At this very moment I’m walking up and down the sidewalk holding a sign that says “free my sunshine”. I’m using voice to text-so please excuse any grammatical errors.

Only a couple miles down the road, a big U of M football game is preparing to begin. The building of the washtenaw county service center looks vacant. But the reality is that a very important hearing is taking place inside. It is in regards to seven-day-old nursing baby Layla, who was forcibly taken from her mother’s arms the night before Thanksgiving.

Certainly, only terrible abuse or neglect would warrant the removal of such a young infant the night before a holiday, right? As you probably know, that is not the case. Layla lived in a clean home, was well fed, and has never been abused. The removal order states The reason for this drastic measure as being “noncompliance with CPS requests”.

Some people will read that and say, “then she was asking for it. She should have done what they asked.” I contend that is still not a reason to remove a bonding nursing infant from its mother. And what if the requests were unreasonable? What if they thought she was lying about not knowing the father of her baby, and demanding she release his name? What if they request that you set aside your constitutional rights in order to mollify their wishes? Or what if they lied altogether about making requests simply because they saw the price tag on this easy target?

Nothing less than actual harm – that is what removal orders should be used for. We as a people need to be more concerned with preserving a family and protecting the mother-child bond that is so fragile in infancy.

Please write to the Washtenaw County Family Courts , and ask that they return baby Layla to her loving mother.

Now that the baby’s back, you may be wondering where we will be going from here…

Well, we are officially becoming the Free Bree Foundation. We will continue to operateĀ and focus on families being attacked by CPS for any reason, but particularly for marijuana cases. I will continue fundraising to pay for experts who can testify at trials to the safety of marijuana. I also want to use some of our funds to pay for research that will help families during trial also.

One of the research studies I’d like to do is on the hair-testing of infants. Testing like this is extremely rare and I believe we were blindsided by having this test done on Bree. I couldn’t find info on any other infant having a hair follicle test done, and I’d like to see what, if any, other things can contribute to the miniscule positive results we got on Bree’s test.

Another series of tests I’d like to have done has to do with breastfeeding moms who use marijuana. The research has already been done to show that children are not negatively affected by THC in the breastmilk. What I’m wondering is at what point does the THC metabolize and if the child is even getting THC in the breastmilk or if they’re getting the metabolite. This should be a relatively easy study, but I need a lactating woman who uses marijuana on a regular basis. If this is you, please contact me.

I’m also planning on having several links, seminars, and education for families who are going through the system. I just had a friend contact me this weekend who has just had a run-in with CPS and the police regarding marijuana.

ALSO: There is a rally across the nation on November 12, 2013 to express outrage at the Child Protection System. The one in Michigan is in Lansing at the DHS headquarters and it starts at noon. If you’ve been a victim of CPS, bring your empty strollers or other memorabilia of your children. (Something visual is best) Put a picture of them out. Prepare to talk to the media if you feel comfortable. The goal of this is to educate the public and make an outcry to change the CPS system or disband it altogether.

Please keep up-to-date on our page. There are many important things coming up that you will want to make sure you are a part of. Also – the website will be changing a bit so don’t be surprised when you see some new things! Thanks for supporting Bree!