How to fight Child Protective Services (CPS) to protect human rights as well as the victim’s rights. This is mostly all news to me; I am still learning. Sure as I’m sitting here, there are good and bad agents and that’s nothing new. Just learned last week that CPS is not linked with the local police department. The CPS is it’s own force to be reckoned with.
An agency that’s supposed to protect children from abuse is also known to cause more harm. For instance, a former spouse can use the agency for bogus reasons to make false claims as revenge. The agency can also be used to get revenge for friends in small rural towns. The code of ethics is broken, tempers fly off to the great beyond. Children suffer and more exploitation occurs.
10 Things 1st two tips: Know your rights!
2: Ask what the accusations and charges are.
Most typically, the CPS/DCFS social worker wants to keep you from knowing exactly what you have been accused of — sort of keeping themselves on a “general fishing expedition” — but it is required by state and federal law to tell you the exact details of the accusations at first contact with you. Be wary! Do not settle for the vague and general charges called “neglect” or “abuse.” Neglect and abuse are broad categories – not the legally-required “details” of the accusations or charges! You are entitled to know the “details & specifics” of what you are accused of committing. (10 Things)
3: Say as little as possible. In fact – BE QUIET!
In criminal law it is ALWAYS strongly suggested that you talk to NO ONE but your attorney. Think about it. Virtually ALL CHARGES that CPS or DCFS levels against you are CRIMINAL CHARGES. And while CPS or DCFS is there ONLY to take your kids, the police can and often will show up later for the parents! In fact, open your mouth and tell the CPS investigator just enough to “make their case” and you can start packing an overnight case as the police will be called by CPS who will be at your door to take you away.