Pray for Katie

Katie is 13 years old and was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease, a lymphatic cancer. This site is a request to pray for her. Call her prayer pager 1-361-333-KATY (5289), enter your ZipCode and # key, to let her know you have prayed for her. Updates of her progress will be posted on the site. The Power of Prayer is Awesome.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

WHO REALLY REPRESENTS THE CHILDREN ?

The court appoints an attorney called an ad litem and a CASA rep for children involved in family disputes. The attorney appointed by the court is supposed to do what the child wants or instructs the attorney to do. The CASA rep is supposed to do what is in the "best interest of the child." The problem is it rarely works out that way because these people are working with CPS. CPS is supposed to allow contact with the CPS worker on Katie's case and that worker is supposed to contact the attorney or CASA rep on Katie's behalf. However, CPS has failed to provide Katie with phone numbers for Stella Klein, her CPS worker. That way Katie has no way to complain of foster care or get legal help. Her attorney, Linda Schauer, has provided no addresses or phone numbers for Katie to contact her. Yet, she is supposed to be representing Katie and what Katie wants. She has an obligation to do so, or she should step down from the case. Because Linda was not advocating Katie's position, Katie tried hiring her own attorney, one that would actively fight for what she wants, and the court refused to accept him as legal council on her behalf. Sure seems like the ad litem and CASA reps are there to just rubber stamp CPS. It that is true and it looks that way in our case than it is a sad day for children everywhere and a travesty for justice and liberty and our legal system.

Edward