Child Protective Services False Allegations

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Why I Started the Fight CPS Website

Every day in the USA families face false allegations of child abuse. Children are frequently unjustly ripped from their families and placed in foster homes.

These families suffer extreme trauma and depression in their attempts to be together again.

FightCPS is a family rights website that seeks to assist parents and others who are falsely accused of child abuse and neglect.

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This page was made by Linda Jo Martin, author of River Girl and owner of the Fight CPS website.
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A reason for activism to help victims of false accusations

Child protective services (CPS) often accuses people falsely, or takes children for trivial reasons.

This page clarifies family rights issues and explains why I choose to help families who have been torn apart by CPS false accusations, which are far too common these days.

CPS false allegations are a travesty of justice, one I cannot silently ignore because I've felt the sting of false accusations made by a CPS caseworker, and resolved to try to prevent this injustice from continuing.

I haven't been able to stop it, but I have helped many families to fight the CPS injustice system and get their children back.

Sir Edmund Burke, a British statesman, said, "Evil flourishes when good men do nothing."

I believe that if everyone would choose a social issue, this one or another, and devote their lives to it, many wrongs of this world could be made right again. I have devoted myself to the cause of helping to reunite families attacked by CPS false accusations.

If you've been targeted by a Child Protective Services agent, the best thing you can do is get a good lawyer.

Next, a positive step forward is to read my site, FightCPS, and others like it.

Learn as much as you can so you can help defend yourself and help your lawyer plan an effective defense.

Collection of documentary evidence in your favor is crucial.

Why I Help Victims of False Child Abuse Allegations

Many people have asked why I would try to help people whose children were taken away from them by Child Protective Services. Here are a few of my reasons:
  1. Many accusations of abuse or neglect are false. False accusations can come from anonymous callers, doctors, nurses, neighbors, school teachers, or even the social workers themselves. People who are falsely accused and have their children taken are devastated, and need legal information and social support. Fight CPS helps with both those needs.
  2. A large percentage of the young parents falsely accused of child abuse or neglect are impoverished, and must rely on court appointed attorneys for representation in juvenile court settings. These court appointed attorneys are notorious for doing almost nothing to help their CPS clients. They seem like they're there to guide people through the court process, but don't provide any type of aggressive defense. So my site, Fight CPS, fills in the gap by showing people how to provide their own evidence and legal paperwork.
  3. When parents are sent to juvenile court they are denied constitutional rights such as the right to a jury trial, the right to a public trial, and the right to be confronted by their accusers. Yet they stand to lose their children, one of the saddest and most heartrending losses known to humankind. This lack of constitutional safeguards leaves child detention hearings open to gross injustices, the like of which few people believe could happen in America - unless they've been through it.
  4. Federal statistics show that children in foster homes are about ten times more likely to be abused sexually, physically, emotionally, and mentally than children in their natural family homes. They are even more likely to be killed. A recent study concluded that foster children are more likely to have teen pregnancies and to become juvenile delinquents. The study said that children are better off when left with their natural families, even if those families have severe problems.
  5. Social work should be a process of helping families resolve and recover from problems, not a process of tearing families apart forever and traumatizing children for life. This imbalance in the social work profession has been caused by federal legislation that gives financial incentives in the form of federal funding and social security reimbursements when children are torn from their homes and placed in foster homes.

Children Abused in Foster Homes

Many children have died while in the custody of the child welfare system.

Children are Dying in Foster Homes


In Memory of Children Who Died in State Custody

Foster children are often forced to take multiple psychotropic drugs

Foster and adoptive parents get extra "special needs" money for damaged kids.

This is a tragic practice - forcing foster children onto psychotropic medications after they're traumatized by being forced to leave their families. Read more about it here: Drugging Foster Children.

History and Philosophy of Fight CPS

My rose My fight against the injustices of the child welfare system has been ongoing since 1989 when my fourth child, a newborn infant, was taken from the hospital by a social worker because her father had battered me when I was pregnant. I found out first-hand what it felt like to show up at court to find a social worker's court report full of slander and lies.

In 1990 I started writing articles about CPS cases. Numerous parents came to me asking for my help in publicizing the cruelty and injustices they were enduring, including direct lies by social workers in court reports. My articles were published in The Enterprise News, a weekly newspaper in Central California owned by a kind Libertarian, Richard Palmquist, who also owned a Christian radio station. I also made a few public appearances including a call-in talk show on that radio station and a televised talk show in Fresno, California.

Next I got involved in exposing CPS using the FidoNet BBS network from 1991 through 1997. I was not as active in meeting people with open CPS cases at that time because I was busy raising my own children.

The Fight CPS website has been online since October 2000. I started it a month after starting the Child Protection Reform Yahoo Group - which I've since passed on to other owners so that I can spend more time improving Fight CPS.

I started Fight CPS because at the time, there weren't many sites on the internet that informed people about the topic of family rights. And some of the sites that already existed didn't seem to fulfill the needs of the people. For example, one large site had lots of good information, but forbade anyone from mentioning any other sites that might help. I felt this was too controlling - that the flow of information had to be free so that people could learn more from each other.

Therefore one of my main goals with Fight CPS, at the beginning, was to collect links to information, to encourage others to start sites, and to link to their sites, and promote them. To this day Fight CPS allows all family rights sites to be linked on the site.

The front page of Fight CPS is now a WordPress blog. It started out with no blog at all, on Geocities in 2000. It moved to its own domain name in 2002. In 2004 I put a Blogger.Com blog on the front page of the site. In 2007 I changed it to a WordPress blog for better search engine optimization.

The Fight CPS Message Forum

...social support and legal information.

Families involved in CPS cases are welcome to participate in the Fight CPS Message Forum where there are other parents and grandparents who have been through the system and who want to help and counsel others.

The Fight CPS Message Forum is frequented by helpful advocates. When you register at the forum, there's a short wait until the forum administrator activates your account. The forum is closed to non-registered viewers and is not listed in Google search results, for the privacy of the participants.

NEW... February 4, 2013 - we just started an official FightCPS Facebook Group!

Links to some of the most important articles on FightCPS

Study Concludes That Kids Are Better Off In Troubled Homes Than In Foster Care
A study by Joseph Doyle Jr. of MIT found that children have better lives when left with troubled families, and not transferred to foster care homes.
Contacting Your State Legislator For Help
To get relief from obnoxious and abusive government agents, try writing a letter to your state legislators.
Make Your Court-Appointed Attorney Work For YOU
Make your court-appointed attorney work for you by writing the person a letter requesting adequate legal representation.
Parents: Do You Remember The Fourth Amendment?
What is the Fourth Amendment? You need to know it BEFORE a CPS caseworker steps into your house.
Filing for a State Administrative Hearing
A state administrative hearing can force a CPS caseworker to change the way a CPS case is handled.
Your Case Notebook - Is It Up To Date?
During a CPS case you should keep a case notebook to record all information about your CPS case.
How to Sue CPS in Federal Court
How to file a federal lawsuit against child protective services social workers.
CPS Problems? Here Are 7 Ways to Fight CPS…
Seven ways to fight CPS - Child Protective Services - corruption and injustice.
How to Write a Declaration of Facts to Submit to the Court
Sample declaration of facts parents can write to take to their attorneys before Juvenile Court sessions.
Class Action Lawsuits Against CPS
How to sue CPS with a class action lawsuit - start your own or join one in progress!

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  • anna-hofman-98 Apr 17, 2014 @ 2:27 am
    Extremely interesting topic, and also heartbreaking to think so many families are split unnessecarily. The first step in the fight against cps is surely raising awareness - which is exactly what this lens does.
  • 2envelopparadox Apr 16, 2014 @ 1:04 pm
    nice lens
  • oxpschautz Mar 20, 2014 @ 11:05 am
    I'm thinking of trying to help. I'm a grandfather and they are grown now also. I moved lost one of mine , but my youngest child's mother works aat a woman's shelter, and is a avocet and goes to court with men and woman. She says they jump though all the hoops and still lose. I told her I just was listening to a interview of a mich man that beat d.c.s. By bring about 30 people to the hearing with him. That the answer make it more a poblic hearing instead of the privet hearings the courts and d.c.s. Want invite all your friend and family to hearing . I'm looking for help to fight would like to hear how . I told my douthgers mother I would go to court with. Them in future and take name and #'s if it ok to pos my email it oxpschautz@yahoo.com
  • OUTFOXprevention Mar 17, 2014 @ 11:02 am
    Very interesting topic. Thanks for sharing.
  • RozlynSmith Mar 02, 2014 @ 1:12 pm
    This site has helped me survive. My case was dismissed after 5 months because of my hard work. Since I did not file a lawsuit against social services this is what they are still doing to me. I am a single mother an upstanding moral person. I know this is going to sound paranoid but the following is true and I am very good at keeping record with strong testimony and documentation proof. After I won all of my kids back 3 months later Social Services came back in my life for no reason. All of a sudden I have cops at my door trying to implicate me in criminal report. I do not have one thing on my record. Social Services convinced and helped my 2 ex-husbands to lie to get a bogas restraining order against me to gain custody and move out of the county. It was only active for 3 months. They actually told my oldest child to lie and make up some police report claiming I beet her. SS had now a lot instore for a street nieve sad Mom. They have been stalking me ever since, to a serious degree to make sure they can prove I am a bad mom after the fact. I am a liability now. Drugs are planted in my car, no joke, drugs thrown and given to me wherever I go. I throw that Shiz out! I have been drugged some how because I do not do drugs or drink. I was then sold gang rapped or forced to have sex and beaten. That was a set up many times with new people coming into my life! The cops or FBI would not do anything for me, meaning they would not take one darn rape report, even for my stolen car. They also had people tell me that my daughter was rapped when I had her by the same people after the restraining order was in place. Now that the restraining order was in place I was forced to break it to tell the Dad. I am not joking not one social worker or one Sheriff office, police officer or the FBI would look into it and take a report. I had to get justice for my child any one would have done the same. Now the legal system had something on me. I was manipulated into a charge the layers tricked me. I have a very good reputation and a Federal License handling money. Six month later I then gave my children to their Dads because of the shame from all of the rapes, at least 30. My lawyer verbally abused me, convincing me I was a low life. Someone called him all the time saying I was spreading romors or that he was sexually harrising me or trading sex for work. Three years later now. My best friend and my now new husbands brother were helping us in family court. They were murdered/suicide about 7 months ago. My life has been in danger. I am asked if I am a whore everyday in Orange County, as if I look any different! They had to prove I am not a fit person so I can not sue. I do not even have my kids. I now have no one, moving from place to place trying to hide with my husband who is supporting us on disability because, he had an attempt murder of his life right after I met him. Thank God for him or I would be dead! No JoKE! The county tried to set me up on a sting drug operation and they failed. I was forced to sleep with some guy though. The county also has tried to set me up on a shoplifting lie. I have to represent myself because the public Defender was in on it. I am going to get it dismissed and then I will sue that store. If they get something on my record they destroy my way to make money. Every time I start working I am let go for a mysterious reason, having someone false allegation before the 3 months so I can not get unemployment. I have had a 10k psyc evaluation to prove I am not nuts but they tried that too. I don’t tell anyone this but I have a 6th sense, I don’t want to sound strange but I know what is going to happen before it happens to a degree. This is how I win, and the county is getting pissed they can not get me. I think it is time I get a lawyer to sue the county. I have so much ridiculous Proof of all of this messed up crap. I have copies of everything even Proof in writing my daughter was raped, she is afraid though. I have so many people too that I have been collecting for the future justice, if there are still alive or not in prison for not complying. My oldest is almost 18 so they are really ramping the it up. This is not a joke, I have no money, I need a lawyer that is willing To take this on a contingency. I am not afraid, but I am afraid for anyone that I talk too so I keep to myself. I am most afraid for my oldest. They only have a few months until my child turns 18 and starts telling her real story.
  • yoursfoolie Feb 24, 2014 @ 10:57 am
    I am sending the link to your lense to a valuable friend who has done much good work in this world (ironically, much of it with abused and underpriveledged children) and who lost ten years of his life and everything that made him happy behind the hysterics of an adopted teenage daughter. Way to turn your sufferring into liberation for others, sister ~ you go! Please accept my tearful condolences for the heartache I know you go through every single day.
  • Deborah-Diane Feb 10, 2014 @ 8:34 pm
    This is such a scary situation! It must be terrifying for the children who get caught up in the situation, too!
  • 3michi Jan 19, 2014 @ 9:50 pm
    What a wonderful cause and a horrifying thought.
  • Heather87 Jan 14, 2014 @ 1:02 am
    I'm going threw this now! Please read my story! My children were ripped from my arms three weeks ago! My husbands ex wife did this to us because 12 days prior we won full custody of his two children! Now his two children are with the grandmother while mine sit in foster care!! My daughter who is 10months old has bruises on her legs has lost atleast 10 lbs since her time in foster care and has the worse diaper rash imaginable! I'm afraid for her life! Look me up on Facebook or send me am email for the full story!! Keepthemsafe4@gmail.com
    Www.facebook.com/hart1987
  • Titus2Homemaker Dec 23, 2013 @ 12:45 am
    The system is so broken. We've been on both sides (my parents were foster parents, so we've seen the needs of some TRULY abused/neglected children, as well as the after-effects of neglectful/abusive foster parenting - not my parents' but other foster homes the kids were in before coming to our home - AND we've been improperly and illegally "assessed.") Clearly, the system exists for a reason. However, it operates completely outside of all Constitutional bounds.

    Parents are assumed guilty until proven innocent. They're deprived of due process in general. And they are not permitted to face their accusers (whose anonymity is protected, while the ridiculous claim is made that it's CPS itself that is legally/officially the "accuser").
  • ChalhoubCassidy Dec 21, 2013 @ 1:37 pm
    This is a very informative article on child abuse and I think it's great that you're spreading awareness and working to help these children. Good work
  • jesslynn1990 Dec 18, 2013 @ 11:26 pm
    It is truly said that this happens in the states. I live in Canada and I actually work within the child and youth mental health sector. In Ontario we have something called Child's Aid Society (CAS) which I am guessing is similar to what you are referring to. In Ontario, CAS tries it's best to keep families together. The only time they will take a child out of their home is if they are in immediate risk of safety, health and/or life or there is serious amount of evidence providing the parents and guardians are neglecting, abusing, etc. Typically families will stick together and undergo therapy and counseling with Social Workers or Child and Youth Workers within their home. If the child ends up being diagnosed with behavioural or mental health issues (which is common for abuse victims) then they may be placed in a residential setting such as a group home to get additional individual treatment. Though away from the family they typically will get a lot of contact with family members, visits and even home passes depending on the type of program. I honestly think how Ontario has it set up is efficient, fair and beneficial. Obviously I have some sort of a bias opinion as I work with agencies so closely connected to CAS. I can say I have worked with a decent amount of youth who are involved with CAS and all have been allowed some contact (either be a lot or minimal) with their parents and families.
  • victim2 Dec 14, 2013 @ 1:28 pm
    Hello, I am googling everything to find out what I can do about my ex and his false allegations against me and what my rights are. He called a second time and my daughter was interviewed without my knowledge. She is in a mental health hospital for her depression, which is exacerbated by her dad bullying me and doing these things. She is a mess. The case worker told my daughter that she will talk to me on Tuesday. She talked to my daughter 2 days ago and the caseworker still never called me. I called CPS and warned them that my ex is abusing their system to get custody so he doesn't have to pay child support. He called CPS 2 months ago and that was the finding of the officer at that time and denied the case. I am finding that when they are called, they must investigate. I am accused of being a drug addict and that I smoke pot. I am going to an urgent care to take a 10 panel drug test today and hand the CPS worker a copy of it when I see her. I have zero drugs in my system. I was told by CPS when I called them that a false accusation is a criminal offence in Michigan. I am going to the Department of Human Services and in writing requesting the file. I am then going to the police and pressing charges. In the meantime, my daughter said that she will live with him to protect me from all of this drama. She has decided to do this and I can't do anything to stop her. She has guidelines for him that she sees me every weekend, every holiday and all summer. Well, off to prove I'm not a drug addict. If anyone has advice, I'm all ears.
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  • LindaJM Dec 18, 2013 @ 6:05 pm
    I have no idea who you are... I keep getting this message, but don't know how to contact you.
  • michelle-leonard-77715 Nov 15, 2013 @ 12:53 pm
    Thank you thank you DR ABULU for what you have just done, for helping me geting my husband who left me with two kids april last year to me i thank you so much the great DR ABULU of abuluspiritualtemple@yahoo.com for bringing back my family i am greatfull and will always be if you also need his help his email . abuluspiritualtemple@yahoo.com or his website, abuluspiritualtemple.webs.com
  • TexasQueenMama Nov 05, 2013 @ 4:42 pm
    To Whom It May Concern:

    CPS in my state (Texas) has taken my husband and I's 10 year old daughter and temporarily (or so they say, and hopefully, it is true) placed her with a relative. Someone that used to be in our lives coached our daughter and told her all the wonderful things that would happen to her if she accused my husband of molesting her (because those things happened to this person when she did the same thing) and so my daughter told her school counselor my husband did those things, and as a mandated reporter, the school counselor had to call CPS. They came and talked to her at school a few days later, and by this time, our daughter came to us in tears (which happened the next day) and said that she did not mean to do what she did and she knew it never happened, and she even told the CPS caseworker that when she came to see her at school. About two weeks later, last Tuesday, the CPS caseworker called me and I called her back, and she told me that she needed to meet with my husband and I's daughter at her office and then walk to the Children's Advocacy Center and that she hoped to have our case wrapped up and closed by the end of the week. That was the first lie. The next day my husband and I's daughter went with the caseworker from her office to the advocacy center which is in walking distance of the CPS office. There, one of the advocacy centers worker took my daughter into a room to talk without me. Then, while she was in there, another advocacy worker tried to give me a book about how to help child abuse victims and tried to give it to me twice but I refused it and I told her that my daughter is not a child abuse victim. She asked me if she is a witness and I said no and told her that my husband and I's daughters school counselor accused my husband of doing something to my daughter that he did not do and she just said "Oh Okay" and walked away. Then a little while later, my daughter came out by herself. Then, a bit later, the Caseworker came out and got me. She told me that my daughter would have to go live somewhere else temporarily and I had like 2 minutes to figure out where (though she did not give me a time limit) but she was rushing me and I truly felt like she was pushing to be really fast about it. So, I had to call my sister-in-law Angie and tell her while she was in the bathroom at work. Later, my husband and I went to her work to tell her more of what was going on and she said she would call me when she gets off of work. During our meeting, the caseworker said the case should be wrapped up at the end of this week. Three times since then I have talked to her supervisor and, though he is a very not nice person, he is a bit more honest. He told us that they had contacted a police detective over a week ago, and that was the next stop in this process and that it will not be wrapped up soon. I was like, hello, your caseworker said differently. So, that was lie number 2 from her. What he did not tell was they do not contact the police department themselves, but they send the information through the CPS office in Austin, Texas to go to the Police Department. I found that out today when I talked to a police detective from our local police department. I got the number from my sister-in-law who got the number from our caseworker. I called the Austin, Texas office yesterday and they said they are unsure what paperwork they need to send and to who and that I need to contact my caseworker. I called her last night and today. She has not called me back. I called her supervisor and he made it sound like I was an inconvenience to his day and that he would have my caseworker call her back as soon as possible. She has not called me back. I called the local office and got the name and number of his supervisor and left her a message. For almost three weeks now, I have gotten the run around while my husband and I's daughter is out of our home and is wanting to come home. I also got written proof from my daughter saying nothing happened and she told the caseworker and the advocacy center worker that nothing happened and that she does not understand why she is not at home. If anyone can help my husband and I, we would really appreciate it and so would our daughter.
  • jmchaconne Oct 23, 2013 @ 11:26 am
    I've used your very informative your lens as a featured lens on one I've written on the subject. If you'd check it out, any ideas or suggestions you have to improve it would be much appreciated.

    Thank you!
  • bestseoblog Oct 07, 2013 @ 2:07 pm
    NOT TO MENTION

    the WORST PART ABOUT IT IS:

    The kids that really are being abused and need saved (molested, physical / emotional abuse) usually don't get caught! War against the child molesters or the sick people out there. Nope it's a war against young people, poor people, a parent that used to smoked marijuana, whatever the reason is. The real abuse never gets stopped! The reason for that is it's a lot harder to catch somebody molesting their child then it is to walk up to a young parents house and demand a Urine Analysis and if not yank the kid.

    They know they intimidate people, and they know who has the money / family to fight it. They go after the people who don't have pot to piss in.

    I know it sounds sick, but I actually had a plan when my son got took. I was going to take 2 loaded pistols into court with me, after writing a lengthy, emotional letter about why I did what I did. Then I was going to unloan on all DHS CPS Judge, lawyers, and the whole court room until I was to be shot to death by police.

    Yea I was really close to doing this and I wanted the world to read my letter about how CPS ruined my life for not giving me a chance with my son, yanking him out of my arms with no plans what so ever about giving him back.

    But then I decided if I did that it would just prove them all right, but I still hope they burn in hell.
  • bestseoblog Oct 07, 2013 @ 1:58 pm
    man I can't believe I found this lens. This hits home with me big time because I had my child taken or as cps would like to put it, "another child saved" . I fought for a long time and I was young but eventually I gave in to the impossible task at hand. Nothing was ever good enough, couldn't even get an hour visit without some lady with a clipboard telling me how I'm not a good person.

    Anyway I ended up signing my rights over because there was this foster family who took them because they always wanted a boy. My family thought it was the thing to do so I did it and the foster family agreed that I can still be in his life and see him.

    Only sad thing now is the Foster Parents split up and the Foster dad moved out. So now my son has to deal with the fact that I lost him (even though I wanted him so bad) and I was broke and young and didn't have a pot to piss in. Now he's got to deal with that and the fact that his other parents are split up.

    Rough road ahead. Can't wait to check out your page. Thank God for you making this lens because this lens is speaking for me as well. CPS has too much power, because I could of been a great Father.

    Thank you so much.
  • Colin323 Sep 11, 2013 @ 4:41 am
    We have an organisation in Britain: FACT (Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers) who are a support group for all, including parents and guardians, falsely accused of sexual and other abuse. It is more common than you think, and causes untold damage to the accused and their families. A relative, a primary school teacher, was falsely accused of sexually inappropriate behaviour, which led to over a year of anguish until he was cleared and reinstated. I wrote a novel based on his experiences: 'Millstone' to illustrate how damaging these accusations are: easily made, hard to disprove - and a millstone for ever around the accused innocent person's neck.
  • patgoltz Jun 02, 2013 @ 1:17 am
    By the way, psychotropics cause children to commit deadly violence. I have seen evidence that the vast majority of school shootings, and other kinds of violence, were committed by people on psychotropics or who had been on psychotropics in the recent past. They are basically poison.
  • patgoltz Jun 02, 2013 @ 12:45 am
    Lawyers will almost NEVER do a good job on behalf of a family, so it is nearly impossible to get a "good" lawyer. I know about several cases where CPS should have kept their nose out, and it was very destructive that they didn't. They go after easy marks, people they can intimidate, so the best defense is to confront them calmly but strongly, and refuse to answer ANY AND ALL questions. They should be required to give you a Miranda warning. Anything you say will be used against you. They are in the business of stealing children. While I have known of a couple of exceptions, the vast majority are tragic. The government has no business intruding on the family in that way, no matter how egregious the situation. If there is physical abuse, let the police handle it. Otherwise, butt out. These entities have done more to destroy the family than just about any other influence, because people are afraid to discipline their kids, and an undisciplined kid is a prime target. Eventually the parents lose control, and that's when there is abuse. Just don't let your kids go anywhere where they can be taken and you can't protect them. This includes public school, because when you send your child to public school, you have just given them permission to take your child whenever they feel like it.
  • bestseoblog Oct 07, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
    You said it all. Some people don't understand it until they see it first hand that it is the most crooked evil thing. Take our kids give me a break
  • hntrssthmpsn Mar 25, 2013 @ 6:31 pm
    When my son was just a few months old, someone called the police and told them he was being abused. Through the grapevine, we later learned that the report had been filed anonymously by some neighbors who disliked us for unrelated lifestyle differences. Admittedly, we were the kind of neighbors who can be hard for some people to like! I was just 18 at the time, myself, and working full time and raising a baby... well, we were poor and short on time, prone to jovial loudness at odd hours and keeping a messy yard. Our friends were goodhearted but... colorful. Add it all up, and you had an offensive looking household, to some. It was also a very loving household, and Patrick, my son, was the apple of every eye in the house. I was so shocked when the police arrived at the door, and so generally timid by nature, that I fell all over myself inviting him in when he told me why he was there. Lucky for me, the policeman was a kindly fellow who took a look around, met Patrick, and announced within minutes that it was obvious the claims that had been made were baseless. Over the years, I gradually learned, from the horror stories of others, how lucky we were that night! My heart aches for anyone who winds up falsely accused of a crime against a child. Even just those few minutes that night were so frightening and shameful that I'll remember them for the rest of my life!
  • ohhlindsey Mar 22, 2013 @ 9:14 pm
    To Whom It May Concern:

    I realize this is an incredibly long email, but please read it. This information needs to be known. My name Is Lindsey Brown. On January 1, 2013, my boyfriend and I had a beautiful baby boy-Jericco Alexander Bennett.

    At 3:45 a.m. on the morning of February 11th, while I was sleeping, my boyfriend (Lyle) was feeding Jericco. Jericco was trying to put his hand on the bottle, but was inadvertently blocking the bottle from his mouth. Lyle attempted to hold his arm down and hold between Jericco's body and his own. In the process of trying to do this, Lyle heard a popping sound come from Jericco's arm. He immediately ran up to our bedroom, hysterical, and woke me up crying and saying "Baby I need you. I think I hurt him, I think I broke his arm. Oh my God I think I hurt my son." After trying to calm Lyle down and getting our things together (diaper bag, etc) we immediately headed to the emergency room. I called my mom on the way to the ER, and my parents met us there. They arrived around 4:30 in the morning.

    Once there, I noticed a medium length, thin bruise on the bottom of his left thigh. I later noticed that the bruise had a small smiley face at the top of it. After a set of x-rays and a physical look-over by the doctor on call, the doctor told us that it looked like what was called nurse-maid's elbow- where the joint or the tendon in the elbow becomes loose, and it often fixes itself. He also mentioned to us that often in cases like ours, because of the combination of what happened to his arm and the bruise, that a nurse or the on-call doctor would contact CPS to start a formal child abuse case. He assured, though, that it was obvious how much Jericco is loved and he would make sure all the nurses knew that it was not necessary to contact CPS. Shortly after this conversation, we discharged by one of nurses and told to just make sure Jericco see's his regular physician and have her send a report to the hospital. We left, and got home around 6:30 that morning.

    About two and a half hours later, my boyfriend and I received a phone call from the hospital asking to come back in. They said they had tried to reach us before we left but were unable to get a hold of us. We though that was strange considering we had been completely discharged by the nurse, and my mom and had stayed behind to get the baby ready to go and make sure we hadn't forgotten anything. The woman who called said that the pediatrician at the hospital wanted to take a look at Jericco and could we come in immediately. We were hesitant, and asked the woman if we couldn't just take him to his regular physician like they told us to this morning. She was adamant that we had to come in right away. So we got Jericco in his car seat, packed up the diaper bag, and headed to the hospital.

    When we got to the hospital, we were immediately placed in an "interview room" with a two-way mirror and a camera. Although were assured that the camera was off and no one was behind the mirror, it was still rather intimidating. We waited for about half an hour before a nurse came in and began asking us questions. She asked us to tell her what happened when Lyle heard the pop in his arm, which we did, and she also asked us to show her the bruise on his leg. We answered all of her questions, show her the bruise, and continued answering her questions for about an hour and a half to two hours. After we were done answering her questions, we met the social worker that would be working the case. She explained to us why she was there, and told us a little bit about what was going to happen. She also mentioned that there are times when the local authorities get involved, but she didn't see why that would be necessary.

    After meeting with the social worker, we saw the pediatrician who looked over Jericco. The nurse took pictures of the bruise on his leg, and the social worker observed the two of them. After we were done with the pediatrician, we were taken back to the interview room, where we sat for another half an hour before the social worker came back and told us she would be following us home to check out our house and make sure Jericco had somewhere to sleep and had a room of his own. When we arrived at our house, there was a detective waiting for use in the street, and our neighbor informed us she had been there for about twenty minutes. The detective introduced herself and followed us inside along with the social worker. They promptly sat down and began asking us questions again.

    We sat in the house for hours while they asked us questions, and eventually the social worker informed us that for the time being we would no longer be allowed to be alone with Jericco, and would have to have twenty-four hour supervision. After explaining repeatedly that Lyle's parents live too far away, that my father works nights and sleeps days, and my mother works a job that requires her to go in anywhere from 7:30 in the morning to 9 in the morning, and often times does not get home until 6 o'clock at night or later. The social worker called her supervisor, and they agreed to let Jericco go into daycare in the mornings until either someone can take him home, or someone could come home with us. We eventually settled on one of my best friends coming to stay the night with us during the week, and my mother would keep him at her house on the weekends. This went on for approximately three weeks.

    Two days after the initial incident, my boyfriend and I went to another interview with the social worker and the police detective. The detective called me the morning of to remind us of the meeting. I had mentioned to her that we were advised to seek legal counsel before we went in for this interview. I was about to ask her if we could reschedule, when she promptly cut me off and told me that us seeking legal counsel answers all questions they have and that we are guilty and promptly hung up on me. I called my mother to tell her what happened, she went down to the detective station and met us there before our interview. When we arrived there, the detective and social worker immediately separated us and took me upstairs to interview me.

    When they took me upstairs, I mentioned to them that I had brought the pacifier that we believed and caused the bruise (as I mentioned before, there was a smiley face at the very top of it that Lyle, my mother, my friend Rachel, and I all believe matched the Winnie the Pooh pacifier with a raised Winnie the Pooh face on the front) and the remotes we believed caused the pinch that caused the bruise. The began asking me questions while the detective typed up everything I said, and the social worker wrote it down. When they were done asking me questions they immediately stood up and were ready to go back downstairs. I asked them to please sit down and let me show them the smiley face on the bruise (they each had pictures) and show them where I believe it all cam from. They agreed to do so and let me show them what I was talking about. When we were done, they had me sign my copy of my statement and had Lyle go upstairs to do the same thing.

    After the first three weeks of the arrangement agreed upon by CPS where Rachel would stay with us during the week and Jericco would stay with my mother on the weekends, we were asked to return to the hospital's pediatrician again with Jericco for another set of x-rays. At this point Jericco had already had two prior sets of x-rays, a CT scan, and an eye exam to rule out ocular hemorrhaging. My mother and I took Jericco to the pediatrician for his the x-rays, where they x-rayed his right arm and elbow (where the original injury occurred). We left after the x-rays were done and were told they would call us with the results. A few hours later, the nurse assigned to our case called me and informed that the doctor and the radiologist said that Jericco had a fracture in his arm. They immediately called us back for more x-rays to check his legs and make sure there were no other fractures.

    Once we arrived at the hospital for the second time that day, we were met by the pediatrician and the nurse on the case. They informed us that there was evidence of a fracture on Jericco's right forearm and that the doctor was deeming the injury definite physical abuse. We were later joined by a different social worker, one I had never met before. She informed us that Jericco was going to be taken immediately out of my and Lyle's home and placed with my mother. Lyle was no longer allowed to have contact with Jericco and I could no longer visit him at daycare. I was also no longer allowed to stay overnight at my mother's house and could not see Jericco unless it was at my mother's house with either one of my parents present. This has been going on for three weeks now. The doctor also told my mother and I that there was no way Jericco got the bruise on his leg from laying on a pacifier and a couple of remotes. She made the statement that she could lay on a pacifier all day long and it wouldn't leave a bruise on her. When I mentioned that she was much bigger than a 6 week old baby, and that I myself bruise very easily, I was told that that doesn't matter.

    On March 5th, my mother and I took Jericco to see a pediatric orthopedic because we wanted the results from the pediatrician to be confirmed. The doctor took a look at his x-rays and said that there was no fracture in his arm. He said that the fracture had been in his elbow, it is healing, and the injury is consistent with the story I conveyed to him what happened the morning that Lyle was feeding Jericco, and all of this began. We requested that his report be sent the CPS social worker on the case, but she informed me that they need clarification on the report, however the doctor would be out of town until the following Tuesday and they wouldn't be able to talk to him until then.

    On March 19th, I received a phone call ant 9:49 a.m. from the social worker on the case informing me that Lyle and I had to immediately go and have a drug screening. My father and I had just gotten to the daycare to drop Jericco off, I had a sprained/chipped ankle and wasn't supposed to drive, and Lyle had to be at work at one and Lyle does not currently have his license (although we are in the process of getting it back). When I tried to explain all this to the social worker, she promptly cut me off and said we had to do it that day before 3:30. I again tried to explain the situation, but she continued to cut me off and say that we had to go that day and it had to be done that day before 3:30 p.m. I had no choice but to try to drive on a chipped ankle and attempt to get my boyfriend to work on time. He ended up being almost an hour late, and I was a nervous wreck driving the entire time.

    On March 20th, at 9:27 a.m., I received a phone call from the social worker at CPS working our case. She called me to inform me they would be closing our case. She said they have substantiated physical abuse and they have substantiated child neglect. When I asked how, she said that it was because the fracture in his forearm that the CAC (Child Advocacy Center at the hospital we had to take him to) found. When I mentioned that we had a specialist look at his x-rays and he said that Jericco's forearm was just fine, the social worker said to me that she talked to that doctor personally and he said that he has seen this injury in physical abuse cases. I told her that I was aware of that, because he said the same thing to my mother and myself. However he also said that he believed that this case was an accident and that the healing injury in Jericco's elbow was consistent with what we told him happened. The social worker simply said that we could go back and forth all day about this, but they were closing their case. She never did answer how they have substantiated neglect.

    I'm writing all this information down for two reasons. One- because I want to keep a record of what has happened for my own personal use. And two-because I need to know if there is anything anyone can do to help us. My boyfriend has been losing his mind. He is having a hard time concentrating at work, he is depressed and upset and his nerves are completely shot. Neither of us has slept well since everything has happened. And the worst part about all of this is that no one will listen to what we are saying. We have been told that all of our stories don't make sense and they just don't fit what the injuries. We have contacted a lawyer, but he has informed us that he cannot legally do anything until one of us is charged with something. My entire family is at a loss, we don't know what to do.

    Please, somebody, anybody, help us. We do NOT deserve this, and there are so many other families going through similar situations in North Carolina because CPS has TOO MUCH POWER. Our son deserves to come home. My boyfriend deserves to be with his son, and my son deserves to be with his father. Please, help us
  • tankkiller1 Mar 01, 2013 @ 7:59 pm
    I am going through a Dhs case and trying to get my grandkids back home. They were taken for a simple fix. A dirty house it has been cleaned up and now passes Dhs inspection. They are saying that my daughter she lives with us and her brother and sister. I have 2 grandkids a 5yr. old grandson and a 2yr. old granddaughter they miss their mother and don't understand why they can't come home. All they say is what we have to do is my daughter parenting classes and family counceling. Which is a stupid thing to have to do. They want you to talk about why the kids are not in the house and how you feel about it. My family doesn't talk much at all. We are quite people and keep to our selfs. My daughter is also the same they say she has to pertisipate in all activitys and talk how do you do that when you are not very social to other people. They still have not given back my grandkids back yet. They say it will be up to 3 months to get them back. My family is on ssdi how do you make trips to the next town once a week for 16 weeks and only have about 1100.00 in income and bills come to 1400.00 you tell me where gas for a vehicle comes from with that. I have no budget for gas . They say if she doesn't do what is on the treatment plan. She will have her rights terminated and they will be given up for adoption. I will not let that happen to my daughter or grandkids I love them both with all of my heart to let that happen. What places can I turn to get help to do all of this? No one where I live helps with any of this. And to top it all off is all they give my daughter is 2 hours a month visitation all together. Their excuse is they are short handed and have no extra help for visits. My sister has my grandkids it is called kinship. The bad thing about that is my sister thinks she does no wrong and is perfect. I am afraid she will give them the same attitude as hers. My sister is a snob to everyone. There is no one that is perfect in this world. I just need help on what to do to get my grandkids back home where they belong. Please help with ideals on a family that is strapped with money problems. I don't know what to do anymore I am willing to do anything to get them back home!!!!!!!!
  • linsm76 Feb 26, 2013 @ 12:22 am
    The public needs to wake up, and realize that CPS no longer protects abused children, they are vultures out to steal children for more funding, and then get PTR so they can adopt the babies out which gives them more funding. I have added this to my FB pages. One false report can have your children taken away, and then the H...... begins. If anybody thinks it can't happen to them, yes it can, and for no reason at all.
  • crystal-howe-90 Feb 03, 2013 @ 2:37 am
    I am a Mother of 2 young children currently being abused and victimized by DCS in the state of Tennessee. My children were taken from my home Feb 24th 2012. I spent 10 months in jail for false alligations,which was horrible, but the worst part of all of this is that my 9 yr old daughter (who origionally made the alligations, but later told the truth,that she said those things because I put her in time out in her room and made her go to bed early on a friday night) has attempted suicide and when ask why she did it, she said "because I want to go home with my Momma." DCS KIDNAPPED my children!!! They also removed my son (13 months old at the time) and kept them together for a few months, but because one of the foster parents wants to adopt my son, but didnt want to deal with my daughters issues have seperated them. My baby girl has had her world ripped apart by these people that sre suppose to protect children!!! DCS done a forinsic interview with my daughter which she changed her story by then,but the interviewer would change the subject when my daughter would try to tell the truth, or redirect her and remind her of her previous story (the lies). We had a two day trial where the judge was falling asleep while watching the video taken of my daughter. The second day things were going in our favor because of the lack of evidence from DCS, but the judge says "I have plans with my son tonight, so I want to get this over and get out of here." The judge agreed to allow visitation with my kids, even while I was in jail. DCS still wouldnt let me see my children! The judge again brought up that he wanted to get out of the courtroom and go spend time with his son and ruled against me. HOW CAN THESE PEOPLE DISTROY FAMILIES LIKE THIS AND GET AWAY WITH IT??? I am out of jail now and ready to fight with everything I have to bring my children home and begin the process of healing and rebuilding our lives and move forward. PLEASE if there is anyone that can help us it would mean the world to me and my kids. Thank you and GOD bless.
  • 1098tennineeight Jan 29, 2013 @ 10:03 am
    LindaJM apologies for my error - this page is awesome!
  • KImJolie Jan 24, 2013 @ 6:57 am
    A beautiful lens with full of information. :)
  • sue-cps Jan 12, 2013 @ 3:36 am
    My family has been victimized by the state of Texas CPS in Dallas county for a year now. We will soon be filing a lawsuit, and are seeking those individuals and families who will ralley behind us in our fight. Please read the whole story here suecps.us
  • Deadicated Jan 02, 2013 @ 10:22 pm
    In my neighborhood we had a family that was keeping their kids in a dog crate in the backyard. We had to threaten to put the story (and a video of it) in the newspaper to get them to do their jobs here in the Bronx. A happy and fair medium would be nice; I commend you for taking on this very tough topic. In this day and age all you need is one person to lie and the other to swear by it; and God help you if you don't have the money to hire a good lawyer.
  • healthimage Dec 20, 2012 @ 4:54 am
    This is a really emotive subject and as a father of a young daughter, the stories I read about sicken me to my stomach. How did we ever allowed our society to get to this point?

    There were plenty of flaws in the pre-CPS way of bringing up kids, as I remember from first hand experience. But while I got a smack if I was naughty, my parents were not bad and never physically abused me. The short sharp shock of a smacked backside was good enough to let me know I had done wrong and it certainly didn't affect the way I grew up. If anything it made me a better person with a lot of respect for other people and the world around me.

    The do-gooders who want smacking outlawed need to be put over someone's knee for helping to bring up generations of disrespectful people who disregard society's laws. I see kids telling cops to go f*** themselves with no fear. Jeez if I'd dared to do that as a kid (which I would not have) I would have been given a tidy clip around the ear from said policeman and probably another one from my dad for being so insolent!

    So yeah, the CPS is a system gone very wrong and it has been allowed to happen by well meaning parents who overreacted to what they saw as a bad childhood.

    I also get that there are people on both sides of this argument who won't see it my way. It's the way of the world and everyone's entitled to their opinion. At the same time I can totally understand people getting really mad about this whole subject.
  • theonlycook Nov 16, 2012 @ 3:20 am
    heres one for you, CPS not doing their jobs, period, here it goes, when my ex and i first split she took my daughter and lived with a guy for 2 months, before she came back to the house after i moved out. When i got court order visitation my daughter was acting really strange, wouldn't take a bath (she was 3 at the time) thought it was weird considering i couldn't keep this kid from taking baths. so i took her to the doctor, Dr said i believe she was sexually abused, they called cps, and CPS went to my ex's and determined "clean house case closed" umm how does that have anything to do with sexual abuse? next i was cut by my ex in front of my child when she was 4 because i was following court orders on when to return my child. called sherriffs and they did nothing, but contact CPS they made my ex sign a paper promising she wouldn't attack me again. gave my child back...then when my daughter was 5 or 6 my ex shot herself in the arm, cps wasn't conntacted by police so i did, they determined clean house case closed. and she also had a 4th time they came out but i dunno who contacted them then but still same story clean house. how does having a clean house mean your immune to laws, or even that a child is safe there?
  • LindaJM Nov 16, 2012 @ 5:07 am
    Apparently she impressed them favorably, so they decided not to proceed. Before you call CPS again, you should read the lens about child custody and CPS.
  • randyg217 Nov 11, 2012 @ 8:59 am
    well...LAWANDORDER hasn't had the opportunity to visit youtube and type in CPS in the searchbar. but I give lawandorder credit for knowing it all and answering for everyone... especially for those whom have admitted to the fabrication of evidence. keep in mind the "required to by law" part, for a system that has no accountability nor any checks and balances to keep things honest >>wink
  • lawandorder Nov 09, 2012 @ 7:09 pm
    CPS investigators don't make allegations. Your neighbors, family members, counselors, etc. do. Investigators just investigate the allegations brought to them as they are required to by law. If you have a case open it's for one of two reasons: you either are abusing or neglecting your kids or you're associating with people that hate you.
  • LornsA178 Oct 18, 2012 @ 2:37 pm
    It's so sad that these things are happening to these kids. Your lens educate me in this matter. I never thought that CPS can just take your kids away even in false allegations. Thanks for this very informative lens. May God bless you and your family.
  • l-michelle84 Oct 16, 2012 @ 6:04 pm
    I am currently in a court battle with texas cps. They falsified affidavits and made their own false allegations on top of the ones my bitter apartment manager already made. I am a good mommy to 3 awesome boys and would never put them in harm. I am trying to raise money for administrative and legal fees to protect them from this corrupted system. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Please share and tweet my link! Thanks.
    www.gofundme.com/fight-texas-cps
  • bestseoblog Oct 07, 2013 @ 2:02 pm
    Good luck god bless you
  • sunshine_smiles73 Oct 08, 2013 @ 12:21 am
    I have a new email address. For my new contact information, please send me a private message via my Facebook.
  • sandy-squire Mar 04, 2014 @ 6:24 pm
    I'm in the same boat....do NOT talk to them. Everything you say gets twisted in a court of law.
  • randyg217 Oct 13, 2012 @ 7:28 pm
    it isn't a secret that our tax dollars pay the people in these agencies. judges, investigators, caseworkers and those behind the keyboards and brooms. which leads me to beleive that more than just any of these up front... are involved in cover ups because they heard, seen and even laughed at how gullable "we th people" are. those in authoritive positions have carried this country, state, county and cities to embarrassment from their inexplicable ways. we pay taxes and there had better be someone to answer for why this country has ended up in the situation. if anyone is to lead me to believe that it is the parents fault in any way... got news for you !!! I am not the parernt of those in high places. it seems to me that either the parents raised their children to lay blame on the innocent, lie about there involvement, dodge their responsibilities and quickly find a scape goat,or they are doing this on their own. our country has had problems like this when my grandparents were just babies so if it is a parenting problem... step up and get ready to resign your positions because it was your upbringing that has compromised the system. if it is not a parenting problem... step up and get ready to resign because you have compromised the system. unfortunately... it happens to be the reality that nothing like this will happen. the families don't have the money to fight back. we are taxed and the people receiving the taxes need to be our protectors. HAH !! what a group of suckers we turned out to be.we are punched, slapped, kicked, bit, jerked around and pushed. NO we don't like it and I haven't met anyone who does. we are slandered, labeled or called names for standing up for ourselves. if these people are having a feild day in their position... can we trade sides with them just for a little while so they can feel the effects of these outrageous actions ?? after all, the police are expected to be zapped by a tazer before they use one. oh.. nevermind.... the effects of that is temporary. what is being done to us is PERMANENT !!! our money needs to be spent carefully.. not haphazzardly !!
  • randyg217 Oct 12, 2012 @ 4:52 pm
    CPS workers and investigators from across the country have misrepresented facts, excluded or omitted evidence and submitted fabricated evidence to the courts which have destroyed families. As if we have no right to exist. our families have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the country from outside threats. Yet the threat comes from inside the country. To what cause is the ultimate sacrifice made to the country... if the country is allowed (predestined) to destroy itself ??
  • JillY88 Oct 03, 2012 @ 3:42 am
    Interesting to read your lens. I have been seriously thinking about fostering children now for nearly a year, but my husband doesn't think I will be able to give them up when the time comes. Reading your lens has put doubts in my mind, I adore children, I have one of my own that is 24yrs, could not have more, would have gladly had many more but not to be.
    I understand that it must be difficult to cope with being accused of abusing your child when you haven't, but I think of all those children out there that are being abused, someone perhaps has seen something or heard something but does not report it, then you hear that the child is found dead.
    I am sorry to all of you who is going through this, but if I did not report something that I thought was suspicious and something happened to that child, I could never forgive myself.
  • Amendments Oct 03, 2012 @ 3:27 am
    Always Remember your Amendments ESPECIALLY the 4th!!!! These people think they can run every ones lives, and we as Americans cannot let this continue!!!!! DO NOT LET THEM IN YOUR HOME!!!!!!! No matter what they say, no matter how scared they make you, NO MATTER WHAT!!!!! Please TRUST Me! NEVER allow them to convince you that they have your or your child/childrens best interest, that is the biggest load of crap you will ever be told, please be QUICK to LISTEN and SLOW to SPEAK, they want nothing more then to see/hear you fail......they will twist every word that comes out of your mouth so please be smart about what you say, better yet HOW you say what you say......its a mind manipulation game, BEWARE.....when you're done, sue the crap out of them, not the agencies per say but each individual.....agencies have a board of attorneys but chances are the individuals themselves DONT! I was ridiculed for 3 years for a woman I didnt know making a comment about my child, I referred to my child as a baby, and this monster held that over my head for not using my childs name.....I didnt know this person (monster) and would never disclose personal info like that to just anyone, but see what I mean, they CAN and WILL flip your words ANY and EVERY chance they get......4th AMENDMENT
  • erica-isaacs2 Aug 04, 2012 @ 2:39 am
    Today I was woke up to a deputy sheriff and a CPS worker at my front door wanting to check on my children because an annonymous caller reported they thought either my boyfriend or I had been abusing my two year old son. About three days ago we were walking down the road, (my boyfriend, me, my daughter and son) when our hyperactive nine month old puppy came blasting by and tok my sons legs out from uner him and the sid eof his face planted on the pavment. My son and I both have extremely fair skin and bruis badly or bruises show bad because of our skin tone. Someone saw the bruise on my son and reported me. CPS asked me to tke him to the doctor and have him checked out. When I got there CPS had already spoken to the doctor saying that they thought there were finger print marke on the sid eof his head. The doctor walked in nd first thing she said was, "We have an eyewitness that saw what happened so you are better off just telling the truth." Mind you this is before I had even said one word to her. I felt like I was being set up from the start. They then looked at y son and said while there is no evidence consistent with him having been slapped refering to injuries inside the mouth, ear and nose, it looks like there are fingerprints. They proceeded to take my son from my custody and took me to the courthouse where they interogated me for over an hour saying that my boyfriend had to have hit him and that i was lieing to them. Then they brought my boyfriend in and interogated him saying he hated my children and that if he admitts he made a mistake the courts will be more leinent. I told them to ask my fouryear old daughter what happened several times because she saw it nd tells everyone, they ignored me. What they say are fingerprints are veins on my suns head which also suffered bruising from the fall. They have treated us guilty from the start and have done nothing in the sorts of a real investigation. They say my boyfriend hit him, well why ddnt they take a print or measurment of his hand to compare or even look at his hand for any markings consistent with slapping a child hard enough to leave a massive bruise. I feel they had no ground to take my son seeing i have never been in any trouble with the law or so much as even had a traffic ticket, not to mention this is my first run in with cps ever and I gave them my full cooperation. I am beside myself and dont know what to do. I have a hearing on tuesday to see what they will decide, but I already know they are against me and out to say I am either abusing or letting them abuse my son.
  • LindaJM Aug 04, 2012 @ 2:10 pm
    I'm so sorry. This is typical of how false accusations happen. I hope you stand strong and get a good lawyer to help you with this case. Please join us on the FightCPS message board where there are other parents to support you thought this.
  • erica-isaacs2 Aug 04, 2012 @ 7:14 pm
    I just joined the FightCPS message board I thankyou for your support. I am lucky that they placed my children in my mothers custody, and the more I look into all of this, I cannot believe they think they had gounds for taking my children. Their case is weak and their investigation was not thorough at all I just hope i can get this over with soon and once I do I plan to sue my county and CPS.
  • erica-isaacs2 Aug 06, 2012 @ 1:21 am
    So they basically gave me one day to prepare for myy case with an attouny seeing as they kept me in the sheriffs office until after five on friday and then I have had to wait through the whole weekend. We have been doing a lot of research on what to do such as testimonies again needing shelter care being written to be presented to the court along with having the witnesses attend court to support me. I have also wrote down all of the missing peices in their case against us as well as the inconsistancies. My biggest worry is that if I cannot find a lawyer on my own that the court appointed attouny may actually play against me. I live in a very small town, population about 4,500 and it sadly is very well known for having the "good ol' boys." Do you have any advice for my hearing on Tuuesday, its a shelter care hearing.
  • sandy-squire Mar 04, 2014 @ 6:31 pm
    10 years ago my lawyer fctd me . The lawyer has a case for a year if you are found guilty. Just do not talk to them.Every word you say or your children will be twisted in a court of law.AMEN

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  • mmoorelarson Jul 13, 2012 @ 10:55 pm
    i am 26 years and a mother of a little girl. my baby girl was born on September 23, 2011. i had her at a hospital two days later cps came to my hospital room. cps casework has questions about that did u see your boyfriend get mad a baby i told no but they took my baby girl gave her to my mom for temproy custody of her . they are afaird of my boyfriend hurting or yelling around our baby while she is at home with us. my mom want me to put my baby in for adoption at first while i was pregnant but i refuse to. she told me a disblilty person or have mood swigs cant raise a baby she afraird that i go off on the baby but that not true at all. i been babysitting kids before i was pregnant. i help a girl out so why the consume something that i never did. cps people our wrong doing that. they should let me go with they baby and do a investigation at our house at the same time while baby is with us. i cant raise her i have problems but everyone does. i am praying everyday she be home with us the first time. this will be her first time being home with us. i never got chance to be a mother and he never got a chance to be a father to a sweet little girl. i want everyone to know that.
  • mmp1120 Jul 03, 2012 @ 9:31 am
    I am 26 yo and a mother of 2 children. I let my children go to Vacation Bible School with my grandparents, and my son left on Friday June 1, 2012, and my daughter left on Sunday, June 3, 2012. My grandparents came and picked them up. The following Monday, June 11, 2012, my family had an "Intervention" , even though I kept telling them that I wasnt on drugs. Because I was skinny they said I was doing 'meth'. They also told me that it wasnt a 'drug-rehab' that it was just for some 'me time'! I went because my mother told me that she would get CPS involved if I didnt and that "the consequences would be great" if I didnt go. After a few days of continous drug and AA classes that I didnt need, and missing my family terribly, I left and came back home. Upon my return, my family wouldnt tell me where my children were, and every time I went to their house, they werent there. I finally got the police involved and filed a felony warrant on my mother for interference with custody. Then I recieved a phone call stating that I needed to come 'talk about this situation' with a CPS worker. It ended up that my mother said that I abandoned my children and that my whereabouts were unknown and that my children had been living with her since June 1. I ended up going into a pre-trial that I was totally unprepared for, and my mother had obviously been planning for. The judge ruled in her favor, and gave her temporary custdy. Ive passed my drug test and I didnt abandon my children, they came and picked them up from my house!! If anyone has any advise, it would be greatly appreciated! I feel so helpless and alone! I love both of my children and miss them terribly and want them back with me asap! How can they do this based all upon an assumption?! Just because my mother is older doesnt mean she knows whats best for my children, shes had her chance with hers, and all I want is that same chance! I feel like its 'guilty until roven innocent in a court of law' is a more true statement in this day and age! Please keep me and my two beautiful children in your thoughts and prayers, we really need it right now! They are only 7 and 4!!
  • AmericanCitizen Jul 04, 2012 @ 5:34 pm
    You've been railroaded by your own mother! She may have meant well but does she have all the facts? Clean drug tests? Good doctor's report? You should try to get a doctor on your side. If there's a hearing in court, don't sign any guilty pleas or stipulations or you'll be giving up your opportunity for a real TRIAL. Register at the FightCPS message board forum for feedback on your case... from advocates and other parents who have been through this.
  • mmoorelarson Jul 13, 2012 @ 11:02 pm
    hey i know how u feel about this. they never gave me a chance to be with my daughter. my daughter is with my mom but she refusing to let me and my boyfriend see her right now. she thinks it for best she with her at home at all times. i think it stupied that she done that to you. some people our skinny but that doesnt mean they are doing drugs i have family members our skinny then me but they are not using drugs at all. i am sorry u have to go through this. i hope u do get your children back. did she go to jail for interference of your children?
  • sweetmama84xoxo Jul 01, 2012 @ 6:26 pm
    I have also had false accusations of child abuse.. My mother got mad at me and called the Dept. of Children Services... They came out to my house and administered a drug test too...I had nothing in my system but the lady told me that she was marking down that I had thc in my system just because my husband did!!! I do not think this is right at all!!! I am going to do everything I can to fight it....this worker is also telling me that I have to go do an alchohol and drug assesment even though there was nothing in my system...i'm also going to try to press charges on my mother for making false allegations..I need to know what type of attorney I should get! Thank you for all your info.
  • AmericanCitizen Jul 01, 2012 @ 8:53 pm
    If you can afford an attorney you need one who takes family law and juvenile law cases. If you can't afford one they will probably appoint an attorney who won't want to do much for you.

    You will need to learn as much as possible to create legal documents and develop a defense strategy for your case. You may want to request a full trial if they take you to court. If you sign a guilty plea or stipulation in court you are giving up your only opportunity for a trial. Keep notes. Get more information from my site: http://www.fightcps.com ... try to make your attorney work with you... court appointed attorneys often want to do as little as possible because they don't get paid much by the county.

    Fight the requirement for drug assessments because if you agree to do them it makes people assume you were guilty.
  • amandajbh Jun 25, 2012 @ 12:11 am
    About 2 weeks ago a call was placed to CPS about comments that our four year daughter said to the neighbor kids, that were inappropriate. The comments were regarding sex that she had heard from her fourteen year old sister. Caseworkers came out to our home and questioned our children scared us to death and would not tell us what was going on until they demanded us to find a neutral third party to take our four daughters over night. Our oldest three are from a my previous marriage and I have sole custody of them because of my abusive marriage with their father. Our youngest daughter is mine and my current husbands. While being questioned our oldest two daughters made claims that they were being abused and scared to stay in our home. They in fact had just been caught sneaking a boyfriend in and just received failing grades from school. They were scared of being grounded. While the caseworker was at our home she screamed at us on the our front lawn and was continuously attempted to rile us up and twisted our answers to her questions. The next day they placed our oldest daughters in the home of my ex husband and interviewed us further. The entire time accusing us of unfounded claims, presenting no evidence of the claims and found us safe enough to return our youngest daughter that evening. It was my ex husbands normal scheduled visit per our parenting plan so the older girls went to his house for their usual visit. The caseworker claimed they would be returned to our home on that Monday evening after the weekend visit. Keep in mind there wasn't and still isn't a court order in place regarding any of her decisions in our case. Monday she called late into the day stating that she wouldn't be returning the older girls home because they were still scared to come home and that there was going to be a meeting on Wednesday to discuss a plan so that I wouldn't injure my daughters. We met on Wednesday with the caseworker and her supervisor. The first five minutes of the meeting the caseworker began to be very accusatory to my husband and I not attempting to resolve anything. The supervisor asked her why she was asking the questions she was and took over the rest of the meeting until he had to leave. After he left the meeting she began in again with her accusatory line of questioning. She had read her notes of her interview with our eight year old daughter and they sounded like something somebody else had written, not the words of our child. I asked to speak with the supervisor again (he had offered to see us again after his other meeting) and she was very uptight and irritable about the request. Throughout this entire process I have not been able to find anything outlining our rights as parents or any advocacy. We live in Oregon and it seems like we are in the dark ages. I have been attempting to find the procedure to submit a formal complaint to the DHS department in our county and the state of Oregon but have not found anything pertaining to a complaint of a CPS caseworker. I have consulted an attorney who's case load is about 70% CPS cases, but doesn't want me to retain him in case this becomes a court case and he can be court appointed. He has told me that this caseworker has a reputation of being unreasonable, verbally abusive and emotional rather than logical. Pleas if anyone has any information that may help us it would be greatly appreciated. We are becoming to shake of the shamefulness and are getting angry as we feel that we are victims of a broken and abused system. There are many many children who need to be saved from there horrific situations. Our children however need to come home to the parents who work hard everyday and love them very much!
  • AnotherAnnie Jun 17, 2012 @ 2:44 am
    When adopted our two oldest daugthers out of the foster care system, and the older of the two was definitely over medicated when we first meet her. In fact, she was on Depakote, Concerta, Zyprexa, and several others - nine in all. The day we first met, she was like a zombie who could not respond to simple questions and zoned off into space. She couldn't seem to follow a conversation, and her mouth just hung open like she was catching flies. We didn't know about all of the drugs at the time (we were not foster parents, just prospective adoptive parents) and we believed she had severe mental handicaps. We even decided we weren't perpared to adopt someone so severely handicapped. Then, a few months later, our case worker came to see us and tell us that CPS found out the girls were in a foster home with a woman who was deliberately trying to raise their level of care so she could make more money. For this reason, the foster mother was reporting all sorts of crazy behaviors about the kids (there were four of them in her care at the time), and she even had three of the four hospitalized on a suicide watch. CPS never was suspicious of this woman though until one day when the children's case worker showed up and the kids BEGGED her to take them to the store and buy them new underwear because what they had was far too small for them. Also, they were wearing discarded adult clothing that their foster mom took out of a clothing donation box - the clothes were ill fitting and adjusted with safety pins. The case worker did take them shopping, but she was curious about why she needed to when the woman was getting a clothing voucher for the children each month. After some basic investigation, she found that the woman was using the clothing vouchers to buy clothes for her own granddaughter and not the foster children. Upon further investigation, though the woman was taking in over $4000/month in subsidies for the four children (three of which were classified as high level special needs during their stay with her - even though they all went to her as basic care kids), the only food she was feeding them was Hot Pockets three meals a day. On top of that, her home was filthy - full of roaches, and the kids had lice. Anyway, they removed the kids from this woman's home, and supposedly, they shut her home down to keep her from ever being a foster parent again (though I understand she went on to take in elderly people after she was banned from caring for kids). The girls' new foster mother was alarmed at all the meds the oldest was on, and she started weaning her off of them one at a time. By the time we were meeting with our case worker about it, the oldest was down to just 4 medications, and the youngest 2. We met the kids again, and it was like they were completely different people! You really would be shocked at the difference. We did (obviously) move forward with the adoption once we found all of this out. It's not like the kids don't have issues - they do, but they are not schizophrenic or bipolar, or anything detrimental like that. I think this type of incident is much more common for kids in CPS care than most realize. During the three years we searched for our forever children, there was not one single child we ever considered that wasn't on at least one or two meds, and often it was many more than that. A very worthy topic indeed.
  • mmoorelarson Jul 13, 2012 @ 11:11 pm
    i think it wrong they did that to the children
  • mariahh Jun 10, 2012 @ 6:45 pm
    Please Help... Butts County unjustly removed my children b/c the land lord said she was going to evict me even though the eviction had not been filed. They removed my children while detaining me at the office for three hours and when I asked to see the signed warrant they admitted that one had not yet been signed. Now b/c of this I have lost my home and my job.... Please Help
  • brookeland28 May 16, 2012 @ 11:23 am
    Time for a update my kids were taken on Jan 26 2012 because my daughter told her teacher my husband beat me this did not happen they did not talk to my husband or myself if i was beaten wouldnt they want to take pictures speak to me find out my side of the story the answer is NO since that date my kids have been in 5 foster homes on of them my oldest daughter was beaten by the foster dad my kids health is declining they are unhappy not eating and very depressed we have jumped thew hoops of fire and more to please these people to no avail i have hope that my kids will come home soon we have court on June 18 2012 i have wrote the judge appealed the chins and also had a internal investigation on cps set into place that have stated that it has been done but i believe this is another lie why would they want to admit that what they did was wrong we have a public defender and she doesnt seem to care we need help and i don't know were to get it my kids need to come home we need them just as much as they need us if anyone on here is a lawyer or would be willing to take up or case to save our kids i would be grateful i still have hope but i fear my kids hope is fading i see it in there eyes
  • ryan-alcantara-9 May 09, 2012 @ 6:52 pm
    I need some help and possibly just secondary assurement. So I being the step-father, came into a woman's life who has two lovely girls. The older one age 12 is in middle school. She knows how important I believe schooling is and how it is important to do your best. Once I found out she wasn't being productive in the classroom, I scheduled a meeting with the teacher. As we met with the teacher, I was being informed of the lack of effort that went into her work. More than I was ever aware of. I sit down with the kids every night after long hours and help with homework, but if it's not being brought home, how are we to know? Anyways, after getting all the details from the teacher, I looked at the daughter and told her she was gonna get it when we get home.
    About a month later I get a phone call from my spouse saying that I was reported to CPS for stating I was gonna "kill" her when we got home. First off, that's not what I said, and now I have a CPS agent coming to my home to interview me, then my spouse and daughter.
    So let's recap, a concerned parent takes time out of his day to meet with you in about how to make sure the work is being done, and done well, and She calls CPS. Is anyone in agreement with abusing the system? Do I have grounds to retaliate such as a lawsuit of false accusations, or defamation of character, not to mention the personal issues and frustration the family has undergone so far. Can someone please offer advice on what to do and how to handle this situation? The kids live well, eat well, smarter than they ever were, and live now in a home in a safe community instead of an apartment in a crime filled community.
  • AmericanCitizen May 10, 2012 @ 12:27 am
    Ryan, you would need to check your state's mandated reporter law - it is slightly different in every state. In general teachers are protected from prosecution unless you can prove your statement. The most important thing is to get CPS to leave your family alone. Hopefully your daughter will verify that you didn't threaten to kill her, and the CPS worker will realize it was a false accusation. Apparently the teacher didn't like you. After all this is over you might want to consider a private school or homeschooling. Take the money away from the public school system and they will definitely be less threatening in the future!
  • becca-boo Apr 19, 2012 @ 7:08 pm
    i am in serious help my year and half old son was taking from me he is in foster care due to that the neighbors called the cops and said that my husband beat me and our child he has never done such thing and my son had bruises on him and bite mark . at which they are from when i take him over to play dates at my friends he likes to bee domanate then the other child and my friend willing to stand up and testify on our behalf along with otheres my husband is being wrongfully charged with domestic violence and i think child abuse . this is all crazy. im putting applications in for housing and in cousaling and i work and trying to find other services to do to make me get my son back.my lawyer hasent been returning my calls and i want ansewrs please help...
  • stunnedandmad Apr 05, 2012 @ 12:47 am
    My son was born last year in the state of california and cps got involved claiming i was addicted to marijuana and my son had tested positive,along with a week before that at the same hospital i was seen by the trauma ward for being abused by the father. they alleged i failed to protect my son before he was ever born even though i was a victim of domestic violence and had the man removed from our home leaving me to deal with being a new mom alone. they came into my hospital room BANNED ME FROM BREASTFEEDING! told me not to get to attached because the odds of keeping my own son were slim and i had to begin drug testing the day i got out(mind you i had a c-section and could barely walk) before i had ever seen a courtroom. Lie upon lie was built and my case plan was outrageous and had me out of home EVERY SINGLE DAY for some pointless class including a "victim" class, even though they stated i Was a "co-abuser to the father". All I wanted to do was be a good mother, they started calling me a bad one and tried breaking my maternal bond before I Ever got the chance!! I chose to move before their petition for dependency could go threw, now I have a stranger calling me saying he can hunt me down and I have to surrender my son. I'M PROTECTING HIM FROM EVER BEING IN THEIR DISGUSTING BABY SELLING RING OF ABUSE!! How can they ever ask a mother to "surrender" her child on will, NO MOTHER OR FATHER EVER WOULD! If that was my choice I would have signed their bs adoption papers from day one. Why should I live my life scared and threatened over incidences that happened prior to me giving birth to my son and scared they'll kick my door in and take him from me. Can't anyone help me or is this black market court really allowed to do as they please, get district attorneys involved off the record to snatch parents and children up and ruin our lives. I'm a good mother and I love my son more then anything in the world, he will not go to sleep without me(and loves to hear a bedtime story and giggles and coos threw it) as it should be with a newborn and wakes up with the biggest smile on his face to see his mom and we play ALL DAY!!,He is smarter then the average child at his age along with incredible cognitive,physical and concentration skills. FAR FROM AN ABUSED CHILD!! And they're actually threatening a foster home for this little boy, babies end up dead,molested,medicated and abused in these places! Not to mention messed up emotionally for life, think about the grief a child experiences from losing a parent to death and these people are inflicting this pain on them knowing that's how these children feel, leaving parents who have done nothing wrong to suffer for the rest of their lives while some disgusting foster parent is getting paid to let these kids suffer. I am very sorry to be an American citizen,
  • suzanna-bullock Apr 02, 2012 @ 12:07 pm
    my grandkids where taken by cps. cps said i could not get them because i have a old case.i know of people that has had a cps case and has custody of there grandkids. if anyone can tell me anything would appreciate it
  • Apr 02, 2012 @ 3:23 am
    CPS falsely accuses family members of child abuse and then puts them into foster homes,though the children are rigid to go to foster homes.And do they even care to go see how they are treated in the foster homes.Parents should take legal assistance and try to find out the cropped up allegations.Are the allegations true? Are the children really forced to take psychotropic drugs?
  • Apr 02, 2012 @ 3:21 am
    CPS falsely accuses family members of child abuse and then puts them into foster homes,though the children are rigid to go to foster homes.And do they even care to go see how they are treated in the foster homes.Parents should take legal assistance and try to find out the cropped up allegations.Are the allegations true? Are the children really forced to take psychotropic drugs?
  • TTMall Mar 22, 2012 @ 1:34 pm
    Very informative lens. Well done!
  • jerry-stewart Mar 20, 2012 @ 3:59 am
    They are NOT above the law,read and sign petition and let's fight together!!

    http://www.change.org/petitions/office-of-children-and-family-services-hold-social-services-accountable-for-their-abusive-perjury-actions
  • jerry-stewart Mar 20, 2012 @ 3:58 am
    They are NOT above the law,read and sign petition and let's fight together!!

    http://www.change.org/petitions/office-of-children-and-family-services-hold-social-services-accountable-for-their-abusive-perjury-actions
  • melaney-cooper Mar 19, 2012 @ 9:14 pm
    Our situation is I live in Texas and have an old case that was not founded and was suppose to have been completely removed where it would never show up at all. Well this past Sept. my grand children were taken by CPS and I tried to have them placed in my home till the parents could get them back and low and behold that case showed up so they would not let me have them. Can anyone tell me if there is anyway to get it removed completely? I love in Texas if that helps.
  • brookeland28 Feb 24, 2012 @ 8:10 pm
    Please help us our kids were taken away with no investigation they talked to my daughter at school and called us and said to bring our other daughter to the school once she was off the bus when we got there they said they had a verbal court order to take them away there was nothing else done they took the kids did not talk to us or come to our home what my daughter said was untrue she said her father beat me please help me get my babies back home
  • brookeland28 Feb 24, 2012 @ 8:09 pm
    Please help us our kids were taken away with no investigation they talked to my daughter at school and called us and said to bring our other daughter to the school once she was off the bus when we got there they said they had a verbal court order to take them away there was nothing else done they took the kids did not talk to us or come to our home what my daughter said was untrue she said her father beat me please help me get my babies back home please im begging anyone to help
  • AmericanCitizen Feb 11, 2012 @ 7:51 pm
    kjdawson and dosmaster, you can get feedback on your cases at http://forum.fightcps.com ... and kj, that is normal that they will not let you reunite with a man who abused the child, so you must deal not only with trying to get your child back but also with breaking up with your b/f. If you have a service plan from the court do everything requested, and do not ever use any drugs or alcohol even if you're extremely depressed about what's going on. Do whatever you can to make a stable home for your child to return to. It would help if your parents would give you and your child a home. That's what usually works best for very young parents with CPS problems. Good luck!!
  • randyg217 Oct 13, 2012 @ 7:47 am
    it is extremely hard to accept the fact that a majority of assult cases are based on false allegations.. but it is true. Our socirty has labeled the male figure as the aggressor in any assult case, that even my wife has made a claim of such. The neighbors had a party one night and invited us to join. she went and I stayed home to finish up on household duties and to get things ready for the kids fishing trip. After an hour or so she comes to the house and gets the kids to play air hocky and play pool too. I am not much of a party person and she was aggrivated that I wouldn't come next door to enjoy the evening. About 20 min. later as I go out to put the tackle and poles in the van, she was coming back cussing and calling me names. needless to say, she had a bit too much to drink. I turned to retrieve more supplies from the house and got to the top of the stairs on the porch and turned to her and told her to get the kids and come home.. she needed to sleep it off. she turned around in the gravel driveway to flip me off and she slid in the gravel and fell. scraped her arm up and continued to go back to the neighbors. 15 min. later there was a knock at the door.. sheriff there to ask me questions about me pushing my wife down. because she was drunk, couldn't keep her balance, no witnesses, etc..., the female officer didn't believe I did anuthing and told my wife that she needed to get the kids and return to yhe house. Officer then left and no charges were filed. now the kids believe that I did just because mom said so and CPS beleive the children witnessed it. Even the neighbors said the children were inside the house and could not have witnessed anything. the fact that a woman can take advantage of a cry of abuse, just shows how our society has left the man to be a victim of assult allegations and it be upheld without any kind of proof whatsoever. I am greatly suffering at the hands of stereotyping and prejudice !!
  • LindaJM Oct 13, 2012 @ 1:35 pm
    What a terrible situation! Why would you want to stay with a woman who lied about you that way? That's my first question. Of course, there are the children to consider. Whenever CPS gets involved, most people I talk to say that everything gets worse because the CPS agents demand things that nobody wants. If you want feedback on your case you can join our message board at http://forum.fightcps.com ...
  • CPDInteractive Feb 07, 2012 @ 5:08 am

    I like your article, very useful and inspiring. thank you.
  • dosmaster5000 Feb 05, 2012 @ 12:46 am
    I am currently facing the wrath of CPS. My wife and I have been falsely accuse of hurting our son. We even have a medical diagnosis to explain his injuries. But they still seem to have control. I have started my own blog at http://nojusticeinthejudicialsystem.blogspot.com/ I appreciate any support and site like yours are very helpful.
  • dosmaster5000 Feb 29, 2012 @ 6:28 pm
    Here is a new news story about false allegations of child abuse from McMinnville Oregon: http://www.katu.com/news/local/Couple-denies-injuring-son-as-they-battle-state-for-custody-140827393.html
  • kjdawson Feb 03, 2012 @ 8:43 pm
    DSS recently took my one month old son into a foster home. I had taken him into the doctor because of swelling in his leg. After they did some x-rays they found that he had fractures in his legs that were "highly suspicious" of non-accidental trauma. After being interrogated by the police for 5 days, my sons father finally admitted that he didn't mean to hurt him, but was afraid of him being taken away so he didn't say anything. The following Monday, DSS took my son into custody until I complete a "treatment" plan. I didn't do anything to hurt my son, and the person that did is in jail pending trial. They didn't have any reason to take my son away from me. They have also informed me that if I have any contact with the father that I will "never get my son back". I feel like they are taking advantage of me because I am a teenage mother and "not a lot of teenagers have babies" which we all know is not true. I am afraid that there is nothing I can do to fight them. I am being torn from two different sides and I feel absolutely helpless. If anyone can give me advice I would really appreciate it.
  • HeartBroken62 Apr 13, 2012 @ 11:37 am
    Bless you...so young and dealing with such emotional trauma. I cannot give you any legal advice...I am not a legal professional. I can tell you to keep your head up...Pray! Pray! Pray! Know the Truth, pray it will come out! Pray it will be heard! Pray it will be heard by the right people who will make a difference for you and help you fight and know how to! Pray that your child will be returned safely to your arms! Don't allow yourself to sink into depression...it can affect clear thinking and cause others to think you are unstable. Keep Your Head Up & Know The Truth Will Be Revealed! May You & Yours Stay Safe In The Arms Of An Angel! MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU...AND THE MANY OTHERS WHO SUFFER BECAUSE OF A SYSTEM GONE WRONG!
  • juliepruitt Feb 03, 2012 @ 6:59 pm
    Thank you for your inspirational and informative post. I've often thought the same thing, that each person should choose a cause they deeply believe in and then dedicate h/her life to do what they can (even if only in their "spare" time) to help end the suffering and misery related to that issue. If only. Now that I know at least one person agrees, I have more confidence that I'm not the only one who thinks that, and will more openly encourage others from now on. Your post, your information, and your dedication have inspired and encouraged me. Thanks!!
  • Chey1997 Jan 25, 2012 @ 3:13 am
    I applaud your sites very much! As a child until the age of Ten i grew up in foster care, I was adopted through the Foster care system. As an Adult CPS took my kids and labeled me as the same things they did my birth mother. Stating that I would do the same thing she did. I was 20 and had no way to fight them! if i'd known then what I know now I'd have my babies.... God Bless y'all!
  • HotRodDreamin Jan 23, 2012 @ 11:55 pm
    ok... so my situation... I previously was a resident of a County in Ca. that has alot of corruption in the entire judicial and law enforcement system due to the small town it revolves around... after My daughter's mother left me of her own accord and because she had started an affair with another individual... she left my daughter with me and saw her once a week for only a few hours for the first month... then out of no where she filed for custody... we have been to court several time and she continues to try to get full custody of our daughter which i will not give her... i have been the primary care provider for my daughter since a month after birth due to a very bad accident i was involved in 3 1/2 months before my daughter was born... that is a lil back ground... I moved out of the small town and county where we had resided and into a larger more city atmosphere about 2 hours away... since then she has called the sheriff's office and falsely alleged i was on drugs and wanted a welfare check, they came out... UNFOUNDED! I had a restrainig order against her for six months until they decided, even though she violated the order a minimum of 6 times, that there was not enogh to keep it in place... july 4th my daughter feel while we were at a swimming hole... scraped her face up... LOTS OF WITNESSES! and Oct 9th the day after my best friend got married my daughter fell off of a chair and split her eye brow open... i was not in the room because i was getting her a tissue to blow her nose since she was sick, not sick last time i dropped her off with her mother but sick everytime she would come back... She was sitting on the chair talking to my Mother and Grandparents via Skype and reached for her sippy cup and fell... 3 witnesses, as well as the slough of other people that heard the THUD and her start to cry as i was grabbing a wipe from her diaper bag... i informed her mother immediately of both events, this woman has proceeded to Call CPS and file allegations of Drug Use, Physical as wel as SEXUAL abuse...these are the biggest of maybe 20 some ott allegations she has reported... they came out investigated and feel that she is not stable and she hates me... they found all alegations to be UNFOUNDED!... Dec 29th.. i dropped my daughter off, she threw a fit started hitting and trying to bite me due to me telling her no in regards to having some chips... she is 2 1/2 keep in mind... so i told her she cannot do that and cannot talk to adults that way... she proceeded to throw a tantrum to which i turned her around and lighlty swatted her on the butt, through a diaper and thick snow pants as it is cold in the the area we live... she knows this to be when she is uber trouble and i rarely have to resort to this but more so as of late and her tantrums have been increasing in frequency as well as trying to get her back into routine for potty training after she comes back from her mothers... at this point we have a 50/50 custody arrangement and swap every 3 days... i drive an hour to the swap spot every three days due the mediator in that small county being very biased... ok so i put up with what i have to because i love my daughter... that day when i dropped her off her mother accused me of not only beating my daughter but now beating my current significant other... which has NEVER happened... as well as now supposedly trying to hit her with my car... these allegations were reported to CPS as well as the Local PD... once again CPS called me... notified me that they were flaggin her for repeatedly filing false allegation and closed the case as Unfounded and in assesment due to unresolved custody issues, the PD also investigated said allegations and found them all to be UNFOUNDED! I went to pick up my daughter the next time i was to have Custody, call for a Civil Standby with the same officer who took her report, they brought 2 cars... what does that tell you... SHE NEVER SHOWED UP! The county our case is in... The DA gave her some sort of Good Faith order... and allowed her to withhold my daughter based on everything that has already been investigated... the DA's office also will not produce a copy of this order due to it being Confidential... so confidential they dont even give it to the judge unless he actually requests it... apparently 297.8 or 298.7 of the PC... this all i was given as well as now the Judge in that county has granted a temporary restraining order keeping me 100 yards away from my daughter... all based on the allegations already investigated and closed as UNFOUNDED! i have not seen my daughter since... none of the allegations she brought to the DA, even when they have a copy of the report from the PD where our swap takes place, were investigated... i was never notified, i had to call for a week to finally start getting some sort of answers... when notified of the restraining order, oh yeah... i had gone to the DA's office to have them call the sheriff's office and release the VERBAL order, with no paper work to back it,so i could see my daughter... since i had informed them of when i was coming they had an ambush of 2 sheriff's and this DA assistant waiting to notify as well as harrass and try to rile me up and push me to do something... they were very rude to me and my current signifcant other ... very unprofessional and could not produce anything but a print out... nonetheless i have no idea what to do... everyone, including, CPS in the county where i live, my lawyers and the PD of the town where the swap takes place... are baffled and have never heard of anything like this... they all feel a huge civil injustice is being done... oh yeah... for got to mention her father is a lawyer in that county... as well as being the campaign manager for the current DA... this town has not one but 2 officers who have been caught having sex with under age girls from the local high school... one of which is now married to and has a child with... no arrests or charges ever filed... there are judges in this county with several DUI's and even have handed out sentences and judgements while wearing an ankle monitor due to house arrest after i believe their 5th DUI! these are just a few of the things that i know... it is a Good Ol' Boy town and due to this i am afraid i am going to lose my daughter... plz help... i just wanna see my daughter again! almost a month of torment and anguish as well as the stress and lack of sleep...
  • jimmyworldstar Jan 23, 2012 @ 1:55 pm
    I think you're fighting a good cause, I don't think that lies and abuse are widespread in the CPS but someone needs to call out issues like these to the forefront. I also believe that oftentimes CPS is too ineffective in preventing real abuse.
  • WPGdad Jan 17, 2012 @ 10:15 pm
    i am not a citizen of the united states of america. i am however a citizen of canada. i live in manitoba. in dec of 2008, my biological son (after DNA testing) was placed in my home at my request after he had been abandoned at 1 1/2 yrs of age by his mother. immediately after his placement with me i noticed he was very apprehensive and nervous; constantly pinching and pulling on his buttocks, groin, thighs, and pulling his hair. he would do this at just about every point of the day....even in his sleep. i'd stay up all night every night just so i could keep removing his hands from these actions. roughly 2 months after placement and talking with my daycare about his behaviors, i was accused of abuse due to bruising (which was due to said behaviors) and my son was kept from me for almost 2 yrs. he was returned to me in 2010 and has been with me since. however we have not been left alone and are constantly hounded by the system with claims of concern for my child and asking how they can help us. even though the still to this day refuse to believe that the bruises were self-inflicted and show no evidence of outside abuse....only self abuse. my son is not going to have a decent chance at overcoming his anxieties until CFS (as it's called here) leaves he and i alone. any ideas?
  • WPGdad Jan 17, 2012 @ 10:01 pm
    i am not a citizen of the united states of america. i am however a citizen of canada. i live in manitoba. in dec of 2008, my biological son (after DNA testing) was placed in my home at my request after he had been abandoned at 1 1/2 yrs of age by his mother. immediately after his placement with me i noticed he was very apprehensive and nervous; constantly pinching and pulling on his buttocks, groin, thighs, and pulling his hair. he would do this at just about every point of the day....even in his sleep. i'd stay up all night every night just so i could keep removing his hands from these actions. roughly 2 months after placement and talking with my daycare about his behaviors, i was accused of abuse due to bruising (which was due to said behaviors) and my son was kept from me for almost 2 yrs. he was returned to me in 2010 and has been with me since. however we have not been left alone and are constantly hounded by the system with claims of concern for my child and asking how they can help us. even though the still to this day refuse to believe that the bruises were self-inflicted and show no evidence of outside abuse....only self abuse. my son is not going to have a decent chance at overcoming his anxieties until CFS (as it's called here) leaves he and i alone. any ideas?
  • AmericanCitizen Jan 18, 2012 @ 2:50 am
    I'd move away from that area, if at all possible. It sounds like the caseworkers have a vendetta going on and are waiting to find your weak spots. Good luck.. that's a long time to have the CFS breathing down your back! Congratulations on getting your child back!
  • Jan 10, 2012 @ 8:59 am
    gr8 lens...... i must say....
  • Traceeshobbies Dec 31, 2011 @ 3:45 pm
    This website is so great in so many ways. Why is CPS able to illegally deny our constitutional rights? What makes them special? I was a caseworker and could not do it the way they said. I believe in honesty, love and family!! you can not treat every body the same, You can't make decisions on just words or whats in reports! You need to have enough sence to know for sure whats best, not just act on a guess!!! 99% of the time they just like the drama of causing problems. Most of the people working for CPS are not working because they care or want to help families, they just want a pay check!! I cared to much to keep this position!!
  • sunshine_smiles73 Jan 02, 2012 @ 8:58 am
    You sound like you are in the middle of my case. I sent a message to my "case worker" similar to what you said. Funny thing, first my kids were taken by my ex-husband, then CPS took my kids from him for abuse and molestation. Now, CPS is making ME prove that I am fit to be a mother and am able to raise my own kids. I have been "raising" my children for 14 years - ALONE! About 18 years ago, I was diagnosed with depression. My doctors were able to determine it was genetically passed on by my biological father (in other words, I was born that way). I have been on anti-depressants and see my doctor regularly. I feel wonderful! Now CPS wants proof that I am mentally able to do what's right for my kids. I had to get a letter from my medical doctors! CPS tells I am to seek professional counseling to deal with the "stress" in my life?!? I have been doing great for 18 years and now I need counseling? I need to prove I have the mental ability to raise my children? I have never been arrested. I have never done drugs and will have a glass of wine if I am at a social gathering. I have an excellent relationship with my children (the 2 in question and my 2 little ones at home). I believe I am a wonderful mother and have been doing the best I can raising my children (my eldest is a junior in HS, has been an A student throughout her school years, and is going to pursue a career as a veterinarian. My son is pursuing becoming a graphic artist. I am told by my babies' pediatrician they are way above average in everything they do), and because my father passed his genes on to me, my parenting ability is under CPS investigation?????? I am being punished because of how I was born??????
    It seems as if every week CPS has new regulations. Today they need XYZ. Tomorrow, XYZ wasn't good enough and you need to prove XYZ by providing ABC. The cycle continues.... How can you prove CPS is completely wrong when it's their personal opinion that makes or breaks a case??
  • AmericanCitizen Jan 02, 2012 @ 11:56 am
    Sunshine, see the legal document library at http://www.fightcps.com - to have your side heard during court hearings, write your own legal declaration and 'objections and corrections to the report of the caseworker'. Also collect documentary evidence to prove your side of the case. Letters from doctors help! Taking an expert witness or two to your trial, if you have one, would also help. Good luck!
  • tomskids Jan 02, 2012 @ 7:43 pm
    Whatever you do fight. Fight, fight and then fight somemore. Do not let these commies tell you what to do with your own children. I wish you the best of luck.
  • sunshine_smiles73 Jan 30, 2012 @ 1:45 pm
    Latest update... I received the report from WA State DSHS (they are the ones who sent someone to my home for a home study). I was in complete shock when I read what she had to say. She reported, when the children (ages 3 & 22 mos) came into the room, the mother's voice got louder. This caused the children to go to their father. #1 - I am Italian! I am always "loud". My entire family is "loud". That's just our nature! #2 - my children have always gone to daddy when strangers are in their presence. They are shy little girls and daddy is their protector.
    After her loud comment, she proceeded to write, "It will be detrimental to the children's safety and well-being to be with their mother. Therefore, home placement is not granted". Is she F#$%EN kidding?!?! Because my voice went up, it's detrimental???? Later in the report, she included our home is on the smaller side. (I would like to know how ANYBODY on planet earth has the mental ability to say, "hmmm...I better make sure the house in which I live, can accommodate my entire family just in case my ex-husband/ex-wife decides to beat & molest my children which ultimately ends with a home study checking to see if I have adequate space for my children to be returned"). She reported, I live in a 1 garage, 2 bedroom home with a living room/kitchen combined room and a loft with no closet space or door from the hall. I sent a copy of our county's public housing record with our home's information. The county's records show: 2 car garage, 3 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, dining area, 2 1/2 baths. Our rental agreement listed the exact same info. I told this to my case worker and get this...she told me to inform my landlord that his description of HIS property is wrong. She told me since she was not the one who did the home study, she is unable to know exactly what my property looks like!
    So, a long story short, I was issued a court order to see one of their psychologists (one who works with CPS...uh-huh) and have a complete psychiatric evaluation with proper medical counseling. The issue with CPS just gets better and better! First, it was an issue with the bastard in question - my ex-husband who admitted he beat and molested my children. Then, it was an issue with my fiance because he was arrested 3 years prior under CA domestic violence law for arguing with me. Now, it's an issue with me because they think I am mentally unstable. What's next...I live in the Seattle area and it's too wet and rainy? My kids health will be in jeopardy because they might catch a cold!
    I will say, when there is a true, a real true issue, where a child's life is seriously in danger, I applaud CPS for making sure those children are safe. But, CPS treat each case the same without looking at the gray matter in between. It because of that, so many innocent parents and their children are torn apart. All of us need to keep fighting for what's right. Keep fighting for your children. Most of all, never give up!
  • tomskids Dec 27, 2011 @ 10:26 am
    Great, Great, Great Lens. If I can ad my own quote "Apathy is the same thing as encouragement". I thank you, personally for not being apathetic. Keep up the good work.
  • 4blessings3131 Dec 15, 2011 @ 8:33 pm
    we could really use your help our 4 kids got taken by cps on nov 12th 2001 our kids are ages 5,3,2,and a month and 15 days old they have been placed with my parents that are unsafe for them this has been brought to dhs' attention and they still refuse to replace them either back into our home or to my husbands mother's home until we fight to get them back home with us our new court date is feb. 6th 2012 we could really use all the information you can give us we are very poor but are able to take care of our family that has been broken by cps we could really use your help please please help us
  • sunshine_smiles73 Dec 08, 2011 @ 5:09 pm
    I am reaching out for any available resources. I have been fighting the State of California for 3 years and I do not know how much more I can take. 3 years ago, my fiance and I got into an argument. No abuse took place. However, as I am sure you all can guess, I dialed 911 out of concern for his own safety (he was in a downward spiral talking about suicide), and the next thing I see is him being handcuffed and charged with domestic violence. Prosecutors charged him with a misdemeanor. My ex-husband got wind of the arrest and threatened to file for full custody of our 2 children. My fiance's attorney who was handling this so-called "domestic violence" case told me she could take on my family law case because both cases go hand in hand. Not knowing any better, I agreed. Several weeks after retaining her, she informed me the initial hearing is going to be postponed to a later date because she didn't review any of my documents. Instead, she took $10,000.00 and didn't go to the initial hearing to file a continuance. Her associate went and told the judge he didn't know where I was. The judge gave my ex-husband full physical custody. My "attorney" has since been suspended from practicing law and has been convicted of money laundering and several counts of client misconduct. Unfortunately, she has yet to be sentenced.

    For 2 years following the hearing, my ex-husband cut off all communications with me and my 2 children. I never saw them again. This past August, I received a call from CPS in California (I currently live in WA) informing me my children were removed from my ex-husband's home and placed in protective foster care.

    I had my children for 14 years prior to losing custody, yet CPS is only looking at the 2 years I was not with them. They say I am at fault for not seeing them, but refuse to see court documentation stating my husband kept them from me. So now, CPS has to investigate me to see if my children can be placed with me.

    My ex-husband ADMITTED the allegations brought against him were TRUE. He had been physically & emotionally abusing my son and daughter for the past 2 years AND has sexually molested our daughter!

    Get this, CPS is conducting re-unification between myself and my children AND between him and my children. CPS is considering placing my kids back with a man who admitting abused my children and who is a child molester, but told me my children will not be placed with me out of fear for their safety because of a misdemeanor 3 years ago. Gotta love the system!!

    I have looked and looked all over for a way to prove my side. Nothing happened to be labeled as a domestic violence incident (apparently, according to the LAW, it doesn't matter), my so-called attorney misrepresented me (in fact, she forged my signature on my documents and filed them w/o my knowledge), and that my children have given statements stating they want to be with me and want their father's rights completely terminated.

    How can it be that CPS tells me they do not deal with the criminal aspects of a crime, just focus on the placement of the children, but won't place my children with me because of a misdemeanor "crime" that happened 3 years ago with my fiance and are considering placing my children with a admitted felon??

    If anyone can give me advice on what I can do to fight this, please let me know.

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