Des­per­ate fa­ther makes plea for help

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

A young Porirua fa­ther has had one child re­moved from his care by Child, Youth and Fam­ily ser­vice and is des­per­ate not to lose a sec­ond un­born one.

Chris McLay, of Can­nons Creek, ad­mits he has not had a good past and has no ar­gu­ment with the depart­ment’s ac­tions.

‘‘I was abused my­self and then lashed out sex­u­ally,’’ he said. He was not pros­e­cuted for the of­fence at the time but as a re­sult his child was taken away and fos­tered out.

Now he and a new part­ner are ex­pect­ing an­other child in Septem­ber and, he says, Child Youth and Fam­ily have al­ready in­di­cated it will also be taken.

Mr McLay said he has kept his record clean for 10 years, other than mi­nor driv­ing of­fences.

Al­though he has asked his case worker what he needs to do or change in or­der to be al­lowed to keep the com­ing child, and com­plied with ev­ery sug­ges­tion, Child Youth and Fam­ily has not changed its po­si­tion.

He has called for any­one in the com­mu­nity who could pro­vide ad­vice or sup­port to help him keep his fam­ily to­gether.

If you can help, call the Mana News on 237 8118.


Help wanted: Porirua fa­ther Chris McLay.

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