SS became involved with this 12-year-old child when she disclosed sexual abuse by mother and mothers boy friend. Father petitioned the Court and received custody of this child and her 11-year-old brother. Visitation privileges of mother are suspended.
Father agreed to arrange for therapy for his daughter and allow no contact between the children and mother. Therefore, the case was closed.
The case was once again opened when both children disclosed sexual abuse by an older child in fathers home. This case was also closed since the alleged perpetrator left the home and father agreed to continue work with the therapist.
The case was opened again when the boy was hospitalized. The hospital wouldn’t release the child home because father didnt come in to see either the boy or hospital staff, except to authorize treatment when the child was admitted. The hospital wanted mental health case management in fathers home before discharging the child.
SS was concerned about alcohol use in the home and ensuring services were in place for both children. A case plan was developed addressing services for the children, the alcohol/drug use in the home, and the childrens sexual abuse allegations. A safety plan was also in place, stating no contact between the children and mother should take place.
Father hasn’t complied with the case plan or safety plan. SS learned father allowed the children contact with mother. Father admitted to allowing them to spend the night with mother. Mother still resides with her boy friend, the alleged perpetrator of the oldest child. The child has regressed indicating possible re-abuse.
SS received a report of alleged abuse of the youngest child. The child had a swollen and severely bruised right eye. This is the second documented injury to this child. SS is also aware of a history of domestic violence, drug/alcohol abuse, and neglect. When all concerns were brought to father’s attention, he didn’t deny any of them and stated he was too stressed to provide care or protect the children.
Gary A. Crow, Ph.D. GAC@garygripes.com || and visit www.garygripes.com.