Posted by multitask on December 4, 2004, at 13:41:47
In reply to Thread migrated to CPS as a topic, posted by 64bowtie on December 4, 2004, at 0:47:31
I was placed in foster care at age 2 with my older brother who was then 6. We were both sexually abused. Back in the 60s they did not check out foster families as much as they do now (though I can't say it's much better now). I can also say that in another foster home, one of my younger brothers was blinded because he was thrown into his crib because he had collick. The doctors misdiagnosed the problem and gave him paragoric (sp) and he ended up blind. So out of 4 children -- all in foster care, 3 were in horrible homes and and one was in the ideal home. if the odds are the same 1 in 4 children are in acceptable foster care situations when CPS intervenes, than to me those odds are not acceptable. My experience with CPS is that they mean well but more often than not for whatever reason children fall between the cracks of the system. In Virginia, the goal of CPS is to try to preserve the parent child relationship at any cost. Often times children are removed from abusive situations only to be returned after the parents takes a class (in parenting) and often times the situation is no different. There is the problem of follow up. Many caseworkers are so over worked that again children fall between the cracks because there isn't proper followup.