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Father’s Day Special

June 18, 2014 in California, Child Protective Services, corruption, CPS

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“Kids For Money – Warning: The Truth About Child Protective Services and the Staggering Impact on Society

Kids for money

Kids for money

After my children were taken from me by CPS in Sacramento County, my two daughters and I became victims of “the system.” As a single parent of over twelve years I had no resources to hire a good lawyer and like most people I didn’t know how to tell a good lawyer from a bad one until it was too late. I went through two court appointed attorneys before becoming my own lawyer and fought for the return of my two daughters for 14 and 21 months respectively.

I was never alone. During the toughest fight of my life, my faith in GOD drove me to do the right thing. The Lord put people in my life to help me learn what I needed to do and teach me how to represent myself. I read thousands of pages of law to prepare but found that it was overwhelming. The more I learned, the more I realized that I did not know.

When the juvenile court case came to an end, the last report said that I had benefited from their services so that the second daughter could now return home safely. What the report did not say was that I had finished a parenting class, an anger management class, and a counseling referral in the first six months but had received no other services for fifteen months. There was no mention of how the fifteen months of separation with no services had benefited my family. Merely saying that I benefited from their “help” was the justification for returning the girls.

“Kids For Money – Warning: The Truth About Child Protective Services and the Staggering Impact on Society

CA to audit CPS…

June 6, 2013 in California, Child Protective Services, corruption, DCFS, Kidjacked

I was so happy to learn that California lawmakers have voted to order a long overdue audit of Child Protective Services.

We have a baby...for awhile at least

We have a baby…for awhile at least!

Child Protective Services is supposed to help children and families overcome stressful events in life, and stay together and healthy. But there are families who say that CPS does anything but that.

Family members testified before the legislative hearing that CPS actually has worked to destroy, not restore, their families. And others suggested there was a profit motive in the situation.

Parents around the state have had to deal with horrendous actions of CPS, like the Donnelly family.

One officer can be heard saying, “I’m going to grab your baby, and don’t resist, and don’t fight me, okay?”

Donnelly said he felt compelled to act, as a father, and as a legislator.

“The footage is frightening for parents everywhere to think that your children might be confiscated should CPS disagree with your parental instincts. It’s chilling to think that a government agency can take your child right back to a hospital that you as a parent have lost faith in, but it happened.”

Donnelly began demanding answers. In a letter, he asked Sheri Heller, director of California’s Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees CPS, to account for how this was allowed to happen.

Heller responded that she couldn’t share that information with an assemblyman, unless a judge ordered her to do so. Donnelly responded, “It has become clear that CPS answers to no one, but this abuse of power cannot be tolerated.”

You can read the rest of the story at: Child ‘Protectors’ Accused of Destroying Families

Was it just a coincidence that I received a letter only yesterday demanding someone investigate the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services?

Department of Children and Family Services, Los Angeles County is "Shawshank"

Department of Children and Family Services, Los Angeles County is “Shawshank”

I am glad they are finally getting the investigation they need, maybe we’ll actually get some justice.

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Believe in your Miracle

November 14, 2011 in jail, justice

When the unthinkable happens, we have a tendency to wonder… “Why me, Lord?”

It is during these turbulent periods in our lives that we learn and grow, if we are paying attention. This is similar to how a marathon runner or a weight lifter must exercise daily, to build up strength and endurance, if they intend to come out a winner.

Just because you can’t see your way out of a situation, does not mean that you are in an impossible place, it simply means the solution hasn’t presented itself yet. If you continue to work toward your goals, pray and have an ounce of faith. We should all be inspired by Jackie Carpenter…

How Faith Made A Mother Take Her Bible Into Court Knowing She Would Rather Offend A Juror Than Offend God

The Bridge: Between Cell Block A and a Miracle in Psalm 91Ellaville, GA, November 14,  2011 – Jackie Carpenter describes herself as a businesswoman, volunteer and reluctant author because she never intended to become an author, nor expected to be a resource for people facing a crisis in life. But she took the worst crisis in her life and the miracle that stemmed from it and wove it into a dramatic and heart-wrenching story.

The Bridge: Between Cell Block A and a Miracle is Psalm 91 (Xulon Publishing) is the powerful and compelling story of the terrifying journey that began the morning she received a frantic call from her son’s wife telling her that he had been arrested for felony murder, and it did not end until the jury returned its verdict ten months later.

Jackie Carpenter was living the true American Dream. She had good health, a beautiful home, married to a wonderful man, and had two married sons and four grandchildren – she honestly believed life could not get any better.

It was then she discovered it could get a whole lot worse. The Bridge tells the frightening chain of events that occurred after her son, the victim of copper thefts on his construction job sites, was guarding his property on the advice of a deputy. In the early morning hours of June 27, 2008, he attempted a citizen’s arrest when his gun accidentally fired, wounding one of the alleged thieves. Hours later when the man died from the wound, the deputy recanted his advice and her son Jason was taken into custody and charged with felony murder and four other serious charges.

At a time when Jackie Carpenter’s world was turned upside down she did the one thing she knew how to do – she turned to God. It took ten long months, many visits to her prayer closet, and the help of Psalm 91 for the author to build her faith to the point where she believed God would perform a miracle. And on April 16, 2009 at 3:40 p.m. she got her miracle when her son went from being on Cell Block A (where murderers are housed) to freedom after the jury returned a verdict of “Not Guilty!”

While The Bridge is the story of her walk of faith, the sequel Georgia Justice: A Story To Faith, acts as a guide for building faith in the face of tragedy or grief and tells how a tormented mother made the critical decision that allowed God to deliver such a miracle. It is a powerful testimony to the spiritual strength this small-town girl found in the promises of Psalm 91 and how she built her faith up during the tormenting ten months leading up to her son’s trial.

When this Georgia mother made the fateful decision to carry her Bible into the courtroom, against the wishes of her son’s attorney who felt a non-believing juror could be offended and hold it against her son, she made a huge leap of faith by deciding she would rather offend a juror than offend God – she got her miracle in the form of an acquittal!

Jackie Carpenter has made numerous appearances on television, in radio interviews and in newspaper articles and her books will be produced into a motion picture that will be in theaters the fall of 2012. For more information on this author and her miraculous story of faith, hope and love that brought her to victory, please visit her website at: www.bridgetoamiracle.com.

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What the critics say?

Bob Etier, Blog Critics:  “The Bridge is a book for people who believe in miracles.  It is also for people who need to be reminded that during troubling times, God is not the guilty party. Even devout Christians sometimes need to be reminded that their strength is in the Lord, and The Bridge serves as that reminder.”

Emory Daniels, Book Reviews: “The Bridge clearly demonstrates that God still performs miracles in the 21st century.  A key point is that when bad things happen it’s better to trust God than to blame Him. The story also reveals that it is certainly possible to survive a tragedy without losing faith.”

Monique, Book Pleasures: “This is a good, inspirational story…you can absolutely see the conviction in her (Jackie’s) heart that God’s love and grace alone brought her through this difficult time…she simply wants to share her miracle with you.”

 

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