Thursday, May 28, 2015

Maine Senate Approves Allowing Younger Children to Hunt

The Maine Senate has approved a measure that would allow children younger than 10 years old to hunt, with their parents' permission.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Maine Senate sustains LePage veto of school attendance bill

The Maine Senate has sustained Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that sought to improve school attendance.

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The Rehoming of Unwanted Adopted Kids In Maine

There is an article in the Washington Times yesterday about the practice of re-homing adopted children who are no longer wanted while avoiding the official channels such as child welfare authorities.  Apparently, this happens in Maine as lawmakers are considering a bill that would put a stop to it.
For some adopted children, their “forever” families are anything but. 
Adopted under false pretenses from Ethiopia in 2006, Tarikuwa Lemma was barely acclimated to America when her family “re-homed” her to relatives a few months later. 
It was “really humiliating,” she testified to Maine lawmakers Thursday. Re-homing is “not right, not fair, not safe.”
Adoptees decry re-homing as states move to end practice
I was unable, at this time, to find anything else in the local news about this.  I can only speculate as to why considering Maine is crying out about a desperate shortage of adoptive and foster parents. However, I did contact the State Senate Democratic Office in Augusta and Marcia was kind enough to track down the information about the bill for me which is currently being considered in the Judiciary Committee.

LD 1342 
"An Act To Prohibit Unauthorized Custody Transfers of Children"
Sponsored by Representative Craig Hickman

This bill is currently being considered by the judiciary committee, and it's progress can be tracked here.  http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280056238


SUMMARY

This bill addresses the practice of rehoming children by creating a new crime prohibiting the transfer of the long-term care and custody of a child without a court order. The new crime is described as a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the long-term care and custody of a child under 16 years of age, or a person to whom the long-term care and custody of a child under 16 years of age has been expressly delegated, transferring the long-term care and custody of the child to another person who is not a family member without authorization by order of a court that has jurisdiction over the child. This is a Class C crime.

Re-homing is one of the newer designer trends in Child Welfare that journalists have picked up on over the last year or so.  There have been internet sites, and Facebook pages dedicated to the practice.  In some cases the kids have been passed off to child molesters such as happened to a young girl in Arkansas.

Of course we'll never really know how bad of a problem this is in Maine because DHHS is so good at guarding the dirty little secrets.  They're more likely to pour out the fluff so that they can sucker people in to become adoptive parents then stick them with a screwed up kid that they can't possibly handle without the services that they are supposed to but don't always provide.

I don't know how far this bill will go, but it is worth watching and at least someone is trying to look out for these kids.

I urge you to contact your legislators and tell them to put a stop to this horrible practice.

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Right View: A student testing battle won, but the war continues

Last week was very good for opponents of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Smarter Balanced is the nightmare of testing that parents are opting their kids out of in droves all over the country, including here in Maine. WCSH reported these Maine Education Association numbers for the opt-out rate around the state for high school juniors: Camden Regional, 50 percent; Lewiston, 55 percent; and, in Washburn, 80 percent opted out this spring.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

They're trying to stop the Anti-Vaxer's now.

I'm posting this because they are turning it into a parental rights issue.    I do not particularly support the anti-vaccine movement.     
Public health and school officials concerned about the numbers of Maine parents who are choosing not to have their children vaccinated on philosophical grounds made some headway today in the Health and Human Services Committee. 
Maine Panel Endorses Bill Requiring Doctor Sign-Offs on Vaccination Opt-Outs
Not everything they do is bad.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Students opting out of statewide test could face consequences

Maine's Acting Education Commissioner has issued; what some parents perceive as a threat against their children. And a number of parents like Julie Wagner, a mother of two and organizer of a group called "Opt-Out Portland" are not happy about it.

More >> Students opting out of statewide test could face consequences

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Our View: Housing laws don’t prevent child sex abuse - and other fairy tales the government likes to tell you


I'm not usually a fan of these opinion pieces, especially from the Propaganda Press Herald, but this is a partially well researched and well thought out article.  I urge you to read it because there is a sad misconception that most child molesters are lurking in the shadows like a trap-door spider waiting for the one lonely child who should to wander their way.
It’s hard to fault the Biddeford City Council for wanting to do something, anything, to help assuage the fears and frustrations related to the sexual abuse allegations that have come to light in recent months. 
Our View: Housing laws don’t prevent child sex abuse
This article points out the fact that most children who were sexually abused, were victimized by someone who they know and trust such as a family member or close family friend, although they do leave out the fact that pedophiles often target jobs working with children as well as the fact that pedophiles who haven't been caught yet are great at passing their background checks.

I'm also not a big fan of these community notification laws.  Of course I certainly would want to know if a sex offender moved into my neighborhood, considering I live near a school and have a kid who likes to play outside.  But these laws only serve to add to the fear of an already paranoid society that has been caught in a sad state of Child Abuse Hysteria from watching all of this sensationalized crap while failing to teach people to look under their own noses and failing to keep kids safe from those who really are abusing them.  

So really the best we can do is to teach our kids how to be safe.  Because in the end they need to be able to know what to do and know who they can go to when problems arise.




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Maine Amongst Top Leaders in Child Welfare - Don't let it go to your heads or anything

Dear DHHS

Don't let this go to your heads or anything.  One good rating in one area does not mean that you're on the up and up.
“Maine does a very good job in terms of finding children homes versus an institutionalized setting. And that's because we do have kinship care as a top priority for out of home placements as a policy,” said Claire Berkowitz of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 
Maine Amongst Top Leaders in Child Welfare
You do gotta give credit where credit is due.

It's wonderful that Maine utilizes kinship care placements.  It's even better that such a small number of Maine's stolen children end up in group homes, juvenile detention facilities or psychiatric treatment facilities like they do in other states.  But some still do end up in these places, I've seen it first hand, and I gotta say it's horrible.

DHHS still has a long way to go in terms of getting it right.


Update: Unfortunately they must have removed the original article.  I will update as soon as I come across another.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Survey hopes to quantify Maine's homeless youth

Social service provider Preble Street is conducting a first-ever count of homeless and runaway youth in Maine.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

MaineParents.org

FYI:

The Maine Parents Blog will now go by www.MaineParents.org

Formerly www.MaineParents.blogspot.com

Damage Control for the Biddeford Pedolice

So according to one of the victims, the mayor of Biddeford is apparently sucking-up to the Governor for some sort of damage control in regards to sexual abuse allegations made against former Biddeford Police Officers.

Biddeford’s Mayor Alan Casavant should know better.  Writing letters such as this during an ongoing investigation is inappropriate to say the least.  He should simply cooperate and lend his aid when it is required for him to do so.
More >> Alleged sexual abuse victim displeased with Biddeford mayor’s letter to LePage

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Maine examines parents' role in medical decisions after legal battle over brain-damaged baby

Lawmakers in Maine are considering changes to the state's policies regarding life-sustaining treatment for minors after an 18-year-old mother went to court last year to fight a state-imposed do-not-resuscitate order on her brain-damaged daughter.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Police make sure alcohol stays out of OOB prom

This is absolutely ridiculous. 
Students at Old Orchard Beach High School arrived for prom Friday night and had something else to pass besides a ticket to enter -- a breathalyzer. 
More >> Police make sure alcohol stays out of OOB prom
Next they'll do pat downs, strip searches and those x-ray scann's that the TSA uses.  And while they're at it, lets bring in the police dogs!  Make sure the little bastards aren't smoking pot!


It was apparently way more fun to be a teenager when I was growing up.

Study reveals racial bias when kids run afoul of the law

Well this is interesting...
Black youths in Androscoggin County are arrested at a rate more than three times higher than their white counterparts. And black youths in this county are detained at nearly twice the rate of white youths, according to a report released Friday by the University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service. 
Study reveals racial bias when kids run afoul of the law


Maine take's more kids than they can handle so DHHS needs more money to pay for their daycare


The state of Maine is apparently a dead-beat parent.

Shame on them for making foster parents pay out of their own pockets to take care of your stolen children!  Of course that's just one of the many ways that the state sticks it to the foster care providers in Maine, but still...  
The plea for a subsidy arises as the state is finding that recruiting foster parents has become increasingly difficult.
Bill would fund day care for foster children
It's too bad that it has to come to this.  The state is simply taking too many kids.  They're having a hard time appropriately placing them, and now they're risking loosing a few foster homes because of the cost and are now looking to spend more money to make it better.  

This new crisis comes after multiple rounds of cuts to the services that used to keep kids safe in the home, which also led to Maine being a national model child welfare system, and even cut costs in doing so.  Governor LePage didn't agree with that, so he fired the people who made it work and now it's going to start costing the state even more than the original services as the legislature continues to throw money at every new little problem that arises due to the unplanned expansion.

Still, at least for the non-profits, there is a reason to look on the bright side.  The states group home business will be thriving because there simply isn't enough gullible people willing to let this vampire into their homes.  

So they have to sweeten the deal.   


Friday, May 15, 2015

Can Maine vaccinate a child in its custody against a parent’s wishes?

Justices with the state’s highest court grappled Thursday with whether the state was justified in ordering vaccination for a child in its custody against a parent’s wishes. 
Can Maine vaccinate a child in its custody against a parent’s wishes?

Maine Legislature’s education committee OKs medical pot given at school

The legislature should make a law that says that schools can't deny a child any medications that were prescribed by a doctor, nor should it be the business of any school staff person or administrator to even consider that they should have any such right to deny any medication to any child that was prescribed by that child's doctor under any circumstance.

Who the hell do these people think they are?  Oh I forgot, they're high and mighty because they work for the schools.  They're better at making these decisions than parents or doctors are.  

I'm glad that the legislatures education committee approved this but still I'm frustrated that the quazi-social service agency schools would still be willing to put a child in danger of being without necessary prescribed medications based on some outdated law or moral objection that was created during the "Refer Madness" era.  
Maine schoolchildren could be allowed to take prescribed medical marijuana on school grounds if a parent, guardian or caregiver comes on campus to administer it, under legislation approved Thursday by the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs committee. 
Maine Legislature’s education committee OKs medical pot given at school

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Is Sex Abuse in Maine's Child Welfare System more common than you think?

It's been all over the news over the last few days, about that Larry Oxton sicko foster care provider from Belfast who was arrested for sexually abusing a 9 year old who was place in his care by DHHS, supposedly to keep her safe or protect her from abuse and neglect or some nonsense like that.  Obviously they failed this kid horribly and my heart and prayers go out to her that she may heal.

As disturbing as this case is, even more disturbing than that is that this is being reported as an isolated case that is so rare and so shocking that nobody is even asking the question if this is common in Maine.  Nobody is asking if foster kids are safe while in Maine's highly secretive foster care system.  Nobody knows.

Or do we?

Just over the last couple years alone there have been several reports of abuse in foster care, some that have taken place over many years.

For example, the Portland Press Herald reported that Gordon Collins-Faunce, the former foster child who threw his 11 week old son into a chair was said to have been sexually abused while in foster care.
Collins-Faunce has been taking medication for post-traumatic stress disorder that he suffers because he was physically and sexually abused as a child by various foster parents, the affidavit says.
Maine infant dies from brain injuries; father remains jailed
So what does "various foster parents" mean?  More than one perhaps?  Now not to condone what this kid did or anything, but I personally find that phrase rather disturbing.  It shows that the kid perhaps wasn't in his right mind at the time of his crimes, or perhaps a monster was created during his childhood.  I don't know.

Then we have the case of the Wabanaki Indian Tribes whose children were taken for the purpose of cultural genocide.  Although I'm not claiming to know anything about how often or to how many of these kids this happened, the claims have been reported.
When Altvater was 7, she and her five sisters were taken from their mother and spent four years living in a group home where they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused.
State’s taking of Wabanaki children discussed at MLK Day breakfast
or...
He was sent to live with a white family in Dennysville, a short distance from his reservation in Princeton.”In that foster home, I got sexually abused,” says Sockabasin. 
Truth and Reconciliation- Part One
And let's not forget the case where the CPS Worker from Vermont came and did an inappropriate physical examination on a young girl in Bangor.
Vermont child caseworker gets 18 months behind bars for unlawful sexual contact with Maine girl
Now I don't want to make it sound like every foster parent or child welfare official out there in Maine is a potential pedophile or anything as I'm sure most would never do such a thing. It does make you wonder why it's swept under the rug in some cases, glossed over in a few more cases but harped on in others.  It makes you wonder if this problem is more than just a few isolated occurrences.

At least one thing can be said.  It happens.  There's no denying that.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CentralMaine.com's OPINION: Parental-consent law won’t protect teens’ health

A teenager should be able to go to a parent when faced with a life-changing decision. That’s why requiring a parent’s permission before a girl younger than 18 can have an abortion would seem to be such a thoughtful and common-sense idea. But the parental notification proposal that is now before the Maine Legislature actually could put a girl’s health and safety at risk, without bringing her family closer together. 
OUR OPINION: Parental-consent law won’t protect teens’ health
I really don't know how I would feel on this issue.  I would much rather have my daughter have the ability to get a safe abortion than to have a the old Lysol and coat hanger trick used on her, but I'd also rather she be comfortable enough to come to her parents if she found herself in this predicament.

At the same time, I would hope that she would be smart enough to prevent it in the first place.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Testing opt-out movement, Common Core pushback hit Maine Legislature

Students, teachers and Common Core opponents on Monday lashed out against the state’s new standardized tests, and they called on lawmakers to eliminate the tests, the standards or both and start fresh.

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Parents petition to unseat Schrader as principal at Maine schools

A group of parents last week tried to inform the MSAD 72 School Board of a petition they had signed, urging it not to renew Brownfield/Denmark and C.A. Snow School Principal Mark Schrader's contract, but the board chairman refused to let them air their personnel grievances in public. 
More >> Parents petition to unseat Schrader as principal at Maine schools
They should go after the school board chairman next for refusing to let them air their personal grievances in public.

Parents should have the right to speak in Maine!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Another Reason The State Of Maine Will Use Your Children To Invite Themselves Into Your Home...

and make themselves out to be the good heroes for doing so.

According to the following article...


It's all about keeping the children safe from lead poisoning.  

I am not against protecting children from lead poisoning, but the state are pricks about it.  They'll come busting down your door, inspect your home and make you or your landlord pay out all kinds of money for lead abatement if necessary.

Of course this Portland Press Herald Opinion Article doesn't tell you what any of this actually involves or how severe the consequences can be if the state decides to condemn your home due to lead hazards.  This article simple goes into fear mongering so they can cause enough of a moral panic that their readers demand that the legislature do something about it.
In Maine, lead poisoning is a significant problem. In some communities, the rates of children exposed to lead are well above even the state average. Lewiston has rates that are three times the state average. 
The impairment caused by a child breathing or ingesting even minuscule lead particles is irreversible. Lead harms children’s nervous systems and is associated with reduced IQ, behavioral problems and learning disabilities. In large doses, it can cause comas, convulsions and death.
"Yes Chicken Little, the sky is falling."

Notice how they point out that Lewiston has a higher than average problem with lead paint.  Lewiston also has some very poor neighborhoods with slum lords who haven't taken adequate care of the buildings for years.  Nobody wants to shell out thousands of dollars for lead abatement.  Most people simply don't have it.

I'm sure these people would love safe and affordable housing, but the state wouldn't want to help with that.  That would be welfare.


Sexual abuse allegations mount against former Biddeford police

It's so sad that people who are trusted to take positions of authority in Maine so often turn out to be monsters.

More >> Sexual abuse allegations mount against former Biddeford police

Debate over vaccine exemptions to come roaring through Maine

The furious debate over vaccine exemptions will rear its head in Maine this week, when lawmakers begin to consider proposals to make it harder for people to forgo inoculating their children.

Debate over vaccine exemptions to come roaring through Maine

Friday, May 8, 2015

Foster Child Molester Arrested In Belfast Maine!

I'm really surprised that DHHS didn't try to cover this up.  Or perhaps they're hoping it will quietly fade away.


A longtime Belfast foster parent has been charged with gross sexual assault against a 9-year-old foster child. 
Lawrence D. Oxton, 71, was arraigned on two sexual abuse charges Friday afternoon at Belfast District Court. 
Belfast man charged with sexual assault against foster child
What a sicko, eh?  Using a poor defenseless foster child for his own sexual pleasures.

I hope he enjoys his stay in jail.

"Accusations fly at school board meeting" or rather "How Maine's Schools Trample Over Parental Rights"

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.  
~ Leonard Henderson founder of American Family Rights Association
That's how the schools and child welfare agencies in Maine take advantage of you for their own gain, by taking advantage of the parents who don't know that they have rights.  Apparently Kennebunk School's have run into a little snag with this all too common social policy.
Nearly a month after being accused of misleading the public by not making it clear parents can opt-out of standardized testing for their children, the RSU 21 Board of Directors has approved a new letter to announce upcoming test dates. 
Accusations fly at school board meeting
I realize that these tests are a crock.
“Forcing them to take a test you know they are going to fail only frustrates them and turns them away from learning,” said Karlene Frost, who called the test “mental torture” for her son. 
“It only tells you what you already know, that they are special needs and you need funding to help them. That is a flawed system,” Frost said.
I know that the government is simply trying to normalize everybody by making sure they all meet the same academic standards.  I understand that the schools have to look out for their own financial interest...
What the letter did not say, however, was that parents can decline to have their children participate in the testing. The letter only mentioned that federal law requires a 95 percent participation rate among students. Failure to meet that requirement can cause schools to fall onto the fed’s list of Continuing Improvement Priority Schools. Landing on the CIPS list can lead to eventual loss of state and federal subsidies and even such corrective measures as forced removal of school staff and administrators.
but Kennebunk schools have no intention of notifying parents that they have the right to opt their children out of this testing.  If parents did understand that they had this right, then more would use it.
“The school was leading me to believe I had no choice (but to consent to the testing),” she said. “The only reason my son was able to opt out is because he is special needs. But still, I was told, do not make this public. 
“Why am I being told not to make public that parents have rights? Why is that a problem?” she asked, without drawing an answer.
It simply wouldn't be in the school systems best interest to inform parents of their rights to opt out.  It never is.  They have new goals and agendas that we didn't have to worry about when we were kids because we weren't growing up in the "No Child Left Behind" era, when teachers had more freedom to teach a curriculum that actually interested some of us.

It's the simple process of taking advantage of the ignorance of others.  If people know that they have rights then they will use them.  In such a case, the schools loose control.

However, let this be a warning to you.  Don't complain too much parents!  The school staff will retaliate by reporting you to Child Protective Services for noncompliance of their requests for participation!  CPS will do the same thing, by failing to notify you of your rights, and using your ignorance to their advantage to do things such as enter your home against your wishes and then say that you agreed to let them in willingly.

How much do you want to bet this has already happened to a few of these pesky, trouble making parents?


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Bruce Poliquin is a Shrew for the Anti-Dad People

Damn deadbeats!!!
Poliquin: We Must Ensure Single Parents Can Provide for Their Children
Don't you just love how they make it sound like every father who has ever been behind on child support is a useless deadbeat?  It isn't like nobody is struggling to get by or anything.  It isn't like every father has the right to visit their children or anything.  It isn't like every one of these single moms have jobs and aren't sucking off the welfare system or anything.

Nope!  Blame the dad!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Wabanaki TRC claims that Maine Child Welfare destroys native children and families to make them white

I came across an article on the TRC conclusion late last night and was really too tired to get into it.

To read the entire history of the TRC from the moment it was signed into law by Gov. LePage: Click Here
Kill the Indian, Save the Man~ Capt. Richard H. Pratt
Cultural Genocide is a horrible thing.  Children have every right to grow up knowing who they are and where they came from.  I don't care what race or nationality you are.  You have the right to know your parents and your roots.

Wabanaki children were taken away and put into boarding schools and foster homes and group homes to try to assimilate them into white culture.  The end result was much more devastating as these children suffered abuse, were denied their roots and were denied the opportunity to grow up in loving families.

Words simply can't describe how horrible this must have been for these families and I can't begin to claim that I understand what many of them went through.  And yes folks, this happened right here in Maine.  It has been happening for years.  It still happens today all across the USA, Canada and Australia.