I would completely agree with the multiple copies of the dismissal letter, we have many of ours. A very unstable neighbor called on us and alleged 10 different abuses against us, the police were contacted by the cps agency and the allegations were found unsubstantiated. The police officer who had initially responded our house the day before the allegation for a disturbance issue actually told cps that the woman more of a danger to our family than we could ever have been to our kids. After a very stressful few weeks we received our letter. We are also a bit worried that if we were to ever pursue adoption that it would cause some difficulty, but I have been assured by a few friends who have adopted that it will be a non-issue, mainly because our file actually states the officer witnessed us being threatened by the neighbor, with the officer stating that the woman had obviously not been taking her medication. I know that in RI the information about who called cannot be legally released to the person who was investigated, the only reason we knew was because the investigator asked about the police visit and knew information that could only have been connected to the neighbor, they then answered our questions about the report. I know that this was not allowed by the usual rules, but all of the people involved were very sympathetic to our position and felt that we were being unfairly harassed by this woman.
I do still feel threatened and it does color how I parent, I am nervous about what could happen, through no fault of our own that could make our lives h***. I really do wish that the reports would have to at least be collected with confidential information so that erroneous reports made for revenge would be caught before lives were ruined.
laura, dh Brian, ds Rory 14, dd Ellie 13, ds Caelan 11, ds Seamus 9, ds Finn 7 and Penelope 2 !!!!