What I Would Do If I Knew Then What I Know Now

DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY MY WORDS ARE NOT LEGAL ADVICE, THIS BLOG IS INTENDED TO INFORM YOU OF YOUR OPTIONS AND WHAT I WOULD DO.

If CPS is only investigating you and they have not removed your children and they have not filed a Petition under Welfare & Institutions Code 300 then what I would do in that situation is: MOVE. Moving to another county would be my first choice. But, at the very least, I would move across town and stay off their radar. However, sometimes things beyond your control happen and you are forced into the lion’s den. Well, we all have Rights so EXERCISE THEM!

1. I WOULN’T ANSWER THE DOOR IF CPS KNOCKS ON IT. Fourth Amendment Right of the U.S. Constitution: If CPS comes to your door (for the first time or when you do not have an open case) DON’T ANSWER IT! If you do, do not let them in under any condition. Even if they bring the police. The police are there to protect the social worker from you, not to remove your children by force. If they had reasonable cause, they would have a warrant. They are knocking for a reason. Based on an “anonymous” call alone, they can’t get a warrant. If you chose to open the door, just be polite and tell them everything is fine. That’s it. They may come back, but do the same thing or don’t answer the door. They will eventually close their file as “inconclusive”.

2. I WOULD NOT SAY ANYTHING TO CPS OR THE POLICE, ONLY THAT THEY CAN CALL MY LAWYER IF THERE ARE ANY CRIMINAL CHARGES.  Fifth Amendment Right of the U.S. Constitution: Do not say anything because they will twist whatever you say and use it against you. If you have any kind of device to record audio and or video, start recording immediately. Say you open the door and they introduce themselves as being from Social Services, tell them to wait a minute, get your device and begin recording, go back to the door and record whatever it is they say. Again, do not say anything if you can help it.

3. I WOULD MAKE SURE THAT I DRAFTED A NON-AUTHORIZATION AND HAVE IT NOTARIZED AND SERVED UPON MY CHILD’S SCHOOL.  CPS has NO POWER OR AUTHORITY OVER YOUR CHILDREN UNLESS YOU GIVE IT TO THEM but what do you do if they go to the school to talk to your child?  I would sign a document called a Non-Authorization, have it notarized and served to the Principal, Counselor and make sure that they kept it in my child’s official school file. This document would say that no one from Child Protective Services or any investigator from any agency is authorized to speak to my child without me or an attorney present. I would make sure that my child was prepared to handle such an inquiry at school and to not say anything unless I or an attorney is present. I would make sure my child was aware of the tricky tactics which social workers and others use to coerce children into saying something bad about their parents and how they twist everything into an allegation.

4.  AT THE BEGINNING OF ANY “INVESTIGATION” I WOULD CONTACT THE BEST CRIMINAL ATTORNEY IN THE AREA TO HANDLE ANY CRIMINAL CHARGES AND PAY WHATEVER I HAD TO TO HAVE THAT ATTORNEY CALL CPS AND/OR ANY POLICE OFFICER CONDUCTING AN “INVESTIGATION”  TO LET THEM KNOW HE IS MY ATTORNEY AND IF THERE ARE NO CRIMINAL CHARGES TO LEAVE ME AND MY FAMILY ALONE. I know someone who did this and it worked like a charm.

5.  IF I FOUND MYSELF IN JUVENILE DEPENDENCY COURT I WOULD IMMEDIATELY PRINT OUT A COPY OF THE “DEPENDENCY QUICK GUIDE” AND MAKE SURE THAT MY ATTORNEY DID WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO. If I had the Dependency Quick Guide from the beginning, I would have ridden the attorneys backs so hard by complaining about each and every single non-feasance (failure to act). The responsibilities of the attorneys are listed as well as explained in detail in this desk reference book which most likely sits dusty on some way up high shelf in a storage closet in their offices! I have several links to this online book but here it is again: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_PlDs4d_B_lcGo1QVg4T2NLd2c/edit?usp=sharing

5. I WOULD PREPARE AND FILE A RESPONSE TO THE PETITION AND REPORTS THAT REBUTT EVERY LIE, EXAGGERATION AND DEBUNK THEIR FALSIFIED EVIDENCE. I really did this however, I failed to SERVE all parties prior to the hearing. I did read the rules and I never found that one, CPS doesn’t have to show that they served us with anything nor do they have to file a Proof of Service of the Petition or Reports. My response did not end up in the official record.

6. I WOULD HAVE PAID FOR TRANSCRIPTS RIGHT AFTER EACH HEARING AND COMPARED THEM TO THE MINUTE ORDERS.  Then when I highlighted the discrepancies  and show the lack of statutory findings that the Court is supposed to make in order to get funding, I would send it to the Office of the Inspector General. For more information about that see a post called, Hit Them Where it Hurts-Funding on donnellyjustice.me. I would have argued that the Department failed to provide REASONABLE EFFORTS and that the Judge/Commissioner failed to properly find and state on the record that the Department made reasonable efforts to prevent the need for removal from the home. Failure to make this finding disqualifies them for ANY funding WHATSOEVER in your case. They submit minute orders to validate their funding request however, if you read the transcript, most often the judge makes a vague referral to the Department’s recommendations or sometimes just says, “As stated in the record”. What? When? This is not good enough.

7.  I WOULD FIND EVERY SINGLE VIOLATION THAT THE SOCIAL WORKER or COURT COHORT HAS IN THEIR PAST AND PUBLISH IT. I do know the history of every social worker and court cohort in my case however, I was way too respectful of their privacy and did not blast it like I should have. Those who are judging you should have a spotless closet.

IF you went through this unfair system and you have anything that you would do if you could do it all over again, feel free to comment and tell us about it.

10 thoughts on “What I Would Do If I Knew Then What I Know Now

  1. if i knew what i know know well i wouldnt of complied i fall for there lies they are suppose to help support reunify famalies and protect the children and famalies why and how did they get so much pull we need to stop them

  2. YouTube Search:
    • Jennifer Ansari
    • Wanda Wagner

    Jennifer Ansari, mother of Sophia Snow (age 8), jailed after an unjustified and unlawful Amber Alert by the Fishers (Indiana) Police Department on September 4, 2013. Mrs. Ansari was held for 14 days on a $500,000 (half million) bond. Watch Mrs. Ansari and her mother’s interview on YouTube…
    The Indiana State Police unlawfully issued an Amber Alert for Sophia, seized Sophia taking her away from the only “parent” Sophia has ever known… This case shows what money can buy you in a corrupt county; the only ingredients needed: a high profile attorney (Rodney Sarkovics), and a corrupt Judge (Paul Felix), followed by a corrupt Social Worker (Aaron McBride), and a Guardian Ad Litem (William Zwick) who was out for everyone’s interest but Sophia’s. Mr. William Zwick, an attorney and “volunteer”, took his entire family on an all inclusive vacation to Florida that was paid for by Sophia’s punitive father, Aaron Snow. Mr. Snow resides in Coral Springs, Florida making approximately $200,000 a year employed through Sirius Satellite Radio. However, Mr. Snow paid Mrs. Ansari a lousy $46 a week as his contribution to support Sophia during the 8 years that Sophia was in her mother’s custody. It was not until June of 2012, when Sophia was 7 years old, that Mrs. Ansari filed for a modification of child support, that Mr. Snow seeked custody of Sophia. When Mr. Snow was granted visitation of Sophia in June of 2013, Mr Snow had not made visitation arrangements in over 8 months! But Sophia was turned over via an Amber Alert on September 4, 2013. Does this make sense to anyone?
    At this present time Sophia Snow remains in Florida, kidnapped by another corrupt system that operates on whose padding pockets rather than what is in the best interest of the child.
    Mrs. Ansari has since MOVED to Kentucky where her immediate family resides. Mrs. Ansari has not spoken to her daughter Sophia since September 4, 2013 the day Sophia was seized in Louisville Kentucky by the Fishers Police Department (Sophia was seized in Kentucky by Indiana’s Fishers Police (David Flynn) and Fishers Police Detective (David Finn). Mrs. Ansari awaits hearing in January under charges of interference with custody. Mrs. Ansari is being charged with interference of custody in the State of Indiana when Mrs. Ansari was the only person that ever solely cared for Sophia. Simply put, Mrs. Ansari was Sophia’s only caretaker. Yes, this happened in America!!
    Please respond with any help you may provide. And thank you for establishing your blog it is very informative and helpful. God bless.

  3. I am in a fight my self with cos of riverside county in hemet and can’t afford a lawyer but i am grand mother of 2year old grand daughter was adopting her until some one said some lies they took even after the investigation was all unfounded and I was found not guilty and seance they ‘ve taken her I haven’t gotten to even see her I ‘ve been filing reports fight in every why but now I stuck any advice what do i file to the courts what do i do i ‘ve been there from the day she was born and cps took her and I can’t see her at all any help please i am desperate contact me at email triciadunnington@yahoo.com or text me at (951) 3659728 Tricia if you got any advance or anything that could help

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