Gravelle hearsay

In a Jan. 4 article in the Norwalk Reflector, Gary Bauer, Huron County commissioner, stated that the commissioners only had a lot of
Sandusky Register Staff
May 9, 2010

 

In a Jan. 4 article in the Norwalk Reflector, Gary Bauer, Huron County commissioner, stated that the commissioners only had a lot of hearsay and not enough facts to make any decision such as firing Dumbeck, Children's Service director. I'm vehemently opposed to getting rid of someone based on hearsay. As much I respected Margaret Kern being here and the letter, we need facts. I'm not satisfied we have those ... everyone's innocent until found guilty. Except for the Gravelles.

It was hearsay that got the Gravelles in trouble in the first place even after there were positive reviews of the Gravelle's home. These people coming out and slamming Huron County (although welcome) are missing the point. For some, hearsay is enough, but it is not enough. It is a crime that people who knew the Gravelles personally and had been in their home were not given a chance to testify. This case is all about hearsay. The prosecutor had nine days to present their case, but the defense only had 3 1/4 days. The prosecutor was going on vacation so the judge wanted to hurry up and finish the trial. What it really comes down to is...would anyone from the county have adopted these children even if they were paid three times what the Gravelles received in order to look after and be responsible 24-7? And most importantly, would any of them have loved these children as their own? There's a big difference between loving children and merely providing for them under state guidelines. What these children really need is love and a sense of belonging to a family and that is what they had with the Gravelles.

Frank Hurd

South Amherst

Comments

Anonymous

If what they did was love then I would want no part in it. Where the kids are now they are being really loved and not put in cages.

Anonymous

To the commentor: Unless you've lived it, you have no clue the difference between what "appears to be going on" and what REALLY is going on with regards to children, especially when something causes CPS to panic and needs to defend itself.

CPS loves to find unsuspecting, loving people who are willing to love any child and where CPS can dump the very damaged children. They "promise therapeutic services for the children", but rarely make good on those promises. Many times when it comes time for the promises to be pressured, it's amazing how something comes up to disrupt the placement. Oh yes, CPS is much more interested in defending itself than it is in protecting these or any other, children.

Have you ever checked into how much money in Federal and State kickbacks/bonuses/etc that CPS receives for the number of adoptions that they can place in a year? It's a BUSINESS first and foremost!!That was the hardest thing for me to realize and I still have serious concerns about what the public doesn't know and how the public is pursuaded to vote for CPS levies, by dangling the "poor children" as sympathy bait.

Hard to believe, I know, but it's TRUE and it's my hope(and the hope of way too many families) that SOMEONE will finally cleanup CPS for the families, children, and taxpayers who need &/or pay for CPS.

I have seen the long term damage done to the lives of children, not by the birth families, Foster &/or Adoptive families, but by the very AGENCY that was paid to PROTECT the children!!!

I'm not yelling at you, I'm very passionate about truth and sadly, the public has no idea of the abuse done by CPS. Oh, I forgot another key point, the judicial system sadly is blantantly blinded by CPS workers and need a wake up call. Sadly, CPS has abused the trust that the judicial system and the public has placed in it.

Anonymous

To the commentor: Unless you've lived it, you have no clue the difference between what "appears to be going on" and what REALLY is going on with regards to children, especially when something causes CPS to panic and needs to defend itself.

CPS loves to find unsuspecting, loving people who are willing to love any child and where CPS can dump the very damaged children. They "promise therapeutic services for the children", but rarely make good on those promises. Many times when it comes time for the promises to be pressured, it's amazing how something comes up to disrupt the placement. Oh yes, CPS is much more interested in defending itself than it is in protecting these or any other, children.

Have you ever checked into how much money in Federal and State kickbacks/bonuses/etc that CPS receives for the number of adoptions that they can place in a year? It's a BUSINESS first and foremost!!That was the hardest thing for me to realize and I still have serious concerns about what the public doesn't know and how the public is pursuaded to vote for CPS levies, by dangling the "poor children" as sympathy bait.

Hard to believe, I know, but it's TRUE and it's my hope(and the hope of way too many families) that SOMEONE will finally cleanup CPS for the families, children, and taxpayers who need &/or pay for CPS.

I have seen the long term damage done to the lives of children, not by the birth families, Foster &/or Adoptive families, but by the very AGENCY that was paid to PROTECT the children!!!

I'm not yelling at you, I'm very passionate about truth and sadly, the public has no idea of the abuse done by CPS. Oh, I forgot another key point, the judicial system is blantantly blinded by (sometimes in cahoots with) CPS workers and needs a wake up call. Sadly, CPS has abused the trust that the judicial system and the public has placed in it.