In 2005 I let my 2 children go and stay with my father and step mother for the summer in Edmond, Oklahoma. At the time I didn't have much of a relationship with my parents but I wanted my kids too get to know their grandfather. I was working for a job that required me to travel so I really needed the help that summer. It was understood that my father would return my children to me before the following school year. My parent are originally from Houston TX, where I currently stay. My step mothers son moved to Oklahoma for college and my step mother and father followed. I have never been to their address in Oklahoma. They met me half way in Dallas Texas to pick up my children.
When it was time for me to pick up my children. My son called me and told me that he was happy he was coming home but my step mother told him that he couldn't stay with me but for 24 hours. [continued below]....
..... I didn't understand what he was saying so I told my step mother too get on the phone . She told me that my son was her son and she was keeping him. I told her when I see them, I was going to taking my children and they would never see them again.
My parent have been avoiding me for 7 years. They have moved several times and now I've learned that they live in Oklahoma City. Over this period of time I haven't seen my children. I had no Idea what they looked like. I've called the police, lawyers, everyone I could think of and I didn't have any luck.
In 2010 I got in contact with my niece who had been visiting my dad in Oklahoma. My niece was in Texas state custody and she was visiting my father too see if she wanted to be placed there. She contacted me on Facebook and told me I need to get my daughter from my father. She told me that my father was molesting my daughter and my daughter was scared of my father. I contacted child services in Oklahoma and reported what I had been told. I found out my fathers direct email and phone number and I called and email several times asking him to return my children. But he would never give me an address.
May 2012 I recieved a letter from Oklahoma Child Services asking for Child support. I texted my father asking him what was going on and he told me that the state of Oklahoma had taken my children from him and his wife for child abuse. At that time they had been with the state a total of 2 months.
I contacted Oklahoma child welfare and my children case worker called me back the next day. She told me that she tried to contact me but was not sucessful. She said she had been sending messages to me on Facebook and I told her I didn't recieve one message from her. I did some reseach and found out she had been messaging someone with my same name. By that time she had already put in an order to terminate my parental rights. Court was scheduled for the following week. She was allowing my father and step mother to take classes to get my children back. She had believe all the lies my father and step mother told her and she did not take the time to properly investigate.
After short noticed my husband and I drove my wreak of a car from Houston to Oklahoma. We didn't have much money so we planned too sleep in the car. I'm currently looking for work and my husband is working but money is still tight. When we made it to court I was so nervous. I thought I would faint. I was about to see my children for the first time in 7 years.
When my children walked into the court room they didn't even know who I was. I learned that my daughter was in a group home and my son had been placed with my step mothers son. My children didn't speak to me. They believed all the lies my step mother told them. The judge asked me if I could afford my own Lawyer and I told him that I could not. Now, I being treated like I'm worthless because I'm in between job. The judge order a family group meeting and I feel like the worker is not considering me.
When I found out what was going on I contacted my daughters father and my son father. My daughters father responded and came to court but my sons father did not. The last time I spoke with the worker she told me that my daugther's father had hired a lawyer and my son and daughter were being placed with him. I dont believe that is fair. I haven't had anyone come and see where I live or ask me anything and the court date is in October. My daughters father is not working either but his wife works. I'm not understanding why they are favoring him over me. My son is not even his and I'm about the lose both of my children again. Please Help!