Denied! Failing Cordelia: Parental Love and Parental-State Theft in Los Angeles Juvenile Dependency Court

Book Two: Pride and Legal Prejudice

by Simon Cambridge



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/5/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 702
ISBN : 9781514488928
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 702
ISBN : 9781514488935
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 702
ISBN : 9781514488911

About the Book

Pride and Legal Prejudice is the second part of a trilogy covering the author’s efforts to parent and advocate for his adopted child with severe attachment issues in both Seattle and Los Angeles. Readers will be able to see here how his tenacious efforts to help his daughter would end up being denied or invalidated by the child-welfare legal complex in Los Angeles. How the author fought with pride against the legal prejudice that he and his daughter endured during their traumatic three-year dependency court case in Los Angeles will become the focus of this second volume.

The author will conclude that reunifying successfully with one’s child in any dependency case needs to involve more than just being willing to complete an assigned case plan or keeping up with visitation demands. Beyond these worthy goals, Cambridge will be exploring the many ways in which a strong and motivated legal team that is just as intent on the goal of reunification as the parent, is of paramount importance.

Cambridge believes that while he was able to retain his parental rights at the end of their long case, he and his daughter could have forestalled much lasting trauma if their assigned social workers and therapists had been able to “see better” and if the presiding commissioner of his case had been less prejudiced.

The author was left still trying to reach his troubled daughter when their dependency case ended. Readers will be able to judge the extent to which he succeeded or made progress in his final volume.

About the Author

Simon Cambridge used to live in England and has both a bachelor’s degree from the University of London as well as a master’s degree from Loughborough University.

The author currently lives in the beautiful Seattle area and looks forward to continuing to help his long-suffering daughter, Cordelia, heal from her traumatic childhood and adolescence.

When he is not reading, writing, and photographing beautiful places in Seattle and Washington State, readers should be able to find the author watching one of the many Seattle Shakespeare Company performances held throughout the year. If not there, you may be able to find him traveling to see his daughter on the long Amtrak Coast Starlight train between Seattle and Los Angeles. Above all, though, the author has a passion for Seattle Sounders FC games. As a member of the Emerald City Supporters (ECS), he can be seen throughout the year proudly and passionately wearing the rave green colors of the best MLS football team in America.