Basic References for ALL Falsely Accused
of Child abuse or neglect
“If even One Family does
not have to suffer, it will be worth My Lifetime’s efforts”
National NFPCAR Director
Foster Parents Legal Solutions
As an Organization that begin assisting Foster
Care Givers and Adoptive parents; and then assisted Natural parents and
relatives, in their time of need, we may have a different view on an
immediate family. No matter what the blend of a family, every family
deserve the respect and/or consideration when allegedly accused of abuse
Under no circumstances do we condone child abuse
in any form. However, we recognize there are circumstances
which make some foster and adoptive families especially
vulnerable to reports of abuse/neglect and susceptible to
misjudgments. These circumstances are as follows:
who have experienced the uncertainties and insecurities of
years of foster care, often with multiple moves, have been
damaged in ways which affect their behavior for years. Many
children who have suffered such damage
have learned maladaptive or anti-social coping behaviors. They can be manipulative, unable to trust, lack a sense of
honesty and responsibility, and are deficient in many areas
of their development.
They may suffer from a variety of
disorders which may include attachment disorder, Borderline Personality
Disorder or Oppositional Defiant Disorder, all of which has a symptom of
making false abuse allegations.
children, due to their histories, typically behave in ways
which jeopardize the security and stability of the families
diligently striving to undo some of the damage of the past
and to help the children develop more appropriate and
socially acceptable behaviors. These children often lie and
play on the responses of other adults who do not view their
behaviors in the context of the children's prior
experiences. Some children deliberately hurt those who offer
help and try to destroy close relationships. After a
sequence of adult rejections, they cannot accept that others
care about or love them. It is not uncommon for the children
to make false reports of abuse/neglect in an effort to
control adult behavior or to deal with fears of close
of emotionally disturbed children are often held accountable
for the child’s actions. The damage to these children took
place before they entered the foster parent’s home, but when
this child reacts to a situation in ways which have been
learned from their past life experiences, it will be the
foster parents who will have to answer allegations of abuse.
What is viewed as non-abusive in a birth family home, may be
considered abusive in the home of a foster care giver or
adoptive parent, thus bringing statistics of abuse to a
higher rate. Allowing a foster child to fall asleep in a
highchair during dinner has been charged as child
endangerment. Or taking a child too many times to McDonalds
is considered physical abuse.
Protective services workers may be untrained or
inexperienced. Workers may not be familiar with the
complexities of the pathologies displayed by the children
and the stresses they bring to family living. The child's
psychological, medical and educational records may not be
considered in an investigation. Appropriate child management
techniques and therapeutic interventions may be viewed out
of context by those not familiar with their purposes.
When a parent and/or caregiver should be receiving support
and assistance from the agency, they are forced to expend their energies on
defending themselves in an attempt to prove the allegations
When a serious allegation is made, the other children
in the home will be removed. They are the innocent victims
who will have to endure yet another move in their lives.
Documented research shows, every move adds more trauma to an
already fragile life and brings the certainty of failure to
We share a commitment to our
children and a belief in the value of family life. Above
all, we seek the health and well-being of all of our
children. Therefore, we support the following:
support their families when an allegation of
abuse or neglect has been made unless there is obvious proof
that the allegation did occur. There is no law which
prohibits them from doing so.
children in the home should be taken to the agency and
interviewed by experienced workers. If they deny any abuse
occurred either to themselves or the accusing child, they
may remain in the foster home until the investigation is
children must never be removed from their homes in the
middle of the night.
accused family must be immediately provided with the
policies and rules of the agency, including the private
agency, concerning investigations, such as in a packet of
information which would be beneficial to the family. This
should include the Administrative Code investigative
must readily provide any and all documentation which can
assist any family in their defense,
including interviews with any agency member who has had
contact with the child without the fear of breaking
child's psychological, medical and educational records must
be reviewed and testimony from knowledgeable therapists,
educators and medical resources must be included in an
workers must have years of experience and ongoing training
when determining the outcome of an investigation.
is recommended that an allegation review board be formed to
investigate allegations, a panel outside of the scope of
Children Services, preferably a board made up of family
foster parents, police officers, judges, school teachers,
an allegation is found unsubstantiated and the
foster/adoptive parents are willing to continue to provide
foster care, the children must be returned to their home.
Documented research shows the more a child is moved from
home to home, the greater the chance of that child failing
in the foster care system.
U.S. citizens, our constitutional rights must be upheld. We
have the right to due process even with an administrative
hearing. We have the right to know what we are being accused
of and for an investigation to be done in a timely manner.
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