Imagine sitting in a family team meeting, and your CPS Worker accuses you of not bothering to contact her for weeks, even though you tried like 50 times and she never returned your calls? Imagine if you had a record of the dates and times of every call you made, the names of every receptionist you left a message with, the times and dates you left messages on her voicemail. Wouldn't that go right up her ass?
Documenting everything that you do that pertains to your case and keeping it organized with all of your other paperwork will help you to construct an accurate history of events whenever it becomes necessary. If your worker tries to say that you didn't do something and you can prove that you did, stating the date, time, people involved, what was discussed, etc. It will help your lawyer to fight for you because you'll be better prepared for court dates, able to demonstrate everything that you've done.
What you should be documenting
- Subject Matter
- Phone Call
- Include every message you leave with a receptionist or on the workers voicemail, (do both if possible)
- Include when you talk to the lawyer
- Include when you set up an appointment
- Include required appointments with your service providers
- Court Date
- Include every time your worker shows up at your door,
- every family team meeting you attend
- Visits with your kids
- Document any concerns, how the visit went, etc.
It would also be advisable to record everything if possible. I'm not saying put them on YouTube either, but rather share it with your lawyer if it becomes necessary. If your worker is making promises and not following through, or if she's making threats to cut off your visitations. If she is putting you through the psychological beat down instead of being supportive it would be helpful to have some proof of that kind of unethical behavior.
There are devices like handheld voice recorders or apps that you can put on your cell phone that would enable you to do this easily.