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Shocking students? CPS uses these types of programs on children!

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October 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm

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FRAUDULENT AND ABUSIVE “TREATMENT” CENTERS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS!

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http://www.heal-online.org/childtortureusa.htm

FRAUDULENT AND ABUSIVE “TREATMENT” CENTERS

 FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS!

CPS used these types of programs on a regular basis to use as ‘behavior modification’ programs. Foster kids are subjected to these types of programs as young as 3. Judges profit in these programs by having stocks in them and also in big pharma…

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October 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm

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CAS agencies are forcing front line workers to alter child protection records

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Monica Knihti

CAS workers have disclosed this week to Court Watch investigators that management with some CAS agencies are forcing front line workers to alter child protection records and to make sure that instructions from management to the CAS workers to tamper with the records are kept “off the record” in order to protect management from this highly unlawful pratice. This of course makes it appear that decisions are being made by the workers and not by management so in the event of a lawsuit or criminal investigation, front line workers are going to take the blame.

As we have already said many times, all parents must secretly audio and video record CAS workers to protect themselves and their children from such activity by CAS workers and their employees.

Any CAS employee who wishes to disclose information voluntarily about wrongdoing by CAS management is encouraged to contact Court Watch in confidence. Do the right thing for children and families in your community by helping to get the truth out.

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October 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm

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Anderson social worker accused of lying about cases: What has happened to these kids?

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Deborah Yetter | The Courier-Journal

A former Anderson County state social worker who is charged with falsifying investigations of suspected child abuse and neglect — including some cases involving sexual abuse of young children — lied about her work and closed the cases as unfounded over a period of four years, according to new details filed in court.

In at least two cases, complaints were made about her handling of such cases — once in 2006 by a co-worker and another in a 2008 case by police involved in the investigation.

And in one case, the former worker, Margaret “Gerry” Murphy, admitted her actions “bothered” her because she believed an 11-year-old girl had been sexually abused, although Murphy had closed the case as unfounded, the court records show.

Yet it appears Murphy’s employer, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, took no action, and last year Murphy, 60, resigned. Herpersonnel records, obtained by The Courier-Journal, reflect no allegations of misconduct or disciplinary action over allegations raised in the criminal charges.

Murphy, who was indicted Aug. 2 by an Anderson County grand jury on nine felony counts of tampering with public records, has pleaded not guilty. Murphy, who now lives in Florida, and her attorney have declined to comment on the case.

The cabinet had no comment Wednesday, said spokewoman Gwenda Bond.

The case is being handled by the office of Attorney General Jack Conway, who said in August he became aware of the alleged wrongdoing after a citizen complained to him about how Murphy had handled a case involving her family.

“As we began to review Murphy’s cases, we believe she falsified information in multiple cases that were assigned by the cabinet to investigate,” Conway said.

Additional details of the allegations are contained in a bill of particulars Conway’s office filed Wednesday in Anderson Circuit Court.

Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, said he didn’t know details of the investigation but said the allegations make him wonder about the impact on the children and families.

“What has happened to these kids?” he asked.

He said the case also raises questions about whether the cabinet received the information and, if so, whether officials acted appropriately. But he said it’s difficult to know because of the cabinet’s strict policy of confidentiality.

“I think that secrecy hurts their credibility rather than helps it,” he said.

The court records detail allegations in nine cases Murphy handled between 2006 and 2010.

Five involved cases of alleged sexual abuse of young children. In one case involving alleged sexual abuse of an infant, Murphy lied about evidence in the case and fabricated a statement from a state trooper over the initial allegation in 2007 of abuse of an infant by the mother’s boyfriend, according to the records.

Murphy closed that case as unfounded.

In 2010, the case was reopened with new allegations of abuse of the same child by the mother’s boyfriend. A state police officer reported that he believed Murphy’s actions in the first investigation allowed the abuse to continue, the court records said. The records said police and another agency complained about Murphy’s actions.

In 2006 a co-worker complained about Murphy’s handling of a case alleging neglect of children being unsupervised, the records said. Murphy admitted she falsely documented she had interviewed the parents, the records said.

In 2009, Murphy falsely reported that she had investigated allegations of two foster children being sexually abused by other children in the home and closed the case as unfounded, the records said.

And in another case in 2007, Murphy falsely reported she had investigated and found unsubstantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a 7-year-old child by a babysitter’s husband, the records said.

In that case, according to the records, she falsely claimed she and Lawrenceburg police had interviewed the alleged perpetrator, who passed a polygraph test.

 

 

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October 20, 2011 at 8:22 pm

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CPS focus turns to children in shelters

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DES officials, attorneys from Calif. center to meet

7 comments by Mary K. Reinhart – Oct. 20, 2011 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

 

Top officials from Arizona’s child-welfare agency will meet with California child-advocacy attorneys about how to reduce the number of babies and young children living in crisis shelters and group homes.

Pressure from the San Francisco-based Youth Law Center helped to nearly empty Arizona shelters five years ago and place more children with foster families. Then, as now, the state’s overloaded child-welfare system was undergoing public scrutiny following highly publicized child injuries and deaths.

Attorney Carole Shauffer, the center’s executive director, said there’s now an even greater body of research showing the damage group care can do to small children removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.
“We know even more about how bad this is for young children,” Shauffer said.

In a letter last month to state Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter, who oversees Child Protective Services, Shauffer said the center and the Annie E. Casey Foundation had used Arizona as a model for other jurisdictions seeking to reduce the number of foster children in group care.

But the influx of children into state custody in recent months and a net loss of hundreds of foster homes forced Arizona to ask shelter and group-home operators to begin caring for CPS children for the first time in years.

Shauffer said that trend needs to stop or the state could face litigation, as it did in 2006, based on state law and constitutional due-process rights.

“They’ve got a flood of kids,” Shauffer said. “They’ve got a mess.”

Decades of research shows that young children fare better with relatives or in family foster homes than in institutional settings, in part because of their need to establish a lasting relationship with one significant grown-up. Group care also is more expensive than family foster care.

State rules limit shelter placements to 21 days, with weekly reviews by a Juvenile Court judge required thereafter.

DES officials have agreed to meet with Shauffer on Dec. 6. They declined to be interviewed but in a written statement said, “We are committed to ensuring the best care possible for children who are in Arizona’s child-welfare system. We have had an ongoing working relationship with the Youth Law Center and will continue to work with them to achieve this mutual goal.”

Lawmakers also want to learn more about how children are doing in group care.

A joint legislative committee meets today to discuss three state audits on CPS, including recommendations to more quickly investigate reports of abuse and neglect in shelters, group homes and residential treatment centers.

As of Aug. 31, the latest figures DES provided, among the nearly 1,500 children in group settings, there were 23 babies and children younger than 4 living in shelters and 10 children younger than 7 in group homes.

That compares with March, when 16 children younger than 4 years were in shelter care, and group homes housed two children younger than 7.

Marsha Porter, who runs the 15-bed Crisis Nursery in Phoenix, said most of the young children she’s cared for in recent months are part of sibling groups. She said a few days in a shelter, particularly to keep siblings together and assess their well-being, is fine for children.

Porter and Chris Scarpati, founder and CEO of the East Valley Child Crisis Center, said they’re also getting CPS children so traumatized that their first foster families couldn’t handle them.

Porter said she’s turning away 20 to 30 requests for CPS placements every month.

Shauffer’s company has worked around the country to eliminate group care for children younger than 3 and has successfully sued to close shelters in Los Angeles and elsewhere.

In 2006, Maricopa County shelters were housing nearly 100 babies and young children, following a 60 percent increase in the number of foster children since 2002.

But with financial and technical help from the Casey Foundation, and pressure from the law center, state officials brought those numbers to near zero.

Reach the reporter at maryk .reinhart@arizonarepublic.com.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2011/10/20/20111020cps-focus-turns-to-children-shelters.html#ixzz1bM1l25vp

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October 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm

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Senator Wants Answers From Department of Juvenile Justice’s Use of Drugs

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Ronda Storms cries foul on use of psychotropic drugs in youth facilities.

By MARGIE MENZEL
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 10:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 10:22 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE | The Department of Juvenile Justice has run afoul of a key senator over the use of psychotropic drugs on youth in its lockup facilities, and the question of whether the agency takes concerns about the issue seriously enough.

Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Brandon, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs, scolded agency officials earlier this week after they responded to questions about DJJ’s policies on medicating children without mentioning the agency’s internal investigation into the practice.

She also ordered agency officials to fill her in on details of their prescribing practices and update her on the investigation, which representatives of the department were unable to do during a committee meeting on Tuesday.

While DJJ acknowledges that 34 percent of minors in its system are on psychotropic medication, the agency’s secretary, Wansley Walters, didn’t appear before Storms’ committee, and another DJJ official made no mention in testimony to the panel that Walters had thought the problem serious enough that in May she ordered the investigation.

That investigation is still under way, but agency officials’ failure to acknowledge it drew a rebuke from Storms at a committee meeting Tuesday.

“I’m asking you questions about your prescribing practices,” she said. “Why wouldn’t you say, ‘Senator, we know there’s an ongoing investigation into our use of psychotropic drugs for disciplinary purposes?’?”

DJJ’s Gayla Sumner replied that it is against agency policy to use mind-altering drugs for discipline or punishment, which opponents of the practice describe as “chemical restraint.”

“We have that written multiple times in our policies,” Sumner said, “and we agree with you that it should not happen.”

Meanwhile, a family practice physician who works with three DJJ facilities in the Tampa Bay area, told the same committee that the use of psychotropics, in general, has become both safer and more effective.

“We know a lot more about brain functioning in children,” said Dr. Phyllis Anderson.

“We have better medication, with less side effects, that are able to locate the specific area of the brain that is malfunctioning.”

Anderson said the drugs help children succeed in school and prevent them from hurting themselves.

But Storms said the drugs have lasting consequences. “Aside from the effects on the human body, any child who’s ever been on any psychotropic drug is not eligible for the military,” Storms said.

She also noted that DJJ’s 34 percent medication rate was much higher than the 14.8 percent rate of use of medication reported by another agency, the Department of Children and Families.

“Our children in [DCF] care have been badly burned, some of them have been starved, some of them have been sexually molested, some of them have been abandoned,” she told Anderson. “Your [DJJ] population cannot be more needy. Everyone in our population has had some form of maltreatment.”

Storms instructed DJJ to schedule a meeting with her, update her on its prescribing practices and internal investigation and then come back to the committee.

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October 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm

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CSB, group in meeting dispute

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October 20, 2011
By ADAM FERRISE – reporter (aferrise@tribtoday.com) , Tribune Chronicle | TribToday.com

WARREN – An attorney aiding the relative of a 13-month-old girl who authorities say was raped by two relatives inside the Trumbull County Children Services agency now is helping several people who claim their rights were violated Tuesday by CSB members who made it mandatory they sign their names before entering the open meeting. The agency says the policy is in place to protect the children the agency houses.

Attorney David Engler, who is representing Loretta Banks in her fight against CSB, is expected to file a lawsuit today against the agency claiming they violated Ohio’s Sunshine Laws pertaining to open government meetings.

Engler, who helped a Niles resident file a citizen’s complaint with the Warren police department, said by requiring those who wanted to attend the meeting to sign in, the agency placed illegal restrictions on who can attend.

“It’s intimidating for some people who want to go to the meeting,” Engler said. “That begs the question: What are you going to do with that information? Do a background check? They obviously let sexual offenders in the building as we saw with the Beemer case.”

Engler referred to the criminal case involving Cody Beemer, 22, and Felicia Banks Beemer, 21, of Austin Avenue S.W., Warren. Both have pleaded not guilty on counts of raping the 1-year-old girl while on a supervised visit inside the Children Service’s building at 2282 Reeves Road.

Cody Beemer, who is accused of recording the crime on a cell phone in mid-July, was classified as a sex offender as a juvenile. The couple also faces charges of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor for the videos on the phone. They also are charged with raping an 18-month-old boy and recording it with a cell phone.

The girl has been in the custody of Children Services since the day she was born.

Engler has asked Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins to appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate any potential wrongdoing on the agency.

CSB Director Nick Kerosky said it’s been the agency’s policy for at least 20 years to have people attending meetings, whether they are employees or members of the general public, sign in. Tuesday’s meeting was held in the same building that houses the children because they were anticipating a large turnout for the meeting, he said.

Kerosky said a state attorney general’s decision specifically said a government agency can require a sign in sheet at open meetings.

“We put that in place for the safety of our children,” Kerosky said, “especially at this heightened time, it’s even more important to protect our children.”

Kerosky produced a sign-in sheet from September meeting that several of those who were denied access had signed.

“People in the past have walked right in and because getting criticism, you make them sign in, which is clearly illegal,” Engler said. “Just because you violated the law last time, doesn’t mean you can do it again.”

The complaint says 10 people, including Patricia J. Paridon, 415 Maple St., Niles, were denied access to Tuesday’s meeting. Paridon, in a written complaint to Warren police, said when she asked to see the policy, it was never produced.

She said Mark A. Massucci, a CSB special investigator, told her she would be arrested if she persisted in trying to attend the meeting without signing in.

Police said they tried to mediate the situation, telling the group they could get in the meeting if they only signed the sheet. Ohio’s Sunshine Law says law enforcement officers do not have the ability to force a government agency to permit access to an open meeting.

Doers Baptist Church Associate Pastor Tom Razum of Novelty, one of the 10 people, said, “They were trying to have the director come out. Normally, I go in without any problems. CSB just didn’t want to let us come in without signing.”

Razum said he and a few others were there because they wanted to know what is being done about the 13-month-old.

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October 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm

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