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Arizona Family Rights Project

OUR STORY Our story began on August 31, 2012 with a phone call from our daughter. Her husband was going to the police station voluntarily to answer questions; she was instructed to follow to provide him a ride home. It was all a lie to get her down to Child Help, AKA CPS. The initial allegations were made by their daughter, the oldest child, against the father only. The daughter stated none of her brothers were at risk and her mother was not aware of the alleged abuse. She specifically stated she did not want her brothers involved. This was ignored. CPS created concerns against the mother, including they were afraid she was home schooling, alleged neglect in housing, clothing, food, failure to vaccinate, unable tto o parent because she is dyslexic, failure to protect and ultimately this all had to be because of an underlying cause of drug abuse. Had CPS actually done a proper investigation instead of going on a witch witch-hunt hunt they would have discovered the allegations against gainst the mother were all false or not illegal. Instead they chose to remove all 9 children from her care, placing them in foster homes. Only the twins were put together in the same home. The rest were spread throughout the county, with one placed out of county. All placements were told these children would be up for adoption. The intent of the state was to sever the parental rights and adopt out the children. CPS refused to do a home visit which would have cleared all allegations of the home, clothing, and an food concerns. The home schooling issue was already moot as the children had been taken from their public schools by CPS. A quick check of attendance records would have shown that they were all regularly attending public school. Parents have the right to opt out of vaccinations; however the school aged children had received many of the vaccinations. The delay with the younger children was for medical reasons, and this is not illegal. Since the mother was still nursing the infant, she immediately went to get et a drug test in order to supply breast milk for him while in foster care. The drug test was negative. I would bet that the state claiming you cannot parent because of a learning disability would violate federal law. Lastly, the daughter specifically stated stated the mother was unaware of the allegations, but CPS chose to ignore these statements. So with a proper investigation, a quick check of records, and adherence to law, the mother should have been cleared. This didn’t happen. All grandparents were denied as placement options and all had to file appeals. This process was not carried out as intended by law, and only with legislator involvement did it move forward. ICPC’s were filed and also ignored. For the first 2 ½ months no one in the family could have con contact tact with the children. In November the judge finally granted both parents visitation rights, but only the mother would actually get them. Even the children did not get to see their siblings until the end of October. Severance and adoption was the only plan plan by the state, and until the father voluntarily gave up his rights to all of his children at the end of December did the plan finally change to reunification. The only visit the father received with his children, despite the court orders, was a good-bye good visit.

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OUR STORY The foster parents for the infant were the most difficult, often refusing to allow him to attend court ordered visitation with the mother. They also refused to allow him to attend sibling visits. It was under their care that the infant was exposed to to and contracted MRSA, an incurable disease that he must live with for life. The mother attended her therapy sessions and parenting classes. She also attended the CFT and IEP meetings and medical appointments for the children when notified. While she was supposed to be able to attend therapy sessions with the children, this never materialized. CPS wouldn’t allow it. In March 2013 the mother was granted physical custody of the youngest 3 children. When getting custody of the infant even the AAG stated she was was aware of the issues with this foster family and suggested just removing the infant without notifying the foster family. The after-hours after team was on alert. No one knew what problems they might create with the loss of this child. In May 2013 the oldest son n was arrested during a home visit and incarcerated. This delayed the case because CPS and the AAG used his actions in foster care against the mother, even though she was not involved. They withheld information from the court and delayed the release of the police report in order to keep the children even longer. Ultimately it was the family that obtained the police report and submitted it to the court. In July 2013 the daughter entered the Young Adult Program, the oldest son was still incarcerated, and the remaining 4 boys were placed in physical custody with the mother. When the CPS case worker changed the entire case was flipped upside down and we felt it was going backwards. He was extremely abusive to everyone involved, including the children’s therapist. The children felt he acted inappropriately with them, but nothing could be done. Despite the upsets in the last 5 months of the case, in October 2013 the mother was granted full legal custody of all the boys. The daughter remained in the Young Adult Adult Program and was placed in physical custody of the paternal grandmother – the mother of the alleged abuser. The incarcerated son was finally placed with grandparents in November 2013, 6 ½ months after his arrest. Now 18 months later the daughter wants to recant her statements claiming the abuse didn’t happen. The trauma and abuse by CPS and the foster homes will be with the boys forever. Had a proper investigation been done at the beginning, while the boys might have lost a father, they would not be permanent damaged for life.

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