The House budget included million to increase community-based substance use treatment across the state, but the Senate budget ignored this pressing need.
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return the children to your home, unless the Judge finds (1) there was a danger to the physical health or safety of the child which was caused by an act or failure to act of the person entitled to possession and for the child to remain in the home is contrary to the welfare of the child; (2) the urgent need for protection required the immediate removal of the child and reasonable efforts, consistent with the circumstances and providing for the safety of the child, were made to eliminate or prevent the child's removal; and (3) reasonable efforts have been made to enable the child to return home, but there is a substantial risk of a continuing danger if the child is returned home You see, it is not enough for CPS to show that the children were in some sort of danger while in your custody, but also that reasonable efforts were made to prevent removal.
Additionally, CPS has to show that they have made reasonable efforts to return the children, but that there is a Document, Document, Document!
Lawmakers will have to move fast to get either through the process before the upcoming legislative deadlines.
The Legislature could also be doing more to support families when a parent is using drugs or alcohol.
Before the Adversary Hearing begins, the Judge is required to inform you of your right to be represented by an attorney, and if you are indigent, your right to have an attorney appointed to represent you.
If the Court appoints you an attorney, this hearing can be postponed for up to seven days to allow your newly appointed attorney time to prepare.
You should be keeping a detailed journal of every interaction with CPS for your attorney because it will be easy to forget exactly what was said several weeks later. Any time CPS wants to speak with you, your cell phone should be on voice recorder mode for later proof of exactly what was said.
You should point blank ask CPS every step that is required of you to enable your children to return home at the Adversary Hearing.
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