with me for years, only contact for the children. After, CPS followed up the next day, interviewed me & saw the kids. She left & no one contacted me in over 45 days. I was assuming everything was fine. She began calling me this week & asked to have a meeting. He is due to get out of jail in a few weeks, ordered 3 years probation & the 52 week DV program. Also a 3 year criminal protective order issued. When i met with the CPS worker she does not want to close the case but asked me to participate in "voluntary services" for 6 months. Is this case really "voluntary" or if I don't want to do it will they likely take things to court? Or does the fact that they offered me voluntary services mean they don't have enough to go to court cause if they did they already would have? I mean I'm not trying to be uncooperative, I just truly don't understand why my case needs to continue. There is a 3 year CPO in place, I recently moved & he doesn't even know where we live. I already independently joined a DV support group a few weeks ago prior to CPS meeting. I have no prior CPS involvement, drug use, kids are happy & healthy, nothing. I just want this to be over/closed & don't get why it is not.
It is not really "voluntary." If you do not participate, they will likely keep pursuing the case against you and likely remove your children from you. I realize it might seem frustrating and unnecessary, but the bottom line is that if CPS asks you to do something, even if "voluntary," you have to do it. CPS probably wants to make sure that once your ex is out of jail you are still making sure you keep him out of your life and away from the child. It is just 6 more months and if it means that your case will be closed in the end, it is worth it.
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