• Florida Refuses to Return 7 Children to Loving Parents who are Not Accused of Any Crime

    While the nation celebrates Independence Day with barbecues, fireworks, and family get-togethers, Freddie and Tracey Verzosa are struggling to maintain hope. Freddie's voice broke as he told Health Impact News that this week, July 9, marks 1 year to the day since their beloved children were ripped away from them by Florida CPS because Tracey has a "mild intellectual disability." Later, their newborn baby was literally taken from her mother's arms just one day after she was born on March 11, 2015, simply because the state already had custody of the other 6 children. To date, the parents have never been charged with abuse or neglect, yet the state still has their children. The children are still in various foster homes, separated not only from their parents, but also from each other. Since Health Impact News broke their heart-wrenching story on the day that baby Taylor Lynn was taken in March, the Verzosas have received a huge outpouring of love and support, but their children remain separated from them. The father reports that their children were in good health before the state took them, but now there always seems to be something wrong with them. He says that they often look drugged up, and that all the kids except the baby are on some type of medication. Their 8-year old son was also forcibly circumcised against the desires of the parents.

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  • Florida Refuses to Return 7 Children to Loving Parents who are Not Accused of Any Crime

    missycaulk said: > I just finished reading a good book by Gwen Olsen, Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher. Besides working as a Pharmaceutical Rep for most of her career, she also volunteered with CASA, as a child advocate. After many years and seeing the effects of psychiatric drugs mandated for children she lost her faith in and respect for a system run amok. "The child welfare system had more problems than I was able to cope with." > > Gwen began noticing rampant use of psychiatric drugs with children in the system. Children as young as three and four years of age were readily given antidepressants, antipsychotics, and stimulants. > > There are no drug trials ever done on children and yet they have become a huge profit for the drug companies. Many times the drugs are used to "control" the children by foster parents and teachers. > > According to Express Scripts data, antidepressant use in these kids doubled from 1998 to 2002, up one hundred percent. I am sure it is even higher now. > > Most of the time once the children are back with their parents and slowly withdrawn from the psychiatric drugs the behavior will return to normal. Children need love and boundaries and a secure environment not drugs. > > The Verzosa children need to be home with their parents who love them and can nurture them. I have been following this story for months now and yet have never seen anyplace to donate to them. Is it possible someone here knows how? > > This is one of the MOST tragic stories I have ever followed. I too wonder if anyone has set up a gofundme page or anything or whether there is an attorney who would take the case probono...surly something can be done to help then:(..this is so inhumane!!
  • Florida Refuses to Return 7 Children to Loving Parents who are Not Accused of Any Crime

    Maria-Rodriquez said: > missycaulk said: > > I just finished reading a good book by Gwen Olsen, Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher. Besides working as a Pharmaceutical Rep for most of her career, she also volunteered with CASA, as a child advocate. After many years and seeing the effects of psychiatric drugs mandated for children she lost her faith in and respect for a system run amok. "The child welfare system had more problems than I was able to cope with." > > > > Gwen began noticing rampant use of psychiatric drugs with children in the system. Children as young as three and four years of age were readily given antidepressants, antipsychotics, and stimulants. > > > > There are no drug trials ever done on children and yet they have become a huge profit for the drug companies. Many times the drugs are used to "control" the children by foster parents and teachers. > > > > According to Express Scripts data, antidepressant use in these kids doubled from 1998 to 2002, up one hundred percent. I am sure it is even higher now. > > > > Most of the time once the children are back with their parents and slowly withdrawn from the psychiatric drugs the behavior will return to normal. Children need love and boundaries and a secure environment not drugs. > > > > The Verzosa children need to be home with their parents who love them and can nurture them. I have been following this story for months now and yet have never seen anyplace to donate to them. Is it possible someone here knows how? > > > > This is one of the MOST tragic stories I have ever followed. > > I too wonder if anyone has set up a gofundme page or anything or whether there is an attorney who would take the case probono...surly something can be done to help then:(..this is so inhumane!! On their FB page - Save The 7 Angels now - there are regular updates to their story. You can click on the full story above and then there is a link to their FB page.
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    Debby said: > I am a single mother of 3 children. My son was born with multiple medical problems. I have dealt with CPS in Florida, because they believe what people with medical degrees say over the parents. I had many nurses called CPS and complained about me, just to have my son's Specialist proving them wrong. If it was not for my son's Specialists, my family would have been torn apart like this family. > > Although I am outraged about everything this family has gone through at the hands of the State, the one thing that stands out in my mind is that one of the nurses that called CPS on me, complained that my son was not circumcised. My son had 6 Specialist for 6 different medical problems. All 6 Specialists wrote letters on my behalf. My Attorney told me, "Although, all six letters are worded differently, they all six say that there is no medical reason for for your son to be circumcised. Circumcision is strictly a religious preference." > > Although, I am a Christian, this outrages me that the state is forcing a religious surgery on a child without the parents knowledge. As far as I know, the First Amendment to the Constitution is still freedom of religion. These parents have a right to opt out of a religious surgery, under our Constitution. I surely will pray this family gets a good Attorney and get their children back home. If you ever want to divulge the name of the nurse that complained about your boy having natural intact genitals and so wanted to force genital mutilation on him against parental desire, I'm sure the intactivist community would like know. There is a Southern Florida Intactivists on facebook. You may want to communicate with Doctors Opposing Circumcision to see what other steps you may take constructively.
  • Florida Refuses to Return 7 Children to Loving Parents who are Not Accused of Any Crime

    I am a single mother of 3 children. My son was born with multiple medical problems. I have dealt with CPS in Florida, because they believe what people with medical degrees say over the parents. I had many nurses called CPS and complained about me, just to have my son's Specialist proving them wrong. If it was not for my son's Specialists, my family would have been torn apart like this family. Although I am outraged about everything this family has gone through at the hands of the State, the one thing that stands out in my mind is that one of the nurses that called CPS on me, complained that my son was not circumcised. My son had 6 Specialist for 6 different medical problems. All 6 Specialists wrote letters on my behalf. My Attorney told me, "Although, all six letters are worded differently, they all six say that there is no medical reason for for your son to be circumcised. Circumcision is strictly a religious preference." Although, I am a Christian, this outrages me that the state is forcing a religious surgery on a child without the parents knowledge. As far as I know, the First Amendment to the Constitution is still freedom of religion. These parents have a right to opt out of a religious surgery, under our Constitution. I surely will pray this family gets a good Attorney and get their children back home.
  • Florida Refuses to Return 7 Children to Loving Parents who are Not Accused of Any Crime

    The cps are the abusive ones and the drs that force extremely addictive and physically and mentally harmful drugs on people. A person with a slight disability is probably better mother than a self righteous educated cps person that does not seem to know no one is perfect including them. Is it true the cps gets $6,000 for every stolen child. The cps should be shut down. Please make a petition to sign on change.org love Pam
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    I had written a email to John Cortes when I first read about this in March. He or his office had replied to me stating they were looking into it. Send letters and make phone calls! This is not acceptable.
  • Florida Refuses to Return 7 Children to Loving Parents who are Not Accused of Any Crime

    I just finished reading a good book by Gwen Olsen, Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher. Besides working as a Pharmaceutical Rep for most of her career, she also volunteered with CASA, as a child advocate. After many years and seeing the effects of psychiatric drugs mandated for children she lost her faith in and respect for a system run amok. "The child welfare system had more problems than I was able to cope with." Gwen began noticing rampant use of psychiatric drugs with children in the system. Children as young as three and four years of age were readily given antidepressants, antipsychotics, and stimulants. There are no drug trials ever done on children and yet they have become a huge profit for the drug companies. Many times the drugs are used to "control" the children by foster parents and teachers. According to Express Scripts data, antidepressant use in these kids doubled from 1998 to 2002, up one hundred percent. I am sure it is even higher now. Most of the time once the children are back with their parents and slowly withdrawn from the psychiatric drugs the behavior will return to normal. Children need love and boundaries and a secure environment not drugs. The Verzosa children need to be home with their parents who love them and can nurture them. I have been following this story for months now and yet have never seen anyplace to donate to them. Is it possible someone here knows how? This is one of the MOST tragic stories I have ever followed.
  • Florida Refuses to Return 7 Children to Loving Parents who are Not Accused of Any Crime

    I am a single mother of 6 children. My kids were taken by cps over 3 1/2 years ago. I have 3 children at home now but they just terminated my parental rights for my three younger children in March. The foster parents wanted to adopt my kids and they are rich and I'm not. The judge said I could not support all 6 kids. I am appealing but cps also said my kids had problems they never had before they we're taken from me. They got court orders to put them on medication against my wishes. We need to do something, but what can we do when the government doesn't care? Please contacts me of you can. We need to fight together.
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    This is not right. Theses people have no hearts. They are stubborn. They dont care how this will impact these parents. I agree this is exploration and abuse.
  • Florida Refuses to Return 7 Children to Loving Parents who are Not Accused of Any Crime

    What city is this out if because I'm putting in a personal call and giving dcf a piece if my mind
  • Florida Refuses to Return 7 Children to Loving Parents who are Not Accused of Any Crime

    I've been reading stories everyday of children getting severely beaten and even killed by parents/step parents. ..where the state has been called to check on them on more than one occasion and didn't remove them. This case infuriates me. It's supposed to be about the best interest of the children and it seems that they are so focused on finding some wrong doing on the parents part they have thrown the children's interest under the rug.
  • Florida Refuses to Return 7 Children to Loving Parents who are Not Accused of Any Crime

    This is bull crap the state had no reason to take those kids how about focusing on the kids that are getting abused at home that get over looked so what if there is an age gap between husband and wife there is nothing wrong with that ....leave the innocent parents and kids alone and focus on the more serious issues you have no kids that are being abused daily by their parents and the state overlooks them until its too late
  • Florida Refuses to Return 7 Children to Loving Parents who are Not Accused of Any Crime

    What part of Florida
  • Florida Refuses to Return 7 Children to Loving Parents who are Not Accused of Any Crime

    This is such a sad story. The government is stealing peoples children all the tome like this. Where is the respect. This is outright exploitation and abuse