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    MusicalTheatre Posts: 7, Reputation: 1
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    Apr 4, 2009, 10:39 AM
    Texas CPS
    Six weeks my brother and his girlfriend had their next to last permanency hearing.
    During that hearing, the judge ordered that I begin visitation with my niece.

    I had already begun visitation the previous weekend. I have a pretty open relationship with the foster mom and cps said that anytime I am in town, I can have her, as long as I coordinate with the foster mom.

    My brother's lawyer said he had a problem with the distance. My brother tried to tell the judge during court that he had no probablem with me. Providing kinship care. His lawyer, however, would not let him speak.

    Since then, the parents were able to express their wishes for me to provide kinship care.

    The judge did express some concern about my nieces abiity to bond with her parents because she is now 16 months old, and ordered that we talk to a specialist to do an intake assessment to see how I bond with her and to come up with a plan to keep her connectd to her parents.

    The judge told the lawyers of my brother and his girlfriend, as well as the CPS case worker and her superviso to get in touch with the specialist that day, before I left town.

    I was told by the CW the specialist would be contacting me within 3 days of court.

    After a week went by, I emailed the CW asking if she had heard from her. She said that it would be another week or so.

    I also got calls from the caseworker, all of which I let go directly to voice mal, so I would have a record of her contact with me.

    I called her back right after each call and I was told she has been in constant contact with the specialist.
    I was told the specialist wanted to to it all over the phone.
    She kept telling my I wasn't supposed to initiate contact with the specialist because she was supposed to initiate contact.

    She had told the foster mom that the specialist would be calling her this week to ask her about my bonding with my niece.
    After 6 weeks of waiting, I called the specialist and asked when we would schedule time to talk because I have to find someone to take over my class while we talk.

    She had no idea who I was, who my niece was, and had never received any contact from the CW. She said she NEVER initiates contact and the case worker should have given me her phone number 6 weeks ago to contact her.

    She said she never knows who the court wants her to do assessments on until the person contacts her directly.

    She also said the case worker lied when she told me she would be doing it all over the phone. She said she never does interviews or assessments over the phone.

    She also said she was sorry I was basically lied to and told me to call the CW and tell her to send my nieces file to her ASAP.

    She also said since she had no knowledge of my niece or her case, she hadn't said anything to the case worker about talking to the foster mom.

    I called and emailed the lawyers, the CASA volunteer and her supervisor, as well as the CW's supervisor.

    The lawyers were out of town and the CASA supervisor said she would be emailing the casework and her supervisor ASAP.

    I have yet to hear from the CPS supervisor. Then again, its only been 2 days so I don't anticipate hearing anything so soon.
    This is not the first time the CW has lied. She has previously scheduled my brother to take drug tests when she knew he was incarcerated and then wrote in her paperwork that he just didn't show up.

    She has said that he never turned in paperwork to get into drug programs, yet his lawyer has shown proof of the forms being faxed to her on several different occasions.

    She has made inappropriate remarks to me about my brother and his girlfriend , to me.

    She has made up things about another relative who was also interrested in providing care in favor of going with me getting care.

    That relative cannot afford legal representation but has shown proof of her innocence in the false allegations.

    The caseworker is supposed to do home visits once a month. In the 7 months my niece has been in CPS custody, she has never visited once.

    We don't know where to turn. The caseworker has had several complaints against her for case mis-management.

    She has lied time and time again.

    My bro and his girlfriend are afraid to make a formal complaint because they are afraid it would hurt their case.

    They understand that they are likely to lose custody because they waited 6 months to begin getting their act together, but they know that if they have made enough progress by the next permanency hearing, they will be able to file for a 6 month extension.

    I am afraid to call the Ombudsman and make an official complaint for fear of retalliation from a caseworker who has shown that she will do anything to cover her tracks and has gotten away with it several times even though her supervisor has been informed of her misdeeds.

    Granted, my brother and his girlfriend's lawyers won't be back in their offices until sometime next week.

    I meet with a lawyer on Monday but I know I have no real legal standing because I am not one of the parents or a legal guardian. I'm just talking to a lawyer to see what my options are.

    CPS is a beast that even with legal representation, cannot be challenged.


    I am more than willinging to provide care for my niece and eventually adopt her and her unborn sibling if that child is taken as well.

    I just want to make sure that its all done by the book, by all sides of this complicated spectrum.
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    Quall Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Dec 28, 2010, 07:43 PM
    If I the mother have a job and Live in a small trailer with my 6 month year old son is that OK living condition ?

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