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Overmedicating Foster Children
The Tragic Drugging of Children in Foster Care - A National Scandal...
God help America . . . some terrible news about over-medication of foster children has come to light. I've heard about this off and on for quite a few years during the course of my work as a family rights activist... and think it is time for a lens (THIS lens) to shed some light on the topic and FOCUS on the tragedy of children harmed by the system that pretends to protect them.
My heart is heavy as I write these words because I know so much already about children who have been harmed by drugs after becoming foster children.
Read these stories and listen to the videos please, and consider the tragedy, the harm befalling these precious and innocent children.
Drugging Children in Foster Care
First, let's watch this video in which NBC News exposes the problem during a 2006 broadcast.
"...thousands of foster kids appear to be on powerful psychotropic or mind altering drugs. Many of these children are barely in kindergarten."
Overmedicating Children in Foster Care - A News Documentary
She was brain injured for life by the age of four due to drugs administered in foster care.
Baby S. is a Los Angeles County BABY who was put on a cocktail of psychtropic drugs including Phenobarbital, Xanax, Prozac, chloral hydrate and other drugs. The public found out about this sick travesty because a lawsuit was filed on her behalf when she was still a preschooler, already in 24-hour care for life. A four million dollar settlement was granted for her special care.
The foster mother was blamed for the drugging of this child. This woman, Lynette Harms of Carpinteria, was herself described in the LA Times as a drug addict. She had adopted Baby S's older sister and taken care of Baby S. since she was six months old, in 1996. Where was the CPS caseworker who should have overseen the child's care? Did that person ever get punished/fired/demoted? Perhaps we'll never know. This incident has become a footnote. Maybe I'm the only person who still remembers, who often thinks about Baby S. and the insane foster care system that allows the drugging of young children. This took place over ten years ago.
At the time the newspaper reported:
"In 1999, the comatose girl was taken to Santa Barbara Hospital, where she was found to have brain and liver damage.
The lawsuit, alleging negligence, said some of the five social workers on the case failed to make legally required visits to the home. None were made between April and October 1998, according to a claims board document.
Harms was convicted of shoplifting in Santa Maria in 1998 and her foster license was revoked the next year, the lawsuit said.
That article is still online: Baby S. - $4 million settlement proposed for child with brain damage. The lawyer who filed the lawsuit against Los Angeles County was Richard Voorhies.
Your Tax Dollars At Work
Pray For Baby S.
Please say a prayer for Baby S. and all the many thousands of other foster children who are being forced to take psychotropic drugs.
This story has just begun... please read through the page to learn about other children whose lives were interfered with because of forced drugging during foster care.
Candace Tiara Elmore
A foster-adopt child, dead at age ten. Psychiatric drugs are blamed: Effexor and Risperdal. Keep in mind that Risperdal is intended ONLY for ADULT schizophrenics, but foster children are often prescribed this drug.
This is a bizarre story of psychiatry and "therapy" gone insane.
Candace was taken from her mother at the age of five because one day her mom couldn't find a way to get a ride home from Head Start for Candace. ONE DAY, no ride. Rather than finding a way to help, the Head Start worker called CPS. But why was Candace in Head Start in the first place? Because this had been ordered after an earlier contact with CPS.
Candace, whose mother's only crime was not to have a ride to pick her up, was placed in foster care. Parental rights were terminated and a few years later Candace was adopted out to a childless nurse-practitioner, Jeane Newmaker, in North Carolina. But Candace wasn't happy. She was placed on numerous drug therapies. Jeane continued to look for answers and took Candace to "rebirthing therapy" in Colorado. This was popular with foster and adoptive parents because they could pretend the child was being born to them.
During the course of the rebirthing Candace was wrapped in blankets and pushed against by the therapists. This was to simulate a birth canal. She was supposed to fight her way out. Instead she told them she couldn't breathe and that she was dying. The therapist said, "Go ahead!" And she did.
Most people who endure rebirthing therapy don't die. It is thought that Candace did because of the many drugs she was prescribed to take at that time.
Candace died on April 20, 2000. This is a date I can't forget because it was my daughter's 11th birthday, and because Candace was born only a few months after my daughter, in 1989. Ironically, it happened during April which is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The "protectors" of children protected another child to death.
I knew about Candace's death ever since this happened and was reported in Denver's Rocky Mountain News, which has gone out of business. I have an archived copy of the articles about Candace.
This is an excerpt from one of the articles:
'Prosecutors said the powerful drugs Candace took to control her moods and behavior were changed repeatedly in the two weeks before her death.
Just before arriving in Evergreen, Jeane took her off Dexadrine, the amphetamine being used to combat attention deficit disorder.
Alston stopped Candace's use of Effexor, an anti-depressant, investigators said.
Candace's dosage of Risperdal, a calming medication, was doubled on April 11. Jeane told investigators the anti-psychotic drug was to counteract Candace's history of assaultive behavior - again without providing specifics.
Although Alston had stopped the Effexor, Candace began taking it again the day before she died because her therapy hadn't progressed as they'd hoped, Jeane told investigators.
The drugs were dispensed to Candace each day by Brita St. Clair, Watkins' office manager, who hosted the Newmakers during their stay in Evergreen. St. Clair was engaged to Jack McDaniel, whom Candace was told to call "Daddy Jack."
McDaniel, a high school graduate with no medical or therapy training, was to be paid $700 to write a report about Candace's two weeks with Watkins and Julie Ponder, a California therapist.
Watkins later told investigators that the drugged Candace had "a look in her eye like nobody's home."
Prosecutor Steve Jensen charged that the therapists modified Candace's drug intake in order to manipulate her.
"They went so far as to control even the mental state of the child," Jensen said during a hearing in August.'
From the Rocky Mountain News, which has gone out of business.
See the Wikipedia article about Candace
Children are being drugged in foster care (and after adoptions) because there's a lot of money that exchanges hands. All therapies for foster children are reimbursed by the Federal Social Security Fund. That's money for doctors, psychiatrists, and therapists. That's money that comes into the county to enrich specific, chosen "service providers" who can be relatives of CPS workers and managers.
Not only that, but the PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY must love this! They're selling lots of pills! They're getting children hooked on drugs! They're able to use foster children who are separated from the parents who love them for human guinea pigs. Don't believe me? Further down on this page there's a video testimony from ASHLEY, a young woman who was taking an experimental drug while in foster care. Listen to her... she will tell you what happens to foster children.
But there's more. You see, foster and adoptive "parents" get paid EXTRA for housing "special needs" children. Children that were relatively "normal" when with their natural parents are classified as "special needs" in foster care as soon as they're prescribed psychotropic drugs. That's major money in the hands of their caretakers! Of course these foster parents are lining the kids up for their psychotropic drugs. Money, money, money!
Once a child is ADOPTED from foster care, there's substantial monthly payments for "special needs" children. This is the ADOPTION SUBSIDY program. These adopters are often looked on by society as benevolent, loving people who'll take in a dozen handicapped or "special needs" children. What the public doesn't know is that they're raking in the dough. Ten thousand dollars a month? Who wouldn't want that? Sometimes these children are seriously abused in these "child collecting" situations.
I've been collecting news stories about "child collecting" foster-adopters for years. Here's one from Tennessee, about a couple, Tom and Debra Schmitz, who collected 18 children. Their story made the news when they were accused of making some of the children go into the backyard to "dig their own graves" as a punishment.
Here's part of an interview with another child collecting foster parent (Karen Tolin) about Tom and Debra Schmitz:
"Parenting difficulties such as this eventually prompted Karen and her husband, Timothy, to make a tough decision nearly 18 months ago - they would send Erin, who has special mental needs, from their Michigan home to live with Tom and Debra Schmitz in Tennessee.
Now age 9, Erin was one of the 18 children the Tennessee Department of Children Services removed from the Schmitz home in June because of possible abuse. The case, however, hasn't swayed Karen Tolin's belief that Tom and Debra Schmitz are good parents. She plans to be in a Gibson County courtroom Thursday to support the couple's effort to visit the children.
'It's so sad,' Tolin said in a phone interview from her Michigan home. 'My heart just goes out to Tom and Deb. Sooner or later, the truth is going to come out.'
In Tennessee, the couple is accused of beating children, locking them in a metal cage and forcing them to spend hours in a dark cellar. They also are accused of forcing children to dig their own graves and telling them they could be killed and buried in the back yard and no one would care.
Abuse allegations also were lodged against the couple in November 2000 when they lived in Wisconsin. An extensive investigation, however, ended with no charges being filed. Tolin believes those accusations were from ''disgruntled family members who got mad.''
It was just several months earlier in 2000 that the Schmitzes received a Family of Distinction Award from the Green Bay-De Pere YWCA in March 2000 for their parenting skills. And it is during this Wisconsin period when the Tolins and Schmitzes strengthened a friendship.
Tolin recently spoke by phone with The Jackson Sun from her Michigan home. She also corresponded by e-mail.
She is disturbed by the misdemeanor criminal charges against the couple in Tennessee and said some of the alleged abuses are simply parenting techniques required for children with special needs."
(By Tonya Smith-King, published in 2004 in at Jacksonsun.com)
Protect Children by Leaving Them With the Parents God Gave Them
Children need to be loved and cherished by the parents God gave them to, not taken by the state from non-abusive parents, then collected by foster-adopters who have them drugged to increase their monetary value.
Gabriel Myers - Drugged foster child suicide victim - at age seven!
"No one knows what was going through seven-year-old Gabriel Myers' head when he decided to hang himself on April 16  but experts believe the foster kid had nowhere to turn and his actions were influenced by a slew of prescribed drugs. . . . Florida's foster kids are being prescribed mind altering drugs. There are even kids in the system as young as two years old on the drugs."
Another foster child PROTECTED TO DEATH during Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Will Florida Legislators Make Changes Now?
Did this child, Gabriel, have to DIE first?
I've known about Florida's drugging of foster children for years. Why did it take the SUICIDE of a SEVEN-YEAR-OLD to convince Florida legislators to take action? WHY?
In 2001 a news article was published in Florida's Miami Herald about the problem. I linked to it (from my site, FightCPS) then, writing, "Advocates alarmed by drugs used for kids - May 7, 2001 - why are 600 Florida Medicaid-recipient children under age six prescribed antipsychotic drugs intended for adult schizophrenics? This 'chemical restraint' of foster children is happening in California and other states too." This news article is no longer online.
Then in 2004 I posted another article, also about Florida: "Foster children harmed by psychotropic drug Risperdal." Did anything change then?
No, apparently not!
So now that Gabriel took his own life while drugged, lawmakers are considering changes:
Do I think they'll really change things so that foster children are not harmed by drugs?
Honestly.... no. I don't believe anything will change. This foster care / CPS / child snatching fiasco our country has brainwashed everyone to think is so necessary is controlled by the BIG MONEY industrial complex that is ruining children and everything else they can get their hands on in this country... all in the name of USING the SHEEPLE for generating massive amounts of money.
God help the children, the young parents who have no idea how to defend themselves in court, and every other innocent person in this land!
...to the teenagers who have aged out of foster care after years of being drugged.
Elnita - Here's what she said:
"As soon as I got there they was telling me that I had to take medicine . . . and I didn't know why I had to . . . I think they should know a kid before they just stick you on medication."
"When I got visitors I was looking out in space, like I wasn't acting myself. It made my attorney and CASA a little concerned about it because all the medicine they had me on was making me slow like I was like crazy or something, and I guess that's what they want people to think - that we was crazy and we really wasn't, and they give you these meds to actually make you crazy." - Elnita
Andrew - Three years of being drugged in foster care.
"Just all these different pills they would prescribe me, I didn't know what they were for, but I knew that if I didn't take them I would either get put in the hole, or I couldn't go home, I couldn't see my mom, I couldn't talk to them on the phone, nothing like that." - Andrew
Ashley - Drugged for eight years in foster care.
"Probably within a month, when I got thrown into the Austin Children's Shelter, I got placed on an anti-depressant, a sleeping aid, and I don't really remember what else. They told me that I was too young and that the medications they put me on would just help me with my depression and my sleeping because I was having trouble sleeping because I was taken away from my family. I started at probably eleven or twelve with anti-depressants, and I haven't stopped until I was eighteen."
Joshua - Six years in foster care. More than fifteen foster homes!
"First foster home . . . eight medications..."
"I was a walking zombie. . . . I was beaten, and molested, and abused, and neglected, in the foster home." - Joshua
Kyle - He was feeling suicidal when he was a drugged child in foster care.
"I was really frightened because I was in the foster care system so they clinically diagnosed me to being depressed and always down on myself . . . When I used to get bruises they always commented that I was hurting myself but when I wasn't - it was just actually a bruise when I was playing a sport. So they started me on a whole bunch of different depression medications."
"We don't need three anti-depressants at once." - Kyle
Anonymous fifteen year old girl - ...taking six different medications!
"I've been in CPS as long as I can remember. . . . I'm on six different medications. . . . In my placements I have been abused, lamps thrown at me, druggen in by my hair at my placement. . . . beaten, raped by this guy . . . CPS doesn't do anything about it, they just leave me in the placement." - anonymous
Dr. John Breeding - He speaks out against the drugging of children.
"Children as experimental guinea pigs and as profit points for a corrupt, cynical, evil industry. That's the reality of it folks. Be clear about that. . . . Texas foster care system data recently:
12% of those kids in foster care under age five are on psych drugs. 55% age six to twelve. 67% age thirteen to seventeen. 73% are on two or more. 42% are on three or more. Many, many of these are on anti-psychotics. . . . It's absolutely tragic. We're killing these kids."
"Here's an example of a death: Rebecca Riley. On antipsychotics and other drugs between age two and a half and four. At age four on December 13, she's described as a 'floppy doll' and she dies. . . . the psychiatrist who started the whole thing, his defense: 'customary and usual practice.' Going after the doctors is difficult because this is the customary and usual practice."
"This is institutionalized child abuse. This is poison; this is not medical treatment. This is not an illness. These drugs are not medicine. They're toxic poisons that disable and kill - physically many times, psychologically always." - Dr. John Breeding
His website: The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses.