Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Child Protective Services

Updated on November 13, 2017
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Shannon is a social worker, counselor, and Child Protective Services professional. She offers the insider's perspective on how CPS works.

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I am a CPS professional and this article is based on my experience in my state and region. CPS practices vary state by state, city by city, and county by county. For relevant information, look up CPS in your region.

These are my answers to the ten most common questions I've heard while working for CPS. Knowing these answers can give you insight into the reasoning behind the policies and help navigate the system.

  1. CPS is legally obligated to investigate every report, even false ones. However, there are exceptions to this rule. Below, you'll find a discussion of reasons why a report might go uninvestigated.
  2. CPS can meet with your child without your permission. Although this might alarm you, there are very good reasons for this policy, which I explain below.
  3. You do not have to let CPS in your home—even if they ask nicely.
  4. You have rights. Below, I list the most important to keep in mind.

  5. The investigation process is designed to be thorough. You may be asked some very "nosy" questions, and I explain why below.
  6. CPS can't test you for drugs without your consent, but there are also many great reasons for giving consent.
  7. CPS does not want to remove kids from decent situations, despite what you might believe. There are no bonuses or quotas to fill.
  8. CPS can help you. They have access to a long list of tools and resources to help improve your home situation.
  9. Cooperating with CPS is probably the smartest and most beneficial thing to do in the long run, for you and your kid.
  10. CPS workers are people, too. It's best to remember that their ultimate job is to help, not hurt.

1. CPS Is Legally Obligated to Investigate Every Report

How Does CPS Work?

You may have heard it before, and it is the truth. CPS is legally obligated to investigate every report it receives. However, there are instances where they do not investigate or the case is closed without investigation. This typically happens when there is no real foundation to believe that there is abuse or neglect occurring.

Why a Case Might Not Be Investigated

For instance, a report is made that a 14-year-old boy is being left home alone after school. If the child does not have any special needs and is not causing any damage to property or otherwise putting himself in danger, it would appear that the child is a normal high school freshman with no risk factors. Therefore, this case might be closed at intake because no real neglect is occurring. On the other hand, if that same report states that the child has Down’s Syndrome, the report will likely become an investigation.

Types of Investigations and How Long They Might Take

Investigations might range from one conversation with a parent or foster parent to a full investigation. In any case, if the report makes it to an investigator's desk, they are legally obligated to respond to it. This is not a policy; this is the law. Case response time is 24 to 72 hours, depending on the case. Some factors, such as screening and routing, can take slightly longer. In general though, a case will get a response within 72 hours. Responses range from seeing the entire family to seeing just the child or speaking with any person on the case. There may also just be unsuccessful attempts to contact someone.

Even if you're being investigated, that does not mean that a parent will necessarily be contacted within 72 hours. A parent may not be contacted for some time after a case is initiated. The person who reports the case to CPS is sometimes contacted prior to action and sometimes not contacted at all except to receive a letter giving the ruling on the case. The letter only states the ruling and gives absolutely no details on anything else.

What About Ridiculous or False Claims?

It does not matter how ridiculous or false a claim may be. When an investigator receives the referral, they are legally obligated to investigate. Even if the child, parents, witnesses, and ten other unrelated persons insist that something did not occur, the case must still be completed. It has to be. That is what an investigator intends to gain from an investigation: the truth about what happened.

One of my favorite quotes from a senior investigator was this: “We go out to disprove an allegation as much as we go out to prove it.” When an investigation is received, they have to look at it, gather evidence, then make a ruling or determination. They cannot take the word of one single person, even the child. They have to look at all evidence. If an allegation is false, the best thing for you to do is give the investigator every resource to show that. Tell him or her why you think someone reported and what their motivation might have been. Investigators do consider this and want to hear it.

What About Reports Made Repeatedly by the Same Person?

It does not matter how many times a report has been made by the same person or for the same thing. CPS is still obligated to investigate.

However, there are systems in place to keep you from being harassed by a reporter or by CPS. For example, let’s say that you have been reported for physical abuse of your child and you completed an investigation. If the same reporter calls in with the same allegations a week later, with no new incident to report, the investigation may be closed without you even knowing it was reported. The ruling would be that it had already been investigated. You may only receive a phone call or you may receive nothing.

If there are new alleged incidents, the case may be investigated again. If this occurs, say, four times, and no evidence is found, they can start to close these without investigation. However, it’s important to know that it does not always happen this way, and you may be investigated for the same type of allegation from the same reporter many times. It all depends on whether new information is given in each new report. Good investigators will speak to the reporter and attempt to determine if they are doing this for reasons other than concerns for the safety of the child. Just because you are being reported doesn't mean you are guilty. Investigators do not assume you did it when they receive the report.

What About Ulterior Motives of People Who Report Abuse?

Trust me when I say that when a CPS worker receives a large amount of reports on the same allegation by the same reporter and it’s clear the motivation is something other than the welfare of the child, we know that there is an ulterior motive. Sometimes we have a long talk with a reporter about making false allegations, the consequences for doing so, and the unnecessary stress they are placing on a child.

“We go out to disprove an allegation as much as we go out to prove it.”

— Senior CPS Investigator

2. Can CPS See My Child Without My Permission?

The simple answer is yes. The longer answer is CPS will usually attempt to see your child before they talk to you. There is a simple reason for this: Workers want to talk to the child before a parent or foster parent has the chance to tell them what to say (at best) or threaten the child with consequences of disclosing abuse (at worst).

Also, if the child has any bruising or physical evidence of abuse or neglect, the investigator will try to get to that child before the evidence is gone.

What If I'm Falsely Accused?

If you are reading this, you may be upset because you have been falsely accused. It’s understandable to feel upset, but you should also remember that some parents are not falsely accused and it’s important for CPS to reach those children before there can be any intimidation or coaching by abusive parents.

If you consider this an injustice or a violation of your rights as a parent, think of the child who is being abused. That child might disclose the truth to a worker if they are interviewed prior to contact with the parent, but if a parent is made aware first, are they not going to intimidate, threaten, or further harm the child in order to ensure the child does not disclose this abuse? This is why it is likely that CPS will try to see your child at school, daycare, or another setting before notifying you. The rules for this may vary in some states, so check your rights in your own state. In many states, you can look up the laws and policies of your child welfare agency online.

What If I Don't Want My Child Interviewed?

If you do not want your child interviewed and an investigator comes to their school, you can tell them no. You can even have something on file at the school stating that no one is allowed to interview your child without you present. Once you have stated to a CPS worker that you do not want your child interviewed, they can not conduct an interview without a court order or “exigent (emergency) circumstances.”

That basically means that if you refuse to allow the child to be interviewed, CPS must obtain a court order from a judge stating that you must allow the interview or that the situation must be of such an emergency or risk that the child must be taken into the investigator's custody and interviewed. If the emergency situation occurs, the investigator must justify that claim in a court within 24 hours, obtain the approval of a judge, and notify you about it. It is rare to interview a child by “exigent circumstances” unless the child is also removed at that time (more on removals below).

What if CPS Comes to My House?

If a CPS worker wants to interview your child at your home, they must ask your permission. They cannot speak with your child at your home with you present without your consent. If you say no, they will not conduct the interview. (There are reasons, however, why you should cooperate—there’s a section about this below).

What If My Child Is Home Alone?

If your child is home alone, CPS can talk to them but it varies by circumstance. A child can't give a worker permission to enter the home, but if the child is home alone and that poses a danger to themselves or to others, the police department will be contacted and all parties may enter your home. This is an extreme circumstance. If an older child is home alone, they generally won't be fully interviewed at that time. If they are, it will be outside of your home.

3. You Do Not Have to Let CPS in the Door

What If CPS Shows Up at My Front Door?

CPS has no special right to enter your home without your permission, and you can say no to them. Workers do not have a right to obtain search warrants. You can be cooperative with the investigation without letting an investigator walk inside your door.

You can open the door and allow them to look inside and still not allow them to come in. Workers should ask you before coming in your home. If you say no, they cannot and will not enter. If they do enter, you can contact the police.

What If I Let CPS Come Inside?

Once you allow CPS into your home, you can ask them to leave whenever you like and they must comply. They cannot look through your drawers or search your home unless you give them permission to do so. Allowing entry to the home does not entitle the investigator to go through your medicine cabinet. They may look around and see what is visible to the eye, but they must ask permission to open a drawer or the refrigerator.

4. You Have Rights

Parents and alleged perpetrators have rights. Ask your worker about those rights or research them on your own. If you get a surprise visit, you can ask for time to look up your rights. You have more control over the situation than you think. For example, you can say to a worker, “I’d like to talk to you in a few days after I’ve looked over my rights.”

Can I Ask for Time to Review My Rights?

In my particular county in my state, CPS hands over a booklet outlining the parents' rights when they see them for the first time. If you receive any written materials, you can ask for time to review them. You can contact or consult with an attorney. If it makes you feel more comfortable, do it. In most cases, a few days will not harm your case. It is better to cooperate as much as you are comfortable with in the beginning.

5. The Investigation Process Is Designed to Be Thorough

So you have been accused of not supervising your child, and now workers are asking you questions about drugs, alcohol, pornography, and whether you've ever had an abortion. They asked your child if anyone had ever attempted to touch them inappropriately and if they have food to eat every day. You feel like CPS is investigating your life from the inside out. What is going on here?

Why Is CPS Asking Questions that Aren't Related to the Allegation?

In a sense, they are investigating your life from the inside out. Workers screen children for all types of abuse or neglect, regardless of the actual allegation. Investigators will ask questions about the allegation, but they will also ask broad, general questions about all types of abuse and neglect. The reasons for this should be obvious. If the allegation itself is false, but Mom and Dad are doing drugs in front of the child, the child is still at risk and CPS needs to know that.

Mom and Dad are going to be asked some general screening questions, as well. They’ll be asked about their own childhoods and habits, whether they have financial problems or had domestic violence in old relationships. These questions help a CPS worker determine several things. For example, is the family in a position of high stress? Does the mother or father show a pattern of behavior? Is there a long history of violence, sexual abuse, or incest in a family? CPS wants a complete picture so that they can identify if a child is at risk, and also to see if there is anything CPS can do to help that family, since that’s a crucial part of their job, too.

What Happens If They Find Something Else?

There are many times when the original allegation is not what the investigator found to be of the most concern in the family. For example, a physical abuse allegation may lead investigators to discover that no physical abuse is occurring, but that there is domestic violence between the father and his girlfriend. In the end, they may ask the father to attend domestic violence classes even though this was not what he was reported for.

6. CPS Needs Your Consent to Test You for Drugs

This is a sticky subject. CPS workers can drug test you, but they do need your consent. They cannot force you to take a drug test since they do not have the legal authority to do so. They will not notify you that they are going to drug test and they will arrange for the test in a short period of time. There are certain counties or states that will drug test every person in every case. You can be drug tested no matter your age and your children can also be drug tested. There are a million rules that govern this and all kinds of different rules for each situation. You should know what those rules are and know what your rights are.

It's in Your Best Interest to Take the Drug Test

The way you react to being asked to take a drug test matters. If you refuse, you can be court-ordered to take one. If you are court-ordered, they will take a nail scrape, a hair follicle, or some other type of test that looks further back into your history, and you will be required to take this test. So you can not “fool” a test or change the results by refusing, delaying, and requiring that a court order be gotten to buy you more time.

What Happens if You Refuse the Drug Test

If you refuse a drug test, the investigator will assume that you are using and act accordingly. This is important to know. People who are clean rarely refuse to take a drug test, even though it does happen. In fact, they are more likely to demand a drug test to be cleared of the allegation of drug use than to refuse to take one on principle. You can refuse on principle, and I've seen it happen. However, it’s not a good idea. Just take the test.

If You're Going to Test Positive

If you are going to test positive on a drug test, tell the investigator before you take it and discuss what will happen. Positive drug tests do not mean automatic removal of your children. It may mean that they have to stay with someone else for a while, but it does not necessarily mean your children will be put in foster care. Every situation is different. Be honest and talk to your investigator. They will not be shocked. They will not overreact. They deal with it every single day.

7. CPS Does Not Want to Separate Families

I have heard many things about CPS and removals. I've heard ridiculous things, like they have a quota they must reach for removing children, or they get bonuses for removing a child. I will speak for myself and say I’d rather do anything than remove a child from their family.

First of all, when a child is removed, a CPS worker has just guaranteed themself an extra 50 or so hours of work. There are many things involved in a child’s removal. It is not pleasant and they do not want to do those things. They have enough work and do not want to make more for themselves by removing your child for reasons other that the child’s safety.

Workers do not get bonuses, perks, or anything else for removals, and there is certainly no quota. The policy is to do everything possible to avoid removal. You may not see those policies or notice what's being done to avoid removal, but it's true.

Why Did It Happen So Fast?

It may happen very fast. You may feel that they have walked in and snatched your baby without a moment of thought. While those feelings are understandable, it simply does not work that way.

It doesn't happen that fast for us. Remember that CPS likely began the investigation before approaching you. There are cases where the situation is so dire that an emergency removal is necessary based on very limited but devastating information.

Removal vs. Placement

Removal is different from placement. If you have been asked to place your child with family or other types of kin, your child has not been removed; you have voluntarily placed your child in another home while you work some type of service or control some different factors.

Removal will involve a court order from a judge either prior to the removal or within 24 hours after. You will be asked to attend court hearings and you will get an attorney. If this is not happening, you have not had your child removed. Plus, if your child has been legally removed, you can still place them in a relative or kin’s home. Foster care is absolutely the very last resort and the ideal is to not have children placed in foster care. Any other viable, safe option is very much preferred. Plus, removal does not mean that you cannot ever have your child returned to your custody. The process for permanent, non-voluntary termination of parental rights is very, very complicated and takes 18 months or more.

8. How CPS Can Help You

CPS can often be demonized. People who are being investigated can feel like CPS is there to harm them, tear their family apart, pry into their lives, and embarrass them. Parents feel harassed and invaded. I get it, and most CPS workers understand that you feel this way. They would feel this way too if it were happening to them. While it’s CPS’s job to investigate claims, they can also help you.

How Can CPS Help Me?

CPS has access to massive amounts of resources and social services and can provide you with tools, materials, and concrete resources that you want or need to help your family work better. Ask your investigator about anything you need, from diapers or food to a new home. They will get you resources if there are any. They may recommend things for you and you can request specific things as well.

CPS is there to help, whether it be getting a child out of a dangerous situation or helping a parent gain skills or resources. The goal of any investigator is not to harm your family, but to improve it. That being said, they don’t have limitless resources and they may not be able to fully meet all of your requests. But they will try. Helping families is my favorite part of my job.

Helping families is my favorite part of the work that I do.

9. Why You Should Cooperate With CPS

I said that you should cooperate with CPS, and there is a reason for this. Cooperating almost always works to your benefit. If you don’t allow your child to be interviewed, it is natural for us to wonder why.

Won't the Interview Cause My Child Emotional Distress?

I have heard every reason for why parents do not want their child to be interviewed. The most common is that they fear the interview will cause emotional distress. However, CPS workers are trained in interviewing and screening children. They are professionals at it.

We always make an interview as simple and easy as possible for a child. Most children do not find it remotely stressful and actually enjoy the interview. Workers may provide them with coloring books or other playthings to ease the mood and make the child feel more comfortable. I have spent a full hour of pre-interview with a child doing nothing but putting them at ease before asking them a single question.

CPS is in the business of helping children, not harming them. They do everything they can to make children feel more safe. If a child finds the interview too distressing, the CPS worker may end the interview for that child’s sake. Most of the time, though, children have very little emotional reaction to an interview and express no distress at all.

What Happens if I Don't Let CPS in My Home or Take a Drug Test?

CPS doesn’t always have to come into your home. If you refuse when they've asked to come inside, they may assume you are hiding something. This happens to workers fairly often, so it is not as severe as not allowing a child to be seen or not allowing a drug test.

However, if the allegation is that your house is a hazard to the child and you do not allow entry into the home, CPS will assume you are hiding something. If the allegation involves people who may be living at the home or any concern for the home environment, CPS will assume you are hiding something if you do not let them in.

Not opening the door on principle happens, but it shouldn’t. CPS isn’t interested in going through your underwear drawer. They want to make sure the home is safe. As I said before, open the door and allow us to look inside and see that you don’t have trash piled to your ceiling or dog feces all over the carpet where your baby crawls. Just looking around can be enough. If it is not, CPS can obtain a court order.

What if I Don't Cooperate At All?

It is possible for you to be completely uncooperative. If they never see your child, your home, you, or anyone you know, then there is very little they can do. This, however, can be a very large red flag that something is really wrong. I suggest that if you do not wish to cooperate in any way, you contact an attorney and have that attorney talk with us.

My experience has been that if there is no cooperation, a lot of things are very wrong. CPS may just go away for now, but when families have problems, CPS tends to get involved more than once. If you’re not hiding anything, it’s better to just cooperate. CPS can close your case a lot quicker and easier if you show us that nothing is wrong.

10. Workers Are People Too

I add this statement because I stand by it as the number one thing I wish people would consider. CPS workers are just people. They are highly trained and educated people, but they are still just people. They make mistakes. They miss things. They go home to their own lives. They are doing their jobs. They are regulated and well-supervised. They aren’t doing anything as personal vendetta against you and they aren’t judging you in a personal way.

"It Is My Job to Be Hated."

CPS is full of people with thankless jobs that don't pay well and require a massive commitment. They have hobbies and dreams and goals. They have feelings. They often have their own children, their own problems, and their own pasts. They are simply people who have chosen to dedicate their professional lives to helping families and children.

I often say that "it is my job to be hated" because it is incredibly rare for anyone to welcome a CPS investigator into their lives with open arms and loving kindness. Mine is a profession where you have to get used to the idea that most of the families you encounter consider you an enemy. We know this and we can handle it because we know we are doing the right thing.

Source

Important: The views in this article are those of the author and do not reflect those of any other person or entity. This advice should not substitute that of a legal professional and is not given as legal advice. Any examples are purely fictional. This is personal opinion and should be read as such. This article should not replace any legal or professional advice obtained. I encourage anyone who is seeking advice on any subject involving Child Protective Services to seek the advice of a legal professional.

© 2011 shancontented

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      beenrhroughtheringer 

      24 hours ago

      what a crock of shit. these people are scum. "when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" has never been more accurate. they will act like your friend, because thats what they are trained to do. they are NOT here to help you, and while it may be true they have no quota, they absolutely feel more cases means better reviews from supervisors. first thing you need to do is make sure you have a backup custody ready. mom, sister, aunt, somebody ready to take supervisional rights. placing children in temporary custody of strangers does far more emotional and possibly physical damage than any situation they were in to begin with, spare the absolute extreme cases, which 99% of us are not. doesnt matter, its a damn 9 to 5 to them. its screw you, this is my job. the more vaugue they are, the more concern you should have. they are under absolutely NO obligation to be honest, and will lie through thier teeth to get your kids placed and complete a case. GET A LAWYER.

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      Charles Libby 

      28 hours ago

      "If you’re not hiding anything, it’s better to just cooperate. CPS can close your case a lot quicker and easier if you show us that nothing is wrong."

      Sure, and the same thing could be said by the police. In this country people still have (a few) constitutional rights and one of them is the right not to incriminate themselves. As an attorney, I cannot stress this enough. Don't talk to CPS or a police officer without a (free) attorney available from the Public Defender's office or someone else. I'm not looking for work - I'm looking for CPS workers to do their jobs - maybe not the easy way - but the legal way. People have NO obligation to PROVE THEMSELVES INNOCENT by showing CPS that nothing is wrong. Too often people are railroaded by CPS workers who are just not that bright and don't understand the law - but take away kids and ask questions later. Don't incriminate yourself. Insist on an attorney.

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      NuN-Ya 

      2 days ago

      I gave birth to my daughter at my mans house in the bathroom high on herorin and opiates when i got to thr hospitol they called CPS and i got a open case and my baby and 2 kids were taken out of my custody my son 13 and daughter 8 were already staying with my mom until i got a stable place so they left them in my mothers custody i went to rehab for 3 months and changed from supervised visits to unsupervised im going to noe get overnite visits and will be gettimg my kids back before december, at first i was against CPS and thought they are just fucking us up but in reality i was using and when i went to rehab and got sober i realized that by me using and thinking i had evrrything under control i didnt. I was fucking up as a mothet by putting my needs first putting my kids emotional needs for granted because of m6 fuckrd up trips i would go through high. Now being sober mybmind is focused and right and im glad im getting the help i needed not proud that its f4om CPS but thankful they are there to help parents get reunified and if the psrents dont do what they need to than its fpr a reason and its not a good one. Its because somewhere along the l8ne they are still fucking up. Im proud of myself not for having a case and getting m6 kids taken from me but for overcoming a dark pkace i was in being able to come out of it and realize wtf i was really doing to my kids lives im been sober i dont want to say i will never do drugs againbecause my famous words are "NEVER SAY NEVER" cause it will bite you in the ass but i dont want to use i dont plan too idont need to because i dont want to break my kids heart again i wouldnt even be able to live with myself so regardless i cant be high. We are looking for a 4bdrm and i thought CPS was supposed to help with housing the house i do have is only 2 bdrm and its me my man and 4 kids But my worker said they dont have that kind of pool to help with housing . I thought thst it was a priority especially if they want to help us be reunified n have a safe place???

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      NAni 

      3 days ago

      LAs Vegas social services told my nephew they would give them food and then set them up to come get the food before my nephew and his family were to get on a bus and come back home. Florida. They took their kids left called the cops. My nephew was searched and then the cops left. That’s it! They kidnapped my nephews. The fuse has been lit

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      Seek help, get burned 

      4 days ago

      My CPS story has been an absolute nightmare. Upon learning about an incident of innocent childs play between my kids, I proactively reached out to a counselor to determine tools and methods that i could use to teach my children about body safety, guidelines and boundaries in an age appropriate manner. The counselor reported it to CPS alleging one child may have abused the other. We cooperated fully with the CPS assessments, we were lied to, kids were lied to, in an attempt to get them to feel "comfortable" to talk. Their words, as well as ours were twisted, taken out of context, and inaccurately written up in a terrible way and presented to the county attorney who requested a $1000 assessment which we were told was a "suggestion". We decided not to participate in said suggested assessment based off of what were were told from the CPS worker and the investigator who stated they had no ongoing concerns but made some suggestions that we fully complied with in addition to adding our own suggestions/consequences.The CPS worker then filed a CHIPS petition against us as parents telling us this was "standard procedure" so they could assist with funding the assessment. However we were unaware and completely uninformed that this "standard procedure" was actually a full fledged child welfare case being take out agaist us to court order us to get the assessment completed on our 11 year old who was being accused of abusing a younger sibling. Merely because I reached out to a counselor for assisting with determining tools and methods that i could use to teach my kids in an age appropriate manner without guilting and shaming them. I merely wanted to be realistic and fair by addressing this in an age appropriate way and easing any psychological ramifications. It has been an absolute nightmare and dragging us and the kids through their invasive and expensive process has caused more harm than it has "helped" anything. There are NO resources, NO help, NO concern for anything we endured. This has been an absolute joke and an eye opener for me who has always been a strict law abiding citizen to find that this reflects our tax dollars at work. Pushing things through the court system by falling back on statutes and laws to avoid "liability" has been repeated to us numerous times. The CPS worker told us "its not what said child did, its what they may do in the future if something were to happen later and we dont want to be liable for anything". BEWARE, some of the people put in place to "help" us, are just collecting and passing the buck on to the court system, while damaging background records for both parents and children who reach out for assistance to merely avoid liability. In our case this is more like CPS (Child Prosecution Services) and we will no doubt be dealing with the psychological fallout from this whole fiasco for years to come.

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      Momabear 

      5 days ago

      My bf s kids live with him .he is now being investigated by CPS.can he legally grant me custody of he's kids so they are not taken...we do not live together

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      Texas 

      5 days ago

      Does the APS Caseworker have the Authority To go to a place of business Phone company with a perpetrator and tell them you can not stop services because perpetrators have power of attorney.When you hired a attorney That the documents in question are invaild But the perpetrators are harrassing you at your place of home .because you refuse to have any contact with your adult childern .but bring the cops to your home and still presenting documents they made you sign against your well because there friend is a notary

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      Crystal walker 

      5 days ago

      How do I find my daughter now that she's 18.

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      Scott 

      7 days ago

      I will straight up kill any person or entity that does harm to my child period

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      Anonymous 

      8 days ago

      My name is anonymous just like the reports called into CYS anonymous do not answer your door if you do tell them to remove themselves from your property you do not have to let them in your house.Do not submit to anything that they want even if the police come to your house ignore the police they have no right to violate your constitutional right tell them take you to court. Get protection for yourself for your children find a family member and get a custody order in place to protect your children there vultures there nothing but dog catchers and yes they do twist your words and try to intimidate you don't let them intimidate you be strong and fight for your rights they're crooked they're corrupt they don't protect children they violate children's rights no child should be interviewed by them children have no right to feel like that they did anything wrong or intimidated by the the system because there is no justice system I've made calls to CYS they didn't protect my grandchildren and the Delaware County District Attorney's Office protection isn't a waiting game when it comes to saving lives media courthouse they're all corrupt

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      Sue 

      8 days ago

      I don't know how things are going to go they wanted a drug test and I told them it would be dirty and they wanted it anyway and they said it was ok that didn't mean that I would loose her they said they would help me so I will keep you posted on how it goes.

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      Chelsea 

      8 days ago

      My kids were taking from my care when there was no abuse or neglect to my children. Me n my husband moved to his home town in a different city. The worker was made aware that we were moving n transportation would be tight for visitation. Can they legally take the kids if there is no abuse or neglect of the children n are they allowed to transfer the case to the city we live in which is my husband's home town?

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      Shirley 

      10 days ago

      I can tell you that 8, 9, and 10 are patently false! CPS has zero resources. I took my child for counseling and a CPS referral was made for something he had done--they ripped our family apart, they didn't listen to anything we said, they lied on paperwork and in court, and they offered exactly nothing in resources! Cooperating just landed us in more trouble--instead of helping a family, that was already seeking help from counselors, they decided to come after us (parents) because it had taken four months to get him into a counselor. CPS only cares about "protocol" and they are willing to inflict lasting damage on children to follow it. Discernment, which should be a prerequisite, is completely absent in every case worker we spoke to. Every other counselor or professional we spoke to could see that we were doing everything we could to help and protect our kids, but CPS, which had no case, continued a vindictive pursuit of us--possibly because I wanted to take the kids to a Christian counselor. All I can say is, if you ever have any interaction with CPS, don't speak without an attorney present. It cost us tens of thousands of dollars to defend ourselves and we are still trying to repair the damage that CPS interference did to our kids.

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      Lolly 

      10 days ago

      Has anyone had there kids in state Custody and got a drug Paraphernalia charge what will happen to your kids and myself

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      Drobledo 

      10 days ago

      I have a question please i had a cps case and they closed but now im in need of assistance my landlord refuses to fix anything and the has become unbearable but I'm scared to call myself and ask for assistance I don't want to make it seem like I can't take care of my kids since I just had a surprise baby that we didn't know until 30 weeks and I'm a single parent and I have no income still waiting for disability to kick in I don't think the safe for the kids to live in there's mold broken pipes what I don't want cps to remove my kids I just need help what should i do

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      Bianca 

      12 days ago

      I was in an abusive relationship and had 3 girls by him. A 3 year old and a set of twins that turn 1 years old tomorrow 09/11. My 3 year old was taken by CPS May 2017 and after completing most of the classes she was returned November 2017. I have been taking the drug tests and doing everything asked of me. We moved into a transitional housing program that also drug test. Now the beginning of September I took a drug test for CPS and they said I had cocaine in my system and took all my girls. With the program I'm in requires you to have kids in your care but since they were taken Friday I don't know what to do. My girls being taken, about to lose housing and my mind because my girls are my world. I even start a new job 09/24. What will happen, will I lose my rights? I don't even do drugs

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      Diane 

      12 days ago

      I have a question if I had don't have custody of my child right now but I have a CPS case do they have the right to follow me

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      chavez90 

      12 days ago

      My boyfriend has two daughters who live with there mom. The mom recently has been doing drugs and not attending there daughtets. The childrens grandparents are taking care of them because there mom dose not come home. My question is could he go and pick up his daughtets and fight for custody because he has a warrent for his arrest for violation of probation. He just wants his daughters to be well taken care of. His family is willing to help.

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      Ann 

      13 days ago

      Cps will do what ever the what and then will hurt family just to get paid

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      michael turner 

      2 weeks ago

      I have never read through so much BS in my life, cps will lie and change every word you say, and lie in the courts to get what they want---your children. they will divide and conquer. the judge will almost always side with cps, or assistant district attorney. and don't expect any help from a public defender another state subsidy!. technically it should be a conflict of interest. but hey, the state gives them to you.

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      Pist off mother 

      2 weeks ago

      In my own opinion I followed through my case plan and done everything that was asked of me there was nothing really against me besides accusations that were dropped and my children were still taking and ripped out of my arms I never once seen any evidence and state was not involved nor did I sign over my rights of my children it seems nowadays they don't care who they're taking children from or how others may feel or if they cared about the children they would have known that they're causing them to have a depression by taking out way from their parents that is actually a good parent and has tons of proof and pictures and birthday parties and smiles he didn't just rip the mother away from the child but she ripped the child away from its mother most women kill themselves because they don't have their children mine's been gone for 4 years and there's no reason for it one minute it's stating I did not finish what was asked of me and then the next page of flip there's my graduation papers why didn't my kids come home where's my evidence of why you took my children I will get to the bottom of this and I won't stop fighting my kids are my everything not your paycheck and I do not like the rumors of children being raped and abused while they're in foster care as well something happens to my children one hell of a war and also now State supposedly stepped in for stipulation and malpractice I'm going all the way and you had no right to try to stop my visits with my children that's why the judge let me have my visits back they're all crooked and I won't stop until you're noticed of all the wrong you've done to the good parents that fought for their children worst thing is after 4 years I can still hear my children's voice and my ears and that's the worst feeling a mother could not live with I know I can't and I want my children home! Sincerely a very loving mother let's very pissed off!

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      Pam 

      2 weeks ago

      Cps took my granddaughters one from hospital after birth one from her aunts. They said there was no family willing to take the kids but no family was asked they are using my daughter in law disability against her and my son had an assult charge 10 years ago in a self 6defense case not related to this the kids are healthy no signs of abuse.the 2 year old however has been coming to visitation with suspicious bruising from foster home why doesnt anybody help ir listen and my son said 2bd court hearing they want to strip their rights i ask whats going on here cps!!!

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      Madeleine Scotts 

      2 weeks ago

      All I know is that CPS has been for the best for me and my family. I was wrong. I knew I was doing the wrong thing but couldn't see an end with work, kids, family, life..

      When CPS came.. i tested dirty voluntary..after weeks..

      I was kicked out of house, lost job, etc..

      But I went into inpatient. Followed AA, CA, etc.

      That emergency worker saved my life..and my kids future.

      Yes, there are irregularities.

      But I have to see my part

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      AFJ 

      3 weeks ago

      Does cps have a time limit on how long they investigate? Do they have to notify parent of extension of time limit. how long do they have to take parent to court. Does cps have to take parent to court or can they settle out of court? I feel my caseworker is angry with me bc daughters father called his supervisor. He all the sudden has an attitude and is asking for things he said he didnt need out of spite. who do i contact? i have commissioner info and am 5 seconds from calling. please email response to AJOHNSON2885@gmail.com

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      Kay 

      3 weeks ago

      When coming out 2 ur hme in the ask can we speak 2 the child alone, who is 12yrs of age, do i have 2 leave the room?

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      Athena Dekany 

      3 weeks ago

      I have a question.My husband and are happily married and Cps told my husband to stay away from me or he wont get kids back..

      Ive never been in trouble w the law in anyway and i dont have any bad history of child abuse or neglect.. Anyway i guess my question is are they allowed to lie or try and keep us apart..

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      Jon520 

      3 weeks ago

      Can cps say that I can never be with my spouse again to a drunken blackout rage with no physical violence? And I'm complying with and completing all my classes?

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      Tess 

      4 weeks ago

      Is CPS allowed to goto your child’s school and pull them out of class and interview the children seperatly if one of the children is the accused .

      Long story short my steps sons Mom reported my son was beating her son which isn’t true but they went and talked to my children without notifying me .

      Is this alllowed if it’s the accused child ?

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      Michelle 

      4 weeks ago

      Does CPS Tell the accused person who called

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      John 

      4 weeks ago

      If you place your child with a family member in California, before CPS has filed any kind of court paperwork what steps need to be taken to get your child back in your custody?

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      carmina 

      4 weeks ago

      was just going to ask about cps can I can get a lawyer if I wanted to??? and also can I move to a different province with my kids if iim dealing with cfs n cps?? need answers

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      myranda 

      4 weeks ago

      im a new mom i got cps called on me when my daughter was 5 days old and i dont have a record as an adult but i have one as a teen because i was abused and i fought back now cps got my under 18 record is this stuff leagal

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      myranda 

      4 weeks ago

      cps took several homes from me and my child just by comming into uor lives and they have said they will not do any thing to help me now im being told theres literaly nothing i can do to fixs any thing i was told at five years old as i was getting abused wait till your 18 then get out of here im sorry because then they covered it up because my dad served in the military this is why cps is never trusted

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      Elitricia 

      5 weeks ago

      I live in a basement apartment and the people above me are dealing with DCFS. They are saying that DCFS is requesting we submit to a background check for DCFS but the case is not involving us nor do we go or reside upstairs at all is this legal?

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      Michelle 

      5 weeks ago

      had enough of these storys cuz i lived in rv with my 9 years old 5 years old 1 years old. Everything worked in my rv and cps took my kids to foster home and my kids are beging abuse by there foster mom cps. Does nothing. About this i live in monterey county

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      Grandmar 

      5 weeks ago

      Can i ask the social worker to take a test then i will like they asked

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      Debby seiber 

      5 weeks ago

      okay two years ago I was a safety plan for my sister-in-law she had two children then I had him for like 9 months and defects came and got him out because over he said but the mother has moved out of my home and she went back to her husband

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      Ash 

      5 weeks ago

      Can CPS stop court-ordered visitation without a judge's order.

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      FosterGrandma 

      5 weeks ago

      My daughter is a foster who has an insane CPS worker. She frequently got into fights with her parents and siblings and would come stay at my daughter's house, telling her not to tell. She told her in detail about other cases and ran her supervisor in the ground. She stayed one weekend, saying she had nowhere to go, and became angry that my daughter couldn't stay in the house with her the entire 4 days and is now on a vendetta. She was about to adopt one of her fosters and the worker made a DCS report saying she abused her children (all told it didn't happen) to get the foster moved and told the new foster family she is not allowed contact. This was devastating to the foster child who was taken screaming she didn't want to leave her. She found out this has happened before and she is currently being investigated, but here we are at the parents termination of rights (they also want my daughter to have custody) and she is moving her so when she goes up for adoption, if that happens while the investigation is going on she will lose any chance. She doesn't care about any of the children, it's just the power she has over everybody. She has violated DCS rules many many times but feels she is untouchable.

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      madeline 

      5 weeks ago

      my bf child was taken by cps and they violated every policy imaginable. my bf ill call her Susan had forgot a court date and was issued a warrant for not appearing but was not knowledgable at the time she had even defaulted. Regardless they stormed in her moms house with police to get her on warrant and took her baby. She pleaded with cps to allow her to call family a couple doors down to take care of the baby while she took care of fixing her missed court date. CPS denied her the call to get family help and took the baby as she was brought in. They were making commentary the entire time things like we got reports you missed lots of counceling and calls into office about you to my bf. She was blindsided and literally had her newborn illegally taken from cps when they had no grounds to do so. Family was not let in when they would have helped denied calls for help by cps to family and they had n order. I dont think that all cps workers are bad people but deeply believe they abuse their position make innappropriate comments and lack life experience. Many have no children and are young and not educated enough in many areas of life experiences. They act out of line many times by making statements and commentary when it is not called for. They are extremley judgemental before facts and make it difficult to reunite moms and families back together. A service plan even after completed is added onto and never enough. I understand their position to protect but they do not do this accordingly and often by law and proper guidelines. They cannot be helpful or compassionate when they have no children and life experience.This is not for all cps workers but many dont have kids of their own and cannot relate in any shape or form. Often the people who truly need a visit from cps are missed and the moms that truly love their kids are made to go through hell. The system is flawed and it abuses many family situations. Some truly care and do want to help the issue is these ae the cps workers we are lacking. How can a 20 year old be supportive truly if shes got zero family and life experience of her own.

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      Olga Ramirez 

      6 weeks ago

      I think they need to start charging a filing fee and if your claim is founded then you get a refund but if its bogus and out of emotions and the person is cleared cps keeps the money for thier time. So many children are being neglected by cps due to an overwhelming amount of calls. By charging these "anonymous" callers would make callers t twice and give the real abused children the attention they deserve

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      Concerned 

      6 weeks ago

      Cps was called in a domestic violence case the boyfriend went to jail for domestic violence the girlfriend was made to cooperate in order to keep her children and she did cps showed up to her house with her parole officer and the police to search her house mind you she doesn’t do drugs and she doesn’t sell drugs all I know is they took her to jail took the kids her mother was there asking about her children no one would talk to her about the children they took them they didn’t contact her mom but they contacted the boyfriend grandma that lives in another city about one of the children the boyfriend got out of jail 3 hours later and all his charges were dropped so I am confused about not separating families???? Do cps work with the abuser because we called her case worker she never answered or called back we had to call her office and speak with someone and ask how does removal of children work she said the same thing you are saying and she emailed the case worker still haven’t called yet any suggestions

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      SBinformedmomma 

      6 weeks ago

      This article is so so so wrong and the website should be ashamed of themselves for even allowing it. This is to help fool so many uninformed parents and paint a picture of child welfare services that is just NOT true. Always act respectful and look at every interaction with these people as professional. But that does not mean let them screw you, take advantage of you, fool you, abuse you and ruin your life while you hand them over every single thing they demand because they need to build a case of you. These sick people are NOT there to help you. If they were would they even be speaking to you?? Bothering you?? I bet if you actually needed their services you wouldn’t have even been searching online and reading up on the crap they can get away with and how to deal with them in the first place. Usually people who know they are in the wrong or desperate are either the ones they ignore or are so desperate for help you are not fighting them at all. But for everyone else, the people who are only being hurt by these vile hateful people, they will do whatever they can get away with. Inform yourself on the actual laws. Inform yourself on your state laws. Connect with whomever you can on social media. Speak up and speak out and fight for your rights and for your children. These people are not the police or the law. Educate yourself!!!-

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      Scared 

      6 weeks ago

      What happens if we just move aeay because we have no pkace yo live here?

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      alloyd10612@gmail.com 

      6 weeks ago

      What if my child has gone through many treatment programs, with myself fully involved and diagnosed is `defiance disorder. I a a teacher, and after he first allegation to CPS, she has since learned to through CPS in my face, any time I try to give her consequence or not let he think she can get away with manipulating people, I get screams of terror like I will beat her and she hides behind my mom. All while screaming she is going to call cps. Is there a point that parents can call cps on their kids, because it is getting to a insane point where the ones that need it dont use it, and the ones that don't need it abuse it and have moms like me fear for my future teaching career because of this.

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      Jennifer Hayes 

      7 weeks ago

      Can I get in trouble if I refuse to give my child medication? Can I find other treatment plans and not be threatened with removal of my children

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      Tyrra Turner 

      7 weeks ago

      It has been My expirience that CPS does far more harm than good. FAR more. Thankless job, Indeed!

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      Heart Broken Grandma 

      7 weeks ago

      3 weeks ago my grand children where put in protective custody by CPS my son and daughter in law ask to have placed with me

      The oldest was taken from me and have asked over and over again to see her and if I could take tempery custody of them both all they say is it can take up to 45 days

      What can I do ?

      To see them

      Q

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      Barb 

      8 weeks ago

      10 months ago my grand son was removed from their parents for drug use. I tried to get custody of my one and only grandson, CPS denied me the right to him because 20 years ago when I was a single parent CPS was in my life foe a neglect charge I was never arrested I wanted to fight the system but was advised to just do what they wanted to get my girls back. I did this in record time took me six months to get my girls back. I have no criminal record I have earned two college degrees and my daughter is now in jail and come November her rights are terminated and I cant adopt this breaks my heart I can not afford an attorney to fight the system my heart is broken. If I want to visit with him it has to be supervised because of the events of 20 years ago...I did not do what they said I did 20 years ago broken hearted Grandma.

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      Worried parent 

      8 weeks ago

      My kids dad and step mom refused their drug screens until DCS got a court order for a hair folical. They both failed for meth and the kids were not removed from their home.... I wish there was something good to say about this organization and I’m sure someone can think of something but I sure can’t.

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      James 

      8 weeks ago

      Mother's abusive boyfriend threatened to kill her and all the children. I receive placement My child is in a loving, healthy environment yet they're determined to place the children back into that home because re-unification is the "best" path. (Bull)

      CPS is literally nothing but crooks who thrive on the joy of alienating children from loving parents in favor of terrible ones if it means increasing their "statistics" which makes them look better on paper.

      Honestly I can't say a single good thing about a broken system aimed towards making sure they look good before making sure children are safe.

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      Miriam 

      8 weeks ago

      CPS is sending me to a chemical dependency pgm ( outpatient) because liquor and marijuana was detected. So im mandated to go get an intake and pay for the svcs rendered. I know i dont need the services. Can i refuse or get legal help to not proceed with outpt services? Can i just get drug tested at home?

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      Emily 

      8 weeks ago

      If someone had a case open before but closed now can cps take your newborn child away after having him or her at the hospital but he came out healthy no drugs in him can cps still take him over a call that was made right after he was born and the docotor said he was healthy andthe patents can tak him home is that iligo to take your baby evem your casr is close for cps tp

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      Chasity38 

      2 months ago

      Hi CPS removed my baby took me to court on neglect the lawyer they appointed me said had to plea to it now I'm finding out there was never a investigation done just the petition in court no documents except the petition of neglect to judge is that even legal? Because my new worker told me this and they have to send a investigator out now to do a report from now that should have been done in December 2017 is any of this legal?? Please help thank u

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      Jen simpson 

      2 months ago

      CPS took my son(now 16) into custody in 2014.He was a danger to himself.His father and i were co parenting and everything was going heart.CPS would jump in and aligate issues right before he was about to come home again.They have sent him to mental hospitals..detentions.He tried to kill himself while in care but they are blaming me.Now his father has a 22 yr old girlfriend and they will not let him in my home but he is allowed to stay with her 24 hrs a day.His Grandmother was diagnosed with alzheimers and his case worker well not let him in my home to see her while she visits from AZ. i have legal rights and have not been deemed unfit.Now hos family support team is with holding all information from me and won't return calls. what do i do?

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      Afraid to leave name 

      2 months ago

      CPS just took my granddaughter. Said her had done weed. Cant afford cps attorney or other than court appointed for my daughter. After 6 weeks the mother was going to allowed visitation, call came a few hrs ago to cancell visit. No reason, no reschedule no nothing. I live in the home . You could not find a more healthy, loving beautiful child. We dont know wher to turn or who to talk to. This child is being traumatized by being with 5 foster siblings. She is used to her alone time and cant be around others 24/7. We are in Tx. Any resources you know of we can contact,

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      Psul 

      2 months ago

      Nice propaganda

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      Carter may 

      2 months ago

      My Grandson was with me..6 yr old.dentist said severly neglected teeth..only went to school maybe 4 months out of the yr..found out failed 3rd hearing test..didnt no how to brush teeth.was told when bathing never touch private area..and always wanted candy even for breakfast. Always talked about chopping things up..mom let him watch killing/fighting games..and sent him to my home with grocery bags of candy. .moms on mentel disability...Grandson eas with me two months..never missed a day of school..they couldnt believe it was same child...now..him and his 5yr old and 1 yr old brother are with mom..she moved back with family...wich father did prison time for csc chages..Daddy to kids is in proces of getting out of jail for domestic assault on her..He was recovering Alcoholic and she knowing this..begged him and harped on him to go to the Bar with her...lol..I just feel as the Grandmother cps could care less how worried i am of my grandbabies..to let kids go to mom.whom can not raise kids alone..need i say more...

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      Ian 

      2 months ago

      my son is 18 almost 19 and cps was called on a fasle accusation 3 times pryor why are they pushing for an interview with an 18 year old that can legally live on his own?

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      Lisa j 

      2 months ago

      Good article. I work w Dcfs in Illinois as investigator somethings are different but most r the same.

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      Eblairstar 

      2 months ago

      I'm am dealing with CPS over an inappropriate comment was made by my special needs son who is going through puberty bu he is mentally 8-9 years old. This all started when I told a Dr who we hadn't seen in a year some things that have happened but I have him in counseling and have had no problems in months then all of a sudden they want to lock my son in an institution in Memphis nonetheless and he cried bc he didn't understand why he was made to strip down naked. I found out they want to put him in a facility that my cousin was in and left to DIE!! They finally decided to check on him and he had been dead 8hrs but they had given him meds so they were supposed to watch him. I had a problem with this and they did not seem to care about my concerns and I truly felt my son didn't deserve it. We left and drove 2 hours home. This is how CPS even got involved. I do my best to teach my children right from wrong and we were supposed to be done until my boyfriend who has a big ass mouth told them about this comment from a kid who did not understand the severity of it! He should have kept his mouth shut bc I am a helicopter mom per say but I am raising law abiding respectable citizens and now this CPS worker who isn't welcoming and comes off snobby in my opinion is saying she doesn't feel comfortable closing the case!! Why drag it out I've literally lost 20lbs stressing over this as I enroll in college and am also looking for work but now I'm supposed to tell my other children we can't do any extra curricular activities because she expects my son to be taken to 2 Drs we have already seen before and it did not work. We like the counselor we see now. It's getting me pissed off bc she is messing with my family's livelihood at this point. I apparently will have to drop college and I'm already old enough. I just don't get it! We would be so much better if she would understand that I don't have anyone but myself and like a fool I was excited about giving my children a better life. I've been raising him by myself you might as well say since he was born. It is embarrassing and unneeded! Is there anything I can do? I blame my big mouth boyfriend I'm still trying to get the knife out of my back! I mean shut the hell up!!

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      ananymous 

      2 months ago

      CPS you people are horrible people and you should be disbanned and totally remade, you have to much power, you take kids away that shouldnt be taken, you should never do that to a child, you scare them for life and fuck them up so bad it not even funny, but you say your trying to help them? if you are truly trying to help them you should start by not seperating parents from kids, instead you should tae them togethrr somewherer and get them help as a family

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      Momma K 

      2 months ago

      Not fun dealing with these situations. I've now dealt with CPS 2 times and am now dealing with DHS currently. I have a pre-teen daughter in puberty and a pre-teen son. I am a single mother, home owner, and hard worker. I pay my bills and keep my home/yard tidy. It does not matter. People will always "feel" that they know best. It sucks because each time I have to deal with them, I feel like I'm being picked on and bullied. My kids are well-mannered kids and I'm just trying to teach them to not be sucky humans. Hard to keep my head up when I feel like I'm constantly being drug thru the mud.

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      AboutACS 

      2 months ago

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      Jane 

      2 months ago

      In our county my grandchildren we're not allowed to be placed with me because I wouldn't lie about seeing or believing abuse-which a doctor confirmed inconclusive. The guardian ad litem said this and CPS agreed and put them in foster care instead of family care. The lies are getting ridiculous and they keep making things up. Our county is really bad. They pick and choose. They need to be investigated.

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      Chris 

      2 months ago

      This article is nothing more than propaganda.

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      James D 

      2 months ago

      Wow... I am going through the same situation as Christina. Voluntary safety plan. We assume CPS is just part of an investigation. We now have our grandchildren, going on 4 weeks. It's the same situation (mild linear skull fracture) My grandson's father told them his 9 month baby fell from from sitting on a hard concrete floor. (Laminate on top ) hitting his head. And there was an adult witness to this as well. But I guess CPS and investigators don't believe accidents happen?? All x-rays , cat scans, and testing show no signs of abuse.. Not even a tiny bruise on these babies... Cooperating has done no good. And now putting our family through the same emotional distress. I hold my 2 year old grandson each night as he cries himself to sleep wanting mommy and daddy... I am concerned about long term emotional scarring for them. Will they associate my home as a place mommy and daddy will drop them off at and leave?? It has been very hard on all of us. Their mom is in tears every day. And going on 4 weeks with no kind of answers? He is scheduled for more scans tomorrow.. looking for hidden scar tissue... REALLY??? Would any of these investigators do this to their child?? This is radiation emitted from these scans... On a 9 month old baby?? Now tell me how this works? They are being investigated for a simple accident.. Yet CPS can have my grandbaby put through potentially dangerous scans??? Hmm ... I will say. I believe investigations are important. But if there is no other signs of abuse??? And the family is very loving and supportive ?? It just doesn't make sense to me? I'm sure my post doesn't make the most sense... But I'm ranting.. I just want these babies back home where they belong.

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      Morty Frank 

      2 months ago

      I hate how useless CPS is now, if not since always. Several family members have witnessed my cousin abuse and neglect her infant- doctors even must have seen evidence of this. CPS was called at least 6 different times now, from at least 4 different people and yet my cousin is able to stay on drugs and go out drinking all the time and continues to neglect and abuse her baby when she is "forced" to take care of her. She has done horrible physical and psychological abuse to this adorable child and because we didn't get "evidence" besides audio files nothing has been done. (As soon as I spoke up about it to her she made sure to keep her child out of sight as much as possible and we were forced to hear the violence.) At the time we were living at the same place (grandmother's) with my disabled child and her grandmother would punish us for even speaking up, we had no where else to go so we had to keep it on the dl. It would have been too obvious to call the police. Now in many ways I regret it as I hear it still goes on, but I don't know I'd feel right putting my own child on the streets either. Anyway- if you CAN I'd say don't bother with CPS or call as an "official" thing but even that seems useless. Call the cops if you KNOW a child is getting abused. People like my cousin are narcissistic sociopaths that will never treat a child right or keep them in safety because all that matters is they are happy- the child's needs be damned.

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      Christina Boyd 

      2 months ago

      Though I agree with a lot of this article my experience as a grandmother who has my grand children under a voluntary safety plan have found the more we cooperate the worse it becomes for my grand children. Sadly my 8 month old granddaughter fell off the couch landing on hard wood floor causing a small linear skull fracture. My daughter took her to be checked out as a concern and it has been a nightmare ever since. We allowed the other children to be interviewed, physically examined which was very invasive for a 6, 4, 2 year old girls. The younger two had blood test to check for and abdominal injury. The girls said hey don’t even get spanked, both older girls said the baby fell off the couch landing head first. The baby had a Full body CT scan and MRI. All reports show no signs of abuse on all children. With exception of the fracture on the baby. Their concern is they ( CPS) don’t know how it happened despite being told by the children who were in the room. Nothing has been filed in court. My grandchildren cry every day for their mommy and daddy and wanting to go home. It has been almost 3 weeks. Every day my grandchildren are traumatized more by not being with their parents where they are safe. This is all from cooperating with EVERYONE. We have NOTHING to HIDE we have been nothing but open and honest. CPS have read all reports to my daughter and son in law. It it obvious their is NO evidence yet they (CPS) seem to want to find something. Why can they not understand sadly accidents happen? They only harm caused to my grand children ha e been caused by the investigating authorities. So this experience has greatly tainted my view on CPS, hospitals, law enforcement and the entire judicial system

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      Beyana2691 

      2 months ago

      I have an open case and they fasly accused the other party that's involved. He took a polygraph test nd passed.. Does that mean they have to close the case? cuz the worker coached my son yo make fasly accusations... When I told the cops worker that my son nd daughter were being abused by a faster mom she didn't do nothing about it.. she said " your son lies". The cos worker confessed that it's a broken system, she closed an adoption for this family that the kids are on there own and the parent just watches tv.. doesn't care about the kids cares about the money only... I care about my kids and did everything for them but they took my kids and make it hard for me to get them back... what should I do??

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      Antonio Lopez 

      2 months ago

      Hi my name is Antonio Lopez I have four kids with my ex she left me for a younger guy almost 4 yours ago since she left me my kids been telling that the boyfriend mistreats their mom at one point he pointed a gun to her face he hits my little girl 10 yo with belt for no reason( he said because she looks like me the father) I will like to know what to do. Child services is investigating this case but I believe what my children are saying is true and the boy friend or husband should be in jail .

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      Virginia Gonzalez 

      2 months ago

      My advice is when they show up don't let them in your home take what paper work they have...let them know when is a good time for them to come back, speak to your Kids if they are minors explain to them what's going to happen. Teach your kids not to speak unless its a yes or no question because even if you're not doing anything wrong or have nothing to hide they should never be trusted. Ive learn that you have to treat these people as if they were district attorneys out to buried you. Its sad to say but its true.

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      Jlopez 

      2 months ago

      My brother has been fasely acuses the kids mother told them to say they scared of there father how can we prove it’s a lie he can’t see his kids not even my own parents I have been crying my eyes out for my brother please what can I do

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      Chagrin C Tinsley 

      2 months ago

      MY BOYFRIEND AND I HAVE BEEN TOGETHER FOR 10 YEARS, WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL 5 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER, WE HAVE OUR UPS AND DOWNS A LOT LATELY DUE TO A RUSHED MOVE THAT HE WANTED AND I REGRETED, MY FATHER PASSED AWAY 6 MONTHS FROM STAGE 4 CANCER TO AFTER I MOVED IN 2017 THAT I WAS HIS SOLE CAREGIVER. I HAD TO TRAVEL FOR 3 DAYS JUST TO BURY MY DAD, AND GET PROPERTY OUT OF HOUSE DUE TO MY DAD OWNING MANY PROPERTIES, I ONLY HAD 7 DAYS TO DO THAT INCLUDING THE 3 DAY RIDE. MY DAD CAR WAS STOLEN AFTER I LEFT, BUMS WERE STAYING IN THE HOUSE (POLICE WERE CALLED FOR THAT), AND A LOT OF PRIZED ANTIQUES WERE STOLEN FROM HOME. IM FURIOUS. MY BOYFRIEND PROMISED WE WOULD HAVE A CAR/APT WHEN WE MOVED 2,000 MILES AWAY. BUT DIDNT HAD TO STAY WITH HIS FAMILY AND WE DONT GET ALONG. LONG STORY SHORT I GOT A APT AFTER 3 MONTHS (YAY), BUT IT BECAME A NIGHTMARE. HIS FAMILY MAINLY HIS "SISTER" DOESNT LIKE/PARTICIPATE IN MY DAUGHTERS LIFE THEY SAY COMMENTS LIKE SHE CANT GO BECAUSE SHE'S A HANDFUL BUT WILL TAKE ALL OTHER KIDS. THEY HAVENT SEEN MY KID IN ABOUT 6MTHS TO A YEAR. SHE TELLS OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS THAT MY DAUGHTER IS NOT HIS CHILD, WHEN IT MAY BE TRUE BUT HE SIGNED HER BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND SAID HE WANTED TO BE HER FATHER. ME AND MY MATE DRINK WINE/BEER/ALCOHOL A LOT ALMOST EVERY OTHER DAY BUT MOSTLY BEER DUE TO WE HAVE NO VEHICLE.HE GETS A TEMPER MOST TIMES AND I DO TOO. I WANTED TO CHANGE MY BEHAVIOR INCLUDING ARGUING OVER STUPID THINGS LIKE A PART ON A MOVE OR LIFE FACTS, MOSTLY OPINIONS DURING CONVERSATIONS, AND ALSO SLEEP TIMES. ARGUEMENTS STARTED INTO DOMESTIC AND WE BOTH HIT EACH OTHER, IM NOT PROUD OF THAT. I WENT TO DOCTOR EXPLAIN MYSELF AND WAS PUT ON ANTIDEPPRESSANTS. DID 2 MONTHS OF THOSE AND DID NOT LIKE THEM I GOT WORSE, AND SO DID HE. OUR BEAUTIFUL HAS WITNESSED US ACT SO STUPID AND WITH POOR MEASURES. I KICKED HIM OUT OF MY HOUSE "WHICH I DO A LOT" TRYING TO AVOID A ARGUEMENT. AND HE CLIMBED THROUGH MY DAUGHTERS :WHICH WHERE SHE WAS WATCHING TV" WINDOW AND JUMPED ON ME IN HALLWAY, I CLOSED HER DOOR AND PERPPERSPRAYED HIM, HE GOT HIS CLOTHES GRABBED MY DAUGHTER AND LEFT (3:00AM), I HAVENT SEEN EITHER ONE OF THEM IN 4 DAYS, I CALLED THE POLICE TO HIS MOM HOUSE ON DAY 2, THEY DIDNT WANT TO OPEN DOOR AND TELL ME WHERE MY KID IS, SO I TOLD THE OFFICER ILL WAIT A COUPLE DAYS AND SEE IF HE'LL COME BACK, I CALLED HIS SISTER AND SHE TOLD ME NOT TO CALL HER PHONE AND CPS/FULL CUSTODY) I FEEL BAD ABOUT IT ALL, HIS BROTHER TOLD ME HE WAS IN A HOTEL BUT DIDNT KNOW WHICH ONE, I CALLED ALL OF THEM AND HE WASNT. NO ONE WILL ANSWER MY CALLS OR QUESTIONS VIA SOCIAL MEDIA. IM MAD I LOVE MY DAUGHTER MORE THAN ANYTHINGING IN THIS WORLD EVEN MYSELF.. WHAT SHOULD I DO IM ALL ALONE 2000 MILES AWAY FROM MY FAMILY, I WANT TO GO HOME BUT I CANT LEAVE MY DAUGHTER AND I DONT WANT HIM TO GO TO JAIL OVER IT. IF HE WANTED TO SEPARATED WE CAN GO THAT ROUTE BUT HE HAS TO TALK TO ME ABOUT OPTIONS OF SHARED CUSTODY DUE TO IM HER MOTHER AND I CAN GET FULL. ONLY ME AND HER ARE ON THE LEASE, I HOMESCHOOL HER, I GET HER ACTIVE OUTSIDE IM HER SOUL PROVIDER, IM JUST HURT...IVE NEVER BEEN ARRESTED OR IN ANY CRIMINAL SITUATION LIKE THIS SO IVE BEEN DOING MY RESEARCH ABOUT IT... HE HAS TAKEN HER ON 3 DIFFERENT OCCASIONS WHICH I HAVE WITNESS. BUT NEVER MORE THAN 1 DAY, I HAVENT RECIEVED ANY MAIL ABOUT CPS OR COURT AND I THINK HE'S BLUFFING....BUT ALL I WANT IS MY PRINCESS BACK WE EAT/SLEEP/PLAYWATERBALLOONFIGHT/WORKOUT/PLAYTIMEOUTSIDE/HOMESCHOOL"AND SHE CAN DO MULTIPLICATION/SUBTRACT/ADD/READ/WRITE" AND WE HAVE FUN, I LIVE FOR HER AND IM JUST READY TO GO TO POLICE PUT AMBER ALERT OR MISSING PERSON FOR HER ...... I JUST DONT KNOW IF ITS NECESSARY BUT I SLEEP WITH HER PHOTO, DIDNT GO TO WORK FOR 2 DAYS IN A ROW DUE TO NOT BEING JOYED FROM HER. #SADMOM SO SAD WITHOUT U PRECIOUS. I BOUGHT FIREWORKS AND COULDNT EVEN SEE U ON THIS HOLIDAY.. I CALL HIS JOB AND THEY SAY HES NOT HERE... HIS SISTER SAID CPS TOLD HIM TO HAVE NO COMUNICATION WITH ME UNTIL FULL CUSTODY.......WOULD I GET IN TROUBLE IF I GO UP THERE, WILL HE GET ARRESTED IF I CALL THEM ON HIM (WHICH HE SHOULD CONSIDER.) I CANT SLEEP OR EAT THE HOUSE IS NOT FILLED WITH HER JOYOUS VOICE LIKE A BIRD. I HAVE PUT ASIDE ALL DRINKING WHICH IS NOT OFTEN I JUST HAD A BOTTLE OF WINE AFTER 3 WEEKS. I DONT KNOW IF SHE'S IN GOOD CONDITION WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO DONT LIKE HER BECAUSE OF ME, IS HE THERE WITH HER OR WHERE IS HE?

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      sam 

      2 months ago

      Can CPS take my child if my daughter does not feel comfortable with mom ? at least until our court date which is july 15, 2018

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      Christina 

      2 months ago

      There are quotas and bonuses for placing children in foster care. So this is not giving the correct information. Don't believe this for a second

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      Lividmom 

      2 months ago

      Ive been involved before and here i am again 13 yrs later. This has all happened so fast and DHS has done nothing but drag their feet and not hold up to their end but did a great job at placing blame on me cause i didnt get a Eval done and missed a home drug test so naturally i got my ass chewed. Mind you i got the court order 2 weeks before the next hearing and if u know treatment centers at all its a bitch to get in for an Eval without having to wait 3-4 weeks. Yes i will admit ive been struggling to stay clean...how the hell can ya blame a person when your bf gets busted then DHS comes makes me do hair test which in which i was honest after i took it. So i signed a damn safety plan which was 4 Oaks would come to my house everyday for 2 weeks to make sure my son was safe and i wasnt under the influence. If all was well they would close it. Well the worker gave me an excellent repirt and had no concerns but here i am 6 months later and now next tuesday they are removing my son and placing him with his father who has only seen him one time in his 3 yrs. Who has a open case in another county who has beem to prison for manufacturing who dont pay child support who has no licsense who has 6 kids all together with 2 of them 3 weeks apart who lives with an ex friend of mine and her 2 kids and who missed the last 2 court hearings. Now someone want to tell me how the hell this is fair? On top of my son has a disability his father knows nothing about or how to handle. Sensory processing disorder. And now attachment disorder with me. Im all hes ever known so how is this in his best interest. Someone help! Im devastated on top of bf is going to prison for 30 yrs. Feel i have no purpose anymore.

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      Kathy Hedmark 

      2 months ago

      I have seen children seized from Thier home way to often. The children's rights have been violated 4th and 14th amendment. They have been traumatized for life. All over allegations that were never proven. In the end CPS was sued by the parents and sued by the children after they reached legal age. DO NOT LET CPS. HAVE THIS POWER. Check out the number of deaths of children while in CPS care. It is alarming. I am speaking for the families that know they've done nothing wrong. They will treat you like a criminal . Get an attorney asap.

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      Kristee Worstell 

      2 months ago

      CPS does not have to respond to every call in WV and they miss real ones.

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      pat 

      2 months ago

      my great newphew is in forster care here in ny since nov 16 and he has 4th caseworker and hes his first case and is sending him back to his mother in north dakota behind the judge and law gaudians back theres a court date aug 22 shes on probation there shes a herion addict and a repeat affender never has had the child more then 3 month =s at a time didnt even have contact with him for a yr and i have visitations so i found this out threw her posting on facebook last wk 6/22.18 callled him and he said i would see him before he goes now today he told me i might not im so upset what can i do shes going to run with him o and she has warrants in ny and the policew whrere here today looking for her

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      Jo Texas 

      2 months ago

      I have a similar situation like missy marshel 321mines just as the same though iv had a previous cps case 5 years ago and iv cooperated gave them permission to look at my medical records, took drug test came out negative, let them look at my kids take pictures of my kids and my place and they're still not gonna close it what can i do?

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      missymarshal321 

      2 months ago

      Okay so I told my my doctor while I was pregnant that I have smoked weed before, now I tested negative my whole pregnancy, I tested negative at the time I gave birth to my daughter, my daughters urine came back negative and her meconium came back negative and cps. Still picked up a case on me because I’ve admitted to smoking before, now I have to take routine drug screens, as does my husband? How Can I get out of this they have no reason to be investing me.

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      AuntieTexas 

      2 months ago

      Despite telling the case worker that I could not take the children without having daycare and I did not want their mother staying at my house all day; I have an elderly mother who isn't able to keep up with two babies all day - she insisted she would get me daycare and they would get me anything I needed. That night - after everyone left - I had two babies and not one diaper, pajama, bottle, nothing! I had to leave my mom with the babies and run to the store at 8pm. It's now week 2 - I have no daycare! I just spent $300 at Walmart buying high chairs, clothing, diapers.... I am a single mom with a full time job - I can't miss work. CPS TX doesn't care - they dropped the kids - avoiding that 50 hours of work. Never mind what it's doing to my family.... They are bullies and liars. You'd be hard pressed to change my mind at his point!

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      Latrica 

      3 months ago

      So question for me is my girlfriend has a17 year old son that we have and his mom got 4 cases with cps and now she got test for drugs we got him so how can we keep him

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      Jojo heath 

      3 months ago

      Can indiana cps keep me from leaving the state with my kids and move to florida with my husband and previous home when i have not signed a case plane yet or agreed to not leave the state

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      La'Nia 

      3 months ago

      Can a case worker go against the magistrate orders of a homesteady when the person who the homesteady was ordered on is disabled due to a ampatee that has a prospect.

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      Jessica Wicker 

      3 months ago

      As homeschooling mom I fear CPS could come to my door at anytime. How do I minimize my fears?

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      Gina Alexander 

      3 months ago

      I have the proof I was clean, and Dhs took my daughter they say because of my past. I worked so hard to stay clean and do what was right. And they still took my baby. How is this right. Or even legal

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      Gina Alexander 

      3 months ago

      Is it illegal for Dhs to take my daughter because of my past

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      aprilnoels 

      3 months ago

      Every parent needs to make a complaint to their government about the wrongful doings caused by cps. Cps are horrible people. They are not your friend. Call a lawyer as soon as they knock on your door. Don't be nice to them but keep your cool. What parents need are good lawyers who are brave enough to take on cps and fight for parents rights. Trust me their are enough parents out there who hate cps for destroying their families. What cps does is not right and the laws have to get changed. Keep your head up and never stop fighting cps. You are a good parent. Cps harm your children!!! Let's stand up and protect our kids from cps. CSP will no longer harm our kids our families. We have to change the laws!!!

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      Tamra 

      3 months ago

      if two people are separated and she gets in trouble and gets the baby taken away by CPS dose she have a right to the older kids that are with the father can she still have them overnight

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      Kimberly 

      3 months ago

      I sign my rights over cps three ago my oldest daughter. Will she comes home when turns 18 yrs old? I live in Tx

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      Amen!!!!!! 

      3 months ago

      I’m sure it’s no surprise to any of the parents that have dealt with or worse- had their children kidnapped by cps, that they are in fact the biggest liars in life you will ever come across. Roughly four years ago my child was ripped from my home on an absolute bull faced lie. I finally got him back home, and I remembered that while we were under supervised visits “the case was never to be discussed”. When I got unsupervised visits, they couldn’t put it in my head any clearer that discussing the case and then finding out, that it could terminate my visits and I would then be back at square one. So even though I was curious why my child said the things that were said on the report, I just could never ask and over the years forgot about it. My child was home and that was all that mattered anymore. So here we are a few years later and something made me re-read the initial report that got him removed in the first place. I read the awful lies and then I read the statements they said my son had made. I don’t know why in all those years, I knew without a doubt the words and things I said were absolutely not true and why did I actually assume for so long that what he said was true. So for the first time four years after the case I asked him about it. I let him read it, and I told him to underline anything they lied about that he had said. He read it, and he said “mom I would literally have to underline almost the whole two pages, I will just underline what I did say”. He underlined two sentences.” So for all you parents out there that are reading in disbelief as to what your children said to CPS, just remember how much they lie about your words and their findings and never think for a moment your child said ANYTHING remotely close to what CPS will say they said.

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      Monica 

      3 months ago

      If they are posting make there kids fight each other and other kids an the mom cursing say bad words making them on Facebook making vidrod what can you do about it if DHs does want to see the videos tell you to call the 1800 number

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      Dawn 

      3 months ago

      Can i refuse a drug test if my case worker already told me their wasnt a need for one. Then next day calls a requires one. Said i was out of town for weekend could do Monday. Said she would call parol and pprobation were was at to do it for them. How can i be told one thing then turns around the next

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      Reply to curious 

      3 months ago

      I think I read that incorrectly, it’s sounds like your child is already stolen. You have the right to see your child up until a certain time period without signing anything. I’m not exactly sure on how much time they give you the option, but again it’s still the same thing... without you complying with their ridiculous and almost impossible recommendations, they can eventually consider you non compliant and permanently remove your parental rights to the child(ten).

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      Reply to curious 

      3 months ago

      YES!!! They put it in words as if they are merely makiing a nice suggestion, but the reality is they are pretty much putting a gun to your head and saying” sigh the plan or we take the child(ten).”

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      Curious 

      3 months ago

      Do they have the power to not let you see your child if you do not sign a safety plan

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      Annoyed 

      3 months ago

      Child protective services sucks, I love how no one uses there names as I didn't either. But anyways if this lier had a way of tracking us all for tell the truth our kids would be fine tomorrow for some kind of child abuse. So they can make some more money. I wish someone knew a way to stop these bastards.

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      Child advocate 

      3 months ago

      For everyone turning to this website on answers involving CPS, PLEASE DO NOT listen to any of her lies!! If you want information about CPS and the truth behind them- I urge every parent out there to do more research. A very good website to look at it is citizensagainstcps. That is just one of many. Read the reality of what is really happening with the corrupt world of “child protective” Agencies. What we need in America is our rights back as parents, an agency passionate about getting abused kids in loving homes - not an agency who’s priority is money and who abduct innocent children from their families LEGALY. CPS will never ever be your friend, be trustworthy, and is not looking out for the best interest of ANY child, abused or not. Please follow up on other websites that do know the corruption of CPS, and never ask a CPS worker about any advice when it comes to the most Sacred person(s) in your life - your child(ren). Research and SIGN PETITIONS to put a stop to children getting stolen straight from the arms of the people who vowed to NEVER let anyone harm them, US THEIR PARENTS. If all of us don’t come out and speak up about their wrongdoing, it will only get worse every year. Just like any money making businesses, they too always have to beat last years quota.

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