“DCFS STANDARD TACTIC”
from an Eyewitness
(Oct. 16, 2013) —[Editor’s Note: The following account was submitted to The Post & Email on Wednesday evening from an eyewitness in the courtroom for the hearing expected in the Henderson case, wherein eight children are in foster care with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) without any evidence of abuse or neglect on the part of the parents. The elder children have been in foster care for more than 2½ years, while the youngest, a two-month-old infant, was taken from the mother, Erica Henderson, because of the open case with the other children.
The same action was taken in early September 2012 with the youngest child at that time, a five-week-old infant.
While the parents have attended parenting classes, counseling, and every scheduled visit, the children have not bee returned and DCFS has requested that reunification services be terminated. On Tuesday, the children’s father, Jeffrey Henderson, told The Post & Email that he and Erica will divorce and he plans to move to Alabama, where he was raised. Through their ordeal, the Hendersons have struggled with a lack of funds since their home-based business was destroyed after the children were taken.]
The eyewitness wrote:
Jeffrey rushed to court this morning to go to a hearing without notice. Jeffrey waited all morning. Jeffrey asked his attorney if XXXXX (name of oldest child) was going to be there. Attorney said (oldest child) was supposed to testify (that her father did not show his kids a gun, and so the visits being changed from unsupervised to supervised was unwarranted). Hearing was not held before noon so Jeffrey rushed home on buses to get the visitation sack (food, toys, clothes and shoes for kids) since (name of oldest child) was going to be at court. Jeffrey had a visit today with the big children.
Henderson case is called at 3PM and all are informed that since (oldest child) was not there to testify, no hearing would be held. Visit canceled. Next hearing November 1. (Friend) came and stayed all day. Again. DCFS standard tactic: Wear out the parents, children and supporters, so when it’s time to adopt their kids, there will be less of a struggle.
Jeffrey told The Post & Email that since reunification had not been achieved, it is DCFS’s intention to place the children in adoptive families, who are compensated with funds from the federal government once adoption occurs.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.