Custodial Rights: If you know a child CPS could ruin your life

Even if you are Not a Parent, CPS Corruption can Ruin your Life!

Custodial rights is a term used by CPS to include nonparent parties in the CPS claim and further alienate the children from the life and people that they know. This can include parties that live in the same home or have spent any considerable amount of time with the children (ie babysitters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, significant others of family members, etc.). Once the party is placed as a respondent with custodial rights (different than parental rights) the party will be placed on the child abuse and neglect registry. (As our case was dismissed, we are working on the grievance to have our names removed from the registry).

One of the first questions that everyone asked when they removed my grandchildren was why didn’t I have custody. Now, as many of you know, family placement is a rarity anyway but our case was a bit different because my daughter’s family lived in a separated section of my home. The state considered my now late fiance and me in the same household and therefore respondents on the case as the state said that we had custodial rights over the children. My mother (who also lived in the home) was not a respondent and there was no concern that we had harmed the children as (A) there was a confession and (B) they did not remove my minor son from the home. However, due to the close relationship that I had with my granddaughter, who we had a complete body scan of which showed no signs of abuse, they knew that the only way to keep from placing the children with me was to place me as a respondent in the case.

I couldn’t understand how I had no legal rights over the children but now I was a “custodial guardian” because I lived in the same home. I began to investigate this and found that living in the household was not the only way that they can claim custodial rights. Babysitters and extended family members are also placed at risk if they have a close enough relationship that would indicate the need to consider them for placement.

Again, we were fortunate with many aspects of our case and I cannot speak for all cases involving CPS.  But I do ask you to realize how wide spread this issue truly is and join the fight for reform before you find yourself in the whirlwind that thousands have already experienced.

Stand together!

“Gigi”

 

Author: smudgesonmymirror

A dynamic mother/daughter duo that has overcome obstacles and chosen to embrace our experiences rather than to change our view of ourselves. Lovingly labeled by Gigi or Mommy, the tone and messages in each post will reflect generational viewpoints and family continuances.

4 thoughts on “Custodial Rights: If you know a child CPS could ruin your life”

    1. Hello, Lisa! I am so sorry that your family is in this mess. That was the worst year of my life. If you click on the CPS tab, everything posted so far is on there and we continuously update as we receive questions or remember something else (such a blur of a year). How long as your grandson been captive and what stage of the case are you in at this point?

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  1. I’ve been in your shoes Gigi. Almost exact. Grandson was removed from me. I lawyered up immediately.. he was returned as “relative placement” 4 weeks later. 7.5 months of fighting, I have custody and the judge threw the case out. Nightmare is an understatement! I pray for reform soon! I fear for our children and grandchildren daily.

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    1. We are among the “lucky” few who made it out with our families! But the daily fear and the stigmatization of having been investigated never seems to fade. It is a frightening world to know how often this occurs. Hug that grandbaby every chance you get!!!

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