CPS Facts And Questions

After reading through the following facts and questions, contact our Riverside family law attorney!

What is happening to my family when CPS gets involved?

When CPS gets involved there is a social worker assigned to your case. Their job is to work with families to reduce the risk of alleged abuse and alleged neglect to children. Social workers have been trained in areas relating to family therapy, substance abuse counseling and parenting classes.

Who are the first social workers to contact my family?

An Emergency Response (ER) social worker may make contact with you because someone either called the police or the 24-hour hotline number to report abuse. The ER social worker is then assigned to investigate calls of this nature. He or she examines family problems and needs. The ER social worker may work with Law Enforcement to remove the child from the home or school and then place the child in protective custody. Many social workers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Court dependency social workers investigate allegations of child abuse and neglect. They report their findings and make recommendations to the Juvenile court. The Judge then uses these reports to decide whether the child should be made a dependent of the court or placed with relative placement, or returned to your care.

What else does a social worker do?

In times where the child is not returned to your home, CPS must find a permanent home through adoption, legal guardianship or a planned permanent living arrangement. The Judge makes the final decision as to adoption or guardianship with an approved relative or non-related extended family member or friend of family.

What are the CPS time limits?

If any children are removed from your home under age 3, you may have only 6 months to reunify with that child and their siblings.

The 6 months starts from the date the court takes jurisdiction (takes control) or 60 days after your child is removed from your custody, whichever comes first.

If the children are over 3 years of age, you may have up to 12 months from the date the court takes jurisdiction or 60 days after your child is removed. Again, whichever comes first.

Why was my child removed from the house?

Usually the common reason for removal from the house is concern for the safety of the child. Many reasons include failure to provide proper care or supervision, a child is not given the basic necessities of life such as food, clothing and housing. Lastly, if a child is in danger because of neglect, cruelty, physical or sexual abuse by someone in the home, or a parent is using drugs CPS make take the child.

When can I see my child?

Unless a court order prohibits it, you may have a legal right to visit your child. In this instance a visitation plan can be established. Our lawyer will assist with this. Regular visits are important in reuniting with your child. Depending on the circumstances, the visitation may be required to be supervised .

What happens with Foster Care while my children are living there?

Your child may be placed in the home of licensed foster parent/s who are asked to provide 24 hour care and supervision. They are required to report certain incidents and communicate about the child placed with them.

Most Foster parents have CPR and First Aid training.