Family issues can be frustrating and heart-wrenching in and of themselves. However, when Child Protective Services (CPS) gets involved, the situation can escalate and become even more difficult to handle. If CPS has gotten involved with your family, here’s what you need to know and what to do to protect your rights.
1. CPS Will Conduct an Investigation Into Any Claim
If a claim of abuse, neglect, or any other issue that could potentially harm your children has been made to CPS against you or your family, they will begin an investigation determine the validity of the claim. If the claim is found to be unsubstantiated, meaning that the agency found no evidence of problems within the home, the case will be dismissed.
However, if the agency conducts an investigation and finds that the well being of the children is being compromised, there are several things that could happen next.
2. CPS Will Make a Recommendation
In most cases, CPS will do everything possible to keep from having to remove a child from his or her family. This may include ordering a family member to refrain from being alone with a child for a certain period of time, or for parents to obtain counseling.
If CPS makes a recommendation, it is almost always better to adhere to them. Being compliant and working with the agency in the best interest of your children can go a long way. However, if you have any questions or concerns about the recommendations of the agency, be sure to discuss them with an experienced family law attorney.
3. What to Do If Your Child Is Removed From the Home
Having your child removed from your home by CPS is an extremely frightening and upsetting experience. If this has happened, it’s critical that you contact a seasoned CPS attorney to ensure that your parental rights are being protected and that the law is being followed by agency representatives.
If your child was removed from your home, a hearing will be held to examine the case and to determine whether the child should continue to remain with a foster parent or return to the home. At this point, it is extremely important to have a lawyer on your side who can aggressively fight for your child to be kept in your home and with your family.
At the Bourlon Law Firm, we understand that CPS cases are extremely sensitive, and we’re dedicated to doing everything we can to support you and your family throughout this difficult time. We will work hard to ensure that your rights are preserved and that the situation is resolved in the best interest of your children. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your needs by calling (361) 289-6040.