It can happen to any parent. There is a knock at the door and it is Child Protective Services asking to speak to you about a report of abuse or neglect. Any person can report what they believe to be an instance of abuse or neglect, and then it is usually one social worker that investigates and makes a determination if the report is founded or unfounded.
A founded report will affect a person’s ability to volunteer at school, be a coach, participate as an adult leader in youth organizations such as scouting, or even foster a child. Further, a determination of “founded” can impact your job, affect security clearances at work, and will affect your ability to be a teacher or work at a nursing home.
It is devastating when the State makes decisions that have such broad consequences and can result in the taking of your child from your home. At times it seems that CPS’ actions and oversights can act to the detriment of the same children and families that CPS seeks to protect.
As parents, you have many rights and challenging a large bureaucratic organization and its oversights is not a lost cause. We have successfully represented many individuals in challenging CPS findings and Administrative Law Decisions, and can help you understands your rights and navigate the child welfare system.