Saturday, June 29, 2019

Looking For Child Care? In Maine, You're Pretty Much On Your Own.

One of the many challenges parents face in their search for affordable child care in Maine is that they are largely on their own. There is not much in the way of guidance, other than Google, a state-run website called Child Care Choices, and word of mouth.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Pro-CPS Propaganda in Maine

The following article is a piece of pro-CPS (Child Protective Services) propaganda that was put out by the Portland Press Herald this morning.
Since 2007, 18 children have been killed in Maine homes being monitored by the state 
In the last 12 years, 18 children in Maine have been killed in homes where state child welfare officials knew that the children or their siblings were subjected to abuse or neglect, sometimes over a period of years. 
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This article is a great example of limited focus and narrow-mindedness.  What's written in this PPH article is what is being talked about in the legislature where they are making "knee jerk reaction type" laws that effect everybody, to address the shortcomings of DHHS in regards to a very few recent cases, as well as approving millions of dollars in additional funding to support CPS growth opportunities, ie. more workers, training, services, foster care providers, removing more kids from their parents and making it harder to get them back, etc.
Those revelations raise questions about whether any of the deaths could have – or should have – been prevented. 
This is also what is being thought about when normal people hold rallies in support of CPS doing more to protect children.  This is what they are worried about happening to the child when they make that call to the Child Abuse Hotline no matter how frivolous the report may be.  The normal person simply doesn't know any better.  They think that they're doing the right thing.

Social Conditioning

Ultimately, the article is an attempt at social conditioning designed to convince people to support tax increases to fund growth opportunities for CPS.  It's really quite sinister how it all works out.  Let me explain.

The children who are mentioned in this article suffered horrible fates.  Anybody with a heart should be outraged when this happens.  However CPS tends to use these cases as springboards to promote policy changes that enable them to take more kids from their parents and increase revenue.

The problem is that these particular cases are the most extreme examples of child abuse and are relatively rare as compared to ALL the cases that CPS in Maine will handle which in 2017 alone reached over 19,500 referrals, making it maybe 1 in every 10,000 alleged cases being this extreme.  However, because these particular cases are mentioned so often, analyzed so deeply and harped on so much by the media, this level of extremity then becomes normalized in the minds of the typical reader or television viewer who gets 99% of their education on child welfare issues from TV and the news papers.

In other words, these kinds of stories capture the attention of self-righteous hypocrite, diaper sniffing child worshipers who get all worked up and start thinking things like "Oh my God!!! Every child is going to die!"  Then when they simply hear the words "child abuse and neglect" these are the images that "POPS!" into their heads.

What these people fail to realize is that sooner or later it could happen to them.  CPS could come knocking on their door.  When that happens, that particular person suddenly tends sees the light and learns the truth about CPS and how horrible they can be.  Until then, however, they won't know any better.

The media harps on these stories because they capture attention, sell papers, hook normal people in and increase the value of their advertising slots.  Emotion junkies want to know more and more and more so they buy the paper the minute the headline captures their attention.  At the same time, the so called "experts" who the author relies upon for information and "educated opinions" often have an agenda and use this as a platform and an opportunity raise awareness about that agenda, so that they can manufacture support for that agenda and move it forward.  That agenda usually has something to do with more money for CPS and enlarging the programs they operate and contract with.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Judge sentences Maine woman convicted of killing 4-year-old girl

A 44-year-old Wiscasset woman has been sentenced to 50 years in prison in the fatal beating a 4-year-old girl in her care.

Superior Court Justice William Stokes decided against a life sentence for Shawna Gatto during a Tuesday morning hearing. Her attorneys, who sought a 30-year sentence, had argued she is not a "monster" and does not deserve a life sentence.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Maine strengthens child car seat laws; what parents need to know

Janet Mills she signed a bill
that changes laws on car seats...

Gov. Janet Mills has signed a bill that makes changes to car seat safety laws for children.

The new regulations require children under the age of 2 be placed in a rear-facing car seat.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Maine Moves Up In National Rankings For Children's Health And Well-Being

Maine has moved up to ninth place in the national rankings for child health and well-being, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book.

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I wonder what the hungry kids are going to think about this?

Monday, June 10, 2019

New Maine law tightening vaccination rules has an exception for special ed students

Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill in May tightening vaccination rules for those attending school in Maine, but the stricter requirements don’t apply to one group of students.

A provision in the law will grandfather in special education students and allow them to continue opting out of vaccinations on religious and philosophical grounds for several years after other students no longer have those options.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Maine Senate unanimously approves bill to study how to increase child screening

Maine ranks last in the nation in screenings for kids in their first year of life.

State Senators unanimously approved a bill Friday aimed at improving that.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Senate unanimously passes funding bill for Ombudsman's Office

I've found the current ombudsman to be a useless CPS supporter.
A bill to increase funding for the office that provides oversight on the child welfare system got unanimous approval Monday in the Maine Senate. 
After hearing from constituents that only one person in the Ombudsman's Office was not enough, Sen. Shenna Bellows, D-Manchester, introduced this bill to allow the office to create more positions. 
The Ombudsman's Office investigates complaints about DHHS regarding to the system itself. 
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