Mass. State Official Wants Justina Pelletier In Connecticut

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Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, John Polanowicz, said Justina Pelletier should return to her home state of Connecticut in a “letter to the editor” released Friday.

 

“Justina Pelletier should return to her home state of Connecticut to receive the services and support she needs close to her friends, family, school and community. We strongly believe that this outcome is in Justina’s best interests, and have laid the groundwork to make it happen,” said Polanowicz.

The letter was emailed to Fox CT by a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services.

“The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) has been working with providers and the State of Connecticut to develop a reunification plan for the family to help achieve this goal as soon as possible,” Polanowicz went on to say.

The 15 year old Pelletier has been in Massachusetts state custody since February 2013 when she was removed from the custody of her parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier.

The Massachusetts Department of Children and Family Services entered the picture after the West Hartford teen was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital with the flu.

Doctors there disagreed with a prior diagnosis of mitochondrial disease and instead said she suffered from somatoform disorder.

When her parents tried to discharge her, DCF was called to intervene.

Since then, Pelletier’s parents have been fighting through the court system to regain custody of their daughter.

Fox CT broke the story in November 2013.

Here is the full statement released by Polanowicz Friday:

To the Editor

Justina Pelletier should return to her home state of Connecticut to receive the services and support she needs close to her friends, family, school and community. We strongly believe that this outcome is in Justina’s best interests, and have laid the groundwork to make it happen.

The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) has been working with providers and the State of Connecticut to develop a reunification plan for the family to help achieve this goal as soon as possible.

Last year, the Juvenile Court gave custody of Justina to DCF and since then she has received treatment and supports from both DCF and a residential treatment provider in Massachusetts. She has received tutoring, made friends and attended events in the community, including a recent outing to see Blue Man Group. 

We were also pleased we could help arrange for Justina to observe religious services and to spend time with her family on Easter. But we hope she is able to spend future holidays with her family in Connecticut.

Contrary to the belief of many, DCF does not have the authority to determine when and if custody should be returned to Justina’s parents. As with all cases of alleged abuse or neglect, that authority is held solely by the court. In this case, after reviewing all of the evidence, the court found that it is in the best interest of Justina to remain in DCF custody for now.

DCF is ready to work with the family around reunification planning and we hope the family will fully engage in this process. We have taken numerous steps to achieve our shared goal of Justina ultimately returning home — and we will stay focused on achieving this result.

— John Polanowicz


Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services 

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11 comments

  • Rachel

    What this means with this statement """""""DCF is ready to work with the family around reunification planning and we hope the family will fully engage in this process. We have taken numerous steps to achieve our shared goal of Justina ultimately returning home — and we will stay focused on achieving this result. """"""""""" is they will have some requirements that the parents will have to complete first. I have read this general statement many times. It is almost a form letter. Parents could be required to take parenting classes, seek counseling, have weekly visits and still not be able to treat her for anything other than what DCF says she needs to be treated for. They may even forbid them from going to TUFFS. For them to seek medical care they may be required to get permission first. Now if the parents say don't agree to just one thing they will report to the courts that the parents are not cooperating with the reunification process. DCF has the power. They are the ones that set the rules what has to be done to get the child back. The court does not do this. The court is just following what the DCF tells them they want done.

  • Nick

    Somehow this sounds like alot of spin.Bureaucrat Lackey comes to mind. I know if I ever see these clowns resume on my desk, it will be promptly filed in the circular receptacle. My guess is you will forever be beholden to your political allies to earn a living. I guess that means staying in your corrupt state.

  • Bill Gray

    John Polanowicz is a liar. Here is the MA Statute:
    http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dcf/regs/110cmr9.p… …….."By statute (M.G.L. c. 119, §. 26) the Department does have the option to close cases by "administrative decision" without court action."

    He can close this without the court. He is choosing not to close it. I can only guess why – He is workinng the system to protect MA HHS, DCF, BCH, Judge Johnson and Gov. Patrick from prosecution. Justina and her family deserve compensation for the pain and suffering caused at the hands of these fiends.

    • Stella

      Exactly right, it's not about what's best for Justina, it's about covering the asses of these blooming idiots. This is only the beginning of what will happen all over the country as ACA.nudges itself into our lives…Parental authority and rights will be a thing of the past.

  • Dot Knightly

    This is a crock! And yes, DCYF does have the say if a child is returned. The Judges are most definitely DCYF Puppets and do whatever DCYF tells them to do! Ask any DCYF worker. They're extremely proud to brag about their power over the Courts in New Hampshire!

  • Cheryl A

    This is nothing new. Just more of the same old same old. Even the wording is the same. MA DCF is not working at all toward reunification of this family. MA DCF is working at covering up their MASSive overreach of government bureaucrats kidnapping a child and abusing and neglecting her. Even the FBI considers it kidnapping, but no one in the FBI has the guts to do something about it.

    Since the FBI is too scared, why not the IRS? Why aren't they auditing Boston Children's Hospital, Judge Johnston and Governor Patrick? Oh, I forgot, they are too busy persecuting Tea Party organizations.

    I think the reason this letter was written is that they are worried because of recent cyber attacks and they are trying to quell public sentiment to avoid other civil disobedience that could arise on behalf of this child.

    And we all have a right to be angry at this girl's suffering at the hand of our government.

    "We were also pleased we could help arrange for Justina to observe religious services and to spend time with her family on Easter."

    This is a bold faced lie. She did NOT get to see her family or go to mass on Easter Sunday. She saw her parents on the Saturday before Easter. I am sorry, but on Saturday Jesus was still in the tomb. It was on Sunday that he arose from the dead. Easter is on Sunday.

    One day out of 15 months of captivity she supposedly gets to "observe religious services" and it is not even on the right day. She should have been able to attend mass over 60 times by now. She has not been allowed to have a priest come to visit her either.

    Funny how they were able to help her to "attend events in the community…including Blue Man Group" but they didn't let her go to mass.

    Even Muslims in GITMO were given copies of the Koran and were allowed to pray several times a day. Justina hasn't been allowed to go to confession or to mass yet.

    This child does not need to go into the hands of more bureaucrats, she need to go home with her parents and sleep in her own bed and eat at her own table with her family. She needs to be able to worship with her family on Christmas and Easter Sunday and every week at mass if she wants to.

  • Cheryl A

    Justina's father said right after seeing her the Saturday before easter that she doesn't have much longer to live. She is being caused to die a slow death. Anyone with a mitochondrial issue needs a specific nutritional cocktail and to be able to get plenty of rest. They also have to pace themselves. The psychological treatment most often given for "somataform" is cognitive behavioral therapy CBT. This has been proven in studies to be harmful to people with mitochondrial issues because ti does not allow the patient to determine activity level based on how their body is responding. This is indeed torture. I know from experience. This girls NEEDS to be HOME NOW.

    "Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die;

    save them as they stagger to their death.

    Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.”

    For God understands all hearts, and he sees you.

    He who guards your soul knows you knew.

    He will repay all people as their actions deserve."

    Proverbs 24:11-12 The Message

  • callmeroy

    Medical tyranny is sadly a reality today in the U.S., and if you disagree with a medical professional over the care of your child, you face losing custody of your child. Justina’s case is especially bizarre, because the parents were actually following a treatment plan for her that was recommended
    by doctors in their home town. Their only “crime” was to disagree with the doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital and want to discharge her and take her back to her original doctors. Boston Children’s Hospital is part of the Harvard Medical School system, with strong ties to funding from the
    federal government. Boston Children’s Hospital “is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric hospital. More than 1,100 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 on-staff members of the Institute of Medicine and 9 members of the
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute.”
    So if you're child is lucky enough to be picked for a medical trial (without you're consent), you and you're child no longer have any rights of course. But consider yourself lucky pions, lucky to serve the Almighty Boston Children Hospitals and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. What's the big
    deal? So what if you're childs life comes into danger? We at the Harvard Medical School system need more human "lab rats" and we will decide what is appropriate!
    Could it be that Justina is part of a medical research trial? There is the story of Sarah Hershberger in 2013, the 10-year-old Amish girl who fled the U.S. with her parents to avoid forced chemotherapy treatments. A court had awarded custody of Sarah to a nurse at Akron Children’s Hospital. Her
    parents claim that their daughter was part of an experimental chemo drug trial, to which they had not given consent.
    By the way folks, why isn't this news story on the main stream media (CBS, NBS, MSNBC, CNN, PBS, NPR, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, etc)? I can guess why? A bill in the Massachusetts Legislature which would have overruled the judge and freed Justina immediately, HD 4212, written by MassResistance and filed on April 4, was blocked by the Democratic leadership in the House, despite national outrage and a flood of calls and emails from across the country. I thought the Democratic Party was for the people? Apparently not!
    The DCF has now moved Justina to a hospital in Connecticutt instead of with her parents! 15 months this has been going on!
    Remember folks, never put your child in a Massachusetts hospital. Never!
    Justice is coming Justina. Hang on.