There is something terribly wrong with an agency has full power to steal babies from their parents with no proof and the parents are given no rights what so ever.
On December 22nd 2008 my brother, my sister-in-law and I were sitting at home preparing the upcoming Christmas events. My infant neice had already been put to bed. As we sat dicussing our plans for the weekend we were have a couple of glasses of wine. At approximately 10:30 PM I went to bed leaving my brother and sister-in-law downstairs. At approximately 11:30 PM I heard my sister-in-law crying and yelling. I woke up and went down to see what was going on. When I found her she was in the kitchen crying outloud that if her mother never loved her why should my brother or I care about her. She was saying a lot of stuff and I just tried to hug her and let her know things would be ok. When I did that she pushed me away saying leave me alone. I tripped and fell and hit my head on the corner of a chair. My brother heard the commotion and came in to see what was going on. He also tried to hug her and comfort her, she again pushed him away and he stumbled into a corner curio cabinet. His elbow went into the cabinet and cut him. He then grabbed her and held her to the ground and asked me to call the police. We thought at that point she was experiencing some sort of nervous breakdown. When the police arrived I was sitting in the living room feeding the baby, and they separated my brother and had him join me. The paramedics arrived to attend to any injuries. My brother was really the only one with an injury but they convinced all of us to go to the hospital to be looked at. They explained that once we were medically cleared we would be sent home with the baby.
Once we reached the hospital things took a tragic turn. One of the nurses at the hopital decided to call C&Y. We do not know why but our lives haven't been the same since. We have never been given any type of explaination for why the took the baby except to say we were all drinking. However, we were at home, and no one was charged with any offenses by the police. As a matter of fact the police officer told us he didn't know why they were taking the baby, because they didn't see a need for children & youth to have been brought in. Since then we have all done exactly what has been asked of us however 7 months later and my neice is still in Foster Care. She was 6 months old when they took her. She has missed her first Christmas, New Year, Easter, and First Birthday. Since they took her she began to digress in her moter skills, and she has just began to walk and still doesn't talk. We have had two lawyer and neither have been able to do anything to stop the injustice which has occured. The first lawyer disregarded our requested defense and just did whatever C&Y wanted. The second lawyer tried to appeal the original decision but C&Y continued our court date so many times that we ran out of time to appeal anything.
We did nothing wrong except call for help. The night of the incident my Blood Alcohol level was .082 which is just barely over the legal limit to drive, but I was safe in my own home at the time. My brothers Blood Alcohol level was actually below the legal limit, yet C&Y says the child was taken because we were drinking. Well has it become illegal to drink in your own home? And if there is something wrong with drinking at home why are there 4 wine and spirit stores within 5 minutes of our home. This was just an excuse to steal a baby and try to adopt it out. This is a very sick country when this kind of thing can happen and there is no one to help. I have talked to the police Cheif, the Mayor the State Representative, The Govenor's office, The State Senator and I'm out of people to ask for help. The Mayor, the Police Cheif and our local State Rep have all tried to talk to C&Y to request they return the child and each time C&Y refuses contact, and makes things very difficult for us to see the baby.
Someone needs to put an end to this kind of Abusive system. There is no such thing as due process around here. You are at the mercy of the court and children and youth dictate to the judge what is to be done. No one cares about the facts. They made an accusation and no one would allow any of us to defend against their allegations. Please someone Help us here in Hazleton, this is only one of nearly a dozen horror stories. There is a despirate need for reform in the area. This is the same agency who has allowed children in foster care to be bitten by dogs, injured and just recently two childen died due to improper care by the foster parents. HELP before something happens to my sweet neice.
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