Hospital made report to CPS for Neglect due to an incident (self-harm) in a home when custodial parent was not present. Non Custodial Parent noticed self inflicted wound upon picking up for weekend visitation and took child to hospital. Child was place on a 24 hold then released. CPS has not contacted non custodial parent. Neither Party, including Minors Counsel has filed for Ex-Parte Hearing based on incident. What can I expect next? Why would CPS not call non custodial parent? This is the third time child threatened self harm to CPS, Therapist and Minors Counsel. No reports were filed by Therapist or Minors Counsel. CPS ignored threat.
CPS investigates the case. If CPS believes there is merit to the case they typically interview both parents. Minor's counsel should be getting the CPS reports. You can always file a request with the court that the CPS reports get ordered by the Court for the court's review. The therapist is a mandated reporter. If child threatened self-harm therapist is obligated to contact CPS (not sure if there is a minimum requirement that the threat is believable). If you are the non-custodial parent and you believe that it is in your child's best interest to change custody in your favor you need to file a request for order to do so. You can use the child's mental state as the basis for a change of circumstances.
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