Imagine: a happy home of four children and a single mother struggling to provide; a mother living in a community with a poverty rate so high that matches the same rate that it was at during the Great Depression nearly 100 years prior.
This is not the picture which readers and watchers of the media were treated to in early June when a pregnant mother of 12 lost custody of the four children who were under her care.
Kodi Faircloth, 38, was accused of child neglect after it was found that she had no running water and the home was a mess. Methamphetamine was also found buried in the garden.
The situation by no means seemed to be a place to raise a healthy child. However, while Faircloth may not be suitable to be a parent today and has had her child custody rights revoked, this does not mean that after rehabilitation and help she cannot attempt to regain custody over her four children.
What Is Child Neglect?
Child neglect is a crime when the actions or the omissions of a parent (this can include a step mother or father, an adoptive parent, or someone who is acting in a parental role) endangers the health and well being of a child. It also includes whether an individual has failed to take the steps necessary to properly raise the child.
Some examples of child neglect:
- Failure to provide food to your children
- Failure to provide clothing for your children
- Failure to protect the child (i.e. leaving an underage child at home alone)
- Failure to provide adequate medical care and education to the child
- Placing the child in harm’s way (i.e. exposing the child to a violent or abusive person, or a sexually predatory person)
Regaining Child Custody
Just because child custody has been lost does not mean that it cannot be regained. The family law attorneys at the Rick Dane Moore law firm have provided counsel and guidance to parents who have lost custody, but have gone on to successfully create a situation where they can work on rebuilding their relationships with their children.
The first thing to remember is that the agency responsible for revoking your right to custody has an objective to reunite a parent with their children whenever possible. With that said, it is important for parents to remember that they are also working in the best interests of the child and do require substantial evidence for you to win any level of custodial rights with your children.
One misstep can lead to years without being in you child’s life, which is why we highly recommend engaging an established attorney from a law firm that specializes in family law.
Our own attorneys at Rick Dane Moore have devoted years to ensuring that parents, regardless of any mistakes of the past, are justifiably reunited with those who need them the most – their children.
If you have any questions about your custodial rights or how you can re-establish custody, we welcome your contact today at (405) 366-0373.