Hi,I'm very sorry you are going through this. I had my son taken for 2 weeks by the state of RI. I gave birth to him unassisted and when I called to make a well baby appointment, the dr completely freaked and had him taken.
He was found to have a heart defect(tetralogy of fallot) so even though I had switched peds to one that while he did not agree, supported our decisions, the original ped called CPS again and said he was medically neglected and needed to be removed from us immediatly, even though Gabe was in the hospital at the time!! It's a long story.
Anyway,CPS tried to force vaccinate Gabe. He ended up having one hep b while he was in the hospital, but has never had another vax. He came home at 2 weeks, but we didn't get CPS out of our lives until he was 5 months. They even forced his open heart surgery much sooner than expected, even though we were fully planning on having it done. Thankfully we had an excellent ped cardiologist who fought for us, and got the best surgeon around and Gabe did very well.
My advice to you (I"m not yelling just trying to make this stand out) GET THE LEGAL EXEMPTION FOR YOUR STATE NOW. CPS CANNOT , I REPEAT CANNOT COME INTO YOUR HOME WITHOUT A WARRANT. EVEN IF THEY COME WITH A POLICE OFFICER,THEY NEED A WARRANT. VIDEO AND/OR AUDIOTAPE ALL CONTACT WITH CPS. I did not know this. Stand at the door, preferrably with your child. That way they can see him and see that he is well. Chances are they will not seek a warrant. To make you feel even better, have a lawyer on call. Be very careful with lawyers. My first screwed us completely, I would have had my son back at 10 days instead of 2 weeks as well as had the case dismissed by 2 months had I had a decent lawyer.
Gabe is now 2,and very healthy. He's had surgery at Boston Children's Hospital,as well as developmental testing and a brain MRI a year later,and they never gave me any problems about him not being vaxed. He also gets in home services for some delays,and these workers(4 of them) have never given me any problem,and they are required by law to report any abuse.
I refuse to go into my reasons with any nurse,dr,or social worker. Since RI only has a religious exemption besides medical,I just write no vaccines religious exemption on any paperwork. They cannot ask questions about which religion. No one even bothered us at our local emergency room,when Gabe had to get staples for a cut on his head. I expected to hear it there,and nothing was said. This way he is covered if some nurse decides to vax him against our wishes,we would have a better chance with a lawsuit. Good luck and hang in there. Stay confident in your decision.
SAHM to homeschooled Kasia,5,
,and wife to Billy