Taking on Olde Town Conyers even though I was a pillar of my community and mother to 5 and wife. I was very actively involved in my children’s lives and in the community. They stripped me and ripped me of my relationship with my four girls in August of 2004 due to being in the hospital for family violence and depression. I have had the favor of Honorable Bills, Honorable Nation finally in 2008, Honorable Rhymer of The Alcovy Judicial Circuit and Honorable Ozburn of The Alcovy Judicial Circuit. I watched a video sent to me tonight from Cindy Moye McGiboney Smith on just how wonderful and powerful a young woman I truly am. So uplifting. As we plan to have Christmas dinner at some point over the holidays I cannot wait to have excellent conversation with her on healing and nurturing.
Did you know that the O.C.G.A. now states you have a legal right to your child if you have suffered parental alienation, family violence, being mentally challenged and for parental reunification. I have won dozens of hearings pertaining to my four girls and never gave up. I have had the favor of the Courts since Honorable Bills being Mr. Sasser’s attorney at the time her Prepared Proposed Opinion was to give me full legal custody of our youngest daughter and for Mr. Sasser NOT to interfere in the relationship of me and my older three adopted step – daughters. Honrable Bills ran for judge that year and got caught up in her own world as the case was passed off and over to her partner whereas he and Attorney Paul Oeland did little to nothing to present the true facts of the case to Honorable Nation which we have spoke of in open court and at the local drug store in Olde Town Conyers upon a chance meeting. The video is awesome and talks about what a wonderful person you are and how empowering you truly are. I had NO idea she felt this way about me but it made all the difference in the world watching the video on my facebook page and hearing her sweet words of wisdom in my inbox.
To be a mother and a wife with NO wrongdoing on your behalf in 20 plus years. NO hint, suggestion, implication nor accusation of any kind, type or fashion yet to still be alienated from your girls is a hard road to travel. My advocacy in the O.C.G.A. began 20 years ago with my step daughters and has still not stopped to present date. Losing them over night after being in the hospital for marital abuse and depression has been a mother’s worst nightmare and has nearly killed me. I often think about the last ten years and wonder myself how I have made it through with so much success but I have, with the help of the Lord Almighty.
I feel that I did really well to visit The Olde Town Pavilion on Thanksgiving and to go ice skating even though I used to take my children to the Pavilion for many different community events.
The State has rectified their once mistake time and time again but it has changed nothing as far as the reunification process of me and my daughter’s and my ex- husband continuing to alienate and estrange us by the act of hate. I want this state of GA to know that there have been 1000+ Georgia Certified Peer Specialists Since October 2001.
And the requirements include:
> Candidates must have diagnosis of mental illness or a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addictive disease and must desire to identify themselves as a person with mental illness current or former consumer of mental health services.
> Applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED and may be requested to provide a copy of this document.
> Must demonstrate strong reading comprehension and written communication skills as indicated on their responses on the pre – test which is part of the application.
> Must have demonstrated experience with leadership, advocacy or governance.
> Must be well grounded in recovery
These facts are taken directly from the Certified Peer Specialist brochure.
The motto of the CPS being “Each One Reach One.”
Yet, I was estranged and alienated from my four daughter’s whose lives have been ruined and uprooted from the road map that I had them set out on.
I am now working as a PSA Personal Support Assistant through the GA Department of Human Resources and thoroughly enjoy caring for the physically ad mentally challenged.
I have got to begin to work on a book for my daughters’ outlining all my medical records and court documentation for them to review once my youngest daughter gets a little bit older.
Mr. Sasser has no ground to stand on as to any wrong doing on my behalf ever. No remiss, neglect or abuse ever to be brought to my attention in 20 plus years as mother nor as a wife.
Mr. Sasser is fully aware that my daughter’s natural mother has a history of authenticated record of remiss, neglect and abuse towards my daughter’s over the years and that was the very reason for the adoption in 1999. Yet he has allowed them to have a relationship with their natural mother since teenagers all the while keeping my youngest daughter from me every moment he gets.
Independent Adoption Report – State of Georgia
I. Verification of allegations contained in the petition
II. Circumstances under which the minor children came to be placed for adoption
III. Whether the proposed adoptive parent is financially, phsically and mentally able to have the permanent custody of the minor child
IV. The physical and mental condition of the minor children to be adopted
V. Whether or not the adoption is in the best interest of the minor children
VI. Suitability of the home to the minor children
VII. Other information – References
Four references were obtained on myself, Leslie Syles, school counselor, Julie Manders, school counselor, Mark Zielenske, family friend, Charles and Dot Sasser. All of the references support the adoption of the minor children by the petitioner, April Christina Fuller Sasser
I tire from the frustration of the estrangement. Given my advocacy for children began in 1992 with the birth of my son who I have maintained a very full, open and loving relationship with as his father has not attempted to interfere in our lives. The estrangement ten years ago nearly killed me and now for the last ten years all I have been doing is advocating in the courtroom and outside the courtroom for all four of my girls. With my youngest going on her 16th birthday I hope that it will not be long where I will not have to deal with Mr. Sasser any longer.
I appreciate the support and continued reading of my blogs pertaining to the estrangement and alienation period of me and my daughter’s.
Thanks to Attorney Paul Oeland who did absolutely nothing for me and my children I have missed over ten years of their lives now even given I was a pillar of the community and Attorney David LaMalva was fully aware of as well as Honorable Nancy Bills Mr. Sasser’s prior attorney whose prepared proposed Opinion was to give me custody of my youngest daughter and for Mr. Sasser not to interfere in the relationship of me and my youngest daughter. I have read official court document implying that all involved did not know where I was nor could they locate me and that is an outright lie as they all knew exactly where I was. I had done a voluntary admission to Peachford from Northside Hospital in Atlanta for recovery from marital abuse and depression. My mother and aunt both sat with Mr. LaMalva and Mr. Oeland and they all knew exactly how to find me but did not even enlighten Deputy John Mumford where the report was made by Northside staff as to my condition and the abuse. According to Honorable Nation a conversation I had with him at the drug store in Olde Town Conyers no one informed him of the family violence. I asked him to please in the future take care of and deal with family violence in divorce hearings and he implied that his attorney’s normally make him aware. But not in my case. Not until I filed a Pro Se case which was accepted as true and correct in form and ruled on at a later date in 2008 whereas Honorable Nation ordered therapy for me, my daughter and Mr. Sasser for reunification process and Mr. Sasser remained in contempt of that Order up and until I retained Attorney Matt Ledbetter where we won each and every hearing following my retaining him. His office was very good to me and very understanding of the circumstances.
I have prayed for the answers to my questions as to why we have been alienated and yes even though we have changed the O.C.G.A. and made legal history and left behind a living legacy that will hopefully help others in the future we have ALL suffered in our lives from this divorce and the way it was handled by incompetent attorney’s.
I have had to my favor Honorable Nancy Bills, Honorable Sidney Nation, Honorable Stanley Rhymer, Honorable Samuel Ozburn and Honorable Paul McAdam all of the State of Georgia. Yet Mr. Sasser continues to keep my youngest daughter from me as best he can and to his every ability to keep us separated. I have asked a professional her feelings on sharing on the Internet my story as I have been taught to do by The Respect Institute of Georgia, The GA Mental Health Consumer Network, View Point Health and The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. The professional therapist I asked also has agreed that sharing my story online is just fine and that it needs be told as the above have taught me to do so. I have been actively involved with View Point Health for over ten years now and actively involved in their training programs over the last several years and have taken and taught many classes through View Point Health and attended many conferences and obtained completion of The GA Peer Institute Training. Also working closely with their Supported Employment Program now currently working as PSA Personal Support Assistant in the State of GA through the GA Department of Human Resources. My degree is in Business/ Legal Office Administration and Paralegal Certification but I am currently working in the health field as I have been in process of study and hopes of obtaining my CPS Certified Peer Specialist Certification through The GA Mental Health Consumer Network who has been supportive in my decision to work in the health field and has shown that support online for me. I have had some wonderful mentors in my life over the course of my life time to include Deputy District Attorney Richard R. Read who would expect no less of me than full advocacy for my daughter’s. He knows me better and he as well taught me to advocate for my children during my marriage to Mr. Sasser and tried numerous times to get me to leave Mr. Sasser and I just could not bring myself to do it. To just walk away. I left multiple times but always went back.
I have been the victim and the one to have to carry the burden of proof to this State and have done so over the last ten years even though there has NEVER been any wrong doing on my behalf to be mentioned, questioned nor the slightest hint, suggestion, implication nor accusation as to any wrong doing to my children nor to Mr. Sasser. I feel I have taken on the entire city of Conyers and came out on top. Taking on Conyers has been a driven pursuit of mine for ten years now and has been accomplished with the help of wonderful friends and mentors and Judges that clearly cared and gave a damn about our story and the real truth of the matters at hand.
This is Olde Town Conyers. The Pavilion where I used to take my children for many events. I have a hard time visiting but went over the Thanksgiving holiday and went ice skating. The photograph above is at the Ice Skating rink in Olde Town Conyers of all five of my children as my header banner to WordPress.
It has been ten years now as I have passed my ten year Anniversary of my divorce and have not been in an exclusive relationship since but now have someone very special in my life that I hope continues to grow and blossom into something extraordinary and beautiful. Along with my best friend Mark Burton of Covington GA. who has been very supportive of me and shared many long talks with me. Son to Mayor Mrs. Allene Capes Burton. My friend Ken shot this photograph at the Pavilion for me as I looked over the water and remembered the days of old when I would take my children to visit. The record will show them the truth one day as they get older and I plan on putting together an entire book of authenticated medical records and authenticated court documents on our behalf to share with them when they get a little older.
Having children ripped out from under you in a one day’s time is a nightmare. Overnight I lost them all due to being in the hospital at Northside and Peachford for marital discord and family violence which is authenticated and fully documented.
I plan on putting together an entire book my biological daughter and if my legally adopted step – daughter’s care to take part in its reading then fine so be it. They are old enough at this point to know the truth. My next project is working on gathering up all the medical records and court documents of the final decisions and placing them into a book to share with the world and my daughter such as a memoir. A working memoir in progress as I have been documenting the last three years of my life at my Covington News blog daily.
Thank you for being a part of my story and walking with me to recovery.