Monday, September 15, 2008


Judge slams the Whaley Children's Center for not completing the medication review and behaviorial assessment so that he can be adopted. This was ordered back in June. This had not been completed. It left this child hanging even longer.

Here is some interesting information about this agency:

Gross receipts for 2006 were $7,488,380. They received in government contributions and grants $3,377,154. They provided $2,930,633 in residential care. They also have the Robert J. Whaley Trust, in which the rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. That trust earned $339,36 which they gave the children's center $58,230. When I attempted to visit the current employee list, that portion of the site was unavailable.

Their list of employees in 2006:

Patricia Reinhard, Development Director earned $58,242.
Raquel Hatter, President/CEO, earned $92,319.
James Murdock, Director of Human Resources, earned $64,140.
Angela D. Hoffman, Director of Clinical Services, earned $54,643.
Diana K. Hedderman, Associate Director, earned $68,646.
Risa Herrick, Agency Bookkeeper, earned $46,468.

Here is the story. Here is the link.

Botched adoption sparks outrage; Genesee County judge threatens to jail Whaley Children's Center officials 'next time'

Posted by Ron Fonger | The Flint Journal September 15, 2008 20:23PM

GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan -- A county Probate Court judge is threatening to send officials from Whaley Children's Center to jail in the future after the nonprofit failed to do work required to clear the way for the adoption of an 11-year-old boy.

Judge Jennie E. Barkey said she plans to meet this week with the new chief executive officer of the Flint-based Whaley, which cares for some of the state's most abused and troubled children.

Barkey last week ordered the boy removed from Whaley, fined the home $1,000 for contempt of court, and warned: "Next time, whoever's the head of Whaley is going to go to jail."

Flint Journal extras About Whaley Children's Home

Location: 1201 N. Grand Traverse St., Flint

History: A Flint institution, Whaley was founded in 1926 with money bequeathed by Robert J. Whaley, whose 11-year-old son, Donald, died in 1880. Donald Whaley had been saving money to give to an orphanage in Detroit at the time of his death. Robert Whaley directed that the children's home was to provide care for homeless and neglected children.

Purpose: Houses and provides treatment for children, most of whom are permanent wards of the state of Michigan and who have been victims of neglect, physical abuse and poverty.

The judge had ordered in June that the boy, who had been suicidal, have a medication review and behavioral assessment -- part of the process required before he could be adopted.

But twice last week, Whaley representatives came to court without having finished either the review or the assessment of the 11-year-old, who has been a ward of the state Department of Human Services since late 2004 after his birth parents' rights were terminated.

Daryl Vanella, named president and CEO of Whaley in August, said he will meet with Barkey and acknowledged "the ball was definitely dropped here."

But Vanella, Whaley's fourth top executive in less than four years, said the mistake isn't the kind of thing that happens routinely and isn't being ignored.

"Internally, we have processes in place that were not utilized," Vanella said. "The employee said she was taking care of things, and she wasn't. This is an isolated incident with that particular worker."

Vanella said the employee was disciplined, but would not discuss the case in detail.

The Flint Journal could not immediately reach Rande' F. Wright, staff attorney for the Child Advocacy Team, which represents children in the county's Family Court system.

On a video recording of the court hearing last week, Wright says he can't explain why the work wasn't done by Whaley for his 11-year-old client.

A Whaley representative on the tape says that the boy waiting for adoption had a medical review scheduled for Aug. 25, but "got bumped" by another child in crisis, preventing the adoption from being completed.

A news release from Whaley announcing Vanella's recent appointment said the new CEO has more than 20 years of experience working with at-risk children and families and cites his track record in "turning around failing residential treatment programs" and "leading residential treatment programs through leadership transitions."

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