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Are You Facing an CPS/DCFS Dependency Hearing?

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If your child has been removed from your home and has been placed in foster care by CPS (Child Protective Services) or DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services), because you have been accused of child abuse, neglect, drug use, etc, we can your family reunite.

Is CPS Using Your Past Against You? This is common practice for CPS social workers. If you used recreational drugs thirty years ago, despite the fact that you’re no longer a “on drugs”, you’re going to be labeled a drug user and may be asked to take classes to prevent drug abuse, get into rehab, and submit to drug testing.

CPS social workers have no compassion for parents, grandparents, or other family members. They convince themselves that they are god’s given child savers, while committing the worst child abuse possible in taking children from their natural families to be placed with strangers.

So, what can you do to combat such rampant idiocy? When your child is in trouble, to prevent your child from being taken from your custody, contact attorney Vincent W. Davis. The attorney of The Law Offices of Vincent W. Davis and Associates, will aggressively defend your family’s rights in court proceedings.

10 Things You Must Know If A CPS/DCFS Agent Is Trying To Investigate You

1. Stay calm, don’t help a CPS agent build a case against you

No matter how absurd or unbelievable the CPS/DCFS social worker’s claim(s) may seem, please understand that the social worker is dead serious, and most likely presumes – no… most likely BELIEVES that you are guilty as accused. Even if the social worker doesn’t admit that s/he is at your home to take your children, often times that IS EXACTLY why they are there. It is our experience, over 20+ years, that the majority of CPS social workers develop a cynical view of life and assume that you are UTTERLY GUILTY until YOU PROVE that you are not: the opposite of the way the “justice system” is supposed to operate.

2. Ask what are the accusations and charges

Most typically, the CPS/DCFS social worker wants to keep you from knowing exactly what you have been accused of — sort of keeping themselves on a “general fishing expedition” — but it is required by state and federal law to tell you the exact details of the accusations at first contact with you. Be wary! Do not settle for the vague and general charges called “neglect” or “abuse.” Neglect and abuse are broad categories – not the legally-required “details” of the accusations or charges! You are entitled to know the “details & specifics” of what you are accused of committing.

3. Say as little as possible. In fact – BE QUIET!

In criminal law it is ALWAYS strongly suggested that you talk to NO ONE but your attorney. Think about it. Virtually ALL CHARGES that CPS or DCFS levels against you are CRIMINAL CHARGES. And while CPS or DCFS is there ONLY to take your kids, the police can and often will show up later for the parents! In fact, open your mouth and tell the CPS investigator just enough to “make their case” and you can start packing an overnight case as the police will be called by CPS who will be at your door to take you away.

Sure, it is totally natural that innocent parents who have nothing to hide will want to explain everything to a CPS social worker because such parents would assume that ANY reasonable person would see that there is nothing wrong going on. But CPS and DCFS social workers are commonly ANYTHING BUT reasonable. They become entrenched in a culture that is uniformly cynical about ALL PARENTS. Frankly, you are presumed guilty by the majority of CPS and DCFS agents. The exhausted, over-worked social worker who just fought the crowded freeways to make it to your home is there on a mission. That mission is most often to find evidence to support what the social worker already believes to be true – that you abused your child just as the neighbor, relative or anonymous tipster claimed.

If you don’t talk to them –just as you are always told to never voluntarily talk with the police if they are accusing you of a crime– you take their power away. They will not be able to use your own admissions, statements, and your very words against you. For example” “Have you ever spanked your toddler?” Do you really think there is a good answer to that question? The majority of CPS and DCFS social workers abhor most any form of parental punishment.

4. Quickly, find an experienced CPS/DCFS winning Defense Attorney

An attorney EXPERIENCED in CPS and DCFS cases and courts is mandatory! Juvenile Dependency courts are worlds unto themselves. Your most seasoned and experienced lawyers when first stepping foot into a Juvenile Dependency courtroom are totally dumb struct as if they stepped into It’s a Small World at Disneyland. Most lawyers –even experienced Family Law attorneys– who are not experienced with CPS/DCFS mistakenly think that it is their job (as it would be in any other court setting) to find out what CPS or DCFS wants and then communicate all the details to their clients. Shockingly, doing exactly that often leads to total disaster and the loss of your children.

5. Be courteous and polite to CPS social workers & investigators

Let’s face it, when a “government investigator” –without any advanced notice– knocks insistently on your door, well-dressed, looking all official with a county badge; exuding the authority of the government; is well-prepared, PRIMED and READY to level accusations of child abuse or neglect against you: most people would be SHOCKED! If you’re human you’d also be scared too. As government is getting bigger and bigger every year they are getting more and more powerful and intrusive in the lives of ordinary citizens. We are all a bit nervous and threatened by the power of the state as we witness weekly examples of government power wielded unfairly on Investigative TV News programs and in the lives of our own families and friends.

What could your reaction possibly be to a surprise home-visit from a government agent? No one appreciates surprise visits by any one! Perhaps the dishes are unwashed; maybe you haven’t cleaned house for a day or two; say that there are a collection of beer bottles on the coffee table from the football game the day before; could be that you’re not dressed in appropriate attire as you would be IF EXPECTING guests… So when you are surprised and ACCUSED TO YOUR FACE of child neglect or child abuse it might be natural that you are shocked, defensive, upset, angry and a little hostile. As Homer Simpson would say: “Do’ah!”

Guess what? An angry demeanor toward the CPS social worker or DCFS investigator is considered evidence of your guilt. Your perfectly natural, upset and angry reaction to being accused of harming your child will very OFTEN BE USED as evidence of your violent and abusive personality.

6. Don’t Invite any CPS Agent Inside unless he/she has a warrant or court order.

If a County CPS/DCFS social worker requests that you invite them into your home politely refuse. If he or she insists or suggests that not allowing entry will work against you or will ensure that your children are taken away from you HOLD YOUR GROUND. Politely ask to see their warrant or court order to come into your home. It the CPS social worker or investigator claims to have a warrant, insist on seeing it: in fact they owe you a copy! Why? Would a Social worker lie? YES. Police and government agents often suggest they have a warrant or outright lie and claim to have a warrant when they do not. It makes their task of finding needed evidence against you so much easier! If the CPS/DCFS government agent cannot produce a warrant, firmly but politely tell them that they will have to remain outside until a warrant is presented. They will be annoyed. But you will be far better off – legally. If the agent says it is an EMERGENCY call their bluff. Insist that they explain how it is an emergency and what constitutes an emergency. Typically, in so-called “emergency situations,” the police and the CPS social workers come together and even then it is not necessarily an emergency but a working relationship that some CPS agents have with associates on the police force.

Do not even open the door to allow the CPS agent look into your home to see your children: they can see something that creates an “emergency situation” even if it is not true.

Be FIRM. You should not waiver nor give in to thinking: “What’s the harm?” There is no compromise here: no exception. If you invite a County CPS investigator or a Los Angeles DCFS social worker into your home, you have just waived your Federally-protected fourth amendment constitutional protection. Just like a police detective intent on hauling you to the police station for questioning would love for you to willingly invite them into your home, a CPS social worker who is openly or secretly intent on taking your children from you WILL FIND SOMETHING IN YOUR HOME TO JUSTIFY THE REMOVAL OF YOUR KIDS.

This happens every day all over America and even more often in Southern California where CPS and DCFS agents are the most ruthless social workers anywhere. The bar for removal is “whatever it needs to be” as far as the social worker is concerned. A legal prescription in your bathroom cabinet, a beer bottle on the coffee table, a kitchen knife not in the drawer, a broken window, a back door without a deadbolt, a missing smoke detector, a swimming pool without its own secondary safety fence: whatever might be necessary to fill out the paperwork to justify removal. If this particular social worker set out to take your child, allowing them innocently into your house will ensure that your child is taken from you. You now have a year or a lifetime of HELL before you.

7. Just say “NO” to private interviews with your child. If you must, demand CPS video tape all interrogations of your child

Subjective reports of what a child said or did not say is hardly ever adequate. Ask that any interrogation be recorded. You could produce your own recorder (as a back-up) just in case the CPS or DCFS investigator “loses” their tape between the interrogation and a subsequent court hearing where you might have “wished” that you had such a tape.

8. If you are accused of physical abuse, immediately have your doctor give your child a thorough physical exam

Ask your doctor to write a letter stating that there are no bruises or injuries observed, nor any other health-related issues that would raise any concern or suspicion of child abuse or neglect. Obviously go to a doctor whom you trust. If a CPS or DCFS social worker suggests a doctor for you, or suggests that they know where you can see a doctor at NO CHARGE (as attractive as that may be), NEVER visit with a doctor recommended by CPS. What you may not know is that these doctors are a regular part of the CPS system and they are commonly called as expert-testimony witnesses by CPS as a witness against the parents. They are paid handsomely for their testimony.

9. Create a list of relatives and friends who are willing and able to care for your children in case CPS takes them

If your children are removed from your home, or the court is demanding that your children must soon leave your home for some period of time it is always better that your children are taken in by relatives or friends. Are you aware that children placed in foster care are sometimes abused or mistreated by people working the foster care system for a “pay check?” There is the flip side to that where some truly loving foster parents sometimes become smitten with your kids and start their own campaign with the court and petition for adoption! Having your kids in foster care is simply adding one more level of stress and complexity to your plate.

10. Never admit guilt, even if pressured by a CPS social worker to do so in exchange for leniency or getting your kids back

If you are innocent of neglect or abuse why would you buckle to the pressure of a CPS agent’s demands to have you admit to false accusations? If you are accused or charged with neglect because someone has informed the county CPS system that you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, the social worker who is investigating those accusations may have good-reason to be concerned for your kids’ safety.

Even if you privately agree that maybe you drink too often or too much that does not mean that you have to incriminate yourself in this investigation. Bite your tongue. Admit NOTHING! Even if you recognize that you have a problem that needs to be addressed this is not your DOCTOR; this is not your PRIEST; this is not your LAWYER. Wrong person! Wrong time! This person is not here to HEP YOU. This person is here to collect evidence to support the accusations made against you and to TAKE YOUR KIDS. Period.

Do not admit guilt. Instead, work with your doctor, pastor or even your private CPS defense attorney to find the professional help you might need need (and professional help that the courts will recognize – no sense paying twice because a treatment program is not court-approved). By NOT ADMITTING GUILT, you can then honestly work on any issues you have and work with the court to keep your kids under your roof or to get your kids returned to you when appropriate.

By mistakenly thinking that admitting guilt to a social worker is justified is often a fast trip to jail – removing many of the options that you need right now to get your life in order. In any potentially-criminal situation NEVER voluntarily do anything until you contact an attorney: preferably a compassionate and understanding attorney who works with parents, kids and the Juvenile Dependency Courts on a daily basis. They will offer you frank advice that will be better than unnecessarily sitting locked behind bars. CPS social workers and investigators are not above lying to you to encourage you to confess or admit to something that you might not even be guilty of – just to get you arrested and your kids in their control.

If your child has been removed from your home and has been placed in foster care by Child Protective Services (CPS) or Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), because you have been accused of child abuse, neglect, drug use, etc, we may be able to help your family reunite. When your child is in trouble, to prevent your child from being taken from your custody, talk to attorney Vincent W. Davis.  At The Law Offices of Vincent W. Davis and Associates, our juvenile dependency attorney will aggressively defend your family’s rights in juvenile dependency court proceedings.

Vincent W. Davis Helps Families

At Vincent W. Davis & Associates we advocate vigorously for the rights of parents and guardians in Juvenile Dependency Court. If you have an emergency dependency hearing with Child Protective Services (CPS) or Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), attorney Vincent W. Davis will prepare the necessary legal paperwork and be ready to help you on very short notice.

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If you wish to schedule a consultation, please call us in at 888-888-6582. Our policy is to schedule a meeting within a few days of your request because we recognize that family law issues can be emotionally charged and time sensitive. As with all attorney/client communication, the information discussed at your initial consultation is completely confidential.

Depending on where you are in the process, please bring any relevant documents that may assist us in assessing your legal position and representing you more effectively, such as: relevant correspondence, court documents or court pleadings, or any information that you think may be useful.

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About Attorney Vincent W. Davis

Mr. Vincent W. Davis and his firm have handled more than a thousand juvenile cases over the past 30 years, where they have represented parents, family members, foster parents and even the children themselves.

Mr. Davis is an expert in the area of Juvenile Dependency law, and an expert trial attorney, which is attributed to his vast experience and training.

He is a graduate of the prestigious Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College; and relies heavily on the trial skills and techniques taught to him by Gerry Spence (top American trial lawyer).

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CPS or DCFS Honest Help
The Juvenile Dependency courts, in particular, are a mind-field of archaic procedures that are unfairly weighted toward the “state” leaving parents and guardians at the mercy of a big, oft-uncaring, system that will eat you up and spit you out – all the while your child is living and sleeping with utter strangers wondering when you’re coming to save them and bring them home to their familiar surroundings. We can help. From our six offices throughout the Greater Southern California area, Vincent and his hand-packed attorneys will work to find the creative, intelligent solutions you are counting on.

Lawyers Representing Kids & Parents
In 2008, Mr. Davis graduated from the prestigious Trial Lawyers College. Mr. Davis was one of 50 lawyers selected nationwide to live, for 22 days, on Gerry Spence’s Thunderhead Ranch just outside of Dubois, Wyoming.

Vincent lived with and was taught by some of America’s greatest trial lawyers, judges and law professors. He learned, from their personal guidance, the winning dynamics and techniques of being a trial lawyer who represents real people. The Trial Lawyers College is dedicated to training and educating lawyers and judges who are committed to our legal system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals; especially the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless and the defenseless, and to protecting the rights of such people from government oppression.

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At Vincent W. Davis & Associates we advocate vigorously for the rights of parents and guardians in Juvenile Dependency Court. In our offices, clients will find friendly, empathetic attorneys and support staff. We listen carefully to our clients’ needs and concerns, and always respond with candor and compassion. Our staff has extensive experience in practice areas that matter most to our clients throughout the Southern California metro region.
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At Vincent W. Davis & Associates, our divorce attorneys listen to our clients’ needs and concerns, their fears and hopes for life after divorce. We craft solutions to the tricky problems of divorce so that our clients can create hopeful futures for themselves and their children. In doing this, we always fight strenuously on behalf of our clients’ rights and interests.

Using Divorce Laws for the Benefit of Our Clients
In matters of divorce, our lawyers seek to protect the rights and interests of our clients and their children. Every marriage is different, and every divorce is different. As skilled negotiators, we frequently reach dissolution of marriage agreements through negotiation and mutual agreement, which protects our clients’ rights and can provide beneficial outcomes. Other times, filing for a divorce means standing up for the rights of our clients in court – and we are prepared to fight to obtain fair and just rulings in property division and child custody cases.

For a free initial consultation with a divorce lawyer in the Glendale and greater Los Angeles area, call the Offices of Vincent W. Davis & Associates at 888-888-6582 or contact us online. Our offices are open 9 am – 7 pm, Monday through Friday, and on weekends by appointment.

Our Experience Makes a Vital Difference
Our team and staff are led by experience. Vincent W. Davis, the founder and principal attorney of the firm, has more than 22 years of experience defending parents, grand parents, foster parents and other guardians against the claims of Child Protective Services (CPS) and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). These legal battles take place in special courts called Juvenile Dependency courts where experience is mission-critical. These courts are not operated anything like a traditional courtroom.
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For a free initial consultation with the Offices of Vincent W. Davis & Associates, call Vincent personally, toll free, at 888-888-6582 or contact Vincent by e-mail. Our offices are open 9 am – 7 pm, Monday through Friday, and on weekends by appointment.

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What is Juvenile Dependency Court?
The Juvenile Dependency Court hears cases involving Children who have been or are in immediate danger of abuse, neglect, injury or abandonment. This court is concerned with making sure these children are safe and protected. The goals of the Juvenile Dependency court are to:
  • Preserve the family and provide for the physical and emotional well-being of children Identify problems that lead to the Removal of children from their homes
  • Place children in safe environments with Relatives or Foster Care families when children cannot be in their homes
  • Seek permanent homes through Adoption, Guardianship or long term foster care when children cannot be returned to their parents
  • Make sure that all Proceedings and records are confidential to protect the child’s privacy
What does the Juvenile Dependency Court do?
Juvenile Dependency cases begin when a petition is filed by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) under Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 300. This petition will allege that there is actual or immediate danger to a child. If the safety of the child cannot be assured at home, the child can be removed from the parents’ custody and placed in protective custody. The court responds to the different types of petitions that can be filed during a Juvenile Dependency case.
What happens at the initial/detention hearing?
The initial or detention hearing will be the first court appearance in the judicial process. If your child was removed from your home, you will face a detention hearing. If your child is still in your custody, you will attend an initial hearing. In both proceedings you will be informed of the allegations against you and a date for your jurisdictional hearing will be set. In addition, a judge will determine custody arrangements for your child pending the jurisdictional hearing. It is important to note that determining the validity of the allegations does not happen at the initial/detention hearing.
What is a case plan?
The case plan, sometimes called a reunification plan, is presented at the disposition hearing. It details the action and steps a parent must complete in order to get his or her children back. This plan is set to a specific timeline and is custom tailored to each unique circumstance. For example, a parent may have to agree to alcohol treatment, an anger management course, parenting classes or weekly counseling sessions.
Is everybody entitled to reunification services?
No, reunification plans are not an entitlement. In extreme circumstances, CPS can bypass your parental rights and deny you reunification services. There is a strict legal code which governs the offering of reunification services to parents. For example, if you have caused the death of another child, have been confirmed mentally unfit to raise a child, have a drug problem and are resistant to treatment, or if you have been convicted of certain felonies, you may not be eligible for a reunification plan.
What is the difference between family maintenance and family reunification?
Family maintenance is when the child is allowed to remain with his or her parent, under supervision from a social worker and the court. In most maintenance cases, the parent must also agree to a plan set forth by CPS. In family reunification, the child has been taken from the home but a plan is established to help resolve issues where a parent is unfit to care for his or her child. If the parent accepts the reunification services and adheres to the plan, there is a strong chance for the family to reunite down the road.
Can I lose my parental rights?
Yes, in the most extreme cases you can lose your parental rights. However, the system was designed to keep families together when it is safe and beneficial for the children. Knowing this, if you commit to the case plan and follow the outlined steps, you have a very good chance of keeping your children.
How do I get my child back?
The answer to this question depends on many factors, including the stage of your case. Your attorney should explain your legal rights and the steps you can take to try to have your children returned to your care. The steps may include following orders that you participate in certain programs, visiting your children, and cooperating with the services provided by the social worker.
What is Juvenile Dependency Mediation?
Juvenile Dependency Mediation is a meeting with mediators who try to help people talk about disagreements related to the safety and well being of their children. The meeting is informal, but structured.

Parents, guardians, relatives, children, foster-parents, social workers, lawyers or child advocates can use mediation to:

  • Clear up misunderstandings?
  • Discuss concerns, and
  • Work out plans to improve a situation

The sessions usually last 2-1/2 to 3 hours. We schedule mediations at a time that is convenient for all participants. They can be during the day or evening. Mediation is voluntary, free and confidential.

Is mediation the same as therapy or counseling?
No. Mediation is not counseling or therapy. Mediators help people to communicate better so that they can find solutions to specific problems. The mediators help the participants to work together. They may acknowledge your feelings and emotions but they will encourage you to focus on solutions and the future.
Is mediation confidential?
Yes. Everything said in mediation is confidential. But, if the mediators learn of child abuse or threats of physical harm to others, they will report this to the program. The program can report this information to other agencies or individuals.

“ My goal is to preserve your dignity and your humanity throughout what can be a very difficult and painful process, while at the same time achieving a favorable outcome on your behalf ”

 

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We, Vincent W. Davis & Associates, are proud of our capabilities and successes in Family Law. We are known for first-rate advocacy, practical advice and excellent negotiation skills. We are sensitive and strong, resolving issues quickly and effectively. We take the time to listen to ensure we act in your best interests and focus on what is really important in order to achieve the best possible outcome.