Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 4:24 PM
Subject: Langley case
Sen. Hargrove, Sen. Stevens, Rep. Kagi, Rep.
I am writing to you concerning the case of Amy
and Dick Langley of Arlington, and the foster child, S.
As you can tell from the attached documentation,
I have been involved in this case for a long time. The highlights:
- The child has been in foster care nearly
four years. Her bother is also in foster care. There is one other living
sibling, who was in foster care and since been returned home. There have
been three children that have already died and one that went missing. All
were born premature with medical issues.
- Drug and alcohol abuse are documented. Gang
activity is alleged. The father has a felony. The birth parents' own
MySpace site has photos of themselves posing with pot plants and guns. The
father admitted to what amounts to a relapse in the last hearing.
- Every medical provider has written in
opposition to moving the child, including the pediatrician and neurologist.
Emergency room providers have twice raised concerns that the injuries were
consistent with abuse. The medical providers have been ordered to cease
contact with the child by the department.
- Three judges have ordered the department to
file TPR. The supervisor, Alisha Jackman, announced in the meeting
immediately following the last court hearing that there will be no TPR, and
in fact visitations will increase. She also asked the birth parents to find
relatives out of state, if possible.
- The CPT panel recommended TPR and is in
opposition to the case plan.
- The GAL opposed to the case plan was
removed. He now alleges that his guardian's reports were edited by the
department to remove anything that reflected badly on the parents
- The social workers that opposed the plan
were moved. They were allegedly told, "these children will be returned home
or you will be fired" by Ms. Jackman
- The foster parents (two sets) told me over a
year ago that were warned about opposing the case plan, or facing
retaliation. It appears to have come true. The Langleys, with girl S.,
have been subject to what in my opinion are trumped up charges. The
department is refusing to renew the foster care license of the Burlile
family, who care for the sibling, boy D., an no reason has been given.
Everyone who has opposed Alisha Jackman's plan
to reunify this family has been removed from the case, one at a time. This
has been, in fact, everyone. The child is scheduled to be removed on
Saturday, Feb. 7. I have asked Randy Hart to put a hold on this and
investigate these issues. I have heard no response.
Every document you see attached to
this e-mail has been given by the department to the birth parent attorneys,
along with unredacted information on the foster families, including names,
addresses, and the names and addresses of their parents. This breach of
confidentiality calls into question the very integrity of the department.
Please act to prevent a tragedy. I fear this
may have a horrible outcome.