Taking the Time

May 23rd, 2011
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1186542_my_kidsIt is the prettiest of days and the greatest weeks. We are finally, FINALLY able to get outside and play. The winter in our area has stretched on and on and on. As hard as this is on the children, I think that it is my mental stability that struggles the most. I need for the children to go outside and play. I need to clean without little bodies under my feet. I need to think in the peace and quiet that going outside to play brings. I have been waiting for this for many months. One nice thing too is that when the children are inside, I can take refuge in the garden and still get the peace that I am… [more]

Yet Another Foster Care Worker

May 14th, 2008

If you have been a foster parent for a few years then you may have noticed that there is a lot of turnover in foster care workers. I understand why, but it doesn’t make it any easier on the children, the foster parents, or the families. Foster care is an incredibly stressful job that really doesn’t pay all that well. I have seen help wanted advertisements for foster care workers, requiring a master’s degree, offering less money than a nurse or an accountant would make with an associate degree. What could possibly be more stressful than knowing a child’s future, possibly his life, hangs on your decisions and case management? If you terminate parent’s rights, they call screaming, stalk you, and sometimes threaten to kill you… [more]

The Review Hearing for Your Foster Child

April 23rd, 2008
Categories: Court, The System

Once a child has entered the foster care system a review hearing must be held every 90 days. Information must be submitted to the court at these review hearings about the parents’ progress towards the reunification goals. The reunification goals are established at the beginning of the case, usually when a foster care worker is assigned to the case, after the adjudication hearing. I will cover reunification goals more thoroughly tomorrow in another blog. The child has goals established to achieve while in foster care, as well. The child’s progress towards those goals is reviewed at these hearings, too. Review hearings may conducted by a magistrate. The child is assigned a court appointed attorney before the adjudication hearing. The attorney for the child is called the… [more]

The Adjudication Hearing Placing a Child in Foster Care

April 22nd, 2008

When a child is removed from his or her parental home a judge or magistrate must sign an order allowing it. A child protective service worker usually requests this order, although a police officer may also request it. Once the removal has been approved, the child can be placed temporarily in foster care, a group home, or juvenile facility. That order is temporary, however, and after it is signed, an adjudication hearing must take place within 72 hours. Typically, a foster care worker has not yet been assigned to the case. Therefore, the child protective service worker involved in the removal will attend this adjudication hearing. If the child protective service worker has already been working with this family trying to prevent removal, then the adjudication… [more]

Testifying For Your Foster Child Part 6

December 29th, 2006
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I then look at Baby Boo’s CPS caseworker (sitting beside the DA) in a complete panic and raised my eyes along with a horrible look on my face (at least that’s what I was told) at him. He grabbed is case notebook. He and the DA started flipping through it. The caseworker looks up at me and raises one finger from the desk and continues reading the book. I am thinking does that mean wait, see you later, or WHAT? I then start believing this rambling attorney, and I too start rambling on. My agency caseworker is mouthing,” It’s okay!”. Lady, the ship is going down, and I am tied up to it. “Your Honor, the state objects.”. (Oh, thank God!!) There is not a CASA… [more]

Testifying For Your Foster Child Part 5

December 29th, 2006
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Yes, I had contact during the visits and discussed their daughter (What she is eating, is she crawling, teething, doctor appointments, etc). I had contact with them as often as they showed up for the visits. At this point I start thinking I’m in the wrong courtroom. Personally I think they just try and trip you up, unnerve you. I was questioned repeatedly and in different ways, if I knew, seen or had be involved with bio Dad (I still have no idea where this was going). I stated for visits only. After a few more times being asked the same question. I stated , “To my knowledge the only contact I had was at the visits. (The guy could have seen me at Wal-mart I do not have… [more]

Testifying For Your Foster Child Part 4

December 28th, 2006
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Do you think it would in the best interest of Baby Boo to be returned to her bio parents? I hated being put in that spot and really didn’t think I should have been asked (Hey, but I am not the judge). This was the one time I was glad to hear repeatedly, “object”. (Over ruled) I just sat there, so not wanting to answer and finally I was instructed by the judge to answer the question. I looked at the bio mother (this was the third time I had made direct eye contact while testify) and said “I am sorry.” Then stated that I did not believe it would be in the child’s best interest.. I sat across the court room looking at the bio mother with… [more]

Testifying For Your Foster Child Part 3

December 27th, 2006
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You will be sworn in before taking a seat. You will have to state your name, or in my case, Jane Doe. The district attorney will question you first, which helps ease you into it. I will list out some questions that I was asked. I feel if you are a little prepared, it is easier, and it can make you think of different answers before taking the stand. I could have done better on a few of my questions, if I had been a little prepared. Remember, they will ask you about when the child first came into care and in most cases, this has happened months ago. It is a little hard when they are asking about things that happened ten months ago and on top… [more]

Testifying For Your Foster Child Part 2

December 27th, 2006
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The big thing for me personally was I did not want to use my real name or where I lived. This was to protect the foster child, my family, and myself. At first I was told (by CPS) I would have to use my real name. At this point I stated I would not testify. Then the district attorney came over to talk with me. I explained why I felt this way. She was very nice and understanding, and talked to the other attorneys involved. She and the other attorneys then talked with the judge concerning protecting my identity. The judge called me up to his bench with the attorneys, and asked me why I wanted this, that I would answer to Mrs. Jane Doe, and that… [more]

Testifying In Court For Your Foster Child Part 1

December 27th, 2006
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This was a nerve racking ordeal, mainly because I did not know what to expect. I got to court early and sat in on the case before my foster daughter’s case, to give me an idea what to expect. I was not prepared in any way to what would be asked of me or what would happen. I have been asked what part people play in the testifying in court. I have also been asked if the case aide worker will testify. I will try and explain little of the process. Testifying for the State will be: the investigator (CPS), caseworker, case aide worker anybody else that is involved with this case through CPS, psychologist, doctors, foster parents, etc. Case aide worker will testify a lot because they had observed most… [more]