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Re: “Arkansas’s overloaded foster care system

The foster family that wanted to adopt Ivy was completely wrong for her. The lady who sadly I have had to deal with over and over again was either 12 or 13 when Ivy was born. Absolutely inappropriate for her age, constantly making her own rules against the caseworkers orders.
Ivy loved it there because they have a higher income level and what child doesn't love that.
I could explain about this woman for hours but I won't. Luckily her foster home is shut down though.

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Posted by MarilynBrakeConner on 07/10/2015 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Arkansas’s overloaded foster care system

This story about my granddaughters and my daughter is very upsetting to me.
I love this girls so much and want them to have peace from within.
So people won't wonder is that really their Nana I have changed my screen name to my real name.

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Posted by MarilynBrakeConner on 07/10/2015 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Arkansas’s overloaded foster care system

My youngest daughter wanted to take the girls but she is unmarried and you must be married for at least two years to adopt. She works in another higher paying state and is not married. It was not because of space.
She also has to travel quite a bit for work and would not have been able to give them the attention they deserve.
Neither of my boys are married either.
At times they were separated in care because of their fighting.
Both are beautiful, bright intelligent girls but have had a very hard life coming up. In some part because of DHS and the judge.

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Posted by GirlsNana on 07/10/2015 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Arkansas’s overloaded foster care system

@justwondering2015 Kristin is doing as best as she can. She works many weeks with a lot of overtime at a decent paying job for Fort Smith.
She loves my great grandson so and he is very happy and healthy.
Don't count her or the baby out yet. Both have great possibility.

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Posted by GirlsNana on 07/10/2015 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Arkansas’s overloaded foster care system

Also, I would like to say the cause of death is inaccurate. There were prescription drugs and over the counter allergy medication and ibuprofen. The caseworker at the time of my daughters death told the girls she passed from methamphetamine which is a flat out lie.
I of course have her death certificate and the girls have not seen it yet.

When I stated the girls stayed with me I should have said repeatedly over the years from birth. Meanwhile their fathers were not there to help because they were doing their own lives.

When Ivy lived in Greenwood the foster mother rarely brought her to Fort Smith for visitation with her sister Kristin especially after my daughter died.

DHS in Fort Smith was unbearable so I refused to deal with them especially after the way they treated my daughter and her girls. Of course, I knew of the rumors of treatment before the girls were even taken.

Posted by GirlsNana on 07/10/2015 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Arkansas’s overloaded foster care system

I liked comments that showed up as dislikes!
@Cassondra comments
The two bedroom is true . The Mother was clean and on her bi-polar medication, went to classes ordered and thought she was getting the girls back. She went to court and Judge Hewett realized that she had visitation with the youngest a boy named Kaden who lived with his Father. The Mother said I will sleep on the couch when their brother visits and that was not good enough for the court or DHS caseworker named Nicole.
Everytime the Mom would do what was asked they changed what the goal was.
If she was One MINUTE late for a visit with Kristin and Ivy the caseworker refused their visit. The hurdles were too much for the Mom with her problems. She tried and she fought to have them returned to her.
I am the the kids Grandmother and for those of you thinking you should have raised them yourself I am not able anymore to take care of kids.
Before they were taken by the state I had all three of them live with me before. My health is horrible and for the last 14 years I live in my one bedroom, one bathroom home. Way too small for children even though the girls stayed here before having beds in the front room. That was because my daughter was in the hospital and also rehab.
Another thing bothering me is that there is no mention of the Fathers. Neither one has ever paid their child support or helped to really raise the girls and when my daughters rights were taken away so were the deadbeat Fathers. At least my daughter tried to care for the kids. She loved them with her entire being.
The picture at the top of story saying Reunited is incorrect. That's not Kristin.

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Posted by GirlsNana on 07/10/2015 at 10:40 AM


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