CPS is all about the services
Child Protection today involves services that are supposed to either help keep the child safe in the home or to help the parents to reunify with the child if they are in foster care. If there are substance abuse issues in the home for example, CPS could force the parents into drug treatment. They could make you go to counseling if they think there are mental health issues at play.
It is supposed to be the job of the CPS worker to help you set up the services to address safety concerns. The problem is that when it pertains to building a case against you, CPS will typically be all over it but if your child has been removed from your care however, they often drag their ass then go into court later saying that you haven't been following through.
There are two types of service providers.
- The Service Providers who work for CPS.
- The Service Providers who work for you.
The Service Providers who work for you.
The service providers who work for you will fight for you. They will help you to improve your situation. They can write letters or testify on your behalf. They won't be stabbing you in the back every time you turn around.
Your therapist can help in your defense by providing credible evidence regarding your mental health if CPS is trying to say you're crazy. Your doctor can provide a statement regarding the health of your children. If your kids go to daycare or school, it's important that you try to develop good relationships with these people because the CPS worker will surely want to talk to them.
If at all possible, it is often best to hire your own service providers. This is a good way to insure that you get to them before CPS does and that they are working for you. They are often available with sliding scale fees or will take your insurance.
The Service Providers who work for CPS.
The Service Providers who work for CPS will help them to build a case against you. They'll be the ones trying to say you're crazy or suggesting all kinds of evaluations for your children to address the concerns of the CPS worker. If the kids are in foster care, they will be evaluating their mental health or providing whatever treatment is recommended including drugging them with psych meds to help with their depression, ADHD or whatever label they give them. They can make recommendations regarding visitations with your kids, for example they can suggest that the kid might be scared to see you.
Sometimes the providers or the services are beyond your control. If your kid is in foster care for example, you may have lost the power to make these decisions. If that is the case but you are still involved, it is important to do your best to maintain a positive relationship with the provider. If you can't be there, contact them afterwards to discuss the appointment or demand the results on paper.