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2011 Street Fighter of the Year Award winner Shawn McMillan

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Uploaded on Nov 22, 2011

Shawn A. McMillan
Deanna Fogarty-Hardwick v. County of Orange, et al.

REUNITING A MOTHER AND DAUGHTERS AFTER SOCIAL SERVICES ABUSES

Deanna Fogarty was awarded custody of her two daughters after her divorce. Child Protective Services investigated the children's claims of abuse by their father and allowed him only monitored visitation. After a personality clash with Ms. Fogarty, social workers falsely claimed she skipped a mandatory visit and told the girls their father was trying to take them away from her. The court then ordered the children removed from Fogarty's home. Social workers coerced Fogarty into giving her ex-husband full custody of the children. In 2001 Fogarty sued for violation of her constitutional right to familial association, alleging social workers fabricated evidence and withheld evidence from the juvenile court to obtain orders allowing the removal of her daughters. Fogarty also sued Orange County, claiming its customs, policies, and practices were unconstitutional. In 2007 an Orange County jury found the defendants liable and handed down one of the largest parental rights judgments against a child protective services agency in the U.S. It took Fogarty more than six years to regain custody of her children. Attorney Shawn McMillan was lead counsel at trial and on appeal. The judgment became final in April 2011, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear it.

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