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Trouble in North Dakota

February 6, 2013 in caseworker, corruption, North Dakota

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PATH North Dakota Foster Care

Please help, we have a tyrant CPS worker here in Hettinger, ND who is harassing me and three other families.  We would all like to file a joint complaint. Where do we go? What do we do?

I am under ongoing investigation for “educational neglect” because I homeschool. My neighbor is under ongoing investigation for “educational interference,” for refusing to put her 5 year old on mind-altering ADHD medications.

There are 2 more families I have been in contact with as well.

North Dakota takes more kids into foster care than any other state — I just found that out. They were recently granted 35 million dollars from the Federal government for doing this. They are literally profiling and selling our children off to prospective parents.

Help!

All four families would like to file a complaint against the one worker. We know we cannot change the world, but the ongoing harassment is unacceptable. We know we cannot change North Dakota and two of us plan to move as soon as possible, but the other two families cannot move. If we could at least get this caseworker terminated that would help so many innocent kids from being Kidjacked and sold off to new homes.

Map of North Dakota highlighting Hettinger County

Map of North Dakota highlighting Hettinger County

L.R.
Hettinger, ND

My advice?

My best advice is contained in this post. You need to start a shit-storm for that woman and make her life miserable. You should call her EVERYDAY and calmly, plainly state what you want from her. Call your US House Rep., if your state has an ombudsman contact him. Tell everyone that will listen.

ASK them (CPS) how to file a complaint. BY LAW they have to give you the paperwork. If they refuse, make sure you indicate that within your report when you file it. That is a form in three or four parts.  Everyone, all the way up to your congressman will know there is a problem.  It can get ugly.  Make her life HELL. But do it with a smile. Have fun!

Do you have any advice for this mother?  Anyone here live in North Dakota that could offer her some guidance and some help?

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Fighting Fire With Fire

September 17, 2011 in Child Protective Services, corruption, due process, family court, family rights

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For years I have been telling people that the best way to fight the system is to make it more expensive for them to fight you than to give in to your demands. Those wonderful folks “protecting children” at the Department of Health and Human Services think they are above the law — and many operate their agencies like they are living in the Wild Wild West. Anything goes.

While you might feel helpless, you actually have much more power than you realize. I always begin my fight with prayer, asking God to guide me, give me wisdom, understanding and any other specifics on my current circumstance. God won’t fight our fight for us, but God sure makes a tremendous ally.

Then it’s time to lay out a battle plan. Questions you should be asking and documenting:

  • Who are the players? — You must know your opponent if you are defeat him or her. Create a list. What do you know about the judge, the caseworker, and the other people involved in your case.
  • What laws have been broken? — List the statute(s), specific instances, times, dates, etc. Gather as much evidence as possible.
  • Put together a support team. — These are people you can trust. This list should include people who can help you with your case, read reports, assist with research and help to keep your spirits up. Stop answering the calls of those who are negative or bring you down. You must stay focused.
  • Put together an attack plan. — Passive parents rarely see their children returned home. You must stop playing defense and go on the offensive and stay on the offensive. Hit them with what I like to call a shit storm. One complaint after another — preferably coming from different directions.

 

Once you have read the Child Welfare Policy Manual, both state and federal (most are well indexed so finding the laws that pertain to your own case is pretty simple, or just ask for help), you can file an official complaint with your local child welfare agency.

In order to file a complaint, you must request the proper forms from that agency. After filing an official complain with CPS/DHS/etc., call your U.S. House Representative, ask to speak with the aid who handles Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) complaints. Briefly explain what laws were broken. You must sign a request for an investigation before the legislative aid can begin an investigation.

Your local agency will be notified that they are under investigation by the federal government. They will not be happy about it — your case could well be closed faster than you can say “Kashisti”. It has happened in the past. Most often, if they have broken the law, they will be advised to close the case as quickly as possible.

Regardless, of what they do. The more eyes you have on your case, the better it will be for you and your children. Don’t stop there. Continue the offensive by bringing your cause to the people who make policy. The Federal Interagency Work Group on Child Abuse & Neglect are involved with many federal agencies. Be sure to contact specific members of this group. Make it personal.

 

Federal Interagency Work Group on Child Abuse & Neglect

About the Work Group

The amendments to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) of 1988 created a Federal Inter-Agency Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. The Task Force consisted of approximately 30 member agencies drawn from the eight Cabinet Departments and the Office of Personnel Management. The Director of the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) was the statutory chairperson of the Task Force.

When the 1996 CAPTA amendments created an Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, replacing the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN), it also eliminated the requirement for a Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.

However, the existing Task Force members agreed that it was important to maintain the connections and to continue their work. The name was changed to Federal Interagency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect as Task Forces have specific meanings and requirements under Federal law.

Current Activities

Since 1996, the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect has continued to lead and coordinate the Federal Interagency Workgroup on Child Abuse and Neglect (FEDIAWG). Over 40 Federal agencies are represented. The FEDIAWG meets in-person on a quarterly basis and various Subcommittees meet on a more regular basis via conference calls. The overall goals of the FEDIAWG are:

  • To provide a forum through which staff from relevant Federal agencies can communicate and exchange ideas concerning child maltreatment related programs and activities;
  • To collect information about Federal child maltreatment activities; and
  • To provide a basis for collective action through which funding and resources can be maximized.

There are three Subcommittees and related workgroups:

Domestic Violence Subcommittee
Prevention Subcommittee
Research Subcommittee: NIH Child Abuse and Neglect Working Group

[Find contact information and details. Be sure to scroll down.]

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Public Education

January 27, 2008 in CPS, family court, Washington

Washington Public Education Opportunity – at Cabelas in Lacey, Washington on Thursday, January 31, 2008

Jan Smith, administrator of Washington State Extended Families is gathering a list of supporters for a classaction lawsuit of untold proportions against CPS.

So far she has five and is seeking 200 or more. "It shouldn’t be difficult with CPS affecting upwards of 300,000 children, parents and extended families each year. They are not organized for defense and that is what I am going to change," Smith reports.

She states that the mandatory reporting laws to CPS and law enforcement "only," is unconstitutional violating the 14th Amendment that encourages freedom of choice and liberty.

Washington Class Action Lawsuit

"The system is full of corruption and self interest and the mandatory reporting laws entrap people into their program. Once CPS is involved, the families are subjected to whatever CPS wants to dole out." She further says that privatization is the only solution to this nationwide monopsony that devastates the family by the wholesale marketing of children to adoptive families.

"The Revised Code of Washington (RCW), starting at the seventy-two hour shelter care hearings are often open ended with a "disclaimer" attached." Smith goes on to say that this is similar to a speed law with a disclaimer that has an overarching value with an out. "The value is 60 miles an hour, but if one works for the state or a connected organization then it is ok to go 90 if it is at all inconvenient to go 60." She goes on to say that the laws encourage unfair application and subjectivity.

"One set of relatives may have the children immediately after removal and another may find themselves under a pile of redtape and propaganda not seeing the children for months, years and maybe never again."

Smith is also encouraging other states to follow suit then gather together to refute federal laws governing CPS. "I am amazed at how powerful they really are, with committees, organizations and involvement in virtually all aspects of government. It is almost impossible to file a complaint and not have CPS staring back as a co-chair."

Education is Key to Change

"Education is key to change and CPS is reluctant to provide that." Smith is starting a consultant and CPS prevention program that seeks to educate the general public before there is CPS involvement or at least in the early stages. "I am instructing both parents and extended families who need to understand how their actions affect the other.

The state may be tearing families apart and isolating extended family but I am determined to help them stay together." She is conducting her first public education class at Cabelas in Lacey on Thursday, January 31st from 6-8 p.m. in the boardroom upstairs. To participate in this event, write to , Administrator, Washington State Extended Families.

Foster Care Review

April 14, 2007 in foster care

Too many kids are up a creek and child services workers (CPS, DCF, etc.) have stolen their paddle.

Too many kids are up a creek and child services workers have stolen their paddle.

Ok, I surrender already!

My e-mail runneth over and my telephone has been blowing up. I really appreciate the confidence many of you have shown in me. I’m more than a little overwhelmed. While last year my phone rang once or twice a week, I’m now up to two and three phone calls daily and at least that many e-mails – sometimes more.

I’ve read so many terrifying and sorrowful tales, if I didn’t know first-hand how bizarre things can get, I’d say I don’t believe a word of it, but I know better. Many stories have come in and I’m trying to get them up but it’s difficult. I’ve been getting e-mails that are all in CAPS or all lower-case – and to make matters worse – all one paragraph. This of course means that I have to edit the entire document before I can even consider formatting it to be posted to Kidjacked or the Jacked Up blog.

I had one lady call – I know I shouldn’t tell this but I’ll keep it generic to protect her privacy – she has called me about half-a-dozen times. The first time we spoke, I realized we were on the phone twenty minutes and I still didn’t have a clue as to what she wanted. I’m sorry but that really irritated me. I have a young child; my husband and I both work from home – and every one of us has to eat. I don’t have the kind of time I wish I did to simply give away. Making priorities really sucks but at this point it’s a necessity of life.

I spend what precious free time I have keeping several websites up-to-date, including this one. I try to put your contributions up as quickly as possible. I really appreciate those of you who said there wasn’t enough information on their state page, then followed up providing links for the site. Now that’s the kind of help I love.

Another lady called me a few months ago, she wanted me to make some phone calls for her, which I would have happily done, the trouble is we had an electrical outage (one of several that day) and I lost all the phone numbers, including hers. I felt bad but not that bad. I’ve provided more than enough information for her on Kidjacked.

Out of the blue she calls me a week or so later. She’s falling all over herself. She actually thanked me for my help and for making the phone call I made. She was just certain that I had made all the difference in her case. I had nothing to do with her success, it was her self-confidence, her presence of mind and the knowledge she possessed that made all the difference in the world. She was getting the results she wanted and had no one to thank but herself.

The child welfare system thrives on taking advantages of the poor and ill educated. I’ve discovered that most caseworkers are ignorant of the law. They are just doing their job – the one they’ve been paid to do. They aren’t really versed in the law. It is your obligation to know what the law is in your state. It is imperative that parents stand-up and protect their children. Knowledge is power and – Do not ever let anyone tell you different.

Form a little network; it takes only two or three people to join together to make a huge difference. You do not have to have a college degree (I almost wrote disease) to fight the system. With a little hard work, a little time and research you can use the law to turn the tables on greedy case workers and lazy judges. Declare war on your court system.

  • Did you know that the law is required to be plainly written?
  • Did you know that sometimes it can be better to represent yourself?
  • Did you know that you cannot be held to the same standards as an attorney when representing yourself in court?

Drawing the line

I have decided that I will spend 15 minutes per phone call, after that my rate is $25.00 an hour, the normal rate that I charge for web development. I will gladly publish relevant information submitted to Kidjacked in a timely manner, so long as it is well written. I recommend having another person read over your post before you send it. Check for spelling, grammar, punctuation, content and structure. Press Releases need to be labeled as such and be ready to go. All stories submitted for publication must include a request to be posted. Photographs are requested to accompany articles submitted for publication.

I am working on providing a link for every member of the U.S. House of Representatives members on the state pages. The U.S. House is charged with overseeing state welfare agencies. If you find the laws regulating your state are being violated it is your duty to request an investigation from your U.S. House Representative. You must ask to speak with the “aide in charge” of investigations of the Department of Health and Human Services. They will require you to fax copies of your proof and any documentation available to you.

Be sure to file a formal complaint with the offices of your local Department of Health and Human Services. The complaint must be made in writing, in accordance with the regulations (which the state is required by law to provide you) in force. A telephone call simply won’t do.

Did you know that the federal government has an online list of scheduled audits for each state and county agency? The process is spread out over several years but each county welfare agency gets a go round.

Anyone interested in parental rights needs to participate in the review process. The links below explain the federal review process and when they are scheduled. If a review is scheduled for your area, contact the review committee be prepared to tell your story and present the facts in your case.

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