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.

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        Marian 

        2 days ago

        I'm reading this article because CPS came to my house yesterday and interviewed my kids at school. I was wrongly accused of abuse and neglect. After my kids were interviewed, my son had night terrors for the first time in over a year. The last time he had night terrors, a CPS worker walked in the door unannounced, grabbed my daughter in front of my son and started running out of the house. Luckily we stopped her. If CPS workers truly want to help, why would they scar my children for life like that and continue to come around twice a year on false allegations? I have dealt with these workers since I was 3 years old myself. I was actually in an abusive situation growing up, but my kids will never know anything I went through. I work very hard to keep them safe and healthy. Why do they keep investigating if they know it will be unfounded as every other report has been for the last 7 years? It seems someone is reporting us just to hurt us. I'm in the process of obtaining all of my records and even purchasing the hotlines call logs to check names and numbers. Whoever is doing it is smart though and knows their laws. They only report my family every six months so as not to face harassment charges and to ensure an investigation is pursued. What can I do to make this stop so my kids are not afraid of CPS? They shut down at school and would not answer questions because they were too afraid of everything that has happened before.

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        Amy 

        2 days ago

        I need some help but I don’t know where to start. I was involved with DHS six years ago. They placed my children into foster care however I did do whatever they asked and got them back shortly after. I know a lot of people probably have their own good and bad things to say about CPS and I know they do provide safety and resources when a child does need it. I was so intimidated with them while it was all going on so I did what they asked and never asked questions of my rights or what I thought was wrong because I was to scared and just wanted to get it over with. It’s been 5 years now and I can finally have the courage to relive it and talk about I haven’t even been able to think about it beacuse it literally makes me sick. They literally had no grounds to take them they were with their father for the weekend when the accident accured. I got the call met them at the hospital met with cps told them I was not even in the same town but next Thing I knew I was getting questioned we were both asked to take a U/A of course I didn’t think twice I took it for them Afterwords they said they were going to have to put the kids temporary with his family until they got the results in a few days I was completely devastated dropped to my knees and had no idea what was going on. I know it seems like I’m keeping something from u guys but I swear it went just like that and that’s why I need legal advice now beacuse it has literally ruined me from their on out it was one thing after another . Of course years later I think of things that accured and say to myself why didn’t I stick up for myself ask about my rights But when you’re in that position under their thumb you don’t think about any of that . just like it occurred to me just a few days ago that it doesn’t take a couple days to get drug results back so why did I let them tell me it was going to take couple days and they would keep my kids temporarily why they got them back. I hope no one is judging me and if you do I do understand beacuse if I was on the outside Listening to someone the story like this I would be saying there something that she’s not telling us. I just really need help trying to find resources Thar can look into my case and prove what they did wrong So no one else has to go through it. Does know where I can get help

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        NicoleDT 

        3 days ago

        My oldest acted out in school one day. Cps came to school without my knowledge the next week and interviewed both my kids. They scared my 6 year old so bad he started throwing up and i had to pick him up early and even then i was not told what happened. No abuse and no reason they shouldve been involved. If they are so well trained then why would they terrify my child to the point he got physically sick? Im am absolutely livid about the whole thing.

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        6 days ago

        Can CPS Lie in court and lie on your petitions. And flasify your drug test

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        StandUpForTheWeak 

        6 days ago

        THIS ARTICLE IS A LIE! I have seen many CPS workers ABUSE their authority! MANY ARE TERRORISTS to the innocent and let the GUILTY roam free! I myself have experienced their abuse and trauma toward my family, frightening my children, scarring us for life over false allegations. GOD WILL JUDGE EVERY CPS WORKER OR GAL WHO HAS WRONGFULLY SEPARATED FAMILIES WHICH CAUSED THESE LITTLE ONES TO STUMBLE AND DIDN'T DEFEND THE ACTUAL ABUSED!!! I hope CPS finally gets held accountable by the government in 2019 for their evil deeds in the POWERFUL name of JESUS CHRIST! I pray the innocent will get their kids back without an attorney because God is your advocate! He counts your tears! If you have done wrong to your kids, you can be forgiven if you repent and do better. God is a God of a 2nd chance! Give your life to Him and obey Him. Read the Bible and let Him be Lord of your life! No one can truly change on their own, only God can change them if they allow Him to. He loves you! If you cry out to Jesus, He will hear you and save you! Tell Him about your CPS situation, ask Him to protect your children in the name of Jesus!

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        Katherine 

        7 days ago

        CPS came and took my kids while I was in the hospital after haveing a baby they took them the day I was living to bring my baby home they never came to my house they never did anything my kids dad was in jail he abused me for 5 years I left and went to my to protect my kids and then they took them from me the first week that he got out they gave hem temporary custody they didn't investigate where he lived how he lived or anything they did a back ground check that came back domestic violence and elderly abuse attempted murder and also fraud but they gave hem temporary custody but not only did they do that but they let hem take the kids to another state with the kids I was supposed to have visit but he never would come with them he's lied about where he lives lied about haveing A job

        Really I just want to know when there is an ongoing case are they aloud to to let the kids go to another state or should they stay in the state that the case is being done

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        Sylvia Hernandez 

        9 days ago

        I need help with the investigation on my case because there's so many things wrong in the report and the allegations against me and they just came into my home and took my two daughters away the same day we went to court right after they gave me full custody of my kids and I need help with investigation who can I contact or speak to about my case there's so many things wrong with the paperwork

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        anonymous 

        11 days ago

        WHY would cps try to open a case and get into contact if said woman has not given birth yet. I need answers

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        Audrey Lessner 

        11 days ago

        #2 is misinformation!!! It is against the Constitution of the United States to interview a child without the parents' consent. See the Fourth and 14th Amendments!

        #7 is debatable... I have heard different from CPS workers!

        #9 working with CPS was what I chose to do the first case I was falsely accused. My daughters were taken! I was accused of more bogus charges and yes I am a firm believer CPS CANNOT be TRUSTED! They are NOT your friend...

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        cameron shaqar 

        2 weeks ago

        WoW! So, every time you investigate you are also trampling on children and adult rights!! Good job gurrrll....I also work for CPA. The first bit of advice I would give anyone under investigation is never speak to any CPA employee that is investigating you without an attorney that specializes in the field or at the very least-recording (preferably video). This is your right. Record every phone call, every meeting, ANY contact you have with this person.he United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said it best, “The government’s interest in the welfare of children embraces not only protecting children from physical abuse but also protecting children’s interest in the privacy and dignity of their homes and in the lawfully exercised authority of their parents.” Calabretta v. Floyd, 189 F.3d 808 (1999).The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said it best, “The government’s interest in the welfare of children embraces not only protecting children from physical abuse but also protecting children’s interest in the privacy and dignity of their homes and in the lawfully exercised authority of their parents.” Calabretta v. Floyd, 189 F.3d 808 (1999). A Federal Judge ruled Families were deprived of their constitutional rights when state child welfare officials threatened to separate parents from their children during abuse investigations (May 2015 us supreme court defined).

        Always know your rights. At CPA we are told to lie and/or confuse the person being investigated so we don't have to do the work of obtaining hardcore proof in order to get a judge a sign off on a warrant. When making a decision revert back to your 4th and 14th right. NEVER EVER TRUST ANYONE FROM DHR/CPS/DCF,etc. You MUST understand that CPS will not give you or your spouse any Miranda warning nor do they have too. If CPS shows up at your door and tells you they need to speak with you and your children, you have the legal right to deny them entry under the 4th and 14th Amendment. But before they leave, you should bring your children to the door but never open it, instead show them the children are not in imminent danger and that they are fine. If you do not at least show them your children, they could come back with an unlawful and unconstitutional warrant even though your children are not in imminent danger. ARROTING OF THE PHRASE “BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD” WITHOUT SUPPORTING FACTS OR A LEGAL BASIS IS LEGALLY INSUFFICIENT TO SUPPORT A WARRANT OR COURT ORDER TO ENTER A HOME. In North Hudson DYFS v. Koehler Family, filed December 18, 2000, the Appellate court granted the emergency application on February 6, 2001, to stay DYFS illegal entry that was granted by the lower court because DYFS in their infinite wisdom thought it was their right to go into the Koehler home because the children were not wearing socks in the winter or sleep in beds. After reviewing the briefs of all the parties, the appellate court ruled that the order to investigate the Koehler home was in violation of the law and must be reversed. The Court explained, “[a]bsent some tangible evidence of abuse or neglect, the Courts do not authorize fishing expeditions into citizens’ houses.” The Court went on to say, “[m]ere parroting of the phrase ‘best interest of the child’ without supporting facts and a legal basis is insufficient to support a Court order based on reasonableness or any other ground.” February 14, 2001. In other words, a juvenile judge’s decision on whether or not to issue a warrant is a legal one, it is not based on “best interest of the child” or personal feeling. The United States Supreme Court has held that courts may not use a different standard other than probable cause for the issuance of such orders. Griffin v. Wisconsin, 483 U.S. 868 (1987). If a court issues a warrant based on an uncorroborated anonymous tip, the warrant will not survive a judicial challenge in the higher courts. The above are just a few examples. I'm not sure if the author of this write up lives in some country in the Middle East but in America, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. I think Ms. Shannon may be using scare tactics to make her job a little easier.....

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        Paula Russell 

        2 weeks ago

        A friend of mine, has an adult daughter, that cps, has stepped in and removed. The grandmother is trying to get the 4yr old grandson. She was told that because of a dhs case, that her daughter's first alleged, and retracted, but the mother still went through all the classes and the demands of closing the case, and having no other issues, and the daughter's are now adults and one is being treated for mental health issues. The grandmother is trying to get her grandson, but was told because of the past, more than 25year old case, would not be able to get the grandson, and other than the case that was ultimately retracted, and also compliance with dhs rules and regulations, did everything. Should this have any standing in this case? Im referring to the state of AR.

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        Chelsea 

        2 weeks ago

        When they make u do classes for drugs to get ur child back how long does the process usually take ?

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        Melissa 

        3 weeks ago

        Is it illegal, in Kentucky, for the CPS worker to call the parent in question to tell them they are coming for a home investigation?

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        Michelle 

        3 weeks ago

        My boyfriend had his kids removed by CPS, and he does not know why.

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        IM Kho 

        3 weeks ago

        I aged out of foster care. In the few years i was in delt with 4 case workers and 1 intake worker. As an adult i have delt with 3 intake workers, i supervisor and 2 directors.

        My intake worker fabricated or exaggerate certain statements i made to better "prove" her case. To her credit, the abuse was extensive but i was too traumatized to speak about the horrific stuff so just spoke about the easy stuff. She embellished it to ensure the judge made a ruling. I had called cps.

        My first case worker was off her nut. She wanted me to empathize with my mom and see how much pain she was in, took me to meet her and demanded i hug her, even though there was a court ordered restraining order in place, i reported this, got another case worker, never saw the other again. 2ed worker was very anti children. She believed kids in foster care lie about abuse by foster parents in an attempt to go home. When one of my placements was abusive and i reported it to her she accused me of lying and threatened me with "consequences " if i made up more lies...she also informed the foster parents of my "lies" and they responded as good abusers would. I contacted my lawyer for my case and escalated it to the director. I called cps, i didn't want to go home, i was being abused in care. A whole investigation happened, turns out not the first allegation snuffed out. I was moved to another placement and got another case worker. This one wasn't too bad, he just didn't seem to understand why moving from placement to placement every week ( because only temp placement had openings for my age group) would negatively affect a child. He didn't know how to deal with children, regardless of his specialized training. On about the 12 move in about 3 months, i got angry about moving and he actually blamed me. Because i had a long term placement but i blew it by "making a fuss ". Guess reporting abusive foster parents who believed he had the right to supervise you shower because he felt you might be a suicide risk, who withheld food if you did call them mom and dad, who denied you toilet paper if you had used your allotment up for the day....those are ok to do in his opinion. I reported him to the director and got a different case worker and interesting enough found our there where openings at long term placements afterall. He was just friends with the case worker who was under investigation. The last worker i had until i aged out. Nothing terrible happened with her, she did her job, she even arranged to have me moved to a placement close to my siblings. The director and the supervisor i delt with where great. They took me seriously and seemed very keen on doing what was best for the child. Even if it ment investigating their own.

        As an adult, i delt with a social worker when i got xare if my youngest siblings and they where abused by my mom and her new husband. She was amazing and helpful. My children went into volunteering placement during the case with my brother's because of mental illness on my part that was not under control and being antagonized by my mom and older siblings threatening and sibling making an attempt on my life.

        The 2ed and 3rd where biased people who felt mental illness and/or being abused as a child ment i was an abusive parent or a ticking time bomb they needed to defuse by removing my children asap. The first referral was made by my daughter's teacher only after she was removed from her class and a complaint was filed by me at the district for abusive behavior in the classroom that was substantiated by my daughter's Counselor. The 2ed referral was made by a friend of a counceler i reported for child abuse and he finally got sentenced. Her response was to make a report. I explained why and explained she has never actually met me or my children, so her claim is invalid. The worker stated she is a credible source i corrected her and said credentialed source. Both harrassed me and tried to violent my rights. Both required me to escalate there actions to their bosses. Both reports never became cases and 15 years where between them.

        There are good and bad case workers. Just like in every profession. But the 2 i delt with as adult was preferable to those that dismissed abuse claims. The 2 i delt with where biased and jadded. But truly where thinking about what was best for my children in their jadded eorkd view.

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        Candy Aguilar 

        4 weeks ago

        Can CPS harrass you when there's no case open

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        William LeRoy Towns 

        4 weeks ago

        I find it hard to believe that you are unaware of the level of "abuse of power" conducted everyday by CSP workers throughout America. The reports are numerous, in every state. In this case, in Oregon, it is so wrong on so many levels that the feds must investigate. The court order or warrant stated cause was " TO CAUSE AN INVESTIGATION", how is that justified. Even your own words are of great concern, "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." MY question is why continue investigating, when so many insist that nothing occurred? Our rights to privacy are all but gone when you start a "comprehensive investigation". We as human beings have our own filters, supervisors & case workers & investigators having to see things that would crush the heart of any one of us develop tainted thoughts, which lead to inappropriate behaviors (actions). How can one not become angry and sad when they see the results of severe abuse, even death of a child, You cannot say with any certainty that CSP supervisors, investigators and/or case workers will not be negatively effected thus allowing for mistakes, even "abuse of power", especially when the new or next case strikes a nerve. Do you believe that poor people cannot raise children? That having no health insurance, receiving state assistance, food stamps, or having 6 children and 2 adults living in a small house are bad parents, lack parenting skills? After reading the policies you are defending I can understand why there are so many complaints and how corruption can easily develop. If only you could view all of this feedback with out bias , without minimizing or denying what your reading, it would change you and not for the betterment of DHS or CPS. In closing, we must have agencies like CPS, they are vital, as vital as any first responder to any emergency. However there needs to be in place a "citizens review board" for every case that the child or children were removed from their home for neglect, within 24 hrs that includes criminal charges for CPS workers that get caught lying, which can kill the a court order or warrant. this does not include physical and sexual abuse in anyway. All DHS and especially CPS workers should be required to attend at least 4 hrs per month of therapy by a state approved therapist and the state pays for it. All complaint callers must identify themselves either through caller ID and verified, or through state approved identification, at which time callers are warned of consequences for false statements which could result in jail time. The "comprehensive investigation of a family, parents, etc will only be conducted for cases of GROSS NEGLECT that allows for criminal charges to be made. CPS needs to protect the "family" from itself, by acknowledging to the possibility that abuse of power can exist, even in there own county. Admitting that a problem could exist is a start. The citizen review board meets when ever a child has been taken from their home, all members are replaced every year. Board members must excuse themselves where conflicts of interests occur. i strongly recommend that we all contact our states rep. senate and house reps. tell them about what occurred. respectfully submitted by William LeRoy Towns Dec.21st, 2018

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        LB-7 

        4 weeks ago

        CPS SAID THEY KEEP THE CHILDREN SAFE. THEY CALL BEING RAPED AND ABUSED IN THE HOMES THEY PLACE THEM IN SAFE? PLEASE ITS ABOUT THE MONEY. THE CPS WORKER THAT TOOK MY GRANDSON TOOK HIM WITH NO CARSEAT AND PUT HIM IN THE FRONT SEAT. TOLD MY DAUGHTER SHE WAS LAZY WHEN SHE WORKS HER ASS OFF GRAVEYARD SHIFT. SHE ALSO WOULD NOT LET THEM STAY WITH A FAMILY THAT IS CERTIFIED BY THE STATE AND HAS TOOK IN FOSTER KIDS. SO YES CPS WORKERS ARE GETTO AND UNEDUCATED YOUNG KIDS WHO MOST DONT EVEN HAVE CHILDREN.!!!!!!!!

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        Jason 

        4 weeks ago

        A DCF worker went to my daughter's school yesterday, pulled her out of class and cornered her in a room alone. By the time the interview was over my daughter new about drug use, how it's done and was asked if she knew what "porn" was. When she said she didn't, she was told that "porn" is when two people lay naked together. Also, my daughter is 9 and I found all this out when she got home after crying all day at school. So yeah, they are great people.

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        Fern 

        4 weeks ago

        Cps gets involved in a case where someone is falsely accused remove children from home which can cause more emotional damage to the child by removal from their family whom they love and want to be with and nothing no harm has come to the child this I think it's called child abuse when you remove a child from a home falsely accused

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        Lisa 

        4 weeks ago

        It is ridiculous that anyone can call CPS about anyone with whom the caller has a beef, and report untrue allegations. The ones who suffer the most from the false allegations are the children whose parents have been falsely accused. If there were penalties for falsely reporting information to CPS, and callers were required to identify themselves, the system might run a bit more efficiently, and not leave so many child victims in its wake.

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        michelle 

        4 weeks ago

        will cps investigate you if you allow your 14 year old to get a tattoo?

        his gma passed and its a cross in her honor but still..?

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        a concerned grandmother 

        5 weeks ago

        My only complaint is the CPS didn't get involved sooner. My daughter has been taking drugs and putting my grandsons in jeopardy for 4 plus years. There was an open case last year but was closed due to her "not cooperating" Well they are back in her life and finally it looks as though the children will finally get to see their father, who was false imprisoned due to lies even involving the authorities! I know that they have to investigate each complaint to the fullest. But it takes so long. Maybe my daughter will finally get clean, boot out all of the low lifes she puts above all and get her brain in order.

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        a passionate Educated Victim 

        5 weeks ago

        Corruption. unlicensed, uneducated people performing testing evaluations. malicious unfounded reports used in court proceedings. If you believe what you are writing here you need to start using some critical Thinking. The State receives 1/4 of a million dollars per foster child every 6 months. IT'S ABOUT THE MONEY!!!

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        lisa 

        5 weeks ago

        my dad was falsely accused of something he didn't do and CPS took him away from me and my family. And not only that but the investigator took a video of me without my or my parents permission, and said that it made her feel uncomfortable , when i only hugged my dad. like CPS is stupid

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        Kamie 

        5 weeks ago

        CPS IS A JOKE ... THEY REMOVED MY CHILDREN FROM A SAFE HOME ... REFUSED TO GIVE MY CHILDREN TO A FAMILY MEMBER ... AND PLACED THEM IN FOSTER CARE ... MY KIDS ARE MORE SAFE WITH ME THAN WITH COMPLETE STRANGERS PAID BY THE GOVERNMENT. MY CASE IS PROOF OF A FAILED CPS SYSTEM.... GOD WILL PREVAIL

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        Jessica 

        5 weeks ago

        My brother and sister in law had an injury occur to one of their children in home. Rushed to er and er called cps and they removed all kids from house hold. While under investigation of this, the two got pregnant. My sister is currently sitting in the maternity ward and was told her baby would be taken away tomorrow. Is this legal. She has not been proven guilty and I trust with all my would that she or he would never hurt their kids. We are a loving family and I do believe my niece was jealous of her younger sibling thus crushing him using her body weight. The doctors ruled this unlikely.

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        veronica ponce 

        5 weeks ago

        i have a friend who claims that cps is making her go to counseling with her abusive husband in the army, for the investigation. i know majority on how this works but never heard of them forcing counseling. just want to be clear can they do that ?

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        worriedGramma 

        5 weeks ago

        CPS is like law enforcement CORRUPT!

        An attorney gave me a free book called “The Secret: How To Beat Child Protective Services And Win”. It’s a pdf Email me if you would like me to email to you at savila3939atgmail.com It’s for California law but some of it can help.

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        Rwhitworth 

        5 weeks ago

        If my child has been removed from our home & placed in foster care, do i still have the right to talk to him, bcuz they will not allow me ???

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        ALISHA HUTT 

        5 weeks ago

        So what would you suggest for a family that is being railroaded by a DHS worker who hasn't given them a chance to defend themselves and has done every single thing that they have been asked to do but this worker still refuses to let the children go back home.

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        Dr. Stephen Golbaldo 

        5 weeks ago

        Couldn't help but notice you left out the most important part. YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY PRESENT AT EVERY STEP OF THE INVESTIGATION!!!

        You'd be amazed how much more respectful government thugs are when being monitored by a legal professional!

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        Jennifer Romaine 

        6 weeks ago

        I have had the second false allegation from CPS in Indiana for the last three months the first case was dropped without even having to go to court the second one is a different case worker and at first I instantly hung up thinking it was a false call so I called my first caseworker and she talked to the second one and the first case it was all about my ex abusing my son and hitting his stepson and false allegations about me doing drugs I have gave in the drug test for the last year and told them I can go back 6 years I'm getting false allegations of letting my children out all night when I don't even let them leave the yard and I am literally watching all the children in the neighborhood in my yard every day I don't understand how they can use a video of my son from Instagram that is literally a year old because he happened to post it so many months ago I understand that they have to check on everything but my case was closed and within less than a week I got another call I feel like I am being harassed and it is the same false allegations as it was the first time what should I do and what should I worry about I did refuse the drug test because I feel like it is my right as an American to be able to say that they cannot come in my house when I own my home and I pay my taxes and no one else pays my rent for them to be able to come in my house anytime they want and test me that is my right as an American to say no but I have given them test for at least the last past year I'm not understanding why they're giving me a 6-month family plan which I have already talked to a therapist and would have had already had it done if I had not gotten the second call to begin with my child both of my children had already met the psychologist I feel like she is just searching for something she actually called one of my therapist and never called my therapist back so sometimes I feel like I have nothing to worry about I text her and I don't get a text message back what do you think

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        Jeremy 

        6 weeks ago

        So finacal gain has no baring on motive to remove your child and place them in foster care?

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        its too late for me 

        7 weeks ago

        I live in the state of Louisiana and I feel ocs did nothing to help me and my case. My case worker was not only fired for making so many mistakes in my case they also put my kids with my ex husband who just had gotten an aggravated domestic abuse charge, I fought for my kids but was black balled by the system

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        AN 

        8 weeks ago

        The CPS in the state of Missouri is nothing but the worst place on earth in my opinion. They have literally robbed me from having my daughter. The CPS location at Troy, Missouri Lincoln County have completely TWISTED my case, claiming absurd things. How can they claim to have the best intentions towards the kids, when they treat the kids parent like they are nobody. Parents should be treated the way CPS expect the kid to be treated by their parents.

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        Martin 

        2 months ago

        CPS has been to my house over 15 times since I moved to our school district. All kids of color in my area have the same complaint that this school district promently rich families is harassing them so they move on to another district but yet there is nothing we can do to fight against or sew against allegations that are untrue because they have the right to call CPS anytime.

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        kbh 

        2 months ago

        why does cps lie on the stand and gets cought while being on stand . or how bout how they make allagtion of someone not working on there case plan but sends email to ur lawyer and the county and judge how there was case plan but never showed. again how is cps helping but lieing asses

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        Mary Farris 

        2 months ago

        First of all yall dont own our children and thats something yall seem to forget they came out of my body not yours so legally they belong to me.right now there is so many lawsuites going around against cps all around the united states .people this is what you dont know. About them from 1990 till today our great states were told to head supervisors to tell workers to lie on alot of parents and to remove children that were actually safe and being took care of my boyfriend and me know this all to well the done it to him with his and me with mine this is while with other people. But took around the same time. But yall were told the more children you took the more money the state gave yall . i never hurt my kids and took care of them.i complied to your rules and everything. Mmy advice hire a lawyer as soon as they step foot on your porch take it to the media.if you have too. They placed them eith my father and step mother my husband left me because of yall. You took everything from us .our children without cause.no proof. I lived in hell with my father having them. Im not afraid to speak up any longer as of right now im gathering all info to have a law suit against two counties involved in this case .my father used my kids against me to have his way with me for 22 years.or else he said he would pack up and leave with them and i would never see them again.. Or if i talked yo any man he would do it. I endured rape everyday mental abuse etc...even had a mental bbreakdown. And have lost alot of memeory. You dont care where you put them as long as you get money off them . i stayed so they knew i didnt i would just leave like their daddy. I sacrificed everything for them.now im working on my law suit. But here recently yall havr been in big trouble for this. See nothing you can do can fix yalls mistakes .but to me yall will pay .i think yall dont even understand. What yall really do to good parents when doing this it felt like yall just ripped my heart out and stomped on it. If you really cared where were yall at when i was actually being hurt as a child physical, mentally, and sexually, emotionally, considering yall were told repeatally .oh thats right didnt care.i now suffer with sever aneixty depression, ptsd, and other mental disorders .from this.so yeah the system fails these types of kids.but takes children away from the good ones and the ones beong hurt slip thru the cracks .these kids tgat usually go to foster care 8 out 10 are abused in foster care. Now thats the truth

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        Kid23487 

        2 months ago

        Do they ask for parents ID?

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        Don'ttrustDCS 

        2 months ago

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

        I have experienced this first hand.

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

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        worriedGramma 

        2 months ago

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

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        Sdav 

        2 months ago

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

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        Melissa g 

        2 months ago

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

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        Breanna 

        2 months ago

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

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        Nancy Salazar 

        2 months ago

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

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        Jessica 

        2 months ago

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

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        wgoss 

        2 months ago from Kentucky

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

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

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

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

        Rant is over.

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        Kass Harmon 

        2 months ago

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

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        Kevin Kirk 

        2 months ago

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

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

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        Marie 

        2 months ago

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

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        worriedGramma 

        2 months ago

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

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        Rock 

        2 months ago

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

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        Melissa Clark 

        3 months ago

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

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        Anthonyrr 

        3 months ago

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

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        Dan Ledbetter 

        3 months ago

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

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

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        Brandon 

        3 months ago

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

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        Annon. 

        3 months ago

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

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        Tiffany 

        3 months ago

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

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        Anoynamous 

        3 months ago

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

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        Nicole magincalda 

        3 months ago

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

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        Jessica 

        3 months ago

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

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        Catherine 

        3 months ago

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

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        glo 

        3 months ago

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

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        Sandra dugger 

        3 months ago

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

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        J winn 

        3 months ago

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

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        Amanda johns 

        3 months ago

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

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        Darren Garsden 

        3 months ago

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

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        jeff 

        3 months ago

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

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        Charles Libby 

        4 months ago

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

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

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        NAni 

        4 months ago

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

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        Seek help, get burned 

        4 months ago

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

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        Momabear 

        4 months ago

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

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        Texas 

        4 months ago

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

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        Crystal walker 

        4 months ago

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

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        Scott 

        4 months ago

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

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        Anonymous 

        4 months ago

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

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        Sue 

        4 months ago

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

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        Chelsea 

        4 months ago

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

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        Shirley 

        4 months ago

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

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        Lolly 

        4 months ago

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

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        Drobledo 

        4 months ago

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

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        Bianca 

        4 months ago

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

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        Diane 

        4 months ago

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

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        chavez90 

        4 months ago

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

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        Ann 

        4 months ago

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

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        michael turner 

        4 months ago

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

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        Pist off mother 

        4 months ago

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

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        Pam 

        4 months ago

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

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        Madeleine Scotts 

        4 months ago

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

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

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

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

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

        Yes, there are irregularities.

        But I have to see my part

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        AFJ 

        4 months ago

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

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        Kay 

        4 months ago

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

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        Athena Dekany 

        4 months ago

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

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

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        Jon520 

        4 months ago

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

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        Tess 

        5 months ago

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

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

        Is this alllowed if it’s the accused child ?

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        Michelle 

        5 months ago

        Does CPS Tell the accused person who called

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        John 

        5 months ago

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

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        carmina 

        5 months ago

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

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        myranda 

        5 months ago

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

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