Massachusetts D.S.S. Gets Nearly Failing Grade

Apr 30, 2008 | Posted by: sri yantra | Full story: www.cbs3springfield.com

It's been over two years since Haleigh Poutre entered Massachusetts Department of Social Services custody, and clutching her daughters' picture is as close as biological mother, Allison Avrett, can get to her.

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Debra Baggett

Northampton, MA

#1 May 4, 2008
It comes as no surprise that DSS keeps most information secret. Not for the protection of the child - but to cover the horrible things they do and allow to be done to children in their care.
If you read the report cited at the bottom of the article you will see that they only talk about providing death information. How many thousands, yes thousands, of children are harmed while in the "care and protection." of the state.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out: If a drug is on the market that causes grave harm to one out of the clients it serves - it would be jerked from the market and it would be - because there is a fed agency that captures this information and puts it out there.
My son has been taken by DSS for almost two years. DSS has long ago realized that no one could have done a better job in parenting him and decided to finally send him home - but shortly before this started - he was removed from his foster home because the foster father was accused of being sexually inappropriate with another child in the home.
Problem is, they left him in this home for 51 more days. Another problem, DSS has previously filed similar abuse allegations on this same foster home. They drank heavily, kept loaded guns in the home and available to children, they both smoked 2 packs of cigarettes (each), they faught amoung themselves , kept a filthy home with numerous pets even though my son <Jubal Heath Baggett> had asthma and was exacerbated by the bet dander.
But the most OUTRAGEOUS thing about this is that they, as an agency, conspired to keep it secret.
Mass Law requires that they report the incident to the DA's office, and they did not.
A news writer called their spocesman Deniese Montiero and she told him that there was no incidence of sexual abuse in the home.
They stood in court and lied to the Judge and told the judge that there were not allegations of sexual abuse in the home.
I guess they just never thought that I would get a copy of their 51a/B abuse report where it clearly stated that the foster father was exposing himself to the girl and asking her to $U<x his private. And that he stayed drunk? and it goes on and on.
But these things are never open to the public. Never. But parents that have their child taken from them and traded like chattel to foster homes at a rate of 75 to 100 per DAY for special needs children, tell another story.
The children that come out of foster care and succeed are few and far between. This system is broken and when you do more harm than good, you are doing harm - period.
You may call me - I am listed in Northampton.
unknow

Pittsfield, MA

#2 Jun 13, 2008
I happen to know Deborah pretty well and personally she is right about the system, BUT She also has several problems herself that are very unpretty !!!! She needs to get some major help!!
Debra Baggett

Pittsfield, MA

#3 Aug 8, 2008
So, to add to the previous post -

In Jubal's most recent medical records while in DSS custody, he reported A MULTITUDE of times that his former foster parents locked him in a closet - and guess what - DSS did not even investigate. Better yet - they heard a little boy tell them that the foster parent did this and they did not even file a 51A. See, its like this, if a parent makes even a slight mistake, they can loose their children. DSS selected foster parents can rape, beat and starve these children (happens all the time) and DSS looks the other way.
This system of "Care and Protection" is a joke. They care and protect their jobs! As long as I breath, I will do everything in my power to bring about an overhaul. They have my child - so until he is 18 I have nothing more important in my life than to see that our experience counted for something.
Isaac

East Providence, RI

#4 Sep 10, 2008
unknow wrote:
I happen to know Deborah pretty well and personally she is right about the system, BUT She also has several problems herself that are very unpretty !!!! She needs to get some major help!!
I have a situation with D.S.S. in Springfield, Ma. Ivette Hernandez a social worker put my son Nathan in Providence, Behavioral Hospital for crisis. The only crisis was that his stepfather threatened/aggrivated the mother. And the other 3 kids were taken but given back except my son. I am very disgusted.
Isaac

East Providence, RI

#5 Sep 10, 2008
Does anybody know how I can help my kids mother get custody back of my son Nathan? How can I get the court to get him out of Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke,MA.?
Allie

Gloucester, MA

#6 Oct 1, 2008
how old do you have to be to get taken by the dss
Observer

Springfield, MA

#7 Oct 4, 2008
Isaac wrote:
Does anybody know how I can help my kids mother get custody back of my son Nathan? How can I get the court to get him out of Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke,MA.?
You need a GOOD attorney. But...they don't come cheap. I've heard that there is one down around Hamden Street in downtown Springfield, but I don't remember his name.

You might try calling a lawyer. Perhaps they can refer you to him. GOOD LUCK!

Since: Oct 08

Worcester, MA

#8 Oct 24, 2008
Debra, I can sure relate to you! I'm sorry you and your son have been through the wringer at the hands of DSS. My now 3 year old son and I have too. I'm going through a TPR trial, as we speak. My baby, Jason, was taken from me in December. The reason has changed many times. First they took him and put him in "respite" for the weekend. That weekend is still going on and now I'm going to lose him. The reasons are rediculous and extremely frivolous. I never abused him. I never neglected him. I love the ground he walks on, and even though he's been away from me 10+ months, he knows it!
Yes, everything is a big secret. That way, when they go to terminate your parental rights, you have no clue what you're defending yourself against, if you are unfortuanate enough, like me, to have things get that out of hand. It sucks, to say the very least. I learned, after the fact, that my son, who has a speech delay, was placed in a predominantly spanish speaking home. Imagine how frightening and traumatic that must've been for my poor baby? You want to fight? So do I. How can we get together and do something about DCF and their crimes against humanity? Anyone who has experience with this, please, let's talk and see what we can do.
mommy7

Fall River, MA

#9 Nov 21, 2008
I am a former foster parent this whole system needs repair.I feel for the parents who have there children taken by these criminals and thats what they are. The courts seem to agree with everyone fron DSS even when there wrong.I was a very good foster home but as a foste parent I have seen so much abuse at the hands of these social workers they feel as if they are god but lets investigate there hoSee if they drink even sociallymes and see if they are perfect.
bchang07

Sagamore Beach, MA

#10 Nov 23, 2008
god well be with you all,I sorry to hear that each child has been take from a loving family to some foster parent thatthey don't even know. yes,I deep feel for everybody. As a parent we love our kids so much but when dss take them it like so hard. My five has been taking away from me by dss and it like they took pice of my heart.
Now my oldest daugther is not even in school.please help me if anyone has gone through my pain.I can affor a good layer because it cost alot.please could anyone give adives to help me.you could reach at bao_chang07@yahoo.com thanks
bchang07

Sagamore Beach, MA

#11 Nov 23, 2008
god well be with you all,I sorry to hear that each child has been take from a loving family to some foster parent that they don't even know. yes,I deep feel for everybody. As a parent we love our kids so much but when dss take them it like so hard. My five kids has been taking away from me by dss and it like they took pice of my heart.
Now my oldest daugther is not even in school.please help me if anyone has gone through my pain.I can affor a good layer because it cost alot.please could anyone give adives to help me.you could reach at bao_chang07@yahoo.com thanks
holly

Westfield, MA

#12 Dec 14, 2008
Allie wrote:
how old do you have to be to get taken by the dss
you can be any age, from a newborn to eighteen, unless you want them to pay for college then it's around twenty one.
mark

Jamaica Plain, MA

#13 Jan 26, 2009
you think you have stories. call us, we will fill you in. we need help, our 3 yr. old was taken amongst false allegations. since,he has been bitten severely in the head by a foster parents dog, which was checked by vet, and determined prior by dss that it was safe. the injury required40 or more stitches to close. he was bitten at temple on left side. they still have custody with no, not one confirmation of abuse or neglect. every time trial time for adjudication comes up, amazingly something happens and dss delays once again. we have atty's, but there seems to be no loophole of any kind to get in front of a judge. please somone help.. only other alternative is the media...and that is risky...
MAD DOG 27

Palmer, MA

#14 Feb 11, 2009
HI EVERYONE I AM GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING NOW WELL I AM NOT MY SISTER IN LAW IS ALTHOUGH II HAVE DEALT WITH THEM IN THE PAST THEY SUCK AND MOST OF THE SOCIAL WORKERS DONT EVEN HAVE CHILDREN THEMSELVES AND THEY JUDGE SOMEONE ELSE .THERE IS AN AWESOME WEBSITE ON DSS ITS CALLED MASSOUTRAGE.COM THE KEY IS DONT LET THEM IN YOUR HOUSE NO WAY NO HOW .ONCE THERE IN ITS ALL OVER YOU ARE GIVING THEM YOUR CHILDREN AND PLAYING RT INTO THERE HANDS .THEY WILL TWIST YOUR WORDS AND FIND YOU AT YOUR WEEKEST MOMENT WHEN THEY DONT CARE ABOUT YOU THEY ONLY WANT YOUR CHILDREN SO THEY SCORE POINTS MASSACHUSEETES HAS THE HIGHEST CHILD ABUSE RATE OF ANY OTHER STATE .CHILDREN ARE JUST A RACKETT TO THEM .HELP YOURSELF DONT LET THEM IN AND SAY NOTHING THEY HAVE NO POWER UNLESS YOU GIVE IT TO THEM BY HAVING DIARRAH OF THE MOUTH.THEY CANT COME IN YOUR HOUSE UNLESS YOU LET THEM IN .IF A COP CANT COME IN YOUR HOUSE W/O A SEARCH WARRANT WHAT MAKES YOU THINK DSS CAN THEY CANT I CAN BE REACHED AT REDSOXROCKS33@HOTMAIL.COM
patti

Jacksonville, FL

#15 Feb 13, 2009
Debbra,
Please contact me. I need your advice.
velveteen924@yahoo.com
amj

United States

#16 Apr 6, 2009
If you are smart enough ---you might want to become a paralegal/legal assistant. Go to school for it.
Many college's offer it- ELMS, WESTFIELD STATE,
STCC etc. get a job in a law firm- rub elbows
with good lawyers and you can fight the SYSTEM
of TOTAL INJUSTICE.....

If you are smart enough become a lawyer, go after
DSS and or the social worker- they are in a union but you can sue a social worker personally.

GO to law school and LEARN.
Ginger Roberson

Birmingham, AL

#17 Apr 30, 2009
Dear Jason's Mom, I'm not Debra Baggett but her sister. I feel so sorry for you, do you have Jason back yet? Sometimes I feel as though we are fighting the system all on our own. What really puzzles me about Jubal, is the fact DDS did not attempt to contact other immediate family members. Keep in touch with me. Debra should be going to trial soon, and I intend to fly back to MA in support of her. I would like to speak to you via email or tele. My email address is gingroberson@yahoo.com, and when you email me I shall give you my telephone number.
In the hands of Jesus, Ginger
Ginger Roberson

Birmingham, AL

#18 Apr 30, 2009
Allie wrote:
how old do you have to be to get taken by the dss
A Child Can Be Took From The Mother From The Time Of Birth Up To The Age Of 18. For example, if a child was born with a drug addiction. This would be all the evidence that DDS would need to take the newborn child directly from the hospital.
Ginger Roberson

Birmingham, AL

#19 Apr 30, 2009
Please contact me. gingroberson@yahoo.com
I am Debra Baggett's Sister.
MAD DOG 27 wrote:
HI EVERYONE I AM GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING NOW WELL I AM NOT MY SISTER IN LAW IS ALTHOUGH II HAVE DEALT WITH THEM IN THE PAST THEY SUCK AND MOST OF THE SOCIAL WORKERS DONT EVEN HAVE CHILDREN THEMSELVES AND THEY JUDGE SOMEONE ELSE .THERE IS AN AWESOME WEBSITE ON DSS ITS CALLED MASSOUTRAGE.COM THE KEY IS DONT LET THEM IN YOUR HOUSE NO WAY NO HOW .ONCE THERE IN ITS ALL OVER YOU ARE GIVING THEM YOUR CHILDREN AND PLAYING RT INTO THERE HANDS .THEY WILL TWIST YOUR WORDS AND FIND YOU AT YOUR WEEKEST MOMENT WHEN THEY DONT CARE ABOUT YOU THEY ONLY WANT YOUR CHILDREN SO THEY SCORE POINTS MASSACHUSEETES HAS THE HIGHEST CHILD ABUSE RATE OF ANY OTHER STATE .CHILDREN ARE JUST A RACKETT TO THEM .HELP YOURSELF DONT LET THEM IN AND SAY NOTHING THEY HAVE NO POWER UNLESS YOU GIVE IT TO THEM BY HAVING DIARRAH OF THE MOUTH.THEY CANT COME IN YOUR HOUSE UNLESS YOU LET THEM IN .IF A COP CANT COME IN YOUR HOUSE W/O A SEARCH WARRANT WHAT MAKES YOU THINK DSS CAN THEY CANT I CAN BE REACHED AT REDSOXROCKS33@HOTMAIL.COM
Ginger Roberson

Birmingham, AL

#20 Apr 30, 2009
Yes, my sister Debra Baggett is smart enough. This has really been a fight for the entire family and someday someone will pay for their errs. If not in this life, but the next. I am attempting to contract people that know of my sister's circumstances and arrange to talk with the asap. My sister will be going to trial in the near future in Chicopee. The entire family from 5 different states will be there, and hopefully the folks such as yourself also. Contact me at gingroberson@yahoo.com
amj wrote:
If you are smart enough ---you might want to become a paralegal/legal assistant. Go to school for it.
Many college's offer it- ELMS, WESTFIELD STATE,
STCC etc. get a job in a law firm- rub elbows
with good lawyers and you can fight the SYSTEM
of TOTAL INJUSTICE.....
If you are smart enough become a lawyer, go after
DSS and or the social worker- they are in a union but you can sue a social worker personally.
GO to law school and LEARN.

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