Imagine a fourteen year old girl getting stripped of not only her rights, but also her family. In 2010, my week old sister was placed in a stranger’s home 300 miles away from her family by the Department of Human Services. What my father did to deserve that is one story, but how DHS had destroyed a part of our lives, altered me to be the person I am today.
I want to be that voice that someone does not have or doesn’t know how to use. So how I plan to change the world is through my career. I want to be a lawyer that would provide services to those that are innocent in a crime and help keep families together. I’ll be the one who would fight in court for the unfair “justice” that DHS provides.
How I plan on doing this is earning my paralegal degree. Then I’ll throw myself into the DHS system, find out the ins and outs of it, and whilst doing that be going to law school. Then I will commit myself to being an attorney and start rebuilding DHS.
This will help by causing the system to take more precaution in what they are doing. They will investigate thoroughly in their cases, and if possible keep relatives together, as long as that family member can provide a safe environment for the child in question. This will help strengthen family bonds and make it less difficult for children to be placed in homes.