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What is a CPS Case Plan?

CPS Case Plans

A CPS case plan is developed by your social worker in an attempt to identify what needs to be done to get your children back. Typically, this should be within a few weeks of your initial contact with CPS or close to the time the children are taken into custody of Child Protective Services. The court may order you to participate in specific services listed in the plan, if they believe "services" are of benefit. On occasion, the allegations are such that "services" are not offered. A review of the case plan is set down the road.

Every six months the case plan should be updated. Customary and normal services ordered by the court can include parenting classes, drug or alcohol testing and treatment, counseling, visitations with your children and assistance with housing. In cases where the parent does not work towards reunification, services might not be beneficial.

In the event the parent/s do not work towards following the designated case plan, the court may order the end to your services and require that a permanent plan be made for your child. This means adoption, legal guardianship, planned permanent living arrangements. All is dependent on what appears to be the best way to provide a stable residence for your child, according to the social worker.

When facing a Juvenile Defense matter with the possibility of relinquishing your parental rights, call the Temecula Law office of Richard K. Isles for a consultation. Countless clients have trusted his assertive legal representation in the local courts. His vast amount of litigation experience over 20 years proves effective in challenging the Juvenile Defense courts and social workers time after time.

Child Protective Services cases have time limits due to the nature of dealing with children. Time limits in California are 6 months from the date the court takes jurisdiction or 60 days after your child is removed from your custody, whichever is earlier. The courts are alert to the need for structure in a child's environment. Because of this, cases do not often linger for 5 years or just sit. Because of children's immediate needs, you should understand there are time limits. If you are considering hiring private counsel, time factors are important. Investigations, evidence and witness testimony may become outdated in waiting too long. Therefore, call for an initial consultation at our Temecula Law office or our Riverside location if needed.

Although you may be represented by court appointed counsel, you still have the right to private representation by an experienced attorney.

Contact the Law Offices of Richard K. Isles if you are in need of a CPS defense attorney

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