Last year, some JCW staff posted on social media about an upsetting and ironic situation at JCW, when a false report was filed to CPS about one of our staff members, in retaliation for our work on a very sensitive case.
Almost a year later, we are sharing the second half of the very surprising story.
It was a regular work day at JCW. A woman walked in to the Florida office, identified herself as a child protection agent, and asked to speak to Meyer Seewald, director of JCW. She needed to meet with him to discuss anonymous allegations that had been received by CPS stating that Meyer had committed extreme physical abuse against his family.
The staff were initially very concerned, but it quickly became apparent that something was very off about the allegations. All of the details that the anonymous reporter had given were totally inconsistent; the details of Meyer’s family, the location of the supposed crimes, and pretty much everything else. The CPS agent said she would continue to follow up with a home visit and additional interviews, but all evidence pointed to a false report.
But we learned some other interesting information during that initial conversation. The CPS agent mentioned that she was an orthodox Jewish woman, (which is rare to say the least). She had worked in this field for many years, having trained and specialised in forensic interviewing and supporting and investigating reports of child abuse for social services, but had only heard of JCW in passing. Furthermore, that week she had given her notice to CPS. And so she was assigned her very last case…which brought her to the doors of JCW.
Over the course of the next couple weeks she completed the investigation, home visit, interviews with all involved parties, before closing the case and marking all allegations unsubstantiated and a false report.
Shortly after the investigation was concluded, the CPS agent met again with JCW management, this time as an applicant for a position. After receiving the job description she wrote into the Igris of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, and the letter she received instructed the reader to dedicate themselves to caring for and protecting children. (Many people connected to Chabad place letters with requests for prayer and guidance into a volume of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s correspondence, and seek meaning in the content of the page they randomly open to)
It is now 10 months later, and Shulamit is a beloved member of JCW’s staff.
At JCW we do some grueling work. Sometimes it’s awful and we feel like we’re swimming in evil. But then sometimes, God tells us he has our backs by sending us a team member with ideal training and expertise walking straight through our front door in the form of a CPS agent investigating one of our own, in a perfectly bizarre scenario.