Foster Parents; Back to the basics.
Allegations where do I turn?
Part 2 of 7
We are covering exactly what takes place when you have an allegation pending. The steps that you are about to go through, emotions you experienced when you children were ripped from your home. You see, if the allegation is regarding physical or sexual abuse children are removed. This can include any physical touch, spanking, time out, placing a hand over a child’s mouth or even a bruise observed by another party.
One thing you must always remember, abuse is in the eye of the beholder or in the hands of the person seeking revenge?
The investigation; This is the hardest time, the longest you will ever experience, there is nothing you can do to hurry it up, all you can do it wait for that decision, a decision that can change your life, a decision made by whom.
- The persons that are conducting your investigation will talk to everyone, anyone who has anything to do with your child (ren). The principal of the school where your child attends, the teachers, doctors, nurses, police records, anyone they wish to talk to.
Most of the time it is weeks before you receive a decision through the mail in the form of a letter or the actual copy of your investigative report. In many states, you will not receive a copy of this report, just a letter saying you are found to be responsible (unreasponsible) for child abuse, you are indicated, founded, or substantiated depending on which terminology your state uses. The investigative report will lay out what you are accused of, not who accused you, but what the allegation is about. Do you know which terminology your state uses?
- Remember, the person who called in to the child abuse hotline remains anonymous, you will never know who made this call. Could be a neighbor, a doctor, fire or police personnel, teacher all of which are mandated reporters.
Law book; at this point it is always advisable to have already started working on what we call “your law book”,
- This is a method of building your own case file, getting ready for the investigative report, this gives you a heads up on what is to come. During those weeks of waiting for this decision your job is to prepare for this life changing decision, to sit and do nothing is an invitation to disaster. Get to work we are listing three places to learn what to do and steps to take .nfpcar. / FPLS / Standing.
Next up in part 3, Administrative Inquiry/Hearing