CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES LAWYER
Child Protective Services has three choices when they receive a complaint of abuse: (a child protective services lawyer can help)
1. They can reject the complaint. This would seem to require the least amount of work. However, it actually requires more work to find out that a parent is innocent. For example, it’s a lot easier to just believe the complaint than to look any further into any allegations.
2. They can assign the complaint for investigation. This usually means a case worker/investigator will then come out to the home to ask questions and to corroborate what is stated in the complaint.
3. Lastly, they can transfer the case to another agency for investigation.
Statistics show that in 2007, only 26% of investigations resulted in a “preponderance of the evidence” finding that the abuse occurred. On the other hand, about 3 out of four petitions to the court fall short of proving abuse. During that length of time the accused parent can lose everything, and their friends and neighbors may have already labeled them.
CAN THEY TAKE MY CHILD?
The simple answer is yes. Child Protective Services (CPS), under the Department of Human Services (DHS) has the ability to petition courts for removal of your child from the home or to remove you from the home.
CPS LAWS OVERVIEW