Monday, April 07, 2008
CPS Workers Jerking Our Chain!
Ugh! We are so frustrated right now. The CPS worker and CPS Aide assigned to Baby Bug's case are ticking us off!

Since the day Baby Bug's parents received supervised visits 4 months ago, we've had transportation problems!

Although not required in our state, we offered to be responsible for transporting Baby Bug to her visits (45 minute drive each way) in the mornings, as long as CPS would transport her back from her visits. We didn't want to be the type of foster parents that refused to be helpful.

From the beginning, Oronzo would arrive with Baby Bug on time for the supervised visits but the CPS aide assigned to supervise the visits would inevitably show up late, so Oronzo would have to sit around with the kids in the car and wait for her arrival so that he could pass Baby Bug off to her. And even though we'd be given a time that she would be returned back to us, again the CPS aide would show up much later than expected.

The latest is that CPS is trying to pressure us into being responsible for picking Baby Bug up at the end of her visits so that they don't have to. We've told them from day one that this will not work for us, as the return time is always either during nap time for the other two kids or during dinner time and my work schedule changes from week to week so I can't commit to being available either.

As if that weren't bad enough, Oronzo tells me that the visitation times change on a weekly basis. He's looked back at his calendar over the past 4 months and there's not been two straight weeks of the same visitiation schedule. CPS keeps changing it and usually with very short notice! Baby Bug's visits with her parents are increasing in length and frequency as they prepare to eventually transfer her back home so this is a good thing and we want to help where we can but we've got two other children and our work schedules to factor in as well!

And then there are the required monthly visits where CPS comes to our home to check on Baby Bug. Baby Bug's CPS worker has changed the visit for today twice and then didn't show up at the appointed 8:30 AM time. She emailed (not a phone call, an email) Oronzo minutes before the scheduled time to say she couldn't make it and that she'd need to reschedule for today at 1:30 PM. Oronzo is really ticked off, since this isn't the first time she's pulled this on him, and is emailing her back to say she'll have to pick another day because 1:30 PM won't work for him!

I understand that CPS is understaffed and overworked but do they have to be so discourteous to foster parents in their efforts to juggle all of their responsibilities. Their inconsistencies and lack of common courtesy is frustrating!

At least we've had no problems with Boo's CPS worker thus far! I guess that's something.

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At 1:23 PM, Blogger Carey said...

Some people just dont care how their actions effect others. I hope your day gets better, and things go smoothly.

At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That seems really inconsiderate on their part! I hope things work out really soon.

At 7:33 PM, Blogger Sandy said...

I hope that your week gets easier!

At 6:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that just seems very inconsiderate. She probably things you all will cave, but you shouldn't have to "cave" it isn't your job.

We will pray that she gets her act together and learns respect for others.

At 7:25 AM, Blogger Julie said...

wow, that sounds really frustrating. I don't blame you for being annoyed. Geez.

At 8:27 AM, Blogger Tamara said...

I COMPLETELY understand - this months visit from Bit-Bit's worker was rescheduled 3 times by her (the first because she said she was "swamped with paperwork" - um, aren't we all???). The visit actually ended up taking place in our garage b/c she just "popped by" and we were in the middle of cleaning out the car. She just casually chatted and then left!! It never ceases to amaze me. I know you'll be relieved when you don't have to see inconsiderate worker any more!

At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry! This sounds stressful! I will be praying for peace for your family and that God will get you through this hard time!

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Ms. Kathleen said...

Since Oronzo has the times and changes documented I would file a complaint...seriously. This must be a bit disturbing for Boo's parents as well I would think. Just a thought.

On another note you are to be commended. You guys are fantastic!

On still another note I am sorry I am late for my March Pay It Forward Winner. It is GP from Innside Innkeeping in Montana -

God Bless!

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for your frustrations - that would drive me crazy with someone changing plans on me at the last minute!

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that must be so frustrating. I can only imagine how it must feel for you all.

Prayers heading your way.

At 10:30 PM, Blogger Stacy said...

Wow. Frustrating!

Are the visitations once a week, or more than that?

You guys are so nice to have offered to do the 45 minute trip! (I wouldn't have...)



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