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parents rights

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Petition to Tim Knopp, Greg Walden, Kate Brown, Donald Trump, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley

PLEASE Help the fight to get Christopher and Hunter back to their parents!

Imagine having your newborn baby taken away from you because of a falsely reported phone call to Child Protective Services and what that would feel like. And now imagine that they will not give your child back to you, despite years of jumping through hoops to prove that you are a worthy parent, with no evidence to the contrary. As a mother of two children, I can’t imagine a more terrifying world to live in...and yet, I’ve seen it happen to someone else. I’m here to share that story with you. Before going into the story, it seems fair to briefly tell you about who I am. Besides being a mother of two wonderful grown children, I am a doctoral student with an M.S. NDR (negotiation and dispute resolution), a B.S. in social science/psychology and an associate degree in criminal justice. I have over 20 years of volunteering in non-profit organizations and currently, I work as a Professional Mediator and Life Coach (www.aktionnow.com) I only share this because it helps to know that my education level and field of study qualify me to make these assessments and hopefully brings credibility to the story. I have been volunteering my time with a family as their life coach/mentor. I met them in May 2016 when I was volunteering at the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Protective Services (CPS) in Bend, Oregon. My position was to monitor parent visitations for families that had their children in the State of Oregon’s custody. I met Amy and Eric when I was the case worker required to observe them during home visits with their nearly 3-year-old son, Christopher, every Friday. Each visit was for three hours, which provided a lot of interaction for me to observe and document. I quickly discovered that this family had no problem at all taking care of their son. They showed loving attention, were attentive to his needs, and at this point had been fighting faithfully in court for almost three years to prove to CPS that they were capable and loving parents. For those of you doing the math, yes,  Christopher was removed from them when he was only days old. In my professional opinion, after multiple sessions observing Amy and Eric interact with their son for hours on end, I found no reason they should have had their child taken from them and placed in the State’s care. Any reasonably trained and educated CPS worker should have arrived at the same conclusion, as I documented in the session notes of every visit. The couple demonstrated competent parenting skills with Christopher, had no history of abuse or neglect, and expressed a deep desire to have Christopher returned to them to raise him along with the mother’s twin boys. I would also add that it was apparent from their body language and how they treated each other that the couple was in love, and while that is not a requirement to be a parent, it’s a big bonus for a child.  So why was a newborn baby taken away from his mother and father? As the caseworker assigned to the family, I learned their story… Seven days after losing her own mother, Amy Fabbrini (the mother in this story) gave birth to Christopher at home. She was unaware that she was pregnant. Amy suffers from kidney issues (which she says is a genetic thing passed down from her family), causing intense pain at times. She had associated the symptoms of pregnancy with the disorder. After helping with a surprise delivery of his new baby boy, Eric (the father), immediately called 911 and had mother and baby brought to the hospital. Both were in shock of this and were understandably probably affected by this traumatic event. Amy had been living with her parents and her two twin boys after a divorce with the father of the twins. After losing her mother to Alzheimer’s and the surprise addition of a new child, Amy told her father of this event; to hear him tell her that she may not bring the infant back to his home. She was forced to make the decision to move with her twin boys in with her newborn child’s father, Eric. What happens next is what I believe to be a traumatic panic, her grieving father, dealing with the recent death of his wife and now losing the companionship of Amy and the twin boys, called CPS and falsely reported neglect, after he had already known about a falsely reported call from Eric's roommate (after an argument that they had). It sounds confusing but this is the mess the couple was in days after the infant had arrived, without having a chance to settle in as a new family, get adjusted to the idea of a new baby, or get the house ready for such an event, they were dealing with negativity - rather than excitement of a precious little baby boy. Sadly, CPS took infant Christopher, and he has been in foster care ever since. At the time that they took the infant, they also took Amy's twin boys and gave them to her ex-husband who had not really been involved with the boys much. Amy lost all three of her boys within a week after her loss of her mother to Alzheimer's. She was not given grievance counseling or condolences to this day from CPS. Additionally, the parents have complied with all of CPS’s requests from the beginning. There was no abuse. There was no neglect. There was no alcohol or drug use. CPS has simply claimed that they are “retarded” (yes, that was actually the term used by a CPS worker) and that they do not have the intelligence to raise a child. When I questioned this supervisor assigned to the case, he replied with derogatory remarks about the father and mother. I asked why the couple had not been given their child back. His reply shocked me. He said, “Eric is retarded, fat and lazy - he doesn't even brush his teeth. There is no way that I am allowing them to have Christopher.” The way that this supervisor spoke about the parents was anything but professional. It was then that I realized that this couple had been up against a powerful agency that seemed to have little or no accountability. After I had spent almost three months observing this family and reporting weekly on my observations, we learned that none of the reports I had submitted to CPS were given to the court or the attorneys representing each parent. Eric continually asked his attorney to get copies of the reports that I had submitted. After no reports were produced by CPS, Eric’s attorney asked me if I would be willing to testify in court regarding my observations of the visits. I agreed. While on vacation in California, I testified telephonically in court on behalf of Eric and Amy to report my observations that were in the reports which could not be obtained from CPS by either attorney. I reported the interactions that I observed between Eric, Amy and their son, Christopher. I told the judge that I did not understand why CPS had not returned this now almost 3-year-old child back to his parents.  Just a few days after I testified in court, I was notified from CPS that they “no longer needed my volunteer help” because they “had recently hired someone for the position.” I was asked to come in and return my key to the building along with all equipment that CPS had given me to use while I was in an observational role. When I got back from my vacation, I met with the supervisor and turned everything in. During that meeting, I asked for clarification as to why I was being released [just days after my testimony] from a “volunteer position,” and why I was being treated so differently by him that afternoon. He only replied with “we have a new hire for your position,” and then said, “I will need to walk you to the door; you now have no clearance to walk freely.” As I walked to the door (which was approximately a football field away in distance), he walked behind me. The feeling from him was cold as if I did something criminal. His demeanor was completely opposite of how he used to conduct himself in my presence. Prior to the testimony, I gave in court, the supervisors would tell me how thankful they were to have me and my expertise. I decided to continue to work with the family as a life coach and mentor, volunteering my time to help them get their son back. Their case with Christopher is currently back in the county courts, after going to the appellate courts and the supreme courts of Oregon. CPS has moved toward adoption, permanently removing the child from them and terminating their rights as parents. Eric has a normal high school diploma and tested in the middle of his class. Amy also has a normal high school diploma. The two of them have newer vehicles, a three-bedroom, two-bath house and live in Redmond, Oregon. Recently, Amy gave birth to another healthy boy, named Hunter. Even though this new baby is viewed as a “new case,” CPS came into the hospital and took Hunter from his parents. They did not do any investigation to see if this child was at risk. They simply took him. When the worker arrived, he was not even prepared to take the newborn infant. He had to ask the hospital for diapers, wipes, blankets, an outfit, formula and did not once ask the nurses about the care of the infant with the parents. I had spent hours with the family in the hospital, and they kept hourly records of their child (e.g., when he nursed, when he wet the diaper when he had a bowel movement, etc.). They were very caring, attentive, happy, and in love with their new baby boy. The night before CPS came to take the child, they informed me that they were coming to take the infant. I offered my home to CPS for the child, and that I would provide 24/7 observation with the family in my home, and that I would work from home to give this mother a chance to bond while CPS did their “investigation.” They refused. The next morning, I emailed the case worker peer-reviewed journal articles explaining the neuroscience regarding the trauma that occurs to an infant when it is taken from his mother, and how the first several weeks are a very crucial time for nutrition (from breast milk), bonding and attachment development. He emailed me back with, “Can I call you?” However, he never called. He came that day at 2:00 pm and took the infant. In court the next Tuesday we pleaded to have the child returned to me as a caregiver so that Amy could nurse and bond with the infant. The judge agreed to have CPS perform a background on me and encouraged the infant to return to the mother with 24/7 monitoring until CPS was done with their investigation. To this day, they still have not performed a background check on me. I have sent probably 20 emails. We are now asking for an expedited court date and want to expose this case. It is criminal and inhumane what CPS is doing. If you have any ideas; (i.e. contacts for news stories, lawyers, or other organizations that you feel you can connect me to; I would be most appreciative. Please send all inquiries to sherrenehagenbach@gmail.com See updates on news coverage and up to date info and news investigations https://www.facebook.com/ReturnChrisandHunter/ Thank you so much for your support!!!

Sherrene Hagenbach
51,559 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to TMC Corporate Offices, Greg Abbott

Free Parking for Immediate Family Members of ALL Hospital Patients

Immediate family members paying for parking at Hospitals that are billing the insurance company thousands of dollars, sometimes millions of dollars as in our son’s case, for care, must stop. Parents spend many weeks, sometimes well over a month, in a hospital getting the help they need to help their children survive. Parents are staying at the hospital 24/7 making the hospital staffs job so much easier. They lose their jobs, houses and many other things they will sacrifice to help fight for their baby’s lives. We have spent a combined total of several months, if not a year, in the hospital for our special needs son with Hypo-Plastic Left Heart Syndrome in the last 23 years. Some families only have one family member that can visit and help them in their time of need. The stress already is more than most people can imagine, and then to also worry about parking, is sad but a reality. Parents must pay for their food and drinks while they are there, when they run out of their own groceries. There is only so much food and drinks that you can bring at once. Then you must decide to pay the $ 12 per 4 hours rate to run to the store to restock or pay for their food. Which adds another $12 when you return for over 4 hours. Example TCH Parking Fees"$5 for the first hour and gradual increases up to $12 per 24-hour period." FALSE Actual cost is $ 12 after 4 hours and does not include any in and out privileges. TRUTH Patients need family moral support while going through these times to help to stay mentally strong. On our last visit, I had friends and immediate family members tell me they could not afford to visit more because of the outrageous parking cost. It does add up and hard to argue. Of course, there is a $ 5 parking spot down the street where you have a greater chance of being mugged or your car broken in to. Even the thieves rob you while you are in the hospital! Hospitals can cover the cost and I am sure they will add it to the insurance bill. Example of what is billed to your insurance company while parents still must pay for parking. This is only one thing, click on the Readers Digest link to get a few more that will make you sick to your stomach. That is a whole different battle for someone else to fight. Readers Digest "Charge to patient: $53 per non-sterile pair (sterile are higher), for a total of $5,141 during average patient stay" (Which is $ 26,500 for box of 1,000) Box of equivalent gloves at Health Care Supply Pros (random place when I searched online, no affiliation) cost for a box of non-sterile gloves, is $ 64.99. (Which is $ .13 a pair for a box of 1000) Which gives them a ballpark profit, on this example, of $ 26,435.01 on ONE BOX of gloves. We were told at a hospital, very recently, that they do not write down every pair of gloves and bill your insurance company. She said when the box runs out, they put the charge for the next box on whoever needs them next. WOW Reducing their profit on parking, to immediate family members, is so minimal that it will not affect their overall income and is a great contribution to the parents in their community and most likely a write-off on their taxes! They can cover the profit they are losing by purchasing one box of gloves from anybody else on line. Proposed Solution: The immediate family members of the patient, including parents and siblings, should have their parking validated by the hospital or the parking organization that is partnering with the hospital. A simple chip for family members would be easy to manage. They could start now by giving in and out privileges to families living in the hospital for more that a few days.

Rick Westfall
48,589 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to Jerry Brown (Governor of California), Sacramento County District Attorneys Office, City of Sacramento, Paul Lake, David Villanueva, Anne Marie schubert, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Donald Trump, Doug LaMalfa, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Paul Cook, Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham, Mark DeSaulnier, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell, Jim Costa, Ro Khanna, Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Jimmy Panetta, David Valadao, Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, Salud Carbajal, Steve Knight, Julia Brownley, Judy Chu, Adam Schiff, Tony Cardenas, Brad Sherman, Grace Napolitano, Ted Lieu, Jimmy Gomez, Norma Torres, Raul Ruiz, Karen Bass, Linda Sanchez, ed royce, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Mark Takano, Ken Calvert, Maxine Waters, Mimi Walters, Alan Lowenthal, Dana Rohrabacher, Darrell Issa, Duncan Hunter, Juan Vargas, Scott Peters, Susan Davis

Child abuse is NOT OK! We have a voice let's make a difference in Kendall & Landons Future

Why do I care and why should you care.  Millions of children are put into danger from Mediators and Judges.  Currently my daughter is ending a 5 year marriage with a 3 and 5 year old.  My daughter as like a lot of men and women they keep things from their family because they are hoping they can fix their marriage.  But when that person finally reaches that point and wants out for his/her safety and their kids safety the judicial system makes wrong decisions or refuses to hear all the facts and the children are the ones that are hurt, whether it be mental or physical and sometimes death. My daughter needed to get out, she left her husband 4 times in a year.  Finding out now her husband during an anger moment Picked up their cat and threw it into the wall breaking its leg.  We were told it fell out of the tree and believed that.  Of course she was threatened and told not to say anything.  Another incident my granddaughter was about 3 was scared of monsters and was crying in bed.  He proceeded to hold her down hand on her chest as she's kicking and screaming and could barely breath.  He left her alone in the room and didn't allow the mom to go and comfort her. On a walk with the kids once in one of those running strollers the wheel fell off her tumbled over it and the two kids flipped luckily they were strapped in.  A few days later they all went for a walk with a new jogger and he was going over rocks the kids were crying and scared because of what previously happened he smacked them both and left a scratch on the head of his son from his wedding ring.  One time when my grandson was small just in the beginning walking stages we went up to his daddy and he was stepping on his ankle  we dad got up and stepped onto his ankle to show him what he did was wrong.  A toddler isn't going to understand and how much is a toddlers weight going to hurt you. Another incident is when the father went to the store and took his son who is about 2 years old.  When he got home my daughter went out to help with what he bought and once my grandson seen his mom he wanted her which made his dad mad. He pulled the child out of the car seat by one arm and his dangling there my daughter went to grab him right as the father let him go.  This is just a few things.  No were are going through the divorce steps.  My daughters attorney said to allow the father to have visits no over nights though it will look good on her part when they go to court.  against her judgement she allowed it because you trust your attorney.  She has recorded every conversation, every pick up and drop off conversation, she has collected over a years worth of text messages where he has admitted to hitting his kids, breaking the cats arm, emails too.  My daughter was afraid and scared to tell us  not because we would do something but because her husband forbid her to do it. The incident that broke the camels back was on Easter.  You have to understand I have three kids, twin daughters 28 and a 15 year old.  My 15 year old is really close to all 4 of our grandkids.  My granddaughter just loves her Auntie.  My 15 year old has a heart of gold and does so much with my grandkids.  On Easter my granddaughter was upset she wanted to eat next to her Aunt so My daughter brought her to the dinner table and after she put her in her seat my son in law told her leave her alone your not sitting with her.  As my granddaughter started crying her dad yelled at her and said if you don't eat throw your F'in food in the trash and go to your room.  Well us shocked like we always are with his outburst he then leaned over to my daughter and said make your parents F'in leave now.  Where this stemmed from is my daughters dog who shes had longer than she new her husband was really looking bad.  He refused to allow her to take him to the vet.  Well through the tears I went and took him to the vet, he was having really shallow breathing not eating or drinking.  my son in law is jealous of the dog because she loves him.  I take him to the vet, through blood work and x-rays he has fluid collecting by his heart I'm hysterical due to what happened leading up to this point.  The staff at the vet were awesome they didn't charge me for a lot of things by bill went from $800 to $400.  Not only was I crying the receptionist was crying with me.  Some may say its just a dog.  Our animals are part of our family always have been they are your kids would you not take your child to the doctors if they were breathing funny.  He was put on medication and rechecked weeks later, his breathing is better but he may have cancer in his lungs they aren't sure, right now we cant afford to have more x-rays done and for them to be sent out to s specialist its going to cost over $1000 and it can be discounted its a specialist. I'm also paying for her attorney as she was a stay home mom. So when he found out that I went against what he said he was mad and furious at me, I didn't ask for the money back I did this for my daughter and her dog.  So he took out his anger on my 15 year old daughter and his daughter.  Well needless to say we didn't leave he left we stayed to make sure she was safe and my sister stayed with her.  Over the weeks we all took turns sleeping over until she was able to get a restraining order.  Oh yes the restraining order it was granted until the hearing date. On the hearing date the judge refused to grant it but continued to say I believe you 100% and all your complaints but I'm not granting it.  She wasn't even allowed to ask why, as he ended the hearing.  She even caught him in a lie when the judged asked him if he did something and he said no and she has text message proof that he did and the judge called him out on it and he finally admitted it. Hum so what's right about this.. Now after 3 months of the father cancelling all the mediation appointments and requesting they get a private mediator which he paid a $2000 fee for the mediator was not impartial she sided with the person that pays her pay check the dad.  For the past three months my daughter has done everything her attorney requested she do in order to show shes the better parent.  Well according to the mediator she refuses to hear or see any documentations past 3 months ago.  She claims that stuff is in the past.  Well its the past and the past has gotten us to the spot we are in now.  No matter what my daughter said she would listen.  For this visit shes received copies of two CPS reports reported by two different counselors, one was his counselor where he admitted what he did to his kids, animals ect.  My daughter asked her in the mediation if she even looked at the questioner she filled out or copies of the documents that were sent over.  Sharon replied "I haven't had a chance" so how are you to pass judgement on someone if you don't know the facts.. According to her the only facts she wants to hear is about what has happened in the past three month.  Well of course the parent is going to be on good behavior.  Since the father has had visitation my granddaughter refuses to sleep in her room she claims there are monsters in there.  We ask her why do you think there are monsters in here she says I cant tell you.  Shes 4 what 4 year old is going to tell you she has memory loss, or if I tell you I will get into trouble..Mediator can care less. There is an end to this just not yet..  The mediator told my daughter you don't trust him and you have to..Really she should trust him hes also put his hands on her too.  What my daughter did do wrong was she didn't report it.. As this is the case with a lot of men and women they think they can fix it not realizing they should of made that phone call.. Don't use it against them were not all perfect.. Looking further into the mediator she has multiple complaints against her, it states shes been married and divorced multiple times, if you look at Yelp she has all complaints but one, her name is Sharon Sloper MFT of Sacramento County. My point of this is, people that think they are high and mighty should not be in the career.  She should look at all the facts before making or passing judgement.  If she hasn't read the facts how can she said.. Well hes going to get more time and longer visits.  Umm the facts lady. Why does it take something horrible to happen before anything is done.  Whether its a mother or a father in this battle please see all the facts.  How many children are excessively hurt and or killed by a parent that was given custody, unsupervised visits and over night stays.  All because someone made a wrong judgement and wouldn't take time to look at all the facts.  So should I sit here and wait for my grandkids father to do something wrong, mentally of physically to them...NO WAY.. How can help me make this right...YOU CAN.  My hands are tied I can not do or say anything because this mediator will use it against my daughter.  Every visit which is 3 times a week I panic and pray that they come home and safely too.  Should people of the Law look at all the facts, why should we have to wait until a tragedy happens when this could of all been avoided.  Please help me to make a change in Family Law that they consider all of the information, investigate it, talk to the people that know exactly what's going on ie. family, friends, neighbor's and co-workers.  Don't side with the person that is paying your paycheck, do you not care about the welfare of a child, they are innocent and your putting them into a dangerous situation and you have their destiny in your hands.  Lets stop abuse whether its mental or physical.. Stop if now before it gets worse.  Many will think oh this isn't bad the dad didn't do much, well it only takes one, one time and that persons life could be gone.  It has to start somewhere why wait to see what happens why ignore the inevitable, why do you allow them to have one foot in the grave. This man deserves Punishment for putting his hands on his wife, his kids and his animals.  This is a disaster ready to happen, why let it happen.. Lets put an end to this and not allow favoritism to determine what's best for a human life.

Taron Olivera
102 supporters
Started 7 months ago

Petition to School district

No Mandatory Homework For Grades K-6

As a concerned mother of elementary students, I want to petition the District to change their homework policy. As a mother, I believe that is it my right to determine how my children's time is spent at home. I should be able to decide if our time is best spent on a worksheet or on making dinner; on yet another learning app or on climbing a tree; on one more spelling game or on a board game. Schools exist because parents like me choose to send our children there. It is a show of trust to let them teach our children for 7+ hours a day. When they come home, let them be mine. Let me have my right to be their mother. I am not saying that you can't send some worksheets home with them, but know that it is my choice what we do with those worksheets.  Some kids may thrive on school work at home, while others may thrive having other experiences at home. Children should be allowed to be a part of their family and do the things that make their family unique and special. I suggest you have a few fun projects a year, but have them be age appropriate so that the child can actually accomplish them. Let the school work that you send home be worthwhile and then if they return it, they can earn points for extra things like pencils and stickers; the child should not be ridiculed or punished for not doing them. Children also should never be held in from recess or denied the opportunity to go on a field trip because their family does different things in the evenings than the school's homework. Schools don't have the right to dictate a family's time. I support teachers roles in my children's lives, but I would like my role as a parent supported as well. This does not take anything away, it only adds. Again, families that want homework can have it, and families that would like to have time for other things will get that time as well. If you feel the same, then sign this petition asking our District to change their policy to make homework optional in grades K-6 and give parents back their right to parent the way they see fit.   If you would like to read more about the topic click on one of these links. If you would like to read about it at length, check out the book Rethinking Homework by Cathy Vatterott.     http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ innovation/why-are-finlands- schools-successful-49859555/   https://www.washingtonpost com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2012/ 11/26/homework-an-unnecessary- evil-surprising-findings-from- new-research/?utm_term=. 1c57f0615871 http://www.salon.com/2016/03/ 05/homework_is_wrecking_our_ kids_the_research_is_clear_ lets_ban_elementary_homework/   http://www.lifehack.org/ 385878/research-finds-the- effects-of-homework-on- elementary-school-students- and-the-results-are-surprising   http://cloverleafschool.org/ worksheets-work/   http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/05/ opinion/kralovec-ban-homework/ index.html

Lisa Farmer
166 supporters