Tuesday, March 31, 2015

DHHS in need of families to take in foster kids - And Foster Parents Warn Against It!

So yesterday the news feeds in the state that inspired the creation of Legally Kidnapped started getting flooded with articles regarding Maine's desperate shortage of foster homes.   This only four short years after bragging about being a National Model Child Welfare System because they were viewed as leaders at keeping kids safe in the home or preserving families through kinship care placements when the kid does need to be removed. Now I gotta say I told you so because I've been paying close attention to this state and watching this transformation take place over the last few years.  Governor Paul LePage, who claims to have been abused as a child, comes along and and spins it and flips it around it because being on the right track just isn't good enough.  I have managed to identify a few of significant events in this transformation and listed them here...
and for a more in depth look including the links to lots of articles...
And now Maine is crying for help.  They need 100 new families willing to take in foster kids.   Not so much the cute little babies, but rather the older, problematic, special needs kids who are often in trouble with the law and who nobody wants. But what's even more interesting is that even the foster parents are coming out and warning people against getting involved.  I will post screen shots because I'm sure this will all be shut down soon.   You know how CPS likes to protect their secrets. DHHS in need of families to take in foster kids

Monday, March 30, 2015

From National Model to Crisis In 4 Short Years: Maine's Child Welfare System Want's You!!!

In just a couple days, we begin what is known as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Maine should be celebrating their successes at keeping kids safe and preserving families like they were back in January of 2011...
Logan died Jan. 31, 2001 — 10 years ago Monday — after her foster mother, Sally Schofield, confined her to a highchair in the basement of her Chelsea home and wrapped layers of duct tape around her head, mouth and chest. Logan suffocated, and Schofield is serving a 17-year sentence after her conviction for manslaughter. 
In the years since, the number of children in foster care in Maine has been cut in half. Those who are in the foster care system are three times more likely to be placed with family members than with strangers. Caseworkers now visit foster children at least once a month, rather than the three-month standard back then. 
10 years after Logan’s death, Maine foster care is US model
But instead, Maine will be celebrating by pushing a foster parent recruitment campaign...
The number of foster children in Maine has outgrown the number of available foster homes, and the state needs 100 families to sign up to care for older children, the commissioner of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services said Monday. 
Facing shortage, Maine DHHS calls on families to take in foster kids
As well as looking for more homes for the "Parent-less" children of Maine.
 Here are the sobering statistics: There are 1,990 children in foster care. Of those, 502 are seeking adoption. If you think about it, 500 kids out there wondering if they’ll ever have a family of their own is about as sad as it gets. 
DHHS: More than 500 parent-less Maine kids looking for ‘forever homes’
Now how do we go from a National Model Child Welfare system to a Crisis Level Shortage?  It's simple.  You get a governor who claims to hate child abuse so much that he thinks...
The department has been criticized in the past for being too quick to remove a child, LePage said, but now, “sometimes we’re putting them back too quickly and sometimes we’re not taking them out fast enough.”  
DHHS won’t release information on dead baby
And then you take more kids, blame it all on drug abuse, and ask the legislature for an additional $4.2 million dollars to cover the cost.
Legislators and others say factors such as poor planning and cuts in other social services likely contributed to the crisis, adding as many as 500 unanticipated children to the foster care system and leaving child welfare officials $4.2 million short in the fiscal year ending June 30. A supplemental budget put a Band-Aid on the problem in February.
Poor planning adds to Maine’s foster care crisis
And there you have it.  How Maine went from a National Model child welfare system to having a crisis level and desperate need for more foster and adoptive homes in just four short years and they need you to bail them out.

DHHS in need of families to take in foster kids - And Foster Parents Warn Against It!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Federal study finds alarming use of antipsychotics among nation's poor children, foster kids

Instead of blaming the welfare queen and the Somalians for the high cost of welfare, blame the doctors who fraudulently and irresponsibly prescribe meds to kids who don't need them and shouldn't have them, and don't blame the parents for this either because in Gray and Portland Public Schools (I know from personal experience) you're liable to be reported to Child Protective Services for failing to comply with school recommendations to have your kids evaluated for meds if they can't sit still all day in kindergarten.  

They used to use something called discipline when I was growing up to control these kids, until the feminists stepped in and called that emotional abuse.  So instead of that stick that the teacher used to smack off the desk of unruly students, the new solution is to have doped up, fully compliant little zombies walking around and lining the pockets of shrinks and drug company CEO's who are the ones who really run the bills up for the taxpayer!
Federal study finds alarming use of antipsychotics among nation's poor children, foster kids 
When federal inspectors set out to examine how powerful antipsychotic drugs were being used on children in the nation's public health systems, they found a 4-year-old on four psychiatric drugs, a 10-year-old prescribed without medical records, and a 16-year-old on six psych meds, including a prescription at double the maximum recommended dosage.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Maine to Launch Child Abuse Prevention Effort - A Mary Mayhew Photo Opportunity

Attn World!!!  Gov. LePage declares April Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month

Ever notice that the one department in DHHS that never gets the proper conservative criticism regarding cost or efficiency is The Department of Children and Families, AKA Child Protective Services and Maine's Foster Care System?

Sure, they'll take away your drug treatment, cut off your food stamps, and even put thousands at risk of loosing their psych meds by pulling their health care out from under them...  But God forbid you say anything about the cruel and sadistic frauds who are supposed to protect Maine's most vulnerable children from abuse or neglect and instead bounce them from home to home; dope them up on psych meds and cut them off from any and all contact with their friends and families, and in some cases abuse them so that they end up in the teen shelters and on the streets of Portland just to avoid being in the system.  Nope, these are wonderful people deserving of our love and respect.  They should be placed on the highest of pedestals and we should give them raises and glorify their names!
In ceremonies kicking off Child Abuse Awareness Month, Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew said that DHHS plans to launch a new initiative next year aimed at reducing child abuse. 
Maine to Launch Child Abuse Prevention Effort
New initiative?  What is that supposed to mean?
Next year, Mayhew said, DHHS will launch a new initiative that will seek to prevent child abuse by setting up a new unit of specially trained staff that will review all reported cases of abuse and neglect and assess all of the cases, with a mandate to establish specific action plans to address each case on an individual basis.
Didn't we already have that?  The workers who answer the phones at the Child Abuse Hotline perhaps?   Are they not specially trained to determine whether or not a report merits further investigation and are very liberal in that regard already?  Are their supervisors not trained to review these decisions?  Now they're going to set up a specific action plan based on every single call to the Child Abuse Hotline?

Okay so let me get this straight, so a call comes into the child abuse hotline, it is a self-righteous helicopter-parent who is concerned about their neighbors neglect because their kid stepped out onto the front porch without a jacket, now what do you do?  Do you send a social worker out there to do a state sponsored anal probe of the family?  Do you send them to Coats for Kids or even Goodwill with a voucher... oh wait never mind that's welfare.   No!  You add a whole new level of bureaucracy to create an action plan just because somebody made a phone call when just a few short years ago the state was bragging about being a national model child welfare system who excelled at keeping kids safe while in the home by setting up an individual safety plan specifically designed for every family based on the needs of that child and family when in many cases the best that could be done was to leave the family alone and focus on the kids who really are abused and neglected so that they don't fall through the cracks while social workers are off chasing shadows.

When did this all change so that they gotta address the problems now?  And how is it that Mary Mayhew can turn this all into a photo opportunity by suddenly deciding that this is necessary when the state has already increased the number of kids they snatch, and that we should now spend what will most likely be an awful lot of money to implement such a program and create action plans for every case?   

Considering the fact that teachers and health care providers are mandated to report every little scrape on the knee, they're bound to be busy.

What a pathetic waste of time and money by the utterly clueless who should learn to leave well enough alone or let those with the right expertise to handle it.  But hey, if you can convince them that it will keep kids safe, the legislature will overwhelmingly vote for it because they will otherwise be chastised as being anti-child or pro-child abuse for voting against it.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Parents continue to push for marijuana legislation

Parents who give their kids medical marijuana are continuing their fight for legislation to expand how it can be administered.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Prosecutors see rise in teen sexting

Prosecutors in Lincoln County say they are seeing an increase in sexting among teens.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Maine Mom Hopes Diagnosis of Rare Syndrome Will Exonerate Dad of Child Abuse Charges

Two Maine parents are fighting to prove their young son suffers from a rare medical condition that could explain his multiple fractures and help clear his father of child abuse charges.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Measure would let day care families sue Maine DHHS

A Portland lawmaker has proposed a bill that would give five York County families who protested conditions at a Lyman day care permission to sue the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Growing Need Prompts Maine Med to Open Gender Clinic

As of this year, the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center officially has a gender clinic.

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‘My children are not data’: Maine lawmakers, parent question standardized testing

A rare mix of Republican and Democratic legislators — including the House whip for each party — is helping to lead the charge on a bill that would make it easier for parents to keep their children from taking standardized tests in public schools.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Lawmakers urged to back tightening of Maine’s Kid-Safe Act

Environmental and public health groups are urging lawmakers to support a bill that they say would strengthen Maine’s law aimed at reducing children’s exposure to potentially toxic chemicals.

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