Thursday, June 14, 2012

Never forget...

If you (a foster parent) report physical abuse against your foster child – licensing WILL show up at your door unannounced to investigate YOU.

They have to rule you out of course.


The Campbell's Journey said...

Good to know. I fortunately haven't had to report any abuse (yet). Although, half the time, my case workers literally call me last minute and they do "unannounced" visits every 3 months, so I really don't care when someone shows up unnanounced. I have nothing to hide.

CherubMamma said...

I've had TONS of workers pop by with almost no notice. It's not that part that is difficult for me. I don't have anything to hide.

It's the guilty until proven innocent approach of being under investigation. It makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable. (Even if it is merely a formality.) The investigator is going to come back and interview all my other children on Monday because everyone wasn't home when she popped by today. What if my 7 year old is ticked off at me and says something that isn't quite true?!

Even though I followed everything by. the. book....I have to defend myself. Account for my time. Provide "witnesses" that may have seen Pumpkin over the past month or so. Granted, this worker literally told me this is being done so they can clear me and the members of our household. It's a legal process - they have to. But it doesn't feel good when you're in the middle of it.

I follow the Free Range kid blog and I was mortified when I read the article about a mom being jailed because she let her kids play at the park and they went into a friend's house and didn't tell her. When Mom couldn't find the kids right away, she called 911. (That might have been premature.) But rather than tell Mom to not overreact, they charged her with neglect and put her in jail.

It's the power of a bad CPS investigator that freaks me out. And I willingly put myself close to CPS by being a foster mom. I know what I signed up for. But investigations still make me feel really ugly.

MamaFoster said...

cps's "power" scares me to. even when you have nothing to hide. they can still make mistakes and that could be very bad.

Mama P said...

Oooooof course. *sigh*

I agree. The power that they have is quite scary.