Our newly assigned DHS caseworker called today. The investigation (difficult child touching his little sister inappropriately - an isolated incident as far as we can tell) is over and the caseworker told me she's going to recommend that they send difficult child to a program for 6-9 months. I'm in shock. difficult child's counselor agreed with me that sending him off to a program would not help him, and he wouldn't handle it well at all. No one's talked to the counselor (she was the mandatory reporter), not any of the investigators, and the investigation is over. All the investigators told us everything seemed fine and the safety plan sounded great. Now we get a letter saying they found the allegations true (they are true so that doesn't surprise me) and want to put him on the central registry list. Now DHS calls and tells me this before she's even met us or talked to anyone. This is exactly what I was worried about happening, and now it's happening. One of difficult child's counselors gave me the name of a lawyer to call, but I don't know how we'll ever be able to afford it. I haven't told husband yet - he's not going to handle it well.