I do have a bit of information to add. In Georgia, I just went through some issues where DFACS literally stole my daughters' children from her. I
won't go into details, but this is the information I wanted to bring to the table.
In Georgia, all testing, requirements for classes, training, or anything else they require of you, up to and including if they take the child to
foster care, now requires the parent to pay for it.
Be aware of this going to talk to them, if it has changed like it did in Georgia, you will
be the one paying for it *all*.
This is because DFACS is in such bad financial shape (due to the economy), anything they demand from the parent, mandatory drug testing, parenting
classes, psychiatric testing, everything - is the parents responsibility to pocket the bill. No pay? No pass, no resoloution. This is how they
railroaded my then unemployed daughter and took her children.
Even after she got a job, paid for all the classes, psych testing, everything, they started after her for child support to the tune of 1500.00 a
month. They knew with everything she had to pay, plus the child support, there was no money left for her to live off of.
The psych evals alone were over 2000.00 per test. They kept demanding and demanding, and every time she fulfilled their requirements, they would pop
up with another set of demands. When she would get to her 6 month term and think it was all over, they would suddenly have something new. Always
something that cost her huge amounts of money of course, to complete.
They either intentionally witheld it during it the previous 6 months when she could have completed it with the other absurd demands, or came up with
it to delay her getting the kids back. Everything was "in 6 more months".
They bled us dry, both financially and emotionally, as a family.
DFACS in Georgia has even more power than the attorneys and courts.
Because of them, I will never see my two grandaughters again.
Please listen to the sage advice here. Talk to *no one* until you retain an attorney that specializes in these cases with DFACS. It may seem like
something small, but it can so easily balloon much further out of control than you *ever* could imagine. Do not agree to or sign *anything* without an
attorney. It will cost you, but not as much as it could cost you if you do not. These people will take every penney you have.
I only wish we had paid the 2000.00 for the attorney at the beginning, instead of what was probably 20,000.00 by the time it was all said and done and
ended up losing the kids anyway.
edit on 25-4-2012 by Libertygal because: typo