Month: May 2008

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German parents post baby on eBay for 1 euro

German parents post baby on eBay for 1 euro

Authorities in southern Germany said Saturday they have taken custody of a 7-month-old boy after his parents posted an ad on eBay offering to sell him for one euro, the equivalent of $1.57.

Peter Hieber, a spokesman for police in the Bavarian town of Krumbach, said the baby was placed in the care of youth services in the southwestern Allgaeu region, although the child’s 23-year-old mother insisted the ad was only a joke.

Authorities have launched an investigation into possible child trafficking against the baby’s mother and 24-year-old father, neither of whom was identified.

“Offering my nearly new baby for sale, as it has gotten too loud. It is a male baby, nearly 28 inches (70 cm) long and can be used either in a baby carrier or a stroller,” police quoted the ad as reading.

No offers were made for the child in the two hours and 30 minutes the ad was posted on Tuesday. EBay later deleted the posting, but assisted police in tracking down the parents.

Several people who saw the ad alerted police.


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FLDS: READ THE APPEAL COURT RULING: ACTUAL COURT PAPERS

This ruling is an awesome show of the law and how it works.  CPS is rarely overturned.  In particular, to have the Third District Court of Appeals rule so specifically on the terms of what they can constitute “imminent danger” requiring the removal of a child, and also implementing the requirement to make every reasonable attempt to return the child to the home.

This is case law that I’m sure will be used throughout many cases in the future of CPS court.  This is a huge advancement for all families who have been wrongly separated by CPS who have not followed the law like they are now being forced to.  These children will surely find their way into history and law books to come and hopefully save the children of our future from suffering much the same fate.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ACTUAL COURT

RULING OF THE TEXAS THIRD DISTRICT COURT

OF APPEALS MEMORANDUM OF LAW

FLDS vs. CPS

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FLDS: Appellate Court Rules CPS HAD NO RIGHT TO REMOVE CHILDREN

http://www.kxan.com/global/story.asp?s=8365745

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — The Third Court of Appeals has ruled that Child Protective Services did not have the right to remove children from the Yearning for Zion ranch last month.

The ruling comes as a result of a document filed by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid last month. The TRLA is the largest provider of legal aid in Texas, on behalf of 48 FLDS mothers that TRLA is representing in their child custody cases.

“The way that the courts have ignored the legal rights of these mothers is ridiculous,” said TRLA attorney Julie Balovich. “It was about time a court stood up and said that was has been happening to these families is wrong.”

In the decision, the Court ruled that CPS failed to provide any evidence that the children were in imminent danger and acted hastily in removing them from their families. According to the Court, “The existence of the FLDS belief system as described by the Department’s witnesses, by itself, does not put children of FLDS parents in physical danger.”

TRLA will be holding a press conference in front of the courthouse in San Angelo Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

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CPS v. FLDS: Truth v. Lies: ItsAlmostTuesday v. Media- I CALL FOR A STRIKE

I am disgusted by CPS – again. I am disgusted by the Media – again. I miss my children… again…

So, the saga continues… FLDS, CPS, ElDorado, Media, Rocky, Bullwinkle…. hrrrrm?

My day started out a little emotional with this post as I read the Dallas Morning News Opinion Blog – where Sharon Grigsby posted CPS vs FLDS: 0 for 10 yesterday and i quote:

“The Deseret News and Grits for Breakfast, among others, continue to keep close tabs on those YFZ teens that CPS claims are pregnant. Some on our staff have said they aren’t interested in my continued posts on this topic. Perhaps some readers out there are: Today’s news from the Deseret News is that it turns out no 14-year old girls were found pregnant at the YFZ Ranch during the Great Eldorado…Full Story on The Dallas Morning News:

A lawyer for a 14-year-old girl that is on a list of so-called “disputed minors” said this morning she is not pregnant as Texas child welfare authorities have alleged. “My client does not have children. (She) is not pregnant. She’s the youngest on the list of disputed minors,” said Andrea Sloan.

“The department is communicating to the public that there are 14-year olds who are pregnant,” she said. Texas Child Protective Services caseworker Ashley Kennedy said that investigations were still ongoing.

The bombshell was dropped during the hearing involving Adeline Barlow, 38, the mother of a 10-year-old and the 14-year-old.

That led to quite a discussion when Grits for Breakfast replied as follows:

Posted by Gritsforbreakfast @ 6:29 PM Wed, May 21, 2008

Your observation that “Some on our staff have said they aren’t interested in my continued posts on this topic” confirms my sense that the MSM is less interested in focusing on information that’s not full of salacious accusations against weirdo polygamists. God forbid y’all actually report the truth instead of whatever phony accusation CPS ginned up that day.Pretty amazing that your colleagues would admit it, though. The facts on which they based their opinions were invalid, but they don’t want to revisit their conclusions. I’m asking myself “Why?”, but can’t come up with a single good reason offhand besides some sort of religious bigotry. What else could possibly explain journalists’ callous indifference to truth?

Which led to other comments on DMN Opinion Blog:

Posted by Shirlee @ 6:38 PM Wed, May 21, 2008

Amen! It is very demonstrative of the media’s duplicity that these “corrections” aren’t as widely snapped up and repeated as gospel as CPS’s lies all along, such as their assertion that they were investigating sexual abuse in boys too. That was spread like wildfire through the media, with the implication that the FLDS were guilty. This turned out to be, of course, a red herring to remove attention from their other atrocities. Thanks for having the integrity to point this out.

and

Posted by Kristi @ 7:31 PM Wed, May 21, 2008

Thank you for covering this. I have a friend that keeps saying I should quit yelling their rights have been violated and read some of the books out about them and learn more about their beliefs.

WHY? Their beliefs are irrelevant as far as I am concerned. I don’t have to agree with them or disagree with them – that doesn’t matter. What matters is that people are treated humanely, and that citizen’s rights be protected. REGARDLESS of who they sleep with, or what picture hangs in their room. Jeez.

Thanks for covering this. The mainstream media is nothing but a statist mouthpiece. THey aren’t reporting because all they can do is repeat what the govt. tells them. They are afraid of real investigative journalism.

So here’s my take on it – from the perspective of a parent who has lost her child to false allegations & CPS: First I’d like to thank GritsforBreakfast and DMN Opinion Sharon Grigsby for their guts, perseverance and dedication to this story.

Doesn’t it seem eerily like the OJ Simpson Murder trial? Where everyone tuned in, it was a news sensation who-done-it, bestseller, and yet – in the mix – people forgot about Nicole & Ron, the REAL PEOPLE who were brutally murdered in an act that was not from a movie script, but from domestic violence.

These are children. These are mothers.

These are people who do not live like “normal society” – and this is their lives.

In a letter from a former FLDS member, dan fischer, to the parents involved in these proceedings, one of the things he talks about is the way these families lived, and the way these women lived as mothers. They do not have television, friends, movies or dinners out, or clubs or dancing or even pictures hanging on their walls. They have their children. Their children have their mothers. These children, if they get an education, it is not like they would get in public school. It is a different lifestyle, belief, way of thinking and living. Is it wrong? Who’s to say? IT IS ALL THEY KNOW. To say that they will need psychological therapy is an understatement. These families are forever changed. The children are no longer innocent at all, secure, or stable. They are forever altered.

Imagine today, someone comes into your office, takes your computers, your pictures, your children, friends, families, etc., and says “EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING IS NOT NORMAL AND YOU ARE GOING TO BE RIPPED APART AND IMPRISONED FOR IT” and you just thought that’s the way things were in life … you were behaving as “normal” and someone comes and rips it all to pieces – because we forget that ‘normal’ is a perspective….

You can’t imagine it – I know I can’t… tho’ I can try. Day to day routine & what you know is based on your experiences, surroundings, teachings, and perspective. Duh… right? Now – how does that tie into the law? How does that relate to the system?

There’s the debate. But wait a minute – the children…. aren’t they the MOST IMPORTANT PART OF ALL OF THIS? Remember the children are no longer protected by the sect and their ‘no television’ rules. They are thrown into “normal’ society – for the first time – So they get their first taste of ‘normalcy’ in a place where children are 11 times more likely to be abused than at their natural home? These are children being introduced to society In a place where anger and rage and social workers and doctors and lawyers and psychotropic medications and abuse and lies and faces change and confusion and more abuse and more rage and new foster mothers and new foster fathers and new schools and new kids and danger and fear and confusion fear confusion confusion…. COME ON THESE ARE CHILDREN!

I am a mother first and foremost, and an advocate for children & families. I fight against pedophiles, crooked CPS workers, and system failures within our government. BUT WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY DOING TO THESE CHILDREN?

As a Mother having gone through this CPS involvement and false allegation thing, I want to say this:

– I know that if I had the media reporting lies & making my case into a rumor-filled-gossip office-watercooler-coffee-break discussion, I probably wouldn’t be here typing this blog post right now. I’d be dead, because I would have committed suicide at least 10 times over from the pain and humiliation and suffering that I ALREADY HAD GOING ON added to that media cherry to the top of the rumor cake. No way. I wouldn’t have made it. I do not speak lightly when I say that. I would not be here. My heart goes out to the mothers and children.

As an Advocate-Paralegal who fights against pedophiles, child abusers, and government system failures – I say this:

Lets suppose a 14 year old gets married to an adult… is the sex still considered pedophilia? If a parent ‘consents’ to marry away the child to their sex partner can they essentially thwart the law? What if that marriage – which makes it legal – is forced …. in the name of ‘consent’ but the child never speaks up… or doesn’t know better..?

Child abuse is child abuse. A child has the right to live an abuse-free life. So then, let’s define abuse….Spanking on the butt? To some – yes. To others – no… Some say “Discipline all children with the rod or the child will be unruly” – Others say “Corporal punishment of any kind is abuse…”

Some say keeping these children apart from mainstream society without the ability to choose for themselves whether or not to watch TV or whether or not to go to public school, is abuse;While to others, its a NORMAL WAY OF LIFE.

Go to college v. get a job ? Dog v. cat ? Toilet paper – put it on the roll with the pull side up? Or down?

We could argue all day long as to who is living right or who is living wrong. We could argue all day about whether or not its abusive to live in a sect or abusive to allow no religious teachings in a family.

But we cannot argue truth vs. lie.

We cannot argue the difference between fact or fiction – perjury – telling the truth in the court of law v. falsifying evidence.

WE CANNOT DEBATE WHETHER CPS WORKERS SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT LIE ABOUT THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES THEY ARE INVESTIGATING…

IT IS NOT OKAY TO LIE ABOUT THE FACTS OF A CASE

IT IS NOT OKAY TO REPORT LIES IF YOU ARE REPORTING THE NEWS

IF YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS NOT TRUE IT IS NOT OKAY TO ADD TO THE PROPOGANDA BY TELLING THE LIE AGAIN AND AGAIN WHEN IT COMES TO REAL PEOPLE’S LIVES & THE EFFECTS IT WILL HAVE ON FAMILIES (isn’t that right Nicole, Ron?)

While everyone has an opinion, not everyone has a child.

Not everyone has a family or a family problem with CPS.

Not everyone has abuse issues in their lives, or conflicts to deal with, or a religious leader telling them one thing with a government telling them another with media saying something else with people giving opinions and everything they know being taken away, and not everyone understands what is involved in a case unless you go through it yourself.

It isn’t an easy thing to deal with when you live in mainstream society I CANNOT IMAGINE that happening to me if I lived in a removed, isolated, lifestyle like FLDS mothers, and I HAVE BEEN THROUGH IT – So if I can’t imagine it, knowing what I know, I KNOW there are most people out there who have no idea what they are talking about.

But everyone has an opinion. So, here’s mine –

I ONLY WISH I HAD THE NEWS REPORTING AND WATCHING OVER MY CASE THIS WAY WHEN I LOST MY LITTLE BOY –

Maybe then I wouldn’t have scars on my arm from my suicide attempts and the tears that fall when I post this – feeling the shame as I still write, admitting it, for the sake of children I don’t know.

If I had this kind of attention to my case, I might have back the years I lost, and the many more to come since my case caused me such despair because I WAS LIED ABOUT BY CPS TOO. Maybe I wouldn’t have lost everything I owned, friends of 20 years and my children.

Maybe my family members that I don’t see or speak to anymore would be over this weekend with my children who are not in my life anymore and we’d laugh together instead of yearning for my children & family back.

Maybe if I had someone to blog about me and my case when my son was forcibly removed and traumatized I wouldn’t have these nightmares about seeing him beaten & drugged in foster care, & the LIES BY CPS WORKERS and GAG ORDERS that made it okay to hurt my child and destroy me so a pedophile could get his revenge – finally – against me – for leaving him and trying to protect my child… REALLY protect my child….

That’s not news. That’s a life. That’s my life. My son’s life. That’s their life & their children’s lives in ElDorado. That’s the lives of your children AND mine, and unless you’ve been through this kind of horrible thing, you just may not understand.

I pray you never do understand -But for cryin’ out loud – tell the truth…. whether you’re reporting on it, or working on the case, or just talking about it to your neighbors.

If mainstream media entertainment “sells” more newspapers based on CPS LYING ABOUT THESE FAMILIES…. I URGE ALL OF YOU TO JOIN IN A STRIKE.

RIGHT NOW I URGE US ALL TO STRIKE AGAINST ANY NEWS REPORTING AGENCY, BLOG, NEWSPAPER, MAGAZINE OR OTHER NEWS/MEDIA SOURCE WHO KNOWINGLY MISREPORTS ELDORADO OR FLDS FACTS & WHO ASSISTS IN SPREADING CPS’ LIES OR WHO FAILS TO CORRECT ANY MISSTATED FACTS OF ANY FLDS/ELDORADO CHILD WHO IS GOING THROUGH THIS TRAGEDY IN THEIR FAMILY.

IF WE ALLOW CPS TO LIE ABOUT A FAMILY & CALL IT ‘NEWSWORTHY’ THEN WE ARE ALSO CHILD ABUSERS WHO SHOULD BE PUNISHED ACCORDINGLY IF WE ARE TO DO RIGHT BY THE CHILDREN. NO FAMILY DESERVES SUCH ABUSE & ATROCITY NO MATTER WHAT THEIR BELIEFS MAY BE – NO MATTER WHAT LIFESTYLE THEY LIVE.

SHOW THE TRUTH WHEN IT IS REVEALED OR BE JUDGED ALL THE SAME. TRUTH IS TRUTH. REPORT IT TRUTHFULLY OR SHUT UP. TRUTH IS TRUTH.

Please. For the sake of these families.

There’s no question about the integrity of truth v. lie ….

just like you can’t be ‘kinda pregnant’….

Because the swing of every pendulum brings with it potential adverse consequences, it is important to emphasize that in the area of child abuse, as with the investigation and prosecution of all crimes, the state is constrained by the substantive and procedural guarantees of the Constitution. The fact that the suspected crime may be heinous – whether it involves children or adults – does not provide cause for the state to ignore the rights of the accused or any other parties. Otherwise, serious injustices may result. Syl.Pt.3,WALLIS v. SPENCER, 202 F.3d 1126(9th Cir. 2000)

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FLDS Parents’ Court Citations published in The Eldorado Success

I can only imagine the cluster-phunk that these CPS cases are in – wow…

CLICK HERE TO READ THE CITATIONS IN THE ELDORADO SUCCESS ONLINE

Authorities attempt to serve dozens if not hundreds of people at the YFZ Ranch with civil citations in state’s custody case. Citations were published in this week’s edition of The Eldorado Success.

CLERK OF THE COURT:
District Clerk
Schleicher County Courthouses
2 North Divide Street
Eldorado, Texas 76936

ATTORNEYS FOR PETITIONER,
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY &PROTECTIVE SERVICES:
Daniel Edwards
Gary Banks
622 South Oakes, Suite “L”
San Angelo, Texas 76903

CITATION BY PUBLICATION/POSTING

TO ALL UNKNOWN PARENTS, AND ANY PERSON CLAIMING TO BE A PARENT OF, ANY ONE OR MORE OF THE CHILDREN REMOVED FROM THE YFZ RANCH, ELDORADO, SCHLEICHER COUNTY, TEXAS, BETWEEN APRIL 4, 2008, AND MIDNIGHT ON APRIL 7, 2008, AND TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, RESPONDENT(S):

THE STATE OF TEXAS
NOTICE TO RESPONDENT(S):

“You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on the Monday next following the expiration of twenty (20) days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you.

“YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to appear and answer before the Honorable 51st Judicial District Court, Eldorado, Schleicher County, Texas, at the Courthouse in Eldorado, Schleicher County, Texas, at or before 10:00 a.m. on the Monday next after the expiration of twenty (20) days from the date of service of this citation, then and there to answer the First Amended Petitions of the TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES, Petitioner, filed in said Court.

“The petitions of the TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES, Petitioner, were filed in the 51st Judicial District Court of Schleicher County, Texas, on May 6, 2008, May 7, 2008 and May 12, 2008, against the various Respondents named above, as well as others not specifically named herein. The suits are numbered 2779 through 2903, and are entitled as follows:

2779 IN THE INTEREST OF BABY GIRL JESSOP #26600675, A CHILD
2780 IN THE INTEREST OF VILATE NIELSEN, A CHILD
2781 IN THE INTEREST OF ESTER NIELSON, A CHILD
2782 IN THE INTEREST OF MARILYN ROBACK, A CHILD
2783 IN THE INTEREST OF SUSIE ANN JEFFS, A CHILD
2784 IN THE INTEREST OF SHANALYN JEFFS, A CHILD
2785 IN THE INTEREST OF SETH JEFFS, A CHILD
2786 IN THE INTEREST OF JOSIAH BARLOW JEFFS, A CHILD
2787 IN THE INTEREST OF STEED JEFFS, A CHILD
2788 IN THE INTEREST OF LEAH JESSOP JEFFS, A CHILD
2789 IN THE INTEREST OF MARILEE JEFFS, A CHILD
2790 IN THE INTEREST OF KAYLEE JEFFS, A CHILD
2791 IN THE INTEREST OF RICHARD JEFFS, A CHILD
2792 IN THE INTEREST OF JOSEPH SMITH JEFFS, A CHILD
2793 IN THE INTEREST OF JAMES RULON JEFFS, A CHILD
2794 IN THE INTEREST OF HANNAH JEFFS, A CHILD
2795 IN THE INTEREST OF ALLEN JEFFS, A CHILD
2796 IN THE INTEREST OF SAMANTHA EMAK, A CHILD
2797 IN THE INTEREST OF ETZEL #26609430, A CHILD
2798 IN THE INTEREST OF FREDDIE #26609430, A CHILD
2799 IN THE INTEREST OF ABRAHAM #26609359, A CHILD
2800 IN THE INTEREST OF AMBER #26609387, A CHILD
2801 IN THE INTEREST OF ANN #26609432, A CHILD
2802 IN THE INTEREST OF DANIELLE BARLOW, A CHILD
2803 IN THE INTEREST OF EZRA BARLOW, A CHILD
2804 IN THE INTEREST OF RENON BARLOW, A CHILD
2805 IN THE INTEREST OF STEVEN BARLOW, A CHILD
2806 IN THE INTEREST OF BEN #26690422, A CHILD
2807 IN THE INTEREST OF BRENDA #26690422, A CHILD
2808 IN THE INTEREST OF ABRAM BARLOW, A CHILD
2809 IN THE INTEREST OF AMON BARLOW, A CHILD
2810 IN THE INTEREST OF AUTUMN BARLOW, A CHILD
2811 IN THE INTEREST OF IDA #26609422, A CHILD
2812 IN THE INTEREST OF NAOMI (LAST NAME UNKNOWN) #26609432, A CHILD
2813 IN THE INTEREST OF NAOMI #26609436, A CHILD
2814 IN THE INTEREST OF NETTIE #26609402, A CHILD
2815 IN THE INTEREST OF JAMES #26609371, A CHILD
2816 IN THE INTEREST OF ABRAHAM LEROY JESSUP, A/K/A ABRAHAM LeROY JESSOP,
A/K/A ABRAHAM LEROY JESSUP, A/K/A ABRAHAM LeROY JESSUP, A CHILD
2817 IN THE INTEREST OF ANDREW JESSOP, A CHILD
2818 IN THE INTEREST OF BENJAMIN JESSOP, A CHILD
2819 IN THE INTEREST OF BETHANY JESSOP, A CHILD
2820 IN THE INTEREST OF CHARITY JESSOP, A CHILD
2821 IN THE INTEREST OF DAVID LEROY JESSOP, A/K/A DAVID LeROY
JESSOP, A/K/A DAVID LEROY JESSUP, A/K/A DAVID LeROY JESSOP, A CHILD
2822 IN THE INTEREST OF JAMES JESSOP, A CHILD
2823 IN THE INTEREST OF ALLEN DUTSON, A CHILD
2824 IN THE INTEREST OF MORONI DUTSON, A CHILD
2825 IN THE INTEREST OF NANCY DUTSON, A CHILD
2826 IN THE INTEREST OF REBECCA DUTSON, A CHILD
2827 IN THE INTEREST OF SHAUNA DUTSON, A CHILD
2828 IN THE INTEREST OF BRIGHAM EMACK, A CHILD
2829 IN THE INTEREST OF WADE LYNDSAY, A CHILD
2830 IN THE INTEREST OF ROULENE DUTSON, A CHILD
2831 IN THE INTEREST OF MALE CHILD (NAME UNKNOWN), A CHILD
2832 IN THE INTEREST OF ZAYNE LYNDSAY, A CHILD
2833 IN THE INTEREST OF MARYANN (LAST NAME UNKNOWN) #26609422, A CHILD
2834 IN THE INTEREST OF MARYANN(LAST NAME UNKNOWN) #26609432, A CHILD
2835 IN THE INTEREST OF MATY (LAST NAME UNKNOWN), A CHILD
2836 IN THE INTEREST OF NAOMI ROBACK, A CHILD
2837 IN THE INTEREST OF RULON ROBACK, A CHILD
2838 IN THE INTEREST OF RULEN #26609402, A CHILD
2839 IN THE INTEREST OF RULON #26609387 (LAST NAME UKNOWN) A CHILD
2840 IN THE INTEREST OF RULON #26609395, A CHILD
2841 IN THE INTEREST OF RULON #26609432 (LAST NAME UNKNOWN) A CHILD
2842 IN THE INTEREST OF RULON #26609435, A CHILD
2843 IN THE INTEREST OF JOESON JESSOP, A CHILD
2844 IN THE INTEREST OF JOSEPH JESSOP, A CHILD
2845 IN THE INTEREST OF LEROY SUNDERLAND JESSOP, A/K/A LeROY SUNDERLAND
JESSOP, A/K/A LEROY SUNDERLAND JESSUP, A/K/A LeROY SUNDERLAND JESSUP, A CHILD
2846 IN THE INTEREST OF LYLE LEROY JESSOP, A/K/A LYLE LeROY JESSOP,
A/K/A LYLE LEROY JESSUP, A/K/A LYLE LeROY JESSUP, A CHILD
2847 IN THE INTEREST OF MARIA JESSOP, A/K/A MARIA JESSUP, A CHILD
2848 IN THE INTEREST OF MELANIE JESSOP, A/K/A MELANIE JESSUP, A CHILD
2849 IN THE INTEREST OF MELISSA JESSOP, A CHILD
2850 IN THE INTEREST OF REBECCA JESSOP, A CHILD
2851 IN THE INTEREST OF SARA #26609406, A CHILD
2852 IN THE INTEREST OF SETH (LAST NAME UNKNOWN) #26609403, A CHILD
2853 IN THE INTEREST OF SHAWN #26609430, A CHILD
2854 IN THE INTEREST OF ANGELA STEED, A CHILD
2855 IN THE INTEREST OF HARMONY STEED, A CHILD
2856 IN THE INTEREST OF JOSIE STEED, A CHILD
2857 IN THE INTEREST OF SARAH JESSOP BARLOW, A/K/A SARAH BARLOW, A CHILD
2858 IN THE INTEREST OF ESTHER NIELSEN, A/K/A ESTHER NEILSEN, A CHILD
2859 IN THE INTEREST OF KAYLEE STEED, A CHILD
2860 IN THE INTEREST OF ESTHER NIELSON, A CHILD
2861 IN THE INTEREST OF KENDRA STEED, A CHILD
2862 IN THE INTEREST OF LEANNA STEED, A CHILD
2863 IN THE INTEREST OF CURTIS LYNDSAY, A CHILD
2864 IN THE INTEREST OF DANIEL LYNDSAY, A CHILD
2865 IN THE INTEREST OF WENDELL JESSOP, A CHILD
2866 IN THE INTEREST OF WILLIAM LEROY JESSOP, A/K/A WILLIAM LeROY JESSOP,
A/K/A WILLIAM LEROY JESSUP, A/K/A WILLIAM LeROY JESSUP, A CHILD
2867 IN THE INTEREST OF YVONNE JESSOP, A CHILD
2868 IN THE INTEREST OF ZIANA JESSOP, A CHILD
2869 IN THE INTEREST OF AVALON JOHNSON, A CHILD
2870 IN THE INTEREST OF SERMELIA JOHNSON, A CHILD
2871 IN THE INTEREST OF SUZANNE JOHNSON, A CHILD
2972 IN THE INTEREST OF VILATE JOHNSON, A CHILD
2873 IN THE INTEREST OF JOSHUA #26609395, A CHILD
2874 IN THE INTEREST OF LORETTA (LAST NAME UNKNOWN) #26609432, A CHILD
2875 IN THE INTEREST OF LESLIE STEED, A CHILD
2876 IN THE INTEREST OF LEVI STEED, A CHILD
2877 IN THE INTEREST OF LISA STEED, A CHILD
2878 IN THE INTEREST OF LUCINDA STEED, A CHILD
2879 IN THE INTEREST OF LUKE STEED, A CHILD
2880 IN THE INTEREST OF MARTHA STEED, A CHILD
2881 IN THE INTEREST OF MARY STEED, A CHILD
2882 IN THE INTEREST OF MATY STEED, A CHILD
2883 IN THE INTEREST OF MORMON #26609402, A CHILD
2884 IN THE INTEREST OF MILLENNIA #26609395, A CHILD
2885 IN THE INTEREST OF SYLVIA STEED, A CHILD
2886 IN THE INTEREST OF RULEN STEED, A CHILD
2887 IN THE INTEREST OF SARAH STEED, A CHILD
2888 IN THE INTEREST OF SHEM STEED, A CHILD
2889 IN THE INTEREST OF TROY STEED, A CHILD
2890 IN THE INTEREST OF WOODY (LAST NAME UNKNOWN) #26609405, A CHILD
2891 IN THE INTEREST OF WENDELL #26609406, A CHILD
2892 IN THE INTEREST OF WARREN #26609395, A CHILD
2893 IN THE INTEREST OF UNKNOWN BABY BOY #26609354, A CHILD
2894 IN THE INTEREST OF SUNSHINE #26609383, A CHILD
2895 IN THE INTEREST OF ZANE STEED, A CHILD
2896 IN THE INTEREST OF RACHEL STEED, A CHILD
2897 IN THE INTEREST OF OLIVE STEED, A CHILD
2898 IN THE INTEREST OF NAOMI STEED, A CHILD
2899 IN THE INTEREST OF MONICA STEED, A CHILD
2900 IN THE INTEREST OF MIRANDA STEED, A CHILD
2901 IN THE INTEREST OF HYRUM SMITH JEFFS, A CHILD
2902 IN THE INTEREST OF 330 CHILDREN FROM THE YFZ RANCH
2903 IN THE INTEREST OF 16 CHILDREN FROM THE YFZ RANCH

“Each suit requests (1) Emergency protection of a Child or Children, as the case may be, who are the subject(s) of these suits, (2) appointment as temporary managing conservator of the Child or Children, as the case may be, who are the subject(s) of these suits, and (3) appointment as permanent managing conservator of the Child or Children, as the case may be, who are the subject(s) of these suits.

“The dates and places of birth of the children who are the subject(s) of the suits are set out in the Petitions filed by Petitioner. The children are those children who were removed by Petitioner from the YFZ Ranch, Eldorado, Schleicher County, Texas, between April 4, 2008, and 12:00 midnight on April 7, 2008.

“The Court has authority in this suit to render any order, judgment or decree in the children’s interest that will be binding on you, including the termination of the parent-child relationship, a determination of maternity for each child, a determination of paternity for each child, and appointment of a conservator with authority to consent to each child’s adoption.”

“ISSUED and given under my hand and seal of the Court at Eldorado , Schleicher County, Texas, this the 12th day of May, 2008.

Peggy Williams
Clerk of the 51st Judicial District Court
Of Schleicher County, Texas.


CLERK OF THE COURT:
District Clerk
Schleicher County Courthouses
2 North Divide Street
Eldorado, Texas 76936

ATTORNEYS FOR PETITIONER,
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY &PROTECTIVE SERVICES:
Daniel Edwards
Gary Banks
622 South Oakes, Suite “L”
San Angelo, Texas 76903

CITATION BY PUBLICATION/POSTING

TO THE FOLLOWING PERSONS, WHO HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED TO THE PETITIONER AS ALLEGED PARENTS OF ONE OR MORE OF THE CHILDREN REMOVED FROM THE YFZ RANCH, ELDORADO, SCHLEICHER COUNTY, TEXAS, BETWEEN APRIL 4, 2008, AND MIDNIGHT ON APRIL 7, 2008, RESPONDENT(S):

Name of Alleged Parent & Date of Birth
Allred, Becky November 2, 1987
Allred, Carol Ann Unknown
Allred, Mary December 21, 1976
Allred, Merilyn September 22, 1974
Allred, Richard Unknown
Allread, Mary Unknown
Allread, Helen Unknown
Barlow, Adeline Unknown
Barlow, Amy August 28, 1978
Barlow, Areta Unknown
Barlow, Areta Kathleen Unknown
Barlow, Connie Richelle Unknown
Barlow, D.R. Unknown
Barlow, Dale November 6, 1957
Barlow, Dan Unknown
Barlow, Dianabell Unknown
Barlow, Donald Robert July 28, 1956
Barlow, Dora Mae May 1, 1964
Barlow, Faye Unknown
Barlow, Kayetta Unknown
Barlow, Martha Joy Unknown
Barlow, Nephi May 14, 1983
Barlow, Pauline February 11, 1972
Barlow, Richard Unknown
Barlow, Richard Jessop November 1, 1967
Barlow, Rosanna August 9, 1981
Barlow, Sarah Unknown
Barlow, Susan Unknown
Bradshaw, Louisa Unknown
Cox, Evelyn Unknown
Darger, Joy Unknown
Dockstader, James Unknown
Dockstader, Nancy Unknown
Draper, Sarah Unknown
Dutson, Keith Unknown
Dutson, Keith Jr. December 4, 1984
Dutson, Janice November 4, 1985
Dutson, Martha Emack Unknown
Dutson, Natalie Jessop September 26, 1989
Dutson, Rebecca August 9, 1990
Emak, Michael George Unknown
Harker, Lenora October 15, 1972
Harker, Phyllis Jessop Unknown
Harker, Sterling John Unknown
Hill, Sarah Unknown
Holm, Mary Ann Unknown
Jeffs, Abe Unknown
Jeffs, Abram Unknown
Jeffs, Annette Unknown
Jeffs, Dan Unknown
Jeffs, David Unknown
Jeffs, Ilene Unknown
Jeffs, Janet April 6, 1957
Jeffs, Leroy Unknown
Jeffs, Lyle Steed January 17, 1960
Jeffs, Madeline July 1, 1953
Jeffs, Madilin Unknown
Jeffs, Marylin Unknown
Jeffs, Merilyn Unknown
Jeffs, Nora January 18, 1968 (possible)
Jeffs, Rachel October 15, 1970
Jeffs, Ruth Edna November 12, 1973
Jeffs, Sally Unknown
Jeffs, Sandra Unknown
Jeffs, Sue Unknown
Jessop, Alice Unknown
Jessop, Barbara Unknown
Jessop, Barbara Joyce Unknown
Jessop, Brenda Unknown
Jessop, Carlene January 10, 1981
Jessop, Cathleen Unknown
Jessop, Don Unknown
Jessop, Edson Unknown
Jessop, Elizabeth Unknown
Jessop, Fredrick Unknown
Jessop, Jennetta, Unknown
a/k/a Jennetta Barlow
Jessop, Jim Unknown
Jessop, Joseph, Unknown
a/k/a Joseph Jessop, Jr.,
a/k/a Joseph Johnson
Jessop, Joseph Sr. Unknown
Jessop, Josephine, Unknown
a/k/a Josephine Anne Jessop
Jessop, Joy Unknown
Jessop, Leroy Unknown
Jessop, Lori Unknown
Jessop, Lydia November 25, 1985
Jessop, Marie Unknown
Jessup, Merril Unknown
Jessop, Mindy August 7, 1987
Jessop, Monica Sue Unknown
Jessop, Nathan Unknown
Jessop, Naomi Ruth Unknown
Jessop, Neola Unknown
Jessop, Paula Unknown
Jessop, Richard Unknown
Jessop, Sarah January 19, 1976
Jessop, Sarah January 13, 1992
Jessop, Sarah Cathleen March 27, 1990
Jessop, Sharon Jeffs March 1, 1978
Jessop, William Sunderland June 10, 1979
Jessops, Mary Unknown
Jessops, Pamela December 9, 1989
Johnson, Amy Unknown
Johnson, Charlotte Unknown
Johnson, Faith Ann April 26, 1985
Johnson, Frank Unknown
Johnson, Frank Tillon Unknown
Johnson, Jacob February 9, 1978
Johnson, Jacob Unknown
Johnson, Joseph Unknown
Johnson, Karen August 16 ,1973
Johnson, Lamar Unknown
Johnson, Lydia Unknown
Johnson, Nancy September 2, 1962
a/k/a Nancy Barlow Unknown
Johnson, Patricia Unknown
Johnson, Roleen December 6, 1987
Johnson, Russell January 7, 1972
Johnson, Sarah Elizabeth Unknown
Johnson, Sylvia Elizabeth Unknown
Keate, Allan May 12, 1952 (possible)
Keate, Linda August 4, 1982
Keate, Lorene Unknown
Keate, Marilyn January 7, 1990
Keate, Olrene Julia (approx. 22 years old)
Keate, Rachel July 25, 1989
Keate, Ruland Unknown
Lindsey, Fred Jr. October 9, 1982
Lyndsay, Fred Unknown
Lyndsay, Gladys Unknown
Musser, Amos Nielson Unknown
Musser, Linda Jeffs Unknown
Musser, Marie Unknown
Nielsen, Janet Jeffs Unknown
Nielsen, Lucille April 23, 1983
Nielsen, Vickie Unknown
Nielsen, Wendall Unknown
Nielsen, Wendell Unknown
Nielson, Janet Jeffs Unknown
Nielson, Wendell Unknown
Roback, Ron Unknown
Roundy, Lorraine June 28,1978
Steed, David Unknown
Steed, Fawn Unknown
Steed, Isaac Unknown
Steed, Joann Unknown
Steed, Joseph Unknown
Steed, Joseph Jessop Unknown
Steed, Kathleen Unknown
Steed, Kathleen April 30, 1968 (possible)
Steed, Kathleen Jessop Unknown
Steed, Lanora Unknown
Steed, Lenora Unknown
Steed, Leona Unknown
Steed, Leonna Unknown
Steed, Leroy Unknown
Steed, Leroy July 20, 1966
Steed, Leroy Johnson Unknown
Steed, Lori Unknown
Steed, Louanna Jessop Unknown
Steed, Louise Unknown
Steed, Mane Holm Unknown
Steed, Marie Unknown
Steed, Marie , Unknown
a/k/a Mane Holm Steed
Steed, Marilyn Unknown
Steed, Mindy Unknown
Steed, Rebecca Unknown
Steed, Sara Unknown
Steed, Tina July 30, 1987
Steed, Viola October 23, 1985
Steed, Vye Unknown
Wall, Lloyd Unknown
Williams, Margaret February 26, 1986
Young, Zavanda Unknown
Young, Zavanda November 7, 1964
Zitting, Zion Unknown
Zitting, Priscilla February 14, 1988

“STATE OF TEXAS

NOTICE TO RESPONDENT(S):

“You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on the Monday next following the expiration of twenty (20) days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you.

“YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to appear and answer before the Honorable 51st Judicial District Court, Eldorado, Schleicher County, Texas, at the Courthouse in Eldorado, Schleicher County, Texas, at or before 10:00 a.m. on the Monday next after the expiration of twenty (20) days from the date of service of this citation, then and there to answer the First Amended Petitions of the TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES, Petitioner, filed in said Court.

“The petitions of the TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES, Petitioner, were filed in the 51st Judicial District Court of Schleicher County, Texas, on May 6, 2008, May 7, 2008 and May 12, 2008, against the various Respondents named above, as well as others not specifically named herein. The suits are numbered 2779 through 2903, and are entitled as follows:

779 IN THE INTEREST OF BABY GIRL JESSOP #26600675, A CHILD
2780 IN THE INTEREST OF VILATE NIELSEN, A CHILD
2781 IN THE INTEREST OF ESTER NIELSON, A CHILD
2782 IN THE INTEREST OF MARILYN ROBACK, A CHILD
2783 IN THE INTEREST OF SUSIE ANN JEFFS, A CHILD
2784 IN THE INTEREST OF SHANALYN JEFFS, A CHILD
2785 IN THE INTEREST OF SETH JEFFS, A CHILD
2786 IN THE INTEREST OF JOSIAH BARLOW JEFFS, A CHILD
2787 IN THE INTEREST OF STEED JEFFS, A CHILD
2788 IN THE INTEREST OF LEAH JESSOP JEFFS, A CHILD
2789 IN THE INTEREST OF MARILEE JEFFS, A CHILD
2790 IN THE INTEREST OF KAYLEE JEFFS, A CHILD
2791 IN THE INTEREST OF RICHARD JEFFS, A CHILD
2792 IN THE INTEREST OF JOSEPH SMITH JEFFS, A CHILD
2793 IN THE INTEREST OF JAMES RULON JEFFS, A CHILD
2794 IN THE INTEREST OF HANNAH JEFFS, A CHILD
2795 IN THE INTEREST OF ALLEN JEFFS, A CHILD
2796 IN THE INTEREST OF SAMANTHA EMAK, A CHILD
2797 IN THE INTEREST OF ETZEL #26609430, A CHILD
2798 IN THE INTEREST OF FREDDIE #26609430, A CHILD
2799 IN THE INTEREST OF ABRAHAM #26609359, A CHILD
2800 IN THE INTEREST OF AMBER #26609387, A CHILD
2801 IN THE INTEREST OF ANN #26609432, A CHILD
2802 IN THE INTEREST OF DANIELLE BARLOW, A CHILD
2803 IN THE INTEREST OF EZRA BARLOW, A CHILD
2804 IN THE INTEREST OF RENON BARLOW, A CHILD
2805 IN THE INTEREST OF STEVEN BARLOW, A CHILD
2806 IN THE INTEREST OF BEN #26690422, A CHILD
2807 IN THE INTEREST OF BRENDA #26690422, A CHILD
2808 IN THE INTEREST OF ABRAM BARLOW, A CHILD
2809 IN THE INTEREST OF AMON BARLOW, A CHILD
2810 IN THE INTEREST OF AUTUMN BARLOW, A CHILD
2811 IN THE INTEREST OF IDA #26609422, A CHILD
2812 IN THE INTEREST OF NAOMI (LAST NAME UNKNOWN) #26609432,
A CHILD
2813 IN THE INTEREST OF NAOMI #26609436, A CHILD
2814 IN THE INTEREST OF NETTIE #26609402, A CHILD
2815 IN THE INTEREST OF JAMES #26609371, A CHILD
2816 IN THE INTEREST OF ABRAHAM LEROY JESSUP, A/K/A ABRAHAM
LeROY JESSOP, A/K/A ABRAHAM LEROY JESSUP, A/K/A ABRAHAM
LeROY JESSUP, A CHILD
2817 IN THE INTEREST OF ANDREW JESSOP, A CHILD
2818 IN THE INTEREST OF BENJAMIN JESSOP, A CHILD
2819 IN THE INTEREST OF BETHANY JESSOP, A CHILD
2820 IN THE INTEREST OF CHARITY JESSOP, A CHILD
2821 IN THE INTEREST OF DAVID LEROY JESSOP, A/K/A DAVID LeROY
JESSOP, A/K/A DAVID LEROY JESSUP, A/K/A DAVID LeROY JESSOP, A CHILD
2822 IN THE INTEREST OF JAMES JESSOP, A CHILD
2823 IN THE INTEREST OF ALLEN DUTSON, A CHILD
2824 IN THE INTEREST OF MORONI DUTSON, A CHILD
2825 IN THE INTEREST OF NANCY DUTSON, A CHILD
2826 IN THE INTEREST OF REBECCA DUTSON, A CHILD
2827 IN THE INTEREST OF SHAUNA DUTSON, A CHILD
2828 IN THE INTEREST OF BRIGHAM EMACK, A CHILD
2829 IN THE INTEREST OF WADE LYNDSAY, A CHILD
2830 IN THE INTEREST OF ROULENE DUTSON, A CHILD
2831 IN THE INTEREST OF MALE CHILD (NAME UNKNOWN), A CHILD
2832 IN THE INTEREST OF ZAYNE LYNDSAY, A CHILD
2833 IN THE INTEREST OF MARYANN (LAST NAME UNKNOWN) #26609422, A CHILD
2834 IN THE INTEREST OF MARYANN (LAST NAME UNKNOWN) #26609432, A CHILD2835 IN THE INTEREST OF MATY (LAST NAME UNKNOWN), A CHILD
2836 IN THE INTEREST OF NAOMI ROBACK, A CHILD
2837 IN THE INTEREST OF RULON ROBACK, A CHILD
2838 IN THE INTEREST OF RULEN #26609402, A CHILD
2839 IN THE INTEREST OF RULON #26609387 (LAST NAME UKNOWN) A CHILD
2840 IN THE INTEREST OF RULON #26609395, A CHILD
2841 IN THE INTEREST OF RULON #26609432 (LAST NAME UNKNOWN) A CHILD
2842 IN THE INTEREST OF RULON #26609435, A CHILD
2843 IN THE INTEREST OF JOESON JESSOP, A CHILD
2844 IN THE INTEREST OF JOSEPH JESSOP, A CHILD
2845 IN THE INTEREST OF LEROY SUNDERLAND JESSOP, A/K/A LeROY SUNDERLAND JESSOP, A/K/A LEROY SUNDERLAND JESSUP, A/K/A LeROY SUNDERLAND JESSUP, A CHILD
2846 IN THE INTEREST OF LYLE LEROY JESSOP, A/K/A LYLE LeROY JESSOP, A/K/A LYLE LEROY JESSUP, A/K/A LYLE LeROY JESSUP, A CHILD
2847 IN THE INTEREST OF MARIA JESSOP, A/K/A MARIA JESSUP, A CHILD
2848 IN THE INTEREST OF MELANIE JESSOP, A/K/A MELANIE JESSUP, A CHILD
2849 IN THE INTEREST OF MELISSA JESSOP, A CHILD
2850 IN THE INTEREST OF REBECCA JESSOP, A CHILD
2851 IN THE INTEREST OF SARA #26609406, A CHILD
2852 IN THE INTEREST OF SETH (LAST NAME UNKNOWN) #26609403, A CHILD
2853 IN THE INTEREST OF SHAWN #26609430, A CHILD
2854 IN THE INTEREST OF ANGELA STEED, A CHILD
2855 IN THE INTEREST OF HARMONY STEED, A CHILD
2856 IN THE INTEREST OF JOSIE STEED, A CHILD
2857 IN THE INTEREST OF SARAH JESSOP BARLOW, A/K/A SARAH BARLOW, A CHILD
2858 IN THE INTEREST OF ESTHER NIELSEN, A/K/A ESTHER NEILSEN, A CHILD
2859 IN THE INTEREST OF KAYLEE STEED, A CHILD
2860 IN THE INTEREST OF ESTHER NIELSON, A CHILD
2861 IN THE INTEREST OF KENDRA STEED, A CHILD
2862 IN THE INTEREST OF LEANNA STEED, A CHILD
2863 IN THE INTEREST OF CURTIS LYNDSAY, A CHILD
2864 IN THE INTEREST OF DANIEL LYNDSAY, A CHILD
2865 IN THE INTEREST OF WENDELL JESSOP, A CHILD
2866 IN THE INTEREST OF WILLIAM LEROY JESSOP, A/K/A WILLIAM LeROY JESSOP, A/K/A WILLIAM LEROY JESSUP, A/K/A WILLIAM LeROY JESSUP, A CHILD
2867 IN THE INTEREST OF YVONNE JESSOP, A CHILD
2868 IN THE INTEREST OF ZIANA JESSOP, A CHILD
2869 IN THE INTEREST OF AVALON JOHNSON, A CHILD
2870 IN THE INTEREST OF SERMELIA JOHNSON, A CHILD
2871 IN THE INTEREST OF SUZANNE JOHNSON, A CHILD
2972 IN THE INTEREST OF VILATE JOHNSON, A CHILD
2873 IN THE INTEREST OF JOSHUA #26609395, A CHILD
2874 IN THE INTEREST OF LORETTA (LAST NAME UNKNOWN) #26609432, A CHILD
2875 IN THE INTEREST OF LESLIE STEED, A CHILD
2876 IN THE INTEREST OF LEVI STEED, A CHILD
2877 IN THE INTEREST OF LISA STEED, A CHILD
2878 IN THE INTEREST OF LUCINDA STEED, A CHILD
2879 IN THE INTEREST OF LUKE STEED, A CHILD
2880 IN THE INTEREST OF MARTHA STEED, A CHILD
2881 IN THE INTEREST OF MARY STEED, A CHILD
2882 IN THE INTEREST OF MATY STEED, A CHILD
2883 IN THE INTEREST OF MORMON #26609402, A CHILD
2884 IN THE INTEREST OF MILLENNIA #26609395, A CHILD
2885 IN THE INTEREST OF SYLVIA STEED, A CHILD
2886 IN THE INTEREST OF RULEN STEED, A CHILD
2887 IN THE INTEREST OF SARAH STEED, A CHILD
2888 IN THE INTEREST OF SHEM STEED, A CHILD
2889 IN THE INTEREST OF TROY STEED, A CHILD
2890 IN THE INTEREST OF WOODY (LAST NAME UNKNOWN) #26609405, A CHILD
2891 IN THE INTEREST OF WENDELL #26609406, A CHILD
2892 IN THE INTEREST OF WARREN #26609395, A CHILD
2893 IN THE INTEREST OF UNKNOWN BABY BOY #26609354, A CHILD
2894 IN THE INTEREST OF SUNSHINE #26609383, A CHILD
2895 IN THE INTEREST OF ZANE STEED, A CHILD
2896 IN THE INTEREST OF RACHEL STEED, A CHILD
2897 IN THE INTEREST OF OLIVE STEED, A CHILD
2898 IN THE INTEREST OF NAOMI STEED, A CHILD
2899 IN THE INTEREST OF MONICA STEED, A CHILD
2900 IN THE INTEREST OF MIRANDA STEED, A CHILD
2901 IN THE INTEREST OF HYRUM SMITH JEFFS, A CHILD
2902 IN THE INTEREST OF 330 CHILDREN FROM THE YFZ RANCH
2903 IN THE INTEREST OF 16 CHILDREN FROM THE YFZ RANCH

“Each suit requests (1) Emergency protection of a Child or Children, as the case may be, who are the subject(s) of these suits, (2) appointment as temporary managing conservator of the Child or Children, as the case may be, who are the subject(s) of these suits, and (3) appointment as permanent managing conservator of the Child or Children, as the case may be, who are the subject(s) of these suits.

“The dates and places of birth of the children who are the subject(s) of the suits are set out in the Petitions filed by Petitioner. The children are those children who were removed by Petitioner from the YFZ Ranch, Eldorado, Schleicher County, Texas, between April 4, 2008, and 12:00 midnight on April 7, 2008.

“The Court has authority in this suit to render any order, judgment or decree in the children’s interest that will be binding on you, including the termination of the parent-child relationship, a determination of maternity for each child, a determination of paternity for each child, and appointment of a conservator with authority to consent to each child’s adoption.”

“ISSUED and given under my hand and seal of the Court at Eldorado , Schleicher County, Texas, this the 12th day of May, 2008.

Peggy Williams
Clerk of the 51st Judicial District Court
Of Schleicher County, Texas.

child welfare reform, foster care abuse, cps, family, foster care, government, system failure
Checking In: Violations in Texas Foster Care

Below I have compiled a sample of real violations within the foster care system in Texas. These facilities are in major metropolitan areas (ie Dallas/Ft.Worth, Austin, San Antonio areas) and they are listed here exactly as they are reported here by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

While we talk about foster care abuse that goes on, there is a little bit of a difference between saying the words “child abuse” and actually seeing a description of what real adults are doing (or not doing) to these children…. in the name of ‘protection’… and using tax payers money to-boot.

I plan on doing lists like these every once in a while… keep us checking in on Texas Foster Care facilities… checkin’ in on the children.

Standard Number 749.1521(4)

Standard Description: Medication Storage-Store medication covered by Section II of the Texas Controlled Substances Act under double lock in a separate container

Technical Assistance Given: Yes

Narrative

Several medications covered by Section II of the Texas Controlled Substances Act were found in a locked box in an unlocked cabinet. The cabinet was in the foster mother’s office, which was also unlocked. These medications, therefore, were not kept under double lock at the time of inspection.

Standard Number: 749.2471(9)(D)

Standard Description:Verification Certificate specifies the ages and gender(s) of children for which the home is verified

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative The verification certificate at the home did not match the characteristics of the children placed. The certificate indicated the home was verified for children ages 10 to 17 even though a 7-year-old child was placed in the home.

Standard Number: 16102

Standard Description: Children must not be Abused or Neglected

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative A young foster child was sexually assaulted by an older child in the home. The older child was arrested for sexual assault.

Standard Number: AF22101

Standard Description: Children must not be Abused or Neglected

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative The evidence gathered supports that the foster mother abused the foster child by striking the child on the head and possibly causing a bruise.

Standard Number: AF23102b

Standard Description: Discipline – Not be Physically

Emotionally Damaging to Child

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative

The evidence gathered supports that the foster parent struck the foster child on the head as an inappropriate form of discipline.

Standard Number: AF23102a

Standard Description: Discipline – Consistent with

Agency Policies

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative

The evidence gathered supports that the foster mother used a restraint that is inconsistent with the PMB restraint system used by the CPA.

Standard Number: 749.1957(1)

Standard Description: Other Prohibited Discipline – Any harsh, cruel, unusual, unnecessary, demeaning, or humiliating discipline or punishment

Technical Assistance Given: Yes

Narrative

Two children reported foster mother threw a gas cap at one of them when the child rummaged through her purse.

Standard Number: 749.2593(a)(4)

Standard Description: Supervision-The caregiver is responsible for being able to intervene when necessary to ensure each child’s safety

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative There was an addendum to the safety plan that included the foster child not have access to pens and pencils. The addendum was discussed with the foster mother on 4/4/08 and then sent to her on 4/10/08; the foster mother signed and dated it. The safety plan states that the foster parent will ensure that the foster child does not have access to any sharp objects, including pencils and pens. The foster mother was aware that the foster child had a bag full of ballpoint pens and (unsharpened) pencils just prior to the child using a pen to hurt another child in the home. The foster mother stated she was not concerned about the foster child having the pens and pencils as he needs them for school. The foster mother did not take the necessary steps to ensure each child’s safety in the home.

Standard Number 749.1521(4)

Standard Description: Medication Storage-Store medication covered by Section II of the Texas Controlled Substances Act under double lock in a separate container

Technical Assistance Given: Yes

Narrative

Several medications covered by Section II of the Texas Controlled Substances Act were found in a locked box in an unlocked cabinet. The cabinet was in the foster mother’s office, which was also unlocked. These medications, therefore, were not kept under double lock at the time of inspection.

Standard Number: 749.2471(9)(D)

Standard Description: Verification Certificate specifies the ages and gender(s) of children for which the home is verified

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative The verification certificate at the home did not match the characteristics of the children placed. The certificate indicated the home was verified for children ages 10 to 17 even though a 7-year-old child was placed in the home.

Standard Number: 16102 Standard Description: Children must not be Abused or Neglected

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative A young foster child was sexually assaulted by an older child in the home. The older child was arrested for sexual assault.

Standard Number: AF22101

Standard Description: Children must not be Abused or Neglected

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative The evidence gathered supports that the foster mother abused the foster child by striking the child on the head and possibly causing a bruise.

Standard Number: AF23102b

Standard Description: Discipline – Not be Physically

Emotionally Damaging to Child

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative

The evidence gathered supports that the foster parent struck the foster child on the head as an inappropriate form of discipline.

Standard Number: AF23102a

Standard Description: Discipline – Consistent with Agency Policies

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative

The evidence gathered supports that the foster mother used a restraint that is inconsistent with the PMB restraint system used by the CPA.

Standard Number: 749.1957(1)

Standard Description: Other Prohibited Discipline – Any harsh, cruel, unusual, unnecessary, demeaning, or humiliating discipline or punishment

Technical Assistance Given: Yes

Narrative

Two children reported foster mother threw a gas cap at one of them when the child rummaged through her purse.

Standard Number: 749.2593(a)(4)

Standard Description: Supervision-The caregiver is responsible for being able to intervene when necessary to ensure each child’s safety

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative There was an addendum to the safety plan that included the foster child not have access to pens and pencils. The addendum was discussed with the foster mother on 4/4/08 and then sent to her on 4/10/08; the foster mother signed and dated it. The safety plan states that the foster parent will ensure that the foster child does not have access to any sharp objects, including pencils and pens. The foster mother was aware that the foster child had a bag full of ballpoint pens and (unsharpened) pencils just prior to the child using a pen to hurt another child in the home. The foster mother stated she was not concerned about the foster child having the pens and pencils as he needs them for school. The foster mother did not take the necessary steps to ensure each child’s safety in the home.

Standard Number: 749.2593(a)(5)

Standard Description: Supervision-The caregiver is responsible for not performing tasks that clearly impede the caregiver’s ability to supervise

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative Caregiver failed to supervise a child while they were playing with another child in a separate room. The service plan requires the child to have line of sight supervision while playing with other children.

Standard Number: 749.3041(4)

Standard Description: Physical Environment-foster home must

ensure that flammable or poisonous substances are stored out of the

reach of children

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative

A box of matches was found in the hallway of the home by one of the children residing in the home. This child held on to the matches and did not alert the foster parents that the matches had been found. This box of matches was hidden back in the foster parents’ bedroom. Additionally the foster child in respite care over the Thanksgiving holiday was able to access another box of matches that she found in the dresser drawer of the room she was sleeping in. This child started a fire in the wastebasket of the bedroom with there matches. This box of matches was retrieved from the medicine cabinet in the bathroom.

Standard Number: 749.503(a)(9)A(ii)

Standard Description:

Serious Incident-Report to Licensing no later than 24 hours after determining a child 13 years old or older is missing

Narrative

The operation waited more than 24 hours before reporting to licensing that a 17 year old had run away from his foster home.

Standard Number: 749.2593(a)(3)

Standard Description:

Supervision-The caregiver is responsible for ensuring each child’s safety and well being, including auditory and/or visual awareness of the child

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative

Foster mother, Cozette, stated she had talked with her case manager about using a baby monitoring for one of the children in her care due to his seizure disorder. At the inspection of the foster home one of the receivers for the baby monitor was unplugged and under a kitchen cabinet. Cozette stated she had not used the baby monitor on the night that the child had a seizure.

Standard Number 749.1521(4)

Standard Description: Medication Storage-Store medication covered by Section II of the Texas Controlled Substances Act under double lock in a separate container

Technical Assistance Given: Yes

Narrative

Several medications covered by Section II of the Texas Controlled Substances Act were found in a locked box in an unlocked cabinet. The cabinet was in the foster mother’s office, which was also unlocked. These medications, therefore, were not kept under double lock at the time of inspection.

Standard Number: 749.2471(9)(D)

Standard Description:

Verification Certificate specifies the ages and gender(s) of children for which the home is verified

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative The verification certificate at the home did not match the characteristics of the children placed. The certificate indicated the home was verified for children ages 10 to 17 even though a 7-year-old child was placed in the home.

Standard Number: 16102

Standard Description: Children must not be Abused or Neglected

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative A young foster child was sexually assaulted by an older child in the home. The older child was arrested for sexual assault.

Standard Number: AF22101

Standard Description: Children must not be Abused or Neglected

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative The evidence gathered supports that the foster mother abused the foster child by striking the child on the head and possibly causing a bruise.

Standard Number: AF23102b

Standard Description: Discipline – Not be Physically or Emotionally Damaging to Child

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative

The evidence gathered supports that the foster parent struck the foster child on the head as an inappropriate form of discipline.

Standard Number: AF23102a

Standard Description: Discipline -Consistent with Agency Policies

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative

The evidence gathered supports that the foster mother used a restraint that is inconsistent with the PMB restraint system used by the CPA.

Standard Number: 749.1957(1)

Standard Description: Other Prohibited Discipline – Any harsh, cruel, unusual, unnecessary, demeaning, or humiliating discipline or punishment

Technical Assistance Given: Yes

Narrative

Two children reported foster mother threw a gas cap at one of them when the child rummaged through her purse.

Standard Number: 749.2593(a)(4)

Standard Description: Supervision-The caregiver is responsible for being able to intervene when necessary to

ensure each child’s safety

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative There was an addendum to the safety plan that included the foster child not have access to pens and pencils. The addendum was discussed with the foster mother on 4/4/08 and then sent to her on 4/10/08; the foster mother signed and dated it. The safety plan states that the foster parent will ensure that the foster child does not have access to any sharp objects, including pencils and pens. The foster mother was aware that the foster child had a bag full of ballpoint pens and (unsharpened) pencils just prior to the child using a pen to hurt another child in the home. The foster mother stated she was not concerned about the foster child having the pens and pencils as he needs them for school. The foster mother did not take the necessary steps to ensure each child’s safety in the home.

Standard Number: 749.2593(a)(5)

Standard Description:

Supervision-The caregiver is responsible for not performing tasks that clearly impede the caregiver’s ability to supervise

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative

Caregiver failed to supervise a child while they were playing with another child in a separate room. The service plan requires the child to have line of sight supervision while playing with other children.

Standard Number: 749.3041(4)

Standard Description:Physical Environment-foster home must ensure

that flammable or poisonous substances are stored out of the reach of

children

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative

A box of matches was found in the hallway of the home by one of the children residing in the home. This child held on to the matches and did not alert the foster parents that the matches had been found. This box of matches was hidden back in the foster parents’ bedroom. Additionally the foster child in respite care over the Thanksgiving holiday was able to access another box of matches that she found in the dresser drawer of the room she was sleeping in. This child started a fire in the wastebasket of the bedroom with there matches. This box of matches was retrieved from the medicine cabinet in the bathroom.

Standard Number: 749.503(a)(9)A(ii)

Standard Description:

Serious Incident-Report to Licensing no later than 24 hours after determining a child 13 years old or older is missing

Narrative

The operation waited more than 24 hours before reporting to licensing that a 17 year old had run away from his foster home.

Standard Number: 749.2593(a)(3)

Standard Description:

Supervision-The caregiver is responsible for ensuring each child’s safety and well being, including auditory and/or visual awareness of the child

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative

Foster mother, Cozette, stated she had talked with her case manager about using a baby monitoring for one of the children in her care due to his seizure disorder. At the inspection of the foster home one of the receivers for the baby monitor was unplugged and under a kitchen cabinet. Cozette stated she had not used the baby monitor on the night that the child had a seizure.

Standard Number: 749.2593(a)(5)

Standard Description:

Supervision-The caregiver is responsible for not performing tasks that clearly impede the caregiver’s ability to supervise

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative

Caregiver failed to supervise a child while they were playing with another child in a separate room. The service plan requires the child to have line of sight supervision while playing with other children.

Standard Number: 749.3041(4)

Standard Description:

Physical Environment-foster home must ensure that flammable

or poisonous substances are stored out of the reach of children

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative

A box of matches was found in the hallway of the home by one of the children residing in the home. This child held on to the matches and did not alert the foster parents that the matches had been found. This box of matches was hidden back in the foster parents’ bedroom. Additionally the foster child in respite care over the Thanksgiving holiday was able to access another box of matches that she found in the dresser drawer of the room she was sleeping in. This child started a fire in the wastebasket of the bedroom with there matches. This box of matches was retrieved from the medicine cabinet in the bathroom.

Standard Number: 749.503(a)(9)A(ii)

Standard Description:

Serious Incident-Report to Licensing no later than 24 hours after determining a child 13 years old or older is missing

Narrative

The operation waited more than 24 hours before reporting to licensing that a 17 year old had run away from his foster home.

Standard Number: 749.2593(a)(3)

Standard Description:

Supervision-The caregiver is responsible for ensuring each child’s safety and well being, including auditory and/or visual awareness of the child

Technical Assistance Given: No

Narrative

Foster mother, Cozette, stated she had talked with her case manager about using a baby monitoring for one of the children in her care due to his seizure disorder. At the inspection of the foster home one of the receivers for the baby monitor was unplugged and under a kitchen cabinet. Cozette stated she had not used the baby monitor on the night that the child had a seizure.

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Texas foster care system struggling

Some, but not enough, experience the challenges and joys of opening homes and hearts.


AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Monday, May 07, 2007Yolanda and Michael Gobert tell friends, business associates and fellow members of Little Zion Baptist Church about something they’ve been doing for four years, something they think others should consider: foster parenting.

It’s not an easy sell, and there have been no takers. But, Yolanda Gobert said, “we’re planting that seed.”

Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Michael and Yolanda Gobert, center, initially wanted to foster a baby but have discovered the joys of helping teenagers, and now they talk up the foster program every chance they get. Justin, 16, wants to be a politician; Amber, 15, has set her sights on nursing.

The Goberts, who have two teenage foster children, know that there aren’t nearly enough foster parents in Texas. In fact, it’s gotten to the point that some of the children the state has removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect are sleeping in state offices and sometimes hotels because there is nowhere else for them to go.

The Goberts have heard the reasons people say no. People are scared of what an abused or neglected child might be like. They’ve heard the horror stories of children dying in foster homes in Texas. They don’t like the idea of Child Protective Services workers poking around their homes.

And they’re turned off by all the regulations — including a batch added this year.

“A lot of people are saying, ‘Gee, I don’t know if I want to go through that,’ ” said Roy Block of San Antonio, president of the Texas Foster Family Association.

Perhaps worst of all is the risk foster parents take when they open their hearts to a child whose legal guardian is the State of Texas.

“You always, constantly live with the fear that if you say something wrong or do something wrong with the children, they have the right to step in and take the children from you, and you have nothing to say or do about it,” Michael Gobert said.

Still, he urges people to do it.

“If you want to make an impact on society, on the world, I don’t see a better place than through foster care,” he said.

Running scared

In January, the state put in place a series of new rules, the first major overhaul of minimum standards in several years.

No smoking in foster homes. No firearms in certain foster homes (the Legislature is considering reversing that one). Must have a fence or a wall at least 4 feet high around an in-ground swimming pool area.

There are 474 rules for foster homes and the agencies that place children in the homes. They range from how often bed linens must be changed (at least once a week) to whether trampolines may be used as play equipment (no) to how a child may be disciplined.

Officials say the rules are for children’s safety. And state lawmakers are moving to increase oversight of the foster care system in the wake of the deaths of three children in foster homes in North Texas. The Senate passed a bill — expected to come up soon in a House hearing — that would require annual, unannounced inspections of foster homes.

“The state’s running a little scared,” Block said of the January rules. “I’m all for heading these things off so we never have a child injured. But we need homes; we need good homes; we need to not chase away our current homes by making things more cumbersome for them.”

The changes come at a time when there are about 20,000 children in foster care, an increase of about 45 percent since 2001. That’s due to general population growth as well as a recent infusion of money into improving abuse and neglect investigations, which has led to more children being removed from their homes.

The number of foster homes has increased 26 percent in that same period.

“I don’t think you raise treatment standards in the midst of a capacity crisis,” said Scott McCown, executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, which is an advocate for low- and middle-income Texans. “I think the rules that went into effect in January did just that.”

But state officials say there’s always a shortage of foster parents.

“This is not a new development,” said Patrick Crimmins, a spokesman for the Department of Family and Protective Services, which oversees CPS.

This part is new: In April, 92 children spent at least one night in a state office. That’s up from 32 in January, the first month the state started documenting the practice.

It has put rules into place governing the practice, including a requirement that at least two adults supervise them. Last week, CPS found a placement for a teenager who’d been staying in a state office in Round Rock for seven days.

On Tuesday, a state worker sent an e-mail with the subject line “Critical Help Needed for CPS Children.” She was trying to get the word out to civic and church groups that CPS needed community assistance feeding seven children staying in an office in Fort Worth.

“Finding placement for children who have been removed from their home due to abuse and/or neglect has become quite a challenge for our agency,” she wrote. “You may have heard that we have children sleeping in offices due to a delay or inability in locating placement for them. This can be very uncomfortable (for) the children we serve.”

Crimmins said it’s not just a lack of capacity that’s leading to children sleeping in offices. Frequently, he said, providers refuse to accept children with certain emotional or physical needs, even if the provider is licensed to take a child with those needs.

Over time, the number of foster children with special needs has increased, McCown said.

“Whether kids are more troubled or whether we do more about it is kind of irrelevant for the parent,” McCown said. “You’re still expecting them to do a more complex job.”

More help?

The Goberts decided to become foster parents nearly a decade ago. They wanted to be matched with a baby. But they changed their minds after learning at an informational meeting that they’d more likely be matched with an older child.

A few years later, they came around to the idea of older children. The day after they became certified, Amber moved in. Now 15, Amber is an aspiring nurse who spends a lot of time on MySpace.com. Later came Justin, 16, a 400-meter sprinter who’d like to be a politician.

Foster care is, by definition, a temporary arrangement. It lasts only until the children can be safely returned to their homes or adopted.

It wasn’t until the late 1990s that Texas foster parents were actively encouraged to adopt their foster children, but the change reduced the number of foster parents in the system. Once people adopted, they tended to stop being foster parents.

Another factor affecting the number of foster parents, McCown said, is the reimbursements foster parents receive: $20 to $80 a day, depending on the child’s needs. That’s not enough to cover the cost of raising a child, he said.

The Legislature is considering increasing those rates.

When asked what Texas is doing to recruit foster families, Crimmins pointed out that the state handles placements of just 20 percent of foster children. The rest are placed by private agencies overseen by the state. One private agency in Austin, the Casey Family Programs Austin Field Office, has several recruiting events scheduled in May, which is National Foster Care Month. They set up booths at community fairs. They go on radio shows.

Ann Stanley, director of the Casey field office, said some of the best recruiters are foster families such as the Goberts.

“They don’t sugarcoat it,” she said of experienced families. “They tell you, ‘This is when it’s hard. These are the joys.’

“We tell our foster parents this: ‘Your life becomes an open book. You are going to get questions that are really personal.’ ”

Under a microscope

When a CPS caseworker goes into a home of a potential foster family, he or she may ask about everything from the applicants’ work history to their sexual relationships.

Once approved, the foster home must get fire and health inspections. And CPS workers periodically inspect the homes.

Round Rock foster parent Kelvin Austin said he doesn’t mind the oversight.

“You get used to it,” he said.

But some say the inspections go too far.

Lori Hendley, a foster mother in McKinney, said her placement agency warned families that one home in its network was reported for having expired horseradish in the refrigerator, which could be a violation of standards for food quality and storage.

“You’re really under a microscope,” Hendley said. “You basically open up your home to Big Brother.”

Hendley said she’s seen the worst side of the CPS system. In 2004, she and her husband became foster parents for a baby boy they planned to adopt. But the CPS caseworker decided to place the boy with a friend of the child’s birth mother, she said.

“They pulled him out of our home, and they said, ‘That’s the last you’ll ever know about this child, ever,’ ” she said.

She said friends of hers who were considering being foster parents changed their minds after hearing about the Hendleys’ experience.

But the Hendleys didn’t give up. They now have a 3-year-old foster son. They are adopting him and expect the process to be complete this month.

“We hung in,” Hendley said as the boy chattered in the background, “and the reward is in my lap.”

cmaclaggan@statesman.com; 445-3548

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FLDS parents complain of vague custody plans
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Members of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints make their way towards the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo, Texas for the first round of hearings regarding the family plans on Monday, May 19, 2008. (AP Photo/San Angelo Standard-Times, Brian Connelly)
Tuesday, 20 May 2008


Michelle Roberts – THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Children from a polygamist sect were the only subjects on the docket Monday at a west Texas courthouse where five judges began handling hundreds of hearings that attorneys for the children’s parents decried for their cookie-cutter approach.

State child welfare officials gave each of the more than 460 children in state custody the same template plan for parents to follow, and judges made few changes. But parents remained without answers to important questions, including whether a requirement that the children live in a “safe” environment means they can’t return to the Yearning For Zion Ranch.

Donna Guion, an attorney for the mother of a 6-year-old son of the sect’s jailed prophet, Warren Jeffs, complained the plans were so vague they would be impossible to satisfy and were contingent on psychological evaluations likely to take weeks more to complete.

“This plan is so vague and so broad that my client has no idea what she can do now,” Guion said of the boy’s mother.

Dozens of mothers in prairie dresses and fathers in button-down shirts, flanked by pro bono lawyers from the state’s most prestigious firms as well as Legal Aid, arrived at the Tom Green County courthouse hoping to learn how to regain custody of their children.

“What the parents are trying to find out here is what they need to do to get their children back, and there’s no clear answer to that,” said Rod Parker, spokesman for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which runs the ranch in Eldorado.

The FLDS parents say they are being persecuted for their religion, which includes beliefs that polygamy brings glorification in heaven.

In one hearing, attorneys complained that the Book of Mormon was confiscated from some of the children at a foster facility.

“If they can openly admit they can take away the Book of Mormon from us today, it’ll be the Bible tomorrow, and it’s outrageous,” said FLDS elder Willie Jessop.

State Child Protective Services spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner said officials have not been able to confirm whether the members’ holy text was taken from them, but they have removed photos, sermons and books of Jeffs, who is a convicted sex offender.

The hearings in San Angelo, 40 miles north of the ranch, are scheduled to run for the next three weeks, and none of the judges would humor any discussion about whether the initial grounds for removing the children in a raid of the ranch last month were valid. It probably will be months before the cases are reviewed again in court.

The state also acknowledged Monday that two more sect members they listed as minors are actually adults. The state has made that mistake at least four times; child welfare officials have complained that church members have not cooperated with their efforts to determine ages and family relationships.

Texas child welfare authorities argued that all the children, ranging from newborns to teenagers, should be removed from the ranch because the sect pushes underage girls into marriage and sex and encourages boys to become future perpetrators.

Church members insist there was no abuse. They say the one-size-fits-all action plan devised by CPS doesn’t take into account specific marriage arrangements or living circumstances.

Some members of the renegade Mormon sect lived in a communal setting in large log houses they built themselves. Others lived as traditional nuclear families in their own housing on the ranch.

CPS spokeswoman Shari Pulliam said the plans look similar now but will be customized as officials get more information.

“It’s logical they all look the same. All the children were removed from the same address at the same time for the same reason,” she said. But “it’s an evolving plan.”

All the plans call for parenting classes, vocational training for the parents and require the parents to prove they can support their children. They also call for safe living environments, though they offer no specifics.

CPS supervisor Karrie Emerson said the parenting classes will be tailored to explain Texas laws regarding underage sex. “The goal isn’t to change any of their religious beliefs per se but just to educate them what might be a problem under Texas law,” she said.

CPS has said that reunification of the families by next April is the goal.

Jessop, however, said the state has made it impossible for parents comply with vague plans and to visit their children, many of whom are scattered to facilities up to 650 miles apart.

“Every parent is accused of being bad, and there’s no cure,” Jessop said.

The unwieldy custody case has been unusual from the beginning. All the children of the ranch were treated as if they belonged to a single household, so the chaotic initial hearing involved hundreds of attorneys for children and parents and broad allegations from the department about the risk of abuse.

So far, 168 mothers and 69 fathers have been identified in court documents; more than 100 other children had unknown parents as the hearings got under way. DNA samples have been taken, but the first results are at least two weeks away.

The children were removed from the ranch during an April 3 raid that began after someone called a domestic abuse hot line claiming to be a pregnant 16-year-old abused by a much older husband. The girl has never been found and authorities are investigating whether the calls were a hoax.

The FLDS is a renegade breakaway of the Mormon church, which renounced polygamy more than a century ago.

Sect leader Jeffs, who is revered as a prophet, has been sentenced to prison in Utah for being an accomplice to rape in arranging a marriage of a 14-year-old follower to her 19-year-old cousin. He is awaiting trial in Arizona, where he is charged as an accomplice with four counts each of incest and sexual conduct.

Court documents listed 10 children of Jeffs living at the ranch. If DNA tests confirm that any of the children are his, the children will be allowed to keep a photo, said Meisner, the CPS spokeswoman.

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How to prepare if you are falsely reported for abuse or neglect
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Because the swing of every pendulum brings with it potential adverse consequences, it is important to emphasize that in the area of child abuse, as with the investigation and prosecution of all crimes, the state is constrained by the substantive and procedural guarantees of the Constitution. The fact that the suspected crime may be heinous – whether it involves children or adults – does not provide cause for the state to ignore the rights of the accused or any other parties. Otherwise, serious injustices may result.
Syl.Pt.3,WALLIS v. SPENCER, 202 F.3d 1126(9th Cir. 2000)
I ran across a group of articles on Helium about CPS and what to do when they come knockin’…

There’s no definite answer but having been through it I have the knowledge of the system and CPS, and even with all the cases I’ve seen, I don’t know how to tell you, this is what you should do. Every case is different and you should contact an attorney for the best personalized legal advice.

Being falsely accused is one of the worst nightmares a good parent can go through. It destroys lives. It kills…. (I’ve read several suicide reports after such family tragedies); most of all, it takes a child’s innocence and childhood from them. It forever changed my world, and it won’t ever be the same. Sometimes, like in my case, the children never come home. Its devastating. I’m still not over it, nor will I ever be. They destroyed me when I lost my boy…. I was a good mom falsely accused.

I couldn’t have prepared for it, when you’re falsely accused you don’t expect to be accused,and you don’t expect to be doubted by the state.If you’ve never dealt with them before, CPS is supposed to help families and until you see for yourself the flaws, there’s no way to believe how wrongly a good parent can be treated. I have faith in the merits of my case, in the system, and in the truth. I never expected my son wouldn’t come home. I knew I hadn’t abused him. However, my faith in the system was where I went wrong. Don’t take for granted it could happen to you. It can happen to anyone, and its the worst pain/nightmare a parent can imagine…. particularly when the child is injured, killed, or never comes home. No parent can prepare for that. Its a tragedy.

# 1 tip I tell parents is to TAPE RECORD EVERYTHING – EVERY VISIT, EVERY INTERACTION with the child, the CPS social workers, the front desk lady, even.TAPE EVERY meeting, phonecall, etc., tape it all. Its value may not be realised until late in your case or even after your case is complete when you recall something that was said, or when something conflicts with something else, etc. Keep those tapes securely in a safe place, and make copies.

5715143.jpgOther best advice I have – don’t take anything for granted, and kiss your babies twice every night that you put them to bed. Once for you, and once for all the parents who can’t kiss their kids goodnight.

They may not be there tomorrow.

Thank you to Helium.com and the writers for their contributions. You can also see my articles on Helium here.

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When Children Services Comes Knocking

Children Services was founded to protect abused children.

However, they have now become the largest group of child abusers.

How do you stop them?

***Force them to obey the laws of the State and the United States of America***

The most commonly broken laws and regulations are:

*Agency staff enters homes and schools without court orders or search warrants.
Just like any other government agent, caseworkers (social workers) cannot enter your home without either your permission or an order signed by a judge or magistrate.

*Children are only to be removed if they are in “imminent danger.”

This does not mean your children can be removed because you spanked them or your refrigerator is broken. (If your home has mold and feces, then they can take your child. If they have sustained life- threatening or permanent injuries, then they can take your child.)

*Caseworkers (social workers) cannot interview your child without your knowledge unless they have a court order to do so.

Schools must cooperate with investigations, but you must be informed. Children should not be taken from school without a court order.

Every effort must be taken to keep a family together before the removal of children. This measure should be taken as a last resort only.

If it is determined that the children must be removed, they should be place with family whenever possible.

Do not sign a case plan unless it has been court ordered! Otherwise, you have been tricked into giving up your rights to fight any/all allegations. You are admitting that you have abused/neglected your children. (These are sometimes referred to as Service Plans.)

It is unlawful for caseworkers (social workers) to threaten you with the removal of your children for exercising your Constitutional Rights.