All 10 children who were removed from the home of an off-grid Kentucky family in May have been returned to the parents, Off The Grid News has learned.
Joe and Nicole Naugler, whose story captured nationwide attention this year, received physical custody of their children last Thursday. Final legal custody has not been granted, but they are hopeful that will happen by the end of the family court proceedings. The next court date is expected to be July 27.
The couple bought a prefab home and built a fence near the pond – as required by state officials — and plan to continue living off-grid, family friend Pace Ellsworth told Off The Grid News. More than $45,000 was raised for the family after their story broke.
“The children are shaken up from eight weeks in managed care with limited contact with their parents and siblings,” Ellsworth said. “They are very happy to be home.”
Ellsworth added that the Nauglers still have plans to build a cabin in the next few months after they acquire the materials and “complete other essential projects” on the homestead. The cabin was in the planning stages when police and CPS took the children.
Off The Grid News broke the story about the family in May.
Nicole Naugler posted an update on her Facebook page Wednesday morning.
“The children are doing good,” she wrote. “We do have some issues we are working out, as Joe stated in the interview he did, they are having some insecurity issues. Their confidence and trust has been damaged, understandably. They are happy to be back on the homestead. And happy to be together again. 8 weeks is a long time for a family as close as ours.”
The Nauglers will build the cabin “as a family,” she wrote.
“We have quite a few small projects we need to focus on as well such as a fall garden, larger rabbit and chicken coop, and a rain water collection system,” she wrote. “We still plan to continue to live off grid. We still have a tiny house plan. We still plan to homestead and I will still have the salon, which is doing quite well.”
She concluded, “I want to thank those who have been supporting us, sending messages and prayers. I can’t always respond but I read as much as I can. You have all been very encouraging through all of this.”
(shared from http://www.offthegridnews.com/current-events/breaking-all-10-children-returned-to-off-grid-naugler-family/)
Congrats, Joe & Nicole! Congrats, kids!
I am so happy for you all. What the children went through was horrible and I’m just going to tell you what to expect because knowing what I’m about to share with you will help your family recover. First, to your children, I am soooooo sorry that you had to be taken from your family the way you were. There really are a lot of good people out there who are fighting everyday to stop actions that harm children. Some adults think more about themselves and how they can look better to others or advance in their jobs and they don’t care how their actions harm kids. What happened to you was wrong and how do I know, because they attempted to do this to my little girl, however, the day they came to my door, was the day they messed with the wrong momma! My daughter was not taken because I kept very calm even though they violated my and my daughters rights, but I kept calm till I got the letter that it was unsubstantiated, and then I was able to do my own investigation which is still ongoing so I won’t say much more, but I will tell you that our attack came just a few days before Christmas. My daughter was so excited because we were going to go get her Angel Tree presents and we didn’t have money for a tree that year, so she used her best creative abilities to draw and color a tree and she even hanged ornaments on the tree that she designed and placed on our wall. I say that to say this, the day they came to harass me and my daughter, the woman kept saying over and over, you want me to take your daughter away right before Christmas, let me in your home, let me question your daughter right now, she even threatened to bring lots of officers with guns if I didn’t let her in, even though she didn’t have a court order, you see, in my case, my daughter was a witness in a crime, who was declared to be called at trial, and those who she was providing testimony against, contacted the CPS with the false report to try and scare us so that I could not continue the lawsuit against them, even when I told the CPS worker and showed them the court paperwork as evidence to try and get her to leave because these people were committing a crime against us, the CPS worker got more and more mad and more and more angry until I was scared for the life of me and my daughter, to protect my daughter I let them in and then began to calm them down as best I could, they questioned my daughter on her testimony that she was to present against those who we were in the lawsuit with, to scare my daughter from testifying, it was horrible, my daughter heard them getting mad at me (her mother), she saw people in our home that didn’t belong in our home, she was questioned about her being homeschooled too, and then I told her to go to her upstairs classroom while I finished talking to the CPS workers and the officer that came with them, at this point my daughter started drawing a home and wrote “NO NO NO NO” all over the home, she in her own way was desperately saying leave me alone, don’t take me from my mommy, I don’t want to go. They tried to get me to sign paperwork but it was not true what they wrote on it, so I made them correct it, you see that is called falsifying documents and this is illegal - I’m telling you all this, so that you can see that there are others who too have been attacked wrongly by these individuals and so that you can see what we went through. My daughter continued to draw houses for many months following and then she stopped. We moved to a new home and she wrote “No” on our front door. We were scared to go home for many months because we were scared of another attack, it’s horrible to be attacked and the ones doing the attack are the ones who you should be able to turn to for help. My daughter wasn’t taken and it took her a very long time to try and move past the attack. She use to be so independent, but now she is scared to be away from me. It will take time. I would advise that you each get a notebook and keep art work in it and just sit down with paper and draw whatever you want and use what ever colors you want and keep doing this as it will help you express yourself in ways that sometimes there are no words for. You may have dreams too that scare you and when this happens, just let your family know, the worse thing you could do is close up and try and keep everything inside, tell your family and share with each other, hang onto each other and be free on your farm. Watch the critters and the animals and let the sun, and land help you get better and know that there are others who are fighting to stop these type of attacks from happening against children and their families. You see, all of you are American Citizens and in the United States, we really do have laws that protect citizens from being victimized to these attacks, just because some in authority think that they can violate our rights and think they can get immunity when doing so (get away with it), doesn’t make their actions lawful and the day will come when they slip up and they get caught (they falsify documents or do something else which takes away the immunity they attempt to hide under) and then they will be held responsible for their attacks. Sometimes this can take time though, because of the legal system, but you all just hang in there, no family is perfect, but if you all hang in there together, you will all be able to rise above this. God sees everything that happens, he hears every cry and sees every tear that children cry and parents too and he will bring to light the actions of those who seek to harm others. There really is a God, he really does see what is going on, and he really is working to help those who cry out for help and to expose those who are the ones who cause the harm. Much love and lots of prayers! - Shawna P.S. You’re not alone in your fight!
This is what the New World Order wants. Fight. Fight it all you can. The anonymous tipper was either jealous or malinformed about OTG living. Your way of living isn’t ‘normal’ or up to their standard and they want you to ‘fit in’ the standard. So they called CPS and the police on you, which is just another form of the New World Order, to force you down to size. People are so scared of what they don’t understand and they do ‘the brave thing’ and call the police on you. Don’t let someones standard try to change you and bring you down. Go on living your blessed way of life and continue to be happy!