Our Grand Children are victims of;

"Protect the "system" at all costs. The "system" is the only ultimate sacred cow - not any particular law or constitution, but only "the system." Because, ultimately, it is the system which makes certain that the individuals functioning within it - from judges to lawyers, to prosecutors, to politicians, to businessmen - have their places and positions, and opportunities and pecking order, and future."

In 1696, England first used the legal principle of parens patriae, which gave the royal crown care of "charities, infants, idiots, and lunatics returned to the chancery." This principal of parens patriae has been identified as the statutory basis for U.S. governmental intervention in families' child rearing practices.

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Preamble of the original "organic" Constitution

"We hold these truths to be self-evident. That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."
Excerpted from the Declaration of Independence of the original thirteen united states of America, July 4, 1776

Friday, March 30, 2012

Citizen Review Panel, Alaska

 Citizen Review Panel, Alaska

 Brief Description:
 Alaska has one Citizen Review Panel which started around 2003.   The Panel has a chair and vice-chair.  Staffing is provided through a contract with an outside agency.
Other Information: Alaska’s CRP got off to a slow start, as initially the Panel received no funding. This made it challenging to serve a state that is equal in size to 20% of the contiguous U.S.  There are many challenges trying to serve such a large area, much of which is not connected by roads.

Sample of Current Work Projects/Focus:
• Relationship between Office of Children’s Services and foster parents
• Relationship between Office of Children’s Services and tribal entities

Website:  www.crpalaska.org
Started in: 2003
Annual Report Submitted:  June 30,
response due from state within 6 months
Total Members:  Currently 8, hoping to
add a member from Southwest Alaska

Budget Amount and Source:  $110,000 from state general funds.  Information Insights is
contracted through Alaska’s child welfare agency to provide program coordination.

 Started in: 2003
Annual Report Submitted:  June 30,
response due from state within 6 months
Total Members:  Currently 8, hoping to
add a member from Southwest Alaska

Contact Information:
Sylvan Robb
Senior Consultant at Information
Coordinator for Citizen Review Panel
212 Front Street, Suite 100
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
(907) 450-2456

Source: Citizen Review Panel National Directory of States

Membership and Staff Support 

Required membership  The Panel shall be composed of volunteer members who are broadly representative of the state, including members who have expertise in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and


Current membership

Susan Heuer, Chair, Anchorage
Bonnie Edmondson, North Pole
Dana W. Hallett, Haines
Kristin Hull, Wasilla
Steve McComb, Palmer
Stella Schuchardt, Fairbanks 

Former members who left the group during this reporting period 

Arthur Hansen, Fairbanks
George Kirchner, Fairbanks
Ralph Taylor, Eagle River
Fred Van Wallinga, Willow 

Desired membership  The CRP would like to meet its requirement to be broadly
representative of the state by widening the geographic and racial and ethnic diversity of
the membership.  The group is working to recruit new members from underrepresented
areas of the state as well as a greater diversity of child-centered expertise and backgrounds.

Source: Citizen Review Panel Annual Report (2011 Annual Report)

My question would be... who is reviewing the Citizens Review Panel? I have seen plenty of evidence that this state has MANY good ol' boys clubs. Who's watching the watchers?
The Citizen Review Panels (all three) should be treated like jury duty. Normal citizens picked for Review duty. Never the same ones twice. 
Never doubt that a small, dedicated group of citizens can make a difference.  Indeed,
it is the only thing that ever has…..
                                                     ~ Margaret Mead


I might ad that, that small, dedicated group of citizens find what and who they are dedicated to.

*The posts made in this blog are of our opinion only* Without Prejudice UCC 1-207

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