Foster Parents; Did you know?
Allegations. Part 2 of 6
We are learning more about allegations; a subject that is imperative to all foster parents, that is, imperative to your survival and your ability to continue serving your communities and your country.
Some of the questions/comments asked in our workshops across the country, are; See a complete list of our questions and or comments in part 1 / Part 3 / Part 4 /
Now let us continue with question #2. Will I have a chance to talk, will they listen to me?
- Normal procedure; step one is the investigation. Step two you will be notified that you have to appear at what is called; An Administrative Inquiry. After that is completed the next step is an Administrative Hearing.
You as a foster parent are under Administrative Law. Not law as we know law at all but a set of rules and regulations, or contract law. When you signed the contract with your agency you entered this world of Administrative Law.
Suggested reading to learn more about Administrative Law; Part 1/ part 2 / part 3 / part 4 / part 5.
- Question; did you get a copy of this contract?
During the Administrative Inquiry/Hearing you must be ready to present your side of this allegation. This means examining the investigative report word for word, tearing apart any statements that you disagree with, or are out and out exaggerations or lies. Make a copy of this report and highlight each statement that you disagree with, set out to prove it is untrue.
- This is where your documentation enters the equation and why it is so vital to your continuance in fostering. Administrative Law is what we refer to as Kangaroo court, rules in a normal court of law do not apply to this courtroom, and anything goes, “he said she said evidence” allowed here.
- What was that, you do not know about Documentation? We are linking only part Part 1 of our ten part series.
You will have only days to get your evidence together after you receive you investigative report, this is why we tell you to get busy immediately when you realize that you have an allegation. If you are accused of sexual or physical abuse of any kind your foster children will be removed immediately, or you may be informed by neighbors that CPS came to ask questions, the principal may tell you etc.,all clues.
Ask for a free copy of “Standing in the Shadow of Law”, write to us [email protected] A manual, and everything you need to know about Ad Law written by your National Foster Families Examiner, to assist you with laying out what we call your “law book”, your own defense or to assist your attorney.
Continue reading, next up #3. What can I expect during an investigation?