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Oregon Child Kidnapping

June 26, 2016 in Child Protective Services, CPS

LANE COUNTY CHILD WELFARE KIDNAPPING CHILDREN AGAIN
Press release

cps-memeEugene, OR: June 26, 2016 — Although 3 ½ year old M.E.D. has not yet been removed from his parents loving care as of yet, his parents fought back against Lane County DHS Child Welfare and filed a Federal lawsuit against the state on June 8th after discovering massive amounts of fraud that had occurred by DHS case workers over the last six months in regards to the mishandling of their case. In direct retaliation, the father’s disability benefits were slashed to next to nothing and the agency filed a “new” bogus child welfare case in an attempt to sidestep the Federal courts established jurisdiction over the matter.

The story unfolds after the mother took M.E.D. to the Riverbend Emergency Room last December to get him checked out. After the doctors told her he was okay and they began to check out, the police were called and the mother and child were detained against their will, for several hours as other unnecessary and invasive procedures ensued.

It was revealed at some point that the father was on disability, which is what the mother believes to have contributed to the gross police misconduct. Once the sleep deprived mother had finally had enough of the abuse of power, and was clearly upset about the situation, the tables were turned and Lane County Child Welfare was contacted. When the mother refused to sign an ROI without an attorney present, DHS caseworker Kelsey Nielson retaliated against the family by initiating a safety monitoring plan, alleging that the child was not safe in the mother’s care. The mother was informed that if she left the ER with her child, she would be arrested and detained and her child would be taken into protective custody.

On December 29th, just 4 days after Christmas, Kelsey Nielson once again threatened the mother stating that if she didn’t sign a voluntary service plan, her child would be taken into protective custody 2 days later and court would get involved. The mother reluctantly submitted and agreed to the “voluntary” plan to avoid court involvement. 4 days later, the family was served with a faulty summons to appear at the Lane County Juvenile Court with their child. No statement of their parental rights were included with the summons, as required by law.

The mother hired a private attorney for $5,000 who coerced her and her husband, in collusion with the DHS caseworker, to admit to “possibly benefitting from additional parenting classes” and to “having a traumatic brain injury. Because these admissions weren’t crimes, they were told everything would be fine, and over the course of 6 months, the parents jumped through multiple hoops in order to maintain legal custody of their child. Nevertheless, the agency was always asking them to do more and more.

Finally, they demanded that both parents undergo psychiatric evaluations with DHS staffed psychologists. Because they had heard of the danger of undergoing such biased types of exams, and after finally receiving copies of their discoveries from their attorneys, the parents fired their attornies and took matters into their own hands, filing notices of tort claims and initiating a full blown Federal lawsuit against the state.

The agency retaliated by falsely alleging that the mother “believes children at her son’s daycare slice their fingers off with knives” and that she let M.E.D. “runs around in a parking lot” that doesn’t even exist. This time, mother fired her new public defender and represented herself pro se. She asked the judge if she was entitled to fair and meaningful hearing, and much to her surprise, the juvenile court judge changed her entire tone.

The mother caught the caseworker in multiple lies under oath, in front of the judge. Towards the end of the hearing on June 16th, the judge acknowledged that her ability to make any decisions on the old case was stayed due to the Federal lawsuit. However, she misinterpreted that she could make decisions on the new case, and set the shelter hearing over to June 22nd at 1:30 pm. She informed DHS that they could remove a child from a home if they believed they were in serious danger, but she was not going to make any such orders or grant them permission to do so until the hearing was completed. The hearing has been set over once again until this Wednesday, June 29th.

Once the family arrived home, they had gotten word from the other arm of DHS, Seniors & Disabled Services, that nearly all of their household income was being cut. They also discovered a Protective Custody Order that was dated for the day before, thus proving a premeditated plan to kidnap their child had been made, alleging that the parents failed to participate in any services, and that their child was to be placed in “stranger foster care”.

On June 20th, two DHS caseworkers arrived at the family’s residence with six Eugene Police Officers. They
claimed that they were there to take custody of their child. The parents refused to open the door because the officers were unable to produce a warrant to that effect. However, despite the Federal court papers pinned to their door, the officers and caseworkers repeatedly claimed that they had legal custody of their child. They eventually left and have not returned since. The entire charade was caught on camera. M.E.D. could be seen playing safely in the kitchen, but stating “I don’t want to be taken” as his mother tried to console him that everything would be fine.

For now, the family is safe and out of harm’s way until the continuation of the shelter hearing being held this Wednesday. But there is no telling what the next corrupt action will be at this point.

What the judge, DHS, and the other attorneys don’t seem to understand, is that the Federal lawsuit stays ALL juvenile court proceedings, including but not limited to removal of the child from the parents custody in addition to all illegal hearings and new cases that arise in regards to the matter.

Shauneen Scott from the Department of Administrative Services Risk Management Department in Salem is currently investigating the case through the Department of Human Services, but was unavailable for commenting today, along with the Oregon Department of Justice state attorney general.

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Jumping Through Hoops

April 11, 2016 in child abuse, Child Protective Services, CPS

Please pray for this family.  This is so unfair.

I am currently in the midst of a life destroying case with the Hamilton CPS. The man who is overseeing this is named Tom Irvine. This man is not looking out for what’s best for my children or myself, I am being treated like a criminal and drug addict even though I have zero history with the law on both accounts. I would like to tell you my story and request please that this man’s job and professionalism be looked into. Or at least my case be handled by someone with a heart and better logical outlook.

cps-meme In November, my boyfriend of 4 years picked my children up from daycare and took them to his house. This is not unusual because Gabe (my boyfriend) cares for my children 40% of the time my children all call him daddy. An incident happened and Gabe had to punish my youngest son. I’m not condoning what he did and if I was there things would have went differently but I was not there. We do not live together nor do we even live in the same town. Gabe struck my child on his face and left a nasty bruise. My youngest was questioned at school and he said that his daddy did it and Gabe got arrested.

Then CPS decided that that was not enough apparently and refused to allow me to then go home with my own children they were accusing me of knowing of the abuse and turning a blind eye when I had done nothing but cooperate with them the entire day. I had to either have my children stay at my mom’s or have someone sign a protection order and volunteer to be with me every second I was with my children for the next 30 days or my children had to go to foster care.

Fight Child Protective Services and Win I was irate, how dare they treat me like I had struck my child myself and/or watched as Gabe did it. Like I said I wasn’t even in the same town when it happened. I reluctantly agreed and found a friend with no life but to supervise me with my own flesh and blood. The 30 day protection order was done December 24th. My friend who signed up for this his name is James and is the only other person in the meeting with the CPS besides myself.

CPS never once said anything to me or him about this continuing beyond the 30 days. I never received any emails or calls or paperwork on anything else, nobody contacted me beyond December. Both of us believed that I had fulfilled my half and it was over on my end. (Why would we think otherwise.)

In January, CPS gave Gabe back his visitation rights with his own biological child as long as he had a friend sign on, to be there to supervise, why would they do this if they thought Gabe such a threat? This also says out loud to the rest of us that the case is slowly starting to be over on his end as well.

In February, I became wicked sick and was unable to care for myself let alone my children. I did not know at the time but I had beginning stages of pneumonia, I have asthma on top of that and could not breath well enough to even make it down my hallway. Gabe has been my only support forever he is not a bad person just doesn’t know what to do with his anger sometimes. He called the cps office many times trying to get them to hook him up with parenting classes, anger management, something so that he could get his family back and nobody would help him.

He looked this stuff up online himself, he called the anger management and enrolled himself and was there every Monday evening doing homework, (Gabe does not do homework). He begged me to give him another chance to let him show me that he can change. I have known Gabe for a long time and I have never seen him like this a shell of the cocky tall standing man that I once knew.

How To Get My Kids Back From Child Protective ServicesWe had a family and life together, bills and assets intertwined and I agreed to let him help me. So in February, when I became so sick Gabe came over to help me just like he would have at any other times. He made supper washed and tucked the kids in bed said prayers and everything was perfect. The next morning he got up early and packed the kids cold lunch and dropped them off at school.

My youngest then proud said to his teacher look my daddy made me cold lunch. The police then came and arrested Gabe and the next day cps came and removed my children. Now if that’s not crazy enough on that day was the first day this Tom Irvine had ever met me before in his life, he comes into my home with another lady planning on giving me a drug test right then and there as they are removing my children.

I was volatile and uncooperative, but what do you expect when you are stripping away my reason for living. The drug test was not done, I would have refused anyway based on the fact that I have zero drug history with the law and this is an abuse case not a drug case. The next day or so he tells me that if I come in and sign papers and agree to treatment that this would all be over faster. “Treatment for what?” I ask him. He doesn’t answer.

I’m not voluntarily going in and saying yes I’m on drugs just because you say it will look good on my behalf like I’m cooperating or something. How does that make sense? That can only screw me further. I will take a pee test and it will be clean there is no reason for treatment. I have never been arrested nor in jail for anything ever and do not appreciate being treated like a criminal from the get go.

They branded me as being non cooperative and forced my children into saying things that they wanted to hear and then they used my own children against me and nothing in my life has been more heartbreaking than that. If you dig enough into any body’s lives your going to find indiscretions they dug up and said terrible things about me. Letters were send to my kids elementary school to daycare and to my son’s physical therapy. I can’t pick them up, I can’t drop them off, I can’t even be seen alone with them.

Any amount of reputation I have created since moving to Montana was destroyed in an instant. Why am I being treated like I abused my children myself. The elementary school told me that if I call them again it’ll be considered harassment. Just two weeks previous to that I was in that school sitting around the table with the principal that counselor another counselor and my daughters teacher, I was a great mom then my daughter was taking leaps and bounds above where she started out everything was going fine and we were all patting ourselves on the back for a job well done and now they are having my kids write their valentine’s cards to grandma like mommy no longer exists. I can’t even breathe this is so unreal.

My lawyer then became super sick and had to have emergency surgery is was unaware of this all in knew is that I could not get a hold of her. Tom knew this, he told my lawyer that he would tell me of our upcoming court date. He then took liberties with my children and myself that I do not think would have happened if my lawyer had not been in the hospital.

He called me in for a meeting and I sat with him for a half hour hashing our case out and he never once said anything about my lawyer being in the hospital nor did he tell me of my upcoming court date. He did ask me please, “He said do not contest this in court because it will only make it worse.” You don’t want me to fight for my children I ask?

That makes no sense mostly because I have never done anything wrong in my life and I feel like this is a great injustice. And my children are my only life without them in have nothing of course I’m going to fight for my reason to breathe. He explains to me how he is 100% sure that they are going to win and that I should just cooperate.

I explain to him once again that it’s not just taking temporary custody from me it’s taking everything from me. If I loose temporary custody I loose my son’s social security, I loose child support, therefore and I’m not exaggerating I loose my home, I loose my car I literally loose everything that I have. Is it your policy to render people homeless? I beg for an alterative the crime does not fit the punishment. Tom will not listen he is so focused on winning this case that it is overlapping what should be common human decency. And by not telling me of my upcoming court date I would have missed my court appearance and CPS would have won by default. That is simply unprofessional.

Since my lawyer is recovering from surgery she requested that we push forward our court date once again. Now my court date is going to be after Easter weekend and I’m devastated. I asked my mom to ask this Tom guy, (because he won’t work with me on anything) if I can have my children for Easter weekend I wish to take them to the Easter egg hunt. I have been begging to let the same person that signed on for the 30 to sign on again to be my supervision for whatever amount of time they decree and he won’t even discuss it.

We ask if this person (James) can sign on for Easter weekend at least and now Tom said no, because they believe that James knew that I was sneaking Gabe in and did not report it — an outright lie. Tom knows that James is my only person who can do this for me and he also knows that James is my only witness that I have that is going to stand up in court saying that CPS never once informed me that they would take away custody if I let Gabe in my house past that 30 day protection order. But most of all Gabe and James are competing for the same woman and have never been in the same place at the same time.

Now that they have eliminated James from the equations I have nobody and they know it. Also it’s Easter weekend do I not have any basic emotional rights. If I myself was not the person to strike my child then why can I not be alone with them they are my children my blood my family and nothing in this world is more important to me. I just want this to be over I just want to celebrate Easter.

My youngest birthday is in two weeks and I’m crying right now just thinking about what kind of crap they are going to pull for that as well. I am not a criminal the only thing I am guilty of is being under informed and I feel like the Hamilton CPS office should then be guilty as well for not doing their job correctly. Please I do not deserve to loose everything I have over something that I did not do. My children just want to come home.

 

Monique B.
Ravalli County, Montana

 

How to Attract Media Attention!

July 6, 2011 in biological parents, corruption, due process, Event, family rights, justice, Kidjacked, parental rights

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This Navy man has the right idea!

I wasn’t too sure starting a Kidjacked Facebook page was going to be a good idea but it’s been working incredibly well. People are asking questions and interacting to share valuable information, they are organizing state and local groups.

Just today a good question was asked on Facebook

How do you go about getting the media involved or filing a lawsuit?

Please someone help me I have been fighting to get my daughter back for over three years. No allegations of abuse or neglect – I simply left my daughter with my husband and they told him they could take her on the basis that we were married after she was born and he didn’t have proof of paternity on him.

We are still in a suspended TPR/reunification after taking their ‘deals’ of not going to trial earlier with the promise she would come home 2 years ago.  I need my daughter home!  The potential adoptive mother met her in her daycare.  Isn’t that illegal, if she wasn’t a foster/adoptive home beforehand, and isn’t related to her?  That is a law I know for sure in some states.

Please help me they lie and lie and lie to me and refuse to let her come home, when they are the ones preventing her from coming home, there has never been one safety issue whatsoever.

Several responses were offered up for the desperate mother. I offered up my own response to address a portion of her question, “How do you go about getting the media involved?”

  1. Write a concise article, detailing the facts.
  2. Have a trusted well-educated friend or acquaintance proof read it for grammar & spelling.
  3. Write a press release – paying attention to length.
  4. Write a brief introduction and collect names, email addresses and phone numbers of media people. Be sure to check for recent articles on the topic and contact a reporter who is interested in these type of “human interest” type stories.
  5. Then just keep at it. Once you have good copy and a good list, it’s simply a matter of numbers.
  6. Then post your story to your own blog at my.kidjacked.com and share your blog with the world. I’m happy to feature any well-written blog on Kidjacked home page and the news sections.
  7. You can’t skip any of these steps if you wish to have the best chances of success. We have resources within the CPS reform community, to help make your story a headline but we must be smart about it.

The system only works as well as it does by making us feel isolated and alone. The powers that be (CPS, Family Court, etc…) like to keep us fighting an uphill battle for as long as they can. Some people get angry and refuse to cooperate, often only making matters worse for themselves and their children. Once you begin to recover your strength (after their one-two punch) and begin to work your case, you should begin to look for support.

United we stand, divided we fall. We can’t stand alone, we must have a strong support community and that is exactly what we need to build.

 

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Disability and CPS

July 27, 2008 in CPS

Even though we have laws that require employers to make allowances for a workers disability, CPS workers are free to disregard the law and often harrass, belittle and demean those who’s only crime is needing a helping hand…

A young mother waits and worries if her children are safe with strangers

I actually concur with the notion that CPS is held to an impossible standard because they are understaffed and the staff they have are biased and often have no idea what it’s like to parent. Yet, they are appointed to judge those who are parents.

They use this “veil of secrecy” you mentioned, to their advantage and not to the advantage of the children or the parents. I am not referring parents who have harmed their children. I am referring to people like me, who are simply poor and unable to provide all that is needed for their children. This period in my life did not last but the case has dragged on and on.

CPS Policy Harmful to Families

They said it’s only taken this long because that is their policy — to take your kids for at least a year, even if it does not apply to your situation.

In the beginning, CPS claimed the purpose of their organization was to help me and make me “the best mommy I can be.” During that time I was pregnant with twins and unable to work because I have Fibromyalgia. This was the main issue in the beginning.

I know that I needed help but CPS simply isn’t a good fit as far as assessing the issue. I only needed daycare or in-home nanny care and they simply don’t provide those services. The father of my children, his family and my family were all not helping me. DES was paying for childcare but there was simply nothing open where we lived. Of course, unable to work, I had no money to hire a nanny. After I had the twins, we moved and I was able to find a job and daycare. The case manager gave me bus cards and offered to pick my kids up from daycare as a nice gesture.

Caseworker’s Unprofessional Behavior

Then, as soon as the next report and review hearing came around, my case manager’s supervisor accused me of being lazy and making up excuses. She condescendingly asked me if I even realized that picking up my children was my responsibility.

On this day and during a phone conversation I had with her later, she raised her voice to me. Over the last two-years, I have endured regular verbal abuse, put-downs and false accusations from various CPS workers.

I know for a fact that most people with Fibromyalgia need full-time assistants, either from a family member or hired help and babysitters if they have children. At the least, the other parent has to do most the work. Every single time I explain this to my case manager or someone in CPS they disregard it. They accuse me of making up excuses.

They say I have to “just get over it” and work a full-time job like everyone else. They also say things like, “Other single moms can do it.”

Caseworker Lacks Understanding and Compassion

I have a 3-year-old child and one-year-old twins. None of my case managers have had kids. They cannot relate and won’t accept that I need help. They won’t accept that many people with disabilities are able to effectively parent even if they require further assistance.

I have asked my current case manager what other moms in my position have done. She refuses to answer the question. I assume they feel that all parents with disabilities should just as easily lose custody! No one has ever given me a clear response.

Living with Fibromyalgia

They also have no idea what Fibromyalgia is. It took them one and a half years to finally say that they need written notes from a doctor stating that I am able or unable to do something. Previously, if I was unable to something, I was accused of drug abuse.

They have told me, they can simply accuse parents of anything, on a whim, and that parent is considered guilty until they jump through hoops to prove otherwise.

I actually moved in with my former mother-in-law as a way to provide housing for my children. She told CPS at the review hearing that she would watch my three babies so that I could finally work and rest. This turned out to be a lie. She didn’t watch them during the week. I had to beg her to give me time on the weekend so that I could at least buy food.

I was not able to find work or attend Dr. visits, which were both required by CPS. I called my case manager to complain. Much to my shock, my mother-in-law had recently made a claim that I was using my Saturdays to go out “partying” and “drinking.”

CPS told me if I moved out, then she would be forced to follow through with her promise and that I could take the time to work and find a place for my kids. They said it would be okay. This was a lie. They knew ahead of time that, no matter how fast I found a home and employment that I would not get my kids back for a year. They knew that I would lose all custody and rights to go visit them. I didn’t even get visitation for a month and a half.

Reports Filled with Lies

None of this was put in their report. All they claim is that I lost custody due to inability to provide for the children’s needs and due to mental health issues. The irony is that my mother-in-law is an alcoholic. She also needs help with the three babies and CPS says nothing about it. My children have had contact with her sister who is a recovering addict and her ex-boyfriend who has had domestic disputes with her. I have seen these people there. They have told me the truth. She has lied to CPS, my caseworker believed her.

What bothers me the most is CPS workers judgment of whether or not someone is able to “effectively parent”. The definition of “effective parenting” is not written down nor is it clearly defined. Their perception of a parents progress is completely based on the opinion of whomever is there to watch or whomever reads a report by someone who was there.

I have witnessed that at least two of my case managers have lied and I have witnesses to prove it. Somehow, there is nobody regulating what these people do or holding them accountable! I have a court appointed lawyer who I only see for court hearings, every 6-months. There is nobody on the side of the innocent to witness these trespasses.

Of course the requirements of what I must do are simple. However, their satisfaction with how well I complete each task is never static. I have seen many doctors and overworked myself to appease them and I receive no recognition for my effort. In fact, in her progress report, my case manager wrote, “parent was slow to show proof of complying with requirement to see doctors.” She only ever asked me, verbally, what was going on, she never once asked me to provide any sort of “proof” before writing her report.

Each person within CPS has their own opinion of how well I do or even if I did what they wanted at all. I am doing everything I can to follow what they want and they still hint at adoption.

The point is, reform is desperately needed. Yes, it means some things are no longer confidential but sacrifices must be made in order to get things done. I am willing to lose some privacy if it means that an investigation will be done and that these so called social workers will finally have to answer to someone.

If there are any other innocent parents, with or without, disabilities that have been mistreated by CPS, I strongly believe they would also allow such veils to be lifted so that justice can be served.

Tara P.

NY Day Care Closures

April 8, 2008 in New York

Public Hearing on Day Care Closures in New York City

The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) recently closed two major child care centers in New York City. The NYS Assembly Committee on Children & Families, is holding a hearing on April 11th, 2008 in New York City to identify obstacles that NYC day care centers face and the reason behind recent closings.

Friday, April 11, 2008 – 10:00 a.m.
Assembly Hearing Room, Room 1923, 19th Floor
250 Broadway
New York, New York

Click here for hearing details, and to register to testify.

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