There's more at the link, but really? It took Oregon two years, TWO YEARS to return this child to his mother? And the offense was for not wearing a helmet? And then they want money from the mom they deprived the child from to pay for this?The Oregon government is suing a Calgary mother for the cost of keeping her son in foster care for two years while she fought for his return to Canada.
The boy, now 12, was visiting his stepfather in Oregon in 2008 when police there picked him up for not wearing his bike helmet.
U.S. officials didn't recognize the boy's stepfather as a legal guardian, so he was sent to a foster home, setting off a long legal battle. A U.S. judge finally allowed him to return to live with his mother and younger sister in Calgary last month.
There has to be more to this story. There just has to be. This story, as told, is completely insane. What is the missing piece?
That child should have never been place in foster care within the United States. The mother should not have to recoup the money the state spent on him.
He was visiting his stepfather in Oregon? Stepfather would be her husband, right? So where was she? I think there is a whole lot she isn't saying about what happened.
From what she says though, this case should be cause for outrage. But even the Canadian authorities are silent on the issue. Alberta's Children and Youth Services will not get involved in the case because "it is a private legal matter," said government spokesman Tom Olsen on Thursday.
I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it left.
I found more information. It's much more complicated than in the original article but still I don't understand why she is being sued. If state takes a child into foster care, and then sues that child's parents for money spend on the child, that just isn't right in my opinion.
I haven't read your link yet, but yes...if a child's biological parents have the means to pay for the support of the child, they are billed. It's viewed no different than child support.
I see nothing wrong with the practice. IMO most cases where the family has the money but are drug addicts, abusive and/ or severely neglectful to the point the children are removed and placed into care....why shouldn't the parent pay?
At this point birth mom has no money, what is the point in trying to gain any repayment from her?
Linda is correct. All states that I know of will attempt to bill parents for foster care. The state is providing state mandated necessary care just as a hospital would. They do attempt to recoup the cost. Obviously, the repayments are few and far between. I've seen many cases where I thought it was a travesty to the taxpayers that the state didn't INSIST on compensation.
Also a lot of people don't realize that if they adopt a child in a foreign country and the adoption fails, dissolves or is disrupted, the original adoptive family will be liable for that child's foster care. Contracts agreeing to this must be signed prior to allowing the child to travel to the US.
That said, jjenny is right. This is a complicated case.
An Oregon judge ordered Lisa to undergo psychological testing and complete other steps before the state could release her son back to Canada and into her care. The state paid for a Canadian expert to do a psychological assessment, which recommended that she undergo treatment for a personality disorder.
She balked at some of the requirements but says she is now in therapy.
I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it left.
I agree as well. I guess my concern is they have reasons to believe he wasn't in an environment where he could flourish, Mom was growing weed around him. He obviously even in the US had no one really keeping an eye on him if the reports of him wondering pretty far from town alone really happened. I don't know, very very odd story.
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I guess my question is if they had concerns about the mother, why wasn't the boy turned over to Canadian CPS? I'm not sure why we kept him in the US.
Because this case involves a DHS case, we have to remember that confidentiality laws will prevent us from ever knowing the entire story. I'm sure there are details that will not be released. I hate to say it but funding issues can often trump what is the true best interest of the child and/or will "guide" a child through the system.
If this child had behaviors which seemed to point towards residential treatment, the state would have to pay for that. Oftentimes, a fair hearing is held on this issue and there could have been a decision that the "country of origin" rather than the "country of residence" would have to pick up that bill. That cost comes to $5000-$10,000 month. That might be a factor. Returning him to Canada would put that expense on their child welfare system or a particular school district--whichever makes the recommendation. So the return to Canada could have been a reactive or a proactive tactical move. Money always is a factor, though. Just my experience.
Canadian woman challenges Oregon over foster expense
"In a rare international legal battle, the state of Oregon and a Canadian mother are fighting over the costs of nearly two years of foster care in Oregon for her 12-year-old son.
Lisa Kirkman lost custody of the boy in 2008 after she left him with his stepfather to spend summer vacation in Oregon. She regained custody in June.
The state is seeking to have her pay for the foster care, which averages about $24,000 a year. She is contesting the claim in a Canadian court....."
more at link (a lot more confusing details on a highly confusing case)
This has been a long battle for this woman to get her son back. It has been a big story here in Alberta for some time. I am very happy that she finally has her son back! I cannot believe that this child, a Canadian citizen, was kept for that long in foster care in the US! Outrageous! If he needed to be in foster care, then it should have been here where his mom and family could see him. She owes the state of Oregon nothing. They should have sent him back to Canada where the foster systems are much better anyway! She should sue Oregon for all the distress her child has endured in their foster system!
She's being ridiculous. I hope her son is okay. Sounds like she just enjoys making a stir and trying to force other people to bow down to her whims.
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Narcissism?An Oregon judge ordered Lisa to undergo psychological testing and complete other steps before the state could release her son back to Canada and into her care. The state paid for a Canadian expert to do a psychological assessment, which recommended that she undergo treatment for a personality disorder
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