03-15-2017, 06:00 PM
We got ACS out of their life after years of monitoring and threats. However, she is still on a state register which prevents her from working with children or as a home health aid until both kids turn 28; that's 17 years away. EVEN THOUGH she was found not to have been "negligent". Hopefully the intern after me takes up the long and tedious process of getting her off THAT list.
Just for more horror for those unaware: when they come for your kids, they don't just disrupt your family. They call your friends, neighbors, employers, they leave notes on your door saying they've come (matters a lot in dense apartment buildings), they force you to go to therapy or "services" multiple times a day, etc. And if you don't "comply with services", it hurts your chances of being found non negligent. That's right, current acts help determine your liability for past, unrelated acts. We urge our clients to cooperate not because it's right, but because it's practical. If you DO NOT COMPLY, YOU WILL NOT GET YOUR KIDS.
And my supervisors told me this is WAY better than it was just a few years ago, where being in the presence of "domestic abuse" was considered per se neglect. So if a mom's boyfriend (or brother, or sister, or parent, etc) hits her, that made her "neglectful" if her kids were in the room. Luckily, that's not AS common an occurrence now.