File a complaint about CPS with US Commission on Civil Rights

http://www.usccr.gov/filing/flndx.htm

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Question & Answers about your parental rights

First, I am not an attorney.
This is the first and foremost thing that family rights advocates and activists will tell you is to know your rights when it comes to Child Protective Services.

What rights does DFCS have on investigating my children?

This comes into play when a mandated reporter or this could be any individual contacts dfacs and reports a child is being abused or neglected.  HOWEVER, I am going to tell you a little more than that.

When parent(s) contact me I go through a series of steps to get you started in protecting what is yours, (family).  Through Georgia Coalition for Child Protection Reform, we give you protection – protection for your family.

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Need help finding a lawyer?

Pro Bono Organizations and Opportunities

http://kyjustice.org/probono

Kentucky Volunteer Lawyer Program, The Access to Justice Foundation
Director: Jacqueline S. Duncan
Primary Address: 535 West Second Street, Suite 101
City: Lexington
State: KY
Zip: 40508-1284
email: jduncan@mis.net (link sends e-mail)

EASTERN KENTUCKY

Volunteer Lawyers for Appalachian Kentucky (APPALRED)
View a listing of current pro bono opportunities (link is external)
Primary Address:  121 N. Front Ave
City:  Prestonsburg
State: KY
Zip: 41653-1204
General Phone: 606-886-3876
Fax: 606-886-3704

Counties Served: 37 Counties: Adair, Bell, Breathitt, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Harlan Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Monroe, Owlsey, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe

Case Types: AIDS/HIV, Bankruptcy, Consumer, Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Elder Law, Employment, Housing, Public Benefits, Wills and Estates, Paternity

Case Restrictions: Limited on the types of cases we can handle and the number of cases we can place because the need is so high.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Northern Kentucky Volunteer Lawyers, Inc.
Director: Lynette Guzzino
Primary Address: 302 Greenup St
City: Covington
State:  KY
Zip: 41011-1740
General Phone: 859-431-8200
Fax: 859-431-3009

Counties Served: Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton

Case Types: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Consumer, Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Housing, Immigration, Individual Rights, Juvenile, Real Estate, Wills and Estates

Case Restrictions:  US citizen or resident alien

CENTRAL KENTUCKY

Fayette County Bar Association Pro Bono Program, Inc. (LAWCARE)
Director: Tammie Haddix
Primary Address: 122 N Broadway
City:  Lexington
State: KY
Zip: 40507-1227
General Phone: 859-255-7244
Fax: 859-254-4573

Counties Served: Fayette ONLY

Case Types: Consumer, Housing, Torts, Family Law

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass Pro Bono Project-Morehead
Director: Teresa Mason
Primary Address:  P.O. Box 1040
City:  Morehead
State: KY
Zip: 40351- 1040
General Phone: 606-784-8921
Intake Phone: 800-274-5863
Fax: 606-783-1342

Counties Served:  Bath, Bracken, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Robertson and Rowan

Case Types: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Dissolution of Marriage, Wills and Estates

Case Restrictions: Client must be primary caretaker.

Boyd County

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass Pro Bono Project-Ashland
Director: Elizabeth Thomas
Primary Address:  PO Box 1147
City:  Ashland
State: KY
Zip: 41105-1147
Phone: 877-295-4137; 606-329-1321
Fax: 606-325-0615

Counties Served: Boyd, Greenup & Lewis County referrals

Case Types: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Dissolution of Marriage, Wills and Estates

Case Restrictions: Client must be primary caretaker.

WESTERN KENTUCKY

Lawyers Care Volunteer Attorney Program
Primary Address:  1700 Destiny Lane
City:  Bowling Green
State: KY
Zip: 42104
General Phone:  270 780-8886
Intake Phone: 866 452-9243
Fax: 270 467-0528

Counties Served: Allen, Ballard, Barren, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Edmonson, Fulton, Graves, Green, Hancock, Hart, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Metcalfe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Simpson, Taylor, Todd, Trigg, Union, Warren, Webster

Case Types: Bankruptcy, Consumer law, Family law, Education, Elder Law, Employment law, Health, Housing, Individual Rights, Real Estate, Torts, Wills and Estates

JEFFERSON COUNTY AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES

Legal Aid Society Volunteer Lawyer Program
View a listing of current pro bono opportunities (link is external)
Primary Address:  416 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Suite 300
City:  Louisville
State: KY
Zip: 40202
General Phone: 502-584-1254
Intake Phone: 800-292-1862
Fax: 502-584-8014

Counties Served: Breckenridge, Bullitt Nelson, Grayson, Hardin, Jefferson, Larue, Marion, Meade, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Washington
Phone: 859-255-9913 x12
Fax: 859-231-5356

http://kyjustice.org/probono

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Please contact us and tell us your experience with Kentucky DCBS. We want to hear your stories!

email us at fightbackky@gmail.com

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What is CAPTA?

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) 2010

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is one of the key pieces of legislation that guides child protection. CAPTA, in its original inception, was signed into law on January 31, 1974. It has been amended several times and its last amendment was in December of 2010.  This act was to oversee wrong doings by Child Protective Services but also to liaison with the agency as an extra “pair of hands, set of eyes” in the field of protecting children. They set up citizen review panels in every state to oversee CPS to verify if the cases were valid. But like the ombudsman program, the citizen review panel has been corrupted because its powered by the Child Protective Services budget.

Here is a link to read CAPTA 2010 in full:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/capta2010.pdf

State Sovereignty – this is the answer!

Have you been following the news about the state sovereignty movement? I have, and I’m thrilled to see that state legislators are waking up to the fact that many of the federal government’s laws were created in violation of the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Federal child welfare laws have ruined our country and our families. These laws should never have been passed because the Tenth Amendment states that the federal government had no right to pass them!

The Tenth Amendment states:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

States agreed to follow the federal child welfare laws because they wanted federal funding, so state legislators passed laws based on the mandates of the federal child welfare laws. But now state legislators are waking up to the fact that those federal laws were unconstitutional.

More than half the states have or are considering laws proclaiming their sovereignty. These laws contain words like, “WHEREAS, many federal mandates are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,” and “this measure shall serve as notice and demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of its constitutionally delegated powers.”

There are no states that are doing this out of concern for child welfare laws, but the laws that govern CPS started with unconstitutional federal mandates and they are included in the many laws that states need to separate themselves from because they were unconstitutional in the beginning, and still are.

We who want to see child welfare change into a saner, more compassionate endeavor must work to let our state legislators know that (1) we support state sovereignty, and (2) we want changes to those state laws that were created to comply with federal child welfare requirements.

To help each of you approach your state legislators on this topic, I’ve created a very short e-book which you can download and print out to take to your state legislators. Let them know you want state sovereignty, and that you want your state to repeal laws based on the unconstitutional federal child welfare laws.

The e-book: The State Sovereignty Movement and Child Welfare

It is up to each of you to make sure this important information reaches your state legislature. Believe me, right now most of them are not thinking of the way state sovereignty will affect child welfare so it is up to YOU to make sure they become aware of how unconstitutional federal laws have destroyed and harmed families like yours.

My suggestions: Write a one-page (short) cover letter about your situation, and send it to your state legislator along with this e-book. Better yet, take it to your state legislator’s office in person. If you live close to your state capitol, print a collection of these e-books and put them in the mail in-box for every legislator in your state!

How to contact your local DCBS office

Kentucky Directory of Service Regions

http://chfs.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/FCC5A6EF-2C63-4ADC-9B21-F7B2060CCF5A/0/CombinedSRADirectory1112014.pdf

Cumberland Service Region
606-330-2192

(Adair, Bell, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Taylor, Wayne and Whitley)

Eastern Mountain Service Region  1-866-229-2196 (Toll Free) or 606-788-7132
(Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike, and Wolfe)

Northeastern Service Region  888-351-8901 (Toll Free)
(Bath, Bracken, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lawrence, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Robertson, and Rowan)

Northern Bluegrass Service Region  859-292-6550
(Boone, Bourbon, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Kenton, Nicholas, Owen, Pendleton, and Scott)

Jefferson Service Region 502-595-4550 and 502-595-4803
(Jefferson)

Salt River Trail Service Region 888-403-5090 (Toll Free)
(Anderson, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Franklin, Grayson, Hardin, Henry, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Washington and Woodford)

Southern Bluegrass Service Region 859-245-5258
(Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer and Powell)

The Lakes Service Region  270-388-4818
(Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, Muhlenberg, Trigg and Todd)

Two Rivers Service Region 270-651-0287
(Allen, Barren, Butler, Daviess, Edmonson, Hancock, Hart, Henderson, Logan, McLean, Metcalfe, Monroe, Ohio, Simpson, Union, Warren and Webster)

Southern Bluegrass Service Region
(Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer and Powell)

The Lakes Service Region
(Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, Muhlenberg, Trigg and Todd)

Two Rivers Service Region
(Allen, Barren, Butler, Daviess, Edmonson, Hancock, Hart, Henderson, Logan, McLean, Metcalfe, Monroe, Ohio, Simpson, Union, Warren and Webster)