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Brianna and her siblings remained in the custody of Child Protective Services for 15 months. During that time, Brianna was bounced between three different foster homes. "I was separated from all my brothers and sisters. It was just a horrible day, [Child Protective Services] knocking on the door and taking me away," Brianna says.

Tracy says the day her children were taken was the worst day of her life. "Looking at Brianna's face, waving [goodbye], that's the worst thing a mom can go through," Tracy says.

Tracy says she was addicted to drugs for 17 years, mostly cocaine and crystal meth. She says she has been clean for three years. "I was very, very sick. I didn't even realize what I was doing," Tracy says. "When you're caught up in that addiction, you don't even realize. You don't even think about the consequences that come along with it."

So now that she's sober, what does Tracy think of her past behavior? "I can't believe I put a child in that environment. I really can't," Tracy says. "I'm very sorry. I take responsibility for all my wrongs...All the wrong that I created for my family, for myself, even when I wasn't aware that that's what I was doing."
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Published on October 20, 2006

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