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Native Child Custody Battle Has Happy Ending

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Lexi To Stay With Utah Relatives

Lexi To Stay With Utah Family

Choctaw child will be placed with relatives

THE 6-year-old Choctaw girl known as “Lexi,” whose custody battle became a cause célèbre earlier this year, will be staying in Utah with her family.

In a scathing 38-page decision issued on July 8, a three-judge panel of the California Second District Court of Appeals ruled against the claims of Lexi’s foster parents, Summer and Russell Page.  The panel
cited the couple’s “self interest,” their pattern of interference with and resistance to Lexi’s visits with her extended family, and their inability to facilitate an ongoing relationship with her siblings.

These factors constituted “substantial evidence” that there was no good cause to depart from the placement preferences of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), the judges ruled.

Last March, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services removed Lexi from the Pages’ home in Santa Clarita, California after the couple initially refused to hand her over to social
workers.  With their refusal, they defied a court order that Lexi be placed with family in Utah, which includes two biological sisters.

The transfer, carefully planned for months and intended to proceed smoothly, deteriorated into chaos after protesters and media descended on the house in an effort to prevent it.

The case began in 2010, when Lexi’s father went to jail for selling stolen auto parts, her mother having disappeared shortly after her birth.  After being assigned to several foster homes, the girl was placed with the Pages while her father worked to complete a “reunification plan.”  Authorities told the Pages numerous times that Lexi would eventually be reunified with her father or sent to live with relatives.

Nonetheless, the couple began indicating that they wished to adopt the girl.  As a result, their relationship with Lexi’s father became strained.  The Pages were “interfering” with his visitations and
attempting to dictate the terms and length of his visits, Lexi’s father told ICTMN.

According to court documents, the increasingly despondent father—who has a criminal record and history of drug use—decided to cease reunification efforts with Lexi after 18 months of failed attempts.  He asked that she be placed with relatives in Utah.  The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the child’s attorney and the child’s guardian ad litem supported the move.

Thus began a five-year legal battle by the Pages to retain custody of Lexi.  Heading their legal team was Lori Alvino McGill, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney who represented birth mother Christy Maldonado as a pro bono spokesperson during Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl.  The 2013 case involved a Cherokee Nation tribal member losing custody of his daughter after a legal battle that went to the
Supreme Court.

McGill, who represented the Pages as a pro hac vice counsel in California, has tried unsuccessfully to overturn the ICWA in various jurisdictions across the country, including Virginia and South Carolina.

Addressing the primary issue―whether the Pages could show “good cause” to depart from ICWA’s placement preferences―Justice Sandy R. Kriegler wrote for the majority in the July 8 decision that the determination should not “devolve into a standardless, free-ranging best interests inquiry.”  Kriegler noted that Lexi’s lengthy stay with her foster parents was borne solely out of ongoing litigation.

“The United States Supreme Court has cautioned that courts should not ‘reward those who obtain custody, whether lawfully or otherwise, and maintain it during any ensuing (and protracted)
litigation,’” the panel concluded.

Morever, “A holding that the facts before us constituted good cause as a matter of law would circumvent the policies favoring relatives and siblings, and it would incentivize families who knowingly accept temporary foster placements to delay an Indian child’s ultimate adoptive placement in the hope that as time passes, the family will reach a ‘safe zone’ where harm to a child from disrupting his or her
primary attachment is presumed as a matter of law.  It is unwise and unnecessary to stretch the bounds of California law in that manner.”

In dismissing the Pages’ legal arguments, the California court took the couple to task on several points.  They criticized the Pages for being unwilling and unable to provide Lexi with a continuing relationship with her Utah family;  for insisting that they monitor visitations;  and for demanding that individual therapy sessions meant for Lexi should include the entire Page family.

Regarding Lexi’s cultural ties, the justices also pointed out that the Pages were reluctant to engage in any of the suggested activities and had made only half-hearted attempts at incorporating Native
American heritage into their lives.  Summer Page, they specifically noted, had testified that a dreamcatcher made by Lexi had “ended up in the trash.”

The Pages pointed out that they had joined the Autry Museum and had painted a wall in their kitchen “Navajo Blue.”  In the end, however, the panel wholly rejected the Pages’ argument that their efforts represented Lexi’s best interest.

“The Pages also do not—and in our view cannot—provide an adequate response to an issue raised most effectively by minor’s appellate counsel.  Even though they appear before the court by virtue of their status as de facto parents, the Page’s efforts to show good cause are motivated by their own interests,” wrote Kriegler.

“Minor’s counsel, not the Pages, has a legal and ethical obligation to represent Alexandria’s interests.  The Pages lack the right to assert Alexandria’s interests because Alexandria has her own counsel, who
represents her interests and also acts as her guardian ad litem.”

After the decision, Lexi’s Utah family issued the following statement:

“We respect the unanimous decision by the court of appeal justices. All who have been appointed to seek Lexi’s best interests—her court-appointed attorneys, guardian ad litem, social worker, the
Department of Children and Family Services, and the dependency court judges—have unanimously echoed that Lexi should be raised by her family.

“More than simply sharing a familial relation with us, Lexi has been a real part of our family since the moment her grandmother—our aunt—expressed her desire that we bring Lexi into our home. The
determination we felt since then, when Lexi had just been placed in her first foster home, has provided vital strength for our family as we have waited for the courts to untangle the details.

“We hope the appellate court’s ruling brings closure and finality to everyone involved, and Lexi is at last allowed to live a peaceful childhood in our home.”

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, an active party in the case from the beginning, supported the placement with the Utah relatives.

“The Choctaw Nation is pleased that the California District Court of Appeals has upheld the lower court’s decision to place Lexi with her extended family and sisters in Utah,” the tribe said in a statement. “This has been the tribe’s objective under the Indian Child Welfare Act for more than three years.

“We hope this puts an end to this needless litigation so Lexi can get on with her life.”

THE TASTE OF RACISM

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We have Endured and Persevered

Free Today: Cure For Ignorance and Indifference

How the law failed part-Choctaw girl and Santa Clarita family in custody battle
By Susan Shelley, LA Daily News

Ms Susan Shelley, in your attempt to help this Foster Family, you chose RACISM to get your reader’s attention and sympathetic to your cause.  ALL CANADIAN, NORTH AMERICAN, AND SOUTH AMERICAN ABORIGINAL PEOPLE SACRIFICE THEIR CHILDREN TO BAAL.  I choose not speak more on the subject of this IGNORANCE.

Ms Shelley, so many are INDIFFERENT to the very real RACISM Native People have endured for far too long.  This instance is just another time when Laws are ignored when Native People are involved.

A young girl’s mother had passed away when the girl was very young, and she was tormented by the thought of grave robbers disturbing her mother’s grave.  Years later, another Ms Shelley, Mary Shelly, wrote the story “Frankenstein”; she was the young girl, and grave robbing was a crime at that time as it is now.

In 2014, a Navajo Holy Warrior and three others traveled to Paris France, and were forced to buy back what was stolen from Navajo graves by GRAVE ROBBERS.

 Ms Shelley, You speak of a flawed and unconstitutional Federal law, the Indian Child Welfare Act, yet you stand and defend a corrupt system that does so much more harm to Children and Families than the little bit of good it might do at times.

I ask you, Ms Shelley, WHY, why are so many Native American Children in DHHS custody, when Native Americans are the true minority, yet the percentage of Native Young ones are much more than even the whites, who are reported more and yet their Children are not stolen.

The stats are said to be about the same among all races, according to DHHS.

I say this is just a tiny part of the untruths used by this corrupt, out-of-control agency.

When Women and Young Girls are sexually assaulted, DHHS says it is Family or someone close and known over 80% of the time.

Ms Shelley, when taking about every race, this is tainted data!  There are two races of people who have far different numbers, they are Native American and Alaskan Native.  When these Women and Young Girls are sexually assaulted, it is Family, or someone close and known less than 30% of the time.

Ms Shelley, do you know what this means?  This translates to over 70% of the time, other races come and sexually assault Our Women and Our Children!!!!

NOW, you were talking of FLAWED AND UNJUST LAWS, Native American Law Enforcement are only allowed to prosecute ones which live on the Rez, while very few are ever prosecuted by other Law Enforcement Agencies for what they have done to Native American Women and Children.

Lawmakers Fault HHS With Migrant Child Sexual Abuse

WASHINGTON  –  Migrant children in the government’s care fell prey to human trafficking after the Health and Human Services Department failed to protect them, according to a bipartisan congressional investigation released.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., stopped his line of questioning and left the hearing after saying that the witnesses were “the definition of non-cooperative.”

Kentucky Couple Shaken By False Child Abuse Calls

Hundreds of Child Abuse Hotline Calls Ignored in VA

AUGUSTA COUNTY, VA  –  A scathing investigation is putting Child Protective Services of Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro in the hot seat.

It all surrounds an investigative story published by The News Leader, which revealed hundreds of messages to the department’s child abuse line were, “ignored and erased.”

CPS Worker Found Guilty Of Official Oppression

These CPS workers conspired against at least 4 different Families, and manufactured EVIDENCE that subjected these Families to illegal search and seizure.  I believe we know just WHAT was illegally seized.

Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren’t Being Enforced

“SHAME ON U.S.”

Failings by All Three Branches of Our Federal Government Leave Abused and Neglected Children Vulnerable to Further Harm

Laws intended to protect children from abuse and neglect are not being properly enforced, and the federal government is to blame. That’s according to a study by the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, which says children are suffering as a result.

Elisa Weichel, a staff attorney with the Children’s Advocacy Institute, which published the report, says “When your data is flawed, every other part of your system is going to be flawed.”

Her group has found plenty of flaws.  The institute conducted a three-year study and found that not one state has met all of the minimum child welfare standards set by the federal government. Those standards include such things as timely investigation of reports of child abuse.  The institute blames Congress and the courts for failing to get involved.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which reviews state programs, declined to comment on the report.

But there’s broad agreement among those involved in child welfare that the system is in desperate need of repair.

When DHHS (CPS) is backed into a corner, they complain that they spend too much time filling out federal forms and trying to meet requirements that aren’t necessarily best for kids.  Instead, he says, they want flexibility on how to spend federal funds.

As usual, even though MILLION$$$$ of taxpayer Dollars are grossly mismanaged and a major number of high-priority cases go uninvestigated, they are going to tell us how overworked they are and how they would know just how to use the money to better benefit Children and Families.

The American Lemming, Racism, Corrupt Lawmakers, Children, Biased Media

Good Evening  Our Circle, WordPress, Google, Facebook, and every other lemming out there, this is Blackhorn and I’ve got my Tony Lama’s on, so let’s dance.

I’m calling the dance, so let’s start with a really big fancy club called the DA, and you got a coke machine across the street with the sign NON MEMBERS over the coke machine.

I dare all of you to start a status post where ever you are, then post it when we finish these few questions.
1st – What is your political affiliation?
2nd – Who are your elected Lawmakers in your district?

3rd – How many of you have posted signs saying Obama is America’s problem?
4th – How many of you think there is a racial problem in our Country? a: yes or no b: what color is the race treated so badly?
5th – How many think drugs are in the top 3 of America’s major problems?  If you answer yes, who is at fault
6th – How many of you posted a sign or a negative post about the illegal’s from Mexico?

7th – If I come from the middle east, with legal status, then start a business, is my tax rate the same as yours or higher?
8th – Is there 1 post or share on your page about Child Abuse?

I’m here tonight for 2 reasons, just a minute Friends, I want THEM to hear this too, so I set my Coca-Cola on that Coke machine and walk across the street and open that club door, and suddenly it’s quiet EVERY WHERE, why????  Because this is MY WORLD!!!!

I’m here for 2 reasons: I’m here to #2, Thank My Friends over at that Coke Machine for NOT BEING BLINDED BY THE SIGHT OF YOURSELF in the mirror, and not being DAs and being a member of THE DA CLUB.

Now lets see who belongs to that club: for right now #1&#2 no call,
#3
– MEMBERSHIP you DA.
#4 – a: no = DA
  b: red/Jewish = non mem, DA for others

#5 – no call
#6 – yes with 1 fail in 1-4 and fail 7 = DA
#7 – none = non mem
#8 – if no and fail 3 others = DA  yes = non mem

I know 75% of you failed, and probably 80% , there is still time to work diligently to remove the corrupt lawmakers, and especially the ones who do not vote for interests based on Our Values, laws against Children, Veterans, and Elderly. Raise the tariff on  all imports according to the same exchange as the corresponding country charges against Our Goods and wares.

The media is racial and biased. the post coming next is how the corrupt lawmakers keep Our Children as sex objects, and society buys into it, where men and women strive to look like Children.  The newsman in the video under reports the actual numbers for girls abused before their 18th birthday is 1 in 4, the newsman says 1 in 5.

You think this is unimportant, there were 686,000 reports of Child Maltreatment last year, you don’t think that is bad?  NOW, ONLY ABOUT ¼ of the offenses are reported, suddenly that number changes BY A WHOLE LOT, it jumps to 2,744,000.

There is time to change, but it must start NOW.  What is the new premium on your insurance policy????  THE CORRUPT LAWMAKERS SOLD US OUT TO THE INSURANCE COMPANYS.  Our Veterans are dying before they get treatment, THEY HAVE LET PHARMACEUTICALS, THE AMA, UTILITIES, and PAYOLA TO NON_AMERICANS!!!!