- Posted June 13, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICE INJUSTICE
I need to make a public statement for Justice to be served on behalf of the protection and safety of my two children. I am their “VOICE” and my kids are in the hands of the alleged perpetrators. My kids own father (my ex-husband) and their 16 year old half brother. I am an innocent mother who needs my boys returned home.
My story starts with a phone call to Child Protective Agency (CPS) in Jackson County, MI in April of 2010. My two babies (2 & 4 years old) were returning home to me from their daddy’s house with in appropriate language, behaviors, and imitations of suspected “alleged” sexually abuse. I was very concerned of what the boys were telling me, but my ex husband was unapproachable to speak with. This behavior increased over a period of 4-6 weeks. I was the primary parent with my boys full time during the week days due to me being unemployed and shared joint custody of my kids with my ex-husband. CPS did an investigation with interviews and said that I had to take the boys to a hospital for a follow up of a general exam and documentation or that I was in failure to protect my children. I did everything CPS told me to do. CPS case worker also set up an additional appointment with a specialized Dr. from Sparrow Hospital in Lansing for an extensive sexual abuse examination. My ex-husband met me there with our two boys and we followed through with all of the recommendations. The case was dismissed in May 2010 and closed due to lack of evidence.
A month later on Monday June 14, 2010 the boys returned back home to me with more details/and complaints of hurting from this “alleged” sexual abuse. I called CPS and my children’s in home therapist and was told to take the boys directly to the ER room at our local hospital. The CPS case worker was present with the law enforcement to document & photograph the bruising of the genial areas. My children were severely bruised and it was documented from the ER Doctor that penetration did actually happen and statements were made from my boys that this sexual abuse took place during their father’s parenting time. My ex-husband had supervised visits with the boys twice a week for one hour. My ex-husband and my boy’s half brother were “cleared” from passing polygraph’s, my boys were taken from me, put into foster care for one week and then placed with my ex-husband for 2 weeks with me having visitation twice a week for one hour. Finally, I was cleared thru court. My poor boys were given back to me and CPS dropped/dismissed the case. In August of 2010 everything went back to “normal” with my ex-husband and me sharing joint custody. The pictures taken on June 14, 2010 for proof that this sexual abuse happened never made it to the prosecuting attorney. The police township that took the pictures said that they were turned over to CPS and that they didn’t have additional copies.
In September 2010 a social worker called me to follow up on my boys in home therapy thru a community mental health service. I expressed my concerns that nothing has changed and my boys are still telling me that “bad touch” is still going on at their dad’s house. She is a mandated reporter, called CPS to report this “alleged” sexual abuse, and again I was told to take the boys to a hospital for an exam or that I was in failure to protect my children. From this point in time general head to toe exams were completed and 3 more calls were made to CPS regarding the “alleged” sexual abuse. The in home therapist called the first complaint on the half brother (June 2010) and second on my ex-husband (July 2010). And a pre-school teacher also reported to CPS to file a complaint against my ex-husband in November 2010. Each time a report was filed; I was called and told to bring the boys down to the CPS office for interviews and to follow up with a hospital visit for a general check for documentation.
In January 2011 my boys were taken from me and placed with their father for temporary full custody. Six CPS case workers and four prosecuting attorney’s later, this CPS agency has built a bogus case against me with false accusations stating that I am suffering from Munchausen Syndrome and psychosis. CPS states that I am shopping around for hospitals to diagnosis my boys from being sexually abused for attention. They say that I am harmful to my boys well being by introducing them to “several” sexual abuse examinations.
This is totally wrong. The CPS agency has been abusive to my children and I, facts have been twisted around when there is evidence to support the truth, and made up ridiculous accusations against me to eventually terminate my rights. I have gone thru three psychological evaluations, counseling sessions with a psychologist (reporting all good progress), and I have done everything this agency has required me to do. I have been treated like a criminal. Since November 2011 (9 months later) I have only gotten to see my boys for one hour per week under supervised visits at a McDonalds. I was told that because I am not making any progress that now facing termination of my rights, I can only see my boys twice a month for 1 hour each visit. This is totally crazy. This agency has traumatized my kids not only emotionally but psychologically and physically. My 6 year old son has finished Kindergarten, lost 4 teeth, and can tie his shoes. My 4 year old son is potty trained and can ride a two wheeler bike. I have missed my son’s 6th birthday and my baby’s 3rd & 4th birthdays with all of the holidays in between. My babies need me their mommy and the rest of our family too. They have two older siblings that are 23 & 21 years old.
My retired parents, with my father in bad health, and who live out of state have helped me with thousands of dollars for legal fees with a lot of PRAYERS and full of HOPE that justice will be served. There has been corruption with some of the professionals to state workers involved in our case that have out right lied from withholding potential evidence, incorrect, inconsistent, and contradictions in the legal documentations, as well as, under oath in court. I was mislead by a high paid profile attorney (told that this abuse/neglect family court is a joke, no one reads the files, and that it doesn’t matter who is right or wrong it’s political), talked out of going to a trial in August of 2011 (due to the jurisdiction of my children are in the hands of the State of Mi) it would be a lot of time and efforts made to prepare a trial and money spent. I was also advised to plead “NO CONTEST”, and instructed to follow all of the “services” (counseling and supervised visits with my boys) that I would get them back faster. I completed everything CPS has told me to do dotted my I’s and crossed my T’s. Everything shifted from the focus of protecting my boys to now my parental rights being terminated. It has been a long 16 months without my boys and I have another court appointed attorney that actually cares, but limited on time and preparation. I have documented as much as I could in the duration of the past two years and just want justice and peace. We have a pre-trial June 20, 2012 and a hearing/trial on July 19, 2012. I need all of the public support and prayers for my freedom of speech to be heard loud and clear. My children need me and we can’t make up for the time lost. I know thru this exposure that something good will come from all of this evil. Bottom line is that I want my children back home with me and that I want to make a difference to help other families who are in desperate need of strength and support. This has been a devastating and heart wrenching experience that I would never wish on anyone. I have been blessed with strength from God every day I endure. Please consider coverage of this broken system.