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In court documents filed last week, Ogunbayo has accused the Administration for Children’s Services and city for causing economic hardship, substantial economic injuries and violating her and her children’s civil rights. Her sons, removed in June 2008, are now ages 16 and 13
A local Staten Island website originally picked up the story before it went viral, and it seems that while Ogunbayo may be mentally ill, that alone is not legally grounds to remove a child from a parent’s custody.
Ms. Ogunbayo, who is representing herself, has branded the allegations a “huge lie.”
She allegedly suffered from hallucinations and delusions, and also left the boys at home alone for extended periods while she was working, the city maintained.
Originally posted by Rockerchic4God
reply to post by Alora
Um... No, it's not. At least here in California, parents who have a mental illness does not automatically deem them unfit. We've had many clients where I work (mental health) who are loving, attentive parents and their kids are doing fine. The key is self-care. If the mentally ill parent stays in treatment, the more stable they are and any CPS involvement is not necessary.
Even cases considered borderline, what's more damaging: The child maybe doesn't have an ideal life (poverty, maybe seeing mommy cry a lot or daddy hears voices, etc.) but are fed, clothed and loved verses being ripped away from their family and sent to live with strangers? Believe me, that does a lot more damage to a child.