Bring A home

Bring A home

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John Philo started this petition to Department Of Child Services

Myself and my family are in need of some help. I was in a 8 year relationship with a women who had a child when we got together that my family and myself raised from the time she was 8 months old til she was taken from cps in September of 2019. Her biological father is in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine and armed robbery and her mother had her taken by the state when we split up. In June of 2019 I spent my birthday finding out that my wife had cheated on me and I found that she was using drugs. I thought maybe we would be able to work through it and try to fix our problems. I took her to a mental health facility and she was diagnosed bipolar 2 with manic episodes. In October of 2019 I woke up to hear a motorcycle outside my home revving its engine, when I got up to see what was going on she told me she was helping these people move cause all they had was the motorcycle so she was going to help them with our vehicle. I tell the people they just need to leave but from all the commotion my neighbors called the police. When the police arrived the people was already gone and they informed me that the gentleman was wanted so they asked if they could check the home to see if he was still in there so I allowed them to. During their search they found a plate containing drugs hidden in a closet so since it was in my home I was arrested for possession. I had to go through the legal system and pass a lie detector to prove my innocence. I informed my wife at the time I wasnt going to allow her to harm the child anymore and I went to DCS to try to get help which turned out to be the worse thing I could have done. My then at the time wife made up a bunch of stories of me being violent just to discredit myself. Instead of DCS ever trying to sit down with me and get the the truth they just took her word but also admitted in court that she was manipulative. I have been trying to go through the courts to get the child out of foster care to be with me and my family only to have the judge order DCS to begin visitations with me and everytime they say a therapist doesnt recomend it. They told me for over a year my child didnt want to see me or have visitations with me. But then a couple months ago I receive a letter from her that she had given to my mother to give me cause I probably wouldn't have got it from DCS. In the letter she is telling of the things she bought with money that I drop off for her and she was telling me about her Christmas presents. But she was also asking for things like my phone number and if I still lived in the same home and stuff about our family pet and her room. I show the letter to DCS to show she does want me in her life but they just used this letter against me in court stating A only wrote the letter to thank me for Christmas presents. So I ask DCS if I can write a letter back and give her my contact information and they allow it. She gets to call me one time and she informs me everything DCS was saying about her not wanting to see me was untrue and that she had been asking to get to have visits with me. Then after this phone call she is told by the therapist to not call anymore. I am participating in services with them and even my therapist who they appointed says there is no reason why A should not be home where she belongs. I am a hard working person who just works and comes home, I am all about family and god. I do security for a living and am more than capable of caring for A. I do believe my rights have been violated through this whole process and I'm asking for your help. As of this moment they are doing the same thing and telling me she has a therapist appointment on Tuesday and depending on how that therapy session goes that I can get therapeutic phone calls and work my way to visits and then weekends but they are moving A 60 miles away from me and letting an uncle who she had never met or had anything to do with her life until CPS sought him out he is the brother of the paternal father. At our court session he said that his sister would be playing a role as a role model and someone she can look up to for help and advise. At this moment that sister is in Jail for neglect of a dependent. I do not know this. I understand that I am just a step parent but was there for her learning to walk and talk and potty training,  her first day of preschool, her first day of school, all of the field trips, basketball camps, girl scouts, T-ball, I taught her to ride a bike and all the school functions and daddy daughter date nights and the list goes on. If all this and everything I have gone through in this whole ordeal and then always finding diffrent avenues to try to get help just to be there for her doesnt make me a father than I dont know what does. If there is one thing I do regret I'm so sorry A had to see the arguments between her mother and myself when I found out her mother was using drugs. I think it would be normal for any couple to argue when a partner catches the other partner doing that kind of thing and that's something I wish A never had to see. 

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