Desperate father makes plea for help
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.