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Take control of your child’s CPS case by following these tips

Hey there! Picture this: you’re a parent driving down the freeway of life, feeling in control and confident behind the wheel. But suddenly, you realize your brakes aren’t working, and panic sets in. You’re at the mercy of the traffic ahead, powerless to stop the impending disaster. That feeling of helplessness in the pit of your stomach? Yeah, that’s what it’s like when you’re caught in a Child Protective Services (CPS) case.

But fear not! In this lively and informative blog post, we’re diving headfirst into neglecting your child’s healthcare needs and whether it’s considered neglect.

So, here’s the short answer to keep you intrigued: not taking your child to the doctor can be seen as neglect in a CPS case. But hold on tight because we’re about to take you on a wild ride through the CPS process, working with your caseworker, the importance of legal representation, and so much more!

Mastering the CPS Maze: From Understanding Neglect to Reclaiming Control

Now, why should you buckle up and keep reading? Well, aside from discovering the nitty-gritty details of neglect in a CPS case, we’ll provide you with practical tips on building a positive relationship with your caseworker, organizing crucial information, engaging in services and programs, and creating a safety plan that’ll blow your socks off. Plus, we’ll guide you through the ups and downs of court hearings and reunification services and even explore the options for appeals and alternative dispute resolution.

But that’s not all! We won’t leave you hanging at the end of this rollercoaster. We’ll also tackle the emotional aftermath of a CPS case, offering valuable post-case support and strategies for rebuilding relationships and moving forward with a newfound strength.

So, fasten your seatbelts, dear reader, because by the time you reach the end of this engaging and informative blog post, you’ll be armed with the knowledge and confidence to navigate the CPS process like a pro! Get ready to take control and protect your child’s well-being. Let’s dive in!

When Control Slips Away

Feeling like you’re not in control of a situation can be a stomach-churning experience. Imagine yourself behind the wheel on a busy freeway, only to discover that your brakes have malfunctioned. Traffic slows ahead, but you cannot stop your vehicle. That sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach captures the essence of helplessness we all fear. Now, let’s transfer that sense of lost control to the realm of Child Protective Services (CPS) cases, where the stakes involve the potential loss of your child from your home and the termination of your parental rights. During these emotionally charged moments, the absence of control becomes most palpable.

The Powerlessness of CPS Cases: Riding the Waves

The realization that CPS often does little to empower you or foster a sense of control makes matters even more disheartening. In fact, based on my experience, it seems that CPS goes out of its way to reinforce your powerlessness, making you feel like a mere cog in a vast bureaucratic machine. Like everyone else involved, you find yourself riding the waves of the CPS process. However, instead of riding confidently atop those waves, you’re often left feeling submerged beneath them, struggling to keep your head above water.

Regaining Control: The Mission of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan

But fret not! The Law Office of Bryan Fagan offers a guiding light during this storm. Our mission is to help you regain some semblance of control that CPS seems to strip away when your child is forcibly removed from your home. We understand that the reasons behind your child’s removal may be questionable or lacking in merit. Rest assured, though, that CPS will eventually need to present concrete evidence to a judge to justify the continued separation of your child from your loving embrace. The pivotal question that remains is this: Will you muster enough diligence and advocacy to expedite your child’s return as swiftly as possible?

Participate Actively: Permanency Meetings as a Path to Control

One vital avenue for reclaiming control lies in actively participating in the planning process, particularly when it comes to permanency meetings. The ultimate objective of a CPS case is to establish a permanency plan for your child—an arrangement that dictates their permanent home. This home can either be reunited with you and your family or, if circumstances deem it necessary, with a relative or foster family. Your actions and commitment largely influence the outcome of this plan.

CPS’s Goal: Returning Your Child to Your Home

Contrary to popular belief, CPS’s primary goal is not to permanently remove your child from your home. Instead, they strive to reunite families whenever possible. However, it’s important to acknowledge that CPS also develops backup plans to ensure your child’s safety if your home is deemed unsuitable for permanent placement. These contingency plans may involve placing your child with a relative full-time or considering adoption as an alternative.

Permanency Meetings: Navigating Towards Reunification

Throughout the CPS case, CPS will schedule and conduct meetings where the topic of your child’s permanency plan takes center stage. Your progress towards your child’s return becomes a focal point, requiring tangible evidence of your commitment to the goals outlined in your planning sessions with CPS. This may entail addressing and rectifying hazardous conditions within your home, removing individuals who pose significant risks to your child’s well-being, or even participating in various parenting classes to enhance your abilities. Attending these crucial permanency meetings is imperative, and having your trusted lawyer by your side will help navigate the process confidently.

Documenting Your Journey: The Importance of Judge’s Orders

As you traverse the labyrinth of court hearings, keeping a record of the judge’s orders is essential. Following a court appearance, you have the right to request a copy of these orders for your review. These orders outline what transpired during the hearing and provide explicit guidelines that you need to follow. Understanding and adhering to these directives will serve as your roadmap towards eventually regaining custody of your child. Don’t hesitate to consult your attorney for copies of these orders and seek their expert guidance to clarify any confusing aspects.

Embracing Empowerment and Advocacy

In summary, the journey through a CPS case may initially feel like an impossible loss of control. However, with the right mindset, support, and proactive engagement, you can regain a sense of empowerment. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan is committed to standing by your side, providing expert guidance, and helping you navigate the complexities of the CPS process. Remember, by actively participating in planning meetings, understanding CPS’s reunification goals, documenting your progress, and following court-issued orders diligently, you are taking decisive steps towards regaining control and securing a brighter future for both you and your child. Let us embark on this journey together and turn the tide in your favor.

What you will encounter in a CPS Case

CPS will treat all persons, regardless of sex, race, culture, etc., equally. If money has played a significant role in the problems you have experienced in raising your child, then you should know that this cannot be something that can be used to take your child away from you. Not being wealthy or even paying all of your bills is no reason for your child to be removed from your house. People often tell themselves they are being “bullied” because they are “not rich.” While CPS is far from perfect, this is an excuse more so than an explanation. Remember that if you need to work on aspects of your parenting, a CPS case is a great place to start that process.

Your CPS caseworker will help you implement a Service Plan outlining what is required of you to have your child returned to your home. What you need to improve on and what your strengths are as a parent will be focused upon in this Service Plan. If you are engaging in unsafe behaviors for your child, you may not even be aware of them. We learn parenting skills from our own parents and/or the people in our communities. If you have developed habits that are not safe, you need to know about them. There is no shame in learning how to operate your household better. You have the opportunity and the duty to have a say in creating the Service Plan.