Friday, March 31, 2017

Maine DHHS is failing the children it is supposed to protect

Here's an interesting article...
Problems at Long Creek started with failures at the Department of Health and Human Services. 
More >> Maine DHHS is failing the children it is supposed to protect
I would like to point out that the kids mentioned in this article from DHHS residential homes are more likely than not foster kids being warehoused in the Youth Center.  
"And once they have served their sentences at Long Creek, children who would otherwise be released often languish inside because there are long waiting lists for community placements."
Otherwise they'd go home to their families right?

Monday, March 20, 2017

How Maine is failing working parents by leaving millions unspent on child care

As Maine faces a labor shortage that’s only expected to intensify in the coming years, the state will need to find ways to ensure more people can work. But instead of expanding access to child care and making it easier for parents to make a living, a handful of state policies that have taken effect over the past decade, during the administrations of both Govs. John Baldacci and Paul LePage, have restricted families’ ability to find affordable care for their kids.

More >> How Maine is failing working parents by leaving millions unspent on child care

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Release of woman in child’s death stirs painful memories for mother


Sally Ann Schofield, 55, a former state child caseworker who suffocated the 5-year-old foster child with duct tape, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 17 years in prison. Schofield remains at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham and is due to be released on probation on April 25. 
More >> Release of woman in child’s death stirs painful memories for mother


You all really don't want to know what I think they should do to her.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Parents of Fairfield woman convicted in baby’s death seek right to visit other child


It's always a tragedy when a baby dies.  This is a sad case all the way around, and I'm happy that the older child in the family is currently living with her biological father but it absolutely disgusts me that these grandparents have to fight to see an older child in the family.
Kayla Stewart, 21, appeared in court Monday on a writ from the Maine Correctional Center for a petition for grandparents' rights filed by Lucille and Randall Stewart, her adoptive parents. 
More >> Parents of Fairfield woman convicted in baby’s death seek right to visit other child
The father has no reason to cut them off.  They didn't kill the baby and shouldn't be punished any more than they already have been.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Former DHHS worker convicted in death of 5-year-old to be released


A former DHHS caseworker convicted in the death of a 5-year-old girl will soon be released from prison. 
Sally Ann Schofield was convicted in 2002 and is serving a 20 year sentence for killing Logan Marr. 
More >> Former DHHS worker convicted in death of 5-year-old to be released

A real parent would have gotten life and this murderer will soon be able to get on with hers..

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Maine's DHHS has a Serious Rat Problem but doesn't want to call it that


In a surprisingly in depth article from the Bangor Daily News, it has come out that Maine's Child Abuse Hotline apparently isn't equip to handle the volume of calls coming in these days.
The state’s child abuse hotline wasn’t able to answer about 1,000 calls per month on average last year, increasing the possibility of injuries to children that otherwise could have been prevented. 
More >> 1,000 calls per month to Maine’s child abuse hotline went unanswered last year
Oh my God!  This is horrible!  Imagine all of those poor abused and neglected children going without the help that they may so desperately need.

Now usually I would point to something like this as a more typical DHHS incompetence or collateral damage from LePage era budget cuts, but this one is more concerning because in addition to another DHHS failure, it points out that Maine has around 55,000 people rushing out to make that call every year.

For the sake of argument, some would suggest that a high number of calls to the child abuse hotline would be a good thing because it means that concerned citizens are looking out for all of the poor abused and neglected children right?   I would even agree with that if not for the fact that most of these people don't know the difference between child abuse and a hole in the ground.

Lets take a closer look at my point.  According to the BDN Article mentioned above...
In 2015, 33 percent of calls — 17,907 out of 54,179 — weren’t answered on the first try. And in 2014, 32 percent of callers — 17,514 out of 55,041 — either hung up or went to voicemail.
However according to an Office of Child and Family Services report, in 2014 Maine only had 2392 substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect, while in 2015 there were only 2148.

To clarify:

In the year 2014:  There were 55,041 calls to the child abuse hotline in Maine that resulted in 2392 confirmed cases of child maltreatment.

In the year 2015:  There were 54,179 calls to the child abuse hotline in Maine that resulted in 2148 confirmed cases of child maltreatment.  

(Page 10)

What this all means folks is that if the state is reporting accurate numbers, then when you apply the math only about 4% of calls to the child abuse hotline in Maine result in confirmed cases of child abuse or neglect.  IOW, out of 54,179 calls to DHHS in 2015, about 52,031 didn't result in squat.  Therefore there are about 52,000 concerned citizens in Maine who apparently deserve to be smacked upside the head every year.

So as you can see the problem isn't so much with an overburdened child abuse hotline as it is with the number of idiots who are overburdening it, because they decide to make that call without having a clue in regards to what constitutes child abuse or neglect or the balls to follow through with the report.  Because of that, there are probably little children in Maine who really are abused and neglected who are falling through the cracks because DHHS is too busy sorting through all the crap from all of the false accusing idiot CPS Rats on a moral superiority trip.

And that my friends is the real problem.