Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 3:30 PM
Subject: Langley Case
I have not heard a response from you to my
letters of 1/28 and 1/29. There continue to be disturbing developments in
- The recommendations of the CPT are being
- The court orders to file TPR - from
three different judges - are flagrantly disregarded, with the DSHS
supervisor Alisha Jackman announcing there will be no TPR in the last team
- Documentation from the team meeting does not
reflect the opinions expressed at that meeting
- The GAL that disagreed with the case plan
was forced out, and now claims his guardian's reports were altered before
- The foster parents that disagreed with the
case plan told me a year ago that they were warned to be silent or face
retaliation - and now that appears to be exactly what has happened
- As I wrote to you last, every one of the
child S.'s medical providers has expressed the strong disagreement with the
department's case plan - and now every one has been ordered to cease contact
with the child (!)
I now learn that the visits about to commence
are to be supervised by relatives that have themselves had their own
children removed by CPS. I really don't think this case could be much more
of a mess if you were intending it to be so.
It is also troubling to learn that every letter
I have written since August - to the governor, you, Greg Dootson, and Susan
Muggoch - has found its way into the hands of the birth parents' attorneys.
There is only one way that could have happened. This combined with the
department's release of unredacted information on the foster parents to the
birth parents' attorneys, and with the department's announcement in open
court that the foster parents were responsible for a police investigation of
the birth parents, is deeply disturbing. All are serious breaches of
confidentiality. They fit the pattern of clear bias.
According to the OFCO report, in the last two
years there have been 158 children who have died with an open case file.
That's one child every five days. I now know why.
S. is medically fragile, and has behavior
problems that require advanced parenting skills. Her brother has recently
reported to his teachers that there is violence in the home. Three children
have already died in this home. The case has gone on long past statutory
guidelines, and everyone connected with the case is clamoring for the
department to stop in its course. The department's response in every case
is to silence its critics. The child is scheduled to be moved on the 7th.
I find this baffling.
Please act quickly to prevent what I fear is
another fatality in the making.