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Apr 12, 2013

Change needs to happen NOW! In this case a mother has shown a pattern of behavior that has endangered the children starting back in 2007 where there was concern as to the men that the mother would bring home around her children. in that case, a boyfriend had abused the children and and the mother resulting in the children being removed from the mothers care and return in aprox. 2009..Most rescently, the mother moved a man into the home knowing he had been in prison for a meth precursor charge, previous domestic violence against a woman  ( placing her in the hospital), that the mother knew and had babysat for in the time frame of that occurance. Although this mother had been involved with social services off and on from 2007-2009 and taken parenting classes and domestic violence classes to KNOW the warning signs of abuse and how to avoid it, the mother still allowed this man into her home and around her children. This resulted in her becoming the target of domestic violence in front of her middle child and the children are terrified of the man!! Although the mother was dragged, head banged on the floor, furniture completely destroyed, windows broken out, this person asked the state's attorney's office to drop the charges because she didn't want to be the reason to send him back to prison..However, during this proceeding, the man lost his temper and kicked out the court house window in the front door, thus the man is now in prison!!! ( NICE GUY RIGHT????) This has been a consistant pattern of behavior of the men that she has brought into these children's lives. Even after starting an order of protection proceeding on this parent, she continued to list herself as engaged to the man, write the man, deffend the man, and if he gets help plans on taking the man back, although her children ARE TERRIFIED of him!!! Here's the kicker, she has FORCED the kids  ages 10,6,and 5 to write and draw pictures to her inmate fiance!! Noting that none of the children are related to him as a natural child!! In the judge's opinion in regards to what this woman testified to, he DID NOT BELIEVE any of the mother's testimony!! She admits she is wrting him and plans on him coming back into the home!! The court is "concerned about the children's mental health and their safety". The judge even stated, " The safety of the children and the intensions of (mom) are sufficent to award an order of protection to prevent (mom) from having the children around (boyfriend)". The judge goes on to say " Furthermore, if this were a case between two parents and the standard was what is in the best interests of the children, this court would in all likelihood take custody away from (mom). There was no doubt in the judge's mind the grandparent in this case IS the better parent!! However; in Illinois parents have a superior right to custody and making parenting decisions under OP law. The children were granted an OP against the mother's boyfriend/ fiance, granted visitation to the grandmother BUT RETURNED to their mother's home!! This was done not in the best interest of the children but because of a Catch 22 in the WAY the LAW READS!! All of this can be confirmed in the Warren County Case in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court document case number 12-OP-86, under judge's opinion. Our hopes after years of child protective service's failures to "catch the offensives", rehabilitation services of this parent and a law's catch 22 in the way a law reads is; that we can get enough signatures to petition to amend this law and the way the law reads, meaning; if it has been PROVEN beyond all reasonable doubt to the court that a pattern of behavior such as what has been exhibited in this case, has been long going and in all likelihood, will continue, that the court then MAY weigh the petitioner with the SAME " Superior Right"  as the biological parent. Furthermore; I wish to see that the children's best interest standard also BE APPLIED when making a remedy through the courts. Know that no family EVER wants to be pushed to petition a change in law, however, it is NOT wise to depend on government funded agencies to catch EVERY detail of abuse or risk, instead IT IS up to the citizens to depend on laws to observe and protect it's rights and those rights of the minors caught in between the cracks. This could be your grandchild, your neices, nephews, your cousins...Wont you please help and sign this in efforts that NO CHILD EVER HAS TO FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS of an OP law that was INTENDED to protect from abuse and situations there in..

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Posted: Friday April 12, 2013, 6:47 am
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Lorene Hull
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