It was September of 2016. I was currently under CPS supervision from an unfortunate case that had been opened due to domestic violence (I was the victim) and substance abuse. Initially, CPS was going to award me full custody but chose to place my son in foster care after I allowed my domestically-abusive husband to see our son on my birthday.
After Maryela Padilla was assigned to our case, things changed for the worst. I would come to understand for the first time the omnipotent power that CPS has. I would come to understand exactly what Sen. Nancy Schaefer meant when she said that the child welfare system “obliterates families and children simply because it has the power to do so.” [Read Full Article]