Size of Kansas foster care population up 18 percent

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The size of Kansas’ foster care population has swelled 18 percent over the past six years, and child welfare advocates blame high turnover among caseworkers, parental drug addiction and cuts to programs that help poor families.

“I really think something needs to be done,” said Diana Frederick, executive director of Douglas County CASA, the agency that provides volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to work with abused and neglected children in state custody. “Things are enough of a concern that we need to acknowledge that there is a problem and we need to work together to find a solution.”

Children are usually removed from their homes because of neglect, and leave the foster care system when they rejoin their families, are adopted or reach age 18. State data shows that the 2009 fiscal year is the last time more children were exiting the system each month, 312 on average, than were entering, 260 on average. Since then, the numbers have gradually flipped, with 317 children entering the system on average each month in FY 2015, which ended June 30, and 286 leaving the system.

Over the six-year span, the foster care monthly average jumped to 6,257 children in fiscal year 2015 from 5,317 in 2009, state figures show.

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Medical Kidnap: It Happens to Adults Too

Bret Bohn in Seattle

by Terri LaPoint
Health Impact News

Bret Bohn’s family wants the public to know that it is not just children who are being medically kidnapped, being used as medical research lab rats, forced to take drugs, and being kept isolated from their families. They say it happened to their son, too. He was 26 years old at the time.

What began simply enough ended up in an 8 month long nightmare. Bret’s mother Lorraine Phillips told Health Impact News that it was “medical torture” and a “horrific abuse of Government corruption and power.”

From a Simple Surgery to Being Incapacitated by Drug Side Effects

Bret, a native Alaskan and an avid hunter and outdoor sportsman, had surgery to remove some nasal polyps. As a result, he lost his sense of smell, reports Police State USA. Prednisone was prescribed to help him regain his sense of smell. Neither he nor his family realized that one of the powerful steroid’s side effects was insomnia, but he certainly felt the effects of it.

After a period of a week of no sleep, Bret’s parents took him to Providence Alaska Medical Center, where two more drugs were prescribed that were supposed to help calm him and help him sleep.

Bret Bohn outdoors

The Ambien and Ativan were not exactly the magic bullet that he had hoped for. Instead, Bret started having seizures, which his family later learned is listed as one of the side effects of the drugs. He went back to Providence Medical Center, only to see his health quickly deteriorate as he was given more drugs and experienced more seizures.

Despite many tests being run, the hospital staff was unable to reach a diagnosis of Bret’s medical problems. More and more medications were allegedly prescribed, yet the original problem remained – he still couldn’t sleep. There was one stretch of 24 days with no sleep.

In his weakened state, his parents assumed power of attorney, based on a written agreement with their son that was signed in 2007. Among Bret’s impressive list of achievements, he was a member of the National Honor Society as well as an Eagle Scout. He holds two degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He had the foresight to “be prepared” for any emergency in which he might become incapacitated.

Bret Bohn power of attorney doc

Bret Becomes a Medical Prisoner, Unable to Escape

At one point, Bret became frustrated with all the medical treatments, and decided, as an adult, to leave the hospital. He unplugged from the machines, and removed his IV and catheter. His “escape attempt” was reported to the courts.

His parents began to question the course of medical treatment and requested that their son be weaned off of the medications. For a brief period, their request was honored, and Bret got some much-needed sleep, as reported previously by Health Impact NewsIt was short-lived. His parents requested a transfer to another facility for a second opinion. At this time, there was still no diagnosis for his deteriorating health.

It was not long after that, on October 23, 2013, that Providence Medical Center told Bet’s parents that they were restricting their visits with their son, ignoring Bret’s signed power of attorney to his parents.

As the visits with his family decreased, his medications were increasing. When Bret opposed some of the medications, including some that were psychotropic, he was viewed as “disgruntled” and “combative,” sure signs of mental illness. He was confined to the psych ward.

On November 5, 2013, Adult Protective Services filed for emergency guardianship over Bret, accusing his parents of not having his best interests in mind. Judge Erin Marston granted the motion on November 15, refusing to allow any family members to assume the role of his guardian. His previous escape attempt and his family’s attempt to wean him off the medications and find the actual cause of his symptoms were all seen as validation for the state to hold him against his will and remove his basic human rights, according to the family.

Heavily Drugged, and Treated Like a Criminal in State Custody

For a time, visitation was permitted by the state, but there were a number of conditions imposed, though no crime had been committed. According to a document on the Free Bret Bohn Facebook page, these restrictions included:

  • No cell phones, no computers, no working phone in Bret’s room
  • Only Chaplains from Providence hospital permitted. Bret could not have any visitation from his own pastor or ministers
  • No outside sources of Lawyers
  • No letters, cards, balloons, or flowers
  • No Privacy. Visitation supervised
  • Visitors not permitted to whisper, must speak clearly at all times
  • Family forbidden to tell Bret that he was coming home some day
  • At one point his family was told that only one hug was permitted, only upon arrival
  • No body contact, unless approved by Providence
  • Visits expected to be calm, social, and lighthearted in nature
  • Any stress inducing behaviors, whether purposeful or unintentional, would result in an end to the visit
  • Visits limited to one hour, then reduced to 30 minutes, then eliminated altogether
  • Security to accompany visitors to and from the visitation area

The family reports that Bret was heavily medicated during all visits, ranging from the minimum of extremely dilated pupils to being medicated at times “to the point of inability to communicate freely.” His mother reports that he eventually was on at least 22 different drugs, including Resperidone and Haloperiodol, which are powerful anti-psychotic drugs.

Bret Bohn heavily drugged

After Christmas 2013, his family and friends were no longer permitted to visit at all. Though he was an adult, Bret was completely at the mercy of guardians he never agreed to. His 27th birthday came and went on January 12, with no visits from any loved ones permitted according to his family.

Forced Medical Research and Attempt to Escape

Because he was now a ward of the state, he could legally be entered into drug trials and medical research without his knowledge or consent. There was finally a diagnosis, Autoimmune Encephalitis. His family was told that he had irreversible brain damage, and needed treatment in Seattle. He was court-ordered to receive ECT – electroconvulsive therapy, or shock therapy to his brain, against his will.

In late March, Bret was transferred to Harborview Medical Center, a University of Washington facility, in Seattle. There, his parents report, psychiatrists wanted to transfer him to the psych ward. His parents were allowed to visit, and what they found was very disturbing. In an email to Health Impact News, his mother Lorraine describes the horrific situation:

“Bret was crying tears (no voice), spitting out their medications, and begging for his life.”

According to Lorraine, Bret had had enough, and he decided to leave. She and Bret walked out of the hospital in what they hoped was an escape to freedom, and answers.

Three days later the family were seeking a second opinion, when his mother was arrested, charged with kidnapping, and locked up in the King County Jail. Bret was forced back into the hospital.

Defying Alaskan Authorities to Gain Freedom

Lorraine was released without bail the next day, and a new team of doctors were assigned to Bret’s case. They chose not to follow the directions of the Providence hospital, instead doing their own evaluation. That was the beginning of the end of Bret Bohn’s nightmare.

On May 9, Bret was released to the care of his aunt and uncle in Boise. Despite the Alaska Office of Public Advocacy’s insistence that they were in control of Bret, and that he needed to be transferred to a nursing home, Bret himself phoned the Alaska courts on the very day of his discharge from Harborview, requesting Termination of Guardianship.

Bret Bohn with his mom in Seattle

He began weaning off of all the medications that he had been forced to take, and his family and friends report that Bret is finally back to himself again. Despite adamant insistence by the Alaskan authorities, their suspicions that the drugs were actually causing the very problems that the hospitals needed to treat were confirmed.

On June 17, 2014, the nightmare ended and Bret’s freedom was returned as he received Termination of Guardianship.

Proving Doctors Wrong

Today, Bret Bohr’s life defies any accusation that he would be permanently incapacitated. The system that took his health and his freedom has been demonstrated to be wrong, as he is back to work in Alaska as a Bear Guard and Big Game Guide, living his life and loving his family.

According to the family’s Facebook page, Bret wants the public to know the facts of his story “so this kind of inhumane treatment is not ordered by law to others,” and “so this will not happen again!” They have pointed out that it was public advocacy and the tireless efforts of family, friends, compassionate lawyers, and supporters that made the difference in freeing Bret.

Bret Bohn advocates

There are many others whose voices have not yet been heard, yet they face the same injustice. Many still believe this kind of thing “couldn’t happen in America.”

But it can, and it does. Bret’s family hope that their story can help expose the injustice and can help others who are being medically kidnapped by the government agencies, the very ones who insist they are working for the “best interest of the child, or the patient.”

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Isaiah Rider Is Suffering Horrible Pain But Not Getting Help [Video]

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Teenager Isaiah Rider has been back in the hospital for more than two weeks, and spent Thanksgiving in the hospital in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. However, the state of Illinois still has custody of him, and the hospital behind his “medical kidnapping,” Luries Children’s Hospital in Chicago, is still allegedly affecting his care, or lack thereof. They are reportedly blocking him from receiving help for his suffering, according to the Team Isaiah Facebook Page.

Team Isaiah has posted a heart-rending video of the extreme pain and seizures that Isaiah is experiencing. This is what landed him back in the hospital. A doctor in Kansas City was allegedly going by the reports from Luries which have stated that Isaiah’s pain and seizures are all in his head.

According to Team Isaiah Facebook Page:

“Isaiah needs help. 15 days of suffering and torture. Hours and hours and days and days and this is okay? IL is trying to block him from getting real help. IL is Trying to send him back to Luries who caused all this or hospitals who haven’t helped in the past. Isaiah has made it CLEAR he does not want to go back to your horrible hospital Lurie’s or go back to Chicago where bad things happened or taken from his family again . Why is IL blocking Isaiah from getting real help??”

The video, which is similar to other videos posted in the past recording Isaiah’s seizures in the stump where his leg was amputated, shows very real pain and involuntary movements. Yet he is not receiving effective medical treatment according to family and friends.

Many are asking, “how can this be tolerated?”

His family has expressed the desire to transfer him to another hospital in another state that has experience in dealing with the rare medical condition that he has. Isaiah has been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a rare condition which causes painful tumors on the nerves. The hospital he is currently in does not have experience with this and is allowing him to suffer, according to family and friends.

Advocates have reported that nurses have watched his pain in tears, because he was in so much pain while the doctor in charge discontinued a treatment that was helping. That doctor has allegedly been removed from Isaiah’s care by the hospital administration.

Luries Children’s Hospital in Chicago does have experience with Isaiah’s condition, and even has clinical trials going on. However, according to Team Isaiah Facebook Page:

Isaiah Rider who has undisputed medical conditions was ripped from his mothers arms while in the ICU at Lurie’s hospital in Chicago.”

When Isaiah’s mother, Michelle, did what any other mother would do and begged them to help his pain stop, they accused her of causing the problems, saying that they were all in his head.

“His mother wanted help for her son, she wanted a second opinion, a transfer to another medical facility who was recommended. Isaiah wasn’t provided the parental protection he received from his mother when he was thrown into foster care, a strangers home in a very bad area on the south side of Chicago. The terrible things that happen to Isaiah while he was there have forever changed his life. This was all done in the name of ‘protection.'”

There are other hospitals in other states that could help Isaiah, but his family says they are completely powerless to get him that help, because the state of Illinois retains custody of him and refuses to transfer him to those hospitals.

Here are phone numbers to contact people who have power to help Isaiah – Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn (217) 782-6830 or (312) 814-2121, Bobbie Gregg, Acting DCFS Director (217) 785-2509 or (312) 814-6800.

Why Does God Allow Abuse?

Why does something as cruel as abuse occur under the watchful eyes of our Father? These acts are witnessed on a daily basis; some have even experienced them firsthand and naturally we ask, why?

Dr. Josh McDowell was a victim of abuse for seven long years. When he was able to put an end to it he was left with one question, why did God permit it? He sought out the answer by reading God’s word. Years of research led him to a realization and a conclusion that he enthusiastically discusses with everyone. Share his testimony to help others heal.

DoCS attacking families in Queensland – The Turmoil Goes On and on and on and never stops with DoCS Queensland

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The Turmoil Goes On and on and on and never stops with DoCS Queensland 

I was 19 when I had my first son. I had no idea on how to raise a child. I had no support nothing. I was with someone who abused me daily and I stayed thinking it was the right thing to do. Then I fell pregnant with my second son while still in the same relationship. I never received any help and was still getting abuse, until he tried to kill me. I took my son and I finally left.

I met someone new and within a few months I fell pregnant again.

I was left standing on my own and I moved back home after I had my baby girl thinking it was the best thing to do. I was wrong, it wasn't. In the mix of all this, my ex took my boys while he was on drugs, he drinks and smokes.

For 5 months, I missed their lives cause of the court system. Not just that.

I called DoCS on my ex cause he keep my babies lock up in a house and they end up with school sores. DoCS told me I had no right as a Mum.

Then I did get them back and move to my mums.

In September 2013, I got with my new man, he is so good to me and my kids. He has raise my baby girl and my two boys as his own. The day before Christmas my son broke his leg by playing around.

DoCS got called on me. They come out and could find anything and closed the case. I keep ring them every time my kids hurt themselves and got told by DoCS to stop calling other wise I was going to be charge for harassment.

Four weeks later my son had his cast off and we move in to a new house. He was playing with some other kids riding bikes and re-broke his leg by accident. At the same time my oldest boy got a boil on his tummy.

The boil left a hole in is tummy, so I took him up to the hospital and he got an infection from the hospital. The hospital blamed me for it. My kids got taken away again.

I am fighting for them back we already have done a parenting program and doing counseling and this was done before they ask us to.

I'm now pregnant with my 4th child and got told from DoCS, if I went to every appointment and look after myself I would get to keep him but now they told us he is going into care without giving us a chance.

I don't smoke or do drugs or even drink nor does my current partner.

All DoCS have done is lie to us and won't help in anyway. We ring them all the time to get stuff done. As a result of all the stress I am under, I have been admitted to hospital






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By Anonymous in Queensland, as told to Luke's Army

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