Thursday, October 19, 2017

Family Court Shake Up

https://www.facebook.com/ACurrentAffair9/videos/1309342532505454/

 Relationship breakdowns are tough, especially when children are involved. And Family Court proceedings are notoriously slow, hugely expensive, and take a toll on everyone involved. Their decisions have even cost lives. Can the Government fix a system that is so broken?

Pennsylvania County Has Wildly High Rate of Needless Child Abuse Investigations

http://youthtoday.org/2017/10/pennsylvania-county-has-wildly-high-rate-of-needless-child-abuse-investigations/

Legal Immunity for CPS Workers who Lie?

http://www.childlaw.us/legal_immunity_for_cps_workers/#.Weia6FtSzX4

 FYI  Your defense without an attorney , though one public defender should have been awarded to you , is to object to every single lie or untruthful reports when they are spoken in court . You have the right to receive “all” reports as they are written . You must ask for them . Without the judge hearing your objection(s) , the matters mentioned by the CPS or Dept. of Social Services are said true as testified by them . You have the CPS . DSS , Assistant Attorney and the Guardian Ad Litem fighting against you . This is their job . Take classes they recommend however . The more information you give to them the more they can use against you , including the Psychotherapist . Watch out .

Child Abuse Statistics & Facts

https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse-statistics/

 

‘The 2017 Child Protective Services ‘CPS’ Comprehensive Report’ Updated annually revised w/ footnotes 7-17-17

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-2017-child-protective-services-cps-comprehensive_us_596e79eae4b05561da5a5b79


A Broken System: Fostering Abusive Dysfunction

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-broken-system-fostering-abusive-dysfunction_us_59e0fd32e4b09e31db975893

 

In the Senate A Bill to Protect Families Oregon Bill

https://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/S.%201964%20CW%20Oversight%20and%20Accountability%20Act.pdf

 115TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION S. ll To encourage kinship guardianship placements and support payment rate equity for such placements, to improve oversight of State child welfare programs funded under the Social Security Act, to strengthen national data on child fatalities from maltreatment, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES llllllllll Mr. HATCH (for himself and Mr. WYDEN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on llllllllll A BILL

Parents get $800K settlement after county officials remove their children without a warrant

https://www.scpr.org/news/2015/02/03/49639/parents-get-800k-settlement-after-county-officials/

 LA County agrees to pay $800,000 to parents of kids who were removed from home.

DSHS Lawsuits Washington State

http://www.dshslawsuit.com/

DSHSLawsuit.com





 We represent over 33,000 people in Washington State




More Accountability Needed in Foster Care

http://www.opb.org/news/article/foster-care-accountability-bill-oregon-ron-wyden/

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., (left) and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, at a Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

Kids For Cash at it AGAIN in Florida

From June 2016
http://www.timesleader.com/news/559064/kids-for-cash-judge-feds-are-investigating-robert-powell-and-jill-moran

Powell

Child Trafficking Crack Down BERKS PA MI FL CO WY GA KS

http://fox17online.com/2017/10/18/12-trafficked-children-rescued-in-michigan-54-arrested/

http://wrbl.com/2017/10/17/doctors-and-cops-among-277-arrested-in-human-trafficking-online-prostitution-sting-in-florida/

http://www.wfmz.com/news/berks/photos-operation-cross-country-xi/640440010

 https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/10/19/fbi-rescues-more-than-80-children-in-nationwide-human-trafficking-sting/23248804/

 http://www.fox29.com/news/fbi-60-arrested-in-georgia-in-human-trafficking-investigation

 http://fox21news.com/ap/trafficking-sting-recovers-17-kids-in-colorado-wyoming/

 http://www.wibw.com/content/news/Nationwide-human-trafficking-sting-saves-3-teens-in-Kansas-10-arrested-451507103.html

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CHILDREN ARE DYING AT ALARMING RATES IN FOSTER CARE, AND NOBODY IS BOTHERING TO INVESTIGATE

https://theintercept.com/2017/10/18/foster-care-children-deaths-mentor-network/

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

PA Governor Wolfe Took over $3 million to Stay Quiet about CYS

Follow the money
https://www.followthemoney.org/

Follow the Money

Book-The Worst Interests of the Child: The Trafficking of Children and Parents Through U.S. Family Courts

Keith Harmon Snow’s meticulously documented investigation into sex-trafficking of children by American judges is not to be missed. This scandal is one of the most important censored stories in our country today. I might not believe what Mr. Snow has written if I had not independently investigated two dozen cases not discussed in his article, and found ample evidence of the precise dynamics he lays out for us here. Anyone who says they care about child welfare needs to learn what is happening in family courts and take action until it is stopped. Once you start reading this exposé, you won’t be able to put it down.” —Lundy Bancroft Author of Why Does He Do That? History’s largest-selling book on domestic violence


  "Keith Harmon Snow's meticulously documented investigation into sex-trafficking of children by American judges is not to be missed... I might not believe what Mr. Snow has written if I had not independently investigated two dozen cases not discussed in his article, and found ample evidence of the precise dynamics he lays out for us here. Anyone who says they care about child welfare needs to learn what is happening in family courts and take action until it is stopped. Once you start reading this exposé, you won't be able to put it down."
--Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That?

"It is a national scandal that family courts systematically fail to protect children from physical and/or sexual abuse by a predatory parent. What is equally scandalous is the silence of the mainstream media to cover the issue... With luck, when reporters like Keith Harmon Snow shine a light on the grave injustices taking place in family courts, Americans will be filled with a sense of responsibility and take action to protect children from family court abuses." 
--Garland Waller
Producer, No Way Out But One

"If you are facing the Family Law or Dependency Courts, do not enter until you have read this book by Keith Harmon Snow. We won my daughter's case and protected my grandchildren with the help of the article that led to this book." -- Lori Johnson, Los Angeles
 


A Broken System: Court Sanctioned Legal Abuse

Extortion and threats play out on a vast scale in divorce and child custody cases — often by means of infusing criminal elements into civil issues.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-broken-system-court-sanctioned-legal-abuse_us_5848c6bde4b08f092ddd9940 



A Broken System: Oaths Betrayed In Family Law


The slippery slope ensues with perjury becoming acceptable and oaths sworn upon by judges and lawyers falling to the wayside — clearing the path for varying degrees of misconduct.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-broken-system-oaths-betrayed-in-family-law_us_58e3f97be4b09deecf0e1b1b

 

Pennsylvania Sentinel-Submit your Complaints

NOTICE TO ALL PENNSYLVANIA POLITICIANS: It doesn’t matter whether you are a Democrat or Republican, the Governor or the Row Officer — We will be relentless in our mission to guard Pennsylvanians from political corruption.  Send them your concerns

https://www.facebook.com/PennSentinel/posts/1442873955791723

 

Government Issues First Report in 2017 on Vaccine Injuries and Deaths: 275 Injured 4 Dead from Flu Shot

http://vaccineimpact.com/2017/government-issues-first-report-in-2017-on-vaccine-injuries-and-deaths-275-injured-4-dead-from-flu-shot/


http://vaccineimpact.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/09/DOJ-Report-9.8.17.pdf


The Money Laundering Fueling the Chronic Judicial Corruption in PA

http://www.pacourtwatch.com/2017/06/26/money-laundering-behind-judicial-corruption/





Saturday, September 9, 2017

Adoption Laws Change in November

PENNSYLVANIA - ACCESS WITH RESTRICTIONS (2017)

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed HB 162 into law on November 3, 2016.  Effective November 3, 2017, PA-born adoptees at age 18 will have the right to their original birth certificate (OBC) for the first time since 1984.  If the adoptee is deceased, descendants can request a copy of the adoptee’s OBC.

The bill allows birth parents to file a redaction to have their name deleted from the OBC.  A contact preference form may also be filed.

Pennsylvania-born adoptees can now apply for their original birth certificate by following this link:
http://www.health.pa.gov/MyRecords/Certificates/Documents/adoptee_app_HD02045F.pdf
This is an early acceptance for the applications; however, they will not begin processing them until November 3, 2017.  You will receive your non-certified copy of original birth record by December 18, 2017.  Please allow 45 days processing time for applications submitted on or after Nov. 3, 2017!

Complete the form and mail it back to the Department of Health with $20 check or money order made payable toVital Records”:

Department of Health
Division of Vital Records
Attn:  Adoptee Applications
PO Box 1528
New Castle, PA  16103-1528

To read the full information regarding original birth certificates, you can click this link:
http://www.health.pa.gov/MyRecords/Certificates/Pages/Adoption.aspx#forms

Forms are now available at http://www.health.pa.gov/MyRecords/Certificates/Pages/Adoption.aspx#top
For information, please contact Carolyn Hoard,

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Reality Series: CPS The Horror Stories Wants to Hear From You

We are searching for parents and relatives all over the United States who'd like to share their CPS Horror stories. The world has to know what you've gone through.
Help us change CPS. First, we have to change public opinion. Second, we have to educate the electorate. Third, we must exercise our right to vote.
We are doing interviews now. Our Premier show is scheduled for November 1, 2017. We hope to have the show nationally syndicated, and on Internet television.
Share your story with the world.

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Children for Sale: The Trafficking Ring Selling Babies from the Slums to Rich Couples


AGING OUT of Foster Care


http://www.childrensrights.org/newsroom/fact-sheets/aging-out/


Clinton's Law: Cash Bonuses to CPS For Taking Children

http://www.usmessageboard.com/threads/clintons-law-cash-bonuses-to-cps-for-taking-children.540951/


Understanding what ‘Whistleblower RICO’ is


https://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/understanding-what-whistleblower-rico-is-92754/

How North Carolina is Fighting Back


For immediate release: Parents in North Carolina are rising up against family court corruption, ineffective court-appointed counsel refusing to submit evidence on their behalf (that sinks a parent in appeals cases because there would be literally nothing for a judge to abuse in discretion), and speaking out against the corruption in the breaking of unconstitutional GAG orders that are set aside for jury trials (which we are waived rights to). These courts have been deemed OPEN to the public, but the parents are facing closed-door decisions and judges who call the secret sessions right in the middle of a hearing. This picture is the direct result of a parent in Buncombe County trying to introduce the truth of his case to the presiding judge over his case. The judge did take mandatory judicial notice of the evidence, but then struck the evidence from the file the same day and a few days later the parent found this notice on the front door of the juvenile clerk of courts office. The public is directed to a bailiff for anything concerning the clerk of courts and the parents couldn't get in to the office anyway; Buncombe County, like others in North Carolina, has a coded lock on the office door. This parent's child has been in the custody of DSS for two years and is the result of a severe violation of the family's rights and the most highly offensive unconstituional seizure Parents Against Loss has ever seen. Throughout the last eleven months since her children were also unconstitutionally seized, a mother fighting for her two children in Guilford County has fired two ineffective court-appointed attorneys, lodged grievances against them and against the judge who denied her children a habeas corpus application, and in retaliation asking for procedural due process, the court has ordered her verbally to not be able to see her file, know what is in it, or file anything to the file. She admits relief in the fact that she was able to file evidence to the file concerning the fraud and omission of truth to her case, but upset because the District Attorney and county Dept of Social Services threw out the hearing she scheduled to address the evidence and what should have been an expedited custody order hearing. "I just want the judge to see the truth and let us go home (in reference to Tennessee, her family's home state according to the Federally mandated Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act). I think my family has been through enough," the mother adds. This family faces a termination of parental rights hearing at the end of this month. In fact, for us reporting this American family's atrocity, that mother fighting in Guilford County could be thrown back into jail. "They have unlawfully gagged me in both district court and superior when they jailed me with no judge's ordrr this last time. I have been in jail three times for standing up for the truth of the matter and I was never a criminal before CPS interfered with my family," she sadly shared. Parents Against Loss poses these questions in regards to the unruliness and chaos of North Carolina Family courts: How are we supposed to appeal a decision if we can not even file the notice? Do we no longer have rights to open court settings? The ability to face our accusers? Speedy trial rights? Rights to be granted freedom when unlawfully restrained? Our children and parents in this state are supposed to have constitutional safeguards considered in family court according to the purpose of the Juvenile Code 7B-100, so ask yourself why aren't those rights being safeguarded? For further information on corrupt family court practices in North Carolina, or if needing assistance for writing a blog or news report concerning these detrimental societal issues, please direct all inquiries to parentsagainstloss@gmail.com
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NATIONAL COALITION FOR CHILD PROTECTION REFORM


https://nccpr.org/how-you-can-help-reform-child-welfare/




National Child Abuse and Resource Center. Lots of info.


http://www.falseallegation.org/




Good Information on Our Civil Rights and Filing Complaints

https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/special-topics/adoption/index.html


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hershey Med Let's 6 year old Die

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/08/hershey_med_didnt_monitor_heat.html

Hershey Hospital Cited in Death of Six-Year Old

By Walter F. Roche Jr.

A Hershey hospital has been cited by Pennsylvania health officials for failing to report the unexpected death of a six-year-old boy and failure to follow expected standards of care in treating him.
According to a lengthy state inspection report, the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center only notified the Pennsylvania Health Department of the death after an anonymous informant had reported the Jan. 11 death months after it occurred. Under state law and regulations the death should have been reported within 24 hours of its occurrence.
In response to questions about the citation, the medical center issued a statement acknowledging the delay in reporting the incident and also the fact that there was a 10 hour gap in the recording of the patient's temperature.
"The facility failed to meet the emergency needs of a patient with acceptable standards of practice," the inspection report states.
The boy, who was brought to the hospital's emergency room on Jan. 10, was placed in a warming device due to a low temperature. He had a temperature of 107.6 degrees when he was found unresponsive the next day.
"There were no vitals,"the inspection report states, adding that hospital staffers acknowledged the warming device, called a Bair Hugger," had been on high all night.
He was pronounced dead at 5:39 p.m. on Jan. 11.
In addition to the failure to report the death, the hospital was cited for failing to adequately train employees and failing to follow the warming device manufacturer's guidelines calling for temperature checks every 10 to 20 minutes.
In its statement, the medical center said management did not become aware of the incident until notified by the state following the anonymous complaint to the state Patient Safety Authority.
"This situation raised serious issues, and our response has been equally serious" the hospital said in its statement.
Acknowledging that the state found a total of five violations, the medical center
termed the incident an "unacceptable failure" and said corrective action was initiated  as soon as it received notice of the anonymous complaint.
 The state sent inspectors to the hospital on April 12 and they completed their review the next day. Because the inspectors declared a state of "immediate jeopardy," the hospital was required to respond immediately with a corrective action plan. The "immediate jeopardy" was lifted on April 13.
In its statement the hospital said the boy was suffering from "ongoing, complex and life limiting health issues" and "presumed sepsis" when he was brought to the emergency room in January.
After he was found unresponsive the next day, he was taken to the the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit but died later in the day.
The hospital said its own investigation found "an agency nurse was overseeing the child's care during the 10-hour gap in temperature documentation, and no one involved in the child's care reported the incident to our Patient Safety Department."
In its inspection report, the state said that the nurse in question said she knew she took the patient's temperature but forgot to document it.
"I did not have the computer with me. I was probably busy with something else," she told the inspectors.
The state found that although the nurse had been hired a year earlier, there were no evaluations in her file and core competency for use of the warming device "was not completed."
According to the hospital statement, the facility now limits the use of the warming devices to operating rooms "where patients are continuously attended."
Other steps include training for staffers, including those hired through an agency, on the use of such devices and audits to ensure serious incidents are properly reported.
"As an organization that holds itself accountable for providing the highest quality care while protecting the safety of patients, employees and visitors, we recognize this situation was an unacceptable failure," the hospital said in its statement.
Contact: wfrochejr999@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Watch Video to Understand How the System Works


https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1632790490082869&id=100000558025616


15 Warning Signs CPS Workers Look For


http://www.babygaga.com/15-warning-signs-cps-workers-look-for/


Some Good Info

https://sites.google.com/site/stopflcircuit20dcf/home/up-to-date/definitions-of-acronyms/united-states-case-law/dcf-dirty-tricks


Petition for Judicial Disclosure


Following recent revelations that judges are laundering bribes and pay offs, often through their home loans and also through other mechanisms, Randy Kelton of Rule of Law Radio proposed constructing a boiler plate pleading which individuals could file in their separate court cases, requesting judicial disclosure.
The fact is we are now on to them. We are on to not only the type of playbook dictating the decisions which are hurting our families and our loved ones. We are now on to the methods by which they are self enriching at the cost of justice.
Courtesy of Kelton, the pleading is attached. Filed in multiple jurisdictions, this pleading has the potential of creating a shock wave. You are free to use it as you see fit.
I'll be back on Kelton's show soon to discuss this further. Keep the faith.... 


Superior Court of California - County of San Diego

______________________
Petitioner,

vs.

_______________________
Respondent
Case # __________________________
Petition for Judicial Disclosure
Assigned:Ronald Frazier


Now comes Petitioner and moves the court as follows:
Petition for Judicial Disclosure
Petitioner requests disclosure of the following:
1.     Any and all personal knowledge the court has of disputed evidentiary facts concerning the instant proceeding.  This request shall be deemed to include the judge, or the spouse of the judge, or a person within the third degree of relationship to either of them, or the spouse of such a person is to the judge’s knowledge likely to be a material witness in the proceeding.
2.     Any and all service as a lawyer the court has performed in this proceeding, or in any other proceeding involving the same issues where he or she served as a lawyer for a party in the present proceeding or gave advice to a party in the present proceeding upon a matter involved in the action or proceeding where the judge was a party to the proceeding, or an officer, director, or trustee of a party, was a client of the judge when the judge was in the private practice of law or a client of a lawyer with whom the judge was associated in the private practice of law, or served as a lawyer in the proceeding or was associated in the private practice of law with the judge. 

3.     Any and all service as a lawyer the judge has performed for, or acted as an officer of, a public agency that is a party to the proceeding shall be deemed to have served as a lawyer in the proceeding if he or she personally advised or in any way represented the public agency concerning the factual or legal issues in the proceeding.   This request shall be deemed to include any and all financial interest in the subject matter in a proceeding or in a party to the proceeding.  This request shall be deemed to include the judge’s spouse or minor child living in the household who has a financial interest, judge or the spouse of the judge if either has served as a fiduciary who has a financial interest.  This request shall also include the  judge, or the spouse of the judge, or a person within the third degree of relationship to either of them, or the spouse of such a person who is or was a party to the proceeding or an officer, director, or trustee of a party or a lawyer or a spouse of a lawyer in the proceeding who is the spouse, former spouse, child, sibling, or parent of the judge or the judge’s spouse or if such a person is associated in the private practice of law with a lawyer in the proceeding.

4.     This request shall include disclosure of any bias or prejudice toward a lawyer in the proceeding or any person acting in a pro se capacity in the proceedings.

5.     Any current arrangement concerning prospective employment or other compensated service as a dispute resolution neutral or is participating in, or, within the last two years has participated in, discussions regarding prospective employment or service as a dispute resolution neutral, or has been engaged in that employment or service, and any of the following applies:
(i)             The arrangement is, or the prior employment or discussion was, with a party to the proceeding.
(ii)           The matter before the judge includes issues relating to the enforcement of either an agreement to submit a dispute to an alternative dispute resolution process or an award or other final decision by a dispute resolution neutral.
(iii)         The judge directs the parties to participate in an alternative dispute resolution process in which the dispute resolution neutral will be an individual or entity with whom the judge has the arrangement, has previously been employed or served, or is discussing or has discussed the employment or service.
(iv)          The judge will select a dispute resolution neutral or entity to conduct an alternative dispute resolution process in the matter before the judge, and among those available for selection is an individual or entity with whom the judge has the arrangement, with whom the judge has previously been employed or served, or with whom the judge is discussing or has discussed the employment or service.
6.     Any and all contributions received by the judge from a party or lawyer in the proceeding, and either of the following applies. 
7.     Any and all contributions from a party or lawyer in a matter that is before the court. 
8.     All money transfers out of the United States.
9.     Any investment or ownership interest in any business of any kind.
10.  Any purchase or sale of commodities, to include any trade in alternative currencies by the judge. 
11.  Any and all money transactions involving aggregate amounts over a 7 day period that equal or exceed $10,000.
12.  All real property owned in whole or in part by the judge or any one connected to the judge with three degrees of consanguinity.
13.  All mortgages taken out in the name of the judge or any legal fiction in which the judge holds an interest to include anyone connected to the judge with three degrees of consanguinity.   
14.  Any awards in any law suits in favor of the judge or anyone connected to the judge with three degrees of consanguinity.   
15.  Any awards in any law suits in favor of any company the judge owns or has an interest in. 
16.  Dates and times of any visits to any gambling casinos by the judge or anyone connected to the judge with three degrees of consanguinity. 
Respectfully,

________________________ 

Lawrence Espinoza's Video Showing Criminals Around Our Children

https://www.facebook.com/lawrence.espinoza1/videos/1653063051392779/

Most will know some of these faces.  Thanks Lawrence.




PA Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights

Pennsylvania Current Through December 2016 Circumstances That Are Grounds for Termination of Parental Rights Citation: Cons. Stat. Tit. 23, § 2511(a) The rights of a parent in regard to a child may be terminated after a petition filed on any of the following grounds: • The parent, for at least 6 months, either has evidenced a settled purpose of relinquishing parental claim to a child or has refused or failed to perform parental duties. • The repeated and continued incapacity, abuse, neglect, or refusal of the parent has caused the child to be without essential parental care, control, or subsistence necessary for his or her physical or mental well-being, and the conditions and causes of the incapacity, abuse, neglect, or refusal cannot or will not be remedied by the parent. • The parent is the presumptive but not the natural father of the child. • The child has been found under such circumstances that the identity or whereabouts of the parent is unknown and cannot be ascertained by diligent search, and the parent does not claim the child within 3 months after the child is found. This material may be freely reproduced and distributed. However, when doing so, please credit Child Welfare Information Gateway. This publication is available online at https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/laws-policies/statutes/groundtermin/. Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights https://www.childwelfare.gov 52 • The child has been in an out-of-home placement for at least 6 months, the conditions that led to the placement continue to exist, the parent cannot or will not remedy those conditions within a reasonable period of time, the services or assistance reasonably available to the parent are not likely to remedy the conditions that led to the removal or placement of the child within a reasonable period of time, and termination of the parental rights would best serve the needs and welfare of the child. • In the case of a newborn child, the parent knows or has reason to know of the child's birth, does not reside with the child, has not married the child's other parent, and has failed for 4 months to make reasonable efforts to maintain substantial and continuing contact or to support the child. • The parent is the father of a child conceived as a result of a rape or incest. • The child has been removed from the care of the parent, 12 months or more have elapsed from the date of removal, the conditions that led to the removal continue to exist, and termination of parental rights would best serve the needs and welfare of the child. • The parent has been convicted of one of the following in which the victim was a child of the parent: » Criminal homicide » Aggravated assault » An attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit an offense listed above • The parent has committed sexual abuse against the child or another child of the parent, when the judicial adjudication is based on a finding of 'sexual abuse or exploitation' as defined in § 6303(a). • The parent is required to register as a sexual offender. Circumstances That Are Exceptions to Termination of Parental Rights Citation: Cons. Stat. Tit. 23, § 2511(b) The rights of a parent shall not be terminated solely on the basis of environmental factors such as inadequate housing, furnishings, income, clothing, and medical care, if found to be beyond the control of the parent. Circumstances Allowing Reinstatement of Parental Rights This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

REINSTATEMENT OF PARENTAL RIGHTS STATE STATUTE SUMMARY

http://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/reinstatement-of-parental-rights-state-statute-sum.aspx

PA does not have this but some states do.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Phone Numbers you may need

Berks County Bar Association
Lawyer Referral Services
Phone: (610) 375-4591
Berks County Area Agency on AgingServing Berks County Residents Age 60 & over
Phone: (610) 478-6500
Berks Women In Crisis
Hot Lines (24-hour coverage/free & confidential) English Hotline: (610) 372-9540
Spanish Hotline: (610) 372-7463
Phone: (610) 373-1206
PFA Legal Assistance, Shelter and Counseling (services free of charge)
Berks County Domestic RelationsChild Support Office
Phone: (610) 478-2900
Fair View Counseling
Children-Teens-Individuals-Families
Phone: (610) 396-9091
Family Guidance Center
Individual, Couples & Family Counseling
Reading (610) 374-4963
Wyomissing (610) 374-4963
Hamburg (610) 374-4963
Boyertown (610) 367-6769
MidPenn Legal Services
Legal Services For Low Income Families
Phone: (800) 326-9177
Hours:  8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
A non-profit organization, the first state domestic violence coalition in the country
Phone: (800) 932-4632

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Rise Magazine Good Read

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Rethinking adoption out of foster care

By Dominique Arrington

Rise spoke about adoption's history -- and future -- with April Dinwoodie, chief executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, Dawn J. Post, the co-borough director of the Children’s Law Center, and China Darrington, who provides recovery support services to parents in Ohio struggling with addiction and is a member of the Birth Parent National Network. 
"We started the Broken Adoptions Project because, having worked in child welfare 
all of these years, we would see adopted children return to family court and go back into foster care," Post says. "It was pretty common to see the parent introducing themselves to the judge as the adoptive parent and then saying, 'I don’t want the child back.'"
In New York, Lawyers for Children recently found that approximately 20% of their caseload is adopted children who have been placed back into foster care. Covenant House, a shelter for homeless youth, also calculates that they see about 120 children per year who were adopted and are now homeless.

Federal law gives foster care agencies a financial bonus for finalizing adoptions--but not reunification. Post says, "My argument is that there should be a bonus for every form of permanency." READ MORE
http://risemagazine.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2e530d82630079f696a128b82&id=ae5c6f6ac7&e=130165f2b9

Adoption: A difficult choice for teens

By Anonymous

A caseworker first introduced the idea of adoption to me when I was 14. after that, I went back and forth, unable to decide whether I wanted to be adopted.

I was already separated from my siblings and I was afraid that if I were adopted, I might love a new family and forget about my family. And a piece of me still wanted to believe my mom would get us back. I didn’t want a new mom. READ MORE
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Last week, The New Yorker published The Separation, an article by Larissa MacFarquhar that follows a mother who first came to the attention of the child welfare system after her daughter burned herself with a curling iron. Speaking on The Brian Lehrer Show, MacFarquhar described it as “an ordinary case” and said, “The thing I wanted to draw attention to in her case is that, because she was poor, and perhaps because she was black, this accident became a reason, ultimately, to take her children away from her in a way that I don’t think it would have been in the case of a middle class family.”

MacFarquhar added that in child protection "it is often considered the cautious, safe thing to do to remove a child from his or her parents if there’s some question of accidents like this. Whereas, in my view, removing a child from his or her parents is an extreme trauma to the child and the parent and should be a last resort.”

MacFarquhar sat in on Bronx Family Court for months but her story gives voice to a perspective rarely heard in court -- the parent's. As the mother, Mercedes, says: “I’ve dealt with everything. Everything they threw at me, I dealt with. After I busted my ass to make sure I got where I needed to be, they just snatched it back like it was nothing.”  READ MORE
 
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