Parents’ Five-Year Struggle to Regain Custody of Children Replete with Twists and Turns

Parents’ Five-Year Struggle to Regain Custody of Children Replete with Twists and Turns

FATHER CLAIMS “DISCRIMINATION AND BIAS” ON JUDGE’S, SOCIAL WORKERS’ PART by Sharon Rondeau (Nov. 28, 2016) — For approximately three months, The Post & Email has reported on a child-custody case originating with the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and what has been described to us by the parents as internal […]

Who Oversees the Process in Child Dependency Cases?

Who Oversees the Process in Child Dependency Cases?

“THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE” by Sharon Rondeau (Oct. 8, 2016) — In a dependency case involving three children initiated by the Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) in 2011, The Post & Email has reported that the children’s parents dispute the findings that they are unfit, claiming numerous procedural violations […]

Do Los Angeles DCFS and Judges Dislike Men?

Do Los Angeles DCFS and Judges Dislike Men?

TWO CASES, ONE JUDGE by Sharon Rondeau (Oct. 5, 2016) — When The Post & Email was covering the case of the Henderson family whose eight children were removed from their custody and placed in various foster homes, Jeffrey Henderson told us that the judges at the Edelman Children’s Court in Monterey Park, who adjudicate […]

DCFS Spokesman: Adoption Not Normally Contemplated Six Weeks into a Dependency Case

DCFS Spokesman:  Adoption Not Normally Contemplated Six Weeks into a Dependency Case

“NARROW CONDITIONS” REQUIRED TO PURSUE ADOPTION EARLY ON by Sharon Rondeau (Sep. 28, 2016) — On Wednesday night, The Post & Email reached Los Angeles DCFS Public Affairs Director Armand Montiel, who we had interviewed on two occasions in 2014 when we were covering the case of the Henderson family. Without identifying the family involved […]

Was Adoption Always the Intent?

Was Adoption Always the Intent?

“ONLY AFTER REUNIFICATION EFFORTS HAVE FAILED” by Sharon Rondeau (Sep. 28, 2016) — On September 16, The Post & Email published an initial article about three children removed from their parents’ custody by the Los Angeles DCFS and juvenile court beginning in September 2011 in what the parents say constitutes “illegal government interference with parents’ […]

Deficiencies in Los Angeles DCFS Exposed in Mainstream Media Report

Deficiencies in Los Angeles DCFS Exposed in Mainstream Media Report

CHILD WELFARE AGENCY DIRECTOR WORRIED ABOUT CAUSING EMPLOYEES “STRESS AND CONCERN” AFTER CHILD DIES FROM ABUSE, TORTURE by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 24, 2013) — The Los Angeles County, CA Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has issued “threat to discharge” letters to four employees following the wrongful death of an eight-year-old boy whose home […]

Hendersons Enjoy First Overnight Visit in Two Years pb

Hendersons Enjoy First Overnight Visit in Two Years pb

“LOOK WHO FEELS BETTER!” by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 25, 2013) — The Henderson family has reunited for the first time overnight since the children were placed in foster care almost two years ago. The announcement of the visit was made on Friday, to which Mrs. Henderson said, “Baruch Hashem!” which in Hebrew means “Blessed be […]

Do DCFS and the Judges Talk? pb

Do DCFS and the Judges Talk? pb

QUESTION ON COORDINATION BETWEEN DCFS AND JUVENILE COURT JUDGES‏ by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 13, 2013) — The following communication was sent to Mr. Armand Montiel, Public Affairs Director of DCFS in Los Angeles following a reversal of DCFS’s recommendations by Judge Marguerite Downing: Hello, Mr. Montiel, I have several questions which have arisen from my […]

Letter to Presiding Judge Michael Nash, Los Angeles Juvenile Court pb

Letter to Presiding Judge Michael Nash, Los Angeles Juvenile Court pb

WHAT IS JUDGE MARGUERITE DOWNING THINKING? March 9, 2013 Presiding Judge Michael Nash Juvenile Division The Superior Court 201 Centre Plaza Dr., Suite 9 Monterey Park, CA  91754-2158 Dear Judge Nash: RE:  THE HENDERSONS As you know, my newspaper has been following the case of the above-captioned family for the past six months.  I understand […]

Update: Henderson Trial Expected to Conclude on Friday pb

Update:  Henderson Trial Expected to Conclude on Friday pb

IS THIS THE END OR A NEW BEGINNING? by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 7, 2013) — A trial over whether or not the parents of seven children currently in foster care will lose their parental rights is expected to conclude on Friday at the Edmund C. Edelman Children’s Court in Monterey Park, CA.  The trial, termed […]

Henderson Hearing Scheduled for February 21 pb

Henderson Hearing Scheduled for February 21 pb

CAN VISITATION BE LIBERALIZED? by Sharon Rondeau (Feb. 18, 2013) — The Post & Email recently interviewed Erica Henderson, the mother of seven children who, with her husband, is seeking to reunite the family after almost two years’ separation.  The children have been divided into several foster homes by the Los Angeles Department of Child […]

Report Shows “Systemic Weaknesses” at Los Angeles Child & Family Services pb

Report Shows “Systemic Weaknesses” at Los Angeles Child & Family Services pb

CITES “INEFFECTIVE DECISION-MAKING,” LACK OF TRAINING AS DEFICIENCIES RESULTING IN CHILD DEATHS by Sharon Rondeau (Feb. 15, 2013) —[Editor’s Note:  Due to the subject matter, the following report will be disturbing to some readers.] As reported in the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, a report issued to the Board of County Supervisors of Los Angeles […]

Update on the Henderson Family pb

Update on the Henderson Family pb

“THE HENDERSONS WERE 9 STRONG” by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 16, 2013) — We have not been able to reach either of the Henderson parents this week, but we can report that all seven children were brought to visit this past Sunday and the children played happily in the presence of their parents. The children have […]

Will DCFS Follow its Stated Goal of Family Reunification? pb

“SOMETIMES THEY WILL, AND SOMETIMES THEY WON’T” by Sharon Rondeau (Dec. 31, 2012) — For the past three months, The Post & Email has been following the saga of the Henderson family, whose seven children have been separated into several foster homes despite no evidence of abuse or neglect cited by the county which took […]

The Henderson Parents Visit Their Children Together pb

The Henderson Parents Visit Their Children Together pb

FOR FIRST TIME IN ALMOST TWO YEARS by Sharon Rondeau (Dec. 27, 2012) — The Post & Email has received a brief report from Erica Henderson, who was able to visit her children today for the first time in more than three weeks in the company of her husband, Jeffrey.  The Hendersons’ oldest child was […]