So confused

So most of you know that I'm fighting for custody of my nephew but I'm doing it by myself. I decided this morning I would call all the attorney's in the phone book to see if they did any pro bono work( pretty much free attorney) well not one of them did but one really nice lady that answerd the phone told me I could probley get a court appointed attorney and to call the clerk of courts. I called them and ask them and they told me to call juvinile(spelling?). So I did they told me to write a letter to the judge(which I already did) but they told me to write another asking to be a party of the hearing and request for a court appointed attorney. So I'm about to drop off another letter to the judge asking just that. I'm hoping its not to late since our hearing is January 23, but hopefully I'll have some help now because I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to dealing with the courts. I've never been in this situation before. I'm so confused and stressed. So just needed to vent and let everyone know whats going on.

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Tessa
    01/10/14
    You didn't do this before?? No one told you to do this??
    There's SO much help out there and a lot if it can be free through public defenders and court clerks. I'm shocked that no one has led you to them before.
    You absolutely need help and someone to help negotiate for you.
    Did you look into family service before all this?
    Dig in. Dig deep. There's help there for you. Get that letter in ASAP. Judge could hold off on decision maybe?
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    01/10/14
    Tessa
    NO! Thats exactly what I thought but no one has told me anything and I've just been doing it all by myself. I tried to get a legal aid attorney(which I had mixed up with court appointed) but they said they couldn't represent me due to conflict and that's all they'd tell me. I called around all morning trying to find a pro bono attorney but there was none, I did have an attorney call me back and walk me through exactely what I need to do and say. I appreicate his help SOOO much. So hoping something works out. I'll do everything I can but in the end I have to trust God and know he will do whats best.
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      01/10/14
      Aw.. poor thing! It can all be confusing.. My Dad is a retired Judge actually :) So he got letters like yours all the time.. as long as it is BEFORE your court date.. I am certain they would try to help you out.. you would be documented that you did so pre-trial date... so even if they have to push the trial back to appoint you an attorney, I am certain they would. Judges get swamped.. so writing another letter shouldn't be of concern either! :)
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        01/10/14
        8Theresa Gould
        No words other than, hoping for the best for you.
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        I'm a proud stay at home mom of 2 awesome daughters ages 3&4. And I have my 5 year old nephew every weekend. Just doing the best I can to raise some great kids with my great hubby :)