Mother came to me after her 4 children were taken from her by social workers. Mother had 3 children by her former husband and a fourth by another man.
While her former husband had been to her home visiting the children, he laced her wine with poison. After Mother laid down the former husband then decided to ensure her death by stabbing her in the heart.
This last act of brutality saved her life because it caused adrenaline to rush to her heart. Her children called the police and their father was taken to jail.
Mother, however, had to be hospitalized so the children went into foster care for 6 weeks. The children were returned to Mother when she came home, but Mother later had to be hospitalized because her wounds became infected.
During this second hospitalization the children were placed in 4 separate foster homes. When Mother was released from the hospital, the social worker did not want to return the children home to her.
Mother tried to get her children back on her own but did not understand the court system and was known for being late for appointments and was seen as uncooperative. She came to me for help.
She lived in a one bedroom unit and was dependent on her boyfriend to drive her to meet the children.
The children were in 4 separate foster homes in different cities and although she was allowed unsupervised visits every Saturday, coordinating the weekly visit was a logistical nightmare.
Within a week of being retained, I received a notice of a court hearing, for the youngest child, age 4, was placed in the children's shelter because he was not doing well in foster care.
The social worker, was a seasoned worker and not at all receptive to Mother's pleas to have her children returned to her. I spoke to the court about what the 4 year old had told his mother
and how he yearned to be with her. There was no positive response received in court, but a week later this same social worker called me because she had noticed that Mother visited her 4 year old child twice a week,
the maximum time allowed and that she noted that children who are often neglected or abused by the parent thrive in foster care and that this child had not.
The social worker asked my permission to observe my client's visits. Mother granted this permission and the social worker observed Mother reading to her child and how close the child sat to Mother and the tenderness between them.
Within 4 weeks of my appearing on behalf of this mother, the social worker who had initially been so unreceptive, recommended to the court that all 4 children be transitioned back to mother's care.
You should have seen the look of incredulity on the judge's face! The judge asked the attorney for the minor children for her opinion and the children's attorney enthusiastically agreed.
Before the hearing, when the social worker informed me of her new recommendation, she said that the nine prior social workers had done their job but that no real social work had been done.
She said that Mother had done nothing wrong and that she was a victim of domestic violence and although poor, was a good mother. [top]