My question involves child abuse or neglect in the State of:Virginia
My life has been turned upside down by the mother of my daughter and she used CPS to do the damage.
I had joint custody of my daughter, and ran a child care business out of my home. The mother tried to claim I was sexually abusing my daughter in 2009. After poly and investigation, case was dismissed at hearing. The case was deemed unfounded by CPS. She did this I believe because I was running a successful childcare business out of my home, and knew she could get a good amount in child support. I started the business because I wanted my daughter properly socialized( I was a bachelor living alone and I didn't have friends with kids)plus I couldn't afford daycare. The business took of and I started earning more than I ever had before.
My daughter's mom is completely unstable, and an alcoholic. I would have much rather been the dad paying child support and seeing his daughter half the week. In my case it wasn't an option, my daughter's life would be destroyed by this woman.
Fast forward to 2010, I file for child support from the mother. Four days after child support was granted, BAM! The mother accused of abusing my daughter again. The stress level of dealing with these investigations is extreme. As in the first case my daughter was removed from my custody and placed in her mothers custody, only this time a diligent CPS worker started investigating the mother a bit, and found out she was unstable with a host of other problems. They removed her from the mom and she was placed with a client of my daycare to prevent her from going to foster care. During this time she recanted her story, and said her mother told her to say these things and if she didn't she would never see her mother again. She was re-interviewed by investigators and told them the same thing. They didn't believe the recant. The woman keeping her said she could no longer keep her. She was put in foster care and placed with my mother. I was ordered by the court to take a psych-sexual assessment which I did not pass, this shouldn't have been allowed in court but it was by CPS's attorney writing the judge to say I needed to retest, which obviously meant I failed, as far as the judge was concerned. Later I found out the test was inconclusive. At this point my childcare was shut down and then DHS came after me for child support AFTER taking away my income, and while living with MY mother who they didn't give the money. The judge made a finding against me.
I appealed the case and won. The GAL and the appeals judge said the previous finding was a travesty, they labeled the mother a serial reporter and she now has only supervised visits.
My daughter's and my life, in the short term has been ruined, my credit destroyed, business and reputation ruined.
What can I do? CPS seemed to suppress statements, they badgered my daughter in interviews only to get a piece of nothing even though in those same interviews she said her mother told her to do it.
Is anyone liable here besides the mother?