Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Child Protective Services

Updated on December 22, 2018
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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.

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 you navigate the system.

Things Everyone Should Know About CPS

  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

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

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.

What If CPS Shows Up at My Front 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.

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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.

How Did CPS Begin?

Prior to the CPS, in 1853, The Children's Aid Society was founded in order to respond to the problem of orphaned or abandoned children living in New York City. For the first time, rather than allow these children to become institutionalized or continue to be homeless, the children were placed in “foster” homes, typically with the intent of helping these families work their farms as a kind of slave labor.

In 1874, the first case of child abuse was criminally prosecuted. The case has come to be known as the "case of Mary Ellen." Outrage over the cruel brutality of the case, there was an organized effort against child maltreatment. Finally, in 1909, President Theodore Roosevelt convened the White House Conference on Child Dependency. This created a publicly funded volunteer organization to "establish and publicize standards of child care." By 1926, 18 states had some version of county child welfare boards. Their purpose was to coordinate public and private child related work. Issues of abuse and neglect were addressed in the Social Security Act in 1930. This provided funds for intervention on behalf of “neglected and dependent children in danger of becoming delinquent.”

Partly funded by the federal government, Child Protective Services agencies were first established in response to the 1974 CAPTA. This mandated that all states establish procedures to investigate suspected incidents of child maltreatment.

Most common Reasons Why CPS Is Called

Reason
Description
Vindictive family members and ex-partners
Many times a family member or ex-partner is belittling or consistently posing a threat to the health and well-being of the child.
Severe neglect
Some children are left alone without anyone to take care of their needs.
Severe addiction
Sometimes a parent or partner is so addicted to drugs that they neglect or abuse their children.
Severe abuse
Unfortunately, there are still many many cases of verbal and physical abuse against children in the U.S.

Does a CPS Case Go on Your Background?

No, a CPS finding is not a criminal conviction; nor is it available to the general public. Even if you are appealing it, a CPS finding will show up on your DSHS background check. A CPS finding permanently bars you from any work or volunteer position giving you unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults.

What Happens When CPS Is Called?

When CPS receives a report or tip, it must first determine whether or not an investigation is needed. A caller does not have to be certain or have proof of abuse or neglect, however, reasonable suspicion is required.

What CPS Must Consider Before It Registers a Report

  1. Identity and Location: Can CPS identify and locate the child and family being reported?
  2. Age of Child: Depending on state law, CPS usually only investigates cases of children under 18 years old.
  3. Jurisdiction: Does CPS have jurisdiction? For example, California CPS has jurisdiction over cases where the abuse happened in California. California CPS also has jurisdiction if the abuse happened in another state, but the child now lives in California.
  4. Person Legally Responsible: Is the abuser a parent, legal guardian, foster care provider, or other adult responsible for the child’s care? If not, CPS does not have jurisdiction.
  5. Allegations: Does the alleged conduct constitute abuse? If CPS determines that the alleged conduct is not abuse, then there probably won’t be any investigation.

What If CPS Determines That There's Abuse or Neglect?

If CPS determines that there may be abuse or neglect, a report will be registered, and then CPS will begin an investigation. CPS will most-likely also make a report to the police. After this, the police may conduct their own investigation (the investigation will usually occur within 24 hours of a report).

CPS will take the following steps:

  1. Interviews: The caseworker will either call or visit your home to interview you, the alleged perpetrator, the child, or other members of the family or household. While the caseworker may want to interview your child alone, they are usually required to record the interview.
  2. Examinations: The caseworker may request medical or psychological examinations of your child to determine if abuse or neglect has occurred.
  3. Explanations: Within a reasonable time, usually 24 hours after all interviews, the caseworker will explain to you the allegations against you or another family member, and allow you to explain the circumstances of any injuries or safety concerns.

How Do I Get My CPS Records?

You are able to request your CPS records if you were in foster care or if you had ever had a case open with Child Protective Services about you being abused or neglected. There are no costs for you to request your records. That said, you must still be an adult to request your records.

Steps to Requesting Your CPS Records

1. Write a letter to DFPS

2. Fill out the Request for Case Records

3. Make a copy of your Identification card or Driver’s License

4. Send the letter and Request for Case Records

5. Wait for confirmation letter

6. Request update

7. Review records

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Disclaimer

The views in the following article are those of the author and do not reflect those of any other person or entity. The advice listed should not substitute that of a legal professional and are not given as legal advice. Any examples are purely fictional. The following is of personal opinion and should be read as such. This 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.

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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 shancontented

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      Anna Richardson 

      31 hours ago

      Hi my name is Anna I find it untrue I jumped through hoops before they peeked and after they were in the worker had it out to remove my kids even I busted my ass doing what I should it still didn't please her the fosters cooked up a skeam on lies to end visits the worker who did tramper station said when she took them back both parents come here honey did they hurt you oh I'm sorry that was my last visit and we did nothing to deserve it. What can I do

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      Virgi 

      6 days ago

      Ok I'm in a domestic abusive relationship. My cusiin called a wellfare check on me cuz I called during a situation .they arrested my husband he is jail I got temporary order of protection at the behest of the officers . I get missed call from DHS worker call her back explain I was at court house wasn't avoiding her didn't know she or anyone would be coming .she said it's normal procedure in domestic abuse cases. She talked to me I gave her history of the abuse that my husband is a felon for what he has done to me . Told her what happened the day of incident. She spoke with my oldest son and then youngest . She said she was going to talk to my husband and my cusion and reffer for protective services. She said that in my situation she feels I couldn't have done anything different failure to protect myself much less my boys . She tried to say that the protective services is for me to help me . That it's valintary that if the worker comes and I don't like what they are offering I can refuse but if anything happens again that a judge will make the decision . She said that they have resources to help me get away from my husband and help with rent help me with finding a place help with job cuz I'm stay home mom no income . I am so scared I keep my house clean I keep my boys fed and healthy . When school wasn't shut down due to covid-19 I was the one who made sure they were dressed apporiate for weather and school helps with homework I don't understand I feel like I'm being punished for my husband's behavior how is that right ? He is the one in jail he is the one who is the abuser only to me and yes I know that just because he hasnt hurt them doesn't mean he won't .I understand that my boys hearing us arguing my husband scaring me with intimidation by getting up in my face isn't healthy for myself or my boys but he is in jail he won't be able to come where I and my boys are with the order of protection so I have taken steps to protect myself and my boys . I don't want to lose my boys I haven't hurt them ever I couldn't leave had no transportation when he was at work no friends no one to help me . It's not simple as wait till he was asleep and go are you serious ok so I'm to blame is what I'm understanding . I called a shelter to try and leave but with no transportation how was I to get there no money ? So I don't know what is going to happen I don't know if they are going to take my boys . Doesn't matter how clean my house is how much food I have that I am the only one who takes care of them their needs .

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      Julie Kennedy 

      6 days ago from Knoxville

      My children were taken from me on March 13th for supposedly some allegations that my doctor had said or send any report to a DCS worker I have two recordings from my doctor apologizing to me and told me he was sorry I had to read the report court report about what was said he said if you did make a report but it wasn't to hurt me or my two children it was to get my son some help and he never mentioned that I was not safe with my children I don't know what to do and I don't know who to turn to I really want my kids home they've never been abused or neglected

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      Emily 

      2 weeks ago

      @Cheyenne dorr

      I am heartbroken along with you. Praying for you tonight and ongoing.

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      Cheyenne dorr 

      2 weeks ago

      My daughter was grabbed from me a a little over a week ago. I moved back to cali from ok here in march and i came to go to school. I have never been homeless since my daughter has been alive. Well that changed in dec i have no blood family here. Anyways i was i. This relationship turned south he kicked me on the curb with my things and called the law on me. In that split second i made a desicion for my daughtet to reside with him till my sister made it to het her. When i found out she couldnt make it i retreived my daughter. Im being accused of leaving her with several people. I was recieving treatment in santa anta on a 72 hr phsyc eval. I have been diagnosed with severe depression. All in which i was in neweport on the streets. Theres a papertrail saying i was there with multiple witness including officers. They came and took her from the half a million dollar home we live in now saying im a flight risk and showed hesitation....she was just fine eating a snack living her life happy. Now there saying shes traumatized....well yea you snatched her from people who adore her. For accusations that are completly untrue. Sucks when your helpless. And you didnt even do the things they said you never even talked to these people. They talked to your ex who lied.im an amazing mother who loves her kid and didnt want her to be in the cold on the streets. The officers that day said i was be responcible. Im so bothered and lost and heartbroken my poor sweet baby is probably so confused why she cant talk to her mommy.

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      Amanda snapper 

      3 weeks ago

      Okay I have a big question my five month old son was recently abused and CPS is care with the people that they set him with wow I'm currently trying to get him back he I went to go visit him and this Friday I found bruises all over his back unexplainable for 5 month year old and on his bottom but now I called the supervisor and they took pictures and everything but they won't tell me anything else but other than that and I don't know if they took my son back to the people that he was staying with I'm very concerned I'm scared for him and I can't do nothing about it they won't tell me anything is there any way or anything I could do about this

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      Joel Sanford 

      4 weeks ago

      Reality check to this article, the very idea that child protective services is not in it for money or dividing families is a laugh it’s like saying police don’t create money for the state by pulling you over and issuing you a ticket. The truth be told DCF or CPS does want to divide the family in America. When they divide the family it causes court orders to be sent out giving legitimate reason for their jobs to exist . Just as it gives reasons for judges to exist and for all the other crooked laws that have been pushed off of our original bill of rights or constitution that we the people have allowed those people to corrupt. If you are raising your children in a proper manner no person has the right to intervene in the raising of your children in any shape or form that they see fit to blackmail their way into your household. Just as it gives reasons for judges to exist and for all the other crooked laws that have been pushed off of our original bill of rights or constitution that we the people have allowed those people to corrupt. If you are raising your children in a proper manner no person has the right to intervene in the raising of your children in any shape or form that they see fit to blackmail their way into your household . It’s laughable reading about how child protective services can interview you were a child without your consent the fourth amendment is the law of the land they have no right to go to legally search or sees you or persons in your home without a warrant that’s the law of the land which is superseding state law.

      Now I’m sure there’s someone out there that will get their panties in a bunch because ultimately they work for the system that is being propped up by their blindsided Waz now I’m sure there’s someone out there that will get their panties in a bunch because ultimately they work for the system that is being propped up by their blindsided Ways . they can’t get past not earning a paycheck doing something honest versus causing turmoil in peoples lives and making families hate one another or rip each other apart while they call it earning a living. Righteousness is so clear . It’s only the blind who believe they are doing good for “the state” over pulling their own selfish “needs” to earn money and rob a retirement from the tax payer that need to justify these actions. It’s like a parasite needing a host .

      Learn from history folks look at Stalin look at Hitler look at people that backed the state in allowed them to take so much control in the name of security while giving up their human rights !

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      Mandee 

      5 weeks ago

      If i argued with my bf and the cops were called, but the kids werent involved, can cas still interview me?

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      JOEL T THEISs 

      5 weeks ago

      Your a ducking joke

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      cant tell you 

      5 weeks ago

      so what is a safe living household for a child

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      Ann 

      6 weeks ago

      CPS is a lying sack of shit. You do everything in your power to separate kids from their families. You steal children, and yes you get money for removing kids and even more when they are adopted out. You all are sacks of shit!

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      Jenny 

      6 weeks ago

      Can cps take my son if the father has his 3 other kids in foster care?

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      Carrie 

      6 weeks ago

      All you need to do is tell them you're contacting your attorney and that you are exercising your 4th and 14th rights under the constitution. Do not let them in your home without a warrant signed by a judge. CPS IS NOT YOUR FRIEND. THEY WANT YOUR CHILDREN!!!

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      Jessica Gonzalez 

      6 weeks ago

      I just want my kids back but their saying im in a domestic violence

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      Nichole 

      6 weeks ago

      So my ex has a CPS case open FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE will they make me test the case if open on them noth3to do with me

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      Jason.watkins 

      7 weeks ago

      What are your questions at North If

      elementary school

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      Ann60 

      8 weeks ago

      What do I when cps does not even go out and investigate

      My grandchild has witnessed her mother attacking people with knives been beaten and locked in rooms alone etc

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      Bianca 

      8 weeks ago

      Okay so ive been through cps /foster case has been closed since july of last year and foster care worker text my phone do i have to follow up with her or do i not have to reply cause i sure as hell dont wanna nor am i

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      Johnathan Bell 

      2 months ago

      I got a home it my sister man home I got to get out fast

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      Ramona Violette 

      2 months ago

      It's a question that I cannot find an answer to. A person rents a home. Mate & pregnant 16 yr.old move in. This person (moved in) doesn't pay any of the rent ,etc. & is not on the lease. Said person has mate arrested on warrent for not paying fines., then files a pfa.This person also has a warrent from a different borough, so arresting; fficers did not know. This person was also turned in for warrent on traffic violations ,is not arrested because 16 yr.old daughter is there (not on lease either.Person (not on lease has been served an eviction notice refuses to leave . This person hit mate first & threw things at mate , broke glasses. Person assaulted first was defending himself , but is the one that got pfa. Doesn't CYS (Pa.) remove child from home when arrest is being made ?

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      CMarieFly 

      2 months ago

      WOW! Seems the people who hate CPS fail to take responsibility for themselves and what they do - or have no clue they are not good parents. Whenever someone spends an hour calling out the other person, it's they who are the most guilty. My ex had CPS investigate because our daughter fell and had a black eye. Sure, he was angry at the insinuation, but later understood why CPS exists and got over it.

      I have a neighbor who in my opinion, is a horrible parent. I've considered turning in a report on her, but she too would just get angry and turn everything around so she makes herself out to be a victim. She is incapable of understand right from wrong, so why bother sending someone to tell her how wrong she is. SO many of the comments here do the same thing - THEY are the victims, not the kids!! I wouldn't work for CPS for all the money in the world - too many really stupid people out there that just don't get it.

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      Personwhohasbeenthroughit 

      2 months ago

      You are a liar. States and cps organizations receive more funding based the number of children they remove or put into foster care and are thus encouraged to seek reasons to do so. Investigators will lie to you. They are not your friend and cooperation or not they are at your home for one reason. That reason is to create and overexaggerate situations, anything really to claim that you are guilty. Example: Investigator could ask you if you ever raised your voice with your children, in which case if you answer yes, they will put that you admit that you constantly yell at your children. If they were to ask if you had a gun in the home and you tell them and show them you do an that it isnt loaded, is in a locked case with a trigger lock, the only thing they will put in their report would be along the lines of "Parents keep firearms near children". Innocent or not you will be forced to comply. Judges will not stand against cps nor will any other organization stand up to them once you have been accused and will be hesitant to do so even with evidence of your innocence. Cps has done far more harm to families than actually protecting children from actual abusive situations. They will ignore your rights and play dirty every step of the way. Research for yourself because I never believed any of this too until we had to go through it because of someone we made mad making a false report on us. Cps in every state and country are monsters. Do not cooperate and lawyer up immediately if you find yourself in the crosshairs of these people.

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      Gina unknown 

      2 months ago

      My 10 yr old daughter and I have been homeless for almost a year. We have been sleeping in our Chevy Tahoe. She takes showers at my son's, or our other friends. We're mostly at camp grounds where there is running water and bathrooms. My daughter goes to school everyday. She gets a good night sleep. And she eats dinner every night. Can CPS take my daughter from me because we are homeless?

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      Chyna d 

      2 months ago

      Ok if cps came into my home in sept 2018 and supposidlry came up poditive on a swab and he immediately made me place my child in a family members home on a safety but 30 days later closed. Wasnt i supposed to get my child back?

      If the investigator supposidley still frlt that my child was in danger and plan to keep him or her on safety and force me to enroll in fbs ir threatened tocomplety take my child wasnt the investigator supposed to provide a court order of my assesment and wasnt i supposed tobe in front of a judge by now reviewing?

      Ive had my child taken away for the last 5 months without a cpurt order and maling me take substance abuse anger management parenting og yea making me u.a while a nurse stands in front of my genitals fCe to face to make sure i dont tamper with it while everyone has there privacy..I dpnt know i have a very strong feeling i was supposed to get him back when i received letter and case was closed..that ivr been lied too..humiliated..discriminated..all my parental rights violated. My son is 3 and disabled crts every time i see him like hes being punished and tells me i love ypu i love i want to go home wuth you all for nothing..Im getting a attorney today and im suing tf out if this investigator and case worker that i never see..i knew something wasnt right thry just had me so traumatized with taking my bBy id do anything to keep that from happening..plz tell me that im right there us supposed to be a court order and seeing this attorney today will bring my child home..

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      Anonymous 

      2 months ago

      Ok back in sept cps cane into my home for false allegations..supposidley i came up positive on my swab so immediatkey had me volintarily place my son on a safety plan with my aunt. So here i am waiting and i get a letter from cps saying my case was closed due to unable to determine..So if it was closed wasnt i supposed to get my child back right then and there..

      I understand if the investigator still feels like there is a threat in home and decides to stay with safety thrn isnt he or she suppise to provide me with a court order with assesment from judge and reviee every 2 to 3 months

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      Concerned taxpayer 

      2 months ago

      I have been the VICTIM of a false report. Do not tell me you guys don't work on "commission". There are enough money trails running from the fed to state to cps in every state that shows CPS gets HUGE payouts for "legally abducting" kids. On top of that, parents are forced to pay child support to CPS for "legally abducting" kids.

      In my case, the investigator put her lies in writing. She claimed she was at my residence 2 separate times and nobody was home. I work from home and am here 90% of the time. The other 10% I run errands. Both times listed in her report as being at my house, I was home. She just did this because the 3rd time allows her to bring the police. Strange, I was home when the police came with her on her "3rd attempt".

      CPS is a scam. Nothing more. My daughter, who will admit she was never abused in my care, was raped while in CPS care. CPS destroys lives. "Investigators" don't investigate. CPS is a rabid organization bent on making money at the expense of destroying families.

      Screening of foster families is pathetic. My daughter ended up in a family of VERY sick people. They were selected simply because they had taken in another member of their family. No other background was needed. Their son didn't look at my daughter as a "family member" and he didn't care about anything accept screwing a cute little preteen girl. Needless to say, nearly 6 years later and I am still dealing with the abuse my daughter endured while in CPS custody.

      Workers should be ashamed of themselves for what they put families thru all for a buck. I lost a business and nearly lost my home as a result of CPS lies. My daughter will forever live with the scars CPS left on her. The true criminals are being paid by taxpayers. You all need to go to jail.

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      Tina kisling 

      2 months ago

      CPS. THEY DON'T HELP FAMILY THEY RIP THEM A PART

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      Andrew Starr 

      2 months ago

      Cps is unconstitutional and they are funded through social security, they DO want to take your children and will go out of their way to prove that you are guilty not find facts. Never sign a safety plan, Never let them into your home and always record them no matter what. Call an attorney as soon a they get in touch with you one that has experience fighting CPS not one that will try and appease them.

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      dthe 

      2 months ago

      did cps write this? lol

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      Jerry 

      2 months ago

      Our case worker been lieing to us from the first day. I lived away from home for 4 months because of her. Then she told us that I could move back home an I did then she went an told the judge I didn't suppose be at home an her an a deputy showed up an she asked me what I'm doing here an they took the kids so cps does not help people. They lie an harass people. Don't trust them we are getting a lawyer now

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      Sheila Welch 

      2 months ago

      On December 23 had to discipline my 6 year old boy whom I have been having lots of behavior issue. He's gotten so violent, want listen to discipline at all will tell me no I'm doing it.refuses do do anything I tell him or adult figure. So told him he wasn't going to play with his best friend so he hits me... I bent down he took off running out the room I followed him so I just knew he went right back to the neighbors house saw him going that way, but I called he about 20 min later to come home she replied he's not here so I'm going insane. Police gets called brought my son back when the sheriff took him out he ran from the sheriff. Told the officer ño one is going to tell him what to do. So CPS got report came over to remove my child... Also took him cause I hadn't regrested my 6 old in school. Been fighting with the school board have asked CPS in this. They didn't want to hear it I had told them that I would have enrolled in school on January 6th at this year. Due to his learning disabilities. I have tried everything in my power to get in Hope packback people in all have gotten was the door slammed in my face. CPS are the heroes, all I have to do is morn the loss of my child..I need to know what my rights are and what can I do so urgent. I know there's no way you can catch CPS in their own lies I have court on Monday they got up there fabricated everything I said they failed to say anything positive

      That I had said

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      joanna 

      3 months ago

      can cps take my child for getting into a fight at school while already in a case?

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      Rabbit1083 

      3 months ago

      Cps does what they want. If you fight for your rights they get in their feelings cause when you fight it exposes their lies. Cps are destroying my childrens lives. My lawyer is helping them. My childern try to speak out about whats being done to them and they baker acted one of them. Deny me all my rights. Tell me if i dont adopt my childern out i will lose my rights. I have video and paperwork of the things they do. No one will act on it. I think its a way for the humen trafficking scum to get away with what they do. My kids are not for sell. I will never stop. They deny me a trial. They have nothing on me. But they know if i go to trial and even if i do lose it leaves this court and goes to higher court and thats what they dont want. I know they are losing sleep cause they know the got the right one this time. Im coming. To every one involved with Cps. You know if you are wrong or not. If you are fix it cause your kids need you. Dont be fake and waste time for us that care. Your making it easier for these people by being their statistic and your as bad as them. For those who are wronged hold your head up. Pray and never stop fighting. Do it with class though!

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      Tammy Lease 

      3 months ago

      What course can a parent take if they was threatened buy police and CPS workers into signing your rights away say for example they tell you if you don't sign the papers you will never know where your child would wind up or we Weill have your rights rip from you anyway and there was never no charges if neglect it drugs but yet they have so called picture of such what if they just out right like and call you bad parents and a few other bad names but on there paperwork it all looks legit thus is really happing and I need help so they don't adopt my son out I raised 3 beautiful girl into grown women and they have their in kids now they are telling me I'm a bad parent just because I kept and taught my son at home for kindergarden he wasn't ready for school yet and came and took him that same month he was to start first grade but I haven't got him enrolled yet I still had 3 weeks to get it done what am I suppose to do I want my boy back

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      Stephanie L Williams 

      3 months ago

      Can a case be open for a year and six months before they notify you? When something happened too you and they put the father in the care and when your get out and called them and they tell you they never had a open case on you and now calling a year and a half later too come and take a visit and then go too my daughter school and talk too her meaning she is 7 years old.

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      Stephanie Williams 

      3 months ago

      CAN a case be open for a year and six months before they notify you?

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      emvee 

      3 months ago

      i have a few questions, so

      i had caught a case with the father of my child, last year 10months ago. He was being abusive and got arrested for 6months, ever since then i have been getting investigated, they made me go to several classes (DV, PARENTING, THERAPY, SUPPORT GROUPS, ALSO DRUG TESTING.) i have been cooperating the entire year, with no problem. He just got out about 7months ago, he requested for visitations through court but never followed through with his visits. recently i got over all the classes and got a full time job started October 2019 because i was spending so much time 3 days a week full days at class when i should be spending time with my daughter or working! Now that i have my full time they still will not close my case!! what should i do in this situation, i'm tired of it, they keep asking for progress reports when i explained that i now have a full time job to support myself And my daughter who i live alone with. Please Help with any advice!!! Thank you for your time.

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      BETTY BROWN. 

      3 months ago

      Do the case workers interview both parents? I know of a case where the case worker has her mind made up because she thinks the one parent is being disrespect. I thought the main person was the child and where he would be the happiest. When the step parents are standing the the child will not say anything against them! It is a very unfair system. Now it is mostly about were the worker feels she was disrespected!

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      D.C. 

      3 months ago

      Can cps be called on

      Cps

      fostercare workers

      Judges

      Governers

      Lawyers

      Or any other politicians

      Or public servant

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      Mad Grandmother 

      3 months ago

      My daughters ex was mentally and physically abusive toward her and her and there three children, but still he got weekend visits this past Thanksgiving he got them and fearfully put what he wanted them to say to say to CPS and they believed the children. Keep in mind these children are afraid of there Dad. The oldest child told his Mom that her Dad made them lie on there Mom to CPS and his Mom called CPS and reported this my Daughter has worked since she was 16, coached cheer leading never smoked or drank an excellent mother , She was suppose to have gotten the kids back today and he went and filed a DVP against her on behalf of the kids. He has enrolled the kids in a different school in a different county, tell me this isnt traumatizing on a child come on now. Our hearts our breaking we want our babies back. Please help

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      Schmusername 

      4 months ago

      XCmom maybe you need to be wrongfully accused and talked to like a dirty rag on the street. My husband and I have done nothing wrong and we are being treated like criminals. FYI, we are very good parents.

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      xcmom 

      4 months ago

      I'm sorry but the amount of comments written by parents on this thread sound like exactly what an abuser would say. At least learn to spell, that way you seem less illegitimate in your claims of being a 'good parent'. Personally I found this page in attempts to find help for my friend with a severely abusive mother. CPS has not been beneficial; they have been called on them multiple times (by different people, because the abuse is obvious), yet no case has been brought against her. I don't believe the child is in immediate danger, but has been experiencing abuse for years now and it pains me. I just want to see the mother removed from the situation so she can be safe. The amount of mental trauma, ptsd, and physical abuse she's endured breaks my heart. Quite frankly I'm in favor of CPS being against the parents, even if it's a thorn for those of you who are good parents. I'm tired of nothing being done, I'm tired of parents being able to sweet-talk their way out of the system.

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      Sescily McCoy 

      4 months ago

      Can DCFS in the state of Arkansas get your medical records from a hospital without your consent? I really wanted to know the real legal answer to this question please!!

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      Rebecca 

      4 months ago

      So, can I tell my children's school that they are not allowed to let my children be interviewed by CPS? I do not mind them being interviewed at home, but I do not appreciate them going behind my back and talking to them at school without me knowing.

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      Derek 

      4 months ago

      What if it has nothing to do with you but it's about someone else who lives in the house? Then CPS says that there's allegations about you. What do you do then?

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      Seriouslysage 

      4 months ago

      Unbelievable! CPS can not just go speak to your child without you knowing! They can not drug test you without consent, they can not take your child without a judgement, warrant! They can lie to you and scare you into believing they can! If you let them in or even speak to them, it will be held against you and your words will become theirs. This they can do. Now, if you hear the ten things you must know, there are many wrongs to her writing. She says they can, well they can but only if you have already agreed and signed your rights away. Or they have a warrant to do so. Other wise, they can not just speak to your child. This is the way they word what they can do by leaving out what allows them. So after they have crossed the line and scared you, they no longer have to worry, you now are working with them. So, if you believe them, you lose. If you need help against CPS, I would be happy to help!

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      mikel prate 

      4 months ago

      Me an my wife have been going through this for 3 years now been called on 13 times for the same thing never gets old of some one saying the our kids are unsupervised or are falling down the stairs when we have a gate the blocks the stairs or that are part of the house is a desaster now we have go through chins case an everytime they been called is stupied

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      David 

      4 months ago from Washington

      Hello, I feel bad for some of the people here. I am in the CPS system myself fighting for my 2 boys. I also did was asked of me but started doing everything before they even ask, did more than they asked to do, asked them what else they wanted me to do and 2 months later tomorrow or this morning we are having a seat down decision of an in home dependency with one of us(parents) but I am the only parent who did everything and cooperated with CPS, went to DVSAS, did the parenting class & then some. I am so excited, I love my boys & all my children so much that I would give my life for them, nothing is more important. My lawyer told me that the court decided on me having them back but I have to see them home with me before I believe it. Good luck everyone & don’t give up you kiddos love you and need you!

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      Christopher mizell 

      4 months ago

      Ok so my children were taken from there mothers custody and were put in temporary custody with her aunt. I’m the father and want my kids very bad , I have done everything cps told me and they still haven’t let me get my kids. I have tried everything I know to get my kids. Can you give me any advice to how I can get my babies?

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      Bernie 

      5 months ago

      CPS workers are notoriously over worked, under paid, under trained, and poorly educated in regards to a professional career. Do Not Trust what they say...... say as little as possible and get an attorney fast.

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      Sandra Burton 

      5 months ago

      Can cps make you put your child in daycare? they are implying that the parents are not capable of taking care of the kids all the time. Stating they need a break. Both parents suffer from ptsd, anxiety and depression but are on medication and it is controlled. I know becuase I live with both of them. I watch the children when they want time together. Cps say that isn't good enough becuase I don't know the mother that well. Oh but putting the children in daycare with some that doesn't know her at all is ok? Who can I talk about all of this and what cps can demand and what they can not.

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      Melissa 

      5 months ago

      My daughter was taken from me my brother has her. She had been out of school sick. School called wanted me to bring her so they could see her. The offer wanted to talk to me. Stated that they was drug use. We have not been to Court. I've done everything they ask. And I still don't have her. I want her backknow I'm lost without her. Cani go get her

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      Brees21 

      5 months ago from Tonawanda

      If 1of the parents does not strap in the child to eat which is only 16 months old. The baby is always moving and could fall out of the chair. And I told the parent multiple times to strap her in and the parent doesn’t Is that considered abuse

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      Jas Crowell 

      5 months ago

      If you refuse entry to CPS they will not enter - the contact police and DEMAND entry. Refusal = arrest. The ONLY defense - Turn on a video camera, they will NOT engage in any way if they are being documented by someone outside of their authority. And no, law enforcement can NOT force you to stop recording. IF they continue to be an issue, contact your attorney and publish the footage if need be. Never trust ANY CPS agent. EVER.

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      Sylvia 

      5 months ago

      Ok myboyfriends is getting his kid because they reported her whit CPS and he's going to get. Them we live in utha she in AZ do I have to take a Drug test and

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      Elizabeth price 

      5 months ago

      My son reported sexual abuse by his father to a police officer over two weeks ago. I still haven’t received the case number or talked to my son’s Representative. We need help. What’s the next step I should take?

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      jeanine 

      5 months ago

      I personally had dhr if AL called on me by a vindictive ex boyfriend. He used some truthful situations about my daughters father and step mother. He exaggerated my part in supposed neglect accusing me of heavy drug use. I went along w interview process and drug test where a had some marijuana in my system. They dismissed case declaring it was of malicious intent.

      Fast forward my daughter is staying w her father more than ever.!”I personally have raised her w little and no support from her father for 10 yrs: I lost my job after purchasing a higher mtg payment home Bc I had verbal understanding that her dad was going to finaincaily help. Regardless she has been thee more. Now his wife and him had dhr called Bc if small kitchen fire. Her dad failed for alcohol and wet to treatment. 2nd court date stepmom got popped e another and fails for opiods. Bit are in treatment and kids are w his parents. I rented my house to save it. Now I’m being called into trial and believe I’m going to be put on random drug test? I wasn’t there for incident. I was phone interviewed and told case was being closed. Case is Thur and I’m required to be there. They want to test me too. Is this legal since I wasn’t even there?

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      Yeah no 

      5 months ago

      I'm sorry, but no, this is not how it works. It's how it's supposed to work, but it doesn't work that way. I have been involved in 3 CPS cases with 3 sepwrate familes. I am currently helping a relative. Some advise:

      NEVER agree with the agent that you are tired, overwhelmed or that you thi k you need services. If you do this you are admitting you are not an adequate parent. I've seen kods removed because the single mom of 3 kids (1 was special needs) agreed with the csse worker that she was overwhelmed and she could use the help of a nurse. Instead of helping her with getting a nurse and respite they said she wasn't equipped and took the kids.

      Don't admit anything. You are not overwhelmed. You are not tired. You do not need services. You are capable of parenting your own kids. After CPS is gone then you can look for your own services.

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      5 months ago

      I recently got full custody of my child in august. My dcf case worker said that she will be in my life for 6 months. She never said anything about my parents not beong able to watch my son. She recently found out that my parents watch my son every friday night and i pick him up on saturdays. She told me that in order for my parents to watch him she would have to do a homestudy and investigate their life. Is this true? I live in florida.

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      Benz 

      5 months ago

      I have four kids. Ive never had an issue till i moved to California.

      I wish i would have known not top Larry them inside.

      They took my son but the part that i find incredibly unnerving are the alligations that are 100% untrue.

      Part of me feels like maybe they are purposely doing this as a ploy strike fear but its also against the law to falsify these alligations.

      They lied about EVERYTHING.

      IM TERRIFIED

      Advice more than welcome

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      Anonymous 

      5 months ago

      What types of reasons would child services contact a family with no children?

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      DeniseRuiz 

      6 months ago

      I live in Santa Rosa County Florida. Can someone call child services from another state to make a report

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      JP 

      6 months ago

      People too ~ Ive had 2 false drug cases filed against me. Both CPS workers have lied, were rude, put false things in my reports, and have been no help. There is a reason families dont like CPS. Then Ive witnessed a 10 year meth head and CPS has yet to take her children away. You condemn innocent people. I have never been contacted to explain the situation surrounding what was called in on me ~ an abusive ex trying to get my daughter taken from me.

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      An American Mother 

      6 months ago

      Cost of college? sum it up, who made them God, No one has a right to me or mine, nibbody, u own the land and the. make them pay you. invoke law of the land, Gods Law,

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      Mimi Washington 

      6 months ago

      Sorry but this is crap. These people got involved in my life over a year ago claiming abuse, neglect, and educational neglect. I filed an appeal and threatened to sue them for slander and defamation and low and behold they dismissed all but the educational neglect and admitted they had no grounds to threaten me. Yet even with my son having all of his medical records turned over to them, they claim that medical appointments due to diabetes do not override missing school or leaving early and I'm neglecting his education. I have had CPS threaten to send the police to my brothers home where he had just returned from receiving his chemotherapy and radiation to do a well child check-up unless I agreed to her time and place of meeting. Yeah lady, you guys are people too and surely you're here to help. I'm a single mother with 3 kids doing my best and every other week I'm harassed and threatened for absolutely NO GOOD REASON

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      Lisa Dillie 

      6 months ago

      They showed up at my door once looking all serious and official with their little clipboards. Said they received an anonymous tip that I had been leaving my toddler home alone at night. The poor social worker was so confused when I burst out laughing. The joke was on her...I don't even have any kids!

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      David Jon Dillion 

      6 months ago

      This is pretty much bullshit. Ive experienced cps as a child. They lead with their questions. They ask open ended questions. And manipulate children and destroy families. At least here in California. In California, Child Support, Family Law Court, and CPS, are all In Cahoots with State leaders. Two more kids in the system the more funding California gets. CPS is a family killer. Where the best interest of the child is not important to them nor is it considered.

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      Tiarra 

      6 months ago

      They make me drug test to get my kids back I don't want to buy drugs is about domestic violence situation so I don't have to ask him into a surge with my kids cuz I don't do drugs so I don't know what else they don't know what else to do to prove to you I'm going to drug so so it came back negative all over and now they want me do it again

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      Heather 

      6 months ago

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      Yeah, no 

      6 months ago

      I agree with Amanda 100%. When we become parents, we do NOT sign away our rights to privacy and due process.

      CPS does not come into my home, for any reason. They do not interview my children without an attorney present. If they try, they get met with stony silence and the kind of glare you can only get from a teenager, LOL.

      My drug of choice is caffeine; that notwithstanding, they will NEVER get a drop of bodily fluid from me, even if they buy me dinner first. ;-)

      I would never submit to a drug test for the simple reason that they will send you to a facility that has a contract with their agency, which doesn't exactly inspire trust. To be clear...there will not be one iota of cooperation from me or my family. And because I'm not doing a damn thing wrong, there's nothing they can do about it.

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      Catherine Berry 

      6 months ago from Belgrade

      I found this article extremely informative and it was interesting to explore situations from the CPS side of things.

      I have not had to go through anything to do with CPS so take my opinion for what it is.

      People are inherently good, right? I do not see how a social department could be filled with only people that want to take kids away from their parents. There are bad apples in every profession sure. And maybe once you've seen some really bad situations that children are put in, it's hard to not assume the worst of every case.

      If there is nothing to hide, then there is nothing to hide, right? If I was under investigation I would cooperate fully and submit whatever samples, statements or interviews needed in order to improve my child's life. AND I would be asking what I needed to do better. Even if CPS was called on me out of revenge by somebody or whatever, I would use CPS as a tool to further enhance my child's life after reviewing their findings.

      Bottom line, if you aren't doing anything nasty, being responsible and do not make anyone else mad enough to go through submitting a complaint, you shouldn't have a problem. Rather than blaming everyone else for CPS knocking on your door and making the situation worse for yourself and your child, be kind, respectful, and practice some self-reflection.

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      Amanda 

      6 months ago

      Sorry but you are dead wrong in choosing to assume something is not right or something is being hidden simply because a person refuses to let you look inside their home or refuses to invite you in. This is also true for refusing drug tests. Do you understand the concept of "PRIVACY" at all? Do you understand "LIBERTY"? Do you understand exercising one's rights under the constitution? Essentially, what you are saying is that if a person chooses to exercise their rights, you assume guilt and thereby view your entire investigation into the person and family through this biased, prejudicial lens!! Your job is to remain completely objective and unbiased whilst gathering facts and making conclusions based on solid, tangible evidence that either proves or disproves wrongdoing. Drawing conclusions based on your own personal assumptions framed by your very narrow point of view is completely and utterly unprofessional. "Let me trample your rights or I will assume you are guilty and/or hiding something!". So if I exercise my right to remain silent if I am ever arrested, and furthermore wait for the counsel of my attorney prior to any interviews or statements, should I automatically be assumed as guilty?! I mean, screw due process, right? Why do we have a Bill of Rights or constitution at all? Heck, why even bother allowing PRIVATE citizens any rights at all? I am astonished by your declarations as well as incredibly disturbed!

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      Who knows 

      6 months ago

      I have an open case now and its so depressing my 6 year old son had a brain tunor i took him to the hospital first hosptial. Did an xray and didnt find anything second found a brain tumor they did surgery for 17hours when my son got out of surgwry he wasnt able to talk breathe walk use the restroom anything on his own... It was hard for me to see my son like that but instead of helping a young mother and be supportive they take him away and place him 112 miles away from me... Hes going through it due to not knowing whats going on with they surgery and then u detain him from me...no he self harm his self .. Thats how my baby boy cope with life hurting his self... And not to point fingers at all cps but if your for the children pleass act like it.. Because honestly your showing sonething totally different and wonder why ppl dont like yall... Yall should support young mothers insteas of taking there kids away due to surprising circumstances.... I got my son detained by neglect i completed parenting now they want me to do something eles like its hard to get your children but its easy to take

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      Blu 

      6 months ago

      CPS should be responsible for paying all vo pays and bills from forcing people to take their kids in to ER over a negative for abuse report. Wasted everybody's time for nothing.

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      Wendy rhes 

      6 months ago

      Don't know what state you're from but listen I wish all social workers were like you but I got news for you never in a couple times the one time I've experienced it myself and my other time I've had a couple friends experience them are the fucking devil and yeah they are out to get your kids and sell them i

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      concerned parent 

      7 months ago

      What can I do if an assigned cps supervisor has a personal relationship with the person I reported?

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      Karrie Johnson 

      7 months ago

      I really wish you would post the articles on Family rights and CPS on Facebook

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      Excuse me??? 

      7 months ago

      No this is what they want you to believe so you let them in to destroy your family. Remember Satan disguises himself as an angel of light as do these folks. This is such bull because I was being harrassed and false calls made that were clearly false cause i was breastfeeding and actually being a very good parent but surrounded unbeknownst to me at the time by very covert narrcissists which this agency is full of. Its an epedemic these days. I cooperated and tookndrugvtests and never once did cps put down that i claimed these were false allegarions and love how they do mkt do psyche evaluations, drug tests or anything on foster parents or reporterd ehich shoukd not be able to remain anonymous!!! They dont let victims who call for help at places remain anonymous??? Hell abuse victims have to sit in front of their abusers and give all their info to get any help who have evidence of tertible abuse and be revictimized but someone reporting something as serious as child abuse is not checked for credibility or any such thing. Schools threaten it all the time and is a dangerous plqce anymore to send your child and over stupid crap and all this mandated reporting is a crock!

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      Josie 

      7 months ago

      My experience with Dcfs has been a nightmare , Placement with family was not a option the caseworker is fighting to keep my grand kids away from me. I have such a tight bond with my grand kids my heart is shattered in to pieces with all this. The lies that they are making against family, we went through 11 kin ship applications they have denied every single person . I have reach out to the abundsmen over the Dcfs any one who would listen I'm so desperate for help . My grand kids range from 3 years to five years old . This system is so corrupted . I'am now fighting with my own lawyer to try to get placement with me ,when they say foster homes are the last option is a lie that was the first place this system went to.Did is now going on 3 months . Please if any one can please help me by giving me information to they right people who are willing to help. I so will be so thankful. Never in my life have i ever thought this could happen to my family. These people are so heart less never once did they have the best interest of my grand kids Please!!!!! I beg for help before its to late

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      Rodric Anthony 

      7 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Great source of information

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      Prakash 

      7 months ago

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      Diane h 

      7 months ago

      I recently took a drug test for cps n assumed i had nothing t worry about n yet i get a message today she wants to see me tomorrow at her office, i cant figure out y? Does anyone know if its normal procedure to want to see parent After drug teat im confused n scared my boys r my world!!!

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      Tim 

      8 months ago

      The details in my particular case are quite strange..I’ll try to give an abridged version. My girlfriend let her sister stay with us, she has a history of meth use. I told my GF that her sister could stay under one condition..that she is not to do meth or any other drugs while living here(even though I hate her with every fiber of my being) she could stay till she got on her feet. She started using almost immediately and also got my GF to use with her, I had my suspicions but no solid proof but as days went on it became very evident, the erratic behavior and the level of paranoia was off the charts. I have a broken arm and stage 3 pulmonary edema so I was often resting as recommended by my doctor but was constantly woken up by the lunatic ranting of her sister. My GF and I were separated for all intents and purposes and were engaged in”livable hatred” for the benefit of our 4 year old autistic son. We had actually began to try to patch things up but still lived separate lives, we split the apt down the middle and had one rule”Do not pry in to my life..and I won’t pry in to yours”. I knew her sister was high but I had no idea my GF was so after a lot of arguing between the two of them off and on for days..her sister trashed our house after accusing us of going through her things and swore we stole something from her(I tried to listen in to see what she was going on about but when she knew I was awake and around the corner she would lower her voice to a whisper). After dumping all of her boxes of belongings all over the living room and saying something about how her mother was in some kind of devil worshippers cult and had promised my son up as a tribute for a ritual sacrifice..I had enough of her psych-babble and told my GF, tonight..her and her stuff..out of my house! I went in the living room and got my son and put him in his room with the nanny cam recording while I began to throw her stuff out of the second story window. My GF pleaded with me to let her handle this to avoid her sister freaking out even more..I told her she has 4 hours. I’m taking my pain meds and going to lay down, when I get up..she had better be gone or I’d continue to throw her and her belongings out. When I woke up it was around 11:30pm and immediately I noticed my son was not in bed and that my GF and her sister were gone. I assumed that she had loaded some of her things up in the truck, took my son with her(he likes long car rides) and was taking her sister to a place to drop her off. After going to the bathroom I went in to the kitchen where they had been arguing almost the entire day to see almost all of her things still on the floor..at which point a very loud banging on the door started. At this point I was terrified..I snuck over to the door to look thro the peep hole and there was nothing there. The banging began again so I shouted”who’s there?!” 3 different times but no one would speak. At this point I half way expected some robed figure I’d never seen before to be on the other side of the door so when I opened it to find a single police officer standing off to the side hitting the door with a flash light..I was very relieved, at first. When I answered the door she asked me my name, I told her. She asked me if I knew(my sons name) I said”yes, of course..he’s my son. Why?! What’s happened?!!” At this point I invite her in but was taken back by the fact she was alone..no back up. She tells me that my son was found wandering down the middle of the highway alone by Rosecrans memorial airport ALONE and that my GF and her sister are considered missing persons. I dropped to my knees and began to cry assuming the worst at this point. I asked where my son was and I’d like him returned to me immediately at which point she says he was just down stairs in the squad car..but she wanted to know why I said that I don’t have a son and I don’t know who(name of my son) is. I corrected her several times, I even showed her the print out of his birth certificate showing me as his father, I have pictures of him all over my home, he has the same last name as me! She just kept repeating this over and over. I eventually started to get very irritated with her at which point she left for a few mins and came back with back up. He took me to his squad car and got a written statement from me and then he stared in on the same thing..I had to correct him several times. I demanded that my son be given to me and that’s when he informed me that he was never here..he was at the hospital being treated for mild dehydration and being bathed because he was covered in head to toe in mud and chigger bites. It was all very confusing but by the time I was done talking with him he told me to just relax and that they would drop him off to me first thing in the morning. At this point I couldn’t sleep..I had the news on and was just waiting for a breaking news story saying they had been found dead..I mourned my GF for several hours believing she had been carjacked or worse. 9:00am that next day, began the hellish nightmare that is now my life. Two social services caseworkers came to my home beating on the door. I gladly let them in, I had nothing to hide and had done nothing wrong or so I thought anyway. The older of the two of them began berating me about the condition the house was in, I explained that this is not how the house normally looks..she took out a notepad and began writing down all kinds of things like that the house smelled awful, that the home had a awful roach infestation and there was no food in the house. When I began to open the cabinets to show them there was plenty of food and a copy of our last extermination records which showed there was not only no infestation in this apt but the entire building and haven’t been for several months she became very angry with me and threatened me with a UA right on the spot. She asked me if I could pass one right now and at first I was going to say yes absolutely but then I remembered that I had been taking taking something called CBD oil for my broken arm which has been known to give false positives for trace amounts of marijuana. I told her this and she rolled her eyes at me and said”ok fine! Anything else though?!” I said absolutely not. She left and did not return. After they left I immediately took pictures of the food in the fridge and cabinets(time stamped and dated) and went to a website where I was able to get a print out of our EBT(food stamp) activity showing 100$ of food had been purchased the evening before the incident. At 10:15 am another knock at the door..it was my GFs sister! She had come to pick up some of her things. I asked her where they went, why they went there and where the hell my GF was. At this point she was getting belligerent with me and kept coming at me believing I had her keys to her old apt. I called 911 and had the police watch her while she gathered up some things at which point I informed the officers that she had information about a missing persons case and wouldn’t tell me where my GF was. They ran her name and told me she was in custody and had been since midnight last night. Apparently the arresting officers not only let the sister go on a child abandonment situation but after getting her statement..did not frisk her, book her in for 24 hours AND gave her a courtesy ride back to the scene of the crime! The next day she came back again for more of her things at which point I asked her how could she let this happen? I know we don’t like each other but to take my son out in the middle of nowhere, dump him off to die and then blame it all on my GF?! She replied” he’s not my son, I don’t care if he lives or dies” I almost shot her right then and there. I called to police again and had them escort her off the property and made sure she understood that if she came back again..I can’t guarantee she would leave here in one piece. Fast forward a month and my GF gets out of jail after getting the deal of a lifetime, her sister gets away with all of it without even so much as being booked in..and me, the one person who had nothing to do with it..is in the fight of my life to get my son back. I’m even on trial now.

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      Just the facts Ma'am 

      8 months ago

      The author of this piece may very well believe what she wrote. But, ( and this a BIG "but" !), she is coming from her own perspective of what she does and has seen done in her county(jurisdiction). Make no mistake, it varies wildly.

      There are CPS workers who are human and want to help, but the VAST majority are busybodies on power trips. These mentally challenged workers always view parents as "the enemy". They are "Malignant Child Saver". The most innocent things that go on in all families are demonized by these freaks. A sock on the floor becomes "dangerous clutter, a scraped knee, become a "beating"...

      This is EXACTLY why, by the way, you don't see too many MALE CPS workers...Men are far less likely to ENJOY engaging in gossip, judging other parents, and they just seem to find meddling in other peoples personal affairs generally repulsive.

      Shannon is flat out wrong in her assertion that there are no bonuses for removing children. While you don't get cash in hand for each little plucked out of a home, The state agencies do get ( huge!) payouts for doubling the number of kid's adopted out of the state each year. Thus increasing the number of kids "taken", often for very trivial reasons and flat out lying to get remove orders, is a very real problem. I will back up my words with legit links, ( unlike the author).

      https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_interest...

      From the link:

      "The Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), passed in 1997, required that children be moved swiftly toward permanency, including termination of parental rights (TPR), and created new economic incentives for states to increase adoptions"

      "In 2008, President Bush signed the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, which doubled incentive payments for special needs adoptions to $4,000 and older child adoptions to $8,000.6 In October 2010, “38 states and Puerto Rico were rewarded” $39 million dollars for reaching the “adoption incentives set by the Department of Health and Human Services.”7 “Texas led the group, receiving $7,468,475, followed by Florida with $5,718,271, then Michigan with $3,511,033.”8 "

      No bonuses for taking children into care you say? That's a lot of cash incentive to NOT return children to their families.

      Shannon doesn't seem to understand how her own agency is funded sadly.

      Shannon is very wrong, that cooperating with CPS is a "Good" thing. Make no mistake. If you are reported to CPS you are in grave danger. They are not "Helpful". Not EVER. If they can't substantiate the original allegation, they will stop at nothing to dig up some other "concern".

      Unfortunately, many time the only "Other Concern" they can dig up, is that you were "uncooperative" ( And therefor obviously "hiding something"). This buys them more time to scrutinize every aspect of your life, your own up bringing and they will contact anyone and everyone who knows you, that they can dig up.

      My advice? If you Have a lot of money to hire a cracker jack lawyer, are MARRIED and have had nothing but blissful marital times, have a STRONG support network, and a long, stable work history, then by all means...cooperate fully ( also helps if your children are older than five, non white, cute and desirable!).

      If you are anything less than a perfect parent. You might fair well if you grovel and do what your told, but it's a harrowing crap shoot. ( If you have an adorable, highly adoptable infant RUN for you freaking life!).

      Give this piece I link to below a read. EVERYTHING in it is TRUE! But people like to go, "Oh. It's old, so not relevant"...But it is the best work ever done on exposing CPS. I actually called Nev Moore, and spoke with her, it's heartbreakingly true still, even in 2019. If anything it's worse today than it ever was...

      https://www.fact.on.ca/news/news0004/mn000427.htm

      https://www.fact.on.ca/news/news0004/mn000427.htm

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      bob 

      8 months ago

      can CPS ask to see in your food?

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      joe 

      8 months ago

      First, I would like to say that I have the highest respect for CPS. Protecting children is one of the most honorable things anyone can do. Second, thank you for writing this article, it was very informative. You did a good job of mentioning some of the serious flaws with CPS. Issues that are not the fault of CPS, but must change. For the GOOD of CPS, America, and families CPS has to make adjustments. CPS is being hijacked, and used to willfully do harm and destroy families. Going after and Destroying a good family is the most despicable thing anyone can do. Unfortunately, people use CPS for this purpose.

      Third I would like to apologize for the length of this post, but this issue is very important to me. After seeing the psychological damage CPS done to my neighbors and my own personal experience: I believe the following code of conduct/family rights must be enacted.

      1.No child can be interviewed without a representative of the child’s choosing. Not a court appointed attorney, but someone that the child chooses and trusts. A child’s advocate. I don’t believe that CPS is impartial. If they were, they would have stopped interrogating\tormenting my child when she pleaded with them to stop. Evil people are everywhere. Including CPS. Someone needs to stand up for the child.

      2. No child should be ambushed, bullied, mentally tortured, or coerced into speaking to CPS. This is why I think the first rule is so important. An adult the child chooses and trusts, must be present to speak for the child.

      3. Third and most important CPS must inform a child under interrogation that they might be removed from their family. I do use the word interrogation on purpose because that is how my child felt during her ordeal. An intense and mental interrogation that has left her scarred for life. If my child would have just had a representative of their choosing, and not ambushed, the mental scar would’ve not been so deep. I had to pay for therapy for my family after what CPS put us through. When my child was interrogated at school, at no time where they ever informed that this was a CPS call. Luckily my children were older, and knew that something wasn’t right. They repeatedly asked for their parents, and thought they were being sexually harassed during the interrogation.

      This should never have happened and is not acceptable.

      4. During the interrogation, the family must be informed this is happening. The family must be provided with good quality legal help. Not some public attorney, but good legal help. Listen, this is not a piece of furniture you are breaking, this is a family. There should be a fund or agency setup to have quality legal help for families dealing with CPS. When I had my issue with CPS I was looking at $500K to defend my family. This isn’t right. No one should lose their family based on social or economic status.

      5. If there is evidence that a call to CPS was made as revenge malice or to do harm, the family must be informed of the accuser. Their safety could be at risk. It should be easier for families to sue the perpetrators. CPS must release the names of the person reporting the incident, if there is sufficient evidence that the call to CPS was done to harm the family. That person could be a serious threat the family’s welfare. If a pattern of willful harm is detected, CPS must go after that person to make sure they get medical treatment, else CPS will turn into a destroyer of civil rights and families. There is no greater civil right than to be a family. This will also shorten the cases so that CPS can go after real child abuse cases. CPS separates families too easily. Kids have died in foster care during these ordeals. There are people who call 911 [swatting], to intentionally cause harm to a family. These people realize that the cops are going in guns blazing, and people have been killed as a result of these incident. The police take these incidents serious and go after the perpetrators. So should CPS.

      6. All instances in which a claim has proven to be false must be erased. I realize this is an issue, because a pattern of abuse could be forming, but in today’s internet world, your guilty, even if you are found innocent. Just a call to CPS could cause someone their job, or future employment. In fact, any false claim can lead to a job loss. As I mentioned earlier, in today’s Internet world, all you need to do is falsely accuse anyone of a crime. Even if it’s not even investigated it will follow them. I understand that this is out of CPS’s hands, but CPS is becoming one of the best ways of harming a family. It’s like when the police go to a home, and find no issues. They could give you a warning, and just walk away. CPS should do this for these fake calls. There is no need to inflict harm on a family years down the road. A frivolous CPS call can cost someone a job in the future

      8. There has to be a budget to provide mental services for children and families after a CPS ordeal. The family gets to choose the doctors, and CPS or the government cannot know who the family sees.

      Listen, I get it. If a child is being hurt, the last person that should be informed is the abuser. I also understand that if there are the possibility of penalties for reporting abuse people will think twice about reporting child abuse, but is that a bad thing? Teachers are threatened, encouraged, and even coerced to report anything that is suspect. Neighbor are encouraged to report neighbor. As you mentioned, every report has to be investigated. This is bogging down the system, and true child abuse is left unchecked. CPS is turning into a Monster, and must be reined in, for their own good, the good of the nation, families and America. Evil people have hijacked CPS, and are using it to willfully harm families. I myself have seen my neighbors abuse CPS.

      This is how serious frivolous calls to CPS have become.

      https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2019/07/20/pennsylva...

      In case the article is removed: A school district was threatening to put children in foster care over unpaid lunch money. When does 911 become useless? When people call 911 to order pizza. When does CPS become useless? When they start investigating families over lunch money. Tell me this isn’t abuse!!!

      Here is another case. When my youngest daughter was attending Sunday school, I was asked to meet the head of the program. This person told me that my daughter was asking too many questions, and distracting the other kids. I told her, isn’t that why she’s in Sunday school, to ask questions? This person actually told me that she was not there to ask questions but to learn. I replied, isn’t that what asking a question is about? Can you believe that this person actually said they were going to call CPS if my child asked any more questions. I immediately went to remove my daughter out of that school. Interestingly enough her teacher stated that she asked some interesting thought provoking spiritual questions for a 10-year-old. I did not return until that nut was removed. Luckily other parents heard was she said and reported her to the priest. But this proves my point. CPS makes it so easy.

      In case your curious. Here is my personal experience with CPS:

      My daughter was being bullied in school. I went to her school counselor, and requested that her classes be arranged so that she could avoid her tormentors. This was affecting her schoolwork, and she was under great emotional stress. Some might say, “see the child was under great emotional stress. A call to CPS was warranted.” Was it? We were the victims. The call to CPS was part of the torment and bulling. Schools should have a bully hotline, and investigate the bullies. Yes, I do realize that this bully hotline could be hijacked. Perhaps by the bullies themselves. The only difference is that an abuse of a bully hotline could lead to a suspension, where as a call to CPS could lead to the separation/destruction of a family. No, I am not being dramatic. There have been cases in which children are removed by CPS, and die during the process. You can look up cases in the internet

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      Phil 

      8 months ago

      What if CAS sat in your house and said that you have to trust the mother is doing the right thing, like being a alcoholic to the point of rehab, domestics including the kids uncle throwing a kitchen chair across the house at his father the same uncle that already choked the mother of my daughter out, and calls c.a.s saying that my partners 17 yr old is hooking herself durung the day with my 10 months old son, the older sister has posted getting high in the house and was a o.d victum on zanac. That doesnt sound like protecting children

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      Victoria 

      8 months ago

      I have a question? Please help!

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      leonardo68 

      8 months ago

      Why are they not providing to the best intrest of my boys. They lie and dont let me the father have a life with my children. How do i bring out the prof to have my boys back living with me. U love children u have and the children will show the love they have for u. So why do they not let u be together, i went to jail because i knew that my ex couldnt cope i wrote to the department to explain but they refuse to admitt of me doing this, i asked police to help they also refused i made admissions to my breaching but are yet still to charge my ex with stabing me and destroying property. The department will continue to lie to make me look bad and not have my sons. I have worked and provided for my boys since birth and gave all to my ex witch gave nothing ex drug user that wasnt able to stay straight. So i ask to please help 2 boys that love their father and want to be together again. Please they are my life without them i feel. Lifeless.

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      Kathy Villanueva 

      9 months ago

      Hi yes I wanted to c if anyone Kan help me

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      theonewhonoonebelieves 

      9 months ago

      Baltimore CPS did nothing! They sat my children down individually and expected them to instantly tell them everything. It took them time to tell me things! There are still things that I think they are hiding from me! My son(4year -old) did not tell me about his father telling him that it is good to stick things up his butt until months after CPS. I then reported it, but they thought I was making it up thanks to my son not saying anything once we got there and his father professional lying skills. Then the worker at the Child Abuse Center suggested "at home visits"/therapy saying that maybe they could catch him doing something. What makes them think that my son would run off and try that while there's company around? They were not there to help us, they were only there to judge. Also, their system isn't an effective one. Most children refuse to flat out tell people about the abuse, especially if they are strangers. So what makes them think that asking them a few questions in front of a camera that they cannot see is an effective approach when they weren't even informed about why they are there in the first place! Children are like little people. I think that the investigation process should be way longer and should involve therapy held at CPS so the child can get to know the worker, then maybe they will feel comfortable telling them something.

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      Roshanda 

      9 months ago

      My play Muse Roshanda I am a mother of five I lost my kids through CPS I went to them for help due to hurricane Harvey I lost my apartment ask them for help what kind of resource to help me in finding a place to stay I voluntarily did what they asked me to do a drug test and everything I haven't got a chance to see my kids now they taking my rights away from me I don't think that's right due to hurricane Harvey I lost my apartment

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      Samantha 

      9 months ago

      Hello I have not heard anything back after home interview its been about 3 weeks almost a month and I have not received letter should I contact the case worker to get status I hate it lingering over my head or should i just wait..what should I do?

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      Monica 

      9 months ago

      Is family protective investigators the samw as cps? Cpi showed up at my home lastcweek and like anyone eles i frozed and git scared...without knowing my rights i signed a piece of paper. After he left i calmed down and googled my rights and called an attorney he said dont do nothing til you medt with a lawyer...my question is since i gave my consent will i get in trouble for not going to take my druf test? Cause i was,advised not too.

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      Sophia defreece 

      9 months ago

      I need some questions answered please please due to cos case I have

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      Mark R. 

      10 months ago

      If you think CPS is something you can work with or an organization that is even remotely good, think again. They took 4 of our 5 children away with zero evidence, supported a man that not only physically harmed a child he also sexually harmed them. Our mistake was trusting CPS for help, instead of helping us they came after us. It has now been 4 years in an active case and we are still fighting to get all of your children back. After being accused of drugs, then taking a polygraph and drug test to prove otherwise, told we are terrible parents because we are fighting CPS and the constant flood of lies they keep putting into court. They get looked at as unbias good guys when this is the farthest thing from the truth. They lie, they purge themselves and get away with it, they hire so called professionals who are nothing of the sort, they do whatever the social worker asks of them and the courts accept it as gospel truth. They tired there hardest to sever our parental rights and we keep putting in "Objection and corrections" which then pisses them off and they lie more. Calling the onsbonsmand is a joke, their job is to protect CPS and cover up anything that could be harmful to them. Washington state is corrupted from the top down, the juvenile section has no justice and some day there will be a reckoning. We have taken 4 polygraphs, 2 DNA tests, blood tests, and countless so called "Services" which are nothing more than ways to try and break you down and collect evidence against you via documentation of so called professionals. Yes, I am bitter, no I am not exaggerating, advice I can give anyone. Do not trust CPS, do not go to them for help, do not say anything to them no matter how much they bully you, threaten you, use your children as pawns to force your hand, and lie about you. DO NOT Talk to them, DO NOT let them in your home, DO NOT believe anything they tell you, lastly do not believe there is justice or that people will help you because your right. The system is corrupted, they all work together even the free lawyers that are supposed to help you give poor advice, minimal legal counsel, and in many cases are working with the department directly against your interests as a parent. I am speaking from first hand experience directly with CPS, courts, and all of the ugly that comes with it. Parents are not safe when a government entity that holds all the cards and power can do whatever they want whenever they want with no checks. Personal freedoms are irrelevant, the constitution does not exist when your in the jovial court system, they don't need evidence or proof, they own your children not you. As a parent I am outraged, I ask for help; nothing short of a complete abolishment of this system payed by our very taxes will fix the problem. I can not stress enough that any positive press or so called good these people do is a hoax, this propaganda is designed to keep the real bad guys cloaked in shadow as they steal children and destroy families.

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      Michael Blevins 

      10 months ago

      I got a problem with baltimore county social services my daughter passed away last september a they went to deep creek school and took him out and i haven't seen him but one time that is my grandson and i don't think that is right i thought the grand parents got first choice like i said his mother and father both passed away and social services wont even let me see them and aint even went to court now you tell is that right and they say social services don't like to take kids out of homes thats a bunch of shit i would love to get him back cause he was living with us for nine years and i love him very much and would do anything to get him back

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      Jennifer Arnold 

      10 months ago

      Ha Bullshit! Legal kidnappers and a corrupted system , its all about money. It should be called Child Destructive Services! Liars, criminsls heartless inhumain monsters. This article is bullshit. Guily or not, they win. They are Nott out to help or reunite, only to kidnapp. Destroy, and get a bigger paycheck for each k8d they take away on lies and false allegations. Why is nothing being fone after all these years. To shut these criminal down, to vxx stop the kidnapping of kids in good homes., My children's father and ex husband killed himself in October I ended up back full custody of my daughter who used to live with him because I didn't get her in therapy fast enough for her loss CPS label me as neglectful abusive I'm safe I even asked them for help to get her therapy appointments they offer an in home services didn't you take appointments for that home service the following day had a court order to get her removed from me saying I failed to get her services now they've turned it into one big FE ASCO my daughter recently overdosed was put on breathing machine use almost died she told the CPS case manager 2 hours prior that she took a bunch of pills and he told no wonder said anything to anybody to 1 them of this they opened a door and window for her to run away get involved neutrons boys have bigger problems I haven't even been to court yet or before a judge or even a trial and today I received a letter that I need to go to a Foster placement review hearing in a few days I told me they were in do a home study and let her be with family members but this is just a pacify me divide them more time it said she would be at palabretti behavior health for 5 to 7 days it's been now nineties now I'm hearing she's gonna be sent somewhere for 30 days then Foster they've even trying to put in Foster out of state And because of situation that have happened here to the children's actions or things out of my control that I get everything I'm supposed to do over it still considers her to be a dependency of the court and even with my so called assigned attorneys who also work with these criminals just think it's in my best and trust to plea no contest and just do what they want in for no reason now they're telling me that I need to do drug and alcohol testing much I'm refusing because they lied in in take home appointment and put down favors and said that I said things when I never did so who's to say it won't lie on a drug test I can't be trusted meanwhile my daughter suicide over into crossed and nobody's doing a dam thing to help me or her she's just another life that's gonna end up in the system for Uber or abused your bed I'm in tucson az, if anyone can help me enail me @ luvmykids884771@gmail.com.

      thank you.

      An innocent mom being tormented by cps, and whos also killing my daughter. Making her suicide because they won't let her be with her family name remove her from my parents she has laugh after her father just committed suicide She almost succeeded recently with a suicide account I see this case now drew knew all about and never said anything to anybody not even the doctors at the hospital and she was put on a breathing machine and unconscious for 13 Hours but I don't put my kid in therapy fast enough for them and that's a reason to get a quarter and take my child away from me in her brother and declare me unfit. & abusive. R u kidding me.? Where are my rights and the rights of my daughter how are they 11 do this kind of ship I can understand removing children who are actually being abused and starved that we all know there are corruptive system it's all about kidnapping kids legally from good families and putting them in Foster care where they're subjected to crimes criminals sex trade drugs you name it prostitution all that in money they don't care about these kids how this so called carry case worker never even visited my daughter in the hospital when she almost died never even asked how she was doing These people make me sick and I'm tired of them destroying families and our children somebody please help me find this a 14 year old girl's life Is on the line. I recently found something on YouTube on how to file a lawsuit against CPS but I have to prove that they either violated my 1st 4th the 14th amendment rights can somebody tell me if with them at trying to accuse me of not getting my daughter into therapy when they want me to violate any of those rights isn't there I Hippa law that they're not allowed to touch or get involved in it's none of their business but the health care or mental health care of my children I can you get answers without paying somebody by $1000 up front meanwhile my daughter S going through tormented Hill and being forced away from her family but she has yet even grieve over the death of her father when does the ship stop this is not a freedom country it's a joke

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      Tiffini Whittingham 

      10 months ago

      a CPS is a joke. They are a corrupt and despicable organization. They lie, give children to criminal's and are in no way advocates for children. They are incompetent, unable to conduct a thorough investigation, and put kids in harms way. Every person who works with this disgraceful group should be banished themselves for ever using their title in every way.

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      Tiffini Whittingham 

      10 months ago

      CPS is a joke! They are a dispicable organization, incompetent to doing any through investigating. They ruin childs and parents lives. Everyone working for CPS is a worthless, piece of garbage.

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