Editor:

We were recently involved in a case that started in April 2019. We were not aware or notified by Department of Child Safety. We were not aware until Feb. 24, 2020, when the father sent us an email and rights had been severed. Our beloved great-granddaughter had been in custody all that time. She was in the custody of foster/adoption placement. We also discovered that placement was also an employee of the Department of Child Safety as a case manager and because our great granddaughter had been in her care when she turned 3 in December 2019 that she was being “fast tracked” in adoption proceedings under SB 1473. We had placed three phone calls to DCS starting in June 2019 trying to locate our Angel Baby.

No one ever returned our calls. DCS policy was broken. They are to contact all extended family. We had a significant relationship and were well bonded with our granddaughter for her first 2½ years of life. They disregarded this and did not allow us to visit with her. We were told in March 2020 at the first court hearing that we were allowed to attend that she had “abandonment issues, anxiety and acting out” and foster parent and DCS stated that being allowed visitation could harm her without proof of this. We weren’t allowed to comfort our angel in any way whatsoever. This was extremely painful. They chose to not contact us. They chose not to seek out the “best interest” of the child.

How does an organization such as this remove a child from their home for the parents not acting in the “best interest” of the child and then turn around and do the same and violate their own policies? We feel that the “best interest” is for one of their own colleagues. We were offered in March visitation AFTER adoption and then recently that foster placement is “open” to the possibility through her attorney. We know it’s a lie as they have misled and been deceptive from the beginning of further concealing our Angel Baby. We hired lawyers to represent our niece who also is a licensed foster parent in good standing and related. We are now broke. We were misled by the adoption case worker as that was the quickest way to get our Angel Baby back within the family. He lied.

Americans need to understand what is happening to our children, our children’s children and so forth. This should not be allowed. This should be defined as “criminal acts” and “civil rights violations.” Our great granddaughter’s rights were indeed violated as ours were. American people, this is your notice of our system failures.

Mary Escobar

Florence

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Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.

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