Nebraska Health and Human Services System
Date of Preparation: 12-09-2005 if'
Name: CANDACE L HAWKINS
Address: 7417 ELM DRIVE
LAVISTA, NE 68128
Name: RONALD A HAWKINS
Address: 7417 ELM DRIVE
LA VIST A, NE 68128
Name: ROBERT HAWKINS Docket and Page #: 8002/560
Legal Status: HHS Ward
Ethnic: Not Hispanic or Latino
Birthdate: 05-17-1988 Age: 17 years
Adjudication: 43-247 3(a)-No Fault Abuse/Neglect
Adjud Date: 01-29-2003 Disp Date:
Judge: The Honorable ROBERT ONEAL
Court: SARPY COUNTY JUVENILE COURT
Attorneys: SANDRA MARKLEY CountylDeputy County Attorney
COLLEEN BERGREN Guardian Ad-litem of ROBERT HAWKINS
LISA C LEWIS Attorney of CANDACE L HAWKINS
LISA C LEWIS Attorney of RONALD A HAWKINS
Case Manager: ANGELAPICK
Local Office: OMAHA- REGIONVI
OMAHA, NE 68131-3851
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Local Office: OMAHA- REGION VI
Address: 3801 HARNEY t>;;1
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History of previous service interventions:
The Hawkinsfamily becameinvolvedwith thejuvenilecourtsafteryearsof dealingwith Robert'smental
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health issues on their own. Before HHS became involved, the Hawkins family had Robert in therapy and
had him hospitalized at Richard Young. The placement at Richard Young recommended that Robert be
placed into a residential treatment program, and the Hawkins decided on Piney Ridge in Missouri
because that is the treatment program their insurance would cover. When their insurance ran out, the
Hawkins family looked to HHS to help pay for services that Robert needed. HHS then provided monies
to help pay for Robert's placement, but the distance between the family and Robert was not allowing
appropriate time for family therapy. Due to the distance and lack of effort on Robert's end, treatment
was unsuccessful. In February of 2003, Robert was accepted and started the treatment program at
Cooper Village. Robert has worked his way through different homes on campus and made it to the
second highest level at Cooper. In December of 2004, Robert transitioned into the home of Marty Glass,
an agency based foster parent with Lutheran Family Services. He remained in day treatment and CD
groups through Cooper and attended individual therapy there as well. Family therapy between Robert
and his father, Ron Hawkins, has not been consistent at times due to Ron having to go out of town on
extended periods of time due to his job. Robert and Ron's relationship has grown stronger despite the
inconsistent family therapy sessions, and they have had many overnight weekend visitations. Robert
completed his day treatment in August of 2005 and has been attending individual and family therapy at
Cooper on an outpatient basis.
Robert has overnight weekend passes with his father, Ron Hawkins. All reports from Ron about passes
have been positive. Robert does have supervised visitation with his biological mother, Maribel
Rodriguez, that occurs at the foster home and is supervised by Robert's foster parent. This visitation has
not occurred in approximately two to three weeks due to Robert and his mother not talking after an
Currently, visitation with Ron and Robert is going well, and there would be no revisions to the visitation
plan between the two of them. This worker recommends that visitation between Robert and his
biological mother, Maribel Rodriguez, continue to be supervised until a psychological evaluation is
completed and recommendations from the evaluation are implemented.
There has been an order for child support issued by the court, and to the best of this worker's
knowledge, it is being paid on time.
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Child Name: ROBERT HAWKINS
Father: RONALD A HAWKINS
Step-Mother: CANDACE L HAWKINS
1. Case management
2. Group Home
3. Individual therapy
4. Family therapy
5. Agency-based foster care
6. Psychiatric services
7. AA meetings
A foster home is suitable to meet the child's emotional and behavioral needs.
A foster home is available to meet the child's emotional and behavioral needs.
The child is ready to accept family ties or take part in family life.
This child is placed 0-20 Miles miles from his/her parent/caretakers, which is the least restrictive and in the
closest proximity based on the child's placement needs.
Robert is currently placed in agency based foster care through Lutheran Family Services. His foster
parent is Marty Glass.
Robert is currently enrolled at Ft. Calhoun School in Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska. Robert started off the
school year strong and was excelling in his classes until approximately the beginning of October. During
the beginning of October, Robert's school performance started to slide, and it almost appeared that
Robert had "given up". Robert's grades dropped, and he was suspended for three days after the school
principal found a cigar in Robert's pocket. Robert returned to school after his three-day suspension, and
then on October 25, 2005, Robert was taken from the school by Washington County police and
questioned for a report that he was attempting to sell marijuana to two youths during school time. Robert
denied the incident, but the principal at Ft. Calhoun suspended him from school until more information
could be gathered. Robert was out of school for almost two weeks until the principal decided that he
could not keep Robert out, since Robert was not ticketed and is technically innocent until proven guilty.
Robert continues to struggle making up the work from when he was out of school. To date, he has made
up the work that he missed for his three day suspension at the beginning of October but is still a bit
behind from his removal from school for the approximate two week period during which he was accused
of attempting to distribute. Robert has expressed to this worker that he feels frustrated about being far
behind and wants to graduate. He said that he will continue to work hard to complete his makeup work
and attempt to pass his classes.
Robert has been looking for part time employment but has not been successful in finding any.
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Employment is not a priority at the time being due to the fact that Robert needs to focus on schoolwork,
his therapy, and AA meetings.
Robert's last routine dental exam was on July 12, 2005, and his last physical exam was on June 21,
2005. There have been no medical concerns during this reporting period.
Since the last reporting period, Robert has excelled in some areas but has struggled in others. Robert is
still doing well in the foster home and is able to communicate with his foster mother about ongoing
needs, His foster mother, Marty Glass, did have concerns at the beginning of October when Robert had
been limit testing, had not been coming home directly after school, and not been immediately reporting
his whereabouts. This situation happened on more than one occasion in which he would miss his ride
home from school and then not inform Marty. This worker and Marty both confronted Robert on this
behavior after three reported incidents. Robert ended this behavior and has not had any other issues
At school, Robert has been up and down as well. Robert was given a Saturday School as well as a
three day suspension for having tobacco at school. He did accept responsibility for both incidents.
Robert was also accused of attempting to sell marijuana to two youth at school. RO,bert enies this
claim and is currently involved with Washington County courts to resolve this issue. He has been
appointed a lawyer, Matthew Munderloh, to fight this charge (The exact charge is attempting to
distribute and two counts of contributing to a minor). He goes back to court with his lawyer on this
charge on December 28, 2005. There have been no other behavioral reports from school.
As far as the community, on October 6, 2005, Robert was cited for disorderly conduct when he and two
of his peers were in the city of Ft. Calhoun and one of the peers he was with dumped a bottle of waste
on a younger child that was playing in the same area. Robert went to court on November 23, 2005, for
the incident and plead guilty to the charge in Washington County court because he was there and did
nothing to stop the incident. The Judge ordered Robert to get a Presentence Investigation completed
with probation through Washington County, and his sentencing is scheduled for December 28,2005.
Robert's relationship with his father has been very positive. He has been talking with his dad, Ron
Hawkins, on a regular basis and does weekend passes at his father's new home. His father Ron has a
new home that is located a couple houses down from his old one in which his estranged wife Candace
Hawkins still resides. According to Ron, he and Candace are seeking a divorce. Ron and Robert have
appeared to grow closer during this time, and Ron reports that weekend passes with Robert are going
Robert's relationship with his mother, Maribel Rodriguez, has been strained for approximately the past
two weeks. Robert reports that the last time he talked with his biological mother was approximately two
weeks ago, and during that conversation, his mother made a comment that upset Robert. He has not
talked with her since. Robert described the conversation as his mother getting mad at him for being
accused of attempting to distribute and making a comment like' "Well, I guess I had too much faith in
you, and maybe I should not have". Robert claims that he told his mother that he was upset, and she
said that she was upset because she had put a lot of faith in him. Robert reported informing his mom
that he was going to let her go and that his mother told him that she would not call him for a couple of
days. Robert said he would not call her until the following week. He has not made an effort to call her,
and she has not made an effort to call him. Robert also reported that his mother had moved into an
apartment recently. Maribel Rodriguez has not contacted this worker since the last court date.
Robert has been doing well accepting responsibility for his actions since the last court hearing. A good
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example of this is the disorderly conduct charge that he recently received. Robert, at first, made a
comment that he did not think it was fair that he got cited, but after talking with him about the situation,
he was able to say that he did not do anything to stop it and therefore was responsible on that end. He
also reported to this worker that on one occasion since the last court hearing, he drank two beers with
friends. He told this worker that he knew it was a bad idea and wanted to report it. He has not smoked
marijuana and provided negative UA's on October 12, 2005 and November 3, 2005. The Washington
County Sheriffs office claim that they tested Robert on October 25, 2005, with a test stick, and he tested
positive for marijuana and opiates, but the test done by Midwest Minor Medical on November 3, 2005
did not detect any substances in Robert's body.
Robert is getting individual and family therapy with Steve Moore through Cooper Village outpatient
services. Steve Moore reports that he has seen a positive change in Robert's ability to accept
responsibility and to talk about what is bothering him during individual therapy. Steve reported that there
was a decline in Robert's openness once he was charged with attempting to distribute at school. Steve
reports that Robert is having a hard time dealing with this situation because he claims that he did not do
anything and is frustrated that he is being investigated.
Steve reports that family therapy with Robert and his father, Ron Hawkins, did not occur much in
November due to Ron being TDY for work but that they will resume therapy again in December. Steve
reported that during November, Robert's biological mother, Maribel Rodriguez, was a "no call", "no
show" for her two therapy appointments. Steve Moore reports that he will be attempting to reschedule
these for December. Steve Moore reports that he would be in support of a recommendation for Maribel
Rodriguez to get a psychological evaluate to evaluation her mental state and ability to parent Robert if
unsupervised visitation were to occur.
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Robert has had some ups and downs since the last court hearing. The most positive change is that he
and his father, Ron Hawkins, have improved their relationship. Robert is going on regular overnight
weekend passes with his father, and all reports from those passes are positive. Robert has also been
taking responsibility for his actions. When confronted with his negative behaviors, Robert has been able
to own them and then change them. He is able to express his ideas more easily as well as open up to
his father, therapist and caseworker.
Robert has also struggled during this review period. He was cited for disorderly conduct on October 6,
2005, and then plead guilty to the adult charge on November 23,2005. Robert felt he should plead
guilty because he was there and did not stop it. It was his choice, and he chose to plead guilty. Robert
will receive his sentence for this charge on December 28, 2005. Robert also has been accused of
attempting to distribute marijuana in school for a second time. The first time Robert was caught was in
April of 2005. He admitted to what he did and accepted consequences, completing all that was asked of
him. This time, Robert vehemently denies being a part of attempting to distribute and is fighting it in
Washington County Court. Robert has become frustrated with the situation due to the fact that he told
this worker that he has remained drug free and was able to back up that claim with UAs on October 12,
2005 and November 3,2005 that were both negative for marijuana.
Robert has struggled with the relationship with his mother. When she first came into the picture, Robert
was happy and asked this worker if he could go and live with her. Since the first contact that Robert
made with his mother, their relationship has been up and down. Robert has reported to this worker that
on at least three occasions, he and his mother have gotten into an argument that lead to them not
talking on the phone for days and sometimes weeks at a time. Robert has made comments to this
worker that his dad has had him for eight years that maybe his mother should get him for the next eight.
This worker has heard this argument from Ms. Rodriguez, too. At one point, Ms. Rodriguez told this
worker that she had informed Robert that he could live with his father but then could not have any
contact with her, and if he lived with her, he could not have any contact with his father. When this
worker talked with Ms. Rodriguez and explained that this was not healthy for him, she then said that she
would think more about it and that maybe this worker was right. This worker has concerns that Robert
has been feeling stress with the up and down relationshipwith his mother and the contact he has had
with the Washington County Sheriffs. He is continuing with his individual therapy with Steve Moore
which will be important in helping him get through this time.
Because, Robert and his father Ron have improved their relationship, this worker thinks that Robert
moving back in with his father would be beneficial. The only concern this worker has about making
transitioning Robert home is that Ron leaves town for his work and is sometimes gone for almost a
month at a time. Ron will be working with this worker to construct a supervision plan for Robert while
Ron is out of town.
It is recommended the court order:
Removal from the home was necessary because continuation therein would have contrary to the welfare
of such child.
Placement continues to be necessary due to
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child needing to complete school semester as well as plan
not intact to provide a place for Robert to go when father is out of town for work
Custody of the child remain with HHS-OJS for appropriate care and placement.
The child's needs for safety, health and well-being are being met.
All services being provided are in compliance with the case plan.
Good progress is being made to alleviate the causes of out-of-home placement.
Reasonable efforts have been made to preserve and reunify the family prior to the placement of the child
in out-of-home care.
The primary permanency plan of Reunification is being achieved by 12-31-2005.
The court adopt and order the HHS case plan and court report.
This worker would also respectfully recommend,
1. Visitation between Robert and his father, Ron Hawkins, continue to remain unsupervised and that
Robert continues to have overnight weekend passes with his father.
2. Visitation between Robert and his biological mother, Maribel Rodriguez, remain supervised.
3. Ron and Robert continue to participate in family therapy, as the therapist deems appropriate.
4. Maribel Rodriguez and Robert continue to participate in family therapy, as the therapist deems
5. Maribel Rodriguez participates in a Mental Status exam and any recommendations from this exam.
6. Robert transition to Ron's home at the end of the school semester once a safety plan and a plan for
when Ron is out of town for work is in place.
7. Robert continues to attend AA meetings and remain drug free.
8. Robert continues to attend all regular school days and pass all classes.
9. Robert continues to participate in individual and family therapy, as the therapist deems appropriate.
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