2012-03-16 / Community

Bedeviled By Little Flower

By Howard Schwach

Arverne resident Eulalio Texidor has seen the bad side of life as a Vietnam veteran and a longtime resident of Arverne.

However, he says he has never seen anything like the treatment he has received over the past three years by the city’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and by Little Flower, an agency that has custody of his grandchildren over that span of time; and an agency that has had problems with the city in the past.

“They have made my life and that of my daughter, Carmen, a living hell,” Texidor told The Wave recently.

Texidor admits that his daughter, now 21, is partially responsible for the family’s problems with the city.

When she was younger, Carmen was a runaway from home and used drugs. He says, however, and records show he is correct, that she is now clean of drugs and has passed both a drug treatment program and a parenting program provided by the Far Rockaway Treatment Center.

Yet a case manager at Little Flower, the agency with which the city’s ACS contracted, continues to force her to take drug tests and limits her contact with her older son.

Texidor listed his problems with Little Flower and its staff members. According to him and his records, the agency stopped him from seeing his older grandson; filed abuse charges against him because he is “too strict” with his daughter; changed court hearing times without notifying him and then charged that he missed the court dates; filed false reports that he never showed up for supervised visits at Little Flower; forced his daughter to leave his home and go live in a Jamaica shelter; handed the older son to his father’s parents even though the father is not listed on the baby’s birth certificate; told his daughter that she had to move from his home because he “is a bad influence on you”; and intimated that his problems would go away if he made a substantial donation to the Little Flower.

In addition, the Little Flower case manager strongly suggested that Carmen go live with the boy’s father, even though he is, Texidor says, involved with guns and drugs.

In September of 2010, Texidor says, his daughter got an order of protection against the child’s father, but the supervisor kept telling Carmen to go visit the father, whose parents have the older child.

Texidor admits that he is sometimes belligerent with Little Flower officials.

He tapes all of their conversations and once called police to remove them from his home during a home visit.

“They are punishing my daughter because they don’t like me,” he says.

Now, nearly three years after the city’s proceeding against Texidor’s daughter began, her older son is removed from her and her younger son lives with her father, who is trying to get custody of the boy.

Texidor is frustrated and angry and has brought charges against Little Flower, an organization that was censured by the city and with which the city cut all ties in 2010 over irregularities that the city declined to discuss due to contractual matters.

The agency sued, however, and its contracts were renewed for a ten-year period. Texidor says he will continue to fight.

“The most important thing is the children,” he said. “You can never give up.”

Both Little Flower and ACS declined to comment, citing privacy rights when there are small children involved.

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