Re: Hello in dire need of advice
I applaud you for stepping in. Not enough people do. I can't say that what I have seen w/ CPS in my state is great, but it's all the child has. We have had a rash of child killings due to abuse this year and it's horrible. The last was a 10 yr old girl w/ bi-polar, beaten to death by her dad and step-mom just a few miles from where I live.
There's not a single reason you can come up with to make that okay and you know that! I'm proud!!!
Keep on CPS and if you think the child is in immediate danger, call the police for a well child check and see what they say. Keep it all documented, who you've spoken with, dates, times, witnesses, what was discussed, what was told would be done and follow up. You may have to go up the chain of command with CPS, but she's worth it.
Usually (or at least in Utah) they have 48 hours to check up on the child, I don't know if your state is different. I hope they are. The family is going to be angry, possibly even your bf, but what you are doing is not only right, it's the humane thing to do and whoever fails to see that IMO is a ****!
Keep us updated. I hope this goes well. Do not, under any circumstances take off with the child, you'll be up a creek, no paddle or boat! But you can keep on the cops and CPS to do something.
Make sure you ask for names, supervisors names, etc. When they know you're going to be checking up on them, they're more likely to take what you say to heart.
Can you document the injuries? Get a video and also ask the girl open-ended, non-suggestive questions about how she got them. You don't want to be in trouble for 'coaxing' the child.
If you don't experience anything bad, you'll never appreciate the good when it comes around!!!