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URGENT please sign & help stop his adoption I cannot lose my son

I will try to make a long story short. In 2004, Carla
entered into a plea agreement (which was a new program for felony offenders)
for her felony narcotic possession charge she received in July that year
because this was her first offense. (Carla had been associating with a bad
crowd and one of them had left narcotics in her possession without her
knowledge, and because "snitches get stitches" she stupidly accepted
the charge). With the Judges permission, Carla was granted permission to move
back to her hometown in North Carolina with her family. Even though she lived
in another state, her case and sentence remained in Lake County, Florida. She
was sentenced to community service, probation, drug and alcohol rehab, pay her
monthly fees and call her probation officer who was in Florida once a month.
She arrived to her first Alcohol and Drug Rehab appointment, and was told by
the caseworker, "I do not know anything about this program, you will have
to reschedule, see a specific caseworker and the earliest appointment is a
month away. She arrived at her next appointment and was told, "I don't
know what they expect me to do. I'm not familiar with this program, I am going
to reschedule your appointment for next month and you will have to see another
caseworker who should be able to help you better." Carla frantically explained,
"No I am suppose to drug tested once a month, and attending drug classes.
I haven't even been given one drug test yet; I do not want my probation
violated." The caseworker said all she could do was to schedule another
appointment. Carla called her probation officer and informed him of the
situation and asked him if she could be assigned to a different alcohol and
drug rehab. He said no, it's against their rules. He will call them himself and
get things straightened out and schedule her next appointment for her too.
Carla arrived to her next appointment and once again heard, "I don't know
anything about this, I will have to reschedule your appointment for next month
and you will be seeing this specific caseworker." Three weeks later Carla
received a letter that stated she was in violation of her probation and was
assigned a court date.

  At this
time, Carla was four weeks pregnant, and was already a single mother of an 8
year old girl and a 2 year old boy. Without any financial support from the
children's father and with a criminal record, Carla was unable to find
employment.

  In
addition to all that overwhelming stress, while Carla was incarcerated her
healthy 8 year old daughter began experiencing severe separation anxiety and
developed trichotillomania, a psychiatric disorder where the individual pulls
one hair strand out of their head by one, then when completely bald began
pulling out their eyebrows and eyelashes, etc. Her daughter had always been
very shy, very self consccious, low self esteem, self confidence and had
difficulty making friends. This disorder made her 8 year old life devastating.
Kids at school laughed, picked, joked, bullied and tormented her daily. She
went home everyday crying and begging not to return to school because she
already had three enormous bald spots on her head. Carla took her daughter to
the doctor and began seeing a psychiatrist after many different treatments
including antipsychotic medicine for an 8 year old child, nothing helped. Her
disorder progressively got worse.

  Fearful of
having a completely bald headed child and the effects it would chronically
cause for her daughter, Carla forced her daughter to wear a hat to school every
day and at home wear a shower cap, even at night while she slept. To everyone's
satisfaction, the treatment worked and her daughter's hair slowly began growing
back.

  It
was the day before Carla's court date, she decided after much pondering and
consideration, broke and without gas money to travel from North Carolina to
Florida, not wanting to give birth to her baby from prison, not wanting her
daughter's awful disorder to return, and not wanting her children to end up in
foster care (because over the last decade everyone in her family had passed
away except her mother who was too old and not in good health to care for her
now 6 children, her sister who had 6 children of her own and could not care for
Carla's 6 children too, no one else in their family was left, everyone had
passed away), decided she could NOT appear in court.

  From 2004-the
present Carla has been through license checks and received minor traffic violations;
however, Florida will not extradite her for her charges.

  When
Carla's son turned 5 years old, his father who lives in Florida and knew Carla
could not travel there or she would be arrested, took him on a visit and never
returned. He moved, changed jobs and phone numbers and has not allowed Carla to
see or speak to her son since. Now, Carla has located them and dreams of
reuniting with her long lost son who is now 10 years old.

  Please
sign this petition and help Carla regain custody/visitation of her son, will
help her obtain employment, and follow her dream of going to college to obtain
a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, a program that needs a clean
background to obtain employment after graduation. After all, Carla has 6
children she will have to financially assist with obtaining their college
degrees too. Thank You.


Signed,

Carla Austin

This petition closed over 1 year ago

How this will help

My son's father & step mom is trying to revoke my rights so his step mom can adopt him. I am requesting special immunity to return to Florida for court regarding my son without being arrested.


Pleas...

My son's father & step mom is trying to revoke my rights so his step mom can adopt him. I am requesting special immunity to return to Florida for court regarding my son without being arrested.


Please forgive and pardon Carla Austin's felony charge/violation of probation from a decade ago. Everyone deserves a second chance at life, an education, a career, to be a mother, have freedom and civil rights.

The picture above is my son when he was five years old. This is the last time I saw him before his father ran off with him and relocated. Now he is ten years old. I am a mother and I do not even know what my son's favorite food is, his favorite toys, TV shows, or most importantly what he looks like! Please read this petition, sign it and help me bring him home.


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