State child protection involves situations where parents are investigated by that state for allegedly neglecting or abusing their child. Each state's Department of Social Services or the division of Child and Family Services, often called Child Protective Services, handles state child protection.
The procedure for state child protection is as follows:
Ethically, all people should report child abuse that is known to them. However, some people are legally required to report suspected cases of child abuse. The individuals include:
If your child has been removed from your household by a child protection agency, it may be wise to consult with an experienced family law attorney for two reasons. First, consulting with a lawyer will assist you in reacquiring custody of your child as soon as possible. Second, a lawyer will be able to defend you from any possible criminal charges if they should arise. At the very least, speaking with the proper attorney will inform you of your rights as well as preserve any possible remedies you may have.
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