Attorneys for Parents Are Not Any Help Especially Public Defenders


Parents have no way to challenge the removal of their children. The first hearing is the most important. That is where the parent needs an attorney the most. But yet there is never one there. Why you may ask. The reason is simple. Most of these parents are poor and uneducated. They can’t afford one and the only way they can get one is to be appointed one at the first hearing.

By then it is too late because possession is nine- tenths of the law. Once DFCS has the child they have the upper hand. They have by taking possession of the child tilted the playing field in their favor. It creates the impression of “not whether the child should be removed but if the child should be returned. It is up to the parents to demostrate that they are fit enough to have their children returned to them.

By the time the second hearing comes around the presiding Judge knows that if he overrules DFCS and something happens then it all falls on him and his reputation. His career will be over so he rubber stamps the removal of hundreds of children. The children may suffer both at the hands of the foster parent, or the emotional and mental abuse of being away from their natural parents, but the judge and his career is safe.

So DFCS has free reign to do what they want, when they want for whatever reason they want. There is no one watching the watchers. There are no lawyers hold any feet to the fire on behalf of the parents in fact in most cases the lawyers have never even spoken to the parents at all. Or if they had it was the day of the hearing.

The lawyers used the excuse that is was not possible to meet with the clients in their office because they were not compenstated for their time. So they talk to their clients in lobbies and hallways or outside the courthouse just before the hearing. What kind of defense is that?

It has also been stated that Judges have their favorite lawyers and that provides an incentive to stay on the judges good side and not rock the boat. Given the low pay the Public Defenders get they need lots of cases so the parent becomes a dollar sign and not a person.

In one state some public defenders have up to 300 cases and can’t provide even a minimal defense for their client. The pay averages out to about four dollars an hour.

What is even more scary and unfair for the parent is one attorney stated he spent all his time studying the law and training instead of preparing his clients case. So what happens once the hearing is over and the parents must jump through hoops to try and get their children back? They don’t have an advocate in their attorney, and they don’t have someone fighting for them to get a good service plan or to make sure services are provided for them. They are left to fight on their own. The burden is all on the parent to prove they are innocent. They don’t even have any one to ask the questions and to investigate on their behalf. The lawyer does the least of what is required and moves on to the next case.

Children are left in the system, familes are destroyed, lives are ruined and life goes on – Except for the children who have been snatched and the parents who live in a lost time warp. They have been abused by the system which is corrpt, the judges who are in bed with the system and the lawyers who are suppsed to defend them. The bottom is this public defenders don’t have the time, the inclination or the desire to truely defend parents who have unjustly lost their children to the corruption of Child Protective Servcies. Parents and the chidlren are the losers – they are the ones who suffer in the long run. Who is watching the watchers?

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by Lulu.com October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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  5. Eric Gochenour says:

    My children were taken from our home for no reason and with. No evidence or proff of anything going on witch there was nothing going on anyway . But in the end im stuck with no lawyer becausei have no money. For one and my children have been hit and spit on by the foster parents and our case worker has done nothing to help us or our kids…is there any one that can help me my babys are not safe in the custidy of huron county children servises. My 2 and 4 year old comes to visits with bruses across there foeheads …. I am lost without my kids someone please help me i dont know what to do??????

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