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August 25, 2010 permalink
An expectant mother who grew up in foster care is being threatened. Here is her posting, and the best of several suggestions.
Laura Lyndee Williams. Hi. I had a question for anyone that can help me out here. I have been involved with CAS since I was 9 years old. I became a crown ward around the age of 13. I am now 18 years old turning 19 in November. I am 35 weeks pregnant with no previous children. CAS is telling me that I have two choices, I either go to a maternity house or they will apprehend my child and I will only see him 3 times a week , 3 hours at a time. I am not with CAS anymore , I walked away from them at the age of 17. They are basing my ability to parent on my past in foster homes, and on my mother's past , as I am currently living with her. They are also basing my ability to parent my son on the fact that I have a history of getting involved with abusive partners, and are judging my current partner , my fiance, based on MY past, not his. I was wondering if there is anything I can do to stop this , I hope someone has some advice for me. Thanks.
PS. I had a history of being unstable when I was younger, moving from foster home to foster home, and that's what they're trying to use against me. I have not done anything to prove I would be a danger to my son. I haven't missed a doctor's appointment, and I have done everything that my doctor's have asked of me. I don't know if they have the basis to take my child on my past in their care, or my mother's past with them, seeing as this is not my mother's child but my own. and they've been saying that i wasn't raised properly... but I grew up in THEIR system, I didn't grow up with my family.
Jillian Howell Anderson. Leave the province of Ontario, go somewhere where the CAS is overseen by the Ombudsman. It's far too easy for them to make up a reason to apprehend your child, and it sounds as though they're already preparing themselves a nice case against you.