Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Oregon Occupier Loses His AZ Foster Kids

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Several of the militia members who have seized an Oregon wildlife refuge headquarters to protest the prison sentences of two Oregon ranchers for arson (who, incidentally, have said they'd rather not have the militia group's help) are from Arizona, including dumbass John Ritzheimer, who has been widely mocked for his "Daddy-swore-an-oath" explanation of why he abandoned his children at Christmas for this occupation nonsense.

Another one of the militia members is an Arizona rancher who evidently draws most of his income from raising foster kids at his Chino Valley ranch. But now Arizona officials are removing foster kids from his ranch, threatening his livelihood.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports:
Robert “LaVoy” Finicum and his wife Jeanette were foster care parents for troubled boys. Finicum estimates that over the past decade, more than 50 boys came through their ranch near Chino Valley, Arizona. The boys often landed there from mental hospitals, drug rehabs and group homes for emotionally distressed youth.

“My ranch has been a great tool for these boys,” Finicum said. “It has done a lot of good.”

Jeanette Finicum cared for the four children while her husband traveled between the refuge in southeastern Oregon and Utah, as part of a press tour in support of the militants’ occupation.
Finicum offers the implausible argument that federal officials have convinced Gov. Doug Ducey to act on their behalf:

The removals coincided with Finicum’s involvement in the occupation of the refuge, outside of Burns. He blamed the removals on “pressure from the feds.”

“They were ripped from my wife,” Finicum said. “We are very successful (foster parents). Our track records are good, it’s been a good relationship. (Federal authorities) must have gotten to the governor, who told the state to get them out of there.”
Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato told The Range today that Ducey had no role in the decision to remove the children from Finicum's ranch.

"This is absolutely false," Scarpinato said. "The governor is not involved in individual foster child placement decisions. Those are left to professionals at DCS and charity programs and the courts. And all of the decisions that are made through our agencies with the filter of what is in the best interest of the child and their safety."

Whatever reason the Arizona authorities had to remove the kids from Finicum's ranch, it's very hard to believe that the Obama administration somehow forced Ducey's hand.

TPM's Josh Marshall makes two points:

First, having one parent away from the home for a significant period of time committing a number of high profile federal crimes would seem like at least a plausible reason to remove the children. This doesn't seem to occur to Finicum.

The second point comes further down in the article. From a mix of tabulations by Oregon Public Broadcasting and Finicum's own account, Finicum and his wife apparently get almost all or all of their income from being foster parents. His ranch in Chino Valley, Arizona is break even at best and appears to generate no income.
Marshall concludes: 

It's certainly possible that Finicum and his wife provide a great experience and place of emotional support for these boys. That's what he says and maybe he's right. But participation in anti-government extremist activity and various federal crimes seems to merit at least a close look at whether this is a healthy environment for these children, especially if they are taking in as many as 8 or 10 at a time and it's their only source of income.

Regardless, Finicum's claim that this is another example of the government persecution of him - removing foster children, who come with state subsidies which are his only source of income, because he has abandoned them to go commit crimes against the federal government in another state - just illustrates painfully and comically what a nonsense bubble these jokers live in.

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