Everything I have read here and else where online says this is not the case but I have been fighting to have my daughter returned home for over 6 weeks with no one willing to help. The school, police and court house have actually told my daughter that she is an adult at 17 and can do anything she wants. She had just turned 17 when this all started. She just turned 17 in September. Below I am copying and pasting some of the recent happenings with her.. If anyone has any advice to help I would greatly appreciate it.
November 16th, 2006
To Whom it May COncern:
My parental rights are being denied by Lincoln Township Police Department. Other police stations involved have been Coloma Township, and St Joseph City as well as St Joseph High School.
I have been told repeatedly that I do not have any right to the custody of my daughter who just turned 17 in September. On October 2nd and 3rd I tried to report my daughter as a run away to Lincoln Township, and they refused to take my reports because she was 17 (and an adult in their eyes) even though she was under psychiatric care and in need of medication. After two days I gave up because they told me I had no rights.
On November 1st the school made my daughter a medical appointment and took her to it for non emergency care without ever notifying me or getting my consent. She had told the nurse that she thought she had a bladder infection. They called her doctor, made and appointment for her then the dean of students transprted her to this appointment and dropped her off on her own. No one even attempted to contact me until 8 hours later to tell me that this had already happened.
Probably in an attempt to cover their butt.. They or someone else, then called cps and said I was refusing her medical treatment which CPS found to be untrue since I was never contacted and I also had tried to force the police and school to turn her over to me for medical care and was told I didn't have this right.
After CPS got involved I started trying to assert my parental rights again.. First by filing a missing person report with Lincoln Township, which the police at first refused to take. They only took it because I told them CPS was involved and that they said she needed medical treatment. They had told me they wouldn't take the report before I told them that. Coloma township did a well person check when they got a tip on where she was and decided she was ok and removed her from the missing person list. The national association for missing and exploited children said this was improper because she was still missing from home. Lincoln Township did not even let me know that she had been found or removed from the list. When I found out Lincoln township refused to put her back in and there by making it impossible to get help through the missing children’s organization. Again I was told I had no rights to have my daughter home and I have audio tapes of them telling me my daughter was an adult and could do anything she wanted and that I have no rights. I also have audio tapes of them refusing to take my missing person reports.
If I call a boot camp for teens they tell me they have the right to pick my daughter up at 17 if I sign saying they can and of course pay them $13,000. Why do they have this right but I don’t? Again I was told to drop the matter I had no rights by the police and everyone I talked to in every department at the local court house.
On November 16th my daughter disappeared from her high school in the middle of the day without signing out or checking with anyone. The principal called me at 2:00 to say she had been missing since third hour that day. She had gone to lunch and then didn’t show up for her fourth hour. I asked the principal if he called the police and he said he had not but he would if I wanted him to. Of course I said YES. I waited a few minutes to give him a chance to call and then I called the city in which this school is located. The person who answered the phone in St Joseph city said that the principal had called but that even though the school was in his jurisdiction I had to make a report in the township I lived in. I tried to call Lincoln township and they refused to take my report because since my daughter had ran away they said she was no longer a resident of their township... so I have no rights to the custody , care or control of my minor child and no where I can report her missing either? I thought these were state laws, federal laws and constitutional rights?
I have proof of all of this and probably more. I do have audio tapes of some of these conversations. Even the court house has been no help. The prosecutor says there is nothing I can do about my parental rights and I have talked to probate court, juvenile court, Friend of the court etc also. Can I lose my constitutional parental rights with no due process? Why do I not have the right to have my daughter home when under state and federal law she appears to be a minor to me? Please help!