Parent Volunteers as Peer Educators
Parents in Action
For Leadership and Human Rights
Goal: Using the train-the-trainer model, by which
expects to multiply the number of participants and their leadership
role in society; the parents not only transform themselves, but
become effective vehicles of social transformation. As the name
of our organization states, we emphasize Leadership in a Human Rights
frame in relation to the Child Welfare and Public School Systems.
Hours of Training: 10 hours of intensive training
to be provided in two weeks.
Description of the Course:
The course is made out of 14 modules, that will be taught in a
total of 10 hours. during 5 weeks.
1- General Description of the Child Welfare System (an
Overview): Facts, statistics, the ACS, the Foster Care,
the Law Guardians, The Family Court, the coming uphill battle, etc.
Knowing the Law. Article 10 of the NYS Family Court Act. CAPTA,
ASFA. Important Federal Court Decisions. CPS fishing expedition.
Cooperating or not cooperating. Psychological Warfare. Class and
Race. Disregard for the 4th, 5th, 9th, 13th, and 14th Amendments
of the Constitution. The Revenge of the Mediocre. Social Engineering.
Social Control and Population Control.
2- The Psychological Factor: The need for urgent
change and the indispensable transformation. Business as usual is
over. The concept of War. The battle of your Life. Your Children
and Your Survival is at Stake. Healing the extended family. Creating
a support system. Getting rid of petty issues. Unconditional love
for your child. Don’t let the system poison you. Golden opportunity
for transformation. Rising to the challenge. Convert Your Pain and
Anger into Action. Action, the best therapy. Self-Control and Self-Discipline
a must. Do not allow them to destroy you Financially and Psychologically.
The concept of asymetrical warfare. The concept of Total War. Prepare
Yourself for a Long Battle. Focus in getting Your Child Back. Includes
Family Court Etiquette: the importance of Your Appearance in Court.
Dressing as an Attorney.
3- The 72 Hour Conference and the1028 Hearing:
Facts and Rules of the 72 Hour Conference. Facts and Rules of the
1028 Hearing. The importance of this hearing. Changing the odds.
Keeping a log of everything. Gathering documentation, affidavits,
witnesses, etc. Making Sure that Family Re-Unification is always
the goal. From the beginning: pack the Courtroom. Let the Judge
know that You are Not Alone. Beware of the 1051A Admission: convenient
for ACS, the 18B attorneys, Law Guardians, Foster Care Agencies, Family
Court Judges, but rarely for the Parents. DO NOT allow your 18B attorney
to coerce you into pleading guilty.
4- Visitations: Your rights. Avoiding confrontations.
Getting support. Documenting abuses. Going with a friend. Making
complaints. Asserting your rights. Keeping and Strenghtening the
Bond: Communicating with your Child everyday. The Service Plan Review
(SPR). Turning things around at the SPR. Make allies of your enemies.
Getting help from other Parent Advocates. Be aware of provocations.
Bring your camera and your tape recorder. Be aware of the Stockholm
5- Services: Foster Care Agencies a profit-driven
Industry. They make money by keeping Your Child and Giving you Services.
Parenting Classes. Anger Management. Counseling. Psychological Evaluation.
Psychiatric Evaluation. Drug Testing. Drug Treatment. They keep
moving the target. The longer your Child stays, the more money they
make. Keeping you busy all day: on the way to become a parasite,
while they profit from you and your Children. The complicity of
the ACS prosecutors (lawyers) and the Law Guardians in delaying
your case. The rubber stamping job of the Family Judge.
6- Helping your 18B attorney to help you: Your
18B attorney does not have the time or resources to win your case
without your help. Keeping a good flow of communication between
your Court Appointed attorney and you. Making timely appointments
(bring an Advocate with you). Doing the foot work that needs to
be done. Asking all the rights questions. Making sure that you and
him/her are on the same page. Having copies of All materials and
documents. Reviewing carefully all those materials and documents.
Making a report for your 18B attorney. Forcing your 18B attorney
to do their work. Making sure that all favorable evidence is on
the record. Calling witnesses. Developing an strategy to win. Making
sure that all evaluations go only to Your Lawyer (and if the evaluation
is favorable, then he will share it with everyone else). Never sign
or agree to anything without your lawyer present. Use him/her as
an excuse to refuse to sign or agree to anything that you are not
100% sure that is in your favor.
7- Appeals: The right to appeal. Challenging wrongful
decisions. Getting free counsel for appealing. Appealing prose.
How the Appellate Division Works. Rules and Procedures. Timely appeals.
We encourage everyone to Appeal all the time as an instrument of
system change to force the Appelate Division to realize that Family
Court in New York City is an Institutionalized System of Injustice.
8- Writing letters and complaints: Writing to
anyone who could be of help: public and elected officials, politicians,
the media. Using the media to your advantage. Developing media contacts.
Organizing a letter writing campaign. Getting an email address.
Use of computers in public libraries: writing in a word processor,
saving your work on a diskette, e-mailing your material if necessary.
The advantage of Faxing documents over e-mailing them. Going to
the ACS Office of Advocacy for help. Searching for the ACS Commisioner
or Deputy Commisioners at Public Forums and asking them for help.
9- You, the Activist: Rallies, Demostrations and
Getting Allies: Putting pressure on the system by having many people
rallying to your cause. Press Releases and Press Conferences. Using
the media to help your case. Choosing very carefully your target.
Going to Public Hearings, City Council, State Assembly, PTAs, SLTs
(School Leadership Teams), CECs (Community Educational Councils),
Borough President meetings, CDs (Community Districts), etc and rising
your concerns (either through a statement, a question or both).
The same goes to attend or even join organizations, coalitions,
collectives, etc that we see as beneficial of being educated in
our issues, and eventually having them as our allies. The benefit
of joining the Steering, Coordinating, Planning, etc, decision making
body to assure that our issue is part of the agenda.
10- Helping Others: Mutual Support (Circle of
Support), fixing the system, and helping yourself. By advocating
for system change you are not only helping others but you are helping
yourself. Code of Ethics. Becoming an efficient vehicle for social
change. The role of the Parent Advocate: helping one-self, helping
others, becoming an agent of system change. The Family Court Patrol.
11- The Fact Finding: Facts and Rules of the Fact
Finding Trial. The importance of this process. Here you need all
your weapons. Plenty of fact witnesses and Character Witnesses.
Changing the odds.
12- The Disposition Hearing: Facts and Rules of
the Disposition Hearing. The importance of this hearing. Changing
the odds. Making Sure that Re-Unification is the Goal. Beware of
Judge's Unwritten agenda in cases where Parent uses psychotropics:
Termination of Parental Rights regardless of Parent's Compliance
with Agency's Services Plan.
13- The Termination of Parental Rights Hearing (TPR):
Facts and Rules of the Hearing. The importance of this hearing.
Changing the odds. Adoption Hearing: Facts and Rules of the Adoption
Hearing. The importance of this hearing. Re-directing the termination
of Parental Rights, in cases where the Parent's Rights have already
been terminated. Changing the odds. Forced and Illegal Adoptions:
a continuation of the Slavery system.
14- Putting Everything Together: An Overview.
Never Giving Up. Looking at the whole picture. Thinking out of the
box. Working on the solutions. You, the Spiritual Warrior, Master
of the High Game.