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Local foundation's plan aims to give foster children same...

STFU.  (Nov 12, 2007 | post #10)

Orlando Sentinel

Rename Division Avenue

Sir, if you read what is there...well...you make a number of assumptions about me, don't you, and in doing so, show foolishness. Ignorance is on both sides of the street you know, neither is something to be really that proud of. But I guess I'll just sit back and let you guys eviscerate me, it's far more telling of who you are than who I am.  (Oct 22, 2007 | post #33)

Orlando Sentinel

Rename Division Avenue

Cut out this liberal and righty crap, this is about something more than that. I'm just a person, who also pays taxes, and if you read what I said, you'd notice I didn't come out for renaming, I spoke about what Division really meant and what there was to learn from it. That perhaps keeping it serves better as a reminder of ignorance.  (Oct 22, 2007 | post #32)

Orlando Sentinel

Schools find teachers keep quiet on problems

oy vey is mir....yeah ignorance is bliss....and weird.  (Oct 22, 2007 | post #13)

Orlando Sentinel

Schools find teachers keep quiet on problems

just what exactly is that old saying anyway...the whole thing? I'm just curious, if that happened to your daughter or granddaughter, sister or maybe even your spouse you'd be changing your story right quick, wouldn't you? Yeah, I'm sure lots of 5th grade or maybe 3rd grade girls are hoping the creepy teacher leaves his wife or maybe his mother's basement...  (Oct 22, 2007 | post #12)

Orlando Sentinel

Schools find teachers keep quiet on problems

Actually this article is part of a response to a much bigger and more in depth one published over the weekend where journalists nationwide found that there were similar findings all over the country. And to wow, they couldn't find out much about private schools since the schools are not subject to the same level of scruitiny as public schools and staff don't have to even have teaching certifications in the first place. The story came through AP, and I was surprised it wasn't published in full by the sentinel. I found the whole article on CNN.com. It was pretty creepy.  (Oct 22, 2007 | post #10)

Orlando Sentinel

What is the new project? Traditional and trendy -- Orland...

Orlandoguy, you sound a little odd. Waterford, a sense of place? maybe a sense of dangerous parking lot. I don't see people milling around socializing while driving from one store to another out there. You contradict your feeling of this sense of place statement with the busy people need to get in and out statement... I'm with the others, on a 90 degree and up day I don't want to be walking outside, being exposed to sun (after a long day at work, I'm not usually slathered in sunscreen) and certainly not a pop up t-storm with monsoon like rains. Waterford for example has no shelter from the elements, and really is no more than a series of strip malls surrounded by anchor stores like Target. And what's up with this housing thing...I'd never want to live at a place like that, noisy, it would be like living in the middle of a parking lot...yuck.  (Aug 31, 2007 | post #8)

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8-month-old left at Apopka fire station -- OrlandoSentine...

I'd imagine (hope) she would just sign the surrenders, but now you are also faced with the circumstance of having to TPR the father as well. So true about the rest though...  (Aug 30, 2007 | post #91)

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8-month-old left at Apopka fire station -- OrlandoSentine...

Your statement about not all involved are bad people is true. Very few people deliberatly set out to abuse their children. It is a complex web of circumstances that is at work. I've worked for them (dcf) and have seen the same horrible things, been tempted to fall into believing everyone is evil and depraved. Over the years I have had only a handful of cases be truly successful, but when it happens, it is such a great thing and that is what keeps you going. Seeing people you thought wouldn't make it overcome circumstances you thought they'd never make it through is... really something else. But you have to temper that with the rest. My cases, they were the ones who were the truly abandoned, some trapped by their parent, who would turn up just enough to keep the case open, but never enough to really care about what they were doing to their children's lives as a result. Some with many siblings, seperated by circumstance, foster homes, or adopted away from one another. It's not just birth parents, it's foster and adoptive parents who sometimes will cherry pick what siblings the want, and the others be damned (which is what they live through). Most are kids who have lived in that legal limbo long enough to have stopped being "cute" and are now 10, 11, 12 years old and who will most likely live out their childhoods in foster care, "bouncing " from foster home to group home sometimes to long term psychiatric facilities. Despite all that, I didn't stop caring. I got angry. But, life is so damn unpredictable at times that all you can really say at the end of the day is "there but for the grace of God, go I" goes anyone, really, goes this young woman, her little one... So you get up, go in and do what you can, try to do more. Got angry? Hell yes. It just made me want to work more. Except you can end up bringing that home, and that's You are right about one thing, too many people view them as disposeable.  (Aug 30, 2007 | post #90)

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8-month-old left at Apopka fire station -- OrlandoSentine...

Thanks for your work. Many times I have read your posts and disagree others agree. In Florida CASA is called the Guardian ad Litem, it works with a combo of staff case managers, attorneys and volunteers. I worked as a case manager with many wonderful advocates who have been the one stable person in a child's life. I've been on the agency side as well, when children are removed from homes that some of the more "compassionat e" posters would prefer they be left in. This is a very complex and convoluted area of law, with good reason, this is about the lives of children. Another poster mentioned one root of the problem, that we view children as disposable. Work a week in a Dependency and Juvenile courtroom and you see it firsthand. From parents (birth giver is being pretty polite) who neglect and abuse them, to poorly run and funded child welfare agencies, schools that focus on numbers and test scores and I could keep listing until I run out of breath and pass out. I've said before I just don't get how as one of the richest and greatest nations on earth invests so little in our greatest assets. One additional sad factoid about kids who grow up in foster care. Every year 20,000 kids leave or "exit" foster care after age 16, this can be by turning 18, but many run away beforehand, of that 20,000 80% will experience being homeless. So, we turn nearly 18,000 kids annually into adults living on the fringes of society. Add in kids like this 17 year old, who, for whatever the reasons will also now enter that state as well. There is, by any estimation, political affiliation, religious belief, economic status or any other way you want to break it down, something very wrong here, something very broken in our view of children here. You wanna help? www.gal.fl.gov You can volunteer anywhere in the state. Take on one case, or more. Once you meet one of the kids, you'll never forget them, but keep in mind, you'll never look around and see things the same way again, either. And you'll end up very passionate about how children are treated by all of us.  (Aug 30, 2007 | post #84)

Orlando Sentinel

8-month-old baby dropped off at Orange County fire statio...

Just this mother? Call the Coalition for the Homeless, ask them how many women in the same situation the hear from daily, call the BETA center where they have a shelter for pregnant homeless women and for teem mothers. Then ask them how much their budgets have been cut over the past 5 years or so. Donate that money to them instead, they deal with this situation every single day.  (Aug 29, 2007 | post #163)

Orlando Sentinel

8-month-old baby dropped off at Orange County fire statio...

please just stfu and leave the rest of us who live in the real world alone.  (Aug 29, 2007 | post #161)

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8-month-old baby dropped off at Orange County fire statio...

The frustrating part of the "Safe Haven" Law is that within that 3 day time legally parental rights can be ended, no harm, no foul. After that time period has passed, the issue becomes one of parent's rights. The authorities now have to find her because she must now surrender her rights to the baby, otherwise the child ends up in a state of legal limbo preventing the child being placed for adoption. The other problem becomes now there is also the father's rights as well to be considered and also legally severed before the child can be adopted. I agree she did the right thing and clearly was trying to do the best for her child. The truly sad thing is that she is far from being alone in her plight. I must talk with a good 20-30 women a day who are either homeless or on the verge of homelessness. And think again if you think 17 is too young, the ages we think of as "teen" in teen pregnancy keep dropping, we have growing numbers of 12, 13 & 14 year olds getting pregnant than ever before. Viva abstinice, right?  (Aug 29, 2007 | post #159)

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8-month-old baby dropped off at Orange County fire statio...

Sorry to burst your bubble there, but Foster Parents don't get that much, it is really closer to 12-13 bucks a day. If you were awarded custody of your grandkids by the court, you are eligible for assistance it's called the Relative Caregiver Program and you can apply online for it.  (Aug 29, 2007 | post #158)

Orlando Sentinel

8-month-old baby dropped off at Orange County fire statio...

Really, say child abuse investigations are a joke after you have met a child who has been repeatedly burned by a parent with fork, heated on the stove to the tines burn down through the skin, or a child who has been tied down with ropes or cords, ones who have been beaten senseless? When you have, then you can start mouthing off.  (Aug 29, 2007 | post #157)