Standing in the shadow of doubt!
Allegations! Part 3 of 4.
In part 2, of this series we mentioned you need to take responsibility for educating yourself, take a crash course in “Administrative Law”, gather information, i.e.; print off your state statutes pertaining to foster parents, review and become thoroughly familiar with these laws.
- Let us continue with other steps you can take, make copies of your journals/documentation. If you have not been educated on the procedure of documentation, start writing, everything you can remember on events that have taken place in your home get your mate to do the same and then bring the notes together.
Gather any information that you may have, agency manuals, hospital emergency room visits, school reports, etc. When you finally receive your investigative report through the United States Postal Service, you will be one step ahead.
- For example, your investigative report clearly makes the statement that you are founded (indicated or substantiated) and quotes the statute that you have violated for example AZ-RVS § 8-201 these numbers will mean nothing to you?
- The report will list the charge against for example, “failure to protect”, this is an elastic term. If you have your law book, you will already have the statutes printed off and available. Now you can turn to this particular statute, and you have a clear definition, you see preparation is everything.
- Suggested reading article Changing definitions “failure to potect” Part 1 / part 2 / part 3
At this point, you are ready to start preparing your case either for Pro Se, (Latin for representing yourself) or to assist your attorney, as we said you cannot explain your case to someone else if you do not understand.
- Make a copy of this report and go through it carefully, word by word, highlight every word and/or phrase that you disagree with. Then set out to prove this is a false statement. Receipts, your journal (documentation), witnesses, etc. keep two words in your head while doing this; “prove it”.
Remember our statement earlier; you are; ” guilty until proven innocent”, unfair but this is the way it is.
When you are compiling information, you effectively have a puzzle in front of you. If you only have the middle pieces, it is impossible to see the whole picture. However, if you have most of the puzzle together it is easier to set the final pieces when you receive your investigative report, then suddenly this paradox becomes clearer.
We have an organizational tool, what we refer to as your “law book”. Without exception, everyone who has completed this while doing the work has noticed inconsistencies, areas where their agency was negligent, violations the agency made in their own procedures, manual and rules and regulations