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    Default How to Get CPS Investigation Closed

    My question involves child abuse or neglect in the State of: California

    Is it true legally that the CW needs to interview every child in the home in order to close an investigation of child abuse? I have cooperated with everything - recorded interview with case worker, medical records request, school records request, etc. - except the interview of the kids because the CW said they had to be interviewed alone with no other witnesses and can't be recorded. I don't want the kids words twisted with no witnesses.

    Even though CPS can go to the school and interview them, are they just going to keep the investigation open forever? How can I get it closed?

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    Default Re: How to Get CPS Investigation Closed

    Please keep it all in one thread.

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    Default Re: How to Get CPS Investigation Closed

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    My question involves child abuse or neglect in the State of: California

    Is it true legally that the CW needs to interview every child in the home in order to close an investigation of child abuse?
    Legally? No. Is it a good idea? Probably. And it might be the policy of a particular agency to do that.

    I have cooperated with everything - recorded interview with case worker, medical records request, school records request, etc. - except the interview of the kids because the CW said they had to be interviewed alone with no other witnesses and can't be recorded. I don't want the kids words twisted with no witnesses.
    Absent a court order, and the children are still legally in your care and custody, you can decline to permit them to speak to a social worker. However, that might result in a court order ... or, an ongoing and open case.

    Even though CPS can go to the school and interview them, are they just going to keep the investigation open forever? How can I get it closed?
    YOU have no power to close their case.
    A Nor Cal Cop Sergeant

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    Can I request that a school official witness the interview? I have heard nightmare stories of CPS caseworkers twisting words and misrepresenting what was said. Is there anything I can do to guard against that or do I just have to deal with it if it goes to court?

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    Default Re: How to Get CPS Investigation Closed

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    Can I request that a school official witness the interview? I have heard nightmare stories of CPS caseworkers twisting words and misrepresenting what was said. Is there anything I can do to guard against that or do I just have to deal with it if it goes to court?
    You can request anything. They may or may not agree.

    As has been stated, if you decline to permit the interviews then the matter may remain open indefinitely, or the agency may seek a Judie's order for the interview. Whether they have enough to do that, who knows?
    A Nor Cal Cop Sergeant

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    And a croissant!"


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    Love mercy,
    Walk humbly with your God

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