Are you surprised, shocked, and dismayed to find that your long-distant past is being held against you in a CPS case? This is common practice for child protective services social workers. You’ve probably noticed that many if not most CPS social workers have no compassion for parents, grandparents, or other family members. They are hard-core family destroyers and to self-justify the evil they commit, they develop a jaded perspective that eliminates their sense of compassion and their conscience.
They convince themselves that they are primadonna child savers, while committing the worst child abuse possible in taking children from their natural families to be placed with strangers. Justification is their coping mechanism. They’ve long ago forgotten this, however. They’re now part of the system, and they know the rules.
Rule #1 is to find something wrong with the family, and for many social workers, any excuse for family destruction will do.
Thus if you are a grandparent who had a CPS investigation done on you 15 years in the past, your name was probably added to your state’s “Central Registry” – a blacklist of people whose names were made known to CPS sometime in the past. Even if your case way back then was not “founded” your name may be on the list, and that could keep you from getting kinship care custody of your grandchildren if the need for that kind of help ever arose.
If you are a parent whose child is about to be taken, if you are being investigated, you can bet the child protective services social workers are looking – not only into present circumstances – but also into your past. They may try to convince you to give them your ex-husband’s or ex-wife’s phone number so they can call to gather dirt that your ex might agree to share with them.
If you used recreational drugs thirty years ago, even if it was “just marijuana” and you were totally clean for the last thirty years, you can bet they’ll be interested in that. Despite the fact that you’re no longer a druggie, you’re going to be labeled a drug user and may be asked to take classes to prevent drug abuse, get into rehab, and submit to drug testing.
Does any of this surprise you? It surprised and shocked me when it happened to me way back in the 1980’s. It is still going on today, but in the ensuing years child protective services social workers have become even more practiced and savvy about what they do in their quest to try to prove that children are being abused by the parents of America.
So, what can you do to combat such rampant idiocy?
1. If you’re going to court, there will be a social worker’s court report which will probably be full of misunderstandings, false accusations, and insinuations that just don’t fit your life at all. You could be a big help to your lawyer by creating a document called Objections and Corrections to the Report of the Social Worker. If you don’t get to see the social worker’s court report until the day of the hearing, you can ask for a continuance so you’ll have time to make this written response. FYI – written responses are far more valuable than a few minutes of speaking time in court. Judges can easily overlook your verbal words but a written response will stay in the file for ever. You will need to take your document to your attorney for final approval, and listen to what the attorney says. Most of them mean well even if court appointed attorneys are usually too busy or too poorly motivated to do an adequate job of representation in Juvenile Court cases. Do NOT write any self-incriminating facts into your legal documents. If you do – caseworkers will pounce on those words and never let you live them down.
2. In some cases something is being requested or required by social workers even though there’s no court order to allow it. In cases like that, you might want to contact the state department of social services to get a “fair hearing” which is also called an “administrative hearing.” This would entitle you to go before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who is an employee of the state department of social services, who would listen to your thoughts and read any documentation you bring them. Of course the social workers would also have a chance to respond to your issues. Then the ALJ would make a written analysis of the information which would be sent to all parties and kept on file by the state. This could turn things around in your favor, especially if you used the state social services regulations to prove that the rules are not being followed correctly by the social workers.
When you give your life to Jesus, He forgives your sins and sees you as faultless. Unfortunately, most human beings are not so generous, and when it comes to CPS agents, they actively seek out your errors of the past to torture and torment you with them. A very devilish move, don’t you think?
I hope you’ll be able to get past these evil people and their plots to destroy you and take your children using any shred of information they can get their hands on. If you are guilty of something, admit it – at least to yourself – and be reasonable in your judgements about your current situation. Clean up your act, and fly straight… try to admit the truth and become a better person and parent because of what’s happening. Too often, however, parents and even grandparents are judged harshly because of something that’s no longer an aspect of their lives. Fight (in court) for your reputation and for the well-being of your children. Do what you must do to prevail in court.