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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      DeniseRuiz 

      9 days ago

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

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      JP 

      10 days ago

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

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      An American Mother 

      2 weeks ago

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

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      Mimi Washington 

      2 weeks ago

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

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      Lisa Dillie 

      3 weeks ago

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

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      David Jon Dillion 

      3 weeks ago

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

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      Tiarra 

      3 weeks ago

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

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      Heather 

      3 weeks ago

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      Yeah, no 

      3 weeks ago

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

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

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

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

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      Catherine Berry 

      3 weeks ago from Belgrade

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

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

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

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

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

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      Amanda 

      3 weeks ago

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

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      Who knows 

      3 weeks ago

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

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      Blu 

      3 weeks ago

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

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      Wendy rhes 

      3 weeks ago

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

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      concerned parent 

      6 weeks ago

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

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      Karrie Johnson 

      7 weeks ago

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

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      Excuse me??? 

      8 weeks ago

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

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      Josie 

      8 weeks ago

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

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      Rodric Anthony 

      8 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Great source of information

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      Prakash 

      2 months ago

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      Diane h 

      2 months ago

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

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      Tim 

      2 months ago

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

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      Just the facts Ma'am 

      2 months ago

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

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

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

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

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

      From the link:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      bob 

      2 months ago

      can CPS ask to see in your food?

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      joe 

      2 months ago

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

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

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

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

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

      This should never have happened and is not acceptable.

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

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

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

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

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

      This is how serious frivolous calls to CPS have become.

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

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

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

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

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

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      Phil 

      2 months ago

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

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      Victoria 

      3 months ago

      I have a question? Please help!

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      leonardo68 

      3 months ago

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

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      Kathy Villanueva 

      3 months ago

      Hi yes I wanted to c if anyone Kan help me

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      theonewhonoonebelieves 

      3 months ago

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

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      Roshanda 

      3 months ago

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

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      Samantha 

      4 months ago

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

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      Monica 

      4 months ago

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

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      Sophia defreece 

      4 months ago

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

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      Mark R. 

      4 months ago

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

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      Michael Blevins 

      4 months ago

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

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      Jennifer Arnold 

      4 months ago

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

      thank you.

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

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      Tiffini Whittingham 

      4 months ago

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

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      Tiffini Whittingham 

      4 months ago

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

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      Rachel 

      4 months ago

      This is stupid

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      Father 

      4 months ago

      This article is a joke...

      1. 50+ hours sounds like a lot of overtime pay for "doing the job"

      2. Many states cps IS the police.

      3. Every cps "investigator" is there for only 1 reson is there a way to legaly remove children from familys. IT IS LITERALY THIER JOB

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      Suzan Jeter 

      4 months ago

      Don't believe this article. It is far from the truth. Cps workers are out to grab your child period. They use false paper work, claiming it is a warrant to get your children. They will falsify drug test, if you take one. If your child is cute, and wanted by an adopted couple, believe me they will take your child. And they do make bonuses for every child adopted, out. They will drag you through a court process lasting 2 years, then tell you after you have done every thing they have asked, that your child will never come home. They traumatize parents and children. Do not ever trust a social worker. And don't think if you are trying to get custody of grandchild, that they will give that child to you. Never trust CPS, if you are wanting custody of a child, use the court system, not Cps. they will take your child never to be seen again.

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      My Excursion 

      5 months ago

      Whoever wrote the article is for the most part telling the truth about child protective services and how they operate. I do however, disagree with the author that cps is not in for the money. I was once in their trap. It was my fault and I own that. My child was removed from me and placed into foster care. CPS told me that by opting into FTC would be the quickest way for me to get my child back. CPS does have an unlimited amount of resources and help if you're willing to accept it. Though that was a terrible and painful time for us it was also rewarding. I am now a recovering alcoholic and I have 6 years of sobriety. It was because of my drinking that I my child was removed. I was arrested for DUI and my child was in my vehicle with me. I did not like my case worker and she did place my child the first time with a couple of incompetent liberal retards that shouldn't even be pet owners let alone foster parents. That lasted 3 months. The second placement the people were awesome and my child did well considering the circumstances. I jumped through all of their hoops. I went above and beyond to the very best of my ability and strived for excellence in all that I did. I went through 6 months of treatment, parenting classes, AA meetings, court every week, UA's, and visited my child up to 3 days a week eventually getting over night visits. My child was returned home to me after 8 months but, my dependency case lasted a total of 15 months which is when I graduated from family treatment court with zero sanctions and not one dirty UA. I did all of this riding the public bus everywhere I had to go everyday for a year because I lost my license. Since then I did get my license back, like I said, my dependency case was closed, my child was returned, and though I dropped out of high school at age 16 and had not been in school for 30 years I went to my local community college for 3 years and finished my program with an associate of arts and science degree in business administration and small business management last year. It's true that the cps finding is on my back ground report. I cannot ever work around kids or old people. Nobody will hire me once they run a background check on me. My parents are 75 and 78 years old. My child and I live with them. My mom is disabled and needs assistance to get around the house. My dad has recurring cancer and is under going a total larynoscomy in 2 days. The state pays a stranger to come into our home to help my mom a few days a week a few hours each of those days. I do the cooking cleaning laundry drive to the appts etc. They won't pay me or compensate me because of cps and my background report. So, while they helped me on one hand they fucked me on the other and I have no idea what the hell I can do about it. That's my true factual story.

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      Big Rich 

      5 months ago

      I do understand that we do need a law out there to protect our children and a place for them to go if a b but when you guys make money off taking the kids I guarantee you you're going to try to make money either that or you won't have a job so you're going to take kids

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      John Rodriguez 

      5 months ago

      Ladies and gents, I as a FATHER can tell you that whomever wrote this and maybe created this page is in it for the fun or controversy. I can tell you for starters that in NYC ACS/CPS work as police officers. In NYC, the departments are funded by the federal govt based on crime rates and arrests. Its how the officers make their overtime. ACS/CPS are FUNDED by the federal govt when a child is pulled out of a home and guess what??? The ACS worker is paid OVERTIME for the additional hours worked. So is it in their best interest to pull a child out of a home? You make your own decision. Also, contrary to whomever wrote this post ACS/CPS is NOT REGULATED like this person said. The judges are also the prosecutors. There's no jury!!! EVER!! Unless its criminal. I had a case for over 5 years. They are UP YOUR ASS. Night and day. They want to know everything when you took a shit and how and why and what color was it. I see why the children today have no respect for adults on any level. I blame child services and the SCHOOL SYSTEM. Tell your children not to ever, ever talk to the school councilors or anyone in school. They are the first to call child services for everything and anything. meanwhile these are the same people in school complaining that they cant control a child in their classroom. Guess why?? Because the parent cant discipline their child. And the child knows this. Some of the suggestions that I can make is as follows, DO NOT use a public attorney. They are ALL ON IT. They make deals with one another on which case they allow each other to win. Try to hire a private attorney. Preferably with a criminal background. Their more aggressive. Don't talk too much. They'll talk to you as if your their friend or as if they want to help you so you can drop your guard. THEY DON'T!! They love to see you cry. My wife cried A LOT. I wish I could share my thoughts on what I wanted to do to these people and what should happen to ALL of them. And again, teach your kids NOT TO TALK TO ANY SCHOOL OFFICIALS. Theres no such thing as confidentiality in school. Tryto become your kids best friend. let him or her know that they can talk to you about anything. They should not be talking to strangers, especially in a school system. And lastly dissregard the bullshit you read on this page. ITS ALL BULLSHIT. Ask any attorney. I wish you all well and good luck.

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      Lisadparker 

      5 months ago

      For ANYONE reading the foregoing article - Don't bother believing a word of it. There are a few truths scattered here and there in tbe article, and a few statements that are sometimes true/sometimes false.

      If you ever find yourself involved with a DCFS agency, whether it is a warranted action or a false accusation, believing the statements contained here will assure that the Agency will prolong the return of your children, will not afford you any of this massive help that they have to offer, will intrude upon your life in the most horrendous ways, will twist anything and everything you say and any information they can find out about you into a negative about you and generally make your life a living hell. Some Social Workers are good - they are the ones who usually get themselves out of the system within two years because they cannot stomach the way their souls and psyches are destroyed by what they are required to do. The rest are incredibly stupid, or evil, or power hungry and corrupt, frequently all three together. The court system, the Agency and many foster parents (knowingly or not) work as a unit to deprive parents of their children. The saddest thing is GOOD foster parents who dont ever realize the evil they participate in. The worst thing is foster parents who know EXACTLY what they are doing.

      Read Read Read and read some more , DO NOT elieve what is written in this article.

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      Jen 

      5 months ago

      My kids were taken last min. Caseworker said to call someone for my 2boys to stay w. Said they'd call their supervisor then left came back stayed outside for an HR. Cops showed up another case worker showed up and asked for my boys no court documents were given to me and my case worker wouldn't even answer my questions when I tried talking to her. The other lady gave me a booklet and after reading it I found a section that if a court order is not brought to me the next day my kids can return. The whole thing was over a positive UA which was April 30th and the last positive was Jan 2nd of this yr. I have been doing my classes and therapy. I even offered to leave and let my mom and sister stay w my boys which my mom's been my safety plan since Aug. Im calling everywhere and getting no answers

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      Emily 

      5 months ago

      Hi, i had a question. Can CPS place a child with you if you previoisly had a open case with them that is now closed and is over 17 years old??

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      Missy 

      5 months ago

      You are the biggest LIAR. DCPS is funded by the federal government and gets a new funding for evey step in the case. In other words, 7 hearings, 7 payments. DCPS will lie their asses off tho keep kids in the system and receive that money. I am an ex CPS worker.

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      Brenda 

      5 months ago

      What information can be found in Cps reports released to the parents after there case is closed? Are interviews with family members and there names deleted, before release of records?

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      Mchelle Woodward 

      5 months ago

      My dauvhter was just told her is being accused if child neglect. She is in another state. How can i go about requesting my grandchildern to come stay with me untill this is taken care of ?

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      Dave Grant 

      5 months ago

      Was this written by someone working for CPS? A lot of nonsense here. NEVER cooperate with a CPS worker, even if you’ve done nothing wrong! You are under NO obligation to speak with/let into your home these parasites. If actual, provable abuse has occurred, they’ll get a court order. Make them. Otherwise, you’re opening yourself up to all sorts of potential problems by working with them, allowing them access to your home, child and life. If a CPS worker contacts you, DO NOT HELP THEM. You’re under no obligation to do so, unless they have a court order!

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      Leola 

      6 months ago

      Cps was called with alligation children were exposed to methlab. Cps was allowed in my house inspection was done nothing found. Now they want drug screen from me and my 14yr old. I will do the drug screen no problem . But do i have to make my child?

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      Texas Great-Grandmother 

      6 months ago

      The children, ages 3 and 4, were residing with me for one and one-half years, being their 4th placement. Kinship work was in progress and then I was accused of abuse with no investigation done. The children were placed in a home with criminal background check having failed previously. My home was only stable home they ever knew, but to take them to daycare one morning and never brought home to me was abuse on CPS's part as trauma is also abuse. I'm sure they have not been understanding as to why they did not come home to their clothing, their own beds, and their toys. How does a person fight this? Everything stopped that day emotionally to not only myself, but to the children. Abuse on my part was never investigated or spoken to me about. To be 72 years old, having already raised my own children and helped them with their children, and to take on the interruption in my life to care for my grandson's children, and never been accused of abuse, alcohol/drug free, no criminal background but an abuser, no way!!

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      Concerned 

      6 months ago

      Children have a foster family, visitations were on weekends found bug bites on kids took them to ER to report, they said it was bed bis repirted to agency following weekend founded bruises went to ER repirted and Acs calked Acs told now I’m been investigated I cannot see my kids what should I do? Should I go to the news anyone has contact information in Brooklyn Ny to address this now a court date was given till July I cannot see kids till then

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      Amanda 

      6 months ago

      This is the stupidest post i have ever read! First off CPS being so helpful or great is a crock of shit! They do nothing but harm in most cases. They asked me to allow my children to stay in the care of my brother and sister in law or find somewhere to stay in an hours time with them that they could check out. 1 nobody likes CPS nor is it anywhere possible to just find a place in an hours time. So therefore i had them go to my brothers! Since them being placed there several incidents have occured and several people have brought this up to my caseworker 1 the children escaped the house and made it an hour up the road mind you they are only 8,3,and 2 at the time, My son became grounded to his room for a week couldnt come out other than to eat or pee for a temper tantrum that wasnt even a big one, ive heard my brother scream and curse at them for little things and have been spotted playing by a road unsupervised however when brought up to the caseworker she had done NOTHING not even a check because "she doesnt believe any of it happened" and her excuse when they escaped was at least they looked for them mind you it took them over an hour to go look and a stranger had returned them instead because they were concerned. Theres been none stop problems yet you want to say CPS is here to help well they DONT! Ive never once in 8 years ever had an issue my kids have seen several workers and each case unfounded yet this one time i became homeless and stayed with a friend so they would have a roof over their head and im deemed unfit for taking care of my children because they dont like what it looked like outside of the home. No screw that you CPS workers are most certainly enemies for a lot of people

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      Fight cps 

      6 months ago

      If you are reading this it is probably because CPS has either already taken your children or there is a possibility they will.

      First of all DO NOT believe a single word the author wrote. Do your own research.

      Parents and children have rights. I can not express how important it is that you know those rights.

      The Author clearly states that if you do not agree to take a drug test they will assume you take drugs. Keyword is assume. Who cares what some CPS investigator assumes. Their is a standard of proof that must be met, for them to get a warrant. If they fail to meet that standard than no warrant. But what happens is CPS will carefully lie and twist words about circumstances or why they suspect drug abuse is happening, and usually get that warrant. So, just in this short example you can see why you should never cooperate. The less information they have the better. Always make them, make their case. Never help them make that case.

      My best advice would be to whip out your smartphone and ask them if you mind if we record this. If they say no end the conversation immediately! After all, like the Author stated, if they don't want to be recorded you should ASSUME there is a reason for it. Maybe its just on principle but I have never seen that.

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      Sam 

      6 months ago

      Ive been involved with social services, not because of myself, but their father. All the social workers we met and dealt with were AMAZING. They helped us in ways we didnt know we needed help, saved a marriage, a happy home, ect. We call our old social worker just to let her know how we're doing, because she is a great person. We were 100% cooperative, honest and never had an issue.

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      nancyrenee 

      6 months ago

      the one described here,rose colored glasses frosted over by a child trafficker. It's not likely they would say anything else. But from where I come from dhr,cps , dcfs what ever mask they hide behind,They target families ,they keep children from loving families and they most certainly do get paid for each child and to top that off they will almost always find the child or children they kidnap has mental or emotional issues so they can put the child on medication and in a facility . The safety plan is a big joke . But as long as your child is not with you they get paid. google Nancy Schaefer. She too was at one time a social worker and she was murdered . Her take on things with this angelic group of individuals is somewhat different from Mary Poppins here. Liars and they do destroy homes. They remove children even if its not necessary . And the ones that really are needing to be removed they take them from a home of abuse with familiar people and place them with abusive unfamiliar people . This is a load of crap and I almost wish I could say I cant believe anyone could lie so matter of fact and easy ...but they are professional liars well scripted and well versed

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      NaDz 

      6 months ago

      CPS RACiST targeting people who doesn’t fully know the way they operate

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      Adamjason 

      7 months ago

      You just stated it will land them 50 more hours of work if they remove the child. Thats a pretty giod paycheck

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      Tahnee 

      7 months ago

      Actually Amber CPS does recieve bonuses yearly ones and they also do have to meet a certain number of aboptions in order to recieve the adoption incentives under The Adoptions and Safe Family's act. Passed by congress and signed by non other than dirty ol Bill Clinton him self. And I honestly do not agree with these extra bonuses CPS recieves for the permanent separation of Familys. This is encourging workers to work hard at adopting these legally kidnapped children out rather than reunification rehelibitation and restoration of entire family which in turn will have a long term affect on the whole family CPS will fabricate hear say in order to perpetuate the case into adoption. They should be receiving bonuses for the number of Familys they help stay together not rip apart and destroy. Please anyone going threw this living nightmare because of having your children legally kidnapped and then trafficked look this up ASAP FamilyRightsHandbook

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      POPTHECORKAGAIN 

      7 months ago

      Abby Petersen naive and WAY OFF BASE THERE SWEETIE! I was emotionally abused and physically abused all of my life up until i was 16. I entered the foster care system at 4. I was adopted at 6. I put myself back into foster care at 15 after years of trying to get the police, EMS, teachers, pastors, ANYONE who would listen to hear me. I have 3 kids. DCFS takes children away from families that don't need it. AND they ignore the families that need them the most. I took the most durastic measure I had to in order to get away which could have cost me my freedom.... don't worry he lived. he was knocked out for a bit. But I was able to prove at the point what was actually happening to me. Abby what I am saying is one day you are going to look back and realize you are wrong. DCFS dosen't help. and you may find out one day you will want to reconcile with your mom. I know my biological family. And they are amazing people. They were just too young. DCFS aka CPS always steps in when they shouldn't or doesn't step in when they should.

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      DRGoatz 

      7 months ago

      Hello. I would like advice and/or counsel. I have had some issues fighting (mainly money) with my spouse and recently we had a fight that resulted in heavy pushing and injury to myself. Due to this fight being so out of character, I myself called the police but did not press charges against my spouse. We have sought family counseling however, either a friend or neighbor I spoke to seeking help/advice reported us to CPS.

      CPS came to visit her in school, unbeknownst to myself. I since, have tried many times to contact the worker and have not received a call back.(which honestly was far more traumatic to her than our argument as it made her fearful as well)

      I’m sick to my stomach thinking my daughter may be ripped away from me without having a say in it or even a chance to defend or change the situation. She is everything to me and spite my relationship problems I am a good mother.

      I’ve been haunted wondering if they’ll just take her from school, if they can without speaking to me, if the person who reported embellished....

      Please, anyone, let me know what is capable of happening or what I should do?

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      Candice in Southern California 

      7 months ago

      I was worried sick, I nearly vomited I was crying so hard as the fear set in that CPS had been called on our family. We are a solid family, no substance abuse, no criminal background, we own our home and we are in the middle of getting our son's behavioral problems evaluated. Someone at his school had reported us because he had rug burn.

      CPS came to my house when we were away on a field trip. I was shocked and horrified to get a social services card on my door. I called the number and a friendly woman told me what the allegation was and asked a few questions, scheduling a day to come visit five days later at our convenience. She was open and personable. I explained our son has a probable disability we are in the process of getting diagnosed. She had some great suggestions.

      I freaked out some more reading about these horror stories on line. Thinking her friendly helpful attitude was a ploy and calling an attorney for advice. I considered requiring her to get a warrant and court order to meet with my child.

      I finally spoke with a former CPS agent who is a friend of my sisters. She is an all around decent person. And confirmed about 85% of cases are unfounded or require minor adjustments. She calmed me, gave me some good advice and I decided to let this government worker come into my home.

      What a great decision that was! She was genuine, extremely helpful and encouraging. We keep a very clean and attractive home geared for kids, we are always stocked up with food and even though our kids clothes arenl second or third hand, they are clean, folded or hung and plentiful.

      My sons loved showing her their room and enjoyed answering her friendly questions.

      There may be a lot of bad apples out there, but they haven't spoiled the whole bunch. Our experience was great, we wouldn't mind knowing her in a non government employee capacity.

      If you are courteous, respectful, agree with their suggestions and have a normal home, you should be fine, even if you don't have perfect kids.

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      Texas Grandma 

      7 months ago

      Sadly in the state of texas grandparents have no rights and for that reason only CPS would not communicate with me in regards to children. But If both parents are now willing to sign their rights to me(maternal grandmother), even though children have been with foster mom for a little under 5 months, could that be possible? The parents rights have not been terminated by judge, but that is something they want to avoid.

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      AngryMamaBear2 

      7 months ago

      Not true Abby Petersen I was abused as a child and I was never removed from my abusive environment. Every report open on my dad was unfounded. Because my mom stuck by his side and said nothing happened. She was just as bad of an abuser as my dad. But I am a good mom with no record served in my country's military. A false report was made by an ex friend and family court is involved now. Upturning my life and my kids. And my cna certification is at risk. The system failed me as a child. And are upturning my husband, kids, and me in every significant way possible all based on a false report. They are putting my family through emotional distress causing me depression which is affecting my chronic illness. CPS are nothing but Liars and children thieves.

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      Noctis_Bloodmoon 

      7 months ago

      Lies if they didn't want to take kids then why do they traumatized my kids three times always around the same date for the past 3 years? always between Feb 20 to the 24 th. they tell me that it is not suspicious and that it is just consequential. for time times?!!! I don't think so. they are worried about my mental health but they aren't helping it by taking my kids. I was a victim of school bullying and was fine till they showed up harassing me.

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      Abby Petersen 

      7 months ago

      I would just like to say that CPS is very thorough for a reason and they take kids away from adults for a reason. I was emotionally abused for seven years. Emotional abuse is really hard to prove. I’m only 14 and I shouldn’t have to deal with the anxiety of wether or not my mom is going to scream at me when I get home from school. Mental health is really important and being in an emotionally abusive situation is very destructive especially for a child. Did you know that most victims of emotional abuse become emotionally abusive later in life. Imagine a poor little kid who comes to this earth not knowing that she is going to go through countless nights of crying herself to sleep, hundreds of arguments with her mother over silly things like doing the dishes, and endless fake smiles to her friends and teachers. Imagine this child comes to the age of 13 and finds she can do something about her situation. She finds out that she can call CPS and they will help her to be successful. They don’t want to seperate families but if it’s necessary, then they will. You may not understand what it’s like to feel so utterly hopeless and miserable day after day, and then one day wake up to find that there’s a way you can be happy, but I do. About a million people kill themselves a year worldwide. That’s so sad. A lot of those people are teens. Suicide is the number one cause of death for teenagers. A lot of those abused children feel hopeless and depressed. Some of them commit suicide. CPS’s job is to protect children, and they fail if the kid dies, so I understand why they are so thorough. I understand why they taje kids away from their families. CPS saves lives! If it means that an abusive parent never sees their kid again, then so beit.

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      Monica Griego 

      7 months ago

      pure lies. they do have quotas. otherwise they would return children. everyones worried about immigrant children that have been lost. what about American children and a lot of them are dead because of child predator services. never seen a parenting coach massage a childs shoulders like a predator until now. human trafficking is what they do. my daughter was crying when she was put on snapchat. no regard for her feelings. so many lies.

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      Lisa 

      7 months ago

      All lies. They do not interview neighbors. They do not interview parents, they do take the word of one dishonest hostile person who makes a false claim out of soite and revenge. They took a child because they said the mother told the child not to talk to them. How in the hell does that fall under the guidelines to remove a child from their home? Caseworkers will lie in court, will lie to parents and will lie on reports.

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      Kkaaaay 

      7 months ago

      This article is clearly extremely bias misleading. It's evident the person who wrote this article can't give an honest and impartial opinion about CPS. I wish this article could be taken down to prevent people from getting misinformed here.

      CPS is not there to help you or your children. CPS is not your friend. CPS is there to build a case against you to be able to remove your children from you.

      You should co-perate with CPS to the extent that you don't give your rights away, meaning you never under any circumstance invite them in your house. They want to come in your house to find the evidence they need to fill their paper work to build their case and of course use it against you. If they insist in coming into your house politely decline and ask them if they have a warrant. If they say they do by law they have to provide you a copy of warrant for you to see it first. Never wave your 4th amendment right. It's your constitutional right. It's very unlikely they will ever have a warrant since it is very difficult for them to get a warrant unless they have very strong evidence against which obviously they don't since they are trying to go inside your house to help build their case.

      You can let them see the children once somewhere else besides your house but that's it. If they ask to interview the children involved in the case ask them to record the interview. Last say nothing. Never forget that this is a criminal investigation and anything and everything you say can and will be used against you. Let them build their case on their own and certainly very likely it will be very hard for them to build their case without your help. Just never forget what CPS is there for. To take your children away from you.

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      Betty J Williams 

      7 months ago

      They lie they do get paid for taking kids they been doing things they are not suppose to for years kids that need to be taken they leave in danger like bradley mcgee the toddler he was in our foster home before they sent gim home to his mom to be killed. My case started in new port richey the lights were in the landlords name and he found out my kids where mixed with black and white he went to my sisters store yelling get those niggers out of my house he had to be removed by customers. He turned the lights out and called cps and told them i had my kids there with no lights. I had no choice but to move back to lakeland to a shelter. They came one night telling me they had to place my kids with relatives or foster care i dont have family except my sisters and adopted mother no one could keep them or get here to come get them in the time they were giving me. Except my mother in law and she said she needed a court order to be able to keep them so they got the court order and lied on me alot they said my kids were sick and i didnt take them to the hospital. They have to get all children a check up with doctor within the first 24 hours the doctor said all kids were perfectly healthy and if they were sick then cps should be charged with neglect also because when they called all relatives and couldnt find anyone they still left me at the shelter with kids over night they came back the next morning and took me and the kids to the cps office while they tried to see who they would place my kids with again. I was working before i had to leave new port richey and i have always worked i walk an hour and a half to get to work and back and in there papers the said i was lazy and not trying to find a job ive never been lazy. At the time i was in the shelter i was walking with kids to find jobs and already had two interviews set up before they took my kids the lie on people and get away with it they might help some but they do alot of damage to. Cps no one is perfect not even you. You mess up just like everyone else your not God so stop trying to play his role. Our kids are ours they dont belong to us. They think they can do it cause we have no support. So all parents going through the same thing im telling you lets stand up and fight together they didnt make changes in the past by laying down and saying thats the way things are they stood together and fought to make a diffrence in the wrong ways people are being treated. Im never alone the lord is always with me. There is a time for everything a time to gain a time to lose. A time for silence and a time to speak. Now is the time to speak and be heard. Ive been beat and lost till i had nothing left. No its time to fight and gain back what was taken. It takes right person to make a change i am that person. U had your turn now its mine

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      Gery 

      7 months ago

      I was in the process of rebuilding my life with my children after my unmarried husband left with the woman he was working with. My children return to me with very concerning statements from their house. I would dismiss those statements and make an excuse for him. My children we're becoming more and more hyper-sexualized. The counselors could only tell me to continue to be they're safe person and eventually they would start talking about where the behaviors came from. I took my son to the ER and my daughter after they were returned to me with fingerprint bruises And my son head concussion symptoms after explaining he hit his head at his dad's. A case was opened after the ER contacted CPS. My children finally started talking about where their knowledge of their sexual behaviors came from. Their dad and his girlfriend were using my kids as party favors with four other adults and two other children. It included sodomy, urine drinking, eating things after being put in their butts. My children also described adults having orgies and the other two children doing sexual things with each other by request of the adults. CPS said I was a jealous EX and put my children with her father and his girlfriend. The last thing I was was jealous. I was free from him and all of his abuse. I was glad he found another woman to set his sights on so I could build my life finally. I was in college and almost divorced until he stopped the process because he wasn't happy with the determination of the children being in my custody. He took it out on my children with his friends. 3 years later I've decided to stop fighting for my life with my children. CPS has alienated me from my children in every way. I am so ashamed of how the CPS workers are brainwashed into thinking they're doing good with our children. I have met many mothers who have escaped abuse with their children. These men use our children as collateral to continue to torture us and control us mentally by harming our children. CPS has turned into an organization of monsters that support these men against all of our cries for help and protecting our children. I have found it to be an organization full of anti mom and supporters of the Antichrist. God help them and let them see the truth.

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      Ashley 

      7 months ago

      I have been going thru cps for about 9 months now and I'm still at square one I have took classes and counseling FOR 5 months went to court a couple of weeks ago and now I have to do 12 more weeks of the same shit. Why is this taking so long I honestly want to get my child and just leave

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      kristy 

      7 months ago

      my kids weren't taken from me, I placed them with my grandparents. I had a meeting with cps to come up with a plan for my kids,well I was not going to let them come up with their own, so I got a notarized power of attorney form and let them know I would be giving my grandparents guardianship until I got myself together. I've had two cases with cps before I was told if my name comes up again my kids would go into foster care, so I made the decision to do the temporary guardianship. Well the cps referred me to a cultural broker to help with the process, now I'm going to court as well as my grandparents and we are at agreement with everything and we don't believe guardianship is needed anymore, so at court I asked what would happen if we terminated the guardianship, the judge said she would send the case back to cps! what would happen if they come back in my life?

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      Can a CPS worker kick an adult out of the house without a dvp4 serving them any kind of pape 

      8 months ago

      Can a CPS worker remove an adult out of the home without a DVP or a court order

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      david thomas 

      8 months ago

      i want to know when it is harrassment i just finished a program 1 year clean livingfinished my programs and now because i let my ex live with me there demanding a drug test

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      Heather 

      8 months ago

      I have custody of my nephew and the court order says no further reviews needed and case closed but CPS says they want to do two more unannounced visits. Can they do this?

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      Margarita 

      8 months ago

      Well I have child that selfish that doesn't want me to move on with another partner but he think doing this to me taking my kids to his mother n law because she can't have any more children cause she don't get free cash, food stamps or don't pay taxes that's fuck up my son I NEED HELP I Want my kids back it been 4 yrs without them???

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      LadyRed 

      8 months ago

      This is going to sound kind of unsympathetic,

      but it has to be said. There are so many run-on sentences and gramatical errors in most of these comments its hard to understand what is being read. If you are seeking help over the internet, and are posting on various forums and websites, it is very important to make sure you post something that the reader can actually comprehend. Proper usage of periods and wording can go a long way.

      P.s. I hope that everything gets better for you all who are having issues.

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      Mannuel 

      8 months ago

      I wasnt living at the house when got my. Son and daughter i live in a other town.

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      Protective Mimi 

      8 months ago

      We are having the opposite issues with cps in Texas. 6 years ago our ex son-in-law spanked our then 5 yr old grandson black and blue on the bottom with a cutting board... excessive parenting..... Here it is 7 years later and he was screaming at him from the moment he was picked up from school. Every time he didn't like the boys answer he clothes lined him. Then he took him to the sporting goods store to pick out a boat paddle which he proceeded to "spank" him with when he got home. Then dropped him off at the library and went to work. Then woke him up and proceeded to spank him again till the paddle broke! Both times the child's buttocks was left black and blue!!!! The CPS stated oh that's just excessive parenting!!!! WHAT? The offense was he lied about how his phone broke (which I purchased for him) and lied about having called me to apologize..... The worker said well there was a reason for the spanking, it was just because!!! WHAT? I'm sorry try doing that to another adult!!!! Oh come on Joe, you lied to me so let's go pick out what I'm going to hit you with with so much force I'm going to leave bruises and brake a boat paddle in the process..... yeah I won't be charged with assault right? This man is so good at fooling people who think they are so smart and know the "facts" He painted a Norman Rockwell picture for the cps workers last night when in reality he hardly even has food in the house for the kids the 1 night a week he has them and every other weekend!!! Spoiled milk is a staple and he holds the 14 year old responsible for the grocery list and at fault for the state of their relationship!!! Tells her they are equal! She told him now we"re not! I'm a kid, you have all the power. He dosen't follow court orders, the last cps safety plan (allowing the 14 yr. old to have her phone on her at all times and unobstructed phone calls. He makes her leave it in the hallway and has to ask permission to use and then denies access!!! He is emotionally and psychologically terrorize her and her brother!!! Now she is suffering panic attacks, terrified of what will happen next. CPS recommends counseling, co-parenting, etc... been there done that, when they see who he really is he finds reasons to end the program, to the point of saying the counselor etc isn't helping... CPS asked our daughter does HE ever pick the counselor? HE HAS PICKED EVERYONE THEY HAVE EVER GONE TOO!!! In this Case sounds like CPS IS HELL BENT ON PROTECTING THE ABUSER NOT THOSE CHILDREN!!!

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      Anonymous 

      8 months ago

      People, sure... Supercilious people though. (At least where I'm from.) We have some pretty stuck up cps workers here in Kitsap County.

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      Alexis 

      8 months ago

      I am trying to get custody of my nephew , he is 2 years old is he allowed to sleep with me ?

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      tabithawhitmire 

      8 months ago

      my child was taken from me from birth I never have drink smoke or did drugs and because I died twice and threaten to hurt the nurse cuase they were on the computer they said they were in fear of their life so they took my child

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      Sierra 

      8 months ago

      Okay my kids got took 4 months ago for no readon my kids was not even wit mebut my ? Is i cant find a place of my own in the time they want me to can i go to a familys house and live if the kids have a room please let me know

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      Diana Bernard 

      8 months ago

      I feel I was neglected by child protective services when I was a child and made to stay in a home where I was being abused in spite of me reaching out through the school system. Why didn't they come get me out if there? They cake one time that I can remember and they left me there to continue to be abused.

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      Nicolep15 

      8 months ago

      If CPS was suppose to have a second chance plan for 90 days to come to the house and do screens and they did not do it are they allowed to 5 months after the plan was suppose to end

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      Marian 

      8 months 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 

      9 months 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 

      9 months 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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      9 months ago

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

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      StandUpForTheWeak 

      9 months 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 

      9 months 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 months 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 

      9 months 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 

      9 months 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 

      9 months 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 

      9 months 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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