Corruption of the CYS in Pennsylvania

Corruption of the CYS in Pennsylvania

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Since: Jun 10

Morrisdale, PA

#1 Jun 16, 2010
Its very disturbing to see what has become of the Family services and also the CYS of Pennsylvania, Take Potter county for instance, they try to take a Perfectly healthy and safe child out of a loving home. if they can't they keep trying even lying about things. also when A child is abused, living in a house that didn't even have four walls to the bathroom, just a sheet, they didn't do anything, Why? because the father of one of the parents was able to Buy them off. This is really rediculus. I swear they get off on causing trama to these kids that are safe. they are crooks plane and simple. and Tioga county is even worse, A man can Have sex with his daughter who is under age, and they KNOW about it, and they do nothing about it. He's Molesting his daughter and they do absolutly nothing to stop it. This is a rediculus state we live in. signed Heartbroken198331
Just Me

Binghamton, NY

#2 Jun 19, 2010
Heartbroken198331 wrote:
Its very disturbing to see what has become of the Family services and also the CYS of Pennsylvania, Take Potter county for instance, they try to take a Perfectly healthy and safe child out of a loving home. if they can't they keep trying even lying about things. also when A child is abused, living in a house that didn't even have four walls to the bathroom, just a sheet, they didn't do anything, Why? because the father of one of the parents was able to Buy them off. This is really rediculus. I swear they get off on causing trama to these kids that are safe. they are crooks plane and simple. and Tioga county is even worse, A man can Have sex with his daughter who is under age, and they KNOW about it, and they do nothing about it. He's Molesting his daughter and they do absolutly nothing to stop it. This is a rediculus state we live in. signed Heartbroken198331
I agree with you 100% Potter County CYS needs a overhaul. They rip families apart & abuse their positions. They alter records & outright lie. I never understood how the Head of CYS has her husbands law firm represent CYS. To me this is a conflict of interest. Thank God he lost the election to be judge. The caseworkers that I know shouldn't be working with families they have more issues then their clients. Privacy is another thing that's not followed by the law. They discuss other peoples cases with other families. I wrote, called, e-mailed Harrisburg numerous times about this CYS office. I finally chalked it up that Potter County is a burden to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania & not worth cleaning up.
cause22

Huntingdon, PA

#3 Jul 4, 2010
exactly... look at the commissioners in office... it sickens me to think of the things they get away with.

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Since: Nov 08

Hell on earth, and yours?

#4 Jul 9, 2010
I used to think that about certain workers within Potter County CYS...but they are MILD compared to some. Centre county is worse, believe me. I think the entire system needs an overhaul. Read the laws, they are left vague to "protect" the children, yet are abused in many cases. The latest is many counties are removing all children in families with Autistic kids, but won't provide help for the Autistic child. Last I knew, Centre county had 11 cases of this...make the parents choose, or worse, just tear the "normal" kids out of the home and the Autistic child does not even have to, and often does not show any sign of possibly hurting the other kids. These ppl really need to be chosen better and educated better...most know nothing of many of the childhood neurological disorders. Some don't have a degree in ANYTHING that involves kids...like Criminal Justice. All one really has to have is a bachelor's in SOMETHING to get in. And, of course, with the current state of the economy in this country and especially this state, it is only going to get worse.
Did you also know that many, MOST of the CYS agencies discriminate against the poor? If a family is well off, they investigate, briefly and apologize for the inconvenience. Middle class, the do the same, no apology. Lower class, you can expect them to be in your life for AT LEAST 6 months because if you are poor you can't possibly know how to parent. They seem to believe the poor are stupid, ignorant, or both. Funny as I know many CYS workers who are at least ignorant, yet they make decisions that can make or break lives. Like I said, they don't have to know a damn thing about kids, yet they make decisions EVERY day that can tear a family and its members to shreds!
Just Me

Binghamton, NY

#5 Jul 10, 2010
ChelleBell wrote:
I used to think that about certain workers within Potter County CYS...but they are MILD compared to some. Centre county is worse, believe me. I think the entire system needs an overhaul. Read the laws, they are left vague to "protect" the children, yet are abused in many cases. The latest is many counties are removing all children in families with Autistic kids, but won't provide help for the Autistic child. Last I knew, Centre county had 11 cases of this...make the parents choose, or worse, just tear the "normal" kids out of the home and the Autistic child does not even have to, and often does not show any sign of possibly hurting the other kids. These ppl really need to be chosen better and educated better...most know nothing of many of the childhood neurological disorders. Some don't have a degree in ANYTHING that involves kids...like Criminal Justice. All one really has to have is a bachelor's in SOMETHING to get in. And, of course, with the current state of the economy in this country and especially this state, it is only going to get worse.
Did you also know that many, MOST of the CYS agencies discriminate against the poor? If a family is well off, they investigate, briefly and apologize for the inconvenience. Middle class, the do the same, no apology. Lower class, you can expect them to be in your life for AT LEAST 6 months because if you are poor you can't possibly know how to parent. They seem to believe the poor are stupid, ignorant, or both. Funny as I know many CYS workers who are at least ignorant, yet they make decisions that can make or break lives. Like I said, they don't have to know a damn thing about kids, yet they make decisions EVERY day that can tear a family and its members to shreds!
I only ever dealt with Potter County CYS & know of other families here that have had to deal with them. They misquote the law to scare you. Your right they do single out the low income in my area, but I believe that's because they know the poor folks don't have the money for a lawyer. Of course they tip toe around the higher income families, they don't want to take a chance on having a major lawsuit thrown at them. I was told if you complain to the Attorney General of Pa. that eventually with enough complaints they'll have no choice but to weed these caseworkers who are on power trips. It's sad, I feel they make huge dollars from the state by ripping families apart & placing these kids in foster care & facilities.
citizen

Rossiter, PA

#6 Jul 15, 2010
There is more corruption than that too, it all makes me sick. How about this... I was visiting the Maple festival when i was yard sailing I realized that the historical society was selling items that were donated to. Why if the donate-rs knew that these items were going to be sold in a mere yard sale, they may have not donated their families pieces of their history.
Aunt B

Stratford, NY

#7 Nov 28, 2010
I have lived in Roulette for years and recently had a new family move on my street. This family has at least 4 or 5 kids and the parents will threaten and call these poor children all sorts of names. Do you think CYS has done anything about this? They only focus on the people that they want to focus on and let everything else fall by the wayside. I would love to be able to understand what they are thinking some days. I used to walk down the street everyday with a lifelong girlfriend but have had to change our schedule because we simply can't take it anymore.
Pappy 53

Washington, PA

#8 Jun 16, 2011
I have a 16 yr oid son, in a matter of 9-months he lost his Mother, Grandmother, Two Uncles, his best friend and now his grandfather is losing his wits. this is his ENTIRE Mothers side of the family. No fifteen yr-old should need to go through this in an entire Lifetime let alone in 9 months. He started to miss school but instead of leting him come back to his Biological father - Me- They put him in a foster care home. He needs to be with the people who Love him where he can go through this grieving process with the only family he has left somewhere that he feels safe, He's been living with me for the last 3-years, NEVER a complaint of Abuse. NEVER have I raised a hand to harm him. Not only does he feel safe and secure at my home, They've even taken his SSI checks. out of $700 monthly he gets a measly $30 allowance. where is the unaccounted $670.00 going??? He DOES-NOT eat that much, I haven't seen new clothes on him. What gives them the right to rip our Families apart and cause irrepairable damage to these families. Who do we go to when we are being abused by the same people who we depend on to help us when we are Scared, Hurting, damaged,etc..... What do we do or who do we turn to when these same people who we depend on just take advantage of us at will????
Some Please tell me who I need to contact to assist me.
mmiknik45@comcast.net Please Help
Just Me

Binghamton, NY

#9 Jun 16, 2011
Pappy 53 wrote:
I have a 16 yr oid son, in a matter of 9-months he lost his Mother, Grandmother, Two Uncles, his best friend and now his grandfather is losing his wits. this is his ENTIRE Mothers side of the family. No fifteen yr-old should need to go through this in an entire Lifetime let alone in 9 months. He started to miss school but instead of leting him come back to his Biological father - Me- They put him in a foster care home. He needs to be with the people who Love him where he can go through this grieving process with the only family he has left somewhere that he feels safe, He's been living with me for the last 3-years, NEVER a complaint of Abuse. NEVER have I raised a hand to harm him. Not only does he feel safe and secure at my home, They've even taken his SSI checks. out of $700 monthly he gets a measly $30 allowance. where is the unaccounted $670.00 going??? He DOES-NOT eat that much, I haven't seen new clothes on him. What gives them the right to rip our Families apart and cause irrepairable damage to these families. Who do we go to when we are being abused by the same people who we depend on to help us when we are Scared, Hurting, damaged,etc..... What do we do or who do we turn to when these same people who we depend on just take advantage of us at will????
Some Please tell me who I need to contact to assist me.
mmiknik45@comcast.net Please Help
I'm sorry to hear about what CYS here is doing to you. You need a attorney to file a petition on your son's behalf. My children are now grown but I dealt with CYS over the years. Their no good. I advise parents with troubled teens to go to family members, their church, or to seek professional services on their own. I paid dearly for trusting CYS. It's all a money grab. They get mega bucks from the state for keeping kids in foster care. The foster parents get food stamps, a clothing allowance, mileage for appointments for every foster child they have. Plus a nice daily fee they get monthly for their "caring & loving" of these "lost souls." Like I said it's a money making thing for all involved, excluding the child.
shooter

Meadville, PA

#10 Aug 3, 2011
My wife and I have a Foster child, in Mckean County Pa. They never have anything positive or supportive to offer our Foster child,,it seems like they just want to collect their paycheck and that's about it,,no concern for the child at all, the only time we hear from them is about 2 or 3 days before our next court hearing,,,and it seems like everyone you deal with from CYS is divorced!!! My wife and I have been married for more that 30 years, and we have these idiots trying to tell us how to raise kids !!!!! I think all of these organizations need overhauled!!
shannon

Chicora, PA

#11 Aug 12, 2011
Pappy 53 wrote:
I have a 16 yr oid son, in a matter of 9-months he lost his Mother, Grandmother, Two Uncles, his best friend and now his grandfather is losing his wits. this is his ENTIRE Mothers side of the family. No fifteen yr-old should need to go through this in an entire Lifetime let alone in 9 months. He started to miss school but instead of leting him come back to his Biological father - Me- They put him in a foster care home. He needs to be with the people who Love him where he can go through this grieving process with the only family he has left somewhere that he feels safe, He's been living with me for the last 3-years, NEVER a complaint of Abuse. NEVER have I raised a hand to harm him. Not only does he feel safe and secure at my home, They've even taken his SSI checks. out of $700 monthly he gets a measly $30 allowance. where is the unaccounted $670.00 going??? He DOES-NOT eat that much, I haven't seen new clothes on him. What gives them the right to rip our Families apart and cause irrepairable damage to these families. Who do we go to when we are being abused by the same people who we depend on to help us when we are Scared, Hurting, damaged,etc..... What do we do or who do we turn to when these same people who we depend on just take advantage of us at will????
Some Please tell me who I need to contact to assist me.
mmiknik45@comcast.net Please Help
Please look up Jason Altmire fight cys.He is US Representative and needs people to sign his fight with cys.
shannon

Chicora, PA

#12 Aug 12, 2011
Just Me wrote:
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I'm sorry to hear about what CYS here is doing to you. You need a attorney to file a petition on your son's behalf. My children are now grown but I dealt with CYS over the years. Their no good. I advise parents with troubled teens to go to family members, their church, or to seek professional services on their own. I paid dearly for trusting CYS. It's all a money grab. They get mega bucks from the state for keeping kids in foster care. The foster parents get food stamps, a clothing allowance, mileage for appointments for every foster child they have. Plus a nice daily fee they get monthly for their "caring & loving" of these "lost souls." Like I said it's a money making thing for all involved, excluding the child.
Please look Jason Altmire fight cys.
nikki

Saltsburg, PA

#13 Aug 18, 2011
I am from lawrence county, i have been dealing with chidren and youth services for awhile now..They already took 3 of my six children in 2003, that excuse was i was not financially capable of raising them.But i had my own place and rent,bills and and etc was paid..Then i got with my fiance'in 2006 my case was closed in dec.2008 then cys reopened it in march 2009 for living at my mothers and the one room which was totally closed off cys said it was a unsafe home for the kids.I was told to get a place keep it six months and i could have my other 3 children back,so i got a place had fiances' mother get loans for me to make sure i had everything the kids needed.Then 2 weeks before they were supposed to give my kids back, Cys said my fiance' was sexually assaulting 2 of the three children. That was back in jan.2010 he was arrested on hearsay, examines were done on the kids and they were normal....The commonwealth carried this case out for almost 2 years now, my fiance is still incarcerated looking at 6-12 years for something he didnt do...Cys is very corrupted they have harassed my fiances family for years including himself.All because he was placed in the system at the age of 5 til his 18th birthday.....Its all harassment and the sad thing is also in the commonwealth of pennsylvania hearsay is allowed 110% but any other place, other states its not....thats why cys of pa is so corrupted.All cys does is lie on ppl and families just so they can take their child/children to get that extra money they get ..
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Ex-Foster parent

Mason, OH

#14 Aug 26, 2011
First and foremost, a foster family ONLY gets food stamps if the family is financially eligible. Moreover, There are not reimbursements, you get 100.00 when a child is moved to your home in PA if they need cothing and toiletries. Also, The room and board allowance is lesss then the average child support order. Before we begin bashing foster parents as making money maybe we should do our homework.
Now as far as CYS corruption; I am personally unaware of this. I have seen uncaring, seemingly uneducated workers, I have seen children medicated to the point of being a zombie all the while as a foster parent you are required to give the medicaions as perscribed by the childs physician and I have seen children who love the biological parent dearly and seem to always be on the back burner in that parents life. I was a foster parent for a while and I resigned as I soon learned that CYS really does not seem to care for these childrens mental health at all. Medication and no counseling? Supervised visits with the accused abusive parent and the supervisor is an agency worker that is fiends with the parent??
Maybe just maybe we need to STOP complaining about what happens to the accused parent and focus on the really important issues: WHO IS WATCHING OUT FOR THESE CHILDRENS WELFARE? Physically, Emotionally.....Who? The foster parent is at times PROHIBITED from seeking the needed mental health care as the biological parent sometimes retains medical rights, so the child does not recieve the help they need. i got into foster care because I had a terribly neglectful childhood and wanted to try and help other children all the while awaiting the biological caregiver to get their life together and be the best they could be for the children, but I soon learned, this is not the goal. Teh goal is to have the parent comply with the plan put in place by a person that has never interviewed and sometimes never even met the child. I have spent a lot of my own money on clothing, toys and various other items for children because I had signed a contract stating I would treat these children as I do or would my own. I have had my carpets urinated on by children, I have been hit, scrached bitten by children that have never had a time out, all the while the workers do not even care to hear that a child is so hurt that they feel they must lash out.
If you want to make a real difference then begin writing to your state rep. write to your congressmen, and never stop as these children are not getting the care they deserve!
Michael Caruso

Washington, PA

#15 Jan 12, 2012
How do I sign up with This Jason Altmire Please send me information @ my e-mail or to my mailing address Michael Caruso
1520 Jefferson # 18
Washington, Pa. 15301
Michael Caruso

Washington, PA

#16 Jan 12, 2012
How do I sign up with This Jason Altmire Please send me information @ my e-mail or to my mailing address Michael Caruso
1520 Jefferson # 18
Washington, Pa. 15301
e-mail mmiknik45@comcast.net
bridget

Mansfield, OH

#18 Feb 27, 2012
I need info e-mailed to me at bridgetaucter@gmail.com as fast as u can give it.
I am trying to help this little girl who's mother had cys called on her and she so deserves it but instead she lied and said this little girl was really bad and they put her in bathesda bad kid placement and now cys isn't even investigating her mom. They r more on covering there own asses cause they screwed up for the past few years with these kids in this home.
These kids have been neglected and beatin with belts and left home alone and unattended at age 3,5, and 7. Since cys ain't doin nothin who can we call to get them off there assses in crawford county,pa. I have tried everything. There's founded reports on her goin back 6 years ago and then even more b4 that.
We need to help these children. There's 5 left out of 7 and the 1st 2 don't go no where near there mother.... please help. I only got 30 days b4 they close her case and keep her in placement although her grandma wants her
mchllflmr

Birdsboro, PA

#19 Mar 19, 2012
I am currently dealing with clearfield county CYS and up to the point of reading the posts on here I felt as if I was the only one dealing with this type of corruption my grandchildren are currently in placement with a step relative although my husband and I requested they come with us as we have a home and the love and means to care for them .Instead they placed them with 2 people whom obviously have mental problems they get SSI disability for these mental issues because according to the state they are unable to hold down a job . My husband and I have currently gone through the foster parenting license process if any of you have gone through this it is intensely invasive. we have had backround checks finacial records for 10 years FBI checks all the while the people who have my grand daughters have had to do none of this !! when I was able to have them I was told it was only allowed for a weekend so we drove 3 hours to pick them up 3 hours to return them and did it again 2 days later when we pulled in the couple who is taking care of them pulled out their clip bored to write down 1/2 mile they drove to bring them to us !! because the state reimburses them for this ! We have never asked for money or anything other than to take care of these children and pray that my daughter can get a hold of herself and begin to make the right choices . Now we have been told since their return we can only have them one weekend a month because it will be too confusing for them {they are 5 and 2} they had a wonderful time with us so why are they being punished further for this???? these poor babies are terrified and all they need is love and compassion and all they are getting is BS bureaucracy I make calls several times a week we have obtained an attorney . We have been told by several agencies however we can not afford to fight the state ! this is ridiculous.
Clem03

Pittsburgh, PA

#20 Apr 10, 2012
I know how Lawrence county is. They took my kids in 2007 cuz of an incident that happened when I wasnt home and I am still fighting to get them back. They told me the same thing get a place for 6 months then I can get them back... I had my own place for 5 months and they tried to say my son was burnt on my watch and the day they are saying he was burnt i dressed him that morning before he went to school and he didnt have a mark on him. and my cousin works with my kids aunt and the aunt told my cousin that she brived my son with his birthday presents early if he told CYS and the cops that my niece burnt him. So now I am not allowed to see my kids at all cuz CYS believes everything my kids aunt says.(my kids aunt on their dads side has custody of my two children)
Concerned aunt

Dublin, OH

#21 Jul 19, 2012
My niece and nephew are subjected to neglect and abuse by their drug addicted mother. She has an excuse for everything. The individuals at CYS in clearfield county hang out at the sane places as these kids mother. They do not know the laws and they do not know their responsibility. CYS did a home visit and they stayed her home was clean and in good shape. The cop was there the next day. He stated he wouldn't even leave his dog there. He stated that there was garbage everywhere. The employees at CYS live the same way they can't see neglect or an inappropriate environment. How as a community do we protect our children when the CYS structure is so weak. I believe if you work for CYS you should be randomly drug tested by an outside source and home visits should be done by an outside source nation ran organization. I would like to run this by the US government. When children are subject to abuse and neglect they turn to outside sources such as gang activity to easy the pain thus making over prison population to keep expanding. If we could get the CYS structure better formed these children wod be better protected. I worry everyday about my niece and nephew I reported several types if abuse and so gave several others including the mothers sisters psychologist. It is crazy. They need to help this mother so she can be a better mother. She refuses and they do nothing. She won't even take a drug test. She even spent a year in prison for dealing drugs. they say she went through rehab so she is better but rehab was about four years ago. She us back to her same behavior as before rehab. She always says that everyone us out to get her can some tell me how you fight CyS?

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