Killing our worlds children just for dollars ? who helps all these children?

May 6, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Ojibway teen sleeping in Ottawa mall stairwell after aging out of group home

National News | May 6, 2017 by Kenneth Jackson Attributed to: | 21 Comments

Kenneth Jackson
APTN National News
An Ojibway teen is sleeping in the stairwell of the Rideau Centre parking garage in downtown Ottawa after aging out of his group home.

It’s better than the shelters says the 18-year-old.

He was dropped off at the Ottawa Mission shelter a few weeks after he turned 18 on March 1 by staff of the Ottawa group home he was living in operated by Mary Homes.

The teen said he didn’t stay at the Mission long before finding a little nook on the top floor of the Rideau Centre’s parking garage.

“Ever since then I have been coming here to sleep,” said the young man, who APTN National News can’t identify because he is on extended care with his child welfare agency. For this story APTN is calling him Jason.

When it gets too cold at night Jason might go to the Salvation Army shelter a few blocks away but prefers his perch in the stairwell that overlooks Nicholas Street.

“It’s a nice spot, overall,” he said.

During the day he hangs out in the Rideau Centre using the mall’s free WiFi to stay connected with friends as APTN learned the mall is a popular spot for kids living in group homes in Ottawa.

He knows them and they know him – not just because he was once one of them but because a couple months ago he saved the life of a 13-year-old girl who ran away from her group home.

That girl was Amy Owen who has been in the news recently for being one of three First Nations girls to die Ontario group homes in the last six months.

Amy Owen, 13, is suspected of dying from suicide at an Ottawa group home on April 17.
Amy Owen, 13, is suspected of dying from suicide at an Ottawa group home on April 17.
Owen was living in Mary Homes group home when she died in the east end of Ottawa.

It’s also the same home where a 16-year-old Ojibway girl had been living at when APTN spoke to her at Rideau Centre on Thurday.

“Amy and I were really close. We were like sisters,” said the girl who APTN can’t identify as she is ward of the state.

Owen’s room was right above hers.

Each morning she would knock on the ceiling and Owen would knock back to let her know she was awake. They’d come out of their rooms and meet at the stairs and hug.

The day after Owen is suspected of dying by suicide in the home the 16-year-old knocked on the ceiling like she always had.

She had forgotten Owen had died.

“I burst into tears,” she said, adding she ran away shortly after that.

This is the 16-year-old girl who says she ran away from the group home after Amy Owen is believed to have died by suicide.
This is the 16-year-old girl who says she ran away from the group home after Amy Owen is believed to have died by suicide.
APTN confirmed with Ottawa police a missing person’s report was filed in her name but she was located a day later.

She said she talked to her social worker and told her she is staying with a friend until they find a new group home.

She remembers when Jason saved Owen’s life.

Owen had ran away and Jason tracked her down on Montreal Road near St. Laurent Blvd. where she was running into traffic trying to commit suicide.

“It is true. He found her and took good care of her,” said the 16-year-old.

“I stopped her from jumping in front of a car,” said Jason. “I told her if she killed herself she would be hurting people around her rather than just herself.”

He said he saw Owen a couple weeks later and she thanked him for saving her.

It was the last time he saw her. She died April 17.

Owen, Jason and the 16-year-old are all from the Kenora area, near the Ontario/Manitoba border. Each were placed in Ottawa group homes by Indigenous child service agencies that operate under the Ontario government.

APTN spoke to Jason’s former child worker with the Weechi-it-te-win Family Services in the Kenora area.

Andrew Letander said he traveled to Ottawa about a month ago to see if Jason would return back to Kenora but he refused.

“I did go there and he did not want to go back with me,” he said. “He said he had it all planned out.”

Letander said he is aware that Mary Homes dropped Jason off at the Mission.

Letander said it was explained to Jason that the group home needed his bed for other children, as most kids in the home were much younger than Jason.

Letander said Jason is on what’s called “extended care maintenance,” which he will be on until he’s 21 unless he decides he doesn’t want to be, which he’d then need to follow steps to do.

Jason up on his perch in the Rideau Centre parking lot stairwell.
Jason up on his perch in the Rideau Centre parking lot stairwell.
When he turned 18 he got a new worker that specializes in youth transitioning out of group homes but that worker has been on sick leave for a month said Letander.

“I gave him a heads up about what was going to be happening when he turned 18 and Mary Homes gave him a heads up on that, (too),” he said.

Letander said Jason is supposed to receive food assistance funding every month but they don’t have an address to send the cheques.

Jason has no parents to go home to. Both his parents died when he was a young child – his mom from suicide and his dad form cancer.

“He’s been bounced around from group home to group home all his life,” said Letander. “I am worried about him.”

As for Jason he said he’d like to finish school, as he only has his Grade 9, and go to college.

But that seems like a million miles away from his perch in the Rideau Centre mall.

He went to go get a Social Insurance Number Friday so he could at least get a job but was told he needed his birth certificate.

Service Canada wouldn’t accept only his status card.

He’d also like to do something else.

“I’d like to shut group homes down,” he said.

Mary Homes didn’t respond to questions by the time this story was published.

kjackson@aptn.ca

How many revenue streams to states get they forget to tell you and how do they divide the social security monies?

May 5, 2017 § Leave a comment

The young people and families involved with the Child Welfare Systems have ALWAYS been a passion of mine to make their lives better! Shared via one of the best child welfare consultants in the country! “A bipartisan bill to keep kids out of foster care is moving in Congress thanks to Sen. Ron Wyden’s (D-OR) dogged efforts:
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) Released a Draft of the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016.
This afternoon the Chairman and Ranking Member of both the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee released the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 and announced that the bill will be introduced in both the House and Senate in the coming days. This draft bill builds on and adds to provisions in the Family First Act, first developed by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden, and extends and updates other important child welfare provisions to help abused and neglected children that were expiring this year. It represents an historic step forward for vulnerable children and families and signals the continuing bipartisan and bicameral commitment of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees to work together to improve outcomes for children who come to the attention of the child welfare system.
Key provisions from the Family First Act that are included will help:
· Keep children at risk of foster care placement safely with parents or relatives by making federal funds available for mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services and in-home parent skill-based programs.
· Encourage the placement of children in foster care in the most family-like settings appropriate to their special needs.
The Family First Prevention and Services Act also includes a number of new provisions, including:
· Offers additional support for relative caregivers by allowing a federal match for evidence-based Kinship Navigator programs to help children remain safely with family members and requiring states to document how their foster care licensing standards accommodate relative caregivers.
· Addresses the recent spike in out-of-home placements due to the opioid and heroin epidemic by reauthorizing and updating the Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) program, which funds state and regional grantees seeking to provide evidence-based services to prevent child maltreatment related to substance abuse.
· Amends the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program to allow states to continue to assist former foster youth up to age 23, and to extend eligibility for education and training vouchers to youth to age 26.
· Encourages permanence for children by reducing unnecessary delays by encouraging states to use electronic interstate case-processing systems to help expedite the interstate placement of children in foster care, adoption or guardianship.
· Extends for five years (FY2017 – FY2021) the Title IV-B Promoting Safe and Stable Families and Child Welfare Services programs.
· Extends for five years (FY2017 – FY2021) the Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Payment program.
· Takes steps, including requiring a GAO Report, to ensure states are reinvesting state dollars freed up by making additional children eligible for Title IV-E Adoption Assistance payments and postpones for 2 ½ years the Title IV-E Adoption Assistance “de-link” for the adoptions of infants and toddlers.
Please let Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and Ranking Member Sander Levin and Human Resources Subcommittee Chair Vern Buchanan and Ranking Member Lloyd Doggett and Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden know of your organization’s support for the Family First Prevention Services Bill.
Please click here for the press release from the House Ways and Means Committee on this important bill. The Ways and Means Committee also developed a three-page summary of the Family First Prevention Services Act.
The Children’s Defense Fund is also developing a longer summary of the bill and will share that soon with the Coalition. We will also circulate an announcement for an upcoming Coalition meeting sometime next week to review the bill and discuss next steps.
A list of various Titles and Sections in the bill (and page numbers) are below for your convenience.
THE FAMILY FIRST PREVENTION AND SERVICES ACT
TITLE I—INVESTING IN PREVENTION AND FAMILY SERVICES (p. 3)
Subtitle A—Prevention Activities Under Title IV–E (p. 4)
Sec. 111. Foster care prevention services and programs. (p. 4)
Sec. 112. Foster care maintenance payments for children with parents in a licensed residential family-based treatment facility for substance abuse. (p. 35)
Sec. 113. IV–E payments for evidence-based kinship navigator programs. (p. 38)
Subtitle B—Enhanced Support Under Title IV–B (p. 39)
Sec. 121. Elimination of time limit for family reunification services while in foster care and permitting time-limited family reunification services when a child returns home from foster care. (p. 39)
Sec. 122. Reducing bureaucracy and unnecessary delays when placing children in homes across State lines. (p. 40)
Sec. 123. Enhancements to grants to improve well-being of families affected by substance abuse. (p. 45)
Subtitle C—Miscellaneous (p. 54)
Sec. 131. Reviewing and improving licensing standards for placement in a relative foster family home. (p. 54)
Sec. 132. Development of a statewide plan to prevent child abuse and neglect fatalities. (p. 56)
Sec. 133. Modernizing the title and purpose of title IV–E. (p. 57)
Sec. 134. Effective dates. (p. 57)
TITLE II—ENSURING THE NECESSITY OF A PLACEMENT THAT IS NOT IN A FOSTER FAMILY HOME(p. 59)
Sec. 201. Limitation on Federal financial participation for placements that are not in foster family homes. (p. 60)
Sec. 202. Assessment and documentation of the need for placement in a qualified residential treatment program. (p. 70)
Sec. 203. Protocols to prevent inappropriate diagnoses. (p. 78)
Sec. 204. Additional data and reports regarding children placed in a setting that is not a foster family home. (p. 79)
Sec. 205. Effective dates; application to waivers. (p. 81)
TITLE III—CONTINUING SUPPORT FOR CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES (p. 82)
Sec. 301. Supporting and retaining foster families for children. (p. 82)
Sec. 302. Extension of child and family services programs. (p. 83)
Sec. 303. Improvements to the John H. Chafee foster care independence program and related provisions. (p. 84)
TITLE IV—CONTINUING INCENTIVES TO STATES TO PROMOTE ADOPTION AND LEGAL GUARDIANSHIP (p. 93)
Sec. 401. Reauthorizing adoption and legal guardianship incentive programs. (p. 94)
TITLE V—TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS (p. 94)
Sec. 501. Technical corrections to data exchange standards to improve program coordination. (p. 94)
Sec. 502. Technical corrections to State requirement to address the developmental needs of young children. (p. 96)
TITLE VI—ENSURING STATES REINVEST SAVINGS RESULTING FROM INCREASE IN ADOPTION ASSISTANCE (p. 97)
Sec. 601. Delay of adoption assistance phase-in. (p. 97)
Sec. 602. GAO study and report on State reinvestment of savings resulting from increase in adoption assistance. (p. 98)”‘

Illinois bad report card?

April 3, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Illinois Catholic Charities Keeps Right to Serve Children with Foster Care, Adoption Services

Illinois Catholic Charities Keeps Right to Serve Children with Foster Care, Adoption Services

Today, Illinois Judge John Schmidt granted three Illinois Catholic Charities a preliminary injunction, allowing them to continue their service to the nearly 2,000 Illinois children under their care for foster care and adoptions.
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Monday, February 16, 2015

ACLU asks judge to order Illinois reforms for child services

ACLU asks judge to order Illinois reforms for child services

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois has asked a federal judge to order the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to start enacting court-ordered reforms.
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Our View: Illinois must fix Department of Children and Family Services

Our View: Illinois must fix Department of Children and Family Services

It’s sad to think it took newspaper and television reports to get Illinois officials to pay attention to problems at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Illinois’ Budgetary Problems Put Child Welfare Services Progress In Jeopardy, Report Says

Illinois’ Budgetary Problems Put Child Welfare Services Progress In Jeopardy, Report Says

Illinois’ fiscal crisis is posing a significant threat to the health and safety of children across the state, according to Voices for Illinois Children’s annual Kids Count report.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

“Kids Falling Through the Cracks” of Illinois’ Understaffed Child Abuse Hotline

Ut oh! Children’s Rights has their eye on Illinois…

“Kids Falling Through the Cracks” of Illinois’ Understaffed Child Abuse Hotline

Illinois’ child abuse hotline is plagued with staffing shortages and delayed responses, according to an investigative report by the Chicago Tribune. The investigation reveals that the hotline’s performance has worsened in several key areas:

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Lawsuit claims Illinois illegally withholds treatment for kids

Lawsuit claims Illinois illegally withholds treatment for kids

A class action lawsuit against the state of Illinois alleges state welfare agencies illegally withhold treatment for children with emotional and behavioral disorders. The lawsuit could affect more than 18,000 youth with severe mental illnesses and emotional disturbances in Illinois.
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Friday, December 30, 2011

Requirement to consider gay couples for adoption forces Illinois Catholic Charities affiliates to close

Requirement to consider gay couples for adoption forces Illinois Catholic Charities affiliates to close

After the Illinois state legislature passed a requirement that says adoption and foster-care agencies — to be eligible for state money — must consider same-sex couples as potential foster-care or adoptive parents, the Roman Catholic bishops in Illinois decided to shut down most of the Catholic Charities affiliates in the state. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened: Massachusetts and Washington D.C. both passed similar requirements — and many Catholic Charities affiliates closed down in those states, as well. The New York Times reports:
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Illinois Catholic Charities gives up fight for foster services

Illinois Catholic Charities gives up fight for foster services

Calling off legal efforts to keep Catholic Charities of Illinois in the foster care business, three Roman Catholic dioceses have dropped their lawsuit against the state of Illinois, and agreed to transfer more than 1,000 foster care children and staff to other agencies.
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Friday, March 12, 2010

Juvenile Justice, Children and Family Services departments merging

Juvenile Justice, Children and Family Services departments merging

Acknowledging that teenagers in correctional facilities suffer from trauma and mental health issues and that the state has fallen short in helping them, Illinois officials announced Wednesday that the Department of Juvenile Justice will be folded into the Department of Children and Family Services.
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Quinn calls for changes in juvenile prison system

Gov. Pat Quinn wants to end a rocky experiment with the state’s juvenile prison system.

On the heels of an audit showing the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice has been mismanaged since it was split off from the state’s adult prison system in 2006, Quinn is proposing to fold the agency into the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Note: LOL! Pat Quinn thinks that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is gonna do better.

Deet! Dee Dee!!!

The Appearance that Pam L. office has lots of shadows and they run deep into the pockets of Title IV monies and Massive GREED from the state actors.

March 5, 2016 § Leave a comment

The Herald-Review (Decatur IL, USA)
21 February 1999
Former State Resident Given Formal Apology by Illinois Division of Child Support Enforcement.

by Amanda Wilson

The Illinois State Supreme Court has ordered Guy Hastings, Director of Child Support Enforcement, to send a formal letter of apology to a former Illinois state resident who was forced to pay $9000 more in support than ordered. Paul Laird, now a resident of Washington state and a former resident of Strasburg, IL, has said he will make a written statement in a few days. The Court also ordered DCSE to pay him almost $150,000 in punitive damages.

The pertinent facts are not in dispute. Mr. Laird was ordered to pay $400/mo in child support in 1985. Kankakee County records indicate Mr. Laird had voluntarily overpaid his account by May, 1991. That is when his troubles started.

Mr. Laird was forced to take a medical leave of absence due to Multiple Sclerosis. He presented Illinois DCSE doctor statements and 7 requests for temporary reduction from November 1991 through May, 1993. He was never answered by Illinois DCSE and they now admit that he did send the request and that those requests were ignored. They also admit Mr. Laird never missed a payment.

A suit was filed by DCSE in November, 1993 to modify the child support award. Mr. Laird was never notified of this hearing. The department received a default judgment increasing the support amount to $800. DCSE admits Mr. Laird was never notified of the new amount.

The amount was reduced in 1996 back to the original $400 figure. DCSE CONTINUED to count the extra $400 from November 1993 to October, 1996 as child support arrears. They garnished his wages, filed liens against him, reported him to CREDIT BUREAUS and continue collection thought taking his IRS refunds. Mr. Laird filed suit in 1996 against DCSE and specific employees within that agency. The Appellate Court awarded him almost $60,000 in January, 1998. That judgment has been paid.

The State’s Attorney of Champaign County filed charges of malfesciance of office against three DCSE employees – Karen Breaker, Linda Richardson, and Barbara McCloud. Breaker and Richardson were also tried on perjury, falsifiction of records, and theft. McCloud was found not guilty in November, 1998. Breaker plead guilty to the charge of perjury and falsification in a plea bargain. Ms. Richardson was found guilty on all counts and sentenced to 18 months in prison. All three lost their jobs with
Illinois DCSE.

This is only the first of 8 cases against the Champaign office. In the most recent case a custodial mother received child support payments 9 months after the father made payments through the court. The father in this case was prosecuted for non-payment and was found not guilty when he presented receipts and cancelled checks. A check by the Auditor’s office revealed a practice by the Champaign office of putting support checks in a hidden fund to draw interest for the state. That case has been merged with 7 others in a class action lawsuit. It is scheduled to be heard in April, 2000.

Governor Ryan and his cabinet were unavailable for comment. This reporter has verified that the governor urged DCSE to settle this case out-of-court and that Mr. Hastings refused. DCSE director Hastings also had no comment.

Because the state was found to have acted fraudulently in his case, the Supreme Court had to rule on punitive damages.

WHO ARE THE BOND HOLDERS OF YOUR CITY AND COUNTY ? LIARS AND JUDGES IT HAS APPEARANCE THEY HAVE UNCLEAN HANDS IN THESE ISSUES?

December 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

LOOK WHO THE BOND HOLDERS OF YOUR CITY ARE AND HOW THEY PAST HANDS AND HOW THEY REPAIR AND TRANSFER PROPERTIES BETWEEN EACH OTHER AND HOW THEY TRANSFERS OF PUBLIC MONIES ARE USED TO ENRICH THE SYSTEMS THEY ARE FUNDING THEIR OWN PRIVATE RETIREMENT FUNDS?
THE CLERKS OFFICE,SHERIFFS,COURTS,CHILD SUPPORT THEY ARE ALL CORPORATIONS THEY ALL PRAY OFF OF EACH OTHERS KIND OF A WELL ORGANIZED MONOGAMY SYSTEMS DEEPLY ENGRAINED IN DAILY LIFE?

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