A Child Protective Services Whistle-blower explains what to do if CPS comes after your family.
Just one month after working for Child Protective Services, I began to learn that the agency was not in the business of helping stop child abuse. I went after parents who smoked pot, who homeschooled their kids, and let their children ride their bikes. In part because of this, I left the agency and began exposing the horrendous aspects of CPS and how parents can protect their children from the agency. What I will do in this article is to teach parents what to do if CPS comes after them.
CPS Investigators are government bureaucrats with two months’ training and a tendency to overblow everything. These can be dangerous people, and they should be treated as such. Some will try to catch people off guard in order to get the “truth” out of parents and children. They may use intimidation, harassment or manipulation, because they believe that they are the hero and you are the enemy.
Educate Your Friends and Neighbors About Your Parenting Practices.
Knowing your neighbors can help prevent a problem before it starts. Noisy neighbors are many times the people who call CPS on parents. If you homeschool your kids, and don’t let your neighbors know, they may think that you’re “preventing your child from being educated” and suddenly CPS is at your door. Simply giving them a heads up can prevent a whirlwind of hell in the future.
Teach Your Kids to Stay Calm
Tell your child never talk to a CPS investigator alone.
What To Do if They Come to Your Home
Record every interaction between yourself and CPS. It is important to always know your rights. A CPS investigator is not allowed to barge into your home unless they have a warrant – you’re protected by the 4th Amendment. Here are just a few suggestions which are presented much thoroughly in the book:
-Do not allow CPS investigators into your home.
-Ask the investigator exactly what the case is about.
-Only answer questions which are relevant to the case.
-Do not admit to any prior wrongdoings which could incriminate you.
-Try not to contradict any statements that you make.
-Do not sign any legal paperwork unless told to by an attorney.
-Do not take any drug tests unless court mandated (some children have been removed from homes because the parents smoke pot).
-Most of all: Do not assume that if you tell them everything that they’ll be “nice to you.”
If at any point you feel that you cannot answer any of these questions or are becoming too overwhelmed, remember to stay calm during the entire process. If it looks as though you may need to go to court, always hire a private family court attorney. Going to court alone is bringing a spark to a gun fight.
The reason for every one of these suggestions is explained at length in my book. For more information, go to legallykidnapped.net. And good luck!
Carlos Morales is a former Child Protective Services investigator, president and founder of Child Protective Services Victim Support, the host of the Think about Now Podcast, and a committed legal advocate for family reunification.
Since leaving his career as an investigator, he has actively helped families throughout the country fight for their children in and out of court. His pursuit of a radical overhaul for child protection programs has taken him from university lecture halls, to television and radio studios, and the pages of a variety of publications. This has culminated into the publication of his new book, Legally Kidnapped: The Case Against Child Protective Services (http://www.legallykidnapped.net/)