Good morning Cheryl,
What a horrible thing that you and your daughters went through.
While you have a unique case, indeed, the VOC law in California is essentially written in stone. There are not exceptions made.
If you disagree with a finding of the VOC though, ABSOLUTELY
, you may appeal it:
If VOC Program staff makes a recommendation that the applicant disagrees with, they have the right to request that the claim be discussed by the three-member Board at a public hearing. If the outcome of this public hearing is not satisfactory, the applicant may request that the Board reconsider its decision. A reconsideration request must be accompanied by new and relevant information or documentation not
considered before the hearing. Finally, if the applicant does not agree with the outcome of the Board's final decision, a Writ of Mandate may be filed in the Superior Court.
You may find that being represented by an attorney will be helpful in submitting paperwork necessary for seeking reconsideration, and in the filing of a Writ of Mandate with the Superior Court, if that becomes necessary.
I wish you and your daughters well.