Virginia Family Files Lawsuit Over Fo...

Virginia Family Files Lawsuit Over Foster Care Ordeal

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what would you do

Milan, TN

#1 Mar 6, 2011
The Dinwiddie family’s foster care nightmare began when their 16-year-old son decided to surreptitiously slip out of the house to have a night on the town.
Imagine how delighted Fred and his wife Michelle must have been the following morning when agents of the Giles County Department of Social Services arrived at 5 A.M. with officers of the Giles County Sheriffs Department in tow. Imagine also their delight at being arrested for felony abandonment, even as their other children were removed from their home.
Their son, you see, had told the police that he’d been kicked out of his home. He later recanted, and the Dinwiddie family was found not guilty on the abandonment charge. Nevertheless, DSS saw fit to hold their children in foster care for eight months.
Fred and Michelle later received copies of interviews detailing how DSS had questioned first their two older boys together, and then the two younger ones together.
“The difference in the two interviews was like night and day. The younger children told the truth and said what we have been saying all along even when they were obviously trying to trick the children with ambiguous questions,” Fred explains.
With respect to the two older brothers, interviewers had managed, by some means, to produce a 65-page transcript, notwithstanding that the interview reportedly only took 4 minutes to complete.
To be sure, no case against a family would be complete without allegations of sexual abuse. Naturally, these accusations arose out of sessions with a therapist that one of the daughters was compelled to attend. This led to several charges being filed, all of which were ultimately dropped in the complete absence of corroborating evidence.
Vindication may have at long last arrived for the family in the form of a recent court filing, Dinwiddie et al v. Giles County, Virginia Department of Social Services et al. Case no: 7:2011cv00008, filed January 7, 2011, the venue being the Virginia Western District Court, Roanoke Office, the Honorable Samuel G. Wilson presiding.
Naturally, the case arises as a Section 1983 action, which alleges a conspiracy to deprive the Dinwiddie family of their civil rights.
The Defendants include:
Amy Bishop, Phil Blankenbeckler, Linda Boggs, Braley and Thompson, Mike Dobbins, Sergeant Scott Dunn, Captain Michael Falls, Katherine Flaughrety, Doug Fleming, Laureen Fleming, Giles County Sheriff’S Office, Giles County, Virginia Department of Social Services, Anita Goodwin, Detective Ron Hamlin, Glenn Harris, Jennifer Harris, Sandi Hodges, Hope Tree Family Services, Rebecca Hughes, Darrell Hunley, Oma McReynolds, NRV Community Services, Sherri Nipper, Virginia Quaid, Jeff Ryan, Rhonda Ryan, Hattie Savage, Greg Schlake, Officer Mark Skidmore and Jean Williams.
what would you do

Milan, TN

#2 Mar 6, 2011
It would be two months before the couple would get their first visit with their children, and another two months for their second.

Naturally, DSS spit the children up in various homes, and, up to two-half hours away from their home.

And, at one point during the lengthy and protracted legal proceedings, Fred and Michelle were ordered to pay $360 a month in child support to offset the costs of their oldest daughter’s care.

“They shopped for therapists and doctors (who weren’t even licensed in Virginia) to diagnose our children with disorders and to tell a judge their biased opinion that the children were better in foster care and doing well. What they did not tell the judge was that VDSS workers and workers from Braley and Thompson and Commonwealth Catholic Charities were bribing our children and when that didn’t work they resorted to threats and intimidation as well as physical, emotional, and sexual abuse by foster parents and workers,” Fred explains in one of his web postings.

Some of the highlights of the Dinwiddie childrens rescue into state care include:

The 14-year-old was fed rice and turkey daily, left in the car everywhere the foster family went, and was threatened and abused by an 18 year old foster child.
The 10-year-old child was squeezed so hard by the foster father that he had a mark on his stomach for months. He was also isolated in the middle of his room for hours on end, while allowed no contact with his sister – who shared the same foster home.
The 12-year-old daughter had her hair pulled out by her foster father as he was trying to hit her brother while driving. He reportedly almost ran off the road as he did so.
The 17-year-old child was made to work for 7 different foster families without pay. He was also strip searched, repeatedly harassed, and called a “Nazi” by his foster mom and other children. He also went for eight months with an infected toe without medical treatment, and, he was beaten in school after being placed in a group home. He wound up in four different schools over the period of his eight months in care.
The older daughter attempted suicide 2-3 times, and had to have her stomach pumped, after which she was committed for a week to Lynchburg Hospital, where her dosage of Lexapro – a drug that is known to induce suicidal thoughts and behaviors – was quadrupled.
mom

Roanoke, VA

#3 Mar 7, 2011
i am currently involved in a case with CPS with whome Amy Bishop is working. If you could know anything about her and the CPS agency for giles ect., I would appreceate it if you could forward the information to me. My email is [email protected]
what would you do

Milan, TN

#4 Apr 17, 2011
mom wrote:
i am currently involved in a case with CPS with whome Amy Bishop is working. If you could know anything about her and the CPS agency for giles ect., I would appreceate it if you could forward the information to me. My email is [email protected]
All you have to do is google either her name or the plaintiffs names or even the defendants names to garner a wealth of information that will help you in your case. I can't speak about her personally.

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