Michelle - posted on 09/19/2016 ( 5 moms have responded )
Do any moms here battle (manage) a federally recognized disability? if so, have you been involved in litigation, either through CPS or family court (i.e. guardianships brought about by grandparents, divorce & custody)? How many of you knew about your rights were under the ADA? Did the opposing party use your disability against you? What else did they use against you to take/keep your child/ren away from you? What was your case about and your outcome in court?
[I understand jeuvenile matters are confidential, no names]
My situation is a guardianship by GP's, they were "helping" me take care of my then 7 yo son.
They used my psychiatric diagnosis to say I was a bad parent. I fought to keep him. What happened was a legal form of kidnapping. My own mother was the one who had called CPS 3 times. She waged a smear campaign against me that of course I can't prove. She managed to keep him out of the system. I took all of their parenting classes anyway & the judge said it wouldn't help. I took anger management. Guess what? GP's lawyer used that against me too.
It was a battle with no winners. I relied on my mother and trusted her while i worked full time as a single mum. So much for family. She scapegoated me and I lost friends and my baby. He just turned 14 last month.
Can anyone sympathize?