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April 11, 2005

Public Service Announcement: Disabled Baby in Need of Adoption - URGENT! (UPDATED)

Topics: News

UPDATE: Baby has been adopted, we actually received this request late.

- Via email
Dear Pro-Life Leaders,
I have received an urgent notice from one of my fellow diocesan pro-life leaders. Please pray for this newborn and that he/she will find a good home. Anything you can do to help will be appreciated. Read on.

Nick Silverio of Safe Haven for Newborns in Florida has asked that we spread the word of a disabled newborn in need of adoption.

The child, born today, has no arms, only one leg, and is missing a good portion of his jaw - but his prognosis is good. The baby was abandoned by his mother under the Florida Safe Haven law and, unless potential adoptive parents can be found, quickly, the child will become a ward of the state (and, it is feared, the target of euthanasia). The Florida Department of Children and Families will not become involved unless information is obtained that may suggest some type of abuse or neglect (which is not evident at this time). Catholic Charities in Florida is not currently able to assist with adoption services.

Please forward this information on to any agency, organization or individual that may be able to assist in locating interested potential adoptive parents.

Nick's cell phone number is 786-246-1304 and the his web site is savehaven.

It has been my experience in the very recent past that adoptive parents for disabled infants have been found through the efforts of pro-life people who simply made the need known via e-mail.

Please pray for this baby and his biological mother as well.

Thanks! Andrea Albanese
Respect Life Coordinator
Diocese of Arlington
703.205.1217
sanctafamilia@pngusa.net

Posted by richard at April 11, 2005 8:03 AM


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Permanent home eludes boys in notorious child abuse case

April 10, 2005, 12:56 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. -- More than two years after being found dehydrated, emaciated and infested with lice in a locked Newark basement, two brothers at the heart of one of New Jersey's most horrendous child abuse cases remain without a permanent home.

Raheem and Tyrone Williams were placed in a group home by the Division of Youth and Family Services, the agency that failed to protect them from protracted and unthinkable abuse, allegedly at the hands of relatives with whom their mother had left them.

The corpse of a third brother, Faheem, was found stuffed in a storage bin in the same basement, in a closet that had been nailed shut. That discovery touched off a firestorm about the ability of DYFS to protect children and led to a top-to-bottom overhaul of the agency costing hundreds of millions of dollars.

The surviving boys' living arrangement apparently violates the Adoption and Safe Families Act, a federal law designed to make sure children do not languish in foster care. The law sets timetables for planning children's futures and ensuring permanent placement for those who cannot return home.

DYFS spokesman Andy Williams defended the placement, telling The Sunday Star-Ledger of Newark that a Family Court judge, a guardian, and the group home operator all approved it.

A national children's rights advocate vehemently disagrees.

"It's generally accepted good practice children should not be in group facilities for any length of time," said Marcia Robinson Lowry, who sued the state in 1999 for mismanaging child welfare. "For kids who have suffered trauma, it is even more important to be in a nurturing family."

The boys, now 9 and 6, are not legally available for adoption because parental rights have not been terminated.

Their mother, Melinda Williams, in state prison for an unrelated child endangerment conviction, may seek to regain custody of the boys. A cousin who has been the guardian of an older brother since 2000 has spent months trying to adopt the younger two.

"When I see them, they always say, 'When are we going home?"' said Clarence Johnson, a utility company worker. "It's a good place, and they are doing very well, but it's not a home."

The group home, located far from Newark, is staffed 24 hours a day and serves at least three other children.

The oldest Williams brother, Fuquan, is a teenager who lives in a residential treatment facility in New York.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger


Copyright 2005 Newsday Inc.

Posted by: that woman at April 11, 2005 11:23 AM

I spoke to Nick Silverio, and he told me this is old news, that they found adoptive parents, and that the adoption process is under way.

Posted by: Magician's Nephew at April 11, 2005 2:59 PM

Magician's Nephew is referring to the article, err I mean PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT posted by the blog.

The Williams children still NEED HELP.

Gee, I wonder if any of the so-called "right to life" bloggers will even notice.

Posted by: that woman at April 11, 2005 9:43 PM

It doesn't seem that these two boys are in any danger of being killed by the State of New Jersey. Their cousin says they're doing well. It sounds like the New Jersey DYFS needs to be nudged, but it doesn't sound like a life-threatening emergency.

The only thing I can see for anyone reading this blog to do about the situation you point out is to write letters and pester the DYFS to permit the boys to be adopted. Care to provide contact information? Or would that take precious time away from trolling?

Posted by: jaed at April 11, 2005 10:58 PM