||07-31-14 12:13 PM
Originally Posted by Roody
I guess I missed something. I see nothing on this thread about vaccinations, or any of the other issues you mention. The OP didn't claim that protective services had no right to investigate--in fact he granted that they do have that right, IIRC. I think a reasonable person would dispute the caseworker's conclusion that lack of car constitutes a danger to the child. Most reasonable people would agree that driving a seriously sick or injured child to the ED in a private car is not "a credible plan for transporting the child for medical services and emergencies."
I spent a couple weeks going over this, and came to the conclusion that it would take me roughly 3-4 hours to get to the hospital by bike while towing a trailer, an hour and a half by ambulance (the local VFD chief I spoke with recently said there was a volunteer ambulance corp 2 towns over that covers 3 neighboring counties), or I could get there in less than an hour by car if necessary
. While driving I could also see the kid, apply pressure to a wound (if any) and be able to quickly pull over to perform CPR quick enough. And if she had a high fever that didn't go down and needed to go to the ER, she'd be more comfortable laying on a car seat for an hour(ish) than in a bike trailer for 4.
Granted I have only been taking care of her by myself for almost a year, I've been in this child's life since she was born, I'm sure if there was a concern for her well-being, her mother wouldn't have made me her legal guardian. I was there for her first step, I patched her up after she fell off her bike while she was learning to ride a 2 wheeler(which I was teaching her to do), I've sat up with her all night when she was sick and couldn't sleep. But now just because I choose to live rural and switch to a bicycle for primary transportation I'm unfit as a parent? Sure I still have some things to learn, who doesn't? Name one perfect parent out there.
I have 8 references from non-relatives (only needed 3), one being the kid's physician, that all attest to my decisions are in the best interest of the child. My lawyer doesn't see a reason why we won't win the lawsuit filed against the caseworker and her supervisor.