Sharon Smith: Whereabouts Unknown

arrestedEditor’s note: This story is true to the best of my knowledge. After handing me this letter on April fourth, 2006, Sharon Smith fled from Alaska with her son, fearing for her life and the safety of her child, a six-year old, happy, healthy, well-adjusted boy. Although her parenting skills had never been questioned, after she became a political activist on part of her sister, the Office of Children’s Services began making allegations that she was an unfit mother. She asked me to publish her letter into a story, but I offer it to you now, in her own words. Only her name and that of her sister have been changed for their protection.

On May 1, 2002, my twin sister, Susan Smith and I had conducted an informal investigation within the community of Wasilla and Palmer, Alaska into the illegal seizure of Alaskan children after Susan’s beautiful five week old baby girl was kidnapped a second time by Social Worker Sharon Chambers of State of Alaska Office of Children Services. She was accompanied by an armed Alaska State Trooper named Wooten of Palmer, Alaska. Neither presented us with a search warrant, court order or other proof of probable cause. When Ms. Chambers said she was there to take the baby, she was asked why. She answered she had “received more calls”. Trooper Wooten stated at the time that he did not see any reason to take the baby, that he was simply following OCS orders and suggested Susan call him as a witness in court.

On 5/3/02, we appeared in court, discovering there was only one witness; an alleged pediatrician (Dr. Karen Denny-Impson) who had been instructed by Chambers to seize the infant at birth from the Anchorage Providence Hospital. At that time, Judge Eric Smith of Palmer Superior Court returned custody to Susan within two days after it was determined that Chambers had lied when she stated Obstetrics and Gynecology had advised her to seize the newborn. OBGYN testified they did not say seize the newborn and did not see any problems with Susan that would render her unfit to parent a baby.

In his ruling, Judge Smith stated that Chambers had “over-reacted”, and took further note that she was visibly upset over losing a case. At this point, it should be added that both Chambers and Denny-Impson were inexperienced case workers. Both in their first year of practice, Dr. Denny-Impson was only a massage therapist called upon the Attorney General as an Expert Witness Pediatrician during open court even though she was unable to diagnose Lactose Intolerance and Thrush found in at least four of the cases she had brought to court under the guise of unfit parenting skills. Her justification in each case was, “I’m afraid this baby is going to die if I leave it in its mother’s care.”

During Susan’s second hearing on May third, we were all shocked to hear Dr. Denny-Impson’s allegation that thirty-eight year old Susan was incapable of changing a diaper. We had both been in classes for the mentally gifted since grade school, graduating with a 4.0 grade average a year ahead of our peers. We had both been baby sitting and changing diapers since age eleven. Susan has never sustained a head injury, or used drugs or alcohol. I am witness to the fact that Susan demonstrated her ability to change a diaper in the presence of Dr. Denny-Impson while in her office on 4/28/02, three days before OCS kidnapped my niece from her home.

This ridiculous diaper-changing allegation is what made us suspicious of OCS and prompted us to dig a little deeper into their policies. We didn’t have to go very far. OCS is very blatant in their techniques, using the same arguments in conjunction with all the biological parents they bring up on charges. Alaskan law states that a child can not be removed from the biological parents unless there is evidence of a mental illness so severe, the patient can not recover within a year of seeking treatment. OCS receives these diagnosis from psychologists in their employ. Their target is low-income, state funding dependent recipients. In Susan’s case, she was a single mother who had initially decided to give her child up for adoption when she first discovered she was pregnant. However, during the last two months of her pregnancy, she refused to sign the papers relinquishing her rights to the unborn child. It was then that Chambers began her pressure on Susan to give up her child.

When a ten hour psychiatric evaluation paid by the Social Services came back negative as to her parenting skills, Susan submitted herself to four other psychologists from four different agencies, including private practice. None of them were accepted by OCS. Susan then sought the evaluation of an ex-OCS-hired psychologist, Dr. Washington Brown, who told her he refused to do this for OCS anymore as he had been forced to falsify records and is no longer willing to risk his career.

Other cases included, during my investigation of foster parenting fraud, one in which the husband and wife were in a car accident without the child with them. OCS immediately removed the child, declaring the accident a suicide pact. When a mother’s new puppy soiled the rug, the babysitter called OCS. The children were seized, with the conditions reported as unsanitary and the case worker refusing to make a second visit to see if the house had been cleaned. After a car accident, a single mother began having seizures. Even though the seizures cleared once she was put on medication, her children were still removed. A Native American man who was proud of his heritage, speaking highly of his people and teaching his children traditional dance while playing the Native drum, was told he was unbalanced and narcissistic, and that he was too much in love with himself to be an adequate parent. A single mother who lost one child in a house fire, had her others removed by OCS who determined she failed to protect her children, even though it was determined arson was not at play.

Alaskan children are being ripped out of their biological parents’ arms without Search Warrants or probable cause. Their cases are built on false allegations and are usually not given an opportunity to face their accusers. These biological parents are not being jailed or institutionalized for criminal behavior, nor are they being evaluated to see if they are fit to stand trial. OCS is labeling people then adopting their children out to foster parents they hire with federal monies.

The U.S. Government is unknowingly approximately 45 million dollars a year to an alleged non-profit organization known as State of Alaska Office of Children’s Services, formerly known as Division of Family and Youth Services (DFYS) to house and feed orphans. What the federal government doesn’t know is OCS has become a very illegal adoption agency, still operating under a non-profit status and still receiving federal funding and private donations fraudulently. The other thing the federal government doesn’t know is these children are not orphans!

These children are our children stolen from our wombs, birthing beds, homes and relative’s homes, our children’s schools and even the court steps. They are taken away from us violently by OCS, using police force and threats. Not once has OCS presented to the deprived parent, a search warrant or legal court order naming the person to be seized or the charge. The allegations presented in Family Court are usually made by state employees, only. The court does not allow the parents to present witnesses or the children to testify on their behalf. Family Court doesn’t even take into consideration the desires of older children, which is in direct violation with Alaskan law which states children thirteen years of age or older are allowed to choose which parent they wish to live with. The Alaska Family Court, following the directions of OCS and their attorneys, always rule the children must be placed into foster homes for two years and then adopted out to strangers. Rarely do Blood Relatives get a chance to house or adopt their Kin, which violates another AK statute “the Blood Relative Law” which gives preference to Blood Relatives over foster parents for placement.

On November first, 2002, at six months of age, my niece was released from OCS custody to live with her biological father. Two months later, OCS stole the baby back from Hawaii using an old court order (dated May 3, 2002) after her biological mother visited her. The father’s parenting skills were not in question, and he had no contracts with OCS, thereby was under no obligations to restrict visitations with his daughter. Alaska Judge Smith determined he could not order the dad to sign a contract with OCS but that the child would not be released until he did. This contract, in essence, would have made the biological father a foster dad, while OCS still “owned” the child. In this manner, federal funds could still be obtained by Alaska and OCS could continue to dictate everything that occurred in her life. They stated that if he signed the contract, the father was not to allow Susan visits with her daughter and he was to call the Hawaii police whenever Susan entered the community in which her child lived. The father refused to sign the agreement.

Upon the child’s return to Alaska, OCS placed her in the same foster home she had been placed in at five weeks old. Susan objected, pointing out that a pediatrician’s record indicated there had been a possibility of sexual abuse during the time of the initial care. The case worker, Michael Decker, refuted any knowledge of abuse coming from the foster parent home, yet three months after the baby’s placement, the older foster children in the same home made a report to Social Services that they were being sexually abused.

Susan next demanded that Judge Smith charge her with a crime or release her daughter, tho which Smith answered, “as far as I know you have not committed a crime,” yet still he refused the right for Susan’s child to live with her. There were never any allegations against Susan or the father of abuse or neglect, yet all visitations ended by OCS on February 18, 2003 upon her return to Alaska. No one in my family has been granted visitation rights in the three years following this incident and we don’t even know if Susan’s child is still alive. Susan has received pictures of her daughter only twice in four years.

Susan’s child was taken at birth, then at five weeks, then again at ten months old for no legal reason. OCS has rejected twenty three family members in three different states for placement and will contest our adopting the baby, standing on no legal ground and for no apparent reason other than that the State of Alaska and OCS will lose federal funding and will not receive the “Adoption Incentive Payment” as provided by USCS Sec. 673b, which applies to “special needs”. Susan’s daughter was declared a special needs child at one year old when the documented medical evidence reported she cries all day, screams all night and was terrified of men. She was placed on medication. Special needs children receive even more federal funding; i.e., social security disability checks.

OCS fails to protect the interests of the children placed in their care. A recent investigation by Alaskan State Troopers into complaints surrounding one foster care home, led to a thirty page report on what is known as the Kelley compound, in Wasilla, Alaska . The compound was described as a torture camp where the Kelleys had committed horrific acts of every kind of abuse against five foster children they had adopted from the OCS illegal adoption ring. All the children had been beaten, raped, tortured, starved and had been forced to sleep outside on the ground until the grandfather placed junk vans in the yard for the children to sleep in. As punishment, the older boy was thrown into a lake repeatedly until he passed out and afterwards was chained and shackled to an iron ball or sometimes to a tree. He was also forced to sleep naked in a coffin for long periods of time. One boy had burned his arm in a campfire the children used to keep warm. Without proper medical treatment, the injury became infected. The investigating trooper reported maggots growing in his open burn wound.

The children were home-schooled and had no contact with the outside world. OCS was not required to check up on them once they had been adopted. The trooper reported the Kelleys had hanging on the walls inside the house where the adults lived, OCS paycheck stubs displaying monies paid them by OCS and the State of Alaska to torture other people’s children. Not one picture of a child was on display.

The “Kelley” girls are now in separate Alaskan mental institution wards after they both attempted to commit suicide upon hearing the judge’s verdict. The Kelley parents were charged with only three of the 103 charges first filed against them by the Alaskan State Troopers. The D.A. stated they lacked enough evidence to convict the Kelleys. The OCS did not appear in court to protect the children’s interests nor to testify against the Kelleys or aid in convicting them. Although they lost their foster children, the Kelleys walked free.

The biological grandparents, the Buchanons, have been striving since to receive custody of the five children. OCS, to date, has refused to grant it, even though it had initially been the grandparents who had provided a loving home when the parents could not.

Keeping Susan Smith’s daughter, the Buchanons’ grandchildren and all other illegally abducted Alaskan children in abusive foster/ adoptive homes all their lives is not in their best interests; they are definitely not orphans and they need to be returned to their biological families’ homes now to be protected from further harm at the hands of the State of Alaska Office of Children Services and their employees/agents.

These blatant violations of Alaskan’s civil rights are made legal by corrupt legislators passing laws designed to enslave and abridge our rights, and by judges who are trained and agree to rule in the State’s favor, upholding illegal laws. The police do their bidding and the Attorney General covers it up. We, the people, never had a chance.

About karlsie

Some great perversity of nature decided to give me a tune completely out of keeping with the general symphony; possibly from the moment of conception. I learned to read and speak almost simultaneously. The blurred and muffled world I heard through my first five years of random nerve loss deafness suddenly came alive with the clarity of how those words sounded on paper. I had been liberated for communications. I decided there was nothing more wonderful than writing. It was easier to write than carefully modulate my speech for correct pronunciation, and it was easier to read than patiently follow the movements of people’s lips to learn what they were saying. It was during that dawning time period, while I slowly made the connection that there weren’t that many other people who heard the way I did, halfway between sound and music, half in deafness, that I began to understand that the tune I was following wasn’t quite the same as that of my classmates. I was just a little different. General education taught me not only was I just a little isolated from my classmates, my home was just a little isolated from the outside world. I was born in Alaska, making me part of one of the smallest, quietest minorities on earth. I decided I could live with this. What I couldn’t live with was discovering a few years later, in the opening up of the pipeline, which coincided with my first year of junior college, that there were entire communities of people; more than I could possibly imagine; living impossibly one on top of another in vast cities. It wasn’t even the magnitude of this vision that inspired me so much as the visitors who came from these populous regions and seemed to possess a knowledge so great and secretive I could never learn it in any book. I became at once, very conscious of how rural I was and how little I knew beyond the scope of my environment. I decided it was time to travel. The rest is history; or at least, the content of my stories. I traveled... often to college campuses, dropping in and out of school until one fine day by chance I’d fashioned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. I’ve worked a couple of newspapers, had a few poems and stories tossed around in various small presses, never receiving a great deal of money, which I’m assured is the norm for a writer. I spent ten years in Mexico, watching the peso crash. There is some obscure reason why I did this, tightening up my belt and facing hunger, but I believe at the time I said it was for love. Here I am, back home, in my beloved Alaska. I’ve learned somewhat of a worldly viewpoint; at least I like to flatter myself that way. I’ve also learned my rural roots aren’t so bad after all. I work in a small, country store. Every day I greet the same group of local customers, but make no mistake. My store isn’t a scene out of Andy Griffith. The people who enter the establishment, which also includes showers, laundry and movie rentals, are miners, oil workers, truck drivers, construction engineers, dog sled racers and carpenters. Sometimes, on the liquor side, the conversations became adult only in vocabulary. It’s a good thing, on the opposite side of the store is a candy aisle filled with the most astonishing collection, it will keep a kid occupied with just wishing for hours. If you tell your kids they can have just one, you have an instant baby sitter; better than television; as they agonize over their choice while you catch up on the gossip with your neighbor. We also receive a lot of tourists, a lot of foreign visitors. They are usually amazed at this first sign of Alaskan rural life style beyond the insulating hub of the Anchorage bowl. Many of them like to hang around and chat. They gawk at our thieves wanted posters. They laugh at our jokes and camaraderie with our customers. I’ve learned another lesson while working there. You don’t have to go out and find the world. If you wait long enough, it comes to you.

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17 Comments on “Sharon Smith: Whereabouts Unknown”

  1. I am horrified and even now polishing my sword. This is a true abomination and so very important to reveal. I am glad this is published and sing prayers to these families wheresoever they are. One of the most cherished tenants of every belief I can think of is to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Truly this is a situation worthy of subversion.

  2. This report should be sent to a Federal agency for investigation. Someone needs to step in. I am disgusted, my stomach is turning. It’s a shame that OCS is oblivious to the actual danger they are putting these children in. What right do they have? I’ve heard one too many stories of child abuse among foster care facilities. What’s even worse is that the people that really don’t deserve children get away with their inhumane acts. They are sly and hard to unveil. Yet the innocent always get blamed and face the wrath. My heart goes out to your friend and all the families that have suffered. May they find resolution soon.

  3. Maya, before she left, Sharon appealed to several agencies. Among them, a Senator who agreed it was a pity, but never stepped in to begin an investigation, a Representative who is currently in prison on corruption charges, and the Anchorage Daily News, which didn’t bother to cover even three words of her report, and still fumbles around in a darkness of “why are the children committing suicide” without examining the conditions of their demise. The favorite tactics of ADN is to cover suicides from poverty stricken homes as though the poverty itself is what caused the suicidal tendencies and not the arena of contempt for their values. They completely ignore these same suicidal tendencies among upper middle class homes, except to say it’s a complete mystery. The same holds true for other other cases that involve abuse and murder within poverty stricken homes. Although their poverty is trumpeted as the culprit, it doesn’t explain the manifestation of similar social transgressions in less physically deprived homes. Sensationalizing poverty only adds to the problems. While poverty can exacerbate an existing condition, it’s not the prime factor for criminal behavior.

    Sharon’s intention, when she left, was to seek out a federal bureau agent and present her case. The federal bureau has its hands pretty full right now in its investigation of corrupt practices as even officers of the court are currently under examination for favoritism judgments, with little to no regard for Constitutional rights. Alaska is an unfortunate target for the ambitious as an enormous amount of potential wealth lies in the development of our resources, yet with a very small population, the voices of the Constituents are easily drowned through zoning manipulations and special interest funding. I don’t believe this particular abuse of power is restricted to the State of Alaska. You said you’ve heard one too many horror stories concerning the victimization of foster children. My guess is that these conditions of creating a falsified need for more foster child funding is prevalent wherever greed overtakes the necessity for building a safety net that shelters true victims of abuse and neglect.

  4. Hey this is a great post. I’m going to email this to my friends. I stumbled on this while surfing for some freebies, I’ll be sure to come back. thanks for sharing.

  5. This information is so true of OCS in Alaska—our 10 year old son was taken from us because of accusations of a neighbor. We are not in poverty and we are very educated. We have jumped through all the hoops they have set before us and yet they will not return our son. One new OCS worker hinted that OCS was delaying to meet the time required for a child to be in foster care so they could adopt him out. Our attorney, the guardian ad litem, our son’s therapist, etc., have all indicated that he should be home. OCS, apparently, has other motives other than their directive, “Make stronger families and keep our children safe”.

  6. I went through something like this in Wasilla Alaska with OCS after someone reported me for child abuse. I reported and proved Bank Fraud and told about it and then I was investigated by OCS in Wasilla by the State of Alaska. I beleive this was used as a tool to shut me up about the bank fraud. My story is at http://www.alaskasyrup.com under the button my bank fraud story and tells in depth my personal story of bank fraud, child abuse, fiancial abuse wihin a narcissitic family. It also tells about how my son was abused in Wasilla School system. My name and address are right there for the world to see. I’m not hiding from anyone. Our country is in the state it is from fear and I’m not going to be afraid any longer. I ‘m ready to fight

  7. The State of Alaska is still doing this. Their employees are DISHONEST and OPPORTUNISTIC liars.

  8. Ocs is still doing this and then they are also putting children in danger for leaving them in drug filled homes like they are with my step son. He was brought to me cause of all the drug abuse that his mother is doing around him. I took him straight to OCS and he told them everything and they told me to leave with him that they new she wouldnt show up but incase she did we should leave and call after Christmas break that she would get a write of assistance and remove him however two weeks have gone by and my son is most likely gonna be subjected to drugs again for lack of care and concern for his safety.

  9. PLEASE HELP!!! OCS Wasilla, AK has my fiances 5 & 6 year old girls. The mother was arrested and OCS didn’t notify their father until they placed them in foster care. And now the very judge mentioned above JUDGE SMITH said in court after a month an a half of us begging for them to come with us or family “Sir, I don’t feel you’ve abandoned your children, or neglected them, or are an un-fit parent, but since you missed a court date to try an reverse custody that’s why they will stay in the states care.” How the F&*K does this happen? Now OCS had the 6 year diagnosed by THEIR DOCTOR as ADD and wanna give her meds, and they’ve been in 3 different homes in 2months, one where they got removed cause of domestic violence. and moved schools twice!! THIS CAN’T BE LEGAL!! The girls mother and us do not get along, but it’s not about us anymore. PLEASE DOES CAN ANYONE RECOMMEND AN ATTORNEY WE CAN HIRE TO GO AFTER OCS. They make us pay them $2000/month and keep them on medicaid when we have insurance!! The list goes on and gets worse. PLEASE HELP

  10. Donna, I can’t at this time recommend a specific attorney, however there are two organizations within the Palmer/Wasilla area that could probably help you. One is the Alaska Family Services, which has spent a great deal of time lending their support to exactly this type of case. Their main office is in Palmer. The other is the Catholic Social Services. They have a list of attorneys that specifically deal with custody cases, and are extremely supportive in these matters.

    I am sorry to say OCS has become increasingly more obnoxious. If the girls’ mother can put aside her differences to work with you, you’ll have a much better chance. One of the first steps you’ll want to take is to have the girls taken to a private physician that is not affiliated in any manner with OCS. Sometimes, this step alone is enough to make OCS back down. Get a private psychiatric evaluation done as well. You may have to use an attorney to get these two steps done, since the children are currently in foster care, but if both parents are adamant,it will be easier for the attorney to press the motion.

    I would suggest to all of you who are in danger of losing your children due to OCS, to write to your legislators. This should not be happening, but as you can see by other people’s experiences, it is. The first time OCS comes to your door, make an appointment quickly with a private physician for evaluation. Hire an attorney and join a support group immediately. Write letters to the local newspapers. OCS has become very powerful and the only way to curtail the self-interested behavior is for parents to unite together and sound out until they are heard.

  11. I believe that when mothers sign the Certificate of Live Birth, they are signing their children’s identities over to the State, in this case the State of Alaska which is a Public Corporation pursuant to AS 45.77.020 (3). These Certificates are bonded and monetized. California Certificates have the bar codes and bank numbers right on the face of the document. Alaska only sends you the Birth Certificate, which is not the Certificate of Live Birth, the original contract. Alaska hides banknote information in the lower left filigree. There is wealth to be made in legalized child trafficking. If you have signed your children over to the State, how can you expect the State to not take back their property any time they want to? sa’

  12. thank you Sharon, i went to o.c.s. for help because of accusations my 4 year old said about his dad. long story. my child went to foster care, did psyc. eval that was falsified by Dr. Grace Long. results ” a personal disorder.” x husband got full legal sole custody. ( my judge Kari Kristiansen i now find out used to work for o.c.s.) o.c.s. dropped out case closed, now judge just seems to continue to take over. if anyone knows of Grace long falsifying the evaluations please post it. She received 5000.00 for a 1500.00 test from o.c.s. to lie on my eval. now i had to go to counseling for 1 year just to have un-supervised visits with my child.i have had limited supervised visitation for the past 4 years. recently i had court, now i get 3 weekends a month and have to continue counseling. my counselor said i DO NOT have a personality disorder. obviously. we need to fight, since the state is part of o.c.s.fraud. the feds are doing the funding, maybe that’s a good place to start.

  13. My daughter just had her only 6 month old son taken from her at the Matsu hospital by OCS after taking him there for treatment after biting his tongue from a fall.
    There is no abuse nor prior evidence of there ever being. I am very distraught and my daughter and her son are extremely traumatized.
    Is there anything we can do as we all feel totally helpless and at their mercy?

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