remain calm and don't alarm your child.
DO NOT let CPS case workers or police inside your house unless
they have a warrant. If they insist on seeing your child, call the child to the door.
DO NOT open the door.
DO tell them you will not talk to them with our your attorney
present, even if you don't have an attorney.
DO NOT GIVE CPS caseworkers or the police any information in
defense of yourself CPS will take anything you say and twist it to use against you. Be firm but polite and courteous
at all times.
DO tape record all conversations with CPS officials or representatives
of agencies assigned by CPS to "help" you when possible. (It is legal to tape conversations you, personally, are having
in New York State.) If you do not have a tape recorder, call a trusted friend to come over and be a witness to any interaction
between you and the caseworker or CPS representative. If possible, have one or more friends or professional persons present
whenever you or your children speak with CPS officials or police.
DO document all interviews, phone calls, events or altercations
as thorough as possible. (Write things down as soon as possible after an interview or telephone call. You have a legal
right [in New York State] to record telephone calls in which you are a party. Do so if possible.)
DO keep a daily record of any events concerning this situation.
DO locate and preserve any evidence corroborating your innocence.
DO NOT rely on others to do this.
DO educate yourself on CPS rules and regulations.. They violate
their own rules and your constitutional rights regularly.
DO educate yourself by reading all information available to you
from VOCAL and any other sources.
DO NOT trust any CPS official, no matter how friendly they act.
They are not your friends!!!! You may wish to inform your child's school by certified letter or in person that you
do not wish Social Services, CPS, or anyone else having any contact with your child without your consent and that you will
hold the school liable if they do allow such contact. The goal of CPS is not to determine the truth, but to render a determination
of guilt and possibly remove your child from your home, thereby justifying its own existence. Every time CPS makes contact
with you, your child, your child's school, your lawyer or anyone else connected to you, whether in person or by telephone,
they make notes. These notes are known as discovery notes or progress notes. These notes, as well as any other information,
including photographs and audio and video tapes of you and/or your child, comprise your case file or case history. These notes
are often inaccurate or just plain lies. You are entitled to have access to these records, according to New York State law,
Social Services law, and The Family Court Act. In most cases they are difficult to obtain - so be persistent!
DO request a copy of all information gathered by the Department
of Social Services for the duration of the initial 60- day investigation and until the case is closed. This request must be
in writing. Send it certified mail, return receipt requested. Send your request to your county Commissioner of Social Services.
DO NOT delay in filing this request. CPS will procrastinate and
use every tactic they can to delay or prevent the release of these records. Remember, you do have a right to access these
DO NOT take "no" for an answer.
DO present a clean and neat appearance. Appearances are important.
CPS workers are trained to interpret unkempt appearance in a negative manner.
DO NOT allow CPS officials to provoke you. An angry response
will be used against you. Keep your composure at all times. .
DO demand an ethical, unbiased, and competent investigation.
You will have to gather evidence of your innocence. They will only pursue evidence of guilt in most cases.