A couple of weeks ago, I attended a training event for Trauma Sensitive Schools. During that training, reference was made to a video on Youtube called “Removed”. This clip has a theme regarding foster care, as well as child abuse/neglect. This video is not for the fainthearted. It is powerful and speaks to child abuse/neglect as well as foster care. Note that the child carries their belongings in a garbage bag. There are initiatives that will collect suitcases and rolling bags for kids in foster care so that they don’t have to use garbage bags. The video is very accurate in it’s portrayal. I warn you in advance that it may trigger your emotions. Especially if this video is similar to a life that you led. Typically all of their belongings fit into the one garbage bag. This is a two part video. I am linking to part 1 today.
Got a call this morning from CPS. Child Protective Services received a report that I restrained David by pushing him to the pavement last Friday evening. If I pushed him to the pavement, where are the bruises, scrapes and blood? If I pushed him to the pavement, why did the deputy sheriff not say or do something? This didn’t happen in quite the way it was reported. Yes I restrained him. But it wasn’t by pushing him to the pavement. I restrained him on the steps going into the house because he was trying to hurt me. This is the same child who was trying to hurt me in the ER waiting room and then had to be restrained. David can’t keep his lies straight, and even just a read through of his notes from the current hospital stay, the charts indicate that he hasn’t been consistent in his lies
Full on attitude from David this morning. He sees his potential placement in a residential facility as a badge of honor. I wish that he could understand how hard he is on the rest of the family. Especially when he talks about how much he can’t wait to go to residential because they will let him do things that we can’t. Frustrating to his mother and I. While it is a relief to the family stress level that he is in a center, it is never a happy time. We make the best of the situation because that is what is best for David. Doesn’t mean that we like it. This mornings attitude was brought to us by “I didn’t get enough cereal for breakfast and don’t want to ask for more.” He makes excuses for his behavior. “I didn’t have any more milk, so I couldn’t ask for more