Here is my story, back in 2005 my daughter was removed by Child Protective Services from my home for allegations of drug abuse. I did their service plan and I passed every drug test because I was not doing any drugs. I did refuse to receive drug rehab because I explained to the nurse at the rehabilitation center that I am not a drug user.
She reported it to my case worker about my refusal and the caseworker had me do a random drug test and told me that if I passed she will remove drug rehab from my service plan. I did of course passed, so she had rehab removed off my service plan.
I felt that if I passed every drug test and I was under investigation of drug abuse, it should have raised a red flag with these allegations that were brought upon me.
I did hold a good job as CPS requested but I was in an abusive relationship, which I did remove myself from and moved into a stable home where it was an adequate home for my daughter to live in according to an investigator from CPS. I did complete my service plan but the caseworker dragged this case out for 18 months till I ended up losing guardianship over my daughter, but had my uncle as managing conservator.
Shortly after the case was closed, I did take care and support my daughter without any child support from my ex-husband. I remarried where now my husband has been helping me raise my two daughters since my youngest was 6 weeks old. My husband serves in the U.S Army and is getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan in the next 6 weeks.
Well in September of 2012, CPS got involved again due to physical abuse on my oldest daughter. But after reading the affidavit I noticed that there have been more allegations on me that are completely false. At the time that CPS investigated, my neighbor was helping me care for my children since I just received surgery 2 weeks prior to this investigation.
According to the affidavit, it states that I burned my daughter's pictures, threatened to kill my daughter, had a gun (which I do not own), and made terroristic threats on the school where she was attending. Well because of those allegations, both my children were removed from my home.
As I mentioned before, my neighbor was with me through all this commotion, and she went to court with me and told the caseworkers, and the attorneys that I never made any threats. I have been doing the service plan, and been more than co-operative with my caseworker.
I never heard anything from the school district about the terroistic threats so I felt that that matter is closed. But a lot of the allegations were taken way out of context. I have been showing up to my visitations with my kids and showing up to all my appointments and classes working on re-unification with my daughters.
I thought I was doing okay but I did raise some concern with my attorney and the caseworker when I found out that that CPS is working on my oldest daughter communicating with her biological father. He has been an absent parent and has never seen nor talked to her ever since she was born. I've been protecting her from him due to the fact that he has an abusive history and my marriage was dissolved on the grounds of cruelty.
As I mentioned before, I raised some concern and felt like I'm being ignored. The caseworker has come into contact with my husband, and now he has to do a service plan with CPS as well even though I do have his deployment papers.
I went to my hearing with CPS yesterday, and to be honest with you, I was in a state of shock when I heard the caseworker's testimony. As of March 14, 2013 he had decided to be looking at termination of my rights and stated that he has spoken to both mine and the children's therapists and they both feel that CPS should terminate my visitations with my daughters.
But since he cannot provide any proof on what the therapists' recommendations, the judge did not honor the caseworker's request. The caseworker also stated that I have been inappropriate with my children during visitations, which the caseworker never mentioned to me until the hearing and as I mentioned before is looking for termination. I felt that I've been more than co-operative with CPS regarding their service plan but I feel as if CPS is not co-operating with me as to helping my with re-unification.
I ask that someone please help me because my voice was not heard in the last case with the drug allegations, and I'm very afraid of losing my children. My final hearing is set for July 22, 2013 @ 9:00 AM, so any legal advice will be most appreciative. Thank you for taking the time in reading this. My name is Jackie and I currently reside in San Antonio, but because of this case, I couldn't move to Ft. Campbell with my husband since I am dealing with my battle as to fighting for my kids. Thank you