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DOCS QLD - Very young Grand Children in DOCS foster care

Issues in dealing with this department

At present my two grandsons are in the care of DOCS QLD. This is only a temporay order till 24.4.08.

I reported that my grandson had been hurt whilst in the mother's care. So an investigation is now proceeding. I have some concerns in the way Docs is handling this.

Visitation used to be 2 hours a week at their office, but it has been changed to 1 hour a week at a church hall as a group visitation with other families involved with DOCS. Only 2 familiy members can attend.

My concerns are about safety of the children as this church is in a out of the way place, and to the privacy of the children. There is concern about safety due to the heated exchanges whilst change overs on access visits for the youngest child. The children are only 3 and 15 months old.

Till the DOCS interventation my family had not seen the 3 year old for 2 years. He was hidden from his dad. The fathers of these two boys are my son, of the 13 month old bub, and my grandson is the father of the 3 year old. They both had a relationship with the children's mother. I have tryed to talk to DOCS about these issues but was told I have no right to interfere.

They have been in care now for 2 months. There is still no case planning being told to the family. All we get is a phone call less than 24 hours informing of visitation changes. So for 1 hour a week these 2 little boys are put in the limelight and have lots of attention then return to foster care till the next week.

I am concerned for bonding issues due to the young age of the boys and how does a dad bond with a 3 year old he hasn't seen for 2 years in such a group situation. I would like to hear of any ideas or suggestions on how to get some one to look at this please.

I don't have much faith in Child Services in QLD. My youngest son  (6) is a diabetic with cealiacs. He is supposed to visit a diabetic clinic every 3 months to have his average blood sugar readings taken, see a counseller and a diet specialist along with a diabetic specialist. I asked CS to ensure this was happening in September 07. In March 08 they said that my son was seeing a local GP. Once again I stressed that this was not enough but in one ear out the other……. So frustrating and potentially damaging for my son.

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