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Thursday, January 24, 2013

C.P.S. Appeals

As of late I have been writing several parental rights termination appeals. One thing that I have noticed is that there is a great number of  mind boggling bad parenting decisions made and two a distinct pattern that one sees from theses cases.  A strong resistance by parents to let go of focusing on themselves during the service plan and court proceedings and an utter lack of common sense to obtain legal counsel early on in the case. This defensive initial reaction by parents is understandable considering that I would assume having ones children yanked out from their home is a very traumatic experience for all involved. 
Many of the mistakes made in the process that ultimately result in termination of parental rights would be entirely avoided if the parent had merely sought out counsel to guide them early on. I also realized that 12 to 18 months is a very short time in which to change life patterns, so it is an imperative that people properly and diligently begin working through the process correctly. Lastly,  parents in these cases really need to understand that it is a very bureaucratic, complex, time consuming, and over worked system.  

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