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Georgia CPS Kidnap Child – No Reason Given

November 13, 2012 in California, Child Protective Services, Georgia

My family and I just moved to Georgia less than 4 months ago due to our home burning down in California. We have three children 2 of them on college and a 12-year-old handicap child.

Since moving here, we have fought the school system for her basic federal right to an education. The school has violated her FAPE fights and her IDEA rights as well as harming her to the point were they called us to come pick her up.

We took her to the hospital. I signed a paper for her to have a 72-hour evaluation at which point Child Protective Services (CPS) came and took her before without notification or reason. It took us a week to find out where our child was and what had happen. When we asked as to why they had removed our little girl, they said it was not due to neglect or abuse yet refused to give us a reason. This freaked us out, so I called the police. I actually believed she had been kidnapped.

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They were no help, as you can imagine, once they found out CPS was involved. All rights educational, medical, and financial have been removed. They refused to allow us to appear in court for her. CPS withheld the location and time of her hearing. After 2+ weeks I was finally allowed a supervised visit, my child who immediately told me she had been spanked. She had what looked like a cigarette burn on her face and a large wound on her neck (3 inches long and 1 inch wide) – both wounds were fresh.

They refused to allow me to take pictures of her wounds. The caseworker only said, “We will look into it,” regarding the spankings she is receiving while in foster care.

When she left our care her skin was fresh, clean, dry and in good shape. The school had also mistreated her allowing her to become dirty and covered in food. I had asked them many times to respect her dignity over these matters and other issues. Yet she would come home from school crying daily for being punished at school because she would ask questions regarding her work.

The main reason I am writing is to obtain help. CPS has broken many laws in regards to our handicap child she has multiple handicaps and cannot speak well, but her mind is “normal” and she knows sign language fluently.

Neither CPS nor school has provided a translator to aid in communication for her. They have also failed to provide her vitally needed medical equipment, which was on loan to the school and never returned.

I know it doubtful this email will realistically get any help or results, but I just had to get this off my chest. Our family is in fear that they will kill her or do great bodily harm, not knowing her intense medical needs.

They actually sent her home to die as an infant. We had told them we wouldn’t allow that to happen, if at all in our power. She is now 12 going on 13. She is very smart and has over come just about all her complex medical issues. She can walk, run, play, learn, sing – she loves to sing (even though most of which is unintelligible) to the common person. Her favorite band is Big Time Rush, which is age appropriate (and cute) anyway.

Shealynn is our joy, our reason for living our life. She has never been abused in any form at home. The fact that I cannot protect her now rips my heart out. A hole has been, ripped through our souls by an entity, which seems too big for us to battle, but we will give it our all – although I am doubtful of winning. I feel it in my heart, that feeling a mom gets when something’s wrong with her child, its magnified by 20,0000.

 

S.Y., in Georgia

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Fresno CPS Steals Children

August 26, 2012 in California, Child Protective Services, corruption, Kidjacked

I’m writing this on behalf of Ms. Coleman. She’s just devastated because of what’s happening. We now have information that the CPS worker had keys to Caroll’s property in Paso Robles and the public defender that Caroll was assigned has been making nothing but excuses and canceling all the appointment’s that Caroll has made.

Fresno Arch on Van Ness Avenue

Fresno, California

Ms. Coleman lives in Creston, Ca. After her husband died she met Paul Bethel through a friend from Clovis, Ca. They got together and had a daughter. She moved in with Mr. Bethel and he later became violent. She moved out and into a home in Clovis, trying to get along with Mr. Bethel.  Mr. Bethel beat her up pretty badly and was charged and convicted. Mr. Bethel continued to harass Caroll and got her evicted from her home so she moved back to Creston, Ca where her house is. Mr. Bethel did not like this and stole all of Caroll’s and her children’s belongings helping her move out of the home in Clovis. He was to put everything in storage but did not.  Caroll was at her home in Creston when Mr. Bethel started calling CPS.  A worker named Alisha Dozier showed up at Caroll’s home, looked things over and said everything looked okay.

Caroll came to my home in Fresno over a weekend waiting for her storage to open Monday morning,  I was going to help her with her things she had in storage.  When Monday came, this was April 16, 2012 at about 10 am there was a knock at the door, Caroll answered the door and there was police saying Caroll had a warrant for her arrest. Caroll came and got me and she went outside and asked what the warrant was for.  One of the officers stepped back and a woman stepped forward, it was this Alisha Dozier she told Caroll she was here to take the child.

Caroll asked what child because she has two children and she also had her brothers son who she had been taking care of for about a month. Alisha Dozier looked like she did not know what to say after that, then one officer said to take this into the house.

Caroll again ask why she wanted to take the children and then one of the officers told Caroll to “shut up and she knew why cause she’s the one that caused this.” Caroll then told her son to go with his sister and take care of her. Then my brother came out of his room to see what was going on.  My brother asked if they had a warrant and the officer said he did not need one, and told my brother,  “don’t you think I checked into that before coming here”.

Caroll then asked if the children could go to her mothers house which lived not to far from me. Alisha told her that her mother had to be checked first. Now all this is happening with no kind of paper work whatsoever. CPS Alisha Dozier had no paperwork and the police had no paperwork, mind you that it was not just one or two officers they brought the Swat Team.  Caroll has no record and I don’t think the reason for taking the children was for drinking, as Alisha said.

So here we have a CPS worker for another county come to Fresno, with no kind of paperwork, brings the Fresno PD and takes Caroll’s children. And to top that off there is no record of Fresno police department coming to my home.

Carolls oldest is 13 or 14 Alisha Dozier left with all three children and drove to Caroll’s mothers home and dropped off Caroll’s brothers son with Caroll’s mother and did not even get out of the car. She parked across the street, according to Caroll’s Mother.

Then Alisha Dozier drove to Paul Bethel’s house out in Clovis, according to Caroll’s oldest child. In the mean time, Caroll and her mother were on the phone calling CPS trying to find out what was going on, with no results. It took three or four days before Caroll or her mother got ahold of somebody and were given a court date.

According to Caroll’s oldest son, when they finally got to Paso Robles, Alisha Dozier was met by someone who started yelling at her.  Alisha Dozier has not been seen since. The day of Court the Supervisor of Alisha gave Caroll a card and said it was her new worker.

Come to find out that was not Alisha’s Supervisor just someone trying to cover up what had happened or was part of the plan to take the children. This new worker’s name is Sara Tindula. Caroll has never seen or talked to this person except over the phone one time. She’s the person that told Caroll of a court Date.

Alisha Dozier was the one that came to Caroll’s house and met Caroll and is the one that came to my home in Fresno with the police, but this new worker Sara Tindula is the person who signed all the papers on the detention report with all of the allegations and has never been to either home, and has never talked to Caroll other than on the phone one time…yet she’s the ones filing the reports.

Now this report says Caroll fled San Luis Obispo County when in fact she came back to Fresno to get the rest of her things here to move back to her home in Creston. Caroll was moving away to be away from Mr. Bethel. The court in San Luis gave the children to Paul Bethel’s brother David Bethel, which gives Paul access to his daughter any time he wants.

Mr. Bethel has taken his daughter from his brother’s home at all hours of the day or night and to make things worse David Bethel and his wife went to SSA and filed to receive money that Caroll receives for her son, and did this without any authority whatsoever.

What gets me is that they filed before the children where even picked up by CPS! SSA is looking into the matter but has not done anything as of yet. They now have split the children and the oldest is living elsewhere.  CPS has still not even looked into giving Caroll’s mother the children. At a court hearing with Caroll in San Luis, they wanted to transfer the case to Fresno County.

The only reason I can think of is because they screwed up.

The Judge in San Luis told Caroll she could have her children returned to her once Fresno had picked up the case.

Fresno has picked up the case and Caroll still does not have her children back. During this time we have been looking into what had happened. Come to find out the CPS worker that came and took the children knows Paul Bethel very well, and has been a long-time family friend. In fact there’s a person named Kathy here in Fresno that works for the District Attorney and is related to Alisha Dozier by marriage.

We have reached the real Supervisor of Ms. Dozier in Paso Robles and she was not even aware of what had happened she says, but she has to know.  One of her workers, Ms. Dozier, is nowhere to be found.

We have made contact with a Regional Supervisor, which said she would look into it for Caroll and was going to have an Administrative Hearing. Caroll has asked for an Administrative Hearing several times without any results.  She has asked to file complaints and no one seems to want to help. Everyone keeps making up excuses. Caroll does not have the money for a good attorney which wants at the least a $5,000 retainer.

Someone has to put a stop to this madness. Caroll has been tested two times and passed all tests. Ms. Coleman has also been harassed by Fresno Police Department. I happened to be with her one of the times and this officer came at Caroll with so much force I thought he was going to hit her, he even told her he wanted to rip her throat out. If I was not there I would not believe it, but he did.  He acted as if he was calling in our ID’s. He physically searched her out in the middle of a parking lot without a female officer present, and had her take her bra off and jump up and down.

When we got home, Caroll called her mother, which called Fresno PD, and they told her there was no stop by Fresno PD on myself or Caroll.  This is bull, and Caroll was stopped two more times by this officer and his partner, the last time Caroll’s mother was in the car and when the officer saw her he sped off.

I’m a Vietnam Veteran and never in my life have I seen an officer or a CPS worker and court system so screwed up. This is a SHAME to us all.

John Banias
Fresno, Ca 93727

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Record and Document Everything…

August 12, 2012 in biological parents, California, Child Protective Services, corruption

After 22 months, my children are finally back in my home.  One year ago, we got a company, other than DCFS, as our caseworker for the case.  I think DCFS realized how much information I had gathered against them, and knew they had to get away from me being able to utilize their checks and balance systems.Devi and Arul, two street children. Thiruvanmi...

Thus, I have quite a bit of explanation with regard to where all the bizarre information and services that were recommended came from.  The mistruths from DCFS go all the way back to the first day I came in contact with them.

I highly suggest that one keeps accurate and detailed records about what is said to DCFS from their own mouths along with what DCFS tells you.  I also suggest that you push your attorney, especially if it is the court appointed one, for copies of everything that is in your files.  Take the time to read every piece of information several times so that your emotions are not getting in the way.

My family has beet through total H-E- double hockey sticks because of this case, and it came pretty close to destroying my family.  I held on.  I almost didn’t.  DCFS has to be stopped from being able to legally do what they do.  I plan on taking quite an active role in bringing their deceit out in the open once they close my case.  As it sits right now, they still have legal guardianship over my children, and I am not going to rock the boat till I have that back.

Every single service my children and I have been put through has been done through their fabrication of what was happening to and with my family.

It is a total outrage that they can do this legally, and they need to be stopped…one case at a time.

California Mom

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Help bring Westin home…

July 12, 2012 in California, Child Protective Services, corruption, post parental termination

My parental rights were terminated by a referee in LANCASTER, CA on JUNE 25th 2012. I need to know if there is any way I can get my son back, or get visitation, it seems this situation is hopeless. Even if it is hopeless I will not rest until I know my son is okay.

I am trying to understand the appeal process and rehearing?  I don’t know which papers to file, and I can’t find a decent attorney that even gives a shit to even look at my case without a $10,000 retainer. I am not going to be ripped off by another whack job from honolulu that I trusted, but later find out he was never on my side all along.

I was tricked into signing a waiver of rights, and  was late for my TPR contested hearing and they proceeded to terminate my rights without me. I can’t even look at my own child’s file anymore. I will not give up! If I have to I will die fighting this unjust system.

We were not even granted a “goodbye visit.”   I never got the chance to explain to him what was going on, let alone talk to the judge throughout this whole case to tell my side of the story. The social worker would cut visits off if I even started to explain to him or tell him that I love him and will never give up on him, that was considered details of the case which we were never allowed to talk about.

Wes is 5 years old and was taken from me in Sept 2009. I’ve been fighting for 3 years to get him back.  But I am only a mother, one person against all these wolves. They don’t play fair, and I  didn’t go to any law school, and all this rules of court, welfare code, is a different language to me. My brain feels like it wants to explode. My heart feels shattered, and my soul is handicapped from the piece that is missing.

His father is in prison until 2014 and has only been established as the “alleged father” Because I had no idea he didn’t have rights until paternity was established, and I don’t have any clue on how to go about doing that.

I went through the rehab and parenting classes, and the grief counselling, and whatever else I understood the court asked me to do. And then they yanked everything I had been working for the past 9 months with one missed test. And with only a couple month to do what it had taken me almost a year to do, the Court ordered me to do it again.  My life has been hell ever since, even more now that I am not allowed to see my son anymore, and I don’t know if they have moved him again with another strange family.

Please do not excuse my pleading for help as just a request from another worthless drug addict that can’t take care of her kid, because that is what the record seem to look like and what society pictures when I try to explain the situation.

I now realize that they were building my character in the record from day one and the lies they told to make me look crazy to restrict visitation, so they could make visiting miserable only under their supervision.

My son is everything in my life, and they can’t deny that. Every visit up until the end was explained as excellent, and well planned for. In that alone should of been evidence enough to grant the “parent and child bond that would be detrimental to terminate”… but nobody seems to care about anything besides the money.

The department did not make “reasonable efforts” There is nothing reasonable about this whole thing. The department and adoption company “PennyLane” have put us both through hell, and set up obstacles to sabotage reunification. If you don’t believe me, just ask any parent that has been forced to prove themselves to the California juvenile court.

There was no evidence that this mother physically or emotionally abused her children, or neglected the children as to feeding, clothing and maintaining his health. Additionally, when initially contacted, and before intervention by the CPS, mother owned her own home, was not on public assistance, and the child was up to date on all immunizations, and thriving in the home.

I don’t know what evidence I had to show to these people to prove that. It would of been obvious to anyone that actually took the time to personally assess the situation, but it seems that this case is nothing but a file to be pushed on to the next guy, and just another number.

This is my sons life, and my life, and our family has been torn apart by this crazy system. It just almost seems unreal.

Can you please help me in the appropriate steps that I need to take for justice to be served? If you don’t believe that you can help please pass my information to anyone that might be able to help me.  I’ve got another promised date to enter another rehab in a couple weeks. Not sure if it will  do any good, since my rights have already been terminated.

I need the best appeal lawyer I can find as soon as possible that will not take no for an answer and he needs to have heart. I also need someone to personally explain all this procedure. Also, I wish for anyone to go over this case and find errors that are appealable. I also need a miracle.

Thank You for your time and concern, and God bless.

Respectfully,
Paula, California

Kinship care vs Fostering

October 15, 2011 in California, DCF, DCFS, DHS, family rights, foster parents, grandparents rights, Idaho, Michigan

I’ve had several people in the past few weeks tell me that they wish to care for their own family members – as opposed to having them placed in foster care, with strangers. These grandparents, aunts, uncles and other close relatives are being told they must become certified foster parents.

Advocating for Children in Foster and Kinship Care: A Guide to Getting the Best out of the System for Caregivers and Practitioners Federal law requires that state social workers attempt to find suitable placement for “at risk” children, who are removed from their home. In many cases the state is merely paying lip-service and doesn’t actually follow the law.

This is a violation of federal law and the state can lose their federal funding. You should always report such violations of federal law to your U.S. House Representation. Call and request an investigation. You will need to provide them with a legal release form, along with the facts and any supporting documents.

Just today the Idaho Press-Tribune ran an interesting article:

In Idaho, more grandparents still in parental role

Many grandparents who take in grandchildren qualify for a $300 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grant. The amount is the same regardless of the number of children in a family.

Grandparents also can become certified as foster parents, and take in their own grandchildren through the state system. That means more financial support. Monthly foster payments per child in Idaho range from $274 to $431 based on age; payments increase if children have special needs. Foster children get Medicaid cards and other benefits.

But many families don’t want to do that, Perry said. Some bristle at the idea of giving the state that much control over their families, even temporarily.

“They feel taking care of their own family is their responsibility,” he said.

Tracee Crawford, one of the leaders of the Grandparents as Parents of the Treasure Valley, a Southwest Idaho support group, said grandparents sometimes hesitate to ask for help of any kind, afraid that if they make trouble, their children will take the grandchildren away.

Becoming a legal guardian, another option, comes with its own complications, including steep legal costs, said Crawford.

She became part of a kin-care family when her daughter had cancer. Crawford cared for her and her grandson until her daughter died. She’s been in long legal battles with her former son-in-law over visitation rights with her grandson.

“To become a legal guardian, you have to prove a parent — your child — is unfit,” she said. “That’s really hard to do” — factually and emotionally.

Each state is different, which makes it difficult to know exactly what the law is your own state.

In my own case, I was shocked to find that while I was getting monthly kinship care checks from the State of California of ($357 – back in 2002), at the same time, another relative had a sibling to my grandson. The only difference was that they lived in Michigan; her checks from the State of Michigan – $123.  I felt bad for her because this child has autism and even in Michigan $123. doesn’t go far.

Be sure you check into your own states law, make a few phone calls, talk to an attorney and check out a few state websites before you sign anything. The choice you make could make a big difference in just how much help you are entitled to.

On that note, let me just remind you that if you accept money from the state, you accept all the strings that go along with that money, but it’s better than starving — maybe. We didn’t like giving up so much of our privacy, so we stopped received state funds many years ago – as soon as we could stand on our own two feet.

Knowledge is Power! Exercise your brain.

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