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Advance Battle Plan…

April 20, 2011 in California, Child Protective Services, CPS, DCFS, DHS, family court, parental rights, termination of parental rights

If you speak to anyone who has ever dealt with the Child Protective Services (CPS) engine, they will likely tell you they wish they had been informed of their rights prior to the initial contact.

Most parents don’t believe CPS is a problem agency, until they have been contacted and frankly, by then it is simply too late. You can’t expect to win a battle when you don’t know or understand the rules of how the game is played.

Just ask any chess player. You must know the role of each piece and how they move and attack. Each piece is different and they all have their strengths and weaknesses, which can been leveraged to your advantage or used against you.

Don Lyons is a parent, who has faced CPS and won his battle — learning a lot about how the system works along the way. His precious girls were placed into the foster care system, he was threatened with the loss of his parental rights and suffered a litany of dirty tricks, lies and scandalous behavior. To his credit, he fought the system, Pro se and won.

Pro se legal representation refers to the instance of a person representing himself or herself without a lawyer in a court proceeding, whether as a defendant or a plaintiff and whether the matter is civil or criminal. Pro se is a Latin phrase meaning “for oneself”.

He explains the rules as they apply here in California and in most states. He walks you through the legal process and provides critical details that you must know, if you plan to beat the ugly beast known as family court.

Bill Sullivan writes,

“In his book, “Warning: The Truth about Child Protective Services and The Staggering Impact on Society,” my friend Don Lyons, documents 5 different ways they can get paid.

Also Many Judges’ retirement is tied to the number of cases where DCFS is deemed to be benefactor for the children or they actually sit on boards for the operators of Foster homes.

Don’s first book, Warning: The Truth About Child Protective Services and The Staggering Impact on Society, has been widely read and has helped many parents successfully gain the return of their children from state custody.

His new book will be announced shortly, so be sure to check back for more information on his latest book.

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Warning: The Truth About Child Protective Services
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Proof of Innocence?

February 3, 2011 in DHS, due process, false accusation, family court, Pennsylvania

Love your website. Thank you so much for sharing it with those of us who have been raped by the system. Although, I am so sorry and upset that it is even an issue in this country!

I thought I would share a little bit of my story with you.

First, I have a friend who is a social worker who was helping me the moments before CPS came to my door. She told me to let them in or they will get a warrant and that it looks guilty if I don’t. So I let them in.

I let them interview my children. The worker interviewed my two older children together. My 8-year-old generally tells the truth, unless my bossy 11-year-old is around to sway her. My mother was the one who reported me. My 11-year-old went along with the story that my mother cooked up because she really wanted to live with my mom because she “buys her things” (this she said later in front of a CPS-paid counselor). Also, I think it’s important to note that I have cut all ties with my mom since this incident in August.

Anyway, when the CPS worker then came from her interview with the kids and asked me what happened, I told her the truth, to which she replied, “Well, I always believe the kids.”

Then why ask for my side? They wanted to kick me out of my house for seven days. I refused to sign any papers until morning when an attorney could look them over but agreed to leave my home anyway.

The worker then threatened to remove my children and put them in foster care if I did not sign the papers. They were not an admission of guilt, but an agreement to leave. I did not know that at the time, but I felt like I was signing under duress and couldn’t think clearly to even know what I was signing. It was awful. I was even breastfeeding at the time but they didn’t care.

They ended up opening a case for 90-days. Two social workers, a parenting coach and a counselor, were hired by CPS from an outside agency to come into my home three times per week. They also forced me to put my two year old son into daycare for the first time in his life. I am a stay-at-home mom so this was very traumatic for him.

They also had a counselor from an outside counseling agency come into my home to see the children once a week. After the counselors and social workers came into my home, they told me that I am a great mom, that my family situation is not one that they would typically be called to, and that they have reported only good things to CPS.

After complaints from my friends to CPS and my lawyer to the prosecutor about the initial case worker who illegally forced me to sign papers, they moved my case worker to another county. I got a new case worker who was, thankfully, much more intelligent. But it was too late. They already decided to substantiate “hitting” and “psychological and emotional abuse.”

I am appealing this decision. I have a hearing in about two weeks. I still have my attorney, which I have spent $1,000 to retain for this whole ordeal. Hopefully, it will be done soon because I don’t have very much money left. I am not sure how to defend myself and prove my innocence because to those who don’t know me and my family personally, it looks like I am simply pointing the finger at my mom for the blame and not taking any responsibility. But it is the truth!

I have some questions that I would like to pose to you because I have been researching, but I can’t find any information about. Firstly, how can they take an anonymous phone call from someone and not allow you to address your accuser, as a rapist or attempted murderer would be allowed to do? How is that legal?

Secondly, how are the infamous CPS state lists, going by various names from state to state, legal? The people who’s names are on the lists are guilty until proven innocent, which is the complete opposite of what our legal system is supposed to be. These lists are a collection of opinions not necessarily based on fact or evidence. Furthermore, they share this information with employers, but confess that all information regarding our cases are confidential because it’s a juvenile matter. That is contradictory and confusing.

I am just so torn up about this and I wish I had a million dollars because I would be the one who goes to the Supreme Court about outlawing those lists and confidential tips.

Thanks again for all you are doing,
Kim,
Pennsylvania

Another Shattered Family!

December 26, 2010 in Child Protective Services, DHS, Tennessee, Visitation

Hi, I’m not sure how much information I can give without getting myself in trouble or jeopardizing my case to get my son back but, I need some people to reach out and help me and give me advice so here it goes:

I have been a foster mom in the state of Tennessee for almost 2 years, I have helped many children and I am still in touch with the ones that were old enough to keep in touch with me. Most of them still call me momma, which warms my heart.

Well, one of my foster daughters (age 17) stole my vehicle to run away in (mind you there, is no information on the records they gave me about her run away charges) . She led the police on a 105 mph car chase, which ended with my vehicle being totaled, after she took out 75 foot of guardrail and a 2010 Sheriff’s car. Thank God, no one was hurt.

I filed a claim with the State of Tennessee, requesting payment for the damages, I did not even ask for the amount that it would take to replace the vehicle and pay for the guardrail. They denied my claim, stating I need to prove DHS negligent.

I have all of the proof I need to prove them negligent but, I haven’t been able to work on my appeal because they came and took my 2 foster sons on Friday, the 10th of December.

My daughter was in a car wreck, a school bus ran her off the road. We were in an ambulance, on our way to the hospital around 4:30 p.m. that afternoon. I got a call from my mother, who was caring for my son, while I was at the hospital, with my daughter. She told me I needed to get to her house immediately that CPS and a police officer were there about my son.

Thank God, my daughter was okay and we were leaving the hospital when she called. I talked to my mom several times while we were on our way to her house. We were told that if my husband came to my parent’s house he would be arrested (he is on the sex offender registry) and that he was not allowed around my son.

I got there and spoke with them; I told them that by law my husband is allowed to be around my son. The officer said well, “If he comes in here, I will arrest him.”

CPS didn’t take my son that night and I did sign a hand written safety plan stating that I would not let my son be around my husband unsupervised. We went to the local Sheriff’s office and one of their investigators said that was not grounds for removal from our home. She looked up the laws from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations stating that my husband could be around my son all day and night but could not sleep in the same house. (My husband filed a no lo contender plea in 1993 three years after the alleged crime)

We are in the process of having his name taken off the registry, since it was not suppose to be there in the first place.

Well, I called the CPS office and gave them the investigators name and number so that she could get the information regarding the law for herself. A CPS worker asked if my son, my husband and I could meet her at the DCS office to talk, I said sure. We went there and talked to her, she told me to make certain that when they were together that the visit was supervised.

We thought everything was fine and going great, when on December 16th, I got a call from the CPS worker asking if Aiden and I could come to the office the next day to sign a safety plan. My mom and daughter were invited to come along as well, if they wanted to.

I didn’t have a problem with this, since I had already signed a hand written safety plan.

When arrived there the next day, I discovered that I had been lied to! They did not want me to sign a Safety Plan — they took my son!!!!

I had done everything they asked me to do; we followed every law. I told them again, what I told them on the 10th of December, that I am willing do whatever it takes to keep my son at home (which is suppose to be their main goal). If necessary, I would divorce my husband whom I love with all my heart and I would make him leave the property. (We have a garage apartment where he sleeps at night.)

The Supervisor of CPS told me that my son was being taken because of my bad choice of my son’s father and my bad choice of marrying a sex offender, who does not have a record, other than that charge 20 years ago. 

We went to court. The judge said she knew my husband and that he was a good guy, but she lets DCS/CPS make these kinds of decisions. She supported their opinions.

I was unable to spend Christmas with my little boy. He did not get to wake up to Santa. This is tearing my family apart. I am allowed only one visit a week for 4-hours.

My mom is a licensed foster parent as well, so she has my son, but they still have to tear him off me, when it is time for me to leave. Not only have they taken me away from my son, they have taken my away from the support of my family.

I was told the only way to get my son back is to divorce my husband. Why should I have to do that? It is not against the law — but that is what I am doing after writing this letter. The divorce papers will be filed tomorrow. On what grounds I am not sure. I don’t know maybe the grounds will be the State of Tennessee is making me get a divorce, so my son can come home and I can have the rest of my family back together.

We go to court in a week and a half. If I am not granted my son back into my custody, things are going to get very bad in this county and in the State of Tennessee. You will be seeing this story on the news and in the paper, even on CNN. I will do what ever it takes to get my son home — he is my life.

Please if you know of anything or anyone that can help me, in this short amount of time, please let me know.

A.J. in Tennessee

Colorado DHS Hearings

July 25, 2010 in Colorado, corruption, DHS

Hello everyone,
 
I am not sure how anyone else felt about the meeting and we may be alone in our frustration, but I thought I would share my feelings and the feelings of my daughters, who were suppose to be the population that was the subject of this meeting…
 
We were so excited to share our story, sitting there for several hours listening to a few stories from parents that made my daughters and I cry because of the similarities to what we went through.  But the majority of our time spent was listening to nonprofits promote their services and county officials promote the department, that to be totally frank, are all a part of that same broken system.
 
We watched as parent after parent (including myself) were cut off by time constraints, yet many of the “Non-parents” testifying were given 15 minutes to elaborate through questions from the panel.  For example the commissioner who spoke, anyone who has ever reported their end-of-the-year budget numbers can attest to the fact that those numbers can and are manipulated to read what they want them to.  Why was that even a part of the discussion?
 
Why were they given more time to explain away the county/department’s failures? Why were nonprofits able to speak to promote their goals?
 
Although I think that this meeting was a step in the right direction, It was, for me, no different than the many times I have stood in court and in DHS meetings, and rushed through, never having the opportunity to say what needs to be said.
 
For me it felt like a waste of time.  For my daughters, it felt like, yet again there were people claiming to care about what they have been through just to turn it into a discussion about everything except them, the children effected by DHS. 
 
They wanted me to tell our story and then ask the panel for permission for them to speak for the children.  After I spoke and sat down next to them they told me that it would be a waste of time for them to share because the panel was not listening anyway. That is how they felt, the children who were suppose to be at the heart of the discussion.
 
It is unfortunate that they didn’t get to hear our story because it would have given them just one of the many examples of the long-term damage inflicted by this broken system.  It would have given them a chance to hear how children were saved from possibly becoming one of those children who lost their life because of the department’s failures.  My children were saved, not by the department, or the court, but by the children’s bravery to continue asking for help until someone finally listened to them.
 
It’s unfortunate that they didn’t take the time to listen.
 
Thank you Rosemary, for including us and trying to give us a chance to tell our story.
 
Barb

Barb Farrell
3436 Hampton Drive
Fort Collins, Colorado  80525
970-308-2591 Cell
970-204-1682 Home
barbfarrell0519@yahoo.com

Corruption Reins!

August 31, 2009 in corruption, DHS, family court, investigation, Oklahoma, police

On Wednesday evening, my children and I were having bible study at our home. Shortly after the fellowship left, the children and I were enjoying a little family time, watching television, when we heard three hard knocks on our door.

I went to the door and opened it, not realizing there were three police officers standing there. I walked outside and asked what the problem was.

They asked me my name, and how many children there are in the home.

I replied, "Three".

They stated, "We are here to take your children."

I asked in fear, "Why, what did I do?"

Corruption Reins!

The officers said, "We are here to take your children," and grabbed my right wrist twisting it behind my back. I fell to my knees and they pulled me to the curb, while hearing my children crying NO! NO!

The officers put me in the police car and signaled for a unit that consisted of three car loads of Department of Human Service (D.H.S) workers. They drove to the front of my house and took my children, and then told me if I signed the necessary papers they would let me out of the hand cuffs.

As I signed the necessary papers, one officer asked another, "Why did you give her those papers?" The other officer stated that the children are hers.

They did not tell me why they took my children away, until after I had signed the papers. I am traumatized now and do not feel safe anymore, in my own town. These officers and D.H.S. workers have traumatized my children and me. There was no probable cause for them to take away my children and the traumatic experience we had to face.

The system needs help. What must be done for the 10,000 or more children who are facing traumatic experiences just being in the system? The system is made to keep the people in the system.

It is unfair and unjust. This causes our children to grow up as angry teenagers and adults fearing the authority at hand. They rob us of our joy and destiny. Situations like this create a financial setback, for families already struggling, then to have to hire attorney, can ruin a family.

Families need liberty not legalism, free of manipulation and control.

The accusations that were recorded in the official DHS report are not accurate. They made up lies, testified falsely at court and there was no evidence of cause, for their actions. They lied numerous times in court. If I have to swear under oath (to tell the truth), why didn’t they have to?

Again the house wins; they stated my children have to go through a forensic investigation — that was not necessary. I still have a scared knee and two swollen wrist from being handcuffed too tightly and being pulled forcefully.

Please pray for our safety.

Kreshardra W.

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