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.

An Open Letter to Focus On the Family and iCareAboutOrphans Regarding Orphan Care

I write this with a heavy heart after doing a lot of research.

I have always used Focus on the Family as a resource for so many things and had share articles with many of the Christian community at large.

But while doing research into the ethical adoption movement, I have realized that you like many others, are falling desperately short.    Like many Christians, you are talking a terrific game about caring for orphans, but when looking into the speakers you have brought to speak for you, I was stunned and horrified.

The name that horrified me was Johnston Moore, of the group “Home Forever” which has become quite the name in orphan care with their push for adoptive parents for foster children.    On the surface this sounds like an amazing scriptural idea, until you start doing research into what measures he wants to implement.

Moore is one of a group of outspoken critics against the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).   This is an act that many in the adoption reform movement would like to see extended to all children.   The family placement preferences in the end are better for children who are not forced to loose their identities and culture.    In addition, in a private adoption case, both father and mother signing off in front of a judge with full knowledge of what they are doing is in the end, the best way of securing permanency for the children without the long court battles and disruption in the lives of children.

Instead of pushing to make sure that family is involved, Moore has involved himself in FOUR  ICWA cases wanting to deny children permanency with their natural families.   In the case of Veronica Brown (Capobianco), he ignored the numerous ethics violations that were at the start of this case and even the dishonesty of the adoptive parents and biological mother in favor of using this case to overturn ICWA.   A majority of the misinformation that was sent out about this case was through a public relations firm headed by Jessica Munday.     I only bring this up because instead of distancing himself from the case when the lies came out into the open, he decided instead to found an organization with Jessica Munday and Lisa Morris (who runs the Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare, a group considered by many natives to be a racist hate group, indeed, a group with its own ethical questions to answer) called the Coalition for the Protection of Indian Children and Families.    In short, this group has thankfully done nothing since the Veronica case except to renew its nonprofit status, but there he stands with two people with questionable ethics.

In the same case, he celebrated the removal of a child who had been with her family for TWO YEARS and had no memory of the adoptive family.    For all his calling for permanency and Christian orphan care, he helped fight to take a native child from her CHRISTIAN parents and send her to an atheist family.   He had also gone on the Dr. Phil show with them to  commiserate and to speak out on the evils of ICWA.   Now, I am not saying the law is perfect, but I DO believe that many of the standards are common sense and ethics.

Three other young girls have been featured on the Home Forever Facebook page, Dee, Elle and a young Choctaw child.    Dee was sent to live with her aunt and her biological brother.   Elle was sent to live with her aunt and uncle and the young Choctaw child should have been sent from California to Utah to live with HER father’s family.   All three of these children were foster care cases, with an entirely different set of case law than the Veronica case would be, and in most of their states they would be placed with the family regardless of ICWA, at least in theory (and specifically in Elle’s case that was going to happen) but yet Moore has only focused on the ICWA, as if because of native status their families were not a good idea to take care of them.    In fact, the young Choctaw child had not even been with the foster family for a year when the foster family requested de facto parent status as a way to get around reunification with her family.

With this, I come to a white child that has been prominently featured on Moore’s site, in fact, prominently featured in the national news, Sonya McCaul.

If you do not know the story, I will give it to you in a nutshell.   Sonya was removed under questionable circumstances from her father as a toddler – her baby sitter took her to Tennessee and refused to return her.   From there, instead of being sent back to Nebraska, she was sent into foster care with Kim and David Hodgins who tried five times to circumvent the law and adopt her.   They succeeded once but the adoption was overturned less than a year later because it was ruled that her father’s parental rights could not be terminated.  (The father had been put in jail, but the grandmother was about to get placement when they filed for the first time to terminate her father’s parental rights)    The father’s life had long been straightened out, his stint in prison was due to being literally in a vehicle with the wrong person who didn’t secure their gun properly.

Instead of waiting for the courts to do their thing, they tried to create an orphan in need of adoption by going around the Tennessee court system.    They even put up a restraining order AGAINST DCS when they were going to remove Sonya because they weren’t cooperating with the reunification process.   The courts had enough of this in January and just abruptly removed her which was when Moore got involved, calling out that HER rights had been violated, but instead of putting the blame where it belonged (the court documents have come out more and more supporting this) on the foster parents, he put it on Sonya’s family, the one that had been fighting for her since day one.     He has been silent on this of recent times, but nothing going back and saying that he was wrong and that this case wasn’t what it seemed from the start.

Every case on his Facebook site, these foster parents are fighting biological families for their CHILDREN.    He does not share successful reunion stories, only successful adoptions.   One such case was “Little Johnny” who was returned to HIS great grandparents.    Instead of encouraging the family to work with “Johnny’s” family to get to know his God given family, he encouraged prayer that the child was to stay.   In short, the only permanency that Johnston Moore believes in is the permanency of an adoptive family.   A biological family is nothing more than an obstacle for him.

Sometimes foster care is a necessity, sometimes it is a short term necessity, sometimes it does sadly, have to involve terminating parental rights and other times an adoption.   Adoption however is NOT the long term answer to a short term problem.   In fact, fighting the reunification process opens children up to more instability as they are fought over between their families and legal strangers.   Adoption is also not the first answer to jump to when things are wrong, adoption involves a loss for the child and termination of parental rights is a serious step that needs to be approached with extreme caution.   Followed by that, a child’s fit relatives should have the ability to care for a child from their own families, thus keeping a child’s God given identity intact.

Does God make mistakes?  I know your answer is NO.   Undoubtedly it is no.  But the attitude of Moore and many like him that seem to push creating orphans for the sake of caring for them because God ordained it, to me, screams of men knowing better than God does as to what family a child belongs.   God places children in families for a reason.    As Christians we need to support family preservation wherever it is possible and then care for the children when families are unable or unwilling to care for them

As Christians we should NOT be supporting dishonesty to steal children.  We should not support those that are thwarting the law and we should not be using those who outspokenly support both to push a cause we support.

Because of the use of Johnston Moore as an ongoing spokesperson for the orphan care movement that is solidly pushed, I no longer feel like Focus on the Family is supporting the values of honesty and integrity that they are purported to support.  I urge you to look into his support of unethical adoptions and to join many of us in a push for greater ethics in adoptions.   That is true orphan care.