My son went into state custody under the guise of reunification. Under duress I waived my rights. I was denied contact and visits and even knowledge of his whereabouts. I was denied decision making power and reports and got most reports from prison. I wasn't allowed to take my son to his brother's grave sight. My rights were violated and stripped by default. My son is now up for adoption. I am hoping to sue for constitutional rights violations and anything else we can get. Maybe mental anguish and pain and suffering. I'd like the state to pay for whatever services my son needs to want to be part of our family again.
There are attorneys who specialize in civil rights claims against governments. I don't know any family law attorneys who do this, however. Also, if this case involves DCFS actions, and it appears it does, then you may want to also contact a specialist in that area. This is not a situation for a family law generalist to address.
Wish you luck.
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No way to tell on the incomplete facts provided here whether you have any case at all (or any grounds to sue an entity that enjoys sovereign immunity). See a civil rights attorney to review your options.
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You did not elaborate on your duress, but likely a tough road to hoe, but speak to a local attorney. Avvo has a great lawyer finder tool to locate an attorney close to your home. Good luck.
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