1. Ask for the social workers business card. Have your attorney contact the worker on your behalf if the situation is hostile.
2. Find out the allegations before allowing the social worker access to your home or child.
3. Do not waive your rights to be protected from illegal search and seizures by allowing anyone in your home without a court order or warrant.
These rights are guaranteed under the 4th amendment of the US CONSTITUTION.
4. Insist on being present when your child is interviewed by the social worker.
5. Tell the social worker you will call them after consulting an attorney. Then call an attorney.
6. Ignore intimidations. Social workers are trained bluffers.
7. Offer supportive evidence-
~A dr.’s statement after exam of child.
~References from individuals vouching for your good parenting.~Photos or home videos exhibiting happy healthy children.
8. Bring a tape recorder or credible witnesses to all meetings. Limit discussions to allegations and try not to tell past family events beyond what they already know.
What you say can and will be used against you.
9. Avoid potential situations likely to lead to cps investigations-
~spank in public
~do not leave children home alone
~do not spank other people’s children.
10. Pray and elicit prayers and support of local church members.
“The Government’s interest in the welfare of children embraces not only protecting children from physical abuse but protecting childrens’ interest in the privacy and dignity of their homes and in the lawfully exercised authority of their parents.” Calabretta v. Floyd 189 F.3d (9th cir 1999)