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Old May 27th 07, 09:17 PM posted to alt.support.child-protective-services,alt.support.foster-parents
Jason Ryels
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Every CPS office in the country falsifys it's records on a regular basis
- CPS gets a check for ripping children from 'bad' homes to put in
'good' homes, what happens to the children is of little concern - so
why visit them. lol.





Fired Caseworker Charged Over Records

By SHERRI ACKERMAN The Tampa Tribune

Published: Apr 28, 2007



TAMPA - A former child welfare worker fired for lying about visiting
children in her care was arrested Friday and charged with a third-degree
felony.

Margaret "Peggy" Haq, 55, of 3719 W. Wisconsin Ave., faces up to five
years in jail and $5,000 in fines for falsifying state records.

She is the second Tampa caseworker in little more than a month to be
charged with a felony by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The charge follows a yearlong investigation by the Office of the
Inspector General and comes on the heels of a Tampa Tribune story Sunday
that looked at workers falsifying child welfare records.

Haq was featured in the story, in which state officials are calling for
more convictions.

Haq was once a supervisor for The Children's Home Inc., a private
contractor that provided local oversight of foster children for the
state. She later became a caseworker and said she juggled as many as 48
cases at a time.

The inspector general's investigation uncovered 12 false entries by Haq
in a computer system designed to monitor children's care.

One of the children, who had not been seen by a caseworker in three
months, landed in juvenile detention for 21 days. A month later, he ran
away from his sister's home.

Haq told the Tribune that she was fired for speaking out against a
supervisor during a court proceeding. She also described a system that
relied on falsehoods and pressured workers to rush to close cases.

She got bogged down in paperwork, she said, and didn't have time to file
mileage reports. When she couldn't visit children, her supervisor told
her to report that she had, Haq said.

About a month after The Children's Home dismissed Haq, she was hired to
do similar work at another child welfare agency, Directions for Mental
Health. Haq was fired again, for falsifying records.

She said she was doing what she was told.

Robin Melissa Schofield, 31, of Tampa, was charged last month with two
counts of falsifying official records. Her time sheets at The Children's
Home showed that the caseworker wasn't working on days she claimed to
visit children. She also failed to file mileage reports - a red flag to
supervisors.

Schofield posted $5,000 bail and was released from jail. Haq was
released Friday on $2,000 bail.

Gerard Veneman, president and chief operating officer of The Children's
Home, said Haq's arrest confirms the agency's findings.

Both arrests send a message to other employees, he said. Lying at the
risk of children's lives won't be tolerated.

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Old May 28th 07, 12:59 AM posted to alt.support.child-protective-services,alt.support.foster-parents
Jason Ryels
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Default CPS Caseworker Charged

0:-] wrote:
On Sun, 27 May 2007 16:17:30 -0400, Jason Ryels
wrote:

Every CPS office in the country falsifys it's records on a regular basis
- CPS gets a check for ripping children from 'bad' homes to put in
'good' homes, what happens to the children is of little concern - so
why visit them. lol.


The story below has to be a lie. According to my sources, here in this
ng, CPS workers are not caught doing these things. CPS covers up for
them.

How could this be then?


Ritual sacrifice - so assholes like you and your CPS ilk can claim the
problem is 'under control'

CPS records are falsified thousands of times a day - every office
investigated finds the same - caseworkers are liars - spend their time
doing dope and shopping and then falsifying the records to make it look
like they were out caring for the widdle kiddies.

And in all these years - the millions of falsified records - these two
dip****s are thrown to the dogs and CPS celebrates -- problem solved. lol.

Some sick pricks would do anything for a buck - huh Don/Kane/d'geezer.



0:]





Fired Caseworker Charged Over Records

By SHERRI ACKERMAN The Tampa Tribune

Published: Apr 28, 2007



TAMPA - A former child welfare worker fired for lying about visiting
children in her care was arrested Friday and charged with a third-degree
felony.

Margaret "Peggy" Haq, 55, of 3719 W. Wisconsin Ave., faces up to five
years in jail and $5,000 in fines for falsifying state records.

She is the second Tampa caseworker in little more than a month to be
charged with a felony by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The charge follows a yearlong investigation by the Office of the
Inspector General and comes on the heels of a Tampa Tribune story Sunday
that looked at workers falsifying child welfare records.

Haq was featured in the story, in which state officials are calling for
more convictions.

Haq was once a supervisor for The Children's Home Inc., a private
contractor that provided local oversight of foster children for the
state. She later became a caseworker and said she juggled as many as 48
cases at a time.

The inspector general's investigation uncovered 12 false entries by Haq
in a computer system designed to monitor children's care.

One of the children, who had not been seen by a caseworker in three
months, landed in juvenile detention for 21 days. A month later, he ran
away from his sister's home.

Haq told the Tribune that she was fired for speaking out against a
supervisor during a court proceeding. She also described a system that
relied on falsehoods and pressured workers to rush to close cases.

She got bogged down in paperwork, she said, and didn't have time to file
mileage reports. When she couldn't visit children, her supervisor told
her to report that she had, Haq said.

About a month after The Children's Home dismissed Haq, she was hired to
do similar work at another child welfare agency, Directions for Mental
Health. Haq was fired again, for falsifying records.

She said she was doing what she was told.

Robin Melissa Schofield, 31, of Tampa, was charged last month with two
counts of falsifying official records. Her time sheets at The Children's
Home showed that the caseworker wasn't working on days she claimed to
visit children. She also failed to file mileage reports - a red flag to
supervisors.

Schofield posted $5,000 bail and was released from jail. Haq was
released Friday on $2,000 bail.

Gerard Veneman, president and chief operating officer of The Children's
Home, said Haq's arrest confirms the agency's findings.

Both arrests send a message to other employees, he said. Lying at the
risk of children's lives won't be tolerated.



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Old May 28th 07, 01:15 AM posted to alt.support.child-protective-services,alt.support.foster-parents
0:->
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Default CPS Caseworker Charged

On May 27, 4:59 pm, Jason Ryels wrote:
......snipping previously responded to material....

Say, 'Jason' what do you make of this?

Great minds run in the same circle, possibly?

0:]

This of course, does not include your most recent post using this
term.

Do a page search on this post, with "pettifogging" as the search
criteria. It's ASTOUNDING, isn't it, how much you agree with another
poster, and whole list of nym posting persons.

http://groups.google.com/group/alt.s...hl=en&filter=0
5 results for pettifogging [definition].
Remeber this, Doan? IS THERE LIFE ON PLANET KANE? ...
.... What "word" was that? I said I'd leave for a time and did. But I
see
your hysterical desperation trying to re-enlist my psycho stalker to
come rescue you again by pettifogging the issues. That ...
Feb 24 by KRP - 111 messages - 10 authors

Remeber this, Doan? IS THERE LIFE ON PLANET KANE? ...
... No, the word I'm interested in is that now you are back you
follow through on
your claim. But I see your hysterical desperation trying to re-
enlist my psycho
stalker to come rescue you again by pettifogging the issues. ...
Feb 24 by 0:-] - 111 messages - 10 authors


Credibility challenge??? KANE AND THE WORD NOT!
.... I addres the "NOT" to the sbject header to make it clear the
comments oin
THIS thread were supposed to be about the SAC dolls. Where is this
post of
mine that shows missing text of yours? Ah more pettifogging. ...
Jan 17 by krp - 116 messages - 12 authors

Remeber this, Doan? IS THERE LIFE ON PLANET KANE? ...
.... No, the word I'm interested in is that now you are back you follow
through on
your claim. But I see your hysterical desperation trying to re-enlist
my psycho
stalker to come rescue you again by pettifogging the issues. ...
Feb 24 by 0:-] - 111 messages - 10 authors

CPS Seeks Gay Foster Parents
.... It's not about me and my fears dip**** - stop pettifogging the
issue - It's about
sick pricks like you and your CPS cronies sacrificing innocent
children to your
delusions that butt****ers make good 'parents'. Disease,
depression. ...
7:23pm by Jason Ryels - 3 messages - 1 author

laughlaughlaughlaughlaughlaughlaugh




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Old May 28th 07, 01:28 AM posted to alt.support.child-protective-services,alt.support.foster-parents
Jason Ryels
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Default CPS Caseworker Charged

0:- wrote:
On May 27, 4:59 pm, Jason Ryels wrote:
.....snipping previously responded to material....

Say, 'Jason' what do you make of this?

Great minds run in the same circle, possibly?

0:]

This of course, does not include your most recent post using this
term.

Do a page search on this post, with "pettifogging" as the search
criteria. It's ASTOUNDING, isn't it, how much you agree with another
poster, and whole list of nym posting persons.



You keep pettifogging the issue which is:

Why do you pimp for butt****ers -

Why did you spam innocent children to usenet perverts claiming
butt****ers make good parents.

Why are you and your CPS cronies willing to sacrifice children to
mentally ill perverts just to get federal cash ??



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Old May 28th 07, 01:54 AM posted to alt.support.child-protective-services,alt.support.foster-parents
Jason Ryels
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Default CPS Caseworker Charged

0:-] wrote:
On Sun, 27 May 2007 19:59:23 -0400, Jason Ryels
wrote:

0:-] wrote:
On Sun, 27 May 2007 16:17:30 -0400, Jason Ryels
wrote:

Every CPS office in the country falsifys it's records on a regular basis
- CPS gets a check for ripping children from 'bad' homes to put in
'good' homes, what happens to the children is of little concern - so
why visit them. lol.
The story below has to be a lie. According to my sources, here in this
ng, CPS workers are not caught doing these things. CPS covers up for
them.

How could this be then?

Ritual sacrifice - so assholes like you and your CPS ilk can claim the
problem is 'under control'


Gee, Jason....snicker aren't you "pettifogging the issue?"

CPS records are falsified thousands of times a day - every office
investigated finds the same - caseworkers are liars - spend their time
doing dope and shopping and then falsifying the records to make it look
like they were out caring for the widdle kiddies.


I just love that you provide no proof of these claims.




Here's a little start for ya retard - but we all know what you do when
confronted with facts -- especially the fact that you're not too bright
are ya dummyboy?



A Critical Look At the Child Welfare System
Falsification of Records

"Caseworkers often are caught in a Catch-22 situation, where
they would have to doctor paperwork or have to acknowledge
that they are not doing their job."

Benjamin Wolf -- American Civil Liberties Union
September, 1996

FALSIFICATION OF RECORDS

In southwest Florida, a supervisor of child-abuse investigators
instructed several caseworkers to falsify reports to improve his unit's
performance numbers, according to a 1991 Health and Rehabilitative
Services Inspector General report.

In Broward County, state records show some child-abuse investigators
were also lying about their cases. The investigators, many in an evening
unit that tended to get the most dire cases, sometime failed to visit
reported child victims for up to a year. They never interviewed key
witnesses, and decided without enough information whether or not
children suffered abuse.

Worse, some supervisors were aware of these problems and failed to
take corrective action.[1]

Investigators in Dade and Broward Counties, along with southwest
Florida "have been caught faking and mishandling investigative
reports."[2]

Notes the Miami Herald in part of an ongoing series: "This indicates
an endemic problem. And, in fact, similar reports have implicated HRS
offices elsewhere."[3]

What are the effects of all of this on the children the caseworkers
are supposed to be protecting? According to the May 24 edition of the
Miami Herald, the results are devastating:

Even though HRS is supposed to be monitoring his welfare,
14-month-old Courtney Sims is beaten for three months in a relative's
home in Lauderhill. Two people warn that the child is in trouble, but
the counselor supervising his care reports he is "doing fine." In
October, he dies after being slammed into a metal door.

Twice in 1991, HRS is told a Miami man is beating his children.
Twice, police say, HRS investigators take too long to show up, then
dismiss the complaints. In December, the man's infant son, Akeem Oats,
dies of a beating.

A child-abuse investigator in Broward gets a report in June that
a man is sexually assaulting his 11-year-old niece. The investigator
does nothing. By the time HRS finally sends another investigator out in
November, the girl has been raped.

In 1994, a teen who spent most of her life in foster care or shelter
homes filed suit against the Florida agency, charging that years of
neglect left her mentally and physically scarred.

The girl's story of beating, torture and starvation at a foster
home, rejection, intimidation, and allegations of sexual abuse at
others, was chronicled in a 1993 Tampa Tribune series called "Nobody's
Child," in which she is identified only as Jane.

In 1979, Jane was beaten, burned, tied to a bed and nearly starved
to death at one foster home. A Health and Rehabilitative Services
investigator would conclude that her caseworker either condoned the
abuse or falsified visitation records.

"It's a horror story, not unlike many I've heard," said HRS
Secretary Jim Towey.[4]

Do these narratives represent isolated cases? Sadly, falsification
of visitation records, case histories, and even evidence would appear to
be more the rule than the exception among many child protective services
caseworkers. And the problem is not limited to Florida.

In South Carolina, the supervisor of the Aiken County Child
Protective Services unit, along with the supervisor of the County
Treatment Unit were arrested and charged with falsifying the records
surrounding the removal of Krystal Scurry and her brother from their
home.

A total of six Social Services workers, including the County
Director of Foster Care, would eventually be charged in connection with
the case. The multiple charges would include ethics violations,
falsification of records, neglect of duty and embezzlement.

None of this would have come to light had two-year-old Krystal
Scurry not been raped and murdered at the hands of the foster mother's
son--after having endured a year of physical abuse at the hands of her
foster mother.

Krystal Scurry was one of five foster children killed in South
Carolina foster homes between February 1991 and January 1992. [5]

CULTURE OF LIES

In Louisiana, a 1992 case involved child protective caseworker Paula
Bennett and her supervisor Sheryl George. They were charged with
misrepresenting facts concerning interviews with the plaintiff's
children and the existence of crucial evidence, and of lying to a judge
and the District Attorney.

The caseworkers claimed immunity from prosecution, but the Court of
Appeals held that: "Any reasonable state actor employed in a capacity
which embraces law enforcement would surely realize that misrepresenting
or concealing facts to judges or prosecutors is a violation of the
accuseds' guaranteed rights under the United States Constitution."[6]

Sometimes, child protective workers don't even bother to falsify
their records. They simply don't maintain any.

In February of 1994, the state of Massachusetts terminated its
contract La Alianza Hispana, a private agency that was supposed to be
monitoring a Roxbury mother who allegedly scalded her 4-year-old son by
plunging his hands into boiling liquid.

In at least nine of 17 cases reviewed by officials, families that
should have been visited at least once a month by Alianza social workers
had not been visited for a year, according to Massachusetts Department
of Social Services Commissioner Linda Carlisle.

According to a source familiar with the investigation, Alianza was
unable to produce any records for four families it was supposed to be
monitoring. Carlisle also said Alianza case workers falsified reports,
claiming to have visited some families when they had not.

A team of Department of Social Services officials reviewing the
private agencies work reportedly wrote "outrageous" and "This is scary!"
on some of their reports.[7]

In 1996, DSS commissioner Carlisle overhauled a Boston Department of
Social Services office that lost track of two young boys under its watch
who ended up dead, taking the unusual steps of firing a social worker
and her supervisor and demoting two managers.

An internal review found that the social worker assigned to the case
had filed no reports or records about the family, and had failed to
enter any notations for any other family under her supervision for
several months. Her supervisor did not review her casework, and had
completed only six of the 360 quarterly reviews for which he was
responsible.

At one point, about 40 employees came to the commissioner's office
urging leniency. After Carlisle proceeded with the firings, union
officials protested.[8]

So, too, did union officials protest the terminations of child
protective caseworkers in a similar case in Illinois, where two
caseworkers with the Department of Children and Family Services were
charged with falsifying records in child-abuse cases and failing to make
home visits that might have saved the lives of two children who later
were murdered.

Hattie Roland was indicted by a Cook County grand jury on 63 counts
of official misconduct and charged with failing to file reports,
falsifying reports, failing to provide protective services and failing
to make monthly family visits.

Diane Henton was indicted on eight counts of official misconduct on
charges of closing a case improperly, failing to report abuse and
failing to provide protective services.

Before being fired, both of the caseworkers had been promoted to
supervisory positions.

A leader of the union that represents the Illinois department
workers said that if the employees are being indicted for failing to
adequately protect abused children, then "every single DCFS worker is
guilty."

Said outspoken Cook County Public Guardian Patrick Murphy: "They
lie, and they do it all the time. They can do this because there is
nobody to scrutinize them. They are above the law."[9]

In a remarkably similar case, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the
firing of a caseworker who had falsified case records claiming that
three girls she was supposed to monitoring we "doing fine and have
adjusted well to placement with the maternal grandmother."

In reality, the siblings had died months earlier in a fire that
gutted their apartment, leaving their grandmother severely burned.[10]

A spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees, which had successfully defended caseworker Vera
DuBose in earlier proceedings, called the ruling a bad precedent for
other cases involving agencies that drag their feet in disciplining
workers.

Children's rights experts said that the case reflected larger
problems at DCFS that were especially prevalent in the early 1990s, and
agency critics said the case shed light on a "culture of lying" at DCFS.

Said Benjamin Wolf, the ACLU attorney who had successfully sued the
agency to implement reforms in 1988:

"Caseworkers often are caught in a Catch-22 situation, where they
would have to doctor paperwork or have to acknowledge that they are not
doing their job."

Like her companion workers in Cook County, DuBose had been promoted
to a $34,000 investigators position shortly after filing the false
progress report on the girls.[11]

Her promotion proved to be her undoing when the caseworker assigned
to replace her visited the girl's residence, only to discover a
burned-out shell. Neighbors told him the girls had died in the fire.

A year later, she was still on the job. It took DCFS that long to
make its decision to fire her.[12]

Around this time, another DCFS caseworker was convicted of lying to
a judge in a case in which an infant had died.

Ahmad Muhammad told a Cook County Juvenile Court judge that a
cocaine-addicted mother had completed her court-ordered drug treatment
and parenting classes. On the basis of his testimony, the judge halted
state monitoring of the woman. Six months later, she was charged with
fatally beating her infant son while under the influence of cocaine.

Testimony at Muhammad's contempt trial revealed that he had never
called the woman's drug-abuse counselor to check on her progress.

Just like his co-worker, a year later Muhammad was still on the job
as a DCFS caseworker, notwithstanding that by this time it had come to
light that he had a criminal conviction involving armed robbery, larceny
and forgery in another state.

Ed McManus, a DCFS spokesman, said the agency had no prohibition
against hiring someone with a criminal record, unless the crime involved
child abuse, and that lying on a job application is reviewed on a
case-by-case basis.

"We take it seriously, but we need good people, and we're not going
to throw away a good person without a careful review," he said.[13]

FROM WHITE-OUT TO WHITEWASH

In Utah, after months of speculation about an alleged "whitewash" of
wrongdoing in the Moab office of the Division of Child and Family
Services, officials released drafts of an internal investigation that
was "less heavily edited" than one which had been previously released to
the public.

The investigation by the Bureau of Service Review began in September
1995, when Assistant Attorney General Kenton Goodwill provided Human
Services officials with 58 items that he considered as problems in the
Moab office.

Goodwill suggested in his list of complaints that staffers were
deliberately not closing cases once the court discharged them in order
to inflate caseloads. While the audit did verify that some cases were
not closed, it did not conclusively determine why.

The investigative report verified that some treatment plans were
falsified by having been backdated, interviews with children were not
timely or were inadequate, and children in state custody were sometimes
not visited for several months.

The report concluded: "This problem also is not isolated to the Moab
office. Previously, the bureau has identified this issue as a statewide
problem."[14]

The extent to which some individuals with a vested interest in
maintaining the status quo is perhaps best illustrated by the outcome of
this case.

In 1997, Sherianne Cotterell, a member of a three-member monitoring
panel overseeing the State's compliance with a recent lawsuit, resigned
citing job stress as a key factor.

Cotterell's role in writing reports critical of agency compliance
and in pursuing information about the audit being kept secret in Moab
led to death threats against her.[15]

By 1998, a member of the monitoring panel said the number of
children who have been compromised while the settlement languished was
"mind-boggling."

Pam Rasmussen said the division has reshuffled people but not
terminated incompetent employees, and that some workers continue to
fabricate paperwork.

Apparently, they weren't very clever at how they it either. "I mean,
if you're documenting something from 1997, don't use a '98 form. That
goes to show they're not even thinking that through. They're fudging the
documents," said Rasmussen.[16]

In Texas, a Grand Jury was convened in Tom Green County in November
of 1987. The Jury was charged with the task of investigating the
regional Child Protective Services division of its Department of Human
Services. Among the Jury's findings:

That false entries into records at DHS have been made in
violation of the law

That the system that exists appears to encourage inaccurate or
false recordkeeping with no system of verification

The Grand Jury also found that management in one regional office has
failed to correct inadequacies "although they have been aware that
problems have existed for two to three years." Among the recommendations
put forth by the Grand Jury:

That the Commissioner of DHS determine whether inaccurate or
false recordkeeping, though in violation of law and policy, is
nevertheless being practiced statewide, at worker and management levels
.. . .[17]

In 1992, an attorney with the Texas Department of Protective and
Regulatory Services alleged that she was instructed by her supervisor to
proceed on a parental rights termination case, even though she felt
there were no grounds to pursue the case.

She first wrote letters to general counsel of the Department,
claiming that there were ethical problems and possible due process
violations in the case.

Some time later, she was told by a Department employee that the
caseworker assigned to the case had been instructed to alter the case
record.

Her efforts to expose the possible misrepresentations and due
process violations included discussions with her supervisor, the State
Bar of Texas, the trial court and opposing counsel in the case, as well
as the Office of the Inspector General.

Thereafter, she filed a Whistleblower lawsuit alleging that she had
been retaliated against by her supervisor for her efforts in exposing
the possible misrepresentations, also filing a claim that a former
supervisor in the Texas Department of Human Services had falsified time
records.[18]

The suit would never go to trial, as it was dismissed on procedural
grounds, but the problems suggested by this case would appear to be
widespread.

In May of 1990, the Regional Director of Protective Services in the
Arlington region of Texas distributed an internal memorandum to CPS
Program Directors and Supervisors. The subject of the memorandum:
"Alternations, Backdating and Reconstruction of Case Records."

The memorandum detailed some of the methods employed by child
protective caseworkers to falsify case records and service plans: "There
should be absolutely no changes made to the service plans by use of
white-out, correction tape, adding information or backdating.

"If part of a case record has been lost or a particular service plan
was not done, do not reconstruct the plans and back date the plans with
the date that the plan was actually due."

The memorandum concludes: "It is important to remember that whether
or not there was a deliberate attempt to falsify, backdate or alter a
case, it does indicate alteration of a case record which is considered
to be a public record and may result in legal or personnel consequence,
up to one including dismissal."[19]

The problem of backdating forms to render the appearance of being in
compliance is not limited to Texas. In New York City, a 1989 audit
conducted by the Office of the Comptroller determined that in more than
one in five cases studied, caseworkers had falsified records "by
altering dates and backdating forms" in order to appear to be in
compliance with deadlines that had actually been missed--sometimes by
years.[20]

In California, seven Los Angeles County social service employees
were fired or disciplined in 1995 when children under their jurisdiction
were fatally abused by parents or caretakers, according to a
confidential report requested by county supervisors.

The report examines the homicides of a dozen children whose families
had at some point been under investigation for child abuse or neglect.
Eight of the children were under the supervision of the county
Department of Children and Family Services when they died.

In one case, the department investigation found that when the
child's social worker went on leave, a supervisor failed to reassign the
case and falsified records. As a result, the child was "not seen or
assessed for six months prior to his death."[21]

Some years earlier in California, the 1988-89 San Diego County Grand
Jury examined several cases, one of which involved a six-year-old girl
had been removed from her home on allegations of excessive punishment on
the part of her parents.

During her first ten months in placement, the girl had experienced
eight changes in placement. The child was then sent out of the State
with incomplete paperwork. When that placement failed, she was returned
to San Diego without a definite plan for foster care. After three weeks
in San Diego, her parents had still not been notified of her return. By
this time, the girl had been in foster care for two and a half years.

The Grand Jury observed "inaccurate statements in the social
worker's report that were not corrected," noting that the social worker
further delayed resolution of the case by failing to communicate with
personnel regarding court orders.

In another case the Grand Jury examined, discrepancies were found
between police and medical reports, and the caseworker's continuing
written account, in which she indicated suspicions against a grandmother
that were contrary to all available evidence.

Yet another case involved "conflicting statements between the school
personnel and the social worker's report regarding the dates the abuse
occurred and was reported."[22]

Three years later, another Grand Jury conducted a comprehensive
investigation of the San Diego County child welfare system, interviewing
hundreds of system professionals, examining thousands of pages of
documents, observing nearly one hundred juvenile dependency cases and
listening to one month of sworn testimony.

According to a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Public Safety
Committee, the San Diego Grand Jury had:

seen repeated episodes of social worker perjury in court
reports, and indeed, even in court testimony;

heard testimony of social workers lying to adoptive parents
about the past history of children available for adoption;

read numerous Social Study reports written by social workers and
filled with innuendo, half truths and lies;

seen documented evidence of social workers conspiring to place
children for adoption with their own family members even while
reunification with natural family members was in process.

The Grand Jury offered 92 recommendations, including that the Board
of Supervisors seek legislative changes in the immunity provisions which
insulated social workers against accountability.[23]

FRAUD, COERCION, PERJURY, COVER-UPS AND LIES

In 1996, Florida State Senator John Ostalkiewicz called for a
full-scale investigation of the Florida Department of Health and
Rehabilitative Services after hearing testimony from parents and
experts, all of whom told horror stories of child abuse investigations
mismanaged by the state agency.

"We need a full-scale investigation of this department, with
subpoena power," he told a cheering audience at the Orange County
Administration Center.

"What we're hearing about here is fraud, coercion, perjury,
cover-ups and lies," he said. "It's time for this stuff to come to an
end."

The most compelling testimony came from Glades County Chief Deputy
Circuit Court Clerk Richard Blackwell, chairman of the HRS District 8
Human Rights Advocacy Committee, a volunteer advocacy group that
investigates client complaints against HRS.

Blackwell told of his firsthand knowledge of the agency's misdeeds.
His examples dated from 1991 to August 1995 and included the killing of
a baby girl. Although neighbors told the media the baby's family had
been reported for abuse several times, HRS workers denied it, Blackwell
said.

When an HRS employee found records of those previous reports, agency
workers secretly destroyed them, he said.

"Documents were being altered, shredded," testified Charlotte Kay, a
former HRS employee who watched the destruction of the documents. "It
went on and on and on . . . It was nothing but a cover-up."[24]

The Massachusetts Department of Social Services finally admitted
something many of its critics have long suspected -- that the department
validates cases without even a cursory examination.

State social workers are filing abuse complaints against parents
without interviewing them or their children, and then claiming in
letters to the parents that family interviews were part of the
investigation supporting the abuse charge.

The admission followed a decision to reverse an abuse claim against
a doctor who was accused of neglect when she left her two young children
unattended for less than two minutes in a locked car.

She was sent a letter 10 days after the incident informing her the
charge of neglect against her was supported "after visiting with you and
your children and talking to other people who know your family." The
social worker had not talked to any of the people she cited and the
doctor had been vacationing with her family in Colorado at the time.[25]

Falsifications such as these represent only the more overt practice
of the art of deception, and cases such as these indicate fundamental
problems in the child welfare system.

When caseworkers inflate their caseloads to increase or maintain
government funding, or to justify inadequate response to crisis
situations; when investigators falsify visitation records; when
caseworkers falsify records to justify wrongful removals; and when
supervisors ignore or encourage their deception, it is real children who
suffer.

These children endure continued, and sometimes fatal abuse at the
hand of heartless parents, foster parents and caretakers. Hundreds of
thousands of children endure separation from loving families as they
continue to "languish in inappropriate placements, with scarce hope of
returning to their families or being adopted," all hope of a brighter
future having been stripped away from them.[26]

Footnotes:

1. Peggy Rogers and Steven Smith, "Abuse Caseload Pared--At a Price,"
Miami Herald, (February 9, 1992)

2. Peggy Rogers and Andres Viglucci, "HRS 'On the Brink of
Disaster,'" Miami Herald, (May 24, 1992)

3. "HRS: Truth or Consequences," Miami Herald, (April 17, 1992)

4. Associated Press, "'Nobody's Child' Suing HRS for Neglect," Miami
Herald, (June 30, 1994); Craig Palosky, "Teen Girl
Sues HRS," Tampa Tribune, (June 29, 1994)

5. Drawn from the following articles published in the Charlotte
Observer: Dan Huntley, "Foster Parent Charged in Abuse
of Slain Girl," (November 11, 1993); Dan Huntley, "2 Social Workers
Arrested--Coercion Charged in Child Placement,"
(December 4, 1993); Associated Press, "2 Aiken County DSS Workers
Have Been Fired," (February 15, 1995)

6. United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, John Doe v State
of Louisiana, Department of Health & Human Resources,
Department of Social Services, Office of Community Services, et al.,
Decision, Docket No. 92-3144, October 5, 1992

7. David Armstrong and Doris Sue Wong, "State Cuts Ties with Agency
Over Scalding," Boston Globe, (February 17,
1994)

8. Michael Grunwald, "2 DSS Workers Fired, 2 Demoted Boy's Deaths
Prompt Commissioner's Action," Boston Globe,
(January 23, 1996)

9. "2 Social Workers Face Charges in Kids' Deaths," Chicago Tribune,
(April 14, 1988); Associated Press, "Ex-Social
Workers Charged in Deaths of Abused Infants," as reported in St.
Louis Post-Dispatch, (April 14, 1988); Louise
Armstrong, Solomon Says: A Speakout on Foster Care, (Pocket Books,
New York: 1989) p. 89.

10. Supreme Court of Illinois, American Federation of State, County
and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO v Department of
Central Management Services, Decision, Docket No. 79376, September
19, 1996

11. Janita Poe, "Fire DCFS Caseworker, State's High Court Says,"
Chicago Tribune, (September 20, 1996)

12. Associated Press, "Illinois Took Year To Fire Lying Case Worker
- 3 Tots Killed In House Fire Listed As Well,
Happy," as reported in St. Louis Post-Dispatch, (October 31, 1991).

13. Associated Press, "Worker in Fatal Abuse Case is Felon," as
reported in St. Louis Post-Dispatch, (October 3, 1991).

14. Lois M. Collins, "Agency Releases a Fuller Accounting," Deseret
News, (May 24, 1996)

15. Tom Hayes, "Foster-care Lawsuit Loses Panel Member," Deseret
News, (June 4, 1997)

16. Cala Byram, "Center Wants to Extend Child-welfare Settlement,"
Deseret News, (May 13, 1998).

17. County of Tom Green, Grand Jury Report, December 7, 1987

18. Court of Appeals Fifth District of Texas at Dallas, Susan
Marquess v. Texas Department of Human Services and Texas
Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, Decision, No.
05-95-00916-CV, February 26, 1997

19. Office of Ethel B. Crear, Regional Director Protective Services
for Families and Children Arlington, Memorandum:
Alternations, Backdating and Reconstruction of Case Records, May 31,
1990

20. City of New York, Office of the Comptroller, Now We Are Four:
Boarder Babies Growing Up In Foster Care, A
Follow Up Study, December 1989, p. 18.

21. Bettina Boxall, "Mixed Report Issued on Child Abuse Deaths," Los
Angeles Times, (March 30, 1996)

22. San Diego County Grand Jury, Children in Crisis, Report No. 6,
April 20, 1989.

23. San Diego County Grand Jury, Letter to Honorable John Burton,
Chairman, Public Safety Commission, California State
Assembly, April 20, 1992.

24. Sandra Mathers, "Horror Stories About HRS Fill Workshop,"
Orlando Sentinel, (January 20, 1996)

25. David Armstrong, "Step Falsified in Abuse Citations," Boston
Globe, (March 27, 1997)

26. Citation drawn from: United States Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia Circuit, Decision, LaShawn A. v.
Sharon Pratt Kelly, et al., Docket No. 91-7159, April 16, 1993.

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It makes your credibility zero, and a terribly embarrassing side
effect for you, and you close and loving buddy, Ken Pangborn, actually
ADDS to CPS credibility.

You guys never figure that out...but then you are about the CPS
debate, now are you?

You are about running from recent ass whippings in debate. R R R R R

And in all these years - the millions of falsified records - these two
dip****s are thrown to the dogs and CPS celebrates -- problem solved. lol.


Mmmmm....pettifogging again, "Jason?"
Some sick pricks would do anything for a buck - huh Don/Kane/d'geezer.


You'll have to ask an aquaintence of mine, Ken Pangborn.

He could tell you for sure about that 'anything for a buck' thing.

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Fired Caseworker Charged Over Records

By SHERRI ACKERMAN The Tampa Tribune

Published: Apr 28, 2007



TAMPA - A former child welfare worker fired for lying about visiting
children in her care was arrested Friday and charged with a third-degree
felony.

Margaret "Peggy" Haq, 55, of 3719 W. Wisconsin Ave., faces up to five
years in jail and $5,000 in fines for falsifying state records.

She is the second Tampa caseworker in little more than a month to be
charged with a felony by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The charge follows a yearlong investigation by the Office of the
Inspector General and comes on the heels of a Tampa Tribune story Sunday
that looked at workers falsifying child welfare records.

Haq was featured in the story, in which state officials are calling for
more convictions.

Haq was once a supervisor for The Children's Home Inc., a private
contractor that provided local oversight of foster children for the
state. She later became a caseworker and said she juggled as many as 48
cases at a time.

The inspector general's investigation uncovered 12 false entries by Haq
in a computer system designed to monitor children's care.

One of the children, who had not been seen by a caseworker in three
months, landed in juvenile detention for 21 days. A month later, he ran
away from his sister's home.

Haq told the Tribune that she was fired for speaking out against a
supervisor during a court proceeding. She also described a system that
relied on falsehoods and pressured workers to rush to close cases.

She got bogged down in paperwork, she said, and didn't have time to file
mileage reports. When she couldn't visit children, her supervisor told
her to report that she had, Haq said.

About a month after The Children's Home dismissed Haq, she was hired to
do similar work at another child welfare agency, Directions for Mental
Health. Haq was fired again, for falsifying records.

She said she was doing what she was told.

Robin Melissa Schofield, 31, of Tampa, was charged last month with two
counts of falsifying official records. Her time sheets at The Children's
Home showed that the caseworker wasn't working on days she claimed to
visit children. She also failed to file mileage reports - a red flag to
supervisors.

Schofield posted $5,000 bail and was released from jail. Haq was
released Friday on $2,000 bail.

Gerard Veneman, president and chief operating officer of The Children's
Home, said Haq's arrest confirms the agency's findings.

Both arrests send a message to other employees, he said. Lying at the
risk of children's lives won't be tolerated.



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Old May 28th 07, 01:55 AM posted to alt.support.child-protective-services,alt.support.foster-parents
Jason Ryels
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0:-] wrote:
On Sun, 27 May 2007 19:59:23 -0400, Jason Ryels
wrote:

.......snipping prior responded to material.....

Jason Ryels


What an odd name. It occurs in groups, usenet, nowhere as a full name,
but the name Ryels, appears NO WHERE else but in a few significant
groups.

Often related to abuses of the net, and laughingly, a great many
sexual fetish newsgroups.

Funny what a little search will turn up.

Oh well, it's all coincidence, and just "pettifogging the issue" on my
part, right Ke.....excuse me, Jason?

The only place your name shows up on the entire Internet is oddly
enough, a gaming website discussion group.

That you, is it?

Gosh, you surely aren't:

http://www.topix.net/forum/city/solv...PFRFE10M1CFNR0

That Ryles, are you?

Or does the name seem familiar to you when you chose it, Ken, because
you do know that scam artist? Eh?

Man you are stupid. Even moreso than I thought when you tried to
debate waaaay over your head.


Stop grasping at straws asshole and address the issue -

Why do you pimp for mentally ill perverts who rape children?



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Old May 28th 07, 02:19 AM posted to alt.support.child-protective-services,alt.support.foster-parents
Jason Ryels
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Default CPS Caseworker Charged

0:-] wrote:
On Sun, 27 May 2007 20:28:18 -0400, Jason Ryels
wrote:

0:- wrote:
On May 27, 4:59 pm, Jason Ryels wrote:
.....snipping previously responded to material....

Say, 'Jason' what do you make of this?

Great minds run in the same circle, possibly?

0:]

This of course, does not include your most recent post using this
term.

Do a page search on this post, with "pettifogging" as the search
criteria. It's ASTOUNDING, isn't it, how much you agree with another
poster, and whole list of nym posting persons.


You keep pettifogging the issue which is:


Why did you not respond to the issue of "pettifogging," little man?

Why do you pimp for butt****ers -


Can't think of a single reason. Could be because I don't. 0:]

Why did you spam innocent children to usenet perverts claiming
butt****ers make good parents.


I didn't. Nor did Don. But the state of Oregon is looking into them
being posted now to this ng, after they are adults.


You're a liar - you even signed your work Don - they were your posts -
you were the webmaster - we can't help it you are an incompetent goof
posing as a web developer and your disgusting narcissistic display was
archived for all times.

They don't have to look far - Donald Fisher - Kane - d'geezer - his
address is easy to find -

You're the scum that spammed these vulnerable children to usenet so you
could play the 'big shot' - you pathetic coward.



I'll be looking into the possibility that you were the one that did
that.

It's quite illegal, you know.


OOhhhh - so arrest me dickhead. hahahahahahah

You and your threats - a ****in girlie coward lives behind fences and
guns for fear those you abuse for money will come to show their
appreciation. lol. Big heman. What a ****in yellowbelly.

Typical CPS scum.


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Old May 28th 07, 09:57 AM posted to alt.support.child-protective-services,alt.dads-rights.unmoderated,alt.parenting.spanking,alt.support.foster-parents
Greegor
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Default CPS Caseworker Charged

Kane wrote
The story below has to be a lie. According to my sources, here in this
ng, CPS workers are not caught doing these things. CPS covers up for
them.
How could this be then?


From the article:
The charge follows a yearlong investigation by the Office of the
Inspector General and comes on the heels of a Tampa Tribune
story Sunday that looked at workers falsifying child welfare records.


CPS didn't police themselves until this scandal blew up
beyond their control. In Florida the Child Protection INDUSTRY
doesn't carry the political clout they once did.

Remember how years ago they hired an honest man, Jerry Regier,
to clean up DCYF, but rather than clean it up he actually
JOINED in the corruption!

The Child Protection INDUSTRY in Florida
has fallen smack on it's face IN PUBLIC.
It's a bit late for PR spin in Florida!




Fired Caseworker Charged Over Records


By SHERRI ACKERMAN The Tampa Tribune


Published: Apr 28, 2007


TAMPA - A former child welfare worker fired for lying about visiting
children in her care was arrested Friday and charged with a third-degree
felony.


Margaret "Peggy" Haq, 55, of 3719 W. Wisconsin Ave., faces up to five
years in jail and $5,000 in fines for falsifying state records.


She is the second Tampa caseworker in little more than a month to be
charged with a felony by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.


The charge follows a yearlong investigation by the Office of the
Inspector General and comes on the heels of a Tampa Tribune story Sunday
that looked at workers falsifying child welfare records.


Haq was featured in the story, in which state officials are calling for
more convictions.


Haq was once a supervisor for The Children's Home Inc., a private
contractor that provided local oversight of foster children for the
state. She later became a caseworker and said she juggled as many as 48
cases at a time.


The inspector general's investigation uncovered 12 false entries by Haq
in a computer system designed to monitor children's care.


One of the children, who had not been seen by a caseworker in three
months, landed in juvenile detention for 21 days. A month later, he ran
away from his sister's home.


Haq told the Tribune that she was fired for speaking out against a
supervisor during a court proceeding. She also described a system that
relied on falsehoods and pressured workers to rush to close cases.


She got bogged down in paperwork, she said, and didn't have time to file
mileage reports. When she couldn't visit children, her supervisor told
her to report that she had, Haq said.


About a month after The Children's Home dismissed Haq, she was hired to
do similar work at another child welfare agency, Directions for Mental
Health. Haq was fired again, for falsifying records.


She said she was doing what she was told.


Robin Melissa Schofield, 31, of Tampa, was charged last month with two
counts of falsifying official records. Her time sheets at The Children's
Home showed that the caseworker wasn't working on days she claimed to
visit children. She also failed to file mileage reports - a red flag to
supervisors.


Schofield posted $5,000 bail and was released from jail. Haq was
released Friday on $2,000 bail.


Gerard Veneman, president and chief operating officer of The Children's
Home, said Haq's arrest confirms the agency's findings.


Both arrests send a message to other employees, he said. Lying at the
risk of children's lives won't be tolerated.


 




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