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Justice Means Returning Her Home to Her Family
$50 raised
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2 Years running

 I am LaVahn, the adoptive mother of three boys (all from or near birth) and three years ago their biological sister was born and was placed with me immediately. After celebrating her third birthday last September, my daughter was removed from my care and without notice and without any case management to arrange her return. There have been two separate investigations launched within DCFS (two different departments) and each concluded that she was wrongfully removed.

This was a very long and painful wait to hear what I already knew and had been told verbally. We were never allowed to see her. My daughter missed Thanksgiving and was about to miss Christmas until the Regional Managers at DCFS intervened and required the two workers who took her to allow visitation and then that same week they overruled the two workers who took my child and required that she be placed back into my care and with her family.

One of the workers did the unthinkable and contacted the Guardian Atlitem in order to file an injunction preventing her return. So I had to tell my boys that she was not coming home after all.

My case was not heard until February 22nd and the judge, having no evidence contrary to the workers' false testimony ruled against returning my baby home. DCFS apparently thought it was an open and shut case and failed to show up to defend their position that the child should be returned home given the two investigations clearing me of neglect. Although the adoption agency I am licensed with and from where I adopted my boys was present supporting my daughter's return, DCFS failed to be physically present to make their case for the return (and I was in a room with attorneys I never met trying desperately to keep me from my child.) They instead relied on their attorney who was ill-prepared to cross-examine the case workers, and of course I was not permitted to do so in my own defense.

The evidence I provided DCFS to aid in their investigations was not shared with the judge and the judge rendered a decision based on a lot of misinformation that could have easily been proven untrue. My family is devastated beyond words. The Child Welfare Systems are broken and families like mine deserve better.

DCFS is looking into appealing the decision but recommended I get my own attorney to represent me. With their attorney and my own putting forth the evidence that was lacking at the first hearing, I can get my baby, "Nya" back home...finally. Thank you for caring and your generosity.

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