Originally Posted by momo7
Another issue is that CPS has already been over there AT LEAST once already. Wow. They are really on top of that situation aren't they?
Dealing with CPS on an almost daily basis, I can tell you that most likely they got a referral for some reason. They are mandated to come out within a specific amount of time, and investigate the complaint. Where I live, it is generally 72 hours (3 days).
Whatever the complaint was about, it could have been remedied by the time CPS got to the home. At which point, the allegation is found to be unsubstantiated and the case/referral closed. There would be no further involvement or visits.
So, let's say you call and tell them that the child is left w/o a coat at outside with no one home at 3 am. CPS gets this call on Saturday morning. An intake/investigator is assigned when the call comes in. She will come out on Monday, talk see that the child is happy in the home, with no obvious issues. They will ask the parents about why on Saturday at 3 am there daughter was running around with no coat on and no one at home. They will lie and say that it is not true, that she was safe in her bed. They have no proof. They completed the investigation and have no grounds for further assistance. Case closed.
Now, let's say same thing as above. Instead of calling CPS, you call the police. They take her to the home, find no one answering the door they call CPS, child is placed by Police in custody of CPS at whatever time they get there (probably by say 4 or 5 am Saturday morning). Now, CPS comes out Monday to talk to the parents. No matter how much they try to deny, they have police and police reports to document. They now open a case and start making referrals and monitoring the situation. If no further problems w/in a period of time case closed. If further problems, they may go to Court and get the Courts involved.
I am not saying CPS is perfect. But in some cases bad things happen, and it is not always their fault. They follow the Guidelines set out by the State. They contract with agencies to provide foster care, those agencies are supposed to follow state guidelines as well. Good agencies follow it to a T, there are bad agencies that falsify documents or neglect to do all the background checks.
I have had CPS deny children going to a relative placement, because 10+ years prior to this case happening, a relative had a criminal conviction for anything (including such things as theft or DUI, or bad check passing). So, instead of being able to recommend family placement with this person, they have to recommend foster care.
Also, sometimes Judges overrule CPS, and place a child in a home against the wishes of CPS, and things turn bad.
My point - CPS is not always at fault when bad things happen. They are not always 100% right either, they do make mistakes. CPS employees are human, and just like all humans they make mistakes.