When CPS investigates an allegation they will close the investigation by either “ruling out” the risk, “finding” risk, or “unable to determine” the risk. If the latter is found, CPS will often (most always) ask the family to “voluntarily” agree to family-based services (FBS). In this situation, there is no court interaction or intervention. There is no petition or case filed. The children are usually left in the home; however, sometimes the children are “voluntarily” placed with a family member or family friend. The parents are asked to do certain services: parenting classes, anger managment classes, drug / alcohol evaluations, psychological evaluations, and therapy, etc. If the parent successfully completes these services (which is rarely ever done in CPS’s opinion) then the case will be closed. If not, CPS will either continue FBS or file a petition with the court asking that your children be removed. FBS can last indefinitely (even as long as 3-6 years). It really is a vicious cycle to get caught up in. And you certainly don’t want to attempt to c0mplete FBS without the help of an experienced attorney.
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