Clarion County Children and Youth Services removed my two nieces and two nephews from their mother's home and placed them in foster care over a year ago. When the court ordered the removal, I was at the hearing and informed CYS that I or my mother would take these children. I was informed by Todd that I needed to go home and call his office, which I did. I was then transferred to Denise who stated that in order for them to place the children with me or my mother, we had to have home inspections and background checks completed.
I explained to her that my mother and myself due to our occupations have had background checks and that we both have clearances. Also that because of my mother's occupation, her home was inspected and certified by the state. Denise told me that CYS had to do the inspections.
I asked her to do them. The inspections were never completed and numerous phone calls proved to be one large game of phone tag.
The reason the children were taken was due to drug abuse by the mother. The mother and the father (my brother) had joint custody of these children however, at the time of the hearing the father was incarcerated for a perole violation.
He had a court appointed attorney who sat in the court room that day and said nothing.
My brother has done everything that CYS has asked. When they could not use that against him they accused him of sexually abusing his children (ONE YEAR AFTER they were placed in foster homes) These allegations are completely bogus. But of course they were founded by CYS even though no criminal charges were brought.
The two oldest children were placed with my cousin and her husband (the mother's brother)
The two youngest children were placed with complete strangers. These strangers (while not so strange to me... I went to school with them)as I recall cannot have children. Is this a coincidence that the two babies were placed in their care? I think not.
Now CYS has decided to adopt these children out. My brother or my entire family will never see these babies again if this happens.
I just don't understand why these children could not have been placed with my mother or myself from the beginning. It doesn't make any sense to me. How can this agency (supposedly working to keep families together) be permitted to tear this family apart? I researched an endless about of information on laws in PA concerning this and while I'm no lawyer, it seems to me that the kinship law would have required CYS to place these children with relatives.
There is so much more to this story, I have phone records where I have called CYS and just got a big run around. I was told by Denise that I was interferring with CYS business when I refused to tell her how my brother was able to contact them from jail with me on the line. I was told that I was breaking privacy laws by making a phone call to CYS and not telling them that I was on the line.
My mother spent $1300 on a lawyer and got one 30 minute supervised visit with her grandchildren. She cannot afford to keep paying lawyers for this mess and CYS knows it. The so called court appointed attorney is never in his office and never returns phone calls and rarely has anything to say in court. The Judge on the case was a former lawyer for CYS. Something is NOT right here.
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