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DEMYSTIFYING DEPENDENCY COURT – PRESENT DANGER DEFINED

The Safety Intervention Permanency System (SIPS) has been adopted by CPS courts across the country and is now accepted as the standard by which CPS/DFS must operate. This article is part of a series explaining this SIPS model. Here we focus on the first step in a CPS case - present danger.

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It is important that if you are faced with CPS removing your child that you determine whether CPS has deemed your situation to be a present danger to your child. In analyzing a case on behalf of a parent or a child, the first question that should be asked to the investigator is what the present danger was. In their answer the investigator should respond as to the specific event and explain why it was significant, how it was clearly observable and whether the event was actively occurring. Finally, the specialist needs to explain how the event could cause serious harm to the child.

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