Help us make our family WHOLE again

Almost 13 years ago, I gave birth to my first child: a sweet angel-faced baby who turned into a bright, inquisitive, and impressionable little girl.  Fast forward to the summer of 2019, and my little girl turned pre-teen was coerced into making false accusations against me to CPS, which were used against me in a civil court proceeding for custody. 

My ex husband refused to return my 3 children after summer visitation.  I can't even begin to explain how sick i felt over it.  I cried... Oh, did I cry.  My babies were taken right out from under me, and for weeks I wasn't even allowed to talk to them.  It is a heartbreak beyond any other.  No law enforcement agency would help me, and I ultimately had to play detective and find out he enrolled them in school to show up on the first day and withdraw them to take them home.   I only ended up getting the younger two, because the oldest was removed from school before before I got to her.   A CPS caseworker was involved for three months while I was harassed with case after case, falsely accusing me of beating my children as well as accusing me of contradictory offenses of refusing to provide medical and mental health care as well as over medicating my Epileptic child (who had not been in my possession for several weeks at the time blood draws were conducted and used as evidence to 'prove' that I gave him too much medicine).  The caseworker ultimately told me to "save the other 2 while I can" and to give up on the oldest one, and made it clear she was being manipulated into making the statements against me.  Over time, my daughter realized the grass wasn't as green over there as it appeared to be; things she was promised never came to fruition, and she discovered she was a pawn in a scheme to settle a score from when her dad and I divorced.  By that time, the damage was done.  I was unable to afford an attorney at the time of the hearing, being a single mom of 5.  I was forced to proceed Pro Se, and it just wasn't enough to show I had been judged all wrong.  Custody battles are messy, time consuming, costly, and absolutely require someone who knows how to navigate the Law.  My daughter told the judge about the origin of the allegations and said she just wanted to go home with me and be done with it all.  Ultimately those allegations, although ruled out by CPS, were the deciding factor in three of my children being removed from my custody and placed in the possession of their father in February 2020.  Since then, even though I'm no longer the custodial parent, i have still made sure they attended necessary medical and mental health appointments, filled and paid for their medications, and even took them to the dentist during MY visitation periods.  

My children are suffering from the removal.  At least two of the three are dealing with depression, my oldest blames herself for what happened, the other two are mad at her for the part she played in the removal, and they all three want to come HOME.   Their grades are suffering as well, with one child currently failing 3 classes.The kids have come to visit with bruising and claim to have been hit in ways other than a disciplinary manner, and I've been powerless.  I got married in January, and my husband and I just want our family whole again.  The custody change turned their worlds upside down; they were ripped away from their other siblings and it was all around devastating.  These kids are miserable and don't deserve it.  

I'm straight laced, serious, and don't party.  All I ever did was go to work and go home... Now I'm currently a stay at home mom and take care of our kiddos that aren't school aged, and can facilitate online learning at home when our schoolers are unable to attend school on campus.  (Note: In court I was criticized for working and having the kids in daycare to do so).  I just want them to have the opportunity that every child deserves, and that's to grow up HAPPY and HEALTHY.  Please consider helping three amazing and deserving kids.  I've never been the type to ask for help, but I'll put everything aside for these kids.  Its hard to explain in detail just how much is going on because it's an absolute mess.  

I have hired an attorney, but am seeking assistance with other costs associated with attempting to regain custody, which could include but might not be limited to funding an Attorney Ad Litem and paying for possible custody evaluations.  I know the road I'm traveling will be long, bumpy, and costly, and with our modest income it will be impossible to afford these services.
 
Please note:  All info stated above is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge.  I receive a lot of info from my kiddos, and info gained from them was identified as such.  

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