A Family Struggles To Get Their Kids Back – An Incredible On-Going Story
Homeless parents Angelique Roland, 27, and Michael Jones, 54, had been struggling to make ends meet on the streets of Philadelphia. Everything hit a new low, however, when they lost custody of their two children.
It all started on one fateful Friday night, when the couple’s 2-year-old son, Jeremiah, wandered away from the cardboard tent in which his family was living. The family had been staying in a city park after they somehow lost their lodging at a local shelter.
“We went down to LOVE Park, because a couple people that work for [the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority] know my family, but they weren’t on shift. So the best thing that we could do is get boxes and get behind the welcome center, where we could find a corner to actually block [the kids], to actually keep them warm.”
Shortly before midnight that night, nearby citizens saw that little Jeremiah was wandering about in just a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a diaper but no shoes or socks. They quickly alerted authorities and was taken into police custody. Roland and Jones had fallen asleep, but when they woke to find that their boy was gone, they tried to report him missing without knowing that he was already in police custody.
Authorities launched a lengthy investigation into the incident, and took the couple’s daughter into protective services as well. The family’s story hit the news, and a charity group that goes by the name of Chosen 300 Ministries, held a fundraiser for the family. The fundraiser cashed in $12,000 to pay for housing. Marriott Hotels also offered the family a free week’s stay, and a thrift store offered to furnish their future home.
Everything seemed to be going in the right direction until the judge ruled that the children should remain in the custody of the Department of Human Services, but allowed 2 visits per week. Even Yahoo News tried to reach out to DHS, but had no success. The ruling is still in effect until further notice. We hope that you keep this family in your prayers! Indeed there is nothing more unfortunate that losing your family in a blink of an eye…
Article: Yahoo News