• Report: #266906

Complaint Review: CPS - Child Protective Services

  • Submitted: Sun, August 12, 2007
  • Updated: Sun, August 12, 2007

  • Reported By:Phoenix Arizona
CPS - Child Protective Services
PO Box 6123-040A Phoenix, Arizona U.S.A.

CPS Child Protective Services Trying to take my son using a dependency petition Phoenix Arizona

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This nighmare started on April 2nd when my son decided to assualt me. I defended myself and fought him back. He took off running and went to his school and because he had a scratch on his neck the called CPS.

The police arrived first and did their investigation in which they concluded that is was assualt on his part and he needed to go home. My son refused to go home stating he was living in an abusive home. He made up several lies revolving around abuse. The police told him they did not believe him nor did the school. CPS arrived and stated the same and sent him home. We left and went home. The next day he went to school as normal as I thought. I received a call from the call that he was absent around noon. I had no idea where he was at. Then around 4pm the school called and he had arrived at the school with my Mother. My mother and I do not speak and there has been an ongoing war over my son since I had him at the age of 17. I get to the school speak with CPS and again they send him home. We leave the school and get to the house. I walked in my door and when I went to go around the corner I did not see him behind me; when I got the door he was gone. My husband and I looked everywhere for him; we rode the streets all night long. He was missing for four days.

I received a call from CPS stating they needed to visit my home. They arrived and served me with a dependency motion that my mother filed on behalf of my son. The CPS worker stated she knew my mother assisted him in running away and there is ill intentions on her part which she could see from the past 10 times my mother has falsely called CPS.

So now we go to at Team Making decision meeting with CPS and family members involved that I never speak to. We come up with a decision that we would take the family counseling and my sone would come home CPS stated they did not have enough to support a dependency in court.

The next day we go to court. When we arrive my mother and son have changed their minds and do not want him to come home. We have another team meeting with all the lawyers and CPS involved and come to the ridiculous conclusion that we would take a cool off period. My son would get counseling and we denied the allegations. It was stated that we had the option to family services and a psychological test. And we would go back to court in October. Well that was all a lie and having a public defender was the worst time we could ever had done. Now we are receiving calls from the CPS worker treating us like criminals. We have to has supervised visits with my son in a 6X6 room with a lady writing down everything you say and telling you not to say certain things. During court they told us we could meet in a neutral place and that is yet to happen. It was so horrible I refused to have a visit like we are prisoners. Since court we received a letter from CPS stating the found the investigation to be unsubstantied and is closing it. They told us that they felt my mother was a bad influence and would call my friend so he could be placed there in the meantime and never did so now he is there. Now we get a new CPS caseworker since the first one only does the initial investigation and now she has only what is written in a file and is ignoring most of it.

Now I talk to my son almost everyday and now he is home sick and wants to come home. Well he tells me one thing, my mother one thing, and the case worker another. Now they are catching him in lies and do not want to admit that they know he is lying. They are telling thim that in order for him to come home I must attend the counseling sessions which they told us in court were optional. Now they have sent me a new motion this week which is a motion to file first ameded dependency petition and order granting motion to file first amended dependency petiton. Which does not have a judges signature on it so I am assuming that they are asking him for permission to now move forward since I will not go to counseling. In speakign with my son I told him if you want to come home then you need to tell them the truth. He wont becuase he does not want to deface his grandmother and wants to stick to the lie. I just refuse to see a counselor that i know is being paid by the state and only there to make money, put kids on medications, and string it out as long as he can. In addition we did nothing wrong. Our child is not abused. He is very rebelous and wants to do what he wants to do and that is not an option.

I have no idea how a dependency will affect me or my other childeren. CPS tells lie after lie. My public defender does not return my calls. And I cannot figure out for the life of me how they can do this with no evidence other than he say she say. This motion talks about severing my rights as a parent, and making me pay child support, and placing an order of protections against me.

Can anyone tell me what the heck is going on? How can they do this? Does anyone know of a good lawyer because I think I am going to need one.

Serioulsy confused
Phoenix, Arizona

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