Dozens Of CPS Caseworkers Caught Lying, Falsifying Documents


Dozens Of CPS Caseworkers Caught Lying, Falsifying Documents When Child Protective Services received a complaint that a Harris County father had choked his teenage daughter, caseworker Michelle Robinson said she hurried to the house, conducted a thorough investigation, determined there … Continue reading

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The Parent Rap


 

The Parent Rap

I’m gonna lock you up till frogs do fractions!”―Judge Constance Harm

After he has crashed Chief Wiggum’s car Bart is sentenced by severe female Judge Harm and ordered to be tethered to Homer – who has proved himself to be a bad parent – until further notice….

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After missing the school bus, Homer takes Milhouse and Bart to school. Homer hears on the radio an announcement for a KBBL‘s “Prize Possie” radio contest, and whoever gets spotted with the radio station’s van and has a “KBBL Party Penguin” hanging from the car antenna wins a prize of $40. Immediately after the announcement, Milhouse spots the van crossing traffic. Homer then abandons Bart and Milhouse on the side of the road and sets out to chase the prize van. The boys start to walk to school by themselves, until they notice Chief Wiggum’s squad car. They get inside and play around in the front seat, but accidentally put the car in neutral after being threatened by the squad’s canine in the back seat. After crashing the police car into a tree, Wiggum puts Bart and Milhouse in custody for assuming they used the car for a joyride.

In juvenile court, Milhouse gets his case quickly dismissed for Judge Snyder believes that “boys will be boys”. Bart, not worried about any punishment as he believes that Snyder is “the good judge”, comes up to face his trial. Snyder is just about to let Bart free until the judge’s vacation has started. The replacement judge, Constance Harm, isn’t a pushover, and is just about to sentence him to juvenile detention, but after realizing that Homer was the one who abandoned Bart in the first place, she orders that Bart and Homer be tethered together for the time being.

The Parent Rap/Quotes

Judge Harm: You have got a boy here who is crying out for adult supervision!

Homer: I couldn’t agree more. Perhaps some sort of court-appointed babysitter or au pair?Judge Harm: Sorry, bub, that crow won’t caw.Homer: It won’t?

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Poppi Worthington WAS sexually abused before she died and only dad knows what happened – coroner’s crucial verdict


Poppi Worthington WAS sexually abused before she died and only dad knows what happened – coroner’s crucial verdict

WARNING – EXPLICIT AND UPSETTING CONTENT: An inquest heard Cumbria Police’s investigation into the 13-month-old’s death was so botched vital evidence was lost and exactly what happened to the tot will never be known.

Paul Worthington has always strenuously denied the accusations (Image: Enterprise News),

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The Western World Has Set-up A System To Sex Traffic Children


 

The Western World Has Set-up A System To Sex Traffic Children

In a 2013 FBI 70-city nationwide raid, 60 percent of the victims came from foster care or group homes. In 2014, New York authorities estimated that 85 percent of sex trafficking victims were previously in the child welfare system.

In 2012, Connecticut police rescued 88 children from sex trafficking; 86 were from the child welfare system. And even more alarming: the FBI discovered in a 2014 nationwide raid that many foster children rescued from sex traffickers, including children as young as 11, were never reported missing by child welfare authorities.

The essential failure is how we care for these children. As NCMEC’s CEO told Congress in 2013, “Children in foster care are easy targets for pimps … [they] are the most susceptible to the manipulation and false promises that traffickers use to secure their trust and dependency. These children have fractured safety nets and few alternatives.”

Child welfare systems can, but often do not, prevent that reality for children. Pimps rely on that.

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Founder Of Non-Profit Organization Sentenced To 36 Months In Prison For Defrauding Parents Of Abducted Children


 

Founder Of Non-Profit Organization Sentenced To 36 Months In Prison For Defrauding Parents Of Abducted Children

 

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Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that PETER SENESE, the Founding Director of the I CARE Foundation (“I CARE”), a purported non-profit organization allegedly dedicated to preventing child abduction and trafficking, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court today by U.S. District Naomi R. Buchwald to 36 months in prison for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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In connection with the scheme, SENESE defrauded parents of international abduction victims by falsely representing that he could find and return the children to the United States in exchange for payments to fund his purported international rescue operation. SENESE pled guilty September 8, 2016. Click Here To Read More>>>

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A Manhattan federal judge sentenced Peter Senese to three years in prison — tacking on an extra year to his expected sentence for trying to justify “a crime of unspeakable cruelty.”

Senese, 51, was arrested in 2015 and charged with preying on the desperate parents of abducted children by falsely claiming that he could recover their children with the help of a team of former Delta Force members, including himself.

Prosecutors said Senese stole as much as $85,000 for these fake missions, including from Dr. Samina Rahman from Westchester, whose son was taken to India by his father.

Child Abduction Prevention Tool Provides Family Lawyers New Weapon To Protect Children.

 

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Know Nothing About Legal Aid And Want QUALITY Info? You Should Read This..Part One


 

Know Nothing About Legal Aid And Want QUALITY Info? You Should Read This..Part One

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In a rapidly changing world, where people’s expectations of services are rising, accessing the right advice at the right time will be critical to help people solve problems and understand what government changes mean for them.

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1. Overview

Legal aid can help meet the costs of legal advice, family mediation and representation in a court or tribunal.

You’ll usually need to show that:

  • your case is eligible for legal aid
  • the problem is serious
  • you can’t afford to pay for legal costs

You could for example get legal aid if:

  • you or your family are at risk of abuse or serious harm, eg domestic violence or forced marriage
  • you’re at risk of homelessness or losing your home
  • you’ve been accused of a crime, face prison or detention
  • you’re being discriminated against
  • you need family mediation
  • you’re adding legal arguments or bringing a case under the Human Rights Act

USA: When a new law eliminating jail time for marijuana possession in Kansas City went to a vote last year, some city leaders warned of unintended consequences. View all post→

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Starred Care Plans – Their Conception And Demise


 

Starred Care Plans – Their Conception And Demise


This concern led to the invention by the Court of Appeal of “starred care plans” in the case of Re S & Ors: Re W & Ors sub nom Re W & B (Children): W (Child) (Care Plan) [2001] EWCA Civ 757 where the Court of Appeal considered strongly that there was a duty on both local authorities and Guardians to bring back to court any case where there were failing or shifting care plans.

The Court of Appeal conceived of a system being introduced where the court making a care order could set milestones or ‘stars’ for key dates by which certain, specified steps were to be accomplished, and insist that if they were not, the local authority must inform the Guardian, so that an application under the Human Rights Act 1998 could be made to court for its consideration.

The House of Lords (as it then was) determined that the Court of Appeal had gone too far and overturned that decision and the ‘starred care plan’ system in Re S & Ors: Re W & Ors sub nom Re W & B (Children) : W (Child) (Care Plan) [2002] UKHL 10. Their Lordships considered that this system crossed the line between interpretation of the statute and fundamentally altering it, shifting as it did the intention of Parliament that the court should determine whether a care order was made and, where it did, the responsibility of managing the care order lay with the local authority.  Continue reading →

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On 23 April 2014 it was eventually agreed by the local authority, the Official Solicitor, as litigation friend for LW, and the three hospital trusts that LW did not lack capacity to consent to medical treatment, including an elective caesarean section. I, therefore, made no order on the Court of Protection application.

  1. On 1 May the mother gave birth by an elective caesarean section (‘CS’).
  2. At the conclusion of the hearing on 23 April an issue about costs arose. I directed the parties to file written submissions. The Official Solicitor and the local authority both seek an order for costs against one or more of the hospital trusts.

Court of Protection Rules 2007 Part 19 rr 156-160

Property and affairs – the general rule

156. Where the proceedings concern P’s property and affairs the general rule is that the costs of the proceedings or of that part of the proceedings that concerns P’s property and affairs, shall be paid by P or charged to his estate.

Personal welfare – the general rule

157. Where the proceedings concern P’s personal welfare the general rule is that there will be no order as to the costs of the proceedings or of that part of the proceedings that concerns P’s personal welfare.

Apportioning costs – the general rule

158. Where the proceedings concern both property and affairs and personal welfare the court, insofar as practicable, will apportion the costs as between the respective issues.

Departing from the general rule

159.—(1) The court may depart from rules 156 to 158 if the circumstances so justify, and in deciding whether departure is justified the court will have regard to all the circumstances, including–

(a) the conduct of the parties;

(b) whether a party has succeeded on part of his case, even if he has not been wholly successful; and

(c) the role of any public body involved in the proceedings.

(2) The conduct of the parties includes–

(a) conduct before, as well as during, the proceedings;

(b) whether it was reasonable for a party to raise, pursue or contest a particular issue;

(c) the manner in which a party has made or responded to an application or a particular issue; and

(d) whether a party who has succeeded in his application or response to an application, in whole or in part, exaggerated any matter contained in his application or response.

(3) Without prejudice to rules 156 to 158 and the foregoing provisions of this rule, the court may permit a party to recover their fixed costs in accordance with the relevant practice direction.

Rules about costs in the Civil Procedure Rules to apply

160.—(1) Subject to the provisions of these Rules, Parts 44, 47 and 48 of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 (“the 1998 Rules”) shall apply with the modifications in this rule and such other modifications as may be appropriate, to costs incurred in relation to proceedings under these Rules as they apply to costs incurred in relation to proceedings in the High Court.

(2) The provisions of Part 47 of the 1998 Rules shall apply with the modifications in this rule and such other modifications as may be appropriate, to a detailed assessment of the remuneration of a deputy under these Rules as they apply to a detailed assessment of costs in proceedings to which the 1998 Rules apply. Continue reading →

THE HONOURABLE MR JUSTICE KEEHAN gave directions on North Somerset Council’s application for permission under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court not to disclose the care plan for the unborn child to the mother, namely removal into care…

 

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#FamLaw: Should There Be a Third Standard of Proof in Care Cases?


#FamLaw: Should There Be a Third Standard of Proof in Care Cases?

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What is the standard of proof?

The standard of proof by which it is determined whether the threshold in section 31(2) of the Children Act 1989 has been met is the balance of probabilities. This was laid down in Re H and R (Child Sexual Abuse: Standard Of Proof) [1996] 1 FLR 80. In the years following that case it was suggested by some that there should apply in some cases a “heightened” standard of proof.  Re B (Children) (Care Proceedings: Standard of Proof) [2008] UKHL 35, re-affirmed in Re S-B (Children) [2009] UKSC 17, confirmed that the standard was the balance of probabilities.

B (Children) [2008] UKHL 35

Appeal arising from findings that a High Court judge could not determine whether or not the children were at risk of harm. Appeal dismissed.

The appeal was brought by counsel for the children’s guardian on the basis that, in the light of the judge’s findings the “artificiality of proceeding on the basis that such harm did not happen at all, when there is a real possibility that it did, is just as irresponsible and dangerous as proceeding on the basis that neither parent was the perpetrator”. As a result he called for a reconsideration of the Lords decision of In Re H and to overrule In Re M & R as they lead to illogical results (familylawweek.co.uk).

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Guidance on Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) and extended weather provision


Guidance on Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) and extended weather provision

 

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Guidance and case studies to help you develop suitable responses during the winter and periods of severe weather.

In brief

This guidance is designed to support Local Authorities to provide Severe Weather Emergency Protocol responses in order to prevent deaths of people sleeping rough during winter. It also covers good practice in delivering Extended Winter Provision such as night shelters.

How those can be an opportunity to end people’s homelessness.

The guidance is accompanied by a report based on last year’s survey of SWEP and winter provision, highlighting key data from respondents over the 2016-17 winter period. This year, for the first time, we have collated an additional set of case studies to highlight good practice examples from around the country.  Continue reading →

 

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Word Of The Day: Vulnerable


 

Word Of The Day: Vulnerable

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adjective

1.

capable of or susceptible to being wounded or, as by a weapon:

a vulnerable part of the body.

2.

open to moral attack, criticism, temptation, etc.:

an argument vulnerable to refutation; He is vulnerable to bribery.

3.

(of a place) open to assault; difficult to defend:

a vulnerable bridge.

4.

Bridge. having won one of the games of a rubber.

 

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Are You Really Sure Your Family Law Solicitor Is Fully Representing You?


 

Are You Really Sure Your Family Law Solicitor Is Fully Representing You?

 

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Solicitors may fear or be sceptical of talk around the rise of artificial intelligence and what it might mean for their profession, but experts say it could actually raise the level of work to be done and drive greater social equality.

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Lawyers must be able to bring cases against the government “without fear of recrimination or reprisals”, the high-profile solicitors’ firm Leigh Day has declared on the eve of its trial for alleged professional misconduct.

The charges, were brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), was a test case, potentially setting limits on how far solicitors need to prove allegations to their own satisfaction before they can bring them to court.

“The allegations against us stem from matters where we acted on behalf of Iraqi citizens who sought compensation from the Ministry of Defence because they alleged that they, or members of their families, were unlawfully detained, injured or killed by British Forces in Iraq.

“lawyers should be able to bring cases before our courts without fear of recrimination or reprisals.”

“… We believe that it is essential for our democracy that lawyers can bring claims before our courts, whether on behalf of service personnel or civilians, against the Ministry of Defence or any other government entity.

Full Leigh Day judgment revealed: Firm’s solicitors not ‘people who put financial advantage above professional duty’

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Is your social media account discoverable in your Family Court proceedings?

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