Do I need a lawyer to deal with CPS and the school?
2 attorney answers
You would be smart to consult a lawyer familiar with CPS.
You can insist that CPS not interview your children without you first being notified and attend. In other words, you can insist that they not interview your kids ever. This is true for school administrators as well.
Final note, unless CPS has a court's order or a warrant to enter your house - kindly tell the social workers to leave your property. Stop letting them in if you are afraid they are building a case against you. It IS their job, don't make it so easy. It is your right against government intrusion in your home.
UNLESS you consent, the government needs a court's order or law enforcement (police) to declare "imminent danger" before they can intrude on your property for a CPS investigation. However, on school property the law isn't as clear, or favorable. Hence, get a lawyer to keep the school and CPS in check.
No, you do not NEED a lawyer, but you may well WANT to have one. Look for one with deep family law experience and strong interpersonal skills. In addition to the handling of your child's case, there is an obvious issue about the school's referral standards and its inartful interrogation procedure.
Best wishes for an outcome you can accept, and pleas4 remember to designate a best answer.
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