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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

TELEPHONE VISIT WITH KATIE

Since the Texas Supreme Court ruling on Friday I had been calling the CPS office twice each day on Friday and Saturday trying to arrange a phone visit with Katie and to arrange a physical visit with Katie on Sunday. I finally receive a call back from Stella Klein on Sunday saying she would make a schedule for our visits on Monday but at this time there would be no physical visit with Katie. I waited all day Monday for her to call. She finally calls on Monday at 4:45 PM. She says we can have a phone visit with Katie but it has to be done from the CPS office in Corpus Chrisiti. I ask why when conference calls can easily be done from anywhere and we would have to both get off our jobs early to drive 40 miles into Corpus Christi. They could have monitored the call in their office on speaker phone. The meeting was set in CPS office in Corpus from 5:30 to 7pm.

When we get there Stella Klein [CPS] tells us the parents can only visit Katie separately from the 3 boys. I said we want to visit with Katie together as a family. Stella Klein insisted that it had to be her way or there would be no visit at all. I asked her by what authority she was making that decision? Is it in the CPS handbook and where? She would not give us an answer. We did not want to leave our kids without a parent watching them or in CPS care. She said she had another CPS worker that would watch them in another room. We didn't like the situation, but we really wanted to talk to Katie, and we had no choice but to go along with it.

The boys were put in a separate room and we were taken to a conference room. Stella Klein told us what we could and could not say to Katie or she would immediately disconnect the call.
We were told we could not talk about Katie's treatments or the case or the Supreme Court Case.

We did learn from Katie that her white blood cells were very, very low - 0.1 WBC - and that she had to have a platelet transfusion. We were upset because once again CPS had not notified us of this life threatening event. We have received no notices of her treatment plan and schedules. The law requires them to give us notice within 24 hours and 24 hours before each scheduled hospital admission. They have never done this. We don't know what they are doing to our daughter! They want to keep us in the dark.

We had a nice phone visit with Katie and tried to cheer her up. My three boys visited separately with Katie after Michele and I finished. But it is not the same as being there in person. You can't see her, hold her, hug her, or give her a kiss. Upon leaving I asked again for a physical visit for the following Sunday and again I was denied. We were told we could talk by phone again next week and would be contacted. I don't think this is what the Supreme Court of Texas intended.

The boys haven't seen their sister Katie since August 20th and now its been almost 2 months since then. I [Edward] haven't seen Katie in almost a month and a half. Michele saw her about 2 weeks ago. The CPS handbook states that a face to face visit is require at least every 30 days. Again, CPS, isn't following the law and their own rules and guidelines.

CPS is very anti-family. What they say to the press and the public is one thing and what they do behind closed doors in their offices and to the families involved is very different.