Without an investigation of the petition or a background check on the petitioner, custody of a child was taken from her mom and given to the petitioner. The petitioner (paternal grandmother) has an extended criminal record; including drug conviction, while the mother has never been in any kind of trouble with the police.
Child Protective Services (CPS) personnel, refused to view any document proving the petitioner had perjured herself, and refused to answer questions as to how their investigation could have led to such a horrific conclusion. The CPS caseworker/investigator was unable to answer generic questions concerning his inability to contact the mother and did not see a need to have the petitioner provide phone records. As stated in their own report to juvinile court, they used only the petitioner as their verification.
Almost a year later, the child was returned to her mother, but during that year the child suffered from both physical and mental abuse by the petitioner, the mother was labled neglectful by CPS, and allowed supervised visit only. The mother is no longer in line for a promotion at work, but instead is on probation because of all the away from work time required to attend the classes that CPS set up; the mother was required to pay for the classes. The child still has emotional issues.
A closer look at the petition itself should have raised a red flag, but a copy of phone records would have been all that was really needed. The petition claiming that the mother had abandoned her child was submitted while the mother and child were still together, and the approx. one hundred and fifty phone calls between the petitioner and the mother should have been enough to disprove the petitioner's claim of "No contact with the mother". We were not allowed an appeal, nor the ability to confront the accuser. The mother was constantly being wrongfully accused. But seldom given the chance to defend the alligations.
The whole team including the childs lawyer, the public defender and cps caseworkers, treated the mother with the lack of respect intitled to a neglectful mother. The mother will not be reimbursed for the classes or other expenses, and worst of all, after CPS admitted to being misled by the petitioner, no action has yet been taken. We were told by a CPS supervisor that perjury charges would be filed, and our family would be contacted to testify. I believe that CPS is afraid that filing charges against the petitioner would expose more than they want.
A closer look at the petition would reveal that it contains accusations of events that the mother was supposed to have done in the future. Now that it's been proven that the petitioner had lied from the beginning, CPS has actually used the "cut and paste" mode to try justifying their actions, while the truth is that they failed to comply with their own rules and regulations, or follow their own Policy and Procedure. The judge is still not aware of CPS' coverup, and the responsible caseworker has all but disappeared. Even the police found it hard to believe that an investigation, with so much documented evidence, could have been mishandled so badly. It was with police advise that we were able to get our child back.
As stated eariler, the child is now safely home with her mother, but if someone was to hear the whole story and view the documents, it would be hard to believe that this type of agency would behave so non-professionally and yet be so unaccountable. The irony of this is that in their effort to cover up their shortcuts and misdeeds, CPS actually provided documents proving my alligations.