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· The Nature of Life

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· Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: A Visit with Canis Lupis

· The Chronicles of Henry Roach-Dairier: The Re-creation of Roacheria

· The Chronicles of Henry Roach-Dairier: New South Dairy Colony 50

· The Chronicles of Henry Roach-Dairier: To Build a Tunnel


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Fighting CPS
2/13/2012 11:11:47 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. I’d 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.
To comment on this blog, or to tell your story, email Deborah Frontiera at frontiera.fightingcps.deborah.gmail.com
Updates to this blog are now every two weeks. Look for the next post on Feb. 27, 2012.

Even When There Are Valid Reasons for Removing Children,
Child Protective Services often does a less than adequate job. This story comes from a grandmother in Harris County, TX.

Two years ago, Mrs. ST’s grandchildren, a girl age 1, and boys ages 2 and 3 (now 3, 4, 5) were removed from her daughter and her live-in “fiancé” who is the father of the children. Mrs. ST’s daughter was in trouble and addicted to drugs. All three children were placed with Mrs. ST.

From the very beginning, Mrs. ST had problems with the way CPS was handling their case. She stated that they seemed to be very disorganized. Caseworkers changed frequently—she stated that there had been at least six or seven different caseworkers. With each change in personnel working on the case, the left hand didn’t seem to know what the right hand was doing. When they actually worked on the case, Mrs. ST said that they “pushed her about everything”. She didn’t have time to complete one task for them before the next demand was made. For example, they would tell her she needed to make a doctor appointment for the children and then the very next day, call to ask if she had done it. She stated tat they lied to her several times.

The oldest boy has Down’s Syndrome. He also has eczema. Prescription cream and Benadryl had been recommended and were used regularly, but the boy still had scars from scratching. The child’s father was aware of this since he lived with the children. (CPS was also supposed to be aware of this condition.) Recently, Mrs. ST took the boy to the doctor because he had a cold. The doctor had continuous notes in his file on the eczema and scares from scratching. Yet, the next day, while father had his supervised visit with the children at CPS offices, he pulled up the boy’s shirt for CPS and showed the scares to the caseworker. One wonders if he wanted some sort of “revenge” against the children’s grandmother. Now CPS (supposedly knew of these scares) seemed to “forget” that and came to Mrs. St’s to do a new investigation of her, as if this medical condition that they were supposed to know about, was suddenly “new” and was Mrs. ST’s “fault” due to her neglect, or some other such claim. Mrs. ST was furious at CPS for their automatic assumption that she was “guilty”.

CPS took the boy to another doctor, who stated, again, that the scares were from eczema. “They [CPS] NEVER think that their might be a logical, or medical explanation for anything!” Mrs. ST told me.

It sounded so familiar.

She said that whenever a caretaker gets upset, blows up, etc. CPS caseworkers assume that person has anger issues and, of course, it can’t be their ineptness that is irritating a caretaker to the point of blowing up. Caseworkers rarely come to Mrs. St’s home. A Child Advocate comes regularly and “snoops around” she told me. She says she’s supposed to “be quiet” and let them take over her life and always has to watch what she says. Her feeling about Child Advocates (see my blog entry for Jan. 30, 2012) seemed to be that they were an extension of CPS, rather than truly for the children, at least in her case.

Mrs. ST’s doctor had to put her on some medication for stress to cope with the whole situation. She would like to talk to her daughter’s attorney but can never seem to reach him. She feels as though CPS thinks it is “okay for them to walk over people and treat them badly.”

Hopefully, the ordeal will end soon for Mrs. ST. Her daughter has been in rehabilitation for a year now, the last six months of it successfully in a half-way house. CPS is due to return the children to her care soon. I shall keep in touch with her and provide updates as they arise.


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