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)

Kentucky Foster Care facts for November 2014

Kentucky DCBS child placement for  November 2014

7,793 Kentucky children are in out of home placement (OOHC)

3,183 (or 41.2 %) Kentucky children have been placed in PCC(private child care) Foster Homes
3064 (39.6%) Kentucky children have been placed in foster care homes (all types)
ONLY 237 (3.1%) Kentucky children are placed with relatives/family
–It is estimated that foster children cost Kentucky taxpayers approximately $69 per day.

to see in  PDF form click on the link below:

http://chfs.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/79675C47-AA3A-413B-ACFA-29BF3B5B0F40/0/StatewideFosterCareFACTSNovember2014.pdf

Kentucky Review Title IV -E Foster care Eligibility Report of Findings for October 1, 2012 – March 31 , 2013

Below is the link to the Kentucky review of Title IV Foster care report for 2013.

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/ky2013_secondary.pdf

Kentucky cuts Kinship Care

April 2013–Kentucky stopped Kinship Care for families last April(2013) Families that are currently receiving Kinship Care will continue benefits, but the state will not be accepting any new applicants. Currently 24,400 families and 48,000 children receive child care assistance money. The average subsidy is $376 per family, per month.

In Kentucky, about 59,000 children are being raised by extended family members—that’s 6 percent of children in the state, among the greatest percentage in the U.S., according to an issues brief from Kentucky Youth Advocates.

These “kinship care” situations usually turn out better for the children than foster care—less emotional strain, fewer behavioral issues, Kentucky Youth Advocates said. And it’s cheaper for the state ($10 per child per day for kinship, $69 for foster care), Brooks said.

Many Kentucky children will be eligible for other government programs such as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or food stamps. Children in kinship care will also still be eligible for Medicaid.

Related articles:

http://kyyouth.org/

http://www.kentucky.com/2013/01/29/2495359_child-care-assistance-programs.html?rh=1

http://kyyouth.org/cruel-april-fools-families-facing-cuts-to-child-care-assistance-and-kinship-care/

http://wfpl.org/post/six-percent-kentucky-kids-live-extended-family-and-they-need-more-support-report-says

http://wfpl.org/post/greg-stumbo-kentucky-legislators-unlikely-restore-child-care-kinship-programs-session

http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/922/001/130.htm

State seeks to fire social worker accused of using child as ‘bargaining tool’ in drug deal

(reposted from Kentucky.com)

http://www.kentucky.com/2014/07/30/3358742/state-seeks-to-fire-social-worker.html

July 30, 2014  A state social worker is facing conspiracy, bribery and official misconduct charges in Lexington after allegedly using a child as a bargaining chip in a drug deal.

Chad Albert Buckley, 39, entered an initial not guilty plea in Fayette District Court Wednesday. He is scheduled to be back in court Aug. 21.

Lexington police arrested Buckley Tuesday night.

Buckley, who lives in Midway, is charged with conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance, official misconduct and bribery.

He is a social worker with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

“The department will seek termination of this employee,” Cabinet spokeswoman Jill Midkiff said Wednesday night.

According to a citation filed in district court, Buckley entered into a deal with a parent of a child whose case he was handling as a social worker. The parent is referred to in court filings as “the witness.”

According to the charges, Buckley allegedly agreed to arrange an in-home visit for the child with the parent, in exchange for Buckley being able to buy four OxyContin tablets at a reduced price.

Court documents state that the original agreed-upon price was $25 per pill, or a total of $100. However, Buckley ultimately paid the parent a total of only $30 plus a $25 gas card, according to the citation.

The citation says that Buckley received a “pecuniary benefit” as a result, having used the child as a “bargaining tool.”

Buckley was released from the Fayette County Detention Center Wednesday afternoon after posting 10 percent of a $30,200 bond.

During Wednesday’s hearing, the district court directed that Buckley submit to random drug testing and have no contact with the family involved.

Midkiff said Buckley was hired by the Cabinet on Aug. 1. 2010. His most recent position was social services clinician I in the Fayette County Department for Community Based Services office. Staff in this position routinely work directly with families, she said.

Child safety is of paramount importance to the Department of Community Based Services and allegations that might jeopardize child well-being are taken very seriously, Midkiff said.

“The vast majority of DCBS workers are truly everyday heroes. Maintaining their integrity and that of the department is vital. DCBS will take aggressive personnel action against any worker who violates this trust,” she said.