Tea-Time, you have obviously not been through the system, you have only worked for it. Working for the system and living through its horrors, is an entirely different viewpoint. You will defend what you do, I understand that, because you truly believe you are doing the right thing. Why aren't you so understanding of the fact there are clearly those who have been burned by the system and have the scars to show for it? Is CPS without corruption or is it perfect in every way? I don't think anyone here would say either is the case 100%, including yourself.
Your post is the typical mindset of the average CPS worker, but not all, and then you wonder why people are "anti-CPS".
(On a side note, I want to say that I've seen a couple times here on Mothering.com that CPS workers are not social workers. This is only true based on the region in which you live. I grew up with both "case workers" and "social workers" on my case, which each had separate roles and degrees. I also had other "workers" on my case that I've never heard of in other states. In the same way, there are CASA workers and GAL's, which are the same and yet, different. Some are real lawyers and others are volunteers, but both act on behalf of the children in care. CPS is also a broad term, because others know it by DHS, DFS, DFSS, DSS...you name it. Call any of these what you wish, but it depends greatly on where you live, so that's a relative point to make.)
Tumbles, I agree with your response.
Kythe, there are very corrupt CPS agencies around the country, but there are also very good ones As Tumbles has said in a previous post, this isn't much of a problem even in her own area, but as others have said, their area is hostile to that lifestyle. It depends on where you live.
Sharita, the answer to your question is to know your state and local laws. A person who knows their rights, has them, but for the person who doesn't know their rights, has none. So know your state and local laws. Above them all is the U.S. Constitution, which is what people here have argued for. Regardless of state and local laws, the U.S. Constitution is suppose to be supreme law of the land. (That's why you hear so much about certain laws being made that are "unconstitutional".) Per the tenth amendment of the Constitution (my favorite one), the states are allowed to make their own laws, which is why you should be familiar with the ones in your local area and state, as well. For instance, every state has a law on spanking. Look up your state laws on that and be aware of them.
This is why people should care more about local and state elections, because those affect you on a daily basis more than a presidential election does. Do you know the names of your local and state officials? (Speaking to everyone in general.)
Valarie, as a lawyer yourself, would you like to shed some light to those here on what one should look for in a lawyer if a situation like this were to happen to them? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Sosurreal09, I am very sorry to hear your situation! I speculate you were "too old" for them to care. The system is already "overburdened" and you'll be 18 soon anyways, so you weren't worth the trouble. I am very sorry to hear about your mother and the situation with your father!