Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Maine Kid News For December 29th 2013 to January 4th 2014

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Susan Collins’ primary challenger says fight against assault conviction shows integrity

It's important for parents to know who they're voting for.

This is Erick Bennett.  He has always been fun to watch because he's an idiot.  However, running for senator on a pro-family platform because you're upset with your domestic violence convictions?  That by far takes the cake.

I think there's probably a little more to this story than that.  Actually, I think it's because his ex was able to use that conviction to keep him from being allowed to see his kid. This is why he supported LePage so viciously back when he was running for governor.  He thought that LePage would help fathers in this kind of situation.  LePage, however, has done just the opposite.
And here's what the women's groups will use against him to see to it that he looses the primary.
I do gotta give him credit.  It's certainly not for a lack of trying.  After all, he once claimed to be LePage's social networking strategist, ran for Mayor of Portland without being able to get enough signatures to get on that ballot, led the fight against gay marriage in Maine, and now this.
I really wish the YouTube video's of him defending his DV conviction while dressed in his underwear was still on there, but he took those down.  

Anyway, I feel sorry for Mr. Bennett.  Not because I believe he is guilty or innocent of anything, but because Maine is so stuck on the politically correct bandwagon that he wouldn't get elected as the city garbage man.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Maine Kid News Headlines for December 15th through the 21st

Ayla Reynolds

Monday, December 16, 2013

ADHD diagnoses soared amid 20-year drug marketing campaign

Here's one of those articles that I just couldn't let slip by without sharing, as I was once threatened by a school psychologist (Pam Powers I think her name was.  If she looks like Jabba the Hutt you got the right one.) right here in Maine with a report to Child Protective Services for not complying with her recommendations to have my daughter evaluated for dangerous psychiatric medications.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Bill of rights in action. : juvenile law. (1974)

Here is an interesting academic video from 1974 that I just came across on the Internet Archive.  Although I believe that things are different today, it does say a thing or two about Parental Rights through history.
Bill of rights in action. : juvenile law. (1974) 
Follows two brothers, ages fifteen and eighteen, after their arrest, pointing up differences between adult criminal procedures and juvenile law. Asks whether it would be better if juveniles were treated as adults, subject to criminal sanctions but granted constitutional rights.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Parental Rights in Maine - How much control do we really have?

One of the reasons I started this blog is because my experiences as a parent of a special needs child in Maine as well as my experiences with Maine's Child Welfare system have shown me that parental rights in Maine is pretty much a non-existent illusion.  I think it's time some of these issues see the light of day from the perspective of those caught up in the systematic dysfunctional bureaucracy rather than the experts who benefit from the services provided by the state and local governments.

For those of you who have never experienced what I'm talking about, you're simply meeting their standards, agreeing with their recommendations, and staying off the radar, or so you think...
Or your kids comply with their standards such as being able to sit in all day kindergarden without triggering an ADHD accusation.  Oh we think that we control the fate of our children and can raise them as we see fit, but do we really?  Sure, the simple decisions like what to have for supper...
or what to watch on TV is certainly left up left up to us, but still must fall within the acceptable standards set forth by these setters of modern day normality.

On top of that, when in their care: they can do whatever they want to our kids whether we like it or not...
What about the important decisions like what to teach our kids in school?  We don't control that.  I'm not even talking about the academics, as subjects like math, science, history (although the patriotic and sugar coated version is what they get) is certainly important for our kids to know.  They must be prepared for the real world which includes the jobs that we actually have.  I'm talking about the social piece or whether or not to consent to a program or treatment...
Hell, they don't even allow your kid to celebrate traditional holidays or cultural traditions any more...
without putting some spin on it to make it non-offensive to whatever group...

What happened to Valentine's Day?  
What happened to it being fun?  
What ever happened to breaking up the monotony or tradition?
Health and wellness policy? 

Between the schools and doctors and shrinks who are there to monitor our behavior as parents...
(for a noble cause of course) target special needs children for various services, rat us out to DHHS when we are not complying with their recommendations (abuse or neglect not necessary) or complaining because we don't like the way our kids are treated, we seem to have much less control than we would like to believe.

However, just be thankful that it's not as bad here as it is in England where even Santa Clause is apparently now in on the game.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Maine Kid News Headlines for the week of December 8th to the 14th

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Maine Kid News Headlines for week of December 1st through 7th

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School (Administrative)

Child Labor
Abortion Protesters 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Notice of Opportunity to Comment - Proposed Amendment Rules for Guardians ad litem

Thanks to our friends at Maine GAL Alert for keeping on top of this issue.  And if you've ever been through a divorce or a child custody battle, I strongly suggest you put in your two cents.

Notice of Opportunity to Comment - Proposed Amendment Rules for Guardians ad litem

Monday, November 25, 2013

Police: Missing Saco teen under DHHS guardianship - which explains a lot

Elaina Dorsey
Elaina Dorsey
The news people are buzzing about a missing girl from Saco

Saco police looking for missing girl

Supposedly she had taken off with an some perv whose into teenagers or something.  We should all be supportive of what her family is going through... right?  We need to protect this helpless child, right?


A couple days after the story broke, Channel 8 drops a bomb shell.
"She is in DHHS custody and had been staying at Sweetser Children's Services in Saco."  ( Click here >> Police: Missing Saco teen under DHHS guardianship )
Which not only makes her more vulnerable than a normal child, but  probably means that she was living in a therapeutic group home where they were keeping her drugged up on psych meds in order to keep her quiet while they run her family through the ringer for not being able to handle her, and controlling her every move, probably going as far as having staff sitting outside the bathroom while she did her thing.   

Michael Bowman
What, you thought this would be a trip to Disneyland?  You don't think they treat kids like that in Maine?  Think again.  I once knew a kid who was living in a Spurwink run group home up north, and they had him on 7 different pills a day.  (it was in his best interest to be walking around like a zombie, doncha know.)  The kid never had a moment without somebody hovering over him, "don't do that!  Let it go.  Be nice.  Bed time 8 PM on the dot.  Here take this..."  He probably would have run away too had they not had him so drugged up that he probably couldn't think up the concept of taking off.

This explains a lot, actually.  For example, why would she run away?  Why wouldn't she tell her caseworker where she is, it's not like the caseworker can force her to go back or anything?  Last I knew, that's why we have kids running around Monument Square in Portland every day.  Why isn't she running back to safety of DHHS?  Why would she rather stay with some 35 year old dude, is that her dad or something?  Could it be somebody who gave her the attention that she so desperately craves and lacks?  Was she, perhaps, just fed up with living in the system?      

I'll tell you why, because DHHS and their caseworkers suck, and a lot of the group homes that they contract out these kids to are no better than sitting in the Maine Youth Center.  It's like emotional torture and spirit breaking 101 for teenagers.  They come out of it all messed up.  So messed up in fact that they would rather end up trading sex for a place to stay just for that little sense of freedom, than live under the strictest of therapeutic conditions.
I really feel bad for this kid.  She isn't going to be much better off either way.

Teen missing from Saco located in Portland

Maine Kid News Headlines For Week Of November 24th Through 30th

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School (administrative)
Family Law

Planned Parenthood Protests

Thursday, November 21, 2013

2013 Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book

Below is the link to the Maine Kid's Count Data Book from the Maine Children's Alliance, in PDF format.
Of course the big thing that the news media is going off on is the number of Maine Kids who are living in poverty in the state.
This should be of concern to anyone.  No matter what you believe about the parents, whether they should just get a job or increase welfare to the poor, we gotta take care of the kids.  A lot of it has to do with the recession, and I'm sure that some of it has to do with the fact that jobs in certain categories don't pay squat. Not the point.  Kids living in poverty brings about more and much more expensive problems later on down the line as the following article from the Propaganda Press Herald explains.  
Maine Children’s Alliance report: More Maine kids living in poverty
Nearly one in four children under age 5 are living in poverty, and for the first time in 11 years, the number of children in state custody has increased.
Although the two issues, the number of kids living in poverty and the number of kids living in state custody might be related to a point, there are other reasons that we will get into in another post..

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Student resource officer vs Parent

This video is from Tennessee.  It shows a father who disagrees with a new and arguably dangerous school policy getting arrested by a really dumb and now famous cop.  Fortunately we haven't seen anything like this in Maine yet, but they have a better way of dealing with these kinds of confrontations anyway.

In Maine, they would simply report you to child protective services for questioning their wisdom or disagreeing with their policies.


Monday, November 18, 2013

"Reuniting families, regaining trust through foster care" - my ***

The following is a total sales pitch and a public relations recruiting campaign for a Therapeutic Foster Care Program for at risk teenagers in Maine, brought to you by WCSH Channel 6.  On the surface, it shows how these wonderful people are coming together and opening their homes to help those in need.   While I am all for helping kids, there is also a dark side to this that I feel needs to be brought to light.  In fact, I am absolutely appalled at what they're not telling you, and if you normal people weren't so easily sold on the heart warming, emotional "helping children" BS in it's presented form, you'd see it for yourself.


Opportunity Alliance, the agency mentioned in the article and video, is actually a private agency that provides Targeted Case Management (TCM) Services for which they can bill Medicaid and government grant programs.  In this particular case they can bill SS Title IV, which is a Social Security Program that deals with administrative foster care costs.  The agency actually works with special needs or high risk kids in and out of foster care so there are many opportunities for them to bill the state government for those services which they provide, and which they contract out to shrinks, transportation providers, foster parents or whatever is needed on a case by case basis.  In other words, they make their money off of Special Needs Kids and the tax payer which can be very profitable actually.  Also, this is why the schools are so quick to identify, label and target poor kids for special education, outpatient services, medication management for ADHD, depression or behavioral disorders, etc.  Once those labels are applied in consideration the parents financial status, the kids will then qualify for TCM.  If however the parents do not qualify for Medicaid (Mainecare) then they will often not qualify for TCM through agencies like this.
Not only is this particular kind of foster care is worth big bucks but opens the doors for Child Welfare Fraud as successful outcomes for foster kids often end access the state and federal money streams. They will protect their meal tickets by dragging everything out for as long as they possibly can.  These programs will fail too many kids, who will then stay in the system only to try again later and bill the same programs over again.
Administrators often receive nice outrageous six figure salaries while working for agencies like this.  The people who are going through programs like this will ultimately become some of the highest paid foster parents in Maine. Lots and lots of services will be provided.  They will all become a part of the team to give a troubled child his one chance to get his or her life together.  
This screenshot was snatched at 56 seconds
 on the following promotional video from
Opportunity Alliances YouTube Channel.
Of course, in light of the closing of Casey Family Services, Maine is also an opportunity state for System Sucks like this as the state must scramble to find other service providers. So here is one that is lining right up to fill that void.  
"Reuniting families, regaining trust through foster care" - my ass.  These people are all about the money.

Maine Kid News Headlines for week of November 17th through 23rd

Here are the weeks headlines for November 17th through the 23rd.  Check back as this post will be updated throughout the week.  Posting a link here does not mean I agree or disagree with what is said.

Child Welfare
School Administrative
Portland's Planned Parenthood Protesters 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Attn World: The Bangor Daily News Censored My Appropriate Comment!

I had left a comment on this article, which is really nothing but pro-CPS BS.  The editors censored it because it was truthful.  The modern day media wants to paint a picture that is inaccurate.


My comment was totally appropriate, btw.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sugar Coating CPS

Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing.

LePage puts spotlight on drug-affected babies

In his weekly radio address this week, Governor LePage took issue with babies being born under the influence of dangerous drugs.  I uploaded it here...

This was followed by a piece on the Bangor Daily News blogs called:
Which contained a link to an earlier piece from the same journalist: 
I'm sure we can all agree with Governor LePage that children born to drug addicts in Maine is a horrible trend that needs to be dealt with.  I do hope and pray that the problem would be eradicated, although I'm sure that's not a realistic hope in this day and age.  I'm also not so sure I would agree with the governors 'mountain out of mole hill making' brand of solutions which will probably end up with ALL pregnant mothers undergoing forced drug testing, perhaps with or without their knowledge or consent, and which almost became a dangerous federal law a few years back.
The problem with drug testing is that there are many cases where false positives can be triggered, which will result in DHHS snatching all kinds of newborns from unsuspecting and innocent parents such as this case from Pennsylvania demonstrates:
Add that to the sheep mentality which is alive and prevalent in Maine where people would think, "If you don't have anything to hide then you don't have anything to worry about," to which I would have to call BS.

Also, lets not forget that Governor LePage cut funding to drug treatment programs in the state.  He felt it was too expensive.
This, of course only adds fire to the problem.

Also, Mary Mayhew, Maine's DHHS Commissioner has been asking the legislature for more money to cover the unexpected increase in the number of foster kids in Maine, which they're blaming on the Bath Salts epidemic...
while at the same time cutting funding for the treatment programs that would help to put a stop to these problems for many families by helping them to overcome these addictions, and which have proven to be successful in Maine.
So I personally find it rather comical that LePage takes issue with a problem that he doesn't want to help deal with.  However, I am all for helping babies.  They will certainly be in my prayers tonight.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Dark Intentions of Public Schooling

This video quotes major experts, sources, and observers of the American educational system. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

21 Shameful Ways We Are Forcing Children To Be Sissies

This particular article speaks volumes and should be seen and considered as a warning for any parent in Maine as this is just as much of the way things are going here as they are in the rest of the country.  I have dealt with a number of similar issues when dealing with the schools, and could probably add in a few more such as having the schools recommend Ritalin for a kid who can't sit still in Kindergarten or reporting a parent to Child Protective Services because the kid came to school with a scrape on the knee.

Anyway, here's the link...

Enjoy and wake up.

Maine Kid News Headlines For Week Of November 10th through 16th

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Child Welfare