Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Will Betsy DeVos Talk About Child Welfare And Her Michigan Operations?

Will Betsy DeVos make a public statement on her family's individual and corporate revenue maximization schemes of Bethany Christian Services in funding her cronies' political campaigns and industries?

Of course not.  What is going on is a criminal matter of complex financial fraud schemes.

I heard rumors that there are, as of January 2018, 29 sealed indictments in the Western Michigan District Court, but hey, what do I know?

Torn from immigrant parents, 8-month-old baby lands in Michigan

Four days ago, a Homeland Security official proclaimed: “We are not separating babies from parents.”

Yes, you are.

Yet in the middle of the night, two baby boys arrived in Grand Rapids after being separated from their immigrant parents at the southern border weeks ago.

Yet, in the middle of the night, two baby boys were separated from their U.S. Citizen, Michigan mother at their residence, being snatched from their beds by Child Protective Services and no one cared.

One child is 8 months old; the other is 11 months old. Both children have become part of a bigger group of 50 immigrant children who have landed in foster care in western Michigan under the Trump administration's zero-tolerance border policy.

Michigan Child Protection Law has a zero-tolerance policy where, poverty is considered the crime of abuse and neglect.

The average age of these children is 8, a number that has alarmed foster care employees who are struggling to comfort the growing group of kids who are turning up in Michigan at nighttime, when it's pitch-dark outside. They're younger than ever, they say. And they are petrified.

This is when the child placing agencies will put these kids through psychological evaluations and place them on second generation antipsychotropics to silence their screams.


"These kids are arriving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Not only are they being separated from their family, they are being transported to a place that they don't know in the middle of the night,"  said Hannah Mills, program supervisor for the transitional foster care program at Bethany Christian Services, which is currently assisting the displaced children. "We have found on many occasions that no one has explained to these children where they are going."

How can you explain to a kid when the kid is still in diapers?  I have a better one.  How can you explain to a kid that they are about to enter a life of hell in foster care when they are victims of human trafficking?

Moving a tiny human, from point A to point B, without any authorization or warrant, for federal funding cost reimbursements, then warehoused and billed to other federal grant programs, is what we call being Legally Kidnapped.

According to Mills, some of these displaced children got picked up right at the airport by a foster family, while others wound up at a foster care center, begging to talk to their parents. Many have gone 30 days or more without talking to their parents because their parents can't be located, she said.

Not seeing their parents for more than 30 days is nothing.  State law affords a parent whose child is in foster care one hour a week visitation, supervised, of course.





“These kids are hysterical. They’re screaming out for mom and dad,” said Mills, who speaks Spanish and can converse with the children, noting only a handful have learned some English.

FUN FACT! NOT BEING ABLE TO SPEAK ENGLISH IS CONSIDERED CHILD NEGLECT

Mills, who has worked with displaced, immigrant children for six years, said the foster agency is dealing with a new, troubling element: Getting unaccompanied children on the phone with their parents. Typically, this takes about three days, she said. But now it's taking up to a month or more because the parents are detained and the agency can't locate them.

What?  In foster care you cannot have any contact outside the one hour a week supervised visitation.  A parent can face an action of Termination of Parental Rights and the child put up for adoption. Seriously.

"That's probably one of the most detrimental things," Mills said. "At least if we can get a kid to speak with their parent, they can feel safe."

This statement does not speak well for kids "feeling safe" in foster care.

Equally upsetting, Mills said, is watching children when they do finally get on the phone with a parent. For example, she recalled, a tearful 7-year-old on the phone with her mother asking her, 'Are you OK? Are you hurt? Is someone hurting you?' "

So, the kids are doing the jobs of these so-called family organizations checking on the well-being of the parents.  Parents are traumatized when their children are Legally Kidnapped, just like the parents who had their children spirited away for the peculiar institution.

"All of it is incredibly upsetting," Mills said, stressing: "The difference is, we're seeing so many more younger kids."

Good.  I pray, all of you, awaken every morning to a tear soaked pillow.

Immigration crisis: Where are the girls?

Homeland Security officials were not available for comment on why infants and toddlers are being taken from their parents.

$$$$$ Look at the contracts, then pull their financials.  You will find they are probably, neigh, they are funding political campaigns.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has steadfastly maintained that its goal is to protect the nation's borders, enforce immigration laws and send a strong message to immigrants that if they cross the border unlawfully, they will be prosecuted and their kids taken away.

This is called Child Protection Law, or rather the Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act.

There is no federal law that mandates children and parents be separated at the border, though the practice has led to nearly 2,000 kids being misplaced in the past six weeks — a phenomenon that has triggered a firestorm of controversy. Many religious groups, social activists and immigrant-sympathizers are calling for an end to the practice while Trump supporters are saying let him do his job.

Yes, there is law.  Here it is, below.

On Tuesday, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights announced that it's assessing the impact of Trump’s zero-tolerance policy on the state of Michigan and the detained immigrant children, stating it "has a duty to make sure their civil rights are protected."

What about the children who have been removed by CPS (in child welfare we use the term 'removal', not the watered down 'separated')?

“We have received reports and are very concerned that the children arriving here are much younger than those who have been transported here in the past. Some of the children are infants as young as 3 months of age and are completely unable to advocate for themselves," Agustin V. Arbulu, Executive Director of Michigan Department of Civil Rights said in a statement.

Those tiny humans are quick to adopt because, under CAPTA, these children are considered abandoned, where the Adoption Safe Families Act (ASFA) fast tracks Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) for adoption.

The  American Association for Justice also condemned the family separation policy on Tuesday, stating: “These actions are risking the safety and well-being of innocent children. We call on the administration to immediately halt this practice and to reunite these traumatized families. This is not who we are as a nation. We can and must do better.”

The American Association for Justice could wake the hell up and address Child Welfare Law in the United States before making such ignorant statements into the public record.

But the Trump administration is not backing down, stressing the policy is about preserving and protecting America's borders and upholding the law. Moreover, it insists, the policy is not new, claiming children have long been placed in foster care when their parents were criminally charged with an immigration violation.

The Trump Administration is proving just how oxymoronic Child Welfare Law is in the U.S.  People scream bloody hell on the separation of children from families, but remain eerily silent on the exact same practice by CPS.

"What has changed is that we no longer exempt entire classes of people who break the law," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a White House briefing Monday. "Here is the bottom line: DHS is no longer ignoring the law."

Implode the system with their own law and policy.

She later added: "We are a country of compassion. We are a country of heart. ... We must fix the system so that those who truly need asylum can in fact receive it."

We are a country built upon selling chattel, the oldest form of survival.

President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans desperately searched Tuesday for an end game to the administration's contentious zero-tolerance immigration policy that has drawn fire from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

I believe the Republican leadership is going through a bit of a challenge considering the fact that Bethany Christian Services is a DeVos operation, that probably funds political campaigns in Michigan, and across the nation, but hey, what do I know?  I know this is quite awkward, not in the political sense, but in the more than likely possibility of criminal self-indictments.  Politicians tend to distance themselves when it comes to admitting to violating federal law.


Trump said Tuesday he wants the legal authority to detain the children along with the adults and "promptly remove families together as a unit."

That would mean Congress would have to speak upon CPS, foster care, adoption, and all the other systems contained within Child Welfare.

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JUDICIARY: Oversight of the FBI and DOJ Actions in Advance of the 2016 Election


Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) delivered the following statement during the House Judiciary Committee and Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s joint hearing on “Oversight of the FBI and DOJ Actions in Advance of the 2016 Elections.”




Chairman Goodlatte: We are here, following the release of Inspector General Horowitz’s highly-anticipated report, to shed light on decisions that have terribly tarnished the reputation of our chief law enforcement institutions and undermined Americans’ confidence in their justice system.  Today we will examine irregularities and improprieties in the FBI and DOJ’s handling of two of the most sensitive investigations in the history of our country.  And it all began with Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified emails.

The IG’s report has spawned more questions and more theories about the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the Clinton investigation.  It confirms that Mrs. Clinton did, in fact, receive special treatment from the Obama Justice Department and FBI during their investigation – “Mid-Year Exam,” as it was known internally.

The American people often get tired of the political infighting in Washington, D.C.  So I want to ask a simple question, “Why should Americans care about what we are talking about here today?”  I propose a simple yet weighty answer: because our Constitution guarantees equality under the law.   

Americans expect that those with power and influence will not receive special treatment.  But as the IG report describes, DOJ and FBI did not treat Mrs. Clinton like any other criminal suspect and did not follow standard investigative procedures in exonerating her.  The IG found many issues with this particular investigation, as well as serious institutional issues.  And while only telling half the story – we are still awaiting conclusions with respect to allegations of surveillance abuse inside the FBI – the IG identified various corrective actions, including recommending five additional FBI employees for further review and possible disciplinary consideration.  In a nutshell, the IG report details unusual actions taken by law enforcement officials who were sworn to uphold the Constitution impartially and fairly.  They failed in that duty.

Again, why should Americans care?  The Department of Justice and the FBI are not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution.  Who is mentioned in the Constitution?  The President and Congress.  Yet a handful of individuals in these law enforcement institutions placed the constitutional institution of the Presidency under attack during a heated election, and mocked Congress’s legitimate, constitutionally-mandated oversight.

Equality under the law is a core American value.  Our laws are to be administered and enforced with impartiality.  The IG report confirms that this was not the case in the Clinton investigation.  To quote from the report concerning certain individuals assigned to the investigation, “We found that the conduct of these five FBI employees brought discredit to themselves, sowed doubt about the FBI’s handling of the Midyear investigation, and impacted the reputation of the FBI…Moreover, the damage caused by their actions extends far beyond the scope of the Midyear investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI’s reputation for neutral fact-finding and political independence.”  I am only repeating what the IG found – improprieties by the FBI and DOJ caused such far-reaching damage going “to the heart” of what is expected from agencies whose responsibility was to remain “fair administrators of justice.”

This hearing and the IG’s report underscores the importance of the ongoing joint investigation by the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee into decisions made by the DOJ and FBI in 2016.  To date, the Committees have interviewed several key witnesses and reviewed thousands of documents.  While we appreciate the IG and his staff for a very detailed investigation, it is critical for the public to also hear what was not included in the report due to the IG’s refusal to question “whether a particular decision by the FBI and DOJ was the most effective choice.”   Here is what has been observed by these Committees:
  • Questionable interpretation by DOJ and FBI of the law surrounding mishandling of classified information.
  • Foreign actors obtained access to some of Mrs. Clinton’s emails – including at least one email classified “SECRET.”
  • Director Comey appeared to have predetermined the exoneration of Mrs. Clinton at least two months before the investigation concluded.
  • The Department of Justice determined any charge of “gross negligence” was off the table, reading an “intent” standard into the law that does not exist.
  • Grotesque statements against then-candidate Donald Trump were made by top FBI officials, and they went so far as to say “we’ll stop” Trump from becoming President.
  • Indiscretions involving Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page were not handled appropriately at the time FBI management learned of them, resulting in their continued assignment as key players on the Clinton Investigation and the Mueller Russia investigation.
  • Mr. McCabe appears to have not been forthright with Congress during an interview conducted by the Committees concerning his knowledge of meetings and actions taken by Mr. McCabe and his team.
  • The FBI’s top counterintelligence official was unaware of possible evidence indicating Mrs. Clinton’s private email server had been penetrated by a foreign adversary, and unaware of relevant legal process obtained during the investigation.
  • Documents show significant criticism of Mr. Comey expressed by multiple current and former FBI agents.
  • The FBI intentionally obscured the fact President Obama had communicated with Mrs. Clinton’s private email address by editing Mr. Comey’s final press statement, replacing “the President” with the euphemism “senior government official.”
  • Finally, top FBI officials, including Mr. McCabe and Mr. Priestap, through their wives, had close ties to Democrat and Clinton-affiliated entities, and should have seemingly been recused from the Clinton investigation.
Public confidence in the impartiality of our law enforcement system is critical to ensure all are treated equally under the law.  Fallout from the Clinton investigation, however, gives the impression those with money and influence are given lighter treatment than the so-called common person.  Short-term damage to the FBI and DOJ’s reputations is apparent; however, the IG and Congress’ investigations will help to understand why certain deficiencies occurred during one of the most high profile investigations in this nation’s history.  This hearing is a crucial step toward repairing law enforcement’s reputation as an impartial fact finder and seeker of truth.

I look forward to the Inspector General’s testimony today.

JUDICIARY: TOMORROW AT 1 P.M.: HOUSE DEMOCRATS TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT, LEGISLATION TO END FAMILY SEPARATION AT THE BORDER



Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 1 p.m., House Democrats, led by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), will hold a press conference on the Keep Families Together Act, H.R. 6135, legislation to end family separation at the U.S. border.

Ranking Member Nadler’s legislation is the House companion to the legislation introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Diane Feinstein (D-CA) earlier this month. More than 190 House Democrats cosponsored the legislation.

 Speakers:      Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
Wendy Young, Executive Director of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Immigration Subcommittee 
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D-CA)
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)
Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA)
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)

Date:              Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Time:              1:00 p.m. ET

Location:        East front steps of the U.S. Capitol 
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C.

RSVP: Media interested in covering should rsvp to Shadawn Reddick-Smith and Daniel Schwarz.

Background:

Trump Administration Continues to Lie about Family Separation

President Donald Trump is lying when he says family separation is required by the laws on the books.  As fact-checkers at the Washington Post and elsewhere have concluded, there is simply NO law that requires family separation.  What is causing children to be taken from their parents is the deliberate choice—the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy—to prosecute asylum seeking families at the border for illegal entry. 

I guess the Judiciary Chief of Staff is too damn terrified of his future to do his job and do fact checking.  Once again, I will do the work for them.  Here is the law the Trump Administration is following.

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Michigan Samaritas Prepares For Profiting From Trafficking Of Tiny Humans From The Border

In the spirit of fushcia...

Michigan foster organization readies for border kids taken from families


(WJBK) - Heartbreaking audio obtained by the Associated Press reveals children crying at the border after being ripped from the arms of their parents.

Welcome to foster care and adoption.

Their parents detained under the Trump Administration’s zero tolerance policy for illegal immigration. Outrage is growing - as both Democrats and some Republicans work to stop the separation of families.

The only thing the Trump Administration did was to enforce U.S. Child Welfare Law.

Over the last six weeks - more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and are now being held at detention centers at the southern border.

At least they are provided some form of food and shelter, unlike foster care.

"It is very scary," said Lena Wilson. "And the fact that we're not sure what due process is being done, it's pretty scary right now."

Again, welcome to foster care.

Lena Wilson the vice president of Child and Family at Samaritas, Michigan's largest private foster organization, recently agreed to help find homes for 60 children being held at the border.

Let us take a moment and look at Samaritas.

In 2016, the net assets of Samaritas were $41,242,622.

They own $94,755,003.

They have $21,602,020 in publicly traded securities.

Why?


Wilson says this is new territory.

No, it is not.

Verlie Ruffin, former Ombudsman for the Michigan Office of Children Ombudsman came from Lutheran Social Services, the non-profit of the non-profit of Samaritas.

This is its mission statement:


Serving people as an expression of the love of Christ

That is scary considering they are about to face.

I shall assume "an expression of the love of Christ" means the trafficking of tiny humans based upon the residuals of the peculiar institution.

Will U.S. Senate Probe Non-Profit Child Welfare Orgs, Too?

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"It wouldn't be often in the United States that you would see a large congregate facility for children in which you see them housed now," she said. "In fact there is federal legislation that talked about the best place for children is with their families.

ROFLMAO!!!

"We're not sure how this is going to work. There is so many things at play that are not usually in play.

That is because you never had your dirty laundry thrown on the front lawn before.

When the parents have an English barrier and the child has an English barrier, the real concern is making sure that we can communicate with them. Making sure we have interpreters and making sure the parents know where their kids are and that they don't get lost."

Children can be removed from parents and taken into custody for not being able to speak English.  They call it child neglect.

That is the biggest fear right now - undocumented parents are working through the criminal system while their kids are being placed in foster care.

Welcome to the U.S. Child Welfare System.

Some children are so young they aren't able to reveal basic information about themselves or their parents. The big question now is who is keeping track of these children?

Like that ever mattered, before.

"For those that I guess we can locate the parents and figure a safe way to make sure they are reunited perhaps," said Wilson. "If not, they would remain here so their legal jurisdiction would be in question."

According to U.S. Law, there is this thing called "concurrent planning" where they fast track Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) for adoption from the 90 dispositional cycle.

Oh, you do not know what TPR is?  It is chattel law for property seizure when you hail from the population of "The Poors" (always said with clinched teeth).  For a better understanding, just look at lis pendens,  or rather the quiet title actions the Detroit Land Bank Authority is using the snatch properties.  Same thing.  You have defaulted on your legal standing through eminent domain laws.

So, each time the media or one of the "Elected Ones" tells you there is not law, they should be looked upon as being unqualified to hold office, because there is law.



Wilson says they expect the displaced children to arrive in Metro Detroit by the end of the summer.

They will first be housed at the Wellspring facility in Farmington Hills and eventually foster care.

Wellspring is another one of those Lutheran Social Services for trafficking tiny humans.

The Samaritas organization is quickly working to get more foster parents, mentors and interpreters to make sure support is in place for the kids likely traumatized by being taken from their parents.

$$$$

"No matter how nice a congregate facility is, it is still a congregate facility," Wilson said. "It is a very sterile environment, there is not a lot of structure caring hugging a child needs from parent.

I prefer to call it warehousing.  You cannot touch the tiny humans because it is illegal.  Now, think about living in a deprivation system like this and what eventually happens with tiny humans longing for human touch of compassion, a recipe for child trafficking.

"There are a lot of things that can happen and a lot of long range impacts for this. And that is what's scary."



There is no law dictating children must be separated from their parents who have been caught crossing into the country illegally. However, there are laws against entering the US illegally.

I just told you about Child Welfare Law, so let me tell you about the other law that allows the separation of children from families. CAPTA.

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2012 Anti-Immigration Child Welfare Poster For Distribution

I created this in 2012.

It took six years, but the castigation of child welfare law is finally in full effect.

Take the time and share or just print out and distribute.

Just remember, the separation of children from immigrants at the border is law.

The law is child welfare law.\

If you do not like it, make Congress change it.

Oh, and be nice to Jeff Sessions.  He is just doing his job.

Have a great day!

Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters

Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, the Associated Press has learned.

Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. The government also plans to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in Houston, where city leaders denounced the move Tuesday.

Since the White House announced its zero tolerance policy in early May, more than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, resulting in a new influx of young children requiring government care. The government has faced withering critiques over images of some of the children in cages inside U.S. Border Patrol processing stations.

Decades after the nation’s child welfare system ended the use of orphanages over concerns about the lasting trauma to children, the administration is standing up new institutions to hold Central American toddlers that the government separated from their parents.

“The thought that they are going to be putting such little kids in an institutional setting? I mean it is hard for me to even wrap my mind around it,” said Kay Bellor, vice president for programs at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which provides foster care and other child welfare services to migrant children. “Toddlers are being detained.”

Bellor said shelters follow strict procedures surrounding who can gain access to the children in order to protect their safety, but that means information about their welfare can be limited.

By law, child migrants traveling alone must be sent to facilities run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services within three days of being detained. The agency then is responsible for placing the children in shelters or foster homes until they are united with a relative or sponsor in the community as they await immigration court hearings.

But U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement last month that the government would criminally prosecute everyone who crosses the U.S.-Mexico border illegally has led to the breakup of migrant families and sent a new group of hundreds of young children into the government’s care.
The United Nations, some Democratic and Republican lawmakers and religious groups have sharply criticized the policy, calling it inhumane.

Not so, said Steven Wagner, an official with the Department of Health and Human Services.

“We have specialized facilities that are devoted to providing care to children with special needs and tender age children as we define as under 13 would fall into that category,” he said. “They’re not government facilities per se, and they have very well-trained clinicians, and those facilities meet state licensing standards for child welfare agencies, and they’re staffed by people who know how to deal with the needs, particularly of the younger children.”

Until now, however, it’s been unknown where they are.

“In general, we do not identify the locations of permanent unaccompanied alien children program facilities,” said agency spokesman Kenneth Wolfe.

The three centers — in Combes, Raymondville and Brownsville — have been rapidly repurposed to serve needs of children including some under 5. A fourth, planned for Houston, would house up to 240 children in a warehouse previously used for people displaced by Hurricane Harvey, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.

Turner said he met with officials from Austin-based Southwest Key Programs, the contractor that operates some of the child shelters, to ask them to reconsider their plans. A spokeswoman for Southwest Key didn’t immediately reply to an email seeking comment.

“And so there comes a point in time we draw a line and for me, the line is with these children,” said Turner during a news conference Tuesday.

On a practical level, the zero tolerance policy has overwhelmed the federal agency charged with caring for the new influx of children who tend to be much younger than teens who typically have been traveling to the U.S. alone. Indeed some recent detainees are infants, taken from their mothers.
Doctors and lawyers who have visited the shelters said the facilities were fine, clean and safe, but the kids, who have no idea where their parents are, were hysterical, crying and acting out.

“The shelters aren’t the problem, it’s taking kids from their parents that’s the problem,” said South Texas pediatrician Marsha Griffin who has visited many.

Alicia Lieberman, who runs the Early Trauma Treatment Network at University of California, San Francisco, said decades of study show early separations can cause permanent emotional damage.

“Children are biologically programmed to grow best in the care of a parent figure. When that bond is broken through long and unexpected separations with no set timeline for reunion, children respond at the deepest physiological and emotional levels,” she said. “Their fear triggers a flood of stress hormones that disrupt neural circuits in the brain, create high levels of anxiety, make them more susceptible to physical and emotional illness, and damage their capacity to manage their emotions, trust people, and focus their attention on age-appropriate activities.”

Days after Sessions announced the zero-tolerance policy, the government issued a call for proposals from shelter and foster care providers to provide services for the new influx of children taken from their families after journeying from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.

As children are separated from their families, law enforcement agents reclassify them from members of family units to “unaccompanied alien children.” Federal officials said Tuesday that since May, they have separated 2,342 children from their families, rendering them unaccompanied minors in the government’s care.

While Mexico is still the most common country of origin for families arrested at the border, in the last eight months Honduras has become the fastest-growing category as compared to fiscal year 2017.

During a press briefing Tuesday, reporters repeatedly asked for an age breakdown of the children who have been taken. Officials from both law enforcement and Health and Human Services said they didn’t know how many children were under 5, under 2, or even so little they’re non-verbal.

“The facilities that they have for the most part are not licensed for tender-age children,” said Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, who met with a 4-year-old girl in diapers in a McAllen warehouse where Border Patrol temporarily holds migrant families.

“There is no model for how you house tons of little children in cots institutionally in our country. We don’t do orphanages, our child welfare has recognized that is an inappropriate setting for little children.”

So now, the government has to try to hire more caregivers.

The recent call for proposals by the federal government’s Office of Refugee Resettlement said it was seeking applicants who can provide services for a diverse population “of all ages and genders, as well as pregnant and parenting teens.”

Even the policy surrounding what age to take away a baby is inconsistent. Customs and Border Protection field chiefs over all nine southwest border districts can use their discretion over how young is too young, officials said. And while Health and Human Services defines “tender age” typically as 12 and under, Customs and Border Protection has at times defined it as 5 and under.

For 30 years, Los Fresnos, Texas-based International Education Services ran emergency shelters and foster care programs for younger children and pregnant teens who arrived in the U.S. as unaccompanied minors. At least one resident sued for the right to have an abortion in a high-profile case last March.

For reasons the agency did not explain, three months ago the government’s refugee resettlement office said it was ending their funding to the program and transferred all children to other facilities. This came weeks before the administration began its “zero tolerance” policy, prompting a surge in “tender age” migrant children needing shelter.

In recent days, members of Congress have been visiting the shelters and processing centers, or watching news report about them, bearing witness to the growing chaos. In a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, a dozen Republican senators said separating families isn’t consistent with American values and ordinary human decency.

On Tuesday, a Guatemalan mother who hasn’t seen her 7-year-old son since he was taken from her a month ago sued the Trump administration. Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia was released from custody while her asylum case is pending and thinks her son, Darwin, might be in a shelter in Arizona.

“I only got to talk to him once and he sounded so sad. My son never used to sound like that, he was such a dynamic boy,” Mejia-Mejia said as she wept. “I call and call and no one will tell me where he is.”

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The blog of Judge James Del Rio

The Jimmy Hoffa/ Martin Luther King Connection
I thought this was cool.

The blog of Judge James Del Rio

The life and times of the controversial former Michigan State Representative and Detroit Judge James Del Rio

Back ahead to the 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King, by then the undisputed national leader of the civil rights movement, and Jimmy Hoffa, undisputed boss of the Teamsters union, exchange a series of friendly letters and telegrams, and Hoffa personally hands King a check for twenty-five big ones, for which King is eternally grateful…

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FOIA Verifies Federal Investigation Of Detroit Land Bank Authority, MSHDA, MHA

In the spirit of fuchsia...

State letter notes firing, reassignment in Detroit demo probe

Please, keep in mind, the Federal Bureau of Investigation only investigates criminal matters, not civil, criminal, like they are pretty darn sure indictments will ensue from their work on a criminal investigation.

Not an audit.

Not an administrative review.

Not even an examination.

The FBI does criminal investigations, that have gone through its administrative structures, via federal law, or even international, depending on the criminal matter, which is not civil, so the likelihood of a successfully communicating the findings of the investigation to the U.S. Attorney's Office is quite significant.

NOTE TO SELF: Find out annual stats on how many FBI investigations were rejected by the U.S. Attorney General.

Detroit — A former high-ranking member of the Detroit Building Authority was terminated and a land bank staffer who oversaw Detroit's blight elimination was reassigned over problematic bid awards for the city's federally funded demolition program, according to a document released amid a 2016 state audit that found evidence of possible "bid rigging" and "collusion."

No, really?

The previously redacted Sept. 30, 2016, letter, sent by the homeownership director of the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Nonprofit Housing Corp. to the U.S. Treasury, identifies former Detroit Building Authority deputy director Jim Wright as a "key staff person" terminated from the program over the issues, and a second Detroit Land Bank staffer, Marti Delgado, reassigned to another area "that does not have any roles and responsibilities with blight elimination or handling of any Hardest Hit blight funding."

Correct me if I am wrong, but is this the same Jim Wright from DMC and Wayne County? Oh, I remember this one.  This goes back to Hamtramck. This is going to get interesting.

The full letter — which also referenced an ongoing federal criminal investigation into the program — was made public Monday as part of a lawsuit filed last fall by activist Robert Davis over the release of audit and financial documents related to the state's investigation of the program.

The beauty of FOIA.  We have official confirmation that there is an ongoing investigation with grand juries. How do I know about the grand juries? This is Detroit.

The revelation comes after the audit, first made public this spring through the Freedom of Information Act, detailed admissions from Wright and Delgado regarding the manipulation of bid awards. The 2016 audit, at the time, also suspected "bid rigging" and "collusion" between the city's building authority, the Detroit Land Bank and program contractors.

They were doing that creative billing of cubic space, like air. Seriously.

Wright, according to the 2016 state audit released to The Detroit News, admitted to contract price manipulation that included hiding some demolition overages by spreading them over other properties so it appeared none of the work exceeded cost limits set by the state.

The practice — which kept each property under a $25,000 required cap — shifted costs "arbitrarily" to other properties, Delgado and Wright both admitted in a July 2016 interview with Tom Golden, who led the investigation for the state.

This was done to abide by a per property funding cap set by the MHA. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority, which distributes federal dollars for the program, was not aware of it, according to the audit. But Detroit's Building Authority Director David Manardo was, according to interviews conducted during the audit.

MSHDA is not absolved from anything at this point.

“He knew of this practice. That it was done. There was no malice intent," Wright told Golden of Manardo. "He wanted to remove the blighted homes at the same contract value. And I agreed to adjust the other properties upwards to make up for the reductions. If the contractors would agree to reduce the price on those properties over the cap then we’d agree to shift those amounts to other properties in the same package. Make up the difference. ... It should not have been done that way."

Wright, who oversaw the blight removal program, abruptly resigned in August 2016, according to city officials at the time. Delgado, a compliance manager for the land bank, left the blight elimination program in January 2017.

I swear, those quit claim deeds were jacked up.  That is why there were issues tearing down the wrong properties.

Wright hung up when reached by phone Monday. A relative for Delgado said she was not available.

Sometimes it is not wise to make public statements during a federal investigation.  Just saying.

The city's demolition program has been the subject of federal, state and local reviews since it came under scrutiny in the fall of 2015 in the wake of bidding concerns and soaring costs.

John Roach, a spokesman for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, said the city does not comment on personnel matters. But he added that Detroit "has been completely transparent with its demolition program and has fully cooperated with every state and federal inquiry into the program."

What about transparency with the other programs associated with properties, like...uhm...property taxes and the Detroit Land Bank Authority?  Tell us the story how the Detroit Land Bank Authority levies taxes, what they do with the taxes they levy, and how come they are levying taxes.  Oh, and tell us the tale of how a city fee becomes a county foreclosure tax!  And I really want to hear to story on how the Detroit Land Bank Authority is operating with the city when it never incorporated, and do not forget the one on how the Detroit Land Bank Authority was representing you, Uncle Duggan, in a court of law.

Oh, boy! I am so excited.  Better get more popcorn.

"All of the issues raised in the MHA audit were addressed and resolved a year ago and detailed in two press conferences conducted by Mayor Duggan," Roach wrote in an email.

"The land bank and the state agreed on a financial settlement over disputed billings to the state, and there was no finding of wrongdoing on the part of the city or the land bank. Since these issues were settled, the U.S. Treasury Department has released another $132 million to Detroit’s demolition program to allow it to continue its work."

Roach said initial concerns raised by the auditor involving Manardo were not substantiated after a full investigation of land bank and building authority computers and documents.

"In the preliminary stages of the investigation, the auditors raised the possibility that Dave Manardo may have had some responsibility for the ineligible billing practices," Roach said. "We cannot speak to the statements made by Jim Wright during his interview with the auditors."

Were they demolishing properties they never filed quiet titles on? Hmmmm......

State officials on Monday deferred comment on the audit and Davis' claims to the state Attorney General's Office, which is handling the litigation Davis filed against MHA and the state treasury. A spokesperson reached late Monday declined comment, citing the pending litigation.

Oh, I gotta pull this case.  It will be worth the bottle returns.  Or, I guess I could just email the attorney.

MHA Homeownership Director Mary Townley, during a February deposition in Davis' lawsuit, said there had been concerns of "possible bid-rigging" but the investigation, at the time, was "still ongoing with no final determinations being made."

I believe MHA Homeownership may have a few other issues they are currently dealing with pertaining to SIGTARP.

Katie Bach, a spokeswoman for MSHDA, noted Monday that "it wasn't MHA's role to conclude if there was bid-rigging, as that is a law enforcement determination."

Hold your horses, there, little buckaroo, a judicial determination is coming, too.

MHA, while pursuing its investigation and seeking payback of any funds inappropriately spent by the land bank, also prepared a presentation to update law enforcement on irregularities in the land bank's use of the federal dollars for demolition, she said.

Ladies and gentlemen, it seems we have ourselves whistleblowers, fully cooperating with the federal investigation.  Congratulations MHA, for doing the right thing and help me stop these people from stealin'!!!

"MHA is not aware of the status of any law enforcement investigations that may have resulted from that disclosure," she said.

MHA hired Golden in spring 2016 as well as the firm Ernst & Young to conduct a forensic audit of Detroit's Hardest Hit Fund program expenditures. In August, the state informed the city of the early issues uncovered.

NOTE TO SELF: I need to request a copy of that audit.

The federally funded program shut down for two months in August 2016 after the MHA review, in conjunction with MSHDA, turned up "mistakes" and "errors."

Ah! That is what we call "false claim" in the layman vernacular.  See, you can learn something new every day.

Since then, several controls have been strengthened. Among them, state housing authority employees are now embedded at the land bank and building authority to provide compliance support. Treasury accepted the new procedures Oct. 14, 2016, and work resumed.

Hmmm...are they really MSHDA employees or, oh, how shall I phrase this, "intelligence experts" who are not "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending). I just love to speculate, but hey, what do I know?


There's no place like Motown!

Duggan first revealed in February 2017 that the state's review of the program's billing practices had turned up a total of $7.3 million in what MSHDA argued were "inappropriate" or "inaccurate" costs.

Early last year, the land bank repaid $1.37 million to address improper expenses identified by auditors for the state.

I am still trying to figure out how the Detroit Land Bank Authority wrote a bogus check considering the fact that I had the bank accounts.

Last June, the city's land bank also reached a settlement with state housing officials to pay $5 million to resolve a dispute over invoices the state said were improperly submitted for repayment in the demolition program. At the same time, the state agreed to make another $5 million available to the city for tearing down houses.

Sshhh...that is what we, who are not "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending), call kickbacks, money laundering, and racketeering.  Sshhhh....

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Is Ben Carson Getting In On The Detroit Land Bank Authority School Play?

Related imageThis almost slipped past me.

Ben Carson makes his HUD announcement at Life Remodeled, the same Life Remodeled that has some Detroit Bankruptcy - Detroit Land Bank Authority issues on property ownership.

Here is the backgrounder, and for those who do not click the link, I have provided the documents of the property acquisition, below.

Time To Audit God: Detroit World Outreach, Child Welfare Fraud & Detroit Land Bank Authority

Learn more: BEVERLY TRAN: Time To Audit God: Detroit World Outreach, Child Welfare Fraud & Detroit Land Bank Authority http://beverlytran.blogspot.com/2017/06/time-to-audit-god-detroit-world.html#ixzz5ItwiHJmc
Stop Medicaid Fraud in Child Welfare 


I just find Ben's choice of venue to make such an announcement to be extremely interesting, even more interesting than the face of Mike Duggan.

Ben Carson backs off HUD plan that would raise rents

U.S. HUD Secretary Ben Carson speaks at Life Remodeled,Detroit — U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Thursday backed off aspects of a controversial proposal this spring that would have led to higher rents for low-income households in the United States.

Carson, during a news conference in Detroit, said the plan was considered in April as officials were faced with budget restrictions. Since then, he said, more funding has come through, eliminating the need to impose the rent increases, as proposed, in favor of other options.

"The original rent increases were to make sure we didn't have to raise rents on elderly and disabled people and now we have some increased funding and we're not going to have to do that," Carson told reporters in Detroit after a news conference unveiling plans for the first of what will be more than a dozen hubs across the country to aid low-income households in the path to "self-sufficiency."

"The key thing to remember is that everything we're doing is aimed at elevating people and giving people an opportunity of removing some of the perverse incentives that have kept people in dependent positions," he said.

Carson on Thursday referenced a Detroit News/Associated Press article, "saying how horrible we were for raising all these rents on people." Carson said he's told the media that the consideration to raise rents was tied to HUD's budget restrictions. At that time, he said, it had been "the only option."
The “Make Affordable Housing Work Act,” announced on April 25, would allow housing authorities to impose work requirements, would increase the percentage of income poor tenants are required to pay from 30 percent to 35 percent, and would raise the minimum rent from $50 to $150 per month. For Metro Detroit, the move would boost housing costs by 21 percent on average, according to the new analysis.

"As far as the rents are concerned, they’re going to be simplified," Carson said Thursday, adding the numbers used for gross, rather than adjusted income, will depend on negotiations with Congress. 
"But again bear in mind: We would only raise rents if we have to raise rents. If we don’t have to raise them, that’s not part of the proposal. That has nothing to do with self-sufficiency, raising the rents. That has to do with practicality and making sure that we didn’t have to raise rents on the elderly, disabled or displaced people who are already in the program.”

Carson said rents will only need to be raised if they have to be, and he's confident he'll be able to work with Congress.

“Congress will work with us," he said. "We’re already in negotiations with them.”

Carson made the remarks as he stood alongside Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to announce a Detroit-based "Envision Center," one of what will be 17 around the nation.

Carson touted the plan as one of his signature initiatives to offer HUD-assisted families access to support services and expand use of the limited federal dollars for assistance to more people who need them.

The federal government is not putting money, only support, into the program that is leveraged by dollars from local public-private partnerships, Carson said.

"We're talking about our people, not Democrats or Republicans," Carson said. "The road to self-sufficiency is not an easy one. We must all come together and try."

Carson said the EnVision Centers will provide more solutions to help move families out of poverty and federal assistance to a "much more rewarding lifestyle."

In response to Carson's proposal for higher rents for those receiving HUD assistance, Duggan said he was "concerned for one hour" until Carson informed him Thursday that the proposal was first made when Carson thought the federal budget was being cut.

"Now the money has been reinstated, and there won't be any rent increase," Duggan told reporters. 
Earlier, the mayor told a crowd gathered at the Life Remodeled EnVision Center on Collingwood Street that the facility will bring services to people in the neighborhoods.

"This is about creating opportunity," Duggan said, adding that Carson is starting in Detroit with a place that can help individuals who need it most. "I think this is going to be great progress."

The center, officials said Thursday, will be a tenant in the Durfee Innovation Society. The facility features a gymnasium and will offer a makers space, educational and literacy programs for young children as well as neighborhood job training services. Life Remodeled is a city-based nonprofit that invests in Detroit neighborhoods and has been working for more than a year on renovations inside the former Detroit Public Schools building it's leasing from the district.

The EnVision Centers, to be located near public housing developments, will serve as incubators to support what Carson says are "four key pillars of self-sufficiency," including economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, and character and leadership.
The effort is driven by federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofits, faith-based leaders, public housing authorities and others. The centers, officials said, will leverage public-private partnerships to connect HUD-assisted households with services that offer pathways to self-sufficiency.

"All of us together, we are the answer," said Chris Lambert, Life Remodeled founder.
In Michigan, there will be two centers in Detroit and a third in Inkster, according to a HUD news release.

Other centers will be located in states from California to Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.

Detroit City Councilman Gabe Leland said after the event that he's excited about the center and that Carson was in Detroit to announce it. But Carson's focus forward has to be on negotiations in Washington, D.C., he said.

"Mr. Carson needs to be in Washington, negotiating the principles that he talked about today and spending more time with Congress," Leland said. "I'm not sure he accurately explained the rough and tumble relationship that Congress has with this president. Carson should be in Washington to boost up those relationships and get to work."


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Natalie Goodnow Promulgates A Child Welfare Propaganda Legal Defense For Faith Based Trafficking Of Tiny Humans In Michigan

Natalie Goodnow. Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty.
Natalie Goodnow
Child Welfare Propagandist
Why in the world would anyone want to promote the dismantling of civil rights?
Let us ask Natalie Goodnow of the American Enterprise Institute, my favorite lil think tank that can crank out some child welfare propaganda better than rest.

AEI is the home of Madame Maura Corrigan (said in a high British accent), the godhead of the implementation of privatization which all started in child welfare.

Maura Corrigan likes to train people, so, of course, I wonder if she trained Natalie in this propaganda.

In this particular propaganda campaign to prepare for congressional hearings and the Michigan Auditor General report on privatization in child welfare, Natalie is defending Faith-Based Agencies, which just so happen to be all privatized.

The Michigan Children's Ombudsman, Orlene Hawks, who is still a few laps behind on what is going on, even expressed her concern about Michigan continuing to operate through privatization, so you know that is not working because we are just about only talking about Faith-Based Agencies.

The reason she is using Michigan as her example is because privatization in child welfare started here, in Michigan, under John Engler.

Yes, the same Engler who is have some issues over there at Michigan State University because child welfare privatization policies for the state came from there.

Yes, Natalie uses as her talking points platform in support of Faith-Based Agencies to circumvent that Michigan's child welfare system is still under federal court monitoring, of which I truly hope it will go under federal receivership because the system is rife with fraud.

Yes, Natalie focuses on Michigan, the state where former U.S. Representative Hansen Clark formally requested the U.S. Attorney General to investigate Michigan's child welfare system, which just so happens to be privatized and faith-based.

((Sshhhh, you did not hear this from me but Hansen Clark was never supposed to win that election because the "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending) tried to rig it but the people really, really liked Hansen and so do I.))

Back to Natalie.

Anyway, Natalie also uses Catholic Charities as one of her working examples to hold up her waning argument with some dry rotted crutches of arcane chattel law, to justify the fact that just because Catholic Social Services was so jacked up in Michigan when it was under Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing (BCAL), the regulatory oversight for child welfare, that the state, through privatization policies, dismantled it, by contracting out, whereby the Attorney General will do nothing to prosecute, sanction, contractually debar, revoke licensing, or even recovery fraud, because it is a civil matter, dealing with a private corporation, which just so happens to be a non-profit, meaning you cannot FOIA or take any form of legal action because of one's membership in the population of "The Poors" (always said with clinched teeth).

Catholic Social Services was so jacked up, and I only speak from personal experiences, that it did became a Corporate Shape Shifter and restructured under the legal umbrella of Catholic Charities.

As a matter of fact, Catholic Charities is so jacked up, I was calling them out as far back as 2015 to be probed, and, I have a sneaky suspicion that they were, hence the upcoming congressional hearings because they are already doing the for-profit side.

See, the for-profit side of privatized child welfare organizations make their money through Social Impact Bonds on Wall Street.

The non-profit sides likes to money launder, buy land and fund political campaigns.

I smell the collaborative work of George Bush, John Engler, Betsy DeVos and Maura Corrigan because Faith-Based was, and still is, bread and butter.

This is Faith-Based child welfare operational mentality in Michigan:


These Faith-Based Agencies are nothing but residuals of the peculiar institution because the Emancipation Proclamation forced them to shift over to the charity model to promulgate the trafficking of tiny humans, to maximize revenues, of course.



Behold, the child welfare propaganda of Natalie Goodnow, if that is even her real name.

How do I know?

Because I am the original source and I smell fear.

I smell it whenever I see a desperate online propaganda campaign in child welfare.

You can spot the models so easily it is not even a challenge to me anymore.

She privatized her tweets because she is a private contractor, even though she is generating public policy through legal defensive propaganda.

This is going to get really nasty and it is coming back home to Michigan.

There are no civil rights in child welfare because it is privatized.

In the spirit of fuchsia...

The Role of Faith-Based Agencies in Child Welfare

For decades, the government has relied on private child-welfare providers, including faith-based agencies (FBAs), to help care for children in foster care. There are about 440,000 children in care right now, about a quarter of whom are waiting for adoption. In places like Illinois, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, some FBAs have been forced to shut their doors because of their faith. Eighty members of Congress penned a letter on May 23 to President Trump urging him to protect faith-based child welfare providers. The future of FBAs in Michigan and Philadelphia are currently under threat.

In the big people world, we like to call this "decades long government relying upon private child welfare providers" privatization, Executive Order 12803 Infrastructure Privatization under George Bush, Sr.


The letter states:
“Child neglect, abuse, and abandonment are being fueled by the ongoing opioid epidemic, yet as more children are entering the foster care system we have fewer families available to provide safe and loving homes for them. ...
“We cannot allow history to repeat itself and shut out faith-based agencies doing crucial and quality work. Too much $$$ is at stake to place politics above the needs of our nation’s most vulnerable children. Members of Congress are working to develop legislative solutions. But this issue is so important that all branches of government must take responsible action.”
Members of Congress, the Executive Office, and the Judiciary are all working to develop solutions, but I do not think they will all be "legislative" solutions.(snicker).

*I did not archive that page.

Faith-based adoption agencies are too valuable to shut down

On May 18, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer signed into a law a bill that would allow faith-based child welfare providers to continue serving vulnerable children and families in accordance with their sincerely held religious beliefs. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a similar law on May 11. They join the ranks of seven other states that, over the last few years, have proactively protected FBAs that provide foster care and adoption services

lawsuit by the ACLU in Michigan — a state which currently protects FBAs — wants the state to stop allowing FBAs exemption from regulations that conflict with their faith. If the ACLU wins out, organizations like Catholic Charities would likely not be able to continue providing their services to vulnerable children.

ACLU sucks because it is constrained with their "token-box" check off system of class based animus certification future fundraising money laundering operations through their charitable partners in ignoring the fact that in child welfare, particularly in Faith-Based, there is the legal "Right To Lie" in foster care and adoption because they are immune from prosecution of false claims to the courts and to DHHS for cost reimbursements, in its stripping of civil rights.

My new report out for the Heritage Foundation looks at the important role of faith-based agencies (FBAs) in the child-welfare system. It also lays out what states would lose if many FBAs had to end their foster care and adoption services over regulations that conflicted with their sincerely held beliefs.  

Your report sucks and I salivate for the opportunity to pungently thrash you in a court of law, that way you are under oath and every time you lie or just regurgitate your child welfare propaganda in the record, I will be able to request to hold you in contempt, just by going through my databases that the world has access to with their thumbs on their hand held devices for real time castigation.

Heck, I bet I can get referrals on your for participating in some cover up racketeering activities, or civil rights violations, or just get you a scheduled ridicule your entire career in a public forum, of which I shall enshrine in the annals of history, all of your illustrious institutional instruction upon child welfare fraud.

Oh, I forgot, I also wrote a book.  You do know who is reading my book, right, Natalie?  If you do not, I strongly encourage you to go find out.

With a population of 325 million people — Hispanics, Christians, Asians, atheists, whites, Muslims, African Americans, Buddhists, Native Americans (and too many other religions, races, and ethnicities to list) — across 3,000 counties and two billion acres of intensely varied geography, the United States represents an incredibly diverse community. This is mirrored in a diverse set of providers that deliver human services to families across the nation, including foster and adoptive services. There are public, private, faith-based, and secular child-welfare agencies. They all abide by regulations and requirements set by their states, to ensure a certain standard of care for the children they serve. They all do important work. With the growing foster care and adoption needs of the country, there is plenty of room for all these agencies to roll up their sleeves and work together.

I just adore the use of these Linneaus based hierarchial classification taxonomies when dealing with lower level populations of "The Poors" (always said with clinched teeth). It is just a Faith-Based thang, to make you feel better about the filing of false claims and trafficking tiny humans, you know.

Forcing agencies out because of their faith leaves other agencies to absorb their caseloads — requiring more caseworkers, more foster families to recruit and train, and more resources to serve these additional children. That is especially tough when many agencies are already staggering under the influx of children into foster care over the last five years.

No one is forcing you to leave your faith.  We just want you to stop trafficking tiny humans and put down your imperialistic morality parade drums because all you are doing is running a proactive propaganda defensive campaign because you know you are going to face legal, public query, in the not so distant future.

While nationwide the number of children in foster care has increased by 10 percent from 2012 to 2016, several states saw growth of over 50 percent in that time, like Georgia, Minnesota, Mississippi, and New Hampshire. The number of kids in care waiting for adoption increased 15 percent nationwide from 2012 to 2016. One of the primary driving factors in this increase is the opioid crisis — which has only continued to worsen.

It has worsened because Faith-Based funding is for propaganda purposes, only.  Did I tell you Michigan is looking into Faith-Based funding in child welfare?  No?  I just did.

This has increased the number of foster homes needed. However, many states have actually seen their foster-home capacity decrease over the last few years — either because their number of foster homes is going down, or because the number of foster homes isn’t increasing fast enough to keep up with the growing numbers of children in foster care. People of faith are more likely to step forward for this role. Research has found that practicing Christians are much more likely to adopt and foster, or even consider fostering, compared to the general population.

The number of foster homes are going down because "The Poors" (always said with clinched teeth) do not qualify to be foster parents and most of them see a problem with the trafficking of tiny humans, or shall I just refer to its christian Faith-Based term of chattel.

There are also many examples of faith-based organizations and networks that excel at recruiting foster parents. The CALL in Arkansas helped recruit almost half the state’s foster families. Focus on the Family helped cut in half the number of children in Colorado waiting to be adopted. These are just two instances. Sometimes FBAs also do a better job at finding forever homes for populations that are traditionally harder to place, such as sibling groups and older youth. For example, 45 percent of all Catholic Charities adoptions were children with special needs in 2016.

Those trafficking tiny human networks are well established in the churches through Faith-Based funding.

FBAs are valuable partners for states and can help prevent children from languishing in care or aging out of the system without a permanent family. In a time of great need when there is a shortage of foster and adoptive families in many places, states that are looking to take full advantage of their local resources should embrace their faith communities. Likewise, faith networks and organizations should increase their efforts and commitment to families in need and help ensure that every child has a loving home.

I have a grand idea.  How about you stop stealing children, the land and the votes in the name of the tax exempt god?

Natalie Goodnow is a research fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and a visiting fellow at the Independent Women's Forum.

The Role of Faith-Based Agencies in Child Welfare by Natalie Goodnow by Beverly Tran on Scribd


Oh, Natalie, you are being mean to my Sweetie in your incipient attempt at developing a legal defense through your Faith-Based propaganda.

You do understand the moral of the story..."Do not be mean to my Sweetie, Period."

I await our public encounter.

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