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!

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Spin Doctoring

So let’s look further into the lies on the Sonya McCaul case shall we?  Especially as Twitter has become a bit of a confusing place to move through – not that you should be getting facts from social media but the story has kept changing so many times it’s very difficult to start going through it.

First off, if you ever let your children leave the state with a caregiver and they refuse to return them, heads up, this is what according to the Hodgins and their supporters constitutes abandonment.  I just thought I would mention this as the case because that is where it starts.

If you have not read, the Hodgins have once more been denied the right to Terminate the parental rights of John McCaul and they are now seeking preadoptive placement and working on overturning Judge Jackson’s ruling to send the case to Nebraska where it belongs.

To be blunt they are pitting the ASFA against UCCJEA – which seems like a crazy choice to have to make, but frankly I don’t believe that the thought of the consequences of this have really occurred to them.

This whole beginning of the case is splitting an assorted and crazy amount of hairs.  The child was abandoned in Tennessee by her nanny.   The child was abandoned in Tennessee by her father.   Why didn’t her father come to get her if he was that concerned, etc…

John McCaul was threatened with arrest if he went to Tennessee.    There has yet to be a single denial of this threat among the supporters, but according to the Hodgins supporters he should have not followed police orders and come to get his daughter anyway.

This is a man who was familiar with how the law worked and had been out of trouble for a number of years at this point – he had no desire to get himself arrested again which would not have done Sonya any good whatsoever.   So he did what he had the right to do as the custodial parent.    He sent his mother and best friend to get his daughter.

Now let’s break this down.   If you follow police orders and send a representative to get your daughter in compliance with those orders and as is your right, DCS will be contacted so that your daughter cannot come home.

Let us start with Omaha World – the report that was the most unbiased.

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So let’s review.   She was declared a ward of the state on October 5, 2005.    The Hodgins took over as faux kinship placement in April 3, 2006.

But let’s go back to what is said on Bring Sonya Home in the FAQ’s.

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Still keeping somewhat the same on the timeline.

Now Kim’s Letter to the Governor.
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Now, the child was not declared a ward of the state in August 2005 when Kim declared she was baby sitting Sonya.    In fact, she was still supposed to have been in the care of her nanny.   So unless there was a plan in place to keep Sonya there at that point, why would she be babysitting her then?

Now the letter from the professionals, also on the Bring Sonya Home Website:

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So now instead of being foster parents since she was 21 months old, they claim since she was as year old.     And then they claim that the birth father was successful in overturning the adoption because of a sentence reduction.

Heads up, they filed for termination of parental rights before he was indicted on firearms charges and the reduction in sentence took place a FULL YEAR before they terminated John McCaul’s rights.  In addition, the original argument was that John McCaul had abandoned his daughter.    This is a word thrown around on social media among supporters while kidnapping is one commonly responded to with “Show me the charges.”

As per Court of Appeals, John McCaul did NOT abandon his daughter.

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Now the restraining order filed in 2012.

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First off, they claimed that Sonya had been living with them continuously since she was 13 months of age.   She was 21 months of age when she was placed with the Hodgins as a resource placement.      They also mention here that the reunification process was starting.    This is SIGNED by David Hodgins as a legal document.

Compare that to these statements on the Bring Sonya Home Website.

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Which way is it?    They knew that the reunification process was beginning but yet this is the face they put out to the public.

Now let’s address contact for a moment.

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— This is from the Bring Sonya Home Website

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– From the Bring Sonya Home Facebook Page (note the location stamp – for those who still want to say that the Hodgins are not running the page)

THEN from Kim Hodgins’s OWN WORDS in her “Letter to the Governor”

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Now this came out last week.

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Everything is John McCaul’s fault.   Not the Hodgins’s – even though Kim herself admitted in the letter to the governor that the media attention is why DCS cut contact off.

Much like so much of the rumors of this case from the Hodgins’s camp, the stories keep changing and getting more and more tragic for the foster parents – so why should we believe them?   How long was Sonya in their care?   Was she in their care in August and Joy Gunn was lying or was she where she was supposed to be this whole time?

This case is every parent’s worst nightmare, going around UCCJEA would mean that an abusive parent can leave the jurisdiction with the child and keep them.   Consider that for a moment.

Part 2 of SpinDoctoring will be Supporter Spin, which is in actuality a very entertaining prospect.

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.

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.

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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.

The Sonya McCaul Case: Dispelling the Lies

Let’s get this straight first thing.   In a foster-to-adopt scenario, the state is the one who legally brings up termination of parental rights, it is a very specific due process that legally the state must go through.    Reunification is always the goal and there are specific steps in that process.

Also, family is supposed to have first priority for placement.   The first priority for placement should NOT be strangers.

So let’s go there, shall we?   Sonya McCaul was returned to her biological father in January of 2014, admittedly very abruptly with no transition period whatsoever.     Then came the words over the internet, a  “Bring Sonya Home” facebook page and a cry that “our adopted daughter was taken from us and put back into the home of a career criminal!”  (Start noticing a wording pattern here?   Yep, you will through all of this)

The truth was, the adoption was voided in 2009, voided as if it never happened because the termination of parental rights or TPR was ruled to be illegal and without due process you cannot terminate someone’s parental rights.    Plain and simple, that’s how it is.

Further study is a full case of what NOT to do for any Christian wanting to truly take care of a widow or orphan – because this case is all about making a child fatherless in the name of what many would consider Christianity.

In a nutshell, reading between the lines of unbiased (NOT Anderson Cooper 360) news reports, things go like this.

Sonya McCaul Timeline:

 

2005:   Sonya McCaul taken to Tennessee by caregiver Jennifer Gunn.

1.  One month later father contacted authorities, was informed if he entered the state he would be arrested for abandonment.

2.  Jennifer Gunn’s husband AND Phyllis McCaul went to pick up child.  Jennifer Gunn had left child with her mother who refused to send her home, calling it a “messed up situation.”  (No allegations of abuse or neglect)

3.  Oct 5, 2005 – Joy Gunn named as caregiver to Sonya as a ward of the state.

2006:
1.  April 3, 2006:   Joy Gunn had falling out with Kim Hodgin who had been providing care for the child.    Kim Hodgin (NOT a liscensed foster parent) ended up with custody of the child.
2.   July 2006:   Hodgins filed to terminate John McCaul’s parental rights, against DCS wishes.

3.  August 2006:  Phyllis McCaul’s home approved to take her granddaughter home to Nebraska.    Files motion to intervene in case.  DCS prepares to send child to Nebraska.

4.  John McCaul indicted on Federal firearms charges, sentenced to 15 years.

October 27, 2007:   John McCaul’s sentence reduced to 7 ½ years

2008:  Hodgins won TPR filing, adopted Sonya.   John McCaul appealed.
2009:  Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled that John McCaul’s parental rights should not have been terminated.   Adoption annulled.   Hodgins were kept as foster parents.

May 2012:   McCaul released from prison.  Hodgins agree to a slow transition to let Sonya know her father.     Process breaks down within three months with CPS testifying that the Hodgins were “uncooperative” with the transition.

August 31, 2012:   The Hodgins file a restraining order against DCS – DCS were getting ready to move Sonya because the Hodgins were not cooperating with the transition period for reunification that was laid out.

January 29, 2014:   Judge fed up with the breakdown of transition period sends Sonya home with her father.

The phone call on Anderson Cooper 360 (A man who is no friend to the ethical adoption community) was found by DCS to be coached by – THE HODGINS!      They recorded it and saved it to start the process to “Bring Sonya Home” thus DCS cut off contact between Sonya and her former foster parents.

Lie number 1, still being spread almost six months later:   That Sonya’s father cut off contact with the foster parents.

Nope, DCS did.    Because of the coached phone call and the fact that they are putting this innocent almost ten year old child through the media despite the contract with DCS to not put a foster child’s pictures in public.

So let’s start breaking this down, yes, John McCaul has a criminal history.    His indictment on weapons charges was simply for being in the same car as an unholstered gun.   Not even his own.   Why?   Because he had two felonies from when he was 19 or 20.   It’s been over TWENTY YEARS since his last real crime.    In addition, there have never ever been any allegations of abuse or neglect – he was Sonya’s custodial parent.    His only crime in this case seems to be overtrusting his best friend’s wife – who for whatever reason STILL hasn’t been charged with kidnapping, though it is still a possibility – there is no statute of limitations on kidnapping.   Or on fraud as the case may be.    The child was not allowed to go back to Nebraska (despite Grandma being sent for her) because Joy Gunn just said that she “wasn’t sending the child back to that situation.”

Omaha World Article on Sonya

Second issue here was that the Hodgins were never registered foster parents.   They had been caregivers for Joy Gunn and then reported HER home as unstable and somehow managed to get relative status.   THEN in 2006 they decided to apply to adopt Sonya – NOT by waiting through the normal legal processes but by going the private adoption route.   This was at the same time that DCS was preparing to send Sonya back to her Grandma who had been approved to take care of her granddaughter.   In fact, her mother had not fought the TPR because she was told that Phyllis was taking the child.

The first attempt to terminate McCaul’s parental rights was in 2006 – they alleged abandonment, but the judge in 2008 also tacked on the prison sentence.    They allowed the adoption in 2008.

Now take a moment and go back.   McCaul’s prison sentence was reduced in 2007 – which means that they did not inform the judge about the change in circumstances.    Irregardless, in 2009, the adoption was overturned, the judge ruled that McCaul had NOT abandoned his daughter and the Hodgins were well aware of this.

They tried the same stunt with Chancery court THREE MORE TIMES.    Their attempts are a troubling attempt at setting legal precedent.   If a foster parent wants to just go around parental due process then according to the Hodgins they should be able to do so.

In May 2012, when John McCaul was released from prison, he immediately started to push to get his daughter back.   The one that should’ve been with Grandma all this time.   The one that missed knowing her maternal grandmother because the Hodgins wouldn’t give Sonya up.     The Hodgins agreed to a transition process but court documents make it very obvious that this was not working out.

Meanwhile this tidbit is still posted on the page of Bring Sonya Home.

Part of the Q&A about the transition period.

Part of the Q&A about the transition period.

If this is true, then why did the Hodgins file a restraining order against DCS moving the child in AUGUST 2012.  Why does everyone say that the Hodgins were noncompliant except the Hodgins?  To me, that restraining order says more than anything else about the situation, that compliance to them was not an option.

In January, a juvenile court judge FINALLY got over their games and pulled her away from her home.

Then the chaos truly began.    First, the aforementioned Jessica Munday got involved and Brad Caricofe built a website for them.    She is still speaking for them, but as of right now, has not started a foundation about foster children.

Did they hire her or did she volunteer?

Did they hire her or did she volunteer?

No, they did not hire Trio, for whatever reason they put themselves in the big fat middle of this, using the same tactics that seemed to work for them during the Veronica case.  The website even seems to be using the same form as Save Veronica Rose’s website.   In addition, the list of trolls came out of hiding and called for this father’s head on the proverbial platter.

There are even two sets of blogs that seem to have the same purpose, finding anyone with the same last name as either McCaul or Brown and attributing anything done wrong to these men.

This despite the fact that the Hodgins have been proven to lie time and time again – literally any time they are caught in a lie, these people justify it as being in the best interest of the child.  And McCaul is lower than low for not being the bigger person and giving up his daughter.   In addition, the blog that they keep posting every chance that they get is nothing but a bunch of legal documents picked and chosen for maximum shock value.

At this point, the Hodgins have once more decided to file to terminate John McCaul’s parental rights.    While she is in her father’s home and while she is still in DCS legal custody and without DCS consent – DCS says that the Hodgins are “detrimental” to Sonya at this point after the media frenzy.   Their lawyer has said the TPR should stand on the original sentence, not on what John McCaul’s actual sentence was.

This should scare any parent.   Someone could decide that they are a better parent than you are and just try to take your kids.    This is not something that should stand period.

So should a Christian support the Hodgins?

I would argue that they should not.   The half truths supported by the Hodgins and so called Christian Jessica Munday are not honoring to Christ at all.   Lying, spreading false witness, covetousness, aren’t those all covered under the ten commandments?   The money they are raising is going to nothing, please send it to another charity if you want to give to someone.