Foster Parents; Back to the basics.
allegations where do I turn?
Part 5 of 7
In part 4 we said, 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 parents, you are going to appear in an Administrative court when you have an allegation. There is a list available in part 4 suggested reading to explore this subject.
Now let us continue; when the Administrative Hearing is over if you disagree with the outcome you can file an appeal. This is a safety net for those in our country who want to take their cases to a higher court.
For more information on this subject see Foster Parents; Your right to appeal. Part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4.
The Child Abuse Registry. If you are determined indicated, founded, or substantiated. The next step is to place your name on the state child abuse registry.
- a). The child abuse registry is a tough nut to tackle, that is, in getting your name removed once placed on it. Even though the Statutes say that they must remove your name after so many years (the number of years is in your state statutes). It can remain there for up to ten years, or indefinitely, and then in order to have them take you off you must fill out the proper form and submit their terms to do so. It is not an automatic removal.
- b). If, you happen to be a doctor, nurse, fire/police personnel, teacher, janitor, bus driver, etc.
Anyone who works near or around children you will no longer be employed in this field. You see, you can no longer pass a background check, you are on the state child abuse registry. Take it seriously.
What was that you said, cannot afford an attorney? You are not alone,
“it shouldn’t hurt to care”
- Unfortunately, at times it does hurt. We know few people who have 5-10,000K to retain an Administrative or Family Law Attorney, not many of us do. We encourage you to listen heed the alarm going off, the warning, there is a storm on the horizon heading your way.
It does not matter to us whether you learn from us, or someone else, that you learn is the important thing, learn from someone more about this job you have taken on. Find a resource that does not sugar coat fostering, find a truthful source, one that does not utilize what we call “the gloss over approach.”
What is the gloss over approach to teaching, when someone asks a question from their audience the instructor cleverly evades an answer. If they do not know the answer, they have no business teaching the class. It is time we stop teaching fantasy and prepare our foster parents for the hurricane called CPS.