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  • Boston Globe: Judge Orders DCF to Return Justina Pelletier to Parents

    06/17/2014 2:33:35 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    boston.com ^ | 6/17/14 | Roberto Scalise
    juvenile court judge has ordered the Massachusetts Department of Children and Family to return Justina Pelletier to her parents, according to the Boston Globe. The Globe reports: “I find that the parties have shown by credible evidence that circumstances have changed since the adjudication on Dec. 20, 2013, that Justina is a child in need of care and protection pursuant to G.L. c. 199, 24-26.,” Judge Joseph Johnston wrote in the ruling. “Effective Wednesday, June 18, 2014, this care and protection petition is dismissed and custody of Justina is returned to her parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier.” Pelletier was placed...
  • Judge Orders Massachusetts DCF to Return Justina Pelletier to Her Parents

    06/17/2014 2:39:39 PM PDT · by Domandred · 10 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6/17/2014 | Jason Howerton
    A juvenile court has ordered the Massachusetts Department of Children and Family to return Justina Pelletier to her parents, the Boston Globe reports. “I find that the parties have shown by credible evidence that circumstances have changed since the adjudication on Dec. 20, 2013, that Justina is a child in need of care and protection pursuant to G.L. c. 199, 24-26.,” Judge Joseph Johnston wrote in the ruling, according to the Globe. “Effective Wednesday, June 18, 2014, this care and protection petition is dismissed and custody of Justina is returned to her parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier.”
  • Justina Pelletier belongs with her family, Massachusetts DCF says in legal motion

    06/11/2014 8:02:42 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 10 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com/ ^ | June 11, 2014 | Cristina Corbin
    The fate of a 16-year-old Connecticut girl at the center of a major medical custody dispute is in the hands of a Massachusetts judge, now that Bay State children's advocates have conceded Justina Pelletier should be returned to her family. In a controversial move, Pelletier was placed in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families more than a year ago, after two reputable Boston hospitals sparred in their diagnosis of the girl. snip In what Justina's attorneys are calling a "dramatic reversal," the Massachusetts DCF filed a motion agreeing that the teenager should be returned to her...
  • Major updates in the case of Connecticut teen Justina Pelletier (nurse speaks out)

    05/01/2014 6:00:26 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    http://www.glennbeck.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Staff
    After months of false leads and dead ends, there have been some promising updates in the case of Connecticut teen Justina Pelletier. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families took custody of Justina after her parents disputed the diagnosis doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital’s handed down. Boston Children’s Hospital said the then 15-year-old had a psychiatric disorder – not mitochondrial disease, which her parents had been treating her for at the direction of another doctor. Though a Boston juvenile court judge recently awarded permanent custody of Justina to the state DCF, it would appear, based on the letter by Massachusetts...
  • "Free Justina!" Why Did Massachusetts Take This Sick Girl From Her Parents In The First Place?

    03/27/2014 3:30:19 AM PDT · by suspects · 72 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Graham | Michael
    At the center of the seemingly incomprehensible case of Justina Pelletier lies one very simple, and unanswered, question: What did her mom and dad do to lose custody of their daughter in the first place? Gallons of ink have been poured on this story since last November, when a Connecticut TV station first reported the story of a sick teenager ripped from her family over a medical dispute between two hospitals. But having read every report on the case, including Judge Joseph Johnston’s ruling Tuesday, I can’t find a single claim — substantiated or otherwise — of bad behavior by...
  • Judge Rules Justina Pelletier to Remain in State’s Custody

    03/25/2014 3:07:26 PM PDT · by blueyon · 46 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/25/14 | Liz Klimas
    A Massachusetts judge ruled Tuesday that the Connecticut teen in the middle of a contentious custody battle between her parents and the state will remain in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. The Boston Globe reported that Suffolk County juvenile court Judge Joseph Johnson granted “permanent” custody to the state DCF, leaving it up to the agency to decide if and when 15-year-old Justina Pelletier is returned to her parents’ custody. This decision was in response to a motion filed by Linda and Lou Pelletier, Justina’s parents, and her court-lawyer attorney for a “conditional custody” plan....
  • Grieving mother of tot under DCF watch: ‘I want to know how he died’

    02/14/2014 4:47:58 AM PST · by massmike · 17 replies
    http://bostonherald.com/ ^ | 02/14/2014 | Erin Smith, Laurel J. Sweet and Antonio Planas
    Investigators are probing the death of a Yarmouth toddler who died while under the watch of state child welfare officials yesterday morning, as the grieving mom told the Herald last night she wants answers. “I want to know how he died,” said the toddler’s birth mother, Jenn Cronin, breaking down in tears. “He was an amazing, amazing kid. He was so sweet, so smart. He had this wicked adorable laugh and smile. My world just crashed down.” The 23-month-old, whom Cronin identified as Lucas Braman, was found unresponsive in his crib in a Yarmouth home and was pronounced dead at...
  • DCF deems alleged assault of boy, 11, ‘consensual’ sex

    01/21/2014 3:24:33 AM PST · by massmike · 23 replies
    http://bostonherald.com/ ^ | 01/21/2014 | Matt Stout, Erin Smith
    An 11-year-old autistic Middleboro boy’s claim that he was sexually assaulted by another youth inside his foster home was dismissed as “consensual” sex by child welfare officials charged with protecting him, in a stunning case the boy’s family and school officials charge was plagued by missteps by the embattled Department of Children and Families. According to DCF investigative reports, police reports and letters, the boy — then 11 but with the cognitive ability of a 5- or 6-year-old, his father told police — was allegedly sexually assaulted by another youth in the foster home while the parents slept during the...
  • Girl's death could spark review of Florida's home schooling law

    03/11/2011 8:35:25 AM PST · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 36 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | March 10, 2011 | Megan O'Matz
    In the aftermath of the horrific Barahona child abuse case in Miami, an investigative panel is urging child welfare and education officials to set up an alert system and follow-up inspections whenever an at-risk student is suddenly pulled out of school to be educated at home.
  • Can any freeper access a Wiley InterScience Law Article? re: family court destroying my family.

    05/20/2009 7:01:10 AM PDT · by George from New England · 11 replies · 1,148+ views
    Wiley InterScience ^ | Sept 2003 | Judge
    The link has not worked for too many so I will post the abstract below. I hope a freeper can access and if copyrighted, send me the article by freeper email. The train is on track to permanently removing our grandchildren (3 and 1 yr old) from our lives, forever. We suspect that we have an activist judge presiding over our family case and because of the color of different people involved, we may not be able to get a fair and balance outcome. So far the hearings have consistently gone against the biological paternal grandparents, solely based on social...
  • DCF Spokesman Arrested On Child Porn Charges

    02/04/2008 10:45:59 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 2 replies · 53+ views
    local6 ^ | February 3, 2008
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A spokesman for the Department of Children & Families was arrested Friday on child pornography charges, authorities said. Al Zimmerman was charged with eight counts of using a child in a sexual performance. Zimmerman, who has been with the agency for nearly two years, has been fired, agency officials said. Authorities say Zimmerman, 40, solicited at least two victims between the ages of 16 and 17 to create child pornography. DCF Secretary Bob Butterworth issued a statement asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate whether any child in the state's care had been victimized as...
  • "Safe Child Coalition" Victim Video (Mega-Barf Alert!)

    03/15/2007 4:42:20 PM PDT · by Soothesayer · 3 replies · 350+ views
    WARNING! GRAPHIC PICTURES OF CHILD ABUSE! Eleven year old boy burned with cigarettes by DCF foster parents, beaten unmercifully by other kids in the foster home, all because he would not break into a person's house and steal for the foster parents. Child is tortured by being stabbed with pencils and burnt with a lighter while handcuffed. DCF Case managers were notified, but ignored the child's pleas for help. Child had a black eye, numerous injuries, was completely emaciated with his rib cage showing, yet DCF does nothing to the foster parents. The Foster mother was taking pills, smoking dope...
  • Agency Had 89 Abuse Reports on Schiavo

    04/03/2005 6:32:21 PM PDT · by bust · 237 replies · 6,646+ views
    www.newsmax.com ^ | 4/2/05 | Newsmax
    Agency Had 89 Abuse Reports on Schiavo Florida's Department of Children and Families had received nearly 90 allegations that Michael Schiavo had abused his wife in recent years - but a Florida judge ruled yesterday that DCF summaries of those allegations must remain secret. The St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Tribune had filed suit for the release of the abuse summaries, which covered 89 reports - the Times said Friday. Story Continues Below But state Judge George Greer ruled Friday the records belong to DCF, and although Terri Schiavo's husband can have access to the abuse files, the records...
  • DCF: Fax Glitch Delays 1,156 Reports Of Possible Child Abuse

    07/13/2005 7:58:12 PM PDT · by Sunshine55 · 6 replies · 269+ views
    WFTV ^ | July 12, 2005 | The Associated Press
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Child welfare workers are investigating more than 1,100 reports of possible child abuse that went unnoticed for almost two months because of a technical problem. A spokeswoman for the agency says the problem was caused by a faulty fax machine. The reports were sent to a DCF fax from around the state between May 13th and July 6th. Apparently one of four lines into the fax failed, and then the machine's electronic alert failed, so staffers didn't know it wasn't working properly. Officials call it a "glitch." A DCF official says the agency had no indication that...
  • 23-Month-Old Dies In [Florida DCF] Foster Care

    04/24/2005 5:18:12 PM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 132 replies · 2,147+ views
    News4JAX ^ | 4-22-05 | ???
    Birth Parents Blame DCF, System POSTED: 3:31 pm EDT April 22, 2005 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A family whose child was taken away from them by the Florida Department of Children & Families is blaming the system for allowing their 23-month-old son to die. Christina Mantooth and her husband are mourning Gregory Love, who died while living in foster care after his parents failed a drug test."He's never been sick," Mantooth said of her youngest child. "He was in perfect health. He was a perfect child." Christina Mantooth with her husband and four children. Mantooth had her four children taken away...
  • DCF: Schiavo Not Abused Or Exploited

    04/16/2005 8:15:30 AM PDT · by kingattax · 375 replies · 5,027+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | April 16, 2005
    TAMPA, Fla. -- State investigators found no evidence that Terri Schiavo had been abused or exploited by either side of her family, according to documents released by Florida's Department of Children and Families. The agency investigated 89 complaints dating back to 2001, when Schiavo's feeding tube was removed for the first time and the legal battle surrounding her right-to-die case intensified. The calls alleged that the brain-damaged woman was being mistreated by her husband and her parents for financial gain. One complaint alleged that Schiavo's parents were selling videos of her through a Web site; another said Schiavo's husband wasn't...
  • Judge Greer Having fun with The Department of Children and Families in Terri Schiavo Case!

    03/26/2005 4:41:53 PM PST · by Harry Jones · 140 replies · 3,325+ views
    After hearing 1egal argument and being duly advised in the premises, the Court ruled that the executive and judjcial branches of government are separate but equal and that the executive branch is not superior in the area of judicial matters. Page3 From Judge Greer's Order against Fla Dept Family Services! http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/news/noticeoffiling.pdf
  • Fla. Officials Attempt, But Fail, To Seize Terri

    03/27/2005 1:34:56 PM PST · by Lindykim · 10 replies · 735+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | Mar. 26, 2005 | Carol Miller
    News Home - Help Fla. officials' attempt, fail to seize Schiavo Fri Mar 25, 9:32 PM ET By Carol Marbin Miller, Knight Ridder Newspapers MIAMI - Hours after a judge ordered that Terri Schiavo wasn't to be removed from her hospice, a team of Florida law enforcement agents were en route to seize her and have her feeding tube reinserted - but they stopped short when local police told them they would enforce the judge's order, The Miami Herald has learned.  Agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told police in Pinellas Park, the small town where Schiavo lies...
  • How Terri was almost saved

    03/26/2005 9:51:58 PM PST · by exliberal · 72 replies · 1,709+ views
    March 26, 2005 | Cheryl Ford's blog
    Here's what I found on Cheryl Ford's blog. I had read and easily overlooked little paragraph in the LA times about plans to take Terri that didn't come through last night. I was determined to find out more, as that's all LA Times said about that. Here's the story from Cheryl Ford, RN who is a friend of the family and advocate for keeping Terri alive. Saturday, March 26, 2005 Police 'showdown' averted Comments From Ford: I spoke to Mary Schindler last night. She is being forced to watch her daughter die. This mother will have in her memories, a...
  • Report: Jeb Sent Agents to Rescue Terri

    03/26/2005 3:47:20 PM PST · by Cherokee Conservative · 116 replies · 2,833+ views
    News Max ^ | March 26, 2005 | News Max Wire
    The Miami Herald reported Saturday that Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sent a team of state agents Thursday to rescue Terri Schiavo - but it was stopped short by local police. "We were ready to go," Bush spokesman Jacob DiPietre told the Herald.Doctors say that unless her feeding tube is reinserted, Schiavo, 41, will die a week or two after March 18. That is when a judge ordered it removed, having siding with Schiavo's huband's argument that Terri would have preferred it that way.On Saturday, the Herald reported that local police in Pinellas Park, the small town where Schiavo lies at...
  • Fla. officials' attempt, fail to seize Schiavo

    03/26/2005 8:41:50 AM PST · by traumer · 61 replies · 1,983+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 03/26/2005
    MIAMI - Hours after a judge ordered that Terri Schiavo wasn't to be removed from her hospice, a team of Florida law enforcement agents were en route to seize her and have her feeding tube reinserted - but they stopped short when local police told them they would enforce the judge's order, The Miami Herald has learned. Agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told police in Pinellas Park, the small town where Schiavo lies at Hospice Woodside, that they were on the way to take her to a hospital to resume her feeding. For a brief period, local...
  • Political corruption alleged in Schiavo case

    03/26/2005 12:12:45 AM PST · by Bigfitz · 12 replies · 1,136+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | March 26, 2005 | Diana Lynne
    As Terri Schiavo enters what are thought to be her last hours of life, allegations of political corruption and obstruction of justice on the part of state officials
  • Police 'Showdown' Averted ['Team of State Agents Were En Route to Seize Terri']

    03/25/2005 7:55:28 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 1,583 replies · 22,846+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Sat, Mar. 26, 2005 | CAROL MARBIN MILLER
    Hours after a judge ordered that Terri Schiavo was not to be removed from her hospice, a team of state agents were en route to seize her and have her feeding tube reinserted -- but they stopped short when local police told them they would enforce the judge's order, The Herald has learned. Agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told police in Pinellas Park, the small town where Schiavo lies at Hospice Woodside, on Thursday that they were on the way to take her to a hospital to resume her feeding. For a brief period, local police, who...
  • Government Reform Field Hearing in Florida Postponed

    03/25/2005 2:49:37 AM PST · by Harry Jones · 2 replies · 433+ views
    House Committee on Government Reform ^ | March 23, 2005 | MEDIA ADVISORY
  • TERRI SCHIAVO DAILY MARCH 2005 PART 6- NO FOOD OR WATER IN THE 6TH-7TH DAYS - GOOD FRIDAY

    03/25/2005 12:17:45 AM PST · by STARWISE · 5,061 replies · 79,903+ views
    various | 3-24-05
    Judge George Greer ruled that the State of Florida has no right to take custody of Terri Schiavo, which ruling came hours after an appeal by Terri's parents to re-insert the feeding tube was refused by the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, another hearing was scheduled tonight before US District Judge James D. Whittemore .. the same judge who previously heard and denied the request subsequent to the 'de novo' intention of the law past last weekend by the Congress and signed by President Bush, in an effort to confirm that no stone was left unturned before Terri would endure legally...
  • Jeb Bush Not Likely to Ride to Rescue [Terri Schindler-Schiavo]

    03/24/2005 10:50:16 PM PST · by Messianic Jews Net · 156 replies · 2,735+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 2005-03-25 01:00 EST | Staff
    STARVATION: DAY 8 Jeb Bush not likely to ride to rescue Florida governor indicates he won't defy court order Posted: March 25, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com Those hoping Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will step forward to save Terri Schiavo from imminent, court-ordered starvation death are likely to be disappointed, based on his comments to a group of reporters following county court Judge George Greer's ruling against the state's effort to take custody of the brain-injured woman at the center of a worldwide euthanasia controversy. While Bush reiterated his motivation to save Schiavo, based on new evidence that...
  • MSNBC: Florida Supreme Court: Affirms Judge Greer - Jeb cant go in with DCF.

    03/24/2005 6:29:38 PM PST · by Next_Time_NJ · 82 replies · 2,470+ views
    MSNBC
    This has nothing to do with the court case currently going on (that just ended), so dont confuse the two. The florida supreme court has affrimed that Jeb Bush is NOT allowed to take custody of Terri with the DCF, as per MSNBC.
  • State could rescue Terri despite judge's denial

    03/24/2005 9:44:50 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 120 replies · 2,608+ views
    www.wnd.com ^ | March 23, 2005 | WorldNetDaily.com
    The Florida judge who has consistently ruled against efforts to keep Terri Schiavo alive has said no to an effort by the state's Department of Children and Families to rescue the brain-injured woman by physically removing her, but a department spokeswoman says the state agency still could take action without judicial approval. Pinellas Circuit Court Judge George Greer said the state cannot take Schiavo into custody, nor provide her food or water. WFLA Radio in Tampa says the ruling will likely be appealed. The possible "rescue" scenario emerged today with Schiavo now in her sixth day without food or water....
  • Judge Greer Cannot Enjoin DCF

    03/24/2005 7:18:17 AM PST · by tomahawk · 34 replies · 612+ views
    Vanity | 3/24/05 | Tomahawk
    I am not admitted to practice law in Florida. However, I believe that Judge Greer lacks the legal authority to enjoin DCF from removing Terri if it invokes the Emergency Removal provisions under the Florida statute authorizing same. Case law holds that when a plaintiff (such as Michael Schiavo) seeks to enjoin the activity of a government agency, his case must contend with "the well-established rule that the Government has traditionally been granted the widest latitude in the dispatch of its own internal affairs." Allen v. Wright, 468 U.S. 737, 761, 104 S. Ct. 3315, 3329-30, 82 L. Ed. 2d...
  • State could rescue Schiavo despite judge's denial

    03/23/2005 10:13:40 PM PST · by stlnative · 50 replies · 1,171+ views
    worldnetdaily ^ | 3/23/05 | WorldNetDaily.com
    The Florida judge who has consistently ruled against efforts to keep Terri Schiavo alive has said no to an effort by the state's Department of Children and Families to rescue the brain-injured woman by physically removing her, but a department spokeswoman says the state agency still could take action without judicial approval. Pinellas Circuit Court Judge George Greer said the state cannot take Schiavo into custody, nor provide her food or water. WFLA Radio in Tampa says the ruling will likely be appealed. The possible "rescue" scenario emerged today with Schiavo now in her sixth day without food or water....
  • DCF Files Petition for Intervention

    03/23/2005 6:24:56 PM PST · by traderrob6 · 117 replies · 3,196+ views
    National Review ^ | 3/23/05 | traderrob
    Can't post entire PDF, the link is listed. CRITICAL PARAGRAPH: Please take note that on or about March 21 2005, DCF received reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation involving allegations to Theresa Marie Schiavo regarding the administration of pain medication ie MORPHINE WHEN SAID PERSON IS IN A PERSISTENT VEGETATIVE STATE!
  • Here's the Florida Law Allowing DCF to Take Terri

    03/23/2005 4:02:52 PM PST · by tomahawk · 151 replies · 2,830+ views
    Florida Statutes | 3/23/05 | Tomahawk
    Fla. Stat. § 415.1051 (2004) § 415.1051. Protective services interventions when capacity to consent is lacking; nonemergencies; emergencies; orders; limitations (1) NONEMERGENCY PROTECTIVE SERVICES INTERVENTIONS. --If the department has reasonable cause to believe that a vulnerable adult is being abused, neglected, or exploited and is in need of protective services but lacks the capacity to consent to protective services, the department shall petition the court for an order authorizing the provision of protective services. (a) Nonemergency protective services petition. --The petition must state the name, age, and address of the vulnerable adult, allege specific facts sufficient to show that the...
  • DCF Considers Removing Schiavo from Hospice by Force

    03/23/2005 2:34:59 PM PST · by gopwinsin04 · 947 replies · 24,971+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 3.23.05 | Dara Kam
    State officials say they are considering removing Terri Schiavo from hospice, by force if necessary, despite numerous court orders upholding the removal of the artificial nutrition tube that has kept her alive for 15 years.Lucy Hadl, secretary of the Department of Children and Families, said Wednesday morning that her staff is relying on a state law that gives the department the authority to intervene on behalf of a vulnerable adult who is 'suffering from abuse or neglect that presents a risk of death or serious physical injury.' Hadl said that the DCF would have to file a petition in order...
  • Judge says DCF can't intervene in Terri Schiavo case

    03/10/2005 12:22:56 PM PST · by amdgmary · 657 replies · 9,209+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 10, 2005 | Mitch Stacy
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A judge ruled Thursday that the state's social services agency cannot delay the removal of the feeding tube keeping brain-damaged Terri Schiavo alive. The Department of Children & Families had asked for a 60-day delay in the removal of the feeding tube, now scheduled March 18. The agency said it wanted time to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect by the woman's husband, Michael Schiavo. But Circuit Judge George W. Greer ruled that the agency's attempt to get involved at this point was inappropriate and "appears to be brought for the purpose of circumventing the court's...
  • Husband's Lawyer Fears DCF's Intent

    03/09/2005 3:15:46 AM PST · by amdgmary · 70 replies · 1,600+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | March 9, 2005 | David Sommer
    CLEARWATER - Terri Schiavo could be taken away by state agents if the Department of Children & Families fails in its bid to delay the removal of her life-sustaining feeding tube, her husband's attorney said Tuesday. Also Tuesday, DCF attorney Keith Ganobsik announced in court that his agency will ask Judge George Greer to ban reporters from a hearing today on its request to intervene in the case. Last week, the DCF lost a bid to keep that same request a secret. In a document made public through the efforts of the The Tampa Tribune and News Channel 8, a...
  • Terri Schiavo Can Still Be Rehabilitated, Says Nobel Prize Nominated Doctor

    03/08/2005 9:27:40 PM PST · by oremus · 5 replies · 894+ views
    Terri Schiavo Can Still be Rehabilitated, Nobel Prize-Nominated Doctor Says by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor March 7, 2005 Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) -- Despite the contention of Terri Schiavo's estranged husband Michael and courts that have allowed him to starve her to death, a doctor nominated for the Nobel Prize says he believes medical therapies are still available that could help Terri party recover from her disabled state. Dr. William Hammesfahr is an internationally recognized expert on cases of brain-injured patients. He has been identified in helping patients with chronic brain injuries from many causes actually leave long term disability, and...
  • Abuse Complaint Against Micheal Schiavo Made Public

    03/05/2005 7:30:41 AM PST · by Pendragon_6 · 119 replies · 2,727+ views
    CNS News ^ | 3-4-2005 | Jeff Johnson
    (CNSNews.com) - The Florida agency responsible for protecting disabled and elderly individuals released a sealed, 30-count allegation against Michael Schiavo Friday. The "motion for intervention and stay" charges that Terri Schindler Schiavo's husband has abused, neglected and exploited her while seeking the court's permission to end her life. The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) asked Pinellas-Pasco County Circuit Judge George Greer last week to give it 60 days to investigate the 11-page complaint. The DCF motion, released Friday, argues that the agency cannot complete the investigation or provide Terri with services required by law if the 60-day stay...
  • Terri Schiavo Abuse Document Cites Complaints Against Michael

    03/04/2005 12:14:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 207 replies · 5,303+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | March 4, 2005 | Steven Ertelt
    Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) -- Documents filed by a state agency seeking to investigate concerns of abuse of Terri Schiavo cite 30 allegations of abuse or neglect of the disabled woman. The Florida Department of Children Families submitted the 11-page document to Circuit Court Judge George Greer last week and it hoped to obtain 60 days to investigate the concerns. Instead, Judge Greer ruled that Terri's estranged husband Michael could remove her feeding tube on March 18. He issued a second ruling Thursday opening up the document to media and public scrutiny. The DCF filing says it received "30 detailed allegations...
  • Judge releases DCF document in Schiavo case

    03/03/2005 9:24:10 PM PST · by Ohioan from Florida · 351 replies · 4,421+ views
    Tampa Bay's 10 News ^ | 3/3/2005 | Tampa Bay's 10 News
    A judge released the DCF document seeking intervention in the Terri Schiavo case. She's the brain-damaged woman at the center of a "right to die" battle. The department of children and families document names Michael Schiavo as responsible for the mistreatment of his wife. The nine complaints cited are very technical. They essentially claim the abuse or neglect of Terri is in the form of the kind of medical treatment Terri is, or in some cases is not receiving. The complaint accuses Michael Schiavo of: 1. Failure to educate using certain therapies in violation of guardianship 2. Experimental procedures performed...
  • Judge agrees to public access to DCF petition in Schiavo case

    03/03/2005 2:38:59 PM PST · by Ohioan from Florida · 29 replies · 986+ views
    herald today.com ^ | Thu, Mar. 03, 2005 | AP wire
    TAMPA, Fla. - A judge Thursday agreed to make public a court document filed by the state's social agency seeking intervention in the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case. A newspaper and television station had sued to gain access to the petition filed by the Department of Children & Families that attorneys say seeks to delay removal of the brain-damaged woman's feeding tube while the agency investigates allegations of abuse by her husband. Circuit Judge George Greer said he would make the document available Friday. DCF attorneys argued to keep the petition sealed, citing a need to protect the privacy of witnesses...
  • Media Outlets Seek Access to DCF Filing Regarding Teri Schiavo (New Hearing Wednesday)

    03/01/2005 10:57:32 AM PST · by gopwinsin04 · 66 replies · 1,417+ views
    A judge has set a hearing for Wednesday to determine whether to make public a court document in which the Flordia Department of Children and Families is seeking last minute intervention in the case of Terri Schiavo.Circuit Judge George Greer set the hearing after the company that owns the Tampa Tribune sued to get access to the DCF petition. Lawyers say that the state wants to investigate possible abuse of the brain damaged woman by her husband who is seeking to remove the feeding tube keeping her alive.Governor Jeb Bush has said he will do anything he could legally to...
  • DCF Enters Schiavo Case

    02/23/2005 11:53:22 PM PST · by amdgmary · 83 replies · 2,069+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | Feb 23, 2005 | David Sommer
    CLEARWATER - Terri Schiavo will continue to receive nourishment at least until Friday afternoon while a judge ponders the latest requests to keep the brain-damaged woman alive. Meanwhile, the state Department of Children & Families has suddenly asked to intervene in the seven-year-old legal dispute over whether Schiavo would want to be kept alive after 15 years in what most doctors say is a persistent vegetative state. A DCF attorney filed a "petition for intervention" minutes before Circuit Judge George Greer took the bench Wednesday to hear Bob and Mary Schindler's request that he hold off on allowing the removal...
  • New Legal Twists in Terri's Case - Our Effort is Working - STAY ISSUED UNTIL FRIDAY

    02/23/2005 2:30:29 PM PST · by jbamb · 3 replies · 195+ views
    Ravings of John C. A. Bambenek ^ | 2-23-05 | John Bambenek
    DCF (Department of Children and Families) Intervenes and stay is extended and Gordon Watts intervenes. Both of these steps has pushed back the say til Friday now. As far as the DCF filing, there has been lobbying to get them involved. Gordon Watts, among other things, is challenging that she is held in a hospice when she isn't dying. Disabled sure, but hospices are not for the disabled, they are for the dying and it is illegal for her to be there. Blogs for Terri has raised the pledges it needs to get the ad into the paper on Sunday...
  • False Abuse Allegations - the 21st Century's Scarlet Letter

    04/25/2003 8:20:23 AM PDT · by I still care · 1 replies · 360+ views
    Suncoast News | April 23, 2003 | Tish Osborne
    Anyone who has caught a television movie in the last 10 years has learned that sometimes people are falsely accused in child abuse cases - and they suffer dearly for it. A Tucson, AR woman described her experience to others on an Internet list service for the falsely accused. "You need to understand that you have forever lost your innocence. Suddenly, you are in a nightmare that doesn't seem to end. Children you loved have accused you of the most heinous crime one can imagine. You have been branded wit the 21st Century's "Scarlet Letter". That woman and many other...
  • DCF to pay abused child

    02/26/2003 9:25:16 AM PST · by NautiNurse · 8 replies · 327+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | February 26, 2003 | BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER
    $525,000 SETTLEMENT--Agreement ends two-year battleThe Florida Department of Children & Families has agreed to pay a 10-year-old Broward boy $525,000 for the abuse he endured in foster care -- roughly $10,000 for each of the 50 times the boy was molested, his lawyer said.The settlement, approved Tuesday by Broward Circuit Judge John A. Frusciante, ends a two-year battle between the boy, named John Jones in court papers, and the DCF, which took John into foster care at age 6.Broward children's advocate Howard Talenfeld, an attorney, sued the department on John's behalf in July 2001, claiming he had been repeatedly brutalized...
  • Task Force: Missing DCF children figures were overstated

    09/19/2002 7:58:01 AM PDT · by RedBloodedAmerican · 4 replies · 161+ views
    NJonline ^ | 09.19.02 | Ap
    MIAMI - A list of almost 400 children labeled "missing" under the state's care was exaggerated as many of the children have either been found, were chronic teenage runaways or ran from foster homes, a study by a statewide task force said. In a statewide search of the children listed as missing in August by the Department of Children & Families, 139 out of 393 of the children have been located, the study said. The task force is still looking for 242 remaining names on the "missing" list, many of whom investigators believe are considered chronic runaways or taken by...
  • Regier 'crisis' falters when facts known [Anti-Jeb writer matures; defends Jeb's new DCF chief!]

    08/20/2002 6:44:46 AM PDT · by summer · 89 replies · 593+ views
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 20, 2002 | Mike Thomas
    Tuesday, August 20, 2002 SENTINEL COLUMNIST Mike Thomas Regier 'crisis' falters when facts known Published August 20, 2002 The attacks against Jeb Bush's choice to head the state's child-welfare department, Jerry Regier, show what you get by mixing an incomplete news story and nasty politics. Excerpt: It began last week when The Miami Herald wrote this story: The man named Thursday by Gov. Jeb Bush to head Florida's notoriously inept child welfare agency is an evangelical Christian who views spanking that causes "bruises or welts" as acceptable punishment….. All the ingredients were present for a juicy controversy. There was a...
  • CAPTION THIS: Rev. Jesse Jackson comments on Gov. Jeb Bush's new DCF Chief

    08/18/2002 8:52:11 AM PDT · by summer · 84 replies · 571+ views
    AP ^ | August 18, 2002 | photo
    CAPTION THIS: Rev. Jesse Jackson comments on Gov. Jeb Bush's new DCF Chief From the Associated Press, Aug. 18, 2002: The Rev. Jesse Jackson and other Democrats blasted Gov. Jeb Bush's nominee for child welfare chief Saturday, saying he should be fired for his ties to a paper that promotes spanking and demeans women. … The Democrats said Bush either failed to check Regier's background or that he must agree with a paper published in 1989 that endorses spanking that causes bruises and welts and says that married women shouldn't have careers. The paper lists Regier on the cover as...
  • In Loco Parentis (Reno's "family values" for Floridians?)

    08/17/2002 10:42:43 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 6 replies · 659+ views
    The New American ^ | August 8, 1994 | William Norman Grigg
    Vol. 10, No. 16August 8, 1994 More on Education In Loco Parentis by William Norman GriggG.K. Chesterton wrote, "The ideal for which the family stands is liberty. It is the only institution that is at once necessary and voluntary. It is the only check on the state that is bound to renew itself as eternally as the state, and more naturally than the state." For this reason, dictators and despots of all varieties have sought throughout history to corrupt the conventional family, appropriate its functions, and remove the individual from the shelter of the home. Accordingly, those concerned about...
  • Where the FL Story of Jeb's New DCF Chief Should Have Appeared: "The Weekly World News"

    08/17/2002 3:21:04 AM PDT · by summer · 120 replies · 616+ views
    Where the FL Story of Jeb's New DCF Chief Should Have Appeared: "The Weekly World News" Written by summer - a former Dem, now an independent and a FL certified teacher Florida media went into a heated overdrive this week. "Far right" headlines across the state screamed about Gov. Jeb Bush's new appointment to lead the DCF (the state's Department of Children and Families, better known as the agency responsible for child foster care and adoption). In the The Miami Herald, we find the Tallahassee Bureau Chief and political editor, Peter Wallsten, listed among other newspaper staff members, all claiming...