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JUDGE WON'T RETURN 11 KIDS TO PARENTS

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  • Zafar Khan
    JUDGE WON T RETURN 11 KIDS TO PARENTS By Steve Patterson, Jacksonville Times-Union, 5/30/02
    Message 1 of 1 , May 31, 2002
      JUDGE WON'T RETURN 11 KIDS TO PARENTS
      By Steve Patterson, Jacksonville Times-Union, 5/30/02
      http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/053002/met_9536642.html

      A Jacksonville judge has ordered continued state
      custody for 11
      children
      found living last month in a tiny home with no
      electricity or running
      water.

      The children's parents, Riccardo and Antoinette Young,
      have moved into
      a
      rented four-bedroom house and paid utility and
      car-repair bills since
      supporters mailed $16,000 to an agency helping them.
      The couple asked
      to
      have their children returned in a hearing last week.
      Court-appointed
      child
      guardians favored the idea.

      But in a ruling that became known this week, Circuit
      Judge Linda F.
      McCallum said the children shouldn't go home until the
      Department of
      Children and Families completes a standard house
      inspection and
      arranges
      child counseling.

      The order set no timetable. But a lawyer for
      Antoinette Young said the
      children will likely stay in foster homes an
      additional two months or
      more.
      Children and Families regularly needs more than a
      month to schedule a
      single child for therapy and will struggle to
      accommodate a large
      family,
      said attorney Carole Vogel.

      "I think a couple of months is a realistic
      expectation. ... It could
      easily
      take longer," Vogel said.

      The judge's order said therapists would help decide
      when the children
      would
      have visitations with their parents, and when they
      would go home.

      The delay frustrated supporters, who argued the Youngs
      were poor but
      well-meaning and committed parents who shouldn't be
      kept from their
      children.
      Yesterday a national Islamic organization, which
      helped the family
      because
      the Youngs are Muslims, asked Children and Families'
      district
      administrator, Richard Barry, to help unite the
      family.

      Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on
      American Islamic
      Relations, wrote that he feared the Youngs were being
      kept apart
      because of
      "the family's minority faith and ... the apparent
      desire to justify
      taking
      the children from their home in the first case."
      Awad's letter asked
      Barry
      to review whether Children and Families is handling
      the case
      properly...

      IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.
      Hostile comments
      could
      be used against the family.) Contact Florida's
      Department of Children
      and
      Families to ask that they assist in the swift
      reunification of the
      Young
      family.

      CONTACT:

      Mr. Richard Barry
      District Administrator
      Florida Department of Children and Families
      5920 Arlington Expressway
      Jacksonville, FL 32211

      FAX: 904-723-5389
      E-MAIL: richard_barry@...
      COPY TO: cair@...

      Donations for the Youngs can be mailed to:

      First Coast Family Center
      Attention: Connie Fussell
      2747 Art Museum Drive, Suite 100
      Jacksonville, FL 32207

      Make checks payable to "First Coast Family Center."
      Note on the check: "For the Riccardo Young family."
      Inform CAIR of your
      donation.



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