Sunday, October 30, 2011

100,277 Kansas Children "Served" In Out Of Home Placement Since 1997

The Kansas SRS website shows that there has been a total of 100,277 Kansas Children "Served" in Out Of Home Placement since 1997
The State Labels these seizures as "Foster Care Service Frequency"
Here is the link to that information:
FY2011 shows that the Kansas Child Population under the age of 18 years old is 695,712

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sedgwick County EMCU Pretenders

The Sedgwick County EMCU PRETENDERS Want Citizens To Think That They Care About Children. So Opposite!

The mother of these children didn't stand a chance even if she believed her daughters. So many protective parents in Sedgwick County have tried to protect their children from pedophiles and the Sedgwick County DA has worked for the pedophiles instead of protecting the children. 

Sedgwick County is corrupt! 

Investigators detail rescue of girls from sexual abuse

Four Sedgwick County girls ages 5, 6, 7 and 8 are safe from severe sexual abuse today because a teacher and several cops moved decisively in March to rescue them from their abusive father.
Police from the Wichita-Sedgwick County Exploited and Missing Child Unit have revealed details of the case and the frantic rescue of a 5-year-old.
Rescuers worked for 22 straight hours to get her away from her father.
They talked in part because the legal case closed with the father’s guilty plea this month.
But they also discussed the case to remind the public how extensive sexual abuse is in Sedgwick County, and how people must never hesitate to report even a suspicion of child abuse. EMCU has investigated 245 sex crime cases against children in the first six months of this year, 530 last year, and 445 the year before. Five cases last year involved incest.
As they talked, investigators gave a rare look inside the usually secret work they do in unmasking child abusers. Many of the rescues they’ve done and the cases they’ve made started with tips from the public.
The father, a 32-year-old self-employed Wichitan, will spend 25 years in prison before he is eligible for parole, said Lt. Jeff Weible, EMCU commander. The father pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated sodomy, and one count of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child younger than 16.
“He got more prison time for this than if he’d been convicted of a homicide,” Weible said.
The mother, 27, who had heard about the sexual abuse from her daughters and did nothing, received probation for a charge of aggravated endangerment, and agreed to sever her parental rights.
The Eagle does not reveal names of sexual abuse victims without their permission, and is not naming the father or mother charged in this case because that would identify the victims.
Minutes after the first call came to EMCU, Weible said, it was assigned to Virgil Miller, a detective who had worked child abuse cases for about a year with EMCU.
Within 22 hours after the case began, Miller and investigators had the father in jail even though the father was in Texas when the first call came.
Along the way, police used technology to track the father’s movements virtually minute by minute in Texas, where the father was on a working vacation. Weible would not discuss how they did this because he did not want to reveal to future criminals how they do some of their work.
They needed to move fast and with stealth, Miller said, because they soon discovered that the father had his 5-year old daughter with him.
They set out immediately to rescue her.
Hour by hour
Miller said the case unfolded like this:
At about 2:30 p.m. on an afternoon in March, a teacher at an elementary school in Sedgwick County was giving a short safety lecture to her students about touching — what is appropriate, what is not. A girl in the class, 7 years old, told her immediately that her father touched her inappropriately.
“Victims that age usually have no idea there’s anything wrong with that,” Miller would later say. “They think that’s just what Daddy does.”
The teacher immediately told a school social worker, who called the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responding to the call told their supervisory sergeant, Amy Osburn, who until a few months before was an investigator with EMCU. Osburn told deputies to take the girl and her sisters, ages 6 and 8, from school to EMCU in downtown Wichita. The girls reached EMCU about 4 p.m.
Miller questioned the mother and the maternal grandmother.
They admitted the 8-year-old had told the mother about the abuse the previous fall. “She said she’d asked the father about it; he told her it was a misunderstanding, that she was talking about a time when they accidentally touched while they wrestled,” Miller said. “Instead of doing the right thing, they decided to believe him. ”
“They were told what was going on and didn’t do a damned thing about it,” Miller said. “Look, if your kids tell you they are being abused, BELIEVE your kids.”
By this time it was late afternoon and Miller learned from the mother that there was a fourth child, age 5, in Texas with the father.
Planning a rescue
“Her safety became our primary concern,” Miller said.
Investigators suspected, (rightly, as it turned out), that the mother would call the father in Texas and warn him the girls had talked.
EMCU called law enforcement in the Dallas area, and began to plan an arrest.
“We decided to do a rare thing,” Miller said. “We contacted the (Sedgwick County) district attorney’s office, and drove out to a judge’s home about 10:30 p.m. and obtained an arrest warrant for this guy.”
Asking a judge in the middle of the night to sign a search warrant is not unusual, Miller said; asking for a signature on an arrest warrant seldom happens.
“Our game plan was to get the warrant, then ask local Texas law enforcement to go to the motel in the Dallas area and get this guy, and put the girl in protective custody.”
Awful things
At EMCU, Miller and Melissa Gardner, an investigator with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, questioned the girls, with Gardner taking the lead. They had taken the girls into an interview room with a kid-sized table, with chairs too big for the girls’ feet to reach the floor, and with toys in a box _ dolls and stuffed toys investigators hand to victims before asking them to point to parts of the body to explain what has happened to them.
Interviewing fragile children, while trying to put together a solid case that will win a prosecution in court, is a tricky business, Weible said.
Gardner gently and deftly questioned the girls, Miller said. “There is this series of questions we go through, to build a rapport,” Miller said. “It’s hard, because we’re total strangers working toward asking these children about the awful things that happened to them, even though these kids were too young to truly understand how awful it was.”
Gardner guided them from simple questions about what they did in school to eventually asking them what had happened.
“Melissa’s real good at getting what she needs for the SRS side to help the kids, but she’s also real good at knowing what we need for the investigation,” Miller said. “For most of that interview, I sat there like the bump on the log.”
The interview went smoothly, with little or no emotion from the children, Miller said.
He said that’s because even severely sexually abused children like these girls are too young to understand how they’ve been violated, though some of the abuse had been so physically painful that it prompted one girl to cry loud enough to be heard by the other sisters at night.
“The girls were matter of fact,” Miller said.
The 6-year-old revealed that she’d been touched, too, and she and the 7-year-old described to Miller numerous types of sex acts.
The abuse had lasted for months.
The 8-year-old sister, (a stepdaughter to the abusing father), told Miller she was not touched. She would change her story, after the father admitted abusing her. “She was trying to protect him,” Miller said. Protecting family abusers is a common practice among many incest victims, Miller said, in part because family or household members are often the only financial and family support.
Driving north
Sometime after dark the investigators learned, from technology they used to track the father, that he was driving north on I-35, after getting a call from the mother.
Investigators scrapped the plan to have the Texans arrest him. Instead, EMCU tracked him all the way to the Kansas state line; he was traveling at times up to 95 miles per hour, Miller said.
“He was driving as fast as he could go. I think his intention was to get the girl back home, and then either try to clear his name, or get out of town,” Miller said. “Probably he would drop her off and then get out of Dodge; he did not want to be arrested.”
By the time the father crossed the Oklahoma-Kansas state line, Miller said, the Kansas Highway Patrol already had troopers in place, watching for the car. A trooper cruised into the northbound lanes toward Wichita as soon as the father crossed the state line, and settled in, about a quarter mile behind the car, radioing ahead to Sedgwick County.
Deputies and Wichita police officers staked out the turnpike toll booths in Wichita, and waited. When they saw the father’s car leave the toll booth at the Derby-Haysville exit, a sheriff’s deputy pulled the father over. He did not resist arrest.
The girl was now safe.
Miller questioned the father at EMCU.
Interviews with sex abuse suspects are nothing like the fictional versions seen on television where detectives insult and yell at suspects, Miller said; EMCU detectives try never to be confrontational. They train themselves to keep a straight face while they talk to them with a friendly demeanor.
Within an hour, the father admitted abusing the 6 ,7 and 8-year-olds. “I started out by just saying, ‘Look, your daughters have said some things,’æ” Miller said. “He was very easy to talk to, and seemed remorseful.
“But he failed to mention to me that he’d also abused the 5-year-old, because he knew I didn’t know about that.
“Eventually he said what he did was wrong; he got a little teary-eyed; he told me he knew he was sick. Well, big DUH. You mess with your own kids? You ARE sick.”
The next day, Miller questioned the 5-year-old, who told him she’d been abused in Texas; and he re-interviewed the 8-year-old and told her the father had admitted to harming her, too. She then admitted to being abused.
Investigators searched the father’s home, and business, and found evidence.
Miller said the case illustrates, once again, how people need to be more willing to call 911 and report suspicions to police. When people don’t report suspicions, children continue to get hurt.
“Call the police even if you just have a suspicion,” Miller said. “Let us sort out whether there’s anything going wrong.”
The four sisters are in foster care now. Based on what he’s seen of them, Miller thinks they will be okay, that they will recover emotionally from the violations they suffered at the hands of their father.
“It’s a lot of garbage they have to deal with, but they will be okay. With or without counseling, they will be okay, sooner rather than later,” he said.
Child sex abuse cases are so revolting that most police detectives refuse to ever work sex abuse cases full time.
His wife never wants to hear about his day at work, Miller said.
“But I enjoy it.
“I like to talk to children in the morning, because I know they will then sleep safe that night.
“And I like to talk to perps in the afternoon, because I know they’ll sleep that night in jail.”
Reach Roy Wenzl at 316-268-6219 or

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Foster Care, KS Lawmaker Working Against Parental Rights

Kansas Senator Kelly served on the Children's Issues Committee and listened to testimony from parents and family members of children wrongfully taken from them. Kelly didn't appear to have any sympathy or will to make changes in a system that is well known to be broken. During the testimonies many people were crying from listening to the stories. Kelly's comment was that next time we'll have hearings to listen to all the good foster care does.

Doesn't Care, No Concern, And Now What Does Kelly Want To DO?

Kelly doesn't like the new SRS policy which allows parents whose children are in the foster care system to sign a one-page release form that gives a select House or Senate member access to their family's case file.

""In the past, Kelly said a constituent would complain to her and she would forward concerns to SRS and get a response that included what she needed to know based on specific concerns.
“I didn’t walk out from that conversation with, you know, their personal psychiatric history in detail,” she said. “I didn’t need to. I don’t want to. And I don’t think I should have been able to.”"

Regarding parents having the right to give their records
to a select lawmaker?
Kelly said, "it may be legal, but that doesn’t make it right."

Maybe Kelly just doesn't want to be bothered by her constituents and can't emotionally handle these issues.

Here's the article:

Lawmaker says foster care case files may be too open
TOPEKA — Earlier this year, the Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services loosened its records policy to allow parents whose children are now in the foster care system to sign a one-page release form that gives a select House or Senate member access to their family’s case file.
The move gives lawmakers access to records that explain, in detail, the circumstances that led to a child being removed from his or her home. That can include narratives of alleged abuse, medical files, psychiatric evaluations, drug tests, court records, credit history and payment history, among other things.
The policy change followed years of frustration among lawmakers who were trying to get to the bottom of complaints from parents who felt the state wrongly removed their child. Previous rules allowed people to give lawmakers and SRS officials permission to discuss the case, but lawmakers didn’t have access to the actual documents and social workers could decide how much to disclose.
Today, Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, said not everyone may be aware of how much information can be disclosed under the new policy. She read portions of the release form out loud to the Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services Oversight.
It’s probably not necessary for lawmakers to have so much detailed confidential information to understand what happened, she said.
The new release forms include a check box that gives the lawmaker permission to share the case file with anyone else they want.
“We are letting clients give me as a legislator, with limited legal or clinical background, the right to disseminate their personal, private, confidential medical information to anyone I deem appropriate?” Kelly asked SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki. “I, who have no qualifications to decide whether to do this or not?”
Siedlecki said parents already have the right to give their family’s files to a lawmaker who could share the information with the world. The idea is to help lawmakers, and the form provides added protection, he said.
Kelly said it may be legal, but that doesn’t make it right. “It’s different for a person to be able to do something versus the state to condone it,” she said.
In the past, Kelly said a constituent would complain to her and she would forward concerns to SRS and get a response that included what she needed to know based on specific concerns.
“I didn’t walk out from that conversation with, you know, their personal psychiatric history in detail,” she said. “I didn’t need to. I don’t want to. And I don’t think I should have been able to.”
Gary Haulmark, director of legislative affairs for SRS, estimated his office handles 3 to 5 of the release forms a month during the legislative session and about one or two a month during the rest of the year.
After the meeting, Siedlecki said he wants to be able to get information out on controversial cases without exposing some personal information, such as Social Security numbers.
“I want to be open,” he said.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Saving Ella Jo ~ From Foster Care

3 year old, Ella Jo is in the Kansas Foster Care System

While in the care of the State, on Oct 4th, Ella Jo went into respitory failure and the family was called to be at her side. Ella Jo is still fighting but she needs to go back home to be with her family.

"Ella Jo's history of accidental & pathological fractures started when she was 1-year old. Ella is not able to assimilate the nutrients in her food, therefore has a weaken bone structure. The seizure medicine that EllaJo had been on for half her life also deteriorates bone mass! The doctors failed to suggest Ella Jo needed Vitamin D & Calcium supplements to prevent this! Click to read: Osteoporosis in Retts children is only one of many tragic complications that comes with this disease. Since the age of 1-year, EllaJo has had numerous incidents where broken bones have been indicitive of her condition, as it is with every Retts child -- and it is indeed, every parents nightmare when dealing with a child suffering from Retts Syndorme. As a result of her last incident during a bath, EllaJo slipped out of loving hands and that placed her in the hospital with a Halo. And, as a result of that accident, an inappropriate decision to notify the State authorities, and subsequently placing EllaJo into the foster care system has occurred due to institutions, facilities and doctors/nurses/staff not fully understanding the dynamics of Retts Syndrome and how it has traumatzed EllsJo and her families lives."

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Many thanks to Congressman Tim Hueslkamp who was the ONLY Kansas Congressional Representative in Washington that voted against extending the child and family services program through fiscal year 2016.  Unfortunately the bill passed and now is waiting for President Obama to sign.

Boooo! To Jenkins, Yoder and Pompeo!  

You can Thank Congressman Huelskamp here:
Tim Huelskamp
126 Cannon House Office Building
, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2715
FAX: (202) 225-5124

 Here is the votes:

House Vote On Passage: H.R. 2883: Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act

House Vote #720 in 2011 [primary source:]
Sep 21, 2011 5:51PM

To amend part B of title IV of the Social Security Act to extend the child and family services program through fiscal year 2016, and for other purposes.
Status: Passed Congress. Next: Having passed in identical form in both the House and Senate, this bill now awaits the signature of the President before becoming law. [Last Updated: Sep 28, 2011 6:11AM]

Here is a link for the full text of the bill.