Finding Your Common Ground

Have you ever found yourself in something that seemed so unlike you? For me, I felt that way when I was an investigator. I didn’t mind busting parents for real abuse, but the change in regions dealt such a blow to my identity as a person. When I first started out working with the department, I knew I wanted to make a difference. I still recall my first case and how scared I felt walking up to the door. You get this fear that’s hard to explain, but it turns into something else after you make it into the house. I always tried to make things better, no matter the issue. Even my removals resulted in grateful parents. My goal was to make sure nobody could say I didn’t go above and beyond. I was working for the kids, and I was trying to save their family units. All was fine for almost two years until I changed to another region.

The issue is and remains that CPS removes a lot of children and now I see not all situations have to result in removals. It does not make any sense how a marijuana charge can result in the removal in one region and not another region. I spent so much time trying to show people how we were different from the shows, and all a sudden, I was turning into the asshole on the shows.

It all comes down to wording. I learned this the hard way with the very last case I worked on. The case SHOULD have been an EASY removal. We had evidence and multiple cry outs of physical abuse, drugs and even sexual abuse against a group of children. Yet, they opted for something that was mild and less protective for the children. So, I did what I needed to do to make sure the kids were safe.

Before that case, the same supervisor tried to talk about removing children from a woman who tested positive for amphetamines claiming they were methamphetamines. She Googled it which is crazy to me because the lady in question had gotten out of the hospital a night before. There were so many things that were bad. I had to work a case for another investigator because she was too chicken to face the family she screwed over. She removed kids without really trying to find another solution and when it came time to face the lady, she tried to set me up to do it. Sadly, I concluded that the CPS I joined and the one I now worked for were no longer the same. So, I will spend my days trying to help those who need help the most. THE PUBLIC! Did you know 85 percent of the cases that are called into the department are false alerts? If you find yourself on the other end of a CPS case, get a lawyer. Make sure someone is overseeing the process. I would not want you to find yourself in the hands of a dirty investigation.

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