What To Do When DCFS Comes Into Your Lifehttp://fightcps.com/2010/...s-are-investigating-you/
FIRST THING- SHUT UP AND CALL A CPS LAWYER>The less said, the better. The only thing they can use against you is information you give them. Don’t help a CPS agent try to build a case against you.
BEWARE, MANY LAWYERS ARE EITHER IGNORANT OR IN CAHOOTS WITH CPS!
Record and Document Everything
Don’t Invite The CPS Worker Inside
Say As Little As Possible. Be careful what you say. As any activist will tell you, anything you say can be twisted and used against you!
Don’t Trust CPS Social Workers. The typical child protective services social worker is there for one reason: to have a job to pay his/her bills. therefore when they are at your home, they are thinking to themselves, “what can I find out about this family to build a case aimed at taking their kid?” They must have a case to take into court, and they are there, looking for evidence.
Service Plans. Do NOT sign their plans. Do NOT admit to anything. Force them to PROVE their cases in court, in a FULL TRIAL. Don’t accept just a hearing where you are coerced to sign guilty to the charges. They will try every trick in the book to get you to agree to their sick “service plans”. Stand firm and just say “no” when they ask you to sign your legal rights away.
Just Say “NO” To Private Interviews With Your Child. Tell the agents that your child has the right to have an attorney present, and that if he insists on an interview then you and the attorney will be present and the interview will be recorded, preferably on videotape. Of course, if your child is attending a public school, you probably won’t get a chance to say “no”. I think this is a good place for me to mention that I support the separation of school and state. Please check it out. Be sure your children know that they have the right to say, “I don’t want to be interviewed without my parents and an attorney and a tape recorder present.” “Teach your children well,” as the old song goes. We live in perilous times. We owe it to our children to help them learn to deal with government agents that may harm them. Remember, children are eight to ten times more at risk of abuse in foster and group homes, so we are not over-reacting in teaching our children these self-protective measures.
Advance PreparationTo prepare, I suggest the following items be printed out from the
internet and placed in your folder: your state and federal laws
regarding child welfare services; court cases that insure your rights;
the Bill of Rights, newspaper articles and statistics showing that
children are not safe in state custody homes. Be prepared to show these
things to the social worker that comes to your door, and question them
about the wisdom of taking children into state custody where they are
eight to ten times more at risk of abuse.
I’ve suggested that you keep the following things on hand: a tape recorder, blank tape, video camera, spiral-bound notebook, and a file folder marked “Child Welfare Agents”.
Most people don’t take the threat of government interference in their lives seriously — until after it happens to them.
Coercion. Be prepared to face coercion, even from your own court appointed attorney. Just like many others, I too was told by my county attorney that I could take my child home that day if I would just sign guilty to the charges, and I was so desperate to get my baby, I signed. Thousands of us have done that. Believe me, it is better to say “No – I want a full trial – you must prove your charges!” If you give in to the coercion, you will be jumping through their “service plan” hoops for months to come. If you go through with a trial, there’s a possibility you will win your freedom from this government interference in your family’s life.If the social workers want to court order you to anything that does not apply to your case, you should insist that your attorney fight this requirement in court. For example, if they want you to go to drug testing despite the fact that you are not a drug user and they have no evidence that you might be, then fight it!
Likewise you may find that child protective services social workers are trying to delay setting up services that are court ordered. You must document your repeated requests for such services and the excuses the child protective services social workers give for delaying the start of such services. Child protective services agents have been known to delay services so that your case will last longer. If your child is in state custody for 15 months, your parental rights can be terminated on that basis alone.
What Others Recommend
- Ten Tips When the Social Worker is at Your Door – from a former law enforcement agent in Ohio. Great information!
- I Need Help Fighting CPS Now – good advice at the site of the American Family Rights Association.
- Taking Over Your Case – defending yourself Sui Juris in juvenile court… great article with practical advice.
- Your Constitutional Rights: Use Them Or Lose Them – learn more about your Constitutional Rights before its too late!
- Responding to a Visit from Children’s Protective Services – by Linda J. Conrad, an attorney who works with the HomeSchool Association of California.
- If You’re the Subject of a DCYF Investigation – attorney Paula Werme’s advice on what to do when a child welfare investigation begins.
- Parents victimized by children’s protective services – good notes on cases built on unconstitutional religious prejudices.
- What To Do If DSS Comes to Your Door – suggestions from a Massachusetts attorney, Gregory A. Hession.
- Dont’s and Do’s When Falsely Accused – this was written by a friend of mine back in 1995.
- Save Your Children – click on “When they knock” for some good information.
- Answering the CPS (Child Protective Services) Questions – suggestions from a Virginia homeschooling site.
- Sign Nothing, Without An Attorney Present
- Who Will Prepare Your Case?
- What to Do If Child Protective Services Social Workers Are Investigating You
- California: Sacramento Bee reporters honored for their articles exposing Child Protective Services
- Arizona: CPS Social Workers, Attorney, and Law Enforcement Agents Must Face a Jury Over Coerced Forced Entry