MOST IMPORTANT PRAY PRAY PRAY AND DO WHAT GOD GUIDES YOU TO DO, then understand the following options.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
(This is for informational purposes only and not to be considered legal advice-Always take these matters seriously AND CONSULT A COMPETENT FAMILY ATTORNEY FAMILIAR WITH CPS You may consider getting one on retainer prior to any need for them or ASAP if encountering a situation involving the threat of CPS involvement)
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS….
RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT
YOU ARE NOT LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO COMMUNICATE, RESPOND, EXPLAIN OR TALK TO CPS FOR ANY REASON.
It is ALWAYS easier to keep your children AWAY from the CHAINS of CPS than it is to get out of their GRIPS once they inch their way into your lives. THEREFORE, DO NOT GIVE THEM ANYTHING TO WORK WITH. Many innocent parents willingly comply, believing they will be vindicated, only to find themselves trampled on and intruded upon. Some innocent families are EVEN separated on very little evidence or hearsay.
Be sure your children know that they have the right to say, “I don’t want to be interviewed without my parents, an attorney and a tape recorder present.”
RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY
IMPORTANT- Don’t speak to CPS. Get an attorney familiar with CPS and have all communications made through them.
ANYTHING YOU SAY, CAN AND WILL BE TWISTED AND USED AGAINST YOU. They do not follow regular court procedures and are not based on “innocent until proven guilty” notions. They operate on hearsay and potentially harmful accusations.
It is not the time to prove anything. It is their job to try to find backing to their case.
Don’t agree to/or sign anything without an attorney present. Do NOT ENTER into CONTRACT with them.
RIGHT TO PRIVACY
Note: For CPS this isn’t ONLY about the initial report. Alligations only give them an invitation to seek more evidence on you and to BUILD A CASE AGAINST YOU. I think many people find themselves thinking it is simply about the one incident that initiated the contact. They are looking for ANY sign that they can use.
This could include CPS attempting to gather info:
DO NOT ASSIST THEM, IT IS NOT YOUR JOB TO PROVE ANYTHING.
If they show up after being asked not to return without a warrant or continue contacting you after you have nicely asked them to contact your attorney, they are in violation and you MAY consider a restraining order, tort claim and harassment suit.
Keep Legal Records
“IF” you are being called, your child interviewed, or other contact is being made through an attorney or directly.
1-Keep a spiral-bound notebook on hand and use it to document every contact with child protective services or child protective services appointed “service providers”. Don’t back down on this! Prepare in advance, and stand firm against CPS agents!
2-Write a letter of facts
After each contact, write a letter to your social worker or party involved via certified mail(some recommend having such a letter notarized) detailing what occurred, (IF CONTACT IS HAPPENING – request that the social worker confirm or deny the facts as you understand them within ten days of receipt of your letter.) WHO, WHAT, WHEN WHERE WHY HOW DATE TIME ETC.
If no letter disputing the facts is received, then your statement of facts will be automatically confirmed. This form of documentation can later be used as evidence in your favor in juvenile family court.
Dedicate ONE notebook to this and ONE pen. Its authenticity is not likely to be questioned but if it is this will be the easiest way for an expert to verify it. Keeping the same pen and notebook.
Make a medical records request and gather ALL medical records of the child from birth if possible.
Document anything else regarding the case and the care of your children.
Contact your local and state representatives and inform them of your situation and that you feel that you are being harassed on unfounded accusations and that you fear for your children’s well being.
HOW TO HANDLE CPS
RECORD. RECORD. RECORD. Download a call recorder app to your phone. Even pretending to record (if your phone is dead, will keep them on their toes.
CPS CALLS YOU: LEAVES A MESSAGE
CPS CALLS YOU: YOU ANSWER AND ARE TAKEN BY SURPRISE
DO NOT SAY ANYTHING ELSE. IF YOU CAN’T RECALL ALL THIS SIMPLY SAY. “I AM SORRY YOU CAUGHT ME AT A BAD TIME, YOU ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT ME AFTER I CAN SPEAK WITH MY ATTORNEY”
DO NOT tell them you will call them. It is their job to CALL you.
If they don’t call you – the better for you. If you promise to call and don’t then they might make note that you didn’t do what you said.
Note: write down every detail you can and start gathering needed documentation to support your position.
CONTACT AN ATTORNEY FAMILIAR WITH CPS – Ask them to contact cps and demand all further contact be with attorney present. Do not permit children to speak to CPS without their own attorney present and a tape recording. Ask that the attorney make a written statement of everything asked with answers. Be sure the social worker reads, dates and signs it as accurate.
SCENARIO 1- CPS SHOWS UP ALONE
CPS CANNOT JUST ENTER YOUR HOME OR TAKE YOUR KIDS.
CPS does NOT have the “Right” (Authority) to go into your house without a warrant and that law enforcement has to declare “imminent danger” for kids to be removed without a warrant.
“My kids are Safe and Cared for, please contact my attorney if you have anything else you need, now excuse me, I must get back to my kids.”
SCENARIO 2- CPS SHOWS UP WITH POLICE (SAME AS IF THEY SHOW ALONE) BUT ADDING
”Now you don’t REALLY think my child is in imminent danger, do you?”
Typical Police Response:
“no, we just want to make sure everything is alright.”
”Well thank you for your concern, I wish to retain my PRIVACY, please come back with a warrant.” CLOSE THE DOOR.
***THIS QUESTION RULES OUT IMMINENT DANGER***
THERE MUST BE 1 of 2 REASONS IN ORDER TO ENTER YOUR HOME
REAL vs FAKE WARRANTS
Real Warrants MUST
AT SCHOOL/DAYCARE OR CHURCH… Mandatory Reporters
SUBMIT A PARENT AUTHORITY/CHILD RIGHTS STATEMENT anytime your child is in the care of someone else. (Linked below)
STATEMENTS SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING….
You may want to submit a letter to your kids schools IMMEDIATELY, stating that you revoke your parental delegation and do not consent to your children speaking to anyone, including government officials, or agency representatives without their parent or attorney present and tape recorded..
PREVENTION (UPON ADMISSION)
Consider making a Written Consent to Treat ADDENDUM NOTICE OF PARENTAL AUTHORITY AND CHILD RIGHTS statement asking for a hospital notary to sign.
“I DO NOT AUTHORIZE MY CHILD TO BE SEEN OR TO SPEAK TO ANYONE WITHOUT PARENTS OR MY ATTORNEY PRESENT…I INVOKE MY RIGHT TO FULL INFORMED CONSENT, TO ASK QUESTIONS AND IF NEEDED SEEK A SECOND OPINION IN ALL CARE DECISIONS FOR ME AND MY CHILD.”
You may consider presenting a copy of this to your current medical team upon admission
LEAVING AMA (To leave or Not to Leave) A THREAT HAS BEEN MADE
If there is a threat made to contact CPS,
SAMPLE CASE FROM 2019
EVERY CASE IS DIFFERENT
EVENT: Mom and friend: wrapped a child in shrinkwrap to a chair as a means for safe restraint.
REPORTED: School or someone reported them for wrapping child in shrinkwrap and spanking with a wooden spoon:
INTERVIEWED: Worker interviewed child at school on the 11th of the month.
CPS CONTACT: Mom agreed to a home visit,
MOM SOUGHT HELP FROM ADVOCATES
MOM REVOKED PARENTAL DELEGATION FROM SCHOOL: Mom gave a simplified version of the SAMPLE LETTER to her children’s school.
MOM DID NOT FOLLOW THROUGH: Mom then changed her mind and no showed to the home visit.
MOM CALLED CPS: Mom made a voicemail to the worker stating that all communications would need to go through the attorney.
CPS CALLED MOM: Worker left voicemail on the 28th (see transcribed voicemail below)
MOM RECEIVED LETTER: Case closed by 30th of the same month.
MOM RECEIVED LETTER:
Miste Dealing with CPS knocking
PRINT AND PLACE INFO ON YOUR DOOR:
They fight for homeschool rights, if you join, you can have legal counsel in CPS cases relating to education. They list homeschool laws and other information relating to homeschool on their site.
Their information is helpful, but to join, you need to be an independent homeschooler, if you have your kids enrolled in a program like Tech Trep, your kids are in public school, therefore not homeschool. If only some of your kids are in these programs and some are independent homeschoolers, they may qualify.
They no longer require a statement of faith to join.
CURRENT CASE? (Child in Custody)
COMMUNICATE: FIND OUT WHAT EXACTLY IS EXPECTED OF YOU
VISITS: ASK YOUR SOCIAL WORKER FOR AS MANY VISITS AS POSSIBLE. FOSTER PARENTS CAN SUPERVISE, WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET THE VISITS AND MAINTAIN CONNECTION WITH YOUR CHILD(REN)
CHILDS CARE AND TREATMENTS: MAINTAIN YOUR PARENTAL OVERSIGHT AND INSIST ON YOUR AUTHORITY FOR THE FINAL DECISION.