OAKLAND COUNTY-- On Mar. 7 Oakland County Judge Lisa Gorcyca granted a American Muslim couple back custody of their two little girls. The girls, Sophia, 6, and Nadiya, two, were removed from their home and parents' custody in May 2012 by authorities from Child Protected Services after a neighbor experienced Sophia playing outside without adult guidance.
The ladies are the children of Jessica Reed and Maged Mousa. Reed become extremely psychological in court when the judge revealed her choice. After virtually a year, her mentally draining custody battle with the DHS had come to a halt.
"I was sobbing and so psychological, finally after all these months they were able to come home," Reed said.
When the decision was announced, numerous neighborhood members were also present in court tossing their support behind the couple.
Because the children were removed from the home, the area has revealed a lot of support for the household, by making contributions and showing up to the court hearing in order to send a message that Reed and her spouse are suitable parents.
"I hope to thank them for their prayers and contributions," Reed said. While the community's support was extremely practical, it was Reed's determination to obtain her children back that ultimately brought about the judge's choice.
When the incident taken place, Sophia never ever left her parents' backyard, and was with various other children, although the parents of those children were never ever stated to authorities. Reed was pregnant with twins at the time, and states Sophia managed to get outside with a sliding door.
After Reed brought to life the twins in June, the DHS additionally took custody of them, but they returned home in December in 2012. Since the DHS never ever provided a court order or paper showing it was licensed to take the children away, she states her children were unlawfully eliminated from her. When entering the residence to remove the children, authorities likewise never provided a search warrant.
Sophia being found outside without adult supervision, officials never ever provided any additional description of why Reed and her husband aren't suitable moms and dads.
The most difficult part of the entire experience for the couple came when DHS put the girls in a foster care home with individuals Reed states were not fit parents.
While the girls were in the foster home, relative and friends became anxious about their general security. Reed states the girls showed indicators of psychological and physical abuse while in the foster care home. Reed and her spouse had custody of the ladies every weekend while they were away.
The couple's battle is far from over, the experience has actually had a big impact on them, and moving forward Reed intends on working to raise awareness to political leaders on comparable child custody fights, in hopes that they will lead significant reforms in DHS policies. She also thinkings of assisting others households who're handling the same scenario.
"This is something taking place all over the United States to others parents and households," Reed said.
She's consulting the DHS to perform proper investigations, and have adequate evidence of wrongdoing before removing children from the custody of their moms and dads.
Significant defects have been related to some of the agency's procedures for getting rid of children from homes.
Although ideal housing was offered for the girls with the couple's family members, the DHS still continued to place them in the care of complete strangers.
A version of this column originally appeared in feedproxy.google.com.