Testimony to the City Council
of New York regarding the Creation of an Institutional Provider
of Legal Services for Adults in New York
Committee on Fire and Criminal
Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004
My name is Rolando Bini, I am a Latino immigrant and the Executive
Director of Parents in Action, a Family Advocacy organization.
We fully support the creation of an Institutional Provider for
Adults in Family Court. It is long overdue.
At present the Child Welfare System is a Social Cancer producer
that feeds the criminal justice system, the homeless, and the mentally
The creation of an Institutional Provider for Parents in Family
Court is a Social Healing initiatives that serve the common good
instead of Destroying Innocent Children under the ridiculous pretense
of "protecting" them. In order to save one Child the system
Destroys one thousand. Either Moron's logic or Clever Evil Social
In addition I have two especific recommendations to fight the Social
Cancer of Foster Care:
First, form a commission to investigate the Family Court System
. At present Family Court in New York City is an Institutionalized
System of Injustice. It's only role to "legalize" crimes
against innocent Children: 98% of them Black and Latino. A generous
estimate of the outcomes of 1028 Hearings in Family Court is that
Parents win only 2 cases out of every 1,000. That should give us
an idea about Family Court "justice". We need the official
statistics of the 1028 Hearings. ACS has not provided them yet.
This is the smoking gun and the best thermometer to measure real
improvements in the Child Welfare System.
Second, cut funding to the Juvenile Division of the Legal Aide
Society which provides the so-called Law Gurdians. They are our
Children worst nightmare, and make a very efficient job of making
sure that Children stay in Foster Care as long as possible, and
that eventually the rights of their natural protectors, their parents
are terminated, and thus left totally unprotected at the mercy of
an army of predators.
When years later, those Children face the Criminal Justice System,
the Criminal Division of the Legal Aid Society does a very poor
job in defending them, and most of them start down the revolving
door of prison, mental illness, and homelessness. Very Clever. The
only thing that the Law Guardians "guard" is the business
interest of the racketeering Child Exploitation Industry.
By the way investigate the role of the so-called Law Guardians
in not protecting those Children at the Incarnation Children's Center,
a Foster Home in Washington Heights, where innocent Children were
being used as guinea pigs for drug experimentation, as exposed by
the New York Post in the last days. With "friends" like
them, Children do not need enemies.
Thank you, God Bless you All.