CPS (Child Protective Services) is a government agency whose purpose is to work toward child protection and welfare. It may also go by other names in your state, county or local jurisdiction. It can sometimes be confusing to know exactly what CPS is allowed and not allowed to do. It is important to know the laws in your area and seek a family law attorney for assistance.

You do not have to allow CPS workers into your home during a site visit. However, they may ask to meet with your children without your presence. This is very common, especially if there are violent or extreme allegations of abuse. If you do agree to let them in, you will need to answer their questions with great care. Your answers can be used against you later in court.

Generally, CPS is required to investigate all reports of abuse. This can include background checks, interviews with the parent and children, as well as a safety and risk assessment. Usually, the investigation will last up to 45 days unless there is a need for an extension.

During any investigation, you should follow any plan that you sign with CPS. If you do not follow the plan, it could be grounds for a legal hearing and the possible removal of your children. It is best to consult a family law attorney for help if you are concerned about your family’s future. You can find one online or through a referral from your friends and family.