I have been lucky enough to have a lawyer take my case. My son’s past psychologist is an advocate for abused children, especially that are involved with CPS. I have kept in contact with this angel. He tried to help me when Sebastian was still in the state. Nobody would listen, nobody responded to any of the documents he wrote on our behalf. He flew into Oregon from California, in his own jet. He then spent time doing a full mental evaluation on both my father and I, write full reports, and all on his own dime. He attended the dependency hearing, and since the judge wanted nothing to do with me, this doctor was never asked to testify. Because the crocked judge never even mentioned, “the child’s best interests”, or say the words, ” the child’s well being”, he did not even say his name. The hearing was about Sebastian’s best interests, and about my progress. So why would the judge completely ignor his civil duties? Why would he deny me due process? He did not look my way, or address me at all. Except when he threatened me, while yelling. I spoke without asking my public defender if I could. Other than the one time that Mr. Bucher yelled at me; he did not address me, speak to me, about me, or even asked if anyone with me wanted to testify. He denied me of my civil rights and did not acknowledge any of my progress or speak to me. This extremely unpleasant experience was completely useless, my case worker, and my son’s father’s lawyer both committed purgery. My case worker may as well have been working against me. She decieved the court, and was not asked to provide documentation of the information she was lying about. I was given the opportunity to speak, and when I gave my testimony I spoke about many things at great lengths. So much so, that the very savvy Judge Bucher decided that we should reconvene, a later date, to discuss all the things I brought up. One was a discrepancy about my services completed. My lying case worker said I did not finish my services, however; months prior, she asked my counselor if I could stay involved in services until my case was over. I explained that was the reason I did not have discharge papers for my counseling services. The next hearing was held three weeks later. This hearing did not cover anything important, it was not a time to discuss my progress, as Judge B. explains at the opening of the hearing. It literally was held to pass some more time, because the case worker committed an interstate abduction by moving my son to his father’s care. She did that without contacting me, the court, or my public defender. The Judge did not care that the case worker was in the wrong, because she, “didn’t know it was wrong”, and admitted that she will not do it again. I found out recently, both case workers that handled my case no longer work for DHS, and the supervisor assigned to my case was moved to a different branch. I feel as if it is growing closer to redemption time. The dispicable acts that were committed in my case will all be brought to the surface and dealt with. My case is in appealate court, and my lawyer is working on bringing my son home. He was moved to NC from OR. He has been alienated from me, and his father is going to be surprised to find out all this was a big lie. The last year of my life was all made up to make me look like a bad mother. Something in which I have never been, and never will be. The tides are turning and I am feeling very positive. I AM COMING FOR YOU ALL! Remember when I kept saying that this is all false? It’s about time, for you all that wronged me and my son, are held responsible for the severe pain you allowed my wonderful son to endure. The “family” I use to have, were all wrong. It is all going to be known, and my son will be returned home by the time he finishes 3rd grade. Then we can move somewhere, change our names, and disappear from the lives of the ones that turned on me. I feel like this experience has brought me closer to the reality of the horrid actions that CPS gets away with daily. I know what I’m meant to do now, I found my calling and I am greatful to have been able to figure that out trough such pain and suffering. I am going to put all I can, into advocating, and educating the masses of this destructive force of evil sweeping across the globe. Join me in my journey to expose the truth, hold those accountable, and hopefully give others hope and strength to deal with CPS in their own ways.
I can not express how much pain this experience has caused me. Not to mention, how I usually am, has been drastically changed. I feel less joy, I feel jaded, I don’t believe in humanity as a whole, I also don’t hold family in high regard since they all betrayed me. However; my love and dedication to my son and to bring him home, has only grown stronger. I know that justice will prevail and Love is greater than deceit. No matter how much energy and time I’ve wasted to get attention about my situation, only to hit a wall. And no matter how many ignor me or lie to me….I will continue to press forward. My love is my son, he is my heart and all I live for. He makes me feel alive, worthy, and this entire experience, when Sebastian is home, will prove to me that I am worthy of being his mother. Nothing comes for free, I believe that you must work for what you have. Nothing worth having, comes free. My life has drastically changed more than a couple times. This is just a glitch in time, that will be in the past soon. I try to live in the now, try to focus on what I can do, and put my trust in the universe, and the overall balancing of it all. All you need is love, I have faith in the universe and know my son will never stop believing in me brining him home. I am greatful for the power of the web, and hope someone wants to help me publish my story. It has caused me to loose everything, unfortunately money is the only reason I’m in this position. I was a target, being a single mother, and low income. Without the help of Dr. Gilbert Kliman, and my dad, I would have been a lot less optimistic, and may have not been able to make it this far. Not a day goes by that I don’t try to reach my son. His father is ignoring my calls. He is afraid that his lies will be exposed and that my son will say something to me that will prove his story is false. But I will never stop fighting to bring my son home. I’m not sure who thought I would have given up by now, but this is one strong mother. I appreciate anyone who reads my blogs, I am greatful for any information shared with me, and I sympathize with anyone else going through anything remotely close to what I’m dealing with.
I wanted to also ask you about policies regarding only substantial evidence being fact, rather than hersay. My case does not include anything substantiating multiple allegations about my horrible character. Yet, the facts should be the only deciding factors to determine the outcome of a case. If nothing was submitted; reported by the foster mom, such as threatening emails and videos sent to Garrett Zimmer. Photos of me on thier property, a letter I sent to my cousin, Jared Hundt’s place of business, and the fake receipt for synthetic urine being the one thing that stands alone, in the end, making DHS believe so many made up stories about me and my father. The synthetic urine falsefying document was enough for them to make a fuss about. My program counselor and I decided to keep me coming voluntarily so she may witness me peeing to appease the case workers. Molly Hawley asked my mental health counselor,July 12,18, to extend my services at the clinic, till the case was over. Subsequently….This was also the reason given to me when I asked Lauren Feilds why I’m still considered a “safety threat” She simply said, “because you are still involved in treatment.” Since when is that enough to initiate an emergency transfer to another foster home, just two weeks before my dependency hearing? I had my civil rights abused and Sebastian’s were stripped from him, and still are at his father’s. My biggest concern, other than my son’s well being and mental state after he comes home; is the way I am portrayed on paper. It appears as if I am a criminal drug addict who completed nothing, finished no services, and in court, Lauren Feilds gave the judge a report reinstating those false pieces of information as her Discovery about my status at the time of the hearing. I happen to know that very specific rules and many regulations are laid out for the ICPC to be acceptable. Notably, many requirements to be an acceptable caregiver for my child, on Brandon’s behalf, are lied about and completely provable otherwise. Not to mention, the judge needs to determine that moving the child is absolutely necessary, based off facts alone. Also required, is his approval for the transfer. He ignored my witnesses and did not allow them to speak, he also did not use the verbage, ‘best interests of the child’, or ‘the well being of the child’.Though my parental rights were never taken from me, I had no chance from the beginning. Judge Bucher treated me like a criminal and made eye contact only to yell and threaten me for trying to speak without conversing with my public defender first. He used the words, “What I learned from reviewing that the mother has not been doing well as far as services is concerned. She canceled her drug and alcohol treatment. But basically she hasn’t been doing anything. Also she stopped counseling and visiting. So she’s not making significant progress.” That was based off a DHHS report dated September 11th 2018 written by Lauren fields in the length of 242 pages. 242 outlines all of my progress and pointed out multiple concerns from me. Due to the fact that two weeks prior, my mental health counselor confirmed over telephone, to Ms. Fields, that I have in fact, met all my goals. That I have made significant progress with all services, and the case was still open only due to CPS directly requesting they keep me there till the case with DHS closes. So how did that also become the reason I didn’t get Sebastian back? Brandon Soto owes over $1,000 for both of his child support cases based out of California. I verified today with CA child support office in Sonoma County CA, that his driver’s license is, and has been revoked for as long as his account remains in default. I’ve not been able to find any justice within this system put into place to assist famalies to be successful, and provide services to strengthen the family and thier values to reunite as a stronger and safer unit. I moved to Oregon with my son alone. I only knew my cousin’s family, other than that, I’m alone here. Nothing was further from the truth to say that I continued to do drugs. I left my hometown and all I knew to give us a start over. The only thing this movement here did to our family, was rip apart a loving bond between mother and my only child. I’m in remission from stage IV breast cancer and I will be going through menopause for the rest of my life as an ongoing treatment to stay cancer free. I am alone, heart broken and left to fend for myself even though I was stripped of everything, lost everything, even the most precious part of my life, by neglect in the system. I have not been taken seriously, and deemed, unable to take accountability for my actions, delusional, and a victim that needs to “just get the help I need.” My mental evaluation showed very competant parenting skills and even goes as far to say that some of my answers had to be written simply because I was writing only what I felt the doctor wanted to hear. Nobody ever listened to my concerns about being set up. I feel abused by DHS, discriminated upon and denied my basic civil rights. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
I am so sorry to hear about your family. Unfortunately, I am not able to do anything with you case as I am not assigned and it appears that your case has closed. They best route would be for you to call the previous supervisor, Bruce Kennedy-Smith (503-277-6775) and articulate your concerns. There is always someone above someone and you can continue to ask for names and phone numbers so keep stating your concerns.
If you still feel that your son’s safety is still an issue, you should also contact the child abuse hotline in the area of North Carolina where he resides and again, articulate your concerns.
I am so sorry I can’t help more, but I do really appreciate your fight and concern for your kiddo.
My name is Andrea Apple, Tasha Quarles gave me your name. I would really like to tell you about my case and see if you can help me. My son, Sebastian Soto was moved to NC with his criminal father, after being in an abusive foster home for 7 months. Lauren Feilds was my case worker, she moved my son without a court order, just 2 weeks before my dependency hearing. She never tried to reunite myself and my son. I finished all services, court ordered, and Ms. Fields, and Molly Hawley never followed my progress and both lied about me in my case file. The entire documented file about me is all made up, nothing sustained false allegations. Yet, my case was mishandled and neglected. All the while, my son was being abused emotionally in the foster home, and CPS documented all of it. I finally had a dirty UA 4 months after a case was initiated on me, by Garrett Zimmer. The only information they had on me at all, was unsubstantiated lies from disgruntled family members I moved in with to escape a bad relationship in California. If you are able to take a minute or two to call me, it would be very helpful. My case number: 18JU01229. Thank you.
Bruce, I am not sure what information you’ve sent in the encrypted message to all parties but often times, I am unable to open it. This case is now closed with the NC ICPC office so I hope whatever it is, that Ms. Apple will be able to find helpful since at this point, helping her is beyond my scope of duties/tasks. As I indicated, OR should be willing to speak with her and answer any unresolved questions or comments that she might have. Thanks.
Sherita Wright, MS
Program Consultant II, NC ICPC Office
NC Division of Social Services, Child Welfare
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Raleigh, NC 27603