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Agencies deny fathers' rights to innocent man accused of abuse

Many fathers in Pennsylvania have only their child's best interests in mind. They often do what they can with their limited resources to provide stability and love. However, too often, fathers' rights are denied when agencies make critical errors in judgment. One man in another state nearly lost everything in his efforts to protect his daughter.

Soon after his wife began exhibiting delusional behavior and using alcohol to excess, she disappeared with the couple's 4-month-old daughter. Despite the fact that the man contacted Child Protective Services for help, police arrested the woman when they located her some weeks later. Instead of returning her to her father, they gave custody of the child to the woman's friend.

In her delusional state, the woman filed a restraining order against the child's father and accused him of domestic abuse. Although she presented no proof of abuse in court, she was granted a restraining order. The man subsequently lost his military voucher for subsidized housing and was left homeless.

CPS placed his daughter in foster care, and the Department of Human Services filed a motion to terminate his parental rights. The woman continued to make unfounded accusations of abuse, and the situation for the father seemed hopeless. It would take over two years before the man was finally able to convince a judge to hear his side of the story and reverse the termination of his parental rights.

The agencies involved in this situation admitted they made mistakes by denying the man his fathers' rights. Like this man, fathers in Pennsylvania may need an advocate who will fight for their cause. By contacting an attorney who is passionate about families, a father will be taking a step toward a positive resolution of his situation.

Source:, "Former Homeless Dad wins 2-year battle with Weld County to keep his Daughter", Rob Low, Nov. 25, 2016

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