It has been my experience that once CPS investigates a claim, whether actual of fictitious the case is considered opened until proven it should be closed. That is the thing I do not like, that you are guilty until proven innocent. I also do not like the fact that the social worker gets to decide what is best for my children.
Yeah, and lack of evidence can be enough reason to close a case. Also case managers (I don't say Social Worker b/c most are NOT social workers....if they don't hold a BSW or MSW they are NOT a SW) don't get to decide. There is a whole team involved and the big decision maker is the Judge.
Yup, that happens A LOT.
There are tons of undocumented kids in custody.
CPS can take a child whether they have a birth certificate or not. However, I am now a foster mother, and I am learning that really, CPS is typically not malicious. Social workers really do want the best for the children. They work really hard to reunify them with their biological parents as well, even people who have had 7 children taken away... they still make sure they have supervised visitation, etc. So really, my viewpoint on CPS has changed a lot now that I am working with them. I am surprised sometimes at how hard they DO work to reunify, when personally, I think 'that drug using parent is a piece of crap, WHY would we try to get their kids back with them?' Anyhow, I know this won't make much difference with your fears. I had the same fears for years, and had a social worker friend tell me 'they really aren't trying to tear apart families', but it didn't matter. I do know that there are some bad social workers, just like there are some bad cops, some bad doctors, etc.
This is all true. Thanks for sharing your experience.