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If I Wanted Foster Care To Fail:

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Big Government Foster Care: If I Wanted Foster Care to Fail.

The Politics of Child Abuse
By Joshua Allen

I saw a viral video awhile back.  The video has several million hits by now.  You can see the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ-4gnNz0vc
We were inspired a bit, and borrowed the format to our focus on Child Abuse and Foster Care issues.  So with credit and due appropriately proffered, here is our take.

If I Wanted Foster Care to Fail:

I would create an “Academy,” where new County Social Worker (CSW) applicants train, before working with abused and neglected children.  In this academy, not one applicant would ever flunk out.  Never. Every applicant would pass, and become a CSW, despite idiocy, incompetence and mental illness.

Strange, angry, ignorant, or slow social workers would be mixed in with the competent, stellar, and dedicated. Thus the entire department would be tainted, and appear foolish, because of a few (too many) individuals.

If I Wanted Foster Care to Fail:

I would make it almost impossible to fire http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/29/local/la-me-child-abuse-20101029 any county social worker. Incompetent, or mentally challenged workers, would be transferred to departments and locations where they did minimal harm – for a while.

If I Wanted Foster Care to Fail:

I would provide as few educational benefits as possible for abused and neglected children. Then foster teens could return home, or age out of the system, with minimal tools and skills.  Numerous foster teens would be homeless or incarcerated. http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/children-aging-out-of-the-foster/
Donations would be solicited from the community , with minimal financial oversight.  Monies set aside for educational purposes would be misspent by unscrupulous executives.  Executives who, with minimal work and even less education, want to be rich overnight.

At rubber chicken affairs, I would trumpet educational achievements of a few hand-picked foster teens that did well, despite horrific adversity.  http://www.nyc.gov/html/acs/html/pr_archives/pr26_07_12.shtml

However,  at the same time, I would ignore  thousands of foster teens who fail to graduate, can barely read, and are almost 4 times more likely to need Special Education.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v2t5_QanRAIhCX97XIK1tUfRbE5cRrYCLxaGtlw_Hww/edit

If I Wanted Foster Care to Fail:

There would be no accountability for foster agency executives to account for their working day. Auditors would examine time cards as if they were recorded by Mother Teresa.  Underlings, or coworkers, would never be questioned to determine if executives actually did anything .

Executives from agencies would be Board Members of their own agency.  Board of Directors would include friends and family, who would  evaluate their own job performances.  Executives would set their own salary, authorize their own bonuses, and dole out contract caseloads to friends and family.  Conflicts of interest would be ignored by county politicians, who with a shrug would say, “There was nothing they could do.”

Gross mismanagement would never be grounds for an executive being removed, or board members being held to account. Never. Taxpayer money would be considered grains of sand.

Not one board member would ever suffer consequences when they knowingly allow a director to mismanage, steal from, or damage foster children.

If I Wanted Foster Care to Fail:

Social workers would spend the majority of their time on paperwork, documenting the 10% of their time they actually spent helping abused and neglected children.
In reports, social workers would learn to document fake percentages and goals, to demonstrate statistical success.  Measurements, and goals documenting progress, would be obsessed over.  A typical observation would read like this:

“Baby Johnny’ will scream and throw objects once per day rather than 3 times daily, Showing a 75% improvement by the end of this quarter.”
Hundreds of regulations, rules, policies and procedures would be created, which only a retired-in-place bureaucrat could understand.  And policy makers would believe every new rule and bit of paperwork, actually improved the well being of abused and neglected children.

If I Wanted Foster Care to Fail:

County lawyers would be responsible for a caseload of 200 abused and neglected foster children.   Therefore, many attorneys would do a mediocre job protecting abused and neglected children.

At Children’s Court,  hearings would last 5 minutes.  Birth Parents would meet their lawyers for the first time a few minutes before their hearing. Lawyers for foster children would be paid the lowest hourly rate for any attorney in the county, creating a weak incentive for highly skilled attorneys to engage in child welfare.

If I Wanted Foster Care to Fail:

Caseloads of Contract Social Workers would not be cross checked across county lines.  Contract social workers will have many cases beyond what is allowed.   Abused and neglected children would then receive minimal contact, or assistance from their social worker.  Those entrusted to monitor such things would turn a blind eye.

If I Wanted Foster Care to Fail:

I would move abused and neglected children to 4 or more homes during their time in foster care. The norm would be minimal stability, bonding, or nurturing at this horrible time in their lives.

Foster children would be given minimal information regarding their cases or dispositions.  Anxiety and depression, caused by bad policies and apathy, would be typical.

Concepts such as “Fast Tracking,” would be ignored by judges and social workers alike, who give birth parents 3rd, 4th, 5th, even 6th chances over several years. Frequent delays, all in the name of  “keeping the family together,” would do exactly the opposite.

If I Wanted Foster Care to Fail:

I would believe politicians when they say we are well on the way to fixing things, even though they said the same thing year after year, while hiring 5 new heads of Children’s Services during the past decade, http://californiaschildren.typepad.com/californias-children/2011/08/trish-ploehn-56-chief-of-the-los-angeles-county-department-of-children-and-family-services-is-expected-to-be-reassigned-to.html  while repeating the same old promises we call lies.

I would accept as gospel, policy decisions originating from university and communications think tanks, from ‘scholars’ and ‘experts,’ who live as far away from MLK Blvd, Korea Town and Santa Ana as class and money provide.

A professor or Esteemed Professional who adopted a foster child cared for by nannies, would be a consecrated expert.  Yet the foster parent from Santa Ana, who raised 3 children to productive adulthood, would be locked out of any discussion, because of difficulty with English fluency, problems negotiating a prominent universities map, and difficulty arranging child care for 12 hours.

If I Wanted Foster Care to Fail:   

In a huge county like Los Angeles I would assign 1 or 2 newspaper reporters, to occasionally cover events regarding foster care, child abuse, and family court.
Foundation publicists, and sideways talking politicos, would control the conversation.  Investigative journalism would be minimized as non-news worthy, ‘solution based journalism’ (Foundation Speak), would rule the Huffingtons.

If I wanted Foster Care to Fail:
Not one birth parent would ever be held legally accountable, for making false accusations against the foster parents who care for their child.  The damage such false accusations cause to children, would be considered a normal part of the business of child abuse.  Lying, and false accusations by a birth parent, would be met by a slight admonishment and lecture, without consequences, or other measures of deterrence.

If I Wanted Foster Care to Fail:

I would teach Foster Children, Foster Parents, and Social Workers to ignore hypocrisy, and accept lies, stupidity, and deceit as a normal part of Children Services, something impossible to change.  I would teach that the only way an idealistic worker could survive and continue, is by accepting defeat.

Pathetic money wasting programs such as “Wrap Around,” and poorly run programs like “Family Preservation,” would never be challenged, or improved.  An alliance of vested financial interests, along with government monitors, who fear answering for their failures, would continue year after year.

Such programs and agencies would provide owners,  a top 1% income, and lifestyle, which the typical foster child, will never know, and only dream of ;  “ …from just across the bay.”

So Basically, it’s this.

If I Want Foster Care to Fail:

I Would Do Nothing at All.     I Would Do Nothing at All.     I Would Do Nothing at All.

Joshua Allen Online
The Business of Child Abuse

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September 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Big Government Foster Care: A Toddler’s Case at Children’s Court

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Big Goverment Foster Care: A Toddler’s Case at Children’s Court

Exposing a world where few reporters, judges or lawyers dare talk about.

The Business of Child Abuse.

By Joshua Allen

(First Published at the American Thinker)

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/07/big_government_foster_care_a_toddlers_case_at_childrens_court.html

It is the late afternoon, and foster parent Jeanette Ledesma sits in the waiting room at the Ed Edelman’s Children’s Court in Los Angeles.  This morning, concerned about being late, Jeanette had left her Lancaster home at 6:00 AM for the two-hour trip.  She was relieved to be on time, and to have found a scarce parking place nearby.

Jeanette is the foster parent of a little girl named Patricia.  Jeanette is in court today because she wants to tell the judge how infrequently Patricia’s birth mother visits.  The birth mother has seen Patricia five times in the past year.  Patricia has lived with Jeanette since birth, and Jeanette wants to adopt her before she turns three years old in a few months.

The waiting area is large and noisy.  It is packed with children at play, shouting bailiffs, chatting grandparents, whispering lawyers, and the sounds of electronic toys.

Foster children, transported here by bus, are confined to a small play area.  They play with beat-up toys as they wait for their hearings.  The children are cared for by ladies who wear a special T-shirt, designating them as room monitors who watch over foster children.

The children are here today in case they are required to testify or make a statement.  Frequently, however, the foster children will simply play in the area, take a break for lunch with the monitors, and be transported back to the foster home late in the day.  Many of the kids will return to the foster home with little knowledge of the proceedings or of what is to happen to them.

Court-appointed lawyers, the lowest-taxpayer-remunerated attorneys in the county, sit across from clients.  Some of them are dressed casually.  Many sit at tiny tables meant for children, as there are not enough proper tables or chairs to go around.

The lawyers glance, perhaps for the first time, at files regarding the accused birth parents’ cases.  The attorneys will confer for ten or fifteen minutes with their birth parent clients.  They will then represent the birth parents in the brief five- or ten-minute hearing, which will decide the immediate future of the family.

Birth parents and extended families seem to occupy every chair along the sides of the waiting area.  The families patiently wait for their names to be called remind the author of the DMV, or even of a county emergency room on a Saturday night.

The crowds at children’s court are thickest in the morning; they thin out considerably by late afternoon.  The wait can be six or even eight hours, but most cases are disposed of after three or four.  A case name can be called at any time up until 3:00 or 4:00 PM.

There is a cafeteria downstairs, but many families are afraid to use it.  The birth families don’t want to miss the cattle call (and that’s what it is, really) and wait months for the next hearing.  So the families wait, often with quiet desperation, apparent by tapping feet and paying sharp attention when the bailiff calls out a new name.

A missed or postponed hearing may mean that children stay in foster care much longer.  Not always a bad thing when one considers the alternative.  Yet if you ask the abused and neglected children what they want, the majority will tell you they want to return home, no matter what parents have done.  And some parents have done horrible things to their children.

There was a movement from some journalists and politicians to open up hearings to press and other interested media.  But children’s court hearings are still generally closed, ostensibly for the protection of the abuse victims who are entitled to confidentiality.

Even when the hearing is open, however, some frightened attorneys have requested a postponement, knowing full well that there are few reporters or other media available to do a proper vetting when the hearing is rescheduled.

Without daylight, there is no public check or audit on county incompetence, mediocrity, or malfeasance.  And without transparency, bad things may happen.  A child may be returned to Frankenstein or kept apart from a Mother Teresa.  And nobody beyond the immediate players will ever know.

Sometimes cover-ups under the guise of confidentiality occur.

One of the most egregious instances of neglect and ineptitude by a county official only became known when CSW (County Social Worker) Rocia La Voie tried to contest a two-week suspension she earned by allowing a child to be tortured for years.

Ms. La Voie failed to investigate obvious signs of abuse which her own department believed she should have noted.  La Voie barely visited the horrible home, and she overlooked obvious indications that something was unconscionably wrong.

Like teachers here in California, it is harder to fire a county social worker than it is to send a man to the moon.  It was only La Voie’s protest of a minor two-week suspension that allowed us a tiny window into internal DCFS machinations.

Finally, after over six hours, the bailiff shouts the last name of Patricia, Jeanette’s foster child.  Jeanette wants the birth parents’ rights cut.  She wants to finally be allowed to adopt the child who has lived in her home since birth over two years ago.

Anything may happen at the hearing.  Patricia’s birth parent may be reunified with her daughter.  Or contrarily, the abusive birth parent may have her rights cut, leaving Jeanette free to adopt Patricia.

For accused birth parents, the process goes something like this:

You will have seven to ten minutes to make your case…maybe.  Actually, much of the time, you won’t be allowed to speak.  Rather, your modestly paid lawyer will speak for you.

The attorney probably reviewed your file earlier that day, and the two of you may have spoken for a few minutes about your case in the noisy waiting area, surrounded by children and families.

At the hearing, the judge will glance at your file, often for the first time, while listening to attorneys.  The files include reports written by county social workers (with input by therapists, teachers, and foster parents), who describe your child’s progress in foster care.  The reports also include your own progress and efforts toward becoming a fit parent.

Often the birth parent will need to complete some type of parenting education, or turn in a series of clean drug tests.  The birth parent may also need to show proof of counseling, which includes family therapy, anger management, domestic violence, or participation in a chemical dependency program.  She may have completed many of these programs while incarcerated.

Or perhaps, like many, this birth parent did not have to bother with any such programs.  She kept tweaking, barely visited her child, and somehow had the wherewithal to remember the time and address of her child’s court appointment.  In which case, maybe she gets her child back anyway, in spite of everything.

To be fair, though, some parents will have done everything the court and the county social worker has asked.  In such cases, the birth parent may or may not be allowed to reunify with their child.  It can seem like a crap shoot.

Like good people everywhere, some birth parents will move mountains and walk through fire to reunify with their children.  Birth parents will have formed bonds with the foster parent and worked as a team with the county and others to become good parents.

In some cases, the birth parent may have removed themselves from any person or environmental influences which caused their children to be taken.  All of the above happens (especially in training videos), but not nearly enough.  Unfortunately, some birth parents will make the choice to live with a perpetrator instead of with their own children.  And this is not uncommon.

As Patricia’s foster parent, Jeanette has no standing in court.  Jeanette has waited several hours to tell the judge about the birth mother’s missed appointments and infrequent visits.

Patricia’s appointed lawyer has spoken little to Jeanette and hasn’t returned phone calls.  Patricia’s CSW communicated much better, but Jeanette remains frustrated by the lack of information.

The hearing begins, and Jeanette watches the birth mother enter the court room.  Jeanette speaks with the sympathetic bailiff, who tells her to quietly raise her hand during proceedings.  The judge may allow her to speak.

Jeanette and the writer enter the room and sit quietly.  The judge glances at the reports and asks to hear from the attorneys.

The birth mother’s attorney speaks first.  He asks that the status quo of foster care be continued.  The lawyer notes that the birth mother will do her best to stay sober and attend parenting classes.  He asks the court to delay until the birth mother can reunify with her daughter.

Then Patricia’s attorney speaks.  He notes it has been close to two and a half years, and that the toddler has been with the same foster parent since birth.  It is time to sever parental rights.

Jeanette tentatively raises her hand to speak.  At one point the judge glances in her direction.  He sees the raised hand but does not acknowledge it.  However, within five minutes from the start of the hearing, the judge tells both attorneys that the birth mother’s parental rights will be cut.

This is the result Jeanette had hoped for.  It means that she may begin the formal adoption, hopefully within the next year.

On the way out of the court room, Jeanette tries to speak with Patricia’s attorney, who listens only for less than a minute.  Then the attorney politely gestures for Jeanette to leave the court room.  The attorney has another hearing with a different child in a couple of minutes.

Outside, Patricia’s birth mother approaches Jeanette, who has left Patricia with her adult daughter.  The several-hour wait would have been too difficult for a toddler.

The birth mother is sad, and there are tears in her eyes.  She wanted to see Patricia, perhaps for the last time.

The birth mother approaches Jeanette and whispers quietly for a few seconds.  After years of missed visits, lies, and dirty drug tests, Jeanette has little patience.  She quickly walks away.

The writer asks Jeanette what the birth mother had said to her.  Jeanette shakes her head, obviously frustrated and angry.

The birth mother had asked Jeanette if Patricia could keep the birth mother’s last name after Patricia is adopted.

“Not in a million years,” says Jeanette.

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July 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm

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The Village Speaks For Itself

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The Village Speaks For Itself  or, (It Takes A Village to Take…)

The Business of Child Abuse

By Joshua Allen

We have long advocated for a cap on executive compensation in foster care.  After all, one chooses to work in a non-profit which cares and nurtures abused and neglected children.  If you want to be in the so called ‘one percent,’ maybe you should sell widgets, or become a lawyer. Nothing wrong with that…

Our question is this.  How much is too much for individuals who choose to work with children whom have been beaten, raped, neglected and abused in a thousand other ways?

These are the toughest of economic times.  Cut backs everywhere but here apparently. Now these guys do other stuff such as Wrap Around and some mental health stuff, but ..please lets’ not get started on Wrap Around!

And don’t forget, the below figures for 2 separate years don’t include the monetary value of benefits which must substantially add to the total.  Therefore, should salaries and other compensation be reflective of an increase in revenue, as they often are in for-profit businesses?

We think not.

We believe things have gotten out of hand when almost a half million dollars (plus benefits) are paid to just 2 individuals.  Exactly what do board members do beyond rubber stamp? This is a charity for heavens sake.

Suppose for example, you lopped off a couple hundred grand from this total and paid two other highly competent and ethical executives $300,000?  I imagine that extra $200,000 per year would do a lot of good if applied towards such things such as tutors, mentors, dance and karate lessons, back packs, better Christmas gifts, and many, many things that could help abused and neglected children.

But what do I know.

Joshua Allen

* The complete tax forms can be found here:  https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7lNozEv6JIEVGJtUlV1OFVWSms/edit and here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/15PD_1yCJVIvcsxOLKB-w3-Jznlv1RSc7yxEJHlE0PSo/edit

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June 30, 2012 at 2:03 am

Teen Suicide in Transitional house.

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The suicide of a teen living in transitional housing several weeks ago forces us to consider some unanswered questions, but profoundly, one main question.  This teen female had recently given birth and was living with her child under the care of a group home.

1.  Why has this not been reported in any media accounts?  This is not simply a tragedy, this girl and her baby were under the care of contracted county officials.

2. She was described as lively, cheerful even.  She loved her daughter deeply.  She had access to therapy, social workers, a job…

3. We have no idea if there was any negligence of care whatsoever.  We are not implying there was.  But basically, we have this one question, and one question only…

Did anybody associated with the group home, or the (transitional house) tell this young mother that she was going to lose her baby?  Did anyone say to her that her baby was going to be placed into foster care, with a foster family separate from where the teen mother lived, in an attempt to influence the teen mothers behavior?   

Deaths in foster care happen.  Failure to thrive, stupid accidents, murder…It’s horrible, just horrible.

And we ask the question here, since nobody has asked this question in public, and it must be asked in public, if for no other reason then to teach helping professionals what not to do, let alone accountability.

Our heart goes out to all those involved.   *

Joshua Allen

The Business of Child Abuse

* We have intentionally not used any names, and will not do so at this time out of consideration for the family and because of the dearth of information regarding the circumstances of her death.

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June 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Emancipated Teens – a Profitable Business when you Get the Contract. The Politics of Child Abuse

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The Politics of Child Abuse:  Emancipated Teens – a Profitable Business when you Get the Contract.

By Joshua Allen

Apparently the county has a difficult time monitoring the 12 contractors who administer the Transitional Housing Program for foster teens that remain in the system, and  are emancipated after graduating high school.  You can read the Daily News article (including the list of contractors) here: http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_20249268/help-ex-foster-children-often-fails but the gist is this.

Auditor Controller Wendy Watanabe reported that half of the contractors, who were paid almost 25 grand a year per young adult, didn’t even bother to make the necessary reports to the county, let alone meet the educational and or vocational target goals for each individual.

Goals are a county obsession of late.   DCFS has an entire department called Quality Control that monitors reports to ensure they are written with requisite goals and include documented steps towards these goals attainment.

The formats on paper are very important. Agencies will agonize before any county or state audit to ensure that the correct sentences are written, in the correct way, and that the reports (on paper) meet compliance issues. The reports are scrutinized closely by auditors and written goals monitored step by step, just like an algebraic proof.

And occasionally the foster children and teens are even interviewed by the county or state auditor. 

But back to the first paragraph.  Half of these guys didn’t even turn in the paperwork!  Something such places are usually very adept at. Paperwork for some social workers is what they do best.

Transitional Housing is actually a pretty sweet deal.  You buy an apartment building, have an employee kind of, sort of, monitor the young adults – maybe find them a shrink or something if they ask…What the heck, they all have MediCal right?  Then you get something like a hundred grand or so for four people per year.

It’s really hard to get the foster youth into the program too, since there are so few spots (about 80 or so).  The foster teens must be in good standing, on the way towards a job or enrolled in college of some type.  But after that it’s up to them, the adult-youths-still-in-the-system really need to make a go of it, no problems with the law, continued employment or school enrollment…it’s a good deal and can last a couple years or a bit more while they land on their feet.

As stated, it’s a good program, and issue is not taken with the failure to meet unrealistic performance goals.  Social workers learn the hard way that it is not to their advantage to write about unmet goals in their reports since the aftermath entails a whole passel full of unanswerable questions.  G-d forbid!  And this unrealistic goal requirement is alluded to in the article.

12 contractors and half of them didn’t turn in reports.  Hmmm…Our County Supervisors and semi annual DCFS head don’t like this at all.

So the issue as I see it is this.  (Excuse the run on sentence but it works for me).  Where are all these non-reports for half of these kids, and how long has this non-reporting been going on, and why has this non-reporting been allowed to go on for so long, and who actually dropped the ball?

And if the County couldn’t monitor 80 or so people, what else in foster care don’t they monitor?

Joshua Allen

The Business of Child Abuse.

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March 29, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Foster Cares Golden Rule: As Usual it’s The Children Who Suffer

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As Usual, It’s the Children Who Suffer

By Joshua Allen

Calls to a few agencies have confirmed what we suspected upon first hearing about America Care closing.  Many foster parents are having difficulties transferring to whatever new foster care agency has won their business.  Previous overlooked violations, or waivers from things such as unsubstantiated allegations or difficulties on backround checks are suddenly in play.

Therefore it is by no means certain that some families will be allowed to continue to be foster parents. That the foster parents may have already dealt with the violations to the satisfaction of the county and state may not matter.  A previous waiver will probably need to be investigated all over by the county, and this will certainly cause a significant delay.

Some abused and neglected children who lived with foster parents for months or years may end up being transferred ( IE: Torn, ripped from ect…) to other homes, while the county seeks to judge the fitness of particular foster parents previously in good standing at America Care.

Some parents aren’t making the cut at all and their days of working with the system are apparently over.

The loser in all of this, of course, remains the abused and neglected children who have to leave foster parents they cared about and had bonded with.  Yet one can’t always blame the county, in some cases, for taking extra care that families remain fit to be foster parents from this now tainted agency.

The culpability for all this, of course, remains the former executives whose alleged misdeeds caused this huge disruption to children who have already suffered and probably don’t want to leave.

Try explaining to a 5-year-old that they must leave a home they lived in for a year because of something that happened months or years earlier.  Try to cheer a little girl up as she cries in the car while being driven to a new home. Make the best of a situation as you carry a toddlers belongings in a trash bag to the front door of a new foster home. Chat with the new foster parents for awhile, have them sign some paperwork, give a final assuring farewell to the child, and then leave and get on with your life.

Nice work if you can get it.

This remains a very tricky problem since the county rightly fears leaving any child in a home with previous violations, despite any remedy or solution the agency or even the county or state had imposed.  This will often not be in the best interest of the child, but the county rear end shall be covered. (The Golden Rule)  And our thinking on this matter has evolved since there are no easy answers, (such as appropriate relatives) which can accept the child.

So in the case of foster families on the fringe, and requiring a judgement call from the county regarding past issues, we can only urge the county and state to act as rapidly as possible before such foster child bouncing needs occur.

Please.

The Business of Child Abuse

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October 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm

America Care Raided by the FBI? Served with a Warrant.

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By Joshua Allen

A source close to America Care management has told us that the America Care main office in San Dimas was Raided by the FBI and served with a Search Warrant for accounting information and computers.  Reportedly, computers were removed from the premises by authorities.  The source also reported continued contact and inquiries with Homeland Security.

The FBI is involved because tax revenues for America Care,  as such revenues are to all foster care agencies, are paid through federal money.  Homeland Security apparently continues to be interested in the Ghost employee or employees.  And yet we still shake our heads.  Is any of this real?

It has gotten so bad for America Care executives that when they have any questions or concerns, and wish to contact the Department of Children and Family Services, they are referred to county council or basically, the lawyers representing the interests of DCFS.  Nobody else from the county is apparently allowed to speak with anyone from America Care.  Jeepers!

And that, is how serious this emerging scandal appears to be.  We were told by our source that she/he expects indictments of some of the main players in the near future.   That leads us to believe it will be for some type of yet to be determined financial malfeasance, (such as money laundering?) or as Gomer Pyle used to say… “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

We would love to verify this with the county and or get the official side of things, but we can’t.  Like America Care, all auditing inquires are being referred to the same county lawyer.

That a public taxpayer supported agency can hide behind lawyers and inapplicable confidentiality laws remains a travesty and mocks all of us.  The secrecy on this and other issues has become so bad that the Los Angeles Times has initiated a lawsuit to obtain information illegally withheld from us by the county.

You can read about the suit here, although it is not particularly related to America Care.  http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0915-death-records-20110915,0,5104863.story   It is indicative of the their attitude towards the release of information that may be embarrassing to DCFS and or other county employees.

Also:

The past week the administrator Alicia Ciriani (who we don’t believe had much to do with the actual finances beyond looking the other way) sent a letter to America Care foster parents telling them a contract has been signed and that America Care will now be merging with Masada foster agency.

This is beginning to be a pathetic pattern. Originally the agency was merging with Alliance, then we heard Child Net, and now it’s Masada.  It reminds  me of Groucho Marx saying he would never join a club that would let him in.

And we would like to know how an agency such as America Care which will cease to exist in a few weeks can sign any type of contract?

Further, foster parents are free to go wherever they want and many of them  are accepting the direct and indirect financial enticements (such as a $1000 from Homes of Hope being offered to social workers) who are turning around and making their own arrangements with foster parents.  Homes of Hope recently got off a do-not-refer list and are especially hungry according to our source.  Eggelston is also actively involved with ‘recruitment,’ if you could call it that.

Oh, and Futuro Infantil Hispano continues to pay their top two executives Oma Velasquez-Rodriguez and Oliver Castelleno more than a half million dollars a year in salary and benefits.  https://joshuaallenonline.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/corruption-at-its-finest2.png And we continue to have serious questions about how many hours per week Castelleno worked since many employees seemed to think he was mostly retired.

This “poaching,” of foster families by agencies is about one thing only. Money.  And while this is not a particularly astute observation, it is a pathetic one when considering this is all about the treatment and care of Abused and Neglected children.

We believe the only enticement a Foster Care Agency should be allowed when it comes to recruiting/stealing foster families from other agencies is a informational pitch or presentation to the foster parents showing them what a good job the new perspective agency does in helping Abused and Neglected children and the type of caring and diligent support they can offer the foster parents in helping the children.

You’ll excuse me if I leave to wash my hands.

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We’ll keep trying to nail this down.  And thanks to all for your support.  We are deeply grateful.

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September 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm

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