Foster Parents; Did you know?
Allegations. Part 1 of 6.
Allegations; a subject that is essential to all foster parents, that is, crucial to your survival and your ability to continue serving your communities and your country. We are basing this series on the questions most frequently asked in our workshops, our questions are.
1. Where do allegations come from?
2. Will I have a chance to talk, will they listen to me? Link to Part 2)
3. What can I expect during an investigation? (Link to part 3)
4. Waiting, the hardest part. (Link to part 4)
5. Will the agency remove my foster children?
6. What about my biological children?
Let us begin with question #1. Where do allegations come from?
The first thing you will need to undrstand is who can make an allegation. Anyone can make an allegation.
- The person delivering your mail who observed you placing your hand over your foster child’s mouth because she was cursing at you. From the area this person was standing, it looked as if you slapped the child. Understand, there are mandatory reporters, people who are required to make a report to the Child Abuse Hotline if they even suspect child abuse, or if it could be, might have been and so forth. These people have no choice but to pick up the phone and report it, sort of “if it could have happened it probably did” philosophy.
Among mandatory reporters are; Principals, teachers, superintendents, bus drivers, nurses, doctors, fire personnel, mail deliverers. Virtually anyone who works around or among children is a mandatory reporter.
Mandatory reporters are not the only ones who make allegations; that sweet little-old-lady in the grocery store the one who saw you slap Johnnie’s hand for putting groceries like candy bars, gum, and potato chips into your buggy without permission, remember her? All she has to do is pick up the telephone and report that you struck Johnnie and guess what you have an allegation Pending.
- Are you involved in a divorce? If one spouse gets angry at the other, wants to get even they pick up a phone, at this point this divorcing parent enters a world they will not like. The world of allegations, false reporting to get even, vengeance using the hotline. This system needs help, it most assuredly does.
Question #1. Who can make an allegation? Answer; anyone.
Your only protection is documentation. Is this a course offered in your state for foster parents? If not why not? Something so vital to your survival as a foster parent is not being covered? Need a course on documentation, write to [email protected] and we will provide educational resources for this subject to. Make a comment we will see it, ask a question, subscribe.