IN THE MATTER OF

 

 

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that my son is my life. We have built a very strong and unbreakable child-parent bond.  I have done my best to instill my family values, love of God, and faith into my son.

I never did drugs during my pregnancy, and after Westin was born I breastfed until he was 6 months old to ensure that he be as healthy as he could be. I spend each night loving him up, being what I was raised to believed a good mother would be.

I will say that the influence that a mother has on a child will mold him into the person that he will become for life, and children that come from stable parent involved homes are very balanced and well mannered.

In my first conversation with the foster parent Hen** he stated that “Westin was one of the best kids and most well mannered boys that has ever been in his home, and he was welcomed to stay as long as he needed to.”

This proves that even though there is room for improvement,  I have not done a horrible job at raising my son.

I would also like to note that my child was perfectly healthy, well fed, happy,

and up to date on his immunizations at the time he was removed from my care.

 

 

FAMILY HISTORY    

 

 

We would read stories from the bible, encouraged him to do crafty things and play outside,rather than play with electronics and monitor the TV/Videos being watched, and fed him as nutritiously as I was able. I can tell you now it has been the best decision I have ever made. No it has not been easy, though it has been extremely rewarding and fullfilling to know that I have tried my best to instill my family values, and faith into my son. (This is something that has always been important to me.)

I will say that the influence that a mother has on a child will mold him into the person that he will become for life, and children that come from stable parent involved homes are very balanced and well mannered.

In my first conversation with the foster parent Henry he stated that “Westin was one of the best kids and most well mannered boys that has ever been in his home.”

 

This proves that even though there is room for improvement, I have not done a horrible job at raising my son.

  

 

CURRENT SITUATION

Numerous times I have requested to be informed of all doctors and dental visits, and numerous times my requests have been ignored. I requested that I be present on Westin’s first day of school and that request was also ignored. I was not informed that Westin had started school until 3 days later. This is something a mother should never miss!

 

 

  

Westin is currently placed with Penny Lane employee Foster Parent Henry Guzman.  Henry has been incompliant with the visiting schedule.  He refuses to speak with me on the phone.

On one occasion he told Maria Shipley – monitor at “Change Of Faces that he “ refused to bring my son to my visits.”

I expressed my wishes for Westin to be placed with former foster parent Carmen Escondedo, who was pleasant to work with and did not give me the impression that she is insane- if it was’nt possible to be placed with my family or friends.

My complaints and concerns have not been taken seriously, and no action has been taken to honor my wishes.

Prior to my sons removal my aunt Joan Dubose and I agreed that she would care for my son if I had ever become unable to care for him myself.

We then hired a Certified Public Notary and he prepared for us a notarized document stating my wishes and assigning J**n D**e Westin’s God Mother. Attached is a copy of the document.

Westin has his own bedroom at Joan’s house and would be surrounded by responsible family members that love him very much, including children his own age to play with.

The department has ruled out possibility for placement with Joan Dubose’s household,- but has not give reason why the live scan will not clear, or how to go about clearing the record for what J**an has told me “an arrest that was made 18 years ago- with no conviction.”

The department has not complied with court orders to reevaluate child’s maternal Aunt J**n D***se, and in fact have gone out of their way to mislead us into pointless actions. Joan Dubose and her husband  both have received Clearance from The California Department of Justice.  (Health and Safety Code Section 1522(d)(1)(D).)

Attached is copies of clearance papers received from Department Of Justice.

I have been given NO INFORMATION about H***y G***n.  I do not know him, or his personality, character, or what kind of family life he lives.  The disposition and temper I have witnessed from Henry causes me much concern.

In one of my first phone conversations with H***y  I stated that  ” I know Wes is a good boy. He is my son.”  And  he suddenly became angry and explosive and hung up the phone.

I have not talked to him since that conversation.

I have asked my son to put H***y on the phone and I can hear H**8ry in the background telling Wes  “just hang up the phone.” Or “ I can’t.”

I have reason to believe that my son is possibly being abused in the current foster home of H***y G***an.

Westins behavior is not the same and he is trying to communicate to me by acting out at visits.

My son tells me that he is “afraid of Henry sometimes.” has made numerous statements that cause me GREAT CONCERN including-

1.  “H***y scares me when he is not nice to the cat.”

2.  “The Easter Bunny is not coming because the cat got killed by the B Monster.”

3.  “She slaps Me.”  And hits himself.

4.  “For Dinner I ate bread and water.”

5.  “H***y is not mommy’s friend.”

6.  “Armondo pushed me and I fell down.”

7.  “ I ran away and got mad. I am still mad.”

8.  “ I was good today and got milk on my cereal.”

9.  “ We stay in the home. H##ry doesn’t  let us go outside.”

10.  “H***y  tells me I have  to call him Daddy.”

(My current monitor- Change Of Faces employee  has also witnessed this and documented all of these statements. )

I have made several complaints to the CSW T**i An*****, and also to employees of Penny Lane.

I have put my concerns in writing and personally delivered them to Penny Lane.  I have talked to both De**** Ki*** of Penny Lane and her Supervisor D***Mc Ca***8s who both assured me these issues would be addressed.  I have not received any response.

I have called The Ombudsman of Foster Care and left several messages expressing my concerns.  Still these issues have not been dealt with.

I do not want to put my child through any more shock.  All of this is killing him.

On March 16th Supervisor called CSW about He*** Gu***n and I was informed that Westin is not the only child that is showing signs of abuse, and an investigation was now in progress on H**y Gu****n and his home. I have not heard anything further about this issue.

Westin is at a critical growing stage in his life where he needs his mother. His home situation is very crucial  in how he develops into the person he will become. I believe that Westin is Not being treated right in H%%%y’s home.

The Bond Between Mother and Child is Sacred~ I need to be the one to manage the little details of his everyday life.

Continued separation of Westin and mother will be detrirmental to both his emotional and mental health.

The best thing for him is to be back with his mother and  immediate family that loves him more than words can describe.

I am currently enrolled in the New Life Ministry Program whose main goal is to focus on living a life for Christ without the abuse of drugs or any other practice which render me “unable to properly care for my child.”  They have been a great support group for me, and are also willing to take Westin into their home.

The facility is fully equipped to accommodate mother and child.

I have dedicated my life to pleasing God and helping others and most important helping myself and my son. I am fully focused on giving my son the best life possible.

 

 

The emotional and psycological stress in result of this is more than any parent or child should endure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISITATION

There has been much confusion and lack of communication between the workers in the Department concerning my visits.  Many times I have shown up at the office-  only to be informed that our visit has been canceled or rescheduled due to lack of staff or some kind of miscommunication between the worker and I.

On more than one occasion the Departments Visit Monitor, An** W***** has stated to me that  “she has too many caseloads, and just doesn’t have the time to fit us into her schedule.”

In reports written by the Department and submitted to the Court as truth only mention the few times my visits were canceled because of my tardiness, -but fail to mention all of the times they have scheduled visits  without my knowledge, canceled visitation simply because they had no one to monitor, confused me with constant rescheduling, Telling me a certain time and then changing that time to an earlier time when I show up, and then canceling “until next week”, not to mention promising to make up for lost visits, but never following through.

I sometimes was kept from seeing my son for up to 3 weeks at a time- despite court orders to provide me with “3 hours minimum a week-only limited to the availability of the monitor.”

The Department of Children Services has failed to set a proper visiting schedule.

With only a the few occasions when I was Unable to attend- I have showed up for ALL SCHEDULED VISITS.      I have NEVER REFUSED any visit or opportunity given to me to spend time with my son.

The majority of my missed visits are due to the departments actions- in which are purposely set up to make me look noncompliant to the court.

The emotional and psychological stress in result of this is more than any parent or child should endure.     Because of this I have sought out and hired a separate agency to help monitor my visits,  (A Change of Faces) hoping to add additional visitation,  but still being restricted to only 3 hours a week between the two agencies, one which I have paid for with my own money.

In a document that the Department submitted to the court states that mother has to be supervised with a security guard present at the office of Change of faces which is not a true fact. There is no security guard at this location.   The staff at Change of Faces has been so much more pleasant to work with. They have not yet pulled any of the “tricks” that I have experienced in the past with The Department Of Children and Family Services and Penny Lane.  As of March 17th I have decided to pay and do all visits with A Change of faces.

 

 

 

COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

 

 

 

 

COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

 

 

 

 

FURTHER COMPLAINTS AGAINST DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN SERVICES 

 

 

 

    In October my neighbor Albert M**** submitted his live scan with no criminal background,  hoping to be Westin’s in- home temporary caretaker in my home for the time which I would be in a program until I have completed treatment and to the court that I am able to safely come back home.  He has been denied by the Department.

   I also requested that Albert Morneo monitor my visits.  This requests has also been ignored.

 

   In November, 2009 I requested that Westin be placed with my family friend, retired school teacher, and hair dresser-  Mrs. Ma***n Ma***n. 

  Although M**een has no criminal background ,and is willing to care for Westin in her home,  (Health and Safety Code Section 1522(d)(1)(D).)   She also has been turned away by the Department.

  The  Department  claimed that “ The federal part of the submitted live scan did not pass because her fingerprints could not be read due to the chemicals she works with in her hair salon burning her fingertips.”

  Mrs. M***on  came in  a second time to re-submit her fingerprints.  The department has failed to follow up with her those results.

 Numerous times I have requested to be informed of all doctors and dental visits, and numerous times my requests have been ignored.

   I requested that I be present on Westin’s first day of school and that request was also ignored.  I was not informed that Westin had started school until 3 days later.  This is something a mother should never miss!

  Since January 2010 I have expressed my wishes for Westin to attend ” a private Christian school.” (This is something that has always been very important to me.)  I have made it clear to all CSW that I will pay for private schooling if needed. I have made this request to Je***Bu***as, Ma**Ne**an, and Terri Straub who all acknowledged this as a good idea, but still no action has been put forward to respect my wishes.

    The Social worker assigned to my case has been switched at least four different times,  (1.) CSW: Ka**,  2.) CSW: Pa**&* Wo*ds,  3.) CSW: Jessica Bu***8s,  4.) CSW: Mark N***8an,  5.) CSW: Troi An****a) –  not  allowing any one of them the time to personally get to know me or properly know the details of my case, let alone work with me towards reunification.

  I have been treated unfairly, discriminated against, and our (my son and I) relationship has purposely been strained by the Department Of Children and Family Services.

   I have sought out treatment , counseling, and parenting classes, , mostly on my own knowledge of the communities resources.

   The department has not made “reasonable efforts” to assist me as the parent in adjusting the conditions that brought this case to the courts attention.

 

 

 

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MOTHERS PERCEPTION OF CHILDS NEEDS

I know in my heart that no one can provide the love and attention that I can to my son. The child has made it clear in no uncertain terms that he wants to be reunited with his mother . These young years only last so long and I’m willing to make any sacrifices nessesary to be able to care for him myself, to be able to take him places and teach him everything my way, and love him the way I would like to be loved.

I am blessed in that I have the necessary skills, insight, spiritual awareness, financial stablility, and maturity to raise my child. I do not lack the vital parenting skills one must have to keep my child safe and protected from harm. I am not afraid to ask questions when I need help. I have a stable home to provide a positive and safe enviroment for Westin. I am fully focused on meeting my child’s needs- to provide protection, nurturance, stability, and guidance.

No one can provide the love and attention that I can to my son. The bond Wes and I have is strong, and seperating us would be detrimental for both his mental and emotioinal health.

 

 

MOTHER’S PROGRESS AND COMPLIANCE WITH COURT ORDERS

I am currently recieving grief counciling through 2 different sources. I have enrolled and sucessfully completed the inpatient program at Tarzanna treatment Center. Through Narcotics Anonomous I have gained a support system and obtained a sponsor. I have participated and recieved certificates in classes focusing on parenting skills, drug prevention, and education in many other skills which have been helpful in allowing me to adress the issues in this case.

I am currently enrolled in the New Life Ministy Program whos main goal is to focus on living a life for Christ without the abuse of drugs or any other practice which would rinder me “unable to properly care for my child.

Despite obstacles created by the Foster parent and the Department I have maintained regular visitation and contact with my child.

 

I am fully focused on giving my son the best life possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION AND REQUESTS

 

 

It is respectfully requested that the Court make the following Findings and Orders:

 

 

 

2. It has been shown that the Mother and Child have

frequent and loving contact, an emotional bond, and pleasant visits.

3. The court finds that termination would be detrimental to the child.

4 The parent or guardian has demonstrated the capacity and ability to complete his or her substance abuse program.

5. The best interests of the child would be met by the provision of additional reunification services to a parent or legal guardian who is making significant and consistent progress in a substance abuse treatment program.

 

Separating Westin from his natural family would cause serious and enduring emotional and psychological harm, and it would be in his best interest to be returned to his natural mother, who loves him more than anybody else could even imagine.