Topic

Abuse of Minors

7 petitions

Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Jeb Bradley, Kevin Cavanaugh, Kimberly Rice, Chris Sununu

Help Abused Teens Get Away From Their Abusers

New Hampshire is not the only state to not have an emancipation law, but that does not mean it is right. It puts youths in danger. Even just making it so they can stay in shelters without police intervention or having to call their parents (abusers). I know many teens who live in abusive households. One of which is my best friend. Her stepfather beats her mother on a whim and beats her younger siblings if they ever disobey. He leaves cuts and bruises. She ran away because she feared for her safety on a night when he was particularly violent and when her parents called the police, she was forced to go back where they have now cancelled her car insurance , took her car battery out of her van, quit her job for her, cancelled her phone service, took her phone, and her laptop, all of which she paid/pays for. She now has no form.of communication should her stepfather decide to beat her. He has not until this point because her father would press charges. Her father is not, however, fit to take her because of drug problems and an inability to support himself. Though her stepfather has not hit her, he has sexually harrassed her by commenting on her breast size, asking if she and a friend went skinny dipping, and coming into the bathroom while she showered repeatedly, and on one occasion he did this, he was upset with her and ripped the shower curtain off. She also has endured years of mental and emotional abuse leading to heightened anxiety and depression which in turn lead to self harm and suicidal thoughts. Her grades are suffering, and as finals approach with her laptop taken away, she is unable to complete them or any other school work. DCYF has been called but is slow to lead an investigation, and in many cases I know of they have proven unhelpful to other teens I know suffering from abuse. Despite thus, thet are currently the best chance she has. If New Hampshire had an emancipation law I and many others would sleep sounder knowing she would be safe in her own care. She has proven time and again she can take care of herself but is still forced to live in an abusive household because New Hampshire has no way to free her of it. Please help her and many others like her. This is very important to many New Hampshire teens and future teens.

Madeline Robbins
13 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to Bill de Blasio, ACS Commissioner David Hansell, Bronx County Supervising Judge Hon. Ruben Martino, Kings County (Brooklyn) Supervising Judge Hon. Amanda White, New York (Manhattan) County Supervising Judge Hon. Karen Lupuloff,, Queens County Supervising Judge Hon. Carol Stokingki, Richmond (Staten Island) county Supervising Judge Hon. Helene Sacco, Bronx Family Court Judge Michael Milsap, Legal Aid Society Cynthia Luz Riviera,, Cy Orfield LCSW Vice President Foster Home Services, JCCA Caseworker Evens Castllan

We demand ACS/CPS stop destroying families.

              When families enter the family court system they do so in a state of crisis. By the time they exit many of them are destroyed. Judges mandate parents complete certain requirements in order to have their children returned.  In NYC, ACS workers ask children who have the capacity to speak, meaning as young as 3 in some cases, where they want to live. Meaning, do they want to return to their parents or remain in foster care. Regardless if their parents have fulfilled the judicial requirements, children are kept in foster care or placed in adoption.       Foster parents receive funds from the state, supposedly, to care for the children.  Many of them receive more from these grants than their salaries if they are employed.   Their MAIN INCOME is the grant! Therefore, foster parents have a financial incentive to keep the child(ren) in their care rather than see them returned to their real parents.  The grants have little or no oversight and due to this lack of financial oversight many foster parents are PROFESSIONAL FOSTER PARENTS! Also the grant size increases when a child is deemed by the foster care agency to have "special needs"; it should not be a surprise that many children acquire sudden ailments which never existed until placed in foster care. Additionally, the majority of families the city removes children from are poor. In most cases the circumstances which resulted in the child(ren)'s removal were poverty induced. Again, it is no surprise that the foster parents can manipulate the children with material goods to achieve their goals. The foster parents and foster care agencies have a financial incentive to discourage children from wanting to leave. In the worst cases the foster parents belittle and ridicule the birth parents in order to destroy the child-parent bond.  In other cases the children are "bought" through the giving of gifts.         In August of 2014, my four children were taken from me because of my illness. Now, two and a half years later, my 3 daughters have been returned.  My 14 year old son, however, is being kept by the foster parents.        The claim is that he doesn't want to be returned. I say claim because throughout my case the agency and Legal Aid attorney assigned to represent my son have repeatedly misrepresented the facts, omitted important details and flat-out lied. I cannot accept what they report without independent verification. However, is not possible because the system has barred my wife and I from either speaking to him personally or through a trusted and independent 3rd party.       If this is true, that he doesn't want to come home, then it is due to the foster parents speaking ill of my wife and I because we are Muslim. Additionally, we are an interracial couple who the foster parents, my in-laws, have never accepted.        It is causing irreparable harm to my family. My daughters have not seen their brother in months. My wife hasn't seen him in almost a year. I haven't seen my son for longer than that. Only someone who has been through this can understand our frustration and pain. It must be noted that my wife fulfilled her requirements one year prior to our girls being returned. I fulfilled them about 6 months before their return. The family court system does this to hundreds, if not thousands, of families every year. Yet, most of the children who are hurt or, in the worst and saddest of cases, killed, it is done in FOSTER CARE and NOT by their biological parents. We the undersigned therefore demand that ACS cease this practice immediately and return all the children kept from their parents under these circumstances as long as their parents fulfilled the requirements set forth by the court. It must be noted that the change we demand is to prevent the city from placing an adult decision in the hands of minors. Children cannot make purchases online, log on to website geared for their age or even walk home from school without the express consent of their parents. So how can the city place such a life changing decision in their hands? It is obvious is the lack of foresight in children. No one would sanction a teenager to drop out school. No one would allow a child to dictate whether or not they want to practice basic hygiene. No one would allow a child to eat cake for dinner instead. Children lack basic knowledge of life experience that only age can grant. Parental Alienation is a form of emotional abuse whereby an adult turns a child against their parents. It was not included in the DSM-V due to political pressure. However, most clinical psychologists agree on the fact that this form of abuse exists and that effects of it are incredibly harmful for the child and the adults involved. So why does ACS promote such an activity? This destructive and reprehensible practice MUST be stopped!  

Benjamin Eagle-Staton
503 supporters