Day: February 28, 2007

medicaid fraud, psychiatry, psychotropic medications
Is Psychiatry Really The Answer For Our Children? GREAT LINKS FOR PARENTS

Source: http://ablechild.org (A WONDERFUL SITE)

  • www.adhdfraud.com. Essays, articles and other information pertaining to the fraud of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) — Compiled by Dr. Fred Baughman.
  • http://www.adhd-report.com. The Parental Intelligence Report on ‘ADHD’ by Bob Collier.www.addvideo.org. New Web site features Dr. Fred Baughman on video exposing the national experts on the ADHD fraud. Another video shows the link between psychiatric drugs and school violence.
  • www.ablechild.org. ‘Parents for Label and Drug Free Education’ consists of a growing number of parents outraged over the pervaive and ever-growing drugging of our children. Begun by parent activists Sheila Matthews, Patty Weathers, Larry Smith and Vicky Dunkle, this website provides parents with the latest and more informative data surrounding “ADHD” and the drugs used to “treat” it.
  • www.fightforkids.com. The purpose of this Web site is to educate parents worldwide on the facts about today’s widespread practice of labeling children mentally ill and drugging them with heavy, mind-altering, psychiatric drugs. æArmed in this way, loving parents will be able to prevail in the face of the enormous “drug children now” pressures so entrenched in society today. æProtected in this way, our children will be spared the totally unnecessary misery of a drug-hazed youth, succeeded by the risk of a drug-consumed adulthood.
  • www.psychsearch.net/teenscreen.html Ken Kramer’s site documents the whole truth about Teen Screen, and connects the dots.
  • www.ritalindeath.com. Lawrence Smith developed this site as a response to the death of his fourteen-Year-old Son Matthew, who died on March 21, 2000. The cause was determined to be due to heart failure from the long- term ( age 7-14 ) use ofæRitalin. The purpose of this site is to prevent more deaths of our children from these dangerous drugs.
  • www.caer.com. Psychologist Lawrence Weathers gives his perspective on ADHD and profiles his method of helping called “computer assisted emotional recovery.”
  • http://www.worldtalkradio.com/archives.asp?sid=97.The truth about ADHD and psychiatric drugs for children: Radio series archived on Annie Armen Live; includes John Breeding, PhD, Fred Baughman, MD, Able Child founders Patty Weathers, Sheila Matthews, and activist parents like Sheila Dunkle and Lawrence Smith whose children have died from the effects of psychiatric drugs. Great information and powerful true stories.
    http://www.aTLC.org/Affiliates. Wildest Colts is an Affiliate of the Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children.
  • http://www.byronchild.com. Kali Shapiro’s new magazine is a winner. ByronChild supports the task of conscious parenting through considering the needs of children and parents within a world that is rapidly changing.
  • The Aware Parenting Institute
  • http://www.naomialdort.com. Supporting Authentic Parent-Child Relationships
  • http://www.naturalchild.org. Our vision is a world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion. In such a world, every child can grow into adulthood with a generous capacity for love and trust. Our society has no more urgent task.
  • Parents Leadership Institute www.parentleaders.org The Parents Leadership Institute was founded by Patty Wipfler, international Re-evaluation Counseling reference person for parents, and features her work. The Institute assists parents who are eager to address the difficulties presented by parenting in today’s world.æ They focus on listening as a cornerstone skill that develops parents’ ability to connect with their children and solve problems within the family. Their goal is to empower parents and allies of children to care effectively for themselves and for young people of all ages, and to train leaders who will work for excellent community and national policy regarding parents and children. Very highly recommended.
  • www.rc.org. I recommend to all the theory and practices of the grassroots Re-Evaluation Counseling Community. Includes great resources for parents.
  • www.nhen.org. The National Home Education Network site provides encouraging information and support for the grassroots work of state and local homeschooling groups and individuals.
  • www.windhorseassociates.org. Windhorse Associates is a non-profit treatment and education organization with a whole person approach to recovery from extreme states of mind. Our services are individually tailored in close communication with each client and family.
  • www.transtherapy.org. Transtherapy is a reform movement in psychotherapy and in the mental helping professions. It is an association of practitioners who are critical of the trends of commercialism, medicalization, bureaucratization an idolization in this field.
  • Anti-Psychiatry Movement
  • Peter Breggin, M.D. and the Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights Dendron, David Oaks publisher, PO Box 11284, Eugene OR, 97440. (503) 341-0100. The best newspaper available on mental health system oppression. David is also the contact point for Support Coalition International, an umbrella group of organizations devoted to the work of mental health liberation. Check out their web site at www.efn.org/~dendron.
  • www.drugawareness.org. Dr. Ann Tracy leads the International Coalition for Drug Awareness. Their Web site is dedicated to educating people regarding the potential harmful and life threatening short- and long-term effects of psychiatric drugs. Her specility, as reflected in her book Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? is the so-called SSRI’s.
  • www.psychrights.org/Research/Digest/Researchbytopic.htm. Jim Gottstein’s Law Project for Psychiatric Rights, Scientific Research by Topic.
  • Mental Health Field Articles
medicaid fraud, psychiatry, psychotropic medications
Is Psychiatry Really The Answer For Our Children? GREAT LINKS FOR PARENTS

Source: http://ablechild.org (A WONDERFUL SITE)

  • www.adhdfraud.com. Essays, articles and other information pertaining to the fraud of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) — Compiled by Dr. Fred Baughman.
  • http://www.adhd-report.com. The Parental Intelligence Report on ‘ADHD’ by Bob Collier.www.addvideo.org. New Web site features Dr. Fred Baughman on video exposing the national experts on the ADHD fraud. Another video shows the link between psychiatric drugs and school violence.
  • www.ablechild.org. ‘Parents for Label and Drug Free Education’ consists of a growing number of parents outraged over the pervaive and ever-growing drugging of our children. Begun by parent activists Sheila Matthews, Patty Weathers, Larry Smith and Vicky Dunkle, this website provides parents with the latest and more informative data surrounding “ADHD” and the drugs used to “treat” it.
  • www.fightforkids.com. The purpose of this Web site is to educate parents worldwide on the facts about today’s widespread practice of labeling children mentally ill and drugging them with heavy, mind-altering, psychiatric drugs. æArmed in this way, loving parents will be able to prevail in the face of the enormous “drug children now” pressures so entrenched in society today. æProtected in this way, our children will be spared the totally unnecessary misery of a drug-hazed youth, succeeded by the risk of a drug-consumed adulthood.
  • www.psychsearch.net/teenscreen.html Ken Kramer’s site documents the whole truth about Teen Screen, and connects the dots.
  • www.ritalindeath.com. Lawrence Smith developed this site as a response to the death of his fourteen-Year-old Son Matthew, who died on March 21, 2000. The cause was determined to be due to heart failure from the long- term ( age 7-14 ) use ofæRitalin. The purpose of this site is to prevent more deaths of our children from these dangerous drugs.
  • www.caer.com. Psychologist Lawrence Weathers gives his perspective on ADHD and profiles his method of helping called “computer assisted emotional recovery.”
  • http://www.worldtalkradio.com/archives.asp?sid=97.The truth about ADHD and psychiatric drugs for children: Radio series archived on Annie Armen Live; includes John Breeding, PhD, Fred Baughman, MD, Able Child founders Patty Weathers, Sheila Matthews, and activist parents like Sheila Dunkle and Lawrence Smith whose children have died from the effects of psychiatric drugs. Great information and powerful true stories.
    http://www.aTLC.org/Affiliates. Wildest Colts is an Affiliate of the Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children.
  • http://www.byronchild.com. Kali Shapiro’s new magazine is a winner. ByronChild supports the task of conscious parenting through considering the needs of children and parents within a world that is rapidly changing.
  • The Aware Parenting Institute
  • http://www.naomialdort.com. Supporting Authentic Parent-Child Relationships
  • http://www.naturalchild.org. Our vision is a world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion. In such a world, every child can grow into adulthood with a generous capacity for love and trust. Our society has no more urgent task.
  • Parents Leadership Institute www.parentleaders.org The Parents Leadership Institute was founded by Patty Wipfler, international Re-evaluation Counseling reference person for parents, and features her work. The Institute assists parents who are eager to address the difficulties presented by parenting in today’s world.æ They focus on listening as a cornerstone skill that develops parents’ ability to connect with their children and solve problems within the family. Their goal is to empower parents and allies of children to care effectively for themselves and for young people of all ages, and to train leaders who will work for excellent community and national policy regarding parents and children. Very highly recommended.
  • www.rc.org. I recommend to all the theory and practices of the grassroots Re-Evaluation Counseling Community. Includes great resources for parents.
  • www.nhen.org. The National Home Education Network site provides encouraging information and support for the grassroots work of state and local homeschooling groups and individuals.
  • www.windhorseassociates.org. Windhorse Associates is a non-profit treatment and education organization with a whole person approach to recovery from extreme states of mind. Our services are individually tailored in close communication with each client and family.
  • www.transtherapy.org. Transtherapy is a reform movement in psychotherapy and in the mental helping professions. It is an association of practitioners who are critical of the trends of commercialism, medicalization, bureaucratization an idolization in this field.
  • Anti-Psychiatry Movement
  • Peter Breggin, M.D. and the Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights Dendron, David Oaks publisher, PO Box 11284, Eugene OR, 97440. (503) 341-0100. The best newspaper available on mental health system oppression. David is also the contact point for Support Coalition International, an umbrella group of organizations devoted to the work of mental health liberation. Check out their web site at www.efn.org/~dendron.
  • www.drugawareness.org. Dr. Ann Tracy leads the International Coalition for Drug Awareness. Their Web site is dedicated to educating people regarding the potential harmful and life threatening short- and long-term effects of psychiatric drugs. Her specility, as reflected in her book Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? is the so-called SSRI’s.
  • www.psychrights.org/Research/Digest/Researchbytopic.htm. Jim Gottstein’s Law Project for Psychiatric Rights, Scientific Research by Topic.
  • Mental Health Field Articles
child death, child welfare reform, foster care abuse, cps, domestic violence, family, foster care, system failure
Ohio Mom on Trial in Foster Son’s Death; (Domestic Violence Past Was Unreported)

By TERRY KINNEY AP

BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) – A woman suggested binding her developmentally disabled 3-year-old foster son inside a closet, making her responsible for his death even if she did not intend it, prosecutors said Thursday as her murder trial opened.

A defense attorney, however, argued that Liz Carroll was a wife intimidated into going along with a plan hatched by her husband and his live-in lover. Carroll, 29, is charged with murder because prosecutors say she caused Marcus Fiesel’s death by restraining him as she did. She and her husband also are charged with involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, felonious assault and three counts of child endangerment.

In his opening statement, prosecutor Daniel “Woody” Breyer said Carroll suggested wrapping the boy in a blanket and leaving him alone while she and her husband, David Carroll Jr., and Amy Baker, who lived with the couple, went to a weekend family reunion in August. Breyer told jurors that the child was wrapped “much like a cocoon” with only his head and bare feet sticking out, and had been left that way before when the adults ran errands. “

He was confined as effectively as if he had been placed in a straitjacket,” Breyer said. The child was dead when the Carrolls and Baker returned two days later. The Carrolls made up a story that he had wandered off or been taken from a park, prompting a massive search by authorities and volunteers. Defense attorney Gregory Cohen told the jury Liz Carroll was a caring person devoted to children and that David Carroll and Baker were responsible for the boy’s death. “

I believe the evidence will show somebody else belongs there,” Cohen told jurors of the prosecution’s argument, pointing to an empty chair by his client at the defense table. In addition to murder, David Carroll, 30, is accused of burning the boy’s body and dumping the remains in the Ohio River, and is charged with gross abuse of a corpse.

He is to be tried next month. Baker, 25, has not been charged and is expected to be the main witness against the Carrolls, who also face trial on lesser charges, including perjury and inducing panic, on their claim that the boy disappeared from the park.

The child was placed with the Carrolls three months before he died. The case prompted an independent review that found Butler County Children Services officials were not notified of David Carroll’s domestic violence arrest. The detective who issued the report recommended the agency conduct better background checks and communicate more often with police.

child death, child welfare reform, foster care abuse, cps, domestic violence, family, foster care, system failure
Ohio Mom on Trial in Foster Son’s Death; (Domestic Violence Past Was Unreported)

By TERRY KINNEY AP

BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) – A woman suggested binding her developmentally disabled 3-year-old foster son inside a closet, making her responsible for his death even if she did not intend it, prosecutors said Thursday as her murder trial opened.

A defense attorney, however, argued that Liz Carroll was a wife intimidated into going along with a plan hatched by her husband and his live-in lover. Carroll, 29, is charged with murder because prosecutors say she caused Marcus Fiesel’s death by restraining him as she did. She and her husband also are charged with involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, felonious assault and three counts of child endangerment.

In his opening statement, prosecutor Daniel “Woody” Breyer said Carroll suggested wrapping the boy in a blanket and leaving him alone while she and her husband, David Carroll Jr., and Amy Baker, who lived with the couple, went to a weekend family reunion in August. Breyer told jurors that the child was wrapped “much like a cocoon” with only his head and bare feet sticking out, and had been left that way before when the adults ran errands. “

He was confined as effectively as if he had been placed in a straitjacket,” Breyer said. The child was dead when the Carrolls and Baker returned two days later. The Carrolls made up a story that he had wandered off or been taken from a park, prompting a massive search by authorities and volunteers. Defense attorney Gregory Cohen told the jury Liz Carroll was a caring person devoted to children and that David Carroll and Baker were responsible for the boy’s death. “

I believe the evidence will show somebody else belongs there,” Cohen told jurors of the prosecution’s argument, pointing to an empty chair by his client at the defense table. In addition to murder, David Carroll, 30, is accused of burning the boy’s body and dumping the remains in the Ohio River, and is charged with gross abuse of a corpse.

He is to be tried next month. Baker, 25, has not been charged and is expected to be the main witness against the Carrolls, who also face trial on lesser charges, including perjury and inducing panic, on their claim that the boy disappeared from the park.

The child was placed with the Carrolls three months before he died. The case prompted an independent review that found Butler County Children Services officials were not notified of David Carroll’s domestic violence arrest. The detective who issued the report recommended the agency conduct better background checks and communicate more often with police.

child welfare reform, foster care abuse, cps, family, foster care, government
A Foster Parent Can Get Paid, Cage Kids & Still Stay Out of Jail

Updated:2007-02-15 22:11:30
Couple Sentenced for Child Endangerment
They Had Adopted Special-Needs Kids Sleep in Cages
By THOMAS J. SHEERAN AP

NORWALK, Ohio (Feb. 15) – A couple who forced some of their 11 adopted, special-needs children to sleep in wire-and-wood cages were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday, after the parents insisted they were only trying to keep the kids safe.
Madalyn Ruggiero, Pool / AP

Michael and Sharen Gravelle said they took on so many needy children because no one else wanted them.

Two of the children, however, said in statements read in court that they were treated harshly while they lived with Sharen and Michael Gravelle.

One wrote that they should be imprisoned “for as long as my siblings had to be in cages.”


Sharen Gravelle told the court the children were never confined as punishment but rather to protect them, including a child who wanted to jump out a second-floor window. “Would you prefer that we let them jump? Either way, we’d be here. The difference is they’re still alive,” she said in a tearful, 26-minute statement.

Gravelle blamed social services officials for not helping her and her husband, Michael, control the destructive behavior of some of the youngsters. The children, who suffered from problems such as fetal alcohol syndrome and a disorder that involves eating nonfood items, ranged in age from 1 to 14 when authorities removed them in September 2005 from the Gravelles’ home in Wakeman, about 60 miles west of Cleveland. They were placed in foster care in fall 2005 and the couple lost custody last March.

Sharen Gravelle kept her head down taking notes while the judge read the sentences. Michael Gravelle sat back in his chair, holding his face in his left hand. Each could have received up to five years in prison for each of the four felonies they were convicted of in December. They also were convicted of seven misdemeanors.

Michael Gravelle, his face red and his voice rising, told the judge he and his wife “felt we were being led by the Lord” when they decided to bring the first child into their home. He said problems began when they took in a group of siblings with an array of behavior and emotional problems. “What do you do with these kids?” Michael Gravelle asked. “I prayed constantly for the answer.”

He said the enclosures resulted from the suggestions of a social workers, who recommended strict rules to improve the children’s behavior. “I’m begging you,” Michael Gravelle told the judge. “I do not deserve jail.”

The two children whose statements were read in court, a girl and a boy, were in the courtroom Thursday. The boy wrote that he was “thankful that part of my life is behind me.” He said of his new foster parents, “Because of them I don’t have to steal food. I can use the bathroom whenever I want. Never again will I have to sleep in a box.”

The girl’s statement said Sharen Gravelle treated the children more harshly than her husband did. “Mom, you walked around like you were God, then whenever you did go places you were Mother Teresa taking in the poor black kids that no one wanted,” she said. The girl said the Gravelles “are grown adults who know the difference between right and wrong. So I ask that they get as much time in jail for as long as my siblings had to be in cages.”

The Gravelles have said they will appeal their convictions. The judge allowed them to remain free on bond pending the appeal. The couple has said they needed to keep some of the children in enclosed beds with alarms to protect them from their own dangerous behavior and stop them from wandering at night. Prosecutors said the Gravelles were cruel.

Witnesses, including the sheriff and some of the children, said the cages were urine-stained and lacked pillows or mattresses, but a social worker and others who testified for the defense said they never witnessed abuse and that the children’s behavior improved because of the bright blue and red cages. One Gravelle child testified he was forced to live in a bathroom for 81 days, sleeping in a bathtub because of a bed-wetting problem.
The Gravelles’ attorneys said the boy exaggerated the length of his bathroom stay, and an expert for the defense testified that the technique helped the boy.
child welfare reform, foster care abuse, cps, family, foster care, government
A Foster Parent Can Get Paid, Cage Kids & Still Stay Out of Jail

Updated:2007-02-15 22:11:30
Couple Sentenced for Child Endangerment
They Had Adopted Special-Needs Kids Sleep in Cages
By THOMAS J. SHEERAN AP

NORWALK, Ohio (Feb. 15) – A couple who forced some of their 11 adopted, special-needs children to sleep in wire-and-wood cages were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday, after the parents insisted they were only trying to keep the kids safe.
Madalyn Ruggiero, Pool / AP

Michael and Sharen Gravelle said they took on so many needy children because no one else wanted them.

Two of the children, however, said in statements read in court that they were treated harshly while they lived with Sharen and Michael Gravelle.

One wrote that they should be imprisoned “for as long as my siblings had to be in cages.”


Sharen Gravelle told the court the children were never confined as punishment but rather to protect them, including a child who wanted to jump out a second-floor window. “Would you prefer that we let them jump? Either way, we’d be here. The difference is they’re still alive,” she said in a tearful, 26-minute statement.

Gravelle blamed social services officials for not helping her and her husband, Michael, control the destructive behavior of some of the youngsters. The children, who suffered from problems such as fetal alcohol syndrome and a disorder that involves eating nonfood items, ranged in age from 1 to 14 when authorities removed them in September 2005 from the Gravelles’ home in Wakeman, about 60 miles west of Cleveland. They were placed in foster care in fall 2005 and the couple lost custody last March.

Sharen Gravelle kept her head down taking notes while the judge read the sentences. Michael Gravelle sat back in his chair, holding his face in his left hand. Each could have received up to five years in prison for each of the four felonies they were convicted of in December. They also were convicted of seven misdemeanors.

Michael Gravelle, his face red and his voice rising, told the judge he and his wife “felt we were being led by the Lord” when they decided to bring the first child into their home. He said problems began when they took in a group of siblings with an array of behavior and emotional problems. “What do you do with these kids?” Michael Gravelle asked. “I prayed constantly for the answer.”

He said the enclosures resulted from the suggestions of a social workers, who recommended strict rules to improve the children’s behavior. “I’m begging you,” Michael Gravelle told the judge. “I do not deserve jail.”

The two children whose statements were read in court, a girl and a boy, were in the courtroom Thursday. The boy wrote that he was “thankful that part of my life is behind me.” He said of his new foster parents, “Because of them I don’t have to steal food. I can use the bathroom whenever I want. Never again will I have to sleep in a box.”

The girl’s statement said Sharen Gravelle treated the children more harshly than her husband did. “Mom, you walked around like you were God, then whenever you did go places you were Mother Teresa taking in the poor black kids that no one wanted,” she said. The girl said the Gravelles “are grown adults who know the difference between right and wrong. So I ask that they get as much time in jail for as long as my siblings had to be in cages.”

The Gravelles have said they will appeal their convictions. The judge allowed them to remain free on bond pending the appeal. The couple has said they needed to keep some of the children in enclosed beds with alarms to protect them from their own dangerous behavior and stop them from wandering at night. Prosecutors said the Gravelles were cruel.

Witnesses, including the sheriff and some of the children, said the cages were urine-stained and lacked pillows or mattresses, but a social worker and others who testified for the defense said they never witnessed abuse and that the children’s behavior improved because of the bright blue and red cages. One Gravelle child testified he was forced to live in a bathroom for 81 days, sleeping in a bathtub because of a bed-wetting problem.
The Gravelles’ attorneys said the boy exaggerated the length of his bathroom stay, and an expert for the defense testified that the technique helped the boy.
child welfare reform, foster care abuse, cps, family, foster care, government
Notice to Texas Parents Affected By CPS/TDPRS

Committee discussion topics should address the goal of identifying best practices, areas of concern and opportunities for the improvement in outcomes for children and families within the investigative stage of service.

The Committees charge includes reviewing existing investigation policies and to identify and recommend best practices for parental involvement.

I am asking those who have had such problems with CPS to give us written testimony that we may share, since the time for personal testimony will be limited.

I want the committee to hear from parents who have had bad experiences with CPS so that we can ask questions of the department officials and recommend changes to alleviate such problems in the future.

Please give this information to others who might have had such experiences and let us hear from any parents you know who have had a negative experience.

Tim Lambert

Strengthening Investigations – Improved Screening

•41 Screeners have reviewed more than 24,000 reports

•Nearly 25% of these screened reports have been closed resulting in more caseworker time
spent on cases needing attention

New Investigations Structure

•Investigations division in place

•131 Special Investigators, with law enforcement background, hired statewide to assist in complex cases

•7 Law Enforcement Liaisons hired to build partnerships between DFPS and law enforcement in local communities and to assist in hiring special investigators

Child Safety Specialists

•20 Child Safety Specialists hired bringing the total to 43

•Risk assessment training developed and delivered to staff

•Risk and Safety Subcommittee established to better address risk and safety tool
Response Time Reduction

•Began pilot program in Dallas/Ft.Worth region

Joint Investigations and Training

•Joint investigations guidelines in place

•Working with law enforcement at local level to provide joint training

•Contract with Shaken Baby Alliance in place to provide advanced training on abuse/neglect investigations

Parental Notification of Child Transfer

•New policy and form in place

Supporting Quality Casework Hiring

•CPS hired over 2,200 direct delivery staff since September 2005

Staffing and Workload Distribution Plan

•Functional units established and workload measurement tools in place to allocate new staff to regions

Average daily caseloads for investigative caseworkers

•Sept 05 – 38.9

•Sept 06 – 27.8

Average daily caseload for conservatorship caseworkers

•Sep 05 – 42.6

•Sep 06 – 44.2

Technology

•1,794 Tablet PCs were distributed to CPS investigators by October 2006

•An additional 424 will be supplied to new CPS investigative staff by close of the biennium

•Tablet PCs have replaced the desktop computers allowing full computing capability in the field; this includes a wireless service for communication and information access

Drug Related Initiatives

•Drug Endangered Child Protocols and methamphetamine protocols incorporated into training

•9 substance abuse specialists hired statewide

Drug Testing Requirements

  • As of January 1, 2006, a residential child care operation must have a drug testing policy and inform DFPS within 24 hours after becoming aware that a person who directly cares for or has access to a child in the operation has abused drugs within the past 7 days.
  • DFPS: if a person who directly (as opposed to indirectly?) cares for or has access to a child in the operation (in the operation???) has abused drugs within the past 7 days!!!

The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Parental Advisory Committee’s next meeting is scheduled for sometime around the 21st or 28th of March. At that time, the committee will be taking testimony from parents who have concerns or problems related to workers and/or the agency in regard to an investigations of abuse and/or neglect.

This is in keeping with our mission to advise the department on the policies affecting parents and their involvement with the department,including:

(1) Investigations of allegations of abuse or neglect;

(2) Designations of alternate placements for children; and

(3) Standards for persons who investigate reports of abuse or neglect on the state or local level.

“The scope of the DFPS Parental Advisory Committee is to focus on the CPS policies within the investigative stage of service to identify practices to improve parental involvement and to bring to the forefront issues as they evolve in order to improve the outcome for children and families served by CPS.”

General
Breaking The Silence – Childrens’ Stories

Breaking the Silence: Children’s Stories

8 min 3 sec – Feb 9, 2006
Average rating: (2 ratings)
Description: This is an eight minute excerpt of the program that aired on Public Television in October of 2005. The documentary tells the stories of children who are taken away from their protective mothers.

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(PBS; October 2001)
An hour-long national documentary that takes an innovative look at domestic violence in America, demonstrating the ways victims are breaking the destructive cycle of abuse and creating healthy, stable lives. Domestic violence defies easy categorization by race, age, economic or social standing. It happens to a disturbing number of women and children, and until recent years, has been cloaked in a blanket of silence. Rather than document the tragic circumstances of domestic violence cases, the program focuses on the process through which victims become survivors, offering domestic violence sufferers, policymakers, and concerned citizens examples of how to fight this devastating problem.
(NCFR Media Awards Competition — Runner-Up; DSA Vision for Tomorrow Award)

cps, medicaid fraud
Petition For Children’s Rights Against Stigma And Psychiatric Drug Abuse

Petition For Children’s Rights Against Stigma And Psychiatric Drug Abuse
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To: President George Bush

Whereas:
The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted and proclaimed on December 10, 1948, states in Article 5,

“no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment”;

Whereas:
The above right is also affirmed under Article 37 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and under Article 33 of that Convention, which states that

children have the right to protection from the “illicit use of psychotropic substances”;

Whereas:
Medical research indicates considerable controversy and diverse opinion about the validity of childhood behavioral or learning “disorders” such as but not limited to, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and which are not scientifically substantiated;

Whereas:
In the United States, up to six million children have been administered potentially addictive, psychotropic stimulants and other drugs because of these psychiatric “disorders”;

Whereas:
Such psychotropic stimulants have the same abuse liability as cocaine, and are considered more potent than cocaine; and that such drugs can cause other adverse reactions, including:

psychosis, agitation, bizarre dreams, loss of appetite, confusion, and depersonalization, and do not improve academic performance;

Whereas:
Parents and children are being denied adequate information about the lack of science behind childhood psychiatric “disorders,” and the risks associated with drugs prescribed for them;

Whereas:
Parents and children are being denied information about alternatives to drug treatment for classroom or behavioral problems, such as nutritional, creative and educational solutions and, thereby are being denied the right to “informed consent”;

Be it known that
We, the undersigned, sincerely request that the government implement legal safeguards to prevent children from being stigmatized as “mentally disordered,” especially through “Special Education,” or through the use of psychological questionnaires and tests in the class room, and to protect their inalienable right to be educated drug-free.

Sincerely,
The Undersigned
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cps, medicaid fraud
Petition For Children’s Rights Against Stigma And Psychiatric Drug Abuse

Petition For Children’s Rights Against Stigma And Psychiatric Drug Abuse
View Current SignaturesSign the Petition

To: President George Bush

Whereas:
The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted and proclaimed on December 10, 1948, states in Article 5,

“no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment”;

Whereas:
The above right is also affirmed under Article 37 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and under Article 33 of that Convention, which states that

children have the right to protection from the “illicit use of psychotropic substances”;

Whereas:
Medical research indicates considerable controversy and diverse opinion about the validity of childhood behavioral or learning “disorders” such as but not limited to, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and which are not scientifically substantiated;

Whereas:
In the United States, up to six million children have been administered potentially addictive, psychotropic stimulants and other drugs because of these psychiatric “disorders”;

Whereas:
Such psychotropic stimulants have the same abuse liability as cocaine, and are considered more potent than cocaine; and that such drugs can cause other adverse reactions, including:

psychosis, agitation, bizarre dreams, loss of appetite, confusion, and depersonalization, and do not improve academic performance;

Whereas:
Parents and children are being denied adequate information about the lack of science behind childhood psychiatric “disorders,” and the risks associated with drugs prescribed for them;

Whereas:
Parents and children are being denied information about alternatives to drug treatment for classroom or behavioral problems, such as nutritional, creative and educational solutions and, thereby are being denied the right to “informed consent”;

Be it known that
We, the undersigned, sincerely request that the government implement legal safeguards to prevent children from being stigmatized as “mentally disordered,” especially through “Special Education,” or through the use of psychological questionnaires and tests in the class room, and to protect their inalienable right to be educated drug-free.

Sincerely,
The Undersigned
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