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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      Don'ttrustDCS 

      13 hours ago

      These people will lie, they will twist, they will make things up to get your children. They get promotions and advances, like any other job. They absolutely have quotas to meet if they dont have enough children in the system then their jobs are not necessary.

      I have experienced this first hand.

      Sadly, if they are in your life your best bet is to get an attorney immediately and I pray you have money to back up.

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      tamikosmith17@yahoo.com 

      2 days ago

      I am a single mother of 4 children that have been taking from me because my son was running with the wrong crowd the boys was trying to put him in a Gang he also started acting out in school I would go look for him and leave my other kids in the home before defacs got involved I was in the process of moving and moved to a better place and also finding help for my son with a doctor they still took my kids all of them instead of helping me because I already had housing and income my kids have been gone for almost 5 years and my kid's and I are very close haven't seen them and the son who was acting out they have move him all over Georgia every other month foster homes or group homes the judge only listening to the case worker not my kids or family members lawyer never fighting for me and the kids he Never writes or keep in touch defacs really have separated me from my kids and have said that they suggest termination of my parental rights and put the kids up for adoption

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      worriedGramma 

      2 days ago

      I have a book in pdf format an attorney gave me for free called “The Secret: How to Beat Child Protective Services and Win”. If you want me to email it to you feel free to email me is savila3939atgmail.com

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      Sdav 

      3 days ago

      Please can you help me if an allegation has been made by a child in school that her mothers boyfriend has hit her I know the report has to be filed and made to a safeguarding officer or head master mistress and social services but please can you tell me if the mother of the child is informed to attend the school about an allegation

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      Melissa g 

      6 days ago

      I was in NJ burying my mother when the allegations we're said showed proof to dss lady and want me to do a drug test with no picture ID which is not allowed. But it's ok now all sudden. I'm refusing I'm not dirty. Just cause how do they no it's me. And showing mom's mass card. Isn't enough. Tired of same dick making false reports and coming in and out whenever he wants to. What do you think I should do

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      Breanna 

      7 days ago

      I just had CPS visit my home and I’m a young mother I was very confused why they visited my house and they didn’t tell my why they were there in the first place ugh stressful

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      Nancy Salazar 

      9 days ago

      A CPS lady let me keep 3 girls, that was the last I seen or hear from her. I call & leave messages and txt & no respond. I'm on lay off for now going back to work on the 19. What can I do? Who can I call?

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      Jessica 

      11 days ago

      I have a question once you start your calendar and they find someone who is not approved in you house and they take you kids from your over night visit what are the odds of continuing my calendar

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      wgoss 

      2 weeks ago from Kentucky

      In Ohio I have been finger printed, investigated, took to court all due to parents having rights. This being after the parents and boyfriends abused my near 4yr old grandson. He is now 13 and I cooperated with 241 kids as much as possible. Yrs later his little sister who was born after we got him and as she turned 3 ish the abuse started with her. I got temp custody but by this time the mom found out she had rights. She chose to put her daughter in foster care while she improved her mothering skills and got off drugs. The foster parents locked the toddler in her car seat and placed her in their garage for hours. A neighbor heard her screams and the pd came. Nothing happened to the foster parents, 241 gave the toddler back to mom to avoid being exposed. The toddler is now 8 and continues to be abused. I gave up. I wish I hadn't.

      Recently my unhappy spouse sic'd the ky cabinet on me falsely for fear I would gain lone custody and I'm not blood. I cooperated fully and promplty. Pfft... they found his anomous report to be unsubstantiated.

      My advise is to cooperate. Its will be a long losing battle if you don't. Even today our 13yr old suffers PTSD, Anxiety, defiance disorder and ADHD. He is and always has been in therapy and medicated but by the Grace of my Saviour, he is safe and alive and with me.

      All you horrid parents should just love your children and put them 1st.

      Rant is over.

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      Kass Harmon 

      2 weeks ago

      I'm being investigated because I leave my 8 year old who knows how to make his own food and not answer the door home alone for no more then 2 hours like once a week. CPS lady said it was against the law, when it's not because my state is a free roam state. So not only should the investigation have never started, she lied straight to my face and entered my home without even asking.

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      Kevin Kirk 

      2 weeks ago

      I have a cps case that's going on now, the children that we have are our niece and nephew, their father murdered their mother last year, he is currently in jail.

      There are no allegations as far as we're conserned so why was there not a 30 day investigation done and the cos case closed

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      Marie 

      3 weeks ago

      Okay I am having so many thoughts In my head right now. So I got my kids taking and I went to rehab etc in the state of wv . I just got them back on the 4th of this month. The case has been closed etc but the only way to have the case closed was to move in with my mom and her bf in a small house with my 4 kids with only two bedrooms . while I was in rehab my kids was placed with my mom in ky but I now have them back. But I have not received any letter in the mail saying I got my kids back in my full custody. And things are not going very well at all. I would like to move back to wv. So the only thing I am having trouble with is when should I move back to wv since wv cps said for me to come here in ky To get in my feet. But regardless where I go I am always going to be on my feet and have everything for my kids and my self. What are all of your suggestions. Please help. Deep down I feel like my mom and her bf is trying to keep my kids from me.

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      worriedGramma 

      3 weeks ago

      It's sad that a lot of children in CA had a horrible end and it breaks my heart every time I hear a story in the Los Angeles news. It's sickening! My stepdaughter and her boyfriend are fairly good parents but unfortunately fight too much in front of the two girls, 5 & 2, and the apartment neighbors are always calling the police on them. Now the girls are in the "system" of CPS so they show up randomly. They were given court orders to comply with and they dragged their feet about it. Well now the girls are going to be taken away from them any day now and we, the grandparents, will not have the privileged of keeping them because of a 20 year old criminal past from my husband. The most recent in 2013 he had a couple of beers and did not see the officer's parked car directly behind his car (which had tinted windows and it was night). The officer's were arresting someone and hubby went to buy diapers up the street from a nearby large store. He backed in to it! That opened up the can of worms of his past. My husband is almost 50 and this is HIS daughter's girls. We are devastated and scrambling to find a close friend from our faith to take the girls because we cannot allow the system to take them. MOST foster homes are horrible! I worked for California State Social Services Legal Department and the children are abused so much physically and sexually that the GOOD ones you can count on one hand! How's that for fairness! Here the parents are jumping through hoops (well my stepdaughter is) while other children are killed in CPS's care. MAKES ME SICK!

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      Rock 

      3 weeks ago

      Who investorgate C.P.S.to see if they are doing there job right is there any agents that will do this beside the cops cuz cps and cops are hand in hand

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      Melissa Clark 

      3 weeks ago

      Needing a lawyer asap only get paid first every month we r on fixed income. I draw social security disability the old man va disability. Our kids tooken away from us oct 8th every thing they did was igeal no emercancy court oder no warrant plus didnt take pics on dirty our house was that was lie our house is clean. Plus said shooting up drugs that was lie that day just had aids/hep c test done plus std test done to. Also put in jail bench warrarnt over marijuana pipe that they didnt have warrant for it. This so wrong & really messed up we r needing help to get our kids back home ages r 10, 4 & 3 years old our kids need to be back home with mom & dad.

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      Anthonyrr 

      3 weeks ago

      CPS is one of the worlds most vicious gangster. They force their way in your home and use intimidation tactics to further their intentions. I hate them with a passion. Look up cps in ventura county ca. Theres articles of cps stating they wont give children back. Fuck those punks

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      Dan Ledbetter 

      3 weeks ago

      I have dealt with CPS 7-8 times, always cleared, yet they still come back with the BS, we have new allegations, I'm so sorry but we have more allegation's. This acritical is informative & correct in my experience with cps, However the Burdon of proof is on the accuser in America, this writing points directly to the family proving their innocence.

      in my experience the CPS attitude is; you're little & we're big you had better comply.

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      Brandon 

      3 weeks ago

      How can a dhs case worker just show up at my home and say you can't have your kids without supervision and places your child in a guys house who is the father of the child but has not been in the child life since he was born when My mom is a dhs foster mom

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      Annon. 

      4 weeks ago

      Could my child be taken away if his room is very dirty but he is still safe and has food, water, etc?

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      Tiffany 

      5 weeks ago

      Could cps take my kids if my water not on in the house

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      Anoynamous 

      5 weeks ago

      Can cps put a keep away on my boyfriend becouse of his criminal record?

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      Nicole magincalda 

      5 weeks ago

      I want to know how someone who has not violated a law can end up in dependency court?. Also can a dependency case in oklahoma be dismissed with the filing of a dismissal based on failure to state a claim abd due to signing a affidavit and (voluntary) safety plan under duress with threat of havibg our child taken away and corecian being used?.

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      Jessica 

      5 weeks ago

      Can they make a friend take a drug test if they ain’t living in the home ?

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      Catherine 

      6 weeks ago

      Can they make you leave work to take a drug test?

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      glo 

      6 weeks ago

      Been invesigated twice by two females and most of the same allegations. The famales said that there was custudy arrangements involved, so they couldn't get involved. The third time was when my mom and i got into a disagreement. I got arested with all charges dropped. The dfs guy that got involved told my sister she had a livable house, but still told my ex where my sister lived and told my ex she had free will to remove my chilldren of course when i got out of jail i knew of it and told the guy, i was going for his job, he had no choice, but to close the investigation. The 4th and recent time, it just so happened to be this guy i wasnt comfortable with, i callled and turned in a complaint about him and the supervisor was a complete witch. He went to my judge that has my parenting plan in place and asked him to imidatley take the kids out of my care, he wouldnt sign off on it. He later went to another judge and had him do it. That was last friday. I went up to get my kids, with my lawyer telling me i was good to. The allegations were i had looked my son in his bedroom, without feeding him and allowing him to use the bathroom in his pants. Two months prior i just had my son in the er, because he had severe constipation. The doctor gave him medications for 4 months and my ex wouldn't give it to him. So I asked the worker how I would do that when i tried getting him help for it and he said that that was a good point. He asked me about dinner and locking him in his bedroom. I told him he ate at the dinner table at 6-6:30 at the dinner table every night, i told him I had no reason to discpline my kids, they were so well behaved and if i did, I would start counting or put them in a time out for a minnute or two. Then they know better on what theyre doing. He asked me why my kids would say this against me and I told him that my ex and, I had been seperated for 5 years. I told him the only way that my kids would say this stuff is being coached by thier mom, because when theyre with me, they dont want to go back tobthier moms, they dont act depressed, and they duck when i take them back to thier moms. He told me he wasnt making goal to take the kids as he was filling out the paperwork saying i needed mental health health exams and supervised visits. He already turned the paperwork into the courts and a different judge than the one that has my parental plan. Im sorry, but i disgree with some of this page and i do think he worked something out with my ex or something, I do feel like he had a vendetta to take my kids out of my care and there does need to be a law that certain parents should be investegated within a certain amount of time

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      Sandra dugger 

      6 weeks ago

      Can DHS ask me for my pill count when I'm not involved I'm helping my daughter and her children out by living in my house

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      J winn 

      6 weeks ago

      Can cPS get records from my saoughyrb to see why swat I taking

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      Amanda johns 

      6 weeks ago

      What if the other parent (dad) went to court and the judge said cps could get involved? Does that happen before or after dad gets out of jail?

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      Darren Garsden 

      7 weeks ago

      What happens if we get reported to social services for having two people visiting who do drugs but away from the home and kids

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      jeff 

      7 weeks ago

      what if your not the one being investigated its the childs mother and child seen her twice in fifteen years and they still want to come investigate you

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      Charles Libby 

      7 weeks 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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      NAni 

      8 weeks 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 

      8 weeks 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 

      8 weeks 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 

      8 weeks 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 

      8 weeks ago

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

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      Scott 

      2 months ago

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

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      Anonymous 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months ago

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

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      michael turner 

      2 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months ago

      Does CPS Tell the accused person who called

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      John 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      3 months ago

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

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      Debby seiber 

      3 months 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 

      3 months ago

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

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      FosterGrandma 

      3 months 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 

      3 months 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 

      3 months 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 

      3 months 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 

      3 months 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 

      3 months ago

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

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      alloyd10612@gmail.com 

      3 months 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 

      3 months 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 

      3 months 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 

      3 months 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 

      3 months 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 

      3 months 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 

      3 months 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 

      3 months 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 

      3 months 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 months ago

      Nice propaganda

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      Carter may 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 months ago

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      Jane 

      4 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 

      4 months ago

      This article is nothing more than propaganda.

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      James D 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 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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