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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

Lawsuit Misinformation on the Internet

February 12, 2012 in child abuse, corruption, family court, lawsuit

When we announced our lawsuit against Child Services, we created quite a “buzz” on the internet. Over the last month we have had the opportunity and good fortune to speak to and help hundreds of families who have been harmed by Child Services.

If you have been the victim child services and wish to have your case reviewed by an experienced attorney please fill out our child services questionnaire.

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We believe the nationwide pandemic involving Child Services and their tendency to wrongfully remove children is atrocious, shameful and unacceptably vast. We feel that our panel member attorneys’ lawsuits may be the first steps toward ending this disgraceful “kids for cash” system and holding the organizations who continue to harm loving families accountable.

As we construct these lawsuits, our number one goal is to reunite good families across the country.  RepresentYou.com and our panel member attorneys will also try to make sure that these families and their children are compensated for any and all harm on the part of Child Services, the foster care system and/or if a family was not offered a fair trial.

We have received reports of misinformation about our company and our panel member attorneys. Both RepresentYou.com and our panel member attorneys are held to extremely high ethical and professional standards to comply with our licenses and certifications with the State Bar of California. We feel this misinformation is a result of our panel member attorneys not being able to accept the cases of everyone who has contacted us. If an attorney does not accept a case, this does not mean that a case is without merit and this can be due to many factors. The situation that victims of Child Services find themselves in is truly horrendous, and we endeavor to do our best to empathize with all who contact us.

It is unfortunate, however, to note that due to the fact that a lawsuit is a complicated and delicate process, we sometimes are not able to fully offer our services to all who contact us. Many people who do not directly meet the specific criteria for this lawsuit have threatened to “bad mouth” the company and our motives and to otherwise spread misinformation out of anger, spite, and any other resulting emotion. We regret wholeheartedly the fact that we are, as are all other lawyers, law firms, and legal services, sometimes unable to help, however spreading deliberate misinformation to the public only serves to deter other families from contacting us and possibly having their children returned or receiving compensation. When this occurs, the only end result is the further hurting of families that otherwise could have been helped.

Our panel member attorneys are some of the few in the country who have been successful in bringing legal action against Child Services and, as a result, have helped children return home to their parents. Child Services and the Government have created extremely strict legislation in regards to being sued and this is the reason that our panel member attorneys are only able to bring legal action for 3 specific reasons:

  1. Lawsuit One: Wrongful removal of children and reasonable efforts to keep a family united. This lawsuit has two basic foundations: children were removed from a good home and put into foster care without just cause and Child Services did not make a reasonable effort to preserve or unify families.
  2. Lawsuit Two: A family was not offered a fair trial. This lawsuit has two basic foundations: children were removed from a good home and put into foster care without just cause and the family was not given an opportunity to fight for their child in court.
  3. Lawsuit Three: Foster care abuse. When a child is placed in foster care, there is a reasonable expectation that a child will be safe from all forms of harm and abuse. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. It is remarkably far too common that children are removed from a stable home only to be seriously neglected and abused in foster care. If your child was placed in a group home, emergency shelter, foster home or residential care home and was abused or neglected in any way, you may have a lawsuit.

Our panel member attorneys would like to continue their ongoing policy of imposing no upfront costs to families who have been victims of Child Services and additionally there is no cost to families for using our service. We refer clients to lawyers at no charge and the lawyers can sue on behalf of these potential clients on a contingency fee basis.

Lawsuits against Child Services are normally accompanied by a great number of expenses, all initially assumed by the attorney. As there are no upfront costs to clients, multiple plaintiffs sometimes need to be assembled so that an attorney can justify the great cost of traveling to a specific area and handling  such cases on a contingency fee basis, while paying all related expenses.

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Once we gather enough plaintiffs in a specific area, the victims of Child Services will be contacted by one of our RepresentYou.com panel member attorneys or their staff about their individual legal matter.

These lawsuits are nationwide and are not class actions, our panel member attorneys plan to sue on behalf of individual plaintiffs who have been victims of Child Services or the foster care system.

RepresentYou.com has met the stringent criteria required for certification by the State Bar of California, and as such, we are here to help. Even if we cannot directly be of assistance, we are always a good source of information and our only allegiance is to the client, not to any organization or Child Services, as some have alleged.

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A Losing Battle!

October 27, 2008 in CPS, False Allegations, Hawaii

A mother shares her grief and dissolutionment with anyone who will listen. This letter literally went out to hundreds of people. Please take the time to offer words of kindness, support and help if you are able. Our heart goes out to this mom and her children.

I have written to each and every one of you at least once in the past year, asking for help with my CPS case. However, by this time on Wednesday, I will be just another statistic in a very broken system. And so, I am sending out this letter to ask, not for anymore help on my behalf, but to please all pull together so that travesties like this do not fall upon other innocent families that are being torn apart everyday while those who could stop them choose to look the other way.

My story is long, but I shall retell it quickly. After having my daughter removed last January, when she was 11 months old, for suspicious breaks in her arm, she was returned to me around 6 weeks later. However, I was not ready to have her returned, having been evicted from my old house and was now staying with another family and beginning to show signs of depression form having her removed in the first place. And so, within a month, I had called my CPS worker back to ask to have her placed again until I was truly on my feet.

Fighting a Losing Battle!

Homeless and Depressed

After a dark summer, in which I was hospitalized twice and remained homeless, I discovered that I was pregnant last August. I realized that I needed to turn my life around because I had now two little ones that were depending on me.

I moved back to town, began working, sought affordable housing and re-enrolled in school. I began fully complying with all CPS services. This included parenting classes, (of which I’ve taken 3) and therapy, (of which I’ve been consistently going to for one year). I also sought additional services to better myself, such as talking with a public health nurse, setting up a Hane Like home visitor through PACT and returning to church.

After my son was born, I was told by CPS that I had to remain at the homeless shelter in order to take him home from the hospital, because I would be able to be monitored by the staff. At this point, (and to this day), I had never been allowed to have an unsupervised visit with my daughter.

I want you all to know that I took excellent care of my little boy. I had already learned the basic parenting skills from raising my daughter alone, but I found my motherly love rekindled and vowed never to do anything that would bring him even close to the situation that happened to my little girl.

I watched over him liked a hawk and spoiled him to death. He was always well cared for, and was and continues to be the love of my life. He is a very happy, very healthy little boy. Until the day I die I will stand by this next statement: He should NEVER have been taken from me. Absolutely NOT. There was no reason. CPS committed a crime. He should never have been removed from my care. Never.

Just another stolen child!

When he was 3 months old, my social worker called my cell phone, the day of a visit that I usually have with my daughter at a park, and asked for me to come into the CPS office for the visit. I arrived and had my 1 ½ hour supervised visit with my little girl, who is now 2 1/2. During the visit, she came down the hall and spoke in a foreign language, (I think it was Samoan), to the monitor.

After the visit, she asked me to come down the hall to another office to speak with her. The first thing she did, was ask me to sign a paper. I asked what it was for, and she said it was for an upcoming MDT that the court had asked her to schedule. I told her I couldn’t read most of it because I didn’t have my glasses with me, but she said that she would give me a copy later. (I still have no copy). After I signed it, she said, “OK, now I have a more serious matter to attend to. We are removing your son from your care today.”

I was shocked. When I asked why, she only said that there were “multiple calls” and started listing the “threats of neglect”, such as taking my young son into the shower at the homeless shelter, or not changing my sheets in our area or not cleaning his bottles thoroughly enough.

I told her that if she had these concerns, why did she not come out to the shelter? Or talk to my caseworker? If she only would have done these things, the accusations would have proven to be false. But, she only said that the calls had been confirmed. She then asked if the police had to be involved, and then they came and took my sleeping son out of my arms as I cried and she told me to “get ahold of” myself and my emotions because it was embarrassing.

I spent around 2 more weeks at the shelter, during which my caseworker told me that she had given me “ample time” to find affordable housing. Telling her that she had told me to remain at the shelter proved fruitless as she says she had told me that it had been 3-months I was supposed to be looking in the meantime, which I had been.

This was in July. Our next court date is on Wednesday. I now live in Kanoeohe with a wonderful roommate, another single mom named Jessie. I am attending several different schools right now, and when my caseworker came to our house a few weeks ago, Jessie and I started working out a baby-sitting schedule because she had told us that she would be retuning my little prince very soon. I need you to know that she lied, again.

Emotional Exhaustion!

My son is almost 7 months old, and my daughter is 32 months. I need everyone to know that I have done everything CPS has asked of me, and then gone out of my way to do more than they’ve asked. I have also told them that I would do whatever it takes to have my children, my babies, returned home to me. I would move back in with my parents, quit work, quit school, and marry the birth father, anything. I also want you to know that, despite my caseworker repeating the phrase “reasonable efforts”, absolutely no efforts have been made to reunite me with my children. Not one. If anything, there have been obstacles and hurdles placed in my path before me to prevent me from succeeding. Nevertheless, this has not deterred me. Until now!

Though I am still struggling with this decision, I don’t feel I should fight anymore. I am weary of this battle. Of constantly trying to prove to many different people that not only am I a good mother, (nay, in their eyes, a ‘perfect’ mother), but am also successful in every aspect of my life. How can I show them that I am an emotionally stable person when they constantly dangle my children in front of me like a carrot and rip my heart out? I haven’t slept for nights at a time, my health is failing. My depression, though I am continuing therapy, medication and stress-relieving techniques, is always a constant.

I think the main thing that I have a problem with is that the people in these positions of authority do NOT have my children’s best interests in mind. They would rather punish me because of some dislike than see a mother create a beautiful life with their children.

Giving Up

I came to the conclusion about 3 weeks ago to stop, to stop trying, to stop trying to fight them, to stop trying to fight an ever-losing battle. I can’t win. The system is broken. No matter what I do, if I become a millionaire tomorrow, or hire a fancy lawyer or take 30 more parenting classes, it won’t matter. It’s over. I will not win. I will not win, and so, I will not put my children through that. Because, no matter what, I have always wanted what was best for them.

They deserve a good life, and if that means me letting them go because I didn’t want to be selfish and ruin the first part of their lives with a lengthy, useless trial, then so be it. I love them both so very much and have very nearly fallen apart at this decision. The fact that I cannot hold them in my arms whenever I think about them breaks my heart every single, every single time.

All I can say to you is, fix the system. Please. There are families being torn apart out there. I have never been on drugs, I have never neglected or abused my children. There are SO many like me out there. Help them. Help them while they still have a chance, the chance that I don’t anymore. I am talking to all of the agencies and friends and families out there that can pull together.

And, now I am talking to all of the news media and congressional representatives. While the others are pulling together to help the families, please, pull together to fix the system. It may not be yet beyond repair. Please. I am going to court Wednesday not because I let my dog go in someone’s yard or want to build a fence on my property. These are my children. They are the most precious commodity on this earth. I think that people forget that sometimes. My case must just look like the next one, or the one before that. But, this is a life we’re talking about here, nay two lives; my two little babies. And I may never get to see them again. And there is absolutely no reason why. My caseworker says she is just going off pre-determined timelines. This shouldn’t end this way; there should be no reason. But it will. And, there’s nothing anybody can do to stop it. Not by Wednesday. But, you all may be in time to stop the next one.

Please help. Imagine if it were you. The system was started, not to break up families for grants or power, but to bring them together and help those who were struggling or lacking skill. Please help.

And the last request I have, for all of you. Love your children. I see parents at the mall and their little boys are tugging on their arms trying to tell them a joke while they swat them away. Or, the little girls that want to play dress-up with their mommy, but she tells them to be quiet because she can’t hear her soap opera. These people do not know how lucky they are. Not only do they have their children in the same home with them, but also they are missing out on the most important years of their lives.

Children are only looking for someone to love them. The hardest thing I will ever have to do, in my entire life, is say goodbye to my children. That day is 2 days away, and I don’t know if I’m ready yet. I pray none of you will ever have to go what I am going through. Parents please love your children.

God bless you all.

–Harmony Rebekah Lauritzen

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