JAMAICAN AGENCIES AND THE
STATE DEPARTMENT ALERTED;
AGENCY RESPONDS TO CAICA'S
REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION
In February 2007CAICA alerted agencies in Washington DC and in
including the American Embassy of abuse allegations at Tranquility Bay.
2007 CAICA received a letter from the Ministry of Education and Youth
they have launched an investigation in response to CAICA's concerns.
LITIGATION LONG OVERDUE SAYS
HEAD OF FOSTER PARENTS GROUP
PROVIDENCE — The state began to
fail “David T.” as soon as he entered foster
care at age 2, according to a federal civil-rights lawsuit filed by
the state child
advocate last week.
Despite “clear indications” that
David had been sexually abused while in his
mother’s care, the state Department of Children, Youth and Families failed
ensure he received a sexual-abuse evaluation or appropriate treatment, the
Tenn.- Police are investigating the death of a teenager at a
treatment center for troubled children. 17-year old Omega Leach died
weekend. The teen was spending time at the Chad Youth Enhancement Center
Montgomery County. This is the same facility where 14-year old Linda
died just a year and a half ago.
WWASPS & ROBERT LICHFIELD IN THE NEWS
Lawsuits hit a Romney money man
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
Romney (R) has collected hundreds
of thousands of dollars through the fundraising efforts of a supporter
targeted by several lawsuits alleging child abuse.
articles re Lichfield:
5/6/07 - Suit alleging abuse names GOP donor
PAC donations from Utah raise doubts in
5/6/07 - How we traced the money
film about teen rehabs gone bad – Part 1 Over the GW –an advocate’s point of view (click
film about teen rehabs gone bad – Part 2
Don’t get stung by WWASPS – it’s easier than you think Over the GW –an advocate’s point of view (click
film about teen rehabs gone bad – Part 3
Parents desperate for help
Over the GW –an advocate’s point of view (click
A frightening look at what
goes on behind closed doors. This film exposes
which prey upon vulnerable teens and their
parents and are still widespread
throughout the US and the world.
MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA -
Private lawyers in Maricopa County child-dependency cases
are soaking us for unbelievable bucks. (click
Caleb died May 2, 2007, in a wilderness
program - his family is struggling
financially and is reaching out for help to purchase a headstone with
picture by his 16th birthday (click
here to help)
Caleb Jensen wrote a letter to his mom that she received a week before
at a wilderness camp. He was sent there by the Utah Department of
Justice (click here for
A news article today revealed Caleb had more to
say to his mom:
Caleb wrote to his
mom telling her he had to climb mountains every day until he
was exhausted. He said he was able to wash only twice a week using tiny
amounts of water. He had to clean his dishes after meals by licking them
then using dirt to scour them.
"That's not how he
should have been treated, like a dog or a lizard," said his
grandmother, Ella Reese of Idaho.
She's right ... no child should be
treated this way!
More about Caleb
May 18, 2007 - TEACHER IN LAWRENCE FACES FELONY CHARGES
A Lawrence substitute teacher will face felony
assault and battery charges
after he chased down a first-grader in the hallway. The substitute
was fired on the spot. FOX25's Keba Arnold.
Click here for
Today we learned another child died in a
wilderness program - he was
placed into the program by the Utah Juvenile Justice System.
for Caleb's story.
a child lay in a hospital bed fighting for his life after he tried to
it - he was severely abused for years in the Florida Juvenile Justice
another child sits in a jail cell waiting for some sign of release - he
has been locked up and abused in the Florida Juvenile Justice System
for 5 years! His abusers were seen abusing him on video - several were
fired - yet this child still sits in a cell in their system.
a child was placed on suicide watch after she was wrongly placed
into a Florida DJJ facility, stripping her of her dreams and hopes and
that she has worked so hard to accomplish.
TODAY CAICA IS ASKING FOR CHANGE! May 17, 2007
FLORIDA: WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR THINGS TO
While we are pleased that several
abusive employees were fired at the Dozier
School for Boys, a Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Facility where
Caldwell was abused, we are perplexed with the continued injustices.
Christopher Sholly, a special
needs child, was locked into the DJJ system for
5 years! His crime? A school-yard fight with another child. While
be disciplined for fighting, I hardly think any of us would consider it
cause to lock
a child up for 5 years. During those years he was severely abused. Today?
he laid in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital, fighting for his life.
he has lost his will to fight and to live. Let us all pray for his
recovery and that he
finds a reason to live. His youth was stripped from him and he was never
tools to deal with everyday life outside the walls of DJJ. He spent his
learning to survive. No child should endure this sort of mental and
Click here for Christopher's story.
Justin Caldwell has also been
locked up in the Florida DJJ system for 5 years.
He never committed a crime - he was a 12 year old boy who needed some
Help he could have easily received at home with some therapy. But when
gets involved they take over these children's lives. While we have seen
Justin being abused by DJJ employees, and while several employees have
fired as a result of the abuse, this child still sits in the Florida
He needs to be home with his family. What is going to happen to Justin?
be strong enough to survive the years of abuse, the years of witnessing
Click here for Justin's story.
Understand that when these
children are locked into this system their parents
are helpless - if they learn of abuse they must fight for their children
outside - few receiving the help they need. They fight year after year
hearing of the abuse their child has had to endure. For five years, at
parents have not spent a Christmas with their child, they have not been
to take their child to lunch, to a movie, their child has missed all
the proms, a proper education, graduation. When parents visit they must
at their child through glass. These children are children. They are not
Things need to change!
Today a girl named Marena was put
on suicide watch. Her mother is shocked
because just yesterday her daughter was planning to take her final tests
graduate high school soon. She held a good job at Ruby Tuesdays. She was
faithfully putting her paychecks in the bank for college. She had a
vision and a
purpose. Several months ago she found herself in a bit of trouble. She
drugs and realized it was not the path she wanted to take. So, with the
of her mom, she got away from the person who provided her with the drugs,
it her mission to do well in school, which she has, to graduate on time,
she would have, and to go on to college. But DJJ felt a need to
they ordered her into one of their programs - she learned after arriving
program would last about a year and a half. What about graduating from
school? What about the prom? The graduation ceremony? Her job? College?
They announced the program she has been placed into will teach her
and landscaping skills. This girl is way beyond that and had a vision and
She lost that today and found herself on suicide watch.
Things need to change in Florida.
If your child has been negatively affected by
the Florida DJJ system, please e-mail us at
CAICA IS SAD TO ANNOUNCE
ANOTHER CHILD HAS DIED
Died: May 2, 2007, 15 years
Program: Alternative Youth Adventures, Colorado
Sent there by: Utah Juvenile Justice Department
Cause of Death: Preliminary cause medical negligence
Caleb "showed observable signs of
infection that were neglected." Preliminary indications
are he died of natural causes, meaning his death was
not a suicide, homicide, or due to an accident.
CALEB'S LAST LETTER TO HIS MOM,
JUST A WEEK AGO, READ:
wish I could go back and be a good little boy, a nice little
naive church boy who couldn't steal bubble gum without feeling
bad about it. I want to wear Sponge Bob PJs and Teddy Bear
slippers and cuddle with my Mommy. I used to think I was too
hard of a gangster that nobody could break me, but they found
my weakness and I want to go home. Tell Heather and Marie I
miss them. I miss you and love you all so much. Please write
back. I love you. PS - I want my Mommy."
Love, you're baby boy, Caleb
* NOTE: CAICA President, Isabelle
Zehnder, has read many letters from children to
their parents and has seen a pattern where children appear to be
broken, begging for "Mommy", pleading to come home. These are not
letters written teenagers. These are letters written by teenagers who
seem to be
broken and who seem desperate for help. Sadly, some not only never get the
they need, they have died in the process.
President, I rise today with my good friend Senator Lautenberg
to introduce Danielle's Act, an important piece of legislation that I
know will save countless lives. I also recognize Representative
Rush Holt, who has championed the bill in the House and has
been a tireless advocate for individuals with disabilities. This bill
is named in memory of a young woman from New Jersey, Danielle
whose life was cut tragically short by a failure to
call 9-1-1. The great State of New Jersey has already passed
Danielle's Law, and it is time for Congress to act as well.
Gruskowski would most likely be alive today had 911 been called!
CAICA ADVOCATE OF THE MONTH MAY
2007 - ROSE MOORE
Remember ... Whatever we do, we do it for the Kids!
- Rose Moore
Rose Moore has been named CAICA's
advocate of the month for the month
of May 2007.
Click here for more >>
FOSTER CHILDREN: BATHROOMS AND
BATHING TEXAS-STYLE -
“Pee Wall” at
a therapeutic camp. This
facility receives a daily rate from DPRS
for each foster child ranging from $80 to
$115. DPRS has been licensing camps
like this one for more than twenty years.
Shower at a residential
Many children at this facility have sought
medical treatment for
athlete’s foot. This
facility receives a daily rate from DPRS for
each foster child ranging from $80 to $115.
MESSAGE FROM JO
PELISHEK re ANGELLIKA "ANGIE" ARNDT The little 7-year old girl who died while being restrained in Day
Although I’d sent out
two notices to my media contacts, NONE of them showed
up! Not sure what that’s about – but it was certainly disappointing.
NOTE FROM CAICA:
It is our hope the lack of media
attention will not discourage Jo and others to
continue to share Angie's story, to continue to fight for what is right
and to continue to hold out hope that one day the world will see and
the injustices happening to children every day. We hope they will wake up
realize these children who are being abused are our future. These very
may one day marry our children - their hurts could be our children's to
Click here for more ...
for Angie's Story "Bubbles in My Milk".
5-12-07 - HELP FOR
DISTRAUGHT AND DESPERATE PARENTS
This article is written for parents
have, for one reason or another, found
themselves at their wits’
end – many
losing confidence to parent their own
children and teens. Often the idea of
sending a teen or
pre-teen away to a
residential facility or program is
especially when parents feel
they are not being heard or when their
child or teen is being defiant.
Parents who have succumbed to that
temptation have shared with me that
if they knew then what they know
they would never have sent their child
or teen away.
FLORIDA DJJ ABUSE TO JUSTIN CALDWELL RELEASED
Click here for
Timeline and Article (17:52:58 - Abuse begins - three views)
(click on arrow below to start video) - if the video does not start when
clicking on the white arrow in the center, try clicking on the bar at the bottom
13, AN ADULT JUSTIN CALDWELL REMAINS
When he closes his eyes, Mark Caldwell sees his son when
he was 2 years old, following his father's grownup lawn mower
with a little plastic version. Justin has been locked in the
Florida DJJ since he was 13, he's 18. His father believes, as
do many others, that kids are kept in the system for profit.
Mark says, "I want my son home ... I want justice served." More >>
4/27/07 - JUNE TRIAL SCHEDULED
IN TRAVIS PARKER CASE
employees charged with murder and child cruelty in
death of a camper at the Applachian Wilderness
Camp in northeast Georgia
face trial June 4.
The employees maintained in pre-trial
White County Superior Court this week that they had
they had been trained when dealing with 13-
year-old Travis Parker at the
camp for troubled boys
More >> (Click
here for more information
about Travis' death - scroll down
to locate Travis).
ABUSE CONTINUES IN FLORIDA DJJ
CAICA works with parents to effect change
within the Florida Department of Juvenile
Click here for more.
MORE TROUBLE IN FLORIDA - THIS TIME IN COUNTY
SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO PAY $2.25M IN BOOT
More than a year after a 14-year-old boy died
following a violent struggle with guards at a
juvenile boot camp in Panama City, his parents
have agreed to a $2.25 million settlement with
the sheriff's office that ran the camp. >>
A man accused of fatally stabbing his
girlfriend's two young sons and sexually assaulting her daughter told
police he was disciplining the boys over their chores and the situation
escalated, police said Friday.
Senate panel reinstates full
$5-million for death
The parents of a teenager who died after being roughed up by guards at a
state-run boot camp should get
$5-million, not a smaller amount recommended by lawyers, a state Senate
committee voted Tuesday.
FLORIDA PAYS UP -
Nearly 20 years
after she was paralyzed during a botched back surgery, Minouche Noel and
her family may
finally get the millions a jury ordered the state to pay them.
DOZIER SCHOOL HALTS ADMISSIONS - The truth is finally told
PRESS RELEASE AND
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS RE ABUSE AT DOZIER
Justin Caldwell, an
18-year old boy, has been incarcerated in the Florida Juvenile Justice System since he
was 13. What should have been a 12-15 month stay
in a residential treatment center to allegedly “help”
Justin turned into a
4/18/07 - CAICA RELEASES
ANOTHER PRESS RELEASE ABOUT FLORIDA DJJ
Several days ago Guard Williams at
Manatee allegedly choked two youth. The first youth was allegedly
chocked on April 15, the exact time is unsure.
The second was allegedly choked the same day,
immediately following the first youth’s choking incident.
Click here for Press Release.
FEATURE STORY: ABUSE CONTINUES IN FLORIDA DJJ
Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)
Dozier School for Boys - Justin Caldwell
Caldwell again, I think you might not actually know what happened to my son Justin
Caldwell at Dozier on February 11th 2007. So I am going to tell you, then you will know ... More
Dozier School for Boys - Christopher Sholly
"Another attempt to mess with my
time Aurther G Dozier School for Boys, Marianna FL ..." Click here to read Christopher's diary.
Dozier School for Boys - Attorney Richard Reno
Rick Reno, attorney for Justin
Caldwell and Christopher Sholly, is working to help repair a
broken system - the Florida Dept. of Juvenile Justice. The same system that killed Martin
Lee Anderson and others.
here to read CAICA' Press Release and an exclusive interview with Attorney Reno.
MARK CALDWELL NAMED CAICA
ADVOCATE OF THE MONTH:More
Teachers locked classroom doors,
lowered shades and kept nearly 22,000 school
children inside all day on Thursday in two northern California cities after a man
threatened to go on a killing spree inspired by Monday's mass murder at Virginia
More >> (multiple articles)
IN NEVADA RETALIATES AGAINST MOTHER OF AUTISTIC SON FOR EXPOSING ABUSE
JAKE RANGEN - When is enough, enough?
mother of Jake Rangen - an 8th grade boy who is autistic, suffers
Asperger's Syndrome, is visually impaired - is retaliated against
because she exposed child
abuse that occurred within the Clark County School District in Nevada.
Read more >>
4/13/07 - NYRA ANNOUNCES NEW
BOOK ON YOUTH RIGHTS:
TODAY - APRIL 3, 2007 - IS JOEY'S BIRTHDAY - Let us be reminded ...
let us not forget!
Aletriz would have celebrated his 18th birthday today. His life was cut
short when he was
brutally beaten and restrained at a residential treatment facility - Summit Quest - in February 2006.
Click here for information about Joey;
here for Joey's Blog;
to light a candle for Joey.
3/31/07 - AVON
PARK, FLORIDA - POLICE ARREST 6-YEAR OLD GIRL
A 6-year-old girl was in the custody of her mother Friday after the Avon
Park Police Department escorted the girl in hancuffs from Avon
Elementary School to the Highlands County Jail on charges relating to
battery of a school employee.
3/31/07 - IVY
RIDGE SUES STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
The Academy at Ivy
Ridge in Ogdensburg has filed a lawsuit against the state Education
its commissioner, Richard P. Mills, over that agency's rejection of the
school's application to become a
private secondary institution.
Click here for article,
click here for more news about Ivy
GIRL'S OVERDOSE DEATH RAISES QUESTIONS
In the final months of Rebecca Riley's life, a school nurse said the
little girl was so weak
she was like a "floppy doll." The preschool principal had to help
Rebecca off the bus
because the 4-year-old was shaking so badly. And a pharmacist
complained that Rebecca's
mother kept coming up with excuses for why her daughter
needed more and more
medication. None of their concerns was enough to save
SEARCH CONTINUES FOR RUNAWAY
The search is still on
to find the missing boys from a North Country boarding school. Even
with false leads, there is still hope to find the runaway teens. More >>
IVY RIDGE RUNAWAYS
Four students who fled a behavior modification program near Ogdensburg
were caught Tuesday afternoon. As of
early Tuesday evening all four were in custody of
State Police in Ogdensburg. More
SON ABUSED AT DOZIER
- FATHER REACHES OUT FOR HELP
Father needs help to
expose his son's abuse in the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
- Read boy's diary exposing abuse.Justin Caldwell, an
18-year old boy, has been incarcerated in the Florida Juvenile
Justice System since he was 13. What was to be a 12-15 month stay in
a residential treatment center to help Justin turned into a 5-year
Click here for blog
EX-EMPLOYEES SPEAK OUT AGAINST PARC PLACE
Parc Place, a
lockdown rehabilitation facility for troubled teens in north Chandler,
is under fire from former
employees who say the place is plagued by violence, poor management and
TEACHER LEADS TO SLAYING
In a tragic twist to a familiar story, a teenager who had sex with his
married 30-year-old teacher was fatally
shot outside the woman's home, and authorities have charged the
NEW CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST RANDALL HINTON
Hinton will now face seven counts of third-degree assault, a Class I Misdemeanor, and two counts
of second-degree false imprisonment, a Class II Misdemeanor. There are seven victims in this case. More >>
Hinton is the same staff member who pepper-sprayed Kerry Layne Brown every day, multiple times per day, for nine months. He admitted to this on video.
JAIL TIME AND FINES LEVELED IN DEATH OF WISCONSIN GIRL
A counseling center received the maximum fine and one of its staffers was
sentenced to 60
days in jail Monday in the death of a 7-year-old girl who had been
restrained at a center in
Rice Lake because of behavioral problems.
WISCONSIN CLINIC FINED $100,000 IN GIRL'S DEATH
Angellika Arndt died in May at age 7 after being restrained by an employee
at a Rice Lake facility. A Barron
County Circuit judge levied the maximum
fine against a Wisconsin company that owned a counseling center
responsible in the death of a 7-year-old girl last year.
3/11/07 - A CALL
FOR CHANGE FOR ANGIE
Ten months after 7-year-old
Angellika "Angie" Arndt died, those responsible will be sentenced
Monday in a Wisconsin court. But few who knew Angie, or came to
know her plight after her
death, feel she will ever get justice.
"Her case is extremely disturbing,"
said Isabelle Zehnder, president of the Washington state based Coalition
Against Institutionalized Child Abuse. "And it never
should have happened."
Article * Angie's story: "Bubbles
in my Milk"
* News re Angie (click
3/11/07 - TWO BABIES ARE DEAD -
FOSTER CARE SYSTEM BLAMED FOR NOT DOING THEIR JOB
Sariyah Garcia Sebastian Lopez
CHILD-DEATH SUSPECTS ARE NABBED -
MOTHER AND BOYFRIEND ACCUSED OF MURDER
A young mother was accused of abusing two of her children years ago. She
and the children were placed in
foster homes (she was under 18). She fled, leaving her children behind. They were later adopted.
More >> For more on Foster Care Deaths, visit Suncana's
FOSTER PARENT ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN
Bella Vista police are searching for
parents or caregivers of children left in the care of
a Bella Vista man arrested Wednesday on charges he sexually assaulted children
and videotaped children in sex acts.
AGENCY INDICTED IN SAMOA ADOPTION SCAM
Operators of a private adoption agency in Utah are accused of duping
parents in Samoa into giving them
their children and then falsely describing the youngsters as orphans to
prospective adoptive parents in
the United States.
CAROLINA SPRINGS ACADEMY REBUTTALS SLANDEROUS WEBSITES
Elaine Davis is the Director of Carolina Springs Academy, a boarding
struggling teens. Ms. Davis explains in her recent
Release that websites have
sprung up that she believes are slanderous against Carolina Springs Academy (CSA)
World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools (WWASPS). More
WHAT FORMER STUDENTS AND PARENTS
HAVE TO SAY - AND MORE
3/6/07 - CHILD NEGLECT CASE LEADS
TO ANOTHER PROBE
New Carrollton officials are investigating whether an
unlicensed child-care facility was being operated in the
house where a woman was charged with leaving her five children unattended in a
Eden is charged with five counts
of leaving her children unattended and two counts of animal cruelty.
charge involving the children carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail if she is
convicted, and each animal
cruelty charge carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail.
(So cruelty to animals
carries a stiffer penalty
than cruelty to children, at least in Maryland.)
UN REPORT CALLS FOR ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN
Washington, D.C., March 6, 2007 (PAHO)—Governments around the world
must do more to protect children from violence, which has negative effects on
development and exacts a significant economic and social toll, says the
United Nations' World
Report on Violence against Children, presented today
at the Pan American Health Organization
3/5/0 7 - BOY ALLEGES SEX ASSAULT
AT KIDSPEACE CENTER
State police said Sunday they are investigating an alleged sexual assault
at the KidsPeace center for
troubled youths in North Whitehall Township.
BIRTHDAY - MARCH 3rd
Angie would have
been 8! She loved parties and she loved presents! Please,
take a moment and
a candle for Angie to give support
for her family -
every holiday, every birthday is difficult. Let us
keep her story alive so that
other children may be spared from the
this beautiful little
girl received at the hands of those who were
supposed to be there to help
in my Milk". Watch
this moving video in Memory of Marcus
Boy Who Loved Flowers"
3/3/07 - CLAIMS ABOUT ORPHANS KEY
IN SHADY ADOPTIONS
A 135-count federal indictment
unsealed Thursday accuses the Wellsville-based Focus on Children (FOC)
seven of its operators of duping parents in Samoa into giving their children to
the agency. The indictment
alleges the defendants lied to prospective adoptive parents in the United States by saying the
were orphans and needed homes.
3/3/07 - STUDENT SAID TO SHOW A KNIFE TO THERAPIST
A Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High
School sophomore who is accused of stabbing a
classmate to death in January brought a pocketknife and fake handgun to
separate occasions last fall and did not face disciplinary action, despite
items to a psychologist at the school, the Sudbury police chief said
CITING ABUSES, TEXAS GOVERNOR
OUSTS LEADER OF YOUTH AGENCY Gov. Rick Perry removed the chairman of the Texas Youth
Commission on Wednesday over charges that the
agency covered up the sexual abuse of incarcerated juveniles.
3/1/07 - UPDATE RE ANGELLIKA ARNDT
HEARING - HEARING POSTPONED TO MARCH 12 at 1:00 p.m.
The sentencing hearing on the
Angellika "Angie" Arndt case scheduled tomorrow has been cancelled due
weather. The hearing has been rescheduled for March 12th at 1:00 p.m. Angie's
in my Milk",
by Isabelle Zehnder.
for more information.
Want to share
your feelings about Angie's death? If so, please e-mail your letter to
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