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August 13, 2011 permalink

Searching for news stories to post here shows that Ontario has more rallies opposing child protectors than the rest of the world combined. Still, they do happen elsewhere. Enclosed are events in California, Michigan and Tennessee.



Parents Protest Government Abuse Outside Of Shasta County Courthouse

Shasta County CPS rally

REDDING,Calif. -- Dozens of people protested in front of the Shasta County courthouse today, unhappy with how the family court is run.

The local chapter of California Protective Parents were out in full as part of a nationwide event the group Govabuse, a non-profit that fights corruption in family courts, child protective services, and the foster care system.

Lani Kitkowski is the local chapter leader and says she's most concerned about the lack of qualified court mediators. She says it was an unqualified mediator that awarded her abusive ex-husband custody of their seven-year old child.

“Our eyes are on the court, we are watching out over the criminal court, the family court, cps any of the court here that we believe are corrupt,” says Kitkowski.

The group wants family court records to be made public, the right to elect judges, and to minimize the role of child protective services in shasta county.

There have been several audits done by the state on family courts in Marin and Sacramento counties. Kitkowski would like the same thing to happen in Shasta County.

For more information on Govabuse click here:

Govabuse Website

Source: KRCR-TV

Group protests across from Genesee Courthouse looking for reform in family court, child protection laws

Flint Michigan CPS rally
(left to right) Sheila Copeland, of Flint, Mary Palmer, of Grand Blanc, and Teresa Squires, of Flint Township, hold up signs on Saginaw Street in downtown Flint on Friday across from the courthouse while protesting what they say is corruption in the system of family court and child protection services. Palmer held photos of her great granddaughter that she says is being taken away from her after she was left in her custody following the child's mother's murder in 2007. Palmer claims that the court told her it was because of her age of 70 years old that she couldn't stay with her any more and because of the grandmother not having a job that she would likely be put into the system.

FLINT, Michigan — About a dozen people are gathered on Saginaw Street across from the courthouse holding up signs and protesting what they say is corruption in the system of family court and child protection services.

The Flint protest is part of a nationwide protest with Govabuse, an activist group that focuses on reform in the family court system, said Adam Gerics, representative for Genesee County.

The group of people holding signs saying "Reform" and "Foster Care Corrupt" have been in downtown Flint since 8 a.m. and will be out there until 4 or 5 p.m., said Gerics, 37, of Flint.

"The best interest of the child is never really considered," Gerics said, adding that a main issue is that there is no incentive to keep people out of the system, only to push people through it. "The main purpose of today is to let people know that Govabuse exists."

For more information on the protest visit Govabuse's website at or Facebook group.

Source: / Flint Journal

Nationwide protest of the foster care system makes its way to Johnson City

Johnson City Tennessee CPS rally

The local chapter of began protesting outside of the juvenile court building in Johnson City at 9 a.m. today.

Source: Bristol Herald Courier and WJHL-TV