Ladies... if you deny CPS entry you are:
- NOT admitting guilt
- Protecting your family
- Not breaking a law or being 'difficult', even if it might make their job harder
By allowing them to come in, even if they are smiling and look friendly and convincing you are:
- Waiving your right to remain silent (as everything they gather and whatever is said and found will be held against you in a court of law)
- Giving them authority to proceed with an investigation and therefore determining your worth as a parent on whatever basis they find fit. There is not a rule book or list that determines what they ultimately can remove your children under (although there are the major emergency ones) and the kids can and will be removed for anything the worker deems they do not agree with, however stupid or insignificant. At this point you cannot tell them to leave or prevent them from removing your child from the premesis, even without a warrant because you let them in and waived that right. They can take pictures of your home and cause a scene, inviting more officers over with flashing lights and cameras. The news station might even catch wind of it and do a report on you, EVEN.... if you are totally innocent with 'nothing to hide'.
The point is that they are there to build a case- not to exonerate you. You are technically innocent (legally) until you allow them into your home to gather whatever proof they can find to make you guilty- but this does not mean you are not already guilty in their mind. All it takes is anything they might disagree with in your parenting style or how you look or even their personality style. Have you ever read the commentary from readers on online news articles referring to children's issues? People are bloodthirsty. Without having any details of a case they will slit the throat of anyone even under scrutiny of a child abuse organization. Workers can be the same way going on a report, depending on the person.
I'm not saying all CPS workers are out to get you.
They get up in the morning, take their showers, eat breakfast, go to work, go home at the end and go to bed- just like you and me. But unfortunately there are a whole list of unknown motivations for BECOMING a CPS workers to begin with that you don't know about and the loopholes in accountability are ENDLESS.
Some become workers because they really do have a heart for children and helping families in need. They understand that the Government makes for a POOR parent and the best thing to do is offer a family every resource and help option they can find available to glue them back together. They dont want to have to needlessly tear a family apart and they deem their job as a big responsibility with power on their shoulders not to be taken for granted.
Others are on power-trips - some with no kids of their own- who like to assert authority over others with completely unrealistic expectations of what a true loving parent is which is usually void of the parent's rights to raise their child in an alternative state out of the public influence. They feel that they know more about parenting than you, they have taken courses on psychology therefore they are the 'experts' and who are you to question their expertise? Parents who decide to birth their children out of hospitals, pass up immunizations, home school them, let toddlers run nude during summer in the house or co-sleep with parents- these families are considered 'off-the-grid' to these types of workers and are dangerous because they cannot be controlled or watched.
PLEASE do not be naive. I am not at ALL asking you to hate the police or CPS or any government organization- Im simply asking you to armor yourselves with your LEGAL rights as citizens and parents and not blindly think that all government workers are there to help you. The constitution was made to protect ourselves FROM government power.... knowing that abuse of it is SO easy. Arm yourselves with knowledge.
Just as you wouldnt send your four yr old down the street today thinking, "Shoot, there's nothing wrong with letting them walk a few blocks to the park themself- I USED to do that as a kid and I turned out fine..." dont blindly think that if you have nothing to hide nothing will be found.