion Dollars for destroying families and permanently emotionally disabling precious children so they could be adopted in 2004! Aren't you proud that you had a part in the damage?

If you read the ASFA, you'll find that the Bonus Money comes, UNLIMITED, from our Social Security Fund (FICA Taxes). President Bush lowered the requirements so that more DHS agencies can qualify for the BONUS MONEY. Now, all a DHS agency has to do is adopt ONE more child than their 'mean' adoption rate and they get from $4,000 to $16,000 for EACH child they adopt.

He also extended the malicious ASFA from 2002 through 2008 and announced that our Social Security Fund would be BROKE by 2008!

If a child is handicapped, and most of them are by the time they're traumatized by DHS agents as you can see in this report, they get $6,000. If the child is twelve or older, the DHS agency gets an additional $10,000. Adoptive parents get Adoption Incentives and Adoption Assistance. The money is paid to the Adoptive parents until the child is eighteen or twenty-two if they're still in school.

Children regress when they're damaged by DHS. It takes them longer to finish school. It's nothing but abuse and neglect for BONUS MONEY!

It's ALL about money. You DHS employees need to learn to read so you'll know why your state agency gets BONUS MONEY each year.

DHS employees care more for their job than they do for any child! It's ALL about money! The comment about some women having children by more than one man is true. Whose fault is that? You cannot blame that ALL on the women!

While you're on the criticism chain, how many DHS employees are unwed, divorced, lesbians or gays? Read the reports submitted by YOUR own DHS agency and see how many children have been abused and neglect by your own DHS agency. It makes NO sense to treat children the way YOU treat them and then say parents abuse and/or neglect their children. YOU, dear DHS workers, are worse than ANY parent could ever be!

YOU are a liar when you say DHS employees do NOT get paid for taking children away from the home! YOUR agency gets the money. They should be giving you part of it because 'you've worked so hard to destroy the family and permanently damage those children that are precious to us' so you can enjoy your mansions and new cars. Do you think it's gonna be worth it? My Bible says, "It's better to put a millstone around your neck and be dropped into the deepest sea than to injure even one of His little ones!" YOU are injuring many of His little ones! I hope you enjoy your reward in judgement time! I will because I try to protect children from YOU!
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#92 UPDATE Employee

quit blaming "the system"

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

Marc, I agree with your comments regarding this Rip Off report. There seems to be an underlying theme about how "the government" and "those CPS workers" are getting wads of cash and abusing chidren that they "rip out of loving homes". The nonsense about the money needs to be put to rest.

CPS workers, DHS offices and government employees do not get money for removing children from their parents homes. Do some people really think that there are "evil CPS workers" that just like to ruin peoples lives? This is ridiculous! For all the names that were previously listed of children that died in foster care- do you have any idea how many children are killed and molested by their parents every year? The general public is always worried about the "stranger" who may harm children. Guess what...the vast majority of child abusers are biological parents or mommys live in boyfriend.

Marc, your comment about "baby daddy" is right on! My pet peeve is women who have six kids by five different men (most often missing from the childrens lives)who put the men and themselves above the welfare of the children. If you cant make a child your number one priority- dont give birth! For the people who have children in Foster Care- quit bitching about how you were misunderstood and get your shit together. It is no "accident" if a child is removed from a parental home. The court does not give authorization for removal of children unless there is great risk to the children. Look at your own issues instead of making excuses and feeling sorry for yourself.
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#93 Consumer Comment

childern that have died in there hands

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

This page is in memory of children who died after social service agencies removed them from the care of their parents, placing them with fosters, adopters, group homes, or psychiatric facilities.

Genesis Acosta-Garcia, Las Vegas Nevada, three months old, November 19, 2005, septic shock

Travis C Adams, Salem Oregon, August 8 2000, December 16 2002, wandered into creek

Kayla Y Allen, Richlands North Carolina, November 10 1995 - August 24 2003, poison

Martin Lee Anderson, Panama City Florida, fourteen years old, January 6 2006, beating/sickle cell

Richard L (Ricky) Aragon, Albuquerque New Mexico, January 24 1991 - April 12 1993, battered

Shirley Arciszewski, Charlotte North Carolina, April 19 1992 - September 11 2004, restraint

Miguel Humberto Arias-Baca, Westminster Colorado, two years old, February 2 1999, battered

Ian August, Sevier Desert Utah, June 21 1988 - July 13, 2002, exhaustion

Denzel Bailey, Los Angeles California, eleven months old, April 2001, malnutrition

Jeffrey Baldwin, Toronto Ontario, December 20 1996 - November 30 2002, malnutrition/pneumonia

Casey Paul Barrow, West Valley Utah, eighteen months old, October 22 2003, battered

Anthony Bars, Indiana, four years old, January 20 2004, starvation, battered

Shelly Bash, Midland Michigan, eight years old, March 2005, transplant rejection

Nadine Catherine Beaulieu, Dauphin Manitoba, twenty three months old, February 1996, battered

Teddy Bellingham, Smiths Falls Ontario, sixteen years old, August 1992, beaten

Jerome Bennett, Oshawa Ontario, fifteen years old, February 3 2006, homicide

Maria Bennett, Lancaster Ohio, two years old, October 23, 2002, battered

Modesto Blanco, Lubbock Texas, twenty two months old, March 2 2002, battered

Christian Blewitt nsik, Halesowen England, three years old, December 2002, poison/battered

Deondre Bondieumaitre, Florida, sixteen months old, April 16 2003, battered

Timothy Boss, Remsen Iowa, ten years old, February 23 2000, battered

Alex Boucher, New Port Richey Florida, January 25 1997 - September 25 2000, asphyxiation

Ashley Boyd, LaFayette Georgia, twelve years old, December 13 2005, hit by car / suicide

Kerry Brooks, Los Angeles California, nine years old, February 10 2001, suicide

Talitha Brooks, Colorado, one year old, July 1998, heatstroke

Amira Brown, Reading Pennsylvania, twelve years old, September 4 2005, battered / restraint

Diminiqua Bryant, Dothan Alabama, two years old, May 1999, battered

Scott Buckle, Swansea Wales, twelve years old, February 6 2005, hanging

Latasha Bush, Manvel Texas, January 2 1987 - February 28 2002, restraint

Michael Buxton, Miami Oklahoma, five years old, July 5 1998, battered

Eduardo Calzada, Bakersfield California, three months old, March 2004, battered

Chris Campbell, Toledo Iowa, thirteen years old, November 2, 1997, restraint

Gladys Campbell, Philadelphia/New Jersey, two years old, ca 1988

Edith Campos, Tucson Arizona, fifteen years old, February 4 1998, restraint

Latasha Cannon, Boston Massachusetts, seventeen years old, April 2001, slashed throat

Mario Cano, Chula Vista California, sixteen years old, April 27 1984, untreated blood clot

Joshua K Causey, Detroit Michigan, March 21 1998 - March 18 2003, battered

Sherry Charlie, British Columbia, nineteen months old, September 4 2002, battered

Sarah Angelina Chavez, Alhambra California, two years old, October 11 2005, battered

Felix Chen, Bloomington Indiana, August 27 1997 - April 1 2004, treatment withheld

Sky Colon Cherevez, Paterson New Jersey, three months old, August 6 1998, battered

Tiffany H Clair, Fort Worth Texas, September 6 1985 - May 4 2001, heroin

Brian Clark, New Jersey, three years old, January 2002, untreated pneumonia

Angelic Clary, Bakersfield California, three months old, September 14 2003

Roshelle Clayborn, San Antonio Texas, sixteen years old, August 18 1997, restraint

Casey Collier, Westminster Colorado, seventeen years old, December 21 1993, restraint

Desiree Collins, Los Angeles California, fourteen years old, February 10 2002, gunshot

Nicholas Contreras, Queen Creek Arizona, January 15 1982 - March 2 1998, untreated infection

Adrianna Cram, Veracruz Mexico (US supervision), August 25 2000 - June 13 2005

Christopher Henry Cryderman, Springfield Missouri, July 27 2004 - November 22 2004, untreated infection

Dirk D Dalton, Clarkston Washington, June 7 1989 - May 1 1994, battered

Arieale Daniels, Naples Florida, fifteen years old, 1999, car crash

Tajuana Davidson, Phoenix Arizona, three years old, November 3 1993, battered

China Marie Davis, Phoenix Arizona, March 23 1991 - October 31 1993, battered

Sabrina Elizabeth Day, Charlotte North Carolina, July 4 1984 - February 10 2000, restraint

Tyler Jospeh DeLeon, Stevens County Washington, January 13 1998 - January 13 2005, dehydration

Kameron Justin Demery, Long Beach California, two years old, October 14 1996, battered

Connre Dixon, Ridgefield Township Onio eleven years old, October 18 2004, stabbing

Mark Draheim, Orefield Pennsylvania, October 10 1984 - December 11 1998, restraint

Charmaria Drake, Cleveland Ohio, twenty months old, March 13 2003, battered

Stephanie Duffield, Manvel Texas, July 14 1984 - February 11 2001, restraint

Willie Lawrence Durden III, Citrus County Florida, seventeen years old, October 2005, unknown/died in cell

Brian Edgar, Overland Park Kansas, nine years old, December 30 2002, asphyxiation

William Edgar, Peterborough Ontario, thirteen years old, March 1999, restraint

Tiffany Eilders, Rancho Cucamonga California, fourteen weeks old, December 7 2005, battered

Kayla Erlandson, King County Washington, two years old, April 1991, battered

Luke Evans, Lowell Indiana, sixteen months old, November 30 2001, malnutrition/battered

Roberta (Berta) Evers, Bayfield Colorado, six years old, June 13 1998, restraint

Sara Eyerman, California, twenty months old, ca 1986, untreated pneumonia

Miranda Finn, Lake Butler Florida, nine years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

Laura Fleming, Palmdale California, October 11 2004 - November 21 2004, cause unknown

Sarah Jane Forrester, Woodlawn Maryland, October 30 1985 - found May 13 1999, battered and stabbed

Kameryn Fountain, Bibb County Georgia, two months old, November 20 2005, unknown cause

Henry Gallop, Boston Massachusetts, two years old, 1987, poison

Alexander Ganadonegro, Albuquerque New Mexico, March 10 1998, February 4 1999, battered

Christening (Mikie) Garcia, Ingram Texas, twelve years old, December 4 2005, restraint

Dylan George, Fremont California, April 16 2002 - October 4 2004, battered

Corese Goldman, Chicago Illinois, two years old, 1995, drowning

Mollie Gonzales, Jefferson County Colorado, ten years old, November 18 2002, drug overdose

Julio Gonzalez, Glendale California, May 10 1995 - December 29 1996, battered

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Goodwin, Coeur d'Alene Idaho, March 22 1996 - October 22 2002, drowning

Anthony Green, Brownwood Texas, fifteen years old, May 12 1991, restraint

Sabrina Green, New York City, nine years old, November 8 1997, burned and battered

Lamar D Greene, Jacksonville Florida, sixteen years old, 2001, car crash

Corey Greer, Treasure Island Florida, four months old, ca 1985, dehydration

Gage Guillen, Boston Massachusetts, three years old, 1995, strangulation

Darvell Gulley, Lincoln Nebraska, thirteen years old, April 27 2002, restraint

Savannah Brianna Marie Hall, Prince George British Columbia, September 9 1997 - January 21 2001, malnutrition/restraint

Latiana Hamilton, Jacksonville Florida, seventeen months old, July 18 2001, drowning

Mykeeda Hampton, District of Columbia, two years old, August 1997, battered

Kelly M Hancock, Malden Massachusetts, November 6 1985 - July 18 2000, stabbed

Laura Hanson, West Palm Beach Florida, May 17 1981 - November 19 1998, restraint

Jerrell Hardiman, La Porte Indiana, four years old, October ca 1993, exposure

Diane Harris, Seguin Texas, seventeen years old, April 11 1990, restraint

Jessica Albina Hagmann, Prince William County Virginia, two years old, August 11 2003, smothered

Letia Harrison, Akron Ohio, October 23 1999 - September 19 2002, baked in attic

Jordan Heikamp, Toronto Ontario, May 19 1997 - June 23 1997, starvation

Eric Hernandez, Cedar Hill Texas, January 6 1999 - March 7 1999, suffocation

Zachary Higier, nikita Khoryakov Braintree Massachusetts, May 24 2000 - August 15 2002, battered

Dwight Hill, Tucson Arizona, four months old, November 16 2005, cause unknown

Nina Victoria Hilt nVika Bazhenova, Manassas Virginia, thirty three months old, July 2 2005, battered

Steven A Hoffa, Des Moines Iowa, February 4 1993 - May 18 1996, battered

Richard (Ricky) Holland, Williamston Michigan, September 8 1997 - July 2005, battered

Michael Anthony Hughes, Choctaw Oklahoma, March 21 1988 - September 12 1994, kidnap/missing

Joseph (Joey) Huot, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, two years old, January 27 1988, battered

Dion Jack, Sproat Lake British Columbia, six years old, March 1 2006, untreated seizure

Walter Jackson, Chicago Illinois, ten months old, August 9 2005, battered

Dominic James, Springfield Missouri, June 4 2000 - August 21 2002, battered

Billie-Jo Jenkins, Hastings East Sussex England, thirteen years old, February 1997, battered

Demetrius Jeffries, Crockett Texas, seventeen years old, August 26 1997, strangulation

Dontel Jeffers, Boston Massachusetts, four years old, March 6 2005, battered

Stephanie Jobin, Brampton Ontario, thirteen years old, June 21 1998, restraint

Aaron Johnson, Boston Massachusetts, fifteen months old, 1987, poison

Xolani Nkosi Johnson, Capetown South Africa, twelve years old, June 2 2001, AIDS

Elijah James Johnson, Los Angeles California, three years old, May 10 1999, scalded

Lorenzo Johnson, Queen Creek Arizona, 17 years old - June 27, 1994, drowned during escape

Quartrina K (Snappy) Johnson, Pikesville Maryland, December 25 1988 - July 20 2004, beaten and choked

Christal Jones, New York City (Vermont ward), May 24 1984 - January 3 2001, suffocation

David L Jones, Chicago Illinois, April 15 1992 - March 7 1998, battered

Dennis Jurgens nerry Sherwood, White Bear Lake Minnesota, three years old, April 11 1965, battered

Marissa (Shorty) Karp, Pompano Beach Florida, December 6 1985 - August 19 2002, gunshot

David Ryan Keeley, New Haven Connecticut, six years old, August 12 1998, battered

Ashley Keen, Lake Butler Florida, thirteen years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

Cassandra Killpack, Springville Utah, November 29 1997 - June 9 2002, water therapy

Ahmad King n'awls, Alma Georgia, three years old, January 24 2006, homicide

Heather Michell Kish, Berlin Township Michigan, September 15 1987 -found October 6 2002, murdered

Noah Knapp, Marysville Washington, six years old, May 30 2005, automobile collision

Zaire Knott, Newark New Jersey, September 16 2005 - October 20 2005, cause unknown

Anatoli Kolenda, Westfield Massachusetts, May 20 1991 - October 20 2002, stabbing

Yana Kolenda, Westfield Massachusetts, December 31 1990 - October 20 2002, stabbing

Anthony Lamb, Lake Butler Florida, twenty months old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

Keisha Shardae Lane, Hagerstown Maryland, fifteen years old, August 17 2005, gunshot

Shawn Lawrence nndy Mohler, Shelton Washington, ten years old, October 9 1999, drowning

Brittany Legler, Millcreek Pennsylvania, fifteen years old, May 9 2004, battered

Jacob Lindorff, Franklin Township New Jersey, five years old, December 14 2001, battered

Christian Liz, New York City, three weeks old, November 29 2004, suffocation

James Lonnee, Guelph/Hamilton Ontario, sixteen years old, September 7 1996, beaten by cellmate

Gregory Love, Florida, twenty three months old, April 2005, head injury

Nikki Lutke, Cheyenne Wyoming, five years old, August 28 2003, drowning

Zachary James Lyons, Winston-Salem North Carolina, January 24 1992 - October 8 1996, battered

Shaquella Mance, Belton South Carolina, seven months old, March 27 2005, battered

Elizabeth Mann, Lake Butler Florida, fifteen years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

Heaven Mann, Lake Butler Florida, three years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

Johnny Mann, Lake Butler Florida, thirteen years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

Cynthia Nicole (Nicki) Mann, Lake Butler Florida, fifteen years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

Logan Marr, Chelsea Maine, October 14 1995 - January 31 2001, asphyxiation

Stephanie Martinez, Pueblo Colorado, five years old, December 31 2001, untreated burns

Tiffany Laverne Mason, Folsom California, June 11 1986 - August 9 2001, battered

Viktor Alexander Matthey n Sergeyevich Tulimov, Hunterdon County New Jersey, six years old, October 31 2000, hypothermia

Dominic Matz, Osawatomie Kansas, July 6 2002 - February 15 2004, treatment withheld

Jamie Mayne, Atascadero California, March 24 1995 - February 10 2000, battered

Kristal Mayon-Ceniceros, Chula Vista California, sixteen years old, February 5 1999, restraint

Emily Ann Mays, Tucson Arizona, sixteen months old, August 24 2005, battered

Andrew McClain, Bridgeport Connecticut, December 6 1986 - March 22 1998, restraint

Cory Bradley McLaughlin, North Carolina, four years old, July 4 1997, battered

Jerry McLaurin, Brownwood Texas, fourteen years old, November 2 1999, restraint

Maria Mendoza, Katy Texas, fourteen years old, October 12 2002, restraint

Caleb Jerome Merchant, Edmonton Alberta, thirteen months old, November 26, 2005, battered

Denis Merryman nritsky, Harford County Maryland, eight years old, January 2005, starvation

Jacob Miller, Georgia, twenty two months old, November 20 1997, battered

Clayton Miracle, Georgia, three years old, August 11 1993, battered

Hanna Denise Montessori, Santa Ana California, March 16 1988 - January 19 2004, homicide/head-injury

Alfredo Montez, Auburndale Florida, two years old, July 1 2002, battered

Zachary Moran, Charlotte North Carolina, fourteen months old, August 8 2003, battered

Christina Morlan, Scott County Iowa, September 3 2003 - November 30 2003, unknown

Carlyle Mullins, Nashville Tennessee, five years old, May 27 2005, battered

Cedrick Napoleon, Killeen Texas, June 26 1987 - March 7 2002, restraint

Candace Newmaker nC Tiara Elmore, Colorado, Movember 19 1989 - April 19 2000, re-birth asphyxiation

Jonathan Nichol, Cook County Illinois, two years old, June 16 1995, drowning

Trevor Nolan, Mono County California, five years old, April 12 1997, treatment withheld

Sierra Odom, Arlington Texas, three years old, August 11 2005, battered

Keron Owens, Walterboro South Carolina, three years old, January 19 1992, battered

Sean Paddock nord, Johnston County North Carolina, four years old, February 26 2006, battered

Omar Paisley, Miami Florida, seventeen years old, June 2003, untreated appendicitis

Terrell Parker, Buffalo New York, two years old, 2003, battered

Travis Parker, Cleveland Georgia, thirteen years old, April 21 2005, restraint

Alex Pavlis, Schaumburg Illinois, six years old, December 19 2003, battered

Dawn Renay Perry, Manvel Texas, sixteen years old, April 10 1993, restraint

Angellica Pesante, Seneca County New York, four years old, April 18 1997, battered

Terrell Peterson, Atlanta Georgia, five years old, January 16 1998, battered

Cynteria Phillips, Miami Florida, December 10 1986 - August 14 2000, rape/murder

Marguerite Pierre, West Orange New Jersey, five years old, December 2005, poison

Emporia Pirtle, Indiana, six years old, November 11 1996, battered

Jason Plischkowsky, Southampton England, May 25 1985 - December 19 1986, head injury

Huntly Tamati Pokaia, New Zealand, three years old

David Polreis, Greeley Colorado, two years old, February 6 1996, battered

Maryah Ponce, Rialto California, December 5 1997 - June 29 2001, baked in car

Constance S Porter, Kearney Missouri, July 20 1998 - February 12 2001, battered

Dakota Denzel Prince-Smith, Lancaster California, five years old, July 8 2003, baked in car

Nehamiah Nate Prince-Smith, Lancaster California, three years old, July 8 2003, baked in car

Karen Quill, St Louis Saskatchewan, twenty months old, September 13 1997, internal injuries

Rodrigo Armando Rameriez Jr, Victorville California, eighteen months old, July 6 2001, drowning

Stephanie Ramos, New York City, eight years old, July 9 2005, dumped in garbage can

Bobby Jo Randolph, Houston Texas, seventeen years old, September 26 1996, axphyxiation

Jacquelyn Reah, Grand Rapids Michigan, ten years old, November 27 2004, runaway / hit by car

Latayna Reese, Bradenton Florida, fifteen years old, April 1996

Caprice Reid, New York City, four years old, June 1997, starved and battered

Jonathan Reid, Gardena California, nine years old, June 9 1997, treatment withheld

Matthew Reid, Welland Ontario, three years old, December 15 2005, suffocation

Dustin Rhodes, Litchfield Park Arizona, nine years old, August 13 2003, battered

Eric Roberts, Keene Texas, June 16 1979 - February 22 1996, restraint

Ana Rogers, Sparks Nevada, four months old, July 2005, pre-existing injury

Genevieve "Genny" Rojas, Chula Vista California, four years old, July 21 1995, starvation, scalded

Paola Rosales, Milton Ontario, fourteen years old, July 3 2001, suicide

Kyle Anthony Ross, Massachusetts, September 7 1995 - June 9 2001, rottweiler

Marlon Santos, Worcester Massachusetts, five months old, November 5 1998, missing

Andres E Saragos, Warm Springs Oregon, August 5 1995 - July 13 2000, baked in car

Gina M Score, Plankinton South Dakota, May 7 1985 - July 21 1999, baked by boot camp

Caprice Scott, Florida, infant, 1999, mother in foster care

Ryan Scott, Sheffield Lake Ohio, two years old, March 27 1998, battered

Krystal Scurry, Aiken County South Carolina, February 1989 - November 2 1991, rape/murder

Andrew (Andy) Setzer, California, April 27 1995 - August 2 1999, battered

Ariel Shaw, Bibb County Georgia, nineteen months old, January 26 2000, battered

Vivan Uk Sheppard, Jacksonville Florida, eight months old, May 15 1999, suffocation

Joseph H Shriver, Pennsylvania, March 2 1997 - October 5 1997, battered

Quincey L Simmons, Omaha Nebraska, August 21 1997 - March 24 2001, battered

Christopher Simpson, Howell Michigan, seven years old, November 14 1998, fire

Jordan Simpson n'ichard Morrison II, Howell Michigan, five years old, November 14 1998, fire

Nicole Simpson nDesira Morrison, Howell Michigan, seven years old, November 14 1998, fire

Devin A Slade, Milwaukee Wisconsin, October 23 2000 - June 19 2001, asphyxiation

John Smith, Fishersgate England, four years old, December 24 1999, battered and bitten

Mikinah Smith, Cincinnati Ohio, one year old, March 18 2003, battered

Tristan Sovern, Greensboro North Carolina, sixteen years old, March 4 1998, restraint

Jushai Spurgeon, North Las Vegas Nevada, fourteen months old, April 3 2005, scalding

LeRon St John, Detroit Michigan, fifteen years old, March 1 2003, untreated tuberculosis

Lloyd Stamp, Edmonton Alberta, seventeen years old, September 29, 2005, suicide

Tommy Stacey, Carmichael California, three months old, January 3 2005, SIDS

Elizabeth (Lisa) Steinberg nLaunders, New York City, May 14 1981 - November 4 1987, battered

Yasmin Taylor, Paterson New Jersey, seven months old, May 8 1994, virus

Lakeysha Tharp, Irmo South Carolina, six months old, April 7 2004, asphyxiation

Adam Michael Thimyan, Riverview Florida, October 2 1986 - April 3 2004, gunshot

Timithy Thomas, Banner Elk North Carolina, nine years old, March 11 1999, restraint

Liam Thompson nmitry S Ishlankulov, Columbus Ohio, October 3 1999 - October 3 2002, scalding

Michael Tinning, Schenectady New York, two years old, March 2 1981, asphyxiation

Kelly Ann Tozer, Egg Harbor City New Jersey, eighteen months old, July 30 2005, drowning

Patrick Trauffler, Phoenix Arizona, six weeks old, February 18 2003, battered

Demetrius Tyler, Johnson City Tennessee, six months old, November 10 2004, drowning

Tyler Vanpopering, Southgate Michigan, September 23 2003 - April 14 2004, battered

Jacqueline Venay, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, six years old, September 21 1998, battered

George Walker III, DeKalb County Georgia, ten months old, November 7 2002, choking

Michelle Walton, Boston Massachusetts, October 6 1994, asphyxiation

Erickyzha Warner, Utica New York, July 19 2002 - May 31, 2004, untreated burns

Shane Devell Washington, Fresno California, fifteen months old, circa 1996, drowning

Evan Watkins, Las Vegas Nevada, twenty one months old, July 11 1996, battered

Devin Wilder, Cleveland Ohio, July 29 1998 - April 21 2001, battered

Dominic J Williams, Saint Louis Missouri, June 8 1987 - June 3 2004, strangulation

Andrew Wilson, Owensboro Kentucky, three years old, August 7 2005, drowning

Lorenzo J Wilson, Seattle Washington, January 29 2004 - October 22 2004, battered

Rilya Wilson, Florida, born September 29 1996, disappeared 2001

Michael Spencer Wiltsie, Silver Springs Florida, September 18 1987 - February 5, 2000, restraint

Jimmy Allan Wood, Adams County Colorado, fourteen years old, November 13 2002, drug overdose

Jonnie Wood, Springdale Arkansas, eight years old, August 13 2005, drowning

Braxton D Wooden, Missouri, May 15 1997 - June 2 2005, gunshot

Donte L Woods, West Palm Beach Florida, February 25 1986 - May 27 2002, gunshot

Thomas (T J) Wright, Providence Rhode Island, three years old, October 31 2004, battered

Willie Wright, San Antonio Texas, fourteen years old, March 4 2000, restraint

Rufus Manzie Young Jr, Michigan, four years old, April 6 2003, battered
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AUTHOR: Roma - (U.S.A.)

To Emily's aunt, I have to get ahold of you. They are connected...i Plan to do something, we need to talk.
Dont put info here, as you can see, they scour the sites. I hae to get ahold of one of you. I have had you on my mind......

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Kids abused in foster care won't return to parents
By Howard Pankratz
Denver Post Staff Writer
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A mother and father who unsuccessfully warned Adams County social service workers that their children were being abused in a foster home won't get their children back, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. The unanimous decision noted the tragic circumstances of Timothy Dodge Jr., who suffered a severe brain injury in the Castle Rock home of his then-foster mother, Tember Rector, when he was 2.
During their visitation with their two children, parents Misty Anderson and her husband, Timothy Dodge Sr., told Adams County Social Services that they had noticed bruising on the children. They said their concerns were ignored or minimized. A short time later in 2004, the 2-year-old suffered the head injury while in Rector's care and required a month's hospitalization. In January, Rector was found guilty of recklessly abusing the child and faces up to 32 years in prison when sentenced April 7.
Gregory Whitehair, attorney for Misty Anderson, said he and his client were disappointed and considering a request for rehearing or an appeal to the Supreme Court. "We were optimistic (that) when the court recognized ... that the mother's situation was special and she had substantially completed her parenting plan, that there would be a recognition that her parental rights should not have terminated," Whitehair said.
Both Anderson and the elder Dodge had sought to have the children returned to them. In March 2005, Adams County District Judge Chris Melonakis ordered the rights of the parents terminated because their anger with Adams County over what happened to their son had led them to fail to finish their court-ordered parenting plans. Melonakis made his ruling "with a tremendous sense of sadness" about the case.
In addition to a due process claim and other claims, Whitehair argued on appeal that it was unfair that his client was forced to continue to work with Adams County Social Services. He said there was evidence that the department's employees, who oversaw Anderson's treatment plan, told her to "get over" her son's brain injury and were critical of her when she failed to cooperate with the department for five months after the boy was injured.
The appellate court, in a decision written by Judge Sandra Rothenberg, agreed with Melonakis.
"His anger toward the department, while understandable, remained so intense and unabated as to completely interfere with his compliance with the plan," Rothenberg said of the father. Rothenberg said the mother, while initially uncooperative, later made considerable progress and at the time of Melonakis' termination hearing had substantially complied with many of the components of the treatment.
The children remain in foster care in Adams County.
Staff writer Howard Pankratz can be reached at 303-820-1939 or hpankratz@denverpost.com.


Boy, 2, hurt in home cited in 5 allegations; Foster-care safety challenged
David Olinger Denver Post Staff Writer
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Boy, 2, hurt in home cited in 5 allegations

Last month, 2-year-old Timothy Dodge Jr. and his baby sister Serenity were taken from their parents' Adams County apartment and placed in foster care for their safety.
Now police are investigating whether Timothy was physically abused and badly hurt in state custody. In a foster home supervised by a private agency with a long history of regulatory trouble, he suffered a severe head injury that left a blood clot on his young brain. For two weeks, Timothy has been a patient at Children's Hospital in Denver, where his parents say that to relieve swelling in his brain, doctors temporarily removed a section of his skull.
The parents also say child protection workers falsely accused them of using methamphetamine before taking their kids, and ignored complaints from them that their children were abused in foster care.
"He's never going to have a regular childhood now," said the toddler's father, Timothy Dodge Sr. "It's going to be years and years till we can actually tell what kind of damage has been caused."
Timothy's battle for survival raises new questions about Colorado's foster-care system and the safety of children within it.
Colorado operates a two-tiered system, with some foster homes licensed and supervised by county agencies and others supervised by private child-placement agencies licensed by the state.
Although Timothy and his sister lived in Adams County, they were placed two counties away in a Douglas County foster home certified by the private Maple Star Colorado child-placement agency.

Four years ago, a Denver Post series on foster care identified Maple Star as an agency with a lengthy list of regulatory violations and critical incidents, including sexual abuse of children in its foster homes. A subsequent state investigation found Maple Star needed to improve foster-home quality studies, health and safety inspections and background checks on foster parents.

Timothy is also the fourth Adams County child in five years who has died or nearly died in a foster home supervised by a private child-placement agency.

In 1999, Miguel Arias-Baca was killed in an All About Kids home by a foster father who was sentenced to 25 years in prison. In 2000, Jimmy Wood died of an apparent drug overdose in a Community Care home, and Mollie Gonzalez died five days later of a drug overdose in a Synthesis home.

Debi Grebenik, Maple Star's executive director, declined to comment on the incident that injured Timothy. She said, however, that Maple Star's network of about 90 homes and 180 foster children in Colorado has greatly improved its compliance with state regulations in the last four years. "Absolutely," she said. "All you have to do is look at the state audits of our programs."

Michael Gallegos, manager of the Colorado Department of Human Services office that oversees child-placement agencies, agreed that Maple Star has changed significantly.Grebenik led "a drastic turnaround, and they did improve," he said.

But he also confirmed that there had been five allegations of problems at the Douglas County foster home where Timothy was injured. The state was aware of only three, he said, because two others were screened out at the county level.
Donald Cassata, Adams County's social services director, declined to comment directly on Timothy's case. But he said he wished his county had enough foster homes to avoid out-of-county placements with other agencies. "From a practical point of view, we would like to have all of our foster children placed in Adams County," he said.

Adams County child-protection records, provided by Timothy's paternal grandmother, show that different caseworkers reached different conclusions about the risks he and his sister faced in their parents' home.

In November, caseworkers received a referral on Timothy and his 1-year-old sister that alleged "police have been to the home a lot responding to loud voices, things breaking and the children crying."

The November visits noted missing doors, holes in the walls, a messy home and a previous domestic violence incident, "but no safety hazards were observed," a social-services court petition noted. The parents "both agreed that they might benefit from counseling."
Those visits did not result in the children's removal. But in January, a new caseworker drew a much grimmer picture of the home where Timothy and Serenity lived.

She wrote that children were allowed to plug in and unplug electrical devices, carpentry tools were accessible to them, many doors were off hinges, many holes were in the walls, and "there is also a tremendous amount of clutter and filth in the house." She also reported that the children "exhibited the worst behavior this writer has ever witnessed for this age group."
The caseworker described the parents as illogical, hyperactive and showing "dilated pupils and dark circles under their eyes" during the visit. "Suspected methamphetamine use by both parents is also a grave concern," she wrote.
In interviews, the parents denied using methamphetamines and called the report a grossly exaggerated account written by a caseworker after a single one-hour visit. Mother Misty Anderson produced a subsequent lab report showing she had tested negative for amphetamines.
"I've never had a drug history, nor will I," she said.

However, she and Dodge acknowledged they have occasionally smoked marijuana. "Usually just when the kids are gone to Grandma's, just kicking back at home," he said.

He called their children happy and loved and denied that the home environment was unsafe.
Dodge said he has a hyperactivity disorder, not a methamphetamine habit. "The problem is they (social services) had no way of supporting these accusations," he said. "Both of us are security guards. They do background checks and everything else."

With a judge's consent, Adams County placed Timothy and Serenity in foster care. They were taken to the Castle Rock home of a couple certified as foster parents by Maple Star.
The foster father said he and his wife would not discuss Timothy's case. He referred questions to a lawyer who could not be reached over the weekend for comment.

The biological parents say they complained after their first visit with their children two weeks later that they saw signs of abuse.
"I have never seen my children so hungry in my life," Anderson objected in a handwritten letter to social services, and "my son had a big bruise on his cheek and was not even saying words and sentences like he has been for the last year."
On Feb. 2, three-and-a-half weeks after he was placed in foster care, Timothy was flown to Children's Hospital with a head injury.

According to a report filed with the state, he "apparently fell and hit his head on a nightstand. Foster mother found him sitting on a floor" and saw no injuries. But as she took him downstairs, she noticed that "he began to get weaker, his eyes were closing, and that he was going limp."

Vern Myers, a Castle Rock police detective, said in an interview that doctors found "a severe subdural hematoma," a head injury "obviously far more severe than a fall off a bed."
Timothy's injury "is not consistent with a fall off a bed or a nightstand," he said. "We're treating it as obviously suspicious, and we're investigating possible child abuse."
Timothy's mother and Dee Contreras, his paternal grandmother, say the surgery that saved his life left a huge C-shaped scar across the top and right side of his head. They say he will need a second operation to replace the missing section of his skull, and they expect he will be in the hospital on his third birthday next week. His sister was moved to a different foster home.
Citing patient confidentiality, the hospital declined to comment on the case.
To his relatives' relief, Timothy has begun to walk and talk again. One day last week, his mother and grandmother say he told them this: "I got in a fight. I got an owie."


MICHIGAN

BY JACK KRESNAK FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

March 14, 2006

MASON -- Ricky Holland, the 7-year-old boy whose skeletal remains were found in Ingham County in January, likely did not die from the bone fractures on his face and shoulder, forensic pathologist Dr. Joyce deJong testified Monday. She said the specific cause of Ricky's death remains unknown, but the "big picture" of how his body was found and some injuries to his skeleton are strongly suggestive of child abuse. During the ongoing preliminary examination for Ricky's adoptive parents, Lisa and Tim Holland, in 55th District Court, deJong said it is possible that Ricky died from a blow to the head. Although there were no fractures on the cranial vault that protects the brain, she said, Ricky could have lived for "hours to days" with a closed-head injury before succumbing to the wounds. Tim and Lisa Holland of Williamston Township each are charged with first-degree child abuse and open murder in his death. Each blames the other for killing Ricky.
The boy's body was found in the fetal position in a wetland area of Leroy Township. It was clothed and in a diaper, and had been wrapped in a dark-blue, fitted bed sheet inside two plastic garbage bags, deJong said. It was, at times, at least partially submerged in water, she said. It's difficult to determine the specific cause of Ricky's death because of decomposition, said deJong, director of forensic pathology at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She said it is possible that Ricky was asphyxiated, which could have included strangulation, suffocation or droning.
The child also apparently did not see a doctor for nearly a year before his parents reported him missing on July 2, she said. Ricky's medical charts, which ended with his last doctor visit on July 9, 2004, showed that he was behind in growth, compared with most children in his age range. In five weeks -- from June 1, 2004, to July 9, 2004 -- deJong testified, Ricky had lost 7 1/2 pounds. That could indicate Ricky had failure-to-thrive syndrome. It's unlikely, she said, that there was something like a tapeworm causing the problem. The preliminary examination is expected to continue Friday in Judge Rosemarie Aquilina's courtroom.
JACK KRESNAK at 313-223-4544 or jkresnak@freepress.com



Justice may never be served in Ricky Holland's murder
Marney Rich Keenan
March 18, 2006
T he case of Ricky Holland's murder puts me in a curious position over the issue of capital punishment. I'm not opposed just because the church I belong to is against the death penalty. Nor am I against it merely because in a cerebral, rational way, it makes no sense to me to kill another human being in order to punish a human being for killing another human being.

I am opposed to the death sentence because some crimes, such as the torture of this sandy-haired first-grader, are so heinous I can't help but think lethal injection isn't punishment enough. Of course, a jury will have to decide how to mete out justice in the case of little Ricky Holland's adoptive parents, Tim and Lisa Holland of Williamston Township. The Hollands have been charged with first-degree child abuse and open murder in the 7-year-old's death. According to news accounts, each blames the other for killing Ricky. How ingenious a co-parenting strategy: the "right back atcha" approach.

Testimony from the preliminary exam has been nothing short of wrenching. The latest from the forensic psychologist suggests that Ricky was alive when he was stuffed into garbage bags, making it "a distinct possibility" this little boy died a slow and painful death from suffocation. Then, we have neighbors saying the rail-thin kid, at 42 pounds, could be seen scrounging for food, no better than a dog.

Ricky's first-grade teacher said his mother forbade him from participating in classroom parties or taking any of the candy or treats enjoyed by other children. She said Lisa Holland frequently humiliated Ricky in front of his classmates, demanding that Ricky be placed in restraints before he got on the school bus, but the teacher refused because it would needlessly shame him.

Many of us remember the Amber Alert issued when little Ricky went missing right before the Fourth of July, mostly because of the repeatedly broadcast photo: the slight tilt of his head, the half-moon wave of sandy-brown hair, the sweet smile. His parents said he had run away. Six months later, Tim Holland led detectives to Ricky's dead body, dressed in pajama pants over a diaper stuffed inside two plastic garbage bags tossed in a heap in a field of wetlands. Why police specifically noted that the body was found in the "fetal position" is beyond me, but the pathetic irony is not lost on anyone.
Maybe the punishment for his murder is better left to God, but in my gut, I would welcome a slow execution, machete-style. An eye for an eye rings true and just, but death for death's sake does not, especially when the victims are trusting innocent children and the perpetrators are monsters masquerading as parents. Rather, an agony per agony inflicted on Ricky seems more balanced. The real tragedy is how little that would solve. It's not just the criminals who killed this little boy who are to blame. It's the system.

I always thought child protection services' first priority was to preserve families, but apparently not. Richard Wexler, the executive director for National Coalition for Child Protection Reform in Alexandra, Va., argued in an op-ed piece in The Detroit News last week that Ricky's biological mother should never have been denied her parental rights just because she was jobless and homeless.

Primarily, he took issue with Michigan putting kids in foster care at a rate nearly 15 percent above the national average. Wexler asked: "Why is the rate of removal in Michigan more than 2.5 times the rate in Illinois -- yet in Illinois, independent court-appointed monitors found that as foster care plummeted, child safety improved and child welfare system became a national model."

Why are we in such rush to remove kids? Because it costs the state less than keeping families intact. Even the federal legislative body, the National Commission on Children, reports on its Web site that children often are removed from their families "prematurely or unnecessarily" because federal aid formulas give states a "strong financial incentive to do so rather than provide services to keep families together." Wexler's organization, NCCPR, estimates that $9 on foster care and $3 more for adoption are spent for every dollar that goes to reunification of families, through a per child bounty system that reimburses the state for each placement. So instead of trying to keep families intact, too many children are needlessly placed with strangers in foster care, which, as it turns out, puts a child at more risk for not just abuse but death.I had to read this statistic twice: A child is nearly twice as likely to die from abuse in foster care as in the general population, according to a 2002 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report. Wexler reasons: "That's because when the abuse is in foster care, state agencies are in effect, investigating themselves. That creates an enormous incentive to see no evil, hear no evil and write no evil in the case file."

In reality, even if the death penalty could be morally applied to Ricky Holland's murderer(s) would be only swatting at flies in the larger landscape of how we fail to protect children in this state. If by deduction, we shape the system, either through votes or apathy, we are complicit in Ricky Holland's short and tortuous life. Shame on us.

Marney Rich Keenan's column runs in The Detroit News Features section on Thursdays and in Homestyle on Saturdays. You can reach her at (313) 222-2515 or mkeenan@detnews.com.
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emily mays

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

Hello ..
my name is shashawn and i am emily mays aunt..
I want to say that i think what you are doing here is great ..
i agree with you 100 %
I belive that something needs to be done about this
there are so many familys that have been torn apart becuse of cps

my sister also took pictures of emily and had asked about her brusis ..the next week emily died..
It seems that everyone has forgotten about her
nothing has been done
AND there is still "7 months later" no justice for her ....

shashawn....
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Marc ..if we only had forced sterilization in this country for scums like this!

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

Very well put. I surmised the same thing, but not being qualified as you are, did not respond. Roma has her visits very well documented, but where is her documentation of why CPS felt forced to remove Rafe in the first place? Not word one, right? Oh, if we only had forced sterilization in this country for scums like this! After all the damage she did to this innocent child, she has now 'seen the light.' But she doesn't admit to the error of her ways that caused this situation to begin with.
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Gee Roma, I just knew you'd respond with the accusation that I must be an abuser.

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

In fact, I've been a foster parent to five children, and adopted four of them, the fifth aged out and is now in Iraq after graduating high school with honors. I'm still listed as a "safe home", that's a home that kids can be brought to for protection FROM their idiot parents once they've crossed the line. I TOOK these kids from their crappy parents and don't feel one splinter of guilt, and soon I'm taking three more kids away if I can. I have zero tolerance for excuse-making parents that CPS has to deal with every day. Cps' job is protecting the children FROM YOU and the other selfish dirtbag that you slept with because otherwise your kid wouldn't even know what CPS is, would he? I'm sure your boy is as confused as to what is happening to him as am I. Why don't you explain exactly why CPS came after you, and why they felt it necessary to remove your children from the home? Tell us all about your "CPS conspiracy" and how you are innocent and have nothing at all to do with it. Please get your tubes tied and save someone else a life of grief.
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Roma, I ache with you

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

Roma, I too am an older, disabled mother. I read your eloquent story and thought, "there but for the grace of God go I...." Please update us; how is Rafe now? When is reunification scheduled? I pray that you have a good support system, and I pray for you and your beautiful son daily.

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May the love of God cleanse and forgive you

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

Shame on you. That was not at all how the report was made. Are you one of those fathers who would do this to your child to get out of support? I know one, by the way. For your information, my son and I were at church at a mid-week bible study when the call was made (from out of state). I do not drink nor do drugs, it was a false report.
The public is unaware of what is happening in this country to our children. The Mondale Act and Safe Babies Act gave thousands of dollars each month to the state for each child they snatch. (Look it up on the Federal Gov't. website). You need to do more research and check out the real statistics. Do you think this child looks taken care of? I have 2 degrees and speak 3 languages, I am not an idiot. I am a Mother who dearly loves her son and am older. I do not date, nor even allow a babysitter to watch my child. We are active in church and at many playgroups which I attend with him, such as Gymboree and swimming and arts and crafts. You would be suprised at my age. They receive up to $5,000 for each child they snatch and also Federal Social Security for the child plus child support. They are corrupt. They are feeding off the federal government. In addition, there is a reason that child pornography has become so easily accessable. 10%, that is about 25,000 or more to be causious of the children disappear. I wonder where they go...over the border into prostitution. You need to educate yourself on the reality of the subject before you shoot your mouth off. If you had come across as a semi intelligent, rather than beligerent, angry man, I would tell you where you could find pictures of my son. He read books at age 3 and counted backwards from 50. His clothes were from Baby Gap. I feel sorry for you. Why don't you do some research. Proven on govt websites, that children are 12 times more likely to be beaten, molested, neglected, and killed in foster care. It is nothing like you think. May God bless you with knowledge and forgive you for your inhumane comments to such an atrocity. You work for the state dont you? Or you are a Father who drinks alot and is angry at his own child support problem. This is what is giving Fathers a bad name. God forgive you and cleanse you of your sins. I pray for my son everyday, and hope that God does not take his vengence out on you. I am sorry about your ex. That type of person should not have kids. You are correct drugs will do that to a person, I think you already know that dont you. I have only one, and am a much older woman. God bless you, and forgive you, in the name of my sweet angel. We are in the latter days, my son. You need to find God.

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 18:10
"..they have given a boy for a harlot, and have sold a girl for wine, and have drunk it.... and have sold the children of Judah and the children of Jerusalem to the sons of the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border. " Joel 3-6
"These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren."
Proverbs 6:16-19
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May the love of God cleanse and forgive you

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

Shame on you. That was not at all how the report was made. Are you one of those fathers who would do this to your child to get out of support? I know one, by the way. For your information, my son and I were at church at a mid-week bible study when the call was made (from out of state). I do not drink nor do drugs, it was a false report.
The public is unaware of what is happening in this country to our children. The Mondale Act and Safe Babies Act gave thousands of dollars each month to the state for each child they snatch. (Look it up on the Federal Gov't. website). You need to do more research and check out the real statistics. Do you think this child looks taken care of? I have 2 degrees and speak 3 languages, I am not an idiot. I am a Mother who dearly loves her son and am older. I do not date, nor even allow a babysitter to watch my child. We are active in church and at many playgroups which I attend with him, such as Gymboree and swimming and arts and crafts. You would be suprised at my age. They receive up to $5,000 for each child they snatch and also Federal Social Security for the child plus child support. They are corrupt. They are feeding off the federal government. In addition, there is a reason that child pornography has become so easily accessable. 10%, that is about 25,000 or more to be causious of the children disappear. I wonder where they go...over the border into prostitution. You need to educate yourself on the reality of the subject before you shoot your mouth off. If you had come across as a semi intelligent, rather than beligerent, angry man, I would tell you where you could find pictures of my son. He read books at age 3 and counted backwards from 50. His clothes were from Baby Gap. I feel sorry for you. Why don't you do some research. Proven on govt websites, that children are 12 times more likely to be beaten, molested, neglected, and killed in foster care. It is nothing like you think. May God bless you with knowledge and forgive you for your inhumane comments to such an atrocity. You work for the state dont you? Or you are a Father who drinks alot and is angry at his own child support problem. This is what is giving Fathers a bad name. God forgive you and cleanse you of your sins. I pray for my son everyday, and hope that God does not take his vengence out on you. I am sorry about your ex. That type of person should not have kids. You are correct drugs will do that to a person, I think you already know that dont you. I have only one, and am a much older woman. God bless you, and forgive you, in the name of my sweet angel. We are in the latter days, my son. You need to find God.

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 18:10
"..they have given a boy for a harlot, and have sold a girl for wine, and have drunk it.... and have sold the children of Judah and the children of Jerusalem to the sons of the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border. " Joel 3-6
"These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren."
Proverbs 6:16-19
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#101 Consumer Comment

May the love of God cleanse and forgive you

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

Shame on you. That was not at all how the report was made. Are you one of those fathers who would do this to your child to get out of support? I know one, by the way. For your information, my son and I were at church at a mid-week bible study when the call was made (from out of state). I do not drink nor do drugs, it was a false report.
The public is unaware of what is happening in this country to our children. The Mondale Act and Safe Babies Act gave thousands of dollars each month to the state for each child they snatch. (Look it up on the Federal Gov't. website). You need to do more research and check out the real statistics. Do you think this child looks taken care of? I have 2 degrees and speak 3 languages, I am not an idiot. I am a Mother who dearly loves her son and am older. I do not date, nor even allow a babysitter to watch my child. We are active in church and at many playgroups which I attend with him, such as Gymboree and swimming and arts and crafts. You would be suprised at my age. They receive up to $5,000 for each child they snatch and also Federal Social Security for the child plus child support. They are corrupt. They are feeding off the federal government. In addition, there is a reason that child pornography has become so easily accessable. 10%, that is about 25,000 or more to be causious of the children disappear. I wonder where they go...over the border into prostitution. You need to educate yourself on the reality of the subject before you shoot your mouth off. If you had come across as a semi intelligent, rather than beligerent, angry man, I would tell you where you could find pictures of my son. He read books at age 3 and counted backwards from 50. His clothes were from Baby Gap. I feel sorry for you. Why don't you do some research. Proven on govt websites, that children are 12 times more likely to be beaten, molested, neglected, and killed in foster care. It is nothing like you think. May God bless you with knowledge and forgive you for your inhumane comments to such an atrocity. You work for the state dont you? Or you are a Father who drinks alot and is angry at his own child support problem. This is what is giving Fathers a bad name. God forgive you and cleanse you of your sins. I pray for my son everyday, and hope that God does not take his vengence out on you. I am sorry about your ex. That type of person should not have kids. You are correct drugs will do that to a person, I think you already know that dont you. I have only one, and am a much older woman. God bless you, and forgive you, in the name of my sweet angel. We are in the latter days, my son. You need to find God.

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 18:10
"..they have given a boy for a harlot, and have sold a girl for wine, and have drunk it.... and have sold the children of Judah and the children of Jerusalem to the sons of the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border. " Joel 3-6
"These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren."
Proverbs 6:16-19
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#102 Consumer Comment

May the love of God cleanse and forgive you

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

Shame on you. That was not at all how the report was made. Are you one of those fathers who would do this to your child to get out of support? I know one, by the way. For your information, my son and I were at church at a mid-week bible study when the call was made (from out of state). I do not drink nor do drugs, it was a false report.
The public is unaware of what is happening in this country to our children. The Mondale Act and Safe Babies Act gave thousands of dollars each month to the state for each child they snatch. (Look it up on the Federal Gov't. website). You need to do more research and check out the real statistics. Do you think this child looks taken care of? I have 2 degrees and speak 3 languages, I am not an idiot. I am a Mother who dearly loves her son and am older. I do not date, nor even allow a babysitter to watch my child. We are active in church and at many playgroups which I attend with him, such as Gymboree and swimming and arts and crafts. You would be suprised at my age. They receive up to $5,000 for each child they snatch and also Federal Social Security for the child plus child support. They are corrupt. They are feeding off the federal government. In addition, there is a reason that child pornography has become so easily accessable. 10%, that is about 25,000 or more to be causious of the children disappear. I wonder where they go...over the border into prostitution. You need to educate yourself on the reality of the subject before you shoot your mouth off. If you had come across as a semi intelligent, rather than beligerent, angry man, I would tell you where you could find pictures of my son. He read books at age 3 and counted backwards from 50. His clothes were from Baby Gap. I feel sorry for you. Why don't you do some research. Proven on govt websites, that children are 12 times more likely to be beaten, molested, neglected, and killed in foster care. It is nothing like you think. May God bless you with knowledge and forgive you for your inhumane comments to such an atrocity. You work for the state dont you? Or you are a Father who drinks alot and is angry at his own child support problem. This is what is giving Fathers a bad name. God forgive you and cleanse you of your sins. I pray for my son everyday, and hope that God does not take his vengence out on you. I am sorry about your ex. That type of person should not have kids. You are correct drugs will do that to a person, I think you already know that dont you. I have only one, and am a much older woman. God bless you, and forgive you, in the name of my sweet angel. We are in the latter days, my son. You need to find God.

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 18:10
"..they have given a boy for a harlot, and have sold a girl for wine, and have drunk it.... and have sold the children of Judah and the children of Jerusalem to the sons of the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border. " Joel 3-6
"These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren."
Proverbs 6:16-19
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CPS will adopt out the kids and hopefully they'll be able to live good lives

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

There is nothing worse that a mother who puts her own selfish lifestyle ahead of her childrens' well-being. Druggies. thieves, batterers, they all should be flogged in the public square. Blaming CPS for a situation that YOU created by YOUR conduct. Yes, there are abusers in the Foster Care community but they are prosecuted when caught. Most people protect their children BEFORE CPS gets involved by taking their responsibilities to heart instead of hitting the crack pipe, selling weed, dealing meth or whatever illegal activity the parents were involved in. Only AFTER the arrests the whining starts, and Mommy is suddenly June Cleaver and the system is to blame. I'm currently involved in a case of Mommy being a thieving forger and now it's everyones' fault but hers. I'd laugh if it wasn't so friggin evil to put her beer and "Baby Daddy" ahead of her three kids. For the last eighteen months her kids hadn't even seen a school, and she recently had her third "love-child" in her boyfriends car. I'm gonna celebrate the day the judge slams her.
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it was not only the foster parents, but that CPS agents had something to do with it. That is why the police are having a difficult time presecuting

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

These injuries, dates, locations of foster homes, etc. all match that of my son's story. I believe that it was not only the foster parents, but that CPS agents had something to do with it. That is why the police are having a difficult time presecuting; information is being kept from the police.



Published: 11.19.2005

Infant in foster care dies at clinic

By Alexis Huicochea and Becky Pallack

ARIZONA DAILY STAR



A baby boy in state foster care died at a medical clinic Wednesday morning after his foster mother took him to a doctor's appointment, police said.



The woman, whose name was not released by police, made the appointment because 4-month-old Dwight Hill looked sick, according to a police activity report.



When they arrived at the Paloma Medical Group, 1400 W. Valencia Road, Dwight appeared "lifeless" and the foster mother rushed him inside, according to the report. A doctor performed CPR on the baby, but pronounced him dead soon after.



The baby's mother, Rachel Hill, had more questions than answers Friday about her son's death.



"He was a healthy baby," she said. "He was cute and quiet and loving - the most precious thing on Earth."

Dwight's aunt, Crystal Hill, said the last time the mother and child visited recently, he was doing fine.

"I just don't understand if he was healthy then, how could things just change in an instant?" Crystal Hill said.



Police and Child Protective Services are investigating the circumstances of the death and the baby's background in case abuse led to the death, said Officer Lisa Peasley, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman, and Liz Barker, a CPS spokeswoman.



"The Tucson Police Department has the preliminary autopsy report. However, due to the nature of the investigation, we won't be able to go into anymore detail at this time," said Sgt. Mark Robinson, a police spokesman.



Dwight had been in foster care for about a week, according to a police report. However, Rachel Hill said Dwight had been in the foster home for 16 days.



The family would not say why Dwight was placed into state custody.



CPS will not release information about the boy's record to protect the child's privacy, Barker said. The foster home will be inspected to ensure the safety of any other children in the home, she said.



This is at least the second child to die in foster care this year in the Tucson area, according to Arizona Daily Star archives.



In August, 1-year-old Emily Mays, died after living in a foster home on the Southeast Side for less than one month. Tucson police have not released the cause of death, and authorities were investigating to determine when she suffered injuries.

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Tucson foster mother arrested in death of baby

Nov 25, 2005, 09:13 AM MST



A foster mother who brought a 4-month-old baby to a Tucson doctor's office where the child was pronounced dead has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.



Guadalupe Gomez, 47, took 4-month-old Dwight Hill to the doctor on Nov. 17 because he had become lethargic, police said. The doctor pronounced him dead.



An autopsy ruled the death a homicide due to blunt force trauma. Tucson police Sgt. Mark Robinson would not disclose details.

A police report said officers at the doctor's office didn't notice any marks on the child.



The baby's aunt, Crystal Hill, said he was taken from his mother the day he was born because she tested positive for cocaine. The baby did not test positive for drugs, Hill said. He was placed at Casa de los Nios crisis nursery.



Gomez became his foster mother 11 days before the boy's death.



"The last time my sister saw him was four days before (he died)," Hill said. "He was good, really healthy."



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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Foster mother arrested in infant's death

HEIDI ROWLEY

hrowley@tucsoncitizen.com



A Tucson foster mom has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of a 4-month-old boy.



On Nov. 16, Guadalupe Gomez, 47, took Dwight Hill to the doctor because he had become lethargic, police said. By the time she arrived, he was dead, they said.



An autopsy ruled it a homicide due to blunt force trauma. Police Sgt. Mark Robinson would not disclose details.

A police report said officers who responded at the time of the boy's death did not notice unusual marks on the body.



An aunt, Crystal Hill, said Dwight was taken from his mother at birth on July 10 because she tested positive for cocaine. The baby did not test positive for drugs, said Hill. He was placed at Casa de los Nios crisis nursery.

Then, 11 days before his death, he was given to Gomez, of the 5600 block of East Farmridge Drive, Robinson said.



"The last time my sister saw him was four days before (he died)," Hill said. "He was good, really healthy."



The police report said the child vomited before being taken to the doctor, and Gomez's husband asked what was wrong with him.



The day after the death, family members had Dwight's 2-year-old sister removed from the home through a court order, Hill said.

Robinson said four children, including Dwight, were living at the home.

The other three were taken by state Child Protective Services.



Robinson said Gomez and her husband had been foster parents for three years.



Gomez was arrested yesterday and booked into the Pima County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse.



It was the second homicide of a child in the care of CPS this year.

Emily Mays, 16 months, died Aug. 23 in Tucson from what investigators called "nonaccidental injuries" while in foster care.



There have been no arrests.

Police could not determine where or how she was injured.



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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Autopsy doesn't call child death a homicide

DAVID L. TEIBEL

news@tucsoncitizen.com



A Pima County medical examiner could not determine whether the Aug. 23 death of a 16-month-old girl in state foster care was a homicide, but police vow to continue pursuing the case as a murder.



There has been no arrest in the death of Emily A. Mays, but Assistant Police Chief John Leavitt said that, despite an autopsy finding that the manner of her death could not be determined, "it's a homicide, and there is no doubt in the minds of the detectives it's a homicide."



"All the officers who have worked on this case have worked their hardest to find who killed Emily Mays and bring the person responsible for this to justice.



"We have a case that we will present to the county attorney," Leavitt said, explaining it will be up to county prosecutors to determine whether charges should be sought in the death and, if so, what kind and against whom.



The autopsy was done Aug. 26 by Chief Deputy Pima County Medical Examiner Dr. Eric D. Peters.

"The child's death is due to blunt impact(s) to the head . . . the manner of death is certified as undetermined," Peters reported.



In his report, a copy of which was obtained by the Tucson Citizen under a state public records request, Peters also wrote, "the child's death is due to a non-natural and violent cause."

But, Peters wrote, "after a thorough review of the medical records, police reports, witness statements and a complete autopsy examination, it is unclear if the injuries suffered were homicidal or accidental."



The child's injuries included scrapes and bruises on her scalp, face and torso, as well as to her left leg and left foot, Peters noted.



Leavitt said, however, that interviews of doctors who treated Emily when she was taken to a hospital and other evidence gathered by detectives point to homicide.



Based on that, Leavitt said, a homicide case could be successfully prosecuted, even with the autopsy finding.

The finding does not exclude homicide as a manner of death, said Dr. Bruce O. Parks, Pima County's medical examiner.

But, he added, "Peters did not feel he had enough evidence to comfortably say an individual took her life."



Emily had lived in a state-licensed foster home for less than a month before she died.



The foster parents, who live on the Southeast Side, have not been publicly identified, and police have provided no details of how they think Emily died.



The child was taken to Tucson Medical Center on Aug. 23 and placed on life support, but died at 8:25 p.m. after being removed from life support.



Staff Writer Paul L. Allen contributed to this article.

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UPDATE: Break In Baby Case

Dec 9, 2005, 10:25 AM MST

Mark Stine KOLD News 13 Reporter

Posted: 12-8-05



Pictures and memories of Emily Mays are all her family has left.



Emily's great aunt, Charlotte Stacker, told KOLD, "It's been very hard, the mother's not handling it very well at all."

They've been trying to cope with the loss of Emily for more than three months. "There should be an arrest by now and this should be going to trial because that was just a baby and she was innocent," Stacker said.



Sergeant Ramon Batista said, "Emily Mays has been re-classified as a homicide and its still under investigation."



The family attorney, Thea Gilbert said, "We have no idea why Emily's case took so long at the coroners office to get those answers and we still don't have any of those answers."



Still, no one is charged with Emily's murder. Stacker told us, "I think Emily's killer is the people where she lived, so why are they looking? Who else could it be?"



"Autopsy reports show the child died of blunt force trauma," Batista said.



But the family says Emily's mom didn't get this information from police. "She wants to know why the police didn't tell her this before, it was on the news. She should be the first to know everything, her and her father," Stacker said.



"We've had a very difficult time getting information from Child Protective Services. Nobody tells us anything really, we're the last to know," Gilbert told KOLD.



The family claims there were signs Emily was not in good hands. "Emily lost 12 pounds in less than a month. Now you know something isn't right if a baby loses 12 pounds in less than a month." In a picture taken at a supervised visit with Emily's mom, three weeks after going into foster care, the family noticed a bruise over Emily's eye. They say the foster parents claim Emily fell and bumped her head.



"Emily wasn't hurt here. Emily was a happy child here and so were her brothers and sisters. Emily was hurt where she was staying," Stacker said.



The family and their lawyer just want justice for this innocent 16-month-old.



"To not have a resolution, to not have an answer, I think, continues putting all kids in foster care at risk," Gilbert said.

"We just want justice. We'll never get over it, but at least we'll have a bit more peace within ourselves," Stacker told KOLD News 13.
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it was not only the foster parents, but that CPS agents had something to do with it. That is why the police are having a difficult time presecuting

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

These injuries, dates, locations of foster homes, etc. all match that of my son's story. I believe that it was not only the foster parents, but that CPS agents had something to do with it. That is why the police are having a difficult time presecuting; information is being kept from the police.



Published: 11.19.2005

Infant in foster care dies at clinic

By Alexis Huicochea and Becky Pallack

ARIZONA DAILY STAR



A baby boy in state foster care died at a medical clinic Wednesday morning after his foster mother took him to a doctor's appointment, police said.



The woman, whose name was not released by police, made the appointment because 4-month-old Dwight Hill looked sick, according to a police activity report.



When they arrived at the Paloma Medical Group, 1400 W. Valencia Road, Dwight appeared "lifeless" and the foster mother rushed him inside, according to the report. A doctor performed CPR on the baby, but pronounced him dead soon after.



The baby's mother, Rachel Hill, had more questions than answers Friday about her son's death.



"He was a healthy baby," she said. "He was cute and quiet and loving - the most precious thing on Earth."

Dwight's aunt, Crystal Hill, said the last time the mother and child visited recently, he was doing fine.

"I just don't understand if he was healthy then, how could things just change in an instant?" Crystal Hill said.



Police and Child Protective Services are investigating the circumstances of the death and the baby's background in case abuse led to the death, said Officer Lisa Peasley, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman, and Liz Barker, a CPS spokeswoman.



"The Tucson Police Department has the preliminary autopsy report. However, due to the nature of the investigation, we won't be able to go into anymore detail at this time," said Sgt. Mark Robinson, a police spokesman.



Dwight had been in foster care for about a week, according to a police report. However, Rachel Hill said Dwight had been in the foster home for 16 days.



The family would not say why Dwight was placed into state custody.



CPS will not release information about the boy's record to protect the child's privacy, Barker said. The foster home will be inspected to ensure the safety of any other children in the home, she said.



This is at least the second child to die in foster care this year in the Tucson area, according to Arizona Daily Star archives.



In August, 1-year-old Emily Mays, died after living in a foster home on the Southeast Side for less than one month. Tucson police have not released the cause of death, and authorities were investigating to determine when she suffered injuries.

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Tucson foster mother arrested in death of baby

Nov 25, 2005, 09:13 AM MST



A foster mother who brought a 4-month-old baby to a Tucson doctor's office where the child was pronounced dead has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.



Guadalupe Gomez, 47, took 4-month-old Dwight Hill to the doctor on Nov. 17 because he had become lethargic, police said. The doctor pronounced him dead.



An autopsy ruled the death a homicide due to blunt force trauma. Tucson police Sgt. Mark Robinson would not disclose details.

A police report said officers at the doctor's office didn't notice any marks on the child.



The baby's aunt, Crystal Hill, said he was taken from his mother the day he was born because she tested positive for cocaine. The baby did not test positive for drugs, Hill said. He was placed at Casa de los Nios crisis nursery.



Gomez became his foster mother 11 days before the boy's death.



"The last time my sister saw him was four days before (he died)," Hill said. "He was good, really healthy."



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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Foster mother arrested in infant's death

HEIDI ROWLEY

hrowley@tucsoncitizen.com



A Tucson foster mom has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of a 4-month-old boy.



On Nov. 16, Guadalupe Gomez, 47, took Dwight Hill to the doctor because he had become lethargic, police said. By the time she arrived, he was dead, they said.



An autopsy ruled it a homicide due to blunt force trauma. Police Sgt. Mark Robinson would not disclose details.

A police report said officers who responded at the time of the boy's death did not notice unusual marks on the body.



An aunt, Crystal Hill, said Dwight was taken from his mother at birth on July 10 because she tested positive for cocaine. The baby did not test positive for drugs, said Hill. He was placed at Casa de los Nios crisis nursery.

Then, 11 days before his death, he was given to Gomez, of the 5600 block of East Farmridge Drive, Robinson said.



"The last time my sister saw him was four days before (he died)," Hill said. "He was good, really healthy."



The police report said the child vomited before being taken to the doctor, and Gomez's husband asked what was wrong with him.



The day after the death, family members had Dwight's 2-year-old sister removed from the home through a court order, Hill said.

Robinson said four children, including Dwight, were living at the home.

The other three were taken by state Child Protective Services.



Robinson said Gomez and her husband had been foster parents for three years.



Gomez was arrested yesterday and booked into the Pima County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse.



It was the second homicide of a child in the care of CPS this year.

Emily Mays, 16 months, died Aug. 23 in Tucson from what investigators called "nonaccidental injuries" while in foster care.



There have been no arrests.

Police could not determine where or how she was injured.



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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Autopsy doesn't call child death a homicide

DAVID L. TEIBEL

news@tucsoncitizen.com



A Pima County medical examiner could not determine whether the Aug. 23 death of a 16-month-old girl in state foster care was a homicide, but police vow to continue pursuing the case as a murder.



There has been no arrest in the death of Emily A. Mays, but Assistant Police Chief John Leavitt said that, despite an autopsy finding that the manner of her death could not be determined, "it's a homicide, and there is no doubt in the minds of the detectives it's a homicide."



"All the officers who have worked on this case have worked their hardest to find who killed Emily Mays and bring the person responsible for this to justice.



"We have a case that we will present to the county attorney," Leavitt said, explaining it will be up to county prosecutors to determine whether charges should be sought in the death and, if so, what kind and against whom.



The autopsy was done Aug. 26 by Chief Deputy Pima County Medical Examiner Dr. Eric D. Peters.

"The child's death is due to blunt impact(s) to the head . . . the manner of death is certified as undetermined," Peters reported.



In his report, a copy of which was obtained by the Tucson Citizen under a state public records request, Peters also wrote, "the child's death is due to a non-natural and violent cause."

But, Peters wrote, "after a thorough review of the medical records, police reports, witness statements and a complete autopsy examination, it is unclear if the injuries suffered were homicidal or accidental."



The child's injuries included scrapes and bruises on her scalp, face and torso, as well as to her left leg and left foot, Peters noted.



Leavitt said, however, that interviews of doctors who treated Emily when she was taken to a hospital and other evidence gathered by detectives point to homicide.



Based on that, Leavitt said, a homicide case could be successfully prosecuted, even with the autopsy finding.

The finding does not exclude homicide as a manner of death, said Dr. Bruce O. Parks, Pima County's medical examiner.

But, he added, "Peters did not feel he had enough evidence to comfortably say an individual took her life."



Emily had lived in a state-licensed foster home for less than a month before she died.



The foster parents, who live on the Southeast Side, have not been publicly identified, and police have provided no details of how they think Emily died.



The child was taken to Tucson Medical Center on Aug. 23 and placed on life support, but died at 8:25 p.m. after being removed from life support.



Staff Writer Paul L. Allen contributed to this article.

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UPDATE: Break In Baby Case

Dec 9, 2005, 10:25 AM MST

Mark Stine KOLD News 13 Reporter

Posted: 12-8-05



Pictures and memories of Emily Mays are all her family has left.



Emily's great aunt, Charlotte Stacker, told KOLD, "It's been very hard, the mother's not handling it very well at all."

They've been trying to cope with the loss of Emily for more than three months. "There should be an arrest by now and this should be going to trial because that was just a baby and she was innocent," Stacker said.



Sergeant Ramon Batista said, "Emily Mays has been re-classified as a homicide and its still under investigation."



The family attorney, Thea Gilbert said, "We have no idea why Emily's case took so long at the coroners office to get those answers and we still don't have any of those answers."



Still, no one is charged with Emily's murder. Stacker told us, "I think Emily's killer is the people where she lived, so why are they looking? Who else could it be?"



"Autopsy reports show the child died of blunt force trauma," Batista said.



But the family says Emily's mom didn't get this information from police. "She wants to know why the police didn't tell her this before, it was on the news. She should be the first to know everything, her and her father," Stacker said.



"We've had a very difficult time getting information from Child Protective Services. Nobody tells us anything really, we're the last to know," Gilbert told KOLD.



The family claims there were signs Emily was not in good hands. "Emily lost 12 pounds in less than a month. Now you know something isn't right if a baby loses 12 pounds in less than a month." In a picture taken at a supervised visit with Emily's mom, three weeks after going into foster care, the family noticed a bruise over Emily's eye. They say the foster parents claim Emily fell and bumped her head.



"Emily wasn't hurt here. Emily was a happy child here and so were her brothers and sisters. Emily was hurt where she was staying," Stacker said.



The family and their lawyer just want justice for this innocent 16-month-old.



"To not have a resolution, to not have an answer, I think, continues putting all kids in foster care at risk," Gilbert said.

"We just want justice. We'll never get over it, but at least we'll have a bit more peace within ourselves," Stacker told KOLD News 13.
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it was not only the foster parents, but that CPS agents had something to do with it. That is why the police are having a difficult time presecuting

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

These injuries, dates, locations of foster homes, etc. all match that of my son's story. I believe that it was not only the foster parents, but that CPS agents had something to do with it. That is why the police are having a difficult time presecuting; information is being kept from the police.



Published: 11.19.2005

Infant in foster care dies at clinic

By Alexis Huicochea and Becky Pallack

ARIZONA DAILY STAR



A baby boy in state foster care died at a medical clinic Wednesday morning after his foster mother took him to a doctor's appointment, police said.



The woman, whose name was not released by police, made the appointment because 4-month-old Dwight Hill looked sick, according to a police activity report.



When they arrived at the Paloma Medical Group, 1400 W. Valencia Road, Dwight appeared "lifeless" and the foster mother rushed him inside, according to the report. A doctor performed CPR on the baby, but pronounced him dead soon after.



The baby's mother, Rachel Hill, had more questions than answers Friday about her son's death.



"He was a healthy baby," she said. "He was cute and quiet and loving - the most precious thing on Earth."

Dwight's aunt, Crystal Hill, said the last time the mother and child visited recently, he was doing fine.

"I just don't understand if he was healthy then, how could things just change in an instant?" Crystal Hill said.



Police and Child Protective Services are investigating the circumstances of the death and the baby's background in case abuse led to the death, said Officer Lisa Peasley, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman, and Liz Barker, a CPS spokeswoman.



"The Tucson Police Department has the preliminary autopsy report. However, due to the nature of the investigation, we won't be able to go into anymore detail at this time," said Sgt. Mark Robinson, a police spokesman.



Dwight had been in foster care for about a week, according to a police report. However, Rachel Hill said Dwight had been in the foster home for 16 days.



The family would not say why Dwight was placed into state custody.



CPS will not release information about the boy's record to protect the child's privacy, Barker said. The foster home will be inspected to ensure the safety of any other children in the home, she said.



This is at least the second child to die in foster care this year in the Tucson area, according to Arizona Daily Star archives.



In August, 1-year-old Emily Mays, died after living in a foster home on the Southeast Side for less than one month. Tucson police have not released the cause of death, and authorities were investigating to determine when she suffered injuries.

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Tucson foster mother arrested in death of baby

Nov 25, 2005, 09:13 AM MST



A foster mother who brought a 4-month-old baby to a Tucson doctor's office where the child was pronounced dead has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.



Guadalupe Gomez, 47, took 4-month-old Dwight Hill to the doctor on Nov. 17 because he had become lethargic, police said. The doctor pronounced him dead.



An autopsy ruled the death a homicide due to blunt force trauma. Tucson police Sgt. Mark Robinson would not disclose details.

A police report said officers at the doctor's office didn't notice any marks on the child.



The baby's aunt, Crystal Hill, said he was taken from his mother the day he was born because she tested positive for cocaine. The baby did not test positive for drugs, Hill said. He was placed at Casa de los Nios crisis nursery.



Gomez became his foster mother 11 days before the boy's death.



"The last time my sister saw him was four days before (he died)," Hill said. "He was good, really healthy."



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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Foster mother arrested in infant's death

HEIDI ROWLEY

hrowley@tucsoncitizen.com



A Tucson foster mom has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of a 4-month-old boy.



On Nov. 16, Guadalupe Gomez, 47, took Dwight Hill to the doctor because he had become lethargic, police said. By the time she arrived, he was dead, they said.



An autopsy ruled it a homicide due to blunt force trauma. Police Sgt. Mark Robinson would not disclose details.

A police report said officers who responded at the time of the boy's death did not notice unusual marks on the body.



An aunt, Crystal Hill, said Dwight was taken from his mother at birth on July 10 because she tested positive for cocaine. The baby did not test positive for drugs, said Hill. He was placed at Casa de los Nios crisis nursery.

Then, 11 days before his death, he was given to Gomez, of the 5600 block of East Farmridge Drive, Robinson said.



"The last time my sister saw him was four days before (he died)," Hill said. "He was good, really healthy."



The police report said the child vomited before being taken to the doctor, and Gomez's husband asked what was wrong with him.



The day after the death, family members had Dwight's 2-year-old sister removed from the home through a court order, Hill said.

Robinson said four children, including Dwight, were living at the home.

The other three were taken by state Child Protective Services.



Robinson said Gomez and her husband had been foster parents for three years.



Gomez was arrested yesterday and booked into the Pima County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse.



It was the second homicide of a child in the care of CPS this year.

Emily Mays, 16 months, died Aug. 23 in Tucson from what investigators called "nonaccidental injuries" while in foster care.



There have been no arrests.

Police could not determine where or how she was injured.



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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Autopsy doesn't call child death a homicide

DAVID L. TEIBEL

news@tucsoncitizen.com



A Pima County medical examiner could not determine whether the Aug. 23 death of a 16-month-old girl in state foster care was a homicide, but police vow to continue pursuing the case as a murder.



There has been no arrest in the death of Emily A. Mays, but Assistant Police Chief John Leavitt said that, despite an autopsy finding that the manner of her death could not be determined, "it's a homicide, and there is no doubt in the minds of the detectives it's a homicide."



"All the officers who have worked on this case have worked their hardest to find who killed Emily Mays and bring the person responsible for this to justice.



"We have a case that we will present to the county attorney," Leavitt said, explaining it will be up to county prosecutors to determine whether charges should be sought in the death and, if so, what kind and against whom.



The autopsy was done Aug. 26 by Chief Deputy Pima County Medical Examiner Dr. Eric D. Peters.

"The child's death is due to blunt impact(s) to the head . . . the manner of death is certified as undetermined," Peters reported.



In his report, a copy of which was obtained by the Tucson Citizen under a state public records request, Peters also wrote, "the child's death is due to a non-natural and violent cause."

But, Peters wrote, "after a thorough review of the medical records, police reports, witness statements and a complete autopsy examination, it is unclear if the injuries suffered were homicidal or accidental."



The child's injuries included scrapes and bruises on her scalp, face and torso, as well as to her left leg and left foot, Peters noted.



Leavitt said, however, that interviews of doctors who treated Emily when she was taken to a hospital and other evidence gathered by detectives point to homicide.



Based on that, Leavitt said, a homicide case could be successfully prosecuted, even with the autopsy finding.

The finding does not exclude homicide as a manner of death, said Dr. Bruce O. Parks, Pima County's medical examiner.

But, he added, "Peters did not feel he had enough evidence to comfortably say an individual took her life."



Emily had lived in a state-licensed foster home for less than a month before she died.



The foster parents, who live on the Southeast Side, have not been publicly identified, and police have provided no details of how they think Emily died.



The child was taken to Tucson Medical Center on Aug. 23 and placed on life support, but died at 8:25 p.m. after being removed from life support.



Staff Writer Paul L. Allen contributed to this article.

---------------------



UPDATE: Break In Baby Case

Dec 9, 2005, 10:25 AM MST

Mark Stine KOLD News 13 Reporter

Posted: 12-8-05



Pictures and memories of Emily Mays are all her family has left.



Emily's great aunt, Charlotte Stacker, told KOLD, "It's been very hard, the mother's not handling it very well at all."

They've been trying to cope with the loss of Emily for more than three months. "There should be an arrest by now and this should be going to trial because that was just a baby and she was innocent," Stacker said.



Sergeant Ramon Batista said, "Emily Mays has been re-classified as a homicide and its still under investigation."



The family attorney, Thea Gilbert said, "We have no idea why Emily's case took so long at the coroners office to get those answers and we still don't have any of those answers."



Still, no one is charged with Emily's murder. Stacker told us, "I think Emily's killer is the people where she lived, so why are they looking? Who else could it be?"



"Autopsy reports show the child died of blunt force trauma," Batista said.



But the family says Emily's mom didn't get this information from police. "She wants to know why the police didn't tell her this before, it was on the news. She should be the first to know everything, her and her father," Stacker said.



"We've had a very difficult time getting information from Child Protective Services. Nobody tells us anything really, we're the last to know," Gilbert told KOLD.



The family claims there were signs Emily was not in good hands. "Emily lost 12 pounds in less than a month. Now you know something isn't right if a baby loses 12 pounds in less than a month." In a picture taken at a supervised visit with Emily's mom, three weeks after going into foster care, the family noticed a bruise over Emily's eye. They say the foster parents claim Emily fell and bumped her head.



"Emily wasn't hurt here. Emily was a happy child here and so were her brothers and sisters. Emily was hurt where she was staying," Stacker said.



The family and their lawyer just want justice for this innocent 16-month-old.



"To not have a resolution, to not have an answer, I think, continues putting all kids in foster care at risk," Gilbert said.

"We just want justice. We'll never get over it, but at least we'll have a bit more peace within ourselves," Stacker told KOLD News 13.
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it was not only the foster parents, but that CPS agents had something to do with it. That is why the police are having a difficult time presecuting

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

These injuries, dates, locations of foster homes, etc. all match that of my son's story. I believe that it was not only the foster parents, but that CPS agents had something to do with it. That is why the police are having a difficult time presecuting; information is being kept from the police.



Published: 11.19.2005

Infant in foster care dies at clinic

By Alexis Huicochea and Becky Pallack

ARIZONA DAILY STAR



A baby boy in state foster care died at a medical clinic Wednesday morning after his foster mother took him to a doctor's appointment, police said.



The woman, whose name was not released by police, made the appointment because 4-month-old Dwight Hill looked sick, according to a police activity report.



When they arrived at the Paloma Medical Group, 1400 W. Valencia Road, Dwight appeared "lifeless" and the foster mother rushed him inside, according to the report. A doctor performed CPR on the baby, but pronounced him dead soon after.



The baby's mother, Rachel Hill, had more questions than answers Friday about her son's death.



"He was a healthy baby," she said. "He was cute and quiet and loving - the most precious thing on Earth."

Dwight's aunt, Crystal Hill, said the last time the mother and child visited recently, he was doing fine.

"I just don't understand if he was healthy then, how could things just change in an instant?" Crystal Hill said.



Police and Child Protective Services are investigating the circumstances of the death and the baby's background in case abuse led to the death, said Officer Lisa Peasley, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman, and Liz Barker, a CPS spokeswoman.



"The Tucson Police Department has the preliminary autopsy report. However, due to the nature of the investigation, we won't be able to go into anymore detail at this time," said Sgt. Mark Robinson, a police spokesman.



Dwight had been in foster care for about a week, according to a police report. However, Rachel Hill said Dwight had been in the foster home for 16 days.



The family would not say why Dwight was placed into state custody.



CPS will not release information about the boy's record to protect the child's privacy, Barker said. The foster home will be inspected to ensure the safety of any other children in the home, she said.



This is at least the second child to die in foster care this year in the Tucson area, according to Arizona Daily Star archives.



In August, 1-year-old Emily Mays, died after living in a foster home on the Southeast Side for less than one month. Tucson police have not released the cause of death, and authorities were investigating to determine when she suffered injuries.

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Tucson foster mother arrested in death of baby

Nov 25, 2005, 09:13 AM MST



A foster mother who brought a 4-month-old baby to a Tucson doctor's office where the child was pronounced dead has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.



Guadalupe Gomez, 47, took 4-month-old Dwight Hill to the doctor on Nov. 17 because he had become lethargic, police said. The doctor pronounced him dead.



An autopsy ruled the death a homicide due to blunt force trauma. Tucson police Sgt. Mark Robinson would not disclose details.

A police report said officers at the doctor's office didn't notice any marks on the child.



The baby's aunt, Crystal Hill, said he was taken from his mother the day he was born because she tested positive for cocaine. The baby did not test positive for drugs, Hill said. He was placed at Casa de los Nios crisis nursery.



Gomez became his foster mother 11 days before the boy's death.



"The last time my sister saw him was four days before (he died)," Hill said. "He was good, really healthy."



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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Foster mother arrested in infant's death

HEIDI ROWLEY

hrowley@tucsoncitizen.com



A Tucson foster mom has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of a 4-month-old boy.



On Nov. 16, Guadalupe Gomez, 47, took Dwight Hill to the doctor because he had become lethargic, police said. By the time she arrived, he was dead, they said.



An autopsy ruled it a homicide due to blunt force trauma. Police Sgt. Mark Robinson would not disclose details.

A police report said officers who responded at the time of the boy's death did not notice unusual marks on the body.



An aunt, Crystal Hill, said Dwight was taken from his mother at birth on July 10 because she tested positive for cocaine. The baby did not test positive for drugs, said Hill. He was placed at Casa de los Nios crisis nursery.

Then, 11 days before his death, he was given to Gomez, of the 5600 block of East Farmridge Drive, Robinson said.



"The last time my sister saw him was four days before (he died)," Hill said. "He was good, really healthy."



The police report said the child vomited before being taken to the doctor, and Gomez's husband asked what was wrong with him.



The day after the death, family members had Dwight's 2-year-old sister removed from the home through a court order, Hill said.

Robinson said four children, including Dwight, were living at the home.

The other three were taken by state Child Protective Services.



Robinson said Gomez and her husband had been foster parents for three years.



Gomez was arrested yesterday and booked into the Pima County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse.



It was the second homicide of a child in the care of CPS this year.

Emily Mays, 16 months, died Aug. 23 in Tucson from what investigators called "nonaccidental injuries" while in foster care.



There have been no arrests.

Police could not determine where or how she was injured.



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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Autopsy doesn't call child death a homicide

DAVID L. TEIBEL

news@tucsoncitizen.com



A Pima County medical examiner could not determine whether the Aug. 23 death of a 16-month-old girl in state foster care was a homicide, but police vow to continue pursuing the case as a murder.



There has been no arrest in the death of Emily A. Mays, but Assistant Police Chief John Leavitt said that, despite an autopsy finding that the manner of her death could not be determined, "it's a homicide, and there is no doubt in the minds of the detectives it's a homicide."



"All the officers who have worked on this case have worked their hardest to find who killed Emily Mays and bring the person responsible for this to justice.



"We have a case that we will present to the county attorney," Leavitt said, explaining it will be up to county prosecutors to determine whether charges should be sought in the death and, if so, what kind and against whom.



The autopsy was done Aug. 26 by Chief Deputy Pima County Medical Examiner Dr. Eric D. Peters.

"The child's death is due to blunt impact(s) to the head . . . the manner of death is certified as undetermined," Peters reported.



In his report, a copy of which was obtained by the Tucson Citizen under a state public records request, Peters also wrote, "the child's death is due to a non-natural and violent cause."

But, Peters wrote, "after a thorough review of the medical records, police reports, witness statements and a complete autopsy examination, it is unclear if the injuries suffered were homicidal or accidental."



The child's injuries included scrapes and bruises on her scalp, face and torso, as well as to her left leg and left foot, Peters noted.



Leavitt said, however, that interviews of doctors who treated Emily when she was taken to a hospital and other evidence gathered by detectives point to homicide.



Based on that, Leavitt said, a homicide case could be successfully prosecuted, even with the autopsy finding.

The finding does not exclude homicide as a manner of death, said Dr. Bruce O. Parks, Pima County's medical examiner.

But, he added, "Peters did not feel he had enough evidence to comfortably say an individual took her life."



Emily had lived in a state-licensed foster home for less than a month before she died.



The foster parents, who live on the Southeast Side, have not been publicly identified, and police have provided no details of how they think Emily died.



The child was taken to Tucson Medical Center on Aug. 23 and placed on life support, but died at 8:25 p.m. after being removed from life support.



Staff Writer Paul L. Allen contributed to this article.

---------------------



UPDATE: Break In Baby Case

Dec 9, 2005, 10:25 AM MST

Mark Stine KOLD News 13 Reporter

Posted: 12-8-05



Pictures and memories of Emily Mays are all her family has left.



Emily's great aunt, Charlotte Stacker, told KOLD, "It's been very hard, the mother's not handling it very well at all."

They've been trying to cope with the loss of Emily for more than three months. "There should be an arrest by now and this should be going to trial because that was just a baby and she was innocent," Stacker said.



Sergeant Ramon Batista said, "Emily Mays has been re-classified as a homicide and its still under investigation."



The family attorney, Thea Gilbert said, "We have no idea why Emily's case took so long at the coroners office to get those answers and we still don't have any of those answers."



Still, no one is charged with Emily's murder. Stacker told us, "I think Emily's killer is the people where she lived, so why are they looking? Who else could it be?"



"Autopsy reports show the child died of blunt force trauma," Batista said.



But the family says Emily's mom didn't get this information from police. "She wants to know why the police didn't tell her this before, it was on the news. She should be the first to know everything, her and her father," Stacker said.



"We've had a very difficult time getting information from Child Protective Services. Nobody tells us anything really, we're the last to know," Gilbert told KOLD.



The family claims there were signs Emily was not in good hands. "Emily lost 12 pounds in less than a month. Now you know something isn't right if a baby loses 12 pounds in less than a month." In a picture taken at a supervised visit with Emily's mom, three weeks after going into foster care, the family noticed a bruise over Emily's eye. They say the foster parents claim Emily fell and bumped her head.



"Emily wasn't hurt here. Emily was a happy child here and so were her brothers and sisters. Emily was hurt where she was staying," Stacker said.



The family and their lawyer just want justice for this innocent 16-month-old.



"To not have a resolution, to not have an answer, I think, continues putting all kids in foster care at risk," Gilbert said.

"We just want justice. We'll never get over it, but at least we'll have a bit more peace within ourselves," Stacker told KOLD News 13.
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AUTHOR: Roma - (U.S.A.)

Published: 11.19.2005

Infant in foster care dies at clinic

By Alexis Huicochea and Becky Pallack

ARIZONA DAILY STAR



A baby boy in state foster care died at a medical clinic Wednesday morning after his foster mother took him to a doctor's appointment, police said.



The woman, whose name was not released by police, made the appointment because 4-month-old Dwight Hill looked sick, according to a police activity report.

When they arrived at the Paloma Medical Group, 1400 W. Valencia Road, Dwight appeared "lifeless" and the foster mother rushed him inside, according to the report. A doctor performed CPR on the baby, but pronounced him dead soon after.



The baby's mother, Rachel Hill, had more questions than answers Friday about her son's death.

"He was a healthy baby," she said. "He was cute and quiet and loving - the most precious thing on Earth."

Dwight's aunt, Crystal Hill, said the last time the mother and child visited recently, he was doing fine.

"I just don't understand if he was healthy then, how could things just change in an instant?" Crystal Hill said.



Police and Child Protective Services are investigating the circumstances of the death and the baby's background in case abuse led to the death, said Officer Lisa Peasley, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman, and Liz Barker, a CPS spokeswoman.



"The Tucson Police Department has the preliminary autopsy report. However, due to the nature of the investigation, we won't be able to go into anymore detail at this time," said Sgt. Mark Robinson, a police spokesman.



Dwight had been in foster care for about a week, according to a police report. However, Rachel Hill said Dwight had been in the foster home for 16 days.

The family would not say why Dwight was placed into state custody.



CPS will not release information about the boy's record to protect the child's privacy, Barker said. The foster home will be inspected to ensure the safety of any other children in the home, she said.



This is at least the second child to die in foster care this year in the Tucson area, according to Arizona Daily Star archives.

In August, 1-year-old Emily Mays, died after living in a foster home on the Southeast Side for less than one month. Tucson police have not released the cause of death, and authorities were investigating to determine when she suffered injuries.







Tucson foster mother arrested in death of baby

Nov 25, 2005, 09:13 AM MST



A foster mother who brought a 4-month-old baby to a Tucson doctor's office where the child was pronounced dead has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.



Guadalupe Gomez, 47, took 4-month-old Dwight Hill to the doctor on Nov. 17 because he had become lethargic, police said. The doctor pronounced him dead.



An autopsy ruled the death a homicide due to blunt force trauma. Tucson police Sgt. Mark Robinson would not disclose details.

A police report said officers at the doctor's office didn't notice any marks on the child.



The baby's aunt, Crystal Hill, said he was taken from his mother the day he was born because she tested positive for cocaine. The baby did not test positive for drugs, Hill said. He was placed at Casa de los Nios crisis nursery.



Gomez became his foster mother 11 days before the boy's death.

"The last time my sister saw him was four days before (he died)," Hill said. "He was good, really healthy."







Thursday, November 24, 2005

Foster mother arrested in infant's death

HEIDI ROWLEY

hrowley@tucsoncitizen.com



A Tucson foster mom has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of a 4-month-old boy.



On Nov. 16, Guadalupe Gomez, 47, took Dwight Hill to the doctor because he had become lethargic, police said. By the time she arrived, he was dead, they said.



An autopsy ruled it a homicide due to blunt force trauma. Police Sgt. Mark Robinson would not disclose details.

A police report said officers who responded at the time of the boy's death did not notice unusual marks on the body.



An aunt, Crystal Hill, said Dwight was taken from his mother at birth on July 10 because she tested positive for cocaine. The baby did not test positive for drugs, said Hill. He was placed at Casa de los Nios crisis nursery.

Then, 11 days before his death, he was given to Gomez, of the 5600 block of East Farmridge Drive, Robinson said.



"The last time my sister saw him was four days before (he died)," Hill said. "He was good, really healthy."



The police report said the child vomited before being taken to the doctor, and Gomez's husband asked what was wrong with him.



The day after the death, family members had Dwight's 2-year-old sister removed from the home through a court order, Hill said.

Robinson said four children, including Dwight, were living at the home.

The other three were taken by state Child Protective Services.



Robinson said Gomez and her husband had been foster parents for three years.



Gomez was arrested yesterday and booked into the Pima County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse.



It was the second homicide of a child in the care of CPS this year.

Emily Mays, 16 months, died Aug. 23 in Tucson from what investigators called "nonaccidental injuries" while in foster care.



There have been no arrests.

Police could not determine where or how she was injured.







Saturday, December 10, 2005

Autopsy doesn't call child death a homicide

DAVID L. TEIBEL

news@tucsoncitizen.com



A Pima County medical examiner could not determine whether the Aug. 23 death of a 16-month-old girl in state foster care was a homicide, but police vow to continue pursuing the case as a murder.



There has been no arrest in the death of Emily A. Mays, but Assistant Police Chief John Leavitt said that, despite an autopsy finding that the manner of her death could not be determined, "it's a homicide, and there is no doubt in the minds of the detectives it's a homicide."



"All the officers who have worked on this case have worked their hardest to find who killed Emily Mays and bring the person responsible for this to justice.

"We have a case that we will present to the county attorney," Leavitt said, explaining it will be up to county prosecutors to determine whether charges should be sought in the death and, if so, what kind and against whom.



The autopsy was done Aug. 26 by Chief Deputy Pima County Medical Examiner Dr. Eric D. Peters.



"The child's death is due to blunt impact(s) to the head . . . the manner of death is certified as undetermined," Peters reported.

In his report, a copy of which was obtained by the Tucson Citizen under a state public records request, Peters also wrote, "the child's death is due to a non-natural and violent cause."



But, Peters wrote, "after a thorough review of the medical records, police reports, witness statements and a complete autopsy examination, it is unclear if the injuries suffered were homicidal or accidental."



The child's injuries included scrapes and bruises on her scalp, face and torso, as well as to her left leg and left foot, Peters noted.



Leavitt said, however, that interviews of doctors who treated Emily when she was taken to a hospital and other evidence gathered by detectives point to homicide.



Based on that, Leavitt said, a homicide case could be successfully prosecuted, even with the autopsy finding.

The finding does not exclude homicide as a manner of death, said Dr. Bruce O. Parks, Pima County's medical examiner.

But, he added, "Peters did not feel he had enough evidence to comfortably say an individual took her life."



Emily had lived in a state-licensed foster home for less than a month before she died.

The foster parents, who live on the Southeast Side, have not been publicly identified, and police have provided no details of how they think Emily died.



The child was taken to Tucson Medical Center on Aug. 23 and placed on life support, but died at 8:25 p.m. after being removed from life support.



Staff Writer Paul L. Allen contributed to this article.







UPDATE: Break In Baby Case

Dec 9, 2005, 10:25 AM MST

Mark Stine KOLD News 13 Reporter

Posted: 12-8-05



Pictures and memories of Emily Mays are all her family has left.

Emily's great aunt, Charlotte Stacker, told KOLD, "It's been very hard, the mother's not handling it very well at all."

They've been trying to cope with the loss of Emily for more than three months. "There should be an arrest by now and this should be going to trial because that was just a baby and she was innocent," Stacker said.



Sergeant Ramon Batista said, "Emily Mays has been re-classified as a homicide and its still under investigation."



The family attorney, Thea Gilbert said, "We have no idea why Emily's case took so long at the coroners office to get those answers and we still don't have any of those answers."



Still, no one is charged with Emily's murder. Stacker told us, "I think Emily's killer is the people where she lived, so why are they looking? Who else could it be?"



"Autopsy reports show the child died of blunt force trauma," Batista said.



But the family says Emily's mom didn't get this information from police. "She wants to know why the police didn't tell her this before, it was on the news. She should be the first to know everything, her and her father," Stacker said.



"We've had a very difficult time getting information from Child Protective Services. Nobody tells us anything really, we're the last to know," Gilbert told KOLD.



The family claims there were signs Emily was not in good hands. "Emily lost 12 pounds in less than a month. Now you know something isn't right if a baby loses 12 pounds in less than a month." In a picture taken at a supervised visit with Emily's mom, three weeks after going into foster care, the family noticed a bruise over Emily's eye. They say the foster parents claim Emily fell and bumped her head.



"Emily wasn't hurt here. Emily was a happy child here and so were her brothers and sisters. Emily was hurt where she was staying," Stacker said.



The family and their lawyer just want justice for this innocent 16-month-old.



"To not have a resolution, to not have an answer, I think, continues putting all kids in foster care at risk," Gilbert said.

"We just want justice. We'll never get over it, but at least we'll have a bit more peace within ourselves," Stacker told KOLD News 13.



These are the exact same injuries, int he exact same part of town, and some dates are relevant to my son's abuse in my original story.I believe it was more than just the foster parents, that CPS agents had something to do with it.
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Delusional and psychotic?

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

You don't sound delusional or psychotic to me- you sound like a mother who loves her son and wants nothing more than to bring him home where he is safe.



I really hope you're able to get your son back soon. Sounds like he misses his life and his 'Mama'.
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