When a Children’s Aid Society representative visits your home, it can be one of the most terrifying things for any parent because these are never done as random spot checks. A call from a CAS agent is always because someone has reported you based on suspicions over your parenting or a child’s safety and welfare. Because of the delicate nature of these visits, there are several things you should know about your rights and the steps you should and must take after a visit.
Unlike criminal proceedings, you are not allowed to remain silent when a child protection worker visits your home. In fact, refusal to speak to them or refusal to allow your children to speak to them could result in serious consequences including extensive searches of the home and even removing children from the home immediately.
First impressions are also extremely important. Because many of the claims and allegations that a child protection worker deals with may not have physical evidence, they will often make decisions based on instinct. Making a good first impression and presenting a child-friendly home environment could prevent further actions and investigations from occurring.
After an initial visit from a worker, there may be additional investigations conducted. If you find yourself in this position, here are some things you should do:
The complex nature and high stakes of Children’s Aid Protection cases make having a qualified legal professional crucial. At DSF, we understand how upsetting and frustrating dealing with these matters can be and we will work with you to minimize stress on your children and ensure you get the support you need.
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