Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kansas Is Stealing The Family Heritage! Run Toto.. Run!

This Picture Posted by the Kansas Watch Dog
May 9, 2010, More Info Below :

Children deserve protection, their family and the right to know where they come from.
Kansas is a leader in taking children from good homes on false allegations of abuse.
Kansas foster children have been adopted out to strangers where they have been abused, raped and murdered!
Just ask Adam Herrman, born Irvin Groeninger III, when and IF you find him.

Their signs said:
  • Our children are not orphans
  • KVC is kidnapping.  Not family preservation.
  • Judges are not God.
  • Kansas #1 stealing children from families.
  • SRS stealing children for money.
Comments from the protesters included:
Kathy Winters (Olathe, left-most in picture)

“Tonight they’re going to be adopting children out.”
“There are kids being adopted out that have family that want them.”
“These children, who have been in foster homes, have been taken away from their families. They’re going to be adopted by strangers. …”
“What we’re protesting is there are families that want these kids. The adoption doesn’t have to be to strangers. These kids have known these families since they were born. They need to be with their families — with their grandparents.”
“Instead, the state and the private contractors make more money when they adopt them out to strangers …”
“SRS doesn’t believe in family preservation. …”
“I’m not talking about children who are truly, truly abused. I’m talking about the ones they take the kids away just because they can. …”
“We’d have a lot more people here, but they are scared to death … It’s not a free country. You can’t come out and speak” [without retaliation]. What can they do to me now? They’ve taken my grandkids away.”
“The solution is that we have to have some laws that protect family preservation. They don’t even try to keep the family together.”
Sadie Carpenter (Olathe, second from left in picture)
Grandmother and former social worker

“The solution is to change the laws and get rid of the private contractors.”
“They string you out … They promise you, ‘if you do this, this and this,’ you can get your children back.”
Fred Carpenter (Olathe, right-most in picture)

[The attorneys] “were wanting a good $8000. We’ve spent right at $2000″ so far to get our granddaughter back.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Child poverty meetings scheduled for next week

"The meetings are titled “Rising to the Challenge: Reducing Childhood Poverty and Improving Childhood Outcomes in Kansas” and will feature national and state experts on childhood poverty, including the Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector and Ron Haskins..."

This is a public meeting and even though anyone can attend, the State is requiring citizens to register for this event.     

The meetings will be:
1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Jack Reardon Convention Center, 500 Minnesota Ave., KC, KS
1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel, 400 W. Douglas, Wichita
1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex at.Garden City Community College

From The Heritage Foundation, Foster Care: Safety Net or Trap Door? by Thomas Atwood,
March 25, 2011.
 "States tend to overuse foster care because they receive federal matching funds
for every qualifying child in care. "

"Abstract: For tens of thousands of endangered children, foster care has become a trap door rather than the safety net they need to help them succeed. In particular, federal financing policies have favored foster care over other child welfare approaches, leading states to overuse foster care to the detriment of children who could be adopted or whose families could be rehabilitated."

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

According to the New Secretary of SRS, Rob Siedlecki, Regarding Adoptions, IT'S ALL FREE MONEY!!!

According to the new Secretary of SRS, it's all FREE MONEY!
Free money to adopt Kansas children.
Free money to have medical coverage for those children.
Free money to send adopted children to college.
What about all the FREE MONTHLY SUBSIDIES AND TAX BREAKS those adopters receive?
And then there is the FREE $300,000 to Promote Adoptions of Kansas children.
It's NOT FREE MONEY, it is tax payers dollars funded by the private sector.
That would include, Secretary of SRS Rob Siedlecki's income. The private sector pays for his home, his life style and income.
Jonathan and Allison Schumm's family is big enough to conduct a regulation basketball game.
That wouldn't be possible without five siblings adopted by the Topeka couple to complement their three biological children.
The team was present at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center for the announcement Monday of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services' offer of $300,000 from a federal grant to the company proposing the most imaginative one-year marketing campaign to recruit adoptive families.
"This is a heartfelt cause," said SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki. "This campaign is directed towards our children who are typically hardest to place in adoptive families — the kids of sibling groups, with mental or physical disabilities or teenagers."
He said the state had 5,200 children in foster care. Five hundred of 900 in the adoption queue are awaiting completion of the adoption process, but 420 haven’t yet been linked with a prospective adoptive family.
"Those 400 children really are alone," Siedlecki said.
Jonathan Schumm said he could attest to the compelling force for good generated by adoption of children. His roster: Nicole, 16, Alisa, 13, Emmanuel, 11, Jaquale, 6, Angel, 5, Mercy, 5, Isaiah, 3, and Kyrsten, 1.
"I'm not here to tell you foster care and adoption are easy," he said while the children played in the center's kid-friendly facility. "It's been worth every smile and every tear."
He said information on children available for adoption in Kansas could be found at www.adoptkskids.org. Some children still on the list were there six years ago when Schumm and his wife initially became involved in foster care and adoption.
"So many kids are still waiting," he said.
Gov. Sam Brownback decreed November as Kansas Adoption Month. On Nov. 19, several court jurisdictions in Kansas will finalize at least 100 adoptions to mark the declaration.
Brownback and his wife, Mary, adopted two children from overseas. A son, Mark, celebrated his 14th birthday Monday.
"Adoption is fabulous," the governor said at the Statehouse. "It just brings a smile to my face every time I think about it. My hope is more families will step up."
He said his family's decision to not adopt in Kansas reflected his trips while in Congress to orphanages in other countries, many of which didn't have a strong cultural tradition of adoption.
In addition, the governor said he was aware of a U.S. family that struggled for six years to complete an adoption.
Siedlecki, the top administrator at SRS, said adoptions through the state of Kansas were completed at little or no cost and were legally secure because parental rights had been severed.
Kansas families who adopt children may be eligible for state or federal financial subsidies, he said. Funding is available for health care of adopted children through Medicaid and for college tuition for children adopted from state care after age 16.
Siedlecki said the goal of SRS was to complete more than 800 adoptions in the current fiscal year ending in July. In the last fiscal year, the state finalized 761 adoptions. In the first three months of the year, 178 children have been adopted from state care in Kansas.
Tim Carpenter can be reached at (785) 295-1158 or timothy.carpenter@cjonline.com.