To ensure the safety of our children and families
  • Petitioning Child Protective Services (CPS) Cumberland County, Maine

This petition will be delivered to:

DHHS/CPS/OCFS
Child Protective Services (CPS) Cumberland County, Maine
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Maine-01
Rep. Chellie Pingree
Maine
Sen. Susan Collins
Maine
Sen. Angus King

To ensure the safety of our children and families

    1. Monique Nadeau
    2. Petition by

      Monique Nadeau

      Portland, ME

This is so important because too many families in Maine and all over the US are being broken up. The parent's are not given credit for the strives they do make once CPS is involved. A safety or reunification plan is created for immediate and potential risks to the said minor child. Although it seems as though once you've completed X, Y, & Z, it's not over, they make you do more things that aren't an immediate or legitimate risk to the child's welfare (i.e. not having a registered motor vehicle). When parents are sent to counseling, psychiatrists, parenting classes, etc. by CPS, the service provider may tell you that you're doing great with your treatment plan, safety plan, psych eval, etc..BUT what they report to your caseworkers, and the family courts are that you didn't do so well, or you struggled with issues they said you had made better. It's a huge and sad problem that our kids in America are being stolen from good families. So I feel that OCFS Cumberland County (CPS) needs to be investigated by the proper authorities. Also, after whatever evidence of false reports/accusations, money not accounted for, and/or whatever else they find, the people/agency responsible gets the maximum sentece for the crime(s) committed AND the families that have been wronged, be reunited immediately! Termination of Parental Rights is said to be the equivalent to the death penalty. (American Family Rights association)

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    1. MANY MORE SIGNATURES NEEDED!

      Monique Nadeau
      Petition Organizer

      Please sign and share this petition with family and friends. I know this is one of thousands of petitions but we need to ensure the safety of our children and families, so please support this Maine based petition, no matter what state or country u live in! Let's come together, unite & fight for our kids!

    2. Petition OPEN AGAIN!!

      Monique Nadeau
      Petition Organizer

      Sorry I didnt realize it was closed. Sign away supporters ;)

    3. 50 More NEEDED! PLEASE & THANKS!!

      Monique Nadeau
      Petition Organizer

      We've reached 100 Signatures & everyone who signed we really appreciate your support <3 Also, to people who havent signed, pleasr support this Maine CPS based petition to change our broken system that's supposed to protect our children, not hurt them & meet quotas for federal bonus incentives... Meaning CPS has a certain # of kids per fiscal year they have to take from parents.. Please show your support by signing & sharing, especially MAINEr's :) Thank you & the link below is a parent resource, check it out!

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. We need more MAINER'S!!

      Monique Nadeau
      Petition Organizer

      When we get to our goal of signatures, it will be sent to Cumberland County, Maine dustrict reps, house reps, senators, etc.. So it helps when they see Mainer's support, that's all. We appreciate all our signers!

    6. Maine NEW Reinstatement of Parental Rights

      Monique Nadeau
      Petition Organizer

      For parents who've significantly bettered their circumstances, Maine now allows for the Department of Health & Human Services to petition the court for the Reinstatement of Your Parental Rights. This is a great strive for Parents in Maine.

    7. Reached 50 signatures
    8. Fight CPS in Maine please join our group on Facebook...

      Monique Nadeau
      Petition Organizer

      With this group we hope to get at least 5 people in Maine to start a class action lawsuit against CPS (child protective services). RepresentYou.com is willing to do this in every state in the US with 5 people/cases that had questionable things happen to them during their battle with CPS. This Group is for any and all parents affected by CPS false allegations, lies, and betrayals. We want our kids back and all it takes is 5 cases per state! Let's change the future, for our children are the next generation.

    9. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • DESIREAH DAVIS PORTLAND, ME
      • 4 months ago

      My name is Desireah Davis. On May 19th 2006, My children were taken into State custody. It was a time in my life where I was at my lowest. I was grieving from the loss of grandparents, Trying to recover from an abusive family relationship from by taking in my brother when our grandparents died, was being evicted, and my utilities were shut off. I take full responsibility for the chain of events leading up to this and the deplorable condition my home was in from both neglect and packing to move. My case worker knew I had plans in place and my children were safe at my cousins house during the transition

      I'm writing this because I feel the rights of my children and mine were profoundly violated by the State of Maine DHHS. What I understood as a reunification process, turned out to be four years of intimidation, deception, and abuse of power to accomplish it's own agenda and set me up for failure.

      My story is long and full of emotional trauma. But, I will try to contain this to just the more pertinent examples of the DHHS conduct throughout my case. Please keep in mind they knew how to trigger these emotions an use them against me. Later, defining my whole character by these emotions.

      I was told I had 10 months to get an income, apply for housing, find a safe clean home for my children and to get counseling in order to get my children back. This left me alone, heartbroken and homeless. I was also pregnant with my forth child. I was "high risk" for a heart condition that required a lot of down time. However, It took 8 months for me to reestablish an income and housing. I found a house (not an apartment) that included utilities which relieved me from the burden of shut offs. I kept all my appointments for counseling and prenatal care. As well as visits with my children. The kids rooms were all set up with new beds and bedding. Clothes and toys were all organized. I had accomplished the goals they set for me. So I thought!

      There were team meeting where goals were discussed and/or any concerns either DHHS or myself had. Each meeting the case workers would add another goal and continue telling me what I'm doing isn't enough. When either I or a member of my support team spoke, their demeanor was arrogant, often rolling their eyes, or using gestures indicating our voice meant nothing. When my lawyer wasn't present, they would intimidate me and threaten to cut my visits for any unfounded excuse they could come up with. They would act encouraging and commend me for my "progress" in front of my lawyer. In one meeting we were being observed by another group of out of state workers. My case workers were so fake, my support person had to walk out of the meeting she was so disgusted. Most of the minutes of each meeting omitted positive input an/or my word were twisted.

      The visits with my children were rarely consistent. The law clearly states that decisions of reunification are made for the safety of the children and NOT to punish the parent. There were times we went months without visits. Supervisors of visits were changed (ironically) each time a positive report was submitted. I was given no reports of any of these changes. My case worker then brought in a service to supervise but did not tell me they were also there to teach me parenting skills with the " model/Que" method. This caused a lot of anxiety and frustration because they wouldn't explain what they were doing. They would only tell me to do it "their way". I was sad for my children for not being able to have our visits without all the interference of these people. This made it impossible for me to develop any type of rapport with this service. Again, "ironically" it was only this services report that was submitted into evidence in court. All others were omitted.

      Throughout the next year, I maintained a clean and safe home, children's organized rooms still untouched, tested clean on all drug tests taken, did my best at keeping up with each and every new thing they added to my already full calender, while taking care of my newborn daughter. Just to find out they wanted to terminate my rights. And to my surprise, sneaking their way into removing my daughter from my home as well. I had plans for my daughter to visit with her grandmother for the weekend and came home to a NOTE on my door stating my daughter will not be returning to my home. This was after my parent partner (who was staying with me for my daughter's first four months to oversee how I cared for her) had left. This again, left me alone, and heartbroken. Now I know why, back when I requested that my son be allowed to see the new house and see the changes I had made because I was concerned that he would only have the memory of the home we were living in before.... was denied.

      I will admit there were times when I expressed my emotions with outbursts. I couldn't stop thinking about how all of this was affecting my children. If they were lying to me, what were they telling my children? This whole process caused my family a mixture of emotions that will last a lifetime. They had a psychiatrist testify that I had narcissistic tendencies and was unable to show empathy. Plus a diagnosis of bi-polar. This is how they interpreted my outbursts of frustration, sadness and an overwhelming love I have for my children and how I miss them more then life.

      In conclusion, I have since been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder NOT bi-polar. This may well be the reason the medication they had me on wasn't working back then. But, this diagnosis was the base of my whole case and reason my parental rights were terminated. That, and of course, dirty dishes in my sink.

      MY CHILDREN AND MY RIGHTS WERE SO VIOLATED AND WHEN I SPOKE WITH MY ATTORNY AND TOLD THE JUDGE HE DIDNT CARE SLEEPING AND SNORING ON THE BENCH WAS MORE IMPORTANT AT MY TRIAL AND THRUTH SPOKEN BY MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND SUPPORT TEAM CPS SAID I NEEDED IN THEIR EYES I DIDNT HAVE SUPPORT AND THATS IS A LAUGH BECAUSE THEY CLEARLY NO NOTHING OF ANYTHING LIE CHEAT STEAL AND PROFIT IS ALL THEY CARE FOR AND THE CORRUPTION WITH IN FAMILY COURTS NEEDS TO STOP THEIR ARE DESTROYING INNOCENT FAMILY'S WHO FALL ON HARDS TIMES AND NEED A LITTLE HELP BUT INSTEAD OF HELPING THEY DESTROY THE INNOCENT SOULS OF OUR CHILDREN.

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    • Nancy Tooher KITTERY, ME
      • 7 months ago

      there are no checks and balances. my friends son is in danger from cps substantiating her when she went to report the fathers sex abuse.

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    • Jeffrey Smith GRIMES, IA
      • 11 months ago

      Please read "A Law Unto Itself" which is available on the internet. It sounds like the Maine Child Protective Services have not changed at all. STOP STEALING OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN!

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    • Marie FOURMANT NOGENT SUR MARNE, FRANCE
      • over 1 year ago

      because children matter!

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    • allison carr LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      this is import to me because i have had my daughter taken in to care and finding it hard to get her home

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