I called the caseworker, whose name I was given, on Friday afternoon at 4:00. I left a message. I called twice on Saturday, and called the detention center, the family courts building, and the main family services number.
On Sunday I gave up.
This morning, at 8:00 a.m., I called the caseworker; again at 9:00. In between, I called the receptionist and was put through to her supervisor – voice mail. I called back 30 minutes later and got the records division – voice mail. I finally called the probation manager and he said he would try to find the caseworker.
I also mentioned the horrible letter I’d received, with the following quote, “…you will never see your child again.” Nice, huh? As a friend stated: what is this, China??
The records person returned my call and found the caseworker for me, and I finally got to talk to her – this, after not knowing for two and a half days where exactly my son was taken.
I still don’t know. Oddly enough, this isn’t a caseworker, per se, she’s an investigator. Some investigator – she said my son was removed because my husband had “assaulted” him, and had done so before, and that I didn’t want my son at home and that my son didn’t want to be here anyway.
What a load of hooey.
I responded with: my husband did NOT assault my son, my son is a pathological liar and has been for many years, he has lied about this before and those incidents were determined to be unsubstantiated – therefore she should not even be mentioning them. I also pointed out that I NEVER said I didn’t want my son here at home.
She also had no idea where my son was right now. And she mentioned that she would need to talk to our other boy, and visit the home, and that there would be a meeting with the parents, 24 hours prior to the hearing. Um, the hearing is set for tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. Not exactly 24 hours, right?
Sure seems like a lack of communication on the part of several social services agencies. Of course, the unreachable investigator assured me that she would call me about this meeting. Right.
Let’s see. Over a year ago, my son claimed that my husband had “beat” him; this was investigated, and there was absolutely no evidence and the case was dropped/closed.
In that same year, my son became involved in the family courts system for assaulting my husband, twice, and hitting me. Three charges so far, actual charges, of assault in the third degree. He spent three weeks in detention; he violated all probation conditions upon his release within the first nine days.
Hmmm. What do you think the situation is now?