Child Predator Services Taken to Task in Minnesota

Group of Minnesota parents calls for shutdown of Child Protective Services

 – A group is calling for a federal court to shut down Child Protective Services after claiming the agency takes children away from parents without due process.

“Stop Child Protective Services from Legally Kidnapping Children” filed a motion Tuesday for a permanent injunction to immediately close CPS, calling the agency’s practices unconstitutional.

Dwight Mitchell, who created the group, is on a crusade to stop what he calls “legal kidnappings.” He says his son was taken unfairly from him for 22 months. Mitchell says these stories may be hard to believe, but they are not uncommon at all.

“Our phones have not stopped ringing and our email inboxes are overflowing,” said Mitchell. “Our association had 250 members we have now grown to 1,265 in less than 30 days.”

Ten-month-old Zayvion has been away from Amanda Weber, his mother, in foster care for just over a week. The ordeal started when Weber took her son to the hospital with a cough. The doctor deemed him stable and notes show the diagnosis was, in fact, a cough. However, the recommendation was that the patient should have stayed. Weber took him home.

“After waiting, I had asked to leave because I wanted to put my kids to bed and I had my three-year-old with me and I asked if there was anything else that had to be done,” said Weber. “They said ‘No, there was no other testing or anything that needed to be done.’”

In a couple of days, police were at her door and took Zayvion to the doctor.

“She checked him out, all his vitals were stable,” she said. “They already had a foster parent in the room, in the room to remove my son before they ever proved … before they ever proved there was an emergency situation.”

Mitchell says he believes it all comes down to money.

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Outraged Parents Ask Federal Court For Injunction to Shut Down Child Protection Services in Minnesota

Read the current full complaint, Stop Child Protection Services from Legally Kidnapping et al v. Dakota County Social Services et al, filed June 5, 2018, in United States District Court – District of Minnesota, by attorney Erick Kaardal on behalf of Dwight Mitchell, his children and Stop Child Protection Services from Legally Kidnapping
https://www.facebook.com/groups/StopCPSFromLegallyKidnapping.


Parents File Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Minnesota Because CPS Kidnapped Their Children

Minnesota Parents Sue CPSDwight D. Mitchell (center at podium) is the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit of parents suing the State of Minnesota for kidnapping their children via Child Protection Services. Image courtesy kaaltv.com.

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From the Archives: Happy Mother’s Day

Divide and conquer is the oldest trick in the book and blame is the name of the game!  By pitting everyone against each other, we will never look at the criminal enterprise creating this or rally the masses against this family destruction machine!

THE PROBLEM: FATHER ABSENCE AND DIVORCE

NFI logoCreating a National Movement to End Father Absence and Connect Fathers to their Children, Heart to Heart              

Pre-founding: Early 1990s

By the early 1990s, a growing body of social science research was emerging that showed, a) there were record numbers of children living in father-absent homes in the United States, and b) these children were more likely than their peers in two-parent homes to suffer a number of negative outcomes across every imaginable measure of child well being.

But despite this growing, alarming evidence, the issue of “father absence” was largely “flying under the radar”; very few people and organizations were doing anything about it. For example, public policy was still largely focused on alleviating poverty for mothers and children. Additionally, social service agencies and civic organizations focused on families were almost exclusively set up to serve mothers and children. Finally, much of popular culture was marching on with the message of the “doofus dad” who often did more harm than good to his family.

Founding: 1993-1994

Don Eberly

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Wade Horn

In the spring of 1993, Don Eberly, a prominent civil society scholar, organized a team of 20 of the nation’s leading social experts to meet in Aspen, Colorado to discuss strategies to build a society-wide movement to reverse father absence. Within a year of that pivotal meeting, National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) was formed with Wade Horn as its first president, David Blankenhorn as its first board chairman, a board of directors including leaders such as Dr. Louis Sullivan and George Gallup, and an advisory board made up of luminaries such as James Earl Jones, Willard Scott, and Bill Bennett.   

(All of these individuals are opportunists and could care less about fathers, mothers, children or justice!)

The Early Years: 1994-2002
NFI’s first decade was largely focused on two areas:

  • Public Education: Raising awareness in the government, entertainment, and social services sectors that fatherhood was an issue they needed to care about and take action on. For example, in 1997 in partnership with the Ad Council, NFI started the first national Public Service Advertising Campaign focused on fatherhood. Additionally, in that same year, NFI formed the first bi-partisan Congressional Task Force on Responsible Fatherhood.
  • Research: Knowing that solid social science research would be critical to “making the case” that fatherhood deserved the attention NFI was focusing on it, NFI began conducting and compiling research on the causes and consequences of father absence. This was exemplified by the creation of Father Facts, the first edition of which was published in 1995, and in its 6th Edition today. Father Facts was a comprehensive compilation of the social science research showing why children need good dads, and why so many children were without them.

Recent History: 2001-2012

While public education was critical to NFI’s beginnings (and remains so today), there was a growing sense that the “next phase” of NFI’s work would be to provide solutions “on the ground” to organizations at the nexus of children and families who were often dealing with the “consequences of father absence” (such as poverty and crime) in their neighborhoods.

Therefore, starting in the late 1990s, and taking off with the naming of Roland C. Warren as president in 2001, National Fatherhood Initiative® began to create a portfolio of high quality fatherhood skill-building materials to ensure that organizations around the country had the resources, knowledge, and training they needed to provide programs to help men be the best dads they could be. During this time, flagship NFI programs such as 24/7 Dad®, InsideOut Dad®, and Doctor Dad® were created, and NFI emerged as the #1 provider of fatherhood resources and the #1 trainer of fatherhood practitioners in the nation.

Today: 2013-Present

In 2013, Christopher Brown, who played a leading role in developing most of NFI’s flagship fatherhood programs throughout the 2000s, was named president. Under Chris’ leadership, NFI continues to be focused on providing the very best fatherhood resources and training to community-based, military, and corrections organizations across the country. NFI also continues to be a leading voice for responsible fatherhood, with a new emphasis on using social media and blogging to educate the public about the importance of involved, responsible, and committed fatherhood.

So what’s missing, let’s see, what could it be? Oh yeah, mothers!

In 1995, former President Clinton issued executive orders that directed federal agencies to review and “modify” all family programs and initiatives serving primarily mothers and children, to include fathers and “strengthen their involvement” with children.They took the so-called problem of absent fathers and instead of adding services and including fathers, flipped the narrative to remove mothers from the picture. Do we need the government to be involved in teaching fathers how to become “good dads”? Um, I don’t think so. But it did open up a new market for trainers to teach these skills to fathers, judges, attorneys, GAL’s etc. Here’s the problem. If you’re not a good father or mother, government isn’t going to change that!

By vilifying, leveling, and weakening people, an environment is created for social, political, and economic turmoil which produces change that will benefit the sponsors of this turmoil (Increasing the outreach and social work staffing, providing resource development, training and mentoring, and networking with other community agencies serving these families). If the government and news media relentlessly pursue issues of gender, race and diversity in preference to the real issues that need to be addressed, there will be an increasing division of society along the same lines. The attention is taken off the government entities that are robbing us blind through taxation.  Millions of dollars in funds are handed over to the States by the Department of Health and Human Services to family court connected nonprofits and GRANT DOLLARS = TAXPAYER DOLLARS

William J. Clinton

Statement on Efforts To Promote Responsible Fatherhood
January 19, 2001

At the same time the National Fatherhood Initiative was forming, welfare reform also took place.

The Commission supports federal policies (the Personal Responsibility and Work Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRA) and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997(BBA)) that have given states the opportunity to promote responsible fatherhood in several ways. Under the new welfare law, states can increase family income by:

1) providing employment and training to fathers;

2) increase child support collections; and

3) increase the distribution of child support collected on behalf of families receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy families (TANF). Funds allocated to the States from H.B. 3314 should be linked to and coordinated with State welfare reform initiatives to ensure maximization of funds and to eliminate duplicative programs.

Don’t think for a minute there wasn’t backroom planning and deals made before the dog and pony performance at the public hearing.    ↓

E Clay Shaw.pngShaw Announces Hearing on Fatherhood and Welfare Reform

Eugene Clay Shaw Jr. (April 19, 1939 – September 10, 2013) Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981 until 2007.

Welfare Reform Act Champion Clay Shaw Dies
A former mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Shaw was elected to Congress in 1980, and is remembered for his pragmatism in helping guide the GOP through the historic Welfare Reform Act of 1996 as chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources.


anne stevenson Ways and Means Committee

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Family Court Corruption, Part 2: Fathers’ Rights and Conciliation Court Law: Federally funded misogyny and pedophile protection by Cindy Ross © 2/19/03

Excerpts: Numerous reports have identified bias against women and corruption in family courts across the country. In bizarre and illegal rulings, family court judges ignore or deliberately suppress evidence of male perpetrated family violence and child molest. Fathers who are batterers and sex offenders are routinely granted visitation and custody, while mothers and children trying to escape abuse are punished through financial sanctions, loss of custody, supervised visitation, jail and institutionalization. 

Very occasionally, men reporting abuse of their children have also been targeted for retaliation through family court. However, the systematic mishandling of domestic violence and child molest cases as “custody disputes” is based in a financial corruption scheme that calls for diverting grant program funding through “high conflict” cases, in the guise of promoting “fatherhood” and “shared parenting” post-divorce. Rather than assisting men become responsible parents, “Responsible Fatherhood”, “Access to Visitation Enforcement” (supervised visitation for noncustodial parents), “Child Support Enforcement” and similar federal programs perpetuate abuse of women and children through the legal system.

In the guise of reducing poverty and promoting child welfare, women are forced to stay married and mothers are punished for seeking divorces. In the guise of amicable custody resolution, federal programs enforce the systematic abuse of women and children. The pretense is that government programs produce responsible fathers and healthy families. The reality is that federally funded misogyny and pedophile protection programs are lining the pockets of corrupted court officials and appointees.

For further information, visit the website of the National Alliance for Family Court Justice at http://nafcj.net

Cindy Ross
California Director National Alliance for Family Court Justice

Image result for office of family assistanceThe Office of Family Assistance (OFA) competitively awards HMRF grants to states, local governments, and community-based organizations (both for profit and not-for-profit, including faith-based). These grantees work to help participants build and sustain healthy relationships and marriages, and to strengthen positive father-child interaction.

About Healthy Marriage & Responsible Fatherhood

Our Mission 
Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) programs promote strong, healthy family formation and maintenance, responsible fatherhood and parenting, and reentry opportunities for fathers returning from incarceration.
(Where are the programs for mothers returning from incarceration?)

Our Grantees
HMRF programs are funded under a 5-year project period (2015 – 2020). There are 47 Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education grantees (including a National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education); 39 New Pathways for Fathers and Families grantees, and 5 ReFORM grantees.  FY 2015 Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood

Below are just some of the programs developed for fathers.

Many federal departments have initiatives and programs supporting responsible fatherhood and fathers in the community.

  • Healthy Marriage & Responsible Fatherhood 
  • Federal Programs and Resources 
  • Responsible Fatherhood | Office of Family Assistance | ACF
  • Dad Stats | National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
  • Education Department Roundtable highlights importance of fathers involvement in Education
  • The Importance of Fathers in the Healthy Development of Children
  • Why Kids Need Their Dads | Parenting
  • Engaging Fathers in Programs for Families – Best Start Resource Centre
  • New Pathways for Fathers and Families
  • Importance of father involvement
  • The Fatherhood Research and Practice Network
  • The Good Dad Project
  • The Parents and Children Together (PACT) Evaluation, 2011-2016
  • Engaging Men & Dads at WIC
  • Dads – TODAY.com
  • Dads.org | Faith & Family
  • DadTalk Blog: Grants and Resources
  • Fathers Supporting Breastfeeding
  • National Center for Fathering | How to be a Good Loving Dad
  • National At-Home Dad Network
  • Transitioning Dads into Family Sustaining Careers
  • Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 
  • father's day Current statistics show that children suffer when their fathers are absent. This in no way suggests that HUD does not recognize the critical importance of mothers. The majority of public housing households with children are headed by single women who earn less than $9,000 annually, and they do a tremendous job of raising their children. However, according to statistics drawn from communities across the country, children raised in absent father families are more at-risk for a host of negative factors, including dropping out of school. The focus on Father’s Day is meant to be a starting point; either a celebration of existing relationships or a reason to form first connections.

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable housing for all Americans. As a part of creating strong communities, HUD is actively engaging families in a way that involves all family members—including fathers.

    The Department’s strategy utilizes housing as a platform for improving quality of life and engages HUD assisted tenants, including fathers, who are in need of quality affordable housing. Individuals are then able to access a broad array of services necessary for them to have meaningful access to opportunity and economic self-sufficiency, including education, healthcare, and job-training. HUD also works with local non-profits and NGO’s to strengthen the capacity of fathers to engage with their families, and of newly entering non-profits to work effectively with intermediary organizations and with fathers themselves, by offering them capacity building training and networking opportunities.


    Feds Spending $800,000 to Teach Responsible Fatherhood                          
    June 12, 2013 – 8:17 AM By Penny Star

    Stuart Chaifetz plays with his son Akian Chaifetz, 10, in the backyard of their home in Cherry Hill, N.J., in April 2012. (AP Photo)

    CNSNews.com) – The Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (AFC) is providing $800,000 in funding to create a Responsible Fatherhood Research Network.

    The initiative is described in the grant abstract as a “multi-year plan” designed “to disseminate information about good fatherhood parenting practices by building research and practice knowledge and capacity” and to “increase positive father involvement in the lives of their children.”

    The grant, announced on June 7 and open to applicants until Aug. 2, stated that the network, once established, “will be expected to have a primary focus on economically disadvantaged fathers and families and other under studied population groups.”

    In the grant announcement posted on the grants.gov website, the category of the funding was listed as “income security and social services.” The ACF website stated that the agency “administers more than 60 programs with a budget of more than $49 billion, making it the second largest agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

    CNSNews.com asked press officials at ACF a series of questions about the grant, but no response to the inquiry was received at press time.
    The questions asked were:

  • Why is it government’s role to improve parenting skills for fathers of low-income or at-risk children?
  • How is ACF going to measure and track the success of the network?
  • How many fathers and children will benefit from this project?
  • Will the recipients of this grant be private or public sector entities? –

    See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/feds-spending-800000-teach-responsible-fatherhood#sthash.KJtUsCmW.dpuf


    When calls are made for support of  slogans such as “There’s No Excuse for Child Abuse, Stop Child Abuse & Neglect, Remember the Children, It Shouldn’t Hurt to Be a Child”, etc. what is really meant is we need to educate the judges, attorneys and other court players as well as fathers, mothers and children on child abuse and domestic violence. Why? So they can get a piece of the federal funding pie. 

    Gender wars (both sides) have been exploited by “carpet-bagging” interests as if these interests were neutral, when they’re not.  

    Documentary Exposes Our $50 Billion a Year Divorce Industry

    No mention of the federal funding of course!

    The court cartel is no different than any other cartel, they are tyrants who seek more power, more wealth and more control over people.  By keeping everyone at each other’s throats, they have effectively redirected the true root of the problem to everything but this fact – the same people that have created the problem have also created the solution! 

    The traditional nuclear family unit containing a father, mother and child(ren), now a minority in America, has also come under national assault, forced to taking a disfavored backseat to the statist propaganda and oppressive policies. Parents’ rights to teach their children their own individual values, their sense of morality and spiritual/religious convictions have increasingly been undermined and usurped by rigid statist PC dogma. As a licensed therapist for many years in Los Angeles, I can personally attest to the notorious abuses of overzealous authoritarian child protection services overstepping its rightful bounds by destroying families, unjustifiably yanking kids out of their family homes, inflicting children in their care and custody with lifelong trauma and abuse, misplacing children in unsafe home environments (be they with biological family, foster care, group home or residential care). A thoroughly overburdened, broken system that’s been set up to protect children is too often only abusing and re-victimizing them as part of a national assault on the American family. (Minus the broken system, it’s a good overview).

    Abraham Lincoln once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Before they slip us all into their shackles, it’s time to come together as one formidable unified force to take action, arming ourselves with the truth and then spreading the power of that truth as far as it’ll take us. In the end evil will not defeat truth, honesty and justice. Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer. 


    People have to think in terms of accounting and commerce, or it’s a lost cause. This situation is heading towards slavery which is possibly why people like Judge David Knutson are in positions of power.  Something needs to wake us up out of the brainwashed condition we are currently living  in.

    The basic concept is that the government OWNS (by investment, collectively) majority shares  in all major businesses  is a fundamental truth that should alter how we think and approach any arm of government including our courts.    https://familycourtmatters.org/

    BOTTOM LINE: DEFUND THE PROGRAMS THAT ALLOW MONEY LAUNDERING AND DESTRUCTION OF FAMILIES

ILLEGAL REMOVAL OF CHILDREN

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Image result for mn department of human servicesThe Lawsuit below alleges claims against Dakota county and the Minnesota Department of Human Services for wrongful rermoval of children. The case is brought with the hopes of widespread changes to the child-protection system.

This case will definitely help shine the light on child predator services and the courts, however, once again, racial bias is the focus. The fact is  this is a system that is well designed to harm all families, regardless of race.

Lawsuit alleges Minnesota child welfare workers are illegally removing children from homes

In the civil rights suit, attorneys for a group of parents allege that Minnesota’s child protection laws are overly broad.
Star Jones wiped tears away as Dwight Mitchell talked Tuesday of his struggle to get his children back.

GLEN STUBB

Star Jones wiped tears away as Dwight Mitchell talked Tuesday of his struggle to get his children back.

A group of Minnesota parents has accused state and county child protection agencies of wrongfully removing their children and placing them in foster care for what they consider to be ordinary parental discipline, such as spanking.

In a civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday, attorneys for the parents allege that Minnesota’s child protection laws are overly broad, triggering unnecessary investigations and putting children at risk for being removed from safe and loving homes.

The main plaintiff in the case is Dwight D. Mitchell, who founded an association of parents called Stop Child Protection Services From Legally Kidnapping, which has about 250 members across the state. Mitchell alleges that two of his children were removed from his home in Apple Valley by Dakota County child protection workers after a family babysitter reported that his 11-year-old son had received a spanking from Mitchell for stealing and disobeying his parents.

“It was every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Mitchell, 57, a management consultant. “My children were legally kidnapped for a bottom spanking that was done out of love, because I want my children to grow up to be hardworking members of society.”

The child, Xander Mitchell, was kept in state custody for 22 months, during which time his father was refused all contact. Mitchell’s other child was removed for five months, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

A spokeswoman for Dakota County declined to comment, saying the agency had not had a chance to review the lawsuit. A spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, which oversees the child protection system, also declined to comment, saying the agency had not been served with the lawsuit.

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Email from a MN parent regarding the release of the OLA Guardian ad Litem Program Evaluation

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Subject: Guardian Ad Lietem Audit Release March 23, 2018 (last audit 1995)

 

Dear Parents Harmed by the GAL Program in family court:

I stand with you. And, I grieve with you too, over a broken and corrupt system that has harmed our children and changed us all forever.

Children denied a relationship with their loving parent and handed over to an abusive parent and then all contact cut off.

Childhood trauma caused by family court!

Friday, March 23, 2018 8:30 AM

Legislative Audit Commission

Room: 1150 Minnesota Senate Building
Chair: Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, Rep. Rick Hansen
Agenda:

  • Approve evaluation topics for review by OLA in 2018
  • Release OLA evaluation, Guardian ad Litem Program

God, please don’t let this be more bullsh&%!

Tell me good people stand up against greed and corruption.

Peace to you all

 

Results of Guardian ad Litem Program Evaluation Coming Soon

Since its inception, the Minnesota Guardian ad Litem Program has committed itself to giving abused and neglected children a strong voice in our court system.  The Program provides advocates who represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in court and are independent from the court and the child welfare system.  Guardians ad litem (GALs) are professionals who are paid staff or volunteers and are appointed by the Juvenile or Family Court to represent a maltreated child’s best interests in court proceedings. What it should say is the MN GAL Program has committed itself to giving abused and neglected children BACK TO THE ABUSER.


The results of our evaluation of the GAL Program will be released within the next few weeks. 

Jodi Munson Rodríguez | Program Evaluation Manager | Office of the Legislative Auditor | Program Evaluation Division
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Legislative Auditor Set to Review Programs that Oversee Vulnerable Minnesotans

Comment on Carver County Corruption Blog 2013

The courts themselves were set up and designed by a nonprofit organization of judges, attorneys, and psychologists — promoting mediation in particular — which started as (I’m going to state as fact because evidence seems to support this) as a slush fund (means of money laundering) IN the Los Angeles County Courthouse. People who accept and understand this will recognize the same behavior in action generations (of related nonprofits contracting with or running the courts) since, and adjust their responses accordingly.

Generally speaking, AFCC is favorable to (abusive) fathers’ rights, and the industries of supervised visitation, parent education, and of course as much custody evaluation as possible. A related organization NACC (based in Colorado) tries to get a GAL appointed wherever. From what I can tell, the GALs are rarely neutral.

In all of these groups, some of the money is made and control established through the trainings,, (CLE, GAL training etc.) which can be written off.

The presence in any jurisdiction of a “Conciliation court” and with it “Conciliation Code” (usually at state level) generally means that any “rebuttable presumption against custody going to a batterer” is a moot point — because that courtroom (and presiding judge) BY LAW grabs jurisdiction and decides to order all kinds of services; a.k.a. “fees for friends.” The goal of the AFCC (ca. 1963 founded) is to transform the language of criminal law into a behavioral health paradigm, which is for control and profit.   

Conciliation is about “reconcililation” (co-parenting, allegedly) and is not interested in criminal matters. We need to recognize this; it happened when no-fault divorce replaced actual criminal matters as a cause of divorce across the country, ca. 1970s.

What this means is that Lundy Bancroft’s “Batterer as Parent” material, while mostly true, is irrelevant in this context. Access/Visitation funding, that the child support system extorts some and rewards others at will for its own (and the states)’ profits IS. That an entire industry of responsible fatherhood money (Hundreds of millions) funded by the public (and private philanthropies adding to it) IS relevant. It’s a racket, which is good to at least be aware of. At least if this is identified and put on the table, those involved might at least RESPECT individual litigators, or fear being “outed” and perhaps in individual cases, someone higher up the ladder might toss out a lesser lackey to the crowds, as they did a GAL in Lackawanna County, PA (Danielle Ross) on tax evasion.

Not only state laws, rules of court, etc. are changed to accommodate some of these goals, but also federal welfare law (access/visitation, etc.) such that people the incentives of all involved to favor (a) churning the case; (b) stripping the family’s assets as treatments are ordered and (c) while preaching about best interests of the children and child support, actually compromising arrears by increasing “noncustodial parenting time) which helps “balance” the state/federal budget. EVERYONE seems to have a vested interest in doing the wrong thing.

I am sorry for your situation, BUT, you are hanging around in the wrong crowd. Lawless America is not going to tell the relevant story — it’s going to encourage you to tell your victimhoood story. Get your head out of that and start examining the people in your case, andd the groups operating in your area. All over the country people have had similar experiences (I have; I’m a DV survivor, there was an abusive “step” figure in mine. I hadn’t done anything wrong or illegal for a parent, and a whole lotta lying took place, easily disprovable, which no one (in the courts) cared about. A GAL diagnosed me (by mail) long-ddistance with zero meeting and when asked what her scope of service was (I had no idea at the time what GALs did) couldn’t or wouldn’t give me any answer. And it’s been more than two years of my not seeing the children).
On that FACTS sight, I took the ABA Commission on DV fact sheet into a courtroom; no one gave a hoot about it. The MOST relevant information you have up there is a broken link — to the California-NOW-Family-Court-Report-2002-2. It can be obtained on-line and includes the writing of Marv Bryer on the development of these courts.
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What is happening IS evil, in my terms — but even evil has to be organized to function. If people are simply not willing to figure out how it is organized, then they are part of the issue. It may take a while to comprehend, but only by comprehending can you lobby by some other means than telling the public that bad things are happening in the courts (they’re already stressed and don’t understand how; and paying for the courts), or telling the courts that your kids are getting hurt.

I have high respect for NOW (was never a member) and one of the former members was a partial witness when my kids were stolen overnight. NOW should’ve kept that report on-line; perhaps someone could remind them. Most of my information is on the blogs; I participate iin this blog from time to time, or comments elsewhere to keep communicating this basic information. Again, just because a group of people agrees there is a problem doesn’t mean they are telling you everything relevant they know. Many of the advocacy groups simply are not; I guess they just like the publicity.

I have been over ten years post-separation and watched these things developed as well as been a single mother, then a noncustodial mother (networking with others) then identified what some of the networks were encouraging mothers NOT to talk about, and since then am more particular about who I hang out with. This issue affects the entire country and should be, I believe, presented in that light. Most people are at least concerned about what’s happening to their tax money, and if they understood that a $4billion a year industry (OCSE/child support) is being used to expand (not reduce) welfare roles through the family courts, that the religious elements are having a heyday with contracting with the courts, and getting rich off it, and that millions of dollars are getting lost in the cracks (which the HHS/OIG/OAS also admits), THEN perhaps there might be more public support to restructure the courts.

Sorry to lecture, but I think it’s simply inexcusable that too many of us who know better, have not made sure that women coming into the system at least get to “family & conciliation court 101” level before joining groups, telling their stories, and blogging. There really are some BASICS. Not to know — as that missing CANOW 2002 report (about 171pp doublespaced) showed, and a CANOW 2005 letter to HHS said — that the federal funding is affecting the local custody outcomes, and that even well to do families are being affected by programs which were initially aimed at low-income families (single black mothers, to be specific) — is simply, well, it’s a shame.

Look up Anne Stevenson’s Huffington Post Blog on 5 HHS programs dangerous to women and children for a quick rundown. Even father’s rights groups don’t like them. We have to understand the courthouses better, who’s funding them and who’s running them. It’s a great study, something you can explain to your children when you see them again; they will grow up sooner or later..

We already know America is Lawless and don’t need this movement to say so. The question is, what to do about it, and how. That requires following the money and which organnizations and means are directing it where. Sorry if this is a rant, hope it was helpful.

The website on THIS comment isn’t mine; it’s a group you should know about — thoroughly— if you are a mother in a custody challenge. They conference to get the HHS grants and have the US divided up into regions.It’d be good to know who’s active in your region. FYI, many of the affiliates don’t pay their taxes or stay filed right; that may be some leverage we have to protest their getting that “marriage/fatherhood” funding. Judges, lawyers, “Bishops” (COGIC) and others are involved. Jeffrey Leving, Esq. of Chicago is a sponsor of the group which itself got started with Fathers’ Rights funding initially ca. 1994 in Arizona. Notice 1994 was right before 1996 welfare reform, and when the National Fatherhood Initiative (nonprofit ggetting HHS and private funding, Wade Horn, Daniel Blankenhorn, etc.) was formed and from which we now have a major federal program, taken for granted like a coat of new paint in the room. People pushing this KNOW that the public will just adjust and accept, rather than protest and shut down.etc. (My home blog available on other comments on this thread.)

Let’s Get Honest
March 16, 2013

Recalling Rogue Judges

Recalls on Family Court Judges Continue

 By CPPA Website  24 Feb, 2018

Santa Clara and Solano Counties have been in the news regarding the recall of judges.  One recall has made it to the ballot, the first recall for a judge in CA in 86 years.  Other recalls have made a point:  protective parents and the #MeToo movement will not stand for bad judges.  It is unclear if these recalls are all a product of the lack of transparency and discipline from the Commission on Judicial Performance since most of the complaints made about judges are dismissed regardless of the validity of the complaints as we have seen.

The Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky recall has made it to the June 5, 2018 ballot after collecting 95,000 signatures.  Judge Persky has previously sat on the family court bench, including being a judge for part of the family matter of  Alycia Mesiti-Allen who was forced into custody with her abusive father who later murdered her.

Another recall that we are just hearing about is for Judge Cynthia Lie in Santa Clara.  It appears the first papers were filed in this matter and more information will be forthcoming.

Solano County has a history of recalls though.  In fact they have had five recalls in the past five years.  The Solano protective parents are calling this their “Five in Five.”  Here is a list of their recalls:

  • 2013 – Judge Daniel Healey, who was subsequently publicly admonished by the Commission on Judicial Performance and moved out of family court
  • 2014 – Judge Cynda Riggins-Unger, who still serves on the family court bench
  • 2017 – Judge Christine Carringer, who still serves on the family court bench
  • 2017 – Judge Garry Ichikawa, who immediately announced his retirement
  • 2018 – Judge Cynda Riggins-Unger, served again and may be leaving family court

The 2017 recall of Judge Carringer did not get enough signatures to get on the ballot with the deadline being this past week.  The process to get a recall on the ballot is cost prohibitive, but the point is made regardless.  Protective parents are tired of abuse being dismissed in family court and children being forced into the custody of a named abuser.

See the full Persky Recall article here .

See the full Solano County recall article here .