One of my best friends had her 4 months old baby girl taken by CPS. She is (was) in an emotionally abusive relationship and suffers from depression because of it. Last weekend her relationship situation blew up, and she was so on the lowdown that she turned to alcohol and got drunk ( she usually doesn't drink). After breaking a door and intimidating her, her domestic partner left, threatening
to have her child taken away from her. Additionally he called her family telling them she was about to overdose on pills. Her grandma and her sister immediately got on the way to her house, and also called 911 because they were worried about her already being helpless from the alleged overdosing. They arrived before 911 and even so she was without a doubt drunk, she was able to open the door for them. The county sherrif arrived minutes later. They counted the only pills available at her house (Prozac) and found out that she didn't take any pills. Because she is not used to extreme alcohol consul she got sick fairly quickly and sat on the floor with a bucket, vomiting the alcohol out of her system. However, the police report to CPS states they found her "passed out" on the floor. CPS showed up at her door on Monday and took her 4 month old daughter, luckily placing her with her great-grandmother for now and charged my friend with child neglect
. Her court appointment is next Monday, and during initial counseling she was told that the best case scenario would be that she will get her child back in about 6 months.
My friend is a wonderful person and a very caring mom. She acknowledges that it was a mistake to start drinking. She just had reached a very low point and had a moment of weakness. Luckily the baby slept through the events and wasn't harmed. Unfortunately she had listened to her domestic partner and quit her job after the baby was born. She is now basically without means to afford to pay a good family lawyer
. Is there any way she could get help in getting her child back quickly? I already wrote a "character witness" letter to CPS on her behalf, in hopes it might have some impact. My question is, are there any resources available for people with limited financial means to help them get justice? My friend is a very smart goal-oriented person. She graduated with honors from college last year as the first one ever in her family, and holds a bachelors of arts in psychology. She was determined to continue her education by taking online classes from home after the child's birth, but this dream was always squashed by her domestic partner. She started working as soon as she turned 16 and held at least 2 jobs all through college. Will her "squeekie clean" past be taken into consideration at court?