garrett's law-what do you know?

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new to town

Paragould, AR

#1 Nov 7, 2009
am new to Paragould, and saw something about this Garrett's law. Kind of know the overview, but what is the background story to this?
single chick

Paragould, AR

#2 Nov 7, 2009
new to town wrote:
am new to Paragould, and saw something about this Garrett's law. Kind of know the overview, but what is the background story to this?
some girl (i think named rocky) got pregnant and she was a meth addict and refused to quit even though she was pregnant. she had the baby ,it was addicted to meth and ended up dying so now they test pregnant women for drugs, they take their kids away from them at the hospital if the mom or baby test positive now. The baby's name was GARRETT!!!
guest

Paragould, AR

#3 Nov 8, 2009
she had twins. one lived. her name is Makayla. She is still having complications from this.
noher

Mountain Home, AR

#4 Nov 8, 2009
this person don't know what their talking about involving names. She still has her kid and by the way the boy lived. You should be ashamed saying something like that they started the law in misiouri to begin with due to kids being born addicted to drugs but that wasn't her case. you have to be a cold hearted p.o.s. to even write that not knowing your facts.
gUeSt

Paragould, AR

#5 Nov 8, 2009
noher wrote:
this person don't know what their talking about involving names. She still has her kid and by the way the boy lived. You should be ashamed saying something like that they started the law in misiouri to begin with due to kids being born addicted to drugs but that wasn't her case. you have to be a cold hearted p.o.s. to even write that not knowing your facts.
No she doesn't still have the boy, he is buried in Linwood Cemetery, I see his grave every day. They did NOT start the law in Missouri, Garrett's grandmother went to Little Rock and helped get this law passed. You need to check your facts before YOU call someone a P.O.S....
Cowboy

Paragould, AR

#6 Nov 8, 2009
Garrett's law started in Arkansas - from a grandmother trying to get custody of her grandhchild due to the mother's use of drugs.
The law's namesake is from here in Greene County.
Guest

Belden, MS

#7 Nov 8, 2009
I have a beautiful 2 yr old boy that was a product of Garretts Law. The Mother tried to escape the law by going to Missouri to have her child knowing she had done Meth prior to going into labor. The baby tested positive and DHS was called. Mother never tried to get baby back. Garretts Law was started by a Grandmother who lost on grandchild and another has complications due to drug addiction. It's a Great and much needed Law.
Nurse

Russellville, AR

#8 Nov 8, 2009
I am a labor and delivery nurse. I want to clear up a few comments made about Garrett's Law. The baby boy that is the reason for the law passed away. He is buried in Linwood Cemetery. We do not test every pregnant woman and take their babies away. We do test a woman if she shows signs of drug use. Some women openly admit it. Meth is so rampant nowadays and there are many pregnant addicts. If Mom tests positive the child abuse hotline is notified and a case is opened. If the infant test positive after delivery then DHS comes to evaluate the situation. Not all infants are taken away, it depends on the caseworker, and if they have a foster home to place the infant in. Sadly there aren't enough foster parents to place the infants with. After the court hearing many of the children are placed back in their homes. If people choose drugs then they don't need to bring a child into this world. So many addicts make the comment that their baby will be ok or they know someone who had a crack baby and it's fine. These babies may be breathing but developmentally they usually have severe problems. It's sickening to know these kids will be placed back in their drug ridden homes due to lack of foster care available.
Nope

Little Rock, AR

#9 Nov 9, 2009
noher wrote:
this person don't know what their talking about involving names. She still has her kid and by the way the boy lived. You should be ashamed saying something like that they started the law in misiouri to begin with due to kids being born addicted to drugs but that wasn't her case. you have to be a cold hearted p.o.s. to even write that not knowing your facts.
Actually, You are the one mistaken. Garrett and his twin sister were born to a woman who did meth during her pregnancy. He did die shortly after birth, in 2005 I believe. He is buried in the cemetery by the hospital. Has a bench and an angel by his plot. His grandmother fought very hard to have this law passed. This law does have its flaws but is a step in the right direction.
new to town

Paragould, AR

#10 Nov 9, 2009
Thanks for the info....I also saw the grave site and I was wondering what it was all about. I do agree that something should be done about people that have babies addicted to any drug. Cannot imagine sending a small child home with a mom that cannot stop using even for 9 mos. They should take it one step further to cigarettes too!!!!!!!!!!
gUeSt

Paragould, AR

#11 Nov 12, 2009
I also work at a hospital and have contact with newborns.....the worst thing that I have ever seen was a baby that was born addicted to "something"...I don't really know what he/she was addicted to, but it was something. All the baby could do was cry, and cry, and cry, and cry...the poor thing was "miserable"...and there was NOTHING that could be done to help him/her. If that wasn't bad enough...."mother" was in her room "requesting"....no, DEMANDING pain injections every 4 hours ! Yep, for 4 days, she never even saw that baby, didn't care what was going on...she had something that was helping her get through some of her "withdrawal"...where as, that poor baby had nothing to help it. It was terrible. I don't know if they let that baby go home with "mother" and I don't know if either were tested...but, I do know that was very upsetting.
CNA

Nevada, TX

#12 Nov 12, 2009
Nurse wrote:
I am a labor and delivery nurse. I want to clear up a few comments made about Garrett's Law. The baby boy that is the reason for the law passed away. He is buried in Linwood Cemetery. We do not test every pregnant woman and take their babies away. We do test a woman if she shows signs of drug use. Some women openly admit it. Meth is so rampant nowadays and there are many pregnant addicts. If Mom tests positive the child abuse hotline is notified and a case is opened. If the infant test positive after delivery then DHS comes to evaluate the situation. Not all infants are taken away, it depends on the caseworker, and if they have a foster home to place the infant in. Sadly there aren't enough foster parents to place the infants with. After the court hearing many of the children are placed back in their homes. If people choose drugs then they don't need to bring a child into this world. So many addicts make the comment that their baby will be ok or they know someone who had a crack baby and it's fine. These babies may be breathing but developmentally they usually have severe problems. It's sickening to know these kids will be placed back in their drug ridden homes due to lack of foster care available.
I wish all "mothers" were tested at each doctors appointment these poor babies don't deserve the kind of life a druggie will give them. My thoughts and prayers are with these innocent babies.
health insurance

Carlisle, AR

#13 Nov 12, 2009
noher wrote:
this person don't know what their talking about involving names. She still has her kid and by the way the boy lived. You should be ashamed saying something like that they started the law in misiouri to begin with due to kids being born addicted to drugs but that wasn't her case. you have to be a cold hearted p.o.s. to even write that not knowing your facts.
You are wrong. Garrett was the childs name who past. I worked with the grandmother. She has taken ballons to his grave on what should be his birthday. Sad story for all!!!
Correction

Walnut Ridge, AR

#14 Nov 12, 2009
DHS does not base placing a child in foster care on whether or not there is a foster home for that child. If a child needs to be removed for their health/safety then the child will be removed from the parents, foster home or not. Arrangements can be made for a place for a child to stay if they need to be removed.
Nurse

Russellville, AR

#15 Nov 15, 2009
Correction wrote:
DHS does not base placing a child in foster care on whether or not there is a foster home for that child. If a child needs to be removed for their health/safety then the child will be removed from the parents, foster home or not. Arrangements can be made for a place for a child to stay if they need to be removed.
That is what alot of people think but i work in labor and delivery and i know that many times depending on the drugs the mother uses, depends on whether or not DHS takes the infants. Many of them end up back in the home because there isn't foster homes to place them in. i work it every day.
knowing

United States

#16 Nov 15, 2009
I am a foster parent and now that i have been through the process I know why more people are not foster parents or end up quiting. So many classes, paperwork, and visits to your home. Getting a call for a child and not knowing anything about them for weeks at a time. Or if you do know about them an then the court system decides to send the kids back 2 or 3 times before terminating the rights. It is very hard to a foster parent, extremely exhausting. A foster parent has to do more then the parents do. Then every year you have to take more classes and fill out more paper work. So many rules and regulations to follow. But to tell you the truth it is well worth it to me an my husband just to see a child or teenager get things from you that they have never received before, down to the smallest things like a name brand shirt or out to eat a chuck e cheese, Or just letting them know that they are loved and seeing the look on their face when they realize that no matter what they are not alone and always have somewhere to go. In the long run I know that I will know that I helped some kids that would have never had a chance and I will be repaid for opening my home and my heart.
knowing

United States

#17 Nov 15, 2009
www.fosterarkansas.org/
This website will answer some of your questions and also give you a place to fill out is you are interested in being a foster parent or maybe just adopt. If you adopt you chose the child you want the the state pays for a the legal process.

Level 1

Since: Aug 08

Little Rock, AR

#18 Nov 16, 2009
What a sad story. Now it's illegal for a woman to introduce drugs to her unborn child that results in its death.

But, its okay for an abortionist to introduce drugs to her unborn child that results in its death.

Such inconsistency.
BumperCrop

Jonesboro, AR

#19 Nov 16, 2009
America 1st wrote:
What a sad story. Now it's illegal for a woman to introduce drugs to her unborn child that results in its death.
But, its okay for an abortionist to introduce drugs to her unborn child that results in its death.
Such inconsistency.
You make such a good point.
Nurse

Russellville, AR

#20 Nov 16, 2009
knowing wrote:
I am a foster parent and now that i have been through the process I know why more people are not foster parents or end up quiting. So many classes, paperwork, and visits to your home. Getting a call for a child and not knowing anything about them for weeks at a time. Or if you do know about them an then the court system decides to send the kids back 2 or 3 times before terminating the rights. It is very hard to a foster parent, extremely exhausting. A foster parent has to do more then the parents do. Then every year you have to take more classes and fill out more paper work. So many rules and regulations to follow. But to tell you the truth it is well worth it to me an my husband just to see a child or teenager get things from you that they have never received before, down to the smallest things like a name brand shirt or out to eat a chuck e cheese, Or just letting them know that they are loved and seeing the look on their face when they realize that no matter what they are not alone and always have somewhere to go. In the long run I know that I will know that I helped some kids that would have never had a chance and I will be repaid for opening my home and my heart.
I commend you for opening your heart and your home to these poor kids who didn't choose to be in the situations they are in. I do believe that those who help others are rewarding in some way. Others that choose drugs instead of caring for their children should grow up and take responsibility for their actions. It makes me sick to send some of these children back into a terrible situation due to lack of foster homes to place these children in. Its a sad situation that needs a solution. God bless you!

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