[Elfsea] A Can of Worms

Rhonda New rbnew at ftw.nrcs.usda.gov
Tue Aug 7 13:35:27 PDT 2001

OK.  I'm going to very gently drop another worm in this can.
Parents - be aware that you do NOT have to let CPS into your
home without a court order.  But what REALLY scares the
heck out of me is that CPS can go to your child's school, remove
them from class and place them in Foster care (or where ever)
without notifying parents.  And the school can not, by law, tell
the parents what happened to their kids.  Just some legal stuff
we found out ~

My former sister-in-law called CPS on my son and his wife (she
hopes to discredit him in the eyes of her parents so they'll disown
him and let her inherit everything, instead of her deceased brother's
children inheriting his part... long story).  It was devastating but, in
the end, she wound up looking the fool and they came through OK.

Also, my sister is a foster parent for the Waco area and has kids in
her care because of  neglect and abuse. She strives to keep her
house in order because the kids need structure and discipline --
according to the CPS case workers, a messy house means the
kids receive no discipline. Which is really strange, because CPS
won't allow foster parents to 'spank' children as a form of dicipline,
but the crazy things they suggest as an alternative sound a lot like
torture and abuse to me. But then, that's a whole 'nother can of
worms - we'll leave the lid on that one.

/Ly Elizabeth

Christine Huse wrote:

> Oh, Lord! I'm afraid I opened a can of worms that should not have been
> opened and for that I apologize. This was one instance I should have kept my
> big mouth shut.
> I will not apologize, though, for my opinion or my feelings towards CPS.
> There are few issues I back down on this issue is one of them.
> Twice I have been investigated and twice I have been harrassed and made to
> feel like the lowest living scum on this planet in my own home. Twice, I was
> treated as guilty before found innocent and twice I was found innocent of
> all charges.
> I will admit that CPS does have it's place in society, but not when workers
> develop what I call the "Mightier than God" Syndrome that many governmental
> workers develop. These workers might be very nice and even human when they
> aren't investigating a case, but when you are on the recieving end of the
> investigation, they are totally different people. I understand that they
> sometimes see things that make a grown man cry and they do rescue those that
> aren't able to help themselves. But, it gives them no right to treat people
> the way they do.
> Now, there was talk about revenge against the neighbor. Please don't do
> that! I've seen and been involved in neighborly feuds and they aren't
> pretty. They only get worse as time progresses. If they are
> threathening/harrassing you or making you feel unsafe in your own home, get
> a peace bond or a restraining order. This way the Evil Neighbor has to leave
> you alone or face the judge. No, the cops can't do anything because it's
> considered a civil matter. But the neighbor won't want to face an agry judge
> and explain why they are in contempt of court.
> Maria
> http://mariadevasquez.homestead.com/index.html
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