yes " know your rights" !!!
very important when dealing with CPS. my mom (sweet huh?) called CPS on me with tons of false charges and they showed up THE NEXT DAY. heres what they want from you and what you should say/do
-they ask to speak to your child alone- SAY NO , repeatedly..children can be swayed into saying anything..and often make up stories (as we all know)
-they ask you to take a drug test (and when they are asking they mean pee in a cup right here right now) ..remind them that you have a constitutional rigth AGIANST unreasonable search . that you believe strongly in your rights...that as far as you know the only one who legaly CAN require you to pee in a cup is a judge, so when one tells you to you would be happy to ablige. -say this if you are clean or not because they have no right to test you and things get skrewed up all the time, what if somehow your test shows up dirty..guess what they dont wait till you take a second test, they take your kids!
-if they ask to photograph your child- refuse, say that is unnessary. but i will let you see that he/she is not beaten and show his/her arms, legs, back and tummy.
-when they ask you for medical records they will want you to sign a release that states that CPS can have all of you medical history and your childs, and any future history!! say um NO! but i can have my pediatrition fax you over his/her last visit info and i will take him/her in tomarrow for another appointment and have that faxed also.
-by now the CPS worker is VERY frustrated with you, and you have had to repeat the word No as many times as your toddler does in a day. they will make some threat about setting up the court day to get the information they want, and you say. thats fine- BUT please direct all future calls to my lawyer, ill be having him/her call you tomarrow.
then they will leave...what happended with me is 1 hour later i got a call back form the same worker who said- she spoke with her boss and there woulld be no need to involve lawyers, it was obvious there was no abuse going on, and the case would be dropped immeadiatly.
CPS takes kids away from poor, uneducated parents. sad but true, this is more so the case than CPS takes kids away from abusive parents. CPS misses alot of real abuse cases and takes away alot of kids from parents who just needed some help (money, support, parental classes)
most of be polite but dont think they are your friends, they will act like it at first but they ARE NOT. then when it becomes clear you are not willing to be buddybuddy with them, dont be rude or loud or inappropriate, just firm and sure of yourself..
hope this helps someone.