The removal of children.

The removal of children.

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Terry Benson started this petition to Missouri Governor and

I am hoping and praying that this reaches someone who will take the time to look into this situation. Based on actions by the Stoddard county childrens division.

 On February 22nd 2019, my two daughters were removed from my girlfriend and mine custody. We had befallen hard times and had just moved to Bernie, Missouri and was residing there with my mother, and her husband on a temporary basis. On that evening after my daughters were asleep. We had decided to have a couple adult drinks (beer). After a few drinks my girlfriend and my mother got involved in what is considered a verbal altercation, at which time the city police became involved and my girlfriend was escorted to the city jail on a hold. That is when child services showed up and after a walk through of the house removed the children. The two minor children were placed in a foster home.

I have to ask was there other options or services offered to keep from removing the children? Were the children being neglected, mistreated, denied anything? Were they at any risk of being harmed? No we love our children and would not do anything or put them in a situation to be injured.

Was my mother's house neglected? Yes her house was. My girlfriend and I had made several attempts to clean, and organize and fix things that were broke only to be told by her if we dont like her house we can be homeless. We were poor. Is poverty a reason to remove someones children from them?

 

My girlfriend and I have since complied with all that has been asked of us from child services including the completion of parenting classes, drug and alcohol recovery, maintaining visitation with our children, acquiring and maintaining suitable housing and living conditions, we even voluntarily completed an anger management program. 

After my children had been in foster care for 8 months, the same day we were supposed to attend a parent/teacher conference, as we were just fixing to start getting unsupervised visitation at our house, we recieved a phone call from childrens services that our visits have been suspended pending an investigation. That I am accused of having touched my daughters in some sexual manner, and my girlfriend is accused of knowing of it. Now at this time we have not seen our daughters in 2 months. We have not seen nor spoke with any sort of criminal investigator. And no one seems to have any care in the world the effect that this system has and is continuing to place on our family. 

The reason for this petition is mainly to seek answers. And I pray that maybe someone will look into how children services operates. That they can not do as they please whether they are biased against somebody's race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or even income. That someone will look into why 2 perfectly happy healthy children were removed from there parents care. With out any disregard.

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