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Dec 24, 2009

The Night before Christmas for Moms  

It was the night before Christmas, when all thru the abode
Only one creature was stirring, and she was cleaning the commode.
The children were finally sleeping, all snug in their beds,
While visions of IPods and Barbie, flipped through their heads.

The dad was snoring in front of the TV,
With a half-constructed bicycle on his knee.
So only the mom heard the reindeer hooves clatter,
Which made her sigh, "Now what's the matter?"

With toilet bowl brush still clutched in her hand,
She descended the stairs, and saw the old man.
He was covered with ashes and soot, which fell with a shrug.
"Oh great," muttered the mom, "Now I have to clean the rug."

"Ho-ho-ho!" cried Santa, "I'm glad you're awake."
"Your gift was especially difficult to make."
"Thanks, Santa, but all I want is some time alone."
"Exactly!" he chuckled, "I've made you a clone."

"A clone?" she asked, "What good is that?
Run along, Santa, I've no time for chit-chat."
The mother's twin. Same hair, same eyes,
Same double chin.

"She'll cook, she'll dust," She'll mop every mess.
You'll relax, take it easy, Watch The Young & The Restless." "Fantastic!" the mom cheered. "My dream come true!
"I'll shop. I'll read., I'll sleep a whole night through! "

From the room above, the youngest began to fret.
"Mommy?! I scared... and I am wet."
The clone replied, "I'm coming, sweetheart."
"Hey," the mom smiled, "She knows her part."

The clone changed the small one, and hummed a tune,
as she bundled the child, in a blanket cocoon.
"You the best mommy ever. " I really love you."
The clone smiled and sighed, "I love you, too."

 The mom frowned and said, "Sorry, Santa, no deal. "
That's my child's love, she's trying to steal."
Smiling wisely Santa said, "To me it is clear, "
Only one loving mother, is needed here."

The mom kissed her child, and tucked her into bed.
"Thank you, Santa, for clearing my head.
I sometimes forget, it won't be very long,
When they'll be too old, for my cradle-song."

The clock on the mantle began to chime.
Santa whispered to the clone, "It works every time."
With the clone by his side Santa said, "Goodnight. Merry Christmas, Mom, You'll be all right."

 

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Posted: Dec 24, 2009 10:55pm
Aug 17, 2009
Focus: Family
Action Request: Visit - online
Location: United States

http://batteredmomslosecustody.wordpress.com/2009/02/24/maternal-deprivation-research/

  • History of domestic abuse that could be physical, psychological, sexual, and/or social abuse occurring on or off again, occasionally, or chronically which could be mild, moderate, or severe, including homicidal and/or suicidal threats. 
  • Legal proceedings relating to abuse
  • Hiring of “Fathers Rights” attorney
  • Use of “Hired Gun” mental health professionals to make accusations of psychological disorder against the mother and children in deliberate effort to excuse abuse and change custody or grant visitation that is contrary to safety concerns. Another name for these unethical professionals are “Whores of the Courts
  • Raising claims of &ldquosychological disorders” against the mother such as “Parental Alienation Syndrome” (PA, Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome, Malicious Mother Syndrome, Lying Litigant Syndrome, Hostile Aggressive Parenting or any other mother-blaming psychological disorder that can be used by the unethical professional to re-victimize the victims.
  • Infliction of “Legal Abuse” by continually and excessively filing motions so that the mother continually has to defend herself and her child(ren) causing financial and emotional devastation.
  • Can occur in response to child support legal proceedings as retaliation.

Maternal Deprivation can also occur in response to child support legal proceedings. When occurring in this manner, Maternal Deprivation is a response to the financial demands as retaliation. Suddenly the father who had little prior involvement wants to take the kids half the time to avoid child support obligations, etc. When the men are really abusive, they ask for sole custody and demand the mother of the child pay them.

Aug 6, 2009
Focus: Children
Action Request: Visit - online
Location: United States
http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/resources.pdf
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Posted: Aug 6, 2009 9:54pm
Aug 6, 2009
Focus: Children
Action Request: Visit - online
Location: United States

http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/neglect/neglect.pdf

C

 

hild neglect is the most common type of child maltreatment.

Unfortunately, neglect frequently goes unreported and, historically, has not been acknowledged or publicized as greatly as child abuse. Even professionals often have given less attention to child neglect than to abuse.

One study found that caseworkers indicated that they were least likely to substantiate referrals for neglect.

How neglect is defined shapes the response to it. Since the goal of defining neglect is to protect children and to improve their well-being—not to blame the parents or caregivers—definitions help determine if an incident or a pattern of behavior qualifies as neglect, its seriousness or duration, and, most importantly, whether or not the child is safe.

In some respects, it is understandable why violence against children has commanded more attention than neglect. Abuse often leaves visible bruises and scars, whereas the signs of neglect tend to be less visible. However, the effects of neglect can be just as detrimental. In fact, some studies have shown that neglect may be more detrimental to children’s early brain development than physical or sexual abuse.

 

The debate over a definition of neglect centers on a lack of consensus in answering these questions:

What are the minimum requirements associated with caring for a child?

What action or inaction by a parent or other caregiver constitutes neglectful behavior?

Must the parent’s or caregiver’s action or inaction be intentional?

What impact does the action or inaction have on the health, safety, and well-being of the child?

What constitutes “failure or inability to provide” adequate food, shelter, protection, or clothing?

Should “failure or inability to protect” be included?

Is the action or inaction a result of poverty rather than neglect?

 

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Posted: Aug 6, 2009 8:51pm
Aug 6, 2009
Focus: Children
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Location: United States

http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/courts/courts.pdf

Petitions, or “complaints,” alleging child maltreatment

should be prepared by lawyers with the information

provided by CPS caseworkers. Th ese facts need

to be conveyed in a manner that clearly describes

what the parent or parents did or failed to do and

how it aff ected the child. Together, the lawyer and

the caseworker should construct a real-life story by

identifying the characters, by describing the setting

and the events, and by relating their impact on the

child or other participants.

In documenting cases, caseworkers need to be careful

to state only the facts and not legal conclusions. For

example, the caseworker should write, “On January

1, 2003, Joe Smith hit his son Jack Smith, age 7, on

the arm with a baseball bat, breaking the boy’s arm,”

instead of “the father physically abused his son.”

Lawyers’ opinions and practices vary widely regarding

whether a petition should be detailed or should recite

only the facts essential to establishing jurisdiction.

 

 

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Posted: Aug 6, 2009 8:51pm
Jul 26, 2009
Focus: Civil Rights
Action Request: Visit - online
Location: Illinois, United States

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/government/FOIA_Sample_Request_Letter.pdf

Agency Head [or Freedom of Information Act Officer]

Name of Agency

Address of Agency

City, State, Zip Code

Re: Illinois Freedom of Information Act Request

Dear ________:

This is a request for information under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS

140.

I request that a copy of the following documents [

or documents containing the

following information

] be provided to me: [be as specific as you can in identifying the

documents or information you are seeking

].

[

 

 

Option:] I would like to inspect these records in person. [Option:] I would like to

obtain copies of these records.

[

If you request copies of the records, you should consider adding the following text:]

I understand that the Act permits a public body to charge a reasonable copying fee not to

exceed the actual cost of reproduction and not including the costs of any search or review

of the records. 5 ILCS 140/6. [

Option:] I am willing to pay fees for this request up to a

maximum of

$_____. If you estimate that the fees will exceed this limit, please inform

me first. [

Option:] I request a waiver of all fees for this request. Disclosure of the

requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute

significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and

is not primarily in my commercial interest. [

Include a specific explanation of why your

request is in the public interest.

]

I look forward to hearing from you in writing within seven working days, as required by

the Act. 5 ILCS 140(3).

Sincerely,

Name

Address

City, State, Zip Code

[

 

Optional:] Telephone number and e-mail

Jul 25, 2009
Focus: Family
Action Request: Read
Location: United States

HB616

Short Des: CHILD ABUSE-INJURY-DCFS REPORT

Status: P.A. 95-0405, eff. 6-1-08

Summary:

Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Requires the Department of

Children and Family Services to investigate and report on cases involving a serious lifethreatening

injury of a child (as well as cases involving the death of a child). Makes

changes concerning the information that must be contained in the Department's reports.

Provides that in any case involving the death or near death of a child, when a person

responsible for the child has been charged with committing a crime that results in the

child's death or near death, there shall be a presumption that the best interest of the

public will be served by public disclosure of certain information concerning the

circumstances of the investigations of the death or near death of the child and any

other investigations concerning that child or other children living in the same household.

Makes other changes concerning the release of such information.

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Amends the Child Death Review Team Act. Provides that with respect to each

recommendation made by a child death review team concerning the prevention of

child deaths due to abuse or neglect and the establishment of protocols for investigating

child deaths, the Director of Children and Family Services shall submit his or her reply

both to the chairperson of that team and to the chairperson of the Executive Council.

Provides that the Director's reply to each recommendation must include a statement as

to whether the Director intends to implement the recommendation. Provides that within

90 days after the Director submits a reply to a recommendation, the Director must submit

an additional report that sets forth in detail the way in which the Director will implement

the recommendation and the schedule for implementing the recommendation.

Provides that within 180 days after the Director submits that report, the Director shall

submit a further report that sets forth the specific changes in the Department's policies

and procedures that have been made in response to the recommendation. Provides

that at each quarterly meeting of the Executive Council, the Executive Council shall

review all such replies and reports received from the Director since the Executive

Council's previous meeting. Requires the Executive Council to send an annual report to

the Governor, legislators, and child death review team members.

Amends the Child Death Review Team Act. Provides that with respect to each

recommendation made by a child death review team concerning the prevention of

child deaths due to abuse or neglect and the establishment of protocols for investigating

child deaths, the Director of Children and Family Services shall submit his or her reply

both to the chairperson of that team and to the chairperson of the Executive Council.

Provides that the Director's reply to each recommendation must include a statement as

to whether the Director intends to implement the recommendation. Provides that within

90 days after the Director submits a reply to a recommendation, the Director must submit

an additional report that sets forth in detail the way in which the Director will implement

the recommendation and the schedule for implementing the recommendation.

Provides that within 180 days after the Director submits that report, the Director shall

submit a further report that sets forth the specific changes in the Department's policies

and procedures that have been made in response to the recommendation. Provides

that at each quarterly meeting of the Executive Council, the Executive Council shall

review all such replies and reports received from the Director since the Executive

Council's previous meeting. Requires the Executive Council to send an annual report to

the Governor, legislators, and child death review team members.

Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. In provisions concerning abused, neglected, or

dependent minors, provides that: (1) if it is determined that a parent's, guardian's, or

custodian's compliance with critical services mitigates the necessity for removal of the

minor from his or her home, the court may enter an Order of Protection setting forth

reasonable conditions of behavior that a parent, guardian, or custodian must observe

for a specified period of time, not to exceed 12 months, without a violation; (2) a petition

with respect to an alleged abused, neglected, or dependent minor may request that the

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minor remain in the custody of the parent, guardian, or custodian under an Order of

Protection; and (3) if a petition is filed charging a violation of a condition contained in a

protective order and if the court determines that this violation is of a critical service

necessary to the safety and welfare of the minor, the court may proceed to findings and

an order for temporary custody. Makes other changes.

Jul 25, 2009
Focus: Family
Action Request: Read
Location: United States

*HB615

Short Des: JUV CT-CONFIDENTIALITY

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Status: P.A. 95-0123, eff. 8-13-07

Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides that the court order permitting

disclosure of law enforcement records maintained by law enforcement agencies that

relate to a minor who has been arrested or taken into custody before his or her 17th

birthday and juvenile court records must be issued by a judge presiding over matters

pursuant to the Act. Provides that for purposes of obtaining these documents, a civil

subpoena is not an order of the court. Provides that in cases where the records concern

a pending juvenile court case, the party seeking to inspect the records shall provide

actual notice to the attorney or guardian ad litem of the minor whose records are

sought. Provides that in cases where the records concern a juvenile court case that is no

longer pending, the party seeking to inspect the records shall provide actual notice to

the minor or the minor's parent or legal guardian, and the matter shall be referred to the

chief judge presiding over matters pursuant to the Act. Provides that in determining

whether the records should be available for inspection, the court shall consider the

minor's interest in confidentiality and rehabilitation over the moving party's interest in

obtaining the information. Provides that any records obtained in violation of these

provisions shall not be admissible in any criminal or civil proceeding, or operate to

disqualify a minor from subsequently holding public office or securing employment, or

operate as a forfeiture of any public benefit, right, privilege, or right to receive any

license granted by public authority. Effective immediately.

Comment: Meant to overrule the eviction (drug deal in public housing) case of Camco, Inc. v.

Lowery, 362 Ill.App.3d 421 (1

 

st D. 2005), which allowed return of juvenile police records to the civil

party serving a subpoena. An initiative of the Shriver Center for Poverty Law.

Jul 25, 2009
Focus: Family
Action Request: Read
Location: United States

*HB421

Short Des: CHILD ABUSE-NOTICE TO POLICE

Status: P.A. 95-0057, eff. 8-10-07

Summary:

Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act with provisions that include the

following: (1) requires that reports of abuse or neglect made to the central register be

transmitted to the appropriate Child Protective Service Unit "by the Department" of

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Children and Family Services; and (2) provides that all such reports alleging the death of

a child, serious injury to a child, torture of a child, malnutrition of a child, and sexual

abuse to a child shall also be immediately transmitted by the Department to the

appropriate local law enforcement agency. Makes other changes. Effective

immediately.

Jul 25, 2009
Focus: Family
Action Request: Read
Location: United States

*SB472

Short Des: CIV PRO-COPY MED & ATTORNEY RECORDS

Status: P.A. 95-0478, eff. 8-27-07; # also see HB830 trailer bill

Summary:

Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that records of a health care facility shall

be made available for examination or copying to the patient or the patient's legally

authorized representative, his or her healthcare practitioner (at present, physician),

authorized attorney, or any person, entity, or organization that presents a valid

authorization for the release of records signed by the patient or the patient's legally

authorized representative. Provides that a patient's records maintained by a health care

practitioner shall be available to any person, entity, or organization presenting a valid

authorization for the release of the records signed by the patient or the patient's legally

authorized representative. Deletes reference in a Section concerning copying fees to a

repealed Section.

Provides that the exceptions to the physician-patient privilege against disclosure of

information are expanded with a new class of exceptions (at present, there are 11 other

exceptions) for information sought by subpoenas under the Medical Practice Act of

1987, the Illinois Dental Practice Act or the Nursing Home Administrators Licensing and

Disciplinary Act. Defines "health care practitioner".

 

Provides that charges for copies of health records or a client's records maintained by an

attorney shall include actual postage or shipping costs and that the fee for copying

electronic records shall be 75 cents for each CD Rom, DVD, or other electronic storage

media. Repeals Section that concern health records maintained by a health care

practitioner. Deletes references in a Section concerning copying fees to 2 repealed

Sections. Effective immediately.


 

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