Letter by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly to SLO County Social Services Director Lee Collins

December 4, 2013
Tim Donnelly

Tim Donnelly

OPINION By ASSEMBLYMAN TIM DONNELLY

Dear Director Collins,

It has come to my attention that allegations have been made that San Luis Obispo County Child Welfare Services seized the grandchildren of Karen Velie, a respectable local publisher, in retaliation for her news agency conducting an investigation into alleged abuse of power by county agencies.

Aside from the trauma inflicted on these children, especially during the holidays, this apparent act of intimidation is in violation of TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 241 ; “If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same…”

As a California State Representative, I have sworn an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States and of California against all enemies foreign and domestic. In addition to the freedom of the press, the United States Constitution requires that legal proceedings be fair and that the accused have an opportunity to be heard before the government acts to take away their life, liberty, or property. Indefinitely removing children from their loving family without proof of a wrongdoing is unfair and an abuse of power.

Please explain by what authority this action was taken. Having a dirty house is not a crime and I am convinced that these children would be best served by a prompt and permanent return to their family. Numerous studies have shown that the stability and love that children receive in their own homes can never be matched by a faceless government bureaucracy.

Due to allegation of misconduct against the county, and the apparent connection to the seizure of the children, these children need to be returned to their family immediately unless proof exists that a crime has been committed.

I hope this troubling episode will be quickly resolved and will seek steps to ensure this never happens again in our state.

Thank you in advance for your prompt and thorough reply.

Godspeed,

Tim Donnelly

Assemblyman ; 33rd District

 

Tim Donnelly is an assemblyman representing California’s 33rd district and is currently running for governor.

 

 


73 Comments

  1. NewsBreak77 says:

    http://youtu.be/tmXsG1N93gE

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  2. blondehare says:

    Lois Capps is part of the good old boys network. She does not help. DA Shea does not help. Once you send a complaint to Adam Hill you are then red lined by all of this county’s lawyers. For 5 years I cannot get a lawyer.I never knew that once I sent Adam Hill my complaint that my life would be a living hell for 5 years. Retaliation by police also.Santa Barbara had to send all my drafted complaints to DA Shea so at least we knew he received them. If this county wants to protect someone they will use all they have like, Roy Ogden to ruin your life.I am not giving up hope that someone exposes this county’s abuse of power and corruption.

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  3. heaven says:

    What Services is CWS offering to support this family with reunification process?

    Services such as..
    Family Group Decision-Making
    Family group decision-making is a generic term that includes a number of approaches in which family members are brought together to make decisions about how to care for their children and develop a plan for services. Different names used for this type of intervention include family team conferencing, family team meetings, family group conferencing, family team decision-making, family unity meetings, and team decision-making. Approaches differ in various aspects, but most consist of several phases and employ a trained facilitator or coordinator.
    The key is a TRAINED facilitator/coordinator.

    This is what they claim to do… offer services, so what and were are they?

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  4. heaven says:

    I 100% completely believe that CWS is making it as difficult as possible on this family!!! I can further understand Karen’s position, until they close the case. The case has not closed why??? WARNING red flag. Be very CAUTIOUS!!!! Either they have met the petition (open case) or not….
    CPS is keeping it opened and this should make you stop and think…
    CPS is now allotted more time (but of coarse,claiming they are following the case plan) to further allege ridiculous allegations-anything to substantiate their case.

    Anyone who has had the unfortunate (first hand experience) knows this is how they play their game. Keep a careful watch. Until this case is closed.

    Karen and her family from my understanding have a substantial amount of support.
    I am a stranger, but have a common thread, I have gone before, so I speak from personal experience.
    It is unbelievable, CPS, a living nightmare until they are out of your life. Many others families have been impacted by the system. You are not alone and Karen you will get through this.

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  5. heaven says:

    As 2013 comes to a close, it’s count down to shut down CPS what a great goal for the
    New Year.
    Never underestimate the power of prayer!!!
    Just as the Gov’t shut down, drastic cuts are on the way to the San Luis Obispo County
    Superior Court system, including employee furloughs, service cuts and even the
    shutdown of a courthouse. Grover Beach closed!

    SLO courts could be next…… 2014 will bring drastic changes as to how CPS/CWS does business.

    Many Blessings to all and Happy New Year+

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  6. heaven says:

    Contact info.

    http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

    24th District:
    Rep. Lois Capps (D)
    Website
    Facebook
    DC: 202-225-3601
    Santa Barbara: 805-730-1710
    San Luis Obispo: 805-546-8348
    Santa Maria: 805-349-3832

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  7. heaven says:

    Here is one Senator that finished well….

    Report of Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer on CPS Corruption …

    fightcps.com/2008/02/29/report-of-georgia-senator-nancy-schaefer…

    Report of Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer on Corruption in Child Protective Services
    .

    The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services | Nancy …

    kidjacked.com/family/schaefer.asp

    From the legislative desk of Senator Nancy Schaefer 50th District of Georgia. My introduction into child protective service cases was due to a grandmother in an …

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  8. heaven says:

    +Merry Christmas to the Velie Family+

    You are in my thoughts and wrapped in prayers!!!

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