Collateral information: stories, rumors, unverified information used by CPS against families in dependency cases.
DSHS goes out into the stream of acquaintance a person or couple may have in order to find out information about them. Interviews are done as part of a fact finding. I have no problem with that. Permanent placement of a child is a VERY important thing. Neighbors and work supervisors may be the only source of key information that may actually have bearing on the placement.
But, it has been my experience that information from collateral sources can be unverified lies...that the department accepts as fact. They simply do not check out the facts. Or, they like what they hear and use it regardless. They, in some cases, hang onto the lies like a dog on a bone. You can pull and pet and don't dare kick...you will not get them to change their reports. (It took 3 hours to have the Kidney and dialyses lie taken from the Willard home study. It would NEVER have come out without the effort my aide took. and...we will have to see if it really did come out after he left the room.)
Bari Willard has breast cancer. This was learned or maybe made up by a CS (collateral source). The department never even asked Mrs. Willard about this. They just added it to the report. There was no medical record stating this that went along with the statement. No proof. No opportunity to rebut. No fact.
The Stuths never financially supported their daughter and granddaughter. Nope, never helped them. KING 5 showed a pile of cancelled checks. Yes. CPS had lied.
It goes on and on. They lie in their reports. These reports go to a judge.