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Abused by the caregivers in foster care

So I find out on Facebook that a former foster parent was dealing in child porn. So this raises the question --What the heck?

Why aren't these folks being screened out by the GOA? And how many more are there running about taking care of vulnerable kids?

This isn't the only case I have heard about. They seem to gravitate to work that takes care of kids no one cares about.


Lac La Biche foster care boss released on porn charges

CBC News Posted: Dec 05, 2011 11:56 AM MT Last Updated: Dec 05, 2011 1:20 PM MT
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An Alberta foster care supervisor facing child pornography charges was granted conditional release Monday.
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Alberta foster care supervisor Daniel Quiring Stoesz, 62, enters the Lac La Biche courthouse in handcuffs Monday. (Scott Fralick/CBC News)
Daniel Quiring Stoesz, 62, of Lac La Biche is charged with possessing and making available child pornography.
He was released on $3,000 cash bail under 14 conditions.
Stoesz cannot come in contact with anyone under 18, nor can he contact his wife or his two children.
He is also ordered to stay away from computers and cannot go on the internet or view pornography of any kind.
Police began investigating after receiving information from the FBI in Connecticut about someone distributing child pornography over the internet from a home in Lac La Biche.
The Crown said it believes Stoesz was not selling images, but rather sharing them as part of a file-sharing network, said prosecutor Cheryl Schlecher.
Alberta's Internet Child Exploitation [ICE] unit said there is nothing to indicate that any of the children Stoesz may have encountered through his professional capacity are involved.
Stoesz, a foster parent himself, has been suspended with pay.
The children in his care are safe, the province said Friday
Stoesz is currently looking for a court-approved place to live and will be back in court Jan. 23, 2012.


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Alberta foster care supervisor gets 6 months for child porn

CBC News Posted: Jun 21, 2012 11:17 AM MT Last Updated: Jun 21, 2012 9:55 AM MT
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Alberta foster care supervisor Daniel Stoesz enters the Lac La Biche courthouse in December 2011. (Scott Fralick/CBC News)
An Alberta foster care supervisor was sentenced to six months in jail Wednesday on one charge of possessing child pornography.
Daniel Quiring Stoesz, 63, of Lac La Biche was originally charged in December 2011 with possessing and making available child pornography.
At the time Stoesz was  a supervisor for support workers who dealt with foster parents in northeast Alberta.
Stoesz was also a foster parent himself.
Police began investigating after receiving information from the FBI in Connecticut about someone distributing child pornography over the internet from a home in Lac La Biche.
The Crown said it believes Stoesz was not selling images, but rather sharing them as part of a file-sharing network.
Alberta's Internet Child Exploitation [ICE] unit said there was nothing to indicate that any of the children Stoesz may have encountered through his professional capacity are involved.
Stoesz will be on probation for two years once his sentence is completed.
His name will also be placed on the national sex offender registry and he must surrender a sample of DNA for the national DNA data bank.


December 8, 2016 11:39 pm
Updated: December 9, 2016 7:35 am

‘I could have been Serenity’: former Alberta foster child haunted by past in care

Sarah Kraus_CropBy Sarah KrausReporter Global News
WATCH ABOVE: As Albertans learn more about the tragic death of a four-year-old girl while she was in kinship care, an Edmonton man says he isn't entirely shocked by what happened. Sarah Kraus spoke to the man haunted by his 16 years in government care and asked him what needs to change.
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Kane Blacque is a successful and happy 40-year-old Edmonton man but you would never guess that knowing how cruel his childhood was.
“My memories as a child – even as a baby – there’s nothing but trauma, chaos and abuse.”
He saw his mother and her boyfriends doing drugs and drinking, throwing things and fighting.
Sometimes, even as a toddler, that chaos spilled over onto him.
“Social workers had noticed bruises on my arms, or burns – but nothing was ever done.”


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But when Blacque was two, his young mother killed his baby sister. Blacque and his little brother were left in her care for 10 days before they became wards of the province of Alberta.
He alleges his foster parents were abusive: mentally, sexually and physically.
“It happened over the dumbest thing,” he recalled. “I took too many cookies in my lunch. Ultimately, I was beaten with a bike chain. I was hit in the chest, right here. There’s a scar. Its been there my entire life.”
At one point, Blacque and his brother were adopted. But even that didn’t last long. The pair were rejected and went back into the system.
Then they were bounced from foster home to foster home.
“When somebody is being kicked out for behavioural issues or lying or acting out or whatever – instead of actually helping them, they just move them. They put them somewhere else in hopes that they can deal with them. They can fix them.”
Blacque said the whole experience twisted his understanding of love and relationships.
“The most love that I ever felt, the most care that I ever felt – was in my foster home where I was being sexually abused. Because there was no physical abuse, no emotional abuse, no mental abuse.”
At 18, Blacque aged out of the system but things didn’t get any better.
“Drugs, alcohol, sex, sexual exploitation, prostitution, suicide attempts. That’s what it was like after foster care. It was nothing but hell,” he explained. “I wanted it just to all end. The pain, the past and I was so scared of the future.”
But Blacque’s attempts on his life were unsuccessful and today he has things to be thankful for: a loving partner, a new puppy and a great job.
“My past made me who I am. And I’m quite comfortable and happy with who I am today,” he said. “I have a lot to lose today. Whereas, previous to 37 years of age, I didn’t have anything to lose.”
So when he heard about the death of four-year-old Serenity in the care of the province, it brought back bad memories.
“I could’ve been Serenity, if I would have stayed any longer with my mother,” he said. “Since I was a kid in care, I’ve noticed no change whatsoever. It’s gotten worse.”
But that doesn’t mean he agrees with those blaming the NDP for the problems, or calling for the resignation of Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir.
Watch below: Global News’ ongoing coverage of the 2014 death of a four-year-old Alberta girl known only as Serenity. The girl’s death in kinship care has raised questions about how to protect children in government care.

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“He took over somebody else’s failures and somebody else’s lack of action,” he said.
Instead, he wants to see the whole system of care for children overhauled.
“More policies, more procedures, more training. More care, more compassion, more understanding,” he explained.
Blacque wants social workers and foster parents to be checked better to make sure they’re in it for the right reasons. And he wants them to step in when there’s signs of trouble.
“In my eyes, when it comes to innocent children in that type of environment, it needs to be taken seriously immediately. Not 10 days later, not when incidents happen and not when it’s too late.”
He said he’s hopeful the province is working to better the system but said they need to be transparent about it.
“Show us your progress, show us what you’re doing. Because the issues being handled right now are not as important as children dying in care and being abused in care and being tossed around in care.”
Julie Ali ·
What is mindboggling about this particular case is that the child felt safest in the foster care placement where he was being sexually abused but not physically and emotionally abused.

Why aren't the foster care placements being checked out for ANY kind of abuse?

Are we taking folks off the street to do this work without proper investigation of their ability or skills much less their pedophile tendencies?

It's ridiculous. We have had the case of boys being abused in the care of a Calgary caregiver here:

http://calgaryherald.com/.../crown-seeks-13-years-for-ex...
The fact that Garry Dale Prokopishin accepted an award as Calgary foster parent of the year while he was sexually abusing four teen boys under his care is “nothing short of outrageous,” Crown prosecutor Gord Haight said in arguing for a 13-year prison sentence on Monday.

Haight said Prokopishin, 56, was in a major position of trust to the boys, acting as a the boys’ father, while abusing some of them by giving them money for sex numerous times between 1999 and 2008.

“There was a trust element that took place in the home, where a child should feel safe,” Haight told Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Hall.

“The sheer number of incidents and length of time over which the abuse went on were among numerous aggravating factors. Two of the victims said these incidents occurred 11 to 15 times per month. The incidents took place over a number of years. There had to have been some degree of deliberation and planning. That much is obvious. And the offender couldn’t do this in the presence of his wife.”

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Garry Dale Prokopishin got an award for his work as a foster parent while sexually abusing four boys.

This junk makes me wonder how many abusive foster parents enter this system to find a niche where vulnerable children and youth may be victimized with impunity.

We also have the case of a supervisor of foster parents and a foster parent himself engaging in child porn distribution here:

http://www.cbc.ca/.../alberta-foster-care-supervisor-gets...

Daniel Quiring Stoesz, 63, of Lac La Biche was originally charged in December 2011 with possessing and making available child pornography.

At the time Stoesz was a supervisor for support workers who dealt with foster parents in northeast Alberta.

Stoesz was also a foster parent himself.
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There needs to be ongoing supervision of kids in foster care with full medicals every single year. This is ridiculous.
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Tabby Sabo ·
#OpExposeCps while out rage is happening regarding the beautiful Serenity and the horror she went through.
We have to never ever forget that Samantha Martin was also murdered by CFSA's abuse.
Alberta justice defended once again the Directors neglect and abuse of a child.
Government civil servants tried to hide what was done , Samantha Martin's hair colour was different in the autopsy report and part of her brain was missing .
Yet years later no justice .
In fact the government has not even supported Velvet Martin's endeavour to prevent kids with special needs ever having to go through what happened to Samantha ever again.
Velvet helped creat Samantha's law , so that parents with special needs kids can keep their guardianship while getting financial support to keep the kids at home.
Government and pharmaceutical companies profit from kids with disabilities going into care .
But if the government can't even take care of typical kids how are they in a position to support children who have complex needs ?
The parents almost always have significant knowledge of what their child needs , which is almost always disregarded by CFSA workers .
Fosterparents and group homes rarely have the skill that is needed to take care of special needs kids which causes these children to be forced from home to home .
Yet the government has made using Samantha's law almost impossible for families , so they can keep children home .
Although FSCD ( funding for special needs kids) is suppose to give children with disabilities exactly the same services CFSA offers , they don't . Why is it that the natural parent is not getting the same support foster parents and group homes get.
FSCD will not give emergency support for families with special needs kids . So this has parents calling CFSA to get help. But Instead they get judgement and are said they are unfit , only to have kids put into even more risky situations by putting them with those who don't know or able to support these kids significant needs. That don't love them like the parent does.
So abuse, neglect and death do end up happening .Then cover happens often.
So did anything change after people learned about what happened to Samantha Martin ? No , because the same people who allowed these things to happen continue to work. No,accountability, they can break laws and neglect kids and never ever have to worry about mainstream media exposing their names.
So how can things ever change ? If these civil servants can hide behind a legislative act that protects them rather than the kids and families .
Well we are going to start doing things main stream media does not have the courage to do. Send us pics of these workers and we will make sure they won't be able to hide any more
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Liz Kennedy Mosher
CFSA get's money from all the children they can take away from their parent's.greed.
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Crown seeks 13 years for ex-foster parent who sexually abused four boys

Published on: May 5, 2015 | Last Updated: May 5, 2015 10:50 AM MST
The Calgary Courts Centre.
The Calgary Courts Centre. CRYSTAL SCHICK / CALGARY HERALD
The fact that Garry Dale Prokopishin accepted an award as Calgary foster parent of the year while he was sexually abusing four teen boys under his care is “nothing short of outrageous,” Crown prosecutor Gord Haight said in arguing for a 13-year prison sentence on Monday.
Haight said Prokopishin, 56, was in a major position of trust to the boys, acting as a the boys’ father, while abusing some of them by giving them money for sex numerous times between 1999 and 2008.
“There was a trust element that took place in the home, where a child should feel safe,” Haight told Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Hall.
“The sheer number of incidents and length of time over which the abuse went on were among numerous aggravating factors. Two of the victims said these incidents occurred 11 to 15 times per month. The incidents took place over a number of years. There had to have been some degree of deliberation and planning. That much is obvious. And the offender couldn’t do this in the presence of his wife.”
Haight said Prokopishin groomed the boys by starting with joking, then to comments about their genitals, then to teasing and to sexual acts, which ultimately caused real harm to the victims.
He said there were no mitigating factors and no remorse from the offender.
Defence lawyer Ryan Patmore, seeking a sentence of seven to nine years, said his client is not beyond rehabilitation and is amenable to taking sex offender treatment while incarcerated.
“Obviously, these were very troubled boys coming into the Prokopishin home, the worst of the worst, and had addiction issues that commenced prior to Mr. Prokopishin paying them off for sexual favours,” Patmore said, noting his client’s wife has applied for divorce since the convictions.
One of the victims wrote in his victim impact statement read aloud in court by Haight that he has a difficulty trusting people, in particular men, as a result of the abuse.
“This crime has robbed me of my teenage years,” said the victim. “I feel the abuse has had an effect on my learning ability. If not for the abuse, I’d have attended university and got a job I like, instead of only being able to do labour jobs.”
Hall convicted Prokopishin last October of sexually touching the boys. He said the key evidence was the complainants descriptions of “Guys’ Nights,” in which they were taken to different towns outside the city, put up in a hotel, bought drinks, dinner and clothes and paid for sex.
“The description of Guys’ Nights by the complainants further corroborate the sexual nature of the relationship between the participants and the accused, even though these events occurred after the complainants reached the age of majority (18),” Hall said in his decision.
One complainant testified that Prokopishin would usually pay him $20 after the event. Hall said the complainants and others who lived in the home and provided similar fact evidence supported each others’ stories about what happened, and he accepted it for the most part.
One complainant, now 26, testified he agreed to allow Prokopishin to perform sex acts on him when he was between 16 and 18 years old, generally for $20 each occasion, and he would use the money to feed his crack cocaine habit.
He told Haight the sex occurred regularly at the home, but also three or four times in hotels in Drumheller, Medicine Hat and Red Deer.
When asked by the judge if he wanted to make a statement to court before being sentenced, Prokopishin said, “No, your honour.”
Hall said he plans to give his sentence on Tuesday.
dslade@calgaryherald.com
Twitter.com/heraldcourt

These cases where children in the care of the GOA were sexually abused by their caregivers (one of whom was given an award for his top foster parenting skills apparently) raises the questions of liability, negligence and ongoing oversight failures. What is the GOA liability in these situations?

So I find out on Facebook that a former foster parent was dealing in child porn. So this raises the question --What the heck? Why aren't ...
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Vulnerable kids being sexually abused in the care of a foster parent who gets an award for being a top caregiver. The irony is inescapable.

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