I applaude the Victoria Advocate for writing this story. I am the aunt of this boy. I will say there is way more to this story that has been printed. I saw first hand the bruises as he was showed me bruises the size of a computer mouse. The boy was obviously traumatized. I cannot believe the treatment my sister received from this facility when she expressed her concern for her son's safety. Devereux should be investigated as they have fallen short on so many levels. CPS has treated my sister abusively and not given her any respect let alone that of a loving adoptive parent. I am proud of my sister standing up for her son under horrific circumstances. I worry for other children who do not have a loving parent to stand up for their rights. Pray for them.
I feel for the Mom and her Son for having to go through this difficult situation. Persons with FAS are targets for abuse because they don't know how to stand up for themselves so they suffer form verbal pyhsical and even sexual abuse. I know I have an 18 year old Son with Fetal Alcohol Effect and I have seen people abuse him because they can and he won't fight back I've reported abuse and nothing was done about it and he was too afraid to tell anyone for fear of getting in trouble.. I also don't trust of have any respect for CPS Workers they don't do their job properly. I really feel for this Mom and her Son and hope she can get her Son out of this Facility before soemthing serious happens to him.
I am a foster/adopt parent. My adopted son is 19, and I have had many hard days trying to help him become a whole person. As a foster parent I also learned fast that these children have learned the art of manipulation at a very early age, also they all lie as a defense mechanism. This is one of the ways they control their life. I will not comment on the alleged abuse of her son, but I will say from the experience I have had with taking very specialized children in my home, this boy has been manipulating his adoptive mother for many years and continues to do. While I do feel her pain it is obvious by him doing things until he turns blue, he is manipulating his mother as he has for years. It appears that he needs much more help than his mother can give him. The next stop for him may be prison if he does not learn to control his behaviors, and if this happens his mother will not be able to intervene.
I would have reported the abuse to proper channels. Play the game their way. Then I would have taken my son to the E.R. and have a doctor check him for signs of abuse. Then let the doctor report the abuse to the proper channels. You are playing their game so you have to play it their way. What you need to do in this case is beat them up with their own rule book! Use their rules against them. The lawyer was a good idea!