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Ex-counselor sentenced for attempted patient abuse
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http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?n...= 21849&rfi=6


06/05/2008

Woman tells judge she 'crossed boundaries'

Elizabeth Church was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail, $1,000 in
fines and three years of community control for attempted patient abuse.
When Geauga County Common Pleas Judge Forrest Burt gave the 29-year-old
former counselor at Bellefaire Jewish Children's Home a chance to speak
in her defense, she apologized without delving into the specifics of her
actions.
"I'm sorry for what I've done. I know what I did is wrong ... I accept
my responsibility," she said, and apologized once more.
"Those are nice general statements," Burt replied from the bench. "What
did you do that was wrong?"
"I had a relationship with a patient," she said. "I crossed boundaries."
Church added that her conduct was an abuse of power and "careless."
"Careless is a 'whoops, I dropped my pen.' Careless is 'I misplaced my
cell phone.' What I'm being told is you
took these two young men out of the county and had sexual contact with them.
Is that a fair statement?" the judge asked.
Church nodded. "It's a fair statement."
Church was initially charged with two counts of sexual battery.
She was accused of taking two teenagers from Bellefaire in Cleveland at
separate times, bringing them to Chagrin Falls and having sexual contact
with them in fall 2006, authorities said.
Church, a former Chagrin Falls resident who now lives in Cleveland
Heights, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted patient abuse in January.
Assistant Geauga County Prosecutor Jan Bell said they accepted a plea to
avoid a trial that might have been difficult for the males who were
involved.
"It wasn't in their best interest to have a trial," Bell said.
Bell also said Church had not admitted to having sexual contact with the
victims before Wednesday.
Church's attorney, Paul Daiker, asked Burt to sentence Church to
community control.
He noted she had no previous felony convictions and sought counseling,
including help from the co-director
of the Center for Marital and Sexual Health.
"I think part of what occurred here is she has suffered from a kind of
inferiority and immaturity, and this may have led her to seeking
affection in the wrong place," Daiker said.
The maximum possible sentence was one year in prison, but Burt opted for
a shorter jail term. Church also was permitted to have work release.
"You violate (community control), you go to prison, and prison would be
for 12 months," Burt warned.
As part of the plea bargain, Church had to forfeit her certification to
the Counselor, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapist Board and
not seek to have it reinstated.
"Our concern was she should not be able to have that kind of access to
vulnerable kids again," Bell said. "Obviously she has boundary issues
and other issues that would make this kind of situation a possibility to
reoccur."
Bellefaire is an organization that provides emotional and physical care
for families.
It has programs for foster children, adopted and autistic children. It
is headquartered in Shaker Heights.





An Inconvenient Truth about Child Protective Services, Foster care, and
the Child Protection "INDUSTRY"

Child Protective Services Does not protect children...
It is sickening how many children are subject to abuse, neglect and even
killed at the hands of CPS.

every parent should read the free handbook from
connecticut dcf watch...

http://www.connecticutdcfwatch.com

Number of Cases per 100,000 children in the US
These numbers come from The National Center on
Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington. (NCCAN)
Recent numbers have increased significantly for CPS

Perpetrators of Maltreatment

Physical Abuse CPS/Foster care 160, biological Parents 59
Sexual Abuse CPS/Foster care 112, biological Parents 13
Neglect CPS/Foster care 410, biological Parents 241
Medical Neglect CPS/Foster care 14 biological Parents 12
Fatalities CPS/Foster care 6.4, biological Parents 1.5

Imagine that, 6.4 children die at the hands of the very agencies that
are supposed to protect them and only 1.5 at the hands of parents per
100,000 children. CPS perpetrates more abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse
and kills more children then parents in the United States. If the
citizens of this country hold CPS to the same standards that they hold
parents too. No judge should ever put another child in the hands of ANY
government agency because CPS nationwide is guilty of more harm and
death than any human being combined. CPS nationwide is guilty of more
human rights violations and deaths of children then the homes from which
they were removed. When are the judges going to wake up and see that
they are sending children to their death and a life of abuse when
children are removed from safe homes based on the mere opinion of a
bunch of social workers.

THIS IS AMERICA'S HIDDEN HOLOCAUST

Currently Child Protective Services violates more constitutionally
guaranteed liberties & civil rights on a daily basis then all other
agencies combined, Including the National Security agency/Central
intelligence agency wiretaping programs…

THE CORRUPT BUSINESS OF CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
BY: Nancy Schaefer Senator, 50th District of Georgia

http://www.senatornancyschaefer.com/...s.php?filter=6

This is Child Protection?
By Gregory A. Hession, J.D.

http://www.jbs.org/node/4632

Mercenary Motherhood: "Memoirs of a Babystealer."

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/...nion-rightrail

FOSTER CARE IS A 80 PERCENT FAILU. A Brief Analysis of the Casey
Family Programs. Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study. By Richard Wexler

http://www.nccpr.org/reports/cfpanalysis.doc

HOW THE WAR AGAINST CHILD ABUSE BECAME A WAR AGAINST CHILDREN

http://www.nccpr.org/issues/1.html

Adoption Bonuses: The Money Behind the Madness
DSS and affiliates rewarded for breaking up families
By Nev Moore Massachusetts News

http://www.massnews.com/past_issues/...May/mayds4.htm

A recent study has found that 12-18 months after leaving foster ca

30% of the nation’s homeless are former foster children.
27% of the males and 10% of the females had been incarcerated
33% were receiving public assistance
37% had not finished high school
2% receive a college degree
50% were unemployed

Children in foster care are three to six times more likely than children
not in care to have emotional, behavioral and developmental problems,
including conduct disorders, depression, difficulties in school and
impaired social relationships. Some experts estimate that about 30% of
the children in care have marked or severe emotional problems. Various
studies have indicated that children and young people in foster care
tend to have limited education and job skills, perform poorly in school
compared to children who are not in foster care, lag behind in their
education by at least one year, and have lower educational attainment
than the general population.
*Casey Family Programs National Center for Resource Family Support

80 percent of prison inmates have been through the foster care system.

The highest ranking federal official in charge of foster care, Wade Horn
of the Department of Health and Human Services, is a former child
psychologist who says the foster care system is a giant mess and should
just be blown up.

http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=2017991

Four rigorous studies have found that at least 30 percent of America’s
foster children could be home right now if their parents had decent housing.

This study found thousands of children already in foster care who would
have done better had child protection agencies not taken them away in
the first place.

Front-page story in USA Today.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/...m?csp=34#Close

Read the studies online.

Casey "alumni" study: "Improving Family Foster Ca Findings from the
Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study,"

http://www.casey.org/Resources/Publi...lumniStudy.htm

MIT study: "Child Protection and Child Outcomes: Measuring the Effects
of Foster Care,"

http://www.mit.edu/~jjdoyle/doyle_fo...arch07_aer.pdf

Texas comptroller's "Forgotten Children" reports:

www.window.state.tx.us/forgottenchildren

The bottom line? - Child Protective Services and the Foster Care system
for the most part turns out young adults that are nothing more than
walking wreckage...

CURRENTLY CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES VIOLATES MORE CONSTITUTIONALLY
GUARANTEED LIBERTIES & CIVIL RIGHTS ON A DAILY BASIS THEN ALL OTHER
AGENCIES COMBINED INCLUDING THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY/CENTRAL
INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WIRETAPPING PROGRAMS....

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, HAPPILY DESTROYING THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT
FAMILIES YEARLY NATIONWIDE AND COMING TO YOU'RE HOME SOON...

BE SURE TO FIND OUT WHERE YOUR CANDIDATES STANDS ON THE ISSUE OF
REFORMING OR ABOLISHING CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ("MAKE YOUR CANDIDATES
TAKE A STAND ON THIS ISSUE.") THEN REMEMBER TO VOTE ACCORDINGLY IF THEY
ARE "FAMILY UNFRIENDLY" IN THE NEXT ELECTION...
 




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