The State of Minnesota has a documented history of family court and Guardian ad Litem abuse, corruption, and children being placed in unsafe custody arrangements spanning over 20 years. There are 3 publicly reported cases of children running away after being placed in the custody of an abusive parent. There are, separately, a long history of similar failures being reported in Child Protection Services (and with its Guardian ad Litems).
One of these children, as an adult, aged out of the system and attempted to sue the county for failing to protect her from abuse; the lawsuit was dismissed because officials hide behind immunity.
“In an exclusive interview with this CDN reporter, Annalise Rice described a nightmarish childhood in which she was taken away from her mother without explanation and forced to live with a father who, she alleges, while mostly absent, she alleges he was abusive when he was present. Rice ran away multiple times, including on incident during which she spent approximately one month on the run with her mother…” Annalise Rice, 19, describes her Family Court nightmare
My own case in family court has spanned 14 years – one of the longest in Hennepin County. The longest continous family court case, that I am aware of, lasted 15 years, also in Hennepin. This poor family suffered horribly and had the same Guardian ad Litem as I, and at one point, the same family court judge as well. The result was the same in both cases: allegations of abuse ignored, children forced to live with an identified perpetrator of abuse only to be further harmed.
Parents who fight for the safety and well-being of children are punished by the courts who profit from continued litigation.
My case has cost the taxpayers of Minnesota an untold millions of dollars and the result – total devastation. I escaped abuse, becoming homeless with two children after I was physically attacked, only to lose custody to the perpetrator in family court. At the time of the court order, there were over a dozen documented abuse allegations against this individual…and the abuse continued against my children, for years. No one would help. I watched with horror when my child came home with bruises, a bite mark, scratches. Once I received a phone call from my child begging to come get them, and take them home. I could do nothing because when the courts ordered my children into the custody of the abuser, they also made it illegal to protect my own children from harm. In fact, the court told me that I was “mentally ill” when I raised concerns or sought help. And CPS colluded with family court when (multiple, from several individuals) reports were filed. When I sought legal relief, the judge lashed out at me and refused to take any action to assure my children’s safety. The latest corrupt judge actually told me “I will not waste the court’s time or money on your case”. And now my case is the 4th that I know of (there are probably more) of a child running away when a Minnesota family court failed to protect them.
Minnesota does not just have a problem… this state has a crisis. The family court and CPS system has degraded so bad that justice is nothing more than a pretense.
I want to say to the victimized parents and children, you are not alone. I am so sorry for what has been done to you. I will fight for justice until I take the last breath in this body. No parent or child should have to live this nightmare. xo
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