01:40 PM PDT on Wednesday, May 13, 2009
By ROB PIERCY / KING 5 News
Video: WA residents rally for Poca
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EVERETT, Wash. - Dozens of Snohomish County residents are rallying today for Poca, the 4-year-old taken last week from her longtime foster parents and the only home she's ever known.
About 60 people showed up outside the court where the decision was made to remove Poca from her foster home.
The group later moved to the DSHS building, where people were driving by and honking.
The KING 5 Investigators have been following the story of Poca for several weeks. Born with many special needs, Poca has been with Amy and Dick Langley four years.
People at today's rally told similar stories of retaliation. That's why they came out.
Others just say they were outraged when they saw the Poca's story on television.
Just yesterday the Langleys got to see Poca.
People at today's rally for 4-year-old Poca held signs up in front of the DSHS office in Everett.
A friend of the family told the rally about their visit.
"She kept asking Amy, 'why can't I go home?'" said Joyce Togstad. "She was asking for her sisters, she was asking for my daughter who's a friend of the Langleys, and I've just never seen anything like this in my life."
Poca's foster parents are on their way to New York right for an appearance tomorrow morning on the "Today Show." They hope to bring national attention to their fight for Poca.
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So why was she removed from their home? They believe it's in retaliation for being outspoken with how Poca's case has been handled by the courts.