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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

 

Disabled Parenting Discrimination in Family Courts

July 9, 2014 in due process, family court, family rights

I am a disabled parent who had five beautiful children. I was born at only 24 weeks gestation and had brain damage that caused cerebral palsy. I grew up enjoying a normal childhood in farming country, building dens, playing in hay stacks and having a free run of our village.

English: A collection of pictograms. Three of ...

A collection of pictograms. Three of them used by the United States National Park Service.

I married my childhood sweetheart at the age of 18, gave birth to a son. After five months, I took an evening job as a receptionist to support us as my husband went through university. A few years later and after giving birth to four more children and helping out in my husband’s electrical store, he dropped a bombshell, he didn’t want to be married anymore, he’d tied himself down too young by being with me. I thought at the time that was the worst day of my life but it was nothing compared to the custody nightmare that was about to follow. After obtaining a residency order in my favor, he locked me in our home and left with all our children, including my three week old newborn baby. I was absolutely frantic and called the police.

Police Discrimination

I showed them my court order but they informed me that as I had married the father of my children, all they were prepared to do was do a ‘safe and well’ check, despite the fact that my newborn was totally breastfed and dependent. After leaving, telling me rather curtly that ‘There’s more than one way to feed a baby’, I was forced to beg my ex-husband on the telephone for the return of our children. 24 hours later, he returned only my two year old and newborn, keeping my older children at an unknown location.

CPS Interrogation

From the moment the police had been called, CPS got involved and that was the start of a two year harassment campaign from them, most of it centred around my disability. They asserted incorrectly that I was not able to bath my babies because I had refused to answer what I viewed as discriminatory questioning about my parenting skills and I was told I had to consent to a social worker coming in to bath my children every day and if I didn’t, they’d be removed from me.

On one occasion they broke down my front door when I had gone out. People would turn up unannounced to ‘spot check’ me and they kept this up for a two year duration. I was court ordered to attend a parenting class but I refused to comply, saying that I had successfully cared for my children for years while my husband was working and didn’t need any classes. I asked why my able bodied husband was not asked to attend a class and I was told he didn’t need one as he didn’t have my disabilities.

On meeting me for the first time, the first words from the guardian ad litem’s mouth were “Oh goodness, how do you cope?” Not hello, or nice to meet you . I knew from that point that I was in for a rough ride.

Court Bias

When the case went to court, I discovered that the police had failed to honor my court order because ‘there were disability issues’. I was shocked and appalled that in the 21st century, people could still be deemed unfit to be a parent because they are disabled.

By the time all the interviews had been conducted, more than seven months had passed so when it finally went to court, the judge said the older children had been with their father for months and it would be cruel to move them so he awarded him custody – a delay that only happened because of the fact that I had to prove myself fit to parent and as a disabled woman I had higher standards to meet than your average able parent.

Fast forward a whole decade and my ex-husband was still pursuing me through the courts for custody. After being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis in 2010, my health deteriorated. I had to have major surgery. This was brought up in court and it was asserted I was not ‘fit’ enough to be a mother, despite having hired help. I was also accused of abusing prescription drugs because I had to take medications. It was inferred by the Guardian ad litem that my children may be acting as ‘carers’ for me, in spite of my assistant’s employment with me. Shockingly, the court allowed all these accusations to be levelled against me. I was informed I had to answer questions about my disability because my health was the reason my ability to parent was under scrutiny.

I was allowed to keep my two youngest children but I shouldn’t have had more than a decade of my life trying to defend my right to be a parent just because I was born disabled.

No Disabled Parents Rights

I found out that there is no law to protect the relationship between a disabled parent and their children. The American’s with Disabilities Act doesn’t have a section on parenting and two thirds of dependency statutes allow a court to determine that a parent is ‘unfit’ on the basis that they are disabled.

Disabled parents frequently struggle to retain custody and are the only group of people where it is legal to discriminate against them. Up to 80% of parents with an intellectual disability will have their children removed. For physical disabilities the rate is 40% or higher and for those with physical disabilities going through custody disputes, 13% will be treated unfairly on the basis of disability. Parents who have psychological disabilities such as bipolar disorder or anorexia will very often have their children removed if they come under the radar of the authorities. In addition – sometimes a disabled parent will be denied the right to any visitation because of court judgements that are stereotypical and the court assumption that children will be forced into ‘caring’ roles with their parent, a view that doesn’t support what researchers have found.

After my experiences I have launched an official complaint with the government and I hope to create amendments to disability discrimination laws so that child custody cannot be decided on the basis of disability. I also hope to outlaw interrogation about disability so that in the absence of any real child protection concerns, disabled parents shouldn’t have to ‘prove’ they can be parents.

Sources:

Kidjacked, accessed July 6, 2014, http://kidjacked.com/

Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S Department of Education, accessed July 6, 2014, http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/hq9805.html

Parents with Learning Difficulties, Child Protection and the Courts, accessed July 6, 2014, http://disability-studies.leeds.ac.uk/files/library/Booth-parents-with-lea-diff.pdf

Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and their Children, National Council on Disability, accessed July 6, 2014, http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2012/Sep272012/

The Family Law System: Custody and Visitation, National Council on Disability, accessed July 6, 2014, http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2012/Sep272012/Ch7

Determining the Best Interests of the Child, Child Welfare Information Gateway, accessed July 6, 2014, https://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/best_interest.pdf

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Facebook Harassment Leads to Removal

April 11, 2013 in Child Protective Services, Florida, termination of parental rights, TPR

I have a daughter who was born on November 30, 2012, 15-weeks early weighing 1-lb 15 oz, after her release from the NICU she was readmitted into the hospital a few times for typical preemie issues. Since her birth we have had a page on Facebook “Reagans Place” that we have since unpublished for our families protection.

On March 16,2013, Reagan was readmitted to the hospital for feeding issues and failure to thrive after having a barium swallow study done at Wolfson Children’s Hospital on March 14, 2013. She was having an aversion to eating after the test like she was uncomfortable and since at this time she was at 6-lbs we could not afford for her to get dehydrated. Upon admission it was thought that she was uncomfortable because the barium has not passed yet so she was admitted on IV fluids and blood work and x rays were done showing the barium was still working its way through her.

Day One: in the hospital she still wasn’t eating she was on D10 with sodium and potassium, a Nasogastric tube was put in to force feeds but she threw them up, feeds were stopped so they could do a upper GI.

Day Two: the upper GI showed that she had re-flux she was put on medication, the hospital was giving her Tylenol as well because she was obviously uncomfortable she was still getting D10 with sodium and potassium and was barely eating, arching her back like she was in pain and screaming, not just for me but for nurses and doctors.

Day Three: March 18, 2013, Reagan was changed to D5 and still was refusing to eat I was getting scared that she had a lack of nutrition since her intake was so minimal and was assured she was okay, that we would force feed her through the Nasogastric tube. At around 6:00 pm, the doctor ordered a bolus of 30 ml of fluid which is about 1/6th of Reagans entire blood volume, lets remember she also had been getting fluid at 12 ml per hour for 3 days now. By 3:00 am on 3-19-2013, when they weighed her she had gained over 12 ounces and was turning purple.

I brought this concern up and was told it was gas and they must have weighed her wrong. She was still on fluid and still barely eating and obviously getting more uncomfortable and having bradycardia issues. Around 1:00 am on 3-20-2013, I called the doctor in worried Reagan looked very puffy and this doctor again said Reagan was gassy. How was my daughter gassy she wasn’t eating anything? At 3:00 am when they weighed her on 3-20-2013 she was up another 4 or 5 oz. I again questioned this and told it was of no concern!!

When the day doctor made rounds about 9:00 am on 3-20-2013, he asked me if I noticed how swollen Reagan was and I said yes and told him the night doctor told me it was all gas. This doctor sent her for tests and lab work and sure enough she was having some liver dysfunction and ascites. Her albumin levels were low according to lab work so she was given an albumin infusion and lasix and put on diuretics and over night Reagan lost over a pound and was back to a 6-lb baby and suddenly started eating like nobodies business. The doctors brought in specialists and ran all sorts of tests and the most I heard was from a genetics doctor, that Reagan had these same albumin issues in the NICU and he thinks its just something in her as a preemie that misfired when her body was stressed and lacking protein and had to much fluid. We posted all of this on her Facebook page as we updated her over 10-K followers daily through her journey.

Within hours a hate page was started attacking me called “Help Save Reagan from Her Mom” posting all sorts of legal information and more from my past. (I have screen shots of everything on the page.) I reported the page and followers reported the page and Facebook did nothing, except tell me them bullying me was violating no rules or laws. They went as far on that page to post the phone number to the hospital we were at and have people flood the hospital with calls that I must be poisoning Reagan. When they did not get the outcome they wanted from the hospital they launched an all out assault putting together a plan and posting all the information for people to make reports to DCF that Reagan was being poisoned be me. This all occurred on 3-22-2013 — Facebook still said they were violating no rules: (see Facebook dashboard below)

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You reported The truth about Reagans MOM’s photo for harassment.

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You reported The truth about Reagans MOM’s photo for harassment.

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I then sent them the following email:

I would like you to know this is a page created to violently attack me and my children, they have taken pieces of court records, and photos from my Facebook and are exploiting me and my children and bullying and harassing our entire family. If Facebook can’t and won’t remove this page and ban these animals that are creating fake pages to do this I will be forced to file civil action against Facebook! What they are doing is against every rule you have on Facebook …. They are going as far as to use Facebook to file reports to DCF and to threaten my children.

How is this ok and how is this not bullying? They are using my property my intellectual property and bits and pieces of court records to constantly attack and harass me. People commit suicide for less then this! Understand that if Facebook allows this to continue I will be seeking a federal attorney to start proceedings against Facebook for civil damages to me and my family for allowing this to happen. Plenty of people, have reported this page for this attack and bullying and it needs to end. I will also take it to the media, I have screen shots of all of it and the decision by Facebook to allow this material to remain! Your own rules state:

Bullying and Harassment
Facebook does not tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow users to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but take action on all reports of abusive behavior directed at private individuals. Repeatedly targeting other users with unwanted friend requests or messages is a form of harassment.

Hate Speech
Facebook does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, we do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.

They are guilty of both of these actions and yet Facebook still thinks this page is not violating Facebook standards?

They have also violated both of these rules by publishing information including a hospital my sick daughter was in and encouraging people to call and say my daughter was being abused and also the same with DCF giving all my personal information:

Identity and Privacy
On Facebook people connect using their real names and identities. We ask that you refrain from publishing the personal information of others without their consent. Claiming to be another person, creating a false presence for an organization, or creating multiple accounts undermines community and violates Facebooks terms.

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Again I strongly urge you to remove this page and ban them before I seek civil penalties against facebook!

Shauna Taylor

This was finally sent to them on April 7th. You may ask why it took so long to send this well here is why

When numerous people were allowed to continue bullying, stalking, and harassing my family through Facebook and personal information was allowed to be posted all these people were allowed to continuously call DCF and file reports that I was poisoning Reagans. Her doctors had NO concerns, her nurses had NO concerns, hospital social workers had NO concerns … after all a hospital social worker followed our family the entire 11 weeks Reagan was in the NICU where I sat by her side 15 hours a day every day. Yet a CPT, a child protection team by DCF was allowed to order very large volumes of tests on my daughter poking her and prodding her to see if she was in fact being poisoned.

EVERY single and I mean every single test came back clean.. When that was not enough because I have a past with Children services in California and Arizona that I have never hidden from and been very open about they decided to allege I was poisoning Reagan with iron because her iron level was 2 points higher then normal. They failed to mention to the courts that she had just had a infusion of albumin that is an iron binding product and raises blood iron serum levels.

My daughter was taken into custody and I have now not been allowed to see her for two weeks, no contact at all, it has been alleged to the judge that she was being poisoned even though her doctors are standing up for me saying that she should be home. No matter how much my state appointed attorney fights I have no chance at all because I have a past history. The state says they are going straight to terminate my parental rights and I will never see my daughter again because they are using my past without all facts against me.

And still Facebook is allowing this hate page to still do this! They keep the page up for 3 to 4 hours at a time and then it gets reported by hundred of people and the owners of the page remove the page for a few days and then come back to attack. Anyone who defends me then also gets CPS or DCF called on them alleging they belong to a cult on Facebook poisoning their children. Facebook tells me this is not bullying because I am not a teenager!

Just because I have a past does not mean my daughter was in harm if she was her doctors would have filed reports on me. Facebook is allowing people to use their site as a tool to hurt and destroy people and that is illegal.

I have taken this all to the FBI, and on 4-09-2013 met with Agent Everett out of the Jacksonville Florida Office:
FBI Jacksonville
6061 Gate Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone (904) 248-7000
Fax: (904) 248-7404
E-mail: Jacksonville@ic.fbi.gov

He was writing a report and giving it to the Agents who investigate and prosecute these criminal acts. He also advised a complaint be filed with www.ic3.gov and that was done on 4-9-2013 as well.

I went further and created a petition at Change.org to maybe make a difference in this so DCF cant just remove kids for life from your past or for hearsay from people who don’t even know you in an attempt to bring Reagan home.

State of Florida, Baker County Courts, DCF: Return Reagan Taylor to her parents where she belongs

I have been sent emails from the case worker from DCF that Reagan is having all the same issues in custody and pictures of her where she is scared afraid not happy and not safe. These animals on Facebook making malicious and false calls have harmed my baby and Facebook should be held accountable for allowing bullying in this magnitude or any magnitude for that matter.

I know you can’t help get my daughter back but maybe you can help hold Facebook accountable for what they allow people to do and the damage they allow people to cause to others, if I was not mentally stable and if I didnt have thousands of amazing people standing behind me this could very well have led to suicide.

Trouble in North Dakota

February 6, 2013 in caseworker, corruption, North Dakota

14020 PATH North Dakota Foster Care

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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Oregon DHS & Civil Rights

January 10, 2013 in California, corruption, DHS, Oklahoma, Oregon

Oregon Department of Human Services

Oregon Department of Human Services

I feel our civil rights have been violated by Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), especially by the West 11th and Willamette Street Offices in Eugene, OR.

I’ve written the Governor, the Congressmen, County Officials for Lane County as well about this. DHS is making our lives hell and we’ve done nothing wrong. They are verbally assaulting us, yelling at us on the phone and in email and we’ve had enough. We are good, loving parents, and just want our kids back home where they belong. Three of our kids are special needs children, one being autistic spectrum disorder, level 50 of 60, and DHS especially Kasey Gaylon and Jordan Meyer are set on making themselves look like they are powerful and us looking like we are criminals.

I came into my fiance’s family in August of 2011. Welcomed with open arms and loving kids who adored me and my own two adult kids. Everything was going great, we decided to live together and combine two families in one. A fairy tale with hopes and aspirations.

Until that fateful day that the wicked witch of the Northwest, aka their 2nd cousin Sabrina Kinser, who calls herself their aunt started her psychophrenic rampage on our family. This woman by the way is an “escort” (prostitute), drug user, has had her own child stripped from her. You can Google her, or find her paid advertisements on backpage.com. She is now pregnant again and is trying to take our 13 year old daughter to turn her into a “mini her”, and has repeatedly asked us to adopt her from us. A little over a year ago in November, she asked for us to allow the kids to come to her house for Thanksgiving. Against our better judgment, but because of their mother who we wanted them to share the holiday with her family and get closer together, we allowed them to go spend the night with their mom’s side of the family.

Thanksgiving Holiday

BAD MISTAKE letting the kids go see their other side of the family for the Thanksgiving holiday. The “escort” went psychotic on the kids and her own family. Threw everyone out of the house, threatened to physically beat our kids and her family members, locked our 13 year old daughter in a room, told her to lie to police about things, basically kidnapped the kids. We demanded she return them home, she refused. She threatened to come kill us in our own home. We called the Lane County Sheriff’s office who would NOT assist. DHS allowed our children to stay in the home with her until they were placed with my fiance’s mother temporarily. Her own family was ringing our phone off the hook, telling us all about the rampage.

This family member wants our 13 year old daughter to start selling herself for money, telling her it’s okay, that she will make a lot of money and wouldn’t have to worry about her parents supporting her anymore. Shortly after the thanksgiving incident she had our 13 year old daughter show up at our 22 year old daughter’s home in high stripper heels, a mini skirt that barely covered, and a tube top in the middle of winter. We do NOT allow this as parents. But DHS feels it’s okay for our daughter to dress how she wants, that it’s an expression of adulthood. I’m sorry but she’s too young. That’s why we had to put her in Willamette Leadership Academy, due to grades, drug use, and peer problems in school. We made the right choices as parents, but DHS seems to disagree with us.

Not My Children: A True Story of CPS and Government Funded Kidnappers

The next morning after no sleep, we were awoken to four Lane County Sheriffs banging on our door and one case worker, Jordan Meyer . Jordan Meyer without a signed HIPAA form, accused me of things that I never did in front of my fiance. They did a search of our home without a warrant or permission by either of us, treated us like criminals and then informed us of our rights.

Charged with Molestation!

My ex-husband was arrested in Las Vegas NV and is currently serving time in Lovelock Correctional Facility in Lovelock, NV for child molestation etc. I had went to court in California at the time and gave my parents legal guardianship of my then 9 and 10 year old kids to get them away from the man, over 12 years ago! Jordan Meyer told my fiance’ without my consent or accurate information that I was the child molester, that I was a danger to kids, and that he should remove me from our home immediately.

I was a victim of my ex and so was my kids. He had tried to kill us and molested my kids from ages 1 and 2 to 9 and 10, molested his other daughter who was mentally disabled, and 8 other kids.

Why would a DHS official…

  1. Assume that without proper information.
  2. Disclose information without proper Privacy Act permissions.
  3. Threaten me and tell me to shut up when I was trying to explain that he was mistaken, even told him to look up NDOC Inmate # 1007007 to verify. He wouldn’t even allow me to get my laptop to prove it. Had an officer push me back down by my shoulders onto the couch and threatened arrest. I have spina bifoda occulta with fibromyalgia and beginning stages of arthritis from my disability. I may not look disabled but I am.

I tried telling them they were mistaken that we had called against the ex family member. They wouldn’t listen. They told us our kids weren’t coming home and that we had to be to court first thing Monday morning.

They sent the kids to my fiance’s mother’s house (I’ll get to that later about her- another horror story), and told us we could not contact or see our kids. What the hell? We were good, loving parents who kept the house clean and them well cleaned and fed and loved.

We went to court on that fateful Monday, and I was informed that my son and myself had to leave our own home, because DHS didn’t believe the CA court system that my ex was the criminal not me. I didn’t get to spend Christmas with my new family and was banned from my own home for no reason.

Allegations Founded!

Finally on January 30, 2012 right before court, they dismissed the case and I was allowed to return home to my loving fiance’ and four loving soon to be step kids. We were told by DHS they had made a mistake in regards to me, and that we had a good loving home. DHS kept their allegations FOUNDED even though the courts did not agree, and used it to open another case against us later. We were like YES its finally over. NOPE WRONG!

In May of 2012, my future mother in law coerced our 13 year old to report to DHS because she was upset that we had taken her iPod and Internet rights due to grades and bad choices she was making in her life.

West 11th DHS called us at home and informed us that they had our 13 year old and was NOT returning her home. All over a iPod and INTERNET?! For no reason they removed me from my own home again. I did nothing wrong!

My fiance’s mother had become a problem every since she moved in. She was talking to Sabrina Kinser behind our backs and making secret plans to take Jessica back to Oklahoma, and leave the boys here. We found out after the fact about all this from the other side of the family. We had exiled Sabrina from the family back in November.

We found out my fiance’s mother was behind what Jessica had told DHS, along with the cousin who had started all this turmoil in our lives. At the time, we did not know this and had asked his if things got bad with DHS, would she assume legal guardianship over the kids until this was settled. She said no, she would take Jessica and only Jessica, and let DHS take all the boys.

She was planning on kidnapping our 13 year old and going back to Oklahoma without our knowledge. When she decided to “throw our boys under the bus” but not our daughter, we told her she needed to find another place to live.

We had went to the Function for Junction that day with the boys, since our daughter was still not returned home, two days before our next court hearing, but she had wanted to stay home. We came home to a dark empty house and her gone. She went back to Oklahoma, sold her grand-kids out and abandoned them in a time of need. We had found a suitcase left behind in haste with our daughter’s clothes packed up in it but not the boys.

HIPAA Privacy Act Law

Against HIPAA Privacy Act Law, DHS worker Kasey Gaylon is allowing our kids to have contact with the escort cousin and the grandma. We never signed any paperwork allowing such contact. This cousin of the children has been seen screaming extreme vulgarities to the 5 and 4 year old and stalking our house every day all day until we were forced to move where she couldn’t hopefully find us. They are both very inappropriate people for our children to communicate with, but against our complaints, as well as the CRB, Kasey continues allowing it.

Later, In August, DHS and Lane County Sheriff showed up at our house again, arrested my fiance’ and took our 3 boys. I can’t talk about all this because it’s an on going case, but they had no reason to take the boys from their home or arrest my fiance. He is now facing criminal charges because of guess who…Jordan Meyer and District Attorney Barbara Stoll.

I was rudely talked to by Jordan, harassed by him and rudely talked to by Lane County Sheriff officers, and forced to leave my own property yet again or face being arrested also. When Jordan Meyer insisted my fiance’ to be arrested they cuffed him in front of the kids, 2 being special needs children, dragged him to the cruiser and threw him into the car.

Fighting CPS Guilty Until Proven Innocent of Child Protective Services’ Charges

In the police report, it states that they were not going to take the boys and were not going to arrest my fiance but Jordan Meyer insisted on it. My daughter, her fiance’ and two other adult members showed up and asked to keep the boys, they were refused. When he was transported to the Lane County Jail, he requested something to keep him warm, they had put him into the “fishtank” and refused to give him his seizure medication which he needed, had slammed him up against a wall, yelled at him, and told him he was a (sorry to say) piece of shit who deserved nothing.

My fiance’ stated the back of his head bounced off the cement wall. He was then thrown back into the holding tank and was given a 24 hour old sandwich to eat after 12 hours. Was told to choke on it and die because he deserved to. Is this how law enforcement is supposed to act? My fiance’ had a seizure in the holding cell and no one medically assisted him, even yelled at me on the phone when I called to tell them he needed to take Keppra 4 times a day for epilepsy. He also has a heart condition because of the seizures.

Threatened with Arrest!

Officer Gill was one of the responding officers at our house and threatened to arrest me if I didn’t leave my property immediately. He even followed my daughter to my mom’s house to make sure I was home at her house. Is this normal of the law enforcement officials? They stated our boys, who are 4 and 5 were filthy dirty and starving. This is incorrect. They had been bathed the night before and had eaten a big dinner. They did not get breakfast yet, because of them getting out of the house, which by the way was up on stilts in Marcola. The cousin who caused all this drama has been heard bragging by local Marcolians for having gotten my fiance’ arrested and that she took the boys out of their bedroom window , and that we can never prove it.

When we tell the DHS that, they call us liars and that we are delusional, making things up. There was no possible way 2 small children could have opened that heavy window on their own all the way to the top beyond their reach.

The officers waited almost 2 hours before they even went to the door, which my fiance’ did answer, thinking the boys were still in their bedroom. They yelled at him, called him a piece of shit father, etc. I had called my fiance’ every half hour from my mom’s on the home phone the night before and he had checked on the boys up until 3:00 am. I was on the phone with him when he had checked on the boys, by listening to see if they were awake yet at 7:30 and 8:30 am.

He assumed they were still asleep, but didn’t want to open the door and wake them up. Deputy Gill had stated our 5 year old autistic son had stated his genitals hurt and he had changed his diaper (which he is in diapers due to tethered cord), but instead he had forced our 12 yr old son to change his brother. He also stated wording that is not in our 5 year old’s speech usage. Our son barely speaks and mainly uses sign language as a form of communication.

Foster Care

We had went to the Serbu Juvenile Courthouse, which at the time sided with DHS and stated the kids were to be placed into foster care. Where they are currently, since May and August of last year. We were unfairly given a fact finding hearing by Judge Henry. Any and all witnesses for us were sent away, per DHS, because they were going to release the children back home and close the case, but when they sent away our witnesses, they changed their mind quickly and ruled against us, but allowed their witnesses to testify.

Even allowed my fiance’s mother to call in after we had removed her from our home prior to all this, and DHS did not notify any parties in the case that she was calling or on the phone until the last second. It was not even entered into discovery for fact finding.

Since then, everything was going fine with visits at the DHS office on 18th and Willamette. DHS worker Kasey Gaylon was moving the visits to OCP on 11th and Pearl. She had even stated if we moved to a bigger visitation room that she would consider allowing me to see the kids who I have not seen since May.

Boy did she lie! She so far has threatened us, threatened to take visitation away from my fiance’ if he served our son for a court case in regards to all this, she forced our 12 year old to leave the court house saying she wouldn’t allow him to testify, she refused them visitation with me, double dosed them on vaccinations, won’t allow our autistic son to have the surgery he needs for a tethered cord, which keeps him from feeling his bowel movements, yelled at my fiance’ both on the phone and in emails, has told me I have to move my car to the back of the building (which sorry I’m not going to do). I don’t have to move my car, it’s a parking lot and I have a handicap placard.

Isn’t that discrimination? A violation of my rights? She stated that it’s not good for the kids to see me and makes the foster parents uneasy. WRONG. The kids make hand hearts, wave to me, blow me kisses and smile when they see me. DHS admitted they were wrong about me by supervisor Nicole Sims, what the hell is their problem?

We even have a signed agreement by DHS stating they would not ever bring up my California history, or use it against me ever again, yet Kasey Gaylon violated that agreement, so did Trina who was our previous worker. Trina was corrected by Nicole Sims in a meeting about not using that against me. Still to this day they are. The signed agreement also stated that any workers are to verify with us any reports prior to opening a case, and not allow contact with the other family, which includes the cousin.

They have violated this as well, telling us that the agreement is now null and void per Kasey. DHS also in that agreement agreed to work with me as a member of this family, and to date, has not done so. I get glared at by Kasey, she talks down to my fiance’ about me, and does not allow the kids to mention me. She has exiled me from the children’s lives. Mr. Singh , one of your DHS workers, had come to our home before all this started in May, and closed the previous case against us from November, stating our home was safe and we were good parents.

Kids Playing at Childrens Playground Ship

Kids Playing at Childrens Playground

DHS worker Kasey Gaylon has stated she wants to work on reunification with the family, we have done everything that she has requested. We had to force her to give the referrals to go to CAFA, she only gives my fiance’ one hour a week, for four kids, we drive an hour to the visit and an hour back, but she has made no efforts for reunification. No updated case plans, no meetings with us BOTH to make sure the kids have a good home where we live, etc. Normal protocol is to have the kids home usually within 6 months if not less.

Inappropriate Behavior!

Our 13 year old has been out of the home since May. The CRB (Citizen’s Review Board), has told DHS Worker Kasey Gaylon that they want her to basically get off her ass and start working on reunification. Since in foster care our 13 year old daughter shoplifted from Valley River Center, something she has never done before, subsequently getting her banned from the mall, Kasey had placed her in a home with 8 other foster kids, with a family who was only doing it for the money, per them.

She allowed our 13 year old daughter to engage in inappropriate relationships with both boys and girls, which we were not allowing her to date yet, because we felt she was too young still and was still making wrong choices in her life. Kasey Gaylon also allowed the foster parents to let our daughter stay out all hours of the night and dress in clothes we did not approve of, like jeans with a hole in the crotch, low cut tank tops, etc.

She also allowed the foster parents to let our 13 year old pour bleach on her head and ruin her hair. She refused to listen to us about the children’s Dr, who we had recently switched, and gave our children shots that they had just received, causing our two younger children to become sick from the vaccinations. She refused to give our 12 year old severe ADHD son the medication he needed in order to function in school and to get along with his peers. It took calling his psychiatrist and having him call her and demand it.

She is still allowing contact with the paternal grandmother and the maternal cousin, both are bad news. Since then, Kasey has moved our 13 year old to a home with a 16 year old boy who our daughter states likes her in that way. Kasey denies this at the CRB, and stated that there was nothing she could do, it was the biological son of the foster parents. At the CRB she stated our daughter was doing well in school, but was corrected by OCP stating this was false information, that in fact our daughter’s grades were poor. She has moved our two younger special needs children three times since August.

Our last visit, DHS worker Kasey Gaylon was at OCP. She had their visitation monitored and watched my fiance like a hawk, forcing the OCP lady to sit in the room with him and the kids which made it very awkward, she was within inches of him when he took our autistic son to the bathroom or when our 4 year old wanted a book.

She (visitation supervisor ordered by Kasey Gaylon) refused to allow him to walk the boys (who are special needs btw) to the foster parent’s car to put them in car seats, and yelled at our 12 year old and my fiance’ while I was watching in the car for him to LEAVE NOW and told our 12 year old he couldn’t hug his mom or say bye to me he had to get inside NOW.

They even refused to let the children see their family dog who comes with us to the visits. Force me to sit in a cold car, not allowed to go inside and use the facilities, and glare at me when they come out of the visit to place our kids into the foster parents cars. Kasey was retaliating against my fiance because she did not want him to serve our 12 yr old, but per our legal counsel, was ordered to allow it. Previous to moving to OCP for visitation, my fiance’ was allowed with the visitation supervisor, to escort the boys out to the cars and load them into their car seats.

DHS worker Kasey Gaylon was confronted by the kids’ mom about her license which DHS was supposed to be working on getting for her. DHS worker Kasey Gaylon then yelled at her and questioned their mom as to why she was in our car talking to me. Um let’s see…We are FRIENDS, We are their parents, WE work together as a team on the parenting, and it was 29 degrees outside? I was being nice giving her a warm place to sit, allowing her to smoke, and was going to give her a ride to where she needed to go after my fiance was done with his visit.

DHS Controls Families!

Oregon DHS needs to stop trying to control families and work on their policies. They are terrible. Quit accusing people of things that they didn’t do. Especially in regards to myself and my fiance’. Kids belong home with their parents, especially when the parents are loving, caring, don’t hit them, etc. I could understand it if it was a drug home, but we are good Christian people who DHS has a bulls-eye on both our backs. Enough is enough. We want our kids home and we want them home now. We were cleared by DHS official Mr. Singh in 2012 by him stating our home was safe, we were good parents and he closed the previous case.

Children Playing

Children Playing

Now we are still fighting to get our kids back home where they belong. I seriously think something needs to be done about the DHS system especially Jordan Meyer and Kasey Gaylon. We have filed grievances against them both to no avail and also against Kelly Burns who was caught in a lie on a recording device accidentally. Our civil rights are being violated, I’m being discriminated because of being told I cannot park in a handicap spot up front of the building, when I have a legal handicap placard, and my fiance’ is being treated like a criminal and bad father. He’s not. I’m being accused of domestic violence against the kids, which never happened, DHS supposedly founded it, and they are treating me like a leper when I’ve done nothing wrong.

Kasey is going on the basis of a phone call made by my fiance’s mother, who was attempting to get me out of our home, so she could continue to live there. There was no police report filed, the boys were asleep in their room, and she is the one who brought our 13 year old daughter out of her room, into a verbal argument, which we both calmly asked Jessica to go back to her room, because we did not want her to have to be subjected to us talking about my fiance’s mother and her lack of responsibility and we were discussing visitations with the kids mom. My fiance’s mom was interjecting in the conversation, yelling at my fiance’ and then called the police.

His mother has a history of making bad choices in her life, by allowing her then 12 year old daughter to attempt sexually touching our then 5 year old daughter several years ago, and defended her 12 year old daughter by stating the 5 year old (Jessica) wanted it. Also against our wishes she has allowed them to talk to their cousin in our home behind our backs, feeding her information about what was going on in our home, after we removed her from our home, due to her lack of grand parenting skills.

We had also exiled the cousin from our home previously due to being inappropriate and discussing her “customers” with our then 12 year old. The cousin was removed from our home that day, with us in shock over her comments and told to never contact our family again or come on our property. The only contact the children are to have is with their mother, no other family members on her side of the family or my fiance’s mother is to have contact with the children because of their history. Why is Kasey still allowing them to talk to them?

We would like the in-home service plan drawn up that Kasey Gaylon has been promising, and for it to include the children coming home, for them and us to continue counseling like we did before. If she wants Maplestar or Options to come out, we do not have a problem with that, we have already completed her Options and Maplestar programs and home visits with positive results. We are also attending CAFA and are looking into counseling services etc out here in Sweet Home, which is where we reside. Court had ordered parenting classes and anger management, which we are taking together, a psych eval, and to maintain a safe home. We have done that.

Court Ordered Counseling

Now Kasey, with it not being court ordered is demanding that my fiance take counseling, per his psych evaluation, which has not even been read to him yet, due to weather conditions and rescheduling by Kasey. It was not court ordered why is she demanding it? Only to delay the children coming home longer. Kasey was placed onto this case after we had requested Trina removed from it, due to the personality issues she had and the way she was treating our daughter. We do not have a problem with them coming out once a month to do their in home visits, etc. Never had a problem with it before. We have made all efforts to do so, but Kasey chooses to ignore them. Previously to all this, we had the children in counseling at OCP, weekly visits with mentors, and family counseling with my fiance and I there. Again counselors supported us as good parents.

She does not allow us to discuss our home, the kids’ rooms, their animals, nothing. Only demands that we give her the clothes etc that they request. At Christmas time ordered us to only give our kids one gift each, and that it had to be under $50.00, refused to allow me to give the kids a gift, and refused visitation to me as well. This is ongoing with her. Her answer is I don’t want to talk about it or her.

She has deemed me unsafe in her personal opinion to be around the kids, but in a service plan it states per DHS discretion, and again in one prior it stated that I was not to be exiled from this. I’ve done nothing to the kids or to the family to warrant a founded allegation against me for domestic violence. She has one founded against me with all 4 kids. Based on hear say from my fiance’s mother. Like I said prior, I’ve been in domestic violence/anger management classes and parenting classes with my fiance’. Her evidence is still non-existent, and the courts did not agree with the founded allegation, but it is still founded.

Usually by now, parents have more than 1 day 1 hr visits, the worker is usually by now working on reunification with the family, has a In Home Service Plan drawn up , which she has told us she refuses to do, and the kids are working on coming home, but she doesn’t foresee that in the near future. If we have been doing everything the courts have ordered why not? please tell me why this is not being done by Kasey Gaylon? If her harassment and treating us like children, alienating me from the visits, etc continues, we would like to request another worker. One that has not thrown herself into the case and made it personal like she has.

My fiance’ has told her numerous times, I am part of this family, DHS has acknowledged that they are to work with me as well, and this has been ignored. “I’m not party to the case” is what we are told. I’ve been in this family almost 2 years, the children think of me as their step mom and I will continue to be part of their lives as a loving mother figure. Their biological mother agrees as well.

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