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Can Children and Family Services take my kids away, if I refuse to take a drug test?

Lakeland, FL |

We have just moved here from Colorado and have had some minor problems with naighbors, mainly just asking for food and other things that we are not able to give. So we started having to tell them no, well they inturn got upset and called Children and Family Services on us, saying we lock our kids outside and we do drugs. Keep in mind this is all here say no pictures or any proof have been submitted on us.

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You should immediately discuss your problems with a family lawyer. I do not know if CFS in FL requires a drug test in the circumstances you posted, but children are not taken away permanently without a court hearing, but you should be co-operating with CFS not fighting them.
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In Florida, DCF has an obligation to protect the children even if they are wrong at the onset of the case. If they "shelter" the children (take them away from you), you are entitled to legal representation at the Shelter Hearing, DCF has a very low burden of proof at this hearing (probable cause) but at this point you are before a Judge. You will want to ask the Judge for legal represenation, which you are entitled to every step of the way. What ever you do, do not waive any legal rights. If you refuse to take a drug screen, it may automatically be counted as a positive drug screen since you refused. As soon as you can, please consult with an attorney to find out of all of your legal rights.