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Deported Mother, Four Children in Foster Care, ICE, ARC — but why Mum on the Dad? (Amelia Reyes Jiminez case)

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I made some comment on an ABC post, and now they are sending me their news alerts.  This one caught my

attention, and should yours:

Stolen Babies? Immigrant Mother Loses Four Kids

PHOTO: Amelia

This 3 page article by ________ mentions (but doesn’t name) the father only on ONCE, and shows how many personnel were involved in ripping a three-month old out of her mother’s arms without advance warning — and that it took an American (Arizona) family court to participate in taking four U.S. Citizens (the children) and forcing them into foster care, and probably by now also into adoption:

I do not want to “cross” ABC and ask readers to keep the link to story open in another window:

ABC Nightline

By LAUREN GILGER, CHARLES GORRA, and  (@brianross)
Feb. 2, 2012
(ALSO contributing — noted at the end of article):

This is the second story in a series from the Brian Ross Investigative Unit’s 2011 Carnegie Fellows, five student journalists who initiated and led a reporting project on the impact of the federal government’s enforcement of immigration law. Read the first story here. The journalists are Lauren Gilger, Charles Gorra, Josh Haskell, Robin Respaut, and Selly Thiam.”

Background on this, and them — it is a hot-shot team, young, and digitally savvy I’m sure: (from the link, above).
  • Lauren Gilger | Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University
  • Charles Gorra | S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
  • Josh Haskell | Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
  • Selly KeThiam | Graduate School of Journalism, City University of New York
  • Robin Respaut | Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University

Working as members of the Brian Ross investigative unit, past Carnegie Corporation-ABC Fellows have produced reports on issues ranging from lax enforcement of child labor laws in the fields of the nation’s largest blueberry growers to an investigation of the country’s statehouses revealing a pattern of criminal behavior (???)) to an assessment of the state of security at the nation’s campus-based experimental nuclear reactors.

“The Carnegie Fellows are the vanguard of a new type of journalist, said Susan King, Vice President, External Affairs and Program Director, Journalism Initiative, Special Initiatives and Strategy.   “They not only pursue and produce stories, but are able to pivot and disseminate their pieces in print, on the web or over the air. They show the industry how journalism education can produce students with deep knowledge and digital know-how.

The five Fellows, chosen from a pool of highly-qualified students selected by their journalism school deans, will do research, develop stories and produce reports as well as receive training in ABC News ethics and procedures.

About the Future of Journalism Initiative

ABC News Summer Institute is an addition to the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education which has three parts: 1) revitalizing journalism school curricula; 2) immersing top students in an innovative and in-depth campus based news incubator project called News21; and 3) providing a forum for journalism deans on policy issues and a resource for journalism educators.

I have not seen the video yet (am not in a place to do it til this evening), however, I have some questions on this story, which to me as an older woman, a mother (familiar with family court process and several governmental initiatives, including getting Dads involved when child welfare is an issue,  in addition to some issues which seem specific to — or prominent — in Arizona).
Here is the ONLY passage I can see regarding the father.  According to this story, which does not say HE is an illegal immigrant (looks like he’s not), Mom went out with the little one, and Dad abandoned the disabled 13 year old (his son too? parentage?).  It says HER apartment, indicating perhaps they were not living together at this time.  The (print) story makes no mention of the father’s attempt to prevent any of the four children from being funneled into foster care.  Here it is:

The police came for Amelia Reyes Jimenez in 2008 to arrest her for one count of child endangerment, a misdemeanor, because she had left her 13-year-old son Cesar, who is severely disabled, alone in her apartment. Jimenez says she thought that Cesar was with her two older daughters and their father, but he had taken the girls to the park and left Cesar home alone.

When she arrived home with baby daughter Erica in her arms, she found the police waiting.

“The only thing they asked was if I was illegal and whether or not I had my papers,” she said. She told them she had no papers. She was handcuffed.

 And that was that.  She was an illegal immigrant — but who was Dad?  Did he have no legal or parental responsibility for Cesar?   Question #1 — why does this story say NOTHING significant about the father, other than he abandoned a severely disabled 13 year old — which no responsible adult should do.  It seems the most “irresponsible” — hardly a misdemeanor — is misjudging the father of, at least, her two older daughters.  Was this a visitation in context of separated parents?  was it an informal arrangement?  did Dad live there, or somewhere else?  Is there more than one Dad here, or what?
However, there is no question that she was severely punished — no worse punishment seems possible — as a mother for the crime of existing in the United States, giving birth to four U.S. citizens, and not having a responsible caretaker for an outing (for what is also not in the story – on the video?) with her baby girl.
QUESTION #1:   Why wasn’t the Dad punished?  Why silence on his abandoning a severely disabled son in the apartment?  The back story is missing.
QUESTION #2:   Who called the police?   Obviously something happened — and the police were called.  What was it?   This is critical to the Amelia Reyes Jiminez story, it is the incident that prompted removal of her kids — but it is untold, as the investigative journalism here doesn’t help our readers with that- – it is focused on this case as a backdrop, a lead, a pull, into the larger issues — ICE, and Applied Research Corp. on this problem are quoted.
But what — actually — is the story line of this family, even if it IS a common scenario and a nationwide problem?  These young reports owe it to tell us at least that much.
My feminine hunch says that either, he was in no way legally responsible for that boy, and why would not then some great fatherhood program reunited him with his children — after all, if they can re-unite criminals, and it doesn’t say here the father was charged with any crime — why not him?  He made a terrible and costly (callous) mistake — so, give the guy a parenting class and give him back his daughters.  Or does ethnicity mean, no deal for you, brother?
“Fathers and Families Coalition of America” has an AZ address and began here — I guess they have some outreach work to do.
Who called those police?
COMMENT — TITLE — Passive start (no one is the agent), after which “Mother Loses”   “STOLEN BABIES:  MOTHER LOSES FOUR KIDS” — the title omits the actors.  Makes it sound like she was careless somehow.   Reminds me of “battered mothers losing custody.”   Are their no more appropriate subjects for the title?    
HERE is the segment showing the family court participation — it had to terminate parental rights in order to traffick them into foster care.  Parenting classes are mentioned:

“Long after her deportation, Reyes Jimenez continued to fight two cases in the United States — one in immigration court and another in family court.”

 …

But, meanwhile, all of this took time,” she said — time during which the child welfare system had to make decisions about the children.

There are strict time-lines in place to ensure that children in foster care are placed in permanent homes sooner rather than later,** said Rabin. If Reyes Jimenez hadn’t been kept in detention for two years, Rabin believes, she would have had a much better chance of keeping her kids…

Sounds like “ASFA” to me, does it to you?   ADOPTION AND SAFE FAMILIES ACT.   I looked it up, finding PSSF (Promoting Safe and Stable Families) and found more Bush policy:

Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) Program

Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments of 2001

P.L. 107-133

On January 17, 2002, President Bush signed into law the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments of 2001 (P.L. 107-133). The new law extends the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program through 2006. The law also creates a new state grant program to provide educational and training vouchers for youth that age out of foster care, as well as a mentoring program for children with incarcerated program.

Promoting Safe and Stable Families

Mandatory Funding
P.L. 107-133 extends the PSSF program through 2006 and creates two separate categories of funding. For FY 2003 – 2006, states will receive $305 million in mandatory (guaranteed) funds. This is the FY 2001 funding level for the program.

From this annual allotment of $305 million in mandatory funds, $6 million will continue to be provided for research, evaluation and technical assistance to identify and build on programs that work. New research and evaluation priorities include reunification and post adoption services models, programs that address parental substance abuse, approaches that target specific needs and/or age groups, and outcomes of adoptions finalized after the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA).

Ten million dollars per year will continue to be provided for the State Court Improvement Program. The law emphasizes the importance of using court improvements to promote the ASFA goals of safety, permanence, and well-being.

One percent of total mandatory funding will continue to be reserved for Indian tribes.

Discretionary Funding
In addition to the annual mandatory funding, Congress may also approve up to $200 million in discretionary funding for the PSSF program. Congress needs to approve these discretionary increases on an annual basis. In FY 2002, Congress approved a $70 million increase for the program, bringing total FY 2002 funding to $375 million.

TAGGS grants to Arizona under foster care and adoption incentives could also be looked at

SO, Amelia has her children in foster care (the story promptly drops mention of the disabled son and then refers to “her three daughters.”  We don’t know where he went, really.) which then has a ticking clock — and she is of course delayed in detention and kept away from her kids.  I don’t know of course her feeling, but I know, generally speaking, THE feeling.  There is no question on my part that perpetuating the delay involved several parties, not just one, and was intentional.  And that’s before I knew anything about federal financial incentives, too — but instinct told me the courts, child support, and law enforcement (plus District Attorney) AL L L L were eager to delay our case, which involved a child-stealing, as technically defined.
The next section (which mentions the family court’s role specifically — but not which family court (maybe the link does)) STILL cites it as two major agencies — ICE & Child Welfare.  In fact, it’s unquestionable that a third major player — the family court — was in here.  But the text doesn’t label it so.  Again — as I have been protesting in public recently — family court doesn’t even form a blip on the radar in the story, although I’m sure they were significant in THIS case and many others:

Rabin released a report last year titled “Disappearing Parents” that focuses on Amelia Reyes Jimenez’s case. It details the way in which parents like Amelia can slip through the cracks between two huge bureaucracies: the child welfare system and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

There are no policies in place, she says, to coordinate between the two systems. Caseworkers don’t know how to find a parent in detention. Parents in detention are rarely released to attend family court hearings. They would be better off in jail, according to Rabin, where caseworkers know how to find you, jail personnel know where to send you and parents can meet the strict time-lines laid out by the family court.

And family court is not a bureaucracy why . . . . . . . ?

In order to be reunified with their children, most parents will be given a plan to follow. They need to attend parenting classes, court hearings and show an effort to be part of their children’s lives to prove they are fit parents.

that IS the family court way — take the kids, guilty til proven innocent, — and we just happen to have some parenting classes here (see Access/Visitation grants?) — and by the way, we have no clear definition of what “fit parent” is so you’ll never meet the qualifications until we’re satisfied neither you nor your relatives can afford any more payola.

But the family court** in Reyes Jimenez’s case listed in the record that “no services [were] available, due to mother’s incarceration,” according to Rabin. In detention, she had no way of meeting any of the court’s usual requirements, so the court didn’t give her any to meet. And, soon enough, it was too late.

**Why let them off so easy?  why not print a name here in the main story line?  I ALSO note that the family court has no problem attempting to reunite children with incarcerated fathers — there is a grants system for that one.  It’s just that this is a different kind of incarceration.
Here is Nina Rabin’s report, and its sponsor:

In May 2011, the Bacon Program, in partnership with the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, published “Disappearing Parents: A Report on Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System.” The report describes families entangled in two vast bureaucracies: the federal immigration enforcement system and the state child welfare system.

http://www.law.arizona.edu/depts/bacon_program/child_welfare.cfm

. . .

“Disappearing Parents” is based on over a year of research, including over fifty surveys and twenty interviews with juvenile court judges, attorneys representing children and parents in juvenile court, and case workers in Child Protective Services.

Unable to interview the parents or children directly?

CPS has a reputation of trafficking children of two US-born parents, I can’t imagine the fearsome power they have when one, or the other, is not a legal citizen!

This article’s lead story says it is Amelia’s story (given the description on the link), although pseudonym on the report is “Laura.”  from this –and the description of the situation which got her detained and regarding the oldest son — is not the same.  “Laura” had a 10 year, violent marriage, and her ex was departed.  Thereafter, her oldest, a 16 yr old (not 13 yr old) threw a party serving alcohol in the home without her permission, which was how ICE got involved.  One might add that it’s unlikely there was a child support order in that case, with a deported international, and likely that Laura was not in the home in the process of fulfilling some responsibility, like maybe working at night, I do not know.

Methodology

In the summer of 2010, SIROW {{the institute}} conducted surveys and interviews with personnel in the Pima County Juvenile Court system. As a county on which to focus, Pima County has several distinguishing features. First, it is a border county, with a 120 mile long border along the southern and central region of Arizona. Second, it contains Tucson, the second largest city in the state. Pima County has a population of roughly one million.

In 2009, the Juvenile Court reported that it had 1,744 open dependency cases and 3,104 dependent children. Finally, Pima County is a “model court.” The Model Courts consist of 25 juvenile and family courts nationwide that work with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and use a best-practices bench book as a guide to systems reform.

In the report, attorneys, judges, and caseworkers in the child welfare system describe widespread confusion about how to contact parents once they are picked up by immigration enforcement. . .

That is all I have for this story today, except to note that the report says, parents in detention are nearly impossible to reach.  What, really, is happening here — are we allowing immigrants to come in work (do laundry, lawns, etc.) give birth — and then calling in the good, keeping the kids, sticking them into foster care and throwing out the mothers, and/or Dads — something our courts are GREAT and practiced at doing over substantial or insubstantial or NO reason anyhow — and then what happens to these children?

“SIRoW” is not a corporation, but is under part of the university of Arizona:

University Link

College Link

Department Name

http://sirow.arizona.edu/

The “institute” in this case has no corporate identity (I just looked) and is part of a university.  The list of keywords doesn’t include “family” or “violence” or such things.

I am very concerned about this information — deport the parents, keep the kids.  Particularly when they are young girls.   I am also curious about what a “model court” is per NCJFCJ (Pima County) and what happened in this particular case.  I will hear the video later — and remembrer, we are assured this is a typical case.  How many children — REALLY — if you consider those removed from intact families, those removed from first one parent, then the other, and those involving a foreign-born but not legal in US parent — end up in the foster care system, and why DO they?  I know mine almost did, and if I’d been a vengeful parent, when their Dad “extracted” them based on false allegations (which I don’t even know if the children, then minors, knew about), unsupported, and with a family court judge in apparent consent with law enforcement, simply dumped back into the courts — there was an attempt made to put them into the system.  At that time, I had employment, home, and an unblemished record.  My record is still legally unblemished, except for this nightmare, and when our judge was in writing requested to give a factual and legal basis (the court is REQUIRED to) for this abrupt custody switch, we got none.  Nada, zero, zilch.   by the time we went to trial, I’d lost my attorney, had been further stalked and threatened by the father, court orders were a “moot point” (not about to be obeyed), I was in clean up mode, had lost my stellar set of employment opportunities, except the last strand, which we had prior to the snatch — child support of course was immediately terminated (current payments), arrears completely on hold for the duration of custody (if they collected from him — unlikely — they earned interest for quite a while) – – – – and then when I STILL tried to get the original questions answered in court, finally — i.e., what’s the factual and legal basis — the judge did not allow me to cross-examine my husband, but did it herself.

I’m sure (s/he) was AFCC.  A GAL was involved too, unnecessarily (my kids had mouths, they can talk!) which ow reminds me of the Lackawanna Situation with Ms. Danielle M. Ross and her being hired by a judge, by court order.  I’ll have to look into who hired the one on our case.

So, in our case, the foster care system did NOT get a child.  They better not have billed anyone for ours after Dad abandoned them (which he quickly did, after this astounding “win”).  I wonder who dealt with whom in that matter, and am still finding out.  but I remain a U.S. Citizen, for what that’s still worth to females and mothers any more.

TAGGS grants from HHS/ACF to PIMA COUNTY (all, Awards By Location & Agency):

 

Organization Number of
Award Actions
Number of
Awards
Amount
ACF 1,013 319 $ 478,749,682


Scanning some of these (I selected grants to “County”) I see two categories going to PIMA county — this is a fragment only, but only two awards 0for substance abuse / pregmant women and (as we see) juvenile court family drug court (expansion):

 

FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2003 TI12449  SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR PREGNANT/POSTPARTUM WOMEN 03 1 SAMHSA 12-23-2002 038942053 $ 0 
2003 TI12449  SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR PREGNANT/POSTPARTUM WOMEN 03 2 SAMHSA 07-23-2003 038942053 $ 0 
2003 TI14045  PIMA COUNTY JUVENILE COURT FAMILY DRUG COURT EXPANSION 02 0 SAMHSA 08-11-2003 038942053 $ 399,998 
2003 TI14045  PIMA COUNTY JUVENILE COURT FAMILY DRUG COURT EXPANSION 01 1 SAMHSA 02-11-2003 038942053 $ 0 
Fiscal Year 2003 Total: $ 399,998


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2002 TI12449  SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR PREGNANT/POSTPARTUM WOMEN 03 0 SAMHSA 06-06-2002 038942053 $ 500,000 
2002 TI12449  SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR PREGNANT/POSTPARTUM WOMEN 02 1 SAMHSA 01-16-2002 038942053 $ 0 
Fiscal Year 2002 Total: $ 500,000


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2001 TI12449  SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR PREGNANT/POSTPARTUM WOMEN 02 0 SAMHSA 06-19-2001 038942053 $ 500,000 
2001 TI12449  SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR PREGNANT/POSTPARTUM WOMEN 01 1 SAMHSA 12-28-2000 038942053 $ 0 
2001 TI12449  SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR PREGNANT/POSTPARTUM WOMEN 01 2 SAMHSA 06-19-2001 038942053 $ 0 
Fiscal Year 2001 Total: $ 500,000


Total of all award actions: $ 3,739,882

  

Here’s a sample of grants available in AZ in 2008 (I picked some random CFDA categories, including (for comparison) promotion of abstinence and marriage/fatherhood, infant and other adoption assistance, foster care incentives, and things such as “unaccompanied children of aliens” (which ms. Reyes-Jiminez children became, somewhere inbetween the time they handcuffed her and the time the kids went to foster care), and so forth.  One would think that some of these might’ve helped.  Again, where was that Dad, or did he also get deported — and was the father of the disabled 13 year old son a U.S. Citizen?

 

I realize this will bleed past the right margin here, but eventually this will be into blank space, and not links or blogrolls on the website here.  Just for comparison, you can see some are PIMA county, others Maricopa, etc.

 

 

Results 1 to 188 of 188 matches. (2008 = partial only)
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Fiscal Year Program Office Grantee Name County Award Number Award Title CFDA Number CFDA Program Name Principal Investigator DUNS Number Sum of Actions
2008 ACF Arizona Youth Partnership PIMA 90FE0136 HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 93086 Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants DR LUAN E WAGNER 799042676 $ 550,000
2008 ACF CHILD & FAMILY RESOURCES INC PIMA 90FR0059 PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD 93086 Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants GREG JOHNSON 148928104 $ 500,000
2008 ACF CRECIENDOS UNIDOS/GROWING TOGETHER MARICOPA 90FE0010 HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 5 93086 Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants GUILLE SASTRE 608717604 $ 275,000
2008 ACF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MARRIAGE ENHANCEMENT MARICOPA 90FE0040 HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 5 93086 Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants DR LEO GODZICH  362992336 $ 250,000
2008 CB ARIZONA CHILDREN’S ASSOCIATION PIMA  90CG2661 INFANT ADOPTION AWARENESS TRAINING PROGRAM 93254 Infant Adoption Awareness Training  MARCIE VELEN 068426147 $ 722,944
2008 CB AZ ST DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY & VOCATIONAL REHA MARICOPA 0801AZ1401 FY 2008 FOSTER CARE 93658 Foster Care: Title IV-E  136730434 $ 79,997,793
2008 CB AZ ST DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY & VOCATIONAL REHA MARICOPA 0801AZ1407 FY 2008 ADOPTION ASSISTANCE 93659 Adoption Assistance  136730434 $ 55,447,168
2008 CB AZ ST DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY & VOCATIONAL REHA MARICOPA 0801AZAIPP FY 2008 ADOPTION INCENTIVE PAYMENT PROGRAM 93603 Adoption Incentive Payments  136730434 $ 1,185,785
2008 FYSB ARIZONA MEXICO BORDER HEALTH FOUNDATION PIMA 90AE0258 COMMUNITY BASED ABSTINENCE EDUCATION 93010 Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) ALBERT MORENO 801574229 $ 550,000
2008 FYSB AZ ST DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES MARICOPA 0801AZAEGP 2008 AEGP 93235 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Abstinence Education Program 804745420 $ 1,034,776
2008 FYSB Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Inc. MARICOPA 90AE0150 POWER FITNESS ABSTINENCE PROGRAM- TEACHING YOUTH AGES 12 THROUGH 18 THE SOCIAL, PSYCHOLOGI 93010 Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) EVA GODDARD 144572612 $ 600,000
2008 FYSB Arizona Youth Partnership PIMA 90AE0213 COMMUNITY BASED ABSTINENCE EDUCATION 93010 Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) FELICIA GRANILLO 799042676 $ 600,000
2008 FYSB CATHOLIC Charities Community Services, Inc. MARICOPA 90AE0202 COMMUNITY-BASED ABSTINENCE EDUCATION 93010 Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) KRISTEN SCHMIDT 078993326 $ 600,000
2008 FYSB PIMA PREVENTION PARTNERSHIP PIMA 90AE0081 PROJECT PLEDGE 93010 Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) HARRY KRESSLER 795465301 $- 1
2008 FYSB The Crisis Pregnancy Centers of Tucson PIMA 90AE0259 COMMUNITY BASED ABSTINENCE EDUCATION 93010 Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) AIMEE DOBBINS 020263518 $ 599,969
2008 ORR TUMBLEWEED CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INC MARICOPA 90ZU0037 UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN 93676 Unaccompanied Alien Children Program RICHARD E GEASLAND 115535510 $ 1,665,000


 

In PIMA COUNTY (where this was), I notice the Arizona Children’s Association’s focus has been on infant adoption (PIMA being a border county with Mexico):

 

FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
1999 90CO0849  POST-LEGAL ADOPTION SERV 2 0 ACF 05-06-1999 068426147 $ 150,000 
1999 SP08774  ASSET BUILDING 01 0 SAMHSA 09-13-1999 068426147 $ 96,123 
Fiscal Year 1999 Total: $ 246,123


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
1998 90CO0849  POST-LEGAL ADOPTION SERV 1 0 ACF 09-17-1998 068426147 $ 134,315 
Fiscal Year 1998 Total: $ 134,315


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
1997 90CO0694  ACHEIVING PERMANENCY FOR CHILDREN OF COLOR – P.A. 1.02 2 2 ACF 08-06-1997 068426147 $- 14,370 
Fiscal Year 1997 Total: $- 14,370


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
1996 90CO0694  ACHEIVING PERMANENCY FOR CHILDREN OF COLOR – P.A. 1.02 02 000 ACF 08-08-1995 068426147 $ 70,060 
1996 90CO0694  ACHEIVING PERMANENCY FOR CHILDREN OF COLOR – P.A. 1.02 02 001 ACF 09-09-1996 068426147 $ 0 
Fiscal Year 1996 Total: $ 70,060


Total of all award actions: $ 9,423,939


Showing: 1 – 34 of 34 Award (the total of $9 million is all years — under these CFDA’s I selected).  Organization total from TAGGS (using the DUNS#) is the same amount:

 

Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
ARIZONA CHILDREN’S ASSOCIATION  TUCSON AZ 85713-4730 PIMA 068426147 $ 9,423,939

More, on this group:

http://www.azcvs.net/pdf/countys/PIMA%20COUNTY.pdf

This org started as an orphanage in 1912:

With more than 40 programs and services across every county in the state, Arizona’s Children Association’s Prevention, Intervention andPermanency programs can mean the difference between a hope-filled future and a life of despair for many Arizona children and families.  We believe that every child deserves a permanent home that is safe and nurturing and we strive toward that goal.  Annually, Arizona’s Children Association serves more than 45,000 children and their families across all 15 counties in Arizona (see map).

We are one of the largest non-profit agencies in the state to offer foster careadoptionbehavioral health,prevention programs, and other child welfare services — thanks to your contributions, we’ve been positively affecting the lives of Arizona’s children for nearly 100 years.

__

Partners include many foundations (including Casey Family Programs) & some “Public Partners” at the bottom of the page

Other Public Partners

Arizona Criminal Justice Commission

City of Glendale-CDBG

City of Phoenix

Fort Yuma Rotary Club

Lake Havasu Rotary Club

Pima County Attorney’s Office

Pima County Community Development

– – – – Googling this mother’s name, it is being reported:

“LOST IN THE SYSTEM” from http://haleybehre.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/lost-in-the-system-children-of-undocumented-immigrants-in-foster-system/

. . . (after repeating outline of story, omitting the details about father going out with older daughters) . . . .

Yes, she is an undocumented immigrant, and I understand that Americans frown on this. But really, you are separating a family and causing unperceived harm to the children’s psyches. You are tearing apart a family and making these children just another number in the system. Is it really worth it?

According to the article, in 2010, the ICE released a memo saying that immigration officers are encouraged to consider family relationships when deciding to prosecute a deportation case.

The “ICE Spokesman Brian Hale said that, ‘…ICE will typically not detain individuals who are the primary caretakers of children…”

But how does that help those who were detained prior to 2010? What about Jiminez’s family? This does not help them. She is still fighting for her right to be a parent to her OWN children. Her children are still in the system, parentless.

~ ~ ~

The reporter is also a hopeful journalist who has lived in several countries:

About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.

She is young and does not sound familiar with the US court system, yet . . . .

Here (docstoc) if you expand the print, someone of this name, age 35, was arrested on a “courtesy hold” (but the date is 9/11/2009):

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/71143225/OFF-dui-phoenix-arizona  this is Apache Junction, Pima County Sheriff’s.  On the same page, we notice a sweep of some sort, “SWAT.”

From TARA O. Blog, today– a nice photo:

http://ohaniataaa.blogspot.com/2012/02/5-news-log-immigration.html

The issues on illegal immigration have recently been increasing in the US.  Like many other illegal immigrants, Amelia Reyes Jimenez was deported for immigration violations.  Giving birth to 4 children in America, she was heartbroken when she found out that her children would be taken away from her and sent to foster care.  Each year thousands of children are separated from their undocumented immigrant parents.  The kids wind up in foster care and eventually may even be adopted by US citizens, while their parents are either deported or held in federal detention centers.  Due to her unlawful actions, Jimenez has lost parental rights by an Arizona judge.

That is not Dad?  Nor does this article mention:

Illegal immigration is a very touchy topic for many people.  I feel that most immigrants don’t realize the consequences of their actions when they come to America illegally.  I understand that they want the best for themselves and their unborn children, however America is not always the answer.  There are so many immigrants found in America today that do not have the opportunities that they believe they would have once they reach the country.  I think they would live better lives if they continued to live in their homelands rather than here.

 

There are questions pending on this particular story.  I hope the investigative journalists finish their job and tell the truth about this case, whatever part it plays into their agenda in drawing attention to the issues.   WHen push comes to shove it was an Arizona JUDGE that terminated parental rights.

Something doesn’t add all the way up, but my point is to point out how easy it is to fill up the foster care system.

 

I also remember that Arizona is a state that tried to privatize its prison industry, and I blogged this, following some other investigative journalists’ excellent work.  Corrections Corporation of America.

 

 

 

Keep this on on your radar — the extent of the problem is a concern, as well as the nature.  I should write the Carnegie Fellow Authors, after some more fact-checking. . . .

Written by Let's Get Honest

February 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm

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  1. I want to know who the judge is. That’s basic information which was left off intentionally, in typically poor reporting, in this case originating with ABC Nightline.

    Based on what I know, I disagree with the decision. All illegals should be deported and their children and spouses should go with them. The extended family in Mexico can help them take care of her children there.

    Jack Fitzgerald

    February 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm


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