If you feel you have to answer questions from CPS or any other government service, be careful.
The primary rule of dealing with any government agency (much less one that gets paid to take your children) is as follows:
1: Deal with them only via writing
By using written correspondence (especially mail) you do the following:
- remove any chance of it being your word vs theirs
- remove any chance of the social worker being able to lie about either their questions or your answers
- have all of their questions and your answers easily organized by date with the postal stamp as proof of date
- give yourself time to carefully consider their questions (and your answers)
- give yourself to run all questions and potential answers by counsel of law (or trusted friends)
Don't use email, instant messaging, the telephone, or face to face conversations to speak with them.
Your children could be in the balance so do not trust your ability to quickly provide answers without making any statements that could potentially be used, mis-construed, lied about, or otherwise used to steal your kids.
Just tell them that you do not converse about important matters over the internet, via phone, or face to face but that you will be happy to answer their questions with assistance of counsel if posted to you via mail / written letter.
2: Never let them into your home
Unless they have a lawfully signed warrant do not invite them into your home. Ever.
No matter how nice they seem or how innocent of any charges you believe yourself to be don't let them into your house.
They get paid for placing children in homes. To place children in homes they must first take them from other homes.
People have lost their children for as little as having dirty dishes in the sink and letting a CPS worker into their home.
Exercise your right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures and allow entry to your home by government agents ONLY with a search warrant.
I responded elsewhere with part of the above and realized that I really should post this for anyone that may ever have to deal with CPS.
These people are not your friends. They are strangers that get paid to place children in homes... the next children that they "place" may well be yours. Don't be the victim and don't let your kids be the victim.
Watch the following video on not talking to the police and listen to the reasons.
The same logic applies to CPS... but with potential penalties not only being jail or files but the theft of your children.