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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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(CW) — A group of parents in Minnesota called Stop CPS From Legally Kidnapping Children has filed a request in federal court to “shut down the state’s child protection services, stop serial abuse of families and overturn the unconstitutional laws by which the agency operates,” according to a press release published Tuesday.

The group, led by Dwight Mitchell, a father who says his son was illegally taken from him for 22 months, first filed a civil rights complaint in April, and this week they vocally publicized their call to shut down the child services agency, which they claim engages in systemic lying, withholding information, and fabricating evidence. They are asking the federal court to suspend the state’s agency from enforcing child protection laws, and according to a petition signed by almost 5,000 people, are also demanding changes to the laws themselves.

Back in April, Mitchell said“Someone reported I spanked my child on his bottom. I was put in jail. My three children were taken away from me,”citing other states that have enacted laws to protect a parent’s “ordinary corporal punishment” rights. Though the practice of spanking is increasingly recognized as harmful to children’s well-being, it is highly questionable as to whether confiscating kids and placing them in foster homes is any better for their mental and emotional health.

According to the petition, which Mitchell started:

“I am fully aware there are children who do need to be removed from wretched situations and need protection, but their protection must be balanced with the constitutional rights of the mothers and fathers.

“Child Protection Services (CPS) chooses to ignore those laws the legislature, made. Even when notified of those laws, they fabricated evidence, lie and go about their illegal activities with a brazen arrogance totally without fear of reprimand, reprisal or the consequences of their illegal actions.”

Among the changes to the law Mitchell and the group are calling for are making lying, fabricating evidence, and withholding information a felony, requiring more publicly available information so parents know their rights, eliminating total immunity for state agents, and requiring all parental termination cases to be jury trials.

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Judge Halbrooks: Sandra Grazzini-Rucki Too Poor For Court Costs But Can Pay Child Support

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This is not the first time Judge Flaskamps-Halbrooks has ruled on matters related to Grazzini-Rucki.

In September 2012, Grazzini-Rucki was ordered out of her home, out of the state, and ordered not to contact anyone she knew.

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Months after a Minnesota Appeal’s Court Judge ruled that Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was capable of paying nearly $1,000 per month in child support, the same judge ruled that paying several hundred dollars in her ex-husband’s court costs would be too burdensome.

On December 1, 2017, Minnesota Appeal’s Court Judge Jill Flaskamps Halbrooks ruled that Sandra Grazzini-Rucki paying for David Rucki’s court costs.

“Although David Rucki prevailed on appeal, it appears that allowance of the claimed costs and disbursements would cause financial hardship, in light of the district court’s determination that appellant (Sandra Grazzini-Rucki) is entitled to proceed in forma pauperis.”

When someone receives in forma pauperis status, they are deemed to poor to afford an attorney.

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki has been represented in her divorce since early 2013 by Michelle MacDonald, who has worked pro-bono since receiving a $5,000 payment at the beginning of the case.

The same Judge, Jill Flaskamps-Halbrooks, ruled in September 2017 that Sandra Grazzini-Rucki had the ability to pay her ex-husband $975 per month in child support, despite Grazzini-Rucki being convicted of six felonies, homeless, and unemployed.

“Grazzini-Rucki asserts that she had no ability to pay child support because her employment with the airline was ‘in flux’ and that the CSM made ‘vague, generalized and conclusory findings’ that did not justify imputing income under Minn. Stat. § 518A.32, subd. 1.5 But these assertions misconstrue the record, particularly the evidence admitted during the September 2016 hearing. The CSM found that after Grazzini-Rucki was released from jail, she submitted a document in March 2016 that stated that she currently worked as a flight attendant Grazzini-Rucki testified, and the CSM acknowledged, that her status of employment was unknown at the time of the September 2016 hearing. But Grazzini-Rucki did not provide any evidence that her employment status had changed or that her employment had been terminated after March 2016.” Judge Flaskamps-Halbrooks asserted in her August ruling, when she confirmed that an earlier ruling ordering Grazzini-Rucki to pay her ex-husband $975 per month was appropriate.

After Judge Flaskamps-Halbrooks ruled in his favor in the child support appeal, his attorney, Lisa Elliott, filed to recoup his court costs.

Elliott did not respond to an email for comment.

David Rucki was granted child support even though he already received 100% of a multi-million-dollar estate which included numerous homes, classic cars, and the entirety of a thriving trucking business. More

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