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Dominic cant come home without help -- PLEASE
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Ended Sep 26, 2014
Dominic is like many other children, a delight to be around and experience.  But unlike many other children he shows an unconditional love and emotion to anyone, like that seen between a parent and child.  Although Dominic is Autistic, his ...

Dominic is like many other children, a delight to be around and experience.  But unlike many other children he shows an unconditional love and emotion to anyone, like that seen between a parent and child.  Although Dominic is Autistic, his loving and curious nature would lead you to believe otherwise. He loves and plays Baseball, he is collector of Lego toys and is always willing to lend a helping hand.  We all say our children are special, but he truley is a gem.

Dominics mother has had some substance abuse issue for the past 11 years, pretty much since Dominic was born.  We wont discuss her as a good or bad person, just as a person who needs help that she refuses to seek.  He has been removed from her by DCF courts 3 times.  This means Dominic has been uprooted and moved around from different family members and also a foster home due to an emergency situation during most of his life. He has never been in the same place for more than 3 years and has never called anywhere home.  The last time he was removed from his mother DCF decided not to follow a plan for reunification with the mother due to violence and continued substance abuse issues.  I finally had the chance to seek custody of my son permantley.  DCF placed him with me in Florida at 7 years old.  Dominic is very damaged emtionally. He had to perception of time and how to take care of his persoanl hygiene.  My wife and myself commite to restructuring my son.  He could barely read, much less comprehend.  With a dedicated supportive school Dominic made the honor roll his second year of attending school!  His IEP was changed this final year of elementary school to take him completely out of contained classes and into a regular classroom setting with a para for support!  Huge success.  He developed his own chores which gave hima sense self responsibility.  Dominic thrived!! 

The father has been going through a difficult time managing the visits with Dominc and his mother, due to safety concerns and the fact that she lives in Rhode Island.  The father has been getting the support from the maternal family to help with visit when sending Dominc up there for a 2 week summer vacation with that part of his family.  This recent summer, the mother called in a false DCF report about Dominic being abuse her in Florida.  Of course the case was closed her with no further finding and no further action being needed.  BUt during the time the investigation was ongoing, the mother manipulated the court system by going over top DCF head and into famliy court.  She motion the court for an emergency temporary custody order based on the allegations of her son being abused with an open case.  With these being the only documents a judge had in front of him to make a descision, they granted her temporary custody until the 9/8/2014 court hearing!!  DCF closed the case and stepped out due to the family court process.  And told us to find an attorney that they couldnt help us now....hardest moment to deal with.

School started here in Florida on 8/18/2014. Dominic is missing the chance to perform on the new IEP plan and have a great final 5th grade year before moving on to middle school.  The mother doesnt care.  He is not on his medication to help balance his days, the mother doesnt care. He misses his sister more than anybody in the world, the mother doesnt care.  He wants to play fall baseball and go back to school with his school buddies, the mother doesnt care.  Ive explained to her the structured enviroment and his daily routine that he is not in or following, the mother doesnt care. Not medium..

We have contacted an attorney and are unable to pay the retainer fee of $2000.00 dollars.  His sevices then continue at $75.00 an hour again on a very tight pay check to paycheck budget, we sadly are struggling to think of meeting that with the amount of hours he may put in.  The attorney also stated that I must attend the hearing.  THis means air fare, lodging and food...although I dont have to eat, my wife can pack me food for 2 days, seriously.  We are trying to find a way to make this work.  If not, without representation and me being there, the mother will continue to manipulate the court with her history or status being brought to light and steal Dominic away to the hrrobile life he used to be accustomed to.  Please help  we would like to hire the attorney this week so he can begin to file paperwork.  At this point we have nothing and hope that as good parents this tragedy can be overcome.

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