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We are grandparents who have guardianship of 4 grandchildren of her oldest daughter. We are trying to get custody of two of her youngest daughter's children. Children, Youth and Family Department (CYFD) put us thru foster care training. My wife sometimes joins my VA counselling sessions. That day she joined us by phone. We explained to him that CYFD needed to know his opinion of how our grandchildren would fare with two more children of "high needs" placed in the family. So I needed to give my counselor permission to talk to and send a letter of recommendation to CYFD. As the session was over the time limit, I signed a blank form and he assured me that the correct information for the permission would be filled in. Instead, my entire file was sent to my wife's counselor, and to CYFD, neither of who requested it. I especially did not want CYFD to have the file as it would be used against us.
We spent all day trying to get someone from the VA to get my file back before it was opened by CYFD. No one would help.
This was a devastating situation, and I am still very angry with the way the VA handled - and mishandled! - the entire situation.
Yes, and yes.
We were denied a foster care license, so we are appealing (thru our current attorney). CYFD controls the entire process, including the appeal.
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