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Help bring Westin home…

July 12, 2012 in California, Child Protective Services, corruption, post parental termination

My parental rights were terminated by a referee in LANCASTER, CA on JUNE 25th 2012. I need to know if there is any way I can get my son back, or get visitation, it seems this situation is hopeless. Even if it is hopeless I will not rest until I know my son is okay.

I am trying to understand the appeal process and rehearing?  I don’t know which papers to file, and I can’t find a decent attorney that even gives a shit to even look at my case without a $10,000 retainer. I am not going to be ripped off by another whack job from honolulu that I trusted, but later find out he was never on my side all along.

I was tricked into signing a waiver of rights, and  was late for my TPR contested hearing and they proceeded to terminate my rights without me. I can’t even look at my own child’s file anymore. I will not give up! If I have to I will die fighting this unjust system.

We were not even granted a “goodbye visit.”   I never got the chance to explain to him what was going on, let alone talk to the judge throughout this whole case to tell my side of the story. The social worker would cut visits off if I even started to explain to him or tell him that I love him and will never give up on him, that was considered details of the case which we were never allowed to talk about.

Wes is 5 years old and was taken from me in Sept 2009. I’ve been fighting for 3 years to get him back.  But I am only a mother, one person against all these wolves. They don’t play fair, and I  didn’t go to any law school, and all this rules of court, welfare code, is a different language to me. My brain feels like it wants to explode. My heart feels shattered, and my soul is handicapped from the piece that is missing.

His father is in prison until 2014 and has only been established as the “alleged father” Because I had no idea he didn’t have rights until paternity was established, and I don’t have any clue on how to go about doing that.

I went through the rehab and parenting classes, and the grief counselling, and whatever else I understood the court asked me to do. And then they yanked everything I had been working for the past 9 months with one missed test. And with only a couple month to do what it had taken me almost a year to do, the Court ordered me to do it again.  My life has been hell ever since, even more now that I am not allowed to see my son anymore, and I don’t know if they have moved him again with another strange family.

Please do not excuse my pleading for help as just a request from another worthless drug addict that can’t take care of her kid, because that is what the record seem to look like and what society pictures when I try to explain the situation.

I now realize that they were building my character in the record from day one and the lies they told to make me look crazy to restrict visitation, so they could make visiting miserable only under their supervision.

My son is everything in my life, and they can’t deny that. Every visit up until the end was explained as excellent, and well planned for. In that alone should of been evidence enough to grant the “parent and child bond that would be detrimental to terminate”… but nobody seems to care about anything besides the money.

The department did not make “reasonable efforts” There is nothing reasonable about this whole thing. The department and adoption company “PennyLane” have put us both through hell, and set up obstacles to sabotage reunification. If you don’t believe me, just ask any parent that has been forced to prove themselves to the California juvenile court.

There was no evidence that this mother physically or emotionally abused her children, or neglected the children as to feeding, clothing and maintaining his health. Additionally, when initially contacted, and before intervention by the CPS, mother owned her own home, was not on public assistance, and the child was up to date on all immunizations, and thriving in the home.

I don’t know what evidence I had to show to these people to prove that. It would of been obvious to anyone that actually took the time to personally assess the situation, but it seems that this case is nothing but a file to be pushed on to the next guy, and just another number.

This is my sons life, and my life, and our family has been torn apart by this crazy system. It just almost seems unreal.

Can you please help me in the appropriate steps that I need to take for justice to be served? If you don’t believe that you can help please pass my information to anyone that might be able to help me.  I’ve got another promised date to enter another rehab in a couple weeks. Not sure if it will  do any good, since my rights have already been terminated.

I need the best appeal lawyer I can find as soon as possible that will not take no for an answer and he needs to have heart. I also need someone to personally explain all this procedure. Also, I wish for anyone to go over this case and find errors that are appealable. I also need a miracle.

Thank You for your time and concern, and God bless.

Respectfully,
Paula, California

Sex offenders paid to baby-sit

August 31, 2011 in CPS

He was convicted of raping two women. A succession of felonies, from robbery to failing to register as a sex offender, repeatedly sent him to prison, state records show.

But over more than two years, the state paid Osborne nearly $5,000 to baby-sit two children, before his latest conviction — for dealing drugs — put him back behind bars.

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New York G-ma Files Petition

July 1, 2011 in Child Protective Services, family rights, grandparents rights, New York

Map of New York highlighting Broome County

Broome County, NY

My name is Carolyn, my grandson was taken away from his mom about 5-weeks after he was born. She did everything she could do to get him back. She had previous arrests on her record, so was ordered to drug court and probation along with rehab. Long story short, mom is in a half way house and my son is in prison.

My grandson was taken once again when his mom didn’t comply to drug court. Everyone (legal personal) has told me CPS is to find family first. In my case, I want my grandson out of foster care and living with family members — I do not want him lost in the system. I feel CPS is railroading me and they are quite rude to me, to say the least.

My studies show out of 1/2 a million children in foster care it costs the state 11 BILLION dollars a year to care for them. I am a grandmother wanting my grand baby back home and safe with me. CPS says to file a petition BUT I will sit in the court room without representation as they have their lawyers.

Any legal advise you can give me would be appreciated. I have just finished filing my petition and will be submitting it to Broome county court tomorrow.

Regards,
Carolyn

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Foster Victim Gets 23 Years

January 17, 2009 in CPS, foster care, New Jersey

According to an article, which ran in the Asbury Park Press recently, one former foster child, Benny Matthews has been sentenced to 23-years in prison.

Matthews, now 21-years-old, entered the foster care system at the age of 9 and lived with 13 different foster families. His mother was a drug addict according to the article.

An entire generation of children are growing up without family ties or even ties to a local community due to the “help” and intervention of child protection workers, courtesy of our state and federal government.

We must ask ourselves what hand, we as a society played in this child’s life. Where were the services his family should have received? Could his mother have met his needs better and overcome her drug habit, with help from various state agencies? Was any assistance ever offered to his natural family? Could this outcome have been avoided?

This case as in many we that are being reported in the news these days, has no winners, only losers. This former foster child will now join the ranks of many former foster children, who are alumni of our prison system, instead of graduating from college.

Too many children are being cheated out of a normal life and we should not stand by and continue to allow it to happen. We must demand that federal dollars be applied first to helping children remain with their natural parents, whenever possible. Too many children are removed from their mother and father, for no good reason and will suffer their entire lives because of it.

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