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Complaint Review: Child Protective Services

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  • Submitted: Thu, September 09, 2004
  • Updated: Sun, August 20, 2006

  • Reported By:copperas cove Texas
Child Protective Services
Casa Drive Copperas, Texas U.S.A.

Child Protective Services Rip-Off My husband was in Iraq when my step-son was picked up by child protective services. I foolishly listened to doctors whom advised me to contact CPS and tell them that I refuse to pick him up because he was a danger to the other children in my home. Copperas Cove Texas

*Consumer Comment: sueing CPS

*Consumer Comment: On Post services not very helpful

*Consumer Suggestion: Local Family Guidance Center

*Consumer Suggestion: Abused Parents Support Group

*Consumer Suggestion: Abused Parents Support Group

*Consumer Suggestion: Abused Parents Support Group

*Consumer Suggestion: Abused Parents Support Group

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I foolishly listened to the hospital my son was taken too after he assaulted my other stepson and nephew. I reported his behavior to the local police department and their advice for him pulling knives on two different occasions after he just got out of a juvenile facility in Louisiana was to take him to the hospital. They would not allow me to file charges on him.

After about a week in the hospital, where he has been on numerous occasions, the doctors recommended that I call CPS and tell them that I will not be picking him up from the hospital. I asked if he could go to residential as he has many times in previous years but they told me that my insurance company felt it was a waste of money. I also attempted to find him a facility before he would be released in a few days. I called every facility that CPS gave me and none of them would take him due to his violent behavior. This all occurred while my husband was in Iraq. My husband had enough on his mind over there with the daily mortar attacks that he didnt need to be worrying about us over here.

My husband now is paying child support which he should but CPS tells us they cant find the bioliogical mother even though Ive given them a number and a social security number. The bioliogical mother has never paid child support for the children after she went to jail for abuse on them. The children have been in therapy for years and the only ones that seem to pay our the children and us, never her.

My husband also has been charged with abandonment even though he was in Iraq. The biological mother has no charges on her even though she has abandoned these children time and again. Now we worry whether we will be able to continue paying the child support if my husband doesnt have a job.

Dee
copperas cove, Texas
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Comment

sueing CPS

AUTHOR: Juliette - (U.S.A.)

Please read my case and get in contact with me. CPS in this are is out of control. I'm sueing them for damages.

If you wish to join me and help show them that we will fight for our children and our rights please get ahold of me ASAP

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#2 Consumer Comment

On Post services not very helpful

AUTHOR: Linda - (U.S.A.)

In response to going on post to the JAG office: I had a similar case yours and my husband and i are stationed in the same area as you. We found out that JAG, the CO, chain of command, etc do NOT handle domestic issues...especially those dealing with another "government agency." Nor is there any lawyers in the area willing to take on CPS (we've tried). The only office on post that REMOTELY handles CPS issues is the Depart. of Social Services (near the iii Corps building). And you are right...according to Army Community Services (and your husband knows what I am talking about because they FORCE soldiers to goto quarterly meetings) is that if you have been reported to CPS or have any type of domestic charge against you, it stayes on your federal service record for 25 years!!! You are registered in a government system so that they can track you better. For some reason many CPS workers (that I have spoken to/dealt with) feel that military parents are more aggresive due to our training, and it's worse if the military parent is FEMALE (and definitely a single female military parent) because they believe that the mother should stay at home (yet at the same time they want you to have a job). You have to be carefull around here because CPS is ugly in this area!!! Document everything, send emails (since they have time stamps), and if you make any calls call froma cellphone for record sake, and if you mail anyting snailmail then be sure to add a deliveryor signature confirmation to it so that the USPS can keep a record. I had to fight them tooth and nail to get several cases over turned (the last case which remains "open" so that they can track me) and the Army was absolutley NO help to me. Oh, and be aware that they may try to use the Army against yuo to force you into complyance by having your CO give you direct orders to do things that may be unlawful.

Lastly, since your son's behavior seems to be a mental issue (and I know this because I have children with "issues AND I worked as a CNA in the Army) although CPS says they can pull your childs medical records...they can't..not without your consent AND they cannot by any means pull mental health records. Those records are sealed and kept seperate from your child's regular medical record. The only people whocan open the mental health records are you (the parent(s)) and the doctor who treats hjim for mental insability (psychiatrist/psychologist). The reason why they may not have been able to keep him at the hospital my be because the Army hospital here doesn't treat children on a lengthy term for inpatient care and the closest child psych hospital that can provide that is in Austin, also they may have reguarded himas being too young to commit to care.

Well, that's my spill on the issue; I pray that it helps!
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

Local Family Guidance Center

AUTHOR: L. - (U.S.A.)

Dee,

Look in your local telephone directory and see if there is a Community Guidance Center near you. There should be a class called "Anger Management" that would help you and your child. It won't hurt to even take the class more than one time to help him understand where his anger is coming from. They should also have some classes in Parenting that should help you, too. Their cost is minimal.

All DHS/CPS will do is try to get you and all his parents to relinquish parenting rights so they can adopt him to someone of their choice. They want money and the only way they can get their money is to take your parenting rights away ... parent by parent.

The Adoptions and Safe Families Act of 1997 is promoting DHS/CPS to take more and more children into custody and take parenting rights away so they can adopt them. They'll get thousands of dollars in rewards and bonuses for adopting these children.

Read, "Adoption 2002: Safe and Permanent Homes for All Children" on the WEB. It tells about the Clinton Administration wanting adoptions to be doubled each year. Now, if Texas adopted 500 children out in 1997, they needed to adopt 1,000 out in 1998, 2000 in 1999, 4000 in 2000, etc. They want to adopt YOUR children out, too, in order to meet their quota so they can get their awards and bonuses.

I would also suggest that you call your local military base or your husband's commanding officer for assistance in the legal matters pertaining to your child. They have good lawyers READY to help you and they're FREE. The "Judge Advocate" office is supposed to REALLY help you. Try calling them.

Good luck. Try to help the child. He'll thank YOU in the end. You're right, your spouse doesn't need this, too, to worry about. Please give him our regards for his service. AND, thank YOU for allowing him to serve his country in trying to protect you and me and all other Americans. Thank YOU!
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#4 Consumer Suggestion

Abused Parents Support Group

AUTHOR: Tamara - (U.S.A.)

Dee, Contact Me! It is important that you receive the support that you need. Don't feel that you are the only abused parents out in the world, your not. Since Abused Parents by Violent Teens is a best kept secret of todays society, there are groups that are forming and finally coming together to gain our rights back as parents. Again, please contact me as soon as possible.
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#5 Consumer Suggestion

Abused Parents Support Group

AUTHOR: Tamara - (U.S.A.)

Dee, Contact Me! It is important that you receive the support that you need. Don't feel that you are the only abused parents out in the world, your not. Since Abused Parents by Violent Teens is a best kept secret of todays society, there are groups that are forming and finally coming together to gain our rights back as parents. Again, please contact me as soon as possible.
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#6 Consumer Suggestion

Abused Parents Support Group

AUTHOR: Tamara - (U.S.A.)

Dee, Contact Me! It is important that you receive the support that you need. Don't feel that you are the only abused parents out in the world, your not. Since Abused Parents by Violent Teens is a best kept secret of todays society, there are groups that are forming and finally coming together to gain our rights back as parents. Again, please contact me as soon as possible.
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#7 Consumer Suggestion

Abused Parents Support Group

AUTHOR: Tamara - (U.S.A.)

Dee, Contact Me! It is important that you receive the support that you need. Don't feel that you are the only abused parents out in the world, your not. Since Abused Parents by Violent Teens is a best kept secret of todays society, there are groups that are forming and finally coming together to gain our rights back as parents. Again, please contact me as soon as possible.
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