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CAS Workers Smoke
May 5, 2008 permalink
Consideration by Ontario of a law to outlaw smoking in a vehicle with children present caused one mother to post her experience with smoking around her son. The author thinks it safest to withhold her name. WARNING! CAS workers use coarse language!
Years ago when I was still able to see my children I complained bitterly about a driver smoking in my youngest's face. I complained about smoking in the foster homes (express policy always been in place that foster parents are not to smoke with the children present). I complained about a foster parent's teenage son smoking in front of my children. I'm extremely allergic. But the disturbing one was the driver (turned out to be the in-home support person's husband) smoking in my toddlers face, a long ash dangling inches from his eye. Kieran was crying. When I asked that he get the cigarette the hell out of his face, his wife jumped at me and said, "He's dying of cancer he can do whatever the fuck he wants, and it's our fucking vehicle so don't fucking tell us what to do in our car". I threatened to immediately remove my son, trying to grab him away from the frail elderly man. His wife (Penny) told me to go ahead and defy her cause she'd make sure I paid for it from CAS!
Source: email copied with permission of the author