Rebuilding our lives after the irreparable damage inflicted by Child
Protective Endangerment Services seems a daunting task. How I wish the ordeal would end as soon as Adam came home but it will merely be the tip of the iceberg. I’m a resilient adult– my rage from this situation can be channeled into something productive, something that will help others who have been wronged by this cruel system. What about Adam? His innocence has been shattered. Even with diligent daily work on my part [coupled with extensive therapy and excellent schools], he’ll never be able to fully move past the trauma from his third year of life. I don’t care what sacrifices I have to make….his childhood will not be ruined by this.
The website FightCPS.com serves as glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Filled with outstanding information, links, and resources, this is a MUST for every parent [and anyone committed to fighting injustice], even if you never anticipate having dealings with the agency. Most importantly, it reminds me that I am not alone. Warning: the stories you see here from other parents will outrage and infuriate you.
“Before my child was taken away by CPS, I was also under the impression that the job of social workers is to do what is best for the family and children. The public needs to understand that CPS does not investigate anything once they have taken a child. They work very hard at keeping the child from their family but they do nothing to verify the truth or reunify the family – even if “reunification” is part of the plan ordered by the judge! We have been fighting for our daughter for one year now, and we do not see an end to this…….It is a sick system that hurts children and families! Social services needs to be challenged and it needs to be changed!” - from the Fight CPS guestbook
If this can happen to me, it can happen to you. Arm yourself with knowledge. Know your rights. Trust no one. CPS is not your friend and they have no desire to help you. Don’t sign anything without an attorney. Take extra precautions if you are a mother who is a victim of domestic abuse– because CPS certainly doesn’t think you’re a victim– and they’ll blame you for failure to protect your child.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,