CPS undermines due process
CPS undermined my faith in due process after an investigation was opened up regarding my daughter's school attendance. I had nothing to hide nor fear and was cooperative and responsive.
Not knowing who called created an Orwellian-like environment of mistrust and fear. After the case worker assessed us, I was originally put on a registry until my daughter turned 28! How could this be? When I confronted the case worker, she quipped that since I didn't work with children (which I sometimes do), it shouldn't matter.
Our issue was a matter of paperwork; in fairness, I should have filed that my daughter was being home-schooled until she commenced with her new institution. If ANYONE can call a hotline and report someone anonymously, essentially where is due process? I was accused and basically assumed guilty until I proved my innocence. This has happened to many single mothers in our area.
CPS hurt us far more than they ever helped. I am still traumatized from having to open my home up to a stranger and seeing my private life examined and dissected. I am an educator and well-respected member of the community. I do not believe we would have been singled out if I were married.
No one ever came to our house to tell me that I was doing a great job. I fail to see how CPS can justify its hotline policy when so many hard-working, struggling single mothers are targeted and harassed. It hurt and embarrassed me to have to explain myself to an individual that clearly came in with a preconception and then looked for proof of such. Later, I learned the source of the call, and it was done deliberately as a measure to hurt us by a very depraved individual.
Too often, the system is used to abuse, instead of help. It is not very different than the Salem witch hunts. I implore New York State to change its hotline policy. No one should be allowed to stand behind a curtain of anonymity when pointing fingers at mothers.
How many children have been helped by this versus how many have been hurt? I would never reach out to CPS for help after this experience.
I believe this was a breach of my rights; the case worker went far beyond her jurisdiction and did not have our best interests at heart. Many children are placed in foster care as a result of these trespasses; with financial incentives to do so, it appears that there are enormous flaws in the system.
Reason of review: Emotional duress.
Preferred solution: Let the company propose a solution.