Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2009 9:55 PM
Subject: Amy Langley
I have recently learned that the Langleys have
been subject to another CPS referral, this one alleging that by examining
her for bruises in response to the child's own complaints and taking her to
the doctor, that they were violating the child's privacy. I am searching
for a diplomatic way of saying "are you nuts" and I can't come up with one.
This is about as spurious an allegation as I
have ever heard. Investigating an injury, finding a bruise, and going to a
doctor is child abuse? Yet causing the injury was not? You are well aware
that foster parents are mandatory reporters. You are further aware that
this is child that has been with them since infancy, and is still pre-school
age, needing help with toileting and hygiene.
You know very well this charge will never hold
up. So does the person who made the referral. This is pure harassment.
This, again, is clear retaliation for activities
protected by RCW 74.13.333, namely, advocating for a child, advocating for
services for a child, filing complaints, testifying, and instituting
proceedings under chapter 13. This complaint clearly should have been
screened out. Whoever in your office responsible for this has again
demonstrated bias and should not be on this case.
This allegation is curiously timed. You are
also aware that the results of the CAPTA review of the other charges against
the Langleys are due any day now, the Langley's foster care license is up
for renewal, and there is a review hearing for the child this week.
Bringing up an allegation based on an event that was well known and
documented three months ago can only serve the purpose to further
obfuscate the dependency proceedings and deflect attention away from the
parents' and the department's own shortcomings.
I am also concerned that every letter I have
written to you has found its way into the hands of the birth parent
attorneys. There is only one path by which this could have happened.
Please investigate this matter, change the case
management, and drop this outrageous allegation.
Foster Care Justice Alliance
P.O. Box 233
Woodinville, WA 98072-0233