Standing in the shadow of doubt!
Allegations! Part 4 of 4.
In part 2, of this series we mentioned you need to take responsibility in 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. Then in part 3 we began to give you a brief look into a few things, you need to know, including tips on what we call your “law book”. We talked briefly about Pro Se, Latin means representing yourself in a court of law.
- Now let us continue; we believe that most people can go “Pro Se” if they are given the right tools, are willing to do the work and preparation, as any attorney would do, enabling them to walk into the Administrative Law courtroom as a professional armed with an organized “law book”. The book called “Standing in the Shadow of Law” is a guide, a manual to help you put your own case together.
Biological, foster, and adoptive parents have utilized it. The key to success, organization, think of it this way; like organizing that mess in your closet, you just do not know what you got until you sort through the maze.
We use this example in our Allegations & Administrative Law workshops.
- Tax time, you gather your checks, and receipts together, throw them into a box. You slip through the office door of a CPA carrying your box. When you ask this person how much he would charge you to compile, then file your taxes do you think this box will be reflected in his price? Is this lack of organization about to cost you?
- Question, if this CPA was charging you $450. per hour would that motivate you to put your checks in order? Thought so!
What do you think your attorney is going to charge you to organize your case? His time is costing you. However, we understand not everyone has the skills or the discipline to keep things organized. When we are not talking about your closet, we are talkinga about your life and the lives of your chidlren. We are talking about the complexities of organizing your own Administrative Law case. We understand that on your own it can be overwhelming and you are asking yourself, where do I start?
We believe that you can do much of this work yourself with the right tool and the right guidance.
Your tool is glimpse into the complex world of “Administrative Law”, valuable information that every foster/adoptive or biological parent needs to learn about the Administrative law courtroom, kangaroo court, you will be sitting in when you have an Administrative Inquiry or Hearing.
Let us be your educational resource, we can lead you to water but it is up to you to drink on your own. Standing is the tool to understanding your own case, being able to “be ready to give an answer”. The tools are available, but you have to be willing to do the work yourself, make the effort to succeed.
Are your children worth your effort? Here are the facts.
- No one cares about you, or your family as much as you.
- Your case represents a job to those around you.
- What is vital to you is not to them.
You may have seen our articles appearing in Fostering Families Today magazine on allegations, if you would like articles on “Administrative Law” or the “Appeal process” we would be happy to assist in your education. Write a comment let us know what you would like to see covered, we are here to serve your educational needs.
National Administrator for Foster Parents Legal Solutions
National Director for NFPCAR
Author of “Standing in the Shadow of Law”
Your National Foster Families Examiner