Foster Parents; Did you know?
Allegations. Part 3 of 6.
Allegations; an issue imperative to all foster parents, vital 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 (or just click on the link for each question). Part 2 / Part 4 /
3. What can I expect during an investigation?
As we told you in part 2; if your allegation is of a sexual or physical implication of 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. Always remember that CPS has the power to take your biological children from your home; also, most foster parents are not aware of this fact.
- You will not be informed of the progress of the investigation, or your rights upon the removal of the foster children. You will not know where the children are placed, or told anything at all. Suggested reading; Waiting the hardest part.
State statutes are different in every state as each has the ability to write to create their own. You need to know what yours are and become familiar with the ones regarding foster parents print them off and place them in your “law book”. States have laws pertaining to the length of time the agency has to investigate your allegation however; we have found that they pretty much take as much time as they need to. We have seen it take up to three months to complete.
You must educate yourself by learning the proper way to protect your family via documentation. If your foster parents training did not include this subject, seek a reliable source and take a course right away, as we have already told you, it is your only protection.
In the meantime start your “law book”, if you are one of the thousands of foster parents who have not been educated in documentation start writing down everything you remember about the children in your home. Have you spouse to the same separately and then bring your notes together. You will remember many different incidents. Then set out to collect receipts placing them into envelopes, one for each month of the year, you may need them later on to confirm your whereabouts. The main thing is to be patient, stay positive and seek counseling through foster parents who have been through this nightmare themselves, suggestion nfpcar.org.
The Law Book reference above is a book called Standing in the Shadow of Law it was written by your Foster Families Examiner in order to assist Foster/adoptive and Biological parents with orgainizing their cases. Soon you will be able to download your free copy on the nfpcar link above.
Continue reading; Next up part 4. Waiting, the hardest part.