The Guardian ad Litem Program continues to disgrace Minnesota… While the rest of the state is contemplating allegations of misconduct by GALs that have jeopardized the lives of children, and is questioning the GAL Board that cost taxpayers millions of dollars for a program that has not been proven to work… the GALs, themselves, apparently remain unconcerned. In fact, they plan to party like it’s 1995 (the last year the audit was done, you know, before the sh– hit the fan and the and failures of the GAL program were exposed)!!!
This article is satire based on a REAL, upcoming meeting of CASA volunteer GALs who will be convening at a local bar. The article contains real descriptions from the bar’s advertising, which will be included in quotations. The meeting notice will be posted below, as will the web link to CASA.
I personally find this whole meeting offensive on so many levels.
The Minnesota GAL Board recently issued a survey, which was offered to GALs, to get their feedback on the complaint procedure used to file a grievance against a guardian. The response to the survey was dismal – only 2 GALs filled it out, and 1 District Manager. How can it be that more GALs will attend a party at a bar than take a few minutes to fill out a survey that is crucial to addressing serious issues concerning their job?
Recently, a member of their ranks, Former Volunteer GAL Terri Ann Milstein Pleads Guilty to Promoting Prostitution Milstein was a pimp who exploited 27 women and walked away with a sentence of just 1 year in jail, much less than she deserved. The victims still carry the scars, and pain, associated with the degradation and sexual abuse of prostitution. What Milstein did is reprehensible, and has eroded the public trust in the GAL program. This is a time the GAL program should be actively working to reach out to the public to answer questions, to be available for the families who had Milstein appointed as GAL to their child, to do something in an effort to build a better relationship with the public. But that is NOT happening. That the rest of the volunteer GALs are meeting in a bar whose decor and menu includes crude sexual jokes and innuendos, as well as promoting racial stereotypes… in the wake of this scandal, is outrageous!
While the GALs are out partying, I will be spending yet another night in an empty home surrounded by Easter eggs that will never be filled, and pictures taped the fridge of childish scribbles that fade a little more every day… struggling with the loss of my children; which was directly caused by the abuse of power, and reprehensible conduct of one GAL – Jamie Manning. Since this blog was started, A Call to Action has been contacted by parents from all over Minnesota, and the U.S., who are also dealing with systemic failures, corruption and abuses of power in the GAL program. ALL of these parents have either being unjustly stripped of custody, deprived of visitation or estranged from their children. And ALL of these children have been traumatized or harmed in some way, and their cries for help have gone unheard due to the failures of the GALs who were assigned to advocate for them. Instead of meeting at the bar, the GALs should get back to work, roll up their sleeves and do their job to protect and advocate for abused and at-risk children.
And if the GALs are going to have a social meeting, show some respect for the seriousness of your job, and the public trust put in you. What does it say about the values and priorities of the GAL program to encourage Guardians Gone Wild! in a local bar? Answer: Not a lot.
Brought to you by CASA Minnesota… GAL Social
TIKIS ** A DASH OF VODOO ** BOOZEHOUNDS ** GUARDIAN AD LITEMS **
After the upcoming GAL Board Meeting on April 13th, the stressed out GALs need a way to unwind, what better place than a local bar! “Psycho S— is many things — a hideout for shady characters, a rest stop on the road to oblivion, a desination for bachelorette parties and nefarious conspiracies alike...” and a swingin’ place for volunteer Guardian ad Litems, and “professionals” involved in CPS and family court to party! According to Psycho S–, “We’re here to have a good time with bad taste and amazing things to eat and drink, and we hope you are too…” I think the GAL’s will fit right in.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The “bad taste” fake Polynesian decor with grotesque statutes of Native People that has made Psycho S– famous has gained full ICWA approval is not even mildly offensive. Enjoy your beverage “for your boozing pleasure” in specialty mugs that include Evil Head Hunter (the site says “a little head never hurt anybody” – ha! ha!) whose eyes and lips are sewn shut, and a bone is hanging out of his ear. There is the Miserable Bastard Mug with the big nose and big lips and Fu Man Chu mug that is not even mildly offensive to Asians, who would be proud of the 1970’s Kung Fu fighting stereotypes. Just so Native People don’t feel left out, African people are also included in the joke (ha! ha!) with drinks being named “Zula Zula” and “Blood of the Jungle” in their honor. This bar offers great opportunities for diversity training (wink, wink).
There are 3 bars available for rental at Psycho S–… wonder if the GALs are going to check out the “Ports of Pleasure..”Where the women swear like sailors and the sailors know what they like. Spend your shore leave wisely, with lively conversation and drinks stiffer than the plank you’ll be walking later. Temptation calls, will you answer?”” If you become so drunk that you swallow your car keys, or wind up in the river, don’t feel bad ‘cuz after it’s all said and done, Dr. Phil, CASA supporter, will be available to give you therapy.
Light Appetizers will be provided by the tax payers funding CASA, enjoy your delicious treats while the concerned citizens eat your bs. “Beverages” available for purchase if you would like to partake in a “One Eyed Willy” or “Eruption in Paradise”. Our “fellow GALs” will be joined together for “an evening of fun” … and perhaps recruiting some new members?? (wink, wink)
I wonder if the GALs will enjoy such popular games like:
** Have You Ever?? (Recommended Sole Custody to An Abuser/Left a Child in Abusive Home)
**Truth or Dare (I Dare You NOT to Lie in Court!)
**BINGO (P-A-S …That’s a BINGO!)
I hope everyone brings a camera, or better yet, go Facebook live!
Note: The name of the bar has nothing to do with “Psycho Suzi” in the GAL program.. that is just a coincidence!
|Time:||5:30 PM – 7:00 PM|
|Short Description:||Volunteer Guardian ad Litem social hour|
|Location:||P S— Motor Lounge
St., Minneapolis, MN 55418
Phone: (612) 788-
Attention volunteer Guardians ad Litem!
Our next social gathering will be on Tuesday April 18, 2017. We are meeting at Psycho S–Motor Lounge from 5:30 – 7:00. Light appetizers will be provided and beverages available for purchase.
Address: St. Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Join your follow GALs for an evening of fun a chance to get to know each other!
I hope to see you at the GAL board meeting on April 13 at 9 am ! I will be there and hope to speak !