On March 24th Child Protective Services (CPS) went to the home of Maryanne Godboldo and demanded that her child, 13 year old Ariana Godboldo, be released into their custody. Maryanne was accused of medical neglect for not continuing to give her child Risperdal - a drug used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia - even after Ariana displayed harmful side effects. While her 13 year old daughter was not officially diagnosed with schizophrenia - state doctors maintained that Ariana needed the drug and without it she was a danger to herself and others.
For 5 weeks Ariana was in the Hawthorn Center, a Michigan state run mental health facility - away from her family and friends. They administered the drug and others until their own doctors and the judge agreed that it was not medically necessary for Ariana to be given Risperdal. Amazing - since this is the WHOLE reason CPS took her from her mother in the first place. There was never any reason for her to go to the facility because family members had been willing to take her in since DAY 1. How can the State of Michigan and CPS demand that a mother force her child to take a harmful drug without, they themselves, being forced to show proof that she needs to be on the drug. Now it's time for Ariana to go back to her mother and for her mother to be left alone. CPS is still trying to take custody of a child that is better taken care of at home with her mother.
Please sign this petition and URGE the STATE of Michigan to release Ariana back to her mother. Urge government officials EVERYWHERE to take a hard look at the way the Department of Human Services and CPS handle issues of removing children from their homes.
Ariana's family just wants her back at home where she is loved and well taken care of.
For more information please visit our webpage at http://justice4maryanne.com.
~The Justice for Maryanne Action Committee