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    Default Re: How to Prepare for Any Possible CPS Investigations

    You don't. You can be confrontational and uncooperative, and see if they return with a warrant and a police escort.

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    Quote Quoting Mr. Knowitall
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    You don't. You can be confrontational and uncooperative, and see if they return with a warrant and a police escort.
    No one said she had to be confrontational. But she doesn't have to invite CPS into her home or let them in. And the police cannot force their way in either. She doesn't have to cooperate with CPS. They are not all powerful.

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    Default Re: How to Prepare for Any Possible CPS Investigations

    You will note the reference to a warrant.

    In most cases, where there is no truth to a report of suspected abuse or neglect, the best way to resolve CPS concerns is to be cooperative. In cases where parents choose to follow your path and to be uncooperative, they usually set themselves up for a more difficult time even if the accusations are ultimately determined to be unfounded, because CPS will carry out its duty and investigate the report even if the parents refuse to cooperate.

    Parents are, of course, able to consult a lawyer with the details of their case for suggestions on how to deal with protective services.

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    Default Re: How to Prepare for Any Possible CPS Investigations

    I missed the reference to a warrant but I work CPS cases all the time. One of the largest areas of my practice deals with CPS and caseworkers.

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    Default Re: How to Prepare for Any Possible CPS Investigations

    It is easier on the parents, children and CPS if everyone cooperates. You don't have to let CPS into your home. But.if you don't they will get a warrant and come back with police. This is can be traumatic for the children.

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    What would prompt someone to make this up and report a knowing and intentional falsehood?
    Reasons why CPS has been called on me:

    -- I'm not Christian. Therefore, I must practice Satanic rituals. Plus, it's illegal not to be Christian, said the complaint. (Caseworker laughed so hard, soda came out of her nose.)

    -- I work from home, online. Therefore, I am addicted to the Internet and ignoring my children. (That complaint came from a neighbor who was mad that I wouldn't babysit. Hm, $2 an hour to deal with someone else's child, or the $20 an hour Google was paying me for data analysis while my kids were in school? Hm.)

    -- I'm a "pick your battles" kind of Mom. When Elder Monster staged the Great Sock Rebellion, I let him. Therefore, the child had insufficient winter clothing and no coat. (Caseworker loved that one. She didn't wear socks, either. Ever.)

    -- I let Younger Monster ride his bike to his guitar lessons on Saturdays, escorted by his brother, 3 miles away, when he was 12 and his brother was 16. Therefore, the children were insufficiently supervised. (Caseworker was PISSED when she learned that the children in question were 12 and 16, riding down side streets in quiet neighborhoods.)

    Those are just some of the highlights.

    Come on, Carl. You know there are people out there who want to use CPS as their own personal police force. Everyone has Opinions about other people's children, and all it takes is one crackpot, mad because you're not doing what they want you to do, to make your life hell. I am SO grateful that the Monsters are grown now, and we don't have to deal with busybodies with agendas any more.

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    Default Re: How to Prepare for Any Possible CPS Investigations

    Any process CAN be abused, and there are a few bad caseworkers out there. Maybe I've been fortunate in CA and we have better training or qualification for social workers, but I have worked extensively with CPS workers out here for many years and aside from overwork and weariness, I have yet to find any with a truly nefarious bone in their body. But, if you want to keep the case file OPEN and thus encourage continued snooping around, by all means, decline to cooperate with them. It's the OP's call. But, if she wants the matter handled and dealt with, chances are cooperation is the best avenue to that. A lack of cooperation simply means it can remain open and will encourage further visits or more snooping around - and they may look until they DO find something they can use to get that warrant.

    And, yes, I have heard of people making up complete and total falsehoods, but I've never witnessed one. I've seen reports that are laughable like the ones you mentioned, but that doesn't mean they are made up, only that they are misguided and ridiculous. An unfounded report is not the same as a false one.

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    Default Re: How to Prepare for Any Possible CPS Investigations

    People can't accept that their "right way" of doing things isn't the same for everyone. If you don't go to church you are a Satan worshipper, if you go to an Evangelical Church that may Praise The Lord loudly, you belong to a cult. If you tap your child on the hand in an attempt.to teach them the stove is hot, you beat your child, ignore you don't you are neglegent. The list goes on
    False allegations happen, but so does child abuse

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    Quote Quoting Mercy&Grace
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    It is easier on the parents, children and CPS if everyone cooperates. You don't have to let CPS into your home. But.if you don't they will get a warrant and come back with police. This is can be traumatic for the children.
    I disagree. They won't always get a warrant. Around here they NEVER get a warrant.

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    Ohiogal, what to they do, get law.enforcement to break.the door down? What is their cause, suspended child abuse?

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