My mom is physically abusive to the point of visible bruises and scratches, so when CPS was notified, they asked her to sign a safety plan agreeing to not use physical discipline. However, she continues to hit me, push me around, and even punched me this morning. The plan also states that if things get physical, my mother is to allow me to contact someone for help, but she hasn't allowed me to do that either. What would happen if CPS finds that she violated the safety plan, and how can I get help?
Additionally, she also said that she would call the police on me and tell them that I am physically abusive towards her, which is not true at all. She claims that I will be sent to rehab or punished in some way. What would happen if this situation were to arise? Would I get arrested?
When a safety plan is violated with DSS, the Department has a range of choices. If it is the first allegation of a violation, the Department is likely to investigate and perhaps offer more services to a family. These services may be counseling or parenting classes in a case like yours. However, the department could also require your mother to find some other safe place for you to live. That could be a family member or a close friend that is willing to let you live with them.
On the extreme end, if all else fails, DSS can take custody of a child and place them anywhere they think is best. This could still be a close friend or relative, or it could be foster care.
Do not let this information scare you. If you are in danger, even if though what could happen with DSS is scary, it will still be better than living in a place where you are in danger.
If you can find a friend or relative willing to let you live with them, let the department know this. That will help both you and the Department.
If you are in your late teens, you may also be able to emancipate yourself, but you would need a plan to live as an adult and some place to live and possibly an income. Emancipation means you file to be treated as an adult and your parents would no longer have the same rights and power over you as they normally do up until you are 18.
There are also legal resources for you. Many counties have a child advocacy center and many family law attorneys would have a meeting with you to discuss your case for free.
You need to tell someone. The easiest way to get help is to tell your teacher or the school nurse. They are mandatory reporters and they will be obligated to call it in. If possible, you need to let your CPS worker know this information ASAP. Call your worker or teh local CPS office and ask to be transfered to your worker. If all else fails, since you obviously have access to a computer you need to Google the 1-800 number for CPS in your state and call in a referral.
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