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12 Things You Should Know About CPS Before They Knock on Your Door

Important information every parent should know about how CPS works and what motativates them.

There is a knock at your door and when you answer it you find a Child Protection Service Worker standing there with notebook in hand. She tells you there has been a complaint…….

This is the reality that starts the nightmare for thousands of American families every year. Here are 12 things you should know before CPS comes knocking on your door.

  1. All it takes is a single anonymous complaint to open a CPS file on your family, the caller does not have to identify themselves or in some incidents even offer specifics reasons why the suspect neglect or abuse.
  2. Once a CPS worker comes to your house they can remove your child even without finding any evidence of neglect or abuse. All they have to do is say that they suspect that abuse or neglect is taking place or may occur in the future and they feel the child is at risk.
  3. Once your child is removed from your home he or she is far more likely of suffering abuse than if he remained in the general population. Children are twice as likely to die from abuse in foster care than they are if left with their families
  4. Once your child is removed from your home, you have to prove you are innocent of any abuse or neglect CPS does not have to prove that you are.
  5. CPS workers, may manufacture or destroy evidence, lie and commit fraud all with immunity.
  6. Even before you case comes to court, and without any evidence showing you are neglectful or abusive the CPS can have you placed on a special list. This list while not evidence of criminal offenses can keep you from getting certain jobs.
  7. Even after your day in court and even if you are found innocent your name remains on this list unless you fight to have it expunged.
  8. Once your child is removed from your home you will probably be ordered to seek counseling, parenting classes, and other “assistance” under the guise of getting your children back. These counselors and other professionals are paid by the county and state and are not there to help you but to help gather evidence against you.
  9. There is no incentive for the CPS worker to try to maintain the family unit.
  10. There are however, 4000 incentives and up for the CPS worker to move to terminate your rights as their agencies get bonuses for every child they place for adoption. In order to place children they need children to place. These bonuses run $4000 and up per child.
  11. If your your parental right are terminated to a child, any future children you have are automatically at risk for being seized by CPS.
  12. Where once CPS workers goal was to protect children, their new goal is to make money for their agencies, the well being of the children in their care is of little concern.
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  1. Jenny Heart

    On September 17, 2009 at 12:39 am


    Much needed article these day. People should look at the whole picture before picking up the phone. If it’s real bad yes call immediately. But sometime it may not be what they think. Bravo! Great article!

  2. Jean Anne

    On September 17, 2009 at 2:24 am


    It sounds as though you have had the same pleasure in dealing with CPS as I have. I had them knock on my door when my son was young and tell me they had a phone call about bruises on my son and suspected abuse. I hollered for him and as he came running down the hall he fell about five times. He had severe inner ear problems and his balance was off. He fell often and had bruises from it. Not to mention he was a three year old boy. They get bruises! These people need to get the facts before they accuse good parents of horrible acts on their children.

  3. PR Mace

    On September 17, 2009 at 1:40 pm


    A disturbing article. Where did you get your information? I know people make false claims and children are taken away when they shouldn’t but would they endanger children just to meet a quota? I have to wonder if this happen to you.

  4. Penggaroo

    On September 17, 2009 at 10:52 pm


    Hmm, I have never thought of it that way either. Fact: there is no CPS CPS here in the Philippines. But second fact: I was able to relate to your article since there are many abusive, corrupt, et cetera agencies here.

  5. Joe Dorish

    On September 18, 2009 at 11:12 am


    Scary article Martie! Paying agencies bonuses per child is a bad idea.

  6. abby

    On November 4, 2009 at 1:17 am


    I understand the purpose of the article is to inform and for the not so legit calls to CPS. But here is my problem. The real abuse cases are not being taken serously!!! I don’t know how many times CPS was called because of the abuse my neices went through. Luckily after3 years of hospitals, nieghbors and families reporting the abuse the girls are in my care. But the battle is not over! They may get them back!! Come on…babies born with meth in their system where one almost dies from it, duct tape on private parts, black eyes, neglect, abandonment….the list continues…and they have another chance??? Another chance for what??? To finish abusing these little girls!!! So I am not sure CPS uses their power where it needs to be used!!!

  7. writergirl77

    On April 26, 2010 at 7:06 pm


    I have lots about CPS on my page. They took my 4 children, and since I didn’t know my rights, they kept them. I never abused my kids, I never drank, I never did drugs. Since my family history of my biological family did, they said it was genetics. They kept my babies. We must stop them!! Nancy Schaefer was murdered because she wanted to tell it all and expose CPS. She was the governor of Georgia!! DON’T STAY QUIET!!

  8. Deena

    On August 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm


    I have personally dealt with CPS (For false allegations of course) Most of that list is false, at least in my state.

    They CANNOT take your child away if they don’t find the allegations to be true. Which in my case, the allegations were not true and my case was closed immediately.

    In Washington state they really do like to keep families together. There are so many children in the system that they don’t like to put more in unless there is a good reason.

    And here in Washington they DON’T get a bonus for taking kids away. Now, if you have one kid taken away then yes, they will probably take another kid you give birth to away as well. They give you chances to fix what you did wrong in order to get your kids back. And if you do what CPS wants you to do, they DO give your kids back! But they wont take them away unless you really do something wrong.

  9. Deena

    On August 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm


    I have personally dealt with CPS (For false allegations of course) Most of that list is false, at least in my state.

    They CANNOT take your child away if they don\’t find the allegations to be true. Which in my case, the allegations were not true and my case was closed immediately.

    In Washington state they really do like to keep families together. There are so many children in the system that they don\’t like to put more in unless there is a good reason.

    And here in Washington they DON\’T get a bonus for taking kids away. Now, if you have one kid taken away then yes, they will probably take another kid you give birth to away as well. They give you chances to fix what you did wrong in order to get your kids back. And if you do what CPS wants you to do, they DO give your kids back! But they wont take them away unless you really do something wrong.

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