Be Aware Seattle Moms
I joined PEPS infant group right after having my second son for moral support.
After attending my first meeting, I received an email from PEPS stating that we joined a wrong group, and that there is a group specifically for families with a toddler & infant.
So, I never went back to my PEPS group after just one meeting.
About a month later, I learned a shocking news!!!
My group leader reported me to the authority.
She made false accusations concerning my children after having met my family only once.
After social worker came out to our house, investigated, and closed our case, I immediately called PEPS program director to report what happened.
Oddly enough, my former group leader had already talked to one of the program organizers about how she had reported me to the authority. According to PEPS director, PEPS staff member explained to my former group leader that she shouldn't have made such an extreme claim given that she is not a mandatory reporter, and that she should have left PEPS to deal with whatever it was that she was concerned with.
If my ex-group leader was so worried about my children, I wonder why she never contacted me prior to making false accusations.
Since PEPS group leaders are volunteers AND NOT mandatory reporters, why didn't she call PEPS staff BEFORE she reported me instead of AFTERWARDS???
As someone with healthcare background, I am skeptical of how well PEPS as an organization screens their volunteers & how well they train them to lead support groups.
It's is heart breaking to have been treated in such an inhumane way by someone who is suppose to lend support.
Think again before you join PEPS if you are not a white-middle-class-who-doesn't-usually-fit-into-ÃÂmost groups. You might have a target on your back the moment you go into your first group meeting.
I am definitely let down by PEPS.
PEPS membership should come with a disclaimer: YOU ARE JOINING PEPS AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!
in Seattle, WA