Foster Parents; Back to the basics.
Allegations where do I turn?
Part 4 of 7
Administrative Law is not something that is covered in your normal foster parents trainings, however; it should be at least touched upon, this is the law that you are under as a foster parent, you are going to appear in an Administrative court when you have an allegation. For those of you want to know more on the subject see the suggested reading below.
Let us continue now; We made a statement in part 3 it bears repeating
We always like to furnish our readers with an outside source of definitions as verification of our input, however, our favorite definition source has only this listed, The page “Administrative inquiry” does not exist.
We can only wish it did not exist.
The inquiry takes place either in a courtroom setting or as in most cases a small room in which there will be your social worker, usually a counselor or other employee of your agency. The most noteworthy thing to remember in this inquiry is that you listen carefully to what is being said, take notes, be prepared to write down key words to help you remember points.
- Administrative Hearing is in a courtroom setting before an Administrative Judge or other government official. This is where you are allowed to defend yourself, present your case either through an Administrative Law attorney or on your own which is called Pro Se. (Latan) your opportunity of disproving the allegations and decision that has been made by CPS.
- Suggested reading Foster Parents; Did you know? What is Pro Se. Part 1 / part 2 / part 3 part 4 /part 5 / part 6 / part 7 / part 8 / part 9.
Let us see what Wikipedia has to say on Ad Hearings Link to this page.
In law, a hearing is a proceeding before a court or other decision-making body or officer, such as a government agency.
A hearing is generally distinguished from a trial in that it is usually shorter and often less formal. In the course of litigation, hearings are conducted as oral arguments in support of motions, whether to resolve the case without further trial on a motion to dismiss or for summary judgment, or to decide discrete issues of law, such as the admissibility of evidence, that will determine how the trial proceeds. Limited evidence and testimony may also be presented in hearings to supplement the legal arguments. Link to Wikipedia definition.
We would like to stress most often it takes place in less formal surroundings than a regular courtroom. We call this form of court a kangaroo court, because in this court anything goes. Evidence brought to this court is extraordinarily different from what is allowed in a real court of law. He said she said evidence is accepted.