A MESSAGE TO RAMON ROJANO; DIRECTOR WAKE COUNTY HUMAN SERVICES (CPS – WAKE COUNTY; RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA)
I have a complaint that I would like to bring to your attention…
Julie Riggins is the CPS Social Worker in charge of my case which includes my wife as a co-respondent and our 7 minor children, who were adjudicated neglected by the court late last year. CPS Social Worker Julie Riggins and several others were present in a meeting this morning for the purpose of discussing re-placement of my 10-year-old son Matthew from kinship foster care to a licensed (non-kinship) foster care home.
There are several very complex issues in this case. Most recently, that of CPS Social Worker Julie Riggins and other CPS Social Workers, Courtney Barzandeh and Bruce Rudberg in California conspiring to have a protective order entered against me. They did this through coercing and intimidating my wife. At the time ( Monday, July 11, 2011) my wife Debra was living in California and had been for the past 11 months (Debra has since returned home to North Carolina on July 21, 2011). We have had NO contact, not even telephone contact, email, etc. NONE! More coercion and intimidation perpetrated by Social Workers and Court Officers here in North Carolina!
The court here in Wake County approved a reunification plan with my wife and ordered an Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) in California (her new residence since September, 2010). In turn, and as part of the process, Riverside County Department of Public Social Services “required” that Debra take out a Protective Order against me in exchange for their finalizing the ICPC. Hesitant, but wanting to do whatever “required” in order to have our children returned to her physical custody, Debra complied; but the Protective Order was DENIED this time! Enter Julie Riggins (one of your CPS Social Workers)… Julie Riggins (Raleigh, North Carolina – CPS) and Courtney Barzandeh (Riverside, California – CPS) discussed alternatives. CPS Social Worker Julie Riggins then decided that she would send to CPS Social Worker Courtney Barzandeh in Riverside, California, a copy of a “VOID” California Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) from April, 2010. This was a Temporary Restraining Order that was not only “temporary” but “VOID” ab initio (from the beginning) as California violated the Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, (1979, c. 110, s. 1; 1999-223, s. 3; N.C.G.S. chapter 50-A) and the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1738A by issuing the order unlawfully. In any case, this TRO was ultimately dismissed as “VOID.” CPS Social Worker Julie Riggins obtained this “copy” from her North Carolina file. You should also know that later in May, 2010 a Judge here in North Carolina (Judge Lori Christian) also entered a Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO) against me unlawfully and that order has also been “set aside” as “VOID” ab initio as of March, 2011. This, of course was the reason for your agents taking our 7 minor children into custody, alleging Neglect in June, 2010… I’m still wondering why our 7 minor children have not been returned to us since that order “never existed” according to the LAW (State and Federal statutes).
During the dialogue this morning CPS Social Worker Julie Riggins acknowledged her involvement in conspiring with CPS of Riverside, California to have a protective Order entered against me; and she further acknowledged sending the previous California TRO (the VOID order) to the CPS Social Worker Courtney Barzandeh in Riverside, California “to be re-instated”. WHAT? WHY? What is this conspiracy supposed to accomplish? Lies and deception! Not to mention UNLAWFUL! Obviously these CPS agents are not at all familiar with the Constitution, or even the laws of their own respective jurisdictions. What’s really crazy is… All this talk of protective orders against me and “I HAVE NEVER LAID A HAND ON MY WIFE! EVER!” shocking! This is some system you have here!
I have been preparing a Federal Action over the past several months that is to be filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina in the very near future naming several of your Social Workers and your Agency, among others (35 defendants in all – so far). The action is under 42 U.S.C §1983 for deprivation of rights (and conspiring to deprive); seeks damages and injunctive relief in the form of the return of our children to our FULL legal and physical custody.
It is, in fact, quite concerning to me that your agent CPS Social Worker Julie Riggins conspired with Courtney Barzandeh of Riverside, California Social Services to “require” that my wife Debra take out a Protective Order against me two weeks ago, on Monday July 11, 2011 while Debra was still residing in California. It was of no great surprise to me however that it was DENIED; since my wife and I have had NO CONTACT until this past Friday July 15, 2011 for over 11 months. It was absolutely quite shocking that they would conspire to “insist” on this and make it a “requirement” of my wife Debra, and a “condition” to facilitate completion of the ICPC; while they were all well aware of our lack of contact (even requiring that she “at least try” according to our affidavit from an uninterested party). Not a total surprised though, as I have become well aware of how your agencies operate. In fact I have re-dedicated my life to ExposingTheRecord and Exposing the people and organizations like yours, beginning with my website www.exposingtherecord.org and this Federal Action aimed at holding everyone accountable. I am also considering criminal charges in both jurisdictions and decided to file this claim/complaint with each of the respective agencies.
I would be open to a meeting to further discuss this and other very serious aspects of our case. My wife and I will make ourselves available and would like to know what action, if any, you decide to take or if you decide that a meeting would be prudent.
On another note, CPS Social Worker Julie Riggins refused to allow my wife to visit with our children today or at any time over the coming weekend. Debra has only visited with our six minor children ages 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, & 12 for a few short hours on 1 day in April over the past 11 months. The current court order provides for “unsupervised” visits. CPS Social Worker Julie Riggins disapproves of my wife Debra moving back to her home in North Carolina, yet the Judge in this case has stated that Debra is free to live/reside “wherever she chooses.” This seems to be the reason for not making the children available to her today. UNTHINKABLE! On the day our 10-year-old son Matthew is to be separated from his five brothers and sisters for the first time in his life, CPS Social Worker Julie Riggins denies his mother access to him, contrary to the court’s orders.
Thanks for your time. I look forward to hear from you.
Ron Reale, Executive Director
11010-100 Lake Grove Blvd. STE 211
Morrisville, NC 27560
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