Insurance Premiums Doubled Overnight,
Illegal Fetal Tissue Sold for Research, Viable Fetal Organs: High Price Commodity for
I don’t believe we have heard any of these issues mentioned by our savvy hopefuls, nor by any of Our Law Makers
OK, now you really need to stay with me just 1 more minute.
Black Lives Matter
Is Al Sharpton anywhere close???? Now I always wondered why I heard these famous people telling everyone that would listen about the Disparity in Our Education system.
When I came across the FACT that this year alone 10,000,000 young people, 13-years-of-age to 24-years-of-age would contract one (1) or MORE STI or STD, I cried…. and it wasn’t no CLIMATE CHANGE LIE fake tears, this thing tore the heart out of me.
What bothered me more than anything was the fact that I could not find any assembled data on young Children 0-years-of-age to 12-years-of-age.
That is when I found the almost unbelievably high disproportionate number of young African-Americans infected with the HIV/Aids virus.
I am going to tell you one more thing that you all should already know, then I am going to publish this. Because the points I mentioned, but have not touched on should be very easy to figure out.
How many African-Americans, White Americans, and Latino Americans have got a steady job???? NOW, how many of these people working have enough money to buy just half of the ammo used in Orlando????
Investigation Faults NYC Child Welfare Agency in 2 Deaths
The long arm of CPS is very obvious in the latter part of this article, as the media attempts to downplay the severity of these Children’s deaths and suffering. The corruption within CPS has ruined too many families, stolen too many of Our Children’s futures, and finally have been seen for what they are by at least 2 or more Federal Judges just in the last months.
How can over 3,000,000 reports of Child Abuse yearly equal just 686,000 legitimate cases? Now you think about one thing, less than 25% of the cases of Child Abuse are reported, so in reality, that translates to over 12,000,000 instances of Child Abuse happen yearly. ~Robert StrongBow~
NEW YORK – “The children were placed in danger due to lax supervision by the Administration for Children’s Services and that the agency, known as ACS, failed to follow its own rules.”
New York City’s child welfare agency failed to protect two children who died and a third who was starved by his parents and nearly died in 2014, a report released Tuesday says.
The report by the city Department of Investigation found that the children were placed in danger due to lax supervision by the Administration for Children’s Services and that the agency, known as ACS, failed to follow its own rules.
“Our investigation demonstrated that in several instances ACS failed to property investigate allegations of child abuse and as a result missed opportunities to protect children,” department commissioner Mark G. Peters said.
ACS spokeswoman Jill Krauss said Mayor Bill de Blasio has invested more than $100 million to strengthen the child welfare system since the three cases happened. The new funding has allowed the agency to hire 700 new staff members and reduce caseloads to “a historic low” of 10 to 12 children per caseworker, Krauss said.
The children in the three cases were identified by aliases to protect their privacy.
One of the cases involved a child who was abused and starved by his parents for at least two years before he was removed from the home. The child is now in foster care and criminal cases against his parents are pending.
Another child died at home under suspicious circumstances. During the 12 years prior to his death, ACS had investigated 11 reports of abuse concerning the boy’s mother. The description appears to match the death of 4-year-old Juan Sanchez on April 29, 2014. No one was charged in his death.
The third child was beaten to death by her mother, who is now serving a lengthy prison sentence. The girl died despite a 12-year history of interventions by ACS into the mother’s parenting ability, the report said.
Some advocates said the focus on tragic deaths of children should not obscure the work that social service agencies do to support families in difficult circumstances.
“It’s unclear how much generalizing one can do from three admittedly horrible cases,” said Susan Jacobs, special counsel to the Center for Family Representation, which represents parents in family court. “Every single day parents who struggle with the conditions of living in poverty are successfully reunited with their children with the help of many support services and advocacy efforts.”
Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, said that while it’s possible to learn from ACS’ worst failures, “those failures don’t, in and of themselves, tell us what is systemically wrong with ACS, or any other agency.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed a former chief of the Texas Rangers as new Commissioner of the disgraced Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). DFPS is the agency responsible for protecting abused and neglected children in the state. Breitbart Texas has reported about the abuses, problems, and overreach in the agency, particularly among CPS caseworkers. DFPS is also referred to as Child Protective Services or “CPS.” There have been horrific abuses of children who are in the state’s foster care system.
The Texas Governor said that “The status quo at CPS is unacceptable. Our children are too important to suffer through the challenges they’ve faced. I’ve insisted on overhauling a broken system.” Abbott added, “I applaud the leadership changes that will provide a new direction and focus that puts protecting children first.”
The Texas governor appointed Henry “Hank” Whitman as the next commissioner of the DFPS. Kristene Blackstone will serve as Assistant Commissioner. Whitman is a former chief of the Texas Rangers and Blackstone has 17 years of experience with CPS. Blackstone began her career with the department as a caseworker. She is currently working as the Deputy Director for Field Operations for the Child Support Division of the Texas Office of the Attorney General.
In early March, Breitbart Texas reported that the top official for the DFPS announced that he is stepping-down effective May 31, 2016. Judge John Specia Jr. became DFPS commissioner on December 1, 2012. He announced on March 6 that he is retiring after thirty years of public service.
In April 2014, the advisory council at the department approved new agency rules after children died while in CPS foster care, as reported by Breitbart Texas. Two-year-old Alexandria Hill and eleven month old Orien Hamilton both died of blunt-force head injuries sustained by the hands of foster and kinship caregivers approved by DFPS. Children are placed in foster and kinship homes that have been approved by child-placing agencies (CPAs) licensed by the TDFPS. The department licenses the foster child-placing agencies that recruit, investigate, and train potential foster and kinship parents. They also monitor the placements once these individuals become caregivers. The new rules which took effect in September of 2014 only applied to new foster homes.
Alex Hill died in July 2013 while in a Milam County foster home run by the Department’s #3 foster care contractor, Texas Mentor. Her foster caregiver, Sherill Small, was charged with capital murder after she showed law enforcement officers how she smashed Alex’s head against the floor. Rockdale Police Chief Thomas Harris stated that Small became frustrated after Alex got into food and water before the Smalls woke-up one morning. Small “punished” Alex by making her stand in a dark room for four hours. The Arlington office of Texas Mentor was placed on probation after 114 infractions were found at 56 foster homes during the two years prior to Alex’s death.
TDPRS objected to the release of the home study report on the Smalls but then Attorney General Greg Abbott ordered it released. The couple had been extremely candid when they were first interviewed. Small told the agency about her troubled past as an abused foster child in Missouri. She had spent almost all of her childhood in foster care, as reported by the Dallas Morning News. Small’s husband, Clemon Small, said he was a recovering crack cocaine addict who made money from karaoke DJ jobs. Mrs. Small had been a bus driver but had a work-related injury.
Orien Hamilton died in October 2013 when she was in an Austin foster home that had been approved by Lutheran Services of the South, the Department’s #1 CPA. The foster mother’s ex-husband, Jacob Salas, pinned Orien’s head to the floor with his knee. Orien already had broken ribs which had partially healed. Orien had a fractured skull, bleeding of the brain and detached retinas. Salas was a prison guard who had a history of violence and abuse. The foster mother had been licensed in October and the child died less than two weeks later. Orien’s biological father claimed that he had warned Texas officials that Orien was in danger, as reported by the Morning News.
According to TDFPS statistics, there was an alarming increase in the number of deaths of foster children in the agency’s 2013 fiscal year. Eight foster children died in fiscal year 2013; two children died in foster care during fiscal year 2012. Another child died in foster care after the Department’s fiscal year 2014 began in September 2013.
In March 2015, Breitbart Texas reported that Texas Governor Greg Abbott directed the DFPS to implement comprehensive reforms. The reforms were aimed at protecting children in the agency’s care. Nine children died under DFPS’ watch during 2014.
In addition to these horrors, the agency’s critics say that more caseworkers should be investigated for their constitutional overreaches with parents, custodians, and guardians. As reported by Breitbart Texas, a CPS worker was found guilty of official oppression in September 2015. Rebekah Ross Thonginh, a CPS worker, is one of three individuals who were charged in connection with a CPS investigation of a case involving a special needs teenager who was murdered in 2012. Thonginh, Natalie Ausbie Reynolds, and Laura Ard were arrested in September of 2013 and were charged with official oppression and tampering with evidence.
In 2014, a Texas judge ordered the removal of a YouTube video which went viral after it was highlighted in an article by Breitbart Texas. It had hundreds of thousands of views and shares. As reported by Breitbart Texas, Judge Keith Dean ordered the removal of the video which was produced by a 13-year-old boy who had been in the foster care system. It exposed the sexual and physical abuse that he and his brother and family say they endured. The video, obtained from someone outside of the family, also discusses the 377-day nightmare suffered by him and his six siblings after they were ripped from their family and placed in four different foster care facilities out of their home county. The mother told Breitbart Texas at the time “they are trying to rake this abuse under the rug.” The children have been returned to their family.
In December 2014, a class action lawsuit was filed against CPS. As reported by Breitbart Texas, the lawsuit was filed by a New York advocacy group called Children’s Rights. About 12,000 children were included in the class action suit. These children were in long-term care in Texas. The advocacy group successfully sought and received an order from a federal district judge.
Judge Janis Graham Jack ordered the State of Texas to enact reforms. In so doing, the judge wrote an opinion that said that the long-term foster care system was improperly run. She also called it a place “where rape, abuse, psychotropic medication and instability are the norm,” as reported by the Dallas Morning News in December 2015. The judge noted that the DFPS and Judge Specia had “the best intentions” but the system is underfunded. She called the long-term foster care system in the state “broken.”
Remake Of Groundhog Day:
CPS – The Stepford Years
2002 to 2016
There was another installment of Leiliana Wright’s death in the Sunday edition of the Dallas Morning News.
I can’t do it, but you can if you want, then you can come back here and see what I found that somehow I missed before. I will give you a big hint, the hint is right above me in Heading 2, meanwhile I couldn’t find the exact DMN article, but this link right below me will take you to one that is close enough.
Believe it or not, the press gets out of character and throws some CPS people under the bus, but quickly saves them before they get all they deserve. The really cool part is the bus actually does some decent damage though….
Finding the public has a right to know about child-abuse deaths and serious injuries, a state Appeals Court panel has issued a forceful ruling in a case brought by the state’s two largest newspapers.
In a major rebuke to state officials who fought to withhold such records, the Appeals Court ruled the Cabinet for Health and Family Services must pay legal costs and penalties of nearly $1 million to The Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader.
Calling the cabinet’s conduct “egregious,” Appeals Court Judge Irv Maze, who wrote the opinion for the panel, said the case reveals “the culture of secrecy” at the cabinet and “its misguided belief that the Open Records Act is merely an ideal, a suggestion to be taken when it is convenient and flagrantly disregarded when it is not.”
“It’s a terrific ruling, just terrific,” said Jon Fleischaker, who represented The Courier-Journal in the case. “We hope this puts an end to it.”
The administration of Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday blamed the outcome on his predecessor, Steve Beshear, whose officials denied access to the records in the case that dates back to 2010.
“The court’s opinion is based on a serious coverup during the Beshear administration that has now led to an unfortunate million-dollar liability for the commonwealth’s taxpayers,” Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said. “In the Bevin administration, things will be very different – we will hold ourselves accountable and be accessible to the public, particularly regarding the most vulnerable members of society.”
In his opinion, Maze cited the cabinet’s “systematic and categorical disregard for the rule of law” as grounds for upholding penalties of $756,000 against it for refusing to follow the open records law or previous court orders of the trial judge in the case, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd.
The panel also included Judges Jeff Taylor and Janet Stumbo.
Shepherd had sharply criticized the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services for withholding key records in several high-profile child abuse cases in which it had been involved.
One involved the 2011 death of Amy Dye, 9, who was beaten to death in her adoptive home in Todd County. The other involved the 2009 death of Wayne County toddler Kayden Branham, who died after drinking drain cleaner from a meth lab in a trailer where the child’s teenage parents were staying.
Shepherd at one point found the cabinet “intentionally adopted a legal strategy designated to delay, obstruct and circumvent the court’s ruling,” a finding cited by Maze in his opinion.
Friday’s Appeals Court ruling comes after a legal battle of nearly six years by the newspapers over access to the cabinet’s records in such cases.
It also comes after a similar ruling in December by the same Appeals Court panel, upholding an award of $16,625 in legal costs to the Todd County Standard in a separate case where that newspaper had sought records related to the Amy Dye death.
In that case, the cabinet first ignored the records request from the weekly newspaper in Western Kentucky, then denied having any such records before eventually producing them at the order of Shepherd, who released them.
In the case decided Friday, The Courier-Journal and Herald-Leader had requested two years worth of records of child-abuse death and injuries, totally about 140 cases.
The cabinet initially refused to release any of the records, citing confidentiality. After a series of rulings by Shepherd in favor of disclosure, it began releasing some heavily redacted material. It eventually began disclosing nearly all material requested by the newspapers.
While the cabinet’s investigations of child-abuse and neglect cases are confidential, federal and state law make an exception when the abuse or neglect results in a death or life-threatening injury to a child.
The Appeals Court did not rule directly on the issue of the cabinet’s duty to release the records, finding the issue to be moot because the cabinet already has begun providing such records upon request, acting on Shepherd’s orders.
But the cabinet also challenged the newspapers’ legal fees of about $300,000 as well as $765,000 in fines.
Taylor concurred with the overall finding but dissented over whether the cabinet should pay the fines as imposed by Shepherd.
Under open records law, an agency may be fined up to $25 per day for every day it “willfully” withholds a public record.
Shepherd, finding that the cabinet had willfully withheld 140 cases, fined it $10 a day for the 540 days he calculated the cabinet had wrongly withheld records from the newspaper for the total of $765,000.
But Taylor, in his dissent, argued the fines should have been calculated by the number of persons requesting them – in this case, the two newspapers – rather than by all 140 cases, which would have resulted in a much lower fine.
The case now returns to Franklin Circuit Court for Shepherd to rule on the issue of the fines and legal fees.