“Common Misconceptions” vs Court Documents in the Lexi case

So I haven’t been about awhile, real life has DEFINITELY kicked in of late.   But the case for Lexi has come back from the court of appeals with a set of documents even more damning for the foster parents then the earlier court of appeals.

Newest Court of Appeals Document

For those that had not seen it – the newest case is right here – and it’s a doozy with much more information then the previous case, where several supporters are even aghast with how much had been left out.

I don’t know if Jessica Munday is at least directing this public relations campaign from behind the scenes but the similarities between the campaign on both this and Sonya’s case are pretty striking.   Combine this with the fact that both she and Johnston Moore (who is an admin on the Save Lexi page) are both involved in CAMI, it’s a pretty good bet.

Currently on the Save Our Lexi webpage there are a set of distinct “Common Misconceptions” and I thought I’d go through a few of them in comparison with the court documents – although according to them, the court documents lie about everything.

So the first thing they wanted to address is that the Page’s were not authorized to be an adoptive placement.

Adoptive Placement

So let’s start talking about how the Utah family was supposed to be the adoptive family from the get go.

Firstly there is the bit they quoted from both Court of Appeal documents:

“At some point after father’s reunification efforts failed, the P.s decided they wanted to adopt Alexandria. They discussed the issue with the Department social worker, who advised them that the tribe had selected the R.s as the planned adoptive placement.”

It goes farther then this though.   California has its OWN version of the Indian Child Welfare Act which strengthens the Federal standards.   So under California state law, still Lexi would have gone to her relatives.

All of the bits within this full code are here – including parts of the state law that the website has omitted – but it does walk through exactly how things work for an Indian child.

In addition, California law mirrors ICWA in the idea that family comes first – if there is no other options THEN an unrelated adoption can occur.  This was obviously not the case here.

Furthermore, a court order to stay the transfer does NOT mean that the child was adoptable – what it DOES mean is that the courts were going to take the time to see what they had to say.   They have heard it, and multiple times it has been denied.   So that argument is moot.

Lexi’s siblings are the next point.

Beyond all the back and forth about the subject of her siblings (Including Lori McGill’s “There is no evidence that her siblings are with her”) – they have put this tasty tidbit on their page.

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Stop right here.

The latest court of appeals documents contradict this in the largest possible way.

“The R.s have an ongoing relationship with Alexandria’s half-sister, Anna, who visits the R.s on holidays and for a week or two during the summer. Anna and Alexandria have the same paternal grandmother (who has since passed away) and step-grandfather, and the step-grandfather has designated the R.s to care for Anna if he should become unable to care for Anna.”  (Page 10)

“The R.s would usually include Alexandria’s older half-sister, Anna, in the visits. Alexandria first met Anna during a July 2013 visit, when Anna was about 12 years old. Anna lived with the R.s for a time, but by September 2015, she had moved down the street from the R.s. Alexandria’s younger half-sister Kayla was born in March 2015, and was being cared for by R.s. Alexandria responded to Kayla positively during  Alexandria’s first overnight visit with the R.s in April 2015. On a visit to Utah, Alexandria left Post-its around the house, including one on Kayla’s swing, because she did not want her sister to forget her.”  (Page 13-14)

“A social worker traveled with her, observed her transition to the R.s, and reported that Alexandria was excited about the visit and appeared to be comfortable in the R. home. On the return trip, Alexandria told the social worker she had a great time and would like to visit her sister and the R.s again. The P.s felt that Alexandria was too young for overnight visits, noting that they would not let their son of the same age stay with someone overnight. ” (Page 14)

“Alexandria had been able to form meaningful and affectionate collateral attachments to the R.s and her half-sisters, Anna and Kayla. Doi Fick noted that if Alexandria were to lose her strong sibling relationship with Anna, it would shake her sense of identity. Both Doi Fick and Alexandria’s therapist Wejbe felt the R.s would be supportive of a continued relationship between Alexandria and the P.s. Both also expressed concern that the P. family would be unable to support a continuing relationship between Alexandria and the R.s and her half-sisters, Anna and Kayla.” (Page 29)

That statement is a large lie in this case – Anna and Kayla are close to Lexi and the concern with the expert that the Page’s agreed upon is that the Page’s were NOT going to support a continued relationship with the sisters.   Based on other things brought up in the Court of Appeals document I think this is a valid point.

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So let’s start with the court document from the latest court of appeals.

“The court ordered Alexandria to be placed with the R.s and imposed a seven-day stay, after which Alexandria would be moved without a transition plan.

The P.s filed a notice of appeal, and also sought another writ of supersedeas to stay Alexandria’s transfer. We denied the writ petition on March 18, 2016.”

Based on the way that they kept calling protesters to the house, I somehow doubt that there would have been any way that a private transaction would have taken place.

Calling Troy Dunn?   NOT protecting Lexi.   Calling the media?   Calling protesters?   Not protecting her.

So get off that high horse now.   I would say that they POSSIBLY didn’t realize that DCFS would do it but I also don’t think that DCFS had many options.

I’ll go into the other issues later but I’d also like to address the concept that Summer is native and therefore would be suited to teaching Lexi about her culture.

This is all from the court of appeals documents:

“The P.s have described efforts they made to incorporate Native American culture into their lives. Summer P. has Southern Tuscarora heritage, but the tribe is not enrolling new members and is not a federally recognized tribe. They have painted one wall of their kitchen “Navajo Blue,” and are members of the Autry Museum, participating in Native American arts and crafts activities. They attend an annual pow-wow, and shortly before the September 2015 good cause hearing, Summer and Alexandria attending a sage burning ceremony. However, Summer declined to participate in a part of the activity, and did not encourage Alexandria to participate.”

In addition:

“Those other factors include Alexandria’s relationship with her extended family and half-siblings; the capacity of her extended family to maintain and develop her sense of self-identity, including her cultural identity and connection to the Choctaw tribal culture; and the P.s’ relative reluctance or resistance to foster Alexandria’s relationship with her extended family or encourage exploration of and exposure to her Choctaw cultural identity.”

And:

“After remand, the case was assigned to Judge Trendacosta, who ordered individual therapy for Alexandria in December 2014.8 Alexandria seemed happier and less anxious in individual sessions and was much more open about discussing family. Wejbe felt that Summer P. was reluctant to implement some of the therapy tools she suggested for Alexandria in the home, and the P. family did not attend many of the cultural activities offered through United American Indian Involvement. During one session, Wejbe made a dreamcatcher with Alexandria. Summer P. testified the dreamcatcher had ended up in the trash.”

The court papers show a child who loved her extended family and was willing to go with them and also showed a foster family unwilling to literally foster this bond.

I’ll go more into it later, but this post is long enough.

 

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The Case of Baby A (AKA Save Lexi)

l am sorry I haven’t been around for a bit, stories had calmed down in the news, the Hodgins gave up their fight for Sonya and I wanted to make sure that she had the peace she deserves.   As I have heard nothing about her, I’m going to assume that she is living the life of a typical child with her family outside the limelight.

Congratulations Sonya!

Then the wagons started to circle around another case and as the names (Lori Alvino McGill being one of them and Johnston Moore being another) seemed familiar I went to look for it.

THEN as something else seemed familiar, I looked back a few years.

Choctaw Father Thwarted by Foster Couple

This was the story that had come up.  I remembered this story and reread the facts and then went to the Court of Appeals documentation right here.   Bear in mind that the story referenced above was from 2014 so that has been going on for at LEAST the two years that the public relations people are talking about.

The claim is that she was placed in the home and now she’s going to family she doesn’t know and is being pulled from the only home she has ever known.  In fact, it is so cruel that they couldn’t tell her she was leaving.   Or their other children that she was leaving.   (I have a VERY difficult time believing this and I’ll show you why)

First myth to bust is that the Choctaw nation just now stepped up to address issues with the child.   The Choctaw knew of this case from the get go.   Here is what was stated in the COA document:

” The tribe consented to the girl’s placement with a non-Indian foster family to facilitate efforts to reunify the girl with her father.”

and

“After reunification efforts failed, the father, the tribe, and the Department of Children and Family Services (Department) recommended that the girl be placed in Utah with a non-Indian couple who are extended family of the father.”

This was within a year.   The Pages were at no time pre adoptive parents nor was adoption in the cards for them.   To further prove this, I give you the following statement from the COA document.   “By the time Alexandria was placed with the P.s in December 2011, her extended family in Utah, the R.s, were aware of dependency proceeding and had spoken to representatives of the tribe about their interest in adopting Alexandria. The tribe agreed to initial foster placement with the P.s because it was close to father at a time when he was working on reunification. If reunification services were terminated, the tribe recommended placement with the R.s in Utah.”

Does this sound like a family that just showed up out of nowhere?   Does this sound like the situation should have been a shock to them?   The system was working as it was supposed to do.    When reunification failed (for a multitude of reasons) then the child was to be placed with a tribal approved extended family member in Utah who were more then willing to take on the child.

In addition as also stated in the Court documents:  “The Department consistently reminded the P.s that Alexandria is an Indian child subject to the ICWA placement preferences. At some point after father’s reunification efforts failed, the P.s decided they wanted to adopt Alexandria. They discussed the issue with the Department social worker, who advised them that the tribe had selected the R.s as the planned adoptive placement.”

Now lest you say “but they were strangers to her,” this is also stated in the court documents, “The R.s expressed their interest in adopting Alexandria as early as October 2011. They were initially told that to avoid confusing Alexandria, they should not contact her while father attempted to reunify. If reunification efforts failed, they were the tribe’s first choice for adoption. The family has approval for Alexandria to be placed with them under the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). The R.s first visited Alexandria shortly after the court terminated father’s reunification services. Since then, they video chat with Alexandria about twice a week and have had multiple in-person visits in Los Angeles. The P.s refer to the R.s as family from Utah. At one point, when Alexandria asked if she was going to Utah, the P.s responded that they did not know for sure, but it was possible.” – so no, her family has not been a stranger to her and there have been visits even through all of the upheaval that the Page’s have put her through.   Granted, at the time what was also testified was:  “Russell and Summer P. testified that before and following a recent visit by the R.s, most likely in June 2013, Alexandria was upset and said she did not want to visit with the R.s and did not like it when they came to visit. Russell P. acknowledged that the change in Alexandria’s feelings coincided with the birth of a new baby in the P. family and a transition to a new therapist for Alexandria.”   (All of this took place when she was three and she has had visits and Skype calls ever since.)

Does this sound like a situation where the foster parents did not know what was going to happen or how the system was supposed to work?

The transition was supposed to take place in April 2013 and was agreed upon by ALL parties as stated in the COA document, “As ordered by the court on April 12, 2013, the Department arranged a conference call to discuss a transition plan in anticipation of a possible court order directing placement with the R.s. The call lasted 90 minutes and included the P.s in Los Angeles; the R.s from Utah; Ruth Polcino, Alexandria’s therapist at United American Indian Involvement; Polcino’s supervisor, Jennifer Lingenfelter; Alexandria’s attorney, Kerri Anderson; Department social worker Roberta Javier, as well as two other Department employees. The participants agreed on a transition plan that involved a relatively short transition, with both families meeting for breakfast or at a park, explaining to Alexandria that she is going to with the R.s, who are family who love Alexandria very much and will take good care of her. The P.s would reassure Alexandria that they love her and will always be a part of her family.”    This is why I don’t believe that the courts told them to hide the truth from this child.   Because these plans were put in place all the way back in 2013.

From there, the foster parents have kept this in court up until now.   And now they are calling out that this is the “Only home she has ever known” and implying to the media that she is going to perfect strangers that will traumatize her forever.

From there, the comments have been fast and fierce and like in the Veronica case some of the most racist are coming out of the woodwork.

What is more disturbing was the handover yesterday.   Troy Dunn and MULTIPLES of television cameras and protesters all around the family.   Johnston Moore (who I referred to in previous entries – An Open Letter to Focus On the Family and iCareAboutOrphans Regarding Orphan Care and Multiple Organizations: One Purpose as two of them is the Save Lexi moderator and has further pulled me away from any support of Focus on the Family until they cut all ties with him.   He put out the home address on Facebook and encourage protesters to come to the home of this foster child.

Troy Dunn – referred to on a previous occasion – And Now Troy Dunn? – has also inserted himself into several other cases.   He was told to stop filming and that it was illegal and yet he continues to do it.

THEN on a hunch I did a search.   There is a website in process – yesterday I didn’t get screenshots but here it is today now that they have a horrific handover picture for the banner (similar to the Save Veronica Rose site)

Here is the start of it.

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Like I said, they did at least get a good shot here.   And they didn’t put her face up but that is still a foster child who is supposed to be protected UNDER THE LAW.   Her privacy is supposed to be sacred.

A little whois search on godaddy revealed some answers but brought more questions.

saveourlexiinfo

I whited out the phone numbers but I didn’t the address because here is the super strange thing about that address.   (and the registration date on it was Sunday March 20, 2016)   This address goes not to an office building but to a virtual office building.

Executive Suites in Oklahoma City – also this is where Kendall Sykes has an office on the same block.   Nothing about this organization at all.

Who is funding this?   Can someone bring that up because I’m getting a strong sense of deja vu.   Also no sign of whoever this Heather Parker is.   It’s odd.

Whether or not Jessica Munday is involved is waiting to be seen but with all the other players including Lisa Morris (You Will Know Them By Their Fruits: Why I Don’t Believe the CAICW is a Christian Organization) as well as several others, I am not surprised if she helped to orchestrate some of this but no proof.

And then, the person who is speaking for the child’s best interest according to herself?   Lori Alvino McGill – Lori Alvino McGill – A “Rising Star” Falling Rapidly – the woman who herself drunk posted a link accusing Dusten Brown of using several names and calling both Veronica and her older sister “illegitimate spawn”.

At this point, thankfully this child is on her way back to Utah with her family.    Unfortunately though, the trauma she experienced with the way that the foster parents and others chose to handle this transition is problematic.   Whether or not the foster parents are being used or decided to go ahead and choose to ally themselves with the forces that they did, it is not something I feel good about.

Save Lexi?   Save our Lexi?   After the display yesterday and seeing how that transition was handled I’m not sure that she needs to be saved from her family.   Because that video was horrendous.    If these foster parents still keep their resource license when this is over I really really want to know why.

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.

Multiple Organizations: One Purpose

So a new organization has come on the radar of the adoption reform movement.   The Coalition Against the Misuse of ICWA otherwise known as CAMI.   First they have a Facebook page and now a webpage.

Their webpage is particularly telling as it finally gives us a list of the founding members.

ICWA Members

Read line number four.   Home Forever, that is right.   Johnston Moore who only recently commented on this blog:

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So in October Home Forever had no official stance and now it does?    Why the sudden change of heart?

It is very telling that neither this nor his cofounding of the Coalition for the Protection of Indian Children and Families (CPICF) is mentioned on the Facebook page.   In addition his work with this “CAMI” isn’t mentioned either.

Also behind the scenes on this if you view the source on the CAMI webpage is this gem.

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Jessica Munday?   This gets better and better.

Those in the know remember Mrs. Munday from both her tireless work on the Veronica case and her tireless lies on the Sonya case.   In addition, she co founded the aforementioned CPICF.

Her twitter has also ramped up again with retweeting key players from both cases.

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First off, Bonnie Cleaveland complaining about being blocked by NICWA is PRICELESS.   Why?   Because a lot of people banned from posting on the CAICW page were mysteriously blocked without posting a single thing on the new Facebook page!   This makes me think Lisa Morris is in this woodpile SOMEWHERE but we haven’t proven it yet.

So here is the thing – it’s suspicious as it is with the crossover between CAICW and CPICF – why would Lisa Morris need to be in TWO organizations for the same thing, in fact to found two organizations.   Now, Johnston Moore is also doing the same thing – two organizations that he helped to found.   And why is Jessica Munday involved?  Who is paying her?

With the exception of Home Forever, each of the other organizations is made of people who profit from adoption.   Let that sink in for a moment, they profit from the breakup of families and the formation of new ones.   Many of the attorneys in these organizations are ones that know how to manipulate the law in order to get a product to sell.   Let’s be honest – private adoption is a money sink – price listings for babies at agencies and medicare fraud.  Native children are an easy sell, light enough to not be too different but different enough to be exotic.

I will argue that ICWA isn’t harming kids it is when ICWA isn’t followed that it IS harming kids.   Its when attorneys try to circumvent the law that it hurts kids.

Kids have a right to be with their families period.   Multiracial kids need access to all of their culture.   Both sides and all of it.

So follow the money and find where it leads.

Congratulations Sonya McCaul!

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Today we celebrate.   We celebrate that Sonya McCaul is no longer a foster child, no longer in DCS custody, instead as soon as the order is finalized, she is in full custody of her father.    The person that she loves with all her heart.   The daddy that has fought for her since this nightmare began.   The father that has protected her privacy.

Someone asked earlier how I could defend this case with a “career criminal” ethically.

It’s easy for me.   First is the fact that the truth has rarely come out of the Hodgins camp – there is one blog in particular that seems to put out the nastiest unsupported rumors and yet supported by those who claim to be Christians.   This is inexcusable.    At the first amount of dishonesty people should’ve stepped back.   Case in point?  Timelines, restraining order, transition, etc…

The blog in particular?  It brings to mind so much of what was going on during the Veronica case where one man in particular that is employed in IT by Trio took great joy in  finding anyone with the name of Dusten Brown, even if the spelling wasn’t alike and attributing all wrongdoing to Veronica’s birth father.

Then there were the so called admissions gleefully published by Bonnie Cleaveland.   Why haven’t I addressed them?

Because they have no bearing.   The questions were written to trip John McCaul up during the defamation case and as he had not gone to a deposition due to a certain amount of miscommunication between attorneys.   The judge granted that those questions all be answered yes and put into evidence.   Contrary to what Dr. Cleaveland says, these were  NOT answered by John McCaul himself.   In addition, these were only to be used in the defamation case – incidentally which can be refiled at the very least against Trio Solutions and Jessica Munday.

These sorts of things and the encouragment of people to lie and stalk make me very disinclined to support them.   I should never have heard of Sonya’s case.   EVER.   Period.   She has a right to privacy.    A right that the Hodgins violated by putting her on THREE national television shows.  Incidentally also breaking the law as well as the contract that they signed.

What else broke the contract?   Filing to terminate John’s rights and to adopt Sonya.   Had this been a typical foster to adopt case with all of the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed this would not have happened.    BUT this wasn’t, this was two people attempting to circumvent the law.

Finally though is the scripture 1 Corinthians 6:9-11:  (Again, The Message, as I LOVE the language used)  9-11 Don’t you realize that this is not the way to live? Unjust people who don’t care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it, don’t qualify as citizens in God’s kingdom. A number of you know from experience what I’m talking about, for not so long ago you were on that list. Since then, you’ve been cleaned up and given a fresh start by Jesus, our Master, our Messiah, and by our God present in us, the Spirit.

John McCaul has cleaned up his life.   The last arrest was NOT a violent crime but rather one of what I would say more or less was carelessness.   You may not agree with his parenting choices but parenting choices are NOT a reason to loose parental rights over.   I have every respect that this man against odds that would have defeated many STILL GOT HIS DAUGHTER BACK.

Guess what?  Paul was a murderer.   Let’s be plain and simple there.   And you know what else?   God used him mightily.    He wrote the scriptures that you would use to condemn John McCaul.

Sonya loves her daddy.   Sonya wants to stay with her daddy.   He has been under constant scrutiny and still managed to rise above it and to protect her privacy, something the Hodgins can’t be bothered doing.    In the end, I can’t support people who again and again have been proven to lie.

In the end though, today is about Sonya McCaul!   Strong Sonya, Brave Sonya and today HAPPY SONYA!

Congratulations Girl, make new memories with your family!

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.

Why Veronica Brown Will Not Be Swept Under the Rug

It has been almost a year since Veronica Brown (now Veronica Capobianco) was forcibly removed from her father and her stepmother on Cherokee land.

Tulsa World posted a small picture of a smiling beautiful four year old in a pink shirt, a child happy at her fourth birthday party, taken less than two weeks before her world was shattered.

Her world was shattered not because her family was neglecting her.   They didn’t remove her because her family was abusing her, but they removed her because a family “wanted her more.”   In fact, they even went so far as to claim that Dusten would change her mind and not want her again, and that was why they had to remove her from her family.

As far as I’m concerned ICWA should not have even had to be a factor in this case, but due to what I consider unconstitutional laws in South Carolina, it was the only way that Dusten had a chance to keep his daughter.    A mother can manipulate the system in South Carolina and it is a perfectly acceptable way to bypass the father’s rights.

And what of Matthew and Melanie Capobianco?   Pulling a child away from her biological parents with no real need to do so proved only that they are unfit parents.   Add on the dual transition plan – http://adoptivecouplevsbabygirl.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/give-us-our-prize-and-our-money-too/ – linked up here and their goals seemed more on winning than about what was in their child’s best interest.

Now, they want privacy, they demand that everyone leave them alone, but I don’t see how this is possible – because Matthew and Melanie Capobianco are now the poster parents for unethical adoption.   According to the courts what they did was legal, though that being said, there are some extreme doubts on this point, but ethical?      Attempting to adopt a child without notifying the father?   When the mother said that the father was Cherokee, but information came back to the contrary why did they not press this?    Why didn’t they make sure that what they were doing was ethical?

And why didn’t they just step back and say, “No, we’re leaving this child with her father” when Veronica clearly didn’t remember them?   Or were they so sure that they were the only ones that cared for her and therefore had drunk the CAICW kool-aid that a native family was incapable of caring for their children.   Indeed, they have proven themselves unfit to take care of ANY multiracial child by spending so much time publicly saying that any part of her heritage wasn’t enough to matter.

There indeed is one of the ultimate ironies in this case, the CAICW, the aforementioned “Christian” Alliance for Indian Child Welfare, pulling a child from her Christian family to be raised by a childless ATHEIST couple.   An ATHEIST COUPLE.    How you want to live your life is your own business but the implication here is that an atheist white family is going to be more suitable than a native family.    Combine this with the recent discussion on the CAICW’s website and you’re getting a recipe for finding out that Lisa Morris’s actions speak much louder than she perhaps intended.

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By the way Lisa Morris, yes you can speak for YOUR family but you don’t speak for native everywhere.   And you don’t speak for the multiracial children like many are.   They want to stay connected to their families too.   Contrary to what Jessica Munday and her ilk say, they ARE a racist organization.    And they don’t speak for multiracial children, they don’t speak for natives and they DEFINITELY do not speak for Christians.

(And as a side note, I WILL explain later about why she is wrong about ICWA and will include documentation that does not include tribal government conspiracy theory)

So why won’t any of us let the Veronica case go?

Because of these fathers, proving that this fight has to continue until these men get their children back.

Rob Manzanares – https://www.facebook.com/helpRobManzanares

Trent Reicks – https://www.facebook.com/bringtrentsbabygirlhome – his case is in desperate need of funds right now – http://www.gofundme.com/ec5lc8 is the link to his gofundme site – he’s fighting the county district attorney to get his daughter back.

Anthony Lingle – https://www.facebook.com/BringHaileyHome – this man got the adoption overturned as a thwarted father, now has to share custody with a failed adoptive parent.

Brandon Owen, a soldier – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Standing-Our-Ground-for-Olivia-Rose-Owen/

And there are so many more.

What happened to Dusten Brown did not just affect him, it affected every father that is fighting to get their children back from an illegal or unethical adoption.

And because of the awareness this case brought, the following positive outcomes have occurred.

1.  Desirai Simmons is back with her father and grandmother.

2.   A team working with John McCaul, Sonya’s father, was able to more quickly combat the PR team that worked on Veronica’s case.    The wheels of justice move slowly but they will turn.
3.   Elle, a young foster child in Washington was able to very quickly be pulled away from the limelight.   This is a victory for her privacy.

We won’t let up about Veronica until the wrongs have been righted and she knows that ALL of her story is online to see.

Full Faith and Credit

So on Friday, Judge Jackson finally did what should have been done nine years ago.

Jurisdiction of the Sonya McCaul case is NOW in Nebraska.   Under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (or UCCJEA) the case has now moved to where it should have been all along.   John McCaul had full custody of his daughter when she was taken across state lines by her babysitter, Jennifer Gunn – armed with that custody order, Sonya has now gotten away from Tennessee.   Now the Hodgins will once more have to be given standing in this case, which as much as I can tell is not likely to happen.

Judge Jackson also managed to call the Hodgins out on all of their lies on this case.   That they knew that Sonya was not an adoptable child and that reunification had ALWAYS been the goal.

Meanwhile, let’s add to a list that is growing.

According to the Hodgins the following people are lying:
1.  Judge Jackson
2. John McCaul
3.  Phyllis McCaul
4.  DCS
5.  Anyone from Sonya is Home

Who is not lying?   The Hodgins.

The chances of that are so minimal in probability that it’s not worth mentioning.

Why wasn’t UCCJEA enforced in the first place?   That is the question.   According to the UCCJEA wikipedia page – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Child_Custody_Jurisdiction_And_Enforcement_Act (I know Wikipedia is not necessarily a valid source but used as a starting point it does work very very well) from what i can interpret the case should’ve been bounced back to Nebraska in the first place as it was where BOTH of Sonya’s parents resided.    

Those from the Hodgins camp will probably point to the Emergency Orders statute.

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So yes, Tennessee could have put in a TEMPORARY emergency order.    Only to last until they found out that there was a valid custody order in Nebraska.   The rumors abound that CPS actually DID know about the valid custody order in Nebraska – so why weren’t the courts informed?   Why wasn’t UCCJEA enforced in the first place.     Judge Jackson finally admitted he had no standing in this case and sent it back to Nebraska on his last day on the bench.

There was of course a predictable response.

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(Incidentally bragging that you got a judge thrown off the bench?   Before the ruling?  NOT terribly smart, but in this case, Jackson ruled against the law.   Making these people angry was a great side benefit I’m sure)

Constitutionally, this was the only ruling possible as there had been a custody order awarding Sonya to John when she was a toddler.      The Full Faith and credit clause of the constitution clearly states that all states must respect and follow the “public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state.”  This is not a hard concept to follow except as is evident for the Tennessee State Court system.    DCS has admitted that they knew there was a custody order but they never looked into it.

So this mess starts with Tennessee DCS and ends with the Hodgins.    Both are at fault for the upheaval of this child’s life.   But only the Hodgins are at fault for the multiple violations of her privacy which have not been addressed by Tennessee other than a gentle reminder from their Facebook site.

 Full faith and credit is NOT a technicality.   Neither is due process.  But both will be regarded as technicalities by the crowd from Bring Sonya Home.

Ironic?   A year ago, they were all about full faith and credit.    They said that a four year old child should be returned to the adoptive parents that she didn’t remember because, oh yeah, South Carolina said that an adoption should be finalized.   Without a best interest hearing, because according to an attorney, if the child was removed illegally best interest did not apply.  

Here again, a child has been removed illegally, a best interest hearing does not apply?

“But what are they so afraid of?”

Nothing, but in a dependency case they discuss her best interest at every hearing.    Her GAL and attorney both speak for SONYA and are allowed time alone to speak with her.    They say that she is doing well, in fact, she has even gotten straight A’s in school since moving back to Nebraska!    She wants to stay with her FATHER and her grandmother, so why does anyone want to take that away?

Hopefully a gag can be put on the former foster parents very soon.   Hopefully also the nation has learned and manage to gag Jessica Munday and Trio this time.     Though why Trio has gotten involved in this case is still a mystery.

 

Foster Parenting and Privacy of Children

DCS Statement

 

This was posted yesterday on Tennessee DCS website.   I’ll pull out the caliber of replies momentarily, one in particular I’ll call out by name.

Why hasn’t Tennessee stepped in already?   Why is this child being deliberately lied about in the media and the state who is supposed to be protecting her privacy and keeping her safe is going ahead and seemingly ignoring it.

The Hodgins are detrimental to Sonya – her GAL has already said so.    Sonya has stated through the GAL that she doesn’t want to go back and a good deal of that is because the Hodgins have done this to her.

I haven’t been able to watch the View segment yesterday.   Troy Dunn makes me nauseous.

What’s worse are all these people saying they are speaking for this child and yet they are dragging her name and her family’s name through dirt.   Calling the father who loves her the most horrible names and claiming it’s all truth and all right.   There are so many things that may have started as truth but has become a general rumor weed.    (Veggie Tales reference for those who don’t know it)

Today on twitter I found this beautiful gem.

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Now there are a few problems here – the least of which is that her timeline is so screwed up its not even funny.       (the typos I can almost forgive)   But read about the Tweet, Share, Social Network…

This is a CHILD.   A TEN YEAR OLD CHILD who has had a rough time, from all accounts she is now coping and even thriving in her new environment, but she’s not going to be allowed to just let stay where she is.    And the justifications?   They are horrible.   Releasing information about a foster child like this is at the very least a misdemeanor and at most a felony.   Ironic isn’t it?   They are yelling about John McCaul being a felon while they are committing a felony themselves.

Most disturbingly is a so called child psychologist that they are allowing to speak for them, much as the Capobiancos allowed her to speak for them.   Bonnie Cleaveland has been all over social media about this case, and while I initially thought she meant well, she too is exhibiting the classic “The ends justify the means” mentality with this little clip on the Tennessee DCS Facebook page.

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This is a child psychologist, a mental health professional and she is trying to cover for a set of foster parents committing GROSS violations of foster care rules.   No matter the facts, she over and over again has argued that even if a child was obtained under questionable circumstances they should remain with that family for their own good.

No one blames the Hodgins.   When it came out that Sonya’s teacher had asked about how she was due to the media spotlight (Anderson Cooper 360) there was an outcry against the teacher, despite the fact that THEIR MEDIA SPOTLIGHT is the one that put this situation where it was.

Other fun clips that are hereby saved for the internet as long as it lasts.

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Jessica Munday showing her usual PR spin on facts.   She can be refiled on for defamation.  I hope that happens sooner rather than later.

Justification

Then just a classic ends justify the means post.

It reminds me of a small child caught with their hand in the cookie jar that they are not supposed to be in.   They get caught and now they’re telling the reasons why what they are doing is right.

Isaiah 5:20 – God’s Word Translation:   How horrible it will be for those who call evil good and good evil, who turn darkness into light and light into darkness, who turn what is bitter into something sweet and what is sweet into something bitter.

I guarantee, at least in my church, that if John McCaul left his testimony at a church then everyone would be excited, clapping and applauding and thanking God that he had turned his life around and gotten his beloved daughter back.

And yet so called Christians are pulling this GARBAGE.   I’m beyond furious at this.  Hopefully Tennessee DCS will step in and do the right thing and put everyone under a gag order.

And that goes double for Jessica Munday and Brad Caricofe who posted THIS on Facebook yesterday.

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I figured he’d be coming back.     And frankly he seems to be bragging he’s above the law.

I’m sick of it.   They have no morals and no ethics, this has been proven time and time again.

A Christian isn’t this.   It isn’t any of this.   I don’t know if Brad C or Jessica M claim to be Christians but many involved in this case do.

So I ask you this?   What Would Jesus Do?   Would he create an orphan for selfish reasons?

I don’t think so.

And Now Troy Dunn?

If we didn’t already have proof that history was repeating itself from the Veronica case to the Sonya case, we have more.

Troy Dunn is going on The View tomorrow to speak about the “injustice” done to Sonya by sending her back to the biological family that she now wants to stay with.

The “disturbing” message to adoptive families?   The courts can overturn your adoption if it is ruled to be fraudulent in any way.

Troy didn’t learn at all, not from the failing reviews of his book “The F Word” or the fact that his show, APB was cancelled after one season.   (probably due to the adoptee community, his former bread and butter being very upset over the Veronica case)

Do you want to find someone to help find a birth family?  Start at this site.   Find My Birth Family does not charge and will help send you to “Search Angels” in your area who won’t charge for helping to find your birth family!   This unlike Troy Dunn who charges for his service.

Please go to The View on Facebook and tell them what you think of the fact that they are bringing Troy Dunn to their show and further publicizing a foster child’s case.

So far the only link tying all of this together is TRIO SOLUTIONS and Miss Jessica Munday, we’ll know for sure when Brad Caricofe starts posting HIS script tomorrow.

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