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A note relating to the power a social worker can hold over a family

While perhaps not directly adoption related, an important story none-the-less: a tangled web of abuse of power and custody issues.

See this article, Assigned to check abuse, social worker impregnates client, from last Thursday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Theola Nealy

Photo by Crocker Stephenson of the Journal Sentinel

Theola Nealy of Milwaukee sits on the bed of her 5-year-old daughter, Amy, who no longer lives with her. Her daughter and son were removed from her custody. Another daughter, 1, fathered by social worker Peter Nelsen, is now in Nelsen’s custody. The Milwaukee County district attorney’s office is reviewing the case.

Also note that Theola Nealy’s older children who have since been removed from her custody, and are currently in foster care.

Nealy claimed in an interview that she agreed to have sex with Nelsen because he told her he could help her prevent the bureau from removing two remaining children from her home, a claim Nelsen denies.

“That is 100% not true,” he said.

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