post #21 of 127
3/19/07 at 10:03pm
The social worker finally called me back.
There is an open investigation.
She wants me to take the baby with me to her office tomorrow at 10 am.
wish me luck, send a prayer, good vibes, positive thoughts....
If it were me, I would not bring the baby unless the lady had a warrant. This can be a fine line between protecting yourself and pissing the social worker off so much that she has a vendetta against you. Why not tell her that you are going to seek the advice of an attorney before meeting with her? Tell her that you honestly have no idea why they were called, but you want to make sure you know your rights before meeting with her. I've never really dealt with the stuff that happens before kids are taken. I got to deal with the cases after that point. I can tell you that a number of cases would never have gotten to that point if the parents didn't let people into their houses and if they didn't offer information like, "Crib, what crib? We sleep in the same bed," and what have you.
You know, it's also really normal to say something like, "I'm sorry but I don't feel comfortable coming to your office. Can we meet at a coffee shop?" You are the one with the constitutional right to privacy and right to parent your child as you see fit. CPS doesn't get to infringe on those rights unless they can prove neglect or abuse. If those things are not present, then feel confident when you talk to her. Don't feel like they have any control over you.
You also have a right to know what the accusations are. You don't have a right to know who made the accusations, but you have a right to know what they are, so find out.