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What happens if DSS takes your children?

What happens if DSS takes your children?

When it comes to having your children removed from by DSS it can be a very distressing situation. Regardless of the reason for the removal of your children the Family Court must hold a probable cause hearing within 72 hours to determine if DSS had probable cause or a good enough reason to remove your children.

What does a child protective services caseworker do?

(For the purpose of this article I’ll use “she” although many Child Protective Services social workers are men.) The caseworker’s job is to prepare a legal case against the parents, while placing the children in a different home. They believe they are helping children.

What happens at the end of a DSS investigation?

DSS is required to monitor your case and return your child home as soon as it is safe to do so. At the end of the investigation, CPS will send a letter to you stating whether your child has been abused or neglected.

Why are Child Protective Services Social Workers laid off?

CPS social workers don’t think for themselves. They follow their supervisors’ marching orders. After all, if these people never found any children “in need of services” who they can place in the foster care system, there would be no need for their jobs and they’d all be laid off.

Is the child protective services caseworker really a social worker?

The Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworker (who may or may not be an actual social worker) is working against you. The caseworker may put on a show of being friendly and caring, but only because she’s trying to get more information from you.

CPS social workers don’t think for themselves. They follow their supervisors’ marching orders. After all, if these people never found any children “in need of services” who they can place in the foster care system, there would be no need for their jobs and they’d all be laid off.

What happens if social worker doesn’t move to take child?

They are not working on this alone. Their supervisors review every case and they call the shots. If the social worker hasn’t moved to take your child, the supervisor may review the case and tell the social worker to return to your home with law enforcement and take your children.

Can a DCFS social worker tell you what a child is accused of?

Most typically, the CPS/DCFS social worker wants to keep you from knowing exactly what you have been accused of — sort of keeping themselves on a “general fishing expedition” — but it is required by state and federal law to tell you the exact details of the accusations at first contact with you. Be wary!

Can a court force DSS to return a child?

WE HAVE LEGALLY FORCED DSS/CPS AND COURTS TO RETURN CHILDERN TO THEIR PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS. As expert parental rights defense investigators, as well as parental rights civil litigation investigative experts, Child Protective Services civil litigation investigative experts, our team produces unsurpassed results for our clients.

Is the DCFS / CPS / DSS scared of the law?

They don’t fear the law and DCFS has everyone, even the judges and lawyers, scared of that power. DCFS/CPS/DSS doesn’t seem to know the difference between “actual abuse” and “minor harm.”

What happens at a family court hearing for DSS?

You will have an opportunity cross-examine the DSS witnesses and you will be able to submit affidavits to the court supporting your situation. If you are unrepresented at this hearing and are unable to afford an attorney to represent you, the family court will appoint an attorney to represent you.

When it comes to having your children removed from by DSS it can be a very distressing situation. Regardless of the reason for the removal of your children the Family Court must hold a probable cause hearing within 72 hours to determine if DSS had probable cause or a good enough reason to remove your children.

DSS is required to monitor your case and return your child home as soon as it is safe to do so. At the end of the investigation, CPS will send a letter to you stating whether your child has been abused or neglected.

Can a parent revoke a safety agreement with DSS?

If you agree to a safety agreement, as a parent you have a right to revoke the agreement at any time. However, if you revoke the agreement CPS may determine that your child is in danger and they may file with the court to seek custody of your child. DSS is required to monitor your case and return your child home as soon as it is safe to do so.

When does a court order DSS to remove a child?

The court’s order must make specific findings that (1) the treatment plan was reasonably calculated to remedy the conditions which led to the removal and (2) that DSS made reasonable efforts to preserve or reunify the family. Does DSS always remove a child when it suspects abuse? When is DSS removal of a child appropriate?