Foster Parents; Back to the basics.
allegations where do I turn?
Part 1 of 7
Your children are gone. The foster child that has been in your home since birth is gone in a heartbeat. Feelings and emotions run the gauntlet.
- You cannot stop crying, your heart is broken.
- Where have they taken her?
- Who is going to tuck our precious little girl in tonight, will someone read her a story?
All these things are going through your mind. A dark cloud is now hovering over your home; a storm has descended upon you, a storm called CPS. You will never again be the same person this incident will change you and, what is more, fundamental the innocence of your children, forever.
- Question; does it matter whether you are a biological, foster, or adoptive parent, it does not. It matters not who we are, or that we love children. Whether the child is our own, or we have cared for that child as our own, we love them and care about what the child is going through now, what is happening to the child (ren).
There are no perfect people in this world, unlikd CPS parents are not perfect. We see, represented, by removals imposed on families across this country, we clearly see now the phrase child abuse is changing. Now the slightest infraction, incident, even accidents are all reason enough for removal.
Untrained, inexperienced people will determine if injury to a child was accidental or deliberate. What if this person gets up on the wrong side of bed, or is a hatefully biased against you, result the loss your child. Is this family destruction what Mondale intended when he wrote that bill so many years ago, we seriously doubt it.
- So, what does an allegation mean to you? Foster parents unfortunately, not prepared for this event trust their trainers, the foster parents training does not prepare you for this event. Trust in the fact that this storm will come to visit you eventually. Are you prepared to face it?
You have an allegation against you, let us together investigate the events that will occur now taking from this moment on.
Steps; the first thing you will experience the removal of the children, no one will talk to you, no one will tell you anything, will not know where the children are, or where they have been placed. The privacy act is a tool used at their convenience.
It takes anywhere from 30 days to 90 days to complete the investigation, however; they will take as long as they need regardless of what your states Statutes say.
As we often say in our workshops after an allegation filed, is the wrong time to become aware of your rights or learn how to document properly. Remember, it is your responsibility to locate a reputable educational, resource.
Investigation continues in part 2.