This year is your ONE CHANCE to get your kids back from CPS. DO – Maintain a notebook to keep a record of everything that happens in your case.Only an attorney licensed in your state is qualified to provide legal advice and help to you.You might want to write a letter to your attorney explaining what you need and expect.DO – Create your own “Fight CPS Strategy” for working on your CPS case.
I don’t know of any attorneys who want to work for free. However, you can try these websites: Justice Denied :: ABA Directory of Pro-Bono Programs :: Bet Tzedek I don’t give referrals because I don’t know any attorneys well enough to confidently recommend them. Most busy attorneys don’t want to read long messages.DON’T – Expect an attorney to do all the work for you. DO – Write your own legal documents such as a Declaration of Facts and/or a statement of Objections and Corrections to the Report of the Social Worker.DO – Read this site and others like it to get ideas that you believe might work for you. DON’T – Ever miss a visitation opportunity with your kids.Missed visitations or drug tests will probably be held against you in court.DO – Watch this video: collect documentary evidence DON’T – Give up.Sometimes an out-of-county lawyer is better because he/she will be less likely to care about remaining “friends” with local judges and social workers.Please read before posting: Who Will Prepare Your Case?Most of the people you’ll meet on this site or on Facebook or other online groups are NOT attorneys and are NOT qualified to give legal advice.You might get good ideas and suggestions from other parents, but be aware that the best source of information is a local attorney who has all the details about your case.If you leave your contact information in a comment on this page, a lawyer might contact you but there’s no guarantee.If you’re contacted by anyone, please be careful to check the person’s true identity.