Tonight's special guest is Nicole Kilburg from Wassaic, New York, who comes from two or three generations of trauma, child abuse and sex abuse. "I ran away from home when I was 15 and was placed in foster care," she says. Nichole eventually became an attorney and discovered the horrible state of Child Welfare Practice in New York State. Her mother, who'd grown up in foster care herself, was her first abuser, physically and emotionally. Her father abandoned the family when Nicole was four and her mother married her step-father, a mentally unstable 19 year old, when Nicole was 5. "My stepfather instantly became my second abuser, physically and verbally and sexually." She says, "When my younger siblings were born, I was put in the position of having to protect them from the severe abuse all around me." Nicole goes on, "We CPTSD sufferers cannot THINK our way out of the brain damage caused by abuse and neglect." As an attorney, Nicole has attempted to represent foster kids. "I was retaliated against for defending a young mother with an intellectual disability who desperately wanted to keep her child," she explains. She was blacklisted. "I stood up to the so-called powerful Judges and so-called supervising Judges in New York State." Nicole will discuss the top reasons the Children's Bureau says kids went into foster care in 2017. "CPS should be focused on actual abuse and sex abuse of kids instead of the nebulous concept of neglect." She'll talk about recent public hearings in New York State on how bad Child Welfare practice is, and she'll relate some of her experiences.
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