CPS only becomes involved with a family if there is a complaint that meets the agency’s four points of validity, including that involves abuse or neglect, and homeschooling does not meet that requirement.
Schuster cautioned that parents should always ask for a caseworkers ID, because there have been impersonators.
Suggestions for improvements to the child’s environment may involve counseling, lessons in parenting skills, or even demonstrations of housekeeping techniques if appropriate.
A CPS visit usually does not involve snatching children.
Child Protective Services only responds to valid reports that involve abuse and/or neglect of a child.
A situation that would be considered valid and, therefore warrant investigation requires that: The child be under 18 years old; caretaker is alleged to have committed the abuse or neglect on the minor child; The child lives in Virginia or the alleged abuse occurred in Virginia; The alleged abuse meets the definition of abuse and/or neglect as defined by the Virginia Administrative Code.
In the absence of a search warrant or court order, parents have the right to refuse entry to a CPS worker but if you dont let them in they will have to continue investigating, said Schuster.
They will talk to your neighbors and make a disposition with no other information, which may be a disadvantage to the family.
As with any large system, there will certainly be some problems and abuse of power.
Edwin Schuster characterized CPS workers as walking the line between protecting the rights of parents and children, and added, it does not always work well.
Although CPS will often talk to child at school or daycare without a parents consent, in the homeschooling situation, they will ask first, said Schuster.