My story begins as early as 1993, when I was leaving my husband and getting a divorce. Leaving my sons to live with their father was considered a sin in his families eyes. Working full time and tons of over time, I was unemployed with in a month, having suffered many attendance and 'adhearance' strikes for having missed time at work to 'attend to my childrens medical needs'. Shots, coughs, rashes, owies, you name it; forget the fact that the Mother-In-Law was being PAID to babysit our children and lived with in 2 miles of the doctors. I was always expected to take off from work and take care of any family needs. The father was/is an alcoholic. REMEMBER THAT, AS THERE IS A COURT ORDER REGARDING HIS BEHAVIOR AND HABITS WHEN IN CUSTODY/VISITATION WITH OUR CHILDREN.
After moving on with my life, I made several attempts to have my children over for visitation, moved back into the family home and tried to make a go of things for the children's sake, with out the father and I 'continuing' a relationship.
In 1994, CPS began it's involvement in my life and my children's lives; After suspected abuse at the father's home and the mother-in-law's home, I began seeking help to contain this problem and resolve it. Numerous court filings on my behalf to get the boys out of that mess. Numberous allegations from officers who would take reports and make 'personal observations' of the behavior my youngest son was exemplifying. Numerous lost places of living, cars, incomes, Arizona Superior Court awarding and taking away child support orders.
Finally, in 1997, when after a court visit I indicated to the Judge, "If and when these children become a nuisance to society, appear before the courts as law breakers and there are continuous problems visited upon the judicial system, I AM NOT ALLOWING YOU TO HOLD ME RESPONSIBLE AS THE MOTHER."
Begging and pleading the courts garner no assistance and the children continue to suffer.
CPS was suppose to be the 'assistive authority' that investigates and escalates reports of abuse. Investigator after investigator promised to 'assist me' in protecting my children, if I were willing to take them into my care and work with them. As of today, one child is residing with her father, against my better judgement and meddling intervention of a aunt-in-law and a 'newly married to me' second husband who was ill equipped to deal with American Society and Sociatal Woes; the two conspired to break me down and dismantle my family. This only gave CPS ammunition to attack me. That is far from what my children needed or need.
Now, speed up to August of 2005; My middle child has been battered and abused at the hands of his biological father, biological grandfather and grandmother (deceased 1996) and has now been sexually abused by his biological brother.
WHEN C.P.S. was contacted to investigate the sexual abuse, no one contacted me. I had joint custody of the boys at that time, and had for well over 6 years. Instead, the report was filed and the 'alleged' assualt was going to be 'investigated'.
This is where I want to vomit. My son, that was assualted, was made to exit the home, nightly, and travers down the block to the grandfather's home and stay each night, over night. The attacker, my other son, was allowed to stay in the 'main' home, each night. This son was put on intensive probation, even to the tune of an ankle bracelet for in home monitoring. All attempts to get him to successfully complete any form of probation were futile and he had no guidance while at home. Having felt the 'time' had expired for which the two sons needed to be kept seperate, (which no one of authority OR C.P.S. had given permissin for the boys to be in each others company, unsupervised) The father left them unattended, over many days and months, so the physical abuse continued.
Once C.P.S. was involved again, as they should have always been, they pulled the abused son out of the father's home and brought him to me. Again, I agreed to do anything to protect my son from harm of the father and brother, PROVIDED I was willing to accept C.P.S. services.
*****ACCEPTING C.P.S. SERVICES CONTITUTES AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PARTIES THAT ALL SERVICES AVAILABLE WILL BE UTILIZED/EXHAUSTED WHERE APPROPRIATE, WITH IN THE GUIDELINES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY/CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES****
So, my then husband and I AGREED wholeheartedly to take in my son, make our home his home and protect him, to the best of our ability. C.P.S., on the other hand, PROMISED the sky.
1st off, we lived in a one bedroom apartment. We were more than willing to relocate with in our complex to a larger apartment. This was to be arranged and coordinated between our family and contracted C.P.S. services, through AMERIPSYCHE (whom I'll file a seperate 'report' in here, to the reference of) SERVICES.
We were to allow AMERIPSYCHE employees to enter our home, observe and make suggestions, make changes and make demands of our lives to accomodate C.P.S. request/requirements.
We did so, willingly.
We took on a different unit, paid the fees to move and ended up losing the apartment, due to lack of funding. AMERIPSYCHE SERVICES left us after we get the apartment and moved everything by hand. We got no assistance from EITHER of the agencies, accept to stress us completely out and push our family into breakdown. At this point, CPS filed another petition, this time against ME, for not going to pick my son up from the local authorities, as he was being released from a few days stay at the juvenile detention center, and did not qualify for continued 'services' there, as he was mentally ill-not a juvenile delinquent.
My son was held over for an exagerated amount of time, and the courts truly did not know what to do with him. He did his 'time' for his crime; attempted assualt upon me. That was always the nature of our 'trouble'; abuse on the child at the father's home BUT abuse of me from my son, in my home. Go figure.
Now, he is in a residential treatment center, after my insistance that he be removed from detention and either released back into my custody OR moved to a facility to assist in medication management and social behavior modification for him.
Now, the GAL is the one that filed that last report, against me, after the courts pigeon holed me for not having transport, money for the bus AND denying my the request to have C.P.S. intervein, as they would have come and made a report, facilitated a reunification and all would have been done.
Now my son, ever more skeptical of the judicial system and ANY/ALL mental health agencies and their contact, I fight, daily, to keep him on any level keel. I receive phone calls from him daily, complaining of the injustices he faces at the facility he is at. I have to make frequent phone calls to C.P.S., mental health workers, Doctors and clinicians at the facility to coordinate care. They call me, though I don't have any custodial rights at this time, to work out medicatin changes. If this is not assinine, I don't know what is. Personally, I'm glad they do, for my son's sake.
Now, today, after multiple phone calls and begging to have me visit him more frequently, I find there is no transportation to visit him tonight. C.P.S. has received numerous calls from me to set up these transports, AS THEY ALLEGE THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE TO DO, and again, my son with his bi-polar issues, will predictably go off, cause issues and be restrained when I don't show up AND if I don't get a phone call to him or from him, for what ever life reason comes up.
Again, begging and pleading with these 'agency people', clinicians, doctors, investigators, case workers/managers, non existant family aides, now TERROS/local looney tunes crisis agency, DOES MY SON AND MY FAMILY ABSOLUTELY NO GOOD.
I am in the process now of seeking out legal assistance and pursuing a case againt the C.P.S. agency, the governor's office, the Department Of Economic Security, YDI (Youth Development Incorportated), Joni Shill (previous GAL), and a few others, not yet mentioned above.
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