If they can do this to me, they can do it to you!! Help two innocent children.
- Warren County Juvenile Court
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Hello, my name is Brett. I am a 28 year old father of identical-twin boys (age 6). I am starting this petition to hopefully shine a light on the debacle that I have been living for the last year. Please read my story, and sign my petition if you agree that government should not be able to take away the most basic human freedoms from citizens without good cause.
My story began six years ago, when I discovered that my then girlfriend was pregnant. She gave birth to perfectly healthy, nearly 7lbs. each baby boys. I was the happiest guy in the world, and would remain that way for the better part of the next 5 years. But then, my life took a horrific and unfathomable turn for the worse.
Around the third year of my sons' lives, the relationship between their mother, and I became especially rocky. We decided to split up. She went her way, and I stayed where I was. I became a 'single-dad'. In spite of this, I was still a generally happy person. My sons were happy/healthy kids who had normal lives in just about every sense of the word.
Around the time they turned 5, their mother became pregnant by another guy. She went on to deliver that baby, and drugs (marijuana) were found to be in the baby's system. The hospital naturally reported this to CPS. Cps did some investigating and discovered that there had been multiple police calls to the house of the mother and her paramour boyfriend. Cps took that baby to protect it from the environment of living with its' parents.
What happened next is incomprehensible...
I got a call from the caseworker who took the baby, and she told me that she would be picking up my sons to take them away! I asked her why, and she told me it was a standard precaution, and that there was to be a hearing at which I could state my case and resolve these things. Well, at the hearing she presented an investigation report that said something like "The caseworker has voiced concerns that the father has had drinking problems in the past, even though she has no evidence to support this." She recommended that my sons be placed into protective custody right then and there. The judge agreed.
I hadn't broken any laws (I still haven't), or harmed anyone in any fashion. Yet, the judge saw fit to remove my children from their home basing her decision solely on the word of this caseworker. The caseworker had never met me, or seen me interact with my children at all. The very first time she laid eyes upon me, was to take my children. I had a DUI in 2006, I suppose that's where the ''concerns about a history of alcohol-abuse'' came from. The caseworker obviously used some sort of background check to determine that I was an unfit parent.
My sons were snatched from me, and placed into seperate foster homes. There weren't any foster parents willing to take on twins in the area. They have been seperated from each other in addition to having been taken away form their loving father for no good reason. I had to complete a ''drugs & alcohol'' class in order to satisfy my ''case-plan'' to get my sons back. I did that, and still haven't been given any indication as to when, or even IF they're going to be returned to me. I get to see my sons once a month, for 4 hours because of their school schedule.
This has been going on for over a year. Everything is documented, and I can provide proof for everything that I have stated. I have hired an attorney, and go back to court on 10/25/2012. PLEASE HELP, INTERNET! I honestly believe that if I can get some exposure, or shine a light on these proceedings that the court will be much more likely to do the right thing, rather than perpetuate this bureaucratic and non-ending nightmare.
You might not think it will ever happen to you. I never would have imagined that things like this happen in AMERICA!. Especially since I grew up hearing all of the things about our country like "Land of the free", "...life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness", "Human rights", etc. But my children were taken away from me, even though I had not (and still have not) broken any laws. I'm not accused of harming them in any way. My children were perfectly healthy, safe, fed, clothed, housed when they took them.
At this point, I am just hoping for some sort of a miracle to happen. I do not believe that I can beat them at their own game. I am also convinced that they have every intention of adopting my children out.
PLEASE STAND UP FOR ME. IF YOU DON'T STAND UP FOR OTHERS, THERE WILL BE NO ONE LEFT TO STAND UP FOR YOU WHEN THEY TAKE AWAY YOUR RIGHTS!
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