The Goldwater Institute, Protecting Native Children and Lies the PR Firm Told Us Part 1

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In my last blog post (Which I’m afraid was a bit of time ago, my apologies, I have had other things come up in life), I spoke of the new organization CAMI, Citizens Against the Misuse of ICWA.   This is headed up by the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, an organization that looks to loose a source of income if the BIA regulations go through.

The whole thing looked fishy, especially as Johnston Moore was getting involved in ANOTHER Anti-ICWA group – but further research ALSO put him on the CAICW board.   My respect for Focus on the Family and iHeartOrphans has hit a new low.  Many natives consider Lisa Morris and her ilk to be a hate group.  I want to believe that Johnston Moore has the best interests of foster children at heart, especially as once the Sonya facts came out he has never mentioned it again, but this is troubling, especially due to his previous claim that Home Forever had no official position on ICWA.

There have been several releases coming out of late one is Turtle Talk and the other being from NICWA both speaking of a Goldwater Institute Federal lawsuit being filed claiming that the Indian Child Welfare Act is discriminatory against Native Americans.

Ironically, the person in question that is announcing this is William B. Allen of both CAICW and CPICF.   He’s referred to on both the CPICF AND CAICW websites as a “Civil Rights Leader.”    William B. Allen was actually FORCED off of the Civil Rights Committee by George Bush Sr. due to his improper involvement with an Apache child.   I will be going through this case in depth later.   Suffice to say that between this and his speech entitled “Blacks? Animals? Homosexuals? What is a Minority?” at a California conference he was not someone that Bush wanted kept on HIS Civil Rights Committee.

Today though, the Institute revealed a slick new website with heart wrenching stories of children harmed by the Indian Child Welfare Act.    Two of the cases were from the Spirit Lake reservation, one that is problematic and known to be so.   Several of these cases are from families upset that they couldn’t adopt.   The Lupos for example as involved in the Elle case where the child was given to her Aunt and Uncle under ICWA once more spoke out.

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Let’s be honest, Washington has a very strict Families First law.   When Elle’s Aunt and Uncle stepped up, she would be returned.   Also the Lupos couldn’t handle working on a decent transition period to her family.   They asked DCS to take her away because they couldn’t do what was in the child’s best interest.

THEN there is this gem.
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First off “Brown was a registered member of the Cherokee tribe, but beyond that had no significant involvement with the tribe, according to court records.”

If this is the case then why do the South Carolina Supreme Court records state this:

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That shows pretty clearly that Dusten Brown WAS involved in Cherokee Culture.

And another gem:  “In January 2010, a few days before Brown deployed to Iraq, he signed the paperwork consenting to Veronica’s adoption.”

Again in the same ruling:

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Finally this:  “Six months later, Brown agreed to relinquish his parental rights rather than pay child support.”

This was of course due to a text message, but keep in mind that the text message was DISALLOWED at the South Carolina Supreme Court because there was LITERALLY no context for it – just one simple message and that is it.

I have yet to find a connection to Mrs., Jessica Munday in this or to Brad Caricofe, but mark my words it is there, the lies and styling are too much alike to be mere coincidence.   The Goldwater Institute is LYING to everyone and they need to be called out on it.

I will go through the rest of the page step by step in future posts, but this is my best start.

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Why Foster to Adopt Parents Should NOT Fear the Sonya McCaul Case and Why Biological Parents Should

The mass hysteria started before and in the last 24 hours has gotten worse, including with Calvin King (author of the infamous “I Am Sonya” article that was published last year).

There actually was a comment stating something to the effect of foster parents running away from this.

They shouldn’t.   Here is why.

Let’s go to the beginning of the case – if you look at the Omaha World article, you will find that there was not an allegation of abuse or neglect.   NONE.   Yet, John McCaul still had his daughter taken into state custody – this was after he called the police and told them that they wouldn’t give his daughter back.  He sent someone after her as he was instructed and STILL the state took her into their custody.

(As a side note, right now I don’t want to argue the right or wrong of the baby-sitter taking Sonya out of state.   Whether or not you agree with his parenting choice it is HIS PARENTING CHOICE.   It was not neglect, it was not abandonment.  Naivete maybe but that is not something you should loose your child over.)

In April of 2006, Kim Hodgin called DCS on Joy Gunn, claiming an unsafe home.   Joy Gunn had been the emergency placement while they were sorting the custody arrangements out.   (DCS has since admitted they knew of the prevailing custody order in Nebraska but chose not to pursue it further.   This does need some investigating.)   In July Kim and David Hodgins decided to file to terminate the parental rights of both John and his ex wife.

The Hodgins alleged abandonment and claimed that THEY had custody of the child.  (This was a lie, they had placement but at this point DCS had custody.)   DCS had been preparing to send the child BACK to Nebraska with her grandmother Phyllis McCaul.

In October, Phyllis filed a motion to intervene, to take her granddaughter home with her.

Keep in mind with all of this, the charges on John were filed in April 2006 and the indictment wasn’t until later.   The Hodgins did NOT know what the sentence was.   They did not know that John McCaul was going to stay in jail.   He was not sentenced until January 2007 with the reduction in October.

The attempt at adoption was filed BEFORE the sentencing and the “adoption” was finalized AFTER the sentencing reduction – in 2008, they won the right to adopt Sonya.   This was immediately appealed and instead of waiting on the appeal, they pushed the adoption through.

The termination had been filed based on abandonment.   The judge ruled that Sonya had NOT BEEN ABANDONED but instead decided to terminate due to the lengthy prison sentence that had already been reduced.    The prison sentence reduction had nothing to do with winning the appeal.   The reason the appeal was won was a lack of due process.   The Constitution is NOT a technicality guys.  Head up.

In March 2007, the mother’s rights were terminated.   The key thing to realize on this date as well is that DCS OPPOSED the termination of the parental rights of both John and his ex wife.   They did not believe this was in Sonya’s best interests.  In fact, they were still pursuing reunification as the primary goal.

The adoption was not allowed to stand, in fact it was overturned and annulled in 2009.  Which means that the Hodgins had not been her adoptive parents ever according to the law.

They attempted several more times, most recently in the last year.   They have not succeeded any of these times.

So what do we learn here?

Note that DCS did NOT file the termination.   In fact, they opposed it.   Nevertheless, the Kim and David Hodgins pushed through anyway.    When you are pursuing a foster to adopt situation, there is a reason the heartbreaking checks and balances are in place it is for YOUR PROTECTION and for the protection of the child.

A majority of the foster parents that wish to adopt stay ethical and within the law.   The Hodgins did not.   They filed to terminate John McCaul’s parental rights over the objections of DCS.  They did everything possible to stop reunification for EIGHT YEARS.   THEN they made this young girl into a media side show, bringing up all sorts of people who want to kidnap her, etc…   They also broke their contract with DCS and yet believe they could have another shot.

Not.  Going.  To.  Happen.

Legitimate, ethical foster parents shouldn’t worry that this will happen to them but biological parents should.

Notice, no charge filed, no allegations of abuse or neglect yet it still took John McCaul this much time to get his daughter back.   Law enforcement would not help, instead accusing him of abandonment.   This is what parents should fear.

NOT an illegal adoption getting overturned.

Introduction: Or Why Write this sort of blog anyway?

Adoption, it really does seems such a beautiful thing doesn’t it?

And if it’s done correctly and ethically it IS.    But by and large it is more and more becoming something that it shouldn’t be.

Should we be finding homes for children that need them?  Or are we finding children for parents that want them?

The former is true ministry, the latter is pure selfishness.    James 1:27 (KJV) says this: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Note it does not say to make a child fatherless in the attempt to make them your own.    But also important in this scripture is to keep oneself unspotted from the world.      

Unspotted, that’s a big word.   Undefiled and unspotted – everyone pays attention to the part about the widows and the fatherless but not about the undefiled and unspotted.

What does that mean to me?   That adoption should not be a business, it should be about finding homes for children in need and those adoptions should be handled in a Christlike fashion, with total honesty towards birth families and toward the children as well.

What is more scary to me though is that there is an attitude of “the ends justify the means” to get a child to a family.    Even when those ends involve falsifying documents, using a PR firm and even blatant lies.

Within this blog, I want to spend time exploring some of these cases, and what the Christian response should be.

The article I leave you with to start right now is one from The Nation.    And it brings up what should be disturbing ethical violations that a Christian should shun.

http://www.thenation.com/article/160096/evangelical-adoption-crusade