Having a child taken by child protective services is every parent’s worst nightmare, but 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 the reasons why CPS would take custody of your child and what options are available to you.
Reasons Your Children Might Be Taken by CPS
The purpose of child protective services is 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
- Unsafe conditions at home
Before your child is taken away, child protective services will likely have investigated both your interaction with your children and their home environment.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, CPS will then either immediately remove the children from your care. Or, CPS could give you an opportunity to take care of the identified issues if they do not believe the children are in immediate danger or risk of injury.
It may be in your best interests to retain legal representation 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
In order to get your children back after the judge has determined they should be removed from your care, you will need to 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 required 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 your child has been taken by PA child protective services and have no idea where to turn, contact a dedicated and reputable Pennsylvania family law attorney at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, 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 giving our office a call at 1-844-VARI-LAW (827-4529).