Ever since this whole CPS thing went down, I have been hesitant to be as honest as I used to. While being investigated by Child Protective Services was far from pleasant, the CPS workers were.
We were treated with respect and at no time did I feel like they were being dishonest.
I feel like the more honest I am, the bigger the target I simultaneously paint on my back. The last thing in the world I need is more visits by CPS as a result of someone “trying to help”.
There are things that I haven’t shared out of fear that someone won’t understand or agree and decide to make an anonymous call.
It’s sad but we just can’t absorb anymore.
This whole thing has taken a big toll on Lizze. The only way you can fully grasp the amount of stress and terror a parent feels when they are under investigation by CPS, is to be under investigation by CPS.
While I’m not a gifted writer and up until a few years ago, I hated writing, it’s become a huge part of who I am and how I survive this journey.
I don’t like being afraid to be honest. I don’t like not being able to share with you what we are going through. There are things going on behind the Lost and Tired curtains that helps to put things into perspective.
I suppose this is something that I have to work through…….
……and for the record, I’m not talking anything catastrophic. These are more like situations and circumstances that add a great deal of stress to our lives.
This whole thing just sorta gnaws away at me and I don’t know what to do about it.
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It is a tragic reality that we live in. While it sounds like you had a fairly peaceful interaction with CPS, that is not the case for everyone and over and over we hear about CPS going to far. It is a broken system and there is reason to fear. People need support though. It might help if you started a safe and anonymous blog without enough information that one could use to call on. I am sorry someone lied and caused such trauma.
Anonymous reports should not be allowed. I know of way more false reports than legit reports that have actually helped kids. And then there are the kids that actually need help that CPS does nothing for. The whole system is broken.
I don’t blame you for being afraid. It’s ironic and sad that the report was filed for something so blatantly untrue — not taking your kids to the doctors — that there’s no way anyone could have “misunderstood.” It was an outright lie.