A mother's epic tale of her battle to secure the return of her children 'taken' by the state twice. This is a remarkably moving story of the author's struggle to prove her innocence against documented false evidence and false allegations, as she fought injustice in Social Services, the 'secret' family courts and expert witnesses. This is an incredibly gripping emotional read and a book that is impossible to put down. It really is possible to beat City Hall!
Taken: The Inspirational True Story Of One Mother's Epic Win Against Social Services by Sue O'Callaghan is one of the most emotionally touching and draining non-fiction stories I have come across of late. Sue just doesn't know what conspiracies have been hatched behind her back and how the Social Services and legal systems are going to spectacularly fail her in her quest to get justice. In a nightmare situation where her husband disappears with her three young children without a clue, Sue struggles hard to come to terms with the amount of treachery and lies that have gone into separating her beloved children from her. With fabricated accounts of her mental illness, her husband manipulates the legal system to make sure Sue's life becomes a living hell. What does a single, pregnant woman do when she is in a do or die situation? Does she triumph or give up on her struggle to get back her children?
Sue O'Callaghan deserves all the accolades and success she is experiencing today. As a mother, it was horrible and unbelievable to read about the trauma that was inflicted upon Sue and her kids. It is scary to think that systems that have been created to uphold family health and safety can be blatantly misused and manipulated. One feels a variety of emotions ranging from sadness, anger, rage, joy and relief while reading this book. This is one woman's tale about her fight for justice and what is right for her children. A must-read for women who face domestic violence and are scared to talk about it.
A British mum now resident in Auckland, New Zealand after winning a battle with Social Services to get her children back, has turned to crowd-funding site Kickstarter to help tell her story.
Sue O’Callaghan’s three oldest children were taken without warning after her husband secretly laid the groundwork with Social Services – his mother was a social worker.
Not content with taking the oldest, Social Services then attempted to take O’Callaghan’s soon to be due baby in the birthing suite.
O’Callaghan, with the help of friends and family, began a massive legal battle to overturn the removal, and in doing so exposed the dark underbelly of the child removal “industry”. After winning her case, resulting in judicial reprimands for Social Services, she and her four children left the UK to rebuild their lives in New Zealand.
Now she’s told her dramatic story for the first time in the upcoming new book “Taken”, but needs to raise NZ$5,000 for printing costs.