Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Your Children Do Not Belong To You! (Part 1)


Suffer the Little Children: Anne Neale, Legal Action for Women on London Live
Global Women's Strike
Published on Jan 18, 2017
Stopping the forced separation of children from their mothers & the privatisation of child protection
Texas lawmaker claims your child “belongs to the state” and can be forcibly vaccinated
by: Tracey Watson
Monday, May 29, 2017
(Natural News) Lawmakers in Texas have been attempting to restructure many of the laws governing Child Protective Services in the state, since children have been falling through holes in the system and being permanently damaged in the process. One of the proposed bills under consideration is House Bill 39, introduced by Representative Gene Wu (D-Houston). This bill would push for children taken into the foster care system to receive medical examinations more quickly – within three days for those in urban areas, and within no more than seven days for those in rural areas.
While the bill would seem fairly straightforward on the surface, it ran into a snag when lawmakers started debating whether these routine medical exams would include vaccinations. Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) of the Texas Freedom Caucus proposed an amendment to the bill which would exclude vaccines from the required treatments. He raised the issue that children could potentially receive vaccines or other medical interventions, including surgery, and then in some instances be returned to their parents a few days later if the Department of Family Protective Services had made a mistake.
Rep. Wu’s firm response has caused great concern among many, because it reflects his true feelings both about vaccinations and the rights of parents.
“Let me make it very clear,” he said. “The moment a child is removed from their home – the moment the child is removed – by law, the child is now a child of the state of Texas. We have the responsibility to make sure that child is safe and is given proper medical care. That is the law. [Emphasis added]
“When we put into the law that we are limiting the ability of our agency that is tasked with taking care of a child that is in their custody and they are legally responsible for, we are setting a dangerous precedent,” he added.
When Rep. Jonathan Strickland (R-Bedford) gave Wu the opportunity to amend his statement that such a child “belongs to the state of Texas,” Wu showed no inclination to back down. At that, Strickland asked him directly, “True or false: CPS has taken children and found that they were wrong in doing so and returned the child? Has that happened, Representative Wu?”
Wu grudgingly admitted that such mistakes have happened “on rare occasions.”
Other legislators also weighed in on the issue, with Rep. Sarah Davis (R-West University Place) pushing to amend the bill to mandate the administration of the HPV vaccine, which she claimed, “will eliminate cervical cancer.”
This statement is simply not true. Not only does the HPV vaccine not eliminate cancer, but hundreds, if not thousands, of children around the world have suffered irreversible harm from it. [Related: Read more about how the global media has revealed the devastating effects of this vaccine.]
Furthermore, the latest peer-reviewed study into the long-term damage of vaccines in general found that not only do they not protect the vaccinated from most of the targeted diseases, but vaccinated children are 420 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism; 420 percent more likely to develop ADHD; 5.2 times more likely to have learning disabilities; almost three times more likely to have eczema, and a whopping 30 times more likely to suffer from allergic rhinitis. [Related: Discover the truth at]
If the “emergency” medical examinations proposed in House Bill 39 were to come to fruition, and they mandated the vaccination of the children involved, they would almost certainly do more harm than good. They would infringe on the rights of both the parents and the children, leaving families to deal with the devastating long-term effects of vaccines.
And if the bill passes, what’s to stop the Department of Family Protective Services from “innocently” grabbing children, vaccinating them, “realizing” their mistake and returning them to their parents? What a perfect way to enforce the vaccination of every child in the state!
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Children unnecessarily removed from parents, report claims
Dossier indicates drive to increase adoptions is punitive for low-income families and alternatives exist
Sandra Laville
Wednesday 18 January 2017
The research found a 65% rise in the number of children that are separated from their parents since 2001. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
The push to increase adoption in England is punishing low-income women, who are increasingly losing their children due to poverty, according to research by Legal Action for Women.
A report to be presented at the House of Commons on Wednesday contains new research from the legal service and campaign group, which suggests the policy of increasing adoption has not reduced the number of children in care – as it was intended to – but has increased the number of those separated from their parents.
Dr Andy Bilson, emeritus professor of social work at the University of Lancashire, has been analysing the data gathered between 31 March 2001 and 2016. He found the number of children from care living with adopted parents or special guardians, has increased from 87,090 to 143,440 – a rise of 65%.
His research found adoptions have risen by 40% over the past five years, compared with the five previous years, but over the same period the number of children in care rose by 7.5% to 70,440.
“This is very unlikely to be due to an increase in abuse,” said Bilson. “The vast majority of this is about neglect or emotional abuse, often through witnessing domestic violence.
“Both of these can be better dealt with through family support and responses to poverty and deprivation. We are more willing to spend money on someone else looking after these children than in making sure the parents make a good job of it.”
Bilson’s research is part of the dossier of evidence collected by Legal Action for Women to be presented at the House of Commons on Wednesday. The report, Suffer the Little Children, examines what the group calls “the unjust separation of children from their mothers.”
It finds the number of looked-after children in England is the highest it has been since 1985; one in five children under five are referred to childrens’ services, one in 19 are investigated and adoptions are higher than in any other European country, and now stand at the highest level since data was first collected. More than 90% of adoptions are done without the consent of the family, the report states.
The report examined the cases of 56 women, all of whom came for help to fight for their children. Between them the women had 101 children; 71% of the women had suffered rape and/or domestic violence, 47% did not have a lawyer and 39% had mental health problems.
Anne Neale, one of the report’s authors, said: “Charges of neglect are used to punish, especially single-mother families, for their unbearably low incomes.
“The fundamental relationship between mother and child is dismissed as irrelevant to a child’s wellbeing and development, and the trauma of separation, and its lifelong consequences, are ignored.
“Mothers who are victims of domestic violence are refused help, blamed for ‘failing to protect’ their children, and punished with their removal.”
The report highlights the secrecy of family courts, where adoption decisions are made in private hearings, in which mothers are prevented by law from talking about the loss of their children.
Donna Clarke, whose granddaughter was taken from her teenage mother and handed to adoptive parents, will speak on Wednesday at the launch. She said families were being punished for living in poverty. “It is a form of social cleansing,” she said. “Vulnerable people are having their children taken away. It is all about them judging the risk of significant harm but if they spent the money on putting in the support that was needed many of these families would be able to keep their children.”
Clarke’s granddaughter was adopted when she was 13-months-old after spending the first five months with her biological mother, a teenager with learning difficulties. The baby was sent to a foster parent at five months while adoption proceedings got underway. The baby’s grandparents asked to be considered but none were deemed suitable and the child was given to new adoptive parents.
Clarke is able to write and receive two letters a year from the adoptive parents to keep in touch with her granddaughter. Her son – the baby’s father – and the baby’s mother, have gone on to have other children whom they are successfully caring for.
The drive to increase adoptions began under Tony Blair’s government in an attempt to reduce the numbers of children in long-term care. It was continued under David Cameron, who said that the children and social work bill – currently in parliament 
– was designed to “tip the balance in favour of permanent adoption where that is the right thing for the child - even when that means overriding family ties.”
In a 2013 high court ruling, Sir James Munby, the president of the high court family division, said the political drive to hasten and increase adoption should not override due process and break up families unnecessarily.
Where Do The Children Go When They Are Taken Away?
By Evey Rosenbloom
2/07/2015 / Updated Dec 07, 2016
The philosophy of Child Protective Services is to protect and improve the safety of children. According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting system, there are estimated 415,129 children in foster care in the United States, as of July 2015.
Children come into the system when they are abandoned, neglected, rejected, abused and orphaned.
Today, when a child is taken by protective services, they are placed in any random persons home, as long as the person obtains a license to become a foster parent, is older than 18, and passes a criminal background check.
According to LA Times writer  Garrett Theolf, who obtained data from the state’s electronic Child Welfare Services/Case Management System, which contains abuse complaints entered by county case workers, “those living in private agencies’ homes are one third or 33 percent more likely to endure physical, emotional or sexual abuse.” The system is overcrowded, siblings are separated and there is a desperate need of places to put these children, which is why over 5,000 waivers have been granted to criminals so that they could become foster parents.
Kiana Barker, is an example of a criminal who was able to obtain a license to become a foster parent and ended up killing a two-year-old by hitting her on the head with a hammer.
That might also explain how  Richard Cassada, a registered sex offender, was able to become a foster parent so he could continuously abuse a child placed in his care.
Some people become foster parents because there is money involved. They are given at least $700 per child, and if a child has disabilities or medical needs, they are given an average of $1500 per month per child.
This might explain how Debra and Thomas Schmitz 
ended up with 18 disabled children, who they kept locked in cages and forced to dig their own graves, reminding them no one cares about them.
I spoke with Community Care Licensing to understand how the system could be putting our children in the hands of criminals, and their response to me was “often it’s not the person who gets licensed who is a criminal, but regularly they’ll find that it’s the relatives, or people who come and go or live in the back house who are abuse the children.”
County auditors found some of Los Angeles’ biggest foster care agencies, Homes of Hope Teens Happy Homes in Los Angeles, and Child Net Youth and Family Services spending tax payer dollars on cigarettes, beer, fancy clothing, perfume and compensation packages for some of their employees worth $522,000 in 2010. Meanwhile, these foster homes lacked hot water, had no food in the refrigerator and cabinets. One had a bathroom with a crumbling tub and a sink with no faucet handles. (Read more about this here).
Another major concern is that often the case workers are over-worked and simply have too many children on their case load. In some cases, the paperwork they are required to do is so extensive that it trumps the actual visits and often leads them to use template responses because the paperwork is what keeps the agency funded and jobs intact.
Children were found starved and emaciated, covered in lice, with rotting teeth, while the paperwork read: “Raymond and Vanessa Jackson were doing an excellent job, providing a nurturing, stable environment.”
Another outrageous report filled out by a child welfare specialist, Vera DuBose, explained that 3 children were “doing fine and have adjusted well to placement,” when in reality, they had been dead for 3 months.
Sex traffickers target youth in foster care because of their increased vulnerability. According to John Ryan, the CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 60% of runaways who are victims of sex trafficking had been in the custody of social services or in foster care and 56% of LGBTQ youth in the system end up homeless because they felt safer on the streets than in their placements or group homes.
The literature does not support the belief that private foster care is superior to the government run system it replaced. There is an increased risk of re-abuse in privatized foster care systems. (Steen, J. , & Smith, S., 2012). The research regarding safety demonstrates a clear decrease following the shift to privatization and in Florida the re-abuse rate among private agencies are higher than they were before statewide expansion of the privatization effort (Florida Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability, 2006).
I just showed you a few examples here of the horror stories of our current child welfare system. There are countless. And unfortunately so many foster kids either accept the abuse as “normal” or they don’t speak up because they are scared of the repercussions.
I know there are warm, and loving foster parents out there who open their hearts and homes and families to these children, but the fact that there are so many cases of murder, abuse, and neglect, is inexcusable and should be of great concern to anyone who cares about children.
I don’t know what the answer is, but if it were G-d forbid my child who needed to be placed in the system, even for a night, I would wish there was a safe place for her to go. And I’m not necessarily suggesting that we revert back to the way things were, with the government run homes that were replaced by the current private system because although there were less cases of abuse, they also had systemic problems. It was like jail for kids. The staff were cold, cruel, abusive, horrible. Look up stories of MacLaren Hall if you want to read more about this.
Maybe I am a dreamer, but I just cannot believe that there is not a better system for these children. Where is the social justice? What about basic human rights?!
In November of 1912, the Jewish community opened an orphanage in Los Angeles that felt like home. Instead of crowding many children into an “institutionalized” setting, there were several small cottages where the children lived. Siblings were kept together, and children did their own cooking and cleaning under the supervision of a house mother. Fresh milk was available from the orphanage’s own cows, and eggs from its flock of chickens. Children attended local schools.
Why don’t we have places like this now!? There are beautiful, wonderful homeless shelters for adults, and gorgeous facilities for people with special needs, and breathtaking rehab centers for people struggling with substance abuse. But what about the children?
Is it too much to ask for a safe clean place, with healthy food, warm water and caring people working there?
The money is there. Kind hearts exist. Currently, in California alone, tax payers pay over 400 million dollars a year , billions are spent nationally, to this foster care industry that’s clearly not doing the loving and professional job that it is meant to do. There must be a better way.

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MSNBC Host: Your Kids Belong to the Collective
Published on Apr 6, 2013