Please support the children of CT by supporting HB 5505
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It is your duty as our elected representatives to carry out the will of the public. We will not stand for our children being treated as commodities, destroyed by the Kids for Cash racket operating through the Connecticut Judicial Branch. The Separation of Powers Doctrine calls you, the Legislative Branch, to act on our behalf to stop tyrannical actions of the Judiciary.
Public corruption is so rife that the US Department of Justice has opened a widespread investigation:
New Haven Register reported, "The Task Force will also focus on the hundreds of millions of dollars that are distributed annually by federal and state agencies to ensure that taxpayer funds reach their intended recipients without corrupt interference."
Pass Raised Bill 5505 to start protecting children and parents from illegal and unethical practices!
Raised Bill 5505 includes some excellent provisions:
Solidifies in statute that guardians ad litem do not have immunity.
Removes the possibility of judges ordering supervised visitation without substantiation of abuse or neglect.
Allows litigants to choose any licensed, qualified mental health provider, including those covered by their insurance.
Disallows unskilled guardians ad litem from testifying on behalf of mental health professionals.
Connecticut residents who need access to courts for divorce or custody matters are not told that the Judicial Branch is running an illegal corporation through their offices and courthouses, Association of Family and Concillation Courts (AFCC). We are not told that their business model is to profit by fixing cases to maximize funding mandates over justice. But they are signatories to this agreement to do exactly that:
Safe, happy children do not generate billing for unethical professionals, as they do not need services. Children placed in dangerous homes, however, generate endless billing for many professionals, all AFCC affiliates, appointed onto cases by all AFCC judges.
Judges almost always appoint a guardian ad litem (GAL) on the premise of representing the best interests of the children of divorcing parents, even though there has never been authority in statute for these appointments in family court; only for orphaned or abandoned children in dependency cases. Informed consent is never disclosed or solicited. This appointment is a violation of constitutional rights to parent our children. We are never told until it's too late that courts believe that GAL appointments entirely usurp parental rights.
AFCC judges appoint AFCC members who have gone through thirty (30) hours of AFCC-formulated and sponsored training to become GALs. As a comparison, 30 hours of training at a major fast food chain qualifies a person to take orders at the front counter. Hospital volunteers who only deliver reading material to patients and cheer them up spend months in training. At a major coffeehouse franchise, 30 hours of training doesn't qualify an employee to do anything at all.
Unskilled GALs are automatically considered expert witnesses by the courts who appoint them. Judge Solomon testified last year that judges cannot function in family cases without the help of GALs, because without them they hear two sides who present different views. A judge's only job is to find facts in an adversarial process. If they cannot perform their one role without these entirely unskilled witnesses, why are they considered qualified to be a judge? The service that GALs do provide to judges is to outsource their fact-finding responsibility and thereby circumvent due process rules. This removes it off the record, without any transparency, and without any chance of a parent defending against the perjury of the unskilled GAL.
If you think a judge would never knowingly place a child in a dangerous home, read about the tragic Joshua Komisarjevsky custody case here:
Courts routinely solicit and hear testimony from GALs in lieu of treaters and evaluators, regarding their findings. GALs are in no way whatsoever qualified by 30 hours of training to interpret or represent medical or psychological findings of professionals in those fields. In case after case, GALs have perjured themselves even about simple facts of a child's life. They also routinely lie to courts about violent parents, safety hazards, sexual abuse disclosures, and injuries to children. Children in safe homes do not pad bills. Children in danger are a cash-cow. Children are removed from fit, loving, safe parents under the guise of their "best interests". Case outcomes consistently show that judges' and GALs' interpretation of "best interests" is whatever brings most profit to AFCC members.
In almost all cases labeled with the misnomer "high-conflict", where the AFCC is able to maximize their cash-flow, judges appoint supervised visitation for one or both parents. Judges in family court, a court of equity, regularly make quasi-criminal findings that isolate children from good parents - almost always the primary attachment figure - without due process, and without any findings of unfitness. They do this on the recommendation of the unskilled GALs. These supervised visitation providers are likewise unskilled, untrained, unqualified, and unregulated. Some are centers run by the same evaluators appointed by the court who recommend the supervision they will profit from. Others are random unqualified individuals, several of whom have been known by the state to have committed crimes.
The supreme court has ruled the supervised visitation providers have a fiduciary responsibility. But judges who order supervised visitation repeatedly fail to state the reasons for the order, the duties of the supervisor, or specify the terms of the contract for service. Hourly rates can be over $100, with cases costing parents more than $150,000 per year. These orders last for years, effectively severing parent-child relationships, as the perfectly fit parents runs out of money to afford to see their children. Entire families are bankrupted by this racket, without any findings of unfitness at all.
With GAL bills often totaling $50,000 to $100,000 and even more, for each case, GALs have consistently failed to produce tax identification to comply with federal reporting laws. Some GALs have been found to be billing more than ten cases for the same hours. In fact the judges, Office of Chief Public Defender, and Comptroller have also stated they do not issue 1099 forms for privately paid GALs. They refuse to disclose publicly funded GAL bills, even to the parents:
Supervision providers also routinely fail to disclose their tax reporting information, and do not comply with federal tax reporting laws. There is no office that keeps records of supervised visitation transactions, contracts, or tracks supervision orders. Supervision providers are entirely unregulated.
GALs are also entirely unregulated. All of the many complaints filed about their unethical actions are dismissed by fellow AFCC members who sit on grievance panels. They refer complaints back to the same judges who order these unskilled, unqualified, unethical GALs in the first place, in many cases the judges who conducted their specious training. Currently, GALs believe that they are immune from any legal consequences of their unethical and illegal actions. However, Gross v Rell states that GALs are not immune for actions outside statutory authority, which family GALs have none, and never for malfeasance. GALs operate without oversight. Why would any profession demand complete immunity from all liability for their actions, even illegal, unethical, or illicit? Even emergency room doctors in Children's Hospital, who are literally responsible for children's very lives, do not have, expect, or demand immunity from harm they might cause.
Additional provisions are needed to stop this Kids for Cash operating in Connecticut:
With all the current debate about raising taxes and cutting spending, we demand state-appointed workers to be held to the same reporting laws as everyone else. Include a provision in 5505 that all GAL payments must include tax reporting information and the issuance of a 1099. They are not above federal tax reporting laws.
Add a provision that all GALs must charge no more than state rates, which has already been determined to be the best interest of the child. $55 per hour for 30 hours of training is an enormous salary for unskilled work. Charging $300 or $400 per hour for unskilled work is obscene.
GALs are not immune from legal consequence of their willful destruction of children's entire lives. They are not immune from federal tax reporting laws. They are not immune from perjury laws. They are not immune from racketeering laws. Codify this truth clearly in statute.
Add a provision that eliminates the automatic expert status of entirely unqualified people who have only 30 hours of specious AFCC-sponsored profit training.
Add a provision to disqualify GALs from testifying about any professional findings or giving an opinion. They are fact witnesses only.
Specify penalties for perjury by GALs, visitation supervisors, and all other state-appointed witnesses.
Include in this bill a requirement for judges to state on the record the reason for ordering supervision. They must specify the scope of terms and conditions of services, fiduciary duties, licensing, bonding, warranty, liabilities, contract, and background check on the record.
For the safety of all CT children, include a requirement for background checks of all visitation supervisors and an insurance requirement for all supervised visitation providers, exactly like licensed day care providers. This includes liability, disappearance, injury to a child, anti-molestation insurance, and death of a child in their care.
The whole country is watching what you do with this bill. Will you protect the children of Connecticut or will you let them continue to be sold into a life of misery by out-of-control state employees and contractors?
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