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By irony / Thursday 25 February 2016 15:08 / United States
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I don't understand why everybody's downvoting #28. Yes, being there for your kid is important, but that wouldn't matter in the slightest if she lost her kid because she chose to see the play instead of going to something that THEY WOULD TAKE THE KID AWAY FOR MISSING.

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I would've thought, to the son, the more important part of them attending the play would be him knowing his parent is there in the audience to support him, rather than them watching the play itself.

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Totally agree. When I first got pregnant, I read for hours about my rights if ever confronted by CPS. They're terrifying and can be set on you for the stupidest thing just because some other parent doesn't agree with your parenting style.

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We hear all the time about these nutjobs attacking Planned Parenthood buildings. I'm a little surprised you don't hear the same about CPS Offices, except with parents who simply got pushed too far.

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The worst is that sometimes total numbskulls report you for the smallest reasons. I remember my brother's teacher (who generally disliked him and my family for certain reasons) called CPS on my parents because my brother kept asking for "exotic fruit juice" and they thought it was very suspicious that a kid would know the word "exotic" and he must really have meant "erotic" fruit juice (because THAT totally makes sense) and therefore my parents must be sexually abus

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Little known fact: CPS gets federal kickback money whenever they remove a kid, place in a foster home or adopt them out. So CPS will get greedy and "legally kidnap" kids and even adopt them out on bogus charges for more money. Dont believe me, look it up. It will make your skin crawl.

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Teachers, doctors, and people of other professions who work with children in the US are mandatory reporters. It's possible the child displayed signs of abuse and one of these people was obligated to report it. Unfortunately, spotting an abused child can be difficult and people can make mistakes. And thankfully, in this case, the child wasn't being abused. It's an imperfect system, but it's all we've got.

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Unfortunately, many people use this as a way to get back at someone who has "wronged" them. And once you have a case with CPS, it's hard to get them to stop stalking you. My nephew got put into a foster home right out of the hospital because one of my brother in laws exes called and said he said he would hurt the baby. He's mentally challanged, but not incapable of being a father if he's got help. He has bunches of us to help him. But CPS won't give any family member the baby. It's hor

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That's awful to hear, 16. I was just trying to point out that it could've been done by somebody who not only legitimately suspected the child was in danger, but was also obligated to report it. It takes a pretty terrible person to use a child as a pawn in a personal vendetta.

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Yeah, teacher are mandatory reporters and most err on the side of caution. It's also incredibly important for them to have a paper trail so that the courts can actually do something. It's terrifying how often kids get sent back to the hell holes their parents live in.

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#15 unfortunately too many people see a single bruise and instantly assume the worst, instead of realizing that kids get injured all the time by completely innocuous means. Hell, my mother once had the cops called on her for taking me to urgent care for stitches after I flung myself off of a dumpster. It's a good thing to watch for patterns, but some people go too far

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I'm a mandatory reporter due to daycare work. My state has a test you take with signs and warnings and what to do of abuse it suspected. Here's the thing about CPS, at least my area's; they don't make you take parenting classes if the abuse is unfounded. That's not up to the one social worker that visits, but a ladder of social workers, police, judges and therapists/doctors make that decision. You call in abuse, they don't automatically open a case. I've only had to do it twice, once a case was

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True that. I'm a massive klutz, so I'm honestly surprised nobody has (wrongly) called CPS on my parents. I ran into a clothesline one time and looked like someone had slit my throat and I think my parents were scared shitless, though.

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#43- All it takes is one bruise. I'm a mandatory reporter because of my job in childcare. My coworkers and I had to file a report because one of the children came in with a single bruise on their face. When we asked them, they had said their parent had repeatedly slapped them. Luckily, CPS was able to step in and the child and their family have been helped.

It's amazing how CPS can almost never manage to help a kid that actually is in an abusive situation, yet manages to fuck up the okay situations. My mom worked at a school in a poor area and the shit that CPS would give the all clear to was incredible. Just 3 weeks ago some kid she knew died from eating his parents meth after CPS had declared it a safe situation.

Why have I never heard a good story involving CPS? Its always "shitty abusive parent completly ignored by CPS, keeps kids" or "normal parent falsely accused loses kids forever" Who runs that shitshow?

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#8, I've filed many reports of abused children with CPS over the years. For every story I have of the system failing, I've got one of the system succeeding. It sucks that it seems like there's a 50/50 chance of helping a kid, but no one's come up with a better system.

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#17.... Are you one of those that calls CPS just because you ASSUME something shady is going on? Ugh, I hope not, those kind of people Suck! Unfortunatly I've called CPS before, but only when I actually WITNESSED something! So many people call just on assumptions, and that can Really f*ck up a family/their lives - So Not Cool!

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It doesn't matter whether CPS does their job correctly or not. Regardless of the reason children get take away, they almost always inevitably end up somewhere worse. The Foster Care system in this country is totally fucked.

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Hear are a few that are undocumented but happened at my mom's school: A little girl and her siblings were removed from their sexually abusive homes because a teacher noticed the signs and reported it. Baby girl and co are with an amazing foster home. One family is no longer starving because CPS helped them find a church charity that helped them find shelter and jobs for the adults. One of my friends is alive today because they her away from her drug addicted parents who neglected her. You d

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There is a huge misconception about CPS being evil. This is because of ignorance. My mother has worked for CPS for over 30 years and has held positions ranging from social worker to licensing foster and adoptive homes. CPS cannot take kids away that easily and more often than not they aren't able to get kids out of bad situations as quickly as they would like because of all of the rules/regulations. Plus CPS has all too many real situations of abuse to deal with to take children away from fit pa

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