Child protective services

Child protective services

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Just wondering

Westland, MI

#1 Jun 1, 2007
Has anyone had experience with child protective services in lenawee county? What was the outcome? Just wondering...

Jackson, MI

#2 Dec 13, 2007
amy weir my ps worker was really tough but all she wanted was to make sure my kids were in good hands after three months i was off ps and running a better house hold!! she got me and my son counsling after my husband at the time held us up at gun point!! i am a happier person now and so are my kids if you do what ty ask they help and get out of your life but if you continue to do the things that your not suppose o i guess your kids arnt worth your time

“CPS Must Go.”

Since: Jan 08

Jackson, MI

#3 Feb 20, 2008
Copyright, 2004, Jackson Citizen Patriot. All Rights Reserved.
Jackson Citizen Patriot (MI)
September 19, 2003
Page: A1

girl, 17, faced
tragic hurdles

Larry O'Connor

Yatasha Bush's grandmother was murdered and her mother was in and out of foster homes. Staff Writer

When Yatasha Bush died, she was already on a perilous path previously traveled.
The slain girl's mother, Angie Chaney, spent her life in and out of foster care only to have seven children who also ended up in the child-welfare system.

To watch the cycle repeat itself - but with far more tragic consequences in Yatasha's case - was too difficult for relatives to handle.

"She did not have a chance from day one," said Stacy Lamontaine, 25, a cousin whose mother, Sharon, was an aunt to Yatasha. "When they were removed from the environment they were in, her life actually got worse."

On Thursday, a preliminary exam for Yatasha's boyfriend, Anthony "Tennessee" Hubbard, 40, of Jackson, who is charged in her death, was adjourned for two weeks.

Kathleen Rezmierski, an assistant prosecuting attorney, asked for the delay, because Detective Gary Schuette was testifying in a U.S. District Court case. They are awaiting the medical examiner's report.

A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m. Saturday at Harold O. Frye Funeral Home, 1608 Francis St.

Yatasha Bush, the 17-year-old whose badly decomposed body was discovered in a condemned E. Biddle Street house Aug. 28, spent nearly half of her life in foster care along with six siblings. She was reported missing July 16.

About eight years ago, Bush and her siblings were removed from their parents' home.

The family was living in squalor in Adrian, and several reports were made before the state Family Independence Agency responded, relatives said.
"The state knew about it but didn't do anything," said Debbie Ross, 42, of Brooklyn, who was the teen's aunt.
Relatives and friends fear for Yatasha's five siblings, most of whom are still in the state child welfare system.

“CPS Must Go.”

Since: Jan 08

Jackson, MI

#4 Feb 20, 2008
Part 2....

Yatasha's brothers' and sisters' whereabouts are unknown to relatives, which is largely due to the confidentiality involved in foster-care cases.
Moreover, relatives believe Yatasha's death could have been prevented.

They blame FIA and the Jackson social work agency that contracts with the state for not acting on complaints in Yatasha's case, which included her being involved in an abusive relationship with the accused.

"The death of any child is a tragedy in and of itself," said Nannette Bowler, FIA director, in a written statement. "This agency and our private agency partners do not take the cases of missing children lightly.(SURE THEY DON'T)

"We would never disregard the input and reports others may offer us regarding a child's safety." (YES YOU DID NANETTE UDOW)

Officials at Lutheran Social Services of Jackson, which oversaw Yatasha's welfare in the semi-independent living program she was in, declined comment.
Since the girl's disappearance and subsequent death, Yatasha's uncles, aunts and cousins say they've met continual roadblocks.

Stacy Lamontaine recalled one frustrating conversation with an FIA social worker in Lenawee County, which was where Yatasha's family lived when the children were removed.

"She said,'Where were you five years ago?' " Lamontaine said.

A family friend, who adopted two of Yatasha's aunts, knows the girl's younger brother, Eddie, was living in the Jackson area. Yatasha's older brother, Robert, was last seen in Pontiac. Other siblings, including twin brothers believed to be separated, are scattered throughout the state.

"We can't bring back Tasha," Sharon Lamontaine said. "My focus is on those surviving children."

In addition to her niece, Lamontaine saw firsthand what constant upheaval did to her sister and Yatasha's mother.

At age 2, Yatasha's mother, Angie Chaney, was placed into foster care after her mother and Yatasha's grandmother, Carolyn Jean Savage, was murdered by a boyfriend in Los Angeles in April 1968.
Chaney's maternal grandmother in Westland could afford only to take in three of the four orphaned girls.

So Chaney, like her daughter, found herself shuttled in and out of foster homes before she became a ward of the state. Until she was 5, Chaney had contact with her three siblings. When she was institutionalized, though, all family contact was severed by social workers, her half-sister said.

"Angie never had a fair shake in life," Sharon Lamontaine said, "where we (her three sisters) had a little more of a family values upbringing."
The sisters didn't see Angie again until she was in her teens.

After several years, Debbie Ross recalled bumping into her younger sister in Jackson. Angie Chaney already had two children, Robert and Yatasha.

Relatives remembered the two-bedroom apartment the family shared in Adrian, where five children slept on a single mattress.
"She really didn't know how to raise kids," Debbie Ross said. "She was abused herself."
Angie Chaney, who left for Florida about a month ago, tried to get in touch with her children.
For the first time in eight years, the mother saw her daughter in March, said Jerry Soma, a family friend. Before then, the mother and daughter had only spoken on the phone.

With Soma's help, Angie Chaney also tracked down her oldest child who was living in Pontiac. The mother's visit shocked Robert.

"We drove out there and Robert said to her,'That stupid social worker told me you were dead,' " Soma said.

“CPS Must Go.”

Since: Jan 08

Jackson, MI

#5 Feb 20, 2008
Bad Caseworkers, courts, lawyers, agencies, advocates etc... Central Registry.

It's time to name names and hold them accountable. Too many abuses in the system and children are suffering for it.

Posters agree that by posting on the registry that they can verify their claims and are responsible for their own content.

Detroit, MI

#6 Sep 24, 2009
amy weir/fulerton is doing an investagation on me and my daughter right now it has been open for the past 8mon.

Montgomery, AL

#7 Jan 12, 2011
Yatasha is my sister!!!

Eau Claire, WI

#8 Jun 20, 2011
My experience has been that men are guilty. Lenawee CPS and Judge Sheridan ignore blaring facts to the contrary and even allow blatant concrete perjury go unpunished if it is a female "victim". Especially when they allow the female victimizer to evade the consequences of her actions.
StateSanctionedK idnapping

Portland, TN

#9 Sep 19, 2011
Whistle Blowers Lawyers and Judges Speek Out against State Sactioned Kidnapping! See this Link to Documentry! Your Just one Call Away From Having Your Children Taken Away!

Since: Jun 09

Unionville, TN

#10 Nov 22, 2011
How else would they fund the judicial courts of Adrian other than to consider all men as guilty as they are in most cases the bread winner. More money can be extracted from the bread winner than can be extracted from the silent partner. They must keep the wheels of justice rolling rather than tightening they're respective belts. Far be it for the courts and employees to take a pay cut in these already tough times.
none of your business

Adrian, MI

#11 Jul 12, 2012
Although admittingly CPS DOES do ALOT of good, they also ruin lives, hurt children, mothers and yes even fathers they destroy relationships remove children from home WITHOUT reasonable cause then get to court with MISINFORMATION and they admit they have MISINFORMATION then go for reunification where they return children to where they took them from to begin with. Then in court they say there was NEVER any abuse to our children EVER and they are healthy and developing just fine. They take the kids in a blink of an eye but then after they make a mistake they take their time of returning children home. It makes me sick that this is the society that we live in that we actually do NEED these CPS workers and that EVERYONE they meet is an animal, is an abuser, is a wife beater even though there is zero history of any kind........Just plain sick.
helpless mom

Huntington, IN

#12 Nov 12, 2012
I believe cps here is very unfair.they go in court without knowing the whole story.Put my 6 yr old little boy in a home with a drug abuser and drunk and seen no problem with it.i was told he can be a drug addict and drug.If I cant prove it hurts my son he can do all the drugs he wants..i am fighting for my son now.Amy Fullerton said to me on phone.If I get my son back she wld see I have him taken again!!!What kind of person is she .She never offered any classes or help for me so sad.She dont know me.Had no problem putting him in a home with a father with 2 drunk driveings with in 10 months of each other.this is unbelievible!!!!!has 4 drug charges also.How do I fight a person like this with her on his side????I have not seen my son in 6 months or tlkd on phone to him.I love my son with everything I have and will never give up ever!!!!!

Harlem, GA

#13 Jun 14, 2013
Yatasha Bush Te-Te was my bff we lived together God took her and left me. RIP

Detroit, MI

#14 Dec 6, 2015
Karlita wrote:
Yatasha is my sister!!!
Hey karlita yatasha your sister was my best friend im sorry for your loss how is rollica doing..we was at lakeside treatment facility together in kalamazoo

Detroit, MI

#15 Dec 6, 2015
Cassandra wrote:
Yatasha Bush Te-Te was my bff we lived together God took her and left me. RIP
Hey that was my bestfriend first lol😢😢 😢

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