What To Do If Your Child Is Taken By Child Protective Services In PA

Having a child taken by child protective services is every parent’s worst nightmare. Still, it’s important to remember that Pennsylvania’s child protective services division has your child’s best interests at heart. If your children have been taken, there is a reason.

The best way to regain custody of your children is to enlist the services of a capable and experienced PA family lawyer, do everything you can to comply with CPS’ demands and use the law to your advantage. Continue reading to learn more about why CPS would take custody of your child and what options are available to you.

Reasons CPS Might Take Your Children

Child protective services aim to protect children who are not being taken care of by their custodial parent or guardian. There are many reasons why CPS could determine that the children are not safe in your care, but some of the most common reasons include:

  • Failure to protect your children
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Child abuse, such as physical and verbal abuse
  • Neglect
  • Unsafe conditions at home

Child protective services will likely have investigated your interaction with your children and their home environment before your child is taken away.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, CPS will either immediately remove the children from your care or allow you to take care of the identified issues if they do not believe the children are in immediate danger or at risk of injury.

Retaining legal representation may be in your best interests when you discover that CPS has been called regarding your children’s well-being. Your lawyer will either prevent your children from being removed from your home or get them back as soon as possible.

Complying with CPS and Court Requirements

To get your children back after the judge has determined they should be removed from your care, you must be prepared to comply with any court-ordered requirements and those of child protective services.

For example, if your children were removed due to drug abuse, you may be required to submit to and pass weekly drug tests before your children can be returned to your care. You must likely be necessary to continue to pass drug screenings once your children are home.

Your attorney can carefully review the details of your case to determine what requirements you’ll need to meet to regain physical custody of your children.

Contact a Family Law Attorney in Pennsylvania

If PA child protective services have taken your child and you have no idea where to turn, contact a dedicated and reputable Pennsylvania family law attorney at Taybron Law Firm, LLC, P.C. for help.

When you are ready to come in for a no-obligation consultation, schedule by filling out the quick contact form below or by calling our office at (412) 231-9786.

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