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‘Twitter Mom’ gets her children back and declares victory over child and family services

The woman APTN News is calling ‘Twitter Mom’ has reunited her family after 11 years.

Kathleen Martens
APTN News
A mother who went public on Twitter about trying to get her children back from foster care has reunited her family.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her children, announced Friday the 11-year saga was over.

“All permanent wardship status are removed,” she said. “The supervision order which was in place has expired as of November 15, 2018.”

The Indigenous woman said she was crying tears of joy.

“I fought tooth and nail to get my children back into my care,” she added.

“I jumped through many hoops I was given, many years kept on passing by. But I refuse to be a victim to this vicious government system.”

The woman said she hopes her victory inspires other parents fighting the same battle.

APTN News has chronicled her story here and here.

Making her struggle public on Twitter was a new way to drum up support, she said, and show what parents go through.

“I was told I wasn’t a mother, but I am a mother.”

Her posts were popular and followed by a large group of people until child welfare officials told her to stop.

The woman said those officials never threatened to keep her children unless she stopped tweeting but it was suggested.

“Now it’s time for me and my children to continue our healing journey together as one, as we were all victims of a traumatic unfit system,” she said.

Wendy Bowcott, who manages a Facebook group for families with children in care, said using social media this way seems to have worked.

“I’m so happy for Twitter Mom,” she said Friday.

“Now more than ever people should be speaking out.”

Bowcott started the site Foster and Biological Parents of Manitoba Fight Back.

She said caregivers live with high levels of stress as they try to navigate the child welfare system.

A system, she said, that relies on “secrecy” or privacy legislation to “cover up the damage it does.”

Using Facebook and Twitter to share information and support one another is an antidote, she added.

“They seem to do anything they want. Especially to the parents,” Bowcott said.

“She went public and that’s why she got her kids back.”

The mother encouraged other parents to keep fighting.

She said she will continue to be an advocate for families and use her knowledge to help others.

“Never give up your fight to bring your children home,” she said.

“It’s in our best interest.”

 

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18 Responses to “‘Twitter Mom’ gets her children back and declares victory over child and family services”

  1. Blue13ace30@gmail.com'
    Clara November 19, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

    Join Aboriginal Women’s Human Rights Group

  2. b**********@gmail.com'
    Clara February 19, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

    Join Aboriginal Women’s Human Rights Group

  3. Writetomarika@icloud.com'
    Marieke November 18, 2018 at 11:19 pm #

    Thank you for covering this story. Please keep writing stories like this to spread hope for others.

  4. brooklynngreen47@gmail.com'
    Amber Skye Taylor November 18, 2018 at 7:57 pm #

    Good for you momma! You know that’s what I have issues with today! Since I had my first child, I was told I wasn’t a mother. And It had gotten so bad that by the time I had her, I questioned if I really was. But being told by the addicts, and my foster mother, child protective services as well. Child Protective Services placed me in foster care and allowed me to be abused and raped from 4-17. They take what they allowed me to go through by handing my placement homes a drawing I had drawn at 4, giving it to theses people I had to place my trust in, and handed me over to the devil! I was forced to praise to a God that was never there, living with the devil and his minions. Forced to act like I loved these people to save myself from an ass whooping! They allowed me to go through this and tell me I’m incompetent. I’m unfit to care of my children! And now I’m suffering cause they can’t get their stuff lined out and provide me with proof of why they terminated my rights to all of my kids! I’ve jumped through these hoops for the last 22 year’s of my life! Child Protective Services have haunted and terrorized my life. I haven’t lived a peaceful life because I am constantly looking over my shoulder in fear they will end my happiness! Please tell what you did?! Cause I have 4 counties I want to press a lawsuit against

    • Blue13ace30@gmail.com'
      Clara November 19, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

      Aboriginal Women’s Human Right’s Support Group FB, request to join and share your story there

    • henryishomeagain@gmail.com'
      Tammy Armstrong November 24, 2018 at 4:23 am #

      Hello

      If you would like to send a friend request to me on Facebook my name is under Tammy Armstrong( Tammy Joy Armstrong)

      I have become a part of the family rights movement because CPS stole my children years ago and then they came back and stole my grandson 3 years ago.
      I know how horrible they are and if you would like to send a friend request to me you could be in touch with all the other people that are apart of the family Rights Movement who are trying to do something about abolishing the CPS system. Also if you would take the time to look on YouTube for Senator Nancy Schaefer exposes the corruption of CPS you would feel a sense of relief to know that this woman was fighting for a good cause for all of us CPS victims. Take good care of yourself and may God bless you.

  5. kittiemaehey181012@gmail.com'
    American Mother November 18, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

    This is a awesome article to read, I tell Parent’s every single day to never give up!

    I have been fight 965 days now and it never gets easier, I have been reaching out via social media for awhile and so far all it has gotten me was a year of silence from my children and now being cyberstalked all of the time.

    Many of my post have screenshot and turned into the courts and even a couple weeks ago again.

    I am not aloud to even post photos of my children on my own social media pages.

  6. w************@icloud.com'
    Marieke February 19, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

    Thank you for covering this story. Please keep writing stories like this to spread hope for others.

  7. b***************@gmail.com'
    Amber Skye Taylor February 19, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

    Good for you momma! You know that’s what I have issues with today! Since I had my first child, I was told I wasn’t a mother. And It had gotten so bad that by the time I had her, I questioned if I really was. But being told by the addicts, and my foster mother, child protective services as well. Child Protective Services placed me in foster care and allowed me to be abused and raped from 4-17. They take what they allowed me to go through by handing my placement homes a drawing I had drawn at 4, giving it to theses people I had to place my trust in, and handed me over to the devil! I was forced to praise to a God that was never there, living with the devil and his minions. Forced to act like I loved these people to save myself from an ass whooping! They allowed me to go through this and tell me I’m incompetent. I’m unfit to care of my children! And now I’m suffering cause they can’t get their stuff lined out and provide me with proof of why they terminated my rights to all of my kids! I’ve jumped through these hoops for the last 22 year’s of my life! Child Protective Services have haunted and terrorized my life. I haven’t lived a peaceful life because I am constantly looking over my shoulder in fear they will end my happiness! Please tell what you did?! Cause I have 4 counties I want to press a lawsuit against

    • b**********@gmail.com'
      Clara February 20, 2019 at 2:37 am #

      Aboriginal Women’s Human Right’s Support Group FB, request to join and share your story there

    • h***************@gmail.com'
      Tammy Armstrong February 20, 2019 at 2:43 am #

      Hello

      If you would like to send a friend request to me on Facebook my name is under Tammy Armstrong( Tammy Joy Armstrong)

      I have become a part of the family rights movement because CPS stole my children years ago and then they came back and stole my grandson 3 years ago.
      I know how horrible they are and if you would like to send a friend request to me you could be in touch with all the other people that are apart of the family Rights Movement who are trying to do something about abolishing the CPS system. Also if you would take the time to look on YouTube for Senator Nancy Schaefer exposes the corruption of CPS you would feel a sense of relief to know that this woman was fighting for a good cause for all of us CPS victims. Take good care of yourself and may God bless you.

  8. winstonsmommy@icloud.com'
    Ontario Twitter Mom November 18, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

    The #childprotection system in #Canada is lacking and is in self preservation mode for #jobprotection
    Persons like .@justintrudeau are aware, but don’t care and courts run by .@ontmag are a further disgrace to #childrights and #parentalrights which are non existent in #CLRA
    New laws needs to be made for #childrensrights not qualified privileged #CPS workers and lazy courts
    .@cas_fraud .@katmarte

  9. k*****************@gmail.com'
    American Mother February 19, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

    This is a awesome article to read, I tell Parent’s every single day to never give up!

    I have been fight 965 days now and it never gets easier, I have been reaching out via social media for awhile and so far all it has gotten me was a year of silence from my children and now being cyberstalked all of the time.

    Many of my post have screenshot and turned into the courts and even a couple weeks ago again.

    I am not aloud to even post photos of my children on my own social media pages.

  10. w************@icloud.com'
    Ontario Twitter Mom February 19, 2019 at 8:46 pm #

    The #childprotection system in #Canada is lacking and is in self preservation mode for #jobprotection
    Persons like .@justintrudeau are aware, but don’t care and courts run by .@ontmag are a further disgrace to #childrights and #parentalrights which are non existent in #CLRA
    New laws needs to be made for #childrensrights not qualified privileged #CPS workers and lazy courts
    .@cas_fraud .@katmarte

  11. Rangerjj@hotmail.com'
    John November 18, 2018 at 2:11 am #

    So – Canada (UNITED NATIONS STATE PARTY) has successfully humanely trafficked this woman’s chîdren for 11 years – cashing in on UN SOCIAL SERVICES MONIES sent to Ottawa – then to Manitoba ……… where it was used for anything else besides care for these children ….

    • Blue13ace30@gmail.com'
      Clara November 19, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

      Aboriginal Women’s Support Group

  12. r*******@hotmail.com'
    John February 19, 2019 at 8:46 pm #

    So – Canada (UNITED NATIONS STATE PARTY) has successfully humanely trafficked this woman’s chîdren for 11 years – cashing in on UN SOCIAL SERVICES MONIES sent to Ottawa – then to Manitoba ……… where it was used for anything else besides care for these children ….

    • b**********@gmail.com'
      Clara February 20, 2019 at 2:37 am #

      Aboriginal Women’s Support Group