Foster Parents; Back to the basics.
Allegations where do I turn?
Part 3 of 7
We are exploring 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, an investigation ensues, waiting the results can take weeks, then we have the,
- Warning; sometimes this report remains sitting on someone’s desk for days waiting to be mailed. Let us say the report was typed and finished fifty four days, in your state the limit to complete the investigation is sixty, then it sat on someone’s desk for twenty days, you have thirty days to file. Was this accidental or the deliberate delaying this procedure, we determined that CPS never makes mistakes.
Example; foster parent called our office for assistance. Oct 25th called our office again to report she had received her letter stating results of the investigation. Letter written September 23rd envelope stamped October 21st . Fact she must request the investigative report, this state sends a letter of results. She still has no idea what she is indicated of.
The danger is this; the United States Postal Services will take a few days to get the letter to you. If the Administrative Inquiry/Hearing is scheduled already, a few days after you received the letter you will have only days to prepare your entire case. An attorney would not be able to prepare a case in this limited time.
In one state we read that the foster parent must request, in writing, an Administrative Inquiry, in some states this is called a reveiw. If your state happens to be a thirty-sixty days you will be close to time limits to appear in this court, or file to do so.
If you are in the middle of an allegation or need assistance, more than we can publish in the Examiner articles go to nfpcar / fpls / standing for a complete step by step guide.
An Administrative Inquiry
We always like to furnish our readers with an outside source of definitions as validation of our input, however, our favorite definition source (Wikipedia) has only this listed, The page “Administrative inquiry” does not exist.
We can only wish it did not exist.
Let us continue on our journey. This inquiry is when your case is presented to an Administrative Judge. It is not only used in the realm of foster parents, others like teachers, police/fire personnel, as well as large corporations use this method of clarification and arbitration to resolve issues between those employed or utilized within the private sector and/or government agencies. It is nothing more than contract law, a violation or infraction of the rules and regulations means you are under Administrative Law.
Suggested reading; articles specifically on this subject. Foster parents; Things you need to know. Administrative Law. Part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4 / part 5 / part 6. Also our Did you know series on Administrative Law…link to part 1 only of a five part series.
We continue with Administrative Inquiry in part 4.