By Jeremy Loudenback, The Imprint, January 7, 2021
For Pari Lucero, the path to escaping addiction and domestic violence started in a dependency courtroom three days after she gave birth to her daughter Beth.
Wearing a new dress, she listened with dread that day in 2006, as a lawyer for Los Angeles County pushed to remove her children after she tested positive for drugs at the hospital. When the judge agreed, a dazed Lucero watched as three of her children — including her newborn — were placed into foster care that very day.
“There was nothing more terrifying to me than being up against a system I knew nothing about,” she said.