To It May Concern:
When CPS removes a child from the home, if proper procedure is followed, assistance and services are supposed to be offered, along with a report informing the courts and the parent(s) whether or not the reason(s) for removing their children are founded. The report is supposed to be finished within thirty days after the incident for removal. When I asked about the required report dealing with my case the CPS worker handling my case, Allie Menzel, failed to produce one. By doing so she failed state to me or the court whether or not my case is founded. And even now, 11 months after the incident, she has not produced a report. My first attorney Paul Jarboe, has requested the report and is told one does not exist. My second attorney, Robert Stearns, has also requested a copy of the report. He has not received one. If no report exist, then why are my children not with me? It is my understanding, from reading the CPS manual, that if a report is not filed within thirty days or is not founded then the children are to be returned to the parent(s). Thirty days is long past.
Not only has Allie Menzel failed to follow the procedure of producing a report stating whether or not my case is founded, she has not offered me a plan of reunification. Instead, she has taken the liberty to placed my children with my ex-husband in Colorado. This was done nearly a month after they were taken from me. When I asked why, she informed me that CPS was reuniting the children with the family, their father. It is my understanding that this is not proper procedure. If I read the CPS manual correctly, the reunification is supposed to be with the custodial parent, the one whom the court gave custody toome. I understand that reunification depends on the severity of the case as determined by the report and the court, observations of how the children act towards the parent, and how the parent and children progress as they follow the reunification plan and the services and assistance offered. In my case there is no report, nor were any services offered, and no reunification plan exists.
Instead, it has been offered to me, via my first lawyer, that if I do a change of custody to my ex-husband the prosecuting attorney, Amanda Steele, will close the case. I was told that if I failed to do this my parental rights would most likely will be terminated. So, fearing I would never see my children again, I grievously gave in. Since that day, I've hire more lawyers. I've moved from Michigan to Iowa and have discovered that it is not proper for me to be forced to give up my children to my ex-husband without a report, that reunification means reuniting with me, that my rights may have been violated, and that Allie Menzel has no regard for the procedures in the Michigan CPD manual, which can be found at www.mfia.state.mi.us/olmweb/ex/cfp/cfp.pdf
PSI have recently discovered that my case is unfounded. My children have not been returned to me.