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Children’s Rights: A non-fiction book about US Child Protective Services identifying deficiencies which can be corrected to vastly improve the system.

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Louis A. Piccone

Hawkesbury, Canada

Louis A. Piccone is currently a non-practicing attorney who has previously litigated Child Protective Services cases in State and Federal courts throughout the United States.

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Child Protective Service agencies across the United States use blatantly unconstitutional techniques to remove children from their families only to languish in foster care, often for years. 66% of children aging out of foster care either commit suicide, are incarcerated or become homeless within 12 months, with the remainder being largely unhappy maladjusted individuals who underperform the rest of Americans, across the board, for the rest of their lives. My book discusses the basic legal flaws in the Child Protective Services system in the context of numerous cases in which I have participated in state and federal courts across the United States, including my own. A survey of the State CPS systems addresses the common lack of procedural due process safeguards including any meaningful evidentiary hearing to determine whether abuse or neglect occurred resulting in children remaining in foster care for extended periods without any showing of the required evidence supporting removal from parents. The legal system for adjudicating abuse and neglect charges against parents is explained with recommendations for simple changes, actually required by our Constitution, which would dramatically reduce the number of children going into foster care, saving those children and their families the harrowing ordeal of foster care and the Juvenile Court system.

I am asking for pledges of 10, 20 and 30 dollars to pay for the costs of self publishing my 436 page book including developmental and copy editing my manuscript, cover design and production, publishing the book, and mailing approximately 750 copies to key opinion leaders to instigate change. Some “keep me going” money is also requested. Rewards are signed first editions of the book. I believe this can be an important book educating the American public about our dangerously misguided Child Protective Service system in a manner that can significantly improve the way our nations children are kept safe.

If you would like to read the 35 page introduction to the book giving an overview of the problems with the system and proposed simple solutions send me an email at louis@piccone.us.

Risks and challenges

My book is substantially finished and the only thing preventing it’s publication is money. So risk of finishing is minimal, however, there may be risk with timelines being delayed by between 3-6 months depending upon editing and review process.

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Tennessee To Arrest Attorney Connie Reguli for Advocating for Client’s Rights

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Connie Reguli is a strong voice for families. This photo was taken in 2018 at a rally in Washington D.C. Photo by Freedom Public Press.

By Terri LaPoint

July 16, 2019

Attorney Connie Reguli of Brentwood, Tennessee, is known for being an outspoken warrior who fights legally on behalf of families who are dealing with Child Protective Services. Now, she is being arrested after trying to help a parent secure due process.

On the morning of Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Connie Reguli received a phone call notifying her that there is a warrant out for her arrest.

She will be turning herself in to the Brentwood Police Department on Wednesday morning.

Connie has never been arrested before. The founder of the Family Forward Project has no criminal history, nor have there been any allegations of criminal activity. Yet, for doing her job as an attorney to have the voice of her client, a parent, be heard, she is being criminally charged.

Retaliation like this, Connie says, is the reason that families often cannot get legal help when their children are taken from them. Attorneys who fight for clients’ Constitution rights such as due process and who fight against corruption are often threatened or bullied into backing down.

This makes it difficult for parents whose children are taken by Child Protective Services, no matter how unjustly. Many attorneys are simply scared.

More often than not, the allegations against parents are baseless and end up being unsubstantiated. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “Child Maltreatment” Report, only 17% of allegations against parents are substantiated. (See link.)

The charges against Connie Reguli are facilitation of custodial interference and accessory after the fact of custodial interference in the case of a client she represented. The client is also facing charges of custodial interference.

The client’s children were seized by the Tennessee Department of Children and Families (DCF) based on an “ex parte order.” That is, the order was brought before a judge and signed by a judge without notifying the mother or her attorney.

As the mother’s attorney, Connie Reguli asked for her client to have due process and get a court date where she could be heard after the children were seized on the basis of an ex parte order.

Ex parte orders are supposed to be reserved for times when there is an emergency situation, one in which there is risk of irreparable harm if parties have to wait for a court hearing. All too often, however, they are the normal practice in Child Protective Services cases.

In the case in question, there was never any evidence of the allegations against the mother, and the petition against her was ultimately dismissed. However, DCF took her children away from her, put them in several different foster homes, and subjected the children to almost a year of trauma before the case was dismissed and the children returned home.

Action Sparks

Connie will be turning herself in around 11 am. She anticipates being released on her own recognizance.

Anyone who would like to support Connie Reguli is invited to come to the Brentwood Police Department, 5211 Maryland Way # 1000, Brentwood, TN 37027, at 10:30 am on Wednesday, July 17.

Calls may be made on Connie’s behalf to the Williamson County District Attorney Kim R. Helper at (615) 794-7275. She is also on Facebook.

Real News Spark will be in Tennessee covering the story live from our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RealNewsSpark/.

Follow RealNewsSpark.com for more updates.

For more on this story, watch “We Hold These Truths” with Seraphim Schwab. Connie Reguli was his guest Tuesday evening to talk about her story.

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Does Prescribing Anti-psychotic Drugs to Infants, Toddlers and Young Children Meet the Definition of Reckless Endangerment?

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Duty to Warn

new-logo25kohls Gary G. Kohls, MD

(This article was inspired by the following website: http://www.cchrint.org/issues/prescribing-psychiatric-drugs-recklessendangerment/)

 

When physicians (or medical paraprofessionals) prescribe psychiatric drugs to children without the parent or legal guardian’s fully informed consent, the prescribers could reasonably be charged with reckless endangerment and/or child endangerment because such drugs commonly cause a multitude of well-known adverse effects, including the following short list: worsening depression, worsening anxiety, sleep disturbances, suicidality, homicidality, mania, psychoses, heart problems, growth disturbances, malnutrition, cognitive disabilities, dementia, microbiome disorders, stroke, diabetes, serious withdrawal effects, death, sudden death, etc. We physicians (not only psychiatrists) normally only spend a small amount of our scarce time warning about a few of the dozens of potential adverse effects when we recommend drug treatment – and apparently most American courts uphold this questionable action when the rare malpractice case manages to be heard in the legal system.

And yet, Child Protective Services has the legal right to charge parents with medical neglect for refusing to give their child a known neurotoxic or psychotoxic drug that wasn’t adequately tested either in the animal lab or in long-term clinical trials prior to being given marketing approval by the FDA.

This makes no sense to parents and can’t be explained by their lawyers, especially if the parents know more than their medical caregivers about the multitude of potentially serious dangers that such drugs could pose for their child. It is worth noting that psychiatrists admit that there is no scientific test in existence that proves that children deserve a permanent mental illness label (and getting brain-altering drugs for the rest of their lives).

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TS Radio: The penalties for reporting child abuse

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Update : SB 0136 Illinois Committee Hearing

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Is This A Homeschooling Lair of Learning? Truant Officer to Investigate?

 

Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Youtube is a wonderous thing.

On the ground reporting provides information very quickly, accurately and cleanly. In the case of Illinois SB 136, interesting terms from State Officials can be viewed. Here is one example.

Please pay careful attention at 3:30 forward where Senator Luechtefeld questions Bill Reynolds (Truant Officer) on why SB 136 is needed.

The general gist of the conversation for readers without access to video is the following:

Senator: So will you be going into the home of people even if they are doing a good job?

Truant Officer: Yes. They might need help. More

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