Child Protective Services (CPS) Cases – Contra Costa County
The California County Department of Children and Family Services (CPS), also known as CPS, is charged with investigating allegations of the mistreatment, abuse or neglect of a child and taking what they deem to be appropriate action when those allegations are substantiated. The CPS can do an amazing amount of good, but when proper procedures are not followed or an overzealous investigator comes to a conclusion that does not accurately reflect the facts in the case, at best reputations can be wrongfully injured and at worst the family unit can be ripped apart.
If you are facing false allegations of child abuse or have otherwise been the victim of excesses at the hands of the CPS, it may seem as though you are powerless in the face of an impenetrable bureaucracy with access to such significant resources. The attorneys at Kaspar & Lugay, LLP, can help you navigate the system and resolve your case in your favor.
It is vitally important you connect with one of our attorneys if you have been impacted by a CPS decision. To schedule an initial consultation, call us at 415-789-5881 or contact us online .
CPS Charges Have Repercussions Beyond Your Case
Discovering that your name appears on the California Child Abuse Central Index (CACI) can lead to tremendous difficulties regarding employment, especially for those in careers that work with children. Our attorneys can help you pursue a grievance hearing and take all steps necessary to help you fight any allegations of child abuse.
Employing Experts to Support Your Case
With effective legal representation, you can level the playing field and protect your family. It is critical that you take action as soon as possible, hopefully before you are interviewed. Many people make the mistake of believing that they can simply explain the situation. Often times, people come out of these interviews having made their situation worse rather than better.
For more in depth information, visit the following pages:
- False allegations of sexual abuse
- Juvenile dependency process
A key component of successfully defending yourself and your family from the CPS can be the utilization of experts to support your opinion. Our firm understands the value experts can bring and will employ them as necessary to provide our clients with the protection they need.
Assisting Parents Victimized by Child Protective Services
When allegations of child abuse reach the CPS, they will begin an investigation if they feel the reports are credible. A number of these reports are based on misinterpretations of stories as related by children or common elements of childhood such as bruising from roughhousing. A key element of that investigation will be to conduct an interview with the child?s parents.
By law, signs of child abuse must be reported by professionals such as:
- Day care providers
- Mental health professionals
- Social workers
- Law enforcement officials
If you have been contacted by CPS so that they can interview you, you need to take proactive steps to protect yourself and your family. We at Kaspar & Lugay, LLP do not recommend talking with CPS social workers without the presence of an attorney who is familiar with their process. Let us help you gain some sense of control over this time-sensitive situation.
Why You Need an Attorney to Deal with CPS Matters
If you are contacted by the CPS as part of an investigation of suspicions that you are abusing your children, you need to understand just what is at stake: your family. Such a request may seem like something that requires your cooperation. You want to clear up any misapprehensions about how you are raising your children. That is a perfectly natural reaction.
Cooperating facts, however, may lead you to incriminate yourself unnecessarily:
- CPS social workers may misunderstand what you are trying to say.
- CPS social workers may take natural reactions to such a situation like frustration as evidence that supports suspicions of child abuse
It is critical that you have the representation of an attorney who understands how the CPS works and what their social workers are looking for when you talk to them. This is your best protection against abuses of process and misapprehension of the facts by the CPS.
Kaspar & Lugay, LLP, can defend you against CPS and CPS charges that can damage your family, your reputation, and even your employment prospects. If your family is the subject of a CPS/CPS case, it is critical you call our office at 415-789-5881 or contact us online .
Bay Area County Child Protective Services Websites
CPS is administered at the county level in California. Here is a list of local Bay Area county websites: