In June of 2009, an unwed, frightened and overwhelmed Burmese refugee, Nunu Sung, made a decision that changed her life forever: she delivered a son and placed him near a bush. Shortly after, she realized her mistake. Thus began a two and a half year fight to gain custody of her son.
Sung’s story is unimaginable to most people: fleeing an oppressive military dictatorship as a teenager followed by several years surviving in Malaysia where Burmese are hunted by police. Acquiring legal status to enter the U.S. as a refugee, Nunu’s hopes were set on starting a (safe) new life in the land of opportunity. Shortly after her arrival, speaking little English, she entered a relationship with a man who took advantage of her status. When she became pregnant, he closed the door on her and the baby.
Through God’s providence, her son survived his short time left outdoors and was temporarily placed with a foster family. Through God’s grace, Nunu has placed her trust in Him. She has spent everyday of the past two-and-a-half years working to gain custody of her son. (This includes complying with all court orders, fulfilling the plan of service set forth by IL DCFS and the foster care agency, and maintaining weekly, supervised visits with her son. Nunu successfully met the expectations of the court and service plan.)
In October of 2010, Nunu accepted a plea deal for the charge of obstruction of justice (a class 4 felony). In exchange for her guilty plea, and an acceptance of the maximum sentence for this crime, the prosecution agreed NOT to attempt to terminate her parental rights upon completion of her prison term. In May of 2011, with less than 7 months left in her sentence, the prosecution violated the terms of Nunu Sung’s plea agreement when Guardian ad Litem, Kathleen Anderson, filed a petition to terminate Nunu’s parental rights so the foster family could attempt to adopt her son.
This doesn’t sit right with me.
For this reason, I am using my blog as a platform to raise awareness for Nunu Sung’s fight to retain custody of her son, and to hold the Guardian and court accountable for honoring the terms set forth in her plea deal.
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