When CPS Gets Out of Control…!?
You know how sometimes you read blog posts and alternative news articles about families who have had their children taken by CPS and your first thought is, well there must more be facts we don’t know…?
Surely there must be something we’re not being told. CPS doesn’t take children from healthy families, right? I mean I’m a foster parent. I am involved with caseworkers, CPS has regular access to my home and family, and I have been to court with my foster kids. I know that in a lot of cases the children being removed by CPS need extra support of some kind. It’s an unfortunate fact of society, sometimes people are unable to parent their children.
But what happens when someone makes a retaliatory CPS call and Child Protective Services takes the ball and runs with it instead of investigating and dismissing the false claims?
We’d like to tell ourselves that these things don’t really happen. The people who run medical kidnapping pages and similar sites are kind of extremists, right? CPS would have no reason to take over a child’s medical care, no reason to take children from healthy families when there are so many other children in severely abusive homes or exposed to drug use on a daily basis that truly need help.
Apparently this actually does happen to average families because it is now happening to a local friend of mine.
This is a picture of this family’s son with Henry at the lake recently.
We met this family through a homeschool group here in Columbus. We became friends. They have a son with autism and a daughter who is close in age to my Rosie. She has a few medical diagnoses including mitochondrial disease, which causes varying symptoms. Everything was going along fine in their lives until their neurologist retired. When meeting the new neurologist the family requested the resident leave the room because their daughter is very shy and they really wanted to only deal with the doctor herself. They had to argue for more than ten minutes to get the resident to leave the room.
This is a totally reasonable request! I felt similar when I had the twins at OSU and multiple residents were swarming. It’s intimidating and distracting sometimes. We all value our privacy.
In the end the neurologist apparently decided to make a CPS call after the appointment.
Of course CPS must take these calls seriously and investigate, that’s to be expected. What isn’t expected is what happened next–
CPS decided that the letters from the family’s doctors backing them up wasn’t enough information. They decided to take the family to court for full access to their medical and psych records.
CPS did a homestudy and interviewed the children and parents. CPS decided that wasn’t enough, they want to seek removal of the children in case the mother is harming them and causing the medical symptoms despite the daughter’s diagnosis of mitochondrial disease.
CPS said they will not discuss the issue with the resident with the neurologist who made the call. And what’s worse, they stated that they will continue taking them to court despite this seemingly like a retaliatory call. Listen here.
Upon use of Google-Fu (some seriously googling, for those not in the know) another court case in which this same neurologist was involved came to light. In the court case you can read at the end of the document that the neurologist’s testimony falls apart under cross examination, which is somewhat suspicious. You can read the court case here if you’re interested in that sort of thing.
Of course CPS refuses to acknowledge this information, take it into account, or do any kind of background investigation on the neurologist.
CPS has now given the family just 72 hours to prepare for court on Friday, 6/15/18, only notifying them of their court date by some papers delivered to their front door yesterday afternoon.
CPS assigned them a new caseworker, one they’ve never met, who is on vacation during their court date.
The entire experience has been a literal nightmare for the family. They are terrified their children will be taken away, everything is out of their control. They have heard nothing about a court appointed lawyer, but I can tell you from first hand witness with my foster kids that the court appointed lawyers are a joke.
Being a single income homeschooling family they didn’t have reserves for unexpected legal fees. (Who does!?) They set up an emergency Go Fund Me just for the lawyer costs. They need $1,000 for the initial deposit ASAP. They are only a few hundred dollars away from that. And yes, they have fully investigated financial assistance and other resources. Unfortunately they don’t quality for financial assistance and they haven’t been able to figure out any other miraculous solutions.
Friends, I need two favors from you.
First, if you can donate that would be awesome. Second, if you can’t donate, as I know many of us are strapped for cash, please share on Facebook, your blog, twitter, anywhere you can. I would love to see their Go Fund Me trending around the internet.
Sharing makes a huge difference! It’s not ok that CPS can do this to an innocent family, but we can’t change the broken system that fast. What we can do is help this family survive right now. They are in a panic as court approaches, not knowing what will happen with their future.
Here’s a link to their Go Fund Me page: Battling complex medical dx’s and retaliatory CPS call by unethical Neurologist
It has the story and updates straight from my friend!
Please share their Go Fund Me, or even this post!