Reform ASFA of 1997 & Stop Child Trafficking
  • Petitioning Chief Justice Hon. John Roberts

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United States Supreme Court (9 Separate Individuals)
Chief Justice Hon. John Roberts
United States Department of Justice
U.S. DOJ
United States Attorney General
Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Reform ASFA of 1997 & Stop Child Trafficking

    1. Petition by

      Adoption & Safe Families Act Reform

***Since the enactment of ASFA in 1997, the number of children placed in, as well as adopted from, foster care has risen at a disturbing rate. Children are being removed from falsely accused parents without tangible evidence of wrongdoing. Nearly 99% of all children in foster care are now deemed 'special needs', which further increases federal funding. The title 'Special Needs' was previously only assigned to children with documented physical, mental or psychological disabilities; it now encompasses children in therapy, those on psychotropic medications and suffering with attachment/abandonment issues as a direct result of being removed from loving parents and homes.***

 

    We, the American people, demand a reformation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. We believe the Act was intended for children whose parents had passed away, children who were legitimately, with supporting evidence, abused in some form or fashion, children whose parent/parents were serving life terms in prison, children for whom Social Service Agencies had verifiable evidence that supported the need and necessity of removal of those children from their biological families and subsequent termination of parental rights. The idyllic reason for this was so those children wouldn't languish in a system of numbers and budget-restricted foster care homes.

 

    However, since it's enactment, the "bonuses" for children adopted out of foster care systems have caused hundreds of thousands of children to be removed from their biological families and homes. These precious children, though agencies claim to attempt reunification or Kinship care as a priority and first option, are more often than not, (about 66% of the time depending on which state the statistics are gathered from) placed in foster care with non-relatives.

 

    In September of 2010, 408,375 children were in foster care according to the Administration for Children and Families-United States Department of Health and Human Services. U.S.D.H.H. reports that 254,375 of those children entered foster care just nine short months before this analysis. Of those 408,375 children, 107,573 never returned home but were placed with non-relatives, ran away, were emancipated, transferred to another agency or died. That same year, parental rights were terminated for 64,084 of those children. We are not just talking about terminations on a piece of paper, we're talking about 64,084 children, living human beings, who were effectively robbed of their family, ancestral ties and children who will likely, in adolescence through adulthood, struggle with perceived or actual abandonment issues. The biological parents are never permitted to explain the situation to the children nor permitted contact again until the child turns 18, if at all, assuming the child isn't dead or serving a prison sentence. Statistically, children who flounder in foster home after foster home and are adopted by non-relatives are more likely to commit crimes and/or engage in risky behavior that often results in their death or serious injury.

 

    Now, we do acknowledge and appreciate that there are many children who SHOULD be removed from their parents as those children are in danger of physical and sexual, emotional and psychological harm. We are thankful for those foster and adoptive parents who genuinely wish to improve and enrich the lives of those children. However, the small percentage of those children who are NOT being abused but are stripped from their biological parents nonetheless are those for whom we are petitioning.

 

    You've likely heard about cases in which innocent parents were falsely accused. Of those cases, few families were reunited after long and costly battles, both financially and emotionally for the children and parents, but far more weren't reunited. Those children went on to be adopted by non-relatives, despite their biological parent/parents best efforts, compliance with court-ordered treatment plans and a complete lack of evidence to support any wrongdoing on the part of those parents.

 

    Instead, federal funds, in excess of $451 million, were distributed to local and state government for the purposes of foster care and adoption. Not a single red cent of the $451 million was distributed to the families "under investigation" from which children were taken to attempt to rehabilitate or assist the 'troubled' families. Of that $451 million, an offensive, bare minimum of $640,000 was spent on the training of social workers, CASA representatives, G.A.L.'s and the like.

 

    We believe the root of the problem lies within the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 itself as well as it's predecessors such as CAPTA of 1974 and the 1980 Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act, P.L. 96-272.

 

    In 1988, the original author of P.L. 96-272 and Chairman of the Congressionally appointed Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families, recognized the blatant fraud being committed under the guise of child “protection” and subsequently made this assertion;

 

                                                "What has been demonstrated here is that you have a system that is simply in contempt. This system has been sued and sued and orders have been issued and they just continue on their merry way. And HHS just continues to look the other way. You have a system that is not only out of control, it’s illegal at this point. What you are really engaged in is state sponsored child abuse.” ~~~~George Miller

 

    The statement made by Mr. Miller is, by and large, consistent with the late Senator Nancy Schaffer's investigation and subsequent report exposing CPS and associated Governmental corruption.

 

    Bonuses are paid to State and county governments for each child adopted out of foster care, bonuses for children with special needs--which now include children in therapy, on medication or those suffering attachment disorders as a direct result of being removed from otherwise innocent parents whose only crime may have been their tax bracket. From October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010, 84% of foster children adopted were labelled as 'special needs'. Bonuses for the respective government if the adoptions within that state or county exceed the number of the same the previous year have, unfortunately, corrupted the once wholesome idea. Though each state is required to submit AFCARS as to their performance in their respective state to demonstrate their compliance, many states haven't filed this method of monitoring yet still receive federal funds. When we mix this with under-qualified, under-trained and over-worked social service agency workers, we have a recipe for disaster and destruction of the likely not perfect but loving, functional American Family.

 

    We, the citizens of the United States of America, demand the abolishment of Federally funded financial incentives for children adopted from foster care, for children with special needs and for Governments who exceed the percentage of adoptions from any prior year. We also demand that termination cases which were/are not substantiated by clear and compelling, tangible evidence of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological abuse undergo thorough reexamination. Additionally, we respectfully demand that CPS agencies/courts which received five (5) or more written complaints of, including but not limited to, violations of Civil Rights procedures and corruption submit to thorough review by the U.S. Department of Justice. Furthermore, if such violations are found to exist, the involved parties/entities shall be charged with felonious conduct. No one agency shall profit from the removal of children from falsely accused parents. Our nation's children are not our golden tokens for more federal funding.

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Title :: Human Rights Petition: Reform Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997

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    News

    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Congratulations!!

      Hi friends! We are writing with an update on our petition. We currently have a combined total of 336 signatures. Thats WONDERFUL! Thank you all for your hard work, efforts and support to help us end legal child trafficking!! Please continue to share the petition link and sign, if you havent already! Together, we can protect our children from wrongful removal by eliminating Federal monetary incentive bonuses! We need your help to reach a minimum of 10,000 signatures to be taken seriously by Congress! PLEASE help us reach this goal! Upon completion, everyone who signed will receive a participation certificate for their efforts and signatures! You can simply copy and paste the link below for access to the website and petition! Thank you!! Khrysti

    3. 209 signatures plus 100 from Ro.

      Hi all!! The last two days have been quite productive for the petition! Its fabulous news and I'm thrilled about it! I want to thank each of you for signing and showing your support for ASFA Reform. Not only are signatures increasing online but a friend named Ro took to the streets in her town and gained 100 signatures so far!! Thank you Ro! WTG!! I'd also like to ask each of you to share the petition with 3 of your friends/family even your foes...minus CPS of course. ;) We are making progress and I'm optimistic that we will reach our 10,000 signature mark with folks like you showing your support! We can do this! Happy sharing! And thank you again for all of your efforts and support! Khrysti

    4. Please share, share and share a little more! ;)

      Friends and fellow CPS Activists, We desperately need and are asking everyone to share the petition link with at least 5 people you know. We need to reach a goal of AT LEAST 10,000 signatures for Congress to take our petition and cause seriously. Please share this petition link with everyone you know so we can reach our goal and put an end to legal child trafficking. Thank you all for your efforts and continued support! ;) Khrysti We also have an APP for Android phones now, located below so you can now share the petition and updates with your friends via Smart phones!

    5. Supporters!

      Hi all! I just wanted to send a note to ask each of you if you would try to commit to recruiting 5 new signers. We have a very short time to reach our signature quota. If the quota of a minimum of 10,000 signatures is not met, our petition and cause will not even be considered by Congress, the Attorney General, the President, etc. We simply can't afford to be casual about this cause. I've made some ammendments to the petition to include charges of felonious conducts for workers who falsify records, a reexamination of cases where substantial, tangible evidence did not exist for termination cases and a few others. If this is passed, it could mean that some children MAY be able to return home to the families who love them. That said, Im asking each of you, please, attempt to recruit at least 5 people each to sign and share the petition (and site if they wish) so we can ensure we reach our goal in the allotted time. Thank you all so much for your support and efforts!! Khrysti

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. FRIENDS!! I have fabulous news!!!

      FRIENDS!! I have fabulous news!!! I posted about the National Center for Youth Law about two weeks ago when I sent emails to several people in their organization. Well, today someone with the organization saw my petition and he's emailed me wanting to talk about the petition via phone!!! This could be huge!! PLEASE send some prayers up!! Thank you all for your unwavering support! Khrysti

    8. 73 Signatures!! A LOT more to go! Share, share, share PLEASE!

      Hi all! We've reached 73 signatures but I KNOW we can get a LOT more! ;) I have 400+ friends, many of you have a couple hundred, if not thousand, friends, we can reach our goal in no time if we all share the link with everyone we know. Please, please please share. We have a limited time to get these signatures so we need to make the most of our time. I sent an email yesterday to approx. 531 people yesterday with the link here and the link to our website for info. The link to the site is www.reformasfa1997.info Please come on by and say hi! Thank you all so much for your support, effort and dedication to protecting our children and future generations! ;) K

    9. Reached 50 signatures
    10. friends, we need more signatures

      Hi all! We really need signers and friends to share this petition. For the petition to be taken seriously by Congress, we need to achieve AT LEAST 10,000 signatures. Please help us to achieve this goal so we can put an end to "Kids for Cash"! You can also join our cause on Facebook by using the link attached below. Thank you all SO much for your continued support! Khrysti

    11. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Barbara Perry LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      I have been wanting my nephew, 6, with me in Relative Placement since March 23, 2013. He has remained in the foster care system while I am fully able to provide for him. I am praying he is return to his family. The foster parent is now stating she want to adopt him. I have witness the corruption and need for reform of AFSA. Relatives are looked over, adoptions are stream-lined and children and biological families are being manipulated. The children that really do need to be adopted are returnedto their abusers and children deemed "highly adoptable", as my nephew are being taken from the families permenantly...it's wrong. I could go on. Transparency & accountabliity need to take place. Chileren need to stay with the relatives at all cost. Relatives need to be able to be a part and be considered first in placement & adoption.

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    • Angela Terry BIRCH RIVER, WV
      • 6 months ago

      ive seen first hand what foster care can do to damage a child

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    • Joan Mikolajczyk KINGSTON, NY
      • 6 months ago

      Do mental health workers lie to parents that their child is not quite right to keep themselves employed and recipients of funding? What is prevalent in realms of society does not mean that if you do not engage in this behavior, you are sort of mentally unbalanced and must be locked up or placed into what is usually a poor quality foster home.

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    • Yvonne Lewis-Oprean KANSAS CITY, MO
      • 6 months ago

      ((( if you're sealed by God, then Micheal is the angel preaching to your spirit ))) 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

      15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

      16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

      ((( READ DANIEL 1, 12, & REVELATION 1, 22 for confirmations )))

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    • Patricia kreidler SHICKSHINNY, PA
      • 6 months ago

      This is important to me because my children were adopted because of the ASFA. I was literally threatened, manipulated, and FORCED to sign over my rights in 2008. This has got to be stopped, It is happening to families all over the country and there is nothing they can do about it.

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