When an Eastern WA City Councilmember contacted me several months ago I learned that her 3 year-old, blond, non-drug affected granddaughter had been taken from her by the state. She was told if she did not give up the 3 year-old that they would take the 11 year-old granddaughter also.
CPS started this but they could not finish it. Once the system is engaged all parts of it are moving in to take the child.
Councilmember Mowery writes a long report of yesterday's actions I will post it in parts:
As you are probably aware, after a long day, Judge Baker denied that Angelina be placed with her sister and me. The AAG, Lisa Lyndon, Social worker, Crystal Wiss, Mrs. Elmore, mom of Angelina, Kris Randall, area supervisor, Connie Lambert Eckel, Region 1 director, Terry Williams, attorney for the father, Rebecca Coufal, attorney for the mother, testified in support of Angelina's placement with family, as did many others in support of Angelina, my granddaughter, coming home.
CASA, Dennis Wright, brought up "thirty-year ago" alleged marijuana use by my ex husband, deceased twenty (20) years, and found a witness of thirty years ago, (not present) who lied, allegedly stating that said ex husband and I left marijuana at her home, for safe keeping, while we went on a trip to work "out of state."
In addition, that I had stated to Cheryl Grimm, social worker that caused most of the problems, that I believed Angelina was being "poisoned" while at the department; that I had sent her to the foster to adopt home with clothing that was too large for her; had complained too many times that visitations were upsetting her, and stated that she was sick during "every" visit to the department last winter. So many lies were being told; we could not keep up! Also, foster mom stated that Angelina, at age fourteen (14) months, could not eat solid foods, i.e. cheerios...later Attorney, Rebecca Coufal asked Dennis Wright, CASA, if he remembered Angelina eating Cheerios while at the department during previous visitations; he said, "yes, Angelina ate Cheerios." The foster to adopt mom had lied in court. Does this mean that she lies all the time?
I had filed documentation from the prior foster home assessments stating that Angelina had problems while in their home. I only asked the social workers to allow Angelina to eat the same foods that I sent to the department, and to have time off when she was ill during extremely cold weather conditions.
Judge Baker and CASA stated that I had "used" powers that be, in the state to help me, which in her opinion, was not acceptable. That I had used my position as a councilmember to gain standing, and that it made no difference to the court. (Who said it made a difference?)
The AAG stated that I have a clean record, am a licensed foster parent, have raised a granddaughter for ten (10) years with no complaints/concerns; have a nice home; that Angelina was in great health at home with us; that I had only one way to defend myself in stating that my grown children had lied about any alleged drug use thirty (30) years ago and that was to state those lies as such. Yes, when Angelina came to our home, my grown children were called, told lies by Cheryl Grimm, and they retaliated. I may never get them to admit wrong doing. Yes, they were very upset! This is the "ancient history" mentioned in court records (third party intervention).
Judge Baker realized, by testimony from Terry Williams, attorney for the father, that my oldest granddaughter had been included as a party for the psych evaluation that was ordered by the social workers, Cheryl Grimm, Angelina Newport and Becky Barry.
Mr. Williams, father's attorney, and Rebecca Coufal, mother's attorney, stated that I had asked for two (2) weeks per foster agreement in order to locate an attorney so that I might have representation (while in the FTDM that took Angelina), and that was the reason in which I chose to do my own psych evaluation. Also stated, that Dr. Ashworth was employed by DSHS, and had worked for the state in the past. No one was sure.
Judge Baker stated that my current psych evaluation exhibited deceit, although the AAG stated that the word "deceit" was not used in any part of the report. Judge Baker again stated that my daughter's drug abuse problem stemmed from my past use of illegal drugs, (30) years ago, all hearsay and lies. Judge Baker stated that Angelina is very happy in the foster to adopt home, and should remain there. That reunification with mom is possible, but that a permanency plan hearing will take place on the 23rd, of this month, I believe? Also, that adoption is the primary goal. CASA mentioned "amount of time, "adoption" was included in the ISSP's but had never been accomplished.
CPS has set in motion a system geared to take children. It is almost impossible to get a child out of the system if the child/children are desirable to someone on the outside. North Eastern Washington is known for having "sitting duck" children. They are easy to take.