Nicholas George Winton rescued 669 children, (mostly Jewish), from German-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War, in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. [The most heart-rendering video of him can be seen here.] He not only arranged for their safe passage to Britain in the most precarious of times and circumstances, but he found homes for them as well.
The Governor of Massachusetts, implored for months to save the life of, and release, Justina Pelletier, provides one reason after another of why he has done nothing, and can’t. WE KNOW HE CAN FREE JUSTINA!
On Tuesday, April 29, 12:00 P.M., at the Massachusetts Statehouse there is a rally to stand in solidarity with Justina and call for her immediate release.
Who’s in charge? Who’s accountable? Who can FREE JUSTINA, and all the other children the state has removed from loving parents?
One month before JUSTINA’s kidnapping by the state by the State of Massachusetts, John Polanowicz was sworn in as Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) by Governor Deval Patrick, (January 22, 2013). His predecessor, also a Patrick appointee, stepped down in the wake of some high-profile crises. One included the arrest of a state drug lab chemist alleged to have doctored drug test results and tampered with the evidence of thousands of criminal cases, drastically compromising Massachusetts’ legal system. Another was a meningitis outbreak that lead to dozens of deaths stemming from steroids manufactured in Framingham, MA, now shut down. Polanowicz took over the oversight of 17 state agencies, including child welfare, and upon his appointment, he committed to empower and support all children, and families across the Commonwealth. The first 4 minutes of this 8 minute news segment depicts child after child beaten and murdered while under the supervision of DCF. Although released over a year after Polanowicz’s took charge, it begs the question as to what Polanowicz has done to strengthen families and protect our most vulnerable since it’s been made painfully clear for a long time that the DCF safety net has very big holes. None of these problems are new, the only difference is this is the first time light is being shined on a case where DCF takes children from loving families, and for all intents and purposes, is the child abuser.
That the Pelletier case is drawing international attention, and STILL no one IN CHARGE will do anything about it, screams to the fact that the thousands of other families who fight this same abuse in the shadows, without anything close to this kind of media attention and support the Pelletiers have only recently gotten, have little to no hope. The Commissioner of DCF, Olga Roche, has had the power and authority to reform the agency, and could have ordered the release of JUSTINA at any time by simply having her agency withdraw the complaint, and dismissing the case that has outraged people from across the globe. It was her agency, after all, that brought forth the complaint against the Pelletier’s on Boston Children’s Hospital’s say so. (The above video provides further detail and explanation regarding BCH’s role in this nightmare, but suffice it to say, it should give great pause to any parent bringing their sick child to that hospital.)
Polanowicz, in JUSTINA’s situation, and many other failings of DCF, has authority over that agency, ranked one of the worst in the country for protecting at risk children. He too has taken no known actions any one knows of, and only recently met with a spokesman for the Pelletier family, and that was only because of this:
Polanowicz can be seen here defending Roche, in the wake of a 5-year old child missing for 5 months, (before being found dead by the side of the road). This was a child at serious risk, that social workers failed to monitor. Polanwicz defended Roche while there was public, and legislators’ demanding she be fired, and this was even after she had testified that there were no other children missing, and it had already been determined there are actually more than 130 children in DCF that they cannot account for. This also came a day after a report in the Boston Herald revealed that more than one-third of social workers at the agency were not licensed to practice in their field. These are the people that have kidnapped Justina Pelletier from her loving family in Connecticut, while Massachusetts children are neglected, abused, missing or murdered while up to four DCF workers “supervise” the family on their once a week, hourly visits that often have state troopers present as well.
Both Roche and Polanowisz are part of the EXECUTIVE BRANCH of Government, and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The Governor has refused to do anything to give JUSTINA back to her family, and continually insists he has no jurisdiction because this is in the hands of the courts. (He seems to be unaware of how and why it got there.) The Governor can ORDER or FIRE anyone he wants, for anything, but chooses to instead, look the other way, or even defend those under his supervision, regardless of what they do.
The top law enforcement officer in the state, Attorney General Martha Coakly, and candidate for Governor, has remained virtually silent on all of the aforementioned, when she too, is in an excellent position to investigate and prosecute all of the above in an effort to get JUSTINA back with her family. No one in a position to help, or stop this tragedy will do a thing, or say a word, unless confronted, as REVEREND MAHONEY did on April 24, 2014, almost 15 months after JUSTINA’s kidnapping and captivity by this state. Within hours of this confrontation, Reverend Mahoney was contacted by Polanowisz’s office, and they had a meeting the following day.
Few are impressed as Polanowisz releases the below statement. Interspersed in RED are facts and questions that require serious consideration and answers, but it is generally believed this is just placating the current outrage with lethargic action, and will result in nothing to get Justina home by her 16th birthday next month unless the public outrage and pressure is kept up with a vengeance. This is an issue that should alarm every parent in this state, and across the country if you can lose custody of your child for seeking recommended treatment by one of the top hospitals in the country, but another hospital, tied to DCF disagrees. It is also indicative of how hard it is to get your child back from the state under ANY circumstances, and how parental rights, at least in Massachusetts, are virtually NON-existent.
The Department of Children and Families is responsible for ensuring the wellbeing of 36,000 children under their “protection”, but how many of those children have been ripped from loving homes, like the Pelletier’s? These families don’t stand a chance of fighting the all powerful, tax payer funded state, (DCF and the Courts), to get their children back when we witness the Pelletiers’ story blasted across every network and media outlet across the country, and even abroad, while their child’s health/life hangs in the balance, and they get THIS after 15 months:
Mass. DCF Working To Return Justina Pelletier April 25, 2014
Justina Pelletier should return to her home state of Connecticut to receive the services and support she needs close to her friends, family, school and community. We strongly believe that this outcome is in Justina’s best interests, and have laid the groundwork to make it happen. NOTE they are still not talking about returning her to HER FAMILY!
The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families has been working with providers and the state of Connecticut to develop a reunification plan for the family to help achieve this goal as soon as possible. It is documented that Mass DCF has been trying to get Conn. DCF involved with this case since the beginning, and according to the Judge’s order, they investigated for 6 months and then notified Mass that they would take no action. This is rhetoric at best. Shallow and empty at worst.
Last year, the Juvenile Court gave custody of Justina to DCF, and since then she has received treatment and supports from both DCF and a residential treatment provider in Massachusetts. She has received tutoring, made friends and attended events in the community, including a recent outing to see Blue Man Group. Yes, after almost a year of Justina placed in a locked down psych ward against her and her parents’ wishes, heavily shielded from her family and friends, the Judge gave PERMANENT custody to DCF in December of 2013!
We were also pleased we could help arrange for Justina to observe religious services and to spend time with her family on Easter. But we hope she is able to spend future holidays with her family in Connecticut. This is outrageous. This was after the prior Easter, birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and many more important family events occurred after a YEAR of Justina being denied even visits with her family on those days. The ONLY reason this even occurred was due to public outrage and pressure and it resulted in her getting to attend Easter service and a brief visit with her family this past Easter.
Contrary to the belief of many, DCF does not have the authority to determine when and if custody should be returned to Justina’s parents. As with all cases of alleged abuse or neglect, that authority is held solely by the court. In this case, after reviewing all of the evidence, the court found that it is in the best interest of Justina to remain in DCF custody for now. Here is the real rub. There has yet to be found any abuse or neglect except by DCF, who brought this to the court, and can take it out of there any time they want to do right by Justina and her family. This is ONLY in the court because DCF put it there, and they, or the Governor or the head of EOHHS can demand her release at any time. Period.
DCF is ready to work with the family around reunification planning and we hope the family will fully engage in this process. We have taken numerous steps to achieve our shared goal of Justina ultimately returning home — and we will stay focused on achieving this result. Anyone who wants to believe this can check the record. DCF is mandated to put together a reunification plan, and states it as one of their goals, i.e., to reunite families. There has been no reunification plan in place throughout, and an investigation into ALL the children removed from their homes, and what unification plan was or is in place, and when would prove illuminating, and show that what the Pelletiers have gone through for the past year plus is but the tip of the iceberg of DCF’s and the State of Massachusetts’ state sanctioned KIDNAPPING. It’s got to stop, and let Justina being reunited with her family be the watershed moment that starts the healing for her, her family, and the thousands of others whose lives have been destroyed by government abuse of power and lack of accountability.
FREE JUSTINA NOW!
From the desk of Becky Rangel: Hey guys if you could please do me a big favor & order a t-shirt to support Justina or at least share this status!! We only have 2 days left to reach our goal & we still have a ways to go. If we don’t meet our goal, all orders will be canceled There are 3 styles to choose from. These are the ONLY official shirts being sold that are approved by the family & all proceeds go directly to them to help in the fight to #FREEJUSTINA Here’s the opportunity for you to do your good deed for the day-or the week or whatever haha. Thank you so much! And don’t forget to keep praying for Justina please! Thank you!!