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I need free republic's help MY AMBER ALERT

Posted on 03/12/2008 6:11:31 PM PDT by sopwith

First off thanks in advance. I have a grand daughter that has been taken by the state of Maine, And have done so against the family wishes. I need any website or lawyers that can be of help, I do have a call into the aclj Please keep this thread up I need your input.


TOPICS: Local News; Society
KEYWORDS: aclj; alert; amber; grandchild; maine; needhelp

1 posted on 03/12/2008 6:11:31 PM PDT by sopwith
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To: sopwith

I can offer prayers.


2 posted on 03/12/2008 6:12:51 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: sopwith

First tell the circumstances fully.


3 posted on 03/12/2008 6:13:00 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: sopwith

Prayers for your family.


4 posted on 03/12/2008 6:13:49 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: sopwith; StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; Bethbg79; EsmeraldaA; MoJo2001; Brad's Gramma; laurenmarlowe; ...

Anyone out there have a asuggestion????


5 posted on 03/12/2008 6:14:11 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SheLion

please ping to the Maine list


6 posted on 03/12/2008 6:14:28 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: sopwith

Bump. Awaiting further explanation.


7 posted on 03/12/2008 6:15:22 PM PDT by Rocky
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To: sopwith

Need more details if you want more than snugs and prayers.


8 posted on 03/12/2008 6:15:25 PM PDT by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
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To: sopwith

The ACLJ is the best place to start, Prayers up!!


9 posted on 03/12/2008 6:16:24 PM PDT by PROCON (Dems=You can Fool Some of the People all of the Time--Abraham Lincoln)
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To: kingu

did’nt ask for that read post


10 posted on 03/12/2008 6:18:54 PM PDT by sopwith (don't tread on me)
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To: sopwith

Home school conflict?


11 posted on 03/12/2008 6:23:15 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: knarf

no she ‘s 4 mos old


12 posted on 03/12/2008 6:24:30 PM PDT by sopwith (don't tread on me)
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To: sopwith

Under what pretense did they take the child?


13 posted on 03/12/2008 6:28:04 PM PDT by MacDorcha (Arm yourself!)
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To: sopwith
If the State of Maine took her, it must have been for something they thought was bad enough to warrant taking her from the home. I think the ACLJ would be the ones to contact first, and if they can't help you, I'm sure they will recommend someone in Maine who can.

Prayers have been sent for her safe return!

14 posted on 03/12/2008 6:32:51 PM PDT by NRA2BFree ("The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves!")
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To: sopwith
Not to be unfeeling for your situation but do you intend to give any details for why she was taken?
15 posted on 03/12/2008 6:33:09 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: sopwith

Your people skills need work.


16 posted on 03/12/2008 6:34:12 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: sopwith

You have my prayers for you entire family.


17 posted on 03/12/2008 6:34:18 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: SandRat; sopwith

Not even a tiny idea, unless, Sopwith went to court and sued for custody of the child.

That would take it out of the foster home.

In Arizona, you go directly to the Juvenile Court and ask for a hearing.

I know of cases that took the children from the parents, in this manner but not from the state.


18 posted on 03/12/2008 6:34:20 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1886546/posts?page=4972#4972 45 Item Communist Manifesto)
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT; Calpernia; milford421; LibertyRocks

Ping to a Freeper who need help.


19 posted on 03/12/2008 6:35:52 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1886546/posts?page=4972#4972 45 Item Communist Manifesto)
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To: sopwith

Sopwith, do you live in a different state?

If so, you have a good chance of asking for custody, the states like to kick the kids out of state, so they do not have to support them.

As a foster parent, I have watched disasters with kids, so they could be moved out of state.

I might add that I am also out of date, so things may have changed.


20 posted on 03/12/2008 6:39:07 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1886546/posts?page=4972#4972 45 Item Communist Manifesto)
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To: sopwith

Prayers for your family as you deal with this situation.


21 posted on 03/12/2008 6:41:02 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (Liberty Rocks Blog has a new home -- http://www.LibertyRocks.us)
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To: nw_arizona_granny; sopwith

I wish I had more than prayers to offer. I imagine you are extremely scared and angry right now, sopwith...

Keep in mind, that I am not a lawyer, or a social worker, and I have no knowledge of the specific laws in Maine... However, I would definitely try to get in contact with Social Services, and the caseworker that has been assigned to your granddaughter’s case.

I don’t know if you will be able to do so (not knowing your situation right now), but you can speak to them about the possibility of granting you temporary custody, or placing her with another family member instead of in a foster home while the investigation is ongoing. Of course, speaking to a lawyer first, might be advisable, and it looks like you’ve already started that process.

Anyway, I will be saying prayers for your family.


22 posted on 03/12/2008 6:51:44 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (Liberty Rocks Blog has a new home -- http://www.LibertyRocks.us)
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To: sopwith

Get a hold of the pastor.


23 posted on 03/12/2008 7:00:10 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: sopwith

Prayers up for everyone, no matter the situation.


24 posted on 03/12/2008 7:01:00 PM PDT by kimmie7 (At the end of the day it comes down to the Lord and me, not me and the GOP.)
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To: hole_n_one

She’s asking for specific assistance, she doesn’t owe anyone here an explanation - she’s asking for contact information and to those people that have a need to know - she will give the details.

It’s not her people skills that need the gentle nudge.


25 posted on 03/12/2008 7:05:47 PM PDT by porter_knorr
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To: nw_arizona_granny; sopwith

I did a little digging - I don’t know if these links will help you or not, or if you’ve already searched the Maine CPS website, but here are two links that might help you to know what rights you may have, and how Maine investigates these cases (I didn’t read through this information, just felt like spending a few minutes to help you find information that may be relevant).

Handbook for Parents - Describes rights parents have during a Child Abuse and Neglect Assessment:
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/cw/handbook.html

Overview of Child Protection - an overview of the procedure followed when investigating allegations of child abuse, neglect or exploitation.
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/cw/protection.shtml

Also, you may have more rights under the Grandparent’s Visitation Act;
Please see the following page;
Legal Services for the Elderly (Free Legal Services for Maine Residents
http://www.mainelse.org/kyr/grandparent_visitation.htm

EXCERPT from the above webpage:
Case 1: My grandchild is the subject of a child protection order

If your grandchild is removed from home under a “protection order”, you have the right to ask to see your grandchild and that the child be placed with you.

You can write a letter to the judge or show up at a court hearing and ask to be included in the case. You can do this yourself but it may be better to have an attorney do it for you. The judge will look at many things, the most important being what is in the “best interests of the child”. Call us if you want to discuss your concerns with a free lawyer.
< snip >
Call our free Hotline to talk to a lawyer: 1-800-750-5353

I hope this helps.


26 posted on 03/12/2008 7:09:03 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (Liberty Rocks Blog has a new home -- http://www.LibertyRocks.us)
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To: sopwith

OK calm down. You live in New Hampshire and the child has been taken to Maine. Now, what happened, why and who?
You want help, FReepers need information and all will help you.


27 posted on 03/12/2008 7:25:10 PM PDT by mojo114
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To: porter_knorr; sopwith
She’s asking for specific assistance, she doesn’t owe anyone here an explanation.

I never said the poster needed to provide any further details than the ones originally offered.

My comment was in response to the abrupt and dismissive way in which the poster replied, never mind the poster's failure to acknowledge those that have nothing to offer but best wishes and prayers, regardless of whether the poster asked for them or not.

And by the way, smartypants, how is it that you arrived at the conclusion that the poster is female?

28 posted on 03/12/2008 7:30:38 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one

Don’t know that I guess...

I just think there was panic and grace is needed on his or her part ;)


29 posted on 03/12/2008 7:33:55 PM PDT by porter_knorr
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To: hole_n_one

Consider that the stress level of spowith is sky-high right now and a little slack is warranted. There but for the Grace of God and all that ...


30 posted on 03/12/2008 8:07:17 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: sopwith; yorkie

Prayers being said & the hope that you get the help you need to get her back asap. Pandora


31 posted on 03/12/2008 8:35:00 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (Out, damned spot......OUT)
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To: sopwith

Prayers offered for your granddaughter and family.


32 posted on 03/12/2008 9:07:11 PM PDT by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: LibertyRocks

Thank you for going the extra step and finding links that may help with the situation.

I am sure Sopwith is also thankful that you dug into the problem enough to find usable information.


33 posted on 03/13/2008 1:04:05 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1886546/posts?page=4972#4972 45 Item Communist Manifesto)
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To: nw_arizona_granny; sopwith

No thanks necessary really — I just felt compelled to do SOMETHING. I’ve been through something involving social services within my own extended family, and I vividly remember to this day the fear and frustration I felt not knowing what in the world to do...

Since some on this thread have sounded (to me) a little harsh on sopwith, let me just say that I have received a thank you directly from them for my assistance.

I understand that some people are the type that don’t want to “get involved” unless they are “sure” they are helping an “innocent” party. I don’t care about that — it’s not for me to decide, and knowing the details of the case are not necessary either.

EVERYONE deserves to know what their legal rights are, no matter what the situation is...

And of course, everyone also deserves to be brought before the Lord in prayer when they are facing a difficult situation no matter what the situation is - for He loves all of us sinners, more than we could ever understand.


34 posted on 03/13/2008 5:29:00 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (Liberty Rocks Blog has a new home -- http://www.LibertyRocks.us)
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To: sopwith

I’m not sure why you characterized this as an Amber Alert. That seems like a stretch when you know exactly where she is and that the child is in state custody.

We’re not going to be on the lookout for her.

Try looking in the Yellow Pages for a law firm that advertising expertise in Family Law.


35 posted on 03/13/2008 5:36:05 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: LibertyRocks

But I have to say ‘thank you’, for being the fine Christian that
you are and for the help, you offer.


36 posted on 03/13/2008 6:33:59 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1886546/posts?page=4972#4972 45 Item Communist Manifesto)
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To: nw_arizona_granny

Awww... thanks for the compliment, Granny.

I didn’t mean to imply that I didn’t appreciate the thanks — but, I think you know that. :)


37 posted on 03/13/2008 8:06:55 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (Liberty Rocks Blog has a new home -- http://www.LibertyRocks.us)
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To: LibertyRocks

You get a smile and a hug.


38 posted on 03/13/2008 11:48:38 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1886546/posts?page=4972#4972 45 Item Communist Manifesto)
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