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The state’s embattled child welfare agency admitted there are at least 475 convicted criminals now living in foster homes that care for at-risk kids, according to stunning data for 2013 released to the Herald last night.
The Department of Children and Families — already under fire from lawmakers — cleared the unnamed cons despite their checkered pasts.
DCF did not share the same data for previous years.
The department’s decision to release the report after the close of business on a Friday came after a Herald report this week showing criminals with convictions for more than 100 offenses, including drug trafficking, armed assault and inducing sex from a minor, could be cleared as foster parents.
The DCF data for 2013 states:
• In total, 557 waivers were granted to people with convictions ranging from misdemeanors to felonies to live in homes with foster children;
• Of those, 475 currently live with foster children, accounting for roughly 9 percent of the state’s total of 5,430 foster homes;
• Additionally, 77 people with arrest records, but no convictions, live in active foster homes; and
• Overall, DCF granted waivers to 650 of 661 people with rap sheets who applied last year, a more than 98 percent approval rate.
Among those given waivers, five people were personally approved by the commissioner and two other high-ranking DCF brass despite having rap sheets that fall on the agency’s most serious list of offenses, which includes murder, rape and indecent assault and battery on a child, among more than 30 other crimes.
One of those is an active foster home, and involves a man who committed crimes in his teens and close to a decade later was approved to be the foster father for his step-daughter, according to DCF. State officials did not say what crimes he or any of the others given waivers in 2013 had committed.
State Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick) — chairman of the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight, which is investigating DCF polices and procedures — said he’ll wait to draw conclusions on the numbers when the department coughs up more details.
“I expect to go back to DCF and ask for more specific data,” he told the Herald last night.
A DCF official said 97 percent of all felony convictions took place more than a decade ago, and none have sex crimes.
“The department uses a standard, well- defined process outlined by regulations and law to review these cases,” DCF spokeswoman Cayenne Isaksen said.
“The safety of a child is DCF’s first priority when decisions are made about their placement, and the department promotes kinship placements where appropriate to keep families strong.”
This story was first reported on bostonherald.com.
BOSTON (CBS) – A Connecticut teenager is being released to her family after a long custody battle.Justina Pelletier’s sister says the family will be reunited on Wednesday.
Justina’s family lost custody 16 months ago when Children’s Hospital said it found evidence of medical abuse and the state of Massachusetts stepped in.
WBZ asked Justina’s mother, Linda, about potential legal action against the state but she would not comment.
“I’m still numb from it,” Linda Pelletier said Tuesday. “I am so excited, and Justina started crying.”
The family is planning to hold a news conference on Wednesday.
Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz weighed in on the judge’s ruling, calling the result a collaborative effort.
“Today’s decision is a result of our collaboration with the Pelletier family around the reunification plan, and the strong work of staff at the Susan Wayne Center for Excellence in helping Justina along her road to recovery. The Court’s ruling reflects a thorough review of this complex case, and we are very pleased with the result,” he said in a statement.
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” By not verbally expressing that anger, by “avoiding” showing anger, the abuser is allowed to feel as if the victim is the only person at fault for whatever wrong is perceived by the abuser.” Dr. Gregory Jantz
Sylvia entered the quiet house. When she had pulled up in the driveway after work, she hadn’t seen any lights on in the
front of the house, but Jim’s car was parked in its normal place. So he was home. It meant he was in the den at the back of the house instead of in the living room. What have I done now? she thought to herself?
Jim always retreated to the den when he was mad at her. The more she bothered him and tried to find out what was wrong, the longer he would stay inside, not speaking to her. It was best if she just went about her business in the house as quietly as possible, trying to stay out of his way and waiting for him to either snap out of it or blow up and tell her what she had done wrong. She couldn’t force him to respond, and over the years she had gotten used to his behavior.
No discussion of emotional abuse through words would be complete without including the absence of words as a form of abuse. This is commonly known as the “silent treatment.” Abusers punish their victims by refusing to speak to them or even acknowledge their presence. Through silence, the abusers loudly communicate their displeasure, anger, frustration, or disappointment.
Depending on the person, this silent treatment can last for hours, days, or weeks. For some abusers, it is a preferred method of communication because of its ability to humiliate and control the victim. It is used most effectively by those in close relationship, such as a spouse, parent, or child. The silence, the loss of verbal relationship, is meant to exact an emotional toll on the other person, who often will go to great lengths to attempt to restore communication with the abuser.
This level of control is precisely what the abuser is looking for, as well as a way to vent his or her anger at the other person.
By not verbally expressing that anger, by “avoiding” showing anger, the abuser is allowed to feel as if the victim is the only person at fault for whatever wrong is perceived by the abuser. If the victim responds to the silent treatment with anger, the abuser is doubly vindicated.
The above is excerpted from chapter 4 in Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse by Dr. Gregory Jantz.
This is for all the Protective Mothers with empty arms and hurting hearts who are missing their children every second of every day, but who are deeply hurting today – Easter and Passover. Know that no matter what, you ARE your children’s mother. No one -and certainly no court- can take away this God-given role in your children’s lives. Please know this in your heart. PMA INTL loves and supports you and your precious children now and forever.
” We shall Overcome”