I will never forget the night I received a call from
my daughter, frantic and crying, “They took my kids, Ma. I don’t know where they
“Who?” “ACS and the police.”
My granddaughters were
14 months and 3 at the time. I imagined the police and the worker snatching the
girls from their mother. I imagined my daughter frantic, not wanting to let go.
Then, off into the night they went.
At that moment I got angry, not only
at ACS but also at my daughter. A few days later, an ACS worker contacted me and
said I could become a kinship foster parent.
Soon the girls came to live
with me. After two years, the permanency goal was changed to adoption. I felt as if I were in mourning. I just wanted to be
Grammy, not their mommy. READ
KinGap allows me to still
Four months after my children were
removed, my aunt and her husband agreed to take my kids and I was able to get
unsupervised visits in their home.
I had a Family Team Conference to talk about KinGap. When the case planner first offered KinGap, I did not want
to take it. I thought it was like signing over my rights.
then my parent advocate explained that my rights would not be terminated. My
aunt and uncle even agreed that I could have my kids on weekends, birthdays and
every holiday. At that point, I agreed to sign the papers. READ MORE
On June 20, the House of
Representatives passed a bill that would change the way we deal with drug
addiction treatment and recovery. If passed in the Senate, the law would make it
easier to keep parent and child together when a parent resides in a drug
Rise parent leader Robbyne Wiley applauds the
legislation and recalls how, when she was addicted, fear of losing her children
to the child welfare system prevented her from getting help sooner.
needed this law during my addiction. I would have gotten my life together much
sooner if I knew that my kids and I could have stayed together while I got
the beginning, I thought that if I reached out for help, child protection would
come to take my children. The fear of losing my children paralyzed me.” READ
I am a mom of 2 sons. Ian 29 years and Elliott 28 years. I have spent all of the past 29+ years being a MOM. They are my life. Dennis is my husband and best friend. We enjoy a peaceful life in PA and SC. My guys make my life worth living and they are proof I am the luckiest person because I have them. I have also been a foster mom. Dennis and I took pride in helping children during difficult times in their lives by providing a safe home and guidance. As an investigative reporter I collected a lot of information about the illegal tactics used within these agencies to steal children from good families. I continue to help families that are dealing with the corruption within. I want to clarify for everyone that follows my page or finds me through a search about their fight with child welfare. I am NOT an attorney. This blog was set up to provide information from experience and or my opinion. After seeing the abuse within children and youth services and small government I wanted to share my insight and personal knowledge of certain events. At no time is the information in this blog to be construed as legal direction. I will refer attorneys for legal advice.