is a cry for help — this dad’s and my own. I’m looking for someone to write a post or booklet on “How to Fight CPS” that is not a snarling screed (however cathartic), but filled with relevant laws, websites, and even phone numbers/emails that people can contact for legal help. Let me know if that’s something any of you feel up to producing, for zero monetary recompense. (The same way I write this blog!) — L.
Dear Free-Range Kids:.I’m really at the end of my rope and I was hoping you could help..My family was contacted by Denver Department of Human Services after a mark was found on my 11 year old son’s neck by his teacher. My wife explained to the investigator that she had been pulling my son (who has Aspberger’s Syndrome) off of my 9 year old when they were having a fight. The investigator called me on a Monday, told me she needed to inspect the home ASAP. She visited later that day..Now, I’m not going to lie, our home was a mess. And the four hours of cleaning I did that day helped, but it was still messy when she saw it. She came in, saw the house and left with little comment. She called a week later and told us she’d like us clean the house even more and see it again. We SIGNIFICANTLY cleaned the house, and she visited again. Now, she’s telling us that we haven’t done enough and wants us to clean again and she’ll come see us for a third time..Now, I am angry because after a little research on the Internet, I learned that I didn’t need to let her in at all. I’m also angry because I feel like there is no justification for any further visits. And after hearing all the horror stories, I’m more than a little concerned. I’m also very frustrated because I can’t seem to find any legitimate advice on whether or not to allow a third visit or require a court order. Most of the “Fight CPS” info is so radical that I feel like it isn’t legitimate. I don’t know whether to get a lawyer or send a letter or what to do..You website has been, by far, the most valuable resource, but I need more information. Do you know of any additional resources that can help me?.Thank you so much for your time and your energy. — A Vexed Dad
I don’t want to get too dramatic, but in Scotland, every baby born is now issued a “named person” — a guardian — to watch over how he’s raised, ever on the lookout for problems. It’s as if the child has a third parent. My goal is to make sure moms and dads are allowed to parent as they see fit, in all their imperfection, without the threat of government interference unless a child is indisputably and immediately in obvious and grave danger.
That’s me in a nut shell. (Which is where some people think I belong.) – L