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Child suffers abuse and neglect while in CPS custody

More often than not, this blog focuses on obtaining child custody while going through a divorce, defining visitation rights after paternity is established and other proactive custody issues. What if you are facing the loss of custody in California?

The best interests of the child is a concept that applies in many custody issues, but what if someone is saying that the best interests of your child is to be removed from your care? Child Protective Services recently removed a 3-year-old from the care of her parents only to suffer abuse at the hands of her foster parents.

The child in this instance was an enthusiastic young girl who lived with parents who love her. CPS removed the child from their care after learning that the parents participated in some recreational drug use. The parents admitted to the use, but said that in no way was their child ever in danger. In fact, CPS officials admitted that they had no reason to believe the child was ever neglected or abused.

After the child was removed from her parent’s care, she was placed with foster parents who gave her Risperdal. The Federal Drug Administration guidelines are very clear that the drug used to treat Schizophrenia and Bi-Polar disorder should never be used on children under the age of 10, yet this drug was given to the 3-year-old child.

The use of the medication was not the only abuse suffered by the young girl. We will continue a discussion of this tragic story in our next post.

Source: My Fox,
“3-year-old in CPS’ care overprescribed psychotropic drugs,” Randy Wallace, May 16, 2012