Thursday, January 30, 2014

February 28 is the Ten Year Anniversary of

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I'd like to get your financial backup on pushing PsychSearch's research projects to the next level!

February 28 is the Ten Year Anniversary of  Surely, the Psychs know we're not going away now!  The Anniversary will occur about the same time we finalize our most major project to date:

1. We identified every psychiatrist in America

2. Then we identified the psychiatrists who were disciplined by each state's licensing boards.

3. Now, after a lot of work by the PsychSearch team, we are very close to finalizing the compilation of all of these discipline reports and putting them online.

4. The latest is an online form that anyone in the U.S. can use to file a complaint on any psychiatrist in the country.  It is already being used by folks in various states!  (It is still being tweaked)

5. And of course, you already know that we monitor mainstream media and provide Psychs in Hot Water daily.

Our next project will be to extract records from each state showing each psychiatrist who has been terminated from Medicaid and THEN we're going to take a stab at a nationwide criminal records search!

I'd like to get your financial backup on pushing this to the next level. We need some computer equipment to do this and of course we need to purchase the public records.

As an example, New Jersey is charging us $364.00 for records of their psychiatrists excluded from Medicaid.  Please pay for that!

Support the Compilation of USA Psychiatrist Records!

If you can swing that, other PsychSearch supporters will assist in other states!

Thank you!

Ken Kramer

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The Unbelievable State of Parental Rights in America

On Tuesday President Obama gave his “State of the Union” address, in which he gave his view of where our nation is right now and where we are headed.

But what about parental rights? Where are we and where are we headed? It turns out we are not as free and secure as we would like to be, and we’re heading in the wrong direction. Here is an overview of parental rights in America as we begin 2014.

Medical Freedom - Hospitals:
Boston Children’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Department of Youth and Families take another child hostage because hospital staff disagree with the parents on the child’s medical diagnosis.

In California, “Baby Sammy” was taken from his parents because they left one hospital to seek a second opinion at another before subjecting the child to open-heart surgery.

In Ohio, an Amish family was forced to flee the country to spare their daughter unwanted and dangerous chemo-therapy, including a cocktail of drugs not approved for children by the FDA. Reports indicate the girl is in remission through natural means, but the Ohio hospital and child services department are livid.
The law is not on your side. In every one of these cases the judge ruled against legally fit parents. As a result, more and more parents are afraid to even take their child to the emergency room, lest one wrong answer lead to the removal of their child and the loss of their parental rights.

Medical Freedom at Home:
But keeping your child at home doesn’t provide any protection, either.
In May, 2013, charges were reinstated against Detroit resident Maryann Godboldo, who in 2011 was arrested after a 10-hour standoff with police and CPS who claimed she was not giving her daughter proper medication. The state later discontinued the medication as well, returned the daughter, and dropped the charges – until the appeals court this year sided with prosecutors looking to go after her again.
The law is not on your side. In the last decade alone, legislatures in 26 states have made 36 attempts to increase mandatory vaccination requirements, the large majority successfully requiring the HPV vaccine for pre-teen girls.
Mental Health and Counseling:
New laws in California and New Jersey make it illegal for teenagers struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction to seek reparative therapy, even if the teen, the professional counselor, and both parents agree on the desired treatment. This viewpoint discrimination takes decision-making rights away from parents and tramples the doctor-patient professional relationship.

The law is not on your side.

Public School Access:
In Tennessee, a dad was arrested trying to pick up his special-needs daughter at the end of the school day. No fighting, no yelling. Just asking for his children and not backing down.
A Georgia Army vet was banned from her child’s school grounds for posting her newly earned concealed carry gun permit online. No threats; no plans to violate the “gun-free zone.” She simply has a permit, and was banned from the school.
The law is not on your side. Laws in a majority of states limit or entirely deny to parents any “right” to be present on school grounds where their child is in attendance. What’s more, some school districts have banned parents from sending a lunch with their child, requiring that they buy school-provided lunch instead. And a bill in New York would require that all parents attend state-provided parenting classes before their child can graduate the sixth grade.

But why do parents need to make decisions in the schools anyway? Surely they can trust the institutions where they leave their children every day, right?

Public School Content:
Tell that to the Kansas father who was livid last week over a poster in his daughter’s eighth grade classroom that lists “How …people express their sexual feelings.” Some of the examples are light enough, but others are very explicit – and in a middle school setting! The principal and school district defend the poster, saying it is part of the school’s abstinence-based sex education program, and in line with other schools across the country.

Tell it to the growing number of parents and organizations opposing Common Core, a new set of “national curriculum standards” set up by the National Governors’ Association and required for schools to qualify for federal Race to the Top education funding. The “standards” were adopted over the summer of 2010 without any review by parents or state legislatures. Last week, even the New York State Teachers’ Union voted to reject the standards, saying “We will be the first to admit it doesn’t work.”

But the law is not on your side. The Ninth Circuit in Fields v. Palmdale (2005) held that, “Parents…have no constitutional right…to prevent a public school from providing its students with whatever information it wishes to provide, sexual or otherwise, when and as the school determines that it is appropriate to do so.”

Educational Choice:
Still, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in its Parker v. Hurley (2007) decision states, “Parents do have a fundamental right to raise their children. They are not required to abandon that responsibility to the state. [They] may send their children to a private school that does not … conflict with their religious beliefs. They may also educate their children at home.” (emphasis added) But this may not be the case much longer.

A judge in Texas took the Tutts’ children away at the urging of a guardian ad litem who confesses there are no signs of abuse or neglect. Yet she implicated statutory language likely to cause the children to be removed (which it did), apparently because she opposes the family’s choice to teach their children at home.

In fact, several journals over the last few years have published articles by academic elites claiming “that public education should be mandatory and universal.” Says Emory University Law professor Martha Albertson Fineman, “Parental expressive interest could supplement but never supplant the public institutions where the basic fundamental lesson would be taught and experienced by all American children: we must struggle together to define ourselves both as a collective and as individuals.”
In the last decade there have been at least 22 attempts to expand public pre-school education, at least 31 attempts to make kindergarten mandatory, and nearly 150 efforts in 43 states to otherwise expand the compulsory attendance age range for public schools. None of these measures has been shown to improve education outcomes; they only serve to give more control to the state and less control to parents as children develop and grow.

The law here may be on your side, but it is quickly retreating. And so is the government.

The United States Department of Justice seeks to overrule the asylum status of the Romeikes, who fled Germany to keep their family together. Germany has rejected the parents’ right to choose the form of education their children receive, and the U.S. Administration actually supports Germany’s position! The case is now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bureaucrats Run Amok:
In Loudermilk v. Administration for Children, Youth, and Families, a federal district court ruled that Arizona social workers were protected by immunity when they forced their way into a family’s home without a warrant using threats of taking the couple’s children away. Such threats, according to the court, do not constitute coercion, so the parents’ Fourth Amendment rights – says the court – were surrendered voluntarily.
Meanwhile, social workers in Kentucky have been found to be corrupt, then vindictive when a mother stands up to them. Social Services took her children, children of her relatives (at 3:00 in video), and even removed the children of her lawyer (at 4:15) from the lawyer’s home!
But the law is not on your side. Every state authorizes certain personnel – doctors, police, social workers (the list varies by state) – to remove your children from your care without a warrant, a court order, or any proof of abuse or neglect. Though many abuses are overturned for those who can afford to appeal, such an atmosphere in the lower courts sees abuses getting worse every year.

What Can Be Done?
There is hope! A proposed Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is already making its way through the Congress. Once adopted, the PRA will guard the fundamental right of parents to make decisions – medical, educational, in fact all kinds of decisions – for their children.

To join the effort, sign the petition at

To further support parental rights, visit


Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

P.S. -- The above is a sampling, not an exhaustive list. This is an epidemic. Now let's get to work on the cure!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Liberty Quotes - John Stuart Mill, Jonathan Swift, Lyndon B. Johnson

"Protection, therefore, against the tyranny
of the magistrate is not enough;
there needs protection against the tyranny
of the prevailing opinion and feeling,
against the tendency of society to impose,
by other means than civil penalties,
its own ideas and practices as rules of conduct
on those who dissent from them."
-- John Stuart Mill
(1806-1873) English philosopher and economist
Source: On Liberty, 1859

"It is a maxim among lawyers that whatever hath been done before may be done again, and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind. These, under the name of precedents, they produce as authorities to justify the most iniquitous opinions, and the judges never fail of directing them accordingly."
-- Jonathan Swift
(1667-1745) Irish author
Source: Gulliver’s Travels, 1726

"You do not examine legislation in the light
of the benefits it will convey if properly administered,
but in the light of the wrongs it would do and
the harm it would cause if improperly administered."
-- Lyndon B. Johnson
(1908-1973) 37th US President (1963-1969)

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Pre-k and other early education

Today, it's not the question of whether early education is beneficial that's making headlines. It's the nuts and bolts of early ed that are in the news, as New York City Mayor de Blasio and New York Governor Cuomo work out their differences regarding the source of funding for NYC's universal pre-kindergarten plan. No matter what the buzz is, you'll always find resources on early education at Child Trends -- from indicators about school enrollment to research on early childhood development.

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Seattle vs. Colorado teen health
On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will take each other on. If the teens of Seattle and Colorado (no data on Denver were available) were to have an athletic match, who would win? We looked at indicators of teen health and fitness for hints.

Women who use Title X health clinics

Title X is a federal grant program meant to meet the family planning needs of low-income people, from contraception to related preventive health care, such as STI testing and breast and cervical cancer screening. 60 percent of women who use Title X clinics, in fact, identify those as their regular source of medical care. In this brief, we describe how these women's health needs differ from those of other women, to enable providers to offer better-targeted services.

Abstract submission now open for HHS TPP grantee conference

The abstract submission process is now open for the 2014 HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grantee Conference, taking place June 4-6, 2014 in Washington, DC. On behalf of the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH); the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB); the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Reproductive Health; and the CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health, we encourage you to learn more and submit your abstract here! Please forward this message to your colleagues and contacts, so they may submit an abstract as well.

Abstracts will be accepted in two categories: workshop sessions (open to all) and grantee posters (for HHS grantees only). The theme of the conference is Bridging the Gaps: Eliminating Disparities in Teen Pregnancy and Sexual Health. When submitting an abstract, consider the audience: invited grantees of OAH, FYSB, the CDC Division of Reproductive Health, and the CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health. All abstract submissions should be consistent with the conference theme, objectives, and tracks.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically no later than February 16, 2014 at 11:59 pm ET.  
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Child Abuse Defense News by David S. Marshall

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January 29, 2014

New developments in law, medicine, and psychology affecting child abuse cases. For additional news and information, visit

Washington State Sex Offender Unable to Pay for Treatment Goes to Prison

A man given an alternative sentence for child rape has had the sentence revoked because he could not pay for sex offender treatment.

This is lawful, the Washington Court of Appeals has ruled, even if the man did his best to pay. The report that found the man suitable for sex offender treatment and for the alternative sentence also said he would be at "low-moderate" risk of committing another sex offense one day if he did not get treatment. Thus, the court said, if he could not pay for treatment, public safety required his imprisonment for a full conventional sentence—about eight years.

The case is State of Washington v. Christopher A. Miller, No. 68826-0-I, decided December 16, 2013 in Division One of the court.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Liberty Quotes - Henry David Thoreau, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Thomas Jefferson

"As for adopting the ways which the state has provided for remedying the evil, I know not of such ways. They take too much time, and a man's life will be gone."
-- Henry David Thoreau
Source: On Civil Disobedience

"Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole
world will be clean."
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history,
whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite."
-- Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

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NCALP Weekly News Summary

January 27, 2014
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The National Center for Adoption Law and Policy, in collaboration with Capital University Law Review,
is pleased to sponsor the 10th Annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law:
We Are Not All The Same: Meeting Children's Individual Needs .
Each year the Wells Conference attracts professionals and academics who
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NEW JERSEY: “Experts to New Jersey Supreme Court: Drug Treatment is not Child Abuse”
76 organizations and experts in maternal, fetal, and child health, addiction treatment, and health advocacy filed a brief before the New Jersey Supreme Court urging it to overturn a lower court ruling making the state’s civil child abuse law applicable to women who received medically prescribed methadone treatment while pregnant. In the brief, experts attested that it is nonsensical to regard methadone treatment as a form of child abuse. Unless the lower court decision is reversed, New Jersey would become the only state the in country to effectively ban pregnant women from receiving methadone treatment. The court is expected to hear oral arguments this term.

Governing, November 13th, 2013

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ADOPTION NEW JERSEY: “More Than Philomena’s Story: Relinquished Children, Forced Adoptions, and the Search for Identity in Ireland and America”
BY: Linda Stamato

Legislators in New Jersey will decide whether to give thousands of accurate birth certificates to adult adoptees, bearing their names and the names of their birth parents. Currently, these adult adoptees have access to only falsified birth certificates as the original certificates were sealed by the state when their adoptions were finalized. Since 1940, children were issued amended birth certificates portraying their adoptive parents as their biological ones. New Jersey Senators believe this is a civil rights issue as children seeking their birth parents have a right to do so and should have access to important information about their identity and family health histories., January 8th, 2014

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FOSTER CARE GEORGIA: “One Option to Solving Foster Care Issues: Privatization”
BY: Michael King

Georgia state House Speaker, David Ralston, announced that he is open to privatizing the state Department of Family and Children Services as several other states do now, outsourcing foster care to non-profit agencies. After multiple deaths of foster children last fall, Ralston believes that creating privately handled foster care could help solve mismanagement of cases. However, privatized foster care has not succeeded everywhere and each state needs its own solution.

11 Alive, January 10th, 2014

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CHILD WELFARE MICHIGAN: “Drug-Addicted Babies & the Legal System”
BY: Mike Hoey

Drug-addicted babies have become a serious public health concern nationwide in the last few years. Once a drug-addicted child is born, the prosecutor’s office will file a petition to get jurisdiction over the family which allows the state to make sure the baby and mother receive the help they need. Under law, there is no criminal prosecution for delivery of drugs to a fetus. Instead, the goal is to keep the child safe and to help the mother recover, using a treatment approach rather than a punitive approach.

ABC 10, January 10th, 2014

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CHILD PROTECTION KENTUCKY: “Legislation to Focus on Spotting Early Signs Of Child Abuse”
BY: Stu Johnson

Legislation that requires training for physicians so they can better spot signs of child abuse was given a preliminary hearing at the state capital. The bill requires doctors who take care of kids, in addition to nurses, emergency room workers, and social workers, to participate in a one hour training focusing on symptoms such as bruising on the children. The proposed legislation was pushed after the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel investigated 55 child fatalities and near fatality cases in the last year.

WEKU News, January 9th, 2014

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The preceding are summaries of adoption/child welfare law news articles prepared by The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy. These summaries are provided for your information only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center. We strive to print news that reflects the diversity of our readership and a variety of viewpoints and approaches to child welfare issues. While we may not agree with a position taken, we believe in the critical importance to our constituents of impartial reporting.