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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.
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”
Have you felt the “hum” at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse? Yeah, it is the “hum” of people talking about “MINOR’S COUNSEL,” aka, “I have a fast boat and a flag with a skull and crossbones, lets take a cruise.” Several lawyers who I respect have mentioned this to me and I too have noticed the power these attorneys have in the capacity of being appointed by the courts as “minors counsel.” You would almost expect them to show up looking a little grandmotherly or a little fatherly. I am actually a little taken aback that they don’t come to court wearing a patch over one eye and a parrot on the shoulder. All the more that makes one wonder what is the actual purpose of these lawyers who get these real lucrative gigs working with kids? Kids who, by the way, under any sense of normalcy would never see a psychologist , or a counselor (unless at school) or for that matter their own attorney, to protect their rights to see if Sunday is better than Saturday for an “overnight,” or that mom cannot fry an egg, or dad does not seem to know how to operate the washer or the dryer. But now they have the misfortune to have two parents who are getting divorced and thus they have their very own Minor’s Counsel…or is it “Miner’s Counsel”…LMAO, I just had a vision of a bearded guy with a shovel digging in a mine and bringing gold ore to the surface.
Folks if you happen to be in court one day and the judge mentions “minor’s counsel,” you too may want to hum “IT TAKES A WORRIED MAN TO SING A WORRIED SONG”. Do not get me wrong here folks, I too was a court appointed investigator many years ago and made a fortune, oops I meant to say a comfortable living, being appointed to represent people who had been arrested, and worked on their defense. It was great, the cops arrested them, the D.A. prosecuted them and I got to defend them, all being paid for by the county (not L.A. by the way…I never thought that the tax payer ever really got it)! It was great!
Back to “miners counsel.” It has been reported that one lawyer who represented a celebrity who had to stop constantly to get coffee and smokes got paid in excess of $400,000 dollars to represent two kids that couldn’t say “poop,“ and there is another one that has made in excess of $100,000 — for what exactly no one can figure out for sure. Now, what I just wrote is for those of you with MONEY and what a gift it is to be appointed by a judge to one of these cases, famous rich people!!! Cha Ching. They will show up for every hearing, every interview I am sure they would not miss even your kid’s bris, this for all my goyim readers is a circumcision. Now for all of you who are wondering about the working class and the poor well you could be ordered to pay half or NO PROBLEM, the county will pay “Da Miner” $125 an hour, and no cap! Take the kid to dinner and a movie and “bill baby,bill.” This is great money, as many of these people could not present a case in court if their life depended on it…not all, but many. So this is great, it is a little like a guy who goes to school to fix cars, he can’t fix crap, so he just moves the cars for the mechanics to fix, very similar.
And wait till you see these “protectors of the children” make there orations in the court room….OMG, this is not funny and can kill your chances of making any headway in your divorce. And most judges that I have observed give these “Miners” free rein to run one or the other or both parents right into the ground. For all my cat lovers, ever notice when your cat drops a smelly one in her kitty litter, well the burying action is very similar to what minor’s counsel can do to whatever position you thought you had in your divorce. And I have seen a few instances of that, “look judge what a great job I did,” did very much appear to me to be a bit over the top…way over the top. And quite frankly are all of these appointees thinking clearly? One or two I have seen appear, how do I put this delicately, NUTS!
Moms and Dads, god help you if your kid is smart enough to play a game on their sometimes overzealous lawyer aka “Minor’s Counsel,“ Oh No Mr. Bill! What real expertise do these people have to deal with children and to interpret what they say and do? Let’s see, a JD degree and a class to be qualified to deal with the children of people going through a divorce, and POOF! it is “show me the money!” My opinion, for the most part this is an appointment with too many flaws. That is the truth, they take a class to get appointed to the panel, LMAO for a few this has been the equivalent of winning the lottery! I ran a juvenile division for a couple of years and I know juveniles and this minor’s counsel thing has to be one of the best gravy trains I have seen in years.
From the Associated Press:
Rapists whose victims give birth to a child would be barred from seeking custody of that child under a bill passed by the Kentucky state Senate.
While rapists would still be required to provide child support for any children born to their victims, they would also be banned from inheriting property from those children.
Sen. Sara Beth Gregory, a Republican from Monticello, says the bill was inspired by national stories of women forced into legal custody battles with their attackers.
No senators spoke in opposition to the measure.
It was passed unanimously on a 38-0 vote. The bill now moves to the Kentucky House of Representatives for consideration.
The legislation is Senate Bill 108.
During the past few weeks the state of Massachusetts signaled a willingness to award temporary custody of Justina Pelletier to her parents so she could be transferred back to her home state of Connecticut. This is critically important not just because she belongs with her family and is being held captive against their will, but also so she can obtain medical care needed to improve her deteriorating health.
Unfortunately, a judge has ruled against Justina’s freedom and will continue controlling her life indefinitely.