Ten Tips For Parents Meeting With A Court Investigator.
Job of Court InvestigatorThe court investigator is charged with interviewing all people involved in the care and protection case. Some of the people interviewed may be the parents, social worker, teachers, police, the children and others that may have knowledge of the case. After interviewing these people and reading documents related to the case, the court investigator will prepare a written report and submit it to the court. The court investigator report becomes an exhibit in any future care and protection/termination of parental rights proceeding.
Be Aware of the Obvious. First Five Tips.1. When speaking to the court investigator focus on the child's needs, not your own.
2. If the meeting takes place in your home be sure that your home is neat and clean. The court investigator will probably want a tour of your home. Make the beds, clean the bathroom and get rid of clutter.
3. Dress modestly and neatly. Make sure that your personal appearance and hygiene is good.
4.Make sure that you know your child's date of birth, middle name, medical provider, day care information, medical conditions, and medications.
5.Be well aware that anything said to a court investigator may be used against you. Nothing said to the court investigator is confidential and will be told to the judge.
Tips 6-10. Don't Lose Your Temper.6. You should have an attorney present with you when speaking to a court investigator.
7. A court investigator will ask many questions. Some of the questions will be about your own personal history. If you don't understand a question say so and ask for clarification.
8. You should attend all visits with your children. Any missed visit may be used against you to prove unfitness and may be included in the court investigator's report.
9. Don't argue or lose your temper with the court investigator. Your attorney should be the one dealing with any issues with the court investigator.
10. Don't use your meeting as an opportunity to vent your anger. Be open minded about suggestions that will help return your children.
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