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Garden City PD Harasses MM Mom

April 21, 2015 in CPS, drugs, foster care

Have you been following the most recent, asinine debacle of the state? The state of Kansas, has taken an 11 year old from his mom, because she advocates medical marijuana, because she’s sick.  Where do you the child will be better off, with his sick mother or with strangers?  Hello?  Have you ever been to foster care?

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English: Discount Medical Marijuana cannabis shop at 970 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Police Say Kidnapping Medical Marijuana Activist’s 11-Year-Old Son Is for ‘the Child’s Well-Being’

The Garden City Police Department, which conducted the search of Banda’s home, insists that the state-sanctioned kidnapping is in the boy’s best interest. “The most important thing here is the child’s well-being,” said Capt. Randy Ralston. “That is why it is a priority for us, just because of the danger to the child.”

What planet are they living on? My aunt died from Crohn’s disease, people die of it every year.  Marijuana saved my life. Fortunately, I don’t live Kansas, I lived in one of the states that has medical marijuana laws in place.

Banda has not been formally accused of any crimes yet. Ralston says the charges could include possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, misdemeanor or felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and child endangerment. Making cannabis oil also seems to qualify as manufacturing a controlled substance, a “drug severity level 1 felony” punishable by a prison sentence as long as 17 years.

Please help speak out about this injustice.

 

Wow, I’ve totally been there. The state should not attack a family because someone is sick. She’s got enough on her plate.

You can read about Shona, her son, what happened and how you can help.  We must speak up.  Unite our votes and speak loud and clear.  We must demand to be able to treat ourselves when we are sick. She has lost her son, because she uses cannabis.

Shona Banda’s Legal Defense

This story could have been me. I was in bed for over a year, when I decided the pills the doctors were giving me were killing me. I threw them away, started smoking weed, seeing my Chiropractor and I started walking, very slowly to start. My life has changed because I took my health in my hands and I decided to smoke weed.  It’s a beautiful thing to get your life back, don’t let the state ruin that.  Return her child!

Read more about Shona Banda.

Rally to Support Shona Banda

Kinship care vs Fostering

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

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

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

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

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

In Idaho, more grandparents still in parental role

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knowledge is Power! Exercise your brain.

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Threats, Lies and Trickery

June 21, 2011 in Child Protective Services, Washington

I received this email recently from a Washington state mother that I just had to share with you. This isn’t just an article that someone wrote off the top of their head. This is a parent, who battled and won her fight against the giant CPS machine that gobbles up families for breakfast. Her courage and fortitude should be an inspiration to us all.

Annette,

Children Walking on Trail

Threats, Lies and Trickery

I hate reliving that nightmare and was threatened by my own joke-of-a-lawyer that IF I ever got my child back (I never let myself doubt for a second that I wouldn’t) that I should leave the state and keep a low profile. Being the defiant one that I am, I laughed and said there was no way that I’d run and hide from anyone.

Instead, I got angry and decided I’d be even more vocal and obvious, even after I got my child home. I took her (and still do on occasion) to court hearings for other families, (this really upsets CPS workers because I am shoving it in all their faces — all their lies and bullying, right back on them and they know it). I took part in rally protests outside our courthouses, at the juvenile court and CPS buildings — my daughter even held up signs with us.

CPS preys on the weak and helpless – they rely on being able to terrorize and manipulate and coerce you, so they select their victims carefully. They have a little checklist that they go through when they get any kind of referrals etc., and if the parents have a steady income they are usually rejected right off the bat!

If parents have a strong family support system in place, they again are normally rejected. This ‘checklist’ has nothing to do with the child’s safety at all, it is about MONEY.

I have been taking college classes that include child abuse and neglect (they can’t flunk you for stating your opinion). I am sure the teacher was glad to get me out of that class. I was shocked to learn some of the things I did.  If you have the time and the ability, take the class at your local college, just to check it out.  Believe me, you will learn how they can pressure schools and medical staff, etc. to make reports for things that are just total bull, and why these people go along with it.

You will learn how to help the people you are advocating for as well, if you can’t, try to get someone in your group to attend. It really is worth it to learn that stuff. You don’t have to let them know a damn thing, it is a college class that is offered to anyone for any reason.

I wish I could make promises to parents that if they did this and this, then things would be all good in the end. I can’t.

I fought damn hard but I know that without faith and prayer my fight would have been lost. I refused to bow down to them. I researched and learned everything possible. I didn’t give up, even when I felt hopeless, (that’s when I pulled out my daughters pictures and focused on WHY I couldn’t just give up).

I glued her picture to all my case folders and had her face before me at all times. I put it in front of the caseworkers, attorneys and legislators too. It made her REAL to them. I never let them think of her as a court document number (that made many very uncomfortable, which is a GOOD thing).

Another very important thing is that I DID NOT give them any bullets to shoot me with. I stayed away from places that could be used against me – bars, areas known for drugs or partying etc… I stayed away from anything that could in anyway be turned against me later. They made up many lies, since they could not find anything to use against me, but I documented everything and had many witnesses to back me up, so in the end they only screwed themselves by doing that.

You CAN WIN!

It may take time and many parents will sign documents due to their belief in CPS’s lies, promising to help get their kids back quicker.

Never sign anything without your attorney
explaining the possible outcome  — Never Ever!

I don’t care what CPS says, they have ulterior motives on everything and UNLESS the judge tells you or your attorney says you HAVE to, don’t do it. CPS will try to say that you are required to, or you are out of compliance — that is one of their lies they use to force parents to sign away their rights. Don’t sign anything, not for any reason.

This is SOOOO IMPORTANT.  SO SO SO SO IMPORTANT. Once you put your signature to paper you give up rights and I promise this – those rights aren’t given back. CPS will push hard and the harder they push the more you can bet that they are trying to pull some underhanded B.S. on you that will come back to bite you later. That is a red flag for anyone, if they are pushing hard and if they get forceful or start making promises then you know that they are up to something bad.

In addition, parents who believe that if they just agree and go along then CPS will help them are sadly in denial and will be in much pain later. Moreover, there is NO RECOURSE after the fact. Unless you file complaints when the problem is happening or right afterwards, then you will be seen as an angry parent that is just looking to blame someone else for your own screw up.

This takes courage for sure, but believe me, waiting until you absolutely can’t deny the lies any more is too late.

I don’t care how nice the worker seems or how sincere and helpful she/he might portray themselves to be, it is an act to get you to willingly let yourself be screwed. No better then how the Jews were willingly herded to the camps – at least that is how many compare the two.

DO NOT BE AN EASY VICTIM!

Don’t be a out-of-control maniac either because that is just as harmful.  Learn to be in control of your emotions, don’t allow them to know your afraid or worried or anything… even if you must pretend, always come off with an attitude of strength and determination.

ALSO DO NOT SAY ANYTHING THAT THEY CAN PROVE TO BE A LIE!

If you don’t know how to respond to something then DON’T RESPOND. I went to a required parenting class and listened to some parents just unburden themselves, thinking they were safe to vent in that group. I discovered quite by accident that one of the “parents” was actually a CPS worker, posing as a parent, to spy on another workers clients and reporting back everything she heard! I KNOW THIS FOR A FACT.

That ‘fake parent’ also attends AA and other twelve step “anonymous” meetings for the same reason. They are corrupt as hell and unfortunately naive parents that don’t know their rights become their best victims.

It makes me sick to my stomach what they do, that is why I refused to run and hide. I know that my ‘streak of defiance’ (since a child and my survival mechanism growing up) helped me but some parents don’t have that in them, and so for them I allow my case to be used at Senate hearing still and why I am okay with you posting my stuff (minus personal identifying words). I hope others can grow and learn. I am sorry that I can’t do more. I had to stop testifying myself because it was so painful to keep reliving things over and over and never allowing myself to heal, which hurt my daughter too.

My prayers are with those parents fighting for their children and those, like you, who help them. I know the pain they are going through. I hope they find the strength to fight. It is a fight for sure, especially if your children are “highly adoptable” because they bring in more money.

Sick huh? I mean, they gotta have them fancy phones ya know!! It’s much more important then actually helping a family in crisis don’t ya think? What a crock of crap!

CPS is an organized criminal enterprise, kidnapping children for human trafficking purposes with government funding! The great thing is most of them are so arrogant that they really do screw up on a daily basis and their lies can be brought to light, if people would document and question everything more.

They love to interrogate you, but boy watch them squirm when you turn the tables around. I think one of the funniest things is how they always want to force background checks on any and everyone a parent might have in their lives ‘for the safety of the child’.

Well, I turned that around on them and said “OK, then I want a background check done on you, and you and you,” and pointed to everyone in the room (which was about 12 various officials, of some sort or another). WOW, did they get their backs up fast. Lets just say that I never once had to have ANYONE I knew get a background check done! Background checks are an illegal attempt to force others to allow them into their lives in search for more victims, and I wasn’t willing to be the avenue to let it happen.

I pray that you are able to reach out and help others. You should check out Washington Families United if you haven’t already. They have really made some huge impacts at the state level that have made such incredible differences for families in our state. I think that the stronger our networks are, the more powerful our fight against CPS abuse/corruption on every level.

Oh, another hilarious tactic that has a huge impact on CPS agents, is to get some dirt on at least one CPS worker (we had a Private Investigator do work on the worse workers we knew – three to start with) and then send a copy of the information to everyone of the CPS email addresses you have, at the same time throughout the state!  OMG does it cause up some chaos. The info doesn’t have to be more then a poor driving record and a bad credit report, but it still gets them upset – those who didn’t get investigated now are worried they are next!  It is really quite comical.

I know that each time I found even the littlest information that brought the “BIG SCARY MONSTER” back down to realistic size, my fears became silly and I felt stronger and more capable then ever.

I hate that it took a year to get my girl home and that she suffered during that time, but I know that my case made a difference for many families and that is something I am very thankful for. Parents need to be strong, to believe in themselves (and their ability to learn and grow no matter what), and to know that their child needs THEM – not some stranger but THEM AND ONLY THEM.

I have heard some parents say that their kids were better off without them; I think that is not true at all, and would only believe that if the parent were abusive and failed to protect the child from abuse.

I struggled to believe in myself as a parent, and found tons of things that could be seen, as reasons I was not the best mom. I hate to cook, I suck at it in fact and many times, I thought that it was reason enough to prove my failure as a mom.

However, my grown sons reminded me that even though I didn’t cook, I NEVER let them go hungry or eat crap. I managed to be sure they ate good and healthy for the most part. Stuff like that can really be damaging to parents who already feel alone, worthless, and powerless. It is so important NOT to give into those lies. Children are never better off with someone else (unless they were given up for adoption at birth and never knew their natural parents anyway). They need their family, their real family.

Did you know that children are 9 times more likely to be abused in foster care than with biological family? That scares the crap out of me. My daughter never once had known abuse or neglect until she was placed in foster care and I HATE them for that. I was denied the ability to comfort and protect my child, by the same people who claimed to have taken her for her own protection! Yeah right!

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Washington Rally

April 21, 2010 in Child Protective Services, Event, Washington D.C.

Nationwide Mother's Day Protest!

I come from a long line of military veterans. Each male member of my family has served in the military in one fashion or another. My father and husband both served in the Navy, my Uncle served as a Marine in South Korea.

Sadly, an entire generation of children is being stolen from their families. These children will grow up without knowing their heritage, their medical history or knowing any other hereditary factors that make them unique. We must speak out for our Stolen Generation.

You can be a part of the reform movement. Learn how…

Dear Mothers of Lost Children and Supporters,

There have been an extraordinary series of events to pave the way for our vigil at the White House on Mothers Day May 9, 2010! Visit Center for Judicial Excellence to learn more.

White House vigil:

For information on our Mothers’ Day silent vigil, go to Mothers of Lost Children. Another mothers march is planned for May 18-20, serendipitiously a week and a half after our event. You are invited to join the CV4JC Rally.

Meeting with the President:

Although we have not been successful yet in setting up a meeting with the President, we methodically fax him a request every month. Please feel free to email a request to meet with him and the First Lady. Send information on your case if you wish. You can ask for a Federal investigation into the profiteering, racketeering and trafficking of children by family courts.

Transportation:

Mary Richmond has arranged for a bus from Albany NY to Washington DC. Travel is at night so you won’t have to pay for hotels — a brilliant move. at: (518) 331-5090. The cost of the bus ticket is $60 round trip to DC. Send a check or money order to Albany Area NOW, PO Box 13773, Albany, NY 12212. Seating is limited so reserve and pay for your seat by May 1st.

The bus will leave Albany at 1 a.m. on Sunday morning May 9 (i.e., really late Saturday night) and arrive in DC at 9:00 a.m. You will board a 6 p.m. bus the same day for return to Albany. This bus will stop in New Jersey for anyone wants to join — Route NJ #95 at Vince Lombardi Rest Stop (Park and Ride) Ridgefield, New Jersey at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Nationwide Mother's Day Protest!

Get your Mother’s Day shirt now!

Attire:

We will bring 50 white t-shirts with Mothers of Lost Children on the front in black letters, plus 25 t-shirts with Mothers of Lost Children Supporter. It would be good to wear white pants or white skirts if you wish. We’ll bring some white scarves in case we want to wear them. The Liberian women in “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” wore all white…it is a symbol of peace.

What to bring:

The Metro Police told us that we do not need a permit to march on the sidewalk as long as we do not obstruct traffic and stop at the lights, so we are planning to march down 17th Street and back in the afternoon, for those who wish to do that. Please bring only portable items, such as a waterbottle that hooks to your belt, some power bars, very comfortable shoes, wallet in pocket so you will have hands free to hold a sign or banner.

Signs and banners:

We are bringing a big banner and several 3′ x 5′ banners. Please feel free to bring poster board signs that you can carry. Pictures of your children on the signs are good. Be sure to emphasize that the children are living with a known batterer or molester, and that you are a safe, nurturing mom. Messages about civil and human rights violations and judicial retaliation are also good.

Stories:

Only 2 people have sent stories. Let me know if you want your case summary in a booklet. It needs to be one page and you can use a pseudonym if you wish.

Lots of other news:

Nationwide Mother's Day Rally!

Get your Rally Tote Bag!

  1. The audit of two California family courts hit the front page of the Sacramento Bee due to the courts stonewalling the Bureau of State Audits. A new bill AB 2521 (Torrico) was introduced to remove the ability of the Judicial Council to audit itself.
  2. Dr. Phil show on April 14, 2010 was outstanding! We understand he plans to do another show on family court. Kathleen Russell is the powerhouse behind this incredible surge. We applaud and honor her.
  3. A new political group Lemkau Must Go was formed in Southern CA to get rid of the judge who is directly responsible for decisions leading to the death of a 9 month old baby named Wyatt, whose mother Katie was featured on Dr. Phil. Mothers of Lost Children is supporting this effort.
  4. On Saturday, May 22, 2010, The Committee to Stop Court Ordered Child Abuse invites you to an Open Public Forum about the Crisis in Family Courts from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 101 8th St., Oakland CA. (510) 789-0510. If you want to share your story, please call Supervisor, Gail Steele at (510) 272-6692
  5. Also on Saturday, May 22, 2010, there will be an event in Shasta County, CA. Contact: Shasta County Chapter of the California Protective Parents Association.
  6. Even California judges are getting fed up. They formed a splinter group Alliance of California Judges due to the financial crisis. Life is very exciting in California these days.
  7. Sign a petition to Congress.
  8. The vast majority of mothers who contact us tell us that they are prayerful Christians. If you are interested in a nightly prayer conference call at 9:00 p.m. California time (midnight on the East Coast), or a new prayer conference call on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, .

Mothers of Lost Children
P.O. Box 1903
Davis, CA 95617

Wash DC Rally 2007

May 16, 2007 in Event, Michigan, parental rights, Washington D.C.

Robert and Rob EQUAL parenting bike trek!

Equal Parenting Bike Trip

It is official! August 11th, 2007 Robert Pedersen and Rob Mackenzie will begin their 600-mile plus bicycle trek from the Lansing Capitol building to Washington, D.C. This will be an intense multi-day bike trek through numerous states ending in Washington, D.C. where they will be greeted by thousands of people attending the national rally in Washington, D.C. on August the 18th.

It is simply amazing that two fathers are going to attempt this trip all in the name and support of shared parenting! They do this to protect a child’s right to equal time with both fit parents! Many elected officials and supporters will see the riders off at the Lansing Capitol and thousands will greet them in Washington, D.C.

We are in need of volunteers for this amazing undertaking! We have 100% confirmation that the Michigan media will be documenting this event. There is a strong possibility that this may also make national news as well! We have a dedicated media van with supplies. There will be a dedicated website for this event where you can watch the riders via GPS. There will also be video and photos uploaded in real-time during the entire 600 mile grueling trip.

Please help us with this event! Spread the word in every state and throughout the media! Help protect a child’s right to equal time with both fit parents! This is more than about fathers! This is about our most precious resource in America – children. We also have step-mothers, non-custodial moms, and grandparents volunteering for this wonderful event.

Visit our volunteer center at A Childs Right

, R.N.
A Child’s Right
President and Co-Founder

     
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