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Fighting CPS
1/9/2012 9:57:11 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

The purpose of this blog is to provide updates on some of the cases I reported in my book (Fighting CPS: Guilty Until Proven Innocent of Child Protective Services Charges ISBN 9-780-9800061-6-2) that had not been resolved when the book went to press, and to report other cases where CPS is not working up to par. Iíd also like to hear about cases in which Child Protective Services did the right thing so those cases can serve as examples of what should be done. Occasionally, I will report helpful tips and web sites with advice on fighting CPS.
From mid-sized city and its surrounding rural area comes this story from the opposite end of the age spectrum. It seems that child protective services is not the only social agency with a high failure rate. The family in this case was wrongfully accused of elder abuse!

Eís mother had been in rehab following a stroke in January 2011. Eís daughter (ED) and fiancťe (F) were living with their grandmother and step-grandfather (S-Gf) and had been taking care of him while their grandmother was in rehab. S-Gf has second stage of Alzheimerís. E was taking him to doctor appointments, making sure bills got paid, etc. Most of the finances were at least three months behind and E was trying to make arrangements for the payment of back taxes on the older coupleís home. In late spring of 2011, E found out S-Gf, her step father, had blood and bone cancer, too.

E notified her step fatherís sister and his two sons (her step brothers) about cancer, etc. The two adult sons didnít live that far away but seldom came to visit and apparently didnít think anything was ďwrongĒ with their dad. They did, however, come up with a plan to clean out the house and take whatever they could get from their dad. July 3, 2011, the two adult sons showed up at their fatherís house. Eís mother had just been released from rehab and hadnít been home a full twenty-four hours. Prior to that day, the adult sons hadnít been visited since October 2010.

They proceeded to accuse Eís daughter of elder abuse because their father had been losing weight (because of the cancer) and said she had not been feeding him. Adult Protective Services came inócalled by S-Gfís sons. Ed ad F have two-year-old twins and a four-year-old and Ed was pregnant. They were evicted from the home. That left two sick, elderly people alone in house. According to S-Gfís sons, that would make it better for the elderly parents.

F was arrested first and kept in jail. Ed, close to delivery of her new baby, and the children went to live with E. Four days after the birth of the new baby, Ed was arrested and jailed for elder abuse! After two weeks in jail, with constant pressure to plead guilty, cut a deal and receive probation. They went ahead and pled guilty, even though they were innocent, so they could go home to their children.

Two innocent people spent time in jail: F a month and Ed two weeks. Three young children were traumatized when their parents were forcefully taken away from them. E took care of her grandchildren and endured the trauma of having her own mother removed from her care and placed in a nursing home where she is now prevented from visiting her! Ed and F have had no permanent home since they were evicted from S-Gfís home. Nothing ever actually went to court.


And the elders? S-Gf doesnít hear well and does not answer the phone. He has missed several doctor appointments. The sons who started all the hoopla are not willing to take S-Gf to doctor appointments. One of them passes his fathers house nearly every day but never stopsóhe and his brother have gone back to their previous pattern of not visiting. One of Eís friends who lives near by says the sons only came three times between July and December. Eís mother kept falling and had to be placed in a nursing home confined to wheel chair. She will never walk again. S-Gf is alone at the house now. Someone is supposed to come in (neighbor or friend) to fix him lunch and make sure he takes his various medicines, but they donít stay long. Hospice is supposed to come out, but apparently stays only thirty minutes or so per day. S-Gf, who had fulltime care from his wifeís family is now mostly alone with his cancer, hearing loss and Alzheimerís.

Since July 3, neither E, Ed or F have been permitted to see their elders. E isnít even allowed to visit at her motherís nursing home. Eís natural father, her motherís ex-husband, was able to go once, posing as a minister, to tell E how her mother was doing.

E believes the whole affair was malicious intent by S-Gfís sons (she related that they had never seemed to like her or her mother) to destroy the family. Apparently, they thought they could just walk in and take their Dadís house. They were never around to know the financial troubles the elderly couple had. They do not know that E had appointment on July 5 to make arrangements for paying back taxes. Because she was unable to keep the appointment, those taxes remain unpaid.

Who is really guilty of elder abuse here? Why did Adult Protective Services in that area never really investigate? How many other families with elderly parents have been caught up in the same craziness of an inefficient social agency?


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