Child Protective Services (CPS)
If you are ever notified that you are the subject of a report made to the Child Protective Services, it is important that you know your rights. After CPS conducts their investigation, you will then be notified in writing of their findings.
If CPS makes a determination that the report made against you is founded, you will receive a letter stating that the report has been indicated against you meaning that there was credible evidence to establish that you abused or neglected your child or children. If the report is indicated against you, you will then have ninety (90) days to challenge the findings and request the report be amended to read unfounded meaning that there is no creditable evidence that you neglected or abused your child or children.
If CPS refuses to amend the indicated report against you, if you timely request a hearing, CPS will give you a fair hearing which is your opportunity to clear your name at a hearing before an administrative law judge.
If the letter you receive after CPS conducts their investigation states that the report is unfounded, then the matter is closed in your favor and no further action needs to be taken by you.
It is important to note that if the report against you is indicated, CPS has two options. The first option is that they indicate the report and leave it at that, meaning no further action will be taken against you except that your name will remain on the child abuse register until ten (10) years after the youngest child reaches the age of eighteen (18) meaning that child attaining the age of twenty-eight (28).
Or, if the report is indicated against you and CPS determines that your conduct is serious enough to warrant Family Court intervention, the County Attorney can file a petition against you for abuse or neglect under ìNî docket requiring you to come to court to answer the petition. It is extremely important that if you are petitioned to court under ìNî docket that you have an attorney to protect your interests because the action taken against you could lead to your child or children being taken from you and being placed in foster care or with relatives.
If you are involved with CPS and want to know your rights, call now for a free consultation with an Attorney. Child Protective Services Attorneys offices are located in Suffolk County, Long Island NY, in Lake Grove.
Call us now for a free consultation at (631) 588-3155
Lawyers office located in Lake Grove, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.