Friday, November 11, 2011

Is privatizing foster care bad for kids and costing you more money?

Am I the only one screaming for federal intervention?

Ask Bill Johnson.

(WXYZ) - A grandma has been fighting the state to get her grandkids out of foster care for years. A great aunt has been trying to do the same for her niece. But both have been met with strong resistance—and it may be a matter of money.

The state pays private agencies to handle most foster care adoptions. By law, they are supposed to make placing foster children with extended family members a priority. But 7 Action News has found some cases where relatives say the agencies may be putting profits ahead of policy – and this can cut kids off from family forever. 

When Lori Scribner found out her grandchildren were put in foster care after the state declared their parents unfit, she came forward to claim them. 

“I have been telling them I want them all along,” says Scribner. 

But she also was told that she needed a bigger home for her four grandkids. So she bought a five-bedroom ranch with a pool. 

“That’s one of the things they love most is swimming,” says Scribner. 

Then she was told she had to earn more money. The registered nurse came out of semi-retirement and went back to work full-time.

“So I could support the kids. I understood that,” Scribner says. 

Scribner also says she has spent $50,000 in legal fees and other costs fighting for her grandkids. But she still faces the prospect of never seeing them again. 

“There was nothing I could do that they would let them come,” she says. 

Micky Gordon says she’s been fighting a system that seems set on breaking family bonds. The Department of Human Services (DHS), and the private agency it contracts, approved another couple to adopt her great niece who’s in foster care. 

“I feel like I have been living under a bully mentality," says Gordon, who is a social worker in Oklahoma, and is very familiar with foster care. She and her husband have foster-parented dozens of kids and adopted two of them. 

“My credentials are impeccable,” insists Gordon, who says she has spent about $30,000 in legal fees fighting to adopt her niece and has no plans to stop. 

“I’m not going away. She’s coming home to her family,” says Gordon.
The law is on their side.

“Both federal and state law require that the agency and the court give priority to relatives seeking placement of children in foster care,” says attorney Vivek Sankaran, who heads the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy and is an expert on child welfare law.
Sankaran says, “Systemic road blocks are created, license, home-study requirements, criminal background checks take time. By the time these checks are done, the child is living somewhere else.”

Scribner and Micky suspect this is about more than just bureaucratic red tape
“I think a lot of it has to do with these agencies earning money,” says Scribner.

DHS contracts with private agencies to handle foster care adoptions. But DHS wouldn’t talk to 7 Action News because Scribner’s and Gordon’s cases are being litigated.

The private agencies also wouldn’t talk about their cases, citing adoption confidentiality laws. But they did tell us that a child’s welfare is their top priority.

Scribner and Gordon aren’t buying it. They point to the current contract between DHS and the private agencies. The agencies get between $5,400 and $11,500 per adoption. The faster they get a child adopted, the more money the agency receives.

“We’re moving way too fast into adoption, close that deal, show me the money,” says Gordon.
Gordon and Scribner have something in common that would mean less money for the agencies. Both live in other states. For out-of-state adoptions, private agencies in Michigan get $3,500 tops.

“The whole system is set up to give the children away, and pay other people to take care of them when family is right there,” says Scribner.

In fact, the state would have saved more than $330,000 had the private agencies placed the children in Scribner’s and Gordon’s cases with them.

The state gives foster and adoptive parents $14.24 a day to care for a child until they turn 18-years-old. Scribner and Gordon say they told the agencies they didn’t want the subsidy, they just want their loved ones.

“I told the adoption worker with the agency, look, we’re not asking for your money,” says Gordon.

A recent study put together by a former county DHS director shows that it costs more for the state to pay private agencies to manage foster care than to have the state do it.
The report shows that for a state case worker to manage 18 foster care cases, it costs about $174,590 a year. That’s compared to about $297,087 for a private agency worker to handle the same case load.

Meanwhile Scribner and Gordon are not giving up.

“There are days you just sit and cry because you don’t know what’s happening,” says Scribner. “You don’t know anything about the kids and the more that they stonewall you, the more you think something must be wrong.”

In Scribner’s case, court records show the private agency had their recruited couple apply to adopt her grandkids—while, at the same time, they were telling Scriber that
the children were not available for adoption.

“The only thing they will tell you is you can’t have them,” says Scribner.
DHS admitted in court records that Scribner is a “loving, caring, nurturing and suitable care-giver,” but that the kids should be adopted by the agencies recruited couple since the children had already bonded with them.

Attorney Sankaran says he has seen agencies drag out the placement process and then argue it’s in the best interest of the child to stay with the recruited family.
By the time these checks are done, the child is living somewhere else and then bonding and things of that nature are brought up as the reason to keep kids away from family,” says Sankaran.

Bonding was the key reason in both Scribner’s and Gordon’s cases for not letting them have their loved ones.

“Do you think the agency purposely delayed this process?” Catallo asked Gordon.
“It certainly does appear that way,” says Gordon 

To be clear, a judge has the final say, but rarely goes against a DHS recommendation. And children can be cut off from family forever. 

“I want the kids to know that we fought and we tried everything to get them that we could,” Scribner says through tears. 

After 7 Action News contacted DHS about Scribner’s and Gordon’s cases, Scribner got a letter.

It says DHS is now reconsidering their decision to deny Scribner adoption of her grandkids. The letter also says it is looking at new information and will issue a new decision in 30 days.
Gordon’s hearing to challenge DHS’s decision is still ongoing.
We’ll stay on these stories and tell you the outcome of both.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Beverly Tran Nominated As Michigan Child Welfare Advocate The Year

Beverly Tran

It looks like we have another child abuse propaganda campaign going on over here!

That's right folks.  Since it looks like there is going to be a significant influx of kiddies into the foster care system beginning October 1, 2011, ole Maura Corrigan has revved up the campaign to justify Medicaid fraud in child welfare.

Jim Novell is giving out the awards to those who advocate for child welfare?  Well, it is only proper to nominate me.  Yes, that's right.  Jim and I are dear friends, going all the way back to 2001.

Since it is an obviously a minor oversight, I felt compelled to make this minor correction by pointing out that Jim forgot to include a category for community advocates, as commonly referred to by law.

More than likely, Jim and Maura did not include this category for there is only one person from the community who arduously advocates for child welfare.  Me.

I encourage each and everyone on my fans to nominate me.  It really does not matter which category you choose, just nominate me.   Let them know that Beverly Tran is on a mission...

NOTE: Whenever it asks for address, always list my cyber address:  and you can take it from there.

Feel free to include my email:  and number: 313-312-5195

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Morbidity of Child Abuse Propaganda

The Wayne County Juvenile Court, the infamous Lincoln Hall of Justice, is changing its policies.  Isn't that sweet.  It is now saying "judge" must sign the orders for removal of a child.

I am quite sure Kelly Ramsey, Referee and Board Member of Child's Hope over there at University of Michigan Dearborn, who was removed from the bench and put behind the desk in the capacity of head honcha, far away from the purview of the public, is pretty pissed right now as she was the lead person who encouraged rubber stamping of judges and even referees.

What I find as a gross morbidity of child abuse propaganda is the entire concept of judicial oversight.   People have forgotten who was the top dog in Michigan of the courts.  Maura Corrigan.  And where is Maura now? Girlfriend did a lateral shift right over to the Michigan Department of Human Services to do damage control of the gross morbidity of child abuse propaganda which allows and encourages Medicaid fraud in child welfare.  Brilliant.

The grossest morbidity of all is found in the minds of the people who have not even considered what has happened to the children and original parents who have been victim to rubber stamping and generation of false reports to the courts.  Considering the fact the it is only in Wayne County that the Attorney General prosecutes these cases, you would think they would know better than to allow rubber stamping to go on in the court.  

Then, you know the Michigan Attorney General went on to fight these rubber stamps all the way up to the Supreme Court where Maura "Cash Cow" Corrigan presided over these cases.  You really do not have to guess how she ruled because most of them never saw the light of day.

The results of rubber stamping are termination of parental rights and Medicaid fraud.  The gross morbidity is that nothing will happen to anyone except the children.

I encourage everyone to contact Referee Kelly Ramsey and thank her for her dedicated work in promoting the gross morbidity of child abuse propaganda.... and make sure you tell her sent you.

Kelly... I'm on a mission...

The Action News Investigators broke the story about how Wayne County Juvenile Court rubber stamps orders that allow the state to take kids from parents. Now, the court is changing the policy so that a judge must sign the order before a child is taken away. The change came just one day after the highly-publicized Maryanne Godboldo case in which a judge scofffed at the order used to remove her child. LK:


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

SCOTUS Continues To Strips Whistleblowers of Whistles

The relator approaches the court, on behalf of the United States, on a mission, fearful of those horrible tales of loosing every chance of hope of being made whole again.  Out of the darkness of the legal forest, lurking, are the public disclosure bars of "persons, administrative, reports". Oh my.

At any time, the Court will crush you using one of these "interpretive buttresses" snatched off the Magna Carta, to beat you down and make you and your children go back to the fields and pick tomatoes and lettuce.  (Well, that is the goal once all the anchor babies are cleaned out of the country to give these great jobs to hard working, cheaper laboring American children.)

First the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) says, "Even though all the other laws say a State is a person, we don't think so when it comes to States allowing federal programs to be ripped off under the False Claims Act because it would be too embarrassing for the us because we allowed the States to do whatever they wanted when we give them money, and besides, the States never had to be held to fraud standards before in federal contracts and the Congress was never clear in its intent for the States to be considered as 'persons'."

How dare some average person dare think they have the entitlement right to challenge us!  We are the great Supreme Court of the United States!  Poor people have no rights and definitely no right to sue and get rich.

SCOTUS False Claims Act Opinion of Justice Scalia

There was a lone dissent which believed States were intended by the Congress to be considered as "persons".
SCOTUS Stevens False Claims Act Dissent in Vermont Agency of Natural Resources v. U.S. ex rel. Stevensre

Then came another shaving of the qui tam when SCOTUS decided anything "administrative" fell under the "public disclosure bar" meaning any state or federal report, hearing, audit, or anything else as such are not allowed to be used by an original source.
Supreme Court of the United States GRAHAM COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT et al., Petitioners...

But wait, SCOTUS, as well as those whose corporations make substantial killings, literally, bilking Medicaid in child welfare, decided that anything requested through a Freedom of Information of Act request falls under the "public disclosure bar".

Let's pretend this actually happened:

I walk into the residential institution where my child incarcerated after being ripped from his bed in the middle of the night for no reason beyond child protective services and the police going to the wrong address, is being tortured and, with a fake smile I politely ask for his IEP.  They hand it to me and it states he is considered "ineligible" for special needs, institutionalization and does not need medication, yet he is locked up in solitary confinement, beaten, raped, tortured, drugged suffering multiple heart attacks, tardive dyskensia, attempted suicides, surviving from meals of dried bread and potatoes with no heat in the winter or air conditioning in the summer, with different dates of birth on the court reports submitted to the court because my child was under aged for the facility.

Then, I go the office of the clerk of the court and pull his child protective services case and find out they fabricated a story of a car crash that never took place and had a duplicate fake case as a juvenile delinquent and were not just double billing, but billing me as a juvenile delinquent, also.

So I go and file a FCA and the court says: "So sorry, those are public docs and therefore, the States can do whatever the fuck they want to do and there is nothing that will ever be done because we only cater to the rich."

Let's keep pretending this did not happen, either.
Supreme Court of the United States SCHINDLER ELEVATOR CORPORATION, Petitioner, v. UNITED STATES ex rel. Dan...

Being a whistleblower and reporting fraud is a right of free speech.  Verifying it through FOIA requests makes an original source the subject matter expert.  I dare anyone to challenge, publicly of course, my expertise in child welfare fraud, even SCOTUS.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Conyers Stops Child Abuse

A Special Announcement to Bill Johnson and Maura Corrigan:

Wanna See A Michigan Policy Lie To Cover Up Medicaid Fraud?

Wanna See A Michigan Policy Lie To Cover Up Medicaid Fraud?

Here, I present to the public, Michigan's blatant lie on how it conducts business in child welfare.

Yes, it is true to say that this is proper information presented on the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children.

Yes, it is true to say that there are no lies presented on the names and titles of administration.

Yes, it is true to say the final decision maker on the ICPC is not the compact administrator.  It's  Mr. Omnipotent. Bill Johnson, the Superintendent of Michigan Children's Institute!

Michigan Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)

First Amended Petition of Quo Warranto

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Conyers To Hear Adam Walsh Central Registry Reauthorization

Conyers To Hear Adam Walsh Central Registry Reauthorization

On February 15, 2011, in the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, hearing will be held to address the Reauthorization of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act in the 112th Congress, led by the second ranking member, John Conyers, Jr.

The timing is impeccable to address the issue of lack of due process in the placement and clearance of individual names from the Central Registry.

NEW YORK, NY, February 14, 2011 /EIN Presswire/ -- An important class action settlement was announced today that will help thousands of New Yorkers to return to work quicker. The settlement was reached with the Office of Children and Family Services ("OCFS") which operates the New York Statewide Abuse and Maltreatment Register. Before a person can work with children, the state law requires that employers must first obtain a clearance from the Register. Without a clearance, people can not work. The Register maintains a list of people who have been accused of maltreatment of children. Those who have been listed are entitled to a hearing to clear their names. However, sometimes hearings take more than a year to complete. While waiting for the hearings, people can not get jobs. When the hearings are finally held, up to 50 - 75% of the people are exonerated. 

Congressman John Conyers, Jr. Memorandum on Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act Hearing House Judiciary Subcommi...

Please call 
Congressman John Conyers, Jr. 
and thank him for 
fighting for our rights to due 
process in child welfare reform.

202- 225-5126
then call
or write:
2426 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, D.C. 20515
FAX: 202-225-0072

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Maura Corrigan: Michigan's Cash Cow

Ricky Holland
Bill Johnson, Superintendent of Michigan Children's Institute authorized the adoption of Ricky Holland's two younger siblings to the murders during the murder investigation.

Ricky Holland was placed in foster care by his mother because there was no help for her. He was never removed for abuse and neglect.

Now, every time the Ricky's mother has another child to replace the one who was murdered by the State of Michigan, the State of Michigan comes and cuts the umbilical cord.

I used to have in my possession some of the case transcripts where the foster murderer was testifying on the scheme to dope up Ricky Holland with the highest dosages of psychotropics in order to get more money.

There are many reasons why this case is so dear to me, why I swore I would never let Ricky Holland's memory fade away, but I will only share one.

Michigan's Cash Cow

Michigan's Cash Cow had the audacity to run a statewide commercial paid with undisclosed funds in to the tune of $80,000 asking the people of Michigan to call the Supreme Court and thank her for "all she has done for foster care and adoption" in order for her colleagues to elect her as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  She was not elected.

It was at that moment I began my mission...

Michigan OCO Ricky Holland Investigative Report

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Maura Corrigan Is A Brilliant And Refined Liar

Maura Corrigan Is A Brilliant And Refined Liar

This is my comment on the recent audit of Michigan's federal child welfare services Title IV-E reviews.  I thought it best to post it here just in case the moderator takes it down.

Corrigan proud of false claims
The judicial branch has not supported DHS in the appeal, it actually participated in filing of federal false claims and has been doing so for years. The attorney general contemporaneously advise and advocates in theserevenue-maximization fraud schemes.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of Attorney General does absolutely nothing except expend great amounts of defending its pattern of covering up Medicaid and other forms of health care fraud and antitrust representing the Superintendent of Michigan Children’s Institute, Bill Johnson,who represents the State of Michigan without appointment or election, with no oath of office on file with the Secretary of State, and possesses the power to overrule a decision of another state by denying ICPC interstate adoptions.
It is quite difficult for the Attorney General to prosecute itself for filing false claims.
The following string of excerpts from federal and Michigan audits and evaluations is a working example of Medicaid Fraud in Child Welfare:
“Michigan staff, both at the Central Office and county level, did an excellent job of preparing for the review. Records were extremely well organized with necessary documentation of eligibility requirement readily located. The State provided a “reviewer friendly” environment for the review to take place. Of note was the willingness and untiring efforts made by the Program Office in leading this effort. DHS licensing and field staff, in partnership with personnel from the SCAO and the Wayne County Department of Children and Family Services, were most efficient in obtaining additional information or acting as resources during the onsite review. Additionally, DHS’ fiscal unit is recognized for the thorough and updated payment histories.

Michigan staff actively and enthusiastically participated in reviewing the cases.
(That’s because they successfully covered up the Medicaid Fraud.)

Exemplary is the collaborative relationship between DHS and the State Court. This was evident not only in the presence of either the current or former Chief Justices of the Supreme Court at the entrance or exit conference, but also in the excellent quality of court orders observed during the review. In particular, the involvement of SCAO is noted for conveying title IV-E requirements to the court, instituting revisions to court orders and garnering greater consistency in the use of those revisions among the county courts. The ongoing collaboration between DHS and SCAO is a strong mechanism to foster an understanding of the need for and timely occurrence of appropriate and meaningful judicial determinations for children within both the child welfare and legal communities.”
“The state averted the loss of nearly $40 million in child welfare funding, thanks in part to the work of judicial branch staff.”
“If DHS did not improve, it faced a possible penalty of $22 million”…. “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services conducted the second eligibility review of DHS’s case files for foster care maintenance payments issued between April 1, 2006 and September 30, 2006. Prior to the review, DHS conducted an extensive case file review to identify cases that did not meet Foster care: Title IV-E Program eligibility requirements. For cases that DHS determined did not meet the Foster Care: Title IV-E Program eligibility requirements, DHS changed the funding source on the cases to a funding source other than Foster Care: Title IV-E Program before April 1, 2006… As a result, those cases were not in the population reviewed during the federal review…The federal review concluded that DHS was in substantial compliance with federal eligibility requirements for the period April 1, 2006 through September 30, 2006.

We issued a qualified opinion on the Foster Care: Title IV-E Program. Our conclusion is different from the federal review because our sample included cases from the entire audit period.
During the (Michigan) onsite review, (federal) reviewers determined that criminal background checks were in evidence for all foster home files that were examined. In instances where children were placed in child caring institutions, reviewers determined that law enforcement checks had been done on administrators. Particularly noteworthy is Michigan’s practice of screening all licensed foster homes against its child abuse register on a weekly basis.
DHS had not developed a formal policy that defined when and for what service types criminal background checks and educational qualifications should be required as a part of a human service contract (includes foster care).
Health care fraud is health care fraud. Pettibone got punked by Corrigan, the same way Madoff pulled the wool over the eyes of the FCC for decades, but you have to give Maura credit, when it comes to cover ups of federal false claims and racketeering in the child welfare system, the gal is damn good.
"Qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur!"
Beverly Tran
An Original Source

DHS prevails in federal audit appeal

News about former Justice Maura Corrigan, getting busy in her new role as Department of Human Services director:
Michigan Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan today announced that the DHS prevailed in a federal appeal and, as a result, passed a 2010 audit of its performance of the
federal IV-E program in Michigan. Title IV-E of the federal Social Security Act covers federal
funding for Michigan’s foster care and adoption assistance programs.
In June 2010, the DHS underwent a federal review of the state’s program operation. The
weeklong review of 80 foster care cases determined whether DHS had correctly determined
eligibility for children under its care and custody. The state was allowed to have a 5 percent error
rate, or four cases.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families
notified Michigan last August that the state did not pass the review because it identified six error
cases. Two of the error cases resulted in a total disallowance of $67,264 in federal funds.
The Michigan attorney general, on behalf of DHS, appealed this finding to the federal Department
Appeals Board in November 2010. The federal board issued a decision Jan. 14 finding for the
DHS. It reversed the disallowance and ruled Michigan is operating the Title IV-E program in
accordance with federal regulations.
“The Department of the Attorney General provided DHS with excellent legal representation in our
appeal of the federal review findings,” Corrigan said. “Moreover, the entire team for DHS and the
State Court Administrators Office deserves our praise for their fine work in conducting the
preparation for the review.”
The federal IV-E program provided about $224.2 million in funds for the Michigan foster care and
adoption programs during fiscal year 2009, the most recent year for which records are available.
Because of the decision, Michigan will not be required to conduct a subsequent federal onsite
review until 2013. The 2010 review was Michigan’s third of the IV-E program since 2004.
Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. of the Michigan Supreme Court commended both Corrigan
and the attorney general for their advocacy on behalf of Michigan’s children and on the proper
operation of the Title IV-E federal program.
“Former Justice Corrigan made the commitment to DHS several years ago that she would work to
assure courts operated in compliance with federal Title IV-E program regulations,” said Young.
“Her tireless commitment and advocacy resulted in outstanding news for Michigan with this
review. The Supreme Court will continue to work with former Justice Corrigan in her new role as
DHS director to continue the same high level of collaboration.”
Young also praised SCAO’s Child Welfare Services Division for its work on the audit and appeal:
“In particular, we should acknowledge CWS Management Analyst Jenifer Pettibone, who played
a leading role on this successful appeal,” Young said. “Pettibone’s work is a fine example of how
the judicial branch has supported DHS, not only in this appeal process, but also in child welfare
work in general.”