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- Feb 7, 2007
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Roanoke's social services releases more details about Aveion Lewis case.
On March 31, 2009, Aveion was returned to Mr. and Mrs. Lockett's full-time care while the Department retained legal custody. The in-home therapy continued throughout this trial placement.
Additionally, Aveion's foster care social worker continued to make regular visits to the home, both announced and unannounced, to observe how the child was adjusting, and to ascertain that Aveion continued to be healthy and have his medical and nutritional needs met. This trial return home placement was continued for six months, and on Sept. 19, 2009, upon recommendation by the Department, the court returned legal custody of Aveion to Mrs. Lockett.
much more at link.
so it looks like "the department" did recommend legal custody returned to Mrs. Lockett, at least according to the above article. I am understanding the department to mean the social worker who was handling this case, and not the CPS workers. At least that is how I am understanding the news report.
Either the social worker was ignoring problems which occurred during the 6 month home placement trial period, or something drastically changed between September 19, 2009 and about January 13, 2010. He didn't even live 4 months after he was returned without supervision.
So very very sad.
I just want to add a few things here. 1) Yes, the CPS workers are an entirely different division from foster care, 2) there are a lot of things going on behind the scenes that aren't reflected in the presser, and 3) a lot of people were mislead about the circumstances of the transfer of legal custody.
I personally am so disheartened about this poor child and the way things are being handled, even now. I'm also sorry if I have contributed to shifting some of the blame from DSS. I would never intentionally mislead you guys, and worst of all, Aveion has gotten lost in the scramble of all of the different agencies and departments playing CYA. I promise if I can ever share more, I will.
For right now though, Aveion is still missing and the people who loved him are still suffering, and for him and for them, I am not going to waste anymore of my breath defending people who could, and should, have prevented his death.
TY MBLover, I just wish there was something I could do besides pray. Being a mother myself this just rips out my heart. Is there any information on how to get in touch with the foster family to send condolences? I can't imagine what they must be feeling and how much they must have loved him and was heartbroken when they had to give him up to go back home.
snoelle. No need at all to apologize. You have been a tremendous asset here to help us sort this out, answer our questions and explain things. I don't understand the ins and outs of that, so my previous post, was just to ask where the left hand didn't know what the right hand was doing in so many words. I appreciate very much your knowledge and explaination of these things for those of us without a clue about it such as myself. Right now I am not blaming anyone, outside of the parents - and they are the ones to blame. No one forced their hand.......
I am sorry if my post came across as any differently than I intended. Sometimes I mess up the words and what I am trying to say or express.
I know we are all hurting right now.
Don't worry - your post came across just fine. :innocent: I'm just so mad about the whole situation right now I could spit.
I would see if there is a way to contact the foster family, but I wouldn't be allowed by WS rules to post their address here. That pic of Aveion - the link was posted by me and another poster had listed the name of the foster parent along with Aveion's - her initials are M.Y. I don't know if you can do a search of her name and find the contact info or not.
As far as the foster parents go, I know they set up the http://www.aveionlewis.org page and a facebook page dedicated to him. I know it's not as personal, but you can leave condolences on those sites. Additionally, it's my understanding that the Jamestown community will be holding a vigil for Aveion tomorrow night (I think at 5:30) in Jamestown. Jamestown usually wouldn't be a place I'd recommend someone unfamiliar with the area go to, especially on a Saturday night, but I think it will probably be safe enough under the circumstances.