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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      ananymous 

      15 hours 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 

      3 days 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 

      3 days ago

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      Jane 

      5 days 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 

      5 days ago

      This article is nothing more than propaganda.

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      James D 

      6 days 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 

      7 days 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 

      7 days 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 

      8 days 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 

      8 days 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 

      9 days 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 

      11 days 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 

      11 days 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 

      12 days 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks ago

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

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      pat 

      2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 

      3 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 

      4 weeks 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 

      4 weeks 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 

      4 weeks ago

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

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      aprilnoels 

      4 weeks 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 

      4 weeks 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 

      4 weeks 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!!!!!! 

      5 weeks 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 

      5 weeks 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 

      5 weeks 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 

      5 weeks 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 

      5 weeks 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 

      5 weeks 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 

      5 weeks 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 

      6 weeks 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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      Reply to ranna 

      6 weeks ago

      If someone filed a complaint to the p.d and cps - BE VERY CARFUL, this is probably only the beginning of someone out there,”out to get you”. If they are adamant on seeing you suffer, this could be the beginning of a very long nightmare for you. I can not express this enough to every good parent out there: just because you are a good parent, does not mean CPS can’t make you look like a horrible one!! Before all of my allegations came in, my first complaint was called in to the police department. They showed up, just slightly passed dark banging on my door. When I opened it, they asked my name and if I had any idea where my 8 year old was? I replied, “he is in the living room on the couch”. Their initial demeanor was pure hatred towards me. They said “we received a call that your is going around the neighborhood begging for food, and we need to see him immediately!” (Putting it as politely as I can, my son was anything but skinny) I opened the door all the way, as soon as they saw my son, their attitude changed completely. They apologized to me, and said when they receive a call such as that, they have to look into it. They asked my son a couple of questions, what did you do all day today? Did you get enough to eat? I told them they were welcome to check my fridge, they said not necessary and again we apologize for the inconvenience but we do have to check on a report like that. A year later down the road on going withmultiple cps visits, multiple police visits( all police visits from them on checked my refrigerator as did cps), every time the police report was child in good health plenty of food at home. By the time cps was fed up from losing money on false allegations, they flat out blatantly lied to remove my child. They had to make up for money lost, and that was done by removing my child on a stack of lies, the report they made to the judge mentioned the amount of times law officials showed up at my home- but never once did they put in that report that each time they showed up,I was very cooperative and that every time the reported allegations were unfounded and plenty of food in home. It could be a couple of months down the road before you hear anything from CPS, it takes them far longer then a couple of days to follow up on a report. But just coming from someone who had nothing to hide and found out the hard way; that CPS do in fact absolutely lie if it boils down to it. So for every parent out their NEVER assume that just because you have nothing to hide, you don’t have to worry about losing your child. The fact of the matter is, OUR children are THEiR bread and butter.

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      Ranna 

      6 weeks ago

      Question: someone filed a report to the police as well as CPS regarding a perceived “neglect.” The police officer did the investigation and found it unsubstantiated. What is the likely ruling of CPS if they have that same police report? Will they still continue an investigation? I have called CPS on the day of the report to share the case number the police gave me. I also called them the next day for an update and they didn’t have me in the system yet. It’s now 48hrs and I still haven’t heard anything.

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      Mm 

      6 weeks ago

      When it one to CPS, I wouldn’t put it past them. They would consider the other parent as being neglectful, for having them in such “an unsafe” environment. So basically whatever stack of lies that they say against the parents of the child being taken, they would more then likely open a whole brand new case against the parents that were “awful enough” to ACTUALLY ALLOW their child to be placed in harms way. Bottom line, when it comes to CPS nothing would surprise me anymore.

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      April26740 

      6 weeks ago

      What if CPS is called while a friend is staying and the children get taken away?? Will the friend be taken away as well?

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      aprilnoels 

      7 weeks ago

      We need to get the word out about the wrongful doings and the way cps works. Its time parents stand up and stop cps from entering our homes and bulling families. Tell your family and friends and neighbors to write to your government and let them no that we will no longer be abused by cps. Cps has to be stopped. As parents we had enough of them. If cps comes knocking at your door don't let them in. Tell them that you are calling a lawyer. Don't trust CPs!!! They are not your friend. Its 2018 and we parents/guardians are done being bullied by cps. Spread the word.

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      Reply to Red 

      7 weeks ago

      I’m not quite sure I understand the situation, it sounds like maybe you are having issues with your child’s mom?? My advise to you is to take it to family court and leave CPS completely out of it. Once they get involved in your business, there is no getting rid of them. The child could end up in foster care and taken from both of you. I can’t express this enough, I have said it over and over on this website because people turn to a cps worker for advise. PLEASE do your research. CPS will destroy a family in five mins with no remorse. If you have any disputes with your ex’s with children, take it to family court and NEVER involve CPS!!!!!!!

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      Reply to B 

      7 weeks ago

      Drug testing a baby just delivered is a routine done on every birth, but they are not allowed to do anything to the mother without her written consent.. If the baby came out positive for drugs then yes it’s mandatory for them to call cps. All hospitals are mandated reporters and usually have to call cps with any out of the normal birth complications, and it’s to their discretion if they decide to tell the parents or not tell the parents. Even if the baby or the mother does not have drugs in their system, don’t let your guard down when it comes to cps. Record everything with them. I learned the hard way and was very naive when it came to cps. I assumed being a good parent with nothing to hide left me with no worries. I was completely wrong. They will absolutely lie and twist everything around once they get their claws into your family. If I had known, when all else failed to prove me to be a bad parent, they would flat out lie, I would had recorded everything, every time..

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      Red 

      7 weeks ago

      Cps has been my home aeveral times aince aaugust all dismissed on false bs now aincw i defended my home cauae an x came here on meth baby wasnt here cops put domeatic it was just scratch on me i also acxused takin meds i asked drug test she refused what do u think

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      7 weeks ago

      If a girl goes into labor,show up at hospital,ends up having complications,having emergency c-section,and no suspicions of drug use or reason to drug test then is the hospital allowed to report to cps and drug test you and your new infant without telling you what they are doing

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      Mbug 

      7 weeks ago

      My daughter is going to be 17 in 3 months she is diagnosed bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, she has ran a way 10 times I reported her 8 time with the police. She has been doing this a little over 2 years. When we find her she is with 20 some year old men. The 7 time she ran a way the police finally reported it with the court. We received a letter saying the next time she ran a way she might go to juvy. So 2 weeks a go she ran a way again found her 6 days later with a 24 year old man. So she tells cps we lock her up, do hard drug in front of her and a bunch of bs. So cps removed her out her with my mom, and now me and my husband are facing criminal charges. I just can't believe what is going on, I took her to consulers and tried everything. I am so scared and don't know what to do.

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      ANS 

      7 weeks ago

      Currently dealing with CPS on behalf of my sister and I will say this I never questioned the system till this, after agreeing to place the children with me everyone signing off on the paper work headed to go get my nieces they all the sudden decide foster care is a better option.No explanation nothing I passed my background, financially stable run my own company, have a house plenty big. Small town systems are corrupt

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      Susan Ryan 

      7 weeks ago

      Don't listen to anything this woman says. CPS is a corrupt horrible system filled with greedy horrible hateful people. I call them monsters. Who ruin mother's father's and children's lives. As Nancy Schaefer said before they murdered her, it should never have been created and now it is a giant corrupt money making business. THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT CHILDREN. We had police for REAL child abuse cases.

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      Jj 

      7 weeks ago

      Been dealing with CPS since 2011. Caseworkers were recorded hitting on my husband during case plan reviews, false info was found in my file when I switched attorneys, filed numerous complaints only to be told I have a mental illness and need to seek help. I have NO criminal history, NEVER done a drug or drank a drop of alcohol in my life. The issue is that becuz I stand up for what's right, and prove them wrong in their process and information in my case, I'm told that I have a mental illness and need to be put in check. Well, guess what, went to their COURT APPOINTED counselor and was told I have Lioness Syndrome, where a mother just tries to protect her child that's been KIDNAPPED on false allegations by a pill head.

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      Angela 

      7 weeks ago

      Tonnie- cps workers are trained to ask questions and read between the lines. Give them as much detail as possible. If you have marks show them. Do not give up.. say it as many times as you need to to get people to hear you. You dont deserve to be abused

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      Justin Time 

      7 weeks ago

      CPS can go to Hell! I'm surprised nobody has gone postal on those no good sobs! Time to call open season on all CPS employees!

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      Tonnie 

      7 weeks ago

      I'm scared CPS won't believe me and I'm the only person who gets abused in my house so everyone else will say I'm lying and that she's a good mother, what do I do

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      M R 

      8 weeks ago

      If the same person that initially called in the allegations, called again in the new state you reside in then yes they can. A case can be closed and reopened every time someone calls their hotline and makes a complaint. Just start researching your do’s and don’ts with cps, because even though you may have nothing to hide eventually they will start making you look extremely bad. Every case they close, they lose money and if the person behind the allegations is Adamant on calling you in, “child protective” services will eventually find someway to make their money back on money lost, and they make it by removing your child(ren). For all of you “child protective” callers out there, that do it for spiteful purposes just try and remember that YES you are getting your revenge towards the parent that you obviously despise- but your hurting Innocent children in the process. Not to mention just pretty much slapping the children that truly are in horrible situations at home that need child protection from their families. When you call on Ridiculous Allegations or outright FALSE allegations, you are taking time spent on good homes with good parents and basically spitting in the faces of children who are in desperate need, but just waiting for their turn in line to get pulled out of a home they truly are being abused in. Instead of hiding behind a phone and making a call that will wreck a child’s life, man up or woman up - face and confront the parent that you despise so much instead of cowardly being an anonymous caller and making stories up.

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      Kimberly 

      8 weeks ago

      If you had a case open and the children was not removed can another state open a case for the same thing ever tho it was closed

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      Reply to J from texas 

      8 weeks ago

      Learn what your even talking about. Are you a CPS worker or are you married to one by chance? You have know way to say that to any of us parents that have felt with cps. I don’t use drugs you ignorant jerk, and my child got taken. I got him back after the 18 months they have to keep him to even make money from him rather then lose money. Do your research before accusing of ANYONE that got there kids taken for any reason then a lie cps made up themselves. You make me a sick as cps does

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      J from Texas 

      8 weeks ago

      Here’s a thought.....Stop using drugs and get your shit together and you won’t have to worry about your children being removed by CPS.

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      8 weeks ago

      We had 2 adopted children and we adopting a sibling set of 4 more. What was alleged to be a slap from mom was actually eczema. I now have a record being handcuffed and booked into jail. How about bail ($3,500). We purchased beds and dressers, clothes, car seats ($3,000). 6 days lost wages for spouse ($3,000) Criminal atty ($7,000). Going to fight CACI ($?). Let’s add the new car you purchased to fit a family of 8 ($80,000). Airfare for mother-in law to fly out to watch your own children ($2,000). Older daughter missing 6 days of work for subpoenas and helping with errands($?). Emotional Trauma for all 6 children and parents who were bonded as forever family. Making all 6 children re-live the swooping in of CFS/CPS and police to split the family apart a 2nd time. I’m a person who is broken hearted, financially challenged and has a forever record and an incidence report even though I was innocent.

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      Alan 

      8 weeks ago

      I gotta disagree on the emotional trama. We're moving at the end of the month and have an adopted 8 year old. He's had a lot of failed placements and 1 failed adoption prior. He's already distressed about the move because every time he's moved in the past it's ment a new family.well we got reported by the school. I'm confident it will be unfounded, but ever since he was interviewed, he's been extremely anxious that he will have to go back to the children's shelter.

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      lil girl who is scared 

      8 weeks ago

      none of this helped me i jut got even more worried because it can last for over 2 years oh hell no i will go home when ever i want an however i want!!

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      Girl that is scared 

      8 weeks ago

      None of this helped me. I came on this to read and see what questions of mine could be answered. Not one was. This website is useless, I'm sorry. And I've tried to call CPS many times but they never answer, what is wrong with CPS?

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      Marilynme 

      2 months ago

      Amen Nikki!!!

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      Meesha 

      2 months ago

      Amen Nikki!!!

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      Cps victim 

      2 months ago

      Shouldn’t enter your home, is correct... but I don’t see them not making up any false allegations to use to enter and take your children before you have time to stand up for your rights... these people are malicious and walk all over our rights. They will lie, cheat, and abuse their power to get it their way. And their way is, remove the children.

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      clueless 

      2 months ago

      So we just found out that CPS was called on my husbands ex-wife and new partner. Do they inform the biological parent about the case/interview with the children? How do we find out about getting more information on this?

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      Jess 

      2 months ago

      This is the opposite of any advice a well schooled attorney would give. Use your rights. They shouldn't enter your home without a warrant. You have the right to remain silent and aquire an attorney. They will either go away or take you to court. If they take you to court you can get a court appointed attorney. This will buy you some time to gather evidence on your own i.e. Pictures of a nice clean home, clean drug tests, statements about your character. Come to court armed and confident but calm and polite. The government doesn't belong in family homes. If there is anything you can do to keep them out. Do it. There are unfortunate cases where the CPS should be involved. However, the foster care system is broken and CPS is less than perfect. We have all heard the horror stories. Keep your family close and safe and if you are the victim of false accusations of neglect or abuse be extra careful to handle the situation with kid gloves and legal representation.

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      Nicki 

      2 months ago

      Oh, wow. What a masterfully written piece of socialist propaganda. I have yet to speak with a former CPS worker, including my mother, that would at this point agree with any thing you're saying. Allow me to make sure I am following all that you are saying;

      My children's mental and physical well being are totally disposable so long as you and people like you can continue trying to weed out the small portion of genuinely abused children. It's okay if my kids are well taken care of and loved, but are "mistakenly" taken from my care to be cared for by people that are strangers, that do only god knows what to them, all the while away from everyone they've known and loved, left wondering "why was I sent away?", so long as that leaves you an open path to the few abused children. While I wish for a world where child abuse didn't exist, I will not sacrifice my children to save a stranger. My job is to protect them and I expect every other parent feels the same. You asking them to lay back and take it is too much to ask.

      We, as parents, apparently have rights.... BUT, if we choose to exercise those rights, we are seen as suspect and are then going to be forced into testing and to allowing CPS into doing whatever they want, whenever they want with our children no matter the consequences. So, really what you mean is we are given the illusion of rights.

      There is no bonus or incentive to take children away. Really? What happens to a program that cannot prove it is still worth funding? It gets shut down, or at least downsized greatly. What happens then? All these government sanctioned kidnappers lose their jobs. Sounds like incentive to me.

      Why aren't those that make false reports ever punished for making them? It's illegal, after all, to make false reports to police. Oh, that's right. You're a fringe department. Working in the dealings of legal trafficking of children.

      Why does no evidence have to be given to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that these parents are guilty? Where is the due process? Lives are torn apart by nothing but opinion a vast majority of the time.

      Maybe you do think you are here to help. But really, when you have to start justifying your actions against innocent people in your quest to "help", it becomes painfully obvious that you are delusional. Maybe you are trying to justify your actions to yourself? If not, I will not be another sheep rounded up by your text book bull shit.

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      Crazydiamo 

      2 months ago

      Although I really feel 4 the children who do get hurt in anyway by their loved ones who they trust, it's cruel and it just shouldn't happen. But after little Baby P may he R.I.P the CPS arnt just being careful and not taking any chances but some r playing on the power trip and lie through their teeth and get away with it. Y and how do they remove children from some families and then control everything what happens ??? This is so wrong. I myself have had my 2 taken away in care and Iam still reeling from the fact that I was the 1 who asked 4 help bacause of their behaviour. Oh my word please never ever ask those bastard's 4 help. I got hit and verbally abused by my 2 near every day towards the end. It's wasn't a life and I'll b the first 2 admit I give up. Depressed wasn't the word. After numerous social workers the last couple before these 2 horrendous evil liers came on the case, they all said if there was a law in place 4 mum in need I've have definitely qualified 4 support. So from me being the 1 who needed help and I did ask many times, I got it turned round on me and now they have said I groom my kids. I abuse them emotional and physical. Also I abuse animals. AIso i dont cooperate with professionals. Which I found funny because that was their only real problem. Amongst a load of awful slanderous names they titled me all with not a single bit of proof no stories behind the evil lies they r still now saying but adding more because they r so in 2 deep with their web of lies there tryin 2 dig everything even there own graves 2 try and get something that is true. I just can't believe they really think iam not trying 2 get some1 other than my solicitor involved in this nightmare situation. Iam so scared that although now the judge is giving me a chance with medical assessments as he wants 2 know more about me the real truth isn't getting a look in. Cos Rebecca and Jennifer have told a totally different story than the real 1 and whoever they have described in that vile report 2 the judge isn't me at all. How have they managed this and everything I say gets ignored and when I say where's the evidence on anything I've surpossed 2 have done??? They just say read the report. Eerrrmm I have and there's still no real story 2 say what Iam surpossed 2 have done. My kids lied about alot of things at the start but nothing like what these 2 r lieing about. It seems like they made their minds up right from the start and now r still saying the same with still no proof about anything. My kids have even wrote 2 the judge admitting they lied about everything because I annoyed them cos i turned the internet off if they played up .but also their father was liein and stirin trouble because if my kids weren't here with me he could stop the payments on the morgate. And that's how my 2 changed because they were tryin 2 please their father and he slowly over the years turned them against me which was so wrong of him messing with their little minds. It seems I've never really had any say on what I think is good or bad 4 my kids and look what's happened now. I did record the last meeting but stormed out half way through cos of more lies. They have only just sent me by email 4 lots of minutes of the meetings so at least I have a real chance of showing that the recording is most definitely different 2 what is wrote. But who 2 go 2 cos I can't have no part o them 2 corrupted social workers again cos iam damned if I do and damned if I don't. As u can imagine Theres a lot more 2 this nightmare and phones calls have been stopped contact cancelled and my 12 year old is in Blackpool and Iam lost and so frightened cos I love my kids and I don't want 2 lose them. Should I get another solicitor??? Or try and get my side across by letter 2 the judge. All the proof of police being called out in the past when my kids have reduced me 2 tears with the name chanting and just nasty name calling. Also cos they have hit me and threw things at me and wreaked the house. Y r social servicers not even taking on board what past s. Workers have wrote. But the Rebecca newly passed newbe has said she's doing it her way and forget all the other stuff that's been said eeerrrmmm excuse me isn't that a bit like a medical staff not doing their handover and not explaining important stuff that the next lot of medical staff need 2 know. Some1 please help me and my kids cos these bastard's keep saying 2 my kids that they should prepare 4 the worse situation in case there in care till 18. How can this b when I've done absolutely nothing wrong except ask 4 help. Xxx

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      Reply to Aprilnoels 

      2 months ago

      I couldn’t agree with you more, the question is were do we go? Where do we start? 80% of children taken from cps were not abused children. Just like when I replied to “jp”, we all have something to prove them wrong, but it goes nowhere. In the first stack of false allegations on my report sent to the judge, they stated that my son was so scared to sleep at my house that he would only sleep at my mothers home. After he was taken and placed with my mother, they reported to the judge that my son was adjusting very well except he is having a difficult time sleeping in his own bed as he is use to sleeping with his mom... and that’s only about one of five hundred ways they contradicted their story. I’m definitely not saying that we should HAVE to just let them lie and do their thing, I already got my son back 3 years ago but I have been researching so much on cps that’s it seems almost hopeless. Attorneys are even afraid to go after them, as they know they are vindictive people and they fear of losing their own children going up against them. So I realized early on when they took my son, my arguments were going nowhere. I was considered non compliant even though I was doing everything that they asked EXCEPT admitting to their allegations that got him removed. So I had two choices, I could stretch out a battle I wouldn’t win ( and take the chance of them adopting him out) or say what they wanted to hear, yes I did these things and I just want to learn to be a better parent and getmy son home. And of course after admitting to the MULTIPLE lies they said about me, I was considered being cooperative and “learning” how to be a better parent. So of course they took the credit of me becoming the good mother they transformed me into, when in reality I always was a good mother in the first place, and that was the quickest route of getting him home. Back to my point, as I stated my son has already been home for 3 years and I still research and rack my brain as to were we can go to put an end to this, because as heartless and careless and abusive cps prorated me to be, my heart goes out to every child and every parent going through this, even though I know longer am. They just happen to be the highest in power right now. I’m open to all suggestions to any ideas or places to start to help this from going on, because you are absolutely correct, we shouldn’t have to just admit and accept and be at their mercy, especially when it is OUR children in hands of these money hungry evil snakes.

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      aprilnoels 

      2 months ago

      Parents/guardians shouldn't have to cooperate just because CPS tells them to. CPS bullies families and the innocent parents have to come together and stop CPS and the authority they have. We have to finally speak up to the government and change the law. What CPS does to innocent families is wrong. We have to fight and make It right. Let's stop CPS from bullying more innocent families.

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      Replying to jp 

      2 months ago

      Unfortunately there is NOBODY that you can turn to with that as far hire-ups go. The higher up the cps worker is, the more money she or he is getting for that child and they absolutely won’t pay any attention to any proof you have. It’s possible to retain your own attorney and maybe have a chance, but sadly cps right now is the highest rank of power over anybody. The greatest power they have is over the parents that love their children, because we would all die for our children and they will never take the chance of letting proof into court, and take the chance of looking like they actually made an error or mistake. Cooperation is the only alternative I see. Whatever it is they say you have to do to get your child back , as hard as it is (because believe I know you want to stand up and fight for the multiple lies they say against you) but sucking it up and pretending that you are this awful person they said you are and cooperating is the fastest and safest way to get your child back. Until something changes with their corruption we have no say so. Just admit to the aligations, and say all you want is to change... I had to do it, and I cooperated 110% and it still took 18 months to get my child back.

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      Jp 

      2 months ago

      What if you can prove that a social worker lied under oath on stand in front of a judge and prove he put my son in signifiant danger , but no one in the department will watch the videos i have proving it , who would i go to so i can get this guy fired atleast so he cant put any other children at risk of getting hurt or possibly killed ?

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      lea 

      2 months ago

      if cps don't want to separate families why is it they will lie to the judge about caring about a child or children's safety after putting their hand in a mother's face and telling the mother that it don't matter that her children told her an older child in the shelter that the social worker forced them into had threated to kill them just because she had them around their father and take them without ever even telling the mother that a case was open.

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      CG 

      2 months ago

      This is propaganda. No one should cooperate with CPS agents, ever. These agencies do have incentives to take children, and they are trained to believe parents are potentially harmful to their children, while somehow their horrendous groups homes and foster placements will be better for children. Never ever cooperate. The more information you provide, the more it can be used against you.

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      aprilnoels 

      2 months ago

      CPS are rotten people. They have way to much authority and its not right. They are bullies and have bullied my family. They have to be stopped because its just not right what they do to innocent families. CPS should never be allowed in schools. Its so embarrassing for the kids. CPS takes the kids from class and asks them personal question about their family. My son couldn't focus on school work all day long . He was so worried that he couldn't wait to get home to find out what was going on and why CPS came to his school. Parents who have been affected by CPS have to stand and speak up but so many are scared. Nobody wants to take any chance in losing their kid plus its embarrassing to the bone when CPS is at your door. The laws have to get changed. Its not right. It really isn't.

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      Kane joe 

      2 months ago

      Lies, CPS does make money for each child they take just as prisons make money for each bed they fill.

      And you can sue the Dept for harassment for demand a investigation into your life once child is found to be healthy and safe

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      Relpy to Ruth 

      2 months ago

      Just forgot to add the point of my statement about living in such a small county. I have already seen 6 people from my small community get their children taken, and those are just the ones I know of personally. Ex neighbors (2) , ex co worker, and frequent customers at my job.. I don’t truely believe any of them got their kids taken away from being bad parents, and as small as my community is, that is lot of children taken just being the ones I know on a personal basis..

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      Reply to Ruth 

      2 months ago

      I have to say that I’m really glad to read your post. I live in a very small county, extremely small actually. I got my son taken away and he was taken on an outright lie from the cps supervisor. As if the lies allegedly against me weren’t bad enough, the only thing they had left after several investigations closed and reopened, was to just flat out lie. I have never even spanked my children let alone abuse them in any way. I finally got him back after about a year and a half later, but here I am 3 years later still very much effected by what they have done. A lot of people say that I should try and go after them for a lawsuit, but that’s not what I want. To me the money they have is blood money and I don’t want it. I just want the injustice to come to an end. They do prophet off of ripping children from their homes and I have an extreme hate for these so called people that say they want to protect children. It wasn’t until I was finally getting my son back home that I learned in the report, when he was first taken that he told his therapist that he just didn’t want to live anymore and had thoughts of killing himself. Then the report when on to say that since visits with mom were more often he was doing better in school, he was focused, and he was no longer depressed or suicidel. It blows my mind, that my 9 year son at the time even thought this way but more shocking then that was cps couldn’t see he obviously wasn’t suffering at home, if not being there made a 9 year old boy not want to live anymore?. I just wanted to thank you for your post, and I think if everyone does start coming out and sharing their stories, maybe something can be done about these people who snatch children from their homes for profit.

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      david a 

      2 months ago

      I spoke to a cps worker who had 20 plus years as a cps worker.and I can to you now this worker Shannon is like ALL case workers, they are a very dangerous socialist based agency bent on destroying American familes in exchange for federal funding streams they are trained to lie, intimidate, coerce their way through out the investstion.don't let cps low level employees tell you there are no money to be made kidnapping your kids they receive 8000 a month per child, imop the are the lowest form of humanity. I could go on for hours the judges prosecuting attorneys and court appointed attorneys case workers and supervisors are all in this together they need to be aracted NOW excause my spelling get the best cps lawer you can afford cps hates lawers who know how these cps perverts operate. god be with all who deal with such low lifes .

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      Ruth 

      2 months ago

      It was incredibly difficult for me to read this article.

      I was removed by CPS twice as a child. To this day, I still deal with the fallout and trauma of that experience.

      In Puerto Rico, it was discovered that CPS workers *were* receiving bonuses for removing children and/or achieving adoption. This was concealed as far as I know, and never reached mainstream media.

      We had a social worker quit our case after he was told to fabricate lies/testimony in court.

      These are just two examples of actual realities that my family faced and it barely scratches the surface on the horrific treatment we received and were subjected to. This included boldfaced fabrications in court, fraud, deceit, the stripping of our dignity, gaslighting, etc. It resulted in the deaths of two of my brothers.

      I wrote some blog posts on it here: http://ruthwriter.com/category/the-familia-elias-s... and will continue to post my story. I think the reason why people see the CPS as the enemy is because for many of us, CPS WAS and still IS the greatest enemy we encountered. It's a flawed system. I don't know what the solution is just yet but the more people come out with their stories, the better our chances of achieving change.

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      Diabetic Child, Turned simply case of high blood sugar to child abuse and sexual abuse. 

      2 months ago

      not much to say, the nurse of my school called social services falsely on my mother for false accusations. one day my blood sugar was highs and me and my mom didn’t want to call 911 when the school did, a few days later social services come in and says that i don’t get enough to ear and that my parents neglect me they are corrupt and money greedy.

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      Replying to les 

      2 months ago

      It’s probably pretty apparent by now that I absolutely loathe cps and everything they do, I have my reasons for this. With that being said I can answer you question based on my experience with cps, and I’m doing so for two reasons- 1) chances are the author of this post won’t answer your questions and 2) even if she does, it will be a bull face lie. If your grandchildren have already been taken into “child protection “ services, chances are it’s a very long road before they are going home. Right now they are making up a stack of lies that they will present to the judge that will allow them to keep the children until further investigation. Your daughter will be seen in 10 days at court but not heard. The judge will look at the stack of lies that the cps worker has put together and have a picture of your daughter as someone who should never see her kids again. They will then set another court day anywhere from a month to 45 days away, meanwhile they decide where the children will be placed for those 45 days. Your daughter will then and only then meet the public defender taking her case about 3 mins before court begins. Cps will degrade your daughter, present all of their stack of lies, her public defender will do nothing, and say nothing. Cps will recommend to the judge that before the children are returned home, they request the mother does a list of things and completes them entirely. (Not letting your daughter know that by this list, it’s an 18 month long process (coming from someone who complied completely 100%,without missing one of the 3 a day classes), if she fails to miss classes or can’t get to them this of course is dragged out longer. Now as the grandparent, they will tell you that they rather see the children with you. BUT if they suspect ANY resintment towards them from you, they will list you as unfit. So if it starts leading towards just the way I said it would go, I would either retain your own attorney (not the one they provide for your daughter), or be completely compliant and respectful to them as you can, if they feel your not on board with what they are doing, they will simply tell the judge they feel it’s not in the child’s best interest to be placed with the grandparent, and the judge WILL take cps’s side. All I can say is sorry, I know these aren’t any words of comfort, but they are snatching up children like they are going out of style. I hope in your situation I am completely incorrect and the kids are home soon.

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      les 

      2 months ago

      my grandchildren were taking from my daughters babysitter by cps the allegation was that they were left alone while the babysitter walked across the street for less than 5 minutes by the time he intered the yard the police were already there the land lords girlfrien which called the police was stating yelling at the babysitter that he was not babysitting that he had just walked up but that was a lie the kids were left under the car of the baby sitter they wont tell my daughter any in formation at all they want her to meet with them today they have had the kids since 7:00 pm last night what rights does she have can the grand parent have the kids

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      Don't turn to cps mendi 

      2 months ago

      You should answer the 17 year old boys question "author"... Where are you people at when they really do need you?

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      Mendi prewett 

      2 months ago

      What do you do when a social worker does not respond to desprate child calls to his social worker for help with food and shelter at age 17 years old. No responce back is all he gets without a workers permit he's unable to work.who is he to contact for help and has his rights been violated?

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      Reply to bwthy 

      2 months ago

      As the author AKA child protective worker stated: yes they can”.....

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      Bwthy 

      2 months ago

      Is DHS in Iowa allowed to tell the school on other people that you lost your child because of drug use and tell your children not to

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      Reply to author 

      2 months ago

      And just like that... “yes they can”.. I’m not even sure who’s question you are answering, probably everyone’s, because that’s the truth of it-“yes we can”. I think it’s absolutely disgusting what you do for a living. You have the audacity to say that it would determine on the situation of marijuana use, I don’t use marijuana and even as a non user of marijuana I know that shouldn’t give ANY person in the world to disregard our amendments as Americans to judge if you see that it fits YOUR judgment as to whether or not that child is taken care of. You didn’t birth that child, you didn’t bring that child into this world and I don’t care how easily it comes to you to lie and say that as long as marijuana isn’t bringing danger to the child, you will close the case. You people are in fact nothing but heartless LIERS and will make up anything to in fact say that the child is “being neglected “. I don’t know how you people sleep at night, when you make up a stack of lies to get permission to remove a child from their home. When you have a child screaming “I want my mommy !” , as you steal them from their homes and placing them in harms way. I’m sorry but when a child is screaming because some cps workers are taking them from their home, from the people who love them- maybe you should stop and think as your wrestling a child that they don’t want to go they want their mom, is it possible that child is where they are HAPPY? How can you not stop and think, maybe this child isn’t really going through these things that I had to lie and say they were, just because I automatically assumed from the very first complaint I received from this “concerned citizen “. If you look back on your childhood, and when I say “you”, (I say this to everyone involved in taking kids away from families that should have never been taken) if you can look back on your home life and recall any moments that occurred in your you home, that if by chance cps observed would have snatched you up - most people could think of a million, because I don’t care where you come from, how much money you had, or how much love was in your family, your parents as ALL parents aren’t perfect. I can honestly say if cps was at my door when we were growing up, we would have been snatched out on their first visit. Not because we were abused, not because we were in danger, not because we neglected. When I was growing up, my mom had 6 kids to raise as a single parent. Our house nine times out of ten was far from emasculate,my siblings and I fought like cats and dogs, their were times when literally the only thing we had to eat for dinner was popcorn and peanut butter sandwiches, we had times when we simply didn’t have the means to pay for propane and went without it for a couple days. If cps came and knocked on our door as they do today, we would had all been taken, and we would had been the same kids kicking and screaming as we were being stolen and screaming for our mom, and this is because we were by no means perfect, definitely poor , and just like EVERY family- far from perfect. When I still reminisce on my childhood and as I’m sure for many adults do, and I can laugh and miss my childhood so much, I believe I wasn’t a child who should had been ripped from that home. There was a LOT of love in my crazy family, and there is no stronger bond between us now grown children. None of us grew up to be trouble makers, everyone of us work hard for a living not off the state, and more importantly we love out mom to death. The things cps are removing children for today, verses from when I was is I was growing up are unbelievable. I can’t help but wonder every time I hear of another child being ripped from their homes, where would I be now this very day if cps came knocking on our door when we were kids. I wouldn’t know my siblings that I love so much, I wouldn’t know all my nieces and nephews, my children wouldn’t know their cousins, and I wouldn’t know my roots. Because believe me, the lies cps uses, because they want a good excuse to drag that child from an allegation, have NOTHING on what they could had said about my parents raising a. I just wish you people would stop and think for a moment of “what if”... what if cps came and dragged you from the place you love most in the world, your family, your home- ripped from you simply because you have quotas to meet. If cps came on that one day that YOUR parents didn’t look perfect and you were taken just like that? Maybe instead of being a person who claims to want to help children, maybe you would be that hype on a street corner trying to drown out the memories of getting tortured and abused from the foster parents you found more fit to raise you, instead of the woman that birthed you and loved you with everything she had, even though she was far from perfect.

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      MsJones 2018 

      2 months ago

      My boyfriends children (ages 6, 4 & 1 year) were taken while in the care of the mother who is mentally ill. She lives in San luis obispo, CA and we live in Reno NV. For the last 7 months my boyfriend has cooperated with every request, including parenting classes, alcohol/substance abuse classes twice per week (despite the fact that he has never been charged with using or being under the influence), random testing weekly all negative tests, he visits the children every other weekend, flying back and forth for every court date yet they still have no definitive date as to when we can expect to have the kids return home with us. His oldest son has a learning disability and needs to come and get settled before the start of the school year, the 4 year old cries inconsolably after visits and just wants to return home with daddy. During the latest hearing in court , we hoped that the children would be coming home after the end of the school year, but now the worker has used the excuse that my boyfriend admitted to drinking a beer on super bowl sunday, therefore she recommended that they remain in foster care until August? How can they hold him accountable for the neglectful acts of the mother, and for how long can they continue to expect these kids to endure being away from the father they love and loves them. We are deeply concerned about the long term effects this is going to have on these boys. My boyfriend is 34 years old, his children were not in his care during the alleged time he admitted to drinking a beer, this is not illegal so how can they use this for a reason to keep his kids?

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      shancontented 

      2 months ago from Someplace, Somewhere

      I'm not in a medical marijuana state and honestly don't have much insight on this. I wish I could answer this for you. I can tell you that generally, CPS would determine a few things if a family member was using marijuana who was NOT the parent but living in the house. 1. Is the person using away from the kids or with the kids present? and 2. Is the person taking care of the kids alone while under the influence of any drugs? and 3. Is the substance kept in a place that the kids could get to it or into it? If all of those answers are no... CPS (here) would likely determine there is not an issue and wouldn't take any action. No matter if marijuana is legal or illegal in the state, it would only matter whether the use of it is any danger to the kids. Those three criteria would be key to that. I hope that helps. As far as how it works in a state where marijuana is legal, I can't really comment other than to assume it's still the same bar met for the safety of the kiddos. :) Check with a lawyer, consultations are free and confidential.

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      shancontented 

      2 months ago from Someplace, Somewhere

      Yes, they can.

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      sam 

      2 months ago

      Can child protective services ask to see my child's medications

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      Chia 

      2 months ago

      This is all bull crap, I knew there was a reason why ACS needed to take my daughter away, they need those bonuses. They think I'm going to allow them to torture my daughter without doing anything about it, I'm going to get the news involved if they keep this up. I will NOT just shut up and comply

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      pamela spillman 

      2 months ago

      I want to Say I agree with some of the others CPS is not at all on point.I am sick of the same empty reports and they keep coming I know they told ppl things not allowed .I am grown they not ever found it at all to be true and by all the same crack head one county apologized publicly for trusting the crack head boy was that a world of hurt . Of course after removing my kids they was sorry they did . Now this is a different county but they know enough to check it with that county who would warn them they dont .The worker said I was a drunk I dont drink she said i beat my kids i dont even spank.

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      feds ignore the kid 

      2 months ago

      are the feds allowed to indict multiple parents after witnessing years of drug transactionsand violent crimes and selling to multiple pregnate parents with a long history ofn taddicted births and never taking action or reporting it I know one parent has done time on murder got out got kids back from family then was indicted on a three year long meth conspiracy case got out on parole with kids right away her family deals narcodicts right nexdoor and watches the kids got recently arrested for a dozen gun and drug charges while on parole for murder and others still free selling also her husbands married to another woman also while still married to her that woman just gave birth to her fourth drug addicted baby in 3 years one requiring heart surgery and two twins that died she hid the second twin from parametics but was found shes on bond and in drug court on drug charges has lost 7 kids to dhs yet the same agents I know theres atlest 12 parents over 4 years never reported. he jokes and says dhs doesn't cooperate just lets out info on there investigation so why bother telling them its sick I finally reported one a year ago they went at 11 pm and took the baby but told the agent I reported it which wasn't right he told me I don't know what u said they don't even act fast for us. I just feel its child indangerment for even cops to invole children with drug activity because usually its like 1lb or more not little bags he doesn't know if the babys gonna eat it when he leaves

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      My name is Jessica 

      2 months ago

      And I would like to know what age my daughter's can make their own choices to see me or come back to me what all right do I got if I haven't signed my rights away even if my girls are ADHD

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      Nothing to hide, but cherish my liberty 

      2 months ago

      So many times did I read, "if you have nothing to hide then you should allow for the intrusion of your personal space, your privacy, and your family", and where I respect that every complaint HAS to be investigated, NO STATE WORKER knows what is best or better for my kid(s) than I do. That being said, if I show competence at every other aspect of life, then by default competence in raising children should be assumed. I'd gladly answer any questions completely and honestly, but I'd be damned if I conscented to a search and seizure without probable cause and due process, guaranteed by the US Constitution. Having kids does not suspend one's Constitutional rights, and there is SUBSTANTIAL case law that supports that heresay, which is what it is when someone reports something to CPS, is not probable cause. Like I said, I would gladly offer my time and honest answers, but hell no would I forfeit my rights or the rights of my family, even if it meant that a thousand abused kids would receive aid, because honestly, the premise that my rights being violated somehow relates to kids who are actually abused is utterly absurd!

      I will say that the article is a great resource for those going through the process, even if I disagree with some of your opinions on the matter, and for that I thank you!

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      Scotty 

      2 months ago

      Can you go after CPS for falsifying a childs drug test? Like the child was clean but CPS said they were dirty in order to get the parents to forcibly take charges?

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