My 4 year old's prayer tonight: "Dear Heavenly Father, please bless that Jared feels better. Please bless Skylie, that we can visit with her another day. Bless Nana that she will be able to get her. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen."
My niece, that I have written about often over the last several months, is in danger. She is being "cared for" by her father and paternal grandparents. Other than a few weeks ago, when I had her for two days, they are refusing to let my family to take her. It was arranged with her mother, that we would be allowed to have her Thursdays and Fridays.
The home that this child is in, is not fit for my dog to live in. It is the filthiest, most disgusting house, that I have ever set foot in. This child is sleeping in a bassinet, in the hallway. She is being fed watered down pedialyte. When I took her for those two days, she came home and quickly drank 10 ounces of formula. Two hours later, she drank another 6 ounces. Anyone knows that these are abnormal amounts for a two month old to be drinking.
Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) was called today. They stated that because the child does not crawl, they don't care how dirty the house is. Seriously? What person out there, doesn't put a 2 month old on the floor for tummy time? Hmmm...apparently not her current guardians, because the back of her head is flat.
DCFS has made several comments about the situation:
"A neighbor will call if there is a problem."
"There needs to be proof of abuse before we can intervene." (Great...in theory. We can't get her out of the house to get her to a doctor to be examined!)
"I have a hard time believing that grandparents would do that."
And, my very, very personal favorite:
"Just because you are related doesn't mean that you have to care."
WTF? Really? If I don't care...who will?
I am not asking that the entire house be searched and everyone in the home be drug tested. (Although, in a perfect world, that would be GREAT, because I know for a fact that drugs were seen in my other niece's room when she lived there.)
I am simply asking that someone get off their rear, drive out to the home and knock on the door. You can see from the doorway that the home is unfit for anyone to be living in.
All this is coming from people who are supposed to be advocates for children! No wonder we lose so many children, in the hands of adults, in this country.